Brave the New World

Navigate today’s social networks

I’ve attended some dud presentations in my day—the kind where you later say to yourself: “I wish there had been more solid ideas I could implement now,” or even worse, “That was a serious waste of my time!”

Last month, I got lucky. I attended a session on social networking sponsored by the Society of National Association Publications. I’d been dabbling in it for some time, but I was looking for more ways to leverage QP content in a sea of social network options.

The presenter offered some really good tips, ideas and advice for engaging members in this brave new world of pages, portals and platforms.

As QP (and ASQ) ramps up its virtual presence, I invite you to join me in the various cyber-hotspots.

LinkedIn: Join the Quality Progress group to network with other quality professionals, get the latest Quality News Today headlines and interact with editors about hot topics.

Facebook: Become a fan of Quality Progress on Facebook. While you’re at it, send me a friend request if you’d like (Seiche R Sanders).

Twitter: Follow me on Twitter: ASQ_Seiche.

What’s in it for you? That is the million-dollar question when it comes to social media. In short, you get what you put in. Yes, I’m plugging QP on the web, but these networks offer benefits far beyond your favorite magazine.

Not only can you connect to QP, but also to thousands of other quality professionals. These sites offer quick, easy and free methods of connecting with peers and discussing today’s hot topics, and they eliminate geographic communication barriers. 

My personal intent in the social media realm is to comment and report on topics and articles making news in the quality world—and spark conversation. Beyond that, I hope you will find these options to be easy ways to communicate your opinions, thoughts and ideas on quality.

I know, based on QP research and general publishing trends, that print media will be around for a long time to come. The web, for now, is a complementary method for connecting with readers and serving their information needs. For you, it provides another convenient option for procuring information and engaging with peers.

QP followers, friends and networks aren’t huge—yet—but social media use is growing exponentially (Facebook alone just cracked the 200-million user mark).

The way people communicate is changing. QP is changing, too. As always, please tell me what we could be doing better.

This issue’s focus is food safety—a topic on everyone’s minds. Let me know what you think via a “tweet” (or a good old-fashioned e-mail will work, too: editor@asq.org).

Seiche Sanders

Seiche Sanders

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