PDF: Reach out and touch someone

Danah Boyd, one of the great students of online interaction, is speaking at PDF and suggests that candidates leave their digital spaces and reach out to their MySpace friends (or equivalent on Facebook or YouTube or blogs) and leave a comment there: interact. But, she hears, as do I, the candidates do not have time to do this. I hear is said they don’t have time to blog, either. Or vlog. And that seems to make sense.

But as Danah points out, candidates go to events — fish fries, coffees, churches — where they shake hands with a few people people and that’s important because it’s real. Well, the equivalent now is to reach out “and it’s about literally going and digitally shaking hands.”

And there are more advantages: The handshake lives on. It’s visible and linkable.

(Crossposted from Prezvid)

  • http://www.creatingcontent.blogspot.com Scott Townsend

    OK, you’ve convinced me. I know I should be leaving comments and meeting fellow bloggers, but now I am going to make the commitment to share and focus on others instead of waiting for people to focus on me.

  • http://www.network-centricadvocacy.net Marty

    danah rocks. she has great stuff on first monday on friends, friendsters and myspace top8. Her stuff is always in the must read pile.

  • http://ari.typepad.com Steve Rhodes

    She does.

    She put her notes online (and her site has many more of her presentations)

    http://www.danah.org/papers/PDF2007.html