Some folk still are of the opinion that Social Media is a time waster, for the lonely hearts, social animals or narcissists, while others are knowledge junkies who embrace it as a vehicle to subscribe to information at a speed they control how much they want to absorb. Then there are the exceptions. Those that are in “the know” or the ones who “get it”: a world in which information, networking and socializing that break down barriers such as location, intelligence, color, religion, corporate, private, interactive, passive or active participation. No matter where you sit, most everyone agrees today it a force with which resistance will leave you in its dust.
Once you break down your personal barriers or bias, you discover that there are some people that appear at every turn in the social media phenomena. One such person is Josepf Haslam. I coined him the “Godfather of Social Media” simply because he is an expert, personable and willing to lend an opinion, always. Josepf Haslam is at the heart of Social Media. Luckily, I was able to squeeze in time with Josepf while he “ went from Montreal to Kingston NY to Philly, last to see my girls 13/15 and then back to Kingston on Monday and Montreal Monday night”. Whew.
1. How did you get into Social Media, why, and when?
I have been involved with Social Media since 1979, we just didn’t call it that then! As an early advocate of Social Media, I helped implement a global infrastructure at DuPont along the way. To me the reasons are obvious, collaboration, connections, relationships, and speed.