TechWhirl Recap for June 3 - Social Networking & Playing Hooky

Subject: TechWhirl Recap for June 3 - Social Networking & Playing Hooky
From: INKtopia Admin <admin -at- inktopia -dot- net>
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Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2011 09:12:44 -0500

TechWhirler Recap for June 3

This week’s update is supported by Platinum sponsor Madcap (

Summer is here! No more teachers, no more books. The temperature is rising
around the country, which means it’s time to play hooky, grab a drink with
co-workers after work and enjoy that vitamin D. Speaking as a long time
technologist, I believe most of us need it. Who knows, you may even catch
us at a Cubs game with our friends Cameron and Sloane in the next couple

This month’s website theme (and a little of May if we’re honest) is
“Technology Trends & Tech Comm Strategies for Social Media”. After leading
off with Geoff Hart’s two-part article “Taking Advantage of Social Media”,
our own Connie Giordano published her part 1 (of 3) article – “The New
Communications Cycle: Know Your Audience”. ( Next week,
“The Communications Cycle Part II – Transmitting Content and Tracking
Feedback.” Missing any of these – head over to<>.

How is this social media thing going to change technical communications? We
know that pundits are saying that it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread
and, well, the Internet, but what do you think? Have your companies started
tracking and responding to customers using these new tools? Let us know – it
happens to be this week’s poll question ( <- clever how we
just added a new domain, eh?

The TechWhirl Ferrari will be speeding out of Social Media into Career
Decisions & Transitions next month. Do you have an idea for an article or
column? Send Connie a note (connie -at- inktopia -dot- net) and let her know. We’re
looking for a few great writers and think you, yes you, have what it takes.
A very special thanks to Craig Cardimon, Jennifer Gutsche, Chris Bell, Dave
Smith, Chris Goolsby, Kelly Anderson, Chantel Brathwaite, and Charlotte
Brogdon who have already expressed interest.

That’s all for this week. We’re supposed to be at home sick after all. Have
a great weekend.

The TechWhirl folks – the sausage Kings and Queens of Chicago
This Week @ TechWhirl

· New: “The New Communications Cycle Part 1: Know Your Audience … and
How They Consume and Create Content” by Connie Giordano |

· Classic: “A Book of Your Own” by Herman Holtz |

· Poll: Do you monitor your organization's social media channels to
address tech comm issues? |
Upcoming events & Articles

· New: “The New Communications Cycle Part 2: Transmitting Content and
Tracking Feedback” by Connie Giordano

· Classic: Conducting Effective Team Technical Reviews, by M. Katherine

We want to send a very special “thank you” to sponsors. Without them, we
would have had to take the car home long ago.

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Gold: EC Software, The Society for Technical Communications

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