In the last few years, I've gotten to know Thomas a bit through seeing him on the social networks, primarily including FriendFeed, Twitter and Facebook, in that order. But in parallel, Thomas has developed his own business-oriented social network, called Ecademy, which, if his own connections are any indication, is more than 50,000 strong.
Thomas Power and the "Law of Big Numbers"
Thomas, who recently put up an interesting video on YouTube showing why he chooses Quantity over Quality, has made some choices when it comes to Ecademy. There are a tremendous amount of options for connections, messaging, direct blog posting to the site, but yes, it's not the most polished and doesn't have a glitzy Web 2.0 look. But the network is full of fervor, of people who are eager to learn - as I have especially found once he introduced me, and I gained more than 8,000 contacts in the space of two weeks.
My Ecademy Profile: Connected, But Raw
A small subset of these connections are going to meet with me on September 17th to start with the basics and then race through what should be a jam-packed day. If you are in London and would like to attend, you can find the event here:
(Disclaimer: Thomas' description of me is very positive - and I didn't write my bio)
The full agenda for September 17th (GMT) is below.
9.30am Registration and Networking
10.00am - 12.00pm Morning Program
- Harnessing the new world of real-time
- How to use RSS Feeds, Google Reader, Twitter, Friendfeed, Facebook and Socialmedian
2.00pm - 5.00pm Afternoon Program
- Participating and Broadcasting
- Social Aggregation
- Best Practices
- Tips and Tricks
- Using these tools for business
- Keeping your business and personal identities separate
- What is oversharing?
- Quality over quantity