My post today on Mashable is about how to turn your next business trip into a social media experience by leveraging some of your existing networks as well as by adding a couple of others.
One of the best parts about posting to Mashable is seeing the conversations that develop in the comments, so I encourage you to not only read the post, but share your own thoughts as well.
Here are some of the tools that I referenced:
- Twitter to inform your community about your upcoming plans and see if anyone is in that area and wants to meet.
- LinkedIn members should take advantage of the site’s Business Travel section under Answers and either ask a question about the place to which you’re traveling or answer a question by a fellow traveler.
- TripIt aggregates your trip details in one place, which you can share with colleagues, contacts and family.
- Social networks geared towards business travelers, including Placely, Dopplr and PairUp.
- Brightkite, a location based social network that allows you tag your photos by where you upload them and, if you choose, reveals your location so you can discover other members who might be in your area.
- Utterz, one of the easiest ways to podcast using your mobile phone.
- Upcoming.org or Meetup to see if there are any industry related events coinciding with your trip.
- TripHub to coordinate group events, meals or meetings if you’re traveling with several of your colleagues.
Steve Groves at the World Webinar Network adds another tool to the arsenal which I hadn’t heard of, FastPitchNetworking. It’s not necessarily related to travel, but it sounds like a more robust version of LinkedIn.
I know that my post wasn’t exhaustive and I’m confident that the community of travelers (you!) have other tactics to contribute, so please do so.