I’m a “social media evangelist.” I encourage responsible use of social media. I think that having a good LinkedIn profile, for example, is important. Since I often spread the good word, I often get questions about how to use various social media sites.
One question I get a lot is: “How do I get my picture from one website (e.g., my firm’s web page) to appear on my LinkedIn profile?” Not rocket science. I can practically do it in my sleep.
The first time someone asked me, I called them and walked them through the steps involved. It took a few minutes. No big deal. I didn’t mind doing it once.
But when someone else asked me the same question, I kicked myself for not taking a few extra minutes to write it down and send it to them in an email. So, I did. Now, if a third person asked, I’d be ready and forward that email – so as to not reinvent the wheel.
The third time was déjà vu all over again. I knew I had answered the question before. I knew I was ready to answer it again. But now I just had to find it. It was somewhere in my rat’s nest of Outlook folders. It took several minutes, but I found it and forwarded the answer along. Not horrible, but there had to be a better way.
That better way was a wiki. I had learned my lesson. The next time I would be ready. I saved the instructions into a wiki page. No more email folder hunting. I knew it was in the wiki. A quick search for “LinkedIn” would bring it up.
That next time was today. The whole transaction took me about 20 seconds.
The goal is to do things once, then re-use what you’ve done. It saves time and frustration, and allows you to provide faster and more consistent customer service.
How do you use wikis to make your life — and the lives of others — easier?
Knowledge Management, Technology & Social Media for Lawyers and Law Firms