How have you used technology recently to get recommendations or advice from your friends and peers?
The flippant answer is: when have I not used technology? Three recent-ish examples:
- Via Twitter, several months ago, I’ve been observing a friend & colleague go through some trauma related to getting video onto a website. Plus we commiserated by email. So a couple of weeks ago, when someone asked me about something similar here, I knew immediately that I could IM my friend and ask him to refresh my memory about what finally worked for him. So I have a link or two stored up in del.icio.us for when that project comes back.
- I’ve committed myself to getting to a healthy BMI by February 2008. I posted about it here and here, and one of my blog-friends recommended a weight-tracking site. I’ve been using it, and it’s helping me to keep on track. (I’ve lost 10 pounds!)
- This goes back a few months, but it’s my canonical example of getting advice via the InterTubes. When I was interviewing for this job, I was really confused about whether to wear makeup. So I posted anonymously to Ask MetaFilter. I wouldn’t say that I took anybody’s advice in particular, but the overall themes and suggestions helped me decide what to do. And here I am. 🙂