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If you’re scanning this, chances are that you utilize at least three of four different interpersonal networking sites (or social bookmark creating tools, microblogging services or other community sites) that let you “friend” or “follow” other people. I, for example, use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and XING. LinkedIn and XING I’ve been using for years and both sites are found by me to be invaluable tools for finding, staying and connecting in touch with people, as well as for checking references.

Over the years both LinkedIn and XING have allowed me to get in touch with many people who otherwise would have been hard to get hold of. I think both sites are especially valuable for more youthful people who do not yet have a sizable professional network, e.g. first-time business owners looking for angel investors, employees or business partners.

It took me just a little longer to adopt Twitter but in the mean time it is becoming one of my major sources for information (and I became a fairly energetic Twitterer). Facebook I don’t use very positively but it allows me to “follow” (almost) everyone who doesn’t use Twitter. The challenge that comes with using multiple social networking sites is, of course, that you want to stay together with all sites without losing a lot of time. Meanwhile there are plenty of answers to aggregate the news feeds of various internet sites at one location.

You may also do this with Pageflakes, even though the website is somewhat outdated right now (just look for the Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and XING Flakes in the Flake Gallery and add them to your web page). However, to day I haven’t seen an individual tool that automatically and easily helps to keep your friends list in synch across all sites. What I’d prefer to have the ability to do is this: Whenever I make a fresh contact I’d prefer to check if the person is on Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn/XING and connect to him or her.

The tool could be built-into Outlook, Apple Mail, Gmail and other desktop or web email applications. Right-clicking on any email could talk about an “Add to my networks” option in addition to “Add to my address book”. 1. Add all people who you’ve sent a contact to to your address book. Apple Mail lets you do that automatically if you select “Previous recipients” in “Windows”.

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I don’t know if there’s an attribute like this in Outlook, but there are some third-party tools that can do that for you. Gmail, as as I understand significantly, automatically creates your address book predicated on the email messages that you receive and send, right? 2. Export your address publication to a file (e.g. .vcf). 4. Repeat 1-3 every month or two or weeks. It’s not elegant, but it works, and at least it’s less effort than maintaining your contact lists manually. If you know a much better solution, please leave a comment!

ERIC: Ask questions, plenty of these, but do not be afraid to make suggestions. CHERYL: Ask questions, a lot of them! Be sure you understand the business as well as you can. Sit with people out in the business (sales, marketing, client support) whomever is using salesforce and make an effort to understand what they actually.

If you see a pain point or something that can be automated to ease manual work, suggest it! Being a BA, what is the mantra that your home is by? LAUNA: I have two. The first is from Steven Covey: “Start out with the end in mind”, the second reason is: “All the technology in the world can’t fix a damaged process”. As technical BAs we are often slammed with requests to improve the system, but unless we begin from the ultimate end, and ensure the process is appropriate, we will not be able to provide the correct solution.

CHERYL: You are only as effective as your architecture. What resources should I refer to, to get started? CHERYL: Plenty of great resources on the web, but definitely reach out to other BA’s you may know from your business or local user group and have to be mentored. ERIC & LAUNA: In addition to Cheryl’s suggestion to get a mentor, I recommend picking right up one of the below books that the three of us have found useful and inspirational over the years.

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