July 28, 2009

Writing Project: 25 Words of Social Media Wisdom

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We’ve done this before … Inspired each other with our thoughts — each expressed in 25 words.


It starts with ideas
clicking keys, words in text,
audio, images, and video
connecting like minds.
Then we find
we’re connecting
online and offline communities.

Would you add 25 words of your own?

The 25 Words of Social Media Wisdom Project

Will you accept my invitation to put 25 words of Social Media advice or wisdom into a blog post? Here’s how you might go about it.

  1. Look for some social media thing you see too much or too little of.
  2. Write a sentence about it.
  3. Count the words you have written.
  4. Edit the sentence until you have 25 words exactly. Notice how your idea changes as you edit and how your feelings change with each rewrite.
  5. Add a picture if you can.
  6. Post your 25 words on your blog by July 31st.
  7. Link back to this post or leave a link to your post in the comments section. I don’t want to miss yours when I compile all of them.

It will be my challenge to a creative way to connect all of the ideas together. In a giant “25 words of Social Media Wisdom” blog post, featuring what you wrote.

Are you in? Surely you have 25 words to spare for this one.

You might remember that we’ve done this before …
25 Words of Work / Life Wisdom
25 Words that Connect Us

–ME “Liz” Strauss
Work with Liz!!

Get your best voice in the conversation.

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62 Comments to “Writing Project: 25 Words of Social Media Wisdom”

  1. July 28th, 2009 at 1:29 pm
    Cops 2.0 » Blog Archive » Summing it up in 25 words said

    […] This time around she asked for a 25-word sentence about “some social media thing you see too much or too little of.” That part wasn’t hard. I came up with: […]

  2. July 28th, 2009 at 7:36 pm
    Stacy Lukas (@damnredhead) said

    This sounds like a lot of fun. Count me in!

  3. July 28th, 2009 at 10:04 pm
    Suzanna Stinnett said
  4. July 29th, 2009 at 2:04 am
    Tre ~ said

    golly woman you know how to get a yes outa me cuz you gave me the value up front and the how to and held my hand doin so thanks muchly. will give it a go and let ya know. :)

  5. July 29th, 2009 at 6:15 am
    Karin H said

    Hi Liz

    Of course “I follow” 😉
    (Never sure if the trackbacks work, so here’s my contribution)

  6. July 29th, 2009 at 12:42 pm
    Julie said

    Hi Liz, Just in case the trackback doesn’t work, here’s mine:


  7. July 29th, 2009 at 1:11 pm
    MaryS said

    Yeah, I’m with Karin, not sure of my trackback skills — here’s my 25:


    (Hi Suzanna!)

  8. July 29th, 2009 at 2:21 pm
    Liz Hover said

    Ah my namesake! This is such a wonderful and creative idea. I’m so pleased to be able to contribute: http://www.lizhover.com/2009/07/25-words-of-social-media-wisdom/

  9. July 29th, 2009 at 8:09 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Thanks, MaryS, Brilliant!!

  10. July 29th, 2009 at 8:10 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    Delighted you’re participating!!

  11. July 29th, 2009 at 8:12 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    I know Karin,
    These days I don’t feel so sure that any links get back to where they should. The web doesn’t feel as connected anymore. heh heh

  12. July 29th, 2009 at 8:13 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    You’ll know the real value when you do it! It’s so amazing to see how our thoughts change and grow when we care about every single word. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  13. July 29th, 2009 at 8:13 pm
    ME Liz Strauss said

    I read it! Bravo and Brilliant!

  14. July 29th, 2009 at 10:27 pm
    Marianne Thomas said

    Liz, I haven’t been by to visit your blog for a while; I was so pleased to see this invite for ideas.

    Here’s my $0.02:


    Thanks so much for the chance to share here. Best to you!

  15. July 30th, 2009 at 7:14 am
    Tim Tracey said

    Liz –

    Good idea – here is my 25 word submission… Errr … make that submissions.


    – – Tim

  16. July 30th, 2009 at 8:25 am
    Ike said

    How to be successful on Twitter: Be human. Be humane. Be yourself. Be interesting. Be brief. Share. Laugh. Listen. Learn. Repeat. That’s all you need.

  17. July 30th, 2009 at 8:46 am
    Andi said

    Great topic, lots of interesting flavors. Here is mine: http://budurl.com/23mr

  18. July 30th, 2009 at 8:48 am
    AppFail said
  19. July 30th, 2009 at 8:58 am
    25 Words of Social Media Wisdom « Anna’s Attic said

    […] post is an entry in the SOB 25 words writing project. The picture is my mother’s facebook […]

  20. July 30th, 2009 at 9:06 am
    Summer Huggins said

    What a great writing challenge to complete over my morning coffee!

    “When miles don’t matter, ideas are shared, problems solved; when people you might never meet cross your path, that’s when it is worth every second.”

  21. July 30th, 2009 at 9:30 am
    My 25 Words of Social Media Wisdom | that damn redhead said

    […] (Entry for Liz Strauss’ 25 Words of Social Media Wisdom Project.) […]

  22. July 30th, 2009 at 10:23 am
    Social Media Wisdom in 25 Words « HR, Training, and Leadership said

    […] From Liz Strauss @ Successful Blog: […]

  23. July 30th, 2009 at 10:47 am
    Tracy Fox said

    My 25 words of wisdom: http://tinyurl.com/TLF25-words

  24. July 30th, 2009 at 11:45 am
    Stacy Lukas (@damnredhead) said

    I linked back to you but it doesn’t show a trackback. So here ya go: my 20 Words of Social Media Wisdom, with bonus Muppet goodness. :)

  25. July 30th, 2009 at 11:46 am
    Stacy Lukas (@damnredhead) said

    OOPS! How’s that for at typo? There are indeed 25 words, not 20. Not sure how that happened other than I need to proof my comments before posting.

  26. July 30th, 2009 at 11:47 am
    Stacy Lukas (@damnredhead) said

    Oh screw it, I can’t type basic HTML without my coffee. Here: http://www.thatdamnredhead.net/2009/07/30/my-25-words-of-social-media-wisdom/

  27. July 30th, 2009 at 11:49 am
    Joseph Crockett said

    Hi Liz, Here is my little 25 words. You can find it at


  28. July 30th, 2009 at 12:39 pm
    Dave Haber said

    Authenticity is the key to building trust and meaningful relationships between people and brands. To quote Brogan, “Sell ideas. Sell relationships. Sell love.” Pretty simple.


  29. July 30th, 2009 at 1:56 pm
    25 Words of Social Media Wisdom | Courtney Chowning said

    […] Strauss is at it again with another 25 word writing project.  The topic – social media wisdom.  My contribution: I become a follower because you engage […]

  30. July 30th, 2009 at 1:57 pm
    Courtney said

    I really enjoyed writing a contribution to this project. Great idea. It makes you really think.

    My contribution: http://courtneychowning.com/25-words-of-social-media-wisdom/

  31. July 30th, 2009 at 2:55 pm
    Tim Tracey said

    To my fellow “25 Words…” posters,

    I’m struck by how my contribution is much more mercenary than most of yours :-)

    My focus is helping small businesses succeed – and helping not-for-profits in the process.

    Maybe this redeems me?

    – – Tim

  32. July 30th, 2009 at 3:13 pm
    Website development, SEO, Social Media Marketing, Advertising, PR | HHB Advertising :: Macon GA said

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  33. July 30th, 2009 at 3:19 pm
    Claire said

    Thank you for this great opportunity!
    Check out our contribution here:


  34. July 30th, 2009 at 4:45 pm
    Jon Hardie said

    25 words at my blog First Do No Harm
    We are singing the same riff – Turn the Megaphone Around!

  35. July 30th, 2009 at 11:48 pm
    Regina Lark said

    I love this idea. Here’s my contribution: http://aclearpath.blogspot.com/

  36. July 31st, 2009 at 12:21 am
    jen said

    Here are my 25 words of social media wisdom and a photo to go along with it:


  37. July 31st, 2009 at 3:14 am
    Social Media in 25 Words | Thought by thought... said

    […] days ago I read Liz Strauss‘ blog post offer to sum up the Social Media experience in 25 […]

  38. July 31st, 2009 at 3:16 am
    Tre ~ said

    Twas fun! Thanks for helpin us all keep it real. Here’s my take: http://bit.ly/vsFjm

  39. July 31st, 2009 at 6:00 am
    Lorraine Ball said

    Here’s a link to mine. http://tinyurl.com/kkkomb

  40. July 31st, 2009 at 8:06 am
    25 Words of Social Media Wisdom « Jim Storer said

    […] going to use a challenge from my friend Liz Strauss to jump start my blogging. I’ve been focusing a lot of my energy […]

  41. July 31st, 2009 at 8:08 am
    Jim Storer said
  42. July 31st, 2009 at 8:45 am
    Karen Putz said

    This was fun and allows me to share the value of Twitter to me:


  43. July 31st, 2009 at 9:09 am
    Nerdmuffin » The 25 Words of Social Media Wisdom Project said

    […] did I do? Here’s my 25 words! Check out Liz Strauss’s blog; you have only today left to come up with […]

  44. July 31st, 2009 at 6:40 pm
    25 Words of Social Media Wisdom | Tim Bursch said

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  45. July 31st, 2009 at 6:41 pm
    Tim Bursch said
  46. July 31st, 2009 at 7:48 pm
    Liz Strauss 25 word challenge — bobjones.nl said

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  47. July 31st, 2009 at 7:50 pm
    Bob Jones said

    whoop-di-doo! Here are my 25 words for you Liz: http://bobjones.nl/liz-strauss-25-word-challenge/

  48. July 31st, 2009 at 8:12 pm
    Do It Myself Blog - Glenda Watson Hyatt » Social Media Empowers Otherwise Silenced Voices said

    […] Strauss challenges us to write 25 words on social media advice or wisdom,  which she will then compile into an amazingly creative blog […]

  49. July 31st, 2009 at 8:18 pm
    Glenda Watson Hyatt said

    Great project, Liz!

    My contribution: Social Media Empowers Otherwise Silenced Voices.

  50. July 31st, 2009 at 9:03 pm
    Jim McGee said
  51. July 31st, 2009 at 9:21 pm
    Sheila Scarborough said

    Nothing like coming in under the wire! Thanks for letting us play at your house, Liz. :)

    Another name for that whatsit thingamajig Web doohickey

  52. July 31st, 2009 at 11:33 pm
    Social Media Wisdom « LivingLeadership said

    […] Strauss of Successful and Outstanding Blog, who I met a couple of years ago, I’m doing this  25 word writing project.  The topic – social media wisdom.  She’ll collect all the entries into a meaningful […]

  53. July 31st, 2009 at 11:42 pm
    Francie said

    Thought I did Trackback, but not seeing it. So please accept my link http://francies.wordpress.com/2009/08/01/social-media-wisdom/

    Thanks for doing this exercise.

  54. August 1st, 2009 at 9:52 am
    Rebecca E. Parsons/Cre8Tiva said

    beautiful challenge…here’s my contribution…


  55. August 1st, 2009 at 3:19 pm
    Social Media Gives Voice to the Voiceless said

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  56. August 1st, 2009 at 3:30 pm
    Avil Beckford said

    Great Challenge Liz. I am a day late but better late that never http://theinvisiblementor.com/2009/08/01/social-media-gives-voice-to-the-voiceless/

  57. August 3rd, 2009 at 8:23 am
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  58. September 28th, 2009 at 9:46 pm
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  59. January 21st, 2010 at 5:11 pm
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  61. October 7th, 2013 at 12:36 pm
    Mary Schaefer said

    Hi Liz. Toady I ran across my submission to your quest for advice on wisdom on social media from 2009. After reading my 25 words, I have to admit, not much has changed in my experience.

    How about for you? How have things evolved?

  62. October 10th, 2013 at 9:18 pm
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