Am I a Digital Nomad? Well, every day when my phone alarm wakes me up to get up for work, I’m reminded that we live in a digital age. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we live in the 21st Century, the Century where you don’t set an alarm clock the old-fashioned way, you use your smart phone (a gadget with has 10 to 15 times the processing power your common 1980’s or 1990’s home PC had).
Gone are the days when you’d do all your business from the office over a landline: it’s the age of the Digital Nomad (whether you like it, or not). And yes, I’m one of those, but don’t be scared, I won’t bite. According to Wikipedia: I’m an individual that leverages wireless digital technologies to perform their work duties and I generally conduct my lifestyle in a nomadic manner. So chill, instead of biting you, I’m actually going to give you 3 reasons why I consider myself to be one.
1. I network a lot via Twitter and Facebook
Many of you that know me personally will know that I actually have a day job, but what you don’t know is that running a blog like Running Wolf’s Rant is almost like having a second job. A lot of planning goes into this blog while I’m having a cigarette in the company parking lot and the minute I get home.
Networking forms a huge part of that, and that means connecting with the right people on Facebook and Twitter. I’ve organised numerous interviews with artists in the SA Music industry, mingled with potential collaborators and contributors and organised parties with friends – all mostly by sending tweets or commenting on statuses / sending messages to them on my smart phone. I don’t see many carrier pigeons or racoons doing this, so I guess that makes me a digital nomad.
2. I check in on Foursquare to get buzz going about events / venues I’m attending
Regular readers, Facebook friends and Twitter followers will know that I’m pretty active on Foursquare. I check in at places, wherever I go. To reduce the chances of being stalked because I’ve learned to use Foursquare a little bit differently than I did when I first starting using it.
I used to be one of those okes who checked in EVERYWHERE (a shopping mall, a retail store and even my GP), but I don’t anymore. Instead I check in at places where I usually hang out and where I know people that follow me and know would like to meet up at. Face it: No one really cares if you popped down the shop to get a bag of cheese doodles, but they care if you’re somewhere they’d like to be.
For instance: If I promoted an event at Arcade Empire and gave away tickets and I found myself at said event, I would check in there. Why? Not to make anyone jealous who could not score tickets to event, but mainly because I like to let my competition winners and friends know that `i’m there if they want to give me a high five, buy me a drink or just generally have a good time. Because I chose to check in, I’m actually generating hype for an event, without even putting in much of an effort. Does this make a digital nomad? Yes it does.
3. I love posting photos on Instagram
Now, some of you probably think that Instagram isn’t a real business-like activity, but you’re wrong. Instagram is being used widely by many brands and businesses to generate hype and to get people talking about them. Even though it might not be that big in South Africa, it’s many a digital nomad’s app of choice. Instagram has more than 100 million users globally – just think about the potential exposure you could get if you do it the right way.
I know that some folks posts photos of their feet on Instagram, because “who said socks with sandals with sandals isn’t cool?”, but I’m not one of those people. I use Instagram to post photos of people I meet, interesting things I see and (cliche or not) delicious things I eat. I do this mainly to generate buzz about something I really enjoy (like music festivals and restaurants with tasty food and cheap booze) because I want tell the whole world how awesome it feels to be there or how delicious a Aandklas burger is and that it might be something worth checking out or tasting (if you’ve never been there before).
You can’t post photos on Instagram from a PC or laptop, only from a tablet or smart phone, so I guess this makes me a digital nomad too.
This has been my entry into the Elance Blogathon at the Control Room in Johannesburg.
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