Courage Redux and Social Media Infographics

Happy Friday! I hope you are doing well, dear readers, and are getting ready for a wonderful weekend. Today I just have a few lovely infographics and some fun to get you into the weekend mood. So let’s get to it, shall we?

First, before getting into the tech tip links of the day, I want to turn your attention to this lovely little post by The Art of Non-Conformity on Legacy Projects and the Love of True Friends. This post is absolutely fantastic and true. Every time you step out of your comfort zone, every time you are courageous enough to do something that matters, there will be people who don’t get it and want to put you down. But, luckily, there will also be wonderful people who will support you and help you and make you feel like you are joining a community of people who actually care about making a difference. Read the post. Bookmark it. And come back to it anytime people are making you doubt yourself.

Now on to the tech stuff of the day. First there has been a lot of talk about Google+ lately and if you have an account, you’ll definitely want to check out Lifehacker’s How Do I Make the Most of Google+?. (Also, if you want an invite, let me know in the comments and I’ll be happy to send you one.) You may also want to check out Lifehacker’s What your IM status says about you.

There have been a lot of cool infographics making their way around Twitter and the blogs lately, so I thought I’d share just two of my favorites on social media. First there’s this great Periodic Table of the Social Web. And then there’s this great one that let’s you decide Do You Need a Social Media Detox? If you happen to need a social media detox, may I suggest going outside without your smartphone and enjoying a nice hike or pleasant stroll by the beach? You may also find making some blackberry pie bars and taking them over to a friend’s house for tea relaxing and social engaging without every touching a status update. Just saying.

Or, if that doesn’t work, you could always make like the Doctor and dance as part of your social media detox routine. Enjoy the video clip from “The Doctor Dances”:

Have a wonderful weekend full of friends, good food, great books, and lots of fun. I’ll be back next week with more. Allons-y!