Some great advice for life in general....(I should take it)
Shankman gives half a dozen tips that could make your own social network pay off in a big way.
1. Listen more than you talk. In other words, rather than using social networking to continually put out information, use it to acquire information. For example, rather than tweeting that you're going to Starbucks right now, use Twitter for find out where everyone else is going for coffee, then join them.
2. Offer help. Rather than pushing your products and skills on people, offer to help them in your particular areas of expertise. This is a great way to establish yourself as an expert.
3. Learn from others. Pay attention to others' success stories, and figure out how to apply them to your own situation.
4. Spend time building your social network every day. It only takes a few minutes to send a birthday wish on Facebook, or to congratulate someone for accomplishing something they've posted.
5. Stay in touch with people even when you don't need something. If you haven't had any contact with someone in several years, it's rude to reach out to them out of the blue when you suddenly need something.
6. If you wouldn't do it face to face, don't do it online. For example, don't burden people with updates on your Farmville status or send cutesie hearts or fairies to your business contacts.
Shankman acknowledges that during times like these, it's easy to lose confidence and motivation and withdraw from the networking scene. But he says you can take comfort in the fact that everything is cyclical. "No matter how bad it gets, it will always get better. And when it does get better, be prepared for it to get worse again," he says. "The smart people are the ones who help others even during the good times, when there's not such an apparent need for it." That way, you're in a better position to help when times are tough, and "everyone wins."Source: