What to do when you iPhone dies - or - the many blessings of social media

By: Viveka Tuesday June 15, 2010 comments Tags: iPhone, broken iPhone, Best Buy

The Many Blessings of Social Media

My iPhone just died.  I was listening to the latest Christina Aguilera and – blammo – nothing.  Let’s just say I didn’t shout out “Woohoo”.   I thought, “hmm – maybe a power surge?”  Plugged it back in – nope nothing.  I felt absolutely impotent.  EVERYTHING is on my phone – my life – my connections – MY SCHEDULE.  My iPhone IS my CSM.   Yes, of course I have it backed up in Outlook .  But, well, not EVERYTHING is backed up.  For whatever reason, Outlook doesn’t always grab all my contact info from my phone.  (Yes, I have it configured correctly) Did I mention I have a landline at my office, but not at home?

Anyway, I was freaking out.  Then I remembered - I have Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook!

    • I had a VERY important phone call today, and didn’t have the number.  So I jumped onto LinkedIn, and as I was directly connected to the person - bingo - phone number.

    • I had another phone meeting, and no phone number, so jumped onto Twitter and DM’d my clients with a temp number I set up.

    • I also let everyone know on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter that I was unreachable by phone today, and to contact me via Social Media.

    • And of course there is Skype.



Impotent no more!  Thank you social media!

Next Blog?  Will the Best Buy warranty I bought on my 3 month old iPhone pay off?

Viveka

About the Author: Viveka

Viveka is author of LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day and is known internationally as the “LinkedIn Expert”.
CEO of Linked Into Business, she also hosts the biggest LinkedIn chat on Twitter.  Forbes has listed her as a top social media influencer for three years running, and she has been cited in Ragan, CNN, Forbes, Mashable, Simple Living, Bloomberg, LinkedIn's Small Business Site and "The Sophisticated Marketer's Guide to LinkedIn, The Miami Herald, Social Media Today and The Social Media Examiner!

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