John is a social media buddy - I haven't met him in RL (i.e. real life) and I still think of him more as jljohansen - his Twitter handle - than by the name John. Funny how that works. But while I have not worked with John directly, he's been in my circle for quite some time. John was a Bostonian that is currently in Austin...part of that trend last year of some of Boston's brightest moving to Austin...what is up with that?!?! To me, John exhibits all the best behavior of a community manager - even though that has not been an explicit role - he shares his knowledge and information freely, engages in conversation, and is not into gratuitous self-promotion. I would guess that those qualities are what make him so plugged in.
If you are in the Austin area and looking for an interactive or social media marketer, you should snap John up quickly. Here's his response to my questions - I love the Speedo incident!:
What part of the social web world are you most fascinated by and why?
I'm most fascinated by how the social web continues to change. Not only is it changing everything it touches but it keeps changing itself. It's nearly impossible to keep up with everything that's happening but the broad trends are starting to emerge and you can see how they start applying to specific situations in social spaces.
What are you passionate about and what motivates that passion?
If you could construct your own job who would you be working with? For whom? On what problems?
Since you can't always make up a job that will support you - what are you looking for next?
What project/activity from past jobs gave you the most joy?
What non-work related activities make you the happiest?
What's your most amusing work-related story?
What are your thoughts about the US economy and what is going on?
I think I've said too much already. ;-)