Happy Internet Geek Tuesday!

Ananda the Internet Geek enjoying Fast Company while sipping Zen green tea at Starbucks
Ananda the Internet Geek enjoying Fast Company while sipping Zen green tea at Starbucks

Happy Internet Geek Tuesday!

February is truly my month of new beginnings. Today, I am launching Internet Geek Tuesday to celebrate all things Internet and Geeky! This weekly celebration is a part of my latest effort to marry my blog and social media content to my “Yoga + Creativity + Internet Geek” personal brand statement (Yoga Mondays and Creativity Thursdays).

One of my favorite issues of Fast Company
One of my favorite issues of Fast Company

I wanna tell you about one of my favorite magazines, Fast Company (FC). I have been reading FC since its launch in 1996. Yep, it’s been that long. I was required to read it when I worked as a knowledge manager and intellectual property protection manager for Hamilton Securities Group, Inc. I fell in love with it on the first day I read it. It was the perfect combination of creativity, business, entrepreneurs, and technology.

Photo Credit: FastCompany.com
Photo Credit: FastCompany.com

Lynne d Johnson is one of the first FC writers I felt connected to. Lynne’s work with FC’s Most Influential Women In Tech cover stories exposed me to a diverse group of of digital diva sheroes. Her career and Twitter wisdom continue to inspire and inform me. To learn more about her, click here to listen to our 2010 chat on Digital Sisterhood Radio.

February issue of Fast Company
February issue of Fast Company

Right now I am reading the February issue. It’s all about creative conversations. Click here to read more about them.

Photo Credit: FastCompany.com
Photo Credit: FastCompany.com

FC has an amazing group of writers. Ellen McGirt, a FC senior writer, rocks my world with her words, interviews, and feature stories. Ellen’s creative energy helped give birth to FC’ June 2012 issue on The League of Extraordinatory Women. Click here to watch  her 2011 IFT talk on the power of invention and innovation. Enjoy!

Before I close this post, I just had to share that Ellen responded to my tweet with a kind message. It made my #InternetGeekTuesday! Here’s our Twitter exchange.

@anandaleeke: #InternetGeekTuesday Love: When I read @ellmcgirt‘s articles on @FastCompany, my mind is filled with ideas! She rocks! ow.ly/hlxqf


PS: Be sure to follow me on Twitter @anandaleeke and the #InternetGeekTuesday hashtag for more Internet Geek treats. Check me out on Flickr and Pinterest too!

Great News! Influential1s.com included me in their first class of 2011 influencers

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Yesterday I learned Influential1s.com included me in their first class of 2011 influencers.  See the influential1s.com press release below. Click here to read my bio. What a honor! I am truly humbled to be in the company of many of the people I admire and learn from. Many thanks to Mike Street and Dupé Ajayi, founders of Influential 1’s web site.


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NEW YORK, Jan. 11, 2011 – (influential1s.com) as a means to pay tribute to the many un-recognized influencers in the urban space.

Social media is driven by influencers, no matter what the tool is: Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare – their success is dependent on user buy-in. User buy-in is determined by early adapters: The Influential 1’s.

The Starting Class:

  1. Clarence Wooten – CEO of Groupsite.com
  2. Ananda Leeke – Author
  3. Louis Pagan – Managing Partner for Hispanicize
  4. Lynne d Johnson – Senior Digital Strategist for R/GA
  5. Baratune Thurson – Director of Digital for The Onion
  6. Dawton Thomas – Editor-in-Chief for Global Grind, Inc.
  7. Farai Chideya – Managing Editor of Pop and Politics
  8. John Andrews – VP of Development for Rethink Impact
  9. Jocelyn Harmon – Director of Business Development at Care2
  10. Kevin Powell – Activist, Writer, and Public Speaker
  11. Jeff Johnson – Journalist, Social Activist, and Political Commentator

“We are paying homage to the influencers who are shaping the urban/digital industry,” said Mike Street co-founder of influential1s.com. “In 1903 W.E.B. DuBois released his essay called ”The Talented Tenth.” DuBois was an influencer and he knew the importance of highlighting the best of the best. So 1/11/2011 marks a historic date for us as we pay tribute to the influential one’s who will carry on the tradition of being exceptional men and women and moving the urban community forward in erasing the digital divide.”

The list highlights the urban cultural influencers who made waves 2010 and will undoubtedly impact their core discipline areas in 2011.  Dupe Ajayi, co-creator, commented, “Social media plays host to a wealth of valuable information. How can anyone decipher it all to yield that which is most relevant to them? These 11 have risen to the top with doing just that; filtering the noise so that people get what is most important to them in the most succinct way while peppering in dashing of their distinct personalities. They are ‘Heroes of the Web’.”

About Influential 1’s

Influential1s.com was created to pay tribute all year long to the people that are positively affecting our culture. The site will be updated on a regular basis and serve as a resource, directory, and hub for acknowledging the urban influencers who are shaping the culture, starting trends, launching businesses, and beyond. The site was launched on 1/11/2011 and is owned by Mike Street (@streetforce1) and Dupe Ajayi (@theajayieffect). For inquiries, contact info@influential1s.com.

Ananda hosts Sisterhood the Blog Radio’s Women in Social Media Series in June

Logo by Ananda Leeke

In late May, I launched the Women in Social Media series on Sisterhood the Blog Radio with Lynne D. Johnson, Senior Vice President of Social Media for the Advertising Research Foundation. I have admired Lynne for many years (loved her blog when she was at Fast Company, one of the first tech magazines I started reading in the late 90s) and read her blog like it is a religion! She is truly one of my digital diva sheroes! Check out Lynne’s interview with another one of my fav social media sheroes Lena West.

On June 1, I spoke with Sonya Steele, a lawyer turned LA-based screenwriter, about her new web TV show “Celeste Bright.” See video trailer below. It is INCROYABLE (incredible as the French say!).  It launches later this month.

I spoke with my new favorite social media author Deanna Zandt, a media technologist, about her new book Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking on June 6.  Deanna and I had a chance to meet in person at Open City on June 7 while she was in DC for a book reading and conference.  She is amazing.  See our photo below.  I will be writing a book review about Share This! later this month on my DC Social Media Examiner column.

FYI – You can listen to my interviews with Lynne, Sonya, and Deanna, by clicking here and looking for their audio recordings in the section called “Past Episodes.”

Be sure to tune into the Women in Social Media interview series on  June 10 at 8 pm EST (Pam Perry), June 14  at 9 pm EST (Johanna Vondeling), June 15 at 8:30 pm EST (Katherine Lewis), June 17 at 8 pm EST (Kety Esquivel), and June 22 at 8 pm EST (Shonali Burke). These are powerful ladies with passion and positive energy!!!! They rock!

NOTE: I am using my Sisterhood the Blog Radio and BAP Living Radio interviews as research for my next book Sisterhood the Blog: Soundbytes from the 21st Century Women’s Online Revolution (December 2011).