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Joining Forces with Olliance Group

I wanted to let everyone know that as of today, I am joining Olliance Group as Senior Executive and Practice Manager of a new Online Community Practice. This practice will focus on helping companies realize business value from building and nourishing new communities, engaging with existing communities, and utilizing social media in comprehensive community strategies. This is essentially what I am doing now, but joining up with Olliance has some distinct advantages for me:

  • assistance with sales and business development
  • the ability to work on more large projects as part of the Olliance Group team
  • a focus on open source and technology clients
  • the challenge of growing their new online community practice.

Olliance Group is the leading open source business and strategy consulting firm, and they have been consulting with Fortune 500 enterprise clients for the past eight years with a focus on technology companies. I know several of the people at Olliance Group and have worked with them in the past, so I am excited to have the opportunity to work as part of their team. You can read more about our plans and more about the Olliance Group in the press release.

To avoid disruption to existing client engagements, I am going to continue working with existing clients under Fast Wonder LLC, so existing clients should not notice any changes in the work that we are doing together. I am very excited about this opportunity to join forces with a great team and am looking forward to working with some new and interesting clients.

Don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere. I’ll still be living and working from lovely Portland, OR and will continue to blog here on Fast Wonder. Please feel free to leave comments or contact me with any questions about this announcement.

Top Fast Wonder Posts for 2008 and Some Silliness

I was looking at my Google Analytics for 2008, and I thought it would be fun to share some of the info.

Here are the top 10 posts or pages that generated the most page views for 2008:

  1. Taking Your Idea From Side Project to Startup
  2. Yahoo Pipes and RSS Hacks
  3. Starter Kit: Social Media and Social Networking Best Practices for Business
  4. Monitoring Dashboards: Why every company should have one
  5. Consulting
  6. Why You Should Avoid Mozy Backups
  7. Using Twitter for Brands or Corporate Identities
  8. Web 2.0 Starter Kit
  9. Hiring a Community Manager
  10. Starting Point

Most of my traffic comes from the typical sources: Google, Stumbleupon, and Twitter, but I also had a fair amount of traffic from ReadWriteWeb, eLearning Technology, Silicon Florist, and Metafluence.

The most common search results included: dawn foster, best community software, mozy restore, facebook for companies, community manager, shizzow, fast wonder, mozy sucks, and blogging tips.

I also enjoying going to the end of the list to find search results that brought a single person to my blog. Here are a few of the most amusing / interesting:

  • beer consultanting
  • breakfast places near san francisco bridge where king of jordan ate
  • bubble tea facility
  • clarinet atari
  • death of myspace
  • what is going on with all the social networking sites like wikis,blogs and twitter
  • man + woman + online communitties
  • handy tips + how to change a fluorescent kitchen unit bulb
  • green dragon dawn foster
  • facebook rss stalk
  • community manager career — why?
  • “highly illogical” spock
  • bill gates quote faster

OK, enough silliness for today. I hope all of you have a happy new year!

Finally, A Fast Wonder Redesign

Ahhhh, I have finally finished my redesign of Fast Wonder. Same logo, but with a different look and feel.

Have a look, let me know what you think, and be sure to let me know if you see anything wonky.

Special thanks to:

  • Todd Kenefsky for sitting through many rounds of eye exam type feedback of the “which is better: this or that” variety as I tested various colors, sizes, and shapes.
  • Justin Kistner for convincing me that K2 rocks, providing various bits of advice, and letting me steal his rounded corner graphic 🙂

As a part of the redesign, I’ve also obsoleted fastwonder.com for major pages and moved them into WordPress to make template changes easier. I still use that site for presentations, data files, or other stuff not requiring stylesheets. The what I’m reading and about Fast Wonder pages fall into this category.