Dabney Porte is an author, international speaker and entrepreneur. Her specialty is online relationships and her passion is bringing social to big brands and the media Industry. In 2011, Dabney caught the eye of veteran talk show host Ricki Lake. After forming an immediate online friendship, Ricki sought Dabney to build the first ever social TV community of its kind, The Friends of Ricki, for the new Ricki Lake Show. She helps others leverage online relationships to enhance business strategy and is a leader in building online communities. Visit Dabney’s website for more on lifestyle and the empowerment of women.
1. In 140 characters, tell us about you:
I’m living the Social Media Lifestyle and LOVE empowering women! I produce SM communities ~ #SmManners #SmGirlfriends #FriendsofRicki and #SlumberParty
2. Who influences you most online as a role model and why?
The best-kept secret today is the successful online woman entrepreneur, and she influences me most. Brilliant, dedicated, hardworking and creating a social presence to do good on Social Media while building a business, the women of today are remarkable and creating BIG magnificence!
3. When has social media helped you achieve something great?
There is a dynamic and global shift going on today and we are connecting like never before. The Dalai Lama said, “The world will be saved by the Western Woman.” I believe this is true and it is happening now as a direct result of Social Media.
Via Social Media I have been able to create many online communities where individuals can connect and engage like never before.
In creating the online community Social Media Girlfriends, women from over 23 countries are engaging, supporting and working together to change businesses and lives. Social GOOD to take place via over 8 billion global impressions made on Twitter alone!
4. What makes you un-follow or unlike somebody?
The only reason I will un-follow or unlike someone, is if they are bringing negativity into my “nest” on twitter or my “world” on Facebook. Hence, I will un-follow porn sharing accounts, spammers and those who are negative and present with aggressive or passive bully-like behavior towards others or me.
Many ask me why I follow those who do not engage or are very “quiet” ~ and I remind them that the person who may be simply observing and quiet may be your million dollar deal or new best friend. One day, they may speak up and engage and offer wonderful value to your life. I am a believer that un-following or un-friending need only be done if offensive behavior is present.
5. If you could have a topic trend on twitter what would it be and why?
I love seeing topics that add value to Social GOOD ~ I love #kidsareheroes #kindness #Gratitude #Love #Charity
6. How would you differentiate impact vs influence?
I always say that it is the impression you LEAVE on Social Media (impact) that is valuable, not the number of impressions you make (influence). Many are so confused about metrics such as number of followers, reach, impressions and how they measure your “influence”.
I speak to leaving an impact by sharing information that will help others. This is far more important than having said influence via RTs given by auto programs, RSS feeds etc. Ask yourself, “Are my followers engaging with my posts?” When you can answer yes, you know you are making an impact, which in the end will give you “credible” influence. Remember, we must be very careful and observe how some who are “influential” are really not leaving an “impact” at all.
With a focus on lifestyle and women empowerment, Dabney has received worldwide attention and is known for her passion in building relationships online and in person. Dabney is noted for connecting people across the globe. Be sure to follow Dabney Porte on Twitter for more great ideas from a social media diva.