Why I’m Social-Media Promiscuous

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About Lisa Hickey

Lisa Hickey is CEO of Good Men Media Inc. and publisher of the Good Men Project. "I like to create things that capture the imagination of the general public and become part of the popular culture for years to come." Connect with her on Twitter.


  1. You’re an amazing social media mentor, Lisa. I know I speak for many who have learned so much from your willing and able advice. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. From a social media novice, I applaud your journey. There’s so much for me to learn here I’m feeling a bit breathless. You inspire me. In reading this I realized that what I really want is to start a revolution too . . . one about make-believing Santa . . . a Santa-ever-after revolution. Thanks again.

  3. Incredible journey, Lisa. Thanks for the education.

  4. Lisa, I’ve rarely read a piece of “social media” reporting with as much useful information and insights as this piece. Thanks for sharing it and I’m pleased to be a small part of your network.

  5. Awesome Lisa. Awesome. Well written. Agree 100%.
    Meeting from tweeting and or social media can create so much.

    I know it has with all of us..

    Thank you!


  6. Great article. And thanks for making me feel so much better about my addiction to social media!

  7. Thanks all, for your comments. The community that has been built here, the way a national discussion has happened around the concept of good men, has truly been one of the most incredible things I’ve been a part of. I wanted to explain the path that led here, and why it is not just ok to connect, but that truly amazing things can happen when you do. There’s a lot of “social media bashing” that goes on these days, even here on this site sometimes, but we wouldn’t all be here without a network of people that get together and say “hey — I want to be part of something that’s bigger than myself.”

  8. That’s a truly insightful Journey LIsa. I’m really inspired by it. :-)

  9. What an amazing piece, Lisa. OK…I’m off to build my Twitter network RIGHT now!!!

  10. Your piece is a cross between the wisdom of Plato, and the vision (if not the portrayed social awkwardness of Mark Zuckerberg, too) of every trailblazer who knew they had to move forward or they would wither in the forest. You’re an inventor taking part in the planning of your own future. And, luckily for others too.

  11. Cooper Fleishman says:
  12. Not being a big fan of social media, and seeing much of the conversation surrounding it as mired in hype and me too style attempts at monetizing some aspect of it or another, I do have to compliment you on this piece. You’ve done a very nice job of drilling down to the real potentialities that social media like Twitter and Facebook represent without selling yourself to the gods of social media hype. Really well done Lisa.

    Also nice to see someone who isn’t afraid to write beyond 1,000 words because the “professionals” advise against it. Followed you on Amplify, and will certainly be getting myself better acquainted with the Good Men Project.

  13. laura Novak says:

    WOW on every level. You dexterously weave the various ideas and experiences to make the case for the life you lead and the methods you employ. You were riding the wave before any of us even made it to the beach. What an excellent essay – the horrible experience with your daughter notwithstanding. But you are right: the sharing of information should be so effortless at this point. No excuse for those nurses at all. And your use of all that is digital and available to us is inspirational indeed. Connect me up, Scottie.

  14. Lisa, I’ve watched you online since your very first days- via Edward Broches. As the old tagline goes- “You’ve come a long way baby”- at an incredible pace.
    The word “leadership” is getting a whole body makeover- while we’ve often handed the “power” over to politicians, corporate chieftains, sports heroes, movie stars- now, we’re seeing a shift to people who connect others- even with “weak ties”- having the ability to create a movement.
    The only thing that I don’t like- is those that use social media for- well- social medias sake.
    Have a cause, make a difference, challenge the status quo, question authority- but don’t just play “telephone” with the message.
    This is a pretty brilliant post- and should be read by a lot of people. Thank you for pulling it all together- and for committing so much time to changing the world- 140 characters at a time- or more.

    • Lisa Hickey says:

      Hi David, I of course remember when we first connected — we had an hour long phone conversation around Social Media and Politics. You were another insightful, helpful person who was willing to share what you knew. Thanks for re-connecting here.

  15. When people say “I’m having Corn Flakes” for breakfast, what they’re really saying is “My heart wants to connect with whoever is listening.”

    Social Media is bullshit.

    • Lisa Hickey says:

      Jeremy, I’m sure I don’t have to remind you that you and I first met on Twitter. Since then we have disagreed about a whole bunch of things, from Twitter follower counts to porn. But we’ve kept the conversation going, on and off, for almost two years now. Just for the record. In fact, you, as much as anyone, taught me that you don’t have to agree with someone in order to like them.

      Totally with you on your cornflakes insight. The reason you and I connected in the first place is because you are someone who listens.

  16. You’ve made me feel so much better about the copious amount of time I spend on Twitter and FB!


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