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November 1, 2009 8:04 PM

Is All Of This Social Media Making You Hungry?

I was stuck, and it was my own fault. After a long flight delay, I found myself in New York City, walking toward one of the most challenging places in which to find a healthy meal: Times Square.

Beyond pizza, hot cashew nuts and a pastrami sandwich bigger than my head, I had no idea where to turn. So I turned to Twitter and sent out a request to my online community for a healthy, fast and fairly priced meal. I wasn't expecting much. Maybe "What? Are you saying that the Carnegie Deli is not fat-free?" But within a few minutes, I had the information I needed and, based on multiple recommendations, managed to eat a lightly seared piece of fresh tuna with vegetables at Blue Fin (attached to the W New York Hotel in Times Square). The "wisdom of crowds" (a term coined by James Surowiecki in his best-selling business book of the same name) prevailed. Amazingly, Blue Fin was also on Twitter and even thanked me for my patronage.

Without question, using hardware, software and mobile applications in order to adopt a healthier lifestyle is one of the best uses of technology for health-conscious road warriors.

And it's more than just restaurant recommendations. Travel and tech really come together in connecting you to other like-minded people. Sure, if you're looking to, say, monitor your running, you can grab the amazing Nike + tech for your iPod/iPhone to tell you how fast you're going or to help you choose a playlist to keep your pace up. But along with Nike + comes an amazing online community that includes iPhone apps and discussion groups, where people are connecting to organize running groups and create running routes based on things like length of run, difficulty and even scenery. (There's also lots of conversation around healthy meals and dieting tips for both pre- and post-runs.) So even when you're out on the road and away from your regular routine, technology and online communities are there to help keep you both motivated and healthy.

Whether you're looking for a delicious smoothie, a way to track your fitness or someone to connect with for dinner or a game of Ultimate Frisbee, technology can help you surround yourself with the right people.

In other words, with a little research, business travel doesn't have to mean taking time out from your health.

The above posting is my monthly tech and gadget column for enRoute Magazine called, Ultraportable. I cross-post it here with all of the links and tags for your reading pleasure, but you can check out the original versions online here:

- enRoute Magazine - Ultraportable - The Crowd-Sourced Menu.

By Mitch Joel


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  • Posted by Alex Ikonn
    Mitch Joel

    Hey Mitch,

    I love the way technology enables us to to eat healthy or just be more adventurous in our every day lives. Thanks for the great read and awareness that there is great tuna at Times Square.

    Another great foodie tech tool that I started to use lately is foursquare. Although still not used to it's potential, it allows me to discover great places where my friends visit and see their tips on what to order. Trying new places never been this easy.

    This is getting me hungry... Time to grab something to eat.

    Alex 'foodie' Ikonn

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  • Posted by Jamie Favreau
    Mitch Joel

    Nice... I am glad you found something in NYC. Sounds like it would have been a challenge with out the technology.

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  • Posted by Vivian Murad
    Mitch Joel

    Hi! I really enjoy reading your blog! Currently I'm writing my final essay for my bachelor degree in marketing and want to write about blogging being such a powerful marketing tool. I live in Sweden and have a hard time finding much info and statistics here, wonder if you've got any suggestions about literature or studies I could check into?

    Thank you for a great blog!
    /Vivian

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  • Posted by Bonnie Bruderer
    Mitch Joel

    I really enjoyed your posting. It is great to see that view on social media. I work with a company that automates all of your social media, and it is so important to know what you are doing out there. Kudos to you!

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  • Posted by Kelsey
    Mitch Joel

    I definitely think that social media can be used wrong if people don't know what they are doing. Social media should be used to share important and relevant information that other people are going to feel helpful. I think any updates about what a person is doing should definitely be used sparingly, especially on twitter.

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