About Sean

Sean R. Nicholson - Author/Blogger at SocMedSean.com

Sean R. Nicholson

Hey! Interested in learning a little more about me? Let’s see…

My first computer was an Apple II (no plus) and I grew up watching 5 1/4″ floppies turn to 3 1/2″ floppies, which evolved into CDs and now DVDs. Don’t tell anyone, but I also had a Timex Sinclair, which loaded data from cassette tapes.

My first account to access the Web was on CompuServe during the CompuServe/Prodigy/AOL wars. Funny that none of them really won that war, they spent millions of dollars building user accounts so the cable companies could sit back and rake in the dough. Early on, I was intrigued by the value of collaborative platforms and was heavily involved in BBS and list serve technologies, as well as CompuServe’s internal groups.

I have been a Web developer for more than 15 years, in one way or another. It started with HTML and moved on to Javascript, ASP, .NET, and eventually PHP. My first development tool was Notepad and I built quite a few sites just using a text editor, until I found Dreamweaver. Okay…it was actually DrumBeat at that time, but I took a class in DrumBeat and was hooked. Soon DrumBeat became Dreamweaver UltraDev and I started writing books about the entire Macromedia Studio. When Macromedia was bought by Adobe and Studio became CS3, I moved on.

I spent about 7 years implementing multi-million dollar Intranet solutions including BEA’s Plumtree and AquaLogic suites. I also implemented large ECM software solutions including OpenText Livelink and Perceptive Software’s ImageNow products.  I have moved on, however, from those big-box solutions and am a huge advocate for platforms such as WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. I love the whole concept of open source technology and am excited to help organizations (large and small) realize the ROI in ditching behemoth software solutions. IMHO, the fact that high-quality products such as Linux, Tomcat, MediaWiki, Joomla, and Drupal can be created without big corporate backing just goes to show that we don’t need complex corporations to build good tools. Just a desire,  skills, and connections between people.

I am not formally trained in technology, other than the handful of programming classes that I have taken in my spare time. I earned an Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and my Juris Doctor with an emphasis in Intellectual Property. That being said, I also have 25 years of technology experience (10 of that managing development teams) so I can stand my own in a geek-off.

I have worked for a broad range of companies and clients, but in all my roles my passion has always been about employee collaboration and knowledge sharing.  I have built Intranets and enterprise content management solutions for companies ranging from small community colleges to Fortune 100 companies. Currently, I’m working for a digital marketing agency helping clients define their social media strategies. Oh yeah, in between my technology jobs, I  have also served my various local communities as an elected City Councilman, Acting Mayor, and Vice President of Community Development.

I’m also a certified Bungee Master. No joke.

I love to speak on topics ranging from social media to employee collaboration. If you’re looking for a speaker for a conference or meetup, feel free to use the contact form to reach me. If you’d like to read a bit more about my experience or see my resume, you can see it here.

That’s probably a lot more than you were looking for, but hey….ask anyone…I talk a lot. Just ask me a question about Intranets or social media and I’ll go on for days. I hope you found the background helpful, let me know if there’s anything I can assist with and I hope you find my articles useful.

See you on the InterWebs ;)

–Sean