Category: Social Media

Linked In Etiquette

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September 21, 2011 at 11:02 pmCategory:Personal Post | Social Media

It’s always interesting figuring out who to grant requests to connect from on Linked In. I don’t even know if it makes much of a difference, it doesn’t seem to be like Facebook or Google+ where there is at least the illusion of personal data segmentation. So does one just blindly accept every connect request?

Of course not. The skill here, like in real life, is learning the rules of the social game.

The LinkedIn Announcement

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June 2, 2011 at 9:44 amCategory:Social Media | Technology

Not a “surprise” announcement, by any means. Ever since they’ve been around, they have pushed us to get our profile up to 100% completion. This included, of course, getting recommendations from colleagues.

And then, their IPO on May 19th, 2011. All kinds of cash flow. So now, they are formalizing their business model in an obvious vs. their previous badly hidden way.

This includes a button which basically lets job applicants send employers or recruiters their profile information, as I understand it. So, this couples Linked In even more tightly with the job application process. Their little button can expand across the web like the, well, “Like” button.

So what does this mean to the job application process? It expands the influence, or tries to expand the influence, of Linked In so that when you think “I want to apply for a job,” you automatically think “Cripes, where is the Linked In Apply for this position button?!?!”

Just like Facebook is trying to make you think, “I need to contact Jill Jetson, so I’d better log on to Facebook and leave her a message.” In the case of Facebook, you could use e-mail, but it’s a bit more inconvenient, and in the case of Linked In, you could go to a job board and try to remember your password and upload your resume again, but it’s a bit more inconvenient.

In this Web 2.0 World (which sounds better than Multitasking Hell World), don’t underestimate how much people appreciate a little less inconvenience.

Fifteen Minutes of Fame, Twitter-style (You’ve been plpED)

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May 26, 2011 at 12:37 pmCategory:Social Media

Like everyone else (right?), I get so excited when I see I’ve been mentioned on Twitter.

“OMG! Someone loves me! What did they retweet, what did they say?”

Then you go look, and you’ve been sucked in by a paper.li page (or a page based off the paper.li architecture).

I really don’t see the point of these. I retweet someone who is more famous or gets paid to write the content attached to the link I retweeted, and I get my name associated with the paper.li page? (I’ll call it plp for short from now on.)

Even with careful searching, I am hard put upon to find my name on the plp itself. I’m sure the casual visitor to the plp will not see ANYONE who got their name mentioned on Twitter for the page.

Vanity is all very nice, but content being pushed out without a useful purpose is…pretty much the state of the “Cloud” right now. The signal to noise ratio gets lower by the hour sometimes, it seems.

But hey. If you’re measuring your online success just by the number of mentions you get (hi Klout and Empire Avenue! How are ya?), then this is just great. For me? I’d rather interact with humans. But if you enjoy getting plpED, then don’t let me ruin your enjoyment.

The Hero and The Community

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November 2, 2010 at 10:44 pmCategory:Social Media | Technology

There is…wait. Let’s talk about YOU first.

Maybe you’re a teenager. Maybe you’re a geek professional working a good job. But it’s you, right? You are the hero of your everyday life, you make it happen, you’re special.

So, things you do are special. How you dress, what you eat, where you go. Where you go. If only there was some way to track that…

But wait, there is! All these great companies like Foursquare and Gowalla are giving you the ability to check in to places and let people know where you are. You can earn badges, and with Foursquare, you can even become the mayor. The mayor! There’s a nice title for a person like you. President or King or Empress just sounds too much, too ridiculous, but Mayor…there’s a title that’s just right for someone of your eminence. Mayors are important and get things done, but they are approachable, and that’s what you are, right? Approachable.

So check in! Your friends can find you and they can check in, too! You can all check in and tell the world, “Here I am, this is me, this is what I do, this is my life in exquisite personal detail!”

What about the community? You’re in it, right? You’re enriching it by your presence, and everyone should know that!

Wait, I forgot, I was going to talk about something else at the start. But here it is.

There’s a different kind of checking in offered by www.blockchalk.com. It is different in that it’s totally anonymous,m and your “chalks” are sorted by your location. which defaults to your neighbourhood. Not Frou-Frou Cafe, just that you’re in West New Old Portobello.

And your name, or ID, doesn’t show up unless you type it in. So you are sort of coerced to enter something about your neighbourhood, the area where you are existing in at the time. A sort of broader sense of where you are.

You can also categorize your “chalks” around things like Nice, Lame, Crime, or just Ask something of other people. About the neighbourhood in general, or even about Cafe Frou Frou. But it’s not immediately about you, this great person, being the centre of attention, with your ID and your badges and your mayorship. It’s implicitly biased towards making you anonymous and talking about your surroundings and how other people might interact with these same surroundings.

Maybe it’s not surprising that the Hey look at me I’m over here apps have dominated the marketplace, and Block Chalk is sort of over there in the corner. Will it get some market traction? I don’t know. But I wish it did and let us remind each other that life isn’t always about Hey me I’m here me.