Twitter Growth and Inspiration

Lots of great ideas floating around Twitter these days.  JobAngels (#jobangels or @jobangels) was one of the first great HR ideas I saw.  The whole premise is to have everyone help one person get a job.  Fantastic.  Straight forward and an awesome goal.  If you are/were unemployed, wouldn’t you want this?!

Hash-tags always have been a great way to follow a topic.  When people travel, they create a hash tag.  When people want to discuss a movie or TV show (such as Lost at #lost), anyone can follow along and join in.

Now, for the HR community, The Red Recruiter started #followHR for everyone to have the chance to connect with others and grow the Twitter HR community (check out the explanation here http://theredrecruiter.com/our-blog/bid/16746/FollowHR-Explained).

Let’s all jump in, connect, help each other and interact.  After all, isn’t that what social networking is all about.

Better yet, let’s all continue to work to uncover ways to make these experiences better each day and how you may add value and positively impact others in the process.

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First Hello

How Not To Use Twitter

If you want to loose followers and provide no value, then follow this advise!  (NOTE and WARNING: There is some language in this video)

 

Social Networking Hesitation?

This most likely does not pertain to you specifically if you are reading this post or found it through Twitter or another networking site.

 

After a great conversation with Mary Wilson (www.learn-solutions.com) where we spent a few minutes covering networking sites/tools and why they are so powerful today, I wanted to put this out there for those of you that also encounter the naysayer to social networking.  I am somewhat shocked at the feeling out there of people having any hesitation for social networking sites.  I have been hearing a negative connotation surrounding them with a few common threads:

  • I don’t want to tell everyone what I am doing every minute of the day
  • I don’t care what you ate for lunch
  • I don’t understand why someone would want to tell people things about their life
  • Isn’t it scary that someone out there knows what you are doing

The one thought that is escaping the individuals who I spoke with is that YOU control what information you put out there and who you follow and with some sites you can block those you don’t want following you.  If you don’t want everyone to know details of your day, life, work, etc. then don’t publish it.  If you are seeking advice on a particular topic then these sites are fantastic for networking and knowledge sharing.

 

Being closed minded to expanding your network, short term or long term, could be detrimental to your career.  Think about this scenario for a moment.  Let’s say you and your colleague are being considered for a promotion.  Your manager asks for each of you to complete a project by the end of the day and you both know this will be influential as to his decision.  Research is required and you jump on Google and start to search and now have to sort through numerous pages and links to find what you need.  Your colleague jumps on LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. and asks questions on each site… the responses come flooding in with feedback, guidance and even links for what was asked.

 

Does this happen all of the time?  Is it realistic?  I really did this to prove that these sites are not all about “Enjoying a sandwich at Panera” or anything along these lines.  These sites are business and professional but, again, it is on how you choose to utilize them.

 

My recommendation to those who question this new medium, get out there and give it an honest try but give it a good try… don’t fool yourself with a weak effort.  Try it and if you still have a poor opinion then just cancel your account.  I have a feeling you will find true value, and who knows… you may even make some strong connections along the way!

 

Follower Appreciation Day, Random Acts of Awesomeness

Talent Revolution and Amanda Hyte (on Twitter at @sexythinker) have a fantastic idea and initiative going: Follower Appreciation Day, Random Acts of Awesomeness (FADRAA): http://www.talentrevolution.net/profiles/blogs/fad-well-be-collecting-stories.  In my opinion, one of the best ideas to hit Twitter along with JobAngels.

 

This is a fantastic way to get to know your followers better and provide positive blog comments OR video shout outs OR complimentary tweet OR introduce to other Twitters OR free giveaways.  Five fantastic options to do and so easy to complete.  Then, you simply ask them to do the same to five members in their network, a pay-it-forward initative.

 

Creative, sexy thinking is awesome to see and kudos to Talent Revolution for driving this new groundbreaking Twitter/Facebook drive.

Personal Branding, always evolving

Today, Dan Schawbel launched his new book, Me 2.0.  This looks like an interesting read as getting different perspective on these topics are always interesting, especially when it is regarding you and your career (referring to me, sorry to be confusing).  Personal Branding is critical for everyone because you always need to have this in the back of your mind ready to go as you never know who you may come across when you are out on the town.

 

There are always blogs and tweets regarding personal branding, personal elevator pitches, blog elevator pitches, landing pages and the like.  All are important, but don’t get caught up in all of this too much.  It is good to have them but when you start aggressively going down this path, you begin to shrink-wrap yourself into a package.  Networking is still people interaction and you shouldn’t brand yourself as something you are not.

 

My brief thoughts on this just to get you thinking:

 

  • Be yourself.  This is always the most important aspect.  Don’t put yourself out there as something you are not as this will be uncovered very quickly.
  • Talk with your friends/family.  They will give you objective feedback and help you to realize points you may not have thought about.
  • Create a landing page.  This is a personal page where you maybe found and put a little bit about yourself out there for people to learn about you.
  • Update your resume every 3 months.  Have different copies of your resume, a one pager and a two pager, just in case.
  • Try to meet one new person a day.  It is amazing who you may come across out there.

I know this is just scratching the surface but something just to get you thinking a bit if you haven’t begun already.

Ouch, Careful What You Post

Articles are popping up everywhere on people getting fired or jobs rescinded due to their activity on Twitter and Facebook (exhibit A – http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29796962/wid/11915829).  Not everything you do has to go on Twitter of Facebook… seriously.  You are not the only one on these sites, obviously, and lots of people pay attention to key words and maybe already following you or connected to you somehow.

 

There are some things that just shouldn’t go onto social networking sites:

  • Negative feelings towards your job
  • Negative feelings towards your company
  • Negative feelings towards your boss
  • Negative feelings towards your coworker
  • Negative feelings towards an interview
  • Negative feelings towards your spouse
  • Negative feelings towards your girlfriend/boyfriend

Instead, keep it light or lighter by not being so direct in these areas.  By directly making a negative you are already close to the hot water.  Plus, not everyone wants to hear you complain about whatever.  Pick up the phone and call someone, get out of the house, whatever but don’t put yourself in a position where a momentary lapse of judgment may impact your future.

 

Recruiters look at these sites now to get a feel for a person before you meet them, maybe even before they pick up the phone.

 

Sure, people need to vent but think before you act.  Basic steps and an elementary thought process but it may save you in the future.

Twitter Isn’t Everything To Everyone

Interesting (more funny) perspective:

How Do You Stay Focused?

A few years ago I was privileged enough by my previous employer to take part in a seminar and found it tremendously valuable – so much so that I keep a mouse pad next to me as a constant reminder of the important information I learned as to hopefully never forget.

Ah-ha Reminders

I love reminders, notes, to-do’s or whatever your verbiage of choice maybe.  I am high on keeping notes handy to remind myself later of important information or just so I won’t forget in the course of a day.

I’m trying to simplify my life a bit but I have a Palm, a Blackberry and a couple of notepads that I will never get rid of… there is just something about actually writing that still sticks with me.  I keep a notepad on blog ideas (an idea I got from Problogger), one for notes on a book I hope to write one day and one for what I need to do for work which is ultimately my most used each and every day.  I also have a “honey-do” list at home which never seems to get shorter.

The list is something that resonates within me to focus and get accomplished.  With so many distractions available these days in the form of co-worker chit-chat, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or other social networking and the Google search of your choosing there must be a devise to help refocus yourself.

If you work off of your memory well, then you are one of the lucky ones.  If most of you are like me, then I highly recommend taking time to devise what will work for you and don’t let it go.  Embrace it, use it, focus with it and grow with it.  Who knows, it may provide you with more value than you could ever imagine and maybe begin to enhance other areas of your professional or personal life.

Social Media Expert?

Is there such thing as a social media expert?  There are many individuals out there who blog about social media and social networking, including me.  There are certainly leaders out there who have more data and insight on the topic than others but how does one sort through all the information out there to devise a plan or goal that works for you.  Ultimately, it is up to the individual to determine what their goal is and how they want to interact in each space.  I recommend reading what you have time and interest for on the subject and determine for yourself what makes sense.  What works for one person may not work for you and may not be your goal.

 

Ask yourself simple questions, here are a few samples:

• What is my ultimate goal for this site?  Job hunt, professionally network, socially network, etc.

• What information do I want to share?  Am I comfortable putting personal information and pictures on sites, do I keep it more professional or a smattering of both?

• What will be the opinion of me when others search for me and come across my information?

 

Spend some time on this and consider your options and goals, it makes all the difference.