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THOUGHT: When will recruiters take to Twitter?

Posted on March 31, 2008. Filed under: Social networking |

These days it seems the best indication of when a particular social media source has reached it’s used by date is when recruiters are using it more than your ‘real’ connections 🙂

Take LinkedIn for example. A year ago, this was a valuable tool, allowing us all to connect to business associates. These days, all I seem to get is requests to connect with recruiters, and poorly targeted job offers. Facebook isn’t so bad, but that’s more likely to be because I don’t have technology related keywords against my profile.

So, I’m wondering how long before the recruiters start swarming over Twitter? How long before we get shotgun broadcast @replies to everyone about new jobs?

My guess, the wonderful Twitter landscape we enjoy today will be polluted within 6 months. The Block button will be a regular in our daily use, and the ‘continual conversation’ we enjoy now will regularly be little more than a prelude to a job offer…


But hey, on the flip side, maybe there’s an opening for someone to develop a Twitter app for recruiters…

Here’s what RecruiTwit could do:

1. You seed it with a few people to follow (eg Scobleizer). Then it goes along following the followers of the seed people (all automatically of course)

2. Then, when you are ready with your job ad, you type in the description and click Send. RecruiTwit creates individual @replies to everyone you follow, spamming them with a ‘personal’ job ad tweet

3. In the Premium edition it’d allow you to use multiple Twitter accounts so you can avoid the Twitter API limitations (60 an hour currently I think)

4. In the Platinum edition it automatically creates new Twitter accounts for you every 7 days, since everyone will have blocked your existing ones by then


Am I being too cynical? You can reply to me on Twitter here if you like.


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FACEBOOK: Is no more

Posted on December 14, 2007. Filed under: Social networking |

Brace yourselves kiddies, because the rash of lame link-bait post titles like the one above has started.

For those not on Facebook, this will be meaningless, but for those who are, then you’ll have noticed that the mandatory ‘is’ from the status updates was removed* earlier this week. Yay! No more having to use ‘is’ on all your updates. We can rest easy now.

INSERT non-sequitur…

No one really refers to their parents as cool I guess. But I have to say that in the spectrum of parent coolness, mine are probably on the cool side. After all, they read my blog (Hi Mum!) and also my wife’s. They even leave comments. *gasp*

So, the only real hurdle left to them attaining ‘coolness’ is to join Facebook. Why join? Well, the main reason I’d recommend it for them is in order to follow the status updates. It’s probably the easiest way for them to know what I’m up to… (I mean who uses that old fashioned device called the telephone these days?)

So, mum and dad, if you are reading this, then I recommend you sign up. Go here to join.

My only word of advice: don’t use your real date of birth (I never do on social networking sites) and once signed in set your privacy settings to ‘Only my friends’.

Then go here and add me as a friend.


*I wonder how much the ‘is‘ change cost in development time and rollout. No, seriously. It has been so long in coming, I really would like to know how the change was planned, developed and rolled out. And the dollar figure associated with it. I’m serious. I think it’d be interesting. The cost of software development these days is getting higher and higher, with all the implementation and deployment contingencies that need to be catered for. So I wouldn’t be surprised if this little ‘enhancement’ cost in the tens of thousands…

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MADNESS: I finally understand Ads

Posted on November 9, 2007. Filed under: Social networking |

I’ve been scratching my head trying to work out why Facebook’s recent announcement about the Ad delivery is soooo important. In fact for months (years?) now I’ve been wondering what the fuss about online ads is?

After all, who ever sees any of these ads?

Turns out lots of people. Probably most people.

You see, I hardly ever see ads. I don’t know whether it is IE natively or my IE7Pro add-in killing Ads, but I have never seen an Ad in Facebook, nor for that matter on many other sites.

That is until I used FireFox to do some browsing.

Here’s Facebook as I normally see it (in IE)


But here, OMG, is the same page in FireFox, complete with big ugly ad (in Red square).


I checked a few other sites and the same result – they all have ads. Who’d have thought?

Here’s in FireFox (the Ad is in the red square)


And here it is in IE (hmmm, what’s that blank space?)


I can’t believe it. I mean, how do people put up with all those annoying things?

Ads in Search Engine results I can fully understand. But annoying pop ups and blinking chunks on a page are madness.

Now, to be clear, this isn’t an IE versus FireFox post, as I’m sure FireFox has Ad blocker plug-ins as well.

Rather, this is just a post about someone who has ‘missed out’ on all that visual pollution, and can’t believe there is a whole industry surrounding it, let alone organizing big events to announce some ‘enhancement’ to it. Incredible.

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Google’s OpenSocial

Posted on November 2, 2007. Filed under: Social networking, Technology |

Old news now of course 🙂 but surely the most devastating/interesting/wonderful technology announcement this year. Scoble has a round up of all the best bits on the new Google OpenSocial API that every social networking site on the planet is signing up to.

Open Social is available here.

Plaxo, Ning, MySpace, Beebo, Six Apart, Orkut, Salesforce, LinkedIn, Friendster, Oracle, Engage, the list goes on (via TechCrunch).

Incredible. Perhaps even scary.

Marc Andreesson comments (with screen shots), as does Dave Winer (here and here) and Dan Farber.

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