April 2008

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April 30, 2008

Analogies that make sense - maybe!

I liked both the title of Castle, Towns and Missionaries and the content of this post about social media.

Worth a read and it's not too long!

Lost for words!

I watched this video and at the end of it sat for 5 minutes totally lost for words.  You may however watch and not feel the same; if so you are not easily disturbed!

April 29, 2008

Twitter apps and services

Bloggersblog provided a list of Twitter apps most of which are Twitter or Tweet such as:

  1. Ego Twitter'in.
  2. Qwitter.
  3. Tweet Scan.
  4. Tweetburner.
  5. TweetClouds.
  6. Tweetgift.

And of course the list goes on.  Not being a Tweetgeek I haven't got round to checking them all but surely it is only a matter of time before we have Jobtweet, Twitjobs or whatever name someone can think of.  It seems as far as Twitter apps are concerned, the silliest names get chosen so maybe the suggestions above are in with a great chance!

How much for that Twitter in the window?

Twitter_account_2 Earlier on this month Rocketboom founder Andrew Baron decided to sell off his twitter account as blogged on Bloggersblog (of all places!). 

There's also a LOT of discussion about this on Chris Brogan's blog as well.

Myspace profiles have also been previously sold so is there an angle that recruiters need to be aware of on social sites?

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April 28, 2008

Are Vurv up for sale?

Latest rumours off the block: are Vurv up for sale?  Being bought? Buying someone? 

I raised this issue in a recent post ATS to ERP and the rumours are doing the rounds as ever.  Seems 'being bought' is the favoured opinion which would make sense on the basis that the market is not good for an IPO and the value of the company has dropped over the years; not because the have done anything wrong per se but market sentiments have changed.

Next few days could be interesting as we see what happens.  Is it SAP or Oracle, a competitor or a bigger outsourcing player?  Could it be Microsoft :>)

Zuzzid | Another social application

Zuzzid I came across Zuzzid today that is a social network type site for people to 'Speak about your insurance'.  Hardly the most riveting subject on the planet but surprise, surprise there is a insurance broker comparison section and even bigger surprise (not), the site is 'owned' by none other than Norwich Union!

It will be interesting to see how it compares to other sites!  Well done NU for getting in on the social media opportunity.  Following in the footsteps of Gurgle and no doubt many others will soon launch from other organisations.  Remember; if you can see the bandwagon it's too late to jump on!

April 23, 2008

The interview is dead | Long live the interview

Interview So is it really dead?  Well not exactly but in line with petrol going up to £25 per litre will the face-to-face interview survive in the connected, social, web centric virtual world we now live in?

And has it already changed more than we care to admit?

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April 22, 2008

Groundswell | The social technology discussion

Groundswellbook_2 Groundswell, amongst many other things, in the latest incarnation is a book written by two Forrester analysts with practical, data-based strategies for companies that want to harness the power of social technologies like blogs, social networks, and YouTube.

I have ordered my copy and await delivery from Amazon at which point I will do a review of the book and its content.  In the meantime, there is a forum which is just starting to gain traction with some interesting debates already started.

The introduction on the website talks about customers and products but as ever I think there is a strong connection for recruitment and taking a quote from the authors with regards to blog posts, comments, Facebook discusions etc:

"These are all elements of a social phenomenon — the groundswell — that has created a permanent, long-lasting shift in the way the world works."

Recruitment will (also) change forever!

Social Recruiting | Enterprise Version

I picked up a link to this article about Enterprise 2.0 from Stopps on Twitter which I would not have found otherwise.

In summary it argues the point 'free versus paid' argument of web 2.0 technologies and how they are not Enterprise level of they are free.  I have a view on this!

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April 21, 2008

Put your people BEFORE your customers

Steve Mann blogged on what he has called Distilled (Marketing) Learnings (he is American hence the grammar :>).  He has shared 8 points but point 6 in particular was so accurate yet so under recognised.

To become customer centric think Employees First.  This is a shameless plug for Danny Meyer's Book, Setting the Table.  But, if you really want to build a customer-centric organization, don't start with Customer initiatives, start by training and attracting talent that is customer centric to begin with.  That gets the notion of putting the customer in the center of what they do, whether its software development, marketing or serving up a great martini.

Well said Steve.  If only more companies followed this rule!

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