Category Archives: Twitter

Social Media Marketing is Like 7-Layer Bean Dip

“Social Media Marketing is Like 7-Layer Bean Dip; Each Site You Use, a Layer.  Leave a Layer Out and It’s Not Everything it Could Be.” –  Terry Hall

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Twitter-Boosted Networking via Linkedin + Facebook Connections

Tweet me!

Linkedin + Facebook are great ways to boost your Twitter following and network.  

I recently created a group focused solely on Twitter.

Meet and/or follow other “Tweeters” on “Tweet cha!

Whether you’re already a Twitter user or want to be,  “Tweet cha!” is for you.

Join and introduce yourself… then post your Twitter-name for members to follow.

Check out Tweet cha! Networking groups: Linkedin & Facebook

A Twitter-user name account and mutual member following are not required for group membership.

Tweet with me! @TerryJobs or @WoWomen

Happy Networking!

Terry

Job Spot Networking
Women Veterans Networking

Tweet me! Facebook fan page

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Oh, Social Media! LinkedIn Network, Now “Followers”

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Did I miss the memo? I must have, because my Linkedin “network”  has changed to “followers”.  I noticed today, while scrolling my groups “members” tab.

Maybe I just didn’t see it before, but I’m sure I would have.  It would have been nice to get a “heads-up” before changes were made.

At least Facebook hasn’t jumped on the “follower” bandwagon… I checked today; my “friends” are still “friends”… that’s a relief!

Don’t get me wrong, followers are fabulous! I’m a follower of many on Twitter; celebrities, social media moguls, stores, brands, sports teams, companies, and average people with random or entertaining tweets.

But Let’s Be Real: @ChrisPirillo @Ellen_Degeneres, @ChrisBrogan, @AplusK or @LadyGaga don’t consider me part of their “trusted, professional network” just because I’m one of thousands (and thousands) of followers.

That being said, my followers aren’t all a part of my “trusted, professional network”, but who cares… I’m not on Twitter to “build a professional network” … I’m on Twitter to “tweet”!

My LinkedIn Network is relationships developed over many years; a trusted network, built from in-person, and/or mutually professional interactions.  In my opinion, the term “followers” dilutes the value of a professional network, something LinkedIn built its brand on.

About.com ‘s Definition of Followers: “Followers are the people who have agreed to receive your Tweets through Twitter. If you add someone else to the list of people you read, you “follow” them. Popularity on Twitter is often measured by the number of followers a person has.”

Is LinkedIn about Popularity? I think not. I don’t wantpopularity” on LinkedIn; I want to be a valuable and respected networking resource for my connections.

Like Twitter, Linkedin has its place; I use both for different reasons.  It’s pointless (and confusing) that Linkedin adopted a term that makes Twitter uniquely appealing to its users.

That’s just me, anyone else care to chime in?

Happy Networking!

Terry

Tweet Jobs & Social Media w/Terry

My LinkedIn Profile

What’s Your Social Media Mix?

 

My Off-Line Mix

How many social networking sites have you joined and which do you use most often? (Daily/Weekly)?

I’ve joined 100’s of networking sites since 2004, and use 20 (+/-) frequently.

My social media mix includes: Linkedin, Facebook, WordPress, Blogger, Google, Plaxo, Yahoo!, Twitter, Ning, Digg, YouTube, BlogTalkRadio, Photobucket & Flikr.

If you’re an avid networker, you’ve probably joined more than one social networking site in the social media ecosystem. 

If so, please reply to any or all of the following questions:

1.   How many networking sites have you joined?

2.   Which do you use and/or participate in often? (daily/weekly)

3.   What’s your favorite social networking site(s)?

4.   What keeps you engaged?  (ie., entertainment value, relevance, number of active networking participants, return on time investment)

Thanks & Happy Networking!

Terry

http://www.job-spot-seattle.com/

Tweet Jobs w/Terry

I’ve posted this question on LinkedIn and on my website:  Job Spot Blog

My LinkedIn Groups:

Job Spot Seattle &  Job Spot USA

http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=2060226

http://www.linkedin.com/groupRegistration?gid=1236757

Job Spot Yahoo! Sites:

http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/Job_Spot_Seattle

http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/Job_Spot_West_Coast/

—- Background —-

I share public responses on my blogs, networking groups and/or social networking site groups to help members and/or readers make informed decisions about the social media.  

I’m working on a social media project.  Public responses may be mentioned in my final work and on my websites, blogs or networking sites and groups.   

Responses to this question are available to the general internet public.

If you want to remain anonymous, please don’t answer publicly.

For a list of my networking groups, blogs, and social networking memberships, please visit my website @  http://www.job-spot-seattle.com/

World Map of Social Media Networks; Why Should You Care? Because Its Your Privacy

Techcrunch.com featured the  “World Map Of Social Networks Shows Rise Of Facebook” article on its site today.  

The article, with its brightly colored graphics and corresponding map legend, caught my immediate interest. 

The article took me off task from posting my planned blog post, “Are You Too Networked“, but I’ll get that posted soon.   …

Social Media and Social Networking Sites allow you to “meet” people you wouldn’t otherwise have met.   

It’s easy to feel comfortable when networking online and common to feel like you “know” and can trust who you network with.  On some levels, you probably can.  

Looking at the World Map of Social Networks, shows the depth and potential of strangers with access to your data.

The article and detailed map, released today on http://www.techcrunch.com, shows the “depth” and reach online social networks have across the globe.   http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/12/21/world-map-social-networks/

There are risks when networking reaches this magnitude.  To avoid potential “security & privacy risks” use common sense safety precautions. 

One suggestion: don’t share your private/personal data unless you know who you’re sharing it with.  

On a side note, Twitter allows users to have multiple accounts with different user-names.   (a point to ponder).

Want To Protect Your Identity & Privacy on Social Networking Sites?  Take a few of these precautions.  They may seem rash, but could help protect your privacy. 

Do Not Disclose or Use Your:

Birthdate

Home or Work Address.  Use a location central to your area

Work, Home and/or Cell Phone Numbers (I use my Google Voice Number instead)

Primary e-mail (especially if it includes your name or birthday year etc)

Specific dates, ie., dates and times of vacation or business travel

Mother’s Maiden Name, Spouse or Significant other’s Full Name, and/or their Places of Employment

Family Names, Children and/or Next of Kin Full Names

Drivers License or Social Security Number

ID Card Style AvatarsPhotos like those on State or Government issued ID Cards.   In other words, make it hard for identity thieves to create a convincing / real-looking fake ID. 

Additional resources:

Each Social Networking site has its own Privacy Policy Page.  Read and understand it before joining.  

Registering for membership on a site isn’t as serious as applying for credit or filling out an employment application. 

Ask yourself;  Do they really “need” all that personal information?   

I’m not an online security and risk prevention professional, but I’ve safely used online social media since 1998.  

I also draw from my past military training when navigating the social media landscape.

For more info, check out this article on protecting your privacy: http://www.businessknowhow.com/security/opsec.htm 

Stay Safe & Happy Networking!

Terry

http://twitter.com/Twitr_Recruiter

http://www.Job-Spot-Seattle.com/

Work it Like a Hummingbird; Making The Most of Social Media & Social Networking

What’s your Social Networking style and what animal does it most resemble? I hadn’t given it much thought until Scott Blatchley, Director/Owner at Toothbone Limited, asked, “What type of Social Networking Animal Are You?” his blog and on LinkedIn Questions.

I responded for two reasons; it was an engaging question and he offered a bottle of Champagne for best response!

Here’s my response:

“Hi Scott, Great question! I’ve never thought of it before, but knew right away the kind of social networking animal I’d be…

a Hummingbird!

Hummingbirds are one of nature’s smallest animals, yet they have a big appetite! They quickly and gracefully move between flowers in a mutually beneficial resource exchange.

Somehow aware of its essential role in pollination, hummingbirds dart about; spending bits of quality time with each flower, ensuring no petal is disturbed. They share resources and gather pollen; creating a mutual benefit in their process.

Although small, hummingbirds are easily recognized without being loud or hugely spectacular. They are respected and known for their energy, vibrancy, resourcefulness and relevance in nature.

Here’s How I’d Compare My Social Media Networking Style, to a Hummingbird

I don’t have a huge, over-powering presence but I have a big appetite for new information and networking! I spend short bits of quality time across various social networking sites. I share resources and exchange knowledge with my networks and groups.

I’m always seeking new social media venues and keep abreast of the latest trends in my industry.

Happy Networking! Terry”

Fast Forward, 2-weeks, to a message I received from Scott today:

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On 11/09/09 11:38 AM, Scott Blatchley wrote:

“Congratulations Terry!

You’ve won with your answer “hummingbird”. Please send your preferred mailing address to scott@toothbone and that Champagne will be on the way!

I’ll blog the full list at the end of the week so stay tuned.

Enjoy!

Scott”
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Who’s Following You…on Twitter?

I’m all for Twitter; totally sold on the whole “micro-blogging” thing after joining late last year. Frankly, I’m amazed at what I’d missed out on in Twitter’s wide-open landscape of endless opportunities! My reason for “tweeting”? Simple… Open jobs, Career News and my favorite: Job-seekers and Resumes.

More on what Job-Seekers, Employers & Recruiters can find in the Twitter “gold-mine” in my November post!

For now, I’ll stay on the topic of “followers”

(Speaking of which, If you’re new to Twitter, scroll to the end of my post for two links: “What are Followers” and “Getting Started on Twitter”)

Like other “Tweeters”, I “follow” to be entertained, enlightened, amused, informed or kept current. Do those I follow know me or even follow me back? Some do.

That got me thinking; Who’s following ME on Twitter? Seems important to know my followers, for many reasons. Especially if they are job-seekers, HR/recruiters, Employers or Corporations, etc.

As with any true recruiter, I’m a “people-person” and I find people interesting. I’m curious to know if some one’s “looking”, what their profession is, do they like their job. Those are the basics up front, until a deeper professional trust is formed. How else can a recruiter reach out to potential talent when recruiting for open positions? They have to get to “know” passive and active job-seekers.

When I first started “tweeting” I wondered how I’d get anything of importance from those seemingly “garbled”, 140-character messages, let alone post my open jobs and recruit top talent across The U.S.! Most confusing were “tweet” messages filled with symbols “#” hash mark, RTs, #FFs, @’s and “trending topics”…what were those I wondered? I was clueless!

It all seemed a little weird to me. Worse yet, maybe I’d fallen behind the “power-curve”? Back then, I considered Twitter classes, but hung in there until I figured it out!

Glad I did; now I’m “tweeting” with the best of them! (Well, almost)

Back to my initial question;

Do I “know” who’s following me? To some degree, but I didn’t get to know them by their “tweets” or some deep, hi-tech, Boolean criteria, Internet search.

Instead, I kept it simple. I visited my follower’s home pages and read their personalized Bio’s. I’m happy to say that yes, I “know” who my followers are. I know what part of the country they live, their interests and even who else they follow and can even see who their followers are!

Long story short; there’s always something new on Twitter, so I’ll keep on “Tweeting Jobs & Resumes”!

Happy Networking,

Terry
Tweet with me @ Twitr_Recruiter
Job Spot

Links: Getting Started on Twitter & Followers

“What are followers” Getting Started on Twitter courtesy of Twitter Support