Posts Tagged ‘facebook’

Don’t Be Stupid

Sunday, November 9th, 2008
Cardboard BoxI know you all have way too much common sense to do something like this, but I wanted to call out the story of Kyle Doyle—if only to entertain those of you who would never do something so delightfully moronic. Kyle was caught playing hookie to work when his boss saw his facebook status. Read the story: Call centre worker caught out by boss after posting 'sickie' plan on 'Facebook' Photo Source: Pshab under Creative Commons

Creative Career Advice for Students From Social Media Expert Chris Brogan

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
[display_podcast] Chris Brogan blogs, writes, twitters and speaks on social media and its impact on business and individuals.Chris co-founded Podcamp with Christopher S. Penn and worked with Jeff Pulver on Video of the Net, a conference about the impact of the Internet on video. He also worked with Jeff on the startup Network2 for Independent video producers.

Chris's Advice for Students

  • - Clean up your Facebook and MySpace accounts before you start applying for jobs.
  • - Network both on and offline.
  • - Go to meetups to meet professionals outside of your university. Check out Upcoming.org to find events in your area.
  • - Follow people in your area on Twitter (For those of you who don't know what Twitter is, Chris offers a great explanation in the podcast).
  • - Read Now is Gone by Geoff Livingston and Brian Solis.

Facebook Overload

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008
I remember the simpler times in the life of facebook. It was clean, simple and relevant. But ever since facebook has opened it's doors to third-party applications, I am constantly frustrated by the overload of irrelevant application invites. They've turned our friends into spammers as they send out mass invites to everyone on their friends list. Take a look at the (very scaled down) image of my request confirmation page at left. When I opened it this morning, I had 65 requests—ranging anywhere from "Which 1950's Pin-Up Girl are you?" (I had three of these requests) to "Who were you in a past life?" (I had two of these). To their credit, facebook has made some recent efforts to combat some of the more underhanded applications, including the ability to block applications, ignore all requests at once and requiring applications to give users advanced warning if they will need to invite friends to get information or access content. Still, with more companies jumping on this bandwagon and new applications coming out every day, will the majority of users eventually become so overwhelmed with these disruptive and irrelevant applications that we cease to bother going through them anymore and simply opt to clean our request pages in one fell swoop with the "ignore all" each time we log in? I know I'm already there.