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The twitter effect

18. March 2009

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  I am amazed how twitter has grown, but not surprised when you think about what it’s potential could be based upon their simple idea! Twitter could be a game changer as far as I am concerned. They describe twitter as a realtime search engine – this to me was an ‘A HA’ moment when I first read it referenced this way. I realized how this could impact Google; Google is looking a little behind the times – did I just say that? Ha. I do believe twitter could be …

 

I am amazed how twitter has grown, but not surprised when you think about what it’s potential could be based upon their simple idea! Twitter could be a game changer as far as I am concerned. They describe twitter as a realtime search engine – this to me was an ‘A HA’ moment when I first read it referenced this way. I realized how this could impact Google; Google is looking a little behind the times – did I just say that? Ha.

I do believe twitter could be a paradigm shift in the search engine/advertising arena. Below I have listed links to companies that have been created because of twitter along with a video from the founder, a great post about twitter, and the best twitter app out so far.

1. This is a job-related link where you can post jobs: http://www.twithire.com 

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2. I find this twitter for conferences interesting: Rate My Talk is a service that allows conference attendees to provide immediate feedback on a conference via Twitter or through our website. http://ratemytalk.com/

3. This post is from Chris Brogan’s blog site: 50 ideas on using twitter for business

4. TwitPic lets you share photos on twitter: http://twitpic.com/

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5. Twitter in plain english from commoncraft.com: http://www.commoncraft.com/store-item/twitter

6. TwitterGadget is a clean, robust, web 2.0 style client for twitter.com, designed to eliminate the need to install third-party applications to monitor and submit status updates to Twitter via your Google homepage: http://www.twittergadget.com/ twitter-gadget1

7. Twitter marketing case studies (they have quite a few here to read ): ttp://twittermarketingcasestudies.blogspot.com/2008/10/add-your-twitter-case-studies-on-this.html

8. Hashtags provide analytic reports and indexing features to allow users to track what’s happening now: http://hashtags.org hashtags

9 http://www.twilert.com/  I love this program. It is similar to Google alerts, where you put in a word or phrase and it will let you know when someone is tweating about it. Also great for reputation management online.  

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10.http://cursebird.com is a realtime feed of people cursing on twitter, lol.

11.http://sxoop.com/twitter/mosaic.pl  lets you create a twitter mosaic of your followers or friends. You can than cut and paste the code on your blog or site.

12.http://tweetstats.com  Graph your twitter stats.

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13. http://tweepsearch.com  twitter search engine

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 14.http://www.twibs.com  browse 6,591 twitter businesses on twibs.com

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15. http://twitturly.com/ they track and rank what URLs people are talking about on Twitter.

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16. http://www.twply.com  Have your @replies forwarded to Inbox

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17. http://tweetburner.com/ Tracking the links you share 

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 Twitter Founder Evan Williams at TED 09

 

Excerpt from a great article written by Erick Schonfeld, co-editor of techcrunch.com on February 15, 2009:

Mining The Thought Stream click here to read entire article
 

In fact, the crude beginnings of this “now” search engine already exists. It is called Twitter, and it is a big reason why new investors poured another $35 million into the two-year-old startup on Friday. Twitter is not the only company trying to solve this problem. Facebook, FriendFeed, and even Google are trying to crack it, but Twitter has a decided advantage in that it is capturing the vast majority of the real-time thought stream on the Web (because more people enter their thoughts directly into Twitter’s database than any other, and are doing so at an increasing rate).

 

imagine you are in line waiting for coffee and you hear people chattering about a plane landing on the Hudson. You go back to your desk and search Google for plane on the Hudson — today — weeks after the event, Google is replete with results — but the DAY of the incident there was nothing on the topic to be found on Google. Yet at http://search.twitter.com the conversations are right there in front of you. The same holds for any topical issues — lipstick on pig? — for real time questions, real time branding analysis, tracking a new product launch — on pretty much any subject if you want to know whats happening now, search.twitter.com will come up with a superior result set.

. . . How is real time search different? History isn’t that relevant — relevancy is driven mostly by time. . . . This reformulation of search as navigation is, I think, a step into a very new and different future. Google.com has suddenly become the source for pages — not conversations, not the real time web. What comes next? I think context is the next hurdle. Social context and page based context. . . . Twitter search today is crude — but so was Google.com once upon a not so long time ago.

 

The best for last - this is the best twitter app out there as far as I am concerned. I love it!

http://www.tweetdeck.com/beta

Integrated facebook TweetDeck pre-release version

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Discomfort is a good thing!

6. March 2009

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What is the upside to forecasting what could happen when it has not played out yet? Did you know 99 percent of what we worry about never comes true, yet we spend all this time anticipating it, letting our mind experience it as if it already happened. Below is a list of questions to ask yourself: Do you know your value when interviewing for a job? Do you have a quantitative, qualitative, results-driven portfolio of work? If you know you need to work on getting your online portfolio up, why …

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What is the upside to forecasting what could happen when it has not played out yet? Did you know 99 percent of what we worry about never comes true, yet we spend all this time anticipating it, letting our mind experience it as if it already happened.

Below is a list of questions to ask yourself:

Do you know your value when interviewing for a job?

Do you have a quantitative, qualitative, results-driven portfolio of work?

If you know you need to work on getting your online portfolio up, why are you waiting?

If you know your going to be laid off, why aren’t you calling others or me for help?

If you are laid off and you know where you live is a dead end, are you looking for somewhere else in the country to work?

If plan A does not work, do you have a plan B?

Do you have your profile on LinkedIn updated, along with the other social networks?

Do you read RSS Feeds everyday to keep up with what is going on?

Do you reach out to people you know to help you with possible job opportunites?

Have you talked to your partner/spouse about moving out-of-state to find work?

If you own a house, have you looked at how you can unload it if you need to?

Have you looked at your fundamental skills sets to see how they are transferable to other areas of work?

Do you know where the trends are going in your field of work?

Are you aware of companies that are doing well and growing?

Are you in a field of work that is growing or dying?

Are you helping others in need right now? (What goes around comes around!)

Do you really know how people view you?

What is your brand?

If plan A and B fall through, do you have a plan C?

 

The reason why I am asking you these questions is to keep you on your toes. I am really happy for you if you feel your job is safe, but if that is not the case, when is the time going to be right to start planning ahead?

My signature in my email used to say, "Discomfort is a good thing," meaning the things that make you the most uncomfortable are usually what you should be running towards! The one upside to this present economy is it is forcing all of us to face the things we may have not been dealing with. We do not have the choice anymore to put off the things we have avoided to optimize our career.  We should look at this economy as a motivator to stretch and grow.

If there was ever a time to get you out of your comfort zone, I would say it is now

 

 

 

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Do I have the right Career Tools in my box?

3. March 2009

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Do I have the right tools in my toolbox to keep me optimal in the marketplace? Can I pull out the right tool for the right situation? When you get down to it, do you know what you even have or need in your career toolbox? I can tell you this: if you were a mechanic and you were putting in a transmission and did not use the right tools, you would suffer swift consequences, wasting your time and money, along with losing customers. Many professionals tend to …

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Do I have the right tools in my toolbox to keep me optimal in the marketplace?

Can I pull out the right tool for the right situation? When you get down to it, do you know what you even have or need in your career toolbox? I can tell you this: if you were a mechanic and you were putting in a transmission and did not use the right tools, you would suffer swift consequences, wasting your time and money, along with losing customers. Many professionals tend to procrastinate making the time to discover and acquire the updated career tools they need to move forward. What many people do not realize is, not acquiring the right tools will become costly and shrink your employment opportunities.

Do you need other tools to be optimal? Do you even know if a better tool exists? People try and get by with the tools they have, but the question you need to ask yourself is, are the current tools your using working for you? To be desirable and optimal with your skills, you need to know what you bring to the table and how you can leverage them in any field of work you are in. 

My clients are still hiring, but most of my job orders are what I call the A-Team example: Director of Project Management to Senior Strategist, CEO, and VP of Business Development. In this challenging economy companies are looking for the smartest people out there to help them get to the next level. This is why it’s key for everyone to be as optimal as possible with a quantitative, qualitative work history.

I have listed below various resources to help you follow where trends are going:

Note: Stop panicking about what is going to happen next; there is money to be made in many sectors right now that feed a struggling economy. One of them is the Debt Industry – I cannot turn on the radio, TV, or digital without hearing an advertisement!

I would suggest you check out my Indeed.com post, a great read on job trends that you can use to move forward in your career.

I welcome your comments to what you think should be in your career toolbox.

 

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