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November, 2008:

De-bunking the Blogging Work Dilemma

Fred Wilson yesterday wrote a great post ‘Do You Ever Do Any Real Work?’  He makes some great points about how blogging can create real value for the organization you are a part of.  Not only is it free PR but it brings discussion to the forefront and often brings the social media community, many who could argue are the market-makers of our industry, into the conversation.  Just see his points about the traction the discussion around Union Square’s latest investment Boxee that has taken place since his last post.  Now, of course, there are only a handful of Fred Wilson’s out there.  Those whose blogging weight carries a really high value.  But like with everything else, there is a long tail and I personally think there value to the corporation you are part of, if you blog and of course, your blog topic is in some way related to your comany or your job function’s topic.

I love posts like Fred’s because it continues to de-bunk the theory that you are being unproductive is you blog, the hypothesis that you are cutting into work time, hurting the company image, etc.  The conversation still takes place. In fact, I had this conversation with several teammates at SnagAJob just this week.  I remember when I first started blogging, I read a tip that went something like this: “be sure to blog in non-work hours, set your publish time outside of work hours too to dismiss any notion of impropriety”.  I’ve heard less of it lately but it is still there.

It all comes with respect and balance.  Respect your company.  Respect your co-workers.  Understand that your writing affects both your personal and company brand no matter how many disclaimers you put up.  And also have your priorities balanced so that you aren’t missing your obligations and deadlines.  The more bloggers and social media professionals out there, the more the blogging work dilemma will be de-bunked.

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Deloitte Fast 500 – cool news.

DeloitteThe rankings from the 2008 Fast 500 for technology companies was released today. Great news! made the list and came in at 168!

While awards are nice, great to receive, they are not our primary focus.  We continue to concentrate executing our strategy, providing value to customers and helping job seekers find the right fit hourly positions. And we continue to build our team staying true to who we are.  What’s the most fun about what we do?  Every day we are helping people find jobs, it is that simple and that is the measuring stick we use as much as any other.  I met Pete Warden at Defrag last week and he was gracious enough to write a post, SnagAJob Makes the World a Better Place, that echos this sentiment.

An award such as this one is, however, another validation of our business and the what we bring to the marketplace, customers and job seekers alike.  And it is always great to get recognition from a respected and impartial third party like Deloitte.

(Disclaimer:  I work for but you could probably figure that one out. :) )

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DataPortability – Please Succeed

If there is one effort taking place on the web that I wish much success in achieving it goals and desired results, it is the DataPortability group.  I’m sure there are others but this is one that is top of mind, and absolutely NEEDS to happen. My friend, Daniela Barbosa, is a major proponent of the initiative and leading much of the effort.

Below is a great video about why we have a major data portability problem on our hands and why data portability is needed. I find myself not wanting to investigate or join some of the last new ventures coming out simply because the thought of entering another userid/password, profile and clicking to follow another set of people (who are the same people) makes my blood boil. The latest example is BackType, great concept, aggregating all of your comments everywhere, even aggregating the aggregating blog comments systems out there like Disqus.  So I went halfway, I sign-up and claimed my profile.  But I am not going to go and follow Scoble, Fred Wilson and Brad Feld yet again.  Twitter, Tumblr, Dopplr, Facebook, Disqus or Intense Debate, etc, etc, etc…  No way.

There are ventures trying to clean this up like openID but it is not happening fast enough. Or I should say it isn’t happening anywhere near as fast as new services are hitting the web. I don’t have any doubt that we are collectively going to get there. The question is when. This can not be one of those topics like the FCC opening the wireless spectrum, the promise of mobility or the nirvana of the digital home that will and does go on for years. It has to happen fast. Without it, if I’m getting frustrated with it, then the services we all sing praises about are never going to cross the chasm into the mainstream.

DataPortability – Connect, Control, Share, Remix from Smashcut on Vimeo.

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