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Happy Birthday, Stranger

I’m not a birthday guy. For my 30th, my wife and family arranged a surprise birthday party for me and it was literally the most surprised I’ve been about anything. Not because I didn’t deserve it (of course I deserved it) but because I’ve never been big on my birthday. It comes and goes. The […]

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Undoing The Social Media Revolution

It was cold. We had just left a lovely seafood dinner overlooking Elliot Bay in Seattle and the wind picked up. I put my wife’s jacket on her and I stepped out from underneath the building overhang. “Hey, it stopped raining!” It was good news for a December night. I grabbed her hand and we […]

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Comments On Blogs Are Awful But You Should Keep Them Anyway

I’ve gone on the record and said that the internet is a terrible place to discuss political issues. Here’s the meat of what I had to say about a year ago: “[M]ost political posts are over-simplified pieces of garbage. And that’s why the comments associated with them get crazy too. And why smarmy or condescending […]

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Oh, Please! Not Another “Social Media Lesson” Post…

You’ll be reading all about it today. Someone who (now formerly) worked for a brand (in this case, KitchenAid) @#$%&! up and sent a pretty distasteful tweet on the company account: “Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad! ‘She died 3 days b4 he became president.” Captain Hindsight to the rescue! Pretty bad, […]

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It’s Time To Unsubscribe From Aunt Edna’s Crazy Political Facebook Posts

We’re a little more than two months away from electing a president. Are you ready for the @#$%-storm of crazy politics coming from your uncle with socialist/pig-capitalist leanings? What used to be relegated to family picnics and an uncomfortable conversation has now turned digital. Thanks to Laurie, you can relieve yourself of the crazy pretty […]

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Doin’ Work: Looking Beyond Social Influence

There are something along the lines of one trillion articles about the social influence measuring tool known as Klout. There are also a bunch of pieces about trying to understand influence in our own little niche in the HR and recruiting space. There are lists and criteria and posts dissecting how influence is measured. Or […]

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Your Opinions Are Your Own? A Few Reasons Why That Disclaimer Is Ridiculous

“Opinions are my own.” It’s a standard disclaimer on many of the Twitter accounts I see out there. You’re an HR or recruiting pro in the great wide world and you hear that you should get on the Twitters from some person at a conference or in a publication somewhere. Only, one of two things […]

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Want Social Network Privacy? Pull The Plug

Maybe I don’t get it. Maybe I was raised in an age where this stuff became equally apparent very early on. But here’s my modus operandi when it comes to online behavior: If you enter anything on the internet, even in “secret” and you haven’t gone through significant measures to mask your identity, you should […]

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Politics and the Internet

Do you remember the website LiveJournal? It was one of the first social networking sites (pre-MySpace and Friendster) and it was built around blogging. You could friend, unfriend, and there were larger communities of people with similar interests. If that sounds familiar, that’s because most of the conventions of social networking have been around for […]

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A Playground For The Narcissistic: Surviving Social Media With Dignity

I know a thing or two about narcissism. I’ve been blogging for over ten years in one form or another. I obviously think I have important things to say. Enough where I’ve spent a lot of time crafting messages that get read by a relatively small number of people. There’s no punchline there either. I […]