James Mayes

Update – and a nifty use for a great tool

In Conference, Recruitment, Social Media, Twitter on October 27, 2010 at 11:07 am

So it’s been a few weeks since my last post caused a little debate on the subject of education.  I’ve not been deliberately neglecting the blogosphere  – actually, I’ve discovered some great new stuff recently, which I now aggregate over on the Social Recruiting Feed. I’ve just been hit by that old blogger’s excuse of too much to do, not enough time, yada yada yada. It’s rubbish, annoying and trite, but it’s unfortunately true.

So why has this happened?

  1. Change of handset – used to use a Nokia N97, with a little flip-out keyboard. I could actually write blogposts, easily, from anywhere. It was awesome in that respect.  I’m now on a touch-screen Android phone, a decision driven on two fronts – open nature of the platform + great range of apps (particularly loving the DropBox app) – but no keyboard.  However, I recently discovered this little beauty from Logitech. I can use it wirelessly on the move with the phone, but also at home to drive my media PC for films etc. Loving it, so hopefully, problem solved.
  2. Business – we’ve taken on some great new customers recently (we’re especially pleased with Fujitsu and Yell, leading the way for corporate customers). This has a knock-on though – it’s shown us a few areas where we have work to do to improve process.  We’re growing at a steady pace, which means we can control and manage these issues as they arise, but it does mean secondary activity (like the blog) does take a hit sometimes. I think we’re winning!
  3. Conference season – they’re everywhere. Some good, some less so, but regardless of my personal views, they’re all relevant to our industry, so we make every effort to contribute – at whatever level we can.

So why this sudden return?  An inspired moment from the #ConnectingHR event last week. I’m a fan of the Wordle site – I’ve seen Andy Headworth make interesting use of it as part of the hiring process – and indeed I’ve used it to create a testimonial word cloud for TweetJobs, based on recent client feedback.

However, the most recent outing I saw for Wordle was at the hands of communications specialist Abi Signorelli. She took the Twitterstream from the morning session of #ConnectingHR and created a word cloud – giving a clear impression of the main topics tweeted over the preceding few hours.  It allowed some very swift conclusions to be drawn and really focussed the mind for several of us.  Abi then repeated the exercise towards the end of the afternoon session, demonstrating beautifully how the day’s focus had changed.  She’s posted it for all on her blog, along with some audioboo interviews from the day. For me, it was a highly effective intervention using a very accessible bit of technology.

That kind of thing really makes me smile.

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