James Mayes

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Social media image size cheat sheet

In Facebook, Facebook tips, Google+, Infographic, LinkedIn, Social Media, Social Recruiting, Twitter, Twitter Tips, Video on January 15, 2013 at 11:18 am

Something that’s been a pain to me in the past, and no doubt a constant pain to everyone else who’s ever tried to carefully prepare a social media page…. what size should the image be?

Luckily, problem solved. The wonderful guys over at LunaMetrics have done the hard work for us. Not only for images though, they’ve covered video preview sizes, caption box character limits, thumbnail sizes… everything!

Image size

What’s more, they’ve covered all this for

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • YouTube
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest

If you build, customise or play with images, videos, thumbnails or layouts on any of the above sites…. you need this in your life!  Bookmark, enjoy! Full post here.


Blog: Alternion. Social feed and email aggregation, search and engagement

In Facebook, LinkedIn, Recruitment, Social Media, Social Recruiting, Twitter on January 28, 2012 at 10:05 am

Been a fan of CoTweet as a Twitter client for some time, but with it’s recent demise, I’ve been looking around. If I’m going to change though, I want a significant step forward…. found it!  Alternion was in private beta for 6 months last year, launching into public beta in November 2011.

Initially, it’s a social feed aggregator.  There’s plenty enough of those around, but this one wins for me on two fronts. First the interface is clean, effective, easy to use and second, the sheer number of services you can integrate kills anything else I’ve seen. Sure, HootSuite or TweetDeck will take care of LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter in one place – but this, if you so wish, will connect to over TWO HUNDRED different services. No-one I know uses that range, but most people I know have one or two niche sites they like which won’t connect and aggregate easily. This may well win them over where the mainstream tools fail.  There are too many for a decent screen grab – so this shot just shows you those for the blog sites it’ll connect with. You get the idea….

One thing I would like is the ability to push out to more than the big three social networks mentioned here – but this is currently in line with other standards being set and will no doubt develop further in time. I also note that despite the proliferation of photo sites, music sites, blogging, social networking… there’s no support for GooglePlus yet. I’d imagine that’ll be added pretty soon though. By the way, that photo aspect?

Moving on from Social, Alternion also allows you to integrate email accounts – support is right there for GMail and other internet account, plus full support for POP and IMAP accounts. You can view either combined or separate inboxs and undertake regular email tasks (though you lose some of the advanced functionality things like GMail offer).

There’s also a Contacts aggregator – so my LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook connections, all grouped and searchable. Handy, if your networks are different on each platform and you can’t remember where you connected with Mr X. There seems to be a limit on the number imported, but again, I think this is a beta issue and will be resolved in the longer term. The social address book could well be the gem in this product for many users.

The ability to customise what’s displayed on your own profile, and import from those various other sites will no doubt appeal to some. Likewise, the ability to search / explore others users will certainly have some sourcers showing interest. The privacy and notification options seem accessible and simple too.

How quickly Alternion progresses past these earlier limitations, I don’t know.  Certainly though, for a product just into public beta, it looks remarkably extensive in ambition and polished in presentation.  What else does it need? Well, for me they’ve done a great job of the connectivity and they’ve nailed multi-account connections for Facebook and Twitter. I’m not yet seeing scheduling options though, or the ability for company accounts – seems a single-user product is the current aim. I’d like to use my own bit.ly account for link shortening too – read why here.

Regardless, I’ll be keeping close to this one!

Blog: Should you unfriend / unfollow / unlink me?

In Blogging, Community, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Social Media, Twitter on November 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I’m looking for an app.  Usually, I find what I’m looking for pretty quickly. On occasion, I’ve hacked together a mix of things to suit the purpose. On this occasion though, I’m drawing a blank.  This all goes back a few months to a Twitter debate with my old friend Merv.  I posted on the blog and Mervyn pointed out that as he was connected to me on numerous platforms, he was rather inundated with notifications.

It’s an accurate observation, as any new post here will go to LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook immediately. It’ll end up other places too, in due course. I do that intentionally because I want a variety of feedback and because my presence (and thus network) on each of those platforms differs.  Still, Merv struck a chord.  Am I inadvertently spamming people who’ve chosen to connect with me?

First pass on the analytics tells me my post-to-many plan isn’t all bad.  I have just under 2.5k followers on Twitter, just over 2.5k connections on LinkedIn, under 400 friends on Facebook.  The Facebook connections are predominantly outside the tech and recruitment industries – so the feedback I get from those readers is valuable to me. It’s fresh, untainted by constantly moving in the same sphere I live and breathe.

So what about the LinkedIn/Twitter audience?  Last time I checked (I can’t now, the Tweets app in LinkedIn appears a bit screwy!) – roughly 25% of my LinkedIn connections were also on Twitter.  I doubt all of them follow me, but let’s be generous and say they all do. That still leaves 75% of 2800 connections not picking up my blog via Twitter – and therefore justifies posting to both.

So the app I need then?  I need something to help me identify if I’m connected to the same person across multiple platforms. But when I get that information, what then?  I don’t want to spam you, but neither do I want to sever a connection without explanation and have to rectify that situation.  So I also want that app to be able to alert these individuals to the multiple connection points and ask what THEY think. Do they feel spammed? Would they rather disconnect in a few places?

How to close off? Well, as I said to begin with, I don’t have that app right now. But I do have a voice.  I’ve said before I use this blog to test out thoughts, gain feedback – here’s your chance! This is an open invitation to unfriend, unfollow or unlink me if you feel you get the same stuff in too many places from me.  Ideally, I’d do this more carefully by identifying those cross-platform connections and talking directly – but since I lack the tech to do this, I figure we just go open season on it!

I’ve noted connection numbers on those three platforms – I’ll report back any significant changes next week!

Guest post: Is the LinkedIn LION King of the Jungle?

In Guest post, LinkedIn, Recruitment, Social Recruiting on November 9, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Pleased to offer you a guest post from my long-time Twitter buddy, Ed Scrivener – more about him after the post.

Firstly, what is a LinkedIn LION? Whilst you may feel I have lost my marbles and am describing a rather large feline roaming a social network, a LION is in fact a “LinkedIn Open Networker.”  Essentially, LIONs will connect with anyone on LinkedIn.  The purpose of doing so is to create a large network for reasons such as generating business or for recruitment purposes.

Until relatively recently there was no limit on how many connections you could have.  I appreciate that there are some outstanding networkers and some very popular people out in the world, however, there are members of LinkedIn who hold over 40,000 connections!  I don’t know the, but I think it would be safe to assume that they haven’t met or spoken with all 40,000.  LinkedIn has done its part in trying to curtail such networking by placing a limit on the number of connections a person can have.  The current limit is now set at a paltry 30,000!

It is very easy to get caught up in the technology of social networking and think it is a complicated animal that only IT whizz kids or the young understand.  In fact it is incredibly straight forward.  It is no different to networking at a breakfast meeting or at a seminar.  The only difference is that you make the initial contact virtually.  Once you’ve understood to treat social networking in the same manner, you then need to apply the same rules.  The single most important aspect of any network is that it can be trusted.  For example, if you are asked to recommend a Trainer, for you credibility it is important to recommend someone you know will do a good job and have personal experience with.  This recommendation will strengthen the relationship with both the Trainer and the person asking for the recommendation, thus making your network even stronger.  What you are not going to do if asked to recommend a Trainer, is flick through the Yellow Pages and give a random telephone number.  However, this is essentially what LIONs will do!

The other side of the coin is how helpful will the LION be to you.  The purpose of networking is that it is a two way process, but is a LION going to put the same effort into helping you as you do them?  The simple answer is no.  This is not a slight on their attitude, but more a reflection on the number of hours in a day.  When using LinkedIn you have an update of your connections’ activity on your home page.  This is a benefit of LinkedIn as it is very easy for your contacts to see you status.  So you could have written “looking for my next job” or “just completed an executive coaching programme”, all of which will generate interest from your contacts.  The problem with a LION is that they will have so many contact updates that yours will get lost in the quagmire and it will only be a case of luck if yours is read and acted upon.

There are many LIONs who treat connections as a bit of a race with other LIONs, namely who can get the most kills, sorry connections!  It is a rather strange competition as LinkedIn doesn’t offer prizes.

Clearly there will be some who are the exception to the rule, but in general most will not provide the networking benefit of someone who is building a trusted network.  My advice is to choose your connections carefully.  Only connect with those that you know or those that you feel it would be worthwhile to know.

Is the LinkedIn LION King of the jungle? Definitely not.

About the author:

I have been involved in HR recruitment for over 8 years and during this time I have worked for large FTSE listed and boutique agencies. In 2009, in the midst of a global recession, I took the brave or stupid move (delete as appropriate) to start my own business. Scrivener Recruitment. specialises in HR & HR Sales recruitment and LinkedIn training.

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