James Mayes

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Open shout… what’s the challenge?

In Personal, Personal Development, Recruitment, Social Media, Social Recruiting, Start-ups on January 16, 2013 at 11:00 pm

While I’ve continued to write occasional posts recently, I’ve been somewhat preoccupied with other events. Likewise, I’ve been rather quieter on the professional front.

I’ve been working on some projects in the meantime, but I’m now opening up for something fresh. What, you might ask, could that be? Frankly… it’s up to you!

My history is predominantly recruitment and talent focussed, but always with a strong technology element. I’ve strong knowledge of the social media, marketing and social recruiting space, I’ve run many training sessions, run sales teams and presentations, worked as an RPO client manager and as an external technology consultant. I’ve been involved in event organisation, speaking and sponsorship. I’ve taken on product management and product marketing projects.

ChallengeIn short then, this represents an open shout: I’m in the market for a challenge. Come talk to me if you think I can help you with yours!

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.

 

Facebook feeds and context

In Facebook, Personal, Social Media on December 15, 2012 at 9:58 am

Following the horrific news of the school shootings in Connecticut, there was obviously an outpouring of grief and condolences on Facebook. Likewise, the gun control debate has reignited.

When I took a scan through my feed this morning, one thing that really stood out was a friend Liking the NRA page. When I first saw it in the stream, I thought this was a recent Like – maybe a reactionary statement to those demanding tighter gun laws. It struck my as out of character and highly insensitive.

I know this guy well enough to know he’s not that insensitive though. He’s very much the shooting and fishing kind. I checked in with him briefly and confirmed, yep, he did Like the page, but it was some time ago.

I’m not completely certain, but I think the deal here is that Facebook has identified guns as a hot topic in my stream and decided to show me a related page that a friend has previously liked, with no sensitivity to current affairs.

Context is everything. Facebook are a long way from solving it.

Regards the shootings themselves, I largely keep my political views away from this blog – so I’ll limit myself to simply expressing great sadness that such a tragic event has occurred. To borrow from writers more talented than I, no parent should have to bury their child.

Twitter’s own profile recommendations

In Social Media, Social Recruiting, Twitter, Twitter Tips, Video on November 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm

I’ve written before on how I use Twitter, and included there some thoughts on what I like to see on a profile to catch my interest.  Thing is though, that’s only my opinion.  Is one opinion worth more than others? Maybe, maybe not. But in this case, how about some advice straight from Twitter themselves?

They’ve just released a short video guiding you through profile updates and ideas – take a look! Whether just starting out or seasoned user, you might learn something 😉

Enjoy!

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