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.


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: Top ten apps & sites of 2011

In Gadgets, Guest post, Mobile, Social Media, Social Recruiting, Start-ups on January 9, 2012 at 10:11 am

Originally written as a guest post for Ed Scrivener, now here for my archives.

I’ve followed Ed on Twitter for some time – and he recently responded to an invite for a guest post with a cracker on LinkedIn LIONS, which you’ll find here.  He’s kindly offered me the opportunity to reciprocate.

If we’ve not met before, I sit mostly on the intersection of recruitment and technology.  I’m a geek, I admit it.  I jump in on new apps and tools whenever I see them and I try to blog reviews of those I really like.  As we wind in to the year-end though, it seems appropriate to look back over the year and see what actually had staying power.  What delivered on-going value.  What’s still in use? So, in no particularly order, I offer you my geeklist for 2011.

  1. Ifttt – Sets up social rules. Too many different profiles to manage? Ifttt can help. Blogged a review of this one here.
  2. CoTweet – I use this as a desktop client for Twitter.  Most of the functions are not dissimilar to other players in the market, but there’s one differentiator I love – the conversations. I bring up Ed’s profile, I can see our Twitter history. That conversation we had about keyword spam back in May. What other app for Twitter gives you that?
  3. Xydo – news curation and delivery service. Part automated, but influenced by the networks you build as an individual. Best personalised news service I’ve found, blogged here!
  4. Evernote – The ultimate note taker.  I use it to hoard favourite tweets (delivered here automatically by Ifttt), to make meeting notes, to hold photos as part of a mobile project stream. Brilliant.
  5. Buffer – rather than flood your followers with all the articles you read on the train each morning, space them through the day. Combine with Xydo for excellent results! Review here.
  6. WordPress – my blog platform of choice. My needs are simple, so I stay with the hosted version – I’ve checked out others and not yet seen a reason to consider moving.
  7. DropBox – My files, anywhere. Backed up in the cloud, backed up to each machine I install it on, deletion controls (which I only found after this episode!!). Ace service.
  8. Zovo – bigger cloud backup. I use DropBox for working files, Zovo for long-term cloud synchronised automatic backups.
  9. Bit.ly – always was good, but the enhancements this year allow for custom short-links. Instructions here.
  10. Aerolatte – just because I’m working at home, doesn’t mean I put up with crap coffee. This helps. A lot.

I hope you see something new to enjoy. Likewise, if you want to offer up suggestions of your own, please do! Personal recommendation is my favourite form of discovery.  If you have questions for me, or just want to see what I find next, Twitter’s best. You’ll find me here.

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