James Mayes

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Blog: Android mobile app testing at #srconf

In Community, Conference, Gadgets, Mobile, Social Media, Social Recruiting, Start-ups, Twitter on June 24, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Social Ties App

You might recall I had early access this year to an app called Social Ties.  It was in private alpha test at the time, and I had a little fun with it at #TruLondon.  Well, it’s moved on.  It’s now in public Beta for Android phones – and I believe an iPhone version isn’t far behind. I plan on giving it another run out at the Social Recruiting Conference next week – and you’re welcome to join me.

The app is designed to pick up attendees of a conference, then combine the public details of you and others in the room to make recommendations based on social information. It also provides you with a groovy little cheat sheet – the Bio from their Twitter account, conversation key words, recent tweets….

Currently, it picks up delegates from the Lanyrd event platform – go here to register on Lanyrd for #SRConf – you can use a Twitter account to sign in. I know a number of other hook-ups are in the pipeline too, including FourSquare and #hashtag recognition.

If you have an Android phone and want to try it out, the download installation file is here, or available from their home page. The event will appear listed in the app a couple of days before the event.

Don’t be surprised if I come and introduce myself, already appearing to know a little about you!

Connections or relationships? Online or offline?

In Facebook, LinkedIn, Personal Development, Recruitment, Social Media, Twitter on July 2, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I was reminded earlier this week of a mantra I’ve often passed on to those new in Social Networking.  It’s something I’ve often kept in mind, but occasionally, something happens to really drive the message home.  The mantra is simple:

Make connections online – build relationships offline.

Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook etc. have allowed me to make contact and engage with a far wider audience than I would have believed possible, only a few years ago.  Casting a quick eye over those contacts and it’s immediately clear that in the vast majority of cases, the stronger engagement is with people I’ve met – or at least spoken to by phone. Of course, there are those exceptions that prove the rule – and in those few cases, it tends to require a deep shared interest that underlies the connection, or a connection which has taken years to cement.

The reason I felt compelled to write on the topic?  A brief coffee last week.  Someone I’ve not known for that long, originally a few tweets back and forth, then a chance meeting at an industry event.  That chance meeting led to a more focussed discussion, then an opportune coffee this week.  As I left the coffee-house, I reflected on a few conversations we’d had where my companion had offered to go the extra mile and help me out. Real trust and confidence.  We’ve only known each other a few months; I have connections on LinkedIn and Twitter which go back so much further – but carry significantly less weight.

I guess it’s just human nature and no doubt there are specialists in this field who can really explain the detail behind it. I’m not one of them, so for now – I just wanted to share that mantra in the hope it helps others too.

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