James Mayes

Posts Tagged ‘Social network’

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.


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 😉


Blog: Talent communities vs the natural world

In Community, Conference, Guest post, Recruitment, Social Recruiting on July 12, 2012 at 8:07 am

Originally written as a guest post for #SRConf, now here for my archives.

I’ve heard previously that the idea of community very much underpins education (and therefore talent) since the dawn of human development. Interesting concept, plenty of historical evidence.

Sitting on the beach recently, feeding seagulls with my kids it prompted me to consider how we develop Talent Communities. We talk of seeding with content, of talent attraction, of using these mechanisms to identify the rarer candidate.

We debate the value of the community manager, the role such a person should play. A brief experiment made it simple to draw some very fundamental conclusions. First, a short video (no, not the beach… maybe next time!)

Some observations:

  • Seeding (feeding) can have a pretty immediate impact (if the food is right!)
  • Attraction continues via signals we’re not always aware of
  • While the main contingent can probably be predicted, it’s the unusual arrival that may prove more interesting
  • Interest dies away without continuing new food/content
  • Finally – the unexpected can cause the very sudden disintegration of a community

Is there more to be found here? For me, some of these basic principles can provide guidance for us as we explore and evolve. Keeping it simple can indeed be effective!

Blog: Turn your Facebook Timeline into a movie

In Facebook, Facebook tips, Personal, Social Media, Video on January 31, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Facebook is now rolling out Timeline for all users – and I’ve noticed more people adding detail to their history recently. Fortuitous then, that Timeline MovieMaker will suck in that history and turn it into a great little movie – kinda “This is your life, according to Facebook”.  Some I know are shy with the amount they share (you need at least 75 photos shared) – so I thought it’d be fun to grab the video of mine and share here – give you an idea of what can be done.

It pulls out various random snaps, which you can change and edit. My favourites? I’d forgotten the snap of me in a burgundy bowler hat with Brad Pitt. I also like that it pulled out the snapshot of a Tel Aviv check-in. I was trying to fool Facebook Places that day with check-in data – achieved. I’ve never been to Israel…

Having watched and played with a few options, it’ll be really fascinating to see what companies can produce when Facebook finally release Timeline for Brands – maybe next month?

Having watched and played with a few options, it’ll be really fascinating to see what companies can produce when Facebook finally release Timeline for Brands – maybe next month?

If you want to play yourself, the movie maker app is here.

I used HyperCam2 (no affiliation) for the screengrab.

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