Friday, June 25, 2010

Weekend read: My weekly share from Twitter

I'm @dontgetcaught on Twitter, and in the week of June 21, these are the topics, news and ideas I shared with my followers and friends. Stretch out on your hammock with these gems:
  • Still doubtful about LinkedIn? It hit two milestones: 70 million users and one million companies, making it an even better bet for career networking.  Also shared this week: Improvements to LinkedIn Groups, and the site's plans for more mobile apps and services.
  • One more thing to monitor: There's been a rash of fake press releases sent out on some newswire services.
  • This is the place: Always opinionated, Robert Scoble told us about two locations companies that are more important than Foursquare, MyTown, Loopt, Gowalla or Whrrl.  If you didn't know all the ones named in the title, check this out for a quick lesson on where location-based social networks have been and are going.
  • A kind word from your consultant:  I don't complain, really, but when the great Louis Gray noted this week that your mobile employees and consultants need wi-fi hotspots, I shed a happy tear.  I normally read Gray for the big picture and what's next, but appreciate his attention to small details like this one that will make us all productive. (Outlet space is great, too, FYI.)
  • Capping your...news coverage?  That darn oil spill took up 44 percent of the news hole from June 14-20, its highest level to date, according to new research from Pew. Share as needed with colleagues wondering why your announcement didn't get any notice.
  • Collecting data from your customers/supporters?  Then you need a data portability policy.  TechCrunch offered this thorough-going review and how-to, with links to easy ways to get started.
  • Great learning opp:  The Web 2.0 Expo in New York City in September began rolling out its speakers and schedule.  Note there's a code for 25% off your registration at the bottom of the link--this is a not-to-miss conference.
  • New tool for those meeting presos:  The Boogie Board is a low-tech, low-price option for a quickly erasable scratch pad, sketch surface or whiteboard.  Let me know if you try this one!
  • Tensions between journalists and bloggers debunked:  Steve Buttry, former journo and now a community engagement director, writes some of the best posts around on the transformation of journalism into new media. Methinks newspapers protest too much about bloggers is a great example of his writing at top form.
  • Medical journal article ghostwriting:  A new report is calling for more controls on a bad practice in which drug companies ghostwrite medical studies and place them in scientific journals.  If you work with doctors, or researchers of any kind, put this on your must-read list.
  • Job-hunting at a senior level?  Then this post on re-entering the workforce and senior-level jobhunting is for you. 
Check out don't get caught on Facebook, where I'm floating ideas and discussing them before they appear on the blog.  It's shaping up as a great networking community for communicators.

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