The Big Kids of Twitter
I am going to focus all week this week on posts about why it is important for human resouces professionals to get themselves immersed in using and understanding social media tools and technology.
I am focusing primarily on twitter as a place to start, even though there many other tools you should also be paying attention to including facebook, blogging communities for HRM and recruiting, and others.
Posts this week will feature topics like:
- List of the top HR users on Twitter
- Twitter as a Research tool
- Twitter as Recruiting tool
- Twitter as a Reputation tracking tool
- How Twitter is Relevant in HR
I am even running a contest through Thursday if you want to enter.
On Leadership, a column in the Washington Post has a story on CEOs and thought leaders who are using twitter. Featured leaders include Tony Hsieh Zappos.com CEO, @zappos, Jack Dorsey, Twitter founder and chairman, @jack, Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, @johnculberson, Gerould Kern, Editor, Chicago Tribune, @gerrykern, and Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, @michaelhyatt.
It provides a great description of twitter and how it can utilized by business (although it is more than 140 characters long, violating the Twitter Prime Directive)
If you haven't at least heard of the social networking toolTwitter by now, you might want to crawl out from under the rock where you've been living and check it out. The site -- which allows users to update other people ("followers" in Twitter speak) on their whereabouts, share links to articles and pictures, and pass along any other
information they can squeeze into 140 characters or less -- has been growing at
a feverish pace (since it launched in 2006) and, although the site does not yet have a viable business plan itself, Twitter has become a prime way to monitor breaking news, keep up with friends and promote brands.
So - be daring - c'mon out into the sun and tweet with some of the big kids!