It’s been a while since I’ve enjoyed an office atmosphere so I’m happy to have found something that allows me to be part of an office, but work part time, with fairly flexible hours. A mommy job, and exactly what I need now in order to devote enough time to my family and myself.
So how did I land this dream, mommy-job? I posted my requirements to Facebook, where many of my friends are people with whom I have worked in the past. I also post most of my blog posts there so any interested friends can take a closer look, or just read the headline in Facebook.
A few hours after posting, I get a call from a former colleague, asking me to interview to join her team, It was a marketing position, part time, offering me pretty much what I had outlined in my Facebook post.
Facebook can’t “get you a job”, nor can blogging. But being “out there”, and in the mind streams of people who matter can help you get a job. Facebook is only one aspect of self branding.
Inspired by this article about what happens when you delete your Facebook account, I decided to try an experiment of my own. After all, I really wanted to see who would miss me if I left Facebook.
The results of my experiment were a little disappointing. The only people who would miss me are relatives, and the Facebook algorithm mystifyingly chose old family photos from the 80′s that we all happen to be tagged on. Weird. Seems like Marshall Kirkpatrick may have gotten a more interesting result. Anyone else brave enough to go “almost” all the way to deleting their FB account just to see who will miss them? Post your results. And yeah, I’m really glad that old photo is not clear enough for you to see how we really looked back then.
I'm glad my sister will miss me on FB
Today is Israel’s Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron), and tonight we begin celebrating Independence Day (Yom Ha’Atzmaut). While I know it would be more appropriate to post on that topic, I’ve already seen a bunch of great posts by others so instead, I’ll post some mildly useful advice on how to avoid seeing your Facebook news feed fill up with so many posts about stupid games.
Please accept my apologies if you play one of those Farmville, Mafia or other FB games, but for those of us who don’t, seeing your updates several times a day can get annoying. This advice was posted by one of my FB friends:
anyone sick of seeing game updates in their news feed….scroll your mouse over to the right of one of those postings and the word “hide” will appear, click it and then click the name of the game (i.e. Mafia Wars) on the list and they will be hidden from you from now on
There, now isn’t that better than hiding all posts from a friend who overdid their quota of boring news, which used to be the only way to skip seeing that crap.
A blogger friend was ruminating on the meaning of Facebook in a recent post. She focused mainly on issues of etiquette in Facebooking and how that very term is a “new word”.
I really hadn’t give much thought to netiquette when it came to Facebook because, for the most part, my friends are people I have known IRL (in real life). In other words, they met me under the terms of current, face-to-face, behavioral norms, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we will continue to communicate clearly once things move online.
I have long been interested in online society and intentional communities and how cyber relationships will impact on our friendships in the future. Hey Evelyn, remember usenet! From my perspective, Facebook is a tool to maintain more, but perhaps less intense, friendships with people whom we may only rarely update directly.
For me, Facebook has helped me maintain relationships with people whom I may not have time to communicate with directly via long emails and personalized contact via phone, or (gasp!), face-to-face meet-ups. Instead, I can maintain friendships with only a minimal amount of effort – such as updating my status and occasionally posting photos. I enjoy reading how they are doing, and am usually interested in my friends’ status updates (except maybe the sports updates-no offense my sports fan friends).