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This is the modern world

...and I've fallen so far behind...

At least, my LinkedIn is starting to work for me. People I don't know personally have now started to link in with me, and one or two have actually taken the trouble to point me to job openings. None very pertinent so far, but that's my fault for not properly defining what I'm looking for exactly. That'll be my task for the coming week then, and while I'm at it, I can stop giving out the impression that I'm desperate, as it's not currently doing me any favours.

Also, I keep being told that I should set up a Twitter-account as more and more job opportunities are being tweeted these days. But I'm not sure how this works and so I haven't followed that advice yet. What would I call myself, for one thing? What if I set up an account and I don't use it, as I don't use any of my social media-accounts except for LJ? I'd only be clogging up cyberspace.

So, I turn to you, oh flist, to tell me: Twitter -- a good idea, or a bad one?

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brutti_ma_buoni
Dec. 10th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
As a social media thing, I find it very tedious and shallow, but I do have an account set up for work, mainly for tweeting from conferences I attend. That's quite an interesting use for professional/networking opportunities and keeping abreast of new ideas in my sector. Though now the CEO of my organisation follows me, so I am very keen to keep twitter and the vampire porn separate...

Also, use a short version of your name when you sign up - under 10 characters if you can. That means people can retweet you without using up too much of their tweet space. (I speak from experience, having used my full name - 15 characters - before reading my org's social media guidance).
gamiila
Dec. 10th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
That's a very helpful hint! My full name takes up 20 characters, so shorter is best!