|The Social Media Circuis was in a rather far flung conference room at the Imperial Hotel, so conference goers were slow to find us!
Andy Headworth identifies the main channels as: LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Blogs.
A straw pole reveals fairly predictable results – everyone in the room uses LinkedIn and Facebook whether for business or personal. Foursquare trails the farthest behind.
Foursqare began as a game, created by students in San Fransisco. It allows you to share your location with friends via your mobile. It awards you “Boy Scout” type badges to award it’s most active users.
Andy has blogged on the use of Foursquare as a sourcing tool recently.
The conversation moves to LinkedIn’s recent changes. Have you changed your ‘skills’ lately? They are now searchable from the search bar. Andy advises you to make sure your profile is at 100%.
LinkedIn’s company pages have also gone through a lot of changes recently. To always be up to date on LinkedIn’s new functionality – keep an eye on the LinkedIn blog.
One of the hottest topics for conversation is why we use each of these platforms and how we decide who to connect with. For my thoughts on this – see my Personal Social Networking Policy.
We’re asked “How much time it takes to get the most out of these social media platforms?”
Andy says that he spends about an hour a day on it. His primary platform is his blog and the other platforms make sure it’s read by as many people as possible. He checks into Twitter in the morning over breakfast with Tweetdeck, at lunchtime on the blackberry and at the end of the day. Andy recommends SocialOomph for scheduling tweets throughout the day to increase your coverage and chances of your tweets being seen.
It’s quite different for me. I think of my Twitter account as my main platform – this is where I seem to develop my most beneficial relationships. I usually have my social platforms running in the background all day. I always have Tweetdeck open if I’m at my computer and I’ll be logged into LinkedIn and Facebook. If I think of something or find something that is worth sharing, I am then ready to do so quickly and easily. I also schedule tweets, but I like to do this from Tweetdeck.
Kyle (@employkyle) asks “Why recruiters want to be found on social platforms, surely they are the ones trying to find others?” He doesn’t like LinkedIn – he sees it as a source of spam from recruiters
Andy suggests that recruiters shouldn’t be spamming using linkedIn. He suggests that recruiters try to grow LinkedIn groups with well written invitations, rather than blindly sending out requests to connect without changing the default text or sending details of irrelevant jobs.
Others comment that candidates sometimes find them through LinkedIn and make them aware of their expertise.
James Mayes asks “How many people are active on YouTube?“
In the room, about 30% of people have some kind of presence on this channel.
This is very important – after all, YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world. It’s a great way to put out a very personal message and humanise your brand as a recruiter.