UK Web Focus (Brian Kelly)

Innovation and best practices for the Web

You Don’t Blog? You Don’t Tweet? Next Applicant, Please!

Posted by Brian Kelly on 24 Jan 2009

Although I don’t feel that everyone should necessarily publish a blog, make use of Twitter or, indeed, give presentations or appear on YouTube or Google Video, I do feel that these can be skills which will be valuable for many information professionals and software developers at a time of economic difficulties.

And if that short-term project fails to receive continued funding how should staff ensure that they can continue to find employment in the job market? I would argue that having demonstrable skills in making use of a range of Web 2.0 technologies may well help.

This might include publishing a blog (which can demonstrate good written communications skills), creating and editing content in wiki tools such as Wikipedia (demonstration of collaborative working), using micro-blogging tools such as Twitter (the ability to interact with other users, including those you may not have met), using social sharing tools such as (as awareness of the benefits of sharing resources using popular services) and social networking services such as Facebook (all of the above together with an understanding of privacy and other ethical issues). And of course as well as having skills in use of such social networking tools, having a community of peers may well also be valuable in a new job.  Hmm, will:

You mean to tell me you worked in a library and you only ever used email and a word processor? You used a Web browser but never used an RSS reader?  You contributed to a newsletter but never published a blog?  Thank you for your interest in out company. Next candidate please.

be the approach that employers will take when theree is a large pool of information professionals to chose from?

6 Responses to “You Don’t Blog? You Don’t Tweet? Next Applicant, Please!”

  1. Tim Bray also said a similar thing at FOWA London 2008: [31min38seconds]

    He also mentions contributing to open source (just before that marker) and contributing to Wikipedia.

  2. I quite like Hutch Carpenter’s take on Web2.0 stages.

    I’m Green – but do some beta testing.

  3. Billy said

    People have been saying this for years but I’ve still never come across this attitude either in jobs I’ve applied for myself or on the couple of occasions I’ve been involved on the employer side.

    Most employers still won’t take the time to investigate your personal online output, but there’s a lot of twitterers who should worry if potential employers are going to start reading their accounts..

  4. Sparty said

    Just as we have “personal shoppers”, “personal assistants” etc I suspect we’ll have outsourcing of personal web presence soon, to keep up with it all….

  5. I blog, but I don’t tweet… Oi… hold on… I update my facebook status once a month. Does that count?


  6. Hi Wendell – it strikes me that if you can automatically update your Facebook page on a regular basis then you might get the job for demonstrating a cost-effective way of creating content in social networks :-) Add the Fb app and that will create content whenever you use to bookmark a resource.

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