Do You Mix Work and Play on Social Media?


Do you friend your co-workers, or stay far, far away?

How Social Media Has Complicated Work Relationships says, “All workers have to consider their social-network relationships as they develop their careers and network at the office.”

For me, those lines are certainly disappearing.

I’m not online just because it’s fun. My job involves strategy, campaigns, research, and engagement, though all you may ever see is a tweet or brand page update. That’s the end product.

The deliberation that goes into it takes far more work. I’m not saying the process doesn’t become almost effortless the more you do it, but if I don’t keep all the tenets of our brand, ethics, philosophy, and message foremost in my head, well, we’ve all seen what happens to hapless employees for sending that one stupid tweet.

But social media makes things so easy. Easy to cross-post things from my work accounts to my personal accounts or vice versa because I think they’re cool, helpful, or relevant. Easy to find people who do what I do. Easy to engage.

And it’s easy to friend work people on my personal Facebook, because friends will find me out there as a result of what I do no matter if they have a “work” or “personal” designation.

While I do try to have a very conscious, think-before-I-click moment when I friend work people on my personal Facebook, I have to say, sometimes I just get tired. I relax my rigid rules because I’m out there all day, and can’t exactly ignore the fact that my job still exists at night. I’m still all up on privacy, but I’ve grown used to short cuts.

I do feel lucky to have work friends that have become real friends, the kind you don’t mind seeing outside of work. But is there a risk in letting work and play mix?

Mind you, it’s never a good idea to complain about work online; last week I read about a coworker who thoughtfully printed out someone’s ranty Facebook posts and handed them to their boss. You just never know for sure what people are thinking behind their screens.

But outside of that–do you friend co-workers on your personal accounts? Why or why not?

How Many Robots Does it Take To Read a Resume?

If you’ve ever applied to a job online and never heard a single beep in return, it may be because robot eyes didn’t find your resume friendly enough.

Resume scanning software has been around awhile, but it seems that newer tech has made robot assistance much more prevalent and pervasive, making it less likely your sterling qualifications will ever be seen by a person.

How do you get your resume to survive the robot revolution? This infographic by Hire Right doesn’t want you to panic; check out the stats, the obstacles, the dos, and the don’ts:



Get more job search tips from YouTern.

Wow, the Oculus Rift!

It’s the answer to my social media prayers! “Avoid carpal tunnel by pushing virtual buttons, not real ones.”


Good job, Hootsuite.

How to Increase Your Twitter Followers


“If you want to have friends, be a friend.”

You’ve heard this before, but it’s still true, online and off: You have to give to get back.

Engagement is a huge part of a successful Twitter experience, but how do you even get started? In Twitter Followers: 10 Ways To Grow Your Following, Bridget Willard stresses that retweeting is just a small part of cultivating your Twitter community, much as it generates goodwill.

Engagement also involves having real conversations, and one of the easiest ways to do that is to join a good Twitter chat on a topic you know or are interested in. Even in 140 characters, you can exchange great thoughts.

But if you’re not ready to step into that often frenetic stream of tweets and thoughts, check out her list for more excellent tips. And happy tweeting!

(Cute Twitter birds here.)

New NewsFeed Has Unexpected Change


So Facebook has once again changed how its NewsFeed looks, claiming it took our feedback; fine, whatever, right?

Except there’s another change I noticed that I find just a little annoying because I was used to a convenience I didn’t even know I had: The left side of the screen.

In your Home view, the left side is filled with all of your options, from Messages to Events, to Pages you admin, to Groups, Friends, and Apps.

On your own profile page or corporate Pages, the left side nav disappears. I wasn’t just imagining that it used to be there, was I?

Now to get anywhere else on Facebook besides using the Search bar up top, I have to click on Home to get my left side nav back to click to go to another place on Facebook.

More than just a whine until I get used to it? Maybe. I just wonder at the reasoning behind it. There’s a lot of research and logic behind not making customers have to click more than they should to get where they need to go. (And yes, we are Facebook customers even if we aren’t paying for a thing; we’re freely giving all our information to Facebook and countless advertisers.) It just seems a little lacking on the logic side.

One thing I do like is the pop-out window when I click on an item from the right-side ticker on the Home feed. I can respond to a comment without disrupting my scrolling. Not bad!

Has this change hit you yet? Do you even care?

The SPC14 Experience

I had an amazing time at the SharePoint Conference this year. It was my first time at such a conference, and my first time in Vegas, too!


  • I went to become a Yammer Power User, and came back not only certified, but stuffed with insight and knowledge.
  • Connect. Reimagine. Transform. That was this year’s slogan, and they were right on every count.
  • Awesome networking opportunities with people who came from all over the world. And every one of them had a story, and every one of them were at different points in their SharePoint/Yammer journey.

I did manage to get out and about a little on the Strip between sessions, so here are a few pictures! You’ll see a typical breakfast, an early-morning glimpse of me all back-packed (passing through a giant hallway), reviewing notes for my certification exam, at least one bored animal, and a couple bits of amazing architecture.

Did you go to #spc14? What did you think?

Should We Stop Enabling Introverts?

Are orangutans introverts?

Approach with caution! Don’t back them into a corner! Wait to be invited into their space!

Wild animals? Nope. Introverts.

You don’t have to spend a lot of time figuring out how to track and secure the wild introvert beast. Put introvert infographic in Google, and chances are you’ll find advice such as:

I’m an INFJ or INTJ, depending on the day. Sometimes I’m more extroverted, just like anybody with more than one dimension is sometimes one thing and sometimes another. So while I appreciate a comfort zone crutch as much as anyone, reading all these tips on how to treat introverts bugs me. I’m not referring to respect and common courtesies. It’s language such as “let them” and “give them” that makes me feel like I have a condition to be coddled and cozened beyond the basics, and that makes me look at my behavior in turn. 

I don’t want to be limited, even if it’s giving me a clear out. I don’t want to be handled. And I don’t want to be held back in my job because the popular perception is to leave the introvert alone. 

Introverts can be very good at creating safe zones. It’s a survival trait: There’s a comfort zone behind the screen, behind a door, among the weeds. It’s the “you can’t see me” trick when you bury your head in the pillows, forgetting that the rest of you is still hanging out in the open, a sham security team guarding us from the trigger-charged panic waiting behind the curtain.

I know that a lot of this is on me. It’s not easy when you’re comfortable with your introvert walls, even as you recognize they can hold you back, even as you have to expend extra energy to keep them up. When “you gotta speak up” holds true in both work and life situations, speaking up for myself is a good goal to have.

I’m not saying to come up and push me out of my comfort zone. I just don’t want to be shot in the foot by a well-meaning set of guidelines before I even start.

I asked my friend Ty, a self-styled introvert blogger, for his opinion. He didn’t want to be labeled as someone that needed to be “handled” in a certain way either. Yet he suggested for consideration that this country was “built to such an obvious, all-encompassing advantage for the extroverted, these sometimes overly simplistic, quasi-insulting memes, posters, blogs and listicles may be inevitable as those who have no introverted reference point in their lives at all attempt to bridge said gaps.”

This makes sense. As with my earlier post on gendered inspirational images, sometimes there needs to be some catching up on one side for us all to move forward as one. If that includes oversimplified advice for awhile, maybe that’s just the way the first few steps have to be.

So yes, it’s on me to figure things out personally–Ty says we are all on a spectrum and can opt to move ourselves along it to fit our circumstances–but it’s also on all of us to take a step back from accepting statements at face value, no matter how well-designed.

Information and infographics are great. As my friend Heather says, as we’re inundated with all these opinions and advice, it’s up to all of us to take responsibility in how we relate to people outside the descriptions. We need to be mindful in finding a balance that’s not too much of anything, whether it’s coddling or encouraging.

Are introvert infographics/advice too enabling? Do you look at them as more helpful than harmful?

Also read: Introverts Don’t Need Spotline to Shine, How to Care for Extroverts (an infographic from the other side, in case you’re curious), and Introverts and Extraverts and Power (oh my!). If you’re still figuring things out while struggling with your career, try Introverts: A Guide to Help Find the Job You’ll Love. And if you really want an introvert infographic, try this one.

Orangutan courtesy of Animal Planet.


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