Last weekend I saw an interesting tweet that had to do with a podcast for the gang over at Fistful of Talent. Of course I was drawn in and had give it a listen. While it took me about two hours to listen to the 38 minute broadcast, when I finally got through it I was most impressed by the efforts put forth by Kris Dunn, Tim Sackett and Dawn Hrdlica Burke. I have met Tim and Dawn and have an idea what they are like so I have a connection with them. I feel like I know Kris from his writing, and when he speaks he is pretty much the same guy that writes. He is witty, cynical, somewhat sarcastic and very entertaining. Given all of the talented people they have at FOT there is not doubt that this will broadcast effort will be a sucess.
This did get mye to thinking about what all is going on on here in the HR space of social media. I consider myself active in social media, but not consumed. On a weekly basis I like to tweet daily. I like to participate in the on-line weekly twitter chat called #TChat, which take place Wednesday at 6 pm Central. Within the last couple of months #TChat, with the help of Focus, has started to do a monthly live broadcast, while weaving in the so called channel of twitter into the show. I also like to listen to Steve Boese and his weekly blog-talk radio show #HRHappyHour. This takes place from 7 pm to 8 pm on Thursday evenings. The show is live and consists of live callers, guest and a lively tweet stream,
Oh and we should not forget the daily half hour blog-talk radio show of Bryan Wempen and William Tincup – Drive Thru HR. While I also enjoy listening to this, I often find myself listening to the podcast of this, as the events of the day often take presidence over the show.
I also enjoy reading blogs (there is a whole list of them on the right). Some of them I check out routinely regardless of whether the posts end up in the tweet stream. Then I am drawn into some posts by the tweet about the post. It’s like the shiny object I can’t stop looking at. Oh and I also try and post myself once or twice a week here and once a week over at ilshrmblog.org.
I look at facebook about 6 to 7 times a week to see what is going on on this platform. I get push emails and such from Linked In, and head over there when I get something, someone wants something from me, or I am trying to find someone on th LI platform.
I don’t think my level or participation in Social Media is that different that many of the folks who are active in this realm. But I am starting to feel it is getting crowded out here. I think there will only be more and more things going on. I see more on line events morphing into live evens. A case in point is this. Craig Fisher is taking his TNL Live network show on the road now. He is bringing a TNL Event to the Chicago area on December 5th. I see more of these on-line event tuning into periodic face to face events.
So how do we deal with all of this? I spend a lot of time in the basement at my house. Pictured to the left is my space. My wife says I am going downstairs to spend time with my imaginary friends. (This would be my on-line friends.) Don’t mistake this, my wife is very supportive and finds interesting what I do – she just likes to tease. I don’t know where this is all going. I do know that the space is getting crowded and more demands are going to made on a smaller and smaller amounts of free time. I guess the choices will just get harder to make. No doubt more video will continue to creep into the social media realm. I see more television style shows coming to us via the internet.
I am sure there will be new tools emerging that will help us keep up in the future. We will need these tools because from my vantage point, the HR Social Media space is getting really crowded!