• Talent Net Live Chicago

    My kids used to call it creeping.  I don’t know if that is still the case.  But in the social media realm there are those who are lurkers.  This, is in-fact is a bona-fide type of social media user as defined by Klout. I would surmise that often times, these are the folks who are relatively new to the medium, and are just as much content to watch rather than to participate.  You know who you are.

    If you are in that realm then this post is directed at you. There is an opportunity for you to bust out of your shell, to come out from behind that avatar and meet a bunch of people; hopefully about 300 to be exact.  I am talking about YOU attending the upcoming TalentNetLive Chicago event that is coming up next month on December 5th in the Chicago area. 

    Here is a little background on me.  In March of 2010 I was still dabbling in social media, unsure of its use and potential.  There was an event being held in Chicago in May.  It was called HREvolution and was billed as an “unconference.”   I struggled with this; should I go, or not. I could tell there were going to be a lot of folks I had seen on twitter, on LinkedIn and to some degree on Facebook. They were either attending or speaking at the event.   I thought to myself this might be a very cool event.  I would get to meet some of these folk I admired without having met face to face.  And if memory serves me correct, the event itself only cost $100.   Hell, I would be out more money for a hotel room than the conference.  I did it. I attended. The people were all really nice and friendly – even the FAMOUS ones.  No doubt that was the best $100 I ever spent on myself.

    You – the social media lurkers/newbies of 2011 are now being afforded a similar opportunity and I think you should jump on this, sign up now. You will have to spend $5 more than I did for HREvolution 2010 – call it inflation.

    Ok so you want to know what is the TalentNetLive – where did it come from – what do they do?  TalentNetLive.com is a web site operated by Craig Fisher.  I wanted to know more too, so I talked with Craig about this and kind of got the back story on how this all came to be.

    Back in December of 2008 Craig along with some recruiter friends of his, started up a twitter chat which used the hashtag #TNL.  The chat took place once a month. It grew in popularity with more and more participants.  It grew to the point that people wanted to get together and talk about some of the matters they were tweeting about.  Craig says there was so much interest that Pepsico wanted to sponsor a live event.  An event was conceived and planned. The attendees would consist of a number of regional recruiters (TX & OK mostly).  A live event was held in August of 2009 and it sold out with 185 attendees.

    Next year, the folks at Pepsico wanted to do it again. With over 200 attendees the 2010 event was an even bigger success.  The event was back in 2011 for another round.

    This in-turn begat a couple more conferences, which are  now called TNL Live Events.  Silk Road worked with Craig and his gang to sponsor another TNL Live event in Austin, TX the day before the opening of South by Southwest in March of 2011.   The folks at RackSpace took notice of this event and sponsored a TNLLive event in San Antonio in July of 2011.

    So you see this stuff is for real.  TNL Live is bringing together leaders in recruiting , human resources,  social media, branding and technology and creating a forum for dialogue, interaction and learning.

    If you were paying particular attention you may have noticed that the last item in that list was technology. And yes TalentNetLive is going to be rife with technology.  The event itself is being held at a conference partner headquarters.  Job Search Television Network (JSTN) in Aurora is where the event actually takes place.  JSTN is partnering in the event.  While on site you will be able to see the JSTN facilities, see how they work, what they do, and even pursue their services if you are interested.

    So to recap, don’t be a lurker, get out of your shell, register for TNLLive Chicago.  There will be a bunch of your friends from Illinois SHRM in attendance, so you will at least know a few of us, while meeting new friends face to face.

    I am already registered – I hope to see you there!


  • It’s Getting Crowded Out Here

    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.

    This is where I meet up with my imaginary friends

    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!