July 16, 2007

sign up to facebook or consign your career to the dustbin of history etc etc.

Paul Walsh gives about as compelling a case for business folk to sign up to Facebook as I've ever seen.

I concur with Paul's case pretty much 100%, so if you're not on Facebook yet, I'd recommend signing up.

Posted by hugh macleod at July 16, 2007 12:04 PM | TrackBack

So what does this mean for those of us that signed up with Twitter a few months ago to save our careers?

Posted by: Mack Collier at July 16, 2007 2:04 PM

I did sign up for just a couple of weeks ago after Scobles rants about it. I've already come in contact with some really groovy people. I also recommend everyone to sign up.

On a sidenote. Is it just me or does you Hugh, just as me, rarely blog anymore, but spend more and more time on twitter/jaiku?

Posted by: André Hedetoft at July 16, 2007 3:21 PM

brilliant article.
don't stop blogging, though.

Posted by: M_C_B at July 16, 2007 4:56 PM

Spaces, MySpace, FaceBook, Classmates, ...

Sometimes it's hard to keep up with all the socialware that I've played with. But every time a friend or relative joins a new one, I get an invite. ;o)

Posted by: Gandalfe at July 16, 2007 5:25 PM

Im signed up all over the place BUT still prefer blogging. The rest are just too shallow and faddish for me.

Where's the quality relationship building in FB,Twitter abd Jaiku? You are asked bt complete strangers to be a frienf. Why? Based on what? Or is it just to build up their numbers?

Blogging provides a stage for quality penmanship and building relationships.

In Africa there is a word for this - Ubuntu.

Posted by: Robert at July 16, 2007 7:14 PM

When will someone invent a fully portable persona? I'm growing tired of re-inventing myself!

Posted by: stoddart at July 16, 2007 8:36 PM

Interesting headline. By "career" I suspect you mean "career in social media and related high tech fields."

Posted by: David Burn at July 16, 2007 10:46 PM

myspace, twitter, facebook, etc?

All these are going to last about as long as a theme pub (6 to 12 months.)

Somehow web 2.0 has managed to become a fashion business.

Posted by: at July 17, 2007 6:18 AM

This is still very industry-specific. The power of Facebook is in the networking concept, Metcalf's law.

Not every industry uses online tools (e-mail, blogs) for their network. Only when that network migrates online will it be important to have a Facebook profile for connecting. Until then, the network will stay where-ever the members of that network connect.

Albeit for anyone interested in reading this blog, the article and statement are quite true.

Posted by: Jed Christiansen at July 17, 2007 12:23 PM

Hi Hugh -

If it is a social-networking or Web 2.0+ endeavor, I may well join - but only if it meets a certain indefinable standard of professionalism. Like the old saying, perhaps "standard of professionalism" is hard to define, but we all know it when we see it. So, you will not find me on MySpace or Friendster or Facebook. It may very well be true that many businesses and professionals (and certainly politicians) have joined these services. But while they continue to look like an online party for fifth-graders, I will take a pass.

And Twitter? You're joking, right?

Posted by: Reuben Moore at July 17, 2007 1:28 PM