There are way too many people on Twitter right now who seem to think Neil Armstrong=Lance Armstrong. Just look:
There is nothing I love more than social networking being used for a greater good. In these hard economics times we need to stick together and help each other. Thus was born helpaprproout.com. Help a PR Pro Out Day, or #HAPPO on Twitter, is a day for job seekers and employers in the PR field to connect. It’s all happening from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. CST Friday, Feb. 19. The idea is for job seekers to pitch themselves in a blog post and advertise it using the #HAPPO tag on Twitter. Employers will be searching by the hash tag and also posting openings in their companies. So far, there is a growing list of PR pros on the HAPPO site who will be helping to connect job seekers with employers in their prospective areas.
The sentiment that seems to be the most common with job seekers, from entry level to ultra-experienced, is the problem of getting noticed in a sea of applications. For many positions in journalism and public relations fields, candidates are vying for one position against 200 to 300 other people. In these cases, it’s often not about what you know but who you know. With HAPPO, employers are pledging to give prospective employees a chance by reading their pitch. It’s suggested to be creative and showcase your talents when participating. The best way to keep up to date on this event is to follow the HAPPO Twitter or Facebook page. I hope to see more of this kind of thing happening in all the fields where social media is such a crucial tool.
It breaks my heart to hear of people without work, putting out hundreds of applications and hearing back from none. Here’s to #HAPPO and to everyone finding a job in 2010!
Did you know DARPA is still around? You know, those guys that basically invented the Internet (hint: not Al Gore). I always assumed it was sort of absorbed by other government agencies/bureaucracies but apparently they are alive and kicking. Sadly, their Web site is a little boring and unimpressive, but that’s beside the point.
I only found this out because I heard of the DARPA Network Challenge. Apparently it’s the 40th anniversary of the Internet (woo hoo!) and to mark this event they’re giving away $40,000 cash to one person. The contest is basically a way to show how the Internet has evolved into a social networking, information gathering, communication beast:
The challenge is to be the first to submit the locations of 10 moored, 8-foot, red, weather balloons at 10 fixed locations in the continental United States. The balloons will be in readily accessible locations and visible from nearby roads.”
A $40,000 cash prize will be awarded to the first entrant to submit the latitude and longitude of all ten balloons.”
So basically people have to work together in order to find all these balloons so that one person can get a load of dough? Seems more like a social experiment into what people will do for money. I wonder how many people are going to be giving fake coordinates of balloon sightings to throw off contestants?
HOW TO COMPETE
- Register on this web site on December 1.
- Find other people interested in helping you solve the DARPA Network Challenge.
- Starting December 5, submit locations to the web site immediately after you find them.
- For updates, follow us on Twitter.”
I’m interested in seeing how this whole thing plays out because right now there’s some serious confusion. Registration opens Dec. 1, balloons are launched Dec. 5 and submission deadline is Dec. 14. There will be no other prizes but if one person doesn’t get all of the correct coordinates it goes to the person with the largest number of correct entries.
It’s all sort of weird but exactly what I’d expect from a bunch of nerds who invented the Internet. Keep it up, you glorious geeks.
Tuesday, March 17 is going to be an exciting day. You get to pinch your non-green wearing friends, have an excuse to be drunk in public in the middle of the week and you can witness the first ever Twitterview!
As a journalist and Web-geek, I feel it is my duty to blog about this. At 12 noon on Tuesday, George Stephanopoulos of ABC News will conduct a full interview with Senator John McCain using only Twitter. That’s right, the site that confines your posts to 140 characters. I’m a big Twitterphile and apparently so is John McCain. He updates about his day and favorite sports like anyone else, but he’s also become popular for doing countdowns on pork spending in the upcoming stimulus package. So it makes a lot of sense that he’d go for this concept.
Stephanopoulos got the idea for the Twitterview when he asked my own state senator, Claire McCaskill, via Twitter why she suddenly decided to vote no on the $410-billion omnibus budget bill since she had said she was supporting it before. She tweeted him back:
“George S.:Ultimately just couldn’t do it. Not just earmrks tho, also increase in spendng(8%too much)& failure to reconcile $ with stimuls.”
How cool. I know that McCain and several other Twitter-smart politicians respond to people and read the replies. It makes people feel more connected to their politicians and it’s smart of them to keep people updated via a popular tool like Twitter. I’m excited for the Twitterview and what this means for journalism. Will a lot of people tune in? Will it engage people? Will this be a stepping stone for more online live interviews on social networks?
We shall see.