It was time for yet another action packed SourceCon event. For those who might be new to this event, let me make it easy for you 🙂 SourceCon is the SourcingAdda of US. I still remember my first post for SourceCon way back in 2011 “Sourcer OR Recruiter: A Classic Title Dilemma In India” For those who started Sourcing way back, might relate to the post. But Sourcing as function has got lot of respect in the recent years in India. Companies are finally realizing the power of setting up Sourcing Teams. They are zapped by the cost that can be saved by investing in a Sourcing Function.
Recently there was an All India Sourcing Contest organised by SourcingAdda know as “SPL“. There were over 160 + Passionate Sourcing Champs participating in a month long contest. Here is the final outcome of the event : “Final Leader Board“. Its an amazing feeling to see Sourcers getting their right place in the hiring industry. It did come a bit late, but was worth the wait 🙂
So let’s come back to SourceCon. They had their premier event in Dallas, TX from Sep 17-18, 2015. No doubt it had Who’s Who from the World of “Sourcing”. You won’t believe, but folks in India do stay awake till the wee hours, just to follow SourceCon and the amazing insights that come out of the event. This year too was special. Let’s take a look at collection of some amazing tweets that can help us all in the Sourcing Community.
#Hashtags!! What are Hashtags!! How can it be used!! Will it help me!! Well, these might be some of the questions that may be running in your head. For those using Twitter, might surely have a fair idea and might be also using Hashtags regularly. The following post will answers these questions and will also share some of the examples of how it can be used.
Do you know when was the first Hashtag used on Twitter!!! Chris Messina, a social technology expert, is credited to have come up with the very first Hashtag on Twitter.He first posted the hashtag #barcamp in August 2007. The whole tweet appeared like this:
“how do you feel about using # (pound) for groups. As in #barcamp [msg]?”
So let’s begin the journey of Hashtags. Twitter has defined Hashtags in their own way and the definition is as follows – Definition:The # symbol, called a Hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. It was created organically by Twitter users as a way to categorize messages.
So moving on from the definition, Twitter is a great place where people use Hashtags. People use Hashtags especially during LIVE events, Twitter chats and webinars. Why do they do it!! Well, Hashtags are the best way to organize conversations online.
Following are some of the interesting and popular Hashtags that have been used regularly. (Have tried to cover more of India based Twitter Chats)
– #hrtrends: PlugHR sets up & runs HR department for companies for a fixed subscription bringing in the best HR practices,across sectors in 7 Indian Cities. They have Twitter Chats which Occurs every Thursday at 4:00pm IST
– #indiahrchat : #IndiaHRchat is a monthly twitter chat aimed at creating conversation with/for the Indian HR community and those interested in the region. It occurs at 7 PM IST, 8.30 AM EST, 1.30 PM GMT on the last Wednesday of every month.
– #IndiaHRLIVE – Is there a LIVE TV Channel for #HR Professionals!!! The answers is YES 🙂 @IndiaHRLive Broadcasts LIVE video interviews & Panel discussions every Tuesday 8 pm IST.
So now that you have a list of Twitter Chats to follow, let’s take a look at some do’s and don’ts while using Hashtags :
– Try using Hashtags which are easy to remember. For example, if your event or Twitter Chat is based on #HR or #SocialMedia, you can use the name of the event ie #SocialMedia2013 or #HRCONF2013 or so on. The idea is to have a unique Hashtag for the event.
– Don’t forget to search for Hashtags, as you need to avoid duplicate Hashtags. As there are regular events happening on Twitter, hence first search if anyone else has already used your hashtag.
– You can search Hashtags on http://www.hashtags.org/ . This is a great place to search Hashtags and it also provides analytics for your Hashtags.
– While posting on other Social Networking sites, do use Hashtags; as this will give you a wider reach in terms of visibility.
– Do not use Hashtags for every word. Example – Don’t forget to join us for #Importance of #SocialMedia for #HR #Professionals at our #HRCONF #Event today at 7pm IST.
So are you all set to enter the amazing world of Hashtags!! Looking forward to your views on how you are using it for your events.
Did you Check-in today !!!!
Well, Check-in via foursquare has really picked up, and creating a decent space in the Social Networking World. foursquare is a location-based social networking website based on software for mobile devices. This service is available to users with GPS-enabled mobile devices, such as smartphones. Users “check-in” at venues using a mobile website, text messaging or a device-specific application by running the application and selecting from a list of venues that the application locates nearby.
Following are some of the samples for your reference:
In this particular sample, Magarpatta / Magarpatta Cyber City and DLF are locations in Pune, India, where there are lot many IT organizations. Hence every time an individual checks-in, he/she will get to see a tip regarding that location. I have posted a job Requirement in the tips section. On the right hand side, you can also see the number of check-in made till date.
Although this is just a small start, as the number of users in India are not as high as other European countries, but people are picking it up quickly. As the number of users will increase, the check-ins will also increase, thus the visibility of such job openings will improve.
So did you Check-in today !!!!
As part of the research that was made earlier ie What do 90 Recruiters feel about Social Networking Sites!!!!! http://tinyurl.com/2abxbbh , following is the second question was was asked to those 90 recruiters.
Are Social Networking sites changing the way you recruit?
Based on the Online Survey done via http://www.surveymonkey.com/, Following are the details of the Data for the same.
And the winner is…………..
Yes – 81.1%
NO – 18.9%
So, based on the responses, there are good number of recruiters who belive that Social Networking sites are changing the way they recruit 🙂
All the 90 respondents are recruiters, who are responsible for Hiring in their respective organizations. Hence in order to get authentic data, Recruiters were the right audience.
Looking forward to your view s on this data. You can agree or disagree 🙂
This morning I was going through this post, an Amazing post by Robert Bravery – http://is.gd/7cx5x
Robert had asked a question, why we comment on Blogs!! It seems an easy question, with may be simple, yet complex answers. But it’s a very important question.
Well, this is my version of the answer.
As far as I am concerned, I comment on blogs on topics of my interest. That includes anything written about Twitter, Facebook and majorly about Social Networking sites. ( Social Media is my Favorite ) There is a list of Bloggers (Amazing Bloggers) that I follow.
They have some amazing piece of art on their Blogs. The reason I mentioned art is, because its really amazing to go through their content and their views on various topics about Social Media, Blogging World and Social Networking.
Following is the list that I follow :
– Author: Robert Bravery – http://www.integralwebsolutions.co.za/Blog.aspx
– Author : Amybeth – http://researchgoddess.wordpress.com/
– Author: Rick Mans – http://dontmindrick.com/
– Author: Darren Rowse – http://www.problogger.net/
– Author : Naomi Dunford – http://ittybiz.com/about/
– Author : Ileane Smith – http://bloggingwire.com/podcast/
– Author: Daniel Scocco – http://www.dailyblogtips.com/
– Author: Hesham Zebida – http://www.famousbloggers.net/
The list goes on and on…. But it’s just an amazing experience to follow them, and read their posts.
Your list could be different, and you might also have different reason to comment on Blogs.
At the end of the day, it’s all about sharing Views, comments, knowledge to the Blogging world out there.
Looking forward to know your views on the same and also to know why you comment or don’t comment to Blogs.