I recently read a report that appeared on cnet.com of the top ten must-have gadgets
. It must have been written prior to the HP slash Palm announcement
, for the Palm Pre was listed as one of the gadgets. Or
HP paid big money to have the Pre kept on or added to the bottom
of the list. A tech shake-up such as this recent acquisition is bound to not only raise eyebrows but many a question. What is the future of Palm? What about those that opted for the Pre instead of just going with the majority and caving for the iPhone? I'm not saying Palm is done, but rather asking..., is it?
There has been a significant amount of discussion in my world about the next big technology and will it affectively change the workings of the recruiting industry? Is Twitter it? Not
if many of my contacts have anything to say about it. Frankly, I am baffled by the denial of its effect and/or the desire to run wildly screaming from it. Not only has it made a noteworthy difference in how I do business but my circle of friends increases daily. And these are not just connections on LinkedIn or other business network, most are individuals I converse with daily, or exchange ideas with, or argue with, or with whom I pass ideas or share grievances, or intolerances or rants or with whom I collaborate or simply get to know.
I don't think Twitter is the be-all, end-all in new social media tech but I do think its influence and impact are far greater than initially anticipated. The collision between the Twitter search function, pin-pointed and targeted, and the desire for instant feedback/communication is real. This isn't a story made up by some social media guru that claims to be an expert and will convince the millions that Twitter is the tech fountain of youth. I know it's real because I have reaped the benefits of its minimalistic functionality.
I have met people that think the same way I do, as well as those that despise my beloved industry. I have met and chatted with mentors such at Tom Peters
. I have learned of the plights of those caught in a recent flood, or volcano ash cloud, or devastating earthquake. I have seen book promotions, blog references, genius quotes by famous people and not-so-famous
people. I have met individuals that have become my friends. I have watched job seekers "work it" and recruiters do the same. I have fallen prey to repeating a hoax
- #notrealstory - like Jeff Goldblum falling to his death last summer - the rumors of his deadly fall were greatly exaggerated.
And I have met people that find great joy in helping others, in embracing the spirit of giving back
, or watching cultures and continents crash in what can only be now deemed as a global mash-up
. I am truly fascinated by this phenomenon and know that what it contributes to the speed and ease of communication will definitely change the way we do business. Until an alien embeds a chip in my head to read my every thought, Twitter will have to suffice.
By the way,
there was no
mention of Twitter in the top ten list. It's not a gadget, I know, but many believe it to be a novelty. Pending the arrival of a toy surprise, it will always be serious stuff for me.
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