January Kicks Off With Cool Hires in Tech

first_imgThe economy is depressing but there’s no shortage of cool new individual hires in tech to report already this year. Mozilla, Dell, AOL Sports and some of our favorite startups have picked up new engineers and executives this week. The biggest tech job news of the New Year, though, may be that Lifehacker’s long time editor Gina Trapani announced yesterday that she’s leaving her position.Check out some of the young year’s first highlights in tech hiring as reported by our site Jobwire below. Jobwire is sponsored by VisualCV, which is a service for job seekers. Jobwire reports on 10 to 15 completed new hires in tech and new media every weekday.Changes at LifehackerAfter four years at the helm of the wildly popular productivity blog, lead editor Gina Trapani announced yesterday that she’s “stepping down from the site lead position to work on Some New Stuff.” Will that be Lifehacker work? Gawker work? Something entirely new? We’ll see! Read our full coverage of Gina’s announcement.Mozilla Developer Tools Lab Adds a Crew MemberWho in web tech wouldn’t love to work in the new Mozilla Developer Tools Lab? That’s what Kevin Dangoor gets to do now, we found out this week.AideRSS Grows Its TeamOne of our favorite companies on the web, AideRSS/Postrank, has hired two more engineers. Fresh from a new round of funding, we’re really excited to see what kind of technology they develop. See our coverage of this Canadian startup’s new additions.Old Media and New Media Make a TradeFormer Chicago-Sun sports columnist Jay Mariotti got scooped up by AOL Sports and Talking Points Memo blogging star Greg Sargent has come on board the Washington Post.Louis Gray Joins SocialToo as AdvisorWeb 2.0 uber-early-adopter Louis Gray took an advisory position at an otherwise unknown startup, he announced this week, and in comments Gray explains exactly what he’ll be doing for the company.Head on over to Jobwire to find out about other new hires at RedHat, MindTouch, Stack Overflow and more. We’re reporting on 10 to 15 new hires in tech and new media every day at Jobwire. From executives to engineers, if you’ve got a new job or your company has made a new hire – let us know! 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Features#news#web marshall kirkpatrick Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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How the U.S. Army is Using Social Media

first_imgrichard macmanus Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit One of the most interesting aspects of Web technology and social media nowadays is how it’s being deployed by non-techies. Recently I had the chance to connect with the U.S. Army to find out how it is using the Web. Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, online video and more is currently in operation at U.S. Army HQ.I spoke to Suzanne Nagel, Digital Chief, U.S. Army Accessions Command, who walked me through how the Web is being used for recruitment and community. We started off by discussing a blog called Army Strong Stories, which enables people to hear authentic stories from U.S. Army soldiers.Launched in 2008, the target audience of Army Strong Stories is the U.S. Army’s primary recruiting target: men aged 18-24. This age group spends a lot of time online, so a blog was seen as an effective way to reach that audience. The site also reaches women in the same age group, but Nagel explained that about 80% of jobs in the U.S. Army aren’t open to women (I didn’t realize it was that high a number).Real Army Stories The idea behind Army Strong Stories is to interact with the target audience and enable them to read and hear stories about Army life. Soldiers are encouraged to engage with the readers by replying to comments. The aim is to build a dialog with potential recruits, partly to disavow them of myths about Army life – for example, said Nagel, the scream-in-your-face drill sergeant so often portrayed in Hollywood movies.Army Strong Stories features blog posts about anything related to army life. It’s not necessarily career based content (see the tag cloud to the right for a list of topics). I asked Suzanne Nagel whether the bloggers write about politics. She replied that generally no, however the Army doesn’t censor or filter content – other than for bad language.Video is a relatively new part of the site, generally featuring Army staff speaking for a couple of minutes about their lives.I’ve Traveled the World as a Saxophone Player; by Staff Sergeant Daniel Post Army Strong Stories isn’t the Army’s main Web presence. Goarmy.com is the main recruiting website, which is used for recruiting soldiers and presenting facts about the Army. Usage so far of Army Strong Stories has been broad, said Nagel. She noted that it’s not just men 18-24 who frequent the site. Regulars include bloggers’ parents and other relatives.Army Social MediaOf course, in this day and age, it isn’t all about the blog. The Army uses Facebook and Twitter a lot. It also has both an iPhone app and a mobile website, featuring the same functionality as the website. They are currently working on an iPad version and will “probably” work on an Android version in the future.Overall, the U.S. Army is actively growing its digital efforts. In particular, and in common with many other organizations, over the past 5 years it has increasingly used social media. The Army is working on building up its social networking presence even further: for example, buying online advertising to drive users to its Facebook Page. Also, the Army will be doing “social media events” this year, in order to drive traffic and buzz to their sites. What form these events will take hasn’t been decided yet.The goal of all the U.S. Army’s sites – whether self-hosted blogs or social networks like Facebook and Twitter – is to “keep the conversation flowing.”Uncle Sam Needs You, See Our Facebook Page For More…In general, the U.S. Army is a conservative branch of the military, remarked Suzanne Nagel, so allowing soldiers to tell their “mostly unfiltered stories” was a big step for them. The hope is that the Army’s online and social media presence will help recruiting, by showing what real Army life is like and helping people overcome the fear of joining.I was impressed by the sophistication of the U.S. Army’s web presence, although it helps that it’s likely very well funded. What do you think of the U.S. Army’s online activities? A good use for your taxpayer dollars? The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Tags:#Real World#Social Web#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…last_img read more

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South Africa include Lundi Ngidi for ODIs vs India

first_imgSouth Africa have named uncapped pacer Lungi Ngidi and batsman Khaya Zondo in their squad for the first three ODIs of the six-match series against India.The first ODI is on February 1 at Kingsmead, Durban.Nigidi missed the series against Sri Lanka the last time he was selected due to a rib injury. But his impressive display against India in the Test series, has earned him a place in the ODI squad for the first three ODIs. Zondo on the other hand, was a part of the South Africa side that toured India in 2015 but he didn’t get a game.WATCHMorne Morkel and all-rounder Chris Morris were also picked for the ODIs after they missed the Bangladesh series due to injury.South Africa ODI squad: Faf du Plessis (C), Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (WK), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Lungisani Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Khayelihle Zondo.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more

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