Top 10 Guidelines for Social Media Background Checks – ERE.net

Worthwhile reading for anyone hiring/recruiting and considering or using social media background checks as part of the process.

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“it might be worth more — particularly in the long term — to spend the time trying to confirm the…”

“it might be worth more — particularly in the long term — to spend the time trying to confirm the reports that emerge through social media (was that tweet really from the niece of Whitney Houston’s hairstylist?) or to push the story beyond the simple report that something has happened and figure out what it means or why it matters. That kind of analysis and context has always been the most long-lasting aspect of journalism, but mainstream media outlets continually get distracted by the need for another scoop or another “exclusive,” something very few non-journalists care about.”

Twitter and the incredible shrinking news cycle — Tech News and Analysis

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“If someone tweets something newsworthy and no one retweets it, did she make a sound?”

“If someone tweets something newsworthy and no one retweets it, did she make a sound?”

Social media tool aims to help journalists find undiscovered, reliable sources on Twitter | Poynter.

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Tumblr’s David Karp does not <3 YouTube

Tumblr founder David Karp is, according to an interview he gave to the Guardian, a lover of Twitter and “lukewarm” on Google+. Nor is he impressed with Facebook “as a product”, whatever that means. But it is for YouTube that he saves his vitriol (emphasis mine): “The only real tools for expression these days are […]

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Does gender matter? Or, can (wo)men write compelling characters of the opposite sex?

A polemic from M-Cue regarding the ability of (Hollywood) writers to craft compelling characters of the opposite sex: Men don’t know how to write likable female characters, and Women can’t write likable male characters. …let’s start with Breaking Bad…The 2 major female characters that I’ve encountered thus far (Skyler and Marie) are annoying, bitchy, pushy, […]

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‘Instant Gratification With Bookmarking Can Replace Actual Consumption’

An interesting and nuanced piece from Chris Tackett at the Atlantic on how sites like Pinterest and Svpply might be reducing consumption, and which cites a Megan Garber article that prompted my recent post on lifehacking-through-Instapaper: I don’t disagree some forms of conspicuous consumption are fading, but in the context of how we present ourselves […]

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‘a click on a Read Later button is…an act of desperate, blind hope.’

As part of my never-ending quest to hack my life to fit more into 24 hours, I’ve been rethinking my Instapaper strategy. Previously, my Insta-workflow went something like this: – Favourite a tweet in Twitter + ifttt = add to Instapaper – Sifting through RSS on mobile or iPad + “ooh, that’s interesting but a […]

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