Launching of DurhamWebsites.ca

I’ve finally found the time after the big move to push out my client-focused consultant website, DurhamWebsites.ca.

I’ve been sitting on the domain for a while now trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with it.  I have a confession: I’m a news junkie.  It’s not so much that I read news articles endlessly, but that I love journalism itself.  I am fascinated by the “new news” and how people today are consuming information.

I don’t want this post to be about new media, but about my final decision to focus on my consultant work and not a local news venture.   It wasn’t an easy decision, and I may still change my mind, but for me at this time I think it’s the best decision.

I’ve done a lot of homework on Durham Region.  I’ve spent a great deal of time building the DurhamRegion twitter account.  I’ve bookmarked hundreds of local business sites, news sites, and personal blogs.  I’ve even spent some time aggregating RSS feeds on a website.  One thing has kept me going was the constant notion that Durham Region needs a better method for gathering news.

I really do believe we’ll see a local information revolution soon, and I still hope to be part of it, but I want to gear down this part of my work life and concentrate more on my consulting services.

I really hope to successfully introduce high-end websites to Durham Region.  I am also interested in providing Google Apps solutions to businesses in the area.  I am going to also continue my corporate consulting, mainly because I love the challenges they demand.

DurhamWebsites.ca

DurhamWebsites.ca

Anyway folks, wish me luck!  If you have any feedback for DurhamWebsites.ca please leave a comment or email me at [email protected]  Oh and don’t worry, I still love news and I’ll keep active on @durhamregion Twitter account.

Twitter is not the Utopia for Job Search

They have SPAM!
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I recently read Matt Alder’s great post “The Job Cloud – Why Twitter is the future of Job Boards“, and had a few thoughts.  While it was very interesting to read that he was getting a lot of quality resumes by posting jobs on Twitter, should we take this as an early sign that Twitter jobs is the future?

Twitter is great for some things, but for searching for jobs?  I’m skeptical.  In fact, I think this is a really backward idea.

The proposed advantage, of course, is that companies can easily post their jobs online for free without paying job boards.  Great idea, I’ve long said paying expensive fees for postings jobs is archaic, but why Twitter?  Companies have had the opportunity to do this for years using simple RSS.   We also have “free” job search engines that can index these sites, like indeed.com and simplyhired.com.  So how does Twitter job search help us?

Another thing raises a large flag for me: how do you stop the spam?  If Twitter (and the internet in general) has taught us anything, spam will be a big issue.  It is easy to simply limit the accounts searched to those of companies, but what about the large percentage of companies which use external agencies?  Ok, let’s say we allow those agencies to be apart of the search.  Who are the gatekeepers here?  The only reason we have job boards today is because it already solved the spam issue, filtering the quality job postings from the spam.  How is this model different?

I have a big problem with ideas which see social networking sites and being a free ticket to success.  It takes a lot of time, and therefor money, to be successful using social media, and I don’t see Twitter job postings as being any exception.

As an early adapter, you might just have some quality candidates find your way, but as the use increases, so will the garbage.  Hopefully I’m proved wrong, maybe I’ve been reading too much Andrew Keen, but I’m just not sold on the idea.