Amybeth Hale – Research Goddess


Is "Open Networking" getting out of hand?
January 28, 2008, 7:06 pm
Filed under: Networking/Social Media

I posed this question on LinkedIn today, after having a recent influx of requests to network from folks. Those who know me know I’m big on responsible networking and this open networking seems to be getting out of hand….feel free to comment here, or on LinkedIn!

Has ‘open networking’ become a new method for spamming? When you reach out to self-proclaimed open networkers, do you read their contact settings for connection instructions, or do you just send away? As a self-proclaimed networker, do you send canned requests including phrases like “I noticed you’re an open networker” or “Since you are a person I trust” when you have never communicated before? Do you claim to be connected through an association when you don’t have an email address for the recipient, just to get a foot in the door?

As an open networker, do you accept ALL invitations, even ones that clearly have not read your profile and given a compelling reason to connect? I have noticed an increase in invitations that have obviously not read my profile and provide no compelling reason for connection other than an assumed desire to mine my connections. For me personally, I am happy to connect as long as there is a stated purpose in the invitation and not a general observation that I have placed my email address in my profile and that must mean I’ll connect with anyone.

I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on this. While I think open networking is a good concept, there are always those few bad apples who spoil the barrel and are making it a bad practice.



My Thoughts on NotchUp
January 23, 2008, 2:29 pm
Filed under: Cool Tool Alert, Thoughts

Yesterday, a new site was brought to my attention: NotchUp. Apparently, it has piqued the interest of several people – both pretty good as in the eyes of Matt Martone of Yahoo! and Eric Schonfeld of TechCrunch and not so good from the perspective of the Big Cheez as well as Susan Burns of Talent Synchronicity.
Here are my personal thoughts at this time (subject to change of course!):

I think this could be both good and bad. I received an invite directly from NotchUp to register subsequently followed by invites from about 5 of my colleagues. I haven’t signed up yet because 1) the prospect of registering for yet another network doesn’t thrill me right now, 2) I’m not sure how I feel about the concept in the first place, and 3) apparently the site is down at the moment 🙂

First of all, the concept of paying people to interview for companies seems a little weird. You’re of course going to get those people who have no intentions of changing jobs but want to make some extra money anyhow and that’s going to waste precious time for the folks interviewing that person.

Secondly, I don’t know what kinds of companies would actually pay candidates to interview with them. It seems a bit contradictory to the whole purpose of the interview process – we want you here b/c you WANT to be here, not b/c we paid you to sit with our hiring managers for an hour (who would probably resent it if they knew what was going on!).

On the good side (and folks who work at search firms probably won’t see this as good), it might help to cut down on the cost of corporate use of search firms by reaching the candidates directly like that. I know that the purpose of my existence at Waggener is to help cut back on that cost.

For those who are excited about the concept, more power to you! I think this is simply a case of reviewing the facts presented and coming to your own conclusions, not of ‘getting it’ or ‘not getting it’. Two people can be informed with the same data and come to different conclusions about something. At this point in time, I think I’m going to sit this one out until further development. I’d like to see what companies (besides the ones listed) are going to use it as a ‘passive candidate source’. I see this becoming like QuietAgent is/was – a good idea on paper, but probably not going to get very far.



Cracked.com’s Internet Party
January 23, 2008, 12:50 am
Filed under: Networking/Social Media, Technology

HILARIOUS video from Cracked.com – see what happens when Google’s parents go out of town for the weekend! BIG THANKS to Jim Stroud for sharing this with me.

Warning: If you can get past the language and some sexually-suggestive content (yeah, it’s a little R-rated!!), this video will have you in stitches.



On Monitoring Brand Perception
January 22, 2008, 4:17 am
Filed under: Networking/Social Media

Have to take a moment and give some props to Dan Gallagher, Sr. VP of Research with Waggener Edstrom, on the Narrative Network he created for WE. George Dearing reviewed this text mining and brand mapping tool that is exclusive to Waggener on his blog recently. He says it’s “pretty hot stuff these days with all the attention on social media measurement or brand monitoring. Smart companies and agencies are finally figuring out that social media measurement is just another layer in a well-integrated approach to digital marketing and public relations.”

With instant opinions and feedback available through social media, I believe this kind of stuff is going to be important for companies to invest in. Those who don’t keep an eye on what their audience thinks about their company, product, or cause in this manner are going to miss out on some wonderful opportunities.



Proper "Netiquette"
January 17, 2008, 2:00 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

LOVED this when I read it this morning! Please check out Virginia Shea‘s book Netiquette….for now, here are the ten rules of online interaction!



Top 10 Social Networking Sites of 2007
January 16, 2008, 3:21 pm
Filed under: Networking/Social Media

Top 10 Social Networking Sites
(Source: Nielsen Online, ranked by Unique Audience, December 2007. U.S., Home and Work)

  1. MySpace (2007) 60,104,000 (2006) 55,256,000
  2. Facebook (2007) 22,574,000 (2006) 13,110,000
  3. Classmates Online (2007) 10,748,000 (2006) 11,406,000
  4. Windows Live Spaces (2007) 8,856,000 (2006) 8,703,000
  5. AOL Hometown (2007) 6,853,000 (2006) 9,032,000
  6. Club Penguin (2007) 6,358,000 (2006) 2,688,000
  7. LinkedIn (2007) 4,804,000 (2006) 2,072,000
  8. Reunion.com (2007) 4,090,000 (2006) 4,327,000
  9. AOL Community (2007) 4,069,000 (2006) 5,213,000
  10. Flixster (2007) 3,097,000 (2006) 744,000


Instant Messenger Paradise
January 12, 2008, 5:38 am
Filed under: Cool Tool Alert

Check this list out – 90+ IM tools, ranging from the most popular to international to multi-network to web-based. I’ll bet there’s some way of doing some sourcing with many of those web-based platforms, and I know there are ways to track down contact info using Skype! 🙂 If you need to select an instant messenger, look no further!