Monthly Archives: July 2009

10 Indian Twitter Users to Follow

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We have compiled a list of 10 active twitter users you might like to follow.  This list consists of famous Tweeps who are all quite frequent on Twitter and have an healthy interaction with their followers

Am flattered that the folks at the GeTHu blog thought me worthy enough to be listed in the top 10 🙂

I think the list should also include folks like @Kiruba @sidin @Naina @twilightfairy @b50 @Vimoh @Palinn @Bhawna_Sharma, to name just a few! 🙂

Kolkata Blogger Meet

Alas, I won’t be able to go for it, but for those bloggers in Kolkata, please do try and make it for the Kolkata blogger meet on 8th August.

Abhishek Rungta and Aji Isaac would be speaking there

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How do I blog?

Here’s what a reader mailed me:

I want to know how you decide what to write about (sorry , sounds silly!) ahnd how do you draw the line on how much of yourself comes through the blog and how much of the professional ‘you’ comes through. I want to begin blogging too and while there is no dearth of topics in today’s world, I am very hesitant to start! Any advice?

This is what I replied:

Well there are three main ways I decide what to write about:

1. Thoughts that strike me during the day and if they are still there in the evening – I know it’s important for me to express it 🙂

2. What the other HR bloggers are blogging about – and if I have something new to add to it 🙂

3. Some newsworthy events in my domain area Well when one is expressing an opinion – of course there is one’s own thoughts, values getting expressed, and I don’t even try to hide it. My blog is not a news blog, so I don’t strive for objectiveness

If you have a point of view and a story to tell – just start blogging!

Small Businesses Marketing via Twitter

For many mom-and-pop shops with no ad budget, Twitter has become their sole means of marketing. It is far easier to set up and update a Twitter account than to maintain a Web page. And because small-business owners tend to work at the cash register, not in a cubicle in the marketing department, Twitter’s intimacy suits them well.

“We think of these social media tools as being in the realm of the sophisticated, multiplatform marketers like Coca-Cola and McDonald’s, but a lot of these supersmall businesses are gravitating toward them because they are accessible, free and very simple,” said Greg Sterling, an analyst who studies the Internet’s influence on shopping and local businesses.

Small businesses typically get more than half of their customers through word of mouth, he said, and Twitter is the digital manifestation of that. Twitter users broadcast messages of up to 140 characters in length, and the culture of the service encourages people to spread news to friends in their own network.

Social media and social marketplaces (like Amazon) gave rise to the Long Tail phenomenon.

No wonder it suits small and medium businesses to market themselves using Twitter. I wonder how much longer it will take for them to discover friendfeed and posterous too 🙂

10 U.S. Jobs for the Recession

  • Accountant
  • Entrepreneur
  • Police Officer
  • Network and Computer Systems
  • Nurse
  • Nutritionist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Teacher
  • Mathematician
  • Government Manager
  • Interesting list by Time.com – as they say: “When it comes to what makes us happy at work, job-satisfaction surveys have been showing for years that the size of our paycheck is losing ground to intangibles like autonomy, mobility, low stress, flexible hours, job security, health coverage, paid time off and other benefits. Does pay matter?

    Workers who are elated to simply have a job aren’t squawking about money, and according to a Randstad survey, they now name job security and benefits among the top factors in their happiness. Competitive pay is moving down the scale. Another expediter is demographics. The massive boomer generation is entering its retirement years undersaved and in need of continued employment. Yet boomers are determined to scale back hours and stress, and some at least are happy to trade a big salary for work with meaning and which allows for a better work/life balance, so long as the bills still get paid.”