Welcome to the fourth ‘Twinterview’ here at HoipolloiReport, and welcome to Jessica Hansen, who’s agreed to participate / be grilled in this compressed, live format.
Others in this series have been:
- Mitch Joel, Podcaster, blogger, author, Six Pixels of Separation
- Johna Burke, VP of BurellesLuce
- Nina Miller, Senior Designer, and long-time Twitter user at Arizona State University
It’s going on live at 9.00 am today at Twitter.com/heyangelo
AF: @JessicaLHansen Good morning Jess. Thanks for agreeing to do this Twinterview. Did you know you’re the fourth ‘victim’?
JH: @heyangelo I’m honored to be the fourth Twinterview ‘victim’ 🙂
AF: @JessicaLHansenYou’re a very big Twitter user. What do you make of compressed interviews?
JH: @heyangelo I’ve been using Twitter since ’07 & love it! Twinterviews are a great way 2 quickly share concise bits of info w/ a lrg audience
AF: @JessicaLHansen For a moment I thought you said since you were 7 🙂
JH: @heyangelo HAHA! No, the Internet wasn’t even around when I was 7 — Let alone Twitter 🙂
AF: @JessicaLHansen If you were to choose between blogging and micro-blogging, what makes more sense to you and how you work?
JH: @heyangelo I don’t know that u need to choose btwn blogging & micro-blogging…
JH: @heyangelo I’d use a blog to share more in-depth info or maybe info just about one subject (which may only appeal to a smaller audience)…
AF: @JessicaLHansen Some people think Twitter is just mindless ‘brain noise’ http://bit.ly/l Wher and blogging is the new long-form journalism
JH: @heyangelo Use micro-blogging 2 not only share bits of info (& link 2 in-depth blog posts if u want), but also engage more & listen 4 info
JH: @heyangelo I’m going to have to check out The Hobson and Holtz Report – Podcast (http://bit.ly/lWher) for the piece about ‘brain noise’
JH: @heyangelo There are def. still Twitter users who are posting updates about what they are eating (now famous example), and nothing else
JH: @heyangelo Those same people rarely see the value in using Twitter — It should be a two-way form of communication…
JH: Don’t use Twitter to just push ‘mindless’ info…Listen to what else is being shared, & engage w/ others to get the most value
AF: @JessicaLHansen Such as? Name three people you follow who do a good job at it
JH: @heyangelo You’re putting me on the spot–I have a hard time w/ #FollowFriday because there are so many people who are sharing great info
JH: I enjoy following people who tweet useful info (beyond the ‘yum! I’m eating a grilled cheese’) and share common interests of mine
JH: @heyangelo To be general, I enjoy following reporters to get more insight into their personalities & to learn about what they’re working on
AF: @JessicaLHansen Nice dodge, can u be specific? No harm giving a shout out to someone
JH: @heyangelo For a great list of communicators, I turn to the ‘IABC on Twitter’ list (twitter.x.iabc.com)
JH: @heyangelo And of course u do a great job at using Twitter–engaging w/ your followers, & sharing links to interesting artices #FollowFriday
AF: Ah, Flattery! Won’t let you go off lightly, though. Let’s talk about jobs.
AF: @JessicaLHansen Let’s talk about your job. You were immersed in digital media and were laid off. Were you taken by surprise? Why?
JH: @heyangelo Yes, back to your question about jobs, and being laid off while being immersed in digital media…
JH: @heyangelo I think the best thing people can do right now is realize the power of having a strong network, esp. when u don’t think u need it
AF: @JessicaLHansen I want 2 go bck 2 that week. Did you pull out your resume? Log into LinkedIn? Posted a status update on FB? What did u do?
JH: @heyangelo When I was laid off, I had already been actively involved w/ @IABC_Phoenix, was volunteering w/ ADA, & building a Twitter network
JH: @heyangelo First thing I did after being laid off was update all of my online profiles — LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter…
JH: @heyangelo You always want your online profiles 2 be current, but I was surprised by just how many peopel reached out after hearing the news
JH: @heyangelo I’m connected w/ family & friends on LinkedIn & FB & know I have their support…Was overwhelmed by generosity of Twitter friends
JH: @heyangelo I was already on Twitter sharing info. w/ people–Then, when I needed support, had people offering advice, help w/ my resume, etc
AF: @JessicaLHansen How about networks in the Valley? Did you do a lot of face-to-face meetings or were you all digital?
JH: @heyangelo That’s an important point, Angelo. I connected w/ a lot of people online, but I made a point of having face-to-face mtgs as well
JH: @heyangelo @IABC_Phoenix is a great network, & there are some other chapters organizing support groups 2 help collaborate in tough times
AF: @JessicaLHansen Were there any hiring managers that found you because of your social media footprint?
JH: @heyangelo Yes, I heard from a few hiring mgrs because of my social media footprint–Scheduled in-person interview w/ @cplanchard via DM 🙂
AF: @JessicaLHansen What do you think job seekers do badly?
JH: @heyangelo Job seekers who have a strong network of pros are going to be a step ahead when it comes to finding the next career opp
AF: @JessicaLHansen And from the other side, what do you think companies seeking great employees do badly?
JH: @heyangelo HR depts are getting bombarded by resumes from job seekers right now–It’s important to connect w/ people & build relationships
JH: @heyangelo Hiring mgrs are missing out if they aren’t joining the convo on Twitter–Great way 2 find talent & learn a lot about candidates
AF: @JessicaLHansen Let’s switch to IABC. You’ve taken on the presidency this year for IABC_Phoenix. What are your three big goals?
JH: @heyangelo Yes, I’m honored 2 serve as @IABC_Phoenix President this yr. We are focusing on having our members Be Heard more than ever…
JH: @heyangelo @IABC_Phoenix will be the definitive resource for comm practices & engaging communicators at all stages of their careers
JH: @heyangelo @IABC_Phoenix will enable our members’ success in performing their jobs and advancing their careers
JH: @heyangelo Personally, I’d like 2 connect w/ as many @IABC_Phoenix members as possible this yr–Get 2 know them, hear what they need from us
AF: @JessicaLHansen From recent membership at IABC_Phoenix, attendees at events, what are members seeking most?
JH: @heyangelo From recent @IABC_Pheonix surveys, members want: smart network of comm pros, info on new career opps, & more on social media
JH: @heyangelo @IABC_Phoenix will enable our members’ success in performing their jobs and advancing their career
AF: @JessicaLHansen How do you see Phoenix positioned in terms of Communications opportunities?
JH: @heyangelo I think there are a lot of opps 4 comm pros in #Phx, but it’s also 1 of the hardest hit by this economy–We need to work together
AF: @JessicaLHansen #On that somewhat optimistic note, I’ll let you go. I know you have to run. Thanks for your time!
JH: @heyangelo Thanks so much, Angelo! I enjoyed the Twinterview (thanks for the opp!), and hope I was able to share some helpful information.