Thursday, July 20, 2006

Blogs and Jobster in Today's Post

The Washington Post business section today offered up a few Blogging and Jobster related articles, including:
Portrait of a Blogger: Under 30 and Sociable - I don't doubt that a majority of bloggers are under the age of 30, but my guess would be that a majority of business and politics-focused bloggers are over 30.
Bloggers Beware - Actually from yesterday, 1st of two part series.
Blogged Out of a Job - 2nd part of series. Good advice, but a rather conservative view IMO.

Salary, Benefits and the View Out the Office Window - A nice overview on Jobster and what makes it unique in the Online Recruiting world. There is one thing though referenced in this article that I've seen referenced elsewhere that bothers me, and that's the analogy to MySpace. In this article, Leslie Walker refers to Jobster as "the MySpace of the workplace". First of all, I don't necessarily agree with the analogy. MySpace is primarily a wide-open social networking site that has a secondary function of offering job search capabilities via Simply Hired. Jobster is an online recruiting tool primarily with a somewhat controlled social networking environment as a secondary function.

Also, I don't know about you, but if I was Jobster, I wouldn't want the analogy in the first place. Yes, MySpace is the hottest thing on the Internet today, but it seems like every day there is another news report about the crazy things young people are doing there. I'm flipping around on the TV last night and come across O'Reilly on Fox interviewing someone about the foolish and risky behavior of some MySpace users. This is not a stigma that a growing company in the online recruiting business should want to be affiliated with in any way, shape or form IMHO.


At 9:50 AM, Anonymous Jim Durbin said...

I'm so tired of newspaper articles about bloggers getting fired.

It's s miniscule amount compared to the number of bloggers, always has been, and is the media's way of warning the general public away from blogging.

At 9:01 PM, Blogger Ben said...

It is funny how the media focuses on those who have little common sense and have done foolish or outright stupid things on their blogs, MySpace, etc. Of course, these make up only a small percentage of the total number of bloggers out there. In addition to the media being wary of losing control, focusing on the negative is much juicier than talking about the construcitve collaboration and online community-building that happens in blogosphere at large.


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