Marking a major milestone and a transition
Today’s post represents the 1,455th post I have published here on the HRH blog since I first created the site on July 14, 2007. That means I have just 45 to go to hit 1500 posts. That will happen on March 9th. It’s going to be kind of a big day. It’s also going to be the last time I post on HRH. On March 10th, I’ll be moving my content over to a new site with the unwieldy name of….yeah, you guessed it. “MichaelVanDervort.com“.
Typically, it’s all about me, and maybe a few other things, old and new.
IN the meantime, you might get a kick out of reading this random scribbling that I posted on July 23, 2007 in which I think very deep thoughts about the social media, the future of HR and the meaning life. I seem like such an ingenue. and yes, I even published it in that blue script. It was also the first thing I ever wrote that was seen by double digit readers, 19 people to be exact, according to my blogger analytics.
Social Networking and the Flat World
On April 24th, I was in New Century, KS attending a session on using the SAP HR module, and one of my colleagues from Copenhagen, Denmark asked me if I had ever heard of LinkedIn.
“LinkedIn?” I said curiously, “What’s that?”
“I’ll send you an invitation.” My colleague, Nicolai said, and he did.
Since then, approximately 3.5 months has passed. As of 7:42 this morning, through LinkedIn, I have:
· Established exactly 900 connections from all around the globe on LinkedIn.
· Corresponded or talked with a large number of these people
· Found old friends, family members I haven’t seen in years, and networked with a number of former professional contacts.
· I have been contacted by several companies regarding possible job opportunities.
· I have used the site to source experts and vendors for projects for clients
I have also begun to examine the impact my relatively new found interest in social networking has had on me personally, and to ponder the way these tools will affect the Human Resources field in the next couple of years.
I am interested in Social or Open Networking for many reasons. These range from the simple to the complex. The simple question: Who, Where, What, Why, and When can I encounter someone who will assist me or help me grow as a professional and an individual?
The more complex idea: We do indeed live in a Flat World. As a result of this flattening, a convergence of the technological and the sociological aspects of the Internet is occurring that I believe is already vastly influencing and changing the way we do things in our daily lives, as much the development of the Internet and the World Wide Web did in the past few decades.
I am not a technologist or a sociologist, but my professional work is in the field of Human Resources and most of my personal interests revolve around things that involve groups of people. Therefore, I am interested in how this convergence affects my work and my life. I seek to understand how it will work and have jumped into the water with both feet to examine how social networking and Web 2.0 can lead me towards practicing HR 2.0 as a professional, and add value to my personal life by developing networks around the globe for sharing of best work practices, career opportunities, and perhaps even personal relationships in places where they wouldn’t have existed without this medium.
Since April 24, in trying to understand social networking
· I have joined Xing. https://www.xing.com/profile/Michael_Vandervort
· I have joined Ning.
· I have joined Viadeo.
· I have joined Ecademy. http://www.ecademy.com/account.php?id=186529
· I am on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=549337373
· I use Plaxo Plus to keep my finger on the Pulse of all of this. http://pulse.plaxo.com/pulse/events/
· This morning I joined Brijj.com which is a social networking site for India.
This represents around 2000 individuals I am networking with around the world at various levels. One of these people found a job through a referral I made. Business relationships are currently being developed through the power of LinkedIn connectivity. I hope to do a live LI event in the Tampa Bay area in October with some colleagues I have met in the HR community to promote these types of tools and the power they bring to your daily life if you learn how to use them.
All of this just scratches the surface.
Oh yes, the other things that have happened in my life since April 24th?
· My company changed hands.
· I became a grandfather.
· I turned 50.
· My wife went to India and back for the second time this year.
· The stock market hit an all time high and then plummeted like someone pulled the plug.
· My daughter went to Mexico for two months and came back.
· Bunches of other stuff too numerous to mention…welcome to the Flat World!