Monthly Archives: April 2011

End to an Era

For 3 years I have worked at the UCLA Call Center and today, it’s over! I have truly enjoyed my time there if not for the people that helped me get through it. I am excited to start my new job on Monday (stay tuned for a post on Monday evening). I’m going to miss you all and look forward to hanging with you guys on the weekends. SMILE WHILE YOU DIAL!!

Here’s a picture of our supervisors taken from the UCLA Fund page.

Facebook Connect: Business

Facebook has been expanding into almost every aspect of our lives. I’m sure many of you have already seen been asked to sign-in or sign-up using your Facebook login. This has made our personal lives a lot easier. Facebook’s advantage is that it’s tied to your real identity.

Although it’s made our lives easier by allowing us to sign up for services with a click of a button, it has not done much to help us with our professional lives. I know that LinkedIn is the most popular professional network, but it’s not something that most people keep up. Maybe it’s that me and others are young and don’t really get it yet, but so far, I only go to it when there is an update on my resume. My friends seem to do the same. Facebook, however, has much more knowledge about me and can make a big difference for employers and potential employees.

LinkedIn has a very powerful “apply” button. It’s basically Facebook Connect for applications. It’s a beautifully simple! You find a job you are interested in, you push the apply button and you are done. You have applied to the position and given the employer all of your professional information.

I’m not sure why I don’t have a LinkedIn option all the time! Many times what I encounter is a request to submit my resume and cover letter and then a request to input that very same information into little slots! Sometimes they have me upload my resume and their system put’s all the info into slots… And I’m supposed to make sure it’s all been transferred correctly. Why? I don’t understand why this would be at all helpful to them. Pick a method and stick to it.

Facebook can bring something new to the table. It can streamline the application process and it can give employers a ton of important information. First of all, you get intense verification. An employer can quickly check if their recruit is really from the school they say they are, if they currently work for the company they say they work for and possibly what their interests are.

I don’t think employers should be able to see all information but they should be able to verify important claims in a candidates resume. Facebook could come up with ways for companies to create verification processes. For example, let’s say that you have a real estate license, you should be able to verify that under you business section. If you have a driver’s license, you should be able to verify that via your local government. This would be helpful for both candidates and employers.

Facebook would stand to win here. By creating business verification suites they will be able to charge companies to use their API. IBM could use Facebook HR to look for 21 year old male who graduated from an Ivy League school, has 3 state certifications and likes Green Day and Pizza. The power of Facebook is only growing and if they carefully roll out a suite of business tools they might be able to tap another source of revenue.

Hiking is Fun

About 3 weeks ago a co-worker of mine mentioned that they were going to hike at a local trail. When it was announced, I was already all booked up. I was kind of upset. However, when I got back home I found out that my plans were cancelled so I would be able to go! I quickly contacted my co-worker and asked if I could go. The hike was on!

The trail is Temescal Canyon near PCH in Los Angeles. For the last 3 weeks we have been working on running more and being faster on our times. We usually start at around 7 am and let me tell you, it’s a great way to start your day! You just feel energized by the end of it.

Here are a few pictures from the hike so far. I will update when we move on to the next hiking trail!

Anonymity through two lenses

When it comes to anonymity, there are two opposing camps: Facebook and 4chan. Facebook is a walled fortress with strict identity guidelines. 4chan is the wild west with its users always reinventing themselves. Zuckerberg and ‘moot’ are philosophically at odds with each other. While speaking at SXSW, ‘moot’ put the differences between him and Zuckerberg beautifully:

Mark Zuckerberg has said that anonymity represents a lack of authenticity, but I would counter that anonymity is authenticity.

This quote is great! However, I’m not sure that ‘moot’ uses authenticity in the same sense that Mark does. I’m sure everyone already figured that but I want to look at it a little more.

When Mark talks about authenticity, he’s not talking about authenticity of being but verification of being X. When a webpage asks you to sign up using Facebook credentials they can be sure, to a certain degree, that you are who you say you are. There is value to having verification in the world. It allows startups avoid things that they would otherwise have to deal with (bots, multiple accounts, blah, blah).

moot is talking about authenticity in being. He believes that the freedom of being anonymous allows people to express themselves. If you look at the talk over at TechCrunch about their switch to Facebook comments you see that they have killed the trolls. Posts that would normally get hundreds of comments now receive a dozen. Some of their readers just don’t want to verify themselves because the posts are connected to their real identity*.

Mark and moot aren’t speaking the same language. Mark is interested in identity verification and moot is interested in authenticity of being.

*I have already mentioned that they’re not speaking about the same thing but it doesn’t mean that the concepts aren’t related. Mark has, in a sense, brought social norms and customs to the web. That means that you won’t do something that you wouldn’t do in the physical world. Being authentic, according to Mark, is acting like you would in the physical world.

In a related note, this might be a big reason TechCrunch (and others?) have seen such drops in comments. When someone insults you work in the world you are personally offended. In the same way, when you comment using Facebook credentials that comment is connected to your being. Ridicule is tied to the entity creating it.

I’d like to leave it off by paraphrasing something I read moot said: On 4chan people can create something and it may catch on or it may not. In the end, it’s not the user who get’s lauded, it’s the meme. On 4chan the memes are the focus. [If someone could help with a link, that’d be great!]

No.

Homosexuality is found in over 450 species. Homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now?

Trick question. Here are 2 more

Giving live birth is found in over 450 species of mammal. Egg laying is found in only one.
Which one seems unnatural now?

OR

One heart is found in over 450 species.
Three hearts are found in only  a handful . Which one seems unnatural now?

I’m Sick

I have so many things to write about but I am just not ready to even think! Just wanted to throw that out there if you were wondering why I hadn’t written in so long.