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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Facebook stalking on a whole new level

CNN recently published an article that mentioned a new app that allows you to follow people's relationships on facebook and can notify you when the person you are stalking is single! This is so creepy but the truth is, it will probably be a big hit. I think posting personal information on facebook can be too invasive. Engagement announcements, pregnancy announcements, announcing that someone has died etc. These are the types of things I'd rather hear about personally rather that via my facebook feed but I have also accepted that the new age of communication is blurring so much that what was one taboo is now popular and vice versa.

Is it really necessary to be notified exactly the moment someone is single? I mean if you are obsessed with checking updates and people's status messages I think you would be first to know whether or not someone was single. I guess if the timing mattered that much it would make a difference?

Where do we cross the line between stalking and being curious?

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tweeting + interacting with a community savy about investing = stocktwits

A few days ago, I discovered a really interesting site called stocktwits. If you don't know what it is, here's an explanation from the site:

StockTwits® is an open, community-powered idea and information service for investments. Users can eavesdrop on traders and investors, or contribute to the conversation and build their reputation as savvy market wizards. The service takes financial related data and structures it by stock, user, reputation, etc.

Log into the site with your Twitter details or download the StockTwits Desktop and you will be joining a community where market participants share their very best ideas in a continuous real time and open conversation.

Interesting idea: by combining twitter accounts with short and simple messages regarding stocks. I just joined and it's fascinating to see the different interactions and feeds that are published so quickly. It would be nice to see more females involved but I think it will gain more popularity soon!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Do you consider your job one of the "happiest" jobs in America?

Recently, Forbes published an article from a survey on which discussed what the "happiest" jobs in America are. I found it really hard to believe that customer service and administrative jobs ranked within the top 10. I would think that these types of jobs potentially involve dealing with unhappy customers or the workload could be extremely routine. I was not surprised to see that education ranked within top 3. I think that being a teacher would be a very rewarding job and who can complain about 3 months off for summer vacation?!

I just returned from a huge national sales meeting and found that despite the bad economy, employees were still happy and full of passion and determination. I can't speak for other industries but I think that people in sales are usually friendly and very engaging because so much of the business is dependent on relationship building and negotiating.

To me, a happy job truly relates directly to the people that you work with and the work culture. Corporate jobs can foster a cut-throat environment but working with people who have positive attitudes and cultivate your development can make a huge difference. At the end of the day, being happy at work is essential to being Happy in life. I think a happy job cannot be simply classified by industry but more by the people, the results and the environment.