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Wildly creative use for Pinterest: soliciting employers

We’ve been highlighting uses for Pinterest for quite some time now, but this Pinterest resume is by far one of the most clever uses of the site we’ve seen thus far, and likely to spawn copycatters.

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Can you really make a resume on Pinterest?

Visual bookmarking site, Pinterest, has been a top driving force behind the rise of the visual web, and we have long highlighted tips, tricks, and ideas for the free social site, but today, we bring you one of the most clever uses we’ve seen so far – a Pinterest resume. No, not a resume for someone wanting to work at Pinterest, rather a digital creative with a BA in Mass Communication has opted to use the hot site to creatively showcase her assets and creativity. And she nailed it.

Check out the “Hire Me: Stacey Knupple” Pinterest board. I’ll wait… Pretty clever, right? It’s not just a stodgy “I worked at X for Y years, and learned leadership,” or “I am skilled at [insert boring task here],” rather Knupple highlights her tangible experiences, and shows who she really is, even off the clock, and since employers now dig across all social networks, it is quite easy to see it all in one place, in a simple, peruse-worthy format.

In case you were too lazy to click the link and visit the Pinterest board, below are some examples of her creative postings:


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What inspired this project?

Knupple tells AGBeat that she was inspired to create this Pinterest board because, “The fact is I spend a lot of time on Pinterest. I find myself pinning all sorts of creative things that represent my hope for what my future self can accomplish… and not necessarily what’s realistic for right now. Sure, I love to stare longingly at elaborate DIY art or garden plans as much as the next person, but that isn’t my current reality. By pinning “myself” up there, my pin boards now represent at least a little bit of who I am now. ”

“Additionally, we all have concerns over what pops up when someone searches for us on the internet,” Knupple added. “Will they find that recording of the time I called into a radio show and won a contest because I knew that Katherine Heigel had adopted a baby? Probably. So why not curate that content to include some of the internet laundry, put the good stuff out there and wrap it into one pin-nable package? ”

The board was created late last week, but Knupple says she suspects it will “be ever evolving,” adding that “I may wake up in the middle of the night tomorrow with a great way to rearrange, repin or edit the content.”

Regarding what response Knupple has seen so far, she says that she has seen some social media engagement, “but it’s too soon to really tell where it might lead. I just received a tweet in response to my board which I think is pretty funny: ‘So… you’re looking to be hired by a woman.'” We assume the comment Knupple received was in jest, and while misguided, we agree is funny.

Adept at 100 things

When asked what kind of job Knupple is specifically seeking, as with most creatives, she asked, “Isn’t that always the toughest question? Frankly our employment landscape seems to be changing more and more quickly now. I’m adept at 100 things (okay, maybe 57) but the hope is that somewhere out there exists a company that wants to hire the girl who turned her resume into a Pinterest board because she has a million other great ideas.”

After hired, does Knupple encourage others to do the same? “We’ll see how this goes,” she said. “As with all social media platforms, there’s a proprietary TOS so your pictures, verbiage, links all belong to them once posted. If others choose to replicate, I’d keep that in mind. As with all things internet, once it’s out… it’s out.”

We will be following Knupple’s path to employment to see who ends up hiring “the girl who turned her resume into a Pinterest board because she has a million other great ideas.”

Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius - she has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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7 Comments

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  1. Marki_Lemons

    July 26, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I will implement this today. I love the creativity of Stacy. Great way to get a new job. I will also use my about.me page, in addition to my online resume. This will make for a fun project.

  2. Allison Peacock

    July 26, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Love StacyK! This is genius.

  3. staceykface

    July 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    @JacquelinesLife thanks! @JacquelinesLife

  4. staceykface

    July 26, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    @JacquelinesLife thanks!

  5. Drew Carls

    July 26, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Brilliant!

  6. ValerieLawson

    August 9, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Smart girl! Seems like you’ve got a very intelligent and intuitive understanding of the power of the Internet when it comes to blending the professional with the personal. I always knew there was a use for Pinterest beyond pretty pictures. Good luck!

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Facebook releases Hotline as yet another Clubhouse competitor

(SOCIAL MEDIA) As yet another app emerges to try and take some of Clubhouse’s success, Facebook Hotline adds a slightly more formal video chat component to the game.

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Woman forming hands into heart shape at laptop hosting live video chat, similar to Facebook's new app Hotline

Facebook is at it again and launching its own version of another app. This time, the company has launched Hotline, which looks like a cross between Instagram Live and Clubhouse.

Facebook’s Hotline is the company’s attempt at competing with Clubhouse, the audio-based social media app, which was released on iOS in March 2020. Earlier this year, The New York Times reported Facebook had already begun working on building its own version of the app. Erik Hazzard, who joined Facebook in 2017 after the company acquired his tbh app, is leading the project.

The app was created by the New Product Experimentation (NPE) Team, Facebook’s experimental development division, and it’s already in beta testing online. To access it, you can use the web-based application through the platform’s website to join the waitlist and “Host a Show”. However, you will need to sign in using your Twitter account to do so.

Unlike Clubhouse, Hotline lets users also chat through video and not just audio alone. The product is more like a formal Q&A and recording platform. Its features allow people to live stream and hold Q&A sessions with their audiences similar to Instagram Live. And, audience members can ask questions by using text or audio.

Also, what makes Hotline a little more formal than Clubhouse is that it automatically records conversations. According to TechCrunch, hosts receive both a video and audio recording of the event. With a guaranteed recording feature, the Q&A sessions will stray away from the casual vibes of Clubhouse.

The first person to host a Q&A live stream on Hotline is real-estate investor Nick Huber, who is the type of “expert” Facebook is hoping to attract to its platform.

“With Hotline, we’re hoping to understand how interactive, live multimedia Q&As can help people learn from experts in areas like professional skills, just as it helps those experts build their businesses,” a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch. “New Product Experimentation has been testing multimedia products like CatchUp, Venue, Collab, and BARS, and we’re encouraged to see the formats continue to help people connect and build community,” the spokesperson added.

According to a Reuters article, the app doesn’t have any audience size limits, hosts can remove questions they don’t want to answer, and Facebook is moderating inappropriate content during its early days.

An app for mobile devices isn’t available yet, but if you want to check it out, you can visit Hotline’s website.

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Brace yourselves: Facebook has re-opened political advertising space

(SOCIAL MEDIA) After a break due to misinformation in the past election, Facebook is once again allowing political advertising slots on their platform – with some caveats.

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Facebook open on phone in a wallet case, open for political advertising again.

After a months-long ban on political ads due to misinformation and other inappropriate behavior following the election in November, Facebook is planning to resume providing space for political advertising.

Starting on Thursday, March 4th, advertisers were able to buy spots for ads that comprise politics, what Facebook categorizes as “social issues”, and other potentially charged topics previously prohibited by the social media platform.

The history of the ban is complicated, and its existence was predicated on a profound distrust between political parties and mainstream news. In the wake of the 2016 election and illicit advertising activity that muddied the proverbial waters, Facebook had what some would view as a clear moral obligation to prevent similar sediment from clouding future elections.

Facebook delivered on that obligation by removing political advertising from their platform prior to Election Day, a decision that would stand fast in the tumultuous months to follow. And, while Facebook did temporarily suspend the ban in Georgia during the senate proceedings, political advertisements nevertheless remained absent from the platform in large until last week.

The removal of the ban does have some accompanying caveats—namely the identification process. Unlike before, advertisers will have to go to great lengths to confirm their identities prior to launching ads. Those ads will most likely also need to come from domestic agencies given Facebook’s diligent removal of foreign and malicious campaigns in the prior years.

The moral debate regarding social media advertising—particularly on Facebook—is a deeply nuanced and divided one. Some argue that, by removing political advertising across the board, Facebook has simply limited access for “good actors” and cleared the way for illegitimate claims.

Facebook’s response to this is simply that they didn’t understand fully the role ads would play in the electoral process, and that allowing those ads back will allow them to learn more going forward.

Either way, political advertising spots are now open on Facebook, and the overall public perception seems controversial enough to warrant keeping an eye on the progression of this decision. It wouldn’t be entirely unexpected for Facebook to revoke access to these advertisements again—or limit further their range and scope—in the coming months and years.

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Twitter to start charging users? Here’s what you need to know

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Social media is trending toward the subscription based model, especially as the pandemic pushes ad revenue down. What does this mean for Twitter users?

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Twitter and other social media apps open on a phone being held in a hand. Will they go to a paid option subscription model?

In an attempt to become less dependent on advertising, Twitter Inc. announced that it will be considering developing a subscription product, as well as other paid options. Here’s the scoop:

  • The ideas for paid Twitter that are being tossed around include tipping creators, the ability to pay users you follow for exclusive content, charging for use of the TweetDeck, features like “undo send”, and profile customization options and more.
  • While Twitter has thought about moving towards paid for years, the pandemic has pushed them to do it – plus activist investors want to see accelerated growth.
  • The majority of Twitter’s revenue comes from targeted ads, though Twitter’s ad market is significantly smaller than Facebook and other competitors.
  • The platform’s user base in the U.S. is its most valuable market, and that market is plateauing – essentially, Twitter can’t depend on new American users joining to make money anymore.
  • The company tried user “tips” in the past with its live video service Periscope (RIP), which has now become a popular business model for other companies – and which we will most likely see again with paid Twitter.
  • And yes, they will ALWAYS take a cut of any money being poured into the app, no matter who it’s intended for.

This announcement comes at a time where other social media platforms, such as TikTok and Clubhouse, are also moving towards paid options.

My hot take: Is it important – especially during a pandemic – to make sure that creators are receiving fair compensation for the content that we as users consume? Yes, 100%. Pay people for their work. And in the realm of social media, pictures, memes, and opinions are in fact work. Don’t get it twisted.

Does this shift also symbolize a deviation from the unpaid, egalitarian social media that we’ve all learned to use, consume, and love over the last decade? It sure does.

My irritation stems not from the fact that creators will probably see more return on their work in the future. Or on the principal of free social media for all. It stems from sheer greediness of the social media giants. Facebook, Twitter, and their counterparts are already filthy rich. Like, dumb rich. And guess what: Even though Twitter has been free so far, it’s creators and users alike that have been generating wealth for the company.

So why do they want even more now?

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