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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 and sister news outlet, The Real Daily, and has been named in the Inman 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders several times, 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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  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 wants your nudes now to protect you from revenge porn later

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Facebook, attempting to get in front of revenge porn, is requesting that users send in all of their nudes.

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In a heroic and totally innovative attempt to combat revenge porn, Facebook has come up with the following solution: “PM US UR NUDEZ.”

No seriously. They want your nudes.

But don’t worry, they’re only going to be viewed by a small group of people for manual confirmation of said nudes, and then stored temporarily… for reasons.

That part gets a little fuzzy. Some sources report that Facebook isn’t actually storing the images, just the links. This is meant to convert the image to a digital footprint, known as a hash, which is supposed to prevent the content from being upload to Facebook again.

Others say Facebook only stores the images for a short period of time and then deletes them.

What we do know, is this is a new program being tested in Australia where Facebook has partnered with a small government agency known as e-Safety and is requesting intimate or nude photos that could potentially be used for revenge porn in an effort to pre-emptively prevent such an incident.

Revenge porn is basically when someone uploads your personal and private photos online without your consent. Rather than address the issue of whether or not it’s such a good idea to take photos on a mobile, hackable device, it’s better to just send a large corporation all your nudes… through their Messenger app. /sarcasm

For your protection.

According to the commissioner of the e-Safety office, Julie Inman Grant, however, they’re using artificial intelligence and photo-matching technologies… and storing the links!

If this isn’t convincing enough, British law firm Mishcon de Reya LLP wrote in a statement to Newsweek, “We would expect that Facebook has absolutely watertight systems to guard the privacy of victims. It is quite counter-intuitive to send such intimate images to an unknown recipient.”

Oh, she wasn’t joking.

I’m not sure how many people still hold onto old intimate photos of themselves, but I am doubtful that it’s enough for this to really be effective as it only prevents intimate photos from being shared on Facebook. At least that’s the plan.

Reactions to this announcement have largely been met with amusement and criticism ranging from commentary on Mark Zuckerberg and Co. being total pervs, and theories of shared Facebook memories: “”Happy Memories: It’s been 1 Year since you uploaded 47 pictures of you in your birthday suit”!

Either way, I can only imagine someone’s inbox is flooded with crotch shots right now, and Zuckerberg has a potential new industry in the works.

Just sayin’.

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Twitter might make a profit for the first time… ever

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Twitter seems to be very popular but it may surprise you to know that this is the very first time they might make a profit.

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Twitter reports that after a year of slashing expenses and putting itself in a position to sell data to other companies, it’s expected to be profitable. What’s surprising (considering how #huge Twitter is) is that this the first time that it will be profitable based on “generally accepted accounting principles” – #GAAP!.

In the 11 years since Twitter took to the field, it has never once met this standard, operating at a loss of nearly 2.5 billion dollars since its inception.

Twitter has struggled of a number of reasons, but particularly after going public in 2013 it suffered declining user growth, the rise of the #twittertrolls (coincidentally, Troll’s are discussed in my favorite TIME piece about the internet – located here), and competition from Facebook for the tough realm of advertising.

Since 2013, shares fell steadily, but things have increased thanks to some optimistic changes – the promise to crack down on harassment and abuse, a feed arranged by algorithm instead of time, and Twitter’s most vocal fan of late, President Donald Trump.

For the numbers fans, Reuters provides some input: Twitter’s loss narrowed to about 21 million down from 103 million this year. They have worked to cut a great deal of expenses -16 percent across the board broadly impacting sales, marketing, and R&D.

This kind of focused core improvement (can) help tip the balance sheet on the expenses side – but generating revenues remains a challenge due to slow growth. Twitter hopes to relieve this by working out some deals to sell data – the currency of the 21st century.

Several months ago, TechCrunch made perhaps the most important observation – that despite the fact Twitter has changed the world, changed our marketing, and empowered us to connect with other people, it has remained unprofitable. Many small and large businesses profit from Twitter, but in these 11 years the company hasn’t #sharedinthewealth.

Twitter is touching every realm of business and for American’s, is touching every aspect of their lives given its new form as the preferred medium of the political sphere. Given that, they have much to do to change.

Facebook commands an audience five times the size of Twitter – and their ability to reach success for the future seems #questionable. And how Twitter’s success changes the scape of influence, outreach, and entrepreneurship is something else to be seen.

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Is Facebook a potential Slack killer?

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Facebook’s steady ascent from social networking into the business world is giving Slack a run for their money.

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When it comes to the business realm, Facebook has steadily been increasing their reputation. Though Facebook is pinned as the social network, they are now proving to everyone that they can dominate in the professional sector as well.

Last year, Facebook launched an ad-free version of the site meant for the office called Workplace. Initially, 1,000 companies were signed on to try out this “Facebook for the office” in its starter phase.

As of last week, Facebook announced that 30,000 organizations currently use Workplace. These aren’t just small time companies. Some of Workplace’s users include Starbucks, Lyft, Spotify, Heineken, Delta and most recently Walmart.

It seems that overnight it grew from another side project to a valid rival for other professional communication tools like Slack.

Slack is the go-to site for business professionals. With over 6 million users and acquiring more every day, Slack is the place for teams to collaborate in real-time. It has virtually replaced email and external software when it comes to internal communication.

Slack has been successful at acquiring small corporations to use their service.

The problem is that Slack has yet to join forces with larger clients that have now turned to other applications. Just last year, Uber left Slack because they could not handle their large-scale communication needs.

In addition to being able to handle the needs of large companies, Facebook also offers cheaper services than Slack. A premium account with Workplace costs $3 per user each month while Slack charges double at $6.67 per user each month.

With the rapid growth and major reputation of Facebook behind it, many predict that Workplace will replace Slack, and other sites like it, in the not so distant future.

Recently, Facebook also launched the Workplace desktop app and plan to include group video chat. The biggest obstacle Workplace faces is the association with Facebook. It is ironic, since it is also their greatest strength.

The truth remains that many people think of Facebook solely as a social media network. Many companies forbid the use of it at work so the transition from the personal to the professional realm is still an uphill battle.

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