Twitterview (2.0) with Josh Braaten
@JLBraaten – Has it been that long already? It seems like just yesterday Twitterviews were getting off the ground
Q – #1 Yep. Time flies! So @JLBraaten, since the last Twitterview, you’ve changed jobs. What had you been doing, and what do you do now?
A: I was an IT/web project manager up until June, @JoelECarlson. Now I do SEO as an online marketing manager. Loving it!
Q – #2 I see. So can you explain how Social Media helped you with your new job? (Feel free to use up to 5 Tweets)
A: Crazy story about how social media helped me get a new job. I was found on LinkedIn!
As an SEO practitioner, I optimized my LinkedIn profile for “SEO” and “project management.”
One day I got an email out-of-the-blue from my new boss asking if I’d be interested in my current position.
He said he searched for “SEO project manager” in LinkedIn and found me on the first page. Talk about luck!
Lesson: if you want to be found on LinkedIn, make sure the job you want is somehow included in your profile title.
Q – #3 Good points from an SEO pro! :) Now you are also a blogger as well. Any new things have you’ve done with that lately?
A: A lot of things are happening on my humble blog, BigPictureWeb.com, recently. A new logo, design, eBook AND tutorials.
I started off blogging generally about online marketing but have started to focus on what people seem to like.
Mostly I blog about SEO, web analytics, or the awesome, yet lesser-known blogging platform, Squarespace.com.
Q – #4 Can you explain a little more about www.squarespaces.com? How it works? What makes it different?
A: Sure, I could talk all day long about @Squarespace, the easiest way to create a high-quality blog or website.
Squarespace is different because there are no servers or widgets or plug-ins to install. No upgrades either.
You get a fully hosted, fully functional website with all the features built into the powerful WYSIWYG editing software
Q – #5 Another topic to bring up is the use of the Paper.li updates. What’s your thought on them?
A: I just can’t get behind Paper.li. I know others (like @timbursch, @jakrose) feel the same: http://ow.ly/3ngCy
To me, if you’re going to curate content, do it one link at a time or put it on your blog. In between is a waste.
There’s enough to click on and read on the web today as it is. I don’t need another layer. Paper.li creates noise.
Last Paper.li thought: It’s oft lamented the “echo chamber” feel Twitter is taking on. Thanks, Paper.li.
Q – #6 Interesting. To close, what kind of personal/professional goals do you have for yourself for the near future?
A: Near-term professional goals: Support @rasmussen’s mission of education with the power of SEO and web analytics.
Near-term personal goals: Keep plugging away at my blog. Perhaps dabble in some public speaking.
And of course, finding balance is critical. Being a good friend, family member and boy friend are always goals of mine.
@JoelECarlson – Great! Thanks so much @JLBraaten for your comments and views today. All the best to you, and enjoy the MN Storm that’s coming!
@JLBraaten – Thank you, @JoelECarlson for having me and congratulations on nearly 200 Twitterviews in 2010!