links for 2006-11-30

Share the love!

Another Google Reader post.

I have been testing out the Shared Items feature of Google reader. It kind of looks like it could double as a Link Blog. I have been meaning to create a separate link blog but just never got around to it. My posting to del.icio.us kind of does it, but I feel the need to add commentary as it will be a real post in my blog, maybe that is just me. I want just a link blog.

Well now I can, see my Shared Google Reader, there is also a feed.

There also a cool widget!

UPDATE: It seems the widget won’t work in my post 😦

Google Reader and the bad blogger

A quick post here.

It is offical I am in LOVE with Google Reader, just like GMail, Google Reader rocks. It is fast, easy to use and allows me to read my feeds how I want to. This is very important. Why cause I control how the application works not the other way around. I suspect that this is because Google developers are, as Mitch Denny blogger last week, in tune with their users, the question is are are their users advanced or mainstream and will that impact their long term success? Or is Google building their products so that the expert features are nicely hidden and then allow the average user just to get on with using the tool? User Interface is such an important part of any application.

I also really, really like the GreaseMonkey script that allows me to have Google Reader and GMail in the same window.

Second quick update, I am a bad blogger. I have just not been writing here which is really not like me. So what is up?

I have things I want to write about but most of them cross the work boundary therefore I am playing things smart and just not blogging about them. Other times I am blogging the ideas internally. So sorry guys, maybe you should get a job and then you can read all about it :-).

New widgets on my blog

I have been playing with some new widgets in the last few days they are making an appearance in the sidebar on the blog. Not sure how long they will remain there, probably til I get bored with them :-).

First up is the “Meebo Me” widget which allows blog readers to ping me directly while I am logged into Meebo. I have been using Meebo again since they upgraded to 1.0, fantastic IM client. If you stop by on the blog and see I am online let me know.

Second is the Twitter widget. What’s Twitter you ask? A service from Obvious that allows you to post updates about what you you are doing and where you are. Updates can be IM’s, SMS’ed or updated via the web. Right now I place this in the “cute” category but I just can’t help feeling that this is almost a platform for an open Presence environment….. Something that we need. Anyway you can see on the side of my blog what I am doing.

Job Trends in Australia

With my new job I have not found much time to blog about HR and HR technologies in the last few months. Today is different. I just received an email from Maneck Mohan of Recruit.Net about their new Job Index Trends that is launching tomorrow. It got me all fired up.

The Job Trends Index allows you to compare different keywords, through a graph to review the number of jobs for the keyword graphed since their index started in July 2006. The graph can also be broken down by City. It is a great tool to be able to visualise the demand changes in jobs either across industries, job sections and skill sets. For example you can see how the demand for java,c#,c++,perl jobs has been going over the last 6 months for the whole of Australia, or maybe just in Melbourne.

Because Recruit.Net is serving a large portion of Asia you can also look at skill demands across the region.
A couple of things I have discovered in looking at the charts. IS Service Delivery roles in Australia seem to have a demand 3 times that of SAP HR roles in Australia, however they are more varied in the number required. Or reviewing the key IT certifications (CCIE,CCNA,CLP,PMP,MCSE,SCJP,CISSP) you can see in the Key Demographics that 15% of all jobs are in Australia, but 38% are in China and only 4% in Hong Kong. What you can’t do is see the growth trends on a single chart comparing multiple countries, maybe in the next version.
What I would like to see added in the tool would be:-

  • A “Hot Trends” list that dynamically updating as the database grows
  • A graph of the hottest City, Job, Industry etc
  • Overlaying the jobs in a per capita type view across a map of Australia
  • Comparing the number of jobs with the number of job seekers in the industry, or even number of people employed in the industry,
  • Being able to compare keywords across cities

A great start.

links for 2006-11-13

Web 2.0 – not a bubble until it bursts

Over the last few weeks I have noticed more and more talk that this Web 2.0 thing is really a bubble and about to burst. For me it started with MySpace being picked up for US$580 million by News Corp and just getting hotter and hotter with the biggest indicator we are going to pop Google buying YouTube for US$1.6 billion! VC’s have lots and lots of money and seem to be throwing it at everything with Web 2.0 startups raising $US455.5 million in 79 deals so far this year, more than twice last year.

For me it is a bubble, period.

Today I see the Top 10 Lies of Web 2.0 has been published (via RSS Blog and Matt Mullenweg):-

  1. We learned our lesson last time.
  2. This is not a bubble.
  3. It’s all about community and sharing.
  4. Online advertising will pay for everything.
  5. These sites are so easy, my mother could use them.
  6. The analysts are trustworthy now.
  7. There’s no glut of social networks — young people are always up for trying something new.
  8. Our site is still in Beta.
  9. We’re different from all those other sites.
  10. We look forward to working with our new partners at Google.

I ponder what will happen to the likes of Jobster, Recruiting.com, Indeed, SimplyHired, recruit.net, mkt10.com, in2Vista etc post-burst. Will they be impacted, will they be profitable beforehand, should I get my cash together to buy so great assets at really, really low prices?

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