A quick Google on the potential for such a “document” reveals Christopher Penn who has used the SHIFT Communications Social Media Newsroom Template to create an example of a social media resume.
Tijs has an interesting use of his site for job hunting – rewards for anyone linking to a job for which he is evenutally hired. It is an attractive site, that encompasses many of the aspects that would make a nice social media CV.
The beauty of formulating a specific social media CV is that you can include all the areas you might normally list regarding your career and personal credentials, but with links to add more depth and personality.
Could public relations practitioners and the media find such documents helpful as social media biographies for executives or speakers at conferences/events?
The Wikipedia biography project has some useful pointers on producing a social media biography. It includes a Persondata set of standardised data fields and reports that there are 7,200 such articles in the UK Wikipedia (over 100,000 in the German version).
Biographies are there for more than the most famous like Steve Jobs or Richard Branson. Which makes me wonder how many public relations people check out the internet footprint – including the Wikipedia entry – of their executives.
I did this recently for a newly appointed CEO in a company where a friend works – and found a factually correct, but less than flattering record on Wikipedia. There is recognition of the difficulties in maintaining biographies of living persons and advice on editing such records in good faith.
Another interesting resource is the Wikipedia Biography Portal which draws out information in various forms. Again, such an approach could be a useful addition to any Intranet to give greater biographical information on employees – and encourage them to create and maintain their own wiki entry. It would beat the boring directory listing.
I’d love to hear of anyone who feels they have a social media CV, or who has developed either social media biographies or a dynamic Intranet resource along these lines.
I think there is a lot of potential – and can immediately see ways that I could make use of this in various projects myself.