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Exploring the fine line between clever and stupid. Heather Hamilton is a Staffing Manager and Microsoft Employee Evangelist.

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  • Blog Post: Heather Hamilton has left the building!

    Tomorrow, officially. You know I couldn't leave without saying goodbye, my wonderful, invisible interwebz friends. It's been 12 years of hard work and 7 years of blogging. Seven years! I plan to pick up the blogging again, elsewhere; at least the personal stuff. Yeah, yeah, the Microsoft stuff stays...
  • Blog Post: Lurker wrongness

    There is something a little ego-boosting (for me, at least) about acknolwedging the fact that the types of things that other people do; the ones that used to make my blood boil, are triggers for sympathy. You know, if you think of all of us as a collection of biology and experience. And if you can also...
  • Blog Post: Beep...beep...beep

    Collision: (New content idea + system for organizing + newly identified motivation to keep this going) x I miss you guys Ugh, did I just write that like a teenage girl? 'Scuse me while I go ponder whether anyone actually kep me in their blog aggregator.
  • Blog Post: A Corporate Blog I Can Actually Appreciate: Redfin

    It's been a while since I have seen (or mentioned) a corporate blog I can really appreciate. Let's be real here...most corporate blogs are full of suck...excuse my language if you are so inclined. The suckage generally results from a tragic misunderstanding of two basic, foundational elements of blogs...
  • Blog Post: Corporate Social Media Policies: More is better or not so much?

    Six years ago...six!...I started blogging and shortly after that started speaking at conferences about blogging as part of a recruiting strategy (or as I generally explain, an employment branding strategy, not a candidate generation strategy). Consistently, audience members were excited about the idea...
  • Blog Post: To Gizmodo

    It's just a matter of time before "gizmodo" becomes a verb. gizmodo (verb) Etymology: modern English (colloquial), from Gizmo (ref: "Gremlins", comics) and Moto ("Hello Moto") 1. a. To treat a reader or customer with condescension or disdain 1. b. To underestimate the intellect of a reader or customer...
  • Blog Post: I work at Microsoft

    and being awesome was my idea.
  • Blog Post: Teenagers: friend your mom at your own peril

    You'd be better off logging in at the library (editors note: the library is a building they had in the old days that housed items called "books" made of mashed tree pulp, literary angst, publishers fees and possibly a little nasal excrement).
  • Blog Post: Navel gazing versus observing on Twitter

    Oversharers that we are, Twitter has been asking us "What are you doing?" and we have responded with statements, squeezed into that little box. I don't like having my personality squeezed so. And so I have opted to update my status on Facebook (or both Twitter and FB when I remember) and blog here where...
  • Blog Post: "The camera changed the way we behaved"

    "Citizen journalism" (article by Paul Carr) is slippery. It's a big category with room for self-involved lookiloos ('look at me looking at this", as Paul Carr aptly states) and hopeful, passionate crusaders putting a face and an action to a cause. Some may argue that citizen journalism doesn't exist...
  • Blog Post: The secret ingredient in Pepsi is happy. Shhhh.

    I flew into Dallas on Tuesday and yesterday gave a presentation at PepsiCo's Talent Acquisition Meeting. It was one of those presentations where I've been talking for 5 minutes and then I get the signal that I only have 5 minutes left and I have no idea how I did. On this trip I also premedicated with...
  • Blog Post: My love is fleeting.

    So the "hunkering down" is really starting to get to me. To the point that calling one of my ex-boyfriends sounds like a good idea. No booze required. Working from home is one thing. Not having a conversation of any length about anything than work for days on end, well that is quite another thing. Grr...
  • Blog Post: If I was waiting to blog when I become less busy, it ain't gonna happen

    OK,OK, you probably think I am a slacker. It's been super busy at work, in a good way. My team is getting to know our staffing leaders in our global development centers. There's a cascade of work that happens from there: -Assessing their needs for leads, research and training -Developing offerings...
  • Blog Post: Tuned In

    Now that my new blog header is up (can you see it now?), it's time to have some fun. The guys over at Pragmatic Marketing have published their book, Tuned In . And yeah, I am mentioned briefly (I'm on page 169-170). I've already heard good things about the book and it seems that they are doing very well...
  • Blog Post: Saved from blog bleh

    Like my new header? I had secretly hoped that someone would do something like this for me, but you know, I can't really ask. HUGE thanks to Derek for making my blog considerably less bleh!
  • Blog Post: Now with 73% more photographic goodness

    I did that focus group for Sunset Magazine last week. Although I would have talked for free about something that I like so much, the money was for putting on make-up and getting in my car. Anyway, as we talked about the magazine, what we like and don't like, it occurred to me what a visual person I am...
  • Blog Post: Blogging with Style

    I can't tell you how many times I explain my blogging to people and they simply don't get it. I think it's the combination of the fact that I am blogging as a work activity and that I write about personal things that have them all confused. As time moves on, I believe that the workplace becomes more...
  • Blog Post: The greatest invention ever...

    ...index cards. I swear. When I was in high school, a teacher taught us how to use note cards to construct a paper: you make an outline, transfer it to note cards and then add extra cards throughout to supplement with content. You re-order, create transitions and write your paper. That process saved...
  • Blog Post: The incredible weirdness of blogging

    You may have thought that I was kidding about the tequila last night but I was not. I love the idea of celebrating little things in life like finishing a project or buying a new car. So anyway, off we went to Matador in Redmond last night. I wanted to get my tequila on (don't worry, I had a designated...
  • Blog Post: What is up with these facebook people?

    I feel a rush of snark to the brain. You can only hold the snark down for so long and then something has to pop. Right now? It's some of the asshattery that is taking place on facebook. And I fully expect to update this post regularly, if you know what I mean. Seems that that asshattery is a renewable...
  • Blog Post: Looking for info: blogging in Asia and Australia

    Sitting down tonight (I know) to work on some slides for a presentation I am doing in Australia to an audience of Asians and Australians about blogging. Well, I know enough about blogging in the US to get by, but I don't know much about how it's different in Asia/Australia. I'm probably just looking...
  • Blog Post: My blog is a pre-schooler

    I missed this last week, partly because I don't really care (does the age of your blog mean anything?) and partly because I'm under an avalanche at work and partly because I've got a lot of stuff going on outside of work that is clogging up my brain. That's not a complaint, just a description of where...
  • Blog Post: Blog commenter self-awareness

    Every blogger knows a couple of these. Some of us may have even done this before. Timbaland says: resist the urge, step away from the keyboard and decide whether you still care tomorrow and how much of an ass hat you appear to be online. If you think you look like a little bit of an ass hat, you probably...
  • Blog Post: An Analysis of Social Networking Sites

    I know a large number of "experts" (and also experts) have done analysis on social networking sites. One of my team members is doing an analysis for recruiting. Right now, he's planning on looking into LinkedIn, Orkut, MySpace, Facebook and Xing. I know there's some popular wisdom out there regarding...
  • Blog Post: Living and Dying by metrics in new media marketing

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