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Posts Tagged ‘Northwestern University’

Handing People Your Resume in the Electronic Age

Though your next job offer could come to you in 140 characters or less, it might not be time to shed that paper portfolio just yet. A Wall Street Journal story looks at the ways social media can help job-seekers build networks and also the pitfalls of trying to find work via Facebook.

The story quotes Lonnie Dunlap, director of career services at Northwestern University, on the balance between using new online tools and time-tested job search practices.

“You really have to be careful with Twitter or Facebook, because it can seduce you into an informality that can really backfire,” she says. “I do think that the traditional methods have to be there. And they have to be very well done. You can get someone’s attention through LinkedIn, but your goal is to get an interview.”

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Researchers: Twitter Influence Not Determined By Number of Followers

Researchers at Northwestern University have launched a website, Pulse of the Tweeters, that offers a “trend-specific” ranking of Twitter influencers and tweets. According to a description on the site homepage, it “uses data mining, sentiment analysis, and network analysis algorithms to mine millions of tweets and find the most influential users on Twitter.”

“People think that just because you have a huge number of followers you may potentially be an influencer, and that is not the case,” Professor Alok Choudhary, chair of the electrical engineering and computer science department at the school, told the New York Times. He and university graduate student Ramanathan Narayanan are the site’s founders.

“The idea was how do we determine what are the important tweets and who are the people who really influence others in real time,” he added.