Since Brad Wiggins blocked me on Twitter, I do not have a way to share this article with him. It would behoove him to read this and the companion piece on the Do’s of social media since his team apparently does not provide media training.
Who knows, a minor sports celebrity with a penchant for blocking non-doting @replies probably likes to google himself. In case you do and ended up here, check out the article, Bradley! Preferably before July when I think you will be blocking many, many people.
Sidebar: According to my analytics data, someone from the team PR machine did visit my post on being Twitter blocked by Wiggins, but spent a hefty 0 seconds on the page. This would have been a good PR opportunity for them to scan my post (read: spend more than 0 seconds) and @message me with “We don’t control Brad’s private actions, but no hard feelings? We hope you’re still a fan!” and try to make peace. As they say on the innerwebs: #FAIL.
Don’t come back to the office, do not email the team list. Elliot will send you paperwork tomorrow. Today was your last day. Good luck being employee 4,367 at a dying company. Horribly disappointed in you.
Employee sends a nice, positive 2 week notice via e-mail, receives this response from the CEO/founder.
In a fucked up way, I can empathize with this bitchiness in a teensy way, like I can somewhat empathize with the Smoke Monster being mad about the Oceanic 6 leaving the island. It sucks to be stuck when others are free to leave in pursuit of rosier grounds.
Mining and its risks—not just coal mining, but data mining. A scholar used a web crawler to collect data from public Facebook profiles and was threatened with a lawsuit by Facebook’s legal department.
One of the studies requesting use of his data was on unemployment and social media connectedness, which is relevant here. But I’m also interested in the larger issues: is scholarly data mining of public data unethical? Was Facebook protecting its users, or protecting itself (since the technical team was aware of the data mining)? Do I want this guy to have in his possession information that I have listed “sandwiches” as an interest on Facebook?
The research also suggests that for pigeons, dominance isn’t set in stone. While one bird often emerged as the leader, other birds also stepped up. This flexibility in leadership had previously been seen only in some small groups of fish.
From schools to packs to swarms to flocks, collective behavior is widespread among animals. But in many cases, the important interactions are with nearest neighbors, and control of the group’s movement is distributed among members rather than hierarchical.” —
Once again, animals (or evolution) knows best. Pigeon flocks follow the leader who knows the way home best in each circumstance. We humans so need this flex-leadership model hardwired into our brains.
Someone bucking the internship equals free labor trend!
I touched upon this internship conundrum earlier. The authorities are cracking down on this bullshititude.
Talx, which emerged from obscurity over the last eight years, says it handles more than 30 percent of the nation’s requests for jobless benefits. Pledging to save employers money in part by contesting claims, Talx helps them decide which applications to resist and how to mount effective appeals.
The work has made Talx a boom business in a bust economy, but critics say the company has undermined a crucial safety net. Officials in a number of states have called Talx a chronic source of error and delay. Advocates for the unemployed say the company seeks to keep jobless workers from collecting benefits.” —
Anything to make a buck, anything to save a buck.
In the first year of unemployment, the size of the benefit check is based on your old salary. You can go right back on unemployment after a temp job, and nothing changes. But federal law requires states to recalculate benefits for the second year. If you worked a few days or a few months, the second year’s checks will be based on that lower earnings total.
People who went to work would have been have been better off staying at home if their unemployment continues for months in the new year. Some people have had their benefits cut by more than $400 a week.” —
Fucked if you do, fucked if you don’t. Another dumb rule is that you have to pay taxes on unemployment benefits. Isn’t that basically being taxed twice?