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 here. And hopefully this blog will remain…

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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…

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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.

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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. Those are a company’s understanding (or not)…

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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 of blogging, but expressed great concern over whether they would be allowed…

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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 2. To execute a poor marketing campaign…

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I work at Microsoft

and being awesome was my idea.

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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).

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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…

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"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. OK, I am one of those people. Applying the…

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