I will only be your facebook friend if you tweet about it later.
I’ll admit, I was just as confused as the next person as to how I got hired as an intern at a Chinese Design Strategy firm in Shanghai. Lets look at the facts: I am a history major, with an uncompleted undergrad, limited command of the chinese language, no meaningful previous job experience, and wasn’t totally sure what design strategy was until I showed up on my first day.
But today, I was given the lead position on a project because I posessed not only the vision, but the extensive experience necessary to pull it off. Lets just say the company was very wise to put the american college girl in charge of their social networking for their annual design awards. There are some skills you can’t put on a resume, but should. Below you will find my social networking resume:
1. I first became a member of facebook in 2004. I was in eighth grade, terribly concerned about self image and entering high school.(see my first profile picture below) My parents thought facebook was a bad idea, they had their reasons. I didn’t care, in fact, I became obsessed. Malcolm Gladwell states in his book “The Outliers” that a person needs approximately 10,000 hours of practicing one activity in order to become an expert. For arguement’s sake lets say that at the beginning of my facebook usage I was banking 2 hours throughout the day. That puts me a 5,110 hours by my first year. Add a few extra hours during finals periods and you have yourself a facebook expert. several times over. You can view some of my earlier work in my creative administration of groups such as “tuvalu:the sinking island” circa 2005.
2. Twitter. Its a newer addition to my social networking repertoire, but a meaningful one all the same. I joined Twitter in April of 2011. Since then I have tweeted over 100 times, gathered over fifty followers and uploaded more twitpics than I care to remember. Twitter is to Davidson as texting is to normal people. Davidson kids constantly tweet weird pictures, even weirder situations the find themselves in, and most importantly, when and where people are hanging out. (yes, that is a shout out to Robby Spalding). Twitter has helped me to understand how to create an online community, a conversation, or a viral image that can be incredibly useful in marketing and recruitment of our design awards.
3. Blogging. Yes, in fact I am having too much fun with this blog. Yes I do want to start and manage another one….as my job.
So despite my lack of knowledge of concept cars, user experience, or graphic design, I have an indisposable knowledge of the electronic communication and networking world that doesn’t exist in China. *important to note if you are a jobless history major reading this.
My first act as self proclaimed Mark Zuckerburg is to blog about what my new job is. check.
this is the current status of China Bridge’s online activity and influence.
LinkedIn: 1 follower
Blog:not yet created
despite its previous unsuccess, I have big dreams for China Bridges’s social networking influence. I met with our CEO today about possible changes we can make. I emphasized that our design awards needs to become a cool brand with cool people that do things that other people want to know about. Obviously, we already have the cool part going for us. But I propose that we get the word out through twitpics around the office about what we are doing. Going to retail boutiques, art galleries, and cafes talking to the people there about design and posting those interviews to facebook and twitter. our ceo needs to be tweeting all the time. or I am happy to do it for her. I just love tweeting.
Yesterday, I talked about chinese slang. Right now…office conversation is a flurry with words like hashtag, twitpic, and mupload. the tide begins to change…
facebook stalking never seemed so productive.
if you want to see what I will be doing with the fbpage or want to follow my design tweets…or know of anyone who would want to follow or submit a design of their own (must be on the chinese market). by all means TWEET AT ME
Fbpage: China’s Most Successful Design Awards