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A Social Media Work-Around: Reuniting LinkedIn & Twitter

March 28th, 2014

How to Connect LinkedIn Twitter FollowersDid you know that there’s currently no direct way to discover who you know on Twitter via LinkedIn contacts (or vice-versa)? Back in the day the two platforms had a relatively happy marriage, integrating their services to allow members to share content and connect across both networks, but as they grew in size and business objectives changed with a keener eye on advertising revenue, the social media giants strayed further and further apart. Eventually an “amicable split” was announced in 2012.

While LinkedIn updates can still easily be pushed out to Twitter, LinkedIn no longer displays tweets or allows simple contact syncing. On one hand, it may actually have been a good thing as our LinkedIn newsfeeds avoid an onslaught of irrelevant tweets, but it did make it more difficult to find mutual contacts on both platforms.

Luckily, there’s still a relatively simple way to use Gmail, Outlook or any of the other large email clients as a mediator to bridge the two social networks and find Twitter users who you may already be connected with on LinkedIn. It takes a bit of work, but it’s worth it if you’re looking to expand your network!

To Find Your LinkedIn Contacts on Twitter:

  1. Log in to LinkedIn. Under the Network tab, click Contacts.
  2. Click the Settings gear in the top right.
  3. On the right side of the page under Advanced Settings, select Export LinkedIn Connections. Export the file as a CSV and save the file.
  4. Open the file in Excel. You’ll probably get a prompt with the Text Import Wizard. Chose “Delimited,” click next, and then set the delimiters to be separated by commas. Click Finish and  your contacts will be neatly arranged in columns. Resave the file once again as a CSV.
  5. Import your Excel file of contacts to your email provider. This varies by email provider, but typically it’s a simple process of just uploading the Excel file under your Contacts.
  6. Using Twitter’s Find Friends tool you can directly sync your email account to discover which LinkedIn connections are already on Twitter.

Voila! You’ve probably now discovered a whole new group that you never realized were on Twitter!

While you’re at it feel free to connect with members of your local Talener office on social media by checking your nearby office’s page on our website and hovering over our team members. You’ll find quick links our members’ respective social media pages to stay in the loop on new job openings and other updates from the Talener team. Happy networking!

Posted in Career Tips, Talener Blog

Our Favorite Meetups

March 27th, 2014

Talener's Favorite MeetupsAs we launch our Tech After Hours Meetup nationally, we wanted to take a moment to share some love for a few of our other favorite Meetups in our local areas. Here’s a few choice picks from Talener employees that range the gamut from demo nights to more relaxed bar outings that bring together local techies.

  • At Talener’s home base in NYC, Infrastructure Group Manager Launa Rich  is a big fan of We Spark’s monthly Meetup for Entrepreneurs. Hosted on the first Thursday of every month, they bring together a dynamic group of entrepreneurs, investors and vendors all interested in connecting and bringing their companies to the next level.
  • Our Boston bunch frequent Drinks on Tap, touted as the city’s premier mobile app development meetup. Hosted at Ned Devine’s in historic Faneuil Hall, once a month they bring together some of the most innovative members of Boston’s tech scene for an evening of demos from emerging mobile apps. Featured apps in the past have crossed across all industries and area– from Beerdog, a mobile beer journal, to the popular taxi service Hailo.
  • Out on the West Coast, every few weeks the LA Tech Happy Hour sponsors a casual happy hour at different bars all around the LA area. Make sure to RSVP early as sometimes the events book up.

If you’re in our areas and looking for another chance to meet other industry professionals, join your local Tech After Hours group today to keep in touch on upcoming events. We hope to see you out and about in the community soon!

NYC: http://www.meetup.com/Tech-After-Hours-NYC/
Boston: http://www.meetup.com/Tech-After-Hours-Boston/
Chicago: http://www.meetup.com/Tech-After-Hours-Chicago/
Los Angeles: http://www.meetup.com/Tech-After-Hours-LA/
San Francisco: http://www.meetup.com/Tech-After-Hours-SF/

Posted in Events, Talener Blog

Here’s What NOT To Do At Your Next Job Interview

March 26th, 2014

What not to do on your interview

Check out the infographic that was hosted today on the front page of Business Insider! We highlighted some horror stories and tips to make sure you do your best in your next interview:

A Guy Walks Into an Interview: What NOT To Do At Your Next Job Interview from talener

Posted in Career Tips, Talener Blog

A Revealing Look Under the Hood of Talener.com

March 21st, 2014

A look into Talener.com's AnalyticsIf you didn’t know, a few months ago we did a major overhaul of Talener.com. The big switch from our old all-black site aimed to provide a whole new experience for visitors: responsive-design for devices of all shapes and sizes, a more organized site layout, an easier application experience, and new, relevant content for those looking to learn more about our business.

Behind the scenes, our new website provided a whole new level of user insight to help us continually improve the visitor experience. In paying closer attention to our Google Analytics, we’ve pulled a few interesting insights about our website visitors. While we can’t make overarching judgments about the behavior of general job seekers, we certainly can infer some patterns and present some predictions on how and why people are using our site. Without further ado…
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Posted in Career Tips, Company News, Talener Blog

The Tech of Science Fiction Turns into Reality

March 17th, 2014

From science fiction to today's realityJust over 100 years after Jules Verne made the prediction of space exploration in his 1865 novel “From the Earth to the Moon,” Neil Armstrong brought the dream to life with humankind’s first moonwalk – way before Michael Jackson. Since then we’ve seen a jaw-dropping number of brilliant ideas make the transition from science fiction to science fact. This past Friday in our Los Angeles office, Austin DeKoning highlighted three noteworthy SoCal companies that have made impressive strides in technology to make the visions of The Jetsons a reality.

Oblong Industries – Los Angeles, CA

Building upon more than two decades of research at the MIT Media Lab, Oblong Industries was co-founded in 2006 by John Underkoffler, the chief computer visionary behind the 2002 film Minority Report.  Oblong has brought the highly-futuristic computer interfaces of the film to reality by creating working versions of its technologies, including multi-touch interfaces and interactive communication tools.

Their core platform technology, g-speak, enables applications to be developed that run across multiple devices to encourage collaboration and interaction. Currently they’ve utilized this technology in Mezzanine, a conference room solution that allows participants to engage, visualize multiple information streams, and interact using a wide range of devices (laptops, smartphones, tablets, and more).

Oculus VR – Irvine, CA

Oculus Rift is a far cry from Nintendo's Virtual BoyThe biggest new player in virtual reality technology, Oculus VR, was founded by a 19 year-old college students with $2.5 million in Kickstarter funding in 2012. Since then, they’ve received two additional rounds of funding, totaling over $90 million, and was even awarded this year’s Crunchie Award for Best Hardware Startup.

Oculus Rift, the consumer VR head-mounted display, is expected to be sold to the general public in late 2014 or early 2015. Unlike many of the other past VR companies like the clunky Nintendo Virtual Boy and even attempts by Disney theme parks, Oculus has overcome two major problems of the industry – cost and motion tracking. Whereas bulky headsets in the 1990s costs hundreds of thousands to invent and tens of thousands per unit to produce, and low resolution displays induced nausea, the Rift offers a high-quality experience that fits in the palm of your hand. To generate excitement and further development for the unreleased product, Oculus has offered the platform’s software and hardware available to developers to tinker with and customize for around $300.

SpaceX – Hawthorne, CA

One of Elon Musk’s many impressive new endeavors involves using both Oblong and Oculus technologies to virtually control and manipulate 3D blueprints for titanium parts, which can be remotely produced using their 3D laser metal printers.  The end result allows them to create custom parts for space shuttles using on-board 3D printers.  It’s an incredible example that proves the new technology is for more than just entertainment value.

SJetsons2ince 2002, SpaceX has racked up a number of firsts in the aerospace industry: the first privately funded liquid-fueled rocket to reach orbit, the first to launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft, the first to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station, and more.  SpaceX’s website boldly states their ultimate goal: enabling people to live on other planets.

With companies like SpaceX driving the future of space innovation, a Jetsons-esque future may be closer than we think.

Posted in Current Events, Talener Blog

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