People on the Move in the Social Media Industry: August 21, 2008


This is a busy week, I’ve received more submissions than ever before, if this pace continues, I’ll have to figure out a new way to let folks self-submit. Be sure to include a link to your announcement, if it doesn’t exist on the web, it’s hard to verify, and it’s really what we’ve come to expect in this space. Lastly, while social media is certainly easy for folks to offer, I’m seeking examples of folks who really are offering this as their core expertise –not a side offering. As a result, I’ll be filtering to those that are truly living and breathing in this world.

I’m starting this post series (see archives) to recognize and congratulate folks who get promoted, move, or accept new exciting positions. Please help me congratulate the following folks:

  • David Griner joins Brand Agency Luckie & Co. as Social Media Strategist, starting with recently launched social media blog, the socialpath.
  • Erin Kotecki Vest “The Queen of Spain” has now joined BlogHer full time as the Producer of Special Projects, which will include social media projects, her area of expertise.
  • George Dearing has recently joined Telligent Systems (Community platform vendor) as Corporate Evangelist.
  • Dan Ziman join Lithium Technologies (community platform) as Director, Marketing Programs, congrats, I’m sure we’ll be speaking frequently.
  • Michael Francesconi is Fanscape’s (agency) newest Social Media Manager, who comes from the Huffington Post where he was a community manager, and now runs a department specializing in digital word of mouth strategies and viral marketing. Update, learn more from this CEO blog post.
  • Kirby Winfield joins WidgetBucks as the Chief Revenue Officer. In this role, he’ll be overseeing their advertising sales relationships.
  • Nat Wilson joins the Society for Human Resource Management as their Manager of Online Communities which he will be leading their social networking projects
  • Frank LaRosa is promoted at Network Insights to Vice President of Development, previously a senior developer.
  • Sarah Worsham leaves Online Business Development Manager job to launch Sazbean Consulting (online and soical media) with her husband.
  • Josh Wolf a video blogger who was jailed for not handing over evidence in SF has now joined a Palo Alto news agency as a traditional journalist. While not a ‘social media’ move, we’re glad to see Josh take a step forward.
  • Speaking of Jobs, Forrester is hiring a Senior Analyst for Social Computing as a peer to me in SF area or Cambridge (email me), as is other firms, apparently, this is a growing area across industries.

    How to connect with others (or get a job):
    Several people have been hired because of this blog post series, here’s how:

    Submit an announcement
    If you know folks that are moving up in the social media industry, leave a comment below, or if you’re feeling shy (it’s cool to self-nominate) send me an email. Please include a link to your announcement, and ensure you’re really living and breathing in the social media world –this is not a small aspect of your role.

    Seeking Social Media Professionals?
    If you’re seeking to connect with community advocates and community managers there are few resources

    List of Enterprise Social Media Professionals
    This list, which started with just 8 names continues to grow as folks submit to it. List of Social Computing Strategists and Community Managers for Enterprise Corporations 2008 Social Media Professionals.

  • See Web Strategy Jobs powered by Job o Matic (Post a job there and be seen by these blog readers, fees pay for my hosting)
  • Connect with others in the community manager group in Facebook
  • Check out Jake McKee’s community portal for jobs
  • See Chris Heuer’s Social Media Jobs
  • SimplyHired aggregates job listings, as does Indeed
  • ForumOne Jobs for Social Media and Community
  • Teresa has a few jobs, some around community
  • New Media hire has an extensive job database
  • Social Media Headhunter
  • Social media jobs
  • Jobs in social media
  • Hiring? Leave a comment
    If you’re seeking candidates in the social media industry, many of them are within arms reach, feel free to leave a link to a job description (but not the whole job description, or I’ll delete it)

    I’m seeking folks that are related to full time hands on social media strategy and community managers, to be on this list, so let me know if you see these folks, and please submit them. Also, I probably will not include executive management changes on this list at social media companies, as the list would go on and on, but you can feel free to express yourself in the comments!

    3 Replies to “People on the Move in the Social Media Industry: August 21, 2008”

    1. Thanks for the note, Jeremiah.
      Lithium is hiring in all areas, particularly Sales, Customer Success Mgrs, and Engineering. More info on Lithium’s web site (see ‘Careers’ under the Company tab).

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