People on the Move in the Social Media Industry: Nov 24, 2008


Despite there being many layoffs in the startup space. I’ve started 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:

  • Geoff Merrick joins Ripple6 in the new position of VP of Professional Services coming from Buzzhub. Ripple6 is growing & seeking others in the NYC learn more from their careers page.
  • Kris Hoet switches jobs within Microsoft and is now the Digital Media Communications Manager for all Windows Consumer brands – PC, mobile and online – as well as MSN and Live Search in EMEA.
  • MySpace Music to name Courtney Holt, a former MTV executive chief next week, this spells out a greater focus on media for MySpace rather than pure networking.
  • Dave Giusti joins Freepath in September as the myFreepath Community Manager. myFreepath is a network of people who exchange content (videos, audio, documents…you name it) through playlists created in Freepath.
  • David Gillespie is now a digital strategist currently in Melbourne, Australia but relocating early January to Toronto, Ontario! He writes Creative Is Not A Department which has been named one of the top 50 marketing blogs in Australia and also one of the top 15 business blogs. I’m already building up my net work on the ground there through Twitter but every little bit helps!
  • Marc Smith, formerly Senior Sociologist Researcher on Microsoft’s R&D team, has joined Telligent as Chief Social Scientist. I can’t wait to meet you and talk shop, congrats Marc and team.

  • 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)
  • Read Write Web also has job announcements in Jobwire, although at a broader scope than my announcements
  • 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 –try to include links to announcements on blogs or on the wire. 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!

    21 Replies to “People on the Move in the Social Media Industry: Nov 24, 2008”

    1. Hi Jeremiah,
      Thanks for the notation and link. There are even few more positions that have yet to be posted (sales, marketing, software development).
      Anyone fitting that bill should follow the link to our careers page and simply note this post on your submission. (hmmm… will we now be subject to a finder’s fee? 🙂

    2. Jeremiah,
      You’ve done a great favor by posting this list of good news. Over in Japan, the social media industry still hasn’t kicked in full force and I’m trying to be there when it does. I actually just started a new sns called Japan Social Media Marketers ( to provide a stage for local networking and info sharing. Taking to headhunters here, the community manager or social media specialist isn’t really an item yet. When you were out here in Tokyo, did you talk with anybody who was doing social media work? I sadly missed the chance to speak with you then.
      Thanks again.

      my social web biz:
      social thoughts:

    3. Jeremiah,

      Thanks for suggesting I post here. We’re hiring a Marketing and Communications manager at BillShrink
      I’m looking for a PR jack of all trades, master of all. Someone who can own our brand and evangelize our story to the media (craft stories and talk to journalist every day). Given the economy, it shouldn’t be that difficult to talk about BillShrink 🙂
      Saving Money is the New Black!
      We also need this person to be our editor in chief for our personal finance blog and be responsible for all user communication. Lastly this person is our community manager and marketing guru.

      We’re in Redwood City, CA. We just raised $8M and will be around for a long time. Oh.. and we still provide lunch everyday 😉


      Peter Pham

    4. Jeremiah,

      Exciting news here at the Los Angeles Times. I’ve been named the Sr. Producer for Social Media.

      Though the LA Times has had a presence on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook for a while, it’s the first time the organization has dedicated someone to focusing strictly on social media and outreach to audiences beyond

      Thanks for sharing all these SM resources. I look forward to connecting with folks, both in similar roles in the mainstream media (NYT, WaPo, USA Today, are you reading?) and other news outlets.

      Happy social holidays to all,
      – Andrew

    5. Citysearch’s content team is looking for an LA-based Social Media Community Editor — an energetic and plugged-in individual with online engagement expertise to develop and run a social media program that will generate and maintain buzz for our website. Email resume and cover letter to

    6. Scott Campbell. formerly VP of Worldwide Sales at Jive Software joins Leverage Software as VP of Sales & Marketing. We’re thrilled to have him onboard.



    7. It's unbelievable that these people are not just only people but they are really do much contribution for the society, thinking many young fellows are into social media and making a new dimension out of it, I bet these people are integrated and have a promising discipline for themselves from the start.. 🙂

    8. Congratulations to all of you folks! It's been a hard days and night and look where they are now?! you were all Unbeatable and unstoppable… Well I knew a couple of social media professionals and they are not just dedicated to their work but they also find best time to help abandoned and sick children plus their management supports them, It's really nice of you!!

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