Sunday, December 23, 2012

Worst Submissions of the Year

Sometimes our users really make us laugh.  Because while they do a phenomenal job up updating and adding new pages to our fast-growing database, we certainly can't publish just anything they offer up.  All year long we monitor user editing to ensure accuracy and objectivity, however as a byproduct, we filter out some unexpected and often hilarious edits.  And for your amusement, we've compiled some of the best of the worst to share with you!

To protect the innocent (or rather, the guilty,) we don't record the names of the authors.  And so in no particular order, here are the Top 10 Worst Submissions attempted in 2012!
  1. User Complaint:  "I found pieces of glass in 2 bags of your Frozen Corn."
  2. Job Title:  "Straight-up Witch Doctor"
  3. Job Title:  "Chief Butt Designer"
  4. Summary:  "Strange, Apelike Man"
  5. Summary:  "Professional Swindler for over 40 years"
  6. Summary:  "He has all the class of a deranged baboon"
  7. Job Title:  "Big Power Hungry Manager"
  8. Summary:  "Anything good ever been written about him .... is a misprint"
  9. Person Tag:  "SWAGGED OUT"
  10. Job title:  "Avid Witch Hunter"

While we certainly can't condone this type of submission, we assume that everyone was just trying to help us improve our SPAM filters!  So thanks for keeping us on our toes.  And thanks again for what is rounding out to be a monumental 2012!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Votes Are In: Technology and Finance will be our Next Rounds of Topics!

As our readers may know, we've set an ambitious goal to build over 100,000 new topics pages on the new!  And as we continue to build our database (having just added thousands in Healthcare and Cleantech!) we want to focus on those industry topics that matter most to you.  We recently asked you to take a quick survey to let us know what industries you work in and care about..
The top industry vote getters were:
  • Technology
  • Healthcare
  • Finance
  • Consulting
  • Business Services
  • Manufacturing

You Really Came Through!  It was the largest turnout we've had to date for our User Surveys, and you provided us with more than 50 unique industries that are important to you.  Over the coming months we're going to roll out new sets of topics pages within these industries, and just like those currently on the site, you can own them as Spoke contributors to grow your professional reputation (we'll publish your name and picture all over the pages, and you will be found in Google Searches by these topics and industries.)  It's as easy as adding and curating content to pages we generate, or by creating new topics for anything not yet in our system.
We'll let you know as new topics are released!  Thanks so much for supporting our vision.
Click Here to answer our 1-Question Advocate Survey!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Boost Your Reputation with External Content

Whether you're more interested in Managing your Reputation or displaying your Subject Matter Expertise, the way you leverage links and external content is paramount to your success. It seems like a simple concept, but it is an extremely powerful way to tell your story beyond a simple bio and resume. If you don't take advantage, you're leaving money on the table!

This is where Spoke can be Extremely Valuable

Because Spoke pages allow you to Change the Title for any link/video you post, you can describe any piece of content on your own terms. You truly need to try this for yourself to understand its impact on your web presence.

Go Try it Now: Here's a video that shows you how.

And Show us what you come up with!   we will share it with others!