One day and two events you can't afford to miss

This year has certainly been a memorable one and not often for the right reasons. However, despite times being so tough for our industry, it's great to see that over the last few months so many people have come together via Twitter to network and collaborate on creating a more positive and innovative future. The point the social media naysayers always seem to miss is how much Twitter and other social media platforms actually enhance face to face interaction rather than stifling it. To prove this there are not one but two face to face events running in London on Thursday 19th November that I believe will prove invaluable to anyone interested in innovating their way out of the recession in 2010. First up during the day we have what I'm pretty sure is the first Recruiting Unconference held in the UK. The legendary @BillBoorman is organising everything and it promises to be a unique and interesting day. I'm hosting / co-ordinating / facilitating / refereeing the "Social Media Circus" alongside keen social recruiter  Wendy Jacob and I'm looking forward to some lively discussion and debate. Bill has provided a comprehensive overview of the day here on the sign up page and I know you'll be very impressed with the breadth and scope of the agenda

Directly after the Unconference Jamie Leonard and myself will be hosting the third Recruitment Tweetup (#RTU to give it's Twitter hashtag name) which will be held in a bar at the Unconference venue. Registration for the Tweetup is separate to the Unconference and you don't have to attend during the day to come in the evening. However as we think you'd be mad to miss the daytime shenanigans,  we're offering a special discount code on Unconference tickets for anyone who registers for the Tweetup. Here's what happened at the last Tweetup in July.

Sign up for the Tweetup here

Sign up for the Unconference here

A great leap forward?

Apologies for the relative radio silence. It's budgeting and planning time of year at the moment so I've not had huge amounts of time to blog. I hoping to be back posting thoughts on here properly within a week or so. In the meantime I couldn't help but write a quick post about the launch of LinkedIn's Open Social applications platform. Some very interesting choices of intial partner:-  Huddle to power collaborative working, Wordpress and Blog Link to syndicate blog content, Tripit to see where your network are taking business trips to, Amazon Reading List to share recommended books, Company Buzz to see who is Twittering about your company and Box.net, Slideshare and Google Presentation to share content across your network.

So business networking, collaborative working, cloud computing and content sharing have finally collided. A very shrewed move by LinkedIn and a concept that is going to be huge in the future.

I'm off to set up a feed for this blog in my LinkedIn profile!

Matt