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Thanks, but No Thanks

Well, the results were quite clear: Nobody wants a tool to keep track of job prospects.

Yesterday I launched a survey to try to gauge the interest in a new tool that would help job seekers keep track of all the jobs they are applying for.

I wanted to keep the survey small, so I only posted it to my Facebook friends and here, asking that if someone was working, to just send it on to friends who may be looking for work.

Nobody did.

Either I have really rotten friends, or something else is going on. I think now I understand it.

What friend would send an unemployed friend this tracking tool? I mean, what would you say?

Hey friend! 

I just found this great new tool for people who are out of work, and may be for months and months to come! People just like you!!!

Isn't it great that I thought about you when I thought about this crappy economy and how super duper hard it will be for you to find a job!!

Well, see you later.

Your friend.

I don't know why I didn't think that through before.

I was a bit bummed about this, thinking about how quickly dashed was my idea to create a great tool that would be widely used and much appreciated. My wife, always the clever one, took this as great news.

Better to find out after a few hours of work that the idea won't fly. Imagine if you'd spent a few months working on it, she said.

She's right, of course, so on to the next thing.

Are Job Opportunities Falling Through the Cracks?

I haven't written much about this, but I'm looking for a job. Somehow it seems difficult to say that in public because of the general shame that goes along with that, even in this crazy global economic head cold that we are all suffering.

There are job opportunities that pop up, and I diligently apply for them. The ones I really want I make a point of following up on.

But lots of others just seem to fade away.

Also, not all jobs are created equal. Sometimes a job isn't a job, it's just a chance of possibly doing some consulting. I want to keep track of that, too, but there's no "job" for me to track.

I've been trying lots of different systems to keep it all straight, but none of them is ideal. There are plenty of to-do list tools, contact-management tools and online or offline spreadsheets. There are also tools associated with the big job boards, but there is lot's of spammy stuff associated with those. There is also a handful of tools built for job seekers, but they charge too much, have way too much junk associated with them, or just don't really do it for me for some reason or another.

So, am I all alone here? Am I the only one who sees this as a huge need? Especially these days?

Let me know. I've built a very quick and easy one-page survey.

If you are not actively looking for a job, pass this on to someone who is. You can take the survey if you want, but it's really designed for those who are actively looking.

I'll report back here with the results, and with whatever plans I make based on those results.


We are all the press now

So it appears that Gannett and the AP are having trouble with some of the restrictions of the press passes issued by the SEC to cover college football games.

This fight seems almost quaint.

On one side you have the SEC, which is saying that to get a press credential you have to agree not to blog about the game. On the other side you have the press, including the AP -- which has shown nothing but animus toward bloggers -- declaring that it has the right to blog whatever it wants to.

So, let's say that the SEC doesn't back down and the AP is forced to cover the game by buying a ticket or watching on TV. What would that look like?

Well... it would look like what the world looks like. Zillions of fans will be going to games or watching them, and blogging about what they are doing in real time. They don't need no stinking credentials.

The whole idea of the press credential already seems retro.

We are all the press now.