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I’ve been amazed over the past few days at the way in which “the community” of HR bloggers and tweeters has reverted to type.  One of the things about the online world is the lack of order, the lack of hierarchy and the lack of rules.  But it seems that HR people just aren’t comfortable with that. Am I surprised? No.  Am I disappointed…….well…..

What started as a debate about favourite blogs, became a debate about what makes an HR blog became a debate over categorisations of blogs which is spread over a number of different sites and blogs.  Really, you couldn’t make it up could you?

I mean, I have strong views on what I personally think about blogging and bloggers.  There are blogs out there that I would rather shove a marrow up my arse than read, there are blogs which make my eyeballs want to bleed and many which I just simply don’t understand.  But someone must like them and good on you to the bloggers. 

Does it really need the blog police to come in and define categories sub-categories? Ok, so I admit I have a personal beef here when I see the “Top 500 Talent blogs” and there are people with one post on it about some niche bollocks and I don’t even feature…… But that aside…..

And then to top it all off, I saw a conversation on Twitter about the use of hash tags and how they should and shouldn’t be used and the amount that you should use and whether they should be used when re-tweeting and…..and…..and…..and….WHAT THE FUCK????  I mean really……

I will read what I want to read.  I don’t care what category it comes in.  I don’t care who recommends it or doesn’t.  If it makes me laugh, if it makes me think, if it makes me question myself, you or others….it is all fair game.  I don’t care whether it falls under the category HR, Recruitment, Talent or Donkey Porn.  It makes no difference.

I will also use whatever damn hash tag I want in the way that I want to when I want to.  And if you don’t like it tough.  Cool shit becomes un-cool shit when you start to create rules and order and govern  by the un-elected, self-selected. 

If you want to hang out with the prefects then fine. Me?  I’ll be behind the bikes sheds. And I know who’ll be having all the fun.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. 09/28/2010 09:05

    Hashtag banditry = spam. Almost as bad as auto DMs.

    • 09/28/2010 09:15

      Hashtag proprietry = facism

      • 09/28/2010 09:18

        Yes, agree with that too. I’m not saying there should be rules – people just need to use common sense and keep the noise down

  2. Little Brown Bird permalink
    09/28/2010 09:18

    FFS. When HR people express these views I deny I work in HR. If I’ve told anyof you that I do, I’m retracting that statement right now.

    Get a grip so-called Community of HR Bloggers/Tweeters. Really.

  3. 09/28/2010 09:19

    #donkeyporn is the new #connectinghr

  4. 09/28/2010 09:20

    Hash tag or fag ash? (behind the bike sheds), that is the question.

  5. Ginger Gill permalink
    09/28/2010 09:28

    Oh what utter gash…… to hash tag or not to hash tag….for fucks sake – I don’t even know which key to hit on the keyboard (or is it phone) to make the little hash thingy appear on my screen……sodding HR peeps, we are our own worst enemies sometimes. Enough of fairy fancy categorisation nonsense, bring on the rebel elves I say!

  6. 09/28/2010 10:16

    Agree with you on the hashtags, it is an open stream. You can use whatever you wish and those in the stream veto what they want by not reading it. In terms of blog classification, hands up, I started that one. I wasn’t deriding any blog, or saying any blog didn’t belong, fit for reading, should only be read by etc even if that was the interpretation. I was interested in why more UK HR practitioners don’t blog. That is all. I got a few good answers that explain it. I don’t care who writes what and who reads it. I would expect somthing classified as a UK blog to be from the UK, and an HR blog to have some reference to HR or People topics from time to time. At the moment there are plenty of self-appointed policeman launching comment via their own twitter kingdoms against all they see as wrong. read what you like. The occupation of the writer is not related to the quality of the blog, but if you don’t want classification, don’t label it

  7. BettyBBlonde permalink
    09/28/2010 20:47

    If you don’t like it, don’t damned well read it. People who quibble over hashtags clearly need to have a pot noodle and a w&*k and maybe get out from time to time.
    If you like the way someone writes, be it a blog or a tweet, then read it.
    If not, don’t bother
    Jesus Christ some people need to get out more

  8. Holly permalink
    09/29/2010 00:48

    Agree with Ginger, we in HR are our own worst enemies sometimes (most of the time). I am afraid that social media are turning into popularity contests – it’s like high school all over again. It would be a waste of an awesome tool if this happens, IMO.

  9. 09/29/2010 08:18

    @Abi Signorelli – Once again….we agree! 🙂

    @Little Brown Bird – Hey there, welcome and thanks for commenting. None of us work in HR… really……ever….we never did……promise……

    @paul – 🙂 I’ll leave you to break that to Jon and Gareth!

    @Aloncalcia – It has to be the latter……surely?

    @Ginger Gill – “Bring on the rebel elves” – I second that one!

    @BillBoorman – Bill, I completely agree with you (make note of time and date!) That is all! 🙂

    @BettyBBlonde – Have a Pot Noodle and a w&*k! *collapeses on the floor in a fit of childish giggles*

    @Holly – Welcome to my own little slice of hell and thanks for taking the time to comment. I couldn’t put it better myself… is beholden on all of us to rebel……

  10. 09/29/2010 08:23

    I would say ‘yes’ to the latter if not for this report

    I don’t know why they don’t just give smokers a cross and some nails and direct them to the first door on the left.

  11. Robin Schooling permalink
    09/29/2010 15:02

    I can barely type out a reply because I continue to giggle at #donkeyporn. That is all.

  12. Ralph Bassfeld permalink
    09/30/2010 11:17

    I don’t understand the brouhaha about #tags. A tag is a label. Objects and words are categorised with the goal of being able to find them again, be it only for the benefit of the tagger.

    On Twitter the 140 limit allows people to more easily find information about an event like #creativemornings. It also allows me to put a tweet in context or indicate sentiments, such as sarcasm. #storminateacup

    By the way, I like the word ‘brouhaha’ because it has a lol element in it.

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  14. 10/04/2010 08:05

    @Aloncalcia – Amen to that one.

    @Robin Schooling – Thanks for commenting (and giggling) 🙂

    @Ralph Bassfeld – I’ve just written a post using the word brouhaha. I think you may have subconsciously contributed to that!

    @laurie – #ifonly

  15. 10/07/2010 09:52

    A biiiiig slice of what makes great communities great, is the absence of rules. Why when something works do folk seek to destroy that success by controlling and regulating it?

    I’m gonna go pump my tyres up now.


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