A Jobless Recovery? Not According to Our Job Board

We hear so much about how we are officially out of a recession but the jobs just aren’t happening. Well, according to our Internet marketing and social media job postings board in the past week that’s just not the case. Heck, we have one company alone that posted 16 positions to fill! Here’s a quick sample.

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At Internet marketing company Performics – 16 positions in total in New York and Chicago including:

Client Solutions Consultant – SEO – Chicago

Conversion Optimization Strategist – New York City

At consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton:

Social Media Analyst – Linthicum, MD

At language software producer Rosetta Stone:

Android Leads in Smartphones, Will Tablets Ever Follow?

More data keeps coming in showing how Android’s grip on the smartphone market is tightening with each passing month. Information from comScore (via Mashable) shows that the Android platform has taken the number one spot from BlackBerry. Note that this data doesn’t include the iPhone introduction to the Verizon network (remember that hype?).

It’s easy to see that the eventual HUGE loser in this will be BlackBerry as it struggles and continues to lose ground in the smartphone platform race. BlackBerry’s troubles are bound to be a case study sooner than later as the company just didn’t react quickly enough or with the right products. Oh well.

Twitter’s New Quickbar Promotes Trends Over Tweets

Twitter’s new iPhone update is all about helping you Tweet faster and easier, but like everything in life, it has a downside. In this case, it’s an overlay with the latest Trends that resides at the top of your timeline and it can’t be removed.

If you’re interesting in going along with the majority, or you’re an online writer looking to capitalize on some SEO, then the Quickbar is a nifty tool. It scrolls sideways to show you the top trends and when you click on them, you’re taken to search results for that item. In other words, it’s useless for most Twitter Tweeters.

The update isn’t all bad, though, they actually added a couple of tools that are very helpful including a camera button on the Tweet blank so you can upload photos instantly and an auto URL shortener.

Simon & Schuster Turns to Webcam Videos to Connect Authors and Readers

If you could ask your favorite author anything, what would you ask? Would it be a question about how to become a best selling author? A query about the motivations of a character or something more personal like, what would you do if you found out your date had false teeth?

No question is off limits on Simon & Schuster’s Ask the Author page, but just cause you can ask, doesn’t mean you’ll get an answer. Unlike canned interviews of the past, this new program is set up so fans can leave a question for a particular author and get a video response back at a later date. You can also scan through a list of current questions and listen to the answers that have already been recorded. The whole thing is made possible by VYou.com and if you visit their webpage you’ll see how other businesses have used their conversational video software to connect with their readers and fans.

Is Google Just Putting Lipstick On Its Places Pig?

Remember the infamous ad from many moons ago by Charles Schwab that showed a room full of stock brokers being incentivized to sell a bad stock and the manager tells the team to “Put some lipstick on this pig” ? If you don’t check it out here.

Anyway, that expression is harsh for sure but I am beginning to wonder if one of Google’s concentrations these days, Places, is just another instance of a big company promoting a less than workable solution because it needs to. In other words, is Google putting lipstick on their Places pig?

They have put a pretty new landing page up for Places which looks nice. Check it out.

SMB’s Double Up On Twitter Usage

The SMB (small and medium business) market is working to keep pace with change in the marketing space as a whole and in particular, Internet marketing. It’s a difficult task for most due to the all too familiar chorus of not enough resources whether they be money, time, people or some combination of these and other factors.

According to a recent study from BIA/Kelsey and ConStat (via eMarketer) the SMB market is moving forward despite the obstacles. Twitter in particular is seeing strong growth while traditional marketing vehicles like the Yellow Pages are lucky to remain stagnant.

A Pilgrim’s Look Back, March 6, 2011

Here is a look at some of the stories that caught our attention over the past week but we may not have written about.

Just because we don’t cover something during the week doesn’t mean it isn’t important. It just means we don’t have the time to write about it all!

So enjoy a Pilgrim’s look back on the week that was.

Million dollar prize goes to building digital institute

Are old media companies stretching too far outside the box heading into the future?

Yahoo looking for an out from its Japan deal

BlackBerry Playbook tablet launches on April 10th. Will anyone care?

Bing Gets Into Kayak for Partnership

Ariana’s Rich and AOL’ers Are Out of Work