OK. So I'll admit I'm a gadget freak. Just ask any of my friends. I have a closet full of 1st generation PDAs, cell phones, notebook and tablet computers, and just about any other high-tech thing-a-ma-bob that seems like it might have a use.
OK. So while I'm at it I'll also admit that I am subscribed to about 120 blogs via RSS (I will post on this later tonight or tomorrow because the more times I say it and people say "what is it?", the more times I think I should explain it. It also makes me wonder that out of the 1500 or so visitors to this blog--how many have actually syndicated the blog? Oh well, I will blog on that later and maybe more of you will subscribe:-))
Back to the point. I subscribe to ~120 blogs. 3 of them are gadget blogs: Engadget, Gizmodo, and Woot! . Mostly these blogs talk about the hottest, newest stuff in mp3, cell phones, computers, flat screen dsp tvs and the like. But today on Engadget, along comes the ultimate future of recruiting--er, talenteering!
CrowdSurfer. From Engadget:
What happens when you pass an old high school flame on the street? We tend to say, “Phew! We weren’t recognized!” But Small Planet thinks you want to meet up, and has developed the CrowdSurfer application to enable finding each other via your Bluetooth phones. The software officially runs on phones using the Symbian Series 60 OS, but should work with any phone that supports J2ME Midp 2.0 and JSR-82. CrowdSurfer also wants to help you find friends and people with similar interests, but considering you’ll both have to be a member of Small Planet, have one of the supported phones, and install the software, don’t expect to instantly gather any smartmobs on the spot just yet.
Imagine this as a talenteering tool! You are doing a really difficult search for a software architect and are coming up dry. You go to lunch at your favorite bistro, and all of the sudden your data-commander phone starts vibrating. The guy at the table next to you is a software architect and his bluetooth enabled phone just polled your bluetooth enabled phone, updating it with his profile -- he is a hotshot software architect. You drop your napkin and casually start a conversation--next thing you know...
This is probably not going to happen this year, but who knows. Never say never and keep your eyes open. The next great talenteering tool can come from anywhere.