#Nextchat: The Super Social Edition—Is That Legal?

first_imgSocial media is no longer cutting edge. It’s now a universal form of communication that’s woven into every aspect of our personal and professional lives.Organizations use social media for everything from internal communication to sales and marketing, and are now concerned with creating sound strategies and policies to ensure competitiveness and prevent lawsuits.Lawyers caution organizations about the risks of using social media in the workplace, and these warnings have caused many human resources professionals to avoid social media altogether. However, when used respectfully and with a thoughtful plan, social media’s benefits for HR far outweigh the risks. This is particularly true when it comes to using social media for talent management. Social media can help positively communicate the employer brand and corporate culture while engaging a diverse pool of active and passive candidates. It can also play a legitimate role in screening decisions depending on when the screening is done and who does it.The key to social media survival in the workplace also depends on a clear and well-crafted social media policy. Employees’ use of social media in and outside of the workplace can damage an organization’s reputation–and with just one tweet. This is why social media training is important, but even more important is a policy that will protect your workers and your organization from legal woes.Whether your organization has been using social media for years or is just getting started, it’s important to know how the latest laws, regulations and rulings will affect your policies going forward.   Please join @WeKnowNext at 3 p.m. ET on May 7 for a super social #Nextchat with special guests, social media legal experts Eric Meyer (@Eric_B_Meyer) and Jonathan Segal (@Jonathan_HR_Law).  We’ll chat about how organizations can use social media to accomplish goals while protecting against lawsuits.Q1. What are the pros and cons of friending, “liking” and tweeting in the workplace?Q2. How can social media be legally used for screening and background checks? What are the DOs and DON’Ts?Q3. What are the DOs and DON’Ts for using social media for marketing and branding?  Q4. What are the most important considerations when using social media for recruiting and hiring?Q5. What are the most important considerations when crafting a social media policy?Q6. What are the blind spots with social media use that can expose an organization to legal risk?Q7. What organizational functions are most vulnerable to lawsuits due to social media use? Q8. What are the best resources to keep you up-to-date on changes in social media law and trends?What’s a Twitter chat? See Eric Meyer and Jonathan Segal speak at the 2014 SHRM Annual Conference, June 23-25 in Orlando, Florida.last_img read more

Zillow Kills Competition With $3.5 Billion Trulia Deal

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting It takes more than “Zestimates” and other zippy technology to make money in real-estate listings, as evidenced by the $3.5 billion in stock that Zillow agreed to drop in order to snap up its chief competitor, Trulia.The impending Trulia acquisition could centralize listings and tools for home sellers. The joined company says it will provide “advertising and software solutions that help real estate professionals grow their business.” Real-estate sites cannot dominate the Internet with lookie-loos alone; they must have advertising dollars. Now Zillow’s listing site can also attract home sellers—and their attendant advertising—with Trulia’s tools for estimating a home’s value.Zestimates, Zillow’s zingy name for the proprietary algorithm it uses to estimate home value based on publicly available information, put the real estate site in the spotlight—but not always in a good way. Critics question the their true value, citing the algorithm’s inability to know, for instance, whether the neighbors mow the lawn. A Real-Estate Squeeze Play Regardless, Zillow is protective of Zestimates, and sued Trulia for patent infringement in 2011, a claim Trulia disputed. Earlier this year, the rivalry between Zillow and Trulia was still going strong. In February, Zillow announced it would spend $65 million on national advertising. Two days later, Trulia announced it would spend $45 million on same.Currently, Zillow has 83 million users, according to comScore. Trulia has 54 million. Once joined, the new real estate behemoth on the block will rule 61 percent of the market, making the most visible place for real estate to pay for premium ad placement. In theory, Zillow’s shelling out $3.5 billion in stock to swallow its former rival could save both companies some money in the short run, since real-estate agents will paying the difference in premium advertising on the biggest game in town. Knocking out the competition makes it a sellers market for ad space. Investors will be pleased. According to the announcement, the deal—expected to close in 2015—will “maintain both the Zillow and Trulia consumer brands.” As the deal marches toward the regulatory process, specific details of how the merged company will operate and whether there will be layoffs, have not yet been shared.Lead image by Flickr user John Morgan, CC 2.0 helen popkincenter_img Tags:#advertising#Competition#monopoly#real estate#Trulia#Zillow A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Gundy Says Lacy, Crabtree Should be Back Against TCU

first_imgCoach Mike Gundy said he thinks receiver Chris Lacy and right tackle Zach Crabtree will be back to play against TCU next week, per Mark Cooper of The Tulsa World.Gundy also said postgame he thought Zach Crabtree (toe) and Chris Lacy (shoulder) would be fine for next week. #okstate— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) September 16, 2017Lacy was taken out of the game early in the first quarter after banging up his right shoulder. He was soon in street clothes on the sideline with an ice pack.Without Lacy, LD Brown returned the kicks after Tyron Johnson was left in Stillwater.Crabtree also went down in the first half with a toe injury. Teven Jenkins rotated in his place. Crabtree tried it out on the sideline but decided against it. He, too, was in street clothes soon thereafter.Lacy ended the game with 0 catches and 0 yards on 2 targets.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more