Yesterday I received an email with the question, "What was your last job before joining your current team?" linking to a collection of responses (https://www.somewhere.com/collections/what-i-ve-done).
As an active blogger, I recognize the difficulties most people have writing. I've been following Somewhere for a while and like the direction they're heading. Couple observations:
(1) Prompts/questions give people something to write about
(2) Constraints increase content creation (each post is limited to 250 char)
(3) Collections create a sense of community and seeing your post beside someone else's, makes it feel more discoverable and noticed
(4) Visuals capture attention and (arguably) reduce cognitive effort browsing the site.
I am the Community Manager of Somewhere. If you've got any questions, please don't hesitate to ask in the comments.
I'd be more than happy to answer them for you. Also, as we're here among great minds, feel free to use this secret link to join Somewhere: https://www.somewhere.com/signup?q=0801140501producthunt+MK
Welcome and thanks for the secret link, @kathmography! :)
How did Somewhere start and how has it changed since then?
Job sites are - if you ask me - horrible. It's all about job titles and no one ever talks about what really matters - the people working for companies.
We've learned a lot along the way: Especially that when people are open about who they are and what matters to them, it shows them in a light that is hard to compete with. A CV doesn't say much - it's a summary of things you've done in the past. What's so different about yours and the one of the next applicant?
Also, from the company's point of view, if you want to attract amazing people, you better show who they would get to work with.
That's where Somewhere's positioned. It's a community of work enthusiasts.
Haha, funny you say that @kathmography. I wrote Blogging is the New Resume a few weeks back on TNW: http://thenextweb.com/entrepreneur/2013/12/19/blogging-new-resume/
You mentioned on Twitter you're building a mobile app. How will it differ from the web experience?
We believe that people like sharing things as they go. It's a way to snap a shot of your colleague in action. The app's planned to make it even easier for our community to share Sparks.
There are some similarities to a product posted by @stephane yesterday (http://www.producthunt.co/posts/616), PeopleThatMake "Share your amazing worklife in photos".
How are you acquiring users right now, @kathmography? Are there any specific channels/tactics that are particularly effective?
That's great. Thank you for showing us. We still see LinkedIn as the 'actual competitor' – At least when it comes to creative professionals.
We hope to grow our community naturally. So it's either colleagues and professional contacts of our community or people who request an invite.
very interesting, just signed up to test drive:)
Really interesting! This is way more fun than LinkedIn.
I think I feel like I need more suggestions - it asks me "What I do and how I work" - but that makes me feeling torn about what to include. A photo of the Kickstarter logo because I work here? A photo of one of the projects I recently worked on here? A photo of my notebook that I write in? All of them?
@kathmography - are you seeing greater traction and engagement from certain types of companies or roles (e.g. designer, engineer, product manager)? My guess is those that have tangible output like a visual designer, are more likely to share and write about their work.
At first sight it might seem easier for people who have tangible outputs. Then again there are many developers who share amazing Sparks. Just like product & project managers, strategists, UX designers, community managers.. You can even stumble upon Somewhere pages of researchers, teachers, theatre makers, photographers..
Every page is different & when someone feels like using flowers to support their words, why not?