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Radical transparency: Obama staff applicants needs to share their online pasts

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The Obama team ruled the online campaigns, that’s something most could agree on. They also show they know their stuff by digging deep into staff applicants’ online pasts, as the New York Times reports:

A seven-page questionnaire being sent by the office of President-elect Barack Obama to those seeking cabinet and other high-ranking posts may be the most extensive – some say invasive – application ever. The questionnaire includes 63 requests for personal and professional records, some covering applicants’ spouses and grown children as well, that are forcing job-seekers to rummage from basements to attics, in shoe boxes, diaries and computer archives to document both their achievements and missteps. Only the smallest details are excluded; traffic tickets carrying fines of less than $50 need not be reported, the application says. Applicants are asked whether they or anyone in their family owns a gun. They must include any e-mail that might embarrass the president-elect, along with any blog posts and links to their Facebook pages. The application also asks applicants to “please list all aliases or ‘handles’ you have used to communicate on the Internet.”

And you thought your new employer checking out your Facebook profile was kinda odd? Hah!

Berlin couple share their pregnancy: RealBirthTV

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RealBirthTV.comWhen I was pointed to RealBirthTV first a couple of days ago, I have to admit I didn’t know what to think. Over-sharing or a logical thing to do? RealBirthTV is Berlin-based couple Erik and Jodi, who share the journey of their pregnancy, starting a few days ago in their third month.

Today I met up with Erik and he told me a few bits and pieces, good fun. The idea is to really take the audience along and share the whole experience, and use the whole range of social media tools: Blog, video podcast, Flickr galleries, you can leave video messages for them via Trombiblog. Also, it’s a deeply, inherently human and very personal topic, so it should be great for an online community.

I haven’t heard of another project catering to this particular niche: totally long tail in a way, but then again, also totally mainstream. And as I said: This one I have a hard time making a clear judgement about. But one thing is certain, it’s a very ambitious & innovative* project, and I wish Erik & Jodi all the best. So I’m curious what you think about the project!

ps. Also, we agreed to a brief introduction of RealBirthTV on blogpiloten.de. Expect it before the end of the week. (Full disclosure: I’m project managing blogpiloten.de.)

  • Update: innovative, I thought after posting this, isn’t the right term here. It’s more a logical next step, the application of a certain set of rules, mechanisms and ideas to a particular niche: Here, total transparency during pregnancy.