I joined Twitter in April 2008 after hearing a speech by Brian Wallace (@nowsourcing). I joined primarily for small business networking. One of my earliest follows was Holly Kolman (@mobienthusiast). One weekend this year, she recommended in a tweet to follow Sarah Stanley (@sarahstanley) because Sarah was tweeting while running a 50-mile ultra.
Being a runner and twitterer, I started following Sarah. A couple weeks later Louisville hosted it's annual marathon and half marathon that precedes the Kentucky Derby. I woke up the Saturday of the race and turned on the TV to watch race coverage and opened Twitter. I was curious if anyone in Louisville was tweeting during the race like Sarah. I found only two, one of which was Clay Noe (@noefool) and I started following him.
Soon after that, we decided to advertise for a new position at work. We posted it on Career Builder and I posted the link in a tweet. Clay suggested to his sister Carrie (@carrienoedavis) that she follow me. She sent me a DM, we exchanged emails, and she sent me her resume.
We received over 400 resumes for the job. We narrowed them down to a half-dozen to interview based on qualifications. I ended up interviewing two candidates from Career Builder, two from traditional netwoking, and two from social networking. I did not intend to separate interviewees equally among the there networking means, it just happened that way.
Again, based on qualifications and the interviews, we made an offer to Carrie and she accepted. She was (and is) a combination of the best qualified and the best fit for our firm.
It's amazing how a few seemingly insigificant tweets could result in a job offer.