Welcoming the two new guys

I wanted to take a minute today to formerly welcome our two new full-time employees, Joseph Dolan and Matthew Camp, who’ve been officially on board for a week and a half.

This is a bad economy, so as you can imagine we got flooded with resumes. That worked out for us well in this search for two new full-timers, however. I whittled down 250+ resumes to 30, then to about six and ultimately made the decision to hire Joe and Matt. So far, both decisions look like good ones.

Both are young guys, in their early-20s, which I think is a good thing. They’re eager, fresh, and ready to immerse themselves in covering the NFL and possibly MLB (in 2010) for a living, plus they bring with them a perspective and an understanding of their generation that no one else in our company can fully grasp.

But while they’re both young guys, they know more about sports than probably 99% of the general population. Both have strong backgrounds in the NFL, with Joe previously working for the Philadelphia Eagles team website and magazine, and Matt being very close to the game for his entire adult life due to his father, who is an NFL head linesman.

I was very impressed with their knowledge and overall abilities, which is why they were hired, and they seamlessly started their work last week as if they had been on the job for 1-2 years. Given their almost expert status from the beginning of their employment, it shouldn’t take too long for them to get totally up-to-speed and to really help us take our content and coverage to a new level in 2009 and beyond.

In fact, they already have helped us expand our horizons. For one, we’ve created a Fan page on Facebook, which will be another way for us to stay in contact with readers and update them on what we’re doing. If you’re on Facebook and want to “become a fan” simply head here:


In addition, I’m now on Twitter. This thing is all over the place lately, so it had to be done. This could be a nice little tool for us to quickly throw out random thoughts and more importantly topical tidbits and tips. We will NOT be posting things like “fantasy_guru is out to lunch” or anything like that. It’s all about passing along analysis on what’s going on in the NFL. I may even use this during the season, when the games are being played, so if you want to “follow” us on Twitter, you can go to: http://twitter.com/Fantasy_Guru

I’m still getting the hang of both the Facebook and Twitter deal, but we will now have two more ways to keep up with readers and to hopefully inform and entertain them, so check these two items out.

That’s all for today, I’m going to get back to work. Things are heating up, at least compared to February. Over the next two days we’ll have updated depth charts up, Caplan and I are doing a podcast free agency review, and we’ll have our first massive Team Reports edition of the off-season up.

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24 Responses

  1. Phish fan do or die!! says:

    Good Luck Newbies.

  2. Rene Breton says:

    Welcome aboard gentleman. I look forward to seeing your articles. You’ve landed a S-W-E-E-T ride with Fantasy Guru.

  3. bonscott says:

    Cool beans. Welcome guys. And now I’m going to be forced to actually check twitter again. ARggggggg! :)

    Now we just need the RB, WR and TE dynasty articles. ;)

  4. Brian Snyder says:

    Hi John,
    First of all, I’m going to start out by saying I love everything you do with the site. However, your recent blog has concerned me. I am on neither Facebook or Twitter (nor do I want to be). According to your recent post, it seems as though I may be missing out on some nuggets of wisdom from you by not being a part of those communities. I feel that, although it’s my choice not to be there, you shouldn’t post content that could help your customers there when we pay to use your website. Being able to get all the content in one centralized location is key and by expanding to other websites, it becomes more time consuming for us. I don’t want to discourage you in any way from expanding your business or content, but I feel that any content should be first and foremost a part of the Guru website and available there for your subscribers. If someone finds it easier to get the info that is already posted on the Guru site from Facebook or Twitter, that’s fine, but it should be on the Guru site first. Thank you for your time and keep up the great work.

  5. John Hansen says:

    The facebook has no content, it’s just a way to keep people who go there informed and updated on what we’re doing. You can find all that out simply by going to the site.

    As for twitter, you can only post 140 characters per entry, which is typically 20-25 words. As a comparison, the player movement review updated today is 80,000 characters. There’s no substitute for the site, but there are also new trends for contacting and staying in touch with readers, customers, etc. We can’t ignore these technologies and trends if some people are unwilling to embrace them. Although an extreme example, we got complaints in 1997 for going only online. It seems crazy now, but we did.

    However, I am thinking of adding a text box on the site for us to post our twitter updates, the latest one. This way, they are also on our site. But an advantage to twitter is you can create a free account and get our updates on your cell phone, like if breaking news happens you can get it in seconds on your phone. That sound like a step forward to us.

  6. bonscott says:

    One option for Twitter if you don’t want to use it much is get your free account, follow the guru and then you can put the RSS feed for the Guru’s posts into your favorite RSS reading meaning you never need to actually log into Twitter again if you don’t want too.

    John, there are *tons* of twitter apps for showing the feed on a web site so it should be pretty easy for you to automate it what you’re talking about.

    I personally don’t use twitter much at all but I follow a few companies (including the Guru now) to keep up to date on things like online sales. I check it maybe twice a day. I *don’t* use it to post anything about myself and I certainly don’t follow people to see what they are eating for lunch.

  7. John Hansen says:

    Thanks Bon, certainly good ideas. We’ll utilize some feed so even I or another staff member can post from our blackberries if something breaks. Sounds like advancement and a good thing to me.

  8. John Hansen says:

    And there it is, the Twitter updates on the homepage now. So now, wherever we are, we can update the site in seconds with news/analysis. Pretty cool, and no need to even go to twitter.

  9. Brian Snyder says:

    thanks for the reply and explanation john. i guess i just didn’t get it at first, but you’re right. if the twitter info sends to your cell to let you know, then that’s a great option. again, thanks for the great content.

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