This weekend I was privileged enough to be invited to a meeting of the SSSR (The Secret Society of Social Recruiters), at a secret spot somewhere in the South West, known only by it’s codename of #socreccamp.
I have been lucky enough to attend a number of fantastic events recently, but this was the most enjoyable, thanks entirely to the excellent organisation of @lisascales, and the willingness of many of the finest minds in Social Recruiting to relax and enjoy themselves. Ironically, I probably picked up more learnings in this relaxed atmosphere, than many more formal events, a really unconference.
Many of the attendees I had met before, many others I felt I knew, having followed their tweets, blogs and Facebook walls for some time. However, there was one attendee who, despite my being connected to him in a number of ways, I new nothing about. Having spent the weekend with him, I still don’t know who he is. So what have I learned about him?
• He is the result of a cloning experiment using @petergold99’s DNA. Which, given my estimations of his age (unless he had a very hard paper round) proves that Dolly the sheep was not the first!!
• He is a really genuinely nice guy. You would never know it from his online persona, and I so didn’t want that to be the case, assuming wrongly that someone who goes to that much trouble to protect his identity, must be a self important t@&$€r.
• He is a trained ninja. Break eye contact with him, even for a moment, and he will disappear, only to reappear seconds later on the other side of the camp.
Other than that, and despite several lengthy conversations with him, I can’t tell you a lot. The aforementioned organisational skills of @lisascales had arranged top security;
• James Bond and the British Secret Service lent us Q (otherwise known as @james_mayes) and his plethora of gadgets, who would have been late had I not spotted him hitchhiking whilst I was travelling down.
• A Special Forces bodyguard (@alexhens) was commissioned, who was late, allegedly due to missing his train, but really due to a more important mission in Exeter.
• Surveillance operatives; (@matt[without an underscore]alder) with his sophisticated camera equipment, who was late home due to the chaos that is the M4, and @saraheadworth and her trusty sidekick @andyheadworth.
However, none of the above was necessary. Which goes to prove that it’s not that difficult to protect your identity online. A bit of planning and common sense and even a group of highly intelligent, tech savvy, Social Media types can’t work it out.
OK, so if we really wanted to know, we know the make and registration of his car, and a phone call to a man, who knows a man….. Honestly, I don’t really want to know. The speculation was one of the many enjoyable conversation threads that went through the weekend, and the truth will probably be somewhat of anti-climax.
Really looking forward to the next instalment of this particular murder mystery, apparently set somewhere in Wales. Maybe in the next chapter we find out who he murdered with his axe? Has anyone seen @billboorman lately?