Recently, I went on a search for a web developer to work on this very site from which you are reading. I was looking for someone good, someone affordable, and someone I could trust. My first hunch was to use Google, as it has been my number one search spot for over 10 years.
After an intense Google-ing, I found myself with some viable options, but none that truly tickled my fancy. None of the web developers I found had ALL three of my project requirements. Sure, there were some GREAT developers, but they sure were pricey. There were also some pricey developers who just weren’t that good. I could sacrifice some cash for a good developer, or i could sacrifice some quality for an affordable wbesite design. However, I was not willing to get into a relationship with a developer I didn’t trust.
It sounds strange, but perhaps my skepticism about the developers was based on the fact I found them on Google. Sure, I would trust google with the majority of the things in my life. If Google had a doctor application, I’d let it deliver my first born child. But there has been a paradigm shift in my search life, and it involves another supergiant, Facebook.
After hours of research on google and beyond, I didn’t come away with a good feeling about anything I had found. I meandered over to hang out on my favorite social network, and decided to put a post on my Facebook wall stating:
“I am looking for a web developer with experience to help design and build a website for me. If you are a developer or know a developer, send me a message. Looking for site to be fully functioning by mid-August. $$ payment included.”
Within one hour, I had 5 friends of mine recommending web developers. I went out on a limb asking my Facebook friends for quick help on the topic, and was incredibly surprised by the response. I could not have pointed out one of my Facebook buddies that would know a thing or two about web development before the status post. Turns out, it doesn’t matter WHO knows the answer to your question, it matter WHO knows WHO who knows the answer to your question.
I spent 40 seconds writing that Facebook status, and had a web developer picked out within 40 minutes. Facebook proved a valuable resource in searching the web for answers. The perk? I found someone good, I found someone affordable, and because of our interconnection, I found someone I could trust.