Monthly Archives: February 2017

Those changes to Linkedin

LI indexNow I appreciate that this doesn’t, strictly speaking, have anything to do with #welovelanguage, but there is no doubt that we all use Linkedin to contact and engage with clients, interpreters and translators.

Linkedin, as a friend of mine oft opines, does not regard world domination as an option, they regard it as a right!  The bulk of their income comes from recruitment, so they are keen to make it as difficult as possible for anyone who doesn’t pay for their premium licences to find people on their site.  Over the years, they have gradually restricted the options available for free search and their latest moves are part and parcel of this. However, there is more to these changes than simply restricting recruiters’ free access to candidates.  Microsoft bought Linkedin in last year for a reported $26.2BN and you can be sure they will want their investment to succeed.  As a result, the new interface that is being rolled out across all Linkedin profiles is generally regarded as an attempt to integrate some Facebook-like elements into the site, albeit more business-orientated than you would get on Facebook.   We shall see how well this goes down with the site’s users: responses so far have been mixed, but Linkedin does not normally let this sort of reaction cause it to change course.

All this said, there are a lot of  changes that have been introduced and it’s important to understand them.  You may not have  seen them if your profile has not been changed yet, but rest assured you will, sooner or later.

A good friend of Global Connects, Tony Harding of momentumspk, has produced a very useful guide to these changes and how to find things that have been moved on your pages.  You can see it here. 2017 LinkedIn changes V4  It is well worth taking a few minutes to read this as it will help you get to grips with the way Linkedin is now structured and, as noted above, love it or hate it, you can’t ignore Linkedin’s importance to the business community generally and to the language industry specifically.

Rosetta Stone, Global Connects

 

 

Manipulating language to get a pay rise

record-1264177_640How many people are happy with what they are paid? We all think we are worth a little bit more, don’t we?

Occasionally, I like to fantasise that the boss has called me in to his office and said, “Rosetta, I’m really happy with your work and I’d like to make you a generous offer to show how well I think you’re doing. Please accept this 30% increase in salary and, while you’re at it, you can have six months’ holiday and when you come back you’ll have a seat on the board.” In these circumstances, I might possibly be tempted to say, thank you, that would be very kind, what took you so long to realise how important my contribution has been, and can I start my holiday tomorrow? Unfortunately, not only will the moon be composed entirely of cheddar by that time, but there will be layers of ice six-foot deep in hell and chickens will be grinding their molars all over the country.

But supposing there was a way to make this happen…?  I’ve just read this article on Motherboard. If it is right (and it seems to be), then there might be the prospect of a rather nice pay rise in the offing…

Apparently, Adobe have worked out how to manipulate voice recordings in much the same way we do with images via their Photoshop software, but this time applied to voice recordings. In the past, you might take a picture of one of your colleagues and then superimpose the head of a penguin (or worse) on it. Now it appears you can take a voice recording (let’s just say of your boss, to pick someone entirely at random) and not just cut and paste the words but actually create totally different, original recordings in that person’s voice. You don’t even need Photoshop skills; you can do all this via your keyboard. As the Motherboard article explains, “according to Adobe, after about 20 minutes of listening to a voice, users can make the voice say whatever they want just by typing it out.” To illustrate how this works, have a listen to this audio clip on YouTube, which shows what happens.

What I don’t know is whether this works for other languages. I presume it does. I also wonder if this software can be linked to mechanical translation software so you can get the boss to give pay rises to the Buenos Aires office? Muchas gracias señor.

If you don’t mind, I’ll let you get think about the possibilities for your own business. I’ve got a man to see about my holidays…

Rosetta Stone, Global Connects