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Meanwhile, while you’re on Facebook, check out the Pages for our other Arkansas Business Publishing Group magazines, newspapers and Web sites:

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40 Under 40 and the Democrat-Gazette’s Online Strategy in This Week’s Arkansas Business

This week’s Arkansas Business is online now. Click here to see the full edition. Among the highlights:

It’s that time of year again! Arkansas Business unveils its latest class of 40 Under 40 honorees. Click here to see the list and all those profiles. Click here for an introduction from Editor Gwen Moritz.

Also: Are you past/present 40 Under 40 honoree? Join our LinkedIn alumni group here.

And: Leadership columnist and executive coach I. Barry Goldberg talks about how to develop strong leaders.

Jeff Hankins takes note of Murphy Oil of El Dorado, listed once again among Fortune 500 companies. Record oil prices provided the revenue surge for Murphy. But what’s more impressive are Murphy Oil’s statistics among the fastest-growing Fortune 500 companies.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette online chief Conan Gallaty tells Mark Hengel that you could see as many as half a dozen new, targeted Web sites go up this year. But the pay wall remains.

Gene Cauley hits a roadblock in one scramble to gather up assets to stay out of jail until sentencing.

Arkansas investors who lost more than $2.5 million after investing in Regions Morgan Keegan high-yield bond funds are fighting, with varying degrees of success, to recover their losses.

THVideo: Alyson Courtney and I Talk Twitter

Click here to watch the segment

Click here to watch the segment

Whew! Two and a half minutes does go by fast. Especially on TV. It’s almost like trying to keep your tweets at a 140 characters!

That’s right, I said “140.” Although sharp-eared Twitterati will hear me in the video to the left saying “240” for some reason. “240”?! How do I mess that up? That’s basic Twitter 101! All I can say is, it was 6:40 in the a.m. and I’d yet to break into the coffee. It happens.

But thanks to “Today’s THV” for having me on and being such enthusiastic New Media experimenters. And check out Charles Crowson — he’s discovered Twitpic — much to Alyson’s dismay.

Like I said in the video, it’s easy to get “social media fatigue” trying to keep up with all that’s out there. The key for anyone thinking about using Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, whatever, is to think about your goals, the way you work, and your possible audience, then experiment to see what service best fits you based on that criteria.

You don’t have to do it all. But you should be aware of what’s out there.

Also noted in the segment: How the government is using Twitter to keep citizens abreast of the swine flu, how Tyson Foods is using Twitter as part of its charitable work, and Delta Trust & Bank‘s plans to Twitter this weekend from the Berkshire-Hathaway shareholders meeting.

Find THV Twitterers here. See more Arkansas Twitterers via the Arkansas Twitter Guide. And follow me on Twitter @LT.

More: Jessica Duff on “Today’s THV at 9” has more on Twitter. (Includes video.)

Using Facebook, LinkedIn and (Yes) Twitter in the Job Hunt

We’ve talked about using the Web, particularly so-called “social media,” in your job hunt before. But when it gets down to it, how useful are sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, even Twitter?

Farhad Manjoo, a tech writer for Slate, writes on that topic today . His conclusion? They can be  successful if you use them the right way: to help you build contacts that will give you job leads before companies have a chance to post to Monster.com.

That rule, of course, holds no matter how you network, whether you do it online or person-to-person, the old fashioned way. Via social networks, you’re more likely to hear about job opportunities before they go public on Monster, ArkansasBusiness.com/Jobs or even in the printed classifieds.

Engaging that network online allows these opportunities to spread faster, and that’s the real secret to job hunting with social media.

Of course, the results for everyone will always be mixed. In talking to his admittedly geeky circle of friends, Manjoo found that job-hunting on sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter paid off, while for others, efforts on those showed more promise than sending in résumés. Of course for some, social networking was a bust.

More case studies on using social media for the job hunt here , as well as thoughts on etiquette.

Also

How To: Find a Job on Twitter

Data-driven Guidance for Career Indecision

(A version of this post appears on The Ladder @ ArkansasBusiness.com. More career advice here.)