As I’m sure all you regular readers of the Evolve Blog know, Evolve Systems had the opportunity to donate some of our time and resources to volunteering at Feed My Starving Children yesterday. We had a group of over 30 strong, and spend a solid 2 and a half hours packaging meals for children in Mexico. We all split up into different groups and performed different tasks, but the main table Evolve Systems was at (composed of our President, Don Raleigh, CEO Marnie Ochs-Raleigh, Sales Manager Tyler Emmert, and SEO Specialist Stuart Blessman) easily packaged up to 25 boxes of food. We were told at the end of the day that everyone’s collective efforts had provided enough food for 60 plus kids to eat three meals a day for an entire year!
Volunteering at Feed My Starving Children was a great and rewarding experience! And we are already looking into opportunities for our next community service project and event.
Here are a few photos from our day at Feed My Starving Children!Sales Manager Tyler clearly looking surprised at the camera
And now, for the links!
Since today is April 1, sometimes called April Fool’s Day, most of the news circulating on the Internet is of an untrustworthy nature. But that doesn’t mean that most of it is hilarious!
37Signals, creators of popular project management software, including BaseCamp which Evolve Systems uses for all our projects, announced today that they are no longer going to allow employees to work remotely but must instead relocate to Chicago, use company computers, give 99.9% of their time, and never be distracted by social media.
Part of growing is reevaluating. Running the business we have now is simply not the same as the one we ran five years ago. That’s why we’re announcing a dramatic shift. In light of recent difficulties we’ve faced working effectively as a virtual organization, we will be relocating our entire staff to Chicago. No one on our team will be permitted to work remotely. We realize this runs counter to much of the advice we’ve given in the past, so allow us to explain why we’re shifting course.
Change is never easy. But we’re willing to do whatever it takes to be the most efficient company we can be. Now please excuse us, we’re off to get more productive. And secure. And dressed the same.
Wait…why is this an April Fools Day post? Because it’s the opposite of where business is going, especially business that has a strong online component. More and more companies are embracing social media and letting their employees be active in social media channels, both to promote the company as well as maintain healthy personal connections. And the idea of a shared employee dress code is rapidly becoming a thing of the past as well, or relegated to certain industries at most. After all, on the Internet no one can see what you are all wearing.
TechCrunch posted yesterday, preempting the April Fool’s Day gags, with their SEO horrifying post that Google is now viewing Google Places as a content farm and subsequent deranked it from Google searches. This is especially funny if you have been following recent SEO discussions and changes Google had made that haven’t been popular with certain vocal SEO companies.
Cutts refused to comment specifically on this story, although he did say in an email exchange that Google absolutely does not use humans in determining search results and that the algorithms make ranking decisions based on a proprietary blend of a variety of signals, such as how much revenue Google generates from the results. “If Google were to determine that Google properties were not providing high quality results, it would not matter whether or not those Google properties were displaying Google ads,” he said. “It wouldn’t matter for what?” I replied, “I’m not sure you actually said anything.” He has not responded to that last inquiry.
Mayer, for her part, was even less forthcoming. In an off the record phone conversation she said “Screw the webspam team,” and “It’s not like people are going to start using Bing.”
So I guess there are no truly helpful links today…stay tuned to Evolve System’s Twitter and Facebook account for more links throughout the week!