Amanda MacArthur

Amanda MacArthur is the CEO of BuzzFarmers. Before BuzzFarmers, Amanda ran the research arm of a publishing company for magazine publishers where she was hired to teach blogging and social media workshops to editors at Harvard, F + W, Time Inc. Condé Nast, Dwell Media and Bonnier.

Posts by Amanda MacArthur

Our Newest, Wordiest BuzzFarmer: Shawn Badgley!

Shawn Badgley has wanted to work at BuzzFarmers since before it even existed; since he was a small child in the Nineties growing up on a mire in Belarus, the sixteenth of 17 children born to peat gatherers Vsevolod and Varvara Badgley. Every morning, he would load up hardtack rations on a peat wagon, hitch it to his favorite goat, Gleb, and ride out to a secret writing spot nestled near the Bug River.

There, he would research the flora and fauna, practice his interviewing skills on Gleb, and “blog” on the walls of a mushroom cave, since computers – or electricity, for that matter – had not yet been introduced to his village of Merechevschina. Typewriters, too, were scarce. Pens, pencils, and paper, as well.

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Twitter in the News

This month we had a bunch of wonderful people interview for new jobs at BuzzFarmers. Most recently I asked our top candidates to submit three writing samples (paid, thankyouverymuch), one of which where the topic was Twitter. As you might know, I run the site, and thought this would be a good chance to test their content on a real live platform while learning more about the writer.

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We’re Hiring (And I Can’t Tell You Anything!)

So I wrote this really epic post to go along with this cute graphic Sarah made just for it.

In it, I talked about the fact that we’re hiring, plus the order in which we’re hiring (business manager, social media analyst, managing editor, wordpress developer). Then I even told you when we’re scheduling interviews and common reasons why you might not get an interview (if you don’t).

But then Pat told me I couldn’t say any of those things or somebody might sue us.

So instead I’m consolidating and just telling you that we’re hiring and that we’re hiring one position at a time, in the order above, and if you don’t hear from us, I’m sorry but I love you and we might have future plans for you with different types of clients and also that I appreciate you putting your hearts and souls into your apps and talking to us on Twitter.

Also, this won’t be the last time we’re hiring these positions. So.

That’s all I can say before Pat unplugs the Internet and locks me out of the blog.

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Why Grammar Nazis Are the Worst

Your angry tweet about a typo was spelled perfectly and had impeccable grammar, but unfortunately you’re an idiot.

I’ve said in the past that blog comments are the quarters in a bloggers’ tip jar, but leaving a comment about a typo or grammar is like tipping your waitress with a booger.

Someone who truly cares about grammar, spelling and human beings in general will email the blogger privately when they spot an error. This is the type of person who wants to help a writer avoid embarrassing themselves, not the type of bully who wants to be the one to embarrass.

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How to Use Twitter to Get a Job (with BuzzFarmers?)

This month we’re in hiring mode. In the next 30 days, we’ll interviewing and hiring a new social media manager and a second managing editor.

All the while, our office is being built and we’re collecting all the stuff around Rhode Island to put in it so that it’s a proper second home. Today we visited the infamous Lorimer Workshop to concoct our perfect conference table and can’t wait for it to be done!

Exciting, yes? Frightening? Super yes!

At the request of our clients, I’m required to hire a mini-me. In reality, I think it’s important to hire someone who has strengths in areas I don’t. I’m an insanely introverted CEO (at least I feel that way) that’s a semi-organized perfectionist, but works best at 3am when the world is quiet and nobody is chewing in my general vicinity. I need people that are better at those things than I am.

Also, people that don’t chew, maybe ever. Kidding! (Or am I?)

With all this hiring stuff on my brain, I decided to dedicate my monthly posts to jobs. In fact, one of them you can use to get a job with us if you’re paying close enough attention!

Firstly, if you want to skip over us and head right to working at Twitter HQ, I dug up a bunch of tips for doing that. Their offices look pretty cool, I’d love to have a rooftop garden one day, wouldn’t you? Oh, and yoga classes? Heck, I don’t even do yoga but I would!

Second, some pointers for using Twitter to get your next job (with us, perhaps?) I feel like #6 is a pretty crucial step in the process and you could skip right to this one at the very least.

Next, if you’re looking to get a job Tweeting for a living (and not that sponsored crap) then I put together some tips on how to land a job like that. It can also be used by an employer looking to hire so that you know what to look for. Spoiler: Owning a smartphone is not a qualification!

Finally, some words of caution about how Twitter can get you fired, rather than hired. This stuff isn’t rocket science but yet people keep making all of these mistakes, sometimes without even knowing they did something wrong.

So the moral of the story is that we’re super excited to be hiring and we’ll be sharing our job listings on Twitter @buzzfarmers next week.

Are you listening? I promise I was kidding about the chewing thing.

Update: here are the job listings!

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We’re moving to Pawtucket!

For the past few years our little blogging company has been here, there and everywhere. We’ve been gypsies, traveling around the states, and we’ve had a few small temporary offices in Worcester, Massachusetts and Homosassa, Florida. Just a few months ago we were deciding whether we should hit the road in a traveling office (aka a Winnebago) or settle down here in Providence.

You might be able to guess which one we chose.

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Why Every Startup Should Have a Blog

Illustrated by Sarah Steenland

One of my favorite startup stories is of Scott Heiferman — co-founder and CEO of Meetup. He had carried fancy titles at companies like Sony and never thought he’d be getting into the game of a startup that fostered a local community. That is, until September 11th happened, and he found himself living in New York surrounded by neighbors who he didn’t know and who didn’t have a good tool to assimilate.

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Twitter News for December 2013

What’s going on, kids? As you know, every month I write a post about all the lovely news I’m jabbing about over on This month it was trends, ads, the controversy of blocking, and a 101 on how to direct message someone.

So let’s talk Twitter trends first, because I feel like it’s crazy how Twitter has started to completely shape the way normal people live. And I don’t mean me, because I know that I’m not normal;  Twitter has been screwing with my normalness for a while. I was writing epic hashtags before your Twitter account was born, dawg!

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