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What do you call yourself...?

Web Designer/Developer/programmer...? Guru?

     
9:06 pm on Jan 2, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I simply refuse to be called a web designer any more - there are just so many millions of people with frontpage who call themselves WD's that its driving me nuts - i spoke to one guy the other day who claimed to be - upon question of his skills - he didnt even know frontpage - and was building websites in Word...

What is your job title...?

1:36 pm on Jan 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I call myself <edit>, but the ladies never agree. :(

Actually I normally say Graphic Designer, web designer, Multimedia designer, web developer, programmer. A mouthful like that tends to avoid any further questioning.

v1c

[edited by: Travoli at 3:28 pm (utc) on Jan. 6, 2003]

1:52 am on Jan 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Since Google poisoned SEO [google.com], the only thing left of value is Search Engine Marketer. I'll never use SEO again except as a derogatory term.
2:14 am on Jan 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Careful Brett, they'll edit that page to poison your new favorite phrase if you hype it up too well.... ;)
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i just like people to call me by my first name and "Wonder" what I do for a living... =)

Call me what you want just don't call me late for dinner..

=)

2:41 am on Jan 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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During the dot com heydays I was a Co-Founder / Chief Marketing Officer and 'Venture Capital Money Spender'.

These days I'm simply an 'Internet Marketing Consultant'.

Search engine marketing goes far beyond optimization. I never use the term 'positioning' because you cant 'position' a web site although you can move it up in the rankings but never have I told a client "You'll be at number 3 position for this term and number 1 position for that term".

When you throw in paid listing management, when you advise clients on email marketing, branding, web site strategy, useability issues, conversion ratios and ROI, the titles change even more - so 'Internet Marketing Consultant' seemed the best bet.

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What's wrong with webmaster? If they ask, tell them to hit google and look it up.
3:03 am on Jan 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Oh, I am the oddity here. I don't get to pick my title. I get called the "e-commerce coordinator". Which is business speak for "You will learn, explain and do anything internet related that we can think of or you can find that we didn't think of!"

Hey, it's a 9-5 that's fun so I don't complain.

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"SEO Management" - If I do SEO work from critique and keyword research on down to code implementation - than that is me. Brett, interesting about Google posioning the term of SEO - and that is something that I would agree with.

Thankfully, not too many people find that resource ON google, so I can stick to SEO management and not SEM management. Besides, SEO spelled out - just sounds more geeky.

It's good to be geek.

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Webmaster. Give me a text editor and a DSL line and I'm the master of my own domain. Geek's paradise, even if I don't get paid doing it. :)
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"Internet Biz Consultant"
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I just say I work in computers (which seems to please most people) and only say that I run the company website if people ask any more after that.

Thanks.

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This is hardly a new phenomenon. With the advent of the PC, anyone who had access to Quark (or more likely at the time, Pagemaker) called themselves a graphic designer. I try to explain to people - owning software does not make someone a designer - graphic, web, or otherwise.

I hire web designers, and am happy to do so. But I know that owning FP does not a designer make...:)

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Internet Marketing Consultant

That covers the broad range of services that we offer to our clients.

Other job...

CWO
Sales and Consulting
Graphic Designer
Web Designer
Company Store Coordinator

Whatever works for the given task. We wear many hats during our tenure. That is what the ole' hat rack is for! ;)

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I usually just say I "work on a website" or "maintain a website" in conversation since I don't know that there is a proper title for what I do. For some reason I shy away from the term "webmaster," and "web designer" just doesn't seem right since I didn't design the original site and any design work I have done on the site has been incremental and a small part of my job.

When talking with customers, my boss refers to me as the "computer manager", since it's a small company and I basically do all the technical computer work there (though the website is the majority of it).

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I am with the pageone with the old hat racks!

Stetson: ISP - Internet Services Provider

or

Trilby: Internet Business Consultant

or

Panama: Managing Director

Other head gear includes:

Skull Cap: Senior SEO

Baseball Cap: Online Promotions Consultant

Woolly Hat: Internet Strategist

Top Hat: Online Marketing Manager

Flat Cap: Design / Developer

Its whatevers floating the boat at the time ;-)

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Its whatevers floating the boat at the time.

Ah-ha, lest we forget the Admirals Cap with scrambled eggs.

The person floating the funds for whatever project we are working on.

P.S. I'll let them (financier) have Vice-Admiral status. ;)

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heh, yes Admirals cap and god bless all who sail within!

Not sure what the scrambled eggs have to do with the price of fish?

How could I forget the bowler hat as well?

dans Francais :-

Je suis un business man.

Looks like French lessons were not a waste of time after all.

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"Editor and writer." That's where I earn my living--the Web designer/SEO chores are just what I have to do to do what I want to do. :-)

Tor

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"Search Engine Marketer" is what I call myself. ;)
10:27 am on Jan 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Is GOD too much?

My title changes with the work they request. I use:

Web Application Developer
Internet and Search Engine Marketing
Graphics Designer
Games Developer
School Based Technician

and my favourite

'Oi You! Computer Guy!'

Chris.

10:36 am on Jan 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Gentleman of fortune :)
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The most important is what you know and do and not how you are called. No? We all are Net Builders ;-)

Alex
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Tor

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I agree with you petitbelou, but I also think that potential clients needs to know what field of business you are operating in before you get a chance to introduce yourself properly.
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Right now I'd call myself the Fireman (girl rather). Seems I've reached a point where everyone comes to me for certain bits and pieces of work that need to be done while other members of the team are busy with other things, or sometimes pulling fast ones like nipping out the door saying "Oh it's okay she'll do it...". It hikes up my brownie points but... it's tiring!

Also I was hoping to get CEO on my card but got SEO instead.... ;)

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I have a friend who is refered to as the:

Computer Upgrade Network Technician

They say it slightly differently, an acronym of sorts :)

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When I was young and naive I used to think that titles were a reflection of ones abilities / experience. Then I started working at around 16 years of age and found out the truth myself.

It’s sad but true that titles do make a difference to ones business image - just in the same way a business address can reflect a companies standing.

Its all in the "eyes of the beholder" as they so fondly say.

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Adult webmaster!
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ukgimp - very amusing! :)
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Ha ha

UKGimp is getting close.

Gave up with the titles after the explaining the difference to the 100th agency -- they still didn't understand, but don't get me talking about agencies;(((

Guess it depends upon how much you need to impress

sole trader = CEO or MD -- in a business setting
sole trader = Web consultant -- to a client
sole trader = Has that bloody client paid yet? -- to my wife
sole trader = Dad have you finished working yet? -- to my daughter
sole trader = Coming for a pint? -- to the neighbours

How about JAWS (Just a web specialist) it's got a nice ring to it:)

Rich

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when someone asks me what do i do, i usually answer “i build websites”.

some people just call me “chavo”.

i prefer to call myself “web as”, which in spanish means “web ace”; but “web as” is homophone of “huevas”, which here in mexico, translates to lazyness… so people always end up thinking i’m lazy. :o

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