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12 Most Useful Tips For New Google+ Users

12 Most Useful Tips For New Google+ Users | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
Mathew Hanley delivers on the 12 Most Useful Tips For New Google+ Users.
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The 5 Ways Pinterest Can Boost Your Career

The 5 Ways Pinterest Can Boost Your Career | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
The social network can help you switch fields, learn about prospective employers or get freelance work — and it’s not just for twentysomethings.
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9 Networking Secrets From a Superconnector

9 Networking Secrets From a Superconnector | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
Scott Gerber is a superconnector. He knows a lot of people, and he works hard to introduce the right ones to each other. Recently profiled in Fast Company, Scott, pictured here with co-founder Ryan
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Building Your Network: 3 Things to Do Everyday

Building Your Network: 3 Things to Do Everyday | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
creativeLIVE recently hosted marketing guru Michael Port for a three-day workshop detailing his tried-and-true Book Yourself Solid system. The most effective marketing, Michael explained, is based on
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How Your Network Can Make You More Productive

How Your Network Can Make You More Productive | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
Small-business owners who don't have the resources to hire a team can still increase their productivity by turning to their network -- and it won't...
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The Real Social Networking Battle: Isolated vs Integrated - Datamation

The Real Social Networking Battle: Isolated vs Integrated - Datamation | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it

If you don't understand why the Tumblr aquisition is a big deal, these two pages will help you understand the historical and societal context.


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Ken Morrison's curator insight, May 22, 2013 7:01 PM

My favorite part of this short piece is on the second page when it talk's about 'improving' Tumblr and that many users will not want it to be 'improved'  They found and stayed at Tumblr because it is different.  They don't want semantic search. They don't want an audience.  They want to share their ideas and their art. They don't want to be scaled.

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Seth's Blog: Who do you know?

Seth's Blog: Who do you know? | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
Let's define "know" as... you're connected with them, in real life, by email or through a direct relationship online.
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How to Send a Networking Email That Won't Be Ignored

How to Send a Networking Email That Won't Be Ignored | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
It's important to craft clear but crafty correspondence that will catch the eye.
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Picture This: Instagram Is The Fastest Growing Social Network For Brands With 14% Growth This Quarter

Picture This: Instagram Is The Fastest Growing Social Network For Brands With 14% Growth This Quarter | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
Since Facebook purchased the filter-friendly photo app Instagram last year, brand adoption has skyrocketed, according to a new study of the top 100 brands by SimplyMeasured. Since purchase last year, the Facebook-owned Instagram has flourished.
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CoFoundersLab is Like Match.com For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

CoFoundersLab is Like Match.com For Aspiring Entrepreneurs | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
CoFoundersLab unites aspiring entrepreneurs based on geographic location, complementary skill sets, compatible personalities, goals and values.
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GraphMyLife(TM) Public Beta Bridges the Gap Between Social Networks for Users - The Review

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New tool for enhancing connections across social media platforms. 

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3 Global Leadership Lessons from Boston - Forbes

3 Global Leadership Lessons from Boston - Forbes | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
Wow. What a week it’s been here in my hometown. I feel emotionally drained, deeply saddened, and at the same time, uplifted and inspired.
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On point: "social networks and the world’s connectivity are going to usher in a new era of caring and compassion"

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Can Kred Help You In Your Social Media Campaign? - Infographic

Can Kred Help You In Your Social Media Campaign? - Infographic | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
Social Media Marketing is an integral part of all Marketing campaigns.There is no more a question if Social Media Marketing is required. But any effort without metrics does not sustain for a long t...

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26 Mobile Apps to Improve Your Business and Networking | Social Media Examiner

26 Mobile Apps to Improve Your Business and Networking | Social Media Examiner | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
Mobile Apps for Networking: Here are 26 apps to help you network, stay connected with your social communities and conduct business while on the go.
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4 Tips for Providing Value to Your Social Media Fans and Leveraging the Network Effect [Infographic] - Pamorama | Social Media Marketing Blog

4 Tips for Providing Value to Your Social Media Fans and Leveraging the Network Effect [Infographic] - Pamorama | Social Media Marketing Blog | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
If you provide value to your social media fans, they will purchase more from you and be more likely to spread the word about you.
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Pinterest: People Like Pictures, So Start Pinning [Infographic]

Pinterest: People Like Pictures, So Start Pinning [Infographic] | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
HB Agency presents an infographic with 13 tips and facts about Pinterest that brands can use to engage customers.
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The Fastest Path to a Job – And Not What You Think

The Fastest Path to a Job – And Not What You Think | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
I recently checked in with MaryAnne, my best friend since third grade. She told me she was interviewing with a large medical device company. A month later, she had essentially landed the job.I felt
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How to Apply PR Skills at Networking Events

How to Apply PR Skills at Networking Events | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
If you are your own brand, it makes sense that you should employ your professional acumen when presenting yourself to potential clients.
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Vintage Social Networking

Vintage Social Networking | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
What would social networks would be without the Internet? Check more infos here. Tweet
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LinkedIn Announces Invite Only LinkedIn Contacts | Social Media Today

LinkedIn Announces Invite Only LinkedIn Contacts | Social Media Today | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
LinkedIn is moving even closer to becoming your one stop shop for managing your business relationships. It has been adding features to contacts for some time now with tags and notes fields so you can use LinkedIn as a CRM tool.
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Why Real-Life Relationships are Key to Social Media Success

Why Real-Life Relationships are Key to Social Media Success | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
Don't stop at 140 characters and thumb-ups. Your online relationships should impact your real-world business--for the better.
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Social media is the conduit to strong business relationships. Meeting in person is the cement that solidfies them.

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The real way to build a social network - Fortune Tech

The real way to build a social network - Fortune Tech | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
If there is a guru of networking, it is Reid Hoffman. Here he explains how to do it right -- and wrong -- in an excerpt from his new book with Ben Casnocha, The Start-Up of You.
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Won't You Be in My Nextdoor Network?

Won't You Be in My Nextdoor Network? | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
Though it sounds counterintuitive, you might get to know your next-door neighbors better by joining a free social network called Nextdoor, say Katherine Boehret.
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This would be a great resource for neighborhoods and/or neighborhood associations. My association has struggled with trying to put up a website and use facebook with little success, and this networks seems to overcome the barriers we faced. Interested in hearing feedback from others.

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The Connected Workplace

The Connected Workplace | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it

Today’s digitally connected workplace demands a completely new set of skills. Our increasing interconnectedness is illuminating the complexity of our work environments. More connections create more possibilities, as well as more potential problems.


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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 20, 2013 5:34 PM

"Working smarter in the future workplace starts by organizing to embrace networks, manage complexity, and build trust. The 21st century connected enterprise is a new world of work and learning." We are trying to build community and not just teams. Trust is a community quality. What happens when we disagree? Trust answers that question.

luiy's curator insight, May 8, 2013 3:43 PM

On the negative side, we are seeing that simple work keeps getting automated, like automatic bank machines. Complicated work, for which standardized processes can be developed, usually gets outsourced to the lowest cost of labor.

 

On the positive side, complex work can provide unique business advantages and creative work can help to identify new business opportunities. However, complex work is difficult to copy and creative work constantly changes.

 

But both complex and creative work require greater implicit knowledge. Implicit knowledge, unlike explicit knowledge, is difficult to codify and standardize. It is also difficult to transfer.

 

Implicit knowledge is best developed through conversations and social relationships. It requires trust before people willingly share their know-how. Social networks can enable better and faster knowledge feedback for people who trust each and share their knowledge. But hierarchies and work control structures constrain conversations. Few people want to share their ignorance with the boss who controls their paycheck.But if we agree that complex and creative work are where long-term business value lies, then learning amongst ourselves is the real work in organizations today. In this emerging network era, social learning is how work gets done.

Becoming a successful social organization will require more than just the implementation of enterprise social technologies. Developing, supporting, and encouraging people to use a range of new social workplace skills will be just as important. Individual skills, in addition to new organizational support structures, are both required.

 

Personal knowledge management (PKM) skills can help to make sense of, and learn from, the constant stream of information that workers encounter from social channels both inside and outside the organization. Keeping track of digital information flows and separating the signal from the noise is difficult. There is little time to make sense of it all. We may feel like we are just not able to stay current and make informed decisions. PKM gives a framework to develop a network of people and sources of information that one can draw from on a daily basis. PKM is a process of filtering, creating, and discerning, and it also helps manage individual professional development through continuous learning.

 

Collaboration skills can help workers to share knowledge so that people work and learn cooperatively in teams, communities of practice, and social networks. In order to support collaborative working and learning in the organization, it is important to experience what it means to work and learn collaboratively, and understand the new community and collaboration skills that are involved. “You can’t train someone to be social, only show them how to be social.” Practice is necessary.

 

The power of social networks, like electricity, will inevitably change almost every existing business model. Leaders need to understand the importance of organizational architecture. Working smarter in the future workplace starts by organizing to embrace networks, manage complexity, and build trust. The 21st century connected enterprise is a new world of work and learning.

 

For example, traditional training structures, based on institutions, programs, courses and classes, are changing. Probably the biggest change we are seeing is that the content delivery model is being replaced by more social and collaborative frameworks. This is due to almost universal Internet connectivity, especially with mobile devices, as well as a growing familiarity with online social networks.

 

Work is changing and so organizational learning must change. There is an urgent need for organizational support functions (HR, OD, KM, Training) to move beyond offering training services and toward supporting learning as it is happening in the digitally connected workplace. The connected workplace will not wait for the training department to catch up.

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"12 Hours of Separation" Connect Individuals on Social Networks | MIT Technology Review

"12 Hours of Separation" Connect Individuals on Social Networks | MIT Technology Review | Business and Social Networking | Scoop.it
Social networks can be used to track random individuals in just 12 hours provided the right incentives are on offer, say computer scientists.
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Researchers have found that thanks to social media networks, it's no longer six degrees, but an average of 12 hours separating any two individuals. 

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