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RSS Feed Aggregator Allows To Curate Content Inside WordPress: PressForward

RSS Feed Aggregator Allows To Curate Content Inside WordPress: PressForward | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good
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Curating and sharing content is an important way of building your authority in your writing niche. If you really want to understand how to curate, follow Robin Good's "Content Curation World" on Scoop.it.


Robin shared this WordPress plugin that can help you find and post interesting content directly inside WordPress. I'll be testing this soon.

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Robin Good's curator insight, April 27, 2015 3:43 AM



PressForward is a free open-source, WordPress plugin for curating most any type of content within the standard WordPress publishing workflow.

PressForward is in fact a full-fledged RSS feed reader and aggregator which can capture content coming from any site while allowing full editing and curation abilities. It is an ideal tool for news curators wanting to have a news gathering and discovery tool integrated into their standard publishing and editing environment.


PressForward is designed to be used by multiple users, like in a distributed newsroom, where several individuals or even a small community suggest and submit and others edit, approve and post selected content.

To gather content PressForward offers a standard bookmarklet to capture any content you find on the web, and can also import OPML files to allow you to aggregate and filter all of your favorite RSS feeds. 


Last but not least, PressForward keeps close tabs on the sources you utilise, by automatically creating attribution links for any content you curate and allowing you to have your posts optionally auto-redirect to the original source. 


Free to use. 




A project of Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

N.B.: Of note the partnership initiative offered to any organisation interested in develop high-quality, collaboratively-sourced and edited publications, which offers up to $10,000 in funding and 



Stephen Dale's curator insight, April 28, 2015 4:18 AM

Via Robin Good: "PressForward is a full-fledged RSS feed reader and aggregator which can capture content coming from any site while allowing full editing and curation abilities. It is an ideal tool for news curators wanting to have a news gathering and discovery tool integrated into their standard publishing and editing environment."


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Janet Vasil's curator insight, May 14, 2015 4:25 PM

Lots of paid content curation services are available online.  Here's a free open source wordpress plugin that's a good starting tool for a new content creator with full editing and curation capabilities.

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Should I Work for Free?

should I work for free? by Jessica Hische
"Since I am a crazy person and we are all nerds, this chart is entirely css and html. Faster loading and you can translate it into any language! Google translation is a little funky, but it should hopefully get the point across."

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Every writer gets asked to work for free from time to time. Every writer should also know that every time a writer works for free, it makes it harder for every writer to make a living. Here is your reminder of the basic rules about writing for free.

 

BTW, if you are trying to make a living as a writer in the United States, the National Writers Union can help: www.nwu.org

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The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free

The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library just released a treasure trove of digitized public domain images, everything from epic poetry from the 11th century to photographs of used car lots in Columbus, Ohio from the 1930s. Over 180,000 manuscripts, maps, photographs, sheet music, lithographs, postcards, and other images were released online Wednesday in incredibly high resolution, and are available to download using the library's user-friendly visualization tool. It's a nostalgist's dream come true.
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Blogs and social media posts are always enhanced by graphics. More people look at and interact with posts with photos. Here's another place to find compelling graphics.

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Margarita Saucedo's curator insight, February 6, 11:39 AM
Cuando se anda en búsqueda de buenas imágenes
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The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free
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Wow, just wow.
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Medium restructuring: Why writers need a homebase

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While Medium.com tries to find its identity, writers get yet another reminder: Regardless of where you share your content, be sure to have a place online to call your own.

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Building an Online Home: A Historical Fiction Writer’s Customized Author Hub

Building an Online Home: A Historical Fiction Writer’s Customized Author Hub | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it
Novelist Julian Stockwin uses the Profile theme for his personalized author hub.
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One author's method of customizing a premium WordPress.com theme.

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How to Use Medium: A Beginner's Guide to Writing, Publishing & Promoting on the Platform

How to Use Medium: A Beginner's Guide to Writing, Publishing & Promoting on the Platform | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it
Learn the ins and outs of the social publishing platform Medium, from writing, to publishing, to understanding important metrics.

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As a followup to my previous scoop on Medium, here's a guide to publishing from the Hubspot marketing site. Thanks to @andybull for the tip!

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The truth about the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists | Tim Grahl

The truth about the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists | Tim Grahl | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it
UPDATE: June 19, 2016 - Bill O'Reilly found this article and invited me on his show to talk about it. Here's the clip: By most standards, I’m still new
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Very interesting take on how useless it is to TRY to get on a bestselller list. Grahl's conclusion is solid: Don't set a goal of becoming a bestseller -- keep your focus on your readers. The rest will sort itself out.

Hat tip to @davidmoldawer for highlighting this post in his always useful and entertaining newsletter, The Maven Game.

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TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking | Read | TED

TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking | Read | TED | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it
Written by Chris Anderson, curator of TED, this book is aimed at anyone with a great idea to share.
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In Build Your Author Platform: The New Rules, we suggest using TED Talks as a model for adding public speaking to your platform-building arsenal. It shouldn't be a surprise that TED agrees.

 

I have not yet read Chris Anderson's book, but I'm pretty confident it will expand on our themes, and help writers develop their ideas to share with a live audience.

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Pinterest for Authors: A Beginner's Guide | Jane Friedman

Pinterest for Authors: A Beginner's Guide | Jane Friedman | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it
Learn four reasons writers might want to use Pinterest, how to best use the platform, and best practices to get the most traction for your work.
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Yes, writers can benefit from the "pretty pictures" site, says Kirsten Oliphant (@kikimojo).


Be aware, though: "If you do not have an author platform built on teaching people how to write, Pinterest may not work as effectively as it would for those solving a problem. But the platform can be a great tool for your research and planning. The added bonus is that it provides that peek behind the curtain many fans love. It’s like sharing an intimate view of your planning process for your readers."

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How Often Should You Publish? Moz and Hubspot's New Experiment Gives a Surprising Answer

How Often Should You Publish? Moz and Hubspot's New Experiment Gives a Surprising Answer | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it
Putting "quality, not quantity" to the test.
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Interesting stuff. For the platform builder, though, one take-away could be that knowing your audience is even more important than treating the results of random surveys as gospel. Try your own test, and listen to your own results.

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On getting paid (or not) to write

On getting paid (or not) to write | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it
Danielle Lee writes the Urban Scientist blog for Scientific American. In 2013 she wrote a post about an ugly incident in which she was invited to write for Biology Online, asked about payment, decl...
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Too many "social media experts" advise writers to spend hours upon hours writing content on platforms like Medium, Huffington Post, and WIRED.com "for the exposure." I often remind writers that people die from exposure.


As Jon Udell points out in this piece, "If there’s no market for something I want to write, I’ll put it here (on his blog) instead of on Medium or Facebook or some other site that earns in the currency of dollars but pays in the currency of (presumptive) attention."


Never put social media ahead of paying work. Always try to sell your expertise to someone who values the effort of writing for an audience.

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New Shorthand Social to help writers promote their work

New Shorthand Social to help writers promote their work | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it
The immersive storytelling platform now automatically writes tweets based on an article's chapter headings
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Another outlet to create and promote your writing. Found it interesting that Shorthand's editor does not work in Firefox: "Sorry, Shorthand Social does not currently support editing in this browser. We recommend the latest version of Google Chrome."


From the CEO: "The feedback from them was they were trying to think through new ways of telling stories on social, rather than just putting up a WordPress blog, putting up a post and then hoping people know about it."

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Five simple ways to get more people to read your blog

Five simple ways to get more people to read your blog | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it
Over the last few weeks I have been asked many times about creating an audience for your blog, especially when you are just starting out. This is a vital topic and one that is covered extensively in the book Born to Blog, but here are a few ideas that helped me in the early stages.What is your approach?First let me say a word about how your goals as a blogger may relate to your approach to building an audience.Some bloggers may be seeking raw “traffic” for their blog. This does not necessarily b

Via Danielle M. Villegas
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Simple but essential ways of thinking about building your audience through blogging. Thanks, Danielle Villegas (akaTechCommGeekMom)!

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, April 21, 2015 3:39 PM

Mark Schaefer, digital marketer extraordinaire and one of my Rutgers digital marketing instructors, wrote this great article. These five steps are pretty much the way I figured out how to start getting my content broadcast about--but I had to learn the hard way on my own. 

 

Read Mark's tips, follow them, and you'll be ahead!

Take a look....

--techcommgeekmom

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The mega guide to ideal image sizes for your social media posts

The mega guide to ideal image sizes for your social media posts | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it

This post originally appeared on Buffer’s blog. You’ve got all the great tools to create engaging images for social media. You know what the brain loves about visuals and how to build something beautiful to drive engagement.


Via Andy Bull
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Always important to keep up with this type of material when using social media. Conventional wisdom now says that graphics in posts (even in Twitter) get more engagement.

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the trick is to write more—much, much, much more

the trick is to write more—much, much, much more | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it
Explosive growth comes down to luck, but when you write and share regularly, you make your own luck.
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I am a gigantic fan of David Moldawer and his Maven Game newsletter. If you want to understand the publishing industry, this weekly missive is not just essential, but something you'll look forward to reading.

 

This essay is a terrific example of what makes Maven Game great. Moldawer has a sarcastic streak, but I think he means what he says here. He's right, and I wish I took his advice more to heart. You know in your bones that you should too. Of course, it's also important to read more too.

 

Do click the Subscribe link at the top of the page. You'll thank me. (You're welcome!)

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What I learned from analyzing the top 253 Medium stories of 2016

What I learned from analyzing the top 253 Medium stories of 2016 | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it

Medium may be struggling to find a sustainable business model, but they have years worth of funding left, and more readers than ever. Medium isn’t going away any time soon. So instead, let’s focus on…


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Yes, I've been posting a lot of stuff about Medium lately. But here's some data-driven material for writers on what works on this platform.

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Ultimate List of Free Content Creation Tools & Resources

Ultimate List of Free Content Creation Tools & Resources | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it

While other parts of business and marketing are becoming increasingly automated, content creation is still a very manual job.


That being said, there are plenty of tools out there to make creating content much easier.


Below, you'll find a list of 36 fantastic tools and resources to help you research, write, edit, and design content more easily.


(You'll notice there are a lot of design tools in here -- that's because visual content is often the part of the content creation process where people get the most nervous and frustrated. So don't worry, we've got a ton in there for you.)...


Via Jeff Domansky
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I use several of these tools regularly, and can recommend every one of them. I suspect I'll be investigating some of the visual/design options heading into the new year. Use this list to expand your reach in 2017!

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 21, 2016 10:48 AM

Make content creation easier (and more fun) with these 35 free tools and resources from Lindsay Kolowich at HubSpot. I thought I knew all the tools but she's updated the list and you'll find several social media tools you didn't know before. Christmas comes early. Highly recommended! 11/10. ;-)

Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 21, 2016 10:52 AM

Make content creation easier (and more fun) with these 35 free tools and resources from Lindsay Kolowich at HubSpot. I thought I knew all the tools but she's updated the list and you'll find several social media tools you didn't know before. Christmas comes early. Highly recommended! 11/10. ;-)

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, January 19, 5:06 AM
Ultimate List of Free Content Creation Tools & Resources
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6 Tips for Authors to Create Engaging Library Programs - DBW

6 Tips for Authors to Create Engaging Library Programs - DBW | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it
New York Times bestselling author Andra Watkins describes how authors can work with libraries to create engage programs for patrons.
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My local library has been having more author appearances lately. Perhaps yours is too. Here are some great ideas for becoming one of those authors in the library.

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“Medium’s team did everything”: How 5 publishers transitioned their sites to Medium

“Medium’s team did everything”: How 5 publishers transitioned their sites to Medium | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it
What happened when Pacific Standard, The Ringer, The Awl, The Bold Italic, and Femsplain moved their sites over to Medium.
Via Andy Bull
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I hear from people all the time who think that WordPress is too hard to work with as a platform for their blog/website. If you're one of those people, Medium could be an alternative.

 

Laura Hazard Owen of the Nieman Journalism Labs interviewed some top web publishers who moved their sites from an independent platform to Medium, with good results. Thanks to Andy Bull for pointing this article out.

 

Medium claims that its publishing tools work just as well for one-writer blogs as these larger players. While I maintain that it's important for writers to have a place on the web to call their own, Medium says your content remains in your control. That's a plus. I have re-posted some material from my blogs to Medium, with some good effects.

 

I'd love to hear more experiences with Medium. Let me know...

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9 Visual Tools to Create Awesome Social Media Images : Social Media Examiner

9 Visual Tools to Create Awesome Social Media Images : Social Media Examiner | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it
Do you want to create professional-grade social media visuals? Discover nine free tools to help you create beautiful visual content for your social media profiles.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Writers seeking attention for their work (and isn't that every writer?) need to add visuals when posting to social media. For the less graphically-oriented among us, these apps can help.

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Dr. Pyrate's curator insight, June 17, 2016 8:46 AM
Resources for my every morning job-task maintenance.
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Blog Post Ideas: How to Identify what Your Audience Wants to Read

Blog Post Ideas: How to Identify what Your Audience Wants to Read | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it

"Ways to come up with blog post ideas that your readers want."

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A writer's platform is about two things: Finding the audience you want to serve, and effectively serving those folks. The folks from Freelance Writing Jobs offer some useful sites here, along with other ways to come up with blog post ideas that your readers want.

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Social Media Marketing Must Be Manageable | Digital Book World

Social Media Marketing Must Be Manageable | Digital Book World | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it
DBW blogger Chris Syme breaks down how an author can manage their social media marketing schedule.
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Managing your platform-building time can be a real struggle. Chris Syme helps you figure it out. Really nice article, and one I can readily endorse.

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Escaping the new media cargo cult

Escaping the new media cargo cult | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it
Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Ignore the Metrics
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Goodness, this is a marvelous piece! Fave quote (though there are many) emphasis added:


"Here's the thing: If you write, it can be very tempting to do as the big players do: follow the best practices, A/B test your headlines, and otherwise let metrics mutate your style until you've gone from being a writer to being a copywriter. But an eyeball isn't an eyeball. Not to you. You're a person, not a company. You can't re-brand, merge, or pivot. If you try to write like a corporation's social media generation team, you will burn out your voice faster than a coloratura soprano at the horse track."


David Moldawer agrees with the message of Build Your Author Platform: The New Rules: The most important thing about building a writer platform is to be yourself!

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Should You Be on Snapchat, Ello, or Vine? A Look at Social's Fringe

Should You Be on Snapchat, Ello, or Vine? A Look at Social's Fringe | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it
The latest research and tips on choosing which fringe social networks you might choose to join, including Snapchat, Ello, Vine, Tumblr, and more.
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When Carole Jelen and I started writing Build Your Author Platform: The New Rules, we had a few discussions on what social networks to include. We settled on what we called the Big Four: Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn. A year after our book came out, Kevan Lee adds two more to the "Big" mix: Instagram and Pinterest in this post.


More importantly, he offers advice in where to focus your social energies. His primary audience is social marketers, but platform builders can also learn from this post. He also throws in a few tools that I hadn't used before to look for your audience, so it's quite valuable.

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RSS Feed Aggregator Allows To Curate Content Inside WordPress: PressForward

RSS Feed Aggregator Allows To Curate Content Inside WordPress: PressForward | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good
Mike McCallister's insight:

Curating and sharing content is an important way of building your authority in your writing niche. If you really want to understand how to curate, follow Robin Good's "Content Curation World" on Scoop.it.


Robin shared this WordPress plugin that can help you find and post interesting content directly inside WordPress. I'll be testing this soon.

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Robin Good's curator insight, April 27, 2015 3:43 AM



PressForward is a free open-source, WordPress plugin for curating most any type of content within the standard WordPress publishing workflow.

PressForward is in fact a full-fledged RSS feed reader and aggregator which can capture content coming from any site while allowing full editing and curation abilities. It is an ideal tool for news curators wanting to have a news gathering and discovery tool integrated into their standard publishing and editing environment.


PressForward is designed to be used by multiple users, like in a distributed newsroom, where several individuals or even a small community suggest and submit and others edit, approve and post selected content.

To gather content PressForward offers a standard bookmarklet to capture any content you find on the web, and can also import OPML files to allow you to aggregate and filter all of your favorite RSS feeds. 


Last but not least, PressForward keeps close tabs on the sources you utilise, by automatically creating attribution links for any content you curate and allowing you to have your posts optionally auto-redirect to the original source. 


Free to use. 




A project of Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

N.B.: Of note the partnership initiative offered to any organisation interested in develop high-quality, collaboratively-sourced and edited publications, which offers up to $10,000 in funding and 



Stephen Dale's curator insight, April 28, 2015 4:18 AM

Via Robin Good: "PressForward is a full-fledged RSS feed reader and aggregator which can capture content coming from any site while allowing full editing and curation abilities. It is an ideal tool for news curators wanting to have a news gathering and discovery tool integrated into their standard publishing and editing environment."


#curation

Janet Vasil's curator insight, May 14, 2015 4:25 PM

Lots of paid content curation services are available online.  Here's a free open source wordpress plugin that's a good starting tool for a new content creator with full editing and curation capabilities.

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How to publish stories to Medium

How to publish stories to Medium | Build Your Author Platform: New Rules | Scoop.it
A guide covering some of the blog-publishing platform's newer features, including the homepage editor, tagging, unlisted publishing and adding to 'Publications'
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Medium is becoming an important site for writers seeking a broader audience. This guide by Abigail Edge of Journalism.co.uk to posting to Medium will help you get started.


Note that you can embed your Medium stories on your own site. See 'Sharing your story' near the end of this piece.

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