They definitely don't seem as popular as they used to be, but every once in a while I'll get invited to a Facebook group or event because some tragic fate befell a poor soul's phone and now they need everyone's phone numbers again.
As a small business grows, its need for IT advice and IT support grow, and business owners who are not knowledgeable when it comes to the technology, can struggle to find the right advice and then negotiate affordable solutions to their needs.
For business owners in this situation, the critical thing is to raise their level of basic IT knowledge before calling in any IT professional, thereby reducing the risk of being exploited and ensuring that they are not oversold solutions that they do not need.
This good article, identifies five websites that provide small business IT advice, and which should be regularly viewed by any business owner lacking basic knowledge in the IT arena.
Located on Todt Hill on New York’s Staten Island sit what’s left of eight original pavilions designed in 1905 to house patients with tuberculosis. Four men’s wards and four womens wards. Designed by Raymond F. Almirall, the wards were spaced in a fan-like formation in order to maximize sunlight and the curative sea air. In 1973 the men’s wards were demolished, the women’s wards left to sit, slowly decaying.This was my 4th or 5th trip back to see these magnificent structures. This time exclusively photographing with my Fujifilm X-Pro 1. A camera which I find to be perfect for locations such as this. My whole kit, consisting of a body and two lenses, the 18mm and 35mm, weigh next to nothing, and I absolutely love the built in grid, level, and timer features.
For a business owner, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively is critical to business success, and the way you speak and listen will determine the level of that success.
One of the keys to communicating effectively, is having the ability to start conversations that create an instant connection with the other party, and lead to productive relationships.
This excellent article, points out why the way you speak and listen is so important in communicating your ideas, and it offers 12 steps you can follow to ensure that conversations you start click with the other party.
Robin Good: Content curation will play a major role both in the way we "teach" and in the way we educate ourselves on any topic. When and where it will be adopted, it will deeply affect many key aspects of the educational ecosystem.
This article, builds up over my recent presentation on Content Curation for Education that I delivered at Emerge2012 virtual conference.
In that presentation I claimed that the adoption of "curation approaches" will directly affect the way competences are taught, how textbooks are put together, how students are going to learn about a subject, and more than anything, the value that can be generated for "others" through a personal learning path.
If we learn not by memorizing facts, but by collaborating with others in the creation of a meaningful collection-explanations of specific topics/issues/events then, for the first time in history, we can enrich planetary knowledge each time we take on a new learning task.
And it's already happening.
Yes, we are only at the very early stages, but, in my humble opinion, there are enough signs and indications that this is not going to be something marginal.
In this article I outline ten key factors, already at work, which, among others, will very likely pave the way for a much greater and rapid adoption of curation practices in the educational / academic world.
All business owners face challenges, and whilst every business has its own challenges, it is useful for small business owners in particular, to have an insight into the major challenges faced by their bigger competitors.
Such insights can be useful as a guide to areas that smaller, but growing businesses, can address before they become the type of big issues that keep business owners awake at night.
This excellent article by John Spence, identifies four major challenges faced by the majority of large businesses, and it explains the consequences that flow from the failure to address these issues.
Some futurists predict that we'll be able to halt the aging process by the end of this century — if not sooner. The prospect of creating an ageless society is certainly not without its critics, with concerns ranging from the environmental right through to the spiritual. One of the most common objections to radical life extension, however, is the idea that it would be profoundly boring to live forever, and that by consequence, we should not even attempt it.
So are the critics right? Let's take a closer look at the issue and consider both sides.
Do you have what it takes to be an ethical hacker? Can you step into the shoes of a professional paid to outsmart supposedly locked-down systems? Now you can at least try, no matter what your background, with a new card game developed by University of Washington computer scientists.
“Control-Alt-Hack” gives teenage and young-adult players a taste of what it means to be a computer-security professional defending against an ever-expanding range of digital threats.
We are addicted, quite literally, to information.Why is that?
It's all about dopamine — a much-researched neurotransmitter produced at the top of the brain stem which targets brain regions that control reward and movement. . .
[...] "When we receive some valuable piece of information, or perform some act that promotes our health and survival, such as eating, drinking, having sex or making large amounts of money, dopamine is released along what are called the pleasure pathways of the brain, providing us with a rewarding, even euphoric, experience. In fact our brain seems to value the dopamine more than the food or drink or sex itself," explains Coates.
Robin Good: NextMags is a new content curation platform that allows you to publish a free and well designed online web magazine on a topic of your choice.
Born out of the curated search app Searcheeze, NextMags offers the typical browser bookmarklet to clip and collect any relevant content you may find on the web, as well as the option to write your own posts / articles.
With NextMags it is also possible to import and integrate in your topic-specific web magazine specific content coming from Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and from other social networks.
Very similar in concept to Scoop.it and similar content curation tools, NextMags is uniquely characterized by its ease of use, good navigation options, clean and white-based look and for a very affordable and competitive pricing approach (kudos to NextMags for getting this in the right track).
Lacking instead for now from this curation platform is a set of features allowing the curator to gather and aggregate raw content coming from different sources in an effective way. It is possible to subscribe to other NextMags and to receive direct contet suggestions from other curators, but, as far as I have seen, there is no back-end for news discovery, aggregation and filtering, typical of such curation tools.
NextMags offers multiple service options. From a free level which allows you to create up to five web magazines, but without the ability to elect other editors, import images, schedule posts, check analytics, or use alternative design themes, to a paid one, costing only €44.99 a year (!) where not only you can access all of these extra features but you can also have an unlimited number of web magazine and at least another co-editor.
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
Integrating your curated content to your website or blog will allow you to increase your website visitors’ engagement, boost SEO and acquire new visitors. By redirecting your social media traffic to your website, Scoop.it will also help you generate more qualified traffic and leads from your curation work.
Distributing your curated content through a newsletter is a great way to nurture and engage your email subscribers will developing your traffic and visibility.
Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.