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Using Meta Description Tags | Write Techie

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Websites can be judged by their looks. A carefully crafted meta description tag can successfully show up properly on social media posts and search results.

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, March 28, 2014 1:53 PM

This is a good article by my friend and fellow technical communicator, Roger Rentaria, about how to use metadate effectively for blogging and other web documentation. Great article, Roger! Great information!

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5 Qualities of a Successful Blogger

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Who is a successful blogger? Here're 5 qualities separating successful bloggers from the rest.

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, March 31, 2014 5:11 PM

I believe I found this via Darin L. Hammond's Twitter feed today. These are some essential things to keep in mind when creating a blog--it's the follow-through. I know I certainly try to keep up these things as best as I can!  This article provides some thought-provoking concepts around what it is to be a successful blogger. I know I'm working at it!

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8 Simple Ways To Promote Your Content To More People

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, March 31, 2014 5:06 PM

Charlie Southwell is a good friend of mine that I met at the Intelligent Content Conference. Part of the reason we connected at that conference was that we are both bloggers, and had some similar ideas when it came to blogging. We also learned to ride Segways together in San Francisco, that is a bonding experience in itself! But back to the point--Charlie has some excellent suggestions here on how to promote one's blog. I would say that I have used most of these same points myself, having figured them out the hard way on my own. Make your life easier, and read this great article! Great pointers here, and they are easy to do!
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Video: WikiProject:Medicine, UCSF, Translators without Borders | Content Rules, Inc.


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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, April 4, 2014 1:36 PM

My friend and mentor, Val Swisher, is the person who brought this project to my attention, and is the speaker in the video that's in this link. Translators without Borders is an excellent organization bringing something that seems so obvious to the forefront: translation of items for use in many countries so that medicine and supplies can be used as intended. Watch Val's video--which I got to see in person at ICC2014--and see if you can find a way to contribute to this worthy cause. 

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Here's How People Will Actually Use 'The Internet Of Things'

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Marta The Internet of Things will transform objects in the home and in the enterprise sector.


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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, April 4, 2014 10:41 PM

Marta Rauch brought this to my attention on LinkedIn. I've been hearing more and more of this term,  "the Internet of Things" (IoT) more and more at conferences lately, and it does seem to be a growing terms to talk about how more and more devices from our daily lives are being connected to the Internet.  This is a good article to give you an idea of what it entails at a broad level. 

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sobrie01's curator insight, April 5, 2014 8:04 AM

interesting thought around how what choice people are making with the products and service that use the internet .

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Why I Love to Manage Content

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The title is accurate.

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, April 8, 2014 12:06 PM

I found this thanks to Craig Cardimon posting it in a few social media spots. I don't know that I could have put things as eloquently or poetically as this article's author, but I do enjoy what I do, for sure. Content management is definitely a challenge, but a rewarding challenge when it's done right. Read this--it's an interesting perspective. 

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It's Like Totally ... huh? How The New York Times Got it Wrong | Content Rules, Inc.

It's Like Totally ... huh? How The New York Times Got it Wrong | Content Rules, Inc. | Hello | Scoop.it

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, April 15, 2014 3:01 PM

This is fantastic commentary from Val Swisher of Content Rules, Inc. I admit that a "y'know" will slip in from time to time from me, but I do my best to avoid exactly what's described here. I cringe the same way Val does when I hear the same verbal faux-pas occurring. It drives me crazy. My best friend, who is an analyst for a federal government law enforcement agency, does this "like" and "y'know" bit frequently, and I'm surprised that she is allowed to work at the level she does with speech patterns as such. Hopefully her writing doesn't reflect the same thing. This is something to constantly work on, because it's another example of how verbal language and written language are not the same, but they should become closer together in how they are used. 

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11 essential ingredients every blog post needs [infographic]

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It's never a good thing to fill a blog with formulae, but it also doesn't hurt to know the ingredients that go into making a delectable entry that will hook readers and have them begging for more.
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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, April 24, 2014 10:23 AM

I came across this via Guy Kawasaki on Google+. This is a great infographic on some basic mindset points in writing an effective blog. I think I hit most of these points most of the time! How about you?

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7 Customer Service Lessons from a Jedi Master

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If you know me personally, you know I'm a fan of both great customer service, and Star Wars. Now, the two usually don’t go together, but with the recent announcement of the cast for Episode VII and

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, May 1, 2014 10:33 AM

This was brought to my attention from Susan Jackson, who is a colleague of mine at BASF.

 

These points not only are applicable to Customer Service, but client services in general. Every job we have deals with customer service, whether it's with external or internal clients. We should all strive to use "the Force" when dealing with customer service issues. Read this for a great explanation. 

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pauligaya's curator insight, May 3, 2014 12:53 PM

Today is Sunday, "May the Fourth", 2014... Star Wars Day!

May The Force Be With You...

And Also With You..

Go In Peace to Love and Serve the Force..

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Eddie Izzard Understands Content Strategy

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My husband and I had a rare date night last weekend to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary, and we celebrated by going to Philadelphia to see British comedian Eddie Izzard. I love Eddie Izzard's...

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Nine Things You Should Expect From Your Social Media Strategist

This week I read an article on Digiday titled, Confessions of a social media strategist. The article was published by an anonymous author who works at "one of the leading digital agencies in New York

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, May 28, 2014 6:49 PM

This is a really good article that I found on LinkedIn. The author's point in this article is that social media is not merely tweeting out advertisements for a company, but rather a true strategy needs to be put in place to create a community and build branding confidence. It seems common sense, but you'd be surprised. Read the article for more details on how this is achieved. 

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Hot Lead to Hot Technology: Whither Technical Communication?

Hot Lead to Hot Technology: Whither Technical Communication? | Hello | Scoop.it
This month I was called in to assist on a technical-writing project that uses old technology. Really old technology. Which got me to thinking: the variety of output formats for our content, the num...

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, May 29, 2014 10:45 AM

This is a great article by a friend of this blog, Larry Kunz. He talks about the evolution of using different technologies over the past few decades to today, and questions the direction we are going with all these tools. It's an insightful conversation starter. After reading this, what do you think?  I think Larry asks the same questions that I often think about myself when thinking about tools and tech comm. 

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The social media manager is (almost) dead: 5 tips on how to evolve as a marketer - #MyIndustry

The social media manager is (almost) dead: 5 tips on how to evolve as a marketer - #MyIndustry | Hello | Scoop.it
Almost three years ago, right after university, I talked to an awesome HR professional about my career prospects. While she gave me a lot of great info that day, one thing that stuck to me was her

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, March 28, 2014 4:51 PM

Like so many other aspects of technical communications, I think what will need to happen--and I think the author of this article is basically saying this--is that we can't be separating the role of "social media manager" and "marketer" for much longer. We can't keep those roles in silos. This is the kind of things where these two professions will end up merging more and more often in companies, I tend to think. So it's one thing for the social media managers to have to learn more about marketing strategy (yes, I hear a lot more buzz about content marketers these days), but similarly marketers need to learn to better embrace and manage how to use social media outlets. So, I don't get the impression that the social media manager is (almost) dead, but rather it's evolving instead. 

 

It seems that tech comm, in general, is in so much flux these days--it's hard to keep up! But the more skills and flexibility you can bring to the table, the more marketable you will be. 

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Versal

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One idea can launch a million more

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, April 1, 2014 4:04 PM

I saw this on LinkedIn, and thought this was cool, new LMS/course creation tool. While it's a  free tool for now, I'm sure in time it might have a cost, since this is still in beta. But it looks like it'd be rather flexible. Time will tell! 

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sobrie01's curator insight, April 3, 2014 10:17 AM

This could be an awesome way to manage user  generated content with perimeters that could ensure some level of consistency 

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The Anatomy of an Influential Blog

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Tweet TweetIt might seem an odd thing to talk about so frankly, but if you want to monetise your blog in any way, including through working with brands or if you want your blog to make a meaningful impact through […]

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, April 1, 2014 10:19 PM

I found this article thanks to Guy Kawasaki on Google +. I am glad to be reading more and more articles that talk about the quality of a blog instead of the analytical quantity of a blog. This article talks about influence over analytics. The three main points listed in this article are three things that I try to achieve with my blog for the long-term. This is definitely worth a read for anyone who is thinking of blogging. 

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The Social Media Marketing Secrets of Smart Savvy Bloggers - Jeffbullas's Blog

The Social Media Marketing Secrets of Smart Savvy Bloggers - Jeffbullas's Blog | Hello | Scoop.it
The success of a blog can be judged on different aspects including traffic and engagement. Here are the social media marketing secrets of savvy bloggers

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, April 6, 2014 7:33 PM

There's some good information here that applies not only to marketing, but in writing a good blog at all, even a non-marketing blog. (Or better yet, this is advice on the better practices to market and write your blog.) I try to follow most of these as best as I can. After all, this blog is always a work in progress. Read this. 

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How to Choose the Right Online Instructional Design Certificate Program

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If you have been considering an online instructional design certificate program, then you've come to the right place. In this post, I will go over the basics of Instructional Design certificate programs; share 7 tips for choosing the right Instructional Design program, and even highlight 18 Online Instructional Design Certificate Programs that you may want to consider. 

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, April 6, 2014 7:36 PM

Some great advice not only for ID certificates, but online certificates in general. I believe I have most of these programs listed in my ID/TC Educational Resources tab above, but if I don't, I'll be adding them shortly. 

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Kat Fitzgerald McCormick's curator insight, April 15, 2014 9:31 AM

This is a good look at a fairly complicated decision.There are a lot of programs out there - picking a good one is important!

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Cheap 3D printer is Kickstarter hit

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A 3D printer available for under $300 has experts asking whether the technology is about to go mass market.

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, April 9, 2014 10:17 AM

In my efforts to embrace the "geek mom" side of being TechCommGeekMom, I like to share emerging technologies that I find interesting. Regular readers know that I'm fascinated with 3D printing, thanks to a project I did for a class last summer. I've wanted to get a 3D printer, but alas, most are rather expensive (and I also don't know where I'd put it in my house). However, with the introduction of the 3D printer mentioned in this article, it looks like the cost might be starting to come down quite a bit, which is a good thing. I would be interested in more information about the quality of the 3D objects that are printed in comparison to other higher-priced printers, but for now, I'm happy with knowing that a more affordable printer is in the process of being made and funded through Kickstarter. Check this article out for more information on this latest model, the M3D Micro. 

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Mónica Beloso's curator insight, April 9, 2014 10:34 AM

La Impresora 3D. Una novedosa herramienta que viene revolucionando muchos ámbitos y entre ellos el educativo.

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The Ultimate List of HTML5 eLearning Authoring Tools

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In this article, you will take a look at how HTML5 may play a major role in the future of the eLearning industry, and delve into the ultimate list of HTML5 eLearning authoring tools available today. So, if you've been looking to make the transition to an HTML5 eLearning Authoring tool, you are in the right place!

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, April 15, 2014 5:01 PM

Christopher Pappas has presented a comprehensive list here of tools available for course development, and things to keep in mind while choosing the tools for your use. 

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kelly owens's curator insight, April 21, 2014 10:43 AM

If you're interested in transitioning to e-learning and blended learning, as I am,  check out this extensive list of authoring tools.

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New 3-D Printer Makes Soft Interactive Objects - IEEE Spectrum

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A printer-sewing machine hybrid device turns computerized patterns into 3-D objects

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, April 30, 2014 8:47 AM

As I am both a Geek Mom and a knitter, this caught my attention. We already have machines to make fabrics, both woven and knitted. Is this the next step in fiber evolution? And there are claims that it could be used for more? Cool. 

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Christine Cattermole's curator insight, May 16, 2014 4:10 AM

Interesting use of technology.

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13 Social Media Rules to Live By

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These rules are loosely adapted from IBM's social networking policy--with an extra dollop of common sense.

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, May 1, 2014 3:09 PM

All of these make sense to me, and it's not limited to social media practices as well. Any professional correspondence should be approached this way. Good rules to go by here--they really are about the professional bottom-line and how to brand and present yourself and your company in the best light. 

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Taking your skills in a different direction

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Believe it or not, you're more than just a writer. You have other skills, too. You might not even be aware of them. Some of those skills relate to writing. Others, you've developed as part of your ...

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, May 12, 2014 2:33 PM

This is an interesting take on "outside" skills that can be seen as professional assets. I'll have to look into a few of these myself at some point. 

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8 Months After Learning To Code And Launching An App, Leo The Homeless Coder Is Still Homeless

8 Months After Learning To Code And Launching An App, Leo The Homeless Coder Is Still Homeless | Hello | Scoop.it
We spoke to Leo to find out what he's up to now.

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, May 27, 2014 9:52 AM

This is an interesting article that was brought to my attention by Cheri Mullins on Facebook.  You need to read the whole thing, for sure. Homelessness is more complicated, evidently, than I thought, for sure, after reading this article. Even so, I still give the young programmer and Leo a lot of credit for trying to make a difference. The ball wasn't dropped--it was just hit in a place that isn't where they thought it would land. I think it's great that Leo still wants to learn coding. Imagine if he had learned coding as a kid--would he still be in this predicament of being homeless? We can only guess, as we'll never know for sure. In the case of the young programmer and Leo, the end is still a good one, in that they are still trying to make the world a better place. The app is still a good idea, the initiative is still appropriate. Even if Leo never collects the money, it'll still go to help others.  This is truly a compelling story that you must read. 

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