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INFOGRAPHIC: The Ultimate Complete Final Social Media Sizing Cheat Sheet

INFOGRAPHIC: The Ultimate Complete Final Social Media Sizing Cheat Sheet | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Need pixel dimensions and sizing information for Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, or LinkedIn? We put it all in one handy graphic.

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Gaurav Pandey's curator insight, February 5, 2013 10:12 PM

Remember, size does matter. 

Dotty Scott's comment, March 18, 2013 11:09 AM
Google+ and YouTube have changed everything graphical since this was created,
Martin Gysler's comment, March 18, 2013 1:47 PM
Yes, you're right Dotty. The social media world is changing every day... thanks for the information.
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Social Networking for Kids: Yoursphere

Social Networking for Kids: Yoursphere | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Social Networking for Kids - Yoursphere is a safe kids only social networking site. The site is free and is exclusively for children and young people through age 18.

 

Read more:

http://yoursphere.com/

 


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Why We're All Suddenly Obsessed With Pinterest

Why We're All Suddenly Obsessed With Pinterest | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

It's a good question! The fact is that blogs are filled with articles about Pinterest. For my part, I am absolutely convinced that this kind of social media will wreak havoc among users... and you? [note mg]

 

It's addictive, fun, visually appealing, and easy, so it's no wonder Pinterest, the popular visual bookmarking site, has hooked millions of users. That said, the site’s growth (below) was fairly flat from its launch in early 2010 until September 2011. But since then, it’s simply been going gangbusters, begging the question--why now? Here are three reasons why we think it’s become so attractive.

 

1. Pinterest rides (and defines) a new trend: social relevance.

 

Pinterest is successfully riding a new trend wave in the social space, moving mechanisms for content sharing beyond connections (friends) and towards relevance, effectively broadening the social horizon for us content addicts.

 

Read more: http://www.fastcompany.com/1818729/why-are-we-all-suddenly-pinterested


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The 14 Best WordPress Plugins for Social Media and SEO for 2012

The 14 Best WordPress Plugins for Social Media and SEO for 2012 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The New Year is a great time to either start a brand new blog or revamp your exiting website. One of the ways to improve your blog in 2012 is by using plugins that make it more social media optimized and SEO friendly.

 

Having the right plugins can give you an edge over other blogs and can also assist you in gaining the extra functionality you need for your WordPress-powered site, especially if social media is an important part of your marketing strategy. Let’s have a look at the top plugins that I recommend you utilize in 2012. There’s a few new plugins in the mix together with several plugins that I recommended in my Best 2011 WordPress Plugins for Social Media and SEO that you’ll want to reference if you haven’t done so.

 

Social Media WordPress Plugins for 2012


There are many ways to utilize the power of social media to help spread the word about your blog posts. The 3 essential types of plugins you need to have here that I cover below are social sharing, social commenting, and integrating Twitter:

 

Read more: http://windmillnetworking.com/2012/01/10/best-wordpress-plugins-social-media-seo-2012/


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TuristicaCO's comment, January 17, 2012 7:03 AM
nice Thnaks
Martin Gysler's comment, January 18, 2012 7:19 AM
Thank you Chuck and your welcome Lino :-)
Martin Gysler's comment, January 18, 2012 7:19 AM
You're welcome TuristicaCO :-)
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Tips for Starting a New Facebook Fan Page

Tips for Starting a New Facebook Fan Page | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

One of the things many people struggle with in social media are identity issues, and I am no different. Up until yesterday, my main Facebook entities included my personal profile and my fan page for Kikolani. While I love both of these, I found some problems with sharing links to posts I’ve done elsewhere. Specifically…

 

- Links I’ve posted to my personal profile lately haven’t gotten that much attention compared to plain status updates or photos.
- The fan page for this blog is focused on posts from this blog only. Fans didn’t sign up for posts from elsewhere.


So the solution was creating a new Facebook page. This page is specifically focused on my freelance writing and blogging as a whole so it can be a platform where I can share links to anything I have written anywhere...


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40+ Social Media Dashboard Tools for Tracking Stuff

40+ Social Media Dashboard Tools for Tracking Stuff | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

As part of my on-going work developing social media for business units, I’m often asked about what types of tools I used for tracking all that ‘social media stuff.’

 

Let me talk about how I go about creating a social media dashboard

 

The basic answer is that I don’t have one tool (I have dozens, if not hundreds.)

 

The real answer is that I am not tracking social media.
I am tracking key performance indicators (KPI)
I don’t care if it is a shipping problem or a viral YouTube video.
I simply want to know how I can track it, manage it, and maximize results.

 

With that said: when I think about creating a social media dashboard or using a platform to track results… I am looking at several unique business identifiers that define what tool I need for the job at hand...


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The Hidden Guide to Using Twitter Effectively

The Hidden Guide to Using Twitter Effectively | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

When it comes to social media, there is not that much hidden about how it all works. The issue is that sometimes the information is hard to find in one place. So in this post, we are going to unearth some commonly unanswered questions in standard Twitter how to posts when it comes to getting the most out of your Twitter experience.

 

What is the New Twitter Activity Stream?
You may not have noticed it yet because you spend a lot of time in a Twitter management tool instead of on Twitter itself. But one of the new additions to Twitter is the Activity feed. You can find it when you log in to Twitter as a tab underneath your What’s happening box...


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3 Tools To Massively Increase Your Twitter Exposure

3 Tools To Massively Increase Your Twitter Exposure | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

While Facebook and Google Plus social continue to push new features live, battling themselves over who can dominate the market, Twitter remains the most powerful driver of traffic to my site.

 

Ever since the t.co shortener was introduced, I can see it showing up at the top of my referrers at any given day.

 

This is very powerful and also quite reassuring. Continuing to improve and work on my Twitter performance has paid off greatly so far.


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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: 15 Fantastic Ways to Use Flipboard

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: 15 Fantastic Ways to Use Flipboard | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Lot of interesting ways to use the iPad app Flipboard!


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The Best Social Networks for Kids Under 13 | Time

The Best Social Networks for Kids Under 13 | Time | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"While reality can be scary, there are plenty of safe sites designed for kids under 13. Still, all the kid-friendly social networking sites in the world won’t help if kids find the adult versions more fun. We researched kid-friendly sites and then talked to kids to get a feel for the fun factor to collect four kid-approved sites."


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Coolwired's comment, June 5, 2012 6:46 AM
Glad you like it!
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The Ultimate Twitter Guidebook For Teachers | Edudemic

The Ultimate Twitter Guidebook For Teachers | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Adopting a new communication tool is not easy. Figuring out the best way YOU can use Twitter is even harder. Luckily you are not going it alone. We have culled the following resources from an array of websites that try to help anyone understand and better use Twitter.

 

Gust MEES: A MUST READ! All information on one place!


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Jenny Pesina's comment, February 23, 2012 9:43 PM
Thanks for sharing, Barbara - I found this a great resource too!
Barbara Bray's comment, February 23, 2012 9:49 PM
You're welcome JennyP - I rescooped it from Jim Lerman and may do some more research and write something to share with my readers.
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10 Productive Tasks You Should Be Doing On Google+ Right Now

10 Productive Tasks You Should Be Doing On Google+ Right Now | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Google+ had a hot start, but has since cooled down. For a lot of people, that means ignoring Google+. I want to warn you that is a bad idea.

 

Although the lights are on and it seems like nobody is home, trust me: there are people there. And they are the very people who can have a huge impact on your blog and business.

 

Why Google+ isn’t going anywhere

 

Google+ is designed to draw you away from both Twitter and Facebook. And in time, it could do this.

 

Yes, Facebook has over 800 million users. People like to state that number and then say “Facebook isn’t going anywhere.” Fair enough. But people do migrate. It happened to AOL. And it could happen to Facebook. In fact, former Facebook president Sean Parker says influencers are already moving from FB to Twitter and Google+.


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7 Tips To Maximize Shares of Your Facebook Posts

7 Tips To Maximize Shares of Your Facebook Posts | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Facebook recently changed the way users interact with content on fan pages: any user, including non-fans, can now post on fan page walls and like/comment/share fan page content. In other words, a Facebook user does not have to first like your fan page before they can interact with your content. This is a good thing!

 

Since this change, the emphasis has shifted slightly from gaining more likes (fans) to increasing the number of shares on each piece of content. When you craft your fan page updates in a manner that naturally inspires fans and their friends and visitors to your page to share with their networks, you set in motion ripples of viral visibility. Basically, free additional exposure...


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John van den Brink's comment, December 14, 2011 9:15 AM
Thanks again! Great scoops everyday.
Martin Gysler's comment, December 14, 2011 12:18 PM
You're welcome John! I'm glad that you like my scoops and that they are useful for you. Cheers! Martin
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11 Guaranteed Ways to Get Others to Retweet Your Content

11 Guaranteed Ways to Get Others to Retweet Your Content | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

After creating content -- whether it's a blog post, an ebook, a webinar, or a video -- it's important to promote that content through social media channels.

 

And when you do promote that content in social media, you cross your fingers that it generates a ton of shares, tweets, and interaction. For the sake of Twitter, if you follow a few simple best practices, more people are likely to retweet and spread the distribution of your content, giving it a much broader reach and a better opportunity to get found by a new audience of prospective customers beyond your direct followers. Marketers should know how to retweet the right way, but it's also critical for them to learn how to get others to retweet their content, too.

 

11 Tips for Getting People to Retweet Your Content...


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Martin Gysler's comment, December 20, 2011 7:43 AM
Thanks Tom, I'm glad that you like it :-). Have you seen the new post I published on Billboards?
Tom George's comment, December 20, 2011 12:12 PM
Hey Martin,

Hey the new post was great and I was happy to share it. Thanks. I have some new updates on the site you might like.
Martin Gysler's comment, December 20, 2011 12:50 PM
Hey Tom, Cool, I'm glad! OK, I'll take a look tomorrow, today it's a bit late 10PM and I have not finish my work from today... Cheers!
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30 Days with Siri

30 Days with Siri | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Disclaimer: Apple has done such a good job of giving a Siri a persona that many times throughout this article I will refer to Siri as ‘her’ or ‘she’. Thanks for making me think my phone is a person, Apple.


This is the tale of a 2 hour a day commuter, 8 hour a day Fortune 500 company employee, and part time Lifehack editor living in the USA using Siri over the last 30 days. Enjoy.


It’s hard to believe that the iPhone 4S has already been out for a month. In this small amount of time we’ve seen iPhone 4S battery issues come and go, Siri outages, and data usage problems (that may not really be problems). But, just like every year, the iPhone proves to be one of the best selling smart phones of all time. It isn’t really surprising, is it?...


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