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5 social media habits you should break

5 social media habits you should break | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it
Stop building a community around your product. Stop telling stories. Stop making your organization sound human. The advice sounds blasphemous, but it could bring you more business.
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Refreshing honesty (given you read the details) about brands thoughtlessly and rigorously applying social media tactics based on industry buzzwords and trending peer techniques. Just because you see lots of other brands doing it doesn't make it right or even successful. 

 

 

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5 Social Media Habits of Highly Annoying People

5 Social Media Habits of Highly Annoying People | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it
Counterproductive social-media use is like pornography - it's tough to detail, but you know it when you see it. Here are five things we hope we never see if your social feeds.
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Admittedly it's a sad state to think that we cannot mind our p's and q's despite the public nature of it all. Social faux-pas are even more difficult to navigate in the digital world than in the real world. Of course this should continue to fuel the networking power of G+, if not drive FB users to create more friends lists by which to break up their broadcast network. 

 

The answer is summed up into "know your audience" and shaping your intentions to match their desires. This is an idea that I seem to keep coming back to lately, whether I'm talking about SEO, SMM, content production, or even cooking. So why is something so crucial to all communication still eluding us? 

 

4 Potential causes:

We follow bad examples. 

We have too few or no good examples to follow.

We have too little experience.

There is too little direct feedback in asynchronous communication. 

 

Whatever the reason there are no more excuses. Here are the 5 annoying social media habits to avoid.

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Beastie Boys To GoldieBlox: Don't Fight For Your Right To Use Our Song

Beastie Boys To GoldieBlox: Don't Fight For Your Right To Use Our Song | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it
The Girls artists who forbid their music from being used in advertisements have issued a statement saying toy startup GoldieBlox's popular commercial...
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Case to watch.... Does the GoldieBlox "Girls" parody qualify as fair use (legally)?

Sadly if only the parody had been developed independently as consumer generated content. The case would be far more simple.

Any potential for an agreement after the fact that would appease the song creators to save this bit of brilliant pop art?

Can we hope for a best worst case scenario: the parody survives whatever the courts decide?

#parody #copyrights #fightfortheright   

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How To Write The Perfect Tweet Blueprint

How To Write The Perfect Tweet Blueprint | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it
Gerry Moran breaks down Twitter's 140 characters to help you write the perfect tweet. Combine your interesting content and your personal style with this blueprint to reach more people with your message!
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People doubt the content value of a Tweet. The value is in the ability to abreviate a message into something compelling action. Truly and art and science of communication in the digital age. 

#digitalage #compellingcommunication 

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Wish I'd seen this a long time ago! "How To Write The Perfect Tweet Blueprint"

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NASA Finds A Pink Planet That Challenges Current Theories

NASA Finds A Pink Planet That Challenges Current Theories | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it
Astronomers discover a planet that's a deep shade of pink - and poses a challenge for theories of how planets form.
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...deep in contemplation... and at a loss for words. Just when you think you've got the planetary formation thing figured out, booyah somebody finds something new. 

Reminder kids, it's all only theory waiting to be proved wrong. So if you want to be a true rebel, be a scientist and prove a long standing theory isn't all there is to know.  

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Education Startup Excelegrade Rises to the Head of the Class | Venture Atlanta

Education Startup Excelegrade Rises to the Head of the Class | Venture Atlanta | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it
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Excelegrade answers the US outcry regarding "teaching to the test". Less intimidation and more integration of curriculum testing goals, so plausible it's liable to make you clap your hands with joy. Whether you are a teacher, parent, administrator or concerned citizen, it's easy to see the Excelegrade approach provides a straight forward solution to educational concerns.

#teach2thetest #nomore #educationreform #rethinkeducation #solutions 

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Rags to rags: Southeast, Midwest worst areas for poor to advance

Rags to rags: Southeast, Midwest worst areas for poor to advance | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it
Young children are taught they can be whatever they want to be, but in some places in the U.S. it seems there is virtually no way to escape poverty.
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While researchers are unclear on why certain regions developed with more potential for mobility, the differences reflect sociological patterns we've witnessed for centuries.

Social hierarchy that reinforces strict boundaries capsulated populations and limits intercultural understanding, collaborative efforts, and perpetuates stagnation and dependency. Dynamic socio-environmental structures serve as a catalyst for change as individuals are exposed to ways of thinking and opportunities outside of their own cultural background routinely.

The development or lack of development is more apt to be tied to a region's comfort with embracing volatility and change over the comforting embrace of what is and has always been. 

 

#geographicpersonality #breakingcycles #createopportunity #brazencuriosity

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Use mentoring to unite the generations

Use mentoring to unite the generations | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it
Stereotypes and prejudices abound about different generations in the workplace. Could an effective mentoring problem help reduce the generation gaps in your workplace?
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Whether in the real or virtual world multi-generational collaboration is important... Three main reasons we've known about for some time:

 1) Tribal knowledge is priceless.

 2) Improved communication and intercultural communication demands that different groups work together to understand one another more.

 3) The collaborative investment provides and emotional tie to the work produced. 

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When Following Breaking News, Why it Helps to Think Like a Journalist

When Following Breaking News, Why it Helps to Think Like a Journalist | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it

A lot is happening in Boston, just like a lot has happened in past months, including a lot of hype on the news, a lot of confusion, and the spread of quite some misinformation. But eventually, the chase ends, the investigations close, the who, what, where, when, and how get answered, and the why gets speculated over until everyone agrees on a narrative that can help us digest the horror. The journey involves a lot of hype, and lot of (digital and analog) talk around the coffee-machine, Facebook feeds and Twitter channels. Some people end up very hurt, some people cynical, some people apathetic, some people clueless, some people motivated to help however they can. So what can we take away from events like today in Boston? We can think about how we read about it. And in the era of everyone having a voice and a blog and the power to create content, it might help to think a little bit like a journalist....


Via Jeff Domansky
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Social media has encouraged to be more vocal. Perhaps it has also encouraged people to forget their analytical side and foster only their irrational emotional side. Can everyone benefit from thinking like a journalist?

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INFOGRAPHIC: The Ultimate Complete Final Social Media Sizing Cheat Sheet

INFOGRAPHIC: The Ultimate Complete Final Social Media Sizing Cheat Sheet | Living in the Information Age | 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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Social media marketer or just plain virtual citizen, know your specs and ensure your vision translates to your audience without the agony of visual distortion. Kudos to LunaMetrics for not just providing a current social media sizing cheat sheet but also practicing "digital responsibility" and redirecting backlinks to the current info.

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Why you need a Social Resume to get a job – @BerriePelser

Why you need a Social Resume to get a job – @BerriePelser | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it
Why you need a Social Resume to get a job – Infographic Social resumes are
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Realizing that employers and recruiters look at your web presence to get a feel for who you are is a no brainer. Realizing you need to step up your game and create a worthy social resume can be a bit overwhelming. However once you decide on a format that works for you, maintaining your social resume should be easier and more impacting than updating the old paper version.

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6 Ways For Teachers To Effectively Use Social Media - Edudemic

6 Ways For Teachers To Effectively Use Social Media - Edudemic | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it
Using social media inside the classroom can be extremely effective. Increase productivity, communication, and understanding by using these six tips.
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Using social media in education is about fostering communication and building skills, not just marking off a pop-culture box. These are great ideas, easy to integrate into any learning / information-transfer-environment. Know your audience however and prepare students for the objectives not through blatant goal setting but through discovery.

 

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Top 10 Best and Worst Communicators in 2012 - and the Lessons Learned - Forbes

Top 10 Best and Worst Communicators in 2012 - and the Lessons Learned - Forbes | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it
What lessons can we learn from the best and worst communicators of 2012?
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Throughout the tests of time, the one thing we can agree upon is that communication can make or break you. No matter how many barriers technology removes it still seems the fault lies within us. Commitment to improving communication should be prioritized over ambitions to increase distribution particularly in the digital era.

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Look Up - YouTube

Share your videos with friends, family, and the world
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A commentary on the anti-social / disengagement of reality stirred by social media, beautifully told through poetry and possibility. 

Things to discuss beyond the obvious:
_Compare to other lyrical social commentary, post-modern or historical.

_Vocabulary used, and the trend in US media to dumb-down vocabularly in mass-media publication. 

_Evaluating the context of material, why is context important in analysis?

_Does emotion driven behavior sacrifice an individual's opportunities, or diminish one's freedom of choice?

_The art of critique and debate, why are neither excelling in a world of comment boards?
_The importance of eye-contact in communication.
_Acceptability of talking to strangers, pre-smartphone era and today. 

_Is the trend technology driven or insecurity driven and technology aided?

_What do you as an individual do to balance your use of technology with your real life engagement? 

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After Being Denied A Snow Day, University Of Illinois Students Respond With Racism And Sexism

After Being Denied A Snow Day, University Of Illinois Students Respond With Racism And Sexism | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it
When University Chancellor Phyllis Wise emailed the student body saying school would be in session on Monday, she became the target of racist and misogynistic personal attacks from her student body.
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

So many wrongs here, what should we be focusing on? 

Rather than lobbying to have classes cancelled on Causes.com, or throwing an obscene digital tantrum, students should utilize their problem solving, networking, and organizational skills to propose actionable solutions and classroom alternatives.


Especially given exercises in problem solving, creating a win-win dynamic, and persuasive professional communication pay off in dividends when students enter the workforce.


Rule 1: Be aware and proactive. Have a inclement weather plan established before you need it. Propose your course suitable contingency plan to your individual professor before you need it.

Rule 2: Propose working together whenever possible. Mediation should occur before violent or vehement protest.  


Rule 3: Respect those in-charge. In corporate level decision making, there are greater variables at play than can be supported by an emotional knee-jerk reaction.


Like it or not, school officials are doing a job. The worker or student’s job is to propose alternative solutions that benefit all parties. I.e. If the University has a long standing history of keeping school in session, don’t argue to shut down, propose a telecommute day, environmental based experiments, solo learning, or group based tasks that minimize transit.

#problemsolvingera #higherleveleducation



 

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Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Mish Fined 8,000 Euros for Quoting French Blog

Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis: Mish Fined 8,000 Euros for Quoting French Blog | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

While the web has provided a unique atmosphere of global community, Mish's brush with French authorities reminds us of the complexities and sometimes absurd inconsistencies created by governments.  

 

This incident does provide for some great talking points to walk digital natives through the importance of a foundation Old World education. 

 

_ Legal jurisdiction and established domain.

_ Precedence, laws and cases predating the web are crucial to current digital freedoms.

_ Egocentric behavior, demanding correspondence in one's native tongue, rather than cooperative intercultural communication.

_ Journalistic protocol for fact checking, resource validity, clarification of generated statistics, and addressing corrections.

_ Digital responsibility and freedoms afforded to bloggers. Elements that affect a blogger's accountability: citizenship, geography, publication, distribution, etc.  

 

#digitalnatives #legal #culturalawareness #education #blogger

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The FJP — 10 Types of Plagiarism Plagiarism.org has what it...

The FJP — 10 Types of Plagiarism Plagiarism.org has what it... | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it
10 Types of Plagiarism
Plagiarism.org has what it calls a Plagiarism Spectrum based on a 2012 survey with 900 secondary and higher education teachers:
“ The Spectrum makes these forms memorable by...
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People argue over whether social media should be taught in schools, but often over look the many elements involved in digital responsiblity. Digital responsibility isn't just about social etiquette, but also law, ethics, and intercultural communication. This graphic outlines the 10 most popular forms fo plagiarism perpetuated through digital media in 2012. 

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Forbes: Atlanta No. 22 for business and careers - Atlanta Business Chronicle

Forbes: Atlanta No. 22 for business and careers - Atlanta Business Chronicle | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it
Forbes magazine’s annual ranking of the best U.S. cities for business and careers...
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Georgia comes up peachy in Forbes ranking of 200 metro areas for business and careers! Atlanta ranked No. 22; Savannah No. 124; and Columbus GA is No. 190!!!

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Here is What Happens Online in 60 Seconds ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here is What Happens Online in 60 Seconds ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it

Today's post is not about multitasking though I would love to write about it in a future post. The purpose of this present article is to share with you this awesome graphic which chronicles what happens online in 60 seconds.


Via Jeff Domansky
Stephanie Katcher's insight:

As our life becomes intertwined with our virtual existence we may neglect to realize what happens in sixty seconds is cumulatively astronomical, but intimately pointless. Participation in the information age is vital but the "endless" internet erases the participants ability to rely of clear boundaries and structure. It becomes more and more important that individuals understand their purpose, and their intentions so that they can leverage the digital world to their advantage not their demise. 

#lifehack #infinite #opportunity #distraction 

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 26, 2013 5:44 PM

Fascinating and overwhelming at the ame time. No wonder we're overwhelmed sometimes!

Ali Anani's curator insight, July 27, 2013 12:17 AM

Are we living with our bodies on ground and minds up in the cyberspace?

Mindy M Walker's curator insight, July 27, 2013 11:49 AM

What happens online in 60 seconds...it can be overwhelming if you think too much about it...

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Startup Legal & IP (July2013 Founder Institute)

Startup Legal Issues Facing Founders. From pre-formation, to incorporation, to IP strategy. What to expect to pay in legal fees and how to save money. Tips on h
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Touraj Parang does a great job of highlighting the immense importance of legal details and IP concerns founders face throughout the lifecycle of a start-up. This presentation is a must for anyone who plans on taking their business "all the way" as well as a friendly warning for those who think legal and IP issues don't affect the anyone "just starting out". 

 

Looking forward to seeing businesses avoid foolish mistakes by leveraging upcounsel's services. 

#startup #musthave #IP #legal #superhero #rightcounsel #upcounsel 

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Emaze Raises $800K For The Presentation Sweet Spot Between PowerPoint And Prezi | TechCrunch

Emaze Raises $800K For The Presentation Sweet Spot Between PowerPoint And Prezi | TechCrunch | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it
Microsoft PowerPoint facilitates presentation design with zero constraints. And startups like Prezi provide well-designed templates and other features to help you communicate what matters.
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Living in the Information Age isn't just about those who are digital-natives. Emaze is setting out to provide old world professionals (and perhaps very young digital natives) with a presentation tool that removes the mysteries and hassel experienced by non-digital-natives. 

 

Admittedly the 3D transition effects provide a fresh take on presentation delivery that can turn an inexperienced presenter into an all-star if the content is on mark. 

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Consumers Care About Buying From Socially Responsible Brands Now More Than Ever

Consumers Care About Buying From Socially Responsible Brands Now More Than Ever | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it
There will always be a segment of consumers who religiously buy products from socially-responsible companies--toilet paper from Seventh Generation, shoes from Timberland, jackets from Patagonia, ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s, and so on.
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The information age is a boost to socially conscious business. Not only can consumers perform their own reasearch and fact checking readily on the internet they can also advocate across vast geography through social networking. See how this is driving consumer trends.

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5 Lessons In UI Design, From A Breakthrough Museum

5 Lessons In UI Design, From A Breakthrough Museum | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it
Museums today compete for attention in a wildly difficult environment: If you’re a youngster, why stare at a Greek urn when you could blow one up in a video game?
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Innovation in the Information Age is as much about the newness of technology as it is participating in the continuum of history.

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Ev Williams: Medium Wants To Help Build A Sustainable Economic Model For Journalism | TechCrunch

Ev Williams: Medium Wants To Help Build A Sustainable Economic Model For Journalism | TechCrunch | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it
At the Launch Conference in San Francisco today, Twitter co-founder Ev Williams took the stage to talk to conference founder Jason Calacanis about everything from his experience at Twitter and the rise of Vine to sharing his take on Google and...
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While low quality high frequency content has been rewarded for some time now, the efforts to stress content have found an ally and inovator capable of delivering a publishing medium that focuses on content benefit. Is it too much to hope genuine intellectual and articulate thought could percolate to the top facilitating a healthy content diet?

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Fritz O. Behr

Fritz O. Behr | Living in the Information Age | Scoop.it
Prior to his death, typical of Fritz, he determined to write his own obituary. Here it is.
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In an era where our lives can be digitally archived, is it not even more important to note the finer details of how we'd like to be remembered. One individual's history can illuminate and humanize entire periods of history for futures generations of strangers.

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