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Why social media is more than just a numbers game

Why social media is more than just a numbers game | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Fans, followers, connections, Klout. It can seem that social media is little more than a popularity contest. But there's more to it than that...
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I have always wondered if the social media networks are no more than a numbers game. Here is the scoop and guess which one according to this article comes out on top positively? LinkedIn

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Rosemary J. Adkins's curator insight, April 13, 2013 2:36 AM

Linkedin is quite the social media group and I have made great friends and connections all over the world!

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Actress Betty White named America's most appealing celebrity

Actress Betty White named America's most appealing celebrity | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The honors keep pouring in for 91-year-old actress Betty White, who has been named America's most appealing celebrity, according to a market research firm.

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There is only one Betty White and she is the GREATEST! There are other greats making the Top Ten list for 2012...two of my favorites from NCIS: actress and recording star Cote de Pablo, "NCIS" TV star Pauley Perrette.

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Infamous Celebrity Arrests

Infamous Celebrity Arrests | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Why are we not surprised?

 

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These probably only touch the surface...celebs may be stars but not above the law!

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Why Helping Women Climb the Ladder Isn’t a Gender Issue—It’s Good Business

Why Helping Women Climb the Ladder Isn’t a Gender Issue—It’s Good Business | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Lean in. Speak up. Don’t opt out. Everyone’s talking about what women should be doing to get ahead at work. Why the sudden interest? Has corporate America finally got the message it should be doing right by us? I’d like to think so. But I suspect there’s more to it.

 

There’s no disputing that in business, nothing trumps the bottom line. So my theory is that as long as our economy struggles, anything that could possibly make the numbers rise is open to discussion. Even helping women get their due.
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How To Tell If You Are Breaking The Facebook Timeline Cover Rule

How To Tell If You Are Breaking The Facebook Timeline Cover Rule | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Without a whole lot of fanfare, Facebook revealed some important new rules about what can and can’t be on your Facebook timeline cover photos – this is something you absolutely need to know if you’re using Facebook to build the influence of your brand. These new guidelines are definitely a step in the right direction for companies who are using Facebook to increase their brand’s influence!

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When Facebook Changes the Rules, Ignorance Isn’t Bliss!

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Work At Home Special Report!

Work At Home Special Report! | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Have You Ever Considered Beating The Recession?


Theresa Andrews from , was tired of worrying all the time where the next dollar is coming from. Life seemed merely a succession of bills and worrying about how to pay them. One late night while surfing the internet, her long hours of research had finally paid off and she discovered her tight lip secret to getting a break in life and beating the recession. She was finally able to provide for her three children while staying home with them.

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Is this just another "get rich quick" scam? Possibly...you decide.

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Barn Raising for Social Enterprise: You Can Help Build Your Favorite Companies

Barn Raising for Social Enterprise: You Can Help Build Your Favorite Companies | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
GOOD is a global community of people and organizations working towards individual and collective progress.
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Dozens of sustainable, for-profit social enterprises from around the globe are vying for a spot in the Finals where they will be pitching in front of over $100 million in capital to scale their impact. The Judges need your help in deciding who is worthy of a spot in the Finals, and ultimately which ones will get funded.

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How Quickly Can I Get Ranked in the Top 10 for My Keywords?

How Quickly Can I Get Ranked in the Top 10 for My Keywords? | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
If you’re like me, you want to rank well for your keywords yesterday! Of course that’s not possible, but you may ask, realistically, “How quickly can I get ranked in the top 10 for my keywords?

Via MARY HELEN FERRIS
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Learn more from Mark and  Kurt Steinbrueck with OurChurch.Com. In the video, they’re going to address the question “How quickly can I get ranked in the top 10 for ______?” You fill in the blank.

 

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Christ Is My Savior Ministries's comment, March 23, 2013 8:53 PM
This was great! Thanks.
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Customer Disservice: A Multi-Act Comedy

Customer Disservice: A Multi-Act Comedy | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

It took me five months to get a new oncologist from Fallon, the HMO that runs my Medicare Advantage plan. It began last November when, in a necessary cost-cutting move, I gave up my Medigap policy and signed on with Fallon Senior Medicare Advantage plan.

 

To get started on the wrong foot, the customer service person who signed me up gave me incorrect information. She had assured me Dana-Farber in Milford was covered by Fallon. This turned out to be untrue and left me without an oncologist. I was annoyed, but not wildly upset. They said I could see my Dana-Farber oncologist once more and I figured I’d get a referral from him.

 

That turned out to be overly optimistic. My oncologist didn’t know anyone at UMass in Worcester — Fallon’s only cancer care facility in Worcester County. Like many satellite facilities  for larger institutions, it’s hard for them to keep ambitious young doctors on staff. They stay a while, then move to better paying jobs at bigger more, prestigious hospitals. A few doctors stay, usually those who live locally, but most move on. It’s a bit of a revolving door, personnel-wise, though it really isn’t their fault.

 

Even this didn’t faze me. I’m past surgery and chemo. I’m in the maintenance phase. I go for checkups and blood tests. Once a year they scan me to make sure nothing is growing someplace it shouldn’t. Nonetheless, I’m only 2 years from the initial discovery of two separate tumors and there have been a lot of cancer deaths in my family. Mother. Brother. Both maternal grandparents and I’ve had cancer twice, so there’s no reason to assume I’ll ever be entirely safe. I’m not acting crazy because I feel it’s a bit soon to stop monitoring me.

 

My doctor assured me that the facility is good, but he couldn’t help me find a new doctor. He suggested I call the HMO and ask them who do they have in medical oncology with a speciality in breast cancer.  I already knew my PCP couldn’t give me a referral because she said so. She had suggested I get the referral from my oncologist. Back to square one.

 


Via Marilyn Armstrong
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This is HOT, folks  and it IS real life! The epitome of screw-ups with our so-call efficient medical system. Read it and no longer wonder what is wrong with our system! Need a job? Go to work for an insurance company...no qualifications necessary! What a hoot! Welcome to life!

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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, March 19, 2013 10:47 PM

How come so  many blatantly incompetent people have jobs? Why are they working when so many others are unemployed?

 

Something is terribly wrong. I just don’t have enough strength to figure out what it is, much less fix it.

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4 inspiring kids imagine the future of learning

4 inspiring kids imagine the future of learning | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
We ask four incredible youths: What do you think is the future of education. Adora Svitak, Kid President, Thomas Suarez, and Ying Ying Shang.
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Listen to the kids, we just might learn something!

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10 Ways To Start Using Skype In The Classroom - Edudemic

10 Ways To Start Using Skype In The Classroom - Edudemic | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Using Skype in the classroom shouldn't be a daunting task. In fact, it's a simple and effective education tool that not enough students get to try out!

Via BlessTheTeacher
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If it improves education, let's do it! Just don't make it another social media outlet or something to simply pass the time.

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106-year-old Mass. man gets high school diploma

106-year-old Mass. man gets high school diploma | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
A 106-year-old Massachusetts man who had to drop out of school before the ninth grade to support his mother and five siblings has finally earned his high school diploma.
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This proves it is never too late if you really want something bad enough!

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How Designing 'Badges of Honor' Can Reward Businesses for Reducing Organic Waste

How Designing 'Badges of Honor' Can Reward Businesses for Reducing Organic Waste | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

"Did you know that food scraps and food-soiled paper make up a quarter of our garbage? They also create methane—a potent greenhouse gas—when landfilled. Every day countless businesses across the country are choosing to make the extra effort to minimize the impact their operations have on our environment.  One of the areas in which a lot of progress is currently being made is in organics recycling. Organics recycling includes both traditional composting, as well as innovative programs such as “Food-to-People,” in which edible food is donated to people in need, and “Food-to-Livestock,” in which organic waste is sent to local farmers for hog-feed." 

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There is absolutely too much waste! Good to at least see some good come of  it.

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Pinterest Promotion / This Weekend's Infographic

Pinterest Promotion / This Weekend's Infographic | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Since it's relaxed Sunday, I'm sharing an infographic on how to use Pinterest as a means for business promotion. Otherwise, it's a good organisation tool for photography addicts. My pins are follow...
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Just more to add to the rapid growth of Pinterest!

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How To Create Pinterest Images That People Love to Share

How To Create Pinterest Images That People Love to Share | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Would you like to create images that are re-pinned and liked by tons of people on Pinterest? Would you like to see huge amounts of traffic clicking through to your website?
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Any and all exposure helps so why not put forth your best effort and create powerful images!

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Surprising Celeb Cartoon Voices

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15 Surprising Celeb Cartoon Voices
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See if you agree with the countdown...yep! Some are truly surprising!

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Density, Neighborliness, and the Concentrated

Density, Neighborliness, and the Concentrated | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

When I think about neighbors, I think about density. That's likely because my work includes occasionally travelling the world talking about great city-building, including what I call "density done well."

 

I discuss all the public interest benefits of smart densification in cities, designing for more people on less land using less resources, from lowering our carbon footprint and increasing our energy resiliency, to making walking, biking and transit more inviting, improving our public health, and avoiding the bankrupting economic costs of sprawl.

 

However, my favorite way of thinking about density is by looking at people. Putting more people together in beautifully designed neighborhoods and places, supports everything that makes us human, from creativity, tolerance, and happiness—to even sexiness!

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Neighborliness...a real human connection...not a thing of the past!

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Pinterest is Changing...Are You Ready?

Pinterest is Changing...Are You Ready? | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

One of the hottest social media platforms in 2011 and 2012 was the picture based service Pinterest. It dramatically changed the landscape of social media with its picture-based interface. And, given that it originally began with only personal accounts and not business accounts, it was one of the services that had the strongest emphasis on finding creative ways to provide value and not be overtly marketing oriented.

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There’s a lot of changes all at once but should be super helpful for marketers! 

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Sun Pillar in Minnesota

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Sun pillar at sunset in Long Prairie, Minn., by "jeromemck" on March 18, 2013. Upload to http://photo.accuweather.com to qualify!
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Upload your pictures today to qualify for the AccuWeather.com Photo of the Day!

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Should you pay for search ads on Google? Here’s how you can decide - Spokal

Should you pay for search ads on Google? Here’s how you can decide - Spokal | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

In 2011, we spent more for paid search ads on Google than we did putting rooves over our heads.

 

Last year that grew to $43.7B. 

 

It’s the fastest growing advertising channel in the world. 

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If you use Google AdWords, this just may be the article for you!

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Why I'm Walking Every Single Block in New York City

Why I'm Walking Every Single Block in New York City | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

“The farther you go, the less you know.”

 When Lao-Tzu wrote that line some 2500 years ago, he meant that the essential truths of existence can be found within; looking outside of ourselves for answers only leads us astray. To my unenlightened mind, however, his words say something else, something both contradictory and complementary: The more you explore a place, the less you realize you know about it. The easy stereotypes and labels and narratives start to break down as you delve deeper beneath the surface.
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"Walking is a unique way of being—passing through a place and experiencing it at the same time."

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Seeking Property to Create an Animal Rescue.....

Seeking Property to Create an Animal Rescue..... | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Have you ever thought about having your own animal rescue place? A place that is quiet and beautiful from the back deck of a MOVE IN READY house, with 10 stall barn with covered arena. comments10 acres of pastures with tall oak trees and soft rolling hills.

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Anyone interested in property in California might just want to look at this. Wish it were in the South! ❤

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The Benefits of Educational Blogging | Primary Tech

The Benefits of Educational Blogging | Primary Tech | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

This in an update of older posts about the benefits of educational blogging.

 

2013 is the sixth year that I have maintained a classroom blog. When I first began I didn’t know much about blogging at all and I didn’t realise there could be educational benefits to running a blogging program.

 

I thought having a class blog would be a bit of fun and a good way to connect with parents.

 

As time has gone on I’ve come to realise that blogging brings many educational benefits. Years later I am still discovering new advantages for my students.

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Examine the diagram on the website and watch the videos where students highlight some of the advantages of having a class blog.

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Don’t Just 'Lean In': 10 Ways Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders Should Take Action Now

Don’t Just 'Lean In': 10 Ways Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders Should Take Action Now | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
GOOD is a global community of people and organizations working towards individual and collective progress.
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Check out the 10 other ways women can take action right now!

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Climate Change | LearnStuff

Climate Change | LearnStuff | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Climate Change is Real

 

Thanks to extensive research and noticeable changes in weather and storm prevalence, it’s getting harder to turn a blind eye to the reality of climate change. Since the Industrial Age spurred the increasing usage of fossil fuels for energy production, the weather has been warming slowly. In fact, since 1880, the temperature of the earth has increased by 1 degree Celsius.

 

Although 72% of media outlets report on global warming with a skeptical air, the overwhelming majority of scientists believe that the extreme weather of the last decade is at least partially caused by global warming.

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Check out the infographic to see what else the changing climate is affecting. You might find yourself quite surprised.

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