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URGENT APPEAL

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Dear Readers, A situation has arisen concerning Google that is very negatively impacting many Blogs and Websites. This regards Google's new image handling format. Many sites are recording dire drop...

Via Marilyn Armstrong
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I recommend that anyone who posts to the web, whether content or pictures, needs to read this article. It is better to know what is ahead and possible precautions than be sorry later.

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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, February 8, 2013 7:59 PM

If you value your work and treasure your freedom, you should take a look. This isn't something that's happening far away. It will ultimately affect all of us and end the free internet as we know it. This is not some sinister cabal. It's good old corporate greed. There's a huge amount of money to be made from mining the internet; we are in the way. The only thing we have going for us is our numbers. If we hang together and we can make enough noise to at least get a hearing. Otherwise, we'll disappear without a trace and we'll be remembing this as "the good old days," when cyber space was free.

Rosemary J. Adkins's curator insight, February 10, 2013 4:05 PM

A MUST READ!

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Participation, Not Marginalization: Using People's Stories for Social Good

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Participation, Not Marginalization: Using People's Stories for Social Good
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If you had a story to tell, would you rather participate in the telling of the story or simply be represented? Something to think about...

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Social media bring people together — in the real world - USA TODAY

Social media bring people together — in the real world - USA TODAY | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

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Millions of people all over the country are turning to the Internet — so they can get off the Internet.

 

Unlike Facebook and Twitter, which focus on keeping peoples' social interactions online, a growing number of social-networking sites are helping users take online connections offline.

 

The idea is simple: make your initial meeting online. Then meet in person, in the real world.

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The top Meetup categories are: moms, hiking and outdoors activities and business. And the options continue to grow — every nine seconds.

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Pinterest Marketing - Why You Should Use It

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Social media is an important part of the lives of all the brand managers today and pinterest is an even more important part of the social media world. Though, it started small, it has grown pretty big today. It will help you very well in reaching your target audience.

It works on the concept of the pin board. Except that you pin in the virtual world. You can pin literally anything from a picture to an article to a video. Once pinned, you can share it with people who are following your pin board. You can measure the reach of your product by measuring the number of pins and repins. However, there are ways to get the said number of pins and repins and you can’t merely get them by pinning things on your board. Here are a few things that you must do!


Via MARY HELEN FERRIS
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Pinterest is sizzlin' as it is moving up in the social ranks. Where it differs from others is that it is FUN and you get everything right at your fingertips just from a pin board...photography, quotes, articles, sites, inspiration and so much more.

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MARY HELEN FERRIS's curator insight, January 20, 2013 3:45 AM

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Evaluate Your Facebook Page With This Simple Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC]

Evaluate Your Facebook Page With This Simple Checklist [INFOGRAPHIC] | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Read this infographic from ShortStack to help you evaluate the effectiveness of your Facebook page.

Via Kamal Bennani
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With social media in the forefront for marketing and advertising, evaluating your Facebook page is definitely a sizzin' topic!

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How the World Consumes Social Media

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Social media is trending globally. Check out this infographic to learn about how quickly social media has become prominent around the world.

Via MARY HELEN FERRIS
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No way around it...social media is taking over the world!

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Join with me as I curate articles for America and Beyond, catnipoflife, Water the mind - READ, Road Tripping and Sizzlin' News. Get the scoop as I scoop blog postings, quotes, intriguing books, author info, and tidbits & trivia sizzln' in the news.

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A New Approach to Making Films That Matter

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The number of documentary films being produced has exploded over the last 20 years. The Internet Movie Database shows an exponential increase, listing 1,860 documentary titles for 1991 and 16,886 for 2011. But while the audience for documentary film has dramatically expanded, competition within the marketplace of ideas has kept pace. Funding for documentaries has grown at less than half the rate of production, while funders, concerned with the issues, want to understand their investment’s social impact in more concrete terms.

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"Making filmes that MATTER," what a novel idea! Now that is sizzlin' for me considering I am subscribed to 250 channels on Dish Network but cannot find anything decent to watch other than The History Channel, The Discovery Channel and The Military Channel. Those ARE the channels that matter!

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Most Read Report of 2012: 10 Reasons Why Sustainable/Energy Retrofits of Commercial Buildings Will Be the Next Big Thing

See on Scoop.it – Green Energy Technologies & Development According to the US Department of Energy, commercial buildings account for 35 percent of US (and 40 percent of global) electricit...

Via MARY HELEN FERRIS
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Another 'hot' topic going into the new year. We'll see what actual change is brought about in 2013...

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MARY HELEN FERRIS's curator insight, January 8, 2013 9:12 PM

Most Read Report of 2012:  10 Reasons Why Sustainable/Energy Retrofits of Commercial Buildings Will Be the N... | @scoopit http://sco.lt/...

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Softwalks: Turning Scaffolding into Pop-up Parks

Softwalks: Turning Scaffolding into Pop-up Parks | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Softwalks seeks to improve the pedestrian experience in New York City. Rudimentary scaffolding erected in long tunnels occupies almost 1.5% of the sidewalks in New York City. These temporary structures are called sidewalk sheds, protecting pedestrians from overhead dangers at construction sites and from aging facades. Softwalks will open up an opportunity to re-imagine the function of sidewalk sheds in a design-build competition, enabling artists and designers to innovate within a space everyone experiences on a daily basis. Our goal is to facilitate immediate solutions and functional alternatives to a blight within the city.

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Softwalks is an initiative dedicated to improving the pedestrian experience in New York City. With the sidewalks of New York being occupied by scaffolding, over 6,000 sheds cover the city’s streets at any given point in time.

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Blodget: What Apple Needs to Do

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Apple's $121 billion in cash could be put to better use, Henry Blodget says.
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Hot! Hot! Sizzlin'! Let me have $121 million dollars. . .Put it to GOOD use? I think so without a doubt!

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Social Media Marketing Faux Pas - The Top 7 Blunders of 2012

Social Media Marketing Faux Pas - The Top 7 Blunders of 2012 | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
One of the most popular ways to get ready for a new year, especially in any kind of niche market, like social media, is to make predictions about what the next year might hold.
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Everyone enjoys a blunder, blooper, or faux pas...as long as it is on the other end: The 'hot iron' strikes someone else! You may be quick to laugh at others but what if the laugh is on yourself? Perhaps knowing a few blunders of 2012 will avoid a repeat in 2013. You think?

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Rosemary J. Adkins's curator insight, February 12, 2013 2:32 AM

Learn how to use social media and follow Yves Johnson for the answers.

Louise Malbon-Reddix's comment, February 15, 2013 12:49 AM
Thankyou Yves for your insight on this!!!
Christ Is My Savior Ministries's comment, February 15, 2013 12:52 AM
Thanks but I think we'll conquer this "together." :)
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World Fastest Pizza Delivery Guy In NYC - Business Insider

World Fastest Pizza Delivery Guy In NYC - Business Insider | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
The NY Post reports that Westchester pizza maker Bruno DiFabio, is going to try to break the 28 second world record for making a pie. He won an award for the best pizza at an international culinary competition in Paris in ...
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Nothing hotter than a hand slappin', fast tossin' pizza!

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Redesigning 'Service': Why I Started a Design Group That Gives Away Half Its Work for Free

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Redesigning 'Service': Why I Started a Design Group That Gives Away Half Its Work for Free

 

I started verynice in my apartment as an undergrad at UCLA by staying up late every night to design all kinds of things for non-profit organizations that I would find on craigslist and on campus, at no cost to them. At the time, I had a difficult time seeing verynice as a business, and I never bothered to ask myself the question: “How do I scale the impact I am making?”

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Who would have envisioned pro-bono services outside law offices? A totally new spin on 'service' has been initiated by a young designer.

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Solar Panels and Schoolyard Chickens: A Net-Positive Campus

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Solar Panels and Schoolyard Chickens: A Net-Positive Campus
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A shift in 21st century priorities towards intentionality, stewardship, and service - something positive for a change!

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Pins Piling Up? 5 Ways to Keep Your Pinterest Clean & Functional

Pins Piling Up?  5 Ways to Keep Your Pinterest Clean & Functional | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
I know what you're thinking. Oh man, aren't there enough things in this world to clean? Now we have to tidy up our Pinterest boards?

Via Kelly Lieberman, Gerrit Bes, MARY HELEN FERRIS
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Maybe this cleaning will be more enjoyable than house cleaning! Sizzle, sizzle...

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Who Is Using Google+?

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Who Is Using Google+? Although Google+ is shrouded in mystery, recent changes to the service might push Google’s social layer into the light. Google+ has half the population of Facebook, with 500 m...
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Goggle+ - still a 'hot' topic in the social media networks, not as sizzlin' as Facebook (yet) but moving on up!

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Is Social Media Your 24-Hour Turn On?

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Are you a social media addict? May be you are not aware of your situation. Here are 10 symptoms of your social media addition and few visual

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WHEW! I do NOT fit this category! If I had, I would be sizzlin' ... burning up and burning out!

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7 Reasons to Love the New Scoop.it

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.You may have noticed (or maybe not, because they are so awesome to use) that we recently rolled out some big changes to the Scoop.it platform.  Firstly, don’t panic. Secondly. you\'re going to love them.
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Scoop.it has made some improvements. Have you noticed the changes? This article provides insight that makes the new Scoop.it sizzle.

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If You’re Not Doing this 1 Thing, You Could be Making the Biggest Marketing Mistake Ever

If You’re Not Doing this 1 Thing, You Could be Making the Biggest Marketing Mistake Ever | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
If you're like most people who are using social media marketing, you don't like the constant changes. I hear you!
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So often we sign on/sign up for various social media options in hopes of acquiring yet another marketing outlet. Whether you are active in Google+ or not, this article is sizzlin' with information why it could be a big mistake not to take avantage of Google +.

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It’s always about the story you tell (2nd extract from my upcoming new eBook)

It’s always about the story you tell (2nd extract from my upcoming new eBook) | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Blog post at Creative Ramblings :

Source: Uploaded by user via Cendrine Marrouat on Pinterest


 

I am really happy that so many of you enjoyed reading the fi[..]

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It is definitely all about the story you tell, espcially what comes across through social media. This blogger has some 'hot' tips and info the role Klout Scores play. Is it just a numbers game? Do we all have a 'number'?

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MARY HELEN FERRIS's curator insight, January 10, 2013 11:09 PM

I enjoy the way you are “Kicking the truth old school.”…I like your style and the challenges you offer the reader/businessperson/student of life……..

Cendrine Marrouat - cendrinemarrouat.com's comment, August 10, 2013 2:56 AM
Thank you so much for sharing my article and your kind comments!
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Twelve Surprisingly Cool Facts About Air-Conditioning

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"You probably don’t ever think much about it. It’s just sort of there, humming quietly in the background, like the Internet or The Price Is Right. You may even take it for granted. But in the dog days of summer, as soon as the mercury climbs a speck above ninety degrees, air-conditioning becomes the most important thing in the world."

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"Hot" news on a coo-o-o-l subject! Reading this article makes you think deeper about something so commonplace today it is often taken for granted.

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Can Social Media Sell Soap?

Can Social Media Sell Soap? | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Social media networks were supposed to be the greatest marketing machines on earth. It hasn’t worked out that way — yet.
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In this day of technological frenzy, what could be more 'hot' than the topic of social media marketing. It is not just a numbers game any more!

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12 Coolest Bedding Sets

12 Coolest Bedding Sets | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Cause our favorite part of our house is our bed.

Via Kenneth Weene
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We all look for 'hot' bedding sets, right? But what about unusual, weird, bizarre, questionable sets? I took a peek just out of curiosity...all I can say is there are all kinds out there in this world!

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, January 4, 2013 11:29 AM

Some great bedding ideas here. I particularly liked this one.