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The Truth About Social Media - Forbes

The Truth About Social Media - Forbes | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

The “how to use social media to sell millions of your books” post is a staple amongst self-publishing bloggers. Mostly they are laundry lists of Things You Should Be Doing, as if all anyone needs is a checklist of things to tick off.

 

 

But here’s the rub: Social media doesn’t work like that, and neither does book marketing. It’s not about how many tasks you can tick off your to do list but about nurturing your following and making sure they feel valued. It’s about finding a place for yourself online where you’re comfortable enough to want to stay and interact with people. It’s about creating community, relationships and loyalty.

 

So here’s a more realistic guide to social media, based on my own 11 years of blogging and nine years of working as a social media consultant.

 

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"Social media can be a powerful tool to help spread the word about your work and deepen your relationship with your readers, but how does it really work?"

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Social media facts you need to know

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Scholars Say Bones Belonged to Richard III

Scholars Say Bones Belonged to Richard III | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

LEICESTER, England — Until it was discovered beneath a city parking lot last fall, the skeleton had lain unmarked, and unmourned, for more than 500 years. Friars fearful of the men who slew him in battle buried the man in haste, naked and anonymous, without a winding sheet, rings or personal adornments of any kind, in a space so cramped his cloven skull was jammed upright and askew against the head of his shallow grave.

 

On Monday, confirming what many historians and archaeologists had suspected, a team of experts at the University of Leicester concluded on the basis of DNA and other evidence that the skeletal remains were those of King Richard III, for centuries the most reviled of English monarchs. But the conclusion, said to have been reached “beyond any reasonable doubt,” promised to achieve much more than an end to the oblivion that has been Richard’s fate since his death on Aug. 22, 1485, at the Battle of Bosworth Field, 20 miles from this ancient city in the sheep country of England’s East Midlands.

 

Among those who found his remains, there is a passionate belief that new attention drawn to Richard by the discovery will inspire a reappraisal that could rehabilitate the medieval king and show him to be a man with a strong sympathy for the rights of the common man, who was deeply wronged by his vengeful Tudor successors. Far from the villainous character memorialized in English histories, films and novels, far from Shakespeare’s damning representation of him as the limping, withered, haunted murderer of his two princely nephews, Richard III can become the subject of a new age of scholarship and popular reappraisal, these enthusiasts believe.

 

“I think he wanted to be found, he was ready to be found, and we found him, and now we can begin to tell the true story of who he was,” said Philippa Langley, a writer who has been a longtime and fervent member of the Richard III Society, an organization that has worked for decades to bring what it sees as justice to an unjustly vilified man. “Now,” Ms. Langley added, “we can rebury him with honor, and we can rebury him as a king.”

 

Other members of the team at the University of Leicester pointed to Ms. Langley as the inspiration behind the project, responsible for raising much of the estimated $250,000 — with major contributions from unnamed Americans — it cost to carry out the exhumation and the research that led to confirmation that indeed Richard had been found.

 

Ms. Langley’s account was that her research for a play about the king had led her to a hunch that Richard’s body would be found beneath the parking lot, in a corner of the buried ruins of the Greyfriars Priory, where John Rouse, a medieval historian writing in Latin within a few years after Richard’s death, had recorded him as having been buried. Other unverified accounts said the king’s body had been thrown by a mob into the River Soar, a mile or more from the priory.

 

Richard Taylor, the University of Leicester official who served as a coordinator for the project, said the last piece of the scientific puzzle fell into place with DNA findings that became available on Sunday, five months after the skeletal remains were uncovered. At that point, he said, members of the team knew that they had achieved something historic.

 

“We knew then, beyond reasonable doubt, that this was Richard III,” Mr. Taylor said. “We’re certain now, as certain as you can be of anything in life.”

The team’s leading geneticist, Turi King, said at a news conference that DNA samples from two modern-day descendants of Richard III’s family had provided a match with samples taken from the skeleton found in the priory ruins. Kevin Schurer, a historian and demographer, tracked down two living descendants of Anne of York, Richard III’s sister, one of them a London-based, Canadian-born furniture maker, Michael Ibsen, 55, and the other a second cousin of Mr. Ibsen’s who has requested anonymity.

 

Dr. King said tests conducted at three laboratories in England and France had found that the descendants’ mitochondrial DNA, a genetic element inherited through the maternal line of descent, matched that extracted from the parking lot skeleton. She said all three samples belonged to a type of mitochondrial DNA that is carried by only 1 to 2 percent of the English population, a rare enough group to satisfy the project team, pending more work on the samples, that a match had been found.

 

When she studied the results for the first time, she said, she “went very quiet, then did a little dance around the laboratory.”

 


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This IS sizzlin' news, folks! Whether you are a history buff or not, King Richard III lived, he was (and his bones are) for real. To learn more of his life (and death) is phenomenal!

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Marilyn Armstrong's curator insight, February 5, 2013 12:48 AM

For anyone who loves history, this is totally cool. I want more information!! Lots more.

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I agree with you, Marilyn! This is totally awesome but of course, I LOVE history! What a story...I am hungry, feed me more!
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The Best Birth Control In The World Is For Men

The Best Birth Control In The World Is For Men | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
If I were going to describe the perfect contraceptive, it would go something like this: no babies, no latex, no daily pill to remember, no hormones to interfere with mood or sex drive, no negative ...

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I definitely categorize this article as sizzlin'. OK, ladies, let's have your opinion. Do you think men could handle such a procedure? And men, do you feel you could handle it? Of course, with everything that sounds good, there are always side effects. Here? Not revealed.

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The only problem is that it is done to men; and we all know that men will never put up with that!

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XII Super Bowl Fun Facts in One Handy Infographic

XII Super Bowl Fun Facts in One Handy Infographic | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
If your excitement for Super Bowl XLVII this Sunday stems more from a love of chili than a love of football (which is tooootally fine, by the way), here are
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Whether a Super Bowl fan or not, fun facts will bring on a smile or perhaps a frown at the $$$ involved! And people are hungry and homeless in America...what gives?

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Commit 1 Percent of Your Time to Service This Year

Commit 1 Percent of Your Time to Service This Year | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
We can do better than good. Together, we can be great.  As Martin Luther King, Jr.
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This may be a little late but it is never to late to be of service!

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Announcing The Great American Teach-Off 2013: Nominate an Innovative Teacher to Win $10K

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Announcing The Great American Teach-Off 2013: Nominate an Innovative Teacher to Win $10K

 

GOOD and University of Phoenix are proud to announce the launch of the second annual Great American Teach-Off for teachers in grades K through 12.

 

This program is a nationwide competition to celebrate U.S.-based elementary, middle and high school teachers that are engaging students to learn effectively and graduate successfully. Whether these teachers have innovative teaching methods, create unique classroom projects, or organize inspiring after-school programs that encourage community involvement in their school, we want to hear more about them!

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Now this is sizzlin' HOT news! If you know a deserving teacher (who doesn't!), please enter that person in the competition. Teachers are NOT recognized enough as it is!

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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

Solar Panels and Schoolyard Chickens: A Net-Positive Campus | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
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?

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Maybe this cleaning will be more enjoyable than house cleaning! Sizzle, sizzle...

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How the World Consumes Social Media

How the World Consumes Social Media | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Social media is trending globally. Check out this infographic to learn about how quickly social media has become prominent around the world.

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No way around it...social media is taking over the world!

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Who Is Using Google+?

Who Is Using Google+? | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
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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2013 Oscars: surprises, snubs and "knew it"

2013 Oscars: surprises, snubs and "knew it" | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

The nominations are out for the 2013 Oscarsand there are some real surprises and snubs by the Academy. Of course, others, like "Lincoln" and "Les Miserables" are ones that are totally expected and very deserving. Before we go to the list of nominations that made it, let's take a look at the snubs and surprises.

 

Some of the expected nominations that were snubbed this year include Ben Affleck for Best Director ("Argo"); Kathryn Bigelow for Best Director ("Zero Dark Thirty"); Tom Hooper for Best Director ("Les Miserables"); Helen Mirren for Best Actress ("Hitchcock"); Marion Cotillard for Best Actress ("Rust and Bone"); John Hawkes for Best Actor ("The Sessions"); Richard Gere for Best Actor ("Arbitrage"); Leonardo DiCaprio for Best Supporting Actor ("Django Unchained"); Matthew McConaughey for Best Supporting Actor ("Magic Mike"); Rian Johnson for Best Original Screenplay ("Looper"); and Best Picture snubs are "Moonrise Kingdom" and "Skyfall".

 

Surprises abound in this year's nominations. The oldest and youngest nominees for best actress brace a wide span with youngest ever 9-year old child actress Quvenzhané Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") and 85-year old actress Emmanuella Riva ("Amour"). And Robert Deniro received his first Oscar nomination in two decades for Best Supporting Actor ("Silver Linings Playbook"). Another surprising nomination was Joaquin Phoenix ("The Master") since the actor has called the Oscars "irrelevant" and his snub to the SAG awards. And another shocking omission this year is France's submission "The Intouchables," which was not even nominated.

 

BUT - to see who actually made the Oscar list, check out the nominations here and prepare for a night of glamour on February 24.


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Can't say that I am into the Oscars...movies don't interest me any more, too much sameo, sameo whereby you already know what is going to happen sometimes before the movie even begins. No new story plots and no new actors to come anywhere near the classics, the icons, the best of the best that have already been and now long gone but NOT forgotten. But for those of you who do favor following the glitz and glimmer of Hollywood, here is the scoop before the real scoop hits the news on Sunday, February 24.

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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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7 Ways To Make Your Brand Look Terrible On Social Media

7 Ways To Make Your Brand Look Terrible On Social Media | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Facebook officially took over the world, Twitter collectively told the world they didn't want to play anymore by locking up their API, and Pinterest made everybody with time to kill happy by sucking them into a near endless supply of beautiful food imagery and cat pictures

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2012 was a big year for social media. Learn from 2012's successes AND flops.

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Students of DIY Workshop Make First Skateboards in Afghanistan

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Students of DIY Workshop Make First Skateboards in Afghanistan

 

Skateistan began as a Kabul-based NGO, and now operates projects in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Pakistan, with a second facility opening in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan, in 2013. Skateistan focuses on reaching out to girls and working children, using skateboarding as a tool for developing leadership opportunities, and building friendship, trust, and social capital among its students. While skateboarding is the initial way to get students involved, Skateistan is then able to provide access to education and platforms for self-expression that help break the cycles of poverty and exclusion.

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Boys and girls participating in a cultural exchange to share new ideas - what a sizzlin' idea, growing and learning together.

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'Digital Tip Jar' Lets Fans Reward Their Favorite Artists, And Donate to Nonprofits | Technology on GOOD

'Digital Tip Jar' Lets Fans Reward Their Favorite Artists, And Donate to Nonprofits | Technology on GOOD | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
'Digital Tip Jar' Lets Fans Reward Their Favorite Artists, And Donate to Nonprofits
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What is your scoop on this scoop? Pennies add up to dollars and dollars add up to more dollars and you know the beat to this song.

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30+ Things to Do with Eggshells | The Prairie Homestead

30+ Things to Do with Eggshells | The Prairie Homestead | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

Every now and again I get to read some just plain country wisdom. This piece blew me away. It's like that old song, "How do you think I started in life? Bought me a sow and other such things." Well here we go with using something most of us just dump. From www.theprairiehomestead.com


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What could possibly b'e more sizzlin' that knowing what to do with eggshells? Some of the suggestions will definitely amaze you! They did me...

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Kenneth Weene's curator insight, February 3, 2013 11:17 AM

I will probably never gollow a single one of these suggestions -- in part because we eat few eggs and don't have chickens in our condo. Nevertheless, the idea of this article blew me away.

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To Pee or Not to Pee

To Pee or Not to Pee | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

At last, someone addressing a real issue! To pee, or not to pee? That is the question. Everyone who has ever gone to a movie knows this predicament- whether 'tis nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of painfully watching a movie when you have to relieve yourself, or to take arms against a sea of porcelain and miss a few minutes of a movie you've paid to see.

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I have to post this on as sizzlin' for holding pee is not a pleasantry, but a burning, stinging, foot wiggling, leg jumping, irritable feeling! For me, to pee or not too pee is not a difficult question to answer...no thought on the matter whatsoever: As I posted on Marilyn's blog, when I gotta go, I gotta go or else find when I do go I already went!

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[INFOGRAPHIC] Do Teens Prefer Social Media To Real Life?

[INFOGRAPHIC] Do Teens Prefer Social Media To Real Life? | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Many adults feel that teens are making a shift from in-person communications to digital ones.
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Sizzlin' Fact: Contrary to what many adults believe, teens still prefer to talk face-to-face as opposed to sending text messages.

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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

USA TODAY

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

Pinterest Marketing - Why You Should Use It | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

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!


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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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Pinterest Marketing - Why You Should Use It | @scoopit http://sco.lt/...

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Is Social Media Your 24-Hour Turn On?

Is Social Media Your 24-Hour Turn On? | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
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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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.

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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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7 Reasons to Love the New Scoop.it

7 Reasons to Love the New Scoop.it | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
.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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