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How to Build Online Trust [Infographic]

How to Build Online Trust [Infographic] | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

The information provided in this infographic is timeless and transcends every medium by which your company represents itself. Be authentic, transparent, and above all, respectful of promises made and of the information users generously give.

 

And last, trust is not built over night, rather it is “created through the repetition of positive interactions over time.”


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The Ten Commandments Of Twitter

The Ten Commandments Of Twitter | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

Oscar Del Santo: "The proliferation of trolls and fanatics in our beloved chirping microblog has made it urgent to issue some shared guidelines we can all adhere to" ...


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25 Must have Popular Online tools for Freelancers [Recommended] | All Infographics

25 Must have Popular Online tools for Freelancers [Recommended] | All Infographics | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

Infographics on Online Popular Tools for Freelancers big list of recommended tools and apps to get better monthly income in billions of dollars with marketing

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Pull Content From Anywhere On The Web And Start A Conversation With Branch

Giuseppe Mauriello: Branch, the new service of Twitter founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone, came out of private beta some days ago. Branch aims to help the world have better, deeper, and more human conversations online.

 

From official Branch Blog:

"We think the internet is an incredible tool. It’s given each of us a voice, and the power to share our voice instantly with millions of people around the world. But gaining the power to talk to the world hasn’t lessened the value of talking to each other. If anything, we think it’s more important than ever.

 

That’s why we wanted to build a new way to talk to each other, and why we’ve built Branch. Between articles, blog posts, and tweets, the internet is dominated by monologues. So we want to build a home for dialogues online, by combining the intimacy of a dinner table conversation with the power of the Internet..."

 

 

From review article by TechCrunch:

"Branch is building on and expanding the 140-character world of Twitter, allowing users to pull content from just about anywhere on the Web and start a dialogue about that content and publish it to the world. As the team explains in its post, the service is designed as a way to quiet the noise of communication tools on the Web and focus on what’s important and who you want to include in that discussion.

 

Like blog posts, the team explains, Branches are public and you can decide who is included in the dialogue and expand on a particular tweet or video, for example, that got your juices flowing. Other users can respond to those comments, share it, or subscribe to that user. 

 

Users can ask questions of their friends, initiate public debates, share media and publish their own ideas. Really, Branch is combining the Facebook status with a bit of Yammer’s curation and information sharing and the comment section model — all within the context of Twitter’s realtime media landscape.

 

The team has also released a bookmarklet that enables users to import threads from Twitter and expand on them, giving them context and making them easier to process and follow.

 

The other nifty feature here is that Branch threads can be embedded in blogs (like WordPress and Tumblr, for example), allowing you to display conversations in context, rather than relying on screenshots of comment sections or sharing the sensitive information..."

 

 

Read full article on TechCrunch:

http://techcrunch.com/2012/08/13/obvious-backed-branch-comes-out-of-public-beta-to-foster-conversations-online/

 

Check out it and request an invite: http://branch.com

 

Blog Post on Branch: 

http://bulletin.branch.com/post/29351108916/welcome-to-branch

 

Branch’s introductory video on Vimeo: 

http://vimeo.com/47334795


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Groupiest | Create a Social Network Free

Groupiest | Create a Social Network Free | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
Create your own social network for free. We give you the content. Share your passion and create a fan following.

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Best Tools To Measure And Improve Your Social Influence… And Klout

Best Tools To Measure And Improve Your Social Influence… And Klout | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

The creation and quick spread of online social media have modified that meaning, or, maybe, there's a totally new definition under the nomenclature online social influence. Are we trying to persuade via social media?

M easure its influence on social networks is not easy.

Klout is now the market leader despite his detractors who qualify Klout social gaming around the influence, rather than a true reference tool.

OSI [Online/Digital Social Influence] is a matter of prestige more than persuasion.

Once you have reached the desired level, you will influence the online actions of others. It’s the “ability to inspire action”.

Andrew Grill, Kred CEO considers more important what happens after we get to that level.

He gives some tips to boost your online influence via social media:

Firstly, find out where you are an influencer [which area of expertise] and then focus on that area. Social media, for example, is too wide. Define and contact your advocates, those followers that you [or your brand] influence the most and use them to get more awareness. Develop an Influence Action Plan

 

What follows are the steps to develop a successful action plan according to Brian Solis :

Track performances against current benchmarks that capture existing sentiments, behaviours and awareness. Define who your target audience is. Develop the strategy. You’ll have to take into account both your community and all your community’s followers. Find out what does matter to them and use that info in your daily content. Determine who are your most influential followers and use them in order to improve your social media outreach. Launch the outreach campaign, remembering that key influencers’ behaviours are totally unexpected. That is the reason the next step is crucial. Measure constantly. Monitor all that you do every day and modify the strategy when needed.

8 alternatives to Klout

Klout is the most used tool… And also the most criticized. It’s very common that we all want to get the highest level, and nobody wants to see the score going down, especially when we think it should be going up.

It is a very social tool. You can socialise with your contacts and there’s also the possibility to share your score on social networks. You are also allowed to know what Klout style are your contacts, know who are your influencers and the ones you influence the most.

However, the algorithm they use to calculate the rate is totally unknown.

There’s no transparency and  is mainly focused on two social networks; Twitter and most of all, Facebook.

Social With It shows you other 8 similar tools - TwitterGrader, TweetLevel, TweetReach, PROskore, Kred, PerrIndex, and Twitalyser Traakr - visually comparing the principal data amongst them. All OSI tools are organized according to three concepts: reach, relevance and resonance [triple R]

 

Do you want to know some other details on these and other tools?

Check this amazing study by Brian Solis and Altimeter.

 

By Gema Molina Garcia. http://bit.ly/NRQKqQ

Source. http://bit.ly/NRQY1t


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iPad As.... Different Apps for Different Activities - All in a Chart

iPad As.... Different Apps for Different Activities - All in a Chart | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
EdTechTeacher provides professional development services to teachers, schools, districts, and administrators.

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Guide to Using Pinterest for Business (infographic)

Guide to Using Pinterest for Business (infographic) | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

By now, almost every marketer has heard of Pinterest and seen the statistics on why it will be a game changer in the world of social networking. Presented in this infographic are a few helpful ideas to guide you as you develop a Pinterest marketing plan. Less focused on explaining why you should join the network, this infographic details just how you should be using Pinterest for Business.


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Twitter Tips For Relationship Building – 6 Best Practices.

Twitter Tips For Relationship Building – 6 Best Practices. | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

I recently wrote on my thoughts for getting back to basics this year with my social media efforts.


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Vidinterest is a Pinterest Site for Videos Only

Vidinterest is a Pinterest Site for Videos Only | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

Nepal-based Vidinterest.com adopted the Pinterest idea of a social pinboard, but focuses just on video sharing and discovery.


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What Makes Facebook Account to be valued more than $115 Per Users | All Infographics

What Makes Facebook Account to be valued more than $115 Per Users | All Infographics | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
Infographics on Facebook Account Valuation at $115 Per User Friend Account Social Media Networking with Billion Dollar Valuation in IPO rocking for Business...
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How Social Networks Help you Find Perfect Dream Job | All Infographics

How Social Networks Help you Find Perfect Dream Job | All Infographics | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

Social Media networks are updating the world with new technologies almost everyday. While we are using Social Media for everything today starting from finding and connecting to classmates to networking and gathering all sorts of information. Find Out how Social Media can actually help you to the best in finding the best possible Dream Job

 

 

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meetingl.com - easy and free video conferencing

meetingl.com - easy and free video conferencing | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
free web video conference solution for up to 8 persons and for any browser - no software downlaod - no registration required...

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Doodlecast Pro - App to Create Presentations

Doodlecast Pro is the easiest way to create presentations on your iPad. The app records your voice as you draw to create quick presentations. Doodlecast Pro saves videos to the camera roll making it easy to import them into popular video editors or presentation tools such as iMovie, Keynote, or iBooks Author. Perfect for teachers, students, business people and anyone needing an elegant way to share ideas.

Rich feature set:
• Multiple brush and pointer styles
• Control over colours, line weight and opacity
• Set backgrounds and import your own images
• Support for multiple pages as well as undo and redo
• Save videos and images directly to your photo album
• Built-in support for sharing via e-mail and YouTube

Doodlecast Pro helps you create and share videos for a range of purposes:
• Prepare lessons to share with your students.
• Create video school reports on your favourite topic.
• Provide feedback on visual designs, layouts, or charts.
• Annotate charts and graphs for business presentations.
• Capture mind maps and notes during brainstorming sessions.
• Create fun animated messages to send to friends and family.

CAPTURE THE PROCESS: PROBLEM SOLVED
The thinking that goes into presentations and brainstorming sessions is as important as the end results. Doodlecast Pro helps you capture the whole process, not just the result - making it easy to share and review your ideas.

CONVENIENT FILE FORMATS
Doodlecast Pro saves videos and images in standard formats making it easy to share or import into a variety of editing and presentation tools.


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Mozilla Popcorn Video Editor

Mozilla Popcorn Video Editor | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

Popcorn Maker 1.0 will empower you to make cool web-based media, whether you’re a beginner or pro. With over 20 plugins—ranging from Twitter to Google Maps to video processing—you’ll be able to stitch up a stylish video that’s woven into the web. And, of course, it’s 100% free and open source.


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Students and Teachers – Should both be friends on Facebook? | All Infographics

Students and Teachers – Should both be friends on Facebook? | All Infographics | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
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YouTube makes it easier for playlist creators to tell a story with new intro and outro feature

YouTube makes it easier for playlist creators to tell a story with new intro and outro feature | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

Excerped from article:

"YouTube decided to help out the community a bit by releasing a new intro and outro feature that lets you insert professional clips in between your videos easily.

 

YouTube Engineer Eric Lundberg said:

"You can choose from a variety of styles for text introductions and even add royalty-free music tracks. Interstitials will appear as unlisted videos in your account, and are eligible for monetization if they are at least 15 seconds long."

 

These particular features allow video creators to tell a full story in a series of videos. Even if you’re not making your own videos, creating a playlist is a way of providing a valuable service to the community."

 

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http://thenextweb.com/google/2012/08/23/youtube-makes-easier-video-creators-tell-story-new-intro-outro-feature/


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Youtube has introduced a great curating feature for the playlist service. You can insert professional clips in between your videos, you can choose from a variety of styles for text introductions, add royalty-free music tracks and your interstitials will appear as unlisted videos in your account and are eligible for monetization if they are 15 seconds long.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 10 Great Free Web Tools for Teachers and Educators

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 10 Great Free Web Tools for Teachers and Educators | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

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Great post, especially since my website is listed as one of the ten to check out! :)
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eduClipper: The Pinterest of Education

eduClipper: The Pinterest of Education | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
Pinterest revolutionized the way we keep track of the gems that we find on the Internet, with categories of interest ranging from home decorating to cooking.

While it hosts a wealth of educational resources, wouldn’t it be nice for educators to have a similar site tailored solely to educational purposes?

Such a site exists! It’s called eduClipper, a virtual pin board designed specifically for education. It is, hands down, the latest and greatest innovation in education.


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Self Selling Your Self Published Book

Self Selling Your Self Published Book | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
book just isn't good enough. Fortunately though, the advent of self publishing has come with the information age, tipping the scales in favor of the writer, (Self Selling Your Self Published Book. (Please ReTweet!

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How to Create Your Own Online Course: 100 Tools, Guides, and Resources

How to Create Your Own Online Course: 100 Tools, Guides, and Resources | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

Platforms, background and resources to create your own online course.


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Tesacu's comment, April 7, 2013 6:46 PM
Gracias por compartirlo. Excelente aporte ;-)
Tesacu's comment, April 7, 2013 6:46 PM
Gracias por compartirlo. Excelente aporte ;-)
Adriana Favieri's comment, April 7, 2013 7:14 PM
de nada!! espero les sirva!!
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28 Creative Pinboard Ideas To Power Your Pinterest Marketing

28 Creative Pinboard Ideas To Power Your Pinterest Marketing | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

Excerpted from article:

"With the rise in popularity of visual content, marketers are realizing that Pinterest is a great way to show off their brands' personalities, engage their social media fans and followers, and even generate some leads along the way.

 

Here are 28 creative pinboard ideas to power your Pinterest marketing.

1) Idea/Inspiration/Example Board;

2) Philanthropy Board;

3) Marketing Campaign Board;

4) Video Board;

5) Customer Success Board;

6) Products/Services Board;

7) Behind the Scenes Board;

8) Contest Board;

9) Employee Board;

10) Mission Board;

11) User-Generated Board;

12) Blog Board;

13) Content/Resources Board;

14) Testimonials Board;

15) Visual Industry Data/Statistics Board;

16) Industry Infographics/Diagrams/Flowcharts Board;

17) Meme Board;

18) Complementary Products Board;

19) Inspirational Industry Quotes;

20) Events/Conferences Board;

21) Brand Lifestyle Board;

22) Industry Tips Board;

23) History Board;

24) Customer Interest Board;

25) Industry Cartoons Board;

26) A Day at the Office Board;

27) Newsjacking Boards;

28) Boards Organized By Location;

 

Each pinboard is analyzed with many details, links and images.

Read full interesting article here:

http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/33457/28-Creative-Pinboard-Ideas-From-Real-Brands-on-Pinterest.aspx


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Step by Step Guide to the Google+ Business/Local Merge Verification Process

Step by Step Guide to the Google+ Business/Local Merge Verification Process | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
Updated Saturday, Aug 4th.If you already have a Google+ Business page (or create one) then you can now merge that Google+ Business page with your existing...

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RIP Google+ Plus - What would it mean to Social Media World | All Infographics

RIP Google+ Plus - What would it mean to Social Media World | All Infographics | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it
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Direct YouTube Downloader

Direct YouTube Downloader | Virtual Options: Social Media for Business | Scoop.it

Download Youtube videos and save in formats suitable for a range of mobile devices and tablets.


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theo kuechel's comment, August 1, 2012 4:22 AM
Although this downloads for IOS and other devices; it is worth noting thta the application itself is Windows only.
theo kuechel's comment, August 1, 2012 6:10 AM
Although this downloads YouTube videos in formats suitable for for IOS and other devices; it is worth noting that the application itself is Windows only.
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