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Yes, You CAN Get Fired For Trashing Your Company on Facebook & the National Labor Relations Act

Yes, You CAN Get Fired For Trashing Your Company on Facebook & the National Labor Relations Act | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

This is a useful cautionary example involving a non-profit, the National Labor Relations Board, lawyers and two employees in conversation on Facebook.

     

Generally speaking:

     

  • One employee, griping alone on Facebook about his employer, can be fired; but,
          
  • Two employees, complaining together on Facebook about their employer, cannot be fired.
        

The distinction is that the two employees are engaged in concerted activity — group discussion of workplace issues — which, even in a non-union private-sector workplace, is protected via the National Labor Relations Act.

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

If you are an employer, it's important to stay on top of trends and precedents on employee chatter about your business in social media.  It will help you define what good faith social media policies are, clarify free speech vs. maligning your employer in social media and discussing workplace issues, how, where, when, what.  ~  D

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For employers, it's important to stay on top of trends and precedents regarding employee conversations about your business in social media .  This offers help as to the how, where, when, who, what, and why.  It will help you define what belongs in good faith social media policies and clarify free speech.  


From our Social Media Learning Lab news.  (Also just added, getting the full context on "selfies" in social media.)  ~  D

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The Real-Time Human Handiwork Improving Twitter Search

The Real-Time Human Handiwork Improving Twitter Search | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it


One of the magical things about Twitter is that it opens a window to the world in real-time. An event happens, and just seconds later, it’s shared for people across the planet to see.


...when Flight 1549 crashed in the Hudson, @jkrums on twitter shared, "

http://twitpic.com/135xa - There's a plane in the Hudson. I'm on the ferry going to pick up the people. Crazy.  3:36 PM - 15 Jan 2009

When [other]  major events happened, such as when Osama bin Laden was killed, and when Mitt Romney mentioned binders during the presidential debates, people instantly came to Twitter – and, in particular, Twitter search – to discover what was happening.


...[there's a] real-time human computation engine we built that allows us to find search queries as soon as they’re trending, ...[these are sent to] real humans to be judged...


...Overview....how the system works.


(1) ...we monitor for which search queries are currently popular.

Behind the scenes: we run a Storm topology that tracks statistics on search queries.

     

For example: the query “Big Bird” may be averaging zero searches a day, but at 6pm on October 3, we suddenly see a spike in searches from the US.


(2) Next, as soon as we discover a new popular search query, we send it to our human evaluation systems, where judges are asked a variety of questions about the query.


Behind the scenes: when [we detect] that a query has reached sufficient popularity, it ...dispatches the query to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service, and then polls Mechanical Turk for a response.


For example: as soon as we notice “Big Bird” spiking, we may ask judges on Mechanical Turk to categorize the query, or provide other information (e.g., whether there are likely to be interesting pictures of the query, or whether the query is about a person or an event) that helps us serve relevant tweets and ads.


Photo by Dixon Tam, Flickr CC

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I'm writing a digital chapter for a professional book for Wiley that includes crowdsourcing.  I was delighted to hear of this example of the human interaction in twitter and wanted to share it with you.  ~ D

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Still Using Hotmail, AOL or Yahoo Email? Really? Security reasons to Update

Still Using Hotmail, AOL or Yahoo Email? Really? Security reasons to Update | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Anyone that still uses an Hotmail, AOL or Yahoo email address is publicly admitting that technology has passed them by. It is not that they are just uncool, they are a security risk. If you are running a business via AOL or Yahoo email, you need to know that your customers and contacts are at risk from receiving malware, spyware or other damaging payload via your email account.


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It is not that they are just uncool, they are a security risk. 

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Most people with Hotmail, AOL & Yahoo accounts have no idea what two-factor authentication is or how to enable it. Because of that, these email accounts are very susceptible to someone cracking the password and sending email to all of your address book and people that you have ever sent a message to or received a message from. Despite the embarrassment of having your account hacked, it is a liability to your continued business success.

Gmail still has some cachet, but anyone using email for a business purpose can register a domain for $10 and enable email within about 10 minutes. That along with two-factor will help keep your good name solid and secure.


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Two factor authentication means that Google, Facebook, Amazon, twitter, or others want an extra bit of identification, like a zip code, or to send a code to your mobile phone so that you can verify that you are who you say you are.  

From CNet:  "2FA is nothing new. When you use your credit card and you must enter in your ZIP code to confirm a charge, that's an example of 2FA in action. You must provide a physical factor, the card, and a knowledge factor, the ZIP code."

Personally all of my email accounts, old and new, are forwarded through Gmail.  The spam is cleaned out well, and my business email account, has the personalized name REVELN.com, but is really a Google business app.  It's been so helpful to keeping spam out of my way and prioritizing messages as "important."

I may use something else if there is a need for high security, but for now, my clients and communication are fairly safe.    What do you use to keep your email and communication safe and usable?


~  Deb 

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Hey Folks, Guess What? LinkedIn Is Not a Dating Site!

Hey Folks, Guess What? LinkedIn Is Not a Dating Site! | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

"LinkedIn is an incredibly valuable business connection and resource site. When used properly."


Excerpt:
   
...you don’t want to become the person others avoid or warn others about. If you want to maximize your LinkedIn experience, consider doing the following: 
 

Reach out to people you know for connections. If you want to connect with someone you don’t know, tell them why – and make sure it’s a business reason:
    

  • Seek to learn about companies: Their goals, needs and challenges (instead of seeking to sell them something).
   
  • Connect people to solutions: Even when it’s not something you sell.
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

It's important to have a business connection of some sort, and to clarify this in your request to connect.  Attempting to use a generic and impersonal request to connect could be suspect, especially if it turns out to be based on the attractiveness of a the recipients business photo.  It is not the way to go to build your business. 

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The Social Media Frequency Guide: How Often to Post

The Social Media Frequency Guide: How Often to Post | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Make your social media frequency the most valuable. Find out how often you should be posting to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and more.

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This is another good reference to add to why, what, where, when and how for social media.  This one is about how often.  ~  Deb

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Lee Werrell's curator insight, September 13, 5:00 AM

People who blanket their ads across social media need not read this, those who are professional and courteous should.

Gary Obermeyer's curator insight, September 13, 11:36 AM

Well presented information, but should not be used as gospel.  things change so fast in social media that there's a half-life to just about any rules and guidelines.  My best advice, have a plan that makes sense to you and pay attention to the analytics. 

Nicholas C. Rossis's curator insight, September 15, 8:17 AM

How not to annoy your followers on your social media: interesting for authors and non-authors alike.  

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15 Visual Content Tools That Rock, Power Up your Message

15 Visual Content Tools That Rock, Power Up your Message | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

"...Visual content can create the perfect balance for your blog [or message.]"

Nearly all of these are free or freemium.

Here are 5 of the 15 - excerpted:


1. PLACEIT

Placeit is a unique tool that allows you to choose from a range of pre-made templates and backgrounds, for you to then ‘place’ your own images in. …[OR]…type in any URL and Placeit will automatically insert a screenshot of the page into your design.
 

To get the best size images and unlock more features, you will have to pay. However you can get a decently sized version of your creation to use for free.
 

2. SHARE AS IMAGE

This Chrome extension is an easy way to turn any text that you find when browsing, into a striking image that you can then share. The benefits of it being a bookmarklet, means that you don’t need to leave your browser or open another tab/window, in order to create highly shareable images.
 

4. VISME

[Big Feature…it does]… a range of tasks all in one place. From presentations, infographics, animations and much more, it allows you to create some truly stunning visual content, right from your browser. No need to download any clunky software!
 

5. CANVA

[The author’s] …favourite graphic image design tool outside of PhotoShop. It has everything ….offering ready-to-go templates for things like flyers, social media covers, documents and more.
 

8. INFOGR.AM

Who can deny the power of a great infographic? …They can also tell us a great deal about a subject in a very small space. …With over 30 chart types to choose from, there’s bound to be something to get you started.

 

Others include SlideShare, Gimp, Tagxedo and more.

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Writing without the power of visuals is flat and boring. These tools bring your ideas to life. Stacey's made some very useful annotations about what is useful about each of the 15 tools.  Great list!  ~  Deb

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 6, 8:22 AM

A short list of tools for creating visual content.

All of them are good, but are much more than these 15.

Pam Colburn Harland's curator insight, September 7, 8:39 AM

Great list of useful graphics tools!

Tatiana Kuzmina's curator insight, September 27, 1:42 PM

Good selection

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The Voice of Reason: Facebook Messenger has invasive permissions like MOST apps

The Voice of Reason:  Facebook Messenger has invasive permissions like MOST apps | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Few of us realize, or understand, the access we give to programs we use every day.

    

Via the Washington Post:  In Facebook’s defense, there are plenty of legitimate reasons for requesting these permissions. Messenger needs access to your camera, for instance, so that you can send pictures, and few people would want to confirm microphone access every time they use the app to place a call.
     

....Our collective ignorance over this whole app permissions thing probably explains the hullabaloo over Messenger. Yes, it’s potentially “insidious,” to quote Fiorella, but so are WhatsApp, Viber, MessageMe and virtually every other popular messaging app, all of which request comparably creepy permissions. 
 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

I logged out of my mobile Facebook account due to video data usage.  I uninstalled Facebook Messenger too as it was just a bit too intrusive to my taste,   Now it's good to review just what you need in order for the app to work in the first place, like most apps.  It's all about the data they collect that funds the way they do business.  ~  D

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Beyond the Stilted Webinar: 5 Essential Ingredients For Learning (SPLAT)

Beyond the Stilted Webinar:  5 Essential Ingredients For Learning (SPLAT) | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Kelly created the acronym, SPLAT, to define the five most ingredients in helping others learn.
   

S = Safety–creating an environment that allows for learning
P = Problem solving–helping others find solutions
L = Lectures–avoiding them and focusing on teaching instead
A = All–all audiences are visual learners
T = Talking–teaching others is one of the best ways to learn

  
Excerpted:

  

Remember this from the 5 points in the article:

   

4. All Audiences Are Visual

   
Bryan Kelly addresses the research on variety of ways students learn. …in studying the neuroscience of audiences, Kelly found the vast majority of people are still influenced significantly by what they see.

Simply talking through content with listeners is not enough.

   

5. Talking: a reminder that learning almost always happens best when learners talk about what they learn.

  

…In the school setting… A true assessment is to see if a learner has internalized a lesson enough to effectively tell someone else about it.

   

…we can keep learning meaningful when we SPLAT:

  • Provide safe learning environments.
  • Make content a part of finding solutions to problems.
  • Engage others by avoiding lectures.
  • Remember all of us learn though what they see in visuals.
  • And help others apply and “talk through” what they have learned.
        

As always in our ScoopIt news, click on the photo or title to see the full Scooped post.

       

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Getting social with learning, powering up by getting diggity digital with it.   Why not release the power by empowering in the 2014 learning places?   ~  Deb

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Stephanie Sandifer's curator insight, July 27, 11:17 AM

I consider myself to be an "experienced" educator -- that means I've spent many years in the classroom and I'm "old."  But I've never stopped trying to learn more and to be reflective about what I am doing so that I can improve how I help students learn.  

The five ingredients listed in this blog post are fairly "spot on" in my opinion and my experience.  I would have enjoyed a post like this when I first started my teaching career.  I'm not sure if I would have fully understood all of this initially -- but it would have made it much easier to learn this in the trenches.  

Share this with all of your teaching colleagues -- "experienced" and "new" to the profession... 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, July 27, 7:53 PM

So many webinars do NOT follow this handy SPLAT acronym.  Q & A, by "raising your hand" is not the same as "talking is learning."  We have a long ways to go to enable full conversation in webinars.  The current stay is still MUCH more lecture based.  ~  Deb

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The Top 3 List: Universities Effectively Using Social Media

The Top 3 List:  Universities Effectively Using Social Media | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

There are 22 million people following the top 100 social media savvy universities on Facebook.   Which ones are in the top 3?  One of them is a certain well-known major research university in the Midwest.   Find out via this handy infographic.

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This handy infographic list features the top 100 social media schools that have generated 2,174 followers per day via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn Google+ and Instagram.    ~  Deb


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Thanks for the shares, Robin! Happy travels!
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6 Curation Basics: Meeting the Needs of Your Scan Savvy Clients in Social Media

6 Curation Basics:  Meeting the Needs of Your Scan Savvy Clients in Social Media | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

"The cream of the curators are those who can sort through the digital avalanche of noise  and find the buried gems.    Just like a great DJ on a radio station who DOES have control over what gets airplay..."

 

Here several examples from the six (6) curation basics that can help you enrich your perspectives of the world, including dealing with media filter bubbles.

 

Curation Basic #1 - Feature YOUR PERSPECTIVE in a speciality interest area by posting content and commenting on


If you have truths valued by others, via your perspective of the world, curation is a great way to share it. 


Curation Basic #2 - Grow your audience by figuring out where your audience is and THEN choose an “anchor” tool that best fits them AND you

When your community values your work to create that niched space of collection & commentary, your followers will grow and share your content in that space.  Two newsletters I've created on ScoopIt that each have over 5000 followers are  Change Leadership Watch and Change Management Resources on ScoopIt.   Followers regularly share this content via tweets and "Re-Scoops" so that others are attracted to the curated "change" content.

Curation Basic #3Choose an “integration” tool that best fits YOU and time it with your events

People have asked me to teach them about a specific social media curation or integration tool, like Hootsuite, ScoopIt via this example @Deb Nystrom, REVELN, Instagram (yes, it is an integrator) and Sprout Social.   These days, most social media platforms have built in integration.   So, here’s the thing:  No one really cares what you use to integrate, as long as they get your posts and news.  It just needs to be something YOU like to use regularly, as in 2-3 times a week to 20 minutes a day or more.  

The best time to curate is before or after an event and whenever you also launch other marketing such as radio, a blog-talk show, and presentations.  Putting the real live you with curation is a strong combo. If you like it, you’ll use it.  


Curation Basic #5 Your chosen tools are central to the message you deliver

With reference to Marshall McLuhan, “the medium is the message,” and  referencing Facebook in the spotlight in 2014 for manipulating news feeds, there are also problems with social media tools.  From my earlier blog post on filter bubbles, note the message you send what what you tools you choose to use and how you use them:


Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This is my own post sharing examples, photos and a video of what've I learned in curating for the past 4 years, from twitter, Posterous to ScoopIt and Hootsuite.  ~ Deb

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The Top 10 Brands With the Most Influential Content Marketing on LinkedIn [Infographic] - Profs

The Top 10 Brands With the Most Influential Content Marketing on LinkedIn [Infographic] - Profs | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

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I'm glad to pass along this handy, timely branding infographic from Marketing Profs.    

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iNeoMarketing's curator insight, July 9, 5:51 PM

Some best practices coming at you.

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8 Lesser-Known Strategies to Get More Out of LinkedIn

8 Lesser-Known Strategies to Get More Out of LinkedIn | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

"LinkedIn is a great platform for finding capable employees, but that's only the beginning of its value."

Here's a sample of the 8 strategies: 


1. Get involved in niche groups

Becoming active and engaged in micro-niche communities is a great way to be seen as an expert and helpful resource. This leads to opportunities for lead generation, networking, partnerships and much more.  — Patrick Conley, Automation Heroes

5. Help others

LinkedIn mutual connections is an amazing tool. It shows you exactly who you are connected to, and how you may be one direct introduction away from your dream customer. — Brewster Stanislaw, Inside Social


Also, in the same light, 3. Export your contacts as Darrah Brustein, Network Under 40 / Finance Whiz Kids does every quarter or so.  She shares her LinkedIn contacts with her valuable referral partners. She invites them to go through the contacts and highlight anyone who might be a great resource or potential client for them. Generally this becomes a reciprocal practice and a great way to warm up referrals.

8. Invest more of your time

Logging in and checking out the "Who's Viewed My Page" section isn't going to cut it. Even just 15 minutes a day will really bring in results. I personally use Sprout Social to post frequently, which takes no time at all. I also use their new publishing platform [to get] social numbers on my content. I...So the bulk of that 15 minutes I actually use to comment, chat and reach out personally.
—  Article author Maren Hogan, Red Branch Media

 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Author Maren Hogan has something in common with Networlding LinkedIn expert Melissa (G) Wilson, it is about purpose and relationships and putting in the time strategically to get results.  ~  Deb

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Facebook NewsFeed Manipulation Prompts FTC Complaint, Investigation Possible

Facebook NewsFeed Manipulation Prompts FTC Complaint, Investigation Possible | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has previously filed complaints against Facebook, and was largely successful in their efforts.  Their current formal complaint asks the agency to begin an investigation, and comes in response to the news that Facebook manipulated the News Feeds of 689,003 users.

The the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) 2012 settlement with Facebook followed from a Complaint filed by EPIC and a coalition of privacy and civil liberties organization in December 2009 and a Supplemental Complaint filed by EPIC in February 2010.  In that matter, the FTC settled charges that Facebook “deceived consumers by telling them they could keep their information on Facebook private, and then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public.”


The full article details three allegations:

Count I: Deceptive Failure to Inform Users that their Data Would Be Shared With Third-Party Researchers

Count II: Unfair Failure to Inform Users That They Were Subject to Behavioral Testing


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Count III: Violation of the 2012 Consent Order

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

This Forbes piece helps us realize there are watchdog groups out there that deserve our support, in order to temper the profit-making motives of the big companies that use our social data, the context for using social media "for free."   That it is listed on Forbes is amusing, as well as helpful. ~  Deb

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Still a Huge Force for Business Reach: Google, Facebook, Amazon and Others Thrive Despite Objections

Still a Huge Force for Business Reach:  Google, Facebook, Amazon and Others Thrive Despite Objections | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it
European consumers may criticize Facebook’s privacy policies or working conditions at Amazon, but they are still hooked on American technology companies.


Stuart Turnbull, 42, a writer in England, once tried to shut down his Facebook account after realizing that he was spending too much time sharing posts and comments. 
 

“Yet as he looked to build contacts with other writers and editors around the world, Mr. Turnbull, who works from a home office in the small town of Crieff, soon changed his mind. He even opened a second Facebook account dedicated to his literary career.”  

Source:  New York Times, July 6, 2014

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Love 'em, hate 'em, using the mixed blessing of social media is via US technology giants is force of business today.  Educating yourself to be as fully aware of the news and views, and filter bubbles of social media can help you use it more effectively.  

That is what the Social Media Learning Lab is about.    ~  Deb

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3 Cool Ways to Use Instagram's #SelfieLapse on Hyperlapse to Create a Great Vid

3 Cool Ways to Use Instagram's #SelfieLapse on Hyperlapse to Create a Great Vid | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Hyperlapse and #SelfieLapse
 

Hyperlapse is.... a recently unveiled app from the Instagram [that] lets users capture longer video sequences and then easily make them much more compact, by reproducing the video at a much faster rate, ....creating a stunning, cinematic effect.
 

....Hyperlapse has now been optimized to be used with front-facing cameras, creating the phenomenon known as #SelfieLapse.

#SelfieLapse is a lot more than just a gimmicky trend ....there are a lot of opportunities to take advantage of using this feature on the Hyperlapse app.


  • [Show] how a product is built or how it works ...film yourself putting together or even unveiling a new creation on the #SelfieLapse mode and then easily share it to social media as a teaser to create some buzz.
     
  • Take your followers to an event. ..
   
  • Interactive instant testimonials. ....create interaction on social media....documenting their first impression, their first use or even the instant results ...create some interaction between yourself and your followers as well ....

 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Looks like this could really be a stand-out app and tool for sharing your message?  Have you tried it?   I'm going to an event this Saturday, and with their involvement, perhaps I will.  :-)  ~  Deb

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Dropbox squashes desktop client bug, offers free Pro upgrade to those who lost files

Dropbox squashes desktop client bug, offers free Pro upgrade to those who lost files | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Those who rely on Dropbox to store their personal files may have lost some of their data. The service has experienced some issues regarding a bug in older versions of its available desktop apps. This bug deleted files uploaded by affected users who activated the Selective Sync feature, leading some to find they'd lost a large amount of files. 


...Should you be one of the select few who have been affected by this bug, Dropbox has been reaching out to customers via email with an apology and offer for a year's worth of Dropbox Pro for free.

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Hacker or bug problems are a drawback if you rely on the cloud, yet storage systems can fail.  Saving in two locations makes sense.  ~  D

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How to avoid the BOTS and Twitter users who waste your time

How to avoid the BOTS and Twitter users who waste your time | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

"[There are]t people (and often just machines) whose lone goal is to sell you stuff. Some of them just collect followers for sale. For these reasons, there is no point to follow them.


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Type 1: “Following equals followers”
They are kind of guys, who have the same number of followers as the number of people they follow. [They] gain followers is to start following some unaware people. They are so surprised someone is interested in their tweets, they instantly feel obliged to follow back. Well, this is the way honest people act, isn’t it? The type described here know that. They don’t read your tweets, but they certainly care to spam you properly with their owns.


Type 2: “Thanks for following”
You start to follow people who you find interesting. Suddenly, you get a notification someone mentioned you. For a budding Twitter user it’s always a heartbeat. You discover someone thanked you for following them! While it’s nice, you should look carefully at that person.

[Also note that “Thank-yous”] are just one of [many] normal selling techniques. It’s pretty likely, the whole account is just to tweet about nothing, and to target you with a product the guy is selling from time to time.


Type 4: “Tweeting dusk to dawn” - [The Twitter Bots]
Before following someone, always have a look at their profile. Good look, good bio, decent number or followers. …you notice they have 4.3k tweets. That means they tweet 20 times a day and have 20 hands and 10 heads. In other words, they are actually a team of people, not a single person. This may not be something absolutely bad as long as the tweets are interesting. Popular websites and companies have such accounts.

But be aware the "user" is not going to read anything you write.
 

Type 5: “Optimistic spammers”
[Review] recent tweets by someone you are going to follow. ...some [are by] desperate entrepreneurs who were told Twitter was good for marketing. Such accounts are full of rubbish like “Did you see our latest offer today?” or the avatar is some soulless logo. Keep away!

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Good points by Greg here, especially how to TELL if you are dealing with a TwitterBot, an early version of the Matrix, just ready to lull you into a machine relationship with no benefit to you at all, other than if you just want to buy stuff you may not need.  

Good piece wth a video included.  ~  Deb

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Knocking The Boss on Social Media? The NLRB Weighs In & Reverses the Outcome

Knocking The Boss on Social Media?  The NLRB Weighs In & Reverses the Outcome | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

With the rise of social media, many business owners have sought to control what their employees post on the various social networks. But as the owners of Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille in Watertown, Conn., learned during recent litigation, employers may have less authority than they think.

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Employers may have less authority than they think.
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In August, a three-member panel of the National Labor Relations Board in Washington concluded that Triple Play violated the National Labor Relations Act when it fired two employees over comments made on Facebook about a Triple Play owner. The N.L.R.B. also determined that Triple Play’s written social media policy violated the Labor Relations Act. 

    

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   ....the restaurant violated the law by threatening to sue them for their Facebook activity.

   

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Triple Play violated the law when it fired Ms. Sanzone and Mr. Spinella, the N.L.R.B. found that the restaurant violated the law by threatening to sue them for their Facebook activity. The board also found that the restaurant’s social media policy was unlawful because employees could reasonably interpret it to mean they could not engage in activities that the Labor Relations Act protects. Specifically, the N.L.R.B. concluded that the word “inappropriate” was subject to imprecise interpretation by employees.

     

The N.L.R.B. issued an order that required Triple Play to refrain from the type of actions that led to this lawsuit, and to take several affirmative steps. These included:

  • revising its Internet/blogging policy, 
  • offering reinstatement to Ms. Sanzone and Mr. Spinella within 14 days, and 
  • compensating both former employees for any lost earnings and adverse tax consequences they may have suffered.

     

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It is wise to stay on top of how specific you'll need to be in your social media policy and how judicious you need to be before you follow the advice of just your own lawyers,  Consulting others in this situation along with the lawyers would have helped.  ~  Deb

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Scoop.it Introduces New Layout Templates, Full Topic Embeds and Direct White-Label Publishing to WordPress

Scoop.it Introduces New Layout Templates, Full Topic Embeds and Direct White-Label Publishing to WordPress | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it



Scoop.it, the content discovery, curation, distribution and publishing platform has recently added some very significant improvements to its offering, that make it service even more interesting for any kind of online publisher, company or agency looking forward to find, vet and curate the best content available online on a specific topic.


The first and long-awaited new feature is the availability of multiple layout templates that Scoop.it publishers can now utilize and which can be swtiched to instantly.

 

The second one is full embedding of curated topics onto any web page to make it easiest for any publisher to rapidly integrate and display scoop.it content directly on their sites.


The third and most powerful new addition is the availability of a new white label direct publishing feature for WordPress-based publishers.


Although I have not had the opportunity to test this new feature, which is available only through a new Marketers subscription plan, it surely looks as the perfect fit for all those publishers who wanted to use Scoop.it more as a backend for producing curated content for their site than as a final publishing destination.


With these new additions Scoop.it consolidates itself as feature-rich, reliable and affordable content curation system that can satisfy many different types of needs: from education, to content marketing, news publishing and community building.



Find out more: http://blog.scoop.it/2014/07/23/introducing-templates-embedded-topics-and-website-integration-through-scoop-it/






Via Robin Good
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ScoopIt keeps looking for ways to integrate and be highly relevant in the service it provides.  Integrating with Wordpress is worth a good look.  ~  D

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wanderingsalsero's curator insight, September 5, 4:17 PM

Nice to see SI moving along.  I haven't read this and I wonder if it's the news I read a few weeks ago.  At any rate I think SI is getting a bit ahead in the race between them and RebelMouse.  

 

I've had an issue in the UI with RM for almost 2 months and they don't seem inclined to do anything about it....but SI has always worked fine.

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8 Tips For Appealing To The Fastest Growing Demographic on Social Media, 55+

8 Tips For Appealing To The Fastest Growing Demographic on Social Media, 55+ | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

The fastest growing audience on Twitter is adults age 55-64.  (Deb: They also have money, resources and great networks.)

According to a post on Fast Company, they've grown a whopping 79% since 2012 and are also the fastest growing on Facebook and Google+.

[So how can you tailor[ your messaging to them, if this is a key audience for your type of business?

Not sure what to change? Writer and advertiser M.G. Hilton has 
8 tips for targeting baby boomers, which this article summarizes, including:
 

1. Be direct and detailed. This audience tends to see though the fluff.

   

2. Utilize customer testimonials. But only if they sound sincere and real.

  

3. Make it clear what you offer them specifically. Mature audiences are not susceptible to peer pressure.

   

6. Tell a story with your marketing. Copy can be longer, just make sure it’s readable.

   

8. Make yourself accessible. Give lots of different ways for customers to reach you and [ask questions.] 

   

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It's always a pleasure to share " how-to-respond tips when new data becomes available on the fasted growing demographics, in this case, the boomers who have strong buying power.  ~  D

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Content Curation as a Problem-Solving, Re-Assembling and Stewardship Process

Content Curation as a Problem-Solving, Re-Assembling and Stewardship Process | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Filter bubbles are an unconscious or conscious choice in shaping our information choices.  What is your stewardship of your inputs, filters and sharing in the social world?  ~  Deb

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Terry Elliott's curator insight, August 16, 7:23 AM

The image above amounts to a template for curating a digital space:

Find something timeless to curate.Fit it into a pattern that makes sense.Find a larger context for why this matters.Share widely.

I think this fits into Harold Jarche’s simpler seek-sense-share framework.

Why does this matter?  If curation is all that Tufte and Bhatt say it is, then why aren’t scaffolds like these being used more often for training and in learning systems?  I am using the curation tool Scoop.it to do curation with my freshman comp students.  They use Scoop.it as their introductory platform  for beginning to acquire the skills  Tufte enumerates above that are part of the academic and business spaces they will eventually live in.  I am hoping they will demonstrate why it curation matters as they seek-sense-share their way to long and short form ‘texts’ that they will be writing all semester. That will include essays, tweets, G+ community posts, blog posts, research papers, emails, plusses, favs, instagrams, zeegas, slideshares, pictures, and a massive mobile presence from their own digital spaces.  Wish me luck.

Interesting links from article and from comments:

http://curation.wikispaces.com/General+References“Digital Media and Learner Identity: The New Curatorship”: http://www.palgraveconnect.com/pc/doifinder/10.1057/9781137004864http://www.lkl.ac.uk/people/potterhttp://digitalcurationandlearning.wordpress.com/http://digitalcurationandlearning.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/curatorship-is-a-new-literacy-practice/http://luke-callahan.com/students-must-curate-create-a-portfolio/
Terry Elliott's curator insight, August 16, 7:26 AM

The image above amounts to a template for curating a digital space:

 

1. Find something timeless to curate.

2. Fit it into a pattern that makes sense.

3. Find a larger context for why this matters.

4. Share widely.

 

I think this fits into Harold Jarche’s simpler seek-sense-share framework.

 

Why does this matter?  If curation is all that Tufte and Bhatt say it is, then why aren’t scaffolds like these being used more often for training and in learning systems?  I am using the curation tool Scoop.it to do curation with my freshman comp students.  They use Scoop.it as their introductory platform  for beginning to acquire the skills  Tufte enumerates above that are part of the academic and business spaces they will eventually live in.  I am hoping they will demonstrate why it curation matters as they seek-sense-share their way to long and short form ‘texts’ that they will be writing all semester. That will include essays, tweets, G+ community posts, blog posts, research papers, emails, plusses, favs, instagrams, zeegas, slideshares, pictures, and a massive mobile presence from their own digital spaces.  Wish me luck.

Interesting links from article and from comments:

http://curation.wikispaces.com/General+References“Digital Media and Learner Identity: The New Curatorship”: http://www.palgraveconnect.com/pc/doifinder/10.1057/9781137004864http://www.lkl.ac.uk/people/potterhttp://digitalcurationandlearning.wordpress.com/http://digitalcurationandlearning.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/curatorship-is-a-new-literacy-practice/http://luke-callahan.com/students-must-curate-create-a-portfolio/

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Social Media Publishing is dead (as we know it) & ScoopIt, Content Curation is the Remedy

Social Media Publishing is dead (as we know it) & ScoopIt, Content Curation is the Remedy | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

 Earlier this month, Facebook dropped a bombshell by not only acknowledging that Facebook pages’ organic reach was declining but also by telling us we should not expect them to recover.

Facebook’s VP of Product for Facebook Ads, Brian Boland, went on to explain that this is the new world we live in now, that the same thing happened with search engines before and that we’d better get used to it. It’s true that many platforms go through a similar cycle: first, they present a great free opportunity, then more and more people grab it - decreasing the return for everyone until finally, the platform focuses on those ready to pay for play.

It happened with Google Search; it happened with Apps (yes, Apple doesn’t sell ads but others do - such as coincidentally... Facebook). And now that all social media are publicly-traded company with ambitious revenue targets to reach, it will happen to social media as well.

So what does the decline of organic reach on Facebook and social platforms exactly mean on a practical basis?     Continue reading →
    

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The statistics and changes in Social Media, featuring Facebook and their filters are worth a good look for business marketing reasons.
 

This is a ScoopIt piece, emphasizing the ScoopIt platform's advantages for content curation. The research featured and the freshness of content shared, often shared by others a month or two later, is why I moved from the now defunct Posterous to ScoopIt. ~ Deb

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20+ Places To Find Interesting Content To Share On Social Media

20+ Places To Find Interesting Content To Share On Social Media | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

As a blogger, you may not always get to produce content as much as you want, so to keep your social accounts fresh and updated, you may need to curate other people’s stuff.


Plus you can’t just always promote your own posts 24/7 especially if you’re a newbie or you’ll become repetitive and eventually bore your followers.


But remember, you have to be picky with what you curate. Share content that your audience cares about. Don’t just randomly post anything or you’ll just frustrate your users. And this is why I’m writing this post, to help you find great stuff....


Via Jeff Domansky, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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You'll see from my own posts on REVELN.com that I often mention, and certainly cite sources on where I get my statistics, great quotes, photos, and more.  It's the ethics of social and is about about building trust.   

Finding good content to review is always helpful, so take a look.  See if you agree.    ~  Deb 

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 14, 3:45 AM

21 great social media tools and reference sites for content.

malek's curator insight, July 14, 7:37 AM

No mater how social media savvy you're, you're missing at least half a dozen of tools to discover new content.

massimo scalzo's curator insight, July 15, 7:47 AM

This is Useful !

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How to Generate Leads with Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC]

How to Generate Leads with Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC] | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

This infographic features an 8-step social media strategy to generate high quality leads.

A quick summary of some key statistics:


  • Twenty-four percent of companies using social media saw an increase in revenue.
  • Eighty-two percent of leads from social media sites come from Twitter.
  • Twitter's click-through rate for ads is eight to 24 times higher than Facebook's.
  • More than 40 percent (45 percent) of marketers have gained customers through LinkedIn.
  • More than 50 percent (52 percent) of businesses with a Facebook profile saw an increase in customers.
     
  • Forty-four percent of businesses with a Twitter account saw an increase in customers.

 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Useful infographic.  However, with those statistics, conversely, 76% of companies using social media did NOT see an increase in revenue, which points to the need for a multi-faceted, integrated approach to marketing that is not over-weighted on social media, at least to start.  ~  Deb

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The Military Doesn't Want You to Quit Facebook and Twitter | TheAtlantic.com

The Military Doesn't Want You to Quit Facebook and Twitter | TheAtlantic.com | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it

Critics have targeted a recent study on how emotions spread on the popular social network site Facebook, complaining that some 600,000 Facebook users did not know that they were taking part in an experiment. Somewhat more disturbing, the researchers deliberately manipulated users’ feelings to measure an effect called emotional contagion.


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U.S. military has been funding for years....open-source indicators program[s, including a] program that looked at Twitter to predict social unrest.

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Though Cornell University, home to at least one of the researchers, said the study received no external funding, it turns out that the university is currently receiving Defense Department money for some extremely similar-sounding research—the analysis of social network posts for “sentiment,” i.e. how people are feeling, in the hopes of identifying social “tipping points.”


The tipping points in question include “the 2011 Egyptian revolution, the 2011 Russian Duma elections, the 2012 Nigerian fuel subsidy crisis and the 2013 Gazi park protests in Turkey,” according to the website of the Minerva Initiative, a Defense Department social science project.


It’s the sort of work that the U.S. military has been funding for years, most famously via the open-source indicators program, an Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) program that looked at Twitter to predict social unrest.


If the idea of the government monitoring and even manipulating you on Facebook gives you a cold, creeping feeling, the bad news is that you can expect the intelligence community to spend a great deal more time and money researching sentiment and relationships via social networks like Facebook. In fact, defense contractors and high-level U.S.intelligence officials say that social network data has become one of the most important tools they use in the collecting intelligence.



Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

You always have choices, being aware of the context and track record of the tool you are using is one major choice.  

Sharing photos, discussing issues, channelling access (filter bubbles), this is part of the downside of the using Facebook and other free social media services.   I've recently noticed my Facebook stream is showing more people, friends posts of late, that I'd have to "hunt down" by going to their pages.  Hmmm, I wonder why?


I share this because of my own military connections and the importance of OPSEC and PERSEC, acronyms for operational and personal security practices.  That said, the military prefers social conversation to better understand what is going on via the way people are "talking" to each other.  

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” 
― Kurt VonnegutMother Night

~  Deb 

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This Chart Explains the Reachpocalypse: Why Facebook is Laughing All the Way to the Bank

This Chart Explains the Reachpocalypse:  Why Facebook is Laughing All the Way to the Bank | The Social Media Learning Lab | Scoop.it
Facebook's declining organic reach for businesses corresponds precisely with its increase in stock price. No surprise! Here's 4 ways to combat declining Facebook effectiveness.


Clear-eyed business observers have been raising the alarm about building your house on rented land for years, but Facebook has still been able to pull off the greatest Gillette scam ever (you give away the razor, and then sell the blades).

From a helpful artcile, ”Facebook’s Declining Organic Reach a Real Nightmare for Marketers“ from CIO Magazine online. 

this quote from an agency media strategist: “It’s become a real nightmare because your fans and likes can’t even find you in some cases. When I post to Instagram I have a much better idea of how many people I’m going to reach.” 


2 of 4 Things You Can Do About Your Facebook Problem

You have 4 options at this point:

1. Stop using Facebook as your key social media hub

Google + is looking better and better, right?


2. Pay for the reach you used to enjoy at no cost

(DN:  Those Facebook ads are still quite affordable and MAY be worth a good look.)


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Facebook's reach has been evaporating for business pages for SOME TIME now.  From the article:  Your employees and current customers now the very best way for you to distribute your message on Facebook.  

    

Make it SUPER easy and FUN for them to enjoy, share and talk about the successes and benefits of what you do, the service and product gems you provide.  Today I noticed three shares from a poster & comment that really connected with those following one of my business pages.  That's what it's about!  ~  D

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