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You search for the highest quality authors and content online, right? Finding the best is tough. Darin L. Hammond eliminates this stress for businesses across the globe. He rocks professional blogging, writing, teaching, consulting, and leadership with his top of the industry content management service, ZipMinis Freelance Writing: • Creating an optimized flow of diverse, irresistible content for the business blogs, websites, and social media networks. • Orchestrating distribution with supreme content management strategies, minimizing risks and worries for businesses. • Promoting fresh brand content through copywriting and potent interactions in social media communities. • Elevating the brand visibility, integrity, recognition, and SEO of the business. • Working in stride with the innovative leadership of the organization, advocating creative innovation. Darin also publishes on many power sites like Technorati, Blog Critics, B2C, SteamFeed, LifeHack, and Social Media Today.  You can enjoy Darin's blogging styles now at ZipMinis: Science of Blogging. Contact him now at dlh@zipminis.com.
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How Apple Can Make The iPhone And iPad More Awesome Starting Next Week

How Apple Can Make The iPhone And iPad More Awesome Starting Next Week | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
We've already seen a ton of leaks about what's coming to iOS 6, the next version of the software that'll power iPhones and iPads.
We'll have all the answers next week once Apple shows off iOS 6's new features.
But until then, we have some things we'd like to see. We spend a lot of time using other platforms like Android and Windows Phone, so yes, a lot of the ideas come from there. (Which is good, since Android does a lot of things better than iOS.)
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YIKES: Airtime Takes Photos Of Every User Who Is Using It

YIKES: Airtime Takes Photos Of Every User Who Is Using It | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
Airtime, the new video chat service that lets you talk with random Facebook users, uses screen, video, and audio captures to ensure people aren't engaging in naughty activities.
That's according to Airtime's privacy policy, which states:
By using our Service, you are consenting to have your image and conversations recorded by Airtime. Airtime is taking snapshots of User Content may review User Content to maintain site safety and ensure a good user experience.
That's good if you want to avoid nasty shockers like we saw in the Chatroulette days, but it's bad if you're worried about a company recording snippets of your private conversations.


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Youths Prefer Texting to Talking: What lies in store for Generation Z

Youths Prefer Texting to Talking: What lies in store for Generation Z | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
The first text message was sent in 1992 by scientist Neil Papworth. It has taken only 20 years for it to become the dominant medium of communication for teens. According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project (Lenhart, 2012), of all teens:
63% say that they use text to communicate with others every day.
39% of teens make and receive voice calls on their mobile phones every day.
35% of all teens socialize with others in person outside of school on a daily basis.
29% of all teens exchange messages daily through social network sites.
22% of teens use instant messaging daily to talk to others.
19% of teens talk on landlines with people in their lives daily.
6% of teens exchange email daily.
Many cell phone users today prefer texting over a phone call and the data shows that the younger a person is, the more likely they are to prefer texting over other forms of communication.


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Brainstorming and Mind-Mapping Software - CNET Download.com

Come to CNET Download.com for free and safe Brainstorming and Mind-Mapping Software downloads and reviews including Mindjet MindManager, Edraw Mind Map, iMindMap Basic and much more.


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from Darin--I discussed this yesterday, and here is a more thorough review of free downloads. Note, you might want to check your appstore before you decide on one as many of them have mobile applications that interface with them. Fun stuff.

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10 Social Media Secrets from the Social Scientist

10 Social Media Secrets from the Social Scientist | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
Value is the currency on the Web, and the more value you create, the more people will flock to you. It has been said give till it hurts and you will receive it back in spades.

 

There are some secrets regarding social media that I’d like to share.


I’m a bit of a hard-core social media user and I’ve been doing web and content development for many years now. Because I have been online for a very long time (pre-graphical Web), I am pretty attuned to what constitutes authentic and cooperative behavior online. There are things that set apart the altruistic contributor (check out this cool thing!), for instance, from the self-serving ones (buy my stuff!).

 

If you do nothing else this year, consider shifting your social media strategy to encompass increasingly pro-social guidelines. The more you give, the more the community will give back, but it needs to be done with a sensitive hand.

 

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What Is A Meme?

Basic definition of meme, teme, arteme...


from Darin--A more basic explanation of the memetics presentation I posted yesterday. This is engaging, but not overwhelming by any means.

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Founder Of Keen Reinvents The Office Chair, Aiming To Cure Sitting Disease

Founder Of Keen Reinvents The Office Chair, Aiming To Cure Sitting Disease | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
Martin Keen, founder of hybrid footwear brand , started working at a standing desk years ago. But Keen says he tired easily, and eventually found himself leaning against a makeshift seat. An industrial designer by trade, the entrepreneur began designing a workstation based on his ad-hoc prototype.

He unveiled his upright workstation at ICFF earlier this month. Focal incorporates a small bench into the traditional standing design, not unlike drafting tables used by architects and engineers. The small leather seat is more for leaning than sitting. It tilts downward at an angle that makes it tough to totally rest, and it pivots with your movements, improving balance and, ostensibly, focus. The station’s plywood and aluminum desk is attached at its base to a footrest that tilts up towards the user for support.

Granted, the Focal isn’t a great looking object, and we do wish Keen had hired an outside designer. But it might actually be an entirely new class of product. Sitting in it doesn’t quite feel like anything else: You’re definitely not standing, but you do get the sense that you’re moving around, at least a little bit. The combination encourages a “natural, neutral posture,” explains Keen. “There is a place between standing and sitting where our body wants to be.” Does it make you move enough to counter Sitting Disease? We shall see: Keen says he is working with an ergonomist to study exactly how the seat affects your well-being.


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Websites to Find Free Graphic Design Courses Online

If anyone wishes to get into a career of a graphic designer, the person must get admitted into the free of cost of graphic design courses that are offered online. There are a number of online courses of varying intensity and duration that offer various modules which come handy in the making of a designer.
These online courses of graphic designing and tutorials of free graphic designs are designed as well as written by the industry experts. The trainees can actually access as well as download these free of cost online graphic designing tutorials from the websites. The significant factor here is that there is no need of registration in order to access the tutorials.
A very important point regarding these tutorials is that the trainees need not go for any registration or related nitty-gritty if they are to enroll for these courses.
Source: http://designmodo.com/graphic-design-courses-online/#ixzz1wx0TNiF8
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10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education

10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it

Smartphones and tablet computers are radically transforming how we access our shared knowledge sources by keeping us constantly connected to near-infinite volumes of raw data and information. We enjoy unprecedented instant access to expertise, from informal cooking lessons on YouTube to online university courses. Every day people around the globe are absorbed in exciting new forms of learning, and yet traditional schools and university systems are still struggling to leverage the many opportunities for innovation in this area.
Recently frog has been researching how learning models are evolving--and how they can be improved--via the influence of mobile technologies. We’ve found that the education industry needs new models and fresh frameworks to avoid losing touch with the radically evolving needs of its many current and potential new constituencies. These range from a generation of toddlers just as comfortable with touchscreens as they are with books, to college-aged men and women questioning the value of physical campuses, to middle-aged and elderly professionals hoping to earn new skills in their spare time to secure a new job in turbulent economic times.
We have been focusing on the concept of mLearning--where "m" usually stands for "mobile" but also just as easily for "me.” The near-ubiquity of handheld devices and their constantly lowering costs will enable the idea of "education that you can hold in your hand," so it becomes a widespread reality in so-called developed markets and resource-challenged parts of the globe alike. Thanks to findings from a frogMob--an open research tool that allows people to upload and contribute their own observations from around the globe--along with additional research and other insights contributed by our partners at the World Economic Forum, we have arrived at 10 key themes that are likely to drive the development of mLearning initiatives in innovative directions. Here they are.


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IT'S FINALLY HERE: Sean Parker's Airtime Just Launched

IT'S FINALLY HERE: Sean Parker's Airtime Just Launched | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
After years of waiting, Airtime, the Chatroulette of Facebook, has finally launched.
It's a Facebook-connected application that lets you start video chats with strangers that have common interests with you.
Airtime is the new startup from Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker. Parker was also an early president of Facebook.
That ranges from music to movies and friends in common. It's really a lot like Chatroulette, but with a stronger sense of identity.
We took it for a spin. It seems like the novelty might wear off, but for the time being, it does seem really cool.

 

from Darin--read on, Facebook is sensoring this article about AIRTIME--censoring me from posting this on their site!!!


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/its-finally-here-sean-parkers-airtime-just-launched-2012-6#ixzz1wvybvC5N


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Twitter Just Acquired A New 'Design Manager'—Take A Look At His Design Work Here

Twitter Just Acquired A New 'Design Manager'—Take A Look At His Design Work Here | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Next Version Of iOS For iPhones And iPads

Computer Maker Asus Screws Up, Tweets About A Woman's 'Nice' Rear

The Wii U Is Coming Soon -- Here's Why It Will Be Ridiculously Awesome

Twitter has bought design agency Nclud and appointed cofounder Marty Madrid as Twitter's new design manager, reports TechCrunch.
Doug Bowman, Twitter's current design head, still seems to be in charge, but tweeted that today is a "big day" for Twitter design.
A Path update from Mr. Madrid says that he's starting his "first day, filling out paperwork and learning about the co-pay on medical marijuana."

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7 Ways To Disrupt Your Industry

7 Ways To Disrupt Your Industry | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
Massive disruption is coming, and the only question is whether your firm is going to cause it or fall victim to it.


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Splashes of Color: Effective Uses of Minimal Coloring in Web Design

Splashes of Color: Effective Uses of Minimal Coloring in Web Design | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
Color is one of the most powerful elements that designers have for setting the mood and tone of a project. Even the imagery used can be given different connotations by the colors laid over the top of it. Designers do love playing with this element to ensure the most effective conveyance of their intended message. One route that some opt for is to use color in a very minimal way, and still they are able to do so in a way where that the impact is still felt.
That is what we are looking at today. Below is a collection of websites that have managed to walk this line of minimal color inclusion with flair, leaving impressive results in their wake. Not only should this showcase be inspiring, but you can also see some effective uses of minimal coloring web design and get some ideas for ways to do this on your next project.


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Check Out Pinterest's Palo Alto Office, Where Employees Get Weekly Happy Hours, Hackathons, And Fan Swag

Check Out Pinterest's Palo Alto Office, Where Employees Get Weekly Happy Hours, Hackathons, And Fan Swag | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
You've surely heard of Pinterest, the Palo Alto-based wunderkind startup that seems to be taking over the internet.
But have you peeked behind the curtain?
We asked our friends at The Daily Muse, experts in profiling great company cultures, to investigate.
They found infectious energy, a bright red workspace, some ambitious plans for the future, and over 70 enthusiastic employees decked out in Pinterest gear. Check out what it's like to spend a day at the startup's fun and friendly headquarters.

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7 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Create Sales

7 Ways to Use LinkedIn to Create Sales | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and other social media sites are extremely powerful marketing mediums through which to exponentially grow your business.


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Docear – The Academic Literature Suite

Docear – The Academic Literature Suite | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
Docear (an allusion to 'dog-ear') is what we call an "academic literature suite".


from Darin--If you are into academics, publication, scholarship, etc. this free, open source software is absolutely amazing. Basically allows you to create a complex map that pieces together everything you need for the paper, or rather you plug in all the pieces and organize them with this tool--including source work, citations, etc. An amazing academic tool. Seriously, astounding...and free!!!

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Study suggests online courses as good as classroom

The burgeoning movement to put more college classes online, which attracted the support of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology earlier this month, is getting another endorsement that may have an even greater impact: rigorous evidence that the computer can be as effective as the classroom.


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Why Happiness is So Important in Our Social Networks

Why Happiness is So Important in Our Social Networks | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it

I selected this piece written by Jack Ricchiuto because it's a great reminder to all of us participating in social business aka social networking about what's most important to thrive in our social networks.

 

Obviously all of this begins with being passionate about what you're doing and evolves from there.

 

Here are some highlights:

 

Everyone has 3 circles of connections.

 

1. people you're closest to

2. people we know more casually

3. people we don't even know exist, but are two steps

     from us through our first and second circle

 

We can measure growth in networks here are a few ways:

 

**How many circle connections people have with   

    others in their networks

 

**How collaborative people are with others in their

    networks

 

Here's what caught my attention:

 

**The pivotal indicator is the scope of network weaver engagement in networks.

 

**The other four indicators are accelerated by the work of network weavers who instigate, facilitate, and enrich connections in networks.

 

**As these indicators increase, the quality and impact of the network grows in ways that benefit the individual members of the network and the network as a dynamic whole.

 

**The evidence indicates that people have measurably better health, work, well-being, optimism, and engagement in their life when they are connected to happier networks

 

 

**We can build on these indicators by adding happiness indicators to the mix

 

Takeaways:

 

How does happiness scale organically through networks?

 

**The whole thrivance of networks grows when more people become connected to already happier connections and bring more happiness to the connections they have

 

**This is how we can move from thinking about growth just in quantities, densities and reaches of connections to the vibrant and contagious quality of connections that add to the measureable we-being of the network

 

Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

Read full article here: [http://tinyurl.com/7w8cvso]


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John van den Brink's comment, June 4, 2012 4:14 PM
Great article Jan!
janlgordon's comment, June 4, 2012 4:38 PM
Thanks John, it does make perfect sense as long as we're doing what we love:-)
Otir's comment, July 23, 2012 8:16 AM
What a great article! Inspiring and contagious indeed. I have been very sensitive to the network weaving trend from the get-go, because this is how I had identified myself before I knew it was going to be coined a term: a weaver, a connector. This is definitely what makes me happy, when I feel that the connections can go "through" me.
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Painless Work: Computer Monitor Tracks Your Movements And Corrects Your Posture

Painless Work: Computer Monitor Tracks Your Movements And Corrects Your Posture | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
Sitting at your desk for hours on end can kill you. According to a recent study from the University of Melbourne, those aged 45 or older who spend 11 hours sitting are 40% more likely to die in the next three years. But even if you’re tied to your desk for long periods, there’s a simple countermeasure: Take breaks. And if you can’t remember to, there’s a computer monitor designed to help, delivering gentle reminders to correct your posture or walk away from the screen altogether.


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How To Use and Customize Your Facebook Timeline: Tips, Resources, Freebies

How To Use and Customize Your Facebook Timeline: Tips, Resources, Freebies | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
We all know that Facebook has launched a new look for its profiles called Timeline. Going back to F8 official presentation last autumn, the changes sounded amazing. Especially for those going to start life stories from scratch. But for those who’s going to switch an old profile to a new one the things might go not all plain sailing. Only few of us realize what menaces are hidden behind the alluring cover. In this post we’d love to point you at some key things you should know about before the miracle happens.
Let’s start with your personal Timeline.
Cover Photo. Yes, it’s time to update your profile to a new and modern look even if you love your old one that much. First off, new Facebook profile look makes 100% focus on you and your activity, so be sure you look like a rock star on it. Choose the best photo of yourself for the cover. Note, now it has a landscape layout which gives you an opportunity to include your hobbies, favorite places, people and things around you. Another great idea is to compose a catchy photo collage. We’d prepared a round up of few amazing premium Timeline covers to give you a better idea (you’ll finds them in the appendix).
Featuring posts, links, pictures, etc. Once you switch to Timeline, there is no back way! Really. Anyway, we all are going there and Facebook is going to automatically switch everyone to a new look really soon (if not done yet).
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To Get To The Root Of A Hard Problem, Just Ask “Why” Five Times

To Get To The Root Of A Hard Problem, Just Ask “Why” Five Times | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
In his book, The Lean Startup, Eric Ries puts forth a entrepreneur’s playbook inspired by the Japanese lean manufacturing model: Start small with a 'minimum viable product,' gauge customers’ reactions regularly and often, make improvements efficiently, and eventually scale up to a profitable business. The following is an excerpt from the book--Ed.

To accelerate, lean startups need a process that provides a natural feedback loop. When you’re going too fast, you cause more problems. Adaptive processes force you to slow down and invest in preventing the kinds of problems that are currently wasting time. As those preventive efforts pay off, you naturally speed up again.

Let’s return to the question of having a training program for new employees. Without a program, new employees will make mistakes while in their learning curve that will require assistance and intervention from other team members, slowing everyone down. How do you decide if the investment in training is worth the benefit of speed due to reduced interruptions? Figuring this out from a top-down perspective is challenging, because it requires estimating two completely unknown quantities: how much it will cost to build an unknown program against an unknown benefit you might reap. Even worse, the traditional way to make these kinds of decisions is decidedly large-batch thinking. A company either has an elaborate training program or it does not. Until they can justify the return on investment from building a full program, most companies generally do nothing.


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5 Ways Twitter Strengthens A School’s Learning Community | Connected Principals

5 Ways Twitter Strengthens A School’s Learning Community | Connected Principals | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
This year, our K-6 staff began learning in a new virtual way using Twitter. After a couple staff in-service trainings and after school workshops, parents and teachers ventured into this new educational Twitterverse. As we enter the final week of school, I’d like to share it’s initial impact on teaching and learning from my principal’s lens.

Our staff’s “learning by Twitter” has occurred in multiple formats this school year:

From each other
From classroom to classroom
From our school parents
From their developing Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)
From local & national conferences
From our district hashtag (#nped)
From weekly education chats like #ptchat, #5thchat, #edchat #ntchat & others
Below are five examples of collaborative and transparent learning compliments of @KnappElementary staff and parents. Without the efforts of teachers AND parents “trying” social media at school, something very new to most of us, none of these benefits would be possible.


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Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Next Version Of iOS For iPhones And iPads

Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Next Version Of iOS For iPhones And iPads | ZipMinis: Science of Blogging | Scoop.it
Apple is expected to demo the newest version of its mobile operating system at WWDC next week.
Thanks to several leaks and reports, we have a reasonable idea of what to expect when the curtain opens.
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Twitter Cofounder Biz Stone Is Publishing A Book About What He's Learned From The Tech Industry

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Twitter Cofounder Biz Stone Is Publishing A Book About What He's Learned From The Tech Industry
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Twitter Will Have $1 Billion In Sales... In 2014

Biz Stone, cofounder of Twitter, has signed a deal with Hachette's Grand Central Publishing to release a book in April, 2014.
According to Mediabistro, the book is called Things A Little Bird Told Me and will detail Stone's experiences and lessons he's learned working in the tech industry and helping to start Twitter, and more recently, The Obvious Corporation.
In a statement about the book, Stone said, ""I've found that my experiences resonate with a very wide array of individuals at different stages in their lives. I'm excited to create a physical artifact to share the lessons I've learned."

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Memetic Governance

Governing organizations includes governing agents. Vada argues that it is possible to design for a desired emergent outcome, where agents interpret predefined memes that influence how they perceive and process themselves, their surroundings and the tasks at hand. Different sets of predefined memes are created as tools and cognitive templates that form and process subjective thoughts, communications and actions, both individually and collectively.

 

from Darin--By including "memetics" in the title of this magazine curation, I am referring to what Øyvind Vada describes in his presentation here. He is thorough an analyzing what Richard Dawkins originally termed the "meme," and Vada is true to a Darwinian conception of cultural evoloution. Further, he extends this to the use of social tools, which are template memes of sorts. I appreciate Vada's sharing his knowledge and scholarship. This is the psychology, sociology, cultural analysis behind what feeds and feeds on the Social Media. Excellent resource!


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Darin L. Hammond's comment, June 4, 2012 7:32 PM
Excellent presentation! Well done, and thank you for sharing. I'm passing it along.