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Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science
Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science
My passion to understand the cognitive, psychological, and cultural forces that underpin social (viral) media exchange drove me to create a new page dedicated solely to it.
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A Collection of Eye Catching Poster Design|Noupe

A Collection of Eye Catching Poster Design|Noupe | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it

Poster design is a true art form. Often the best posters will be bold, eye catching and visually intense, yet minimal and elegant at the same time. As with logo design, often a great poster will be great for what it omits, as well as what it features.

Really the effectiveness of a poster’s design depends upon it’s purpose. Whilst some posters require a basic typographic treatment, others may suit an elaborate visual design. When designing your own posters always try to bear in mind the poster’s audience, and what you are representing.

Often poster designs will need to be pixel perfect, and very carefully designed as they will be printed at very high resolutions. The smallest details will become more obvious in this medium, so it is important for the designer to take extra care in their process.

Today we have featured a wide range of poster designs, each demonstrating a different style, purpose and agenda. We were also lucky enough to speak with James White, and receive permission to feature his inspired poster designs.

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'Digistalgia': Has Social Media Shaped Teen Attitudes to Brands? | Social Media Today

'Digistalgia': Has Social Media Shaped Teen Attitudes to Brands? | Social Media Today | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
I think, or at least imagine, it has always been the case that a shorter passage of time need pass before nostalgic tendencies develop in younger people.

To a teenage girl, a few years will clearly appear to be a far longer time span than to a woman twice her age.

However, the digital age appears to have ushered in a new era of early-onset nostalgia.

In much of the social media research I’ve done, younger teens are increasingly reflective when discussing brands that they used to eat, drink or play with only a couple of years ago.
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3 Ways a Stock Photo Can Make or Break Your Blog | Social Media Today

3 Ways a Stock Photo Can Make or Break Your Blog | Social Media Today | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it

"If a picture is worth a thousand words and an Instagram photo is apparently worth a billion to Facebook, where does that leave the stock photo? Somewhere in the middle ground to be sure, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use that neutral space to work to your advantage with your social media outlets.

The stock photo, for anyone unsure of the concept, is a photograph that is purchased and licensed for specific purposes online. If you need an image to accompany a written article and you don’t have one that you own or that you have permission to use, the stock photo is the way to go because for a small fee you can buy a professional picture and have the right to use it in whatever capacity you see fit (to a point though that I’ll touch on in a moment.)"

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Confessions of a Social Media Girl: It’s Graduation Time! A Hiring Strategy for Social Media Marketers | Social Media Today

Confessions of a Social Media Girl: It’s Graduation Time! A Hiring Strategy for Social Media Marketers | Social Media Today | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it

"Colleges across the country are letting loose thousands of fresh faced 20-something year olds into the job market pasture as we speak. Scary right? As a business, it’s pretty exciting to think that so many young hopefuls will want to be a part of your team, especially if you’re a Social Media Marketing firm. Naturally you can’t take on every bright minded graduate that bounces through the door, clutching a resume, stashing his or her brand new Samsung Galaxy (clearly a graduation gift) and smiling stupidly from ear to ear. So how do you make all of these up and coming social media influencers’ part of your potential hire pool and keep tabs on them, whether or not you can onboard them as part of your team? (This could be tricky). If you saved each resume you could start a lumberyard with the stacks of paper, and folks in HR would hate you. Simply ignoring less than savory resumes would be very” unsocial” of you, and the last thing you need is someone saying your social media marketing firm is a bunch of jerks."

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Marketing Trends for 2013 and beyond | Social Media Today

You may have already seen my post on my top 5 marketing trends for 2012 but for me, there is nothing like looking ahead so I have been thinking about 2013 and beyond and here are some of my marketing trend predictions looking beyond next year.
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The Art Of Content Marketing | Smashing Magazine

The Art Of Content Marketing | Smashing Magazine | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
A few months ago I went to collect a friend from hospital. Arriving early, I entered the waiting room and noticed in-house magazines stacked by the door. I picked one up, grabbed a coffee and took a seat.
The magazine read like a very long press release, blabbering on about patient-centric care and employee awards. I was quickly bored, so I read from my phone instead. The magazine failed in its purpose.
Effective content marketing holds people’s attention. It gives you a distinctive brand, loyal fans and increased sales. You don’t need a big budget to succeed, which is why good content marketing is the single best way to beat bigger competitors online.
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You Design It, They Do It | Smashing Magazine

You Design It, They Do It | Smashing Magazine | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
What if someone came to you and said, “I’ve designed this great website, but people don’t stay on it. Why?” How would you respond? Would you ask them whether they have done extensive A/B testing? Would you recommend testing the usability of the website?
People like to test a number of metrics to see why people are not staying on a website. I think sometimes we spend so much time focusing on analytics that we throw common sense out the window. Don’t get me wrong—analytics are a powerful tool for improving a website. But often the problem is right in front of your face.
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Seth's Blog: Dancing on the edge of finished

Before, when your shift was done, you were finished. When the inbox was empty, when the forms were processed, you could stop.

Now, of course, there's always one more tweet to make, post to write, words with friends move to complete. There's one more bit of email, one more lens you can construct, one more comment you can respond to. If you want to, you can be never finished.

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Can Youth Change the World with Technology?

At least one thing is true of youth in every country: give them access to technology and a bit of guidance, and they’re capable of changing the world for the better. Helping young people do exactly that has been the job of the State Department’s Ronan Farrow for the past year.
Farrow has served as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s special advisor on global youth issues since the middle of 2011. He firmly believes that technology is radically altering what it means to be a young person today, as social networks give them an unprecedented opportunity to have their voice heard and connect with other youth around the world to fix the problems they face.

“It’s going to be people under 30 that solve this generation’s problems,” said Farrow. “Our principle at the State Department has been, ‘How can we turn to young people using these new technologies and tap them for their solutions?’”

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If You Must Use PowerPoint, Here's How To Do It: 5 Tips From Hans Rosling - Forbes

If You Must Use PowerPoint, Here's How To Do It: 5 Tips From Hans Rosling - Forbes | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
One of the modern masters of data – and specifically data presented to an audience on a slide – is Hans Rosling. He’s spoken regularly at TED and TEDx talks about big issues like child mortality, and his talks are mesmerizing. He’s an example of a speaker that presents data in ways that prove his point, never become confusing or boring, and draw the audience in. Check out one of his recent TED talks here, and below. What the heck, check them all out. If you have to present heavy data, here’s how you do it.
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At seventh birthday, YouTube marks new milestones

At seventh birthday, YouTube marks new milestones | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
now on Google Play - play.google.com/store
"Today 72 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute," the Google-owned website said in a blog post Sunday.
"Like many 7-year olds around the world, we're growing up so fast! In other words, every single minute you now upload three whole days worth of video instead of two. That's 61 Royal Wedding Ceremonies, 841 Bad Romances, and 1,194 Nyan Cats."
The blog added, "all 800 million of you all over the world have shown us we're on the right track by increasing subscriptions 50 percent and watching over three billion hours a month."
Google bought YouTube in 2006 for $1.65 billion.
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Google Drive

Google Drive | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it

It's free and installs in seconds.

All your files – everywhere
Put files in Google Drive and you can access them on your desktop, mobile phone or tablet, and drive.google.com.
Always up to date
Make changes to a file in one place and it automatically updates everywhere.
5 GB of free space
You get 5 GB from the start, and you can upgrade to get more space at any time.

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Log In - The New York Times

AMID the squawks and pings of our digital devices, the old-fashioned virtues of reading novels can seem faded, even futile. But new support for the value of fiction is arriving from an unexpected quarter: neuroscience.

Brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an emotional exchange between characters. Stories, this research is showing, stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life.

Researchers have long known that the “classical” language regions, like Broca’s area and Wernicke’s area, are involved in how the brain interprets written words. What scientists have come to realize in the last few years is that narratives activate many other parts of our brains as well, suggesting why the experience of reading can feel so alive. Words like “lavender,” “cinnamon” and “soap,” for example, elicit a response not only from the language-processing areas of our brains, but also those devoted to dealing with smells.

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Analog Art| Noupe

Analog Art| Noupe | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it

For most of us, one of the first tools we use for drawing pictures (beyond the crayons and finger paint of our early days) is a pencil. Be it a lead based or colored pencil, these analog artist tools are still a big staple among artists and designers alike. As designers many of us keep our handy notebooks and pencils within reach for the beginnings of any new designs or projects that come our way. Today’s inspirational collection may just have you reaching for that notebook and pencils before its done.

In this post you will find numerous stunning examples of pencil drawings that will have your jaws on the floor. Shocked that many of these imaginative pieces were created with colored or lead based pencils alone. Such amazing artistry on display, that we are sure it will delight and inspire all of our readers.

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Social Media Etiquette – The Do’s and Don’ts | Social Media Today

Social Media Etiquette – The Do’s and Don’ts | Social Media Today | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it

"From a young age we are told to be polite, listen, say please and thank you and generally respect those around us regardless of their socioeconomic status. So why is that so many people get their social media etiquette all wrong?

In this post we are going to cover the social media etiquette do’s and don’ts that will allow you to make better use of your time and develop deeper, more meaningful relationships.

How to Get Your Social Media Etiquette Right!"

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5 Things to Look for When Hiring Social Media Interns | Social Media Today

5 Things to Look for When Hiring Social Media Interns | Social Media Today | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it

"Last year when I started working as a social media manager, I received the opportunity to sign on not one but two interns. And while I’ve already chronicled what it’s like to manage your first set of interns, I haven’t discussed what kind of decision process went into play when it came to hiring them.

These internships brought a lot to the table. They were paid positions. 20 hours a week, with the opportunity to have a flexible schedule. And most importantly, there would be a lot of hands on work. Lots of writing, researching, brainstorming, blogging, and Facebooking."

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THIS JUST IN: Facebook's Still Got Its Mojo After IPO | Social Media Today

THIS JUST IN: Facebook's Still Got Its Mojo After IPO | Social Media Today | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” All Dickens aside, this could be a quote from Zuckerberg reflecting on the events of last Friday. After presiding over a tumultuous but nonetheless historic IPO, the Facebook CEO rounded off the day by marrying his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan. In the days leading up to (and in the days since) Facebook’s public stock offering, the news media and blogosphere have been collectively writing Facebook’s obituary. Concerns over stock valuation, mobile strategy, user stickiness and monetization prospects have been legion, along with a healthy dose of skepticism over Zuckerberg’s ability to lead a $100 billion social enterprise.

In short, as far as historic IPO’s go, this one was a real downer.

If the tech pundits are right and Facebook is really a waste of time and money, you might as well sell off those newly-minted Facebook shares at any price you can get, rekindle your My Space account, and start trying to figure out Google Plus."

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Collection of the Coolest Uses of the Google Maps API

Collection of the Coolest Uses of the Google Maps API | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Without a doubt Google Maps has opened new windows to our world and enabled us to look at ourselves a little differently. The ingenuity of 3rd party developers using the Google Maps API has created a dazzling array of apps and tools that range from the brilliant to the bizarre. Here are 30 of the coolest waiting for you to check them out.
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How To Choose The Right Face For A Beautiful Body | Smashing Magazine

How To Choose The Right Face For A Beautiful Body | Smashing Magazine | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
What is it that makes a typeface into a text font, instead of a font for larger sizes? The answer differs slightly, depending on whether one aims for print or Web-based environments.
Nevertheless, there are certain features that most good text faces have in common. Familiarity with these helps to select the right fonts for a given project. This article presents a few criteria to help the process along.
Some of today’s most successful typefaces were designed to excel in very specific areas of use: Frutiger grew out of airport signage, Georgia and Verdana were among the first mass-market fonts created for on screen reading, FF Meta was conceived as a telephone book face, and even the Stalwart Times New Roman was tailored for the pages of the London Newspaper The Times. Many typefaces are also often fine-tuned for using in certain sizes.
It should be noted that in this article, when “text” is mentioned, it is in discussion of body text, or running text (in other words, text at a similar size to what you are probably reading right now, rather than much larger sized words).
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Quick Course On Effective Website Copywriting | Smashing Magazine

Quick Course On Effective Website Copywriting | Smashing Magazine | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Many dismiss copywriting as something that ad agency people do. Truthfully, all of us need to pay close attention to copywriting if we want to achieve our business objectives.
The goal of a “regular” text is to inform or entertain. The goal of Web copy (and ideally your website in general) is to get people to do something—to sign up, make a purchase, or something similar. Hiring a professional copywriter can be very expensive, which is one of the reasons why this is a valuable skill to have yourself.
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Nokia 808 PureView Hands-On: a Superb Camera

Nokia's 808 PureView made a big splash and caused a fair bit of controversy at MWC this year. 41 actual megapixels crammed into a cameraphone? It sounds ludicrous, especially when you hear it's running Symbian. The 808 PureView will be out around the start of June, so we grabbed some time with it to see if that beastly sensor is really everything Nokia promises it'll be.

While Symbian doesn't interest us much, we will admit to being fascinated by that camera sensor, which is what this hands-on write-up will mostly focus on. (Pardon the pun.) With Nokia already stating they'll release a Windows Phone 7 version at a later date, consider this a taste of something far greater, to come.

The PureView technology that powers the 808 was born out of a partnership between Nokia and Carl Zeiss, that apparently kicked off five years ago following a drunken conversation in a bar. Zeiss supplied the optics know-how, while Nokia brought that colossal image sensor, plus a bunch of advanced proprietary image processing techniques. The result is a camera phone module that's pretty massive compared to almost every other phone out there. On paper it should let in more light and best most compact cameras, let alone cameraphones.

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The Best Cities For Tech Jobs - Forbes

The Best Cities For Tech Jobs - Forbes | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
With Facebook poised to go public, the attention of the tech world, and Wall Street, is firmly focused on Silicon Valley. Without question, the west side of San Francisco Bay is by far the most prodigious creator of hot companies and has the highest proportion of tech jobs of any region in the country — more than four times the national average.
Yet Silicon Valley is far from leading the way in expanding science and technology-related employment in the United States.
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Why So Many "Experts" Are Terrible Speakers: Top 5 Public Speaking Mistakes - Forbes

Why So Many "Experts" Are Terrible Speakers: Top 5 Public Speaking Mistakes - Forbes | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
As a frequent speaker at live and online conferences and events, I’m in the company of hundreds of folks each year who are top authors, experts and consultants. In many cases, these are thought leaders who perform public speaking as just one aspect of their professional endeavors. In attending these programs, I’m continually astounded at how many content experts are, in fact, wholly ineffective speakers.

 

In my studies on communications theory in practice, and in developing my own speaking chops, I’ve learned one core lesson about presenting: just because you know your topic inside and out, doesn’t mean you know how to communicate about it, or share your knowledge in ways that engage and connect, or spark continuing interest in your work.
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Study highlights how Twitter is used to share information after a disaster

Study highlights how Twitter is used to share information after a disaster | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
"I wanted to see if Twitter was an effective tool for sharing meaningful information about nuclear risk in the wake of the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant," says Dr. Andrew Binder, an assistant professor of communication at NC State and author of a paper describing the work. "I knew people would be sharing information, but I wanted to see whether it was anecdotal or substantive, and whether users were providing analysis and placing information in context.
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SourceForge - Download, Develop and Publish Free Open Source Software

SourceForge - Download, Develop and Publish Free Open Source Software | Social Media, Memetics, and Cognitve Science | Scoop.it
Free, secure and fast downloads from the largest Open Source applications and software directory - SourceForge.net...

 

from Darin--I have downloaded many awesome open source programs from this site, and have always found it a reliable resource. If you aren't familiar with open source software, you might read up on it at wikipedia--http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_source. The software is free (part of the open source concept), and I have benefited from all I have downloaded. For example, you can get free open source replicas of Microsoft and Adobe products. If you want to try one out, Gimp is the open source version of photoshop. It is an amazing tool, and a bit complex. They have a great help resource available. Good luck!

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