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History of Mobile Computing

History of Mobile Computing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
A visual history of mobile computing...
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Found out about this via @barriebyron. It's a little long, but pretty comprehensive report about how mobile computing started, and its history since its inception. And the story continues!

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Congratulations to the winner of the Information Development World All-Access Pass!

Congratulations to the winner of the Information Development World All-Access Pass! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Remember the little contest I ran recently to win a chance at a free All-Access Pass to Information Development World 2015? I didn't forget! A random drawing (not by me, to make it fair) was done o...
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In Music and Content Marketing, It’s All About Creativity: An Interview with Jon Wuebben | The Content Wrangler

In Music and Content Marketing, It’s All About Creativity: An Interview with Jon Wuebben | The Content Wrangler | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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I had a great opportunity to interview Jon Wuebben of Content Launch on behalf of The Content Wrangler. I'm excited to see this interview is up now! Jon and I had a great conversation. Jon's got some great insights about content marketing...and music! Take a look!

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How Rodale Inc. Evolved Its Content Strategy to Become the World’s Largest Health and Wellness Media Company

How Rodale Inc. Evolved Its Content Strategy to Become the World’s Largest Health and Wellness Media Company | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Discover Rodale Inc.’s five steps to content success and learn how it can help you improve your own strategy – Content Marketing Institute.
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The Content Marketing Institute has posted a REALLY good article on content marketing and content selling here. I like how the author framed Rodale as a prime example of how to do it right. As a Rodale subscriber myself, I could immediately understand the tactics used and how they were used on me! In the end, it's not about selling tricks, but rather concentrating on audience needs and selling to those needs. 

 

A true must-read article both for content strategists and digital marketers. 

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Oh, the Academian and the Practitioner should be friends...Engaging TechComm Professionals

Oh, the Academian and the Practitioner should be friends...Engaging TechComm Professionals | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I attended the IEEE ProComm at the University of Limerick, in Limerick, Ireland last week. I was absolutely gobsmacked months ago when a presentation proposal I sent in for this conference was actu...
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2015 IEEE ProComm Presentation: The Future of m-Learning

This past week, I presented a workship at the IEEE ProComm Conference, which was held in Limerick, Ireland. It was a great experience, and different from other conferences I have attended thusfar (...
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People Are Flocking to a Social Network That Redistributes 90% of Ad Revenue to Users

People Are Flocking to a Social Network That Redistributes 90% of Ad Revenue to Users | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
On Tsu, users share any original content from artwork or Soundcloud tracks to selfies or videos of their dogs. The company then redistributes 90 percent of its advertising revenue to users in the f...
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Thanks to Tina Howe for curating and posting this up on social media channels. This is an interesting social media outlet that I hadn't heard of before.  Does anyone know much about it, other than what's here? Perhaps some additional research is needed, but it sounds great as a viable revenue stream. Hmm....

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Why Do Americans and Brits Have Different Accents?

Why Do Americans and Brits Have Different Accents? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
At the time of the American Revolution, Americans and British people spoke the same. It was the British accent that later diverged.
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My father often clained that he spoke the "King's English" with his strong South (New) Jersey accent that still makes me cringe now and then. Perhaps he's right!  But this time, he's backed with science! 

 

What do you think? I've often thought that the American accent was softened also by Irish, Scottish and Welsh brogues. When I went to Ireland, I felt that the average Irish person's accent was much closer to my American accent than a British accent (and that was me in the West of Ireland, where the Gaelige brogue is stronger).

 

What do you think?

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Be Funny: The Amazing Power of Humor in Social Media Marketing

Be Funny: The Amazing Power of Humor in Social Media Marketing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Have you heard this one?

"I have to breakup with you. We've connected on so many platforms—Facebook and Twitter—but I just don't feel Linkedin." - Derek Kessinger 

The funny bone can be
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I know I try to be funny or inject my sense of humor with my own posts whenever I can.  I remember someone referring to me as a tech comm humorist at one time, which surprised, but pleased me. Life is too short to take everything so seriously,  If you can't find some humor in what you do for a living, or at least see what some of the ironies are, what's the point of doing it?  This article supports that notion. We can't all be comedians, but a little humor does go a long way. 

 

What do you think? Does humor have a place in social media? Add your commentary below. 

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The World's Most Spoken Languages And Where They Are Spoken

The World's Most Spoken Languages And Where They Are Spoken | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
This beautifully illustrated infographic (above), designed by South China Morning Post’s graphics director Alberto Lucas Lopéz, shows the most spoken known languages in the world and where they’re spoken by the 6.3 billion people included in the study. Based on records collated from the database Ethnologue, the infographic illustrates the wide-ranging facts and figures of the world’s living languages catalogued since 1951.
Danielle M. Villegas's insight:

Very cool article and chart that outlines all the many languages currently spoken in the world. No wonder localization and translation are so tough! 

 

Take a look at this--it'll put things in perspective! 

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INFOGRAFÍA ILUSTRADA QUE MUESTRA  LOS IDIOMAS CONOCIDOS MÁS HABLADOS EN EL MUNDO Y DONDE SON HABLADAS POR LOS 6,3 MILLONES DE PERSONAS INCLUIDAS EN EL ESTUDIO. SOBRE LA BASE DE LOS REGISTROS RECOPILADOS SOBRE LA BASE DE DATOS ETHNOLOGUE LA INFOGRAFÍA ILUSTRA LOS HECHOS Y LAS CIFRAS DE AMPLIO ALCANCE DE LENGUAS VIVAS DEL MUNDO CATALOGADAS DESDE 1951 

South China Morning Post’s graphics director Alberto Lucas Lopéz

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THE WORLD'S MOST SPOKEN LANGUAGES AND WHERE THEY ARE SPOKEN

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Learnlets » SME Brains

Learnlets » SME Brains | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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This is a great article by one of my e-learning heroes, Clark Quinn. While this article is geared towards those in the e-learning field, everything he mentions could easily apply to all tech writers who are working on help content or instructional content of any kind. Sometimes it's hard to get through to SMEs (Subject Matter Experts), but Clark provides some good guidelines to help you wade through and get to the heart of the information you truly need. 

 

Take a look. 

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You have no excuse not to read this blog now.

You have no excuse not to read this blog now. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I received this nice little message in my blog's notifications: Yes, that's right! There are 1000 posts on this blog! Some posts are gems! Some are duds! Some are somewhere in between! But over thr...
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Ready to Party? Celebrate Electronic Signatures - Laserfiche

Ready to Party? Celebrate Electronic Signatures - Laserfiche | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
It’s never too late to plan a party. Tomorrow is National ESIGN Day, intended to commemorate, celebrate, and encourage the use of electronic signatures.
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This is something I saw on Google+. I am someone who loves the idea of e-signatures. It really does speed up the process. Since I have a lousy printer and a bad scanner (I usually have to use my smartphone to scan instead), e-signing is just logical. I think part of the issue is that people think that an "ink" signature--something that denotes actual handwriting does two things. First, it shows some sort of proof that theoretically the signer has actually read what they are signing. Second, a signature shows some sort of authenticity that it's an actual person that is acknowledging the document. Let me tell you, most people have scribbles for signatures, and in some cases, others write the signature on their behalf. That's been done for decade before e-signatures were done. I've created a jpg of my signature, so I can use my actual signature electronically without having to print, sign, and scan again. Not everyone does this. 

 

What do you think about e-signatures? I think it's a fascinating topic in this day and age. 

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Social media builds brand loyalty. 11 compelling case studies

51% of Facebook fans and 67% of Twitter followers are more likely to buy the brands they follow or are fans. Here's how social media builds brand loyalty.
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Interesting article by my former Rutgers instructor, Rob Petersen. He presents several short case studies of how social media played a part in driving brand loyalty numbers up. Check it out. 

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Tony Fadell: What will Google's $3.2bn guru do next? - BBC News

Tony Fadell: What will Google's $3.2bn guru do next? - BBC News | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Will the designer in charge of Google Glass and Nest's "thoughtful home" kit end up eclipsing his former workmate Jony Ive?
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This is a really interesting article about the guy that Google has employed to help with a lot of their big gadget-related products. I think he's got some great insights, based on this article and video interview, and it will be interesting how he takes these projects to the next level. I agree that wearables are still in their infancy, so as the guy who essentially helped to bring some of my favorite mobile devices to life, it'll be interesting to see where he takes Google Glass as well as some of those other IoT items out there. 

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Lowering the bar

Lowering the bar | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I recently saw a job posting in which the first line under "Responsibilities" went like this: ....deliver [content] that engages audiences, and that is virtually free of spelling, grammar, and form...
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Larry Kunz has written a compelling article about job responsibilities as a technical communicator, and there's an interesting discussion going on in the comments. I encourage you to check it out and include your own comments. Is Larry asking too much in his observation? 

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How to Create a Content Strategy Plan - Elcom Mobile Site - Elcom Mobile Site

How to Create a Content Strategy Plan - Elcom Mobile Site - Elcom Mobile Site | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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Not sure if I've posted this before. Good info. Thanks to Kerry Butters for curating this and posting on Twitter. --techcommgeekmom
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Why WordPress Is the Ultimate Platform For the Self-Employed? - CMS2CMS

Why WordPress Is the Ultimate Platform For the Self-Employed? - CMS2CMS | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The article shows the specific reasons which make Wordpress a suitable platform for self-employed people.
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As a new self-employed entrepreneur, I can say that while my business website (daircomm.com) hasn't started out as a WP site, one of my requirements for a hosting provider was that it could become a WP site if I changed my mind later. I could decide initially whether to make my site a WP site or not, and since my husband is a developer and wanted to help, he made suggestions on the current design that is not WP. Maybe that will change. But TechCommGeekMom is most definitely a WP site, albeit one that's hosted as a Wordpress.com site rather than self-hosted. Even so, based on my experiences using WP for TechCommGeekMom as well as on other websites I've worked on that use the platform, I support what the author says in this article. WP really is a great tool to use! 

 

What do you think of WordPress, especially in the context of being self-employed? Include your comments below. 

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How the Hell do I Prioritize Work, Blog & Find Balance? | Bothsides of the Table

How the Hell do I Prioritize Work, Blog & Find Balance? | Bothsides of the Table | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I noticed this post today from Ezra Galston titled R …
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Darin Hammond curated and posted this article on Google+, and boy, does it hit the mark right now. It's been harder for me to blog these days, just because I've been busy. As I write this, I just got back from a conference a mere 2.5 hours ago. I know I don't always find the balance. Now that I'm going to be working for myself, and working to gather a clientele (and help the clientele I have for the moment), I need to figure out how to find that balance between getting some good blog posts in again, and working on getting other things done as well. (Not today, I'm exhausted and I think the jet lag will hit any minute.) But I also take my time writing, because I want to make sure I write something that has some value, and that it's written well (or at least half-decently). 

 

For me, family duties and duties to myself come before career. I do what I do for my career because I enjoy the field. It doesn't consume my life, however. I'd like to think I am more multi-faceted than that. Thus the struggle for balance continues and will probably always continue...

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How Irish language words helped create the English language

How Irish language words helped create the English language | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
You dig it? The English language's terminology for concepts and the mind is peppered with Hiberno-English.
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Since I'm on a language kick today, and I'm leaving for another trip to Ireland (for the IEEE ProComm in Limerick, Ireland) in a few days, this seemed appropriate. Gaelige still eludes me phonetically. I always feel like once I get the phonetics down, then the rest becomes easier. I guess someday I might figure it out. 

 

This is an interesting article about how Irish language has influenced English language. 

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Here’s what Shakespeare’s plays sounded like with their original English accent

Here’s what Shakespeare’s plays sounded like with their original English accent | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
In this short documentary, linguist David Crystal and his son, actor Ben Crystal, look at the differences between English pronunciation now and how it was spoken 400 years ago. They answer the most basic question you probably have right now — How do you...
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This is something that I've been meaning to post for a while, but it slipped away. I think today is English localization day for me. Anyway, David Crystal is THE man you want to read or learn from if you want to learn about linguistics, especially English language linguistics. I've never read a resource that didn't reference him in some way. Even reading his works directly yield great insights. 

 

Check out this fantastic video that shows how pronunciation alone can change how language is perceived. After that, think about how English (or any other language that has multiple dialects) sounds today in various countries. It's incredible that we all still understand each other at all! I also find it fascinating that perception of the dialect can change the meaning. Listen to what Ben Crystal says towards the end of how one speech changed meaning and how the actors perceived the "OD" dialects. 

 

(I think I missed out on a career in linguistics...fascinating stuff to me...)

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TechCommGeekMom's New Adventure: Do you DAIR?

TechCommGeekMom's New Adventure: Do you DAIR? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I've mentioned on a few occasions that with the completion of my contract at BASF, I would have to figure out what my next move would be.  Job hunting is something that I dread, especially since th...
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Win an All-Access Pass to Information Development World 2015! Here's how.

Win an All-Access Pass to Information Development World 2015! Here's how. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
It's great to see so many of my readers are as excited as I am about going to this year's Information Development World conference. This event, organized by Scott Abel, The Content Wrangler, and Va...
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The Genius Of Oreo’s Social Media Marketing

The Genius Of Oreo’s Social Media Marketing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
This article shows you the creative and expert social media marketing strategy behind the famous cookie loving brand Oreo, and what you can learn from it.
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I have to say, I'm really liking a lot of the content that Kerry Butters (@kesbutters) curates. She posted this great article on Twitter, and I had to snatch this up. While this article is certainly geared towards digital marketers to show how using social media can truly work advantageously, I think it's a great example of how content as a whole can be used to promote ideas in social media with the right strategy. 

 

This is a fun article to read, and you might learn something in the process. Thanks for the share, Kerry! 

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Marketing Content is Stupid

Marketing Content is Stupid | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I really enjoyed Joe Pulizzi’s keynote at the Intelligent Content Conference last year. It is called “Unlocking Your Content’s Potential,” and you can see it on Slideshare here. There were two consecutive slides, in particular, that sparked my interest. The first is a list of marketing automation tools:The second is a list of intelligent content characteristics:Seeing these slides listed consecutively got me thinking. Imagine how much more streamlined and efficient marketing automation could be
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Val Swisher wrote this great article about content reuse--or lack thereof--in content marketing. To be honest, she makes excellent points here as to why isn't not happening, and I agree. I think a big part of it is actually more to do with the fact that many corporations are just not mentally there or at that kind of thinking yet. I think they are still adapting to the idea of getting their localization in order, and understanding how to use tools that create for mobile or responsive design. Heck, I think they are still trying to figure out how to write for mobile, still! 

 

Take a look at this...what do you think? Let me know in the comments. 

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Waterfall content development? You’re doing it wrong. | Scriptorium Publishing

Waterfall content development? You’re doing it wrong. | Scriptorium Publishing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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This is a great article by Sarah O'Keefe at Scriptorium. She is so right that each of the elements work in junction with each other simultaneously, not as steps in a process. 

 

Read this article--good stuff here. 

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