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"A Fear Stalks Our Profession..."

The STC posted this on Facebook today (I was so busy today, that I don't know if they posted it elsewhere), and I was struck by how focused it is in the message. Credit goes to Rick Lippincott who ...
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Online Student Again Part 5: Content Marketing: Wait, didn't I hear about this a year ago? 

Online Student Again Part 5: Content Marketing: Wait, didn't I hear about this a year ago?  | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Almost exactly a year ago, I returned from a conference that changed a lot about the way I think about content. It was the 2014 Intelligent Content Conference (ICC2014). My brain soaked in a lot of...
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What one thing isn't Tech Comm doing?

What one thing isn't Tech Comm doing? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
On this third day of the third month, I have three questions for you about the Technical Communication profession: What one thing isn't Tech Comm doing, that it should be doing? What needs to happe...
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Larry Kunz asks a great set of questions in his blog post today. Go read the whole thing, and weigh in on the conversation! 

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Australian English: words and phrases added to OxfordDictionaries.com | OxfordWords blog

Australian English: words and phrases added to OxfordDictionaries.com | OxfordWords blog | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
In this latest update to OxfordDictionaries.com, Australian English features prominently. From lamington drives, sausage sizzles, and magic puddings to she
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While I think most Americans are trying to still find their way around the differences between British English and American English, the Oxford Dictionaries have reminded us that we need to remember the language of our friends down under! Read this is you'd like to expand your English language skills. --techcommgeekmom
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Online Student Again, Part 4: Mobile Marketing, AKA Dang, I haven't kept up!

Online Student Again, Part 4: Mobile Marketing, AKA Dang, I haven't kept up! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
After the confidence I had emerging from the Social Media Marketing module of my digital marketing course, I felt I could ride that wave of confidence into the next module about Mobile Marketing.  ...
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Google Will Rank Your Site Higher If It's Mobile Friendly

Google Will Rank Your Site Higher If It's Mobile Friendly | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Big changes to Google’s search algorithms are coming: beginning April 21, the company will increase the ranking of sites that are mobile-friendly and surface app results much higher. The company says…
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Thanks to Marta Rauch for posting this on Facebook today. I do see this as something that will have a big impact. As I was learning in my mobile marketing class this week (and already knew as well), mobile is continuing to gain speed as the primary resource of computing for most people globally. For many outside the US, a smartphone is the ONLY computing device they have. Having a ranking of more mobile friendly sites is going to have a major impact on how people access information via search! 

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Global Social Media Marketing - The Next Frontier

Global Social Media Marketing - The Next Frontier | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Global social is a term that I use for the practice of having a social media presence in more than one country/culture/language. It's is quite problematic. Here's why.
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Since I'm in digital marketing mode mentally because of the coursework I'm taking, this is very appropriate to the unit I did recently on social media marketing. I don't think we even approached this information! Val Swisher does it again, and makes a very good point about the translation and localization aspects of social media marketing. 

 

What do you think? Put your comments below. 

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10 Social Media Strategy Ideas that Generate Real Results

10 Social Media Strategy Ideas that Generate Real Results | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The competition for attention is fierce. Learn how to stand out! 10 social media strategy ideas to help your business generate real results.
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I found this on Twitter this morning by way of Rebekah Radice. These ten steps are so basic, but a good reminder of what does work. I've learned this by trial and error on my own, but also learned it through my digital marketing class that I'm taking right now. These aren't hard steps, especially for most technical communicators, yet it's a good refresher. 

 

Take a look. 

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Visibility in the marketplace creates opportunities for the discerning administrator. Learn how social media marketing can enhance your business. TV. . 

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Google Launches 'YouTube Kids,' a New Family-Friendly App | WIRED

Google Launches 'YouTube Kids,' a New Family-Friendly App | WIRED | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Google has launched a service called YouTube Kids, a new version of the internet’s leading destination for video aimed squarely at children.
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Oh, I wish this had been out sooner! My son is a little too old for this now that he's almost 14, but YouTube videos for the 12 years old and under group is a great idea. The filters on the regular YouTube aren't so great, so hopefully this product will allow parents--and teachers--some peace of mind letting the kids access videos this way. Time will tell....

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Online Student Again - Part 3: Social Media Marketing--Now You're Talking My Language!

Online Student Again - Part 3: Social Media Marketing--Now You're Talking My Language! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The next module of my online digital mini-MBA in Digital Marketing was about social media marketing. Simply from the name of it, I suspected that I had a better chance with this topic than I had wi...
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New TechCommGeekMom achievement! Top 25%!

New TechCommGeekMom achievement! Top 25%! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
I was excited to see the following email in my inbox this morning: Wow! Top 25%? That's not too shabby, and most of it is based on my lecture about blogging! Sweet! If you are curious about these t...
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5 Reasons Why Social Media is not Working for You!

5 Reasons Why Social Media is not Working for You! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
'Social Media is not working for me!' I hear it all the time... Here are 5 reasons why I think it might not be working for you - and how to fix it!Let’s see why Social Media is not working for you1. Your Website SucksSometimes clients still ask me if they can just use a Facebook page and not bother with a website. No, no and no. As I mention in my e-book, your website is your home, and with Social Media you are sending out invitations to come visit your place. But let’s say you are hosting a big
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Since this is turning out to be a week where I'm concentrating on social media, this great article appeared on LinkedIn. All the reasons that the author lists is true, and so many companies fail to see that. I admit, I need to freshen up some of my websites soon! Take a look, and pick up some good pointers. 

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Tech Comm=Customer Satisfaction. Or So It Should Be.

Tech Comm=Customer Satisfaction. Or So It Should Be. | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
As I continue to study my digital marketing course, and I start to delve more into trying to understand content marketing, to me, I end up going back to my foundation, which is customer service and...
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The only significant innovation for tech comm | I'd Rather Be Writing

The only significant innovation for tech comm | I'd Rather Be Writing | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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While the title of this article by Tom Johnson is almost inflammatory (What? There's got to be more innovations than that!), it is clear that if this isn't the only significant innovation for tech comm, it's most definitely THE most important innovation.  Tom does a great job making his points--they are points I would argue as well, but I think he articulates it better than I could. 

 

I came into tech writing and tech comm just in the last few years, when web was firmly established, and yet, I'm finding as I take my digital marketing course that there are still so many that are STILL not on board with the use of the Internet and the web for providing strong content and information. I think we've made some huge strides, and Tom points out how tech writers are still needed to help with making content stronger in the long term, but we are still in the infancy of using the web for communications and things are still developing on how to better deliver content to the masses. Time will tell. 

 

What do you think? Do you agree with Tom's points? Include your comments below. 

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Blogging Vs Article Writing – Is There A Difference?

Blogging Vs Article Writing – Is There A Difference? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
In today’s content packed web, we often see the words “blog” and “article” used interchangeably; so much that the line between the two terms seems to increasingly become blurry. Today we’ll answer the very common question: Blogging Vs Article Writing – Is There A Difference? … And most importantly, how does it impact your web platform strategy?First, let’s cover blog vs. blog post. If you are interested in becoming a reputable blogger, the first step is to know that a blog is a web-site where bl
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This is an excellent article I found on LinkedIn that explains the difference between blogging and article writing. There is a difference! I agree with the Mr. Bare's explanation here. In my mind, blogging is part of a conversation with another person, rather than merely projecting out facts, figures and other information. Granted, the conversation in blogging can be one-sided if no one responds, but there is no question that it's much more personal and H2H--human-to-human. Only disagreement I have is that blog posts are short. Heck, dude, have you read my blog? ;-) Great guidelines to understand the differences, if you ask me, outlined here.

 

Do you agree with the article?  Put your comments below. 

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Google, proving it still hasn’t figured out social, will strip Google+ for parts

Google, proving it still hasn’t figured out social, will strip Google+ for parts | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
It's no Facebook.
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Thanks to Nick Kellet of List.ly for finding this. 

 

I have to say, while I'm on Google+, I'm not a big fan of it. It seems horribly disjointed, and when I've tried to fix or rectify things, well, you just can't. I even had a tech writer from Google who works on the documentation of Google+ try to help me at one point, and she couldn't.  Now, the article mentions Google Wave. I did try that before they pulled the plug, and that seemed like it was going in the right direction. I didn't understand why they stopped that.  Google+ is touted as something big, but if users can't figure out how to use it for posting their own stuff and adding "+1s", then what's the point? As the intro to this says, "It's no Facebook," and that's fine--it doesn't have to be. But it should be easy to use, easy for people to share and post on different groups and move around to customize like other social media outlets. I'm usually good  at figuring this stuff out, but have never quite gotten a handle on Google+. Hopefully, they'll get their act together soon. 

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IKEA furniture will soon be able to wirelessly charge your mobile device

IKEA furniture will soon be able to wirelessly charge your mobile device | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
You'll soon be able to charge your mobile device directly on various IKEA furniture, from nightstands and desks to even the base of a lamp.
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This is a cool development, and proof that mobile is here to stay! If IKEA is going to be starting to include this technology in the near future, this should be an incentive for others to follow suit. I know that I'll be in line to get some of these for around my house, once they are available! 

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"MobileMary" Barnett's curator insight, March 2, 1:11 PM

This is Brilliant, and proof that mobile is here to stay! If IKEA's furniture is going to be able to wirelessly charge your mobile device in the near future, maybe others will follow suit. I know I'll be first in line to get some of my own! -MobileMary http://AnotherBrilliantIdea.com

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How Guest Blogging Solved My SEO Problem

How Guest Blogging Solved My SEO Problem | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
A year ago, Google’s Matt Cutts and others declared guest blogging for SEO was dead. But the naysayers were wrong. I’ve discovered good guest blogs with links from authoritative sites and social shares still can improve your rankings.
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This is a great article that the Content Marketing Institute (CMI) posted recently. I have to agree that the points made here are good ones. I have been a guest blogger for other sites. In several cases, those sites got more hits for an article I wrote than articles I write for my own blog! Even so, knowing that I've done well on those other sites lets me know that I must be doing something right. Additionally, I'm happy to have relevent guest blogger on my blog as well. I don't like having people who are content hackers writing for me. I want people who have the same passion as I do to write for my blog as well. (And if you are reading this and not part of some pool of content generating writers writing for the sake of creating crap content, feel free to contact me!) 

 

Being on either side of the guest blogging equation is a win-win situation. Take a look at this article, and you'll see why. 

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7 more ways you can recycle old content - Biznology

7 more ways you can recycle old content - Biznology | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Want to do more with the content you already have? Recycle it! These 7 tips will help you leverage content opportunities and drive new traffic to old pages.
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Mike Moran, one of my instructors for my online mini-MBA digital marketing class, posted this on his website. The reuse of content is nothing new to content strategists! Single sourcing! But Mike has some great suggestions for some ideas on how to do this that isn't limited to digital marketing, but content in general. 

 

To prove a point that it still works in marketing, think about the latest Snickers commercial that was shown at the Super Bowl. They took a segment from a Brady Bunch show--which we are all familiar with--and added new actors, tweaked the script a bit, and voila! New commercial with punch! 

 

Try one of these if you haven't in the past. Great suggestions here that I might use myself. 

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Why are women leaving the tech industry in droves?

Why are women leaving the tech industry in droves? | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Ana Redmond launched into a technology career for an exciting challenge and a chance to change the world. She was well-equipped to succeed too: An ambitious math and science wiz, she could code faster, with fewer errors, than anyone she knew.
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Funny how that works. Companies really need to listen to we females. Our different perspective can often help, as the one example that was given for the woman who made the improvement on the website then got shot down. 

 

I'm reminded of just a few years ago, when I was getting started in grad school, that I signed up for a mentorship program online that was supposed to be geared towards women in engineering and tech. When the person I was matched up with tried to talk to me, he shot down why I was even getting involved in technical communications. He thought it had no future at all, and questioned why I'd even get my degree in the subject. It wasn't like he was encouraging me to go into programming either, but he wasn't exactly encouraging. Glad I dumped him and the program and did my own thing anyway. But I still see those barriers in very subtle ways. I still don't feel like I have much of a voice in matters. Even today, I was in a conference call about localization, and I told them that I study this topic on my own time, read the book (see my review of Val Swisher's Global Content Strategy), so I do have a good idea of what I'm talking about, and I was trying to encourage a top-down look at globalization instead of the bottom pushing up from local to global.

 

Anyway, I think they heard, but I don't think anything is going to be done about it, but I can say that I got it off my chest, at least.  Was it because I'm female? I'm not sure. But I do know that women are not considered as smart very often in tech stuff, and it really burns me. 

 

What about you? What are your observations in the work force?

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New Listing in TechCommGeekMom's Education Resources Page!

New Listing in TechCommGeekMom's Education Resources Page! | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
There is a new program now listed in the Instructional Design Education Resources found on the ID/TC Education Resources page (see the tab above). Many thanks to Stephen Roda for bringing to my att...
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If you skipped Windows 8, here’s some new stuff you get with Windows 10

If you skipped Windows 8, here’s some new stuff you get with Windows 10 | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The divisive UI changes distracted from more welcome lower-level upgrades.
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I admit, I am one of those last holdouts still on Windows 7. I was very hesitant to upgrade to Windows 8 when it came out, and despite fixes that were made since its release, I haven't committed to the upgrade. Based on this article, I'm more excited to upgrade to Windows 10 once it comes out. I'm hoping that some of the changes will, indeed, help improve how well my machine works as a result, and perhaps I can save a couple thousand dollars in not getting a new laptop. We'll see...

What do you think of the features mentioned here? Comment below. 

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Bye-bye writer's block - tcworld.info

Bye-bye writer's block - tcworld.info | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
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This is a great article that I will be rereading over and over again! Thanks to Scott Abel for sharing it on LinkedIn. I know I suffer from writer's block often for my blog, but it's mostly because much of what I do in my professional life right now is rather mundane, and not much exciting stuff to share or analyze at the moment. 

 

What do you do to break out of a rut? Include your comments below. 

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Microsoft is interesting again -- very

Microsoft is interesting again -- very | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Microsoft has been largely dead to Silicon Valley because for the past decade they struggled in -- or completely missed -- the last five major technology movements. Those five movements, and who they lost to are:1/open source (to Linux, MySQL, etc.)2/search (to Google)3/mobile (to Apple)4/social (to Facebook)5/cloud (to Amazon)In this piece: why MSFT failed (dividends), why they’re back (Satya) & what 7 things they can do to be as important to the future as Apple, Google, and Facebook.[ Click to
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This is an article found on LinkedIn. I will be very curious to see how Microsoft re-emerges from its "down" years. I have still held by Microsoft for a long time, and except for phones and tablets, we are still a family entrenched in Microsoft at my house. I can't let go. I'm hoping that the new developments described in this article bring back the innovation and "cool" factors that Microsoft so desparately needs in order to stay in the game. 

 

What do you think? Include your comments below. 

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I hope they up their game. This stupidity of not their particular brand of exclusivity... is holding them back and making me consider other options. Integration is the wave of the future. That's why I love scoopit and hootsuite.

José de la Rubia's comment, February 23, 8:27 AM
For a long time Microsoft has driven a completely closed-door and self-defensive strategy against Open Source behaviour. An inner directed approach... is this a price too high to pay?
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6 Elements of Human Behavior that Drive Social Media

6 Elements of Human Behavior that Drive Social Media | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
Social media may be new but the psychological desires that drive its use are old. Strategists need to understand and master these ideas.
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This is an article I had to read for my Digital Marketing class, and I love it. It was written two years ago by the instructor of the module I'm doing, Mark Schaefer. It's a variation of the items that drive Social Media that I learned in grad school from Andrew Klobucar, and I have found in both cases, this information is on target! Take a look--it applies not only to marketing using social media, but how we use social media in general. --techcommgeekmom
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Signup for Blog Funders: Crowd Funding for Blog Sites

Signup for Blog Funders: Crowd Funding for Blog Sites | M-learning, E-Learning, and Technical Communications | Scoop.it
The platform where bloggers raise crowd funding money meet for their blog sites. Illustrates how to make money online with your blog sites. Join free now.
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Now this is something I might take advantage of in coming months...I know I have a following, and I would love to expand what TechCommGeekMom is all about, but it takes time, energy, and in some cases, resources I don't have. I would love to be a one-woman tech comm "journalist" and get paid to do that, but alas, that's not reality right now. Perhaps in time, something like this would help to make that happen. 

 

For any other potential bloggers who want to monetize and grow your blogs, this will be helpful for you! Thanks for Darin Hammond for bringing this to my attention. 

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