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Facebook Finally Lets You Edit Your Comments | Techland | TIME.com

Facebook Finally Lets You Edit Your Comments | Techland | TIME.com | The Social Web | Scoop.it

Before, Facebook only gave you a few seconds to make an edit, which resulted in moments of panic before you had to either delete a comment or just live with it. On Thursday night, that all changed when Facebook decided to let users edit comments.

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Marvel At This Periodic Table Of Social Media

Marvel At This Periodic Table Of Social Media | The Social Web | Scoop.it

InMotion Hosting have made a graphic in the form of a periodic table. If you were going to try to tell your grandmother how she could advertise her organic blueberry business online, this is what you would use.


It's still confusing, cluttered and ever-changing, but the periodic table provides at least some hope of creating a strategy to navigating the big social media networks. Click on the graphic to see an enlarged view.

 

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Google's New Brain Could Have a Big Impact - Technology Review

Google's New Brain Could Have a Big Impact - Technology Review | The Social Web | Scoop.it

The Knowledge Graph is rapidly learning about the world. It promises to transform more than just search. The Knowledge Graph can be thought of as a vast database that allows Google's software to connect facts on people, places, and things to one another. Google got the Knowledge Graph project started when it bought a startup called Metaweb in 2010; at that time, the resource contained only 12 million entries. Today it has more than 500 million entries, with more than 3.5 billion links between them.

 

Kingsley Idehen, founder of semantic technology company OpenLink Software, says that Knowledge Graph is not really helping advance the semantic Web because it is not openly accessible—despite being compiled using open data sources such as Wikipedia and Freebase. If Google were to open up its Knowledge Graph for others to use, then the Web as a whole could get much smarter, says Idehen.

 

A Google spokesperson wouldn't say if Knowledge Graph would be opened up, but pointed out that some of what it contains is freely available for access by humans and software at Freebase, a site created by Metaweb before it was acquired by Google. However, Freebase is simpler than the Knowledge Graph, which Google is continuing to make smarter.

 

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The Digital Workplace: Social Integration Through Activity Streams

The Digital Workplace: Social Integration Through Activity Streams | The Social Web | Scoop.it

"Rather than following a process, I follow a cloud of activities.” From the article...

 

Knowledge work is evolving: it is becoming more fluid and unpredictable, with little structure and repeatability. Add to this that knowledge work is becoming increasingly interdependent; completing a task often requires many interactions with information entities from different sources as well as with people from different locations, organizations and time zones.

 

The challenges ahead call for a defragmentation of the digital work environment and connecting a dispersed but highly interdependent workforce. Social software has proved to help a great deal by shrinking the distance between people and allowing greater intimacy and interaction on a much greater scale than previously possible.

 

Sharing of more contextual information is key to increase workspace awareness. Activity streams are in this context instrumental mechanisms for integrating our digital workplaces, since they help to aggregate activities and resources from different systems and bring them to the fingertips of knowledge workers.

 

Although activity streams have been along for some time as features in social collaboration products, the technology is yet in its infancy. We can all be sure that the concept of activity streams will be further developed and that we will see numerous technological innovations that aim to bring better workspace awareness to knowledge.

 

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Bookmark, Organize And Share Your Favorite Products With Wanelo

Bookmark, Organize And Share Your Favorite Products With Wanelo | The Social Web | Scoop.it

From Official Site:

"Wanelo is social store curated by the community. Users post, collect and organize products and follow people and stores they like.
Wanelo comes from the words WAnt, NEed and LOve.

How to use Wanelo
- post your product finds from any online store.
- browse others' finds and save them. saving is like voting a product up - more saves means higher placement on the homepage.
- if people like your taste, they will follow you. more followers + more saves = more visibility for you."

 

From review on TechCrunch:

"The eCommerce world is starting to warm up to the future of online shopping: Social curation. Call it the “Pinterest-effect” — People are embracing the idea that bookmarking and social sharing slowly are replacing search with regards to product discovery.

Wanelo is a site that allows users to bookmark and share their favorite products via a grid layout and high-res imagery.

 

The startup allows you to follow your Facebook friends in addition to top site users — resulting in a more personalized product feed than that of just celebrity selections. To post an item to Wanelo enter a product URL, tag the item with categories, and add price and other details. Users can browse through Wanelo items by popularity, recency, or by people and stores that they follow.


Site founder Deena Varshavskaya says:

“Pinterest is a great product and it solves the curation problem for images,” Varshavskaya tells me, ”It contains products as well, but that’s not their focus, so users don’t go to Pinterest to shop. They go there to collect things like recipes. Wanelo has nothing but products and users know that, so they come to Wanelo to shop. Users on Wanelo have much more purchase intent”

Read full article on TechCrunch here: http://j.mp/NogblZ

 

Find out more: http://www.wanelo.com/aboutus

 

Try out it now: http://www.wanelo.com

 


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Create an RSS Feed for Any Facebook Group or Page: Wallflux

Create an RSS Feed for Any Facebook Group or Page: Wallflux | The Social Web | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Wallflux is a tool which helps you to export Facebook Page and Group Walls to RSS 2.0 feeds, which you can then subscribe to in your RSS reader / aggregator for final curation.

 

Wallflux works for Facebook Groups, Pages and Events and Users.

 

"When you need to import Facebook group posts, comments & images into your blog, Wallflux is the service of choice with custom #atom-feeds."

 

Wallflux also integrates a search feature which allows you to search right inside those Facebook Pages ad Groups.

 

P.S.: Due to privacy settings, Wallflux does not work out of the box for closed or secret Facebook Groups., but with a small action from your side (adding the service to the group) you can access those Wallflux-feeds just like those of regular Facebook Groups.

Note: To prevent abuse there is a charge €5 in handling to enable your closed or secret group.

 

Wallflux is free.

 

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4 Reasons Why Content Curation Has Gone Mainstream

4 Reasons Why Content Curation Has Gone Mainstream | The Social Web | Scoop.it

With the help of Pinterest and other consumer-oriented companies, content curation – the process of finding, organizing and sharing online content – has gone mainstream. More and more people are looking to content curation to help them navigate today’s chaotic online world. 

 

Curata’s 2012 Content Curation Adoption Survey - http://bit.ly/L81K0w [PDF] of more than 400 marketers found that the vast majority are utilizing content curation as a key component of their content marketing strategy.

 

Why this entire buzz around content curation? What is driving the adoption of the practice?

 

Key findings from the survey:

Growing quantity led to sinking quality

56% reported finding quality content was their greatest content marketing challenge. The explosion of information on the Web has led to an overwhelming amount of content, making it more challenging to locate the best and most relevant.   

 Marketers look to content curation as a way to help cut through the clutter and provide their prospects with the valuable information for which they are looking.

Trust is invaluable  

85% said that establishing thought leadership was their main content curation objective.

Brands can position themselves as thought leaders in their space as well as go-to resources for prospects. Once this trust is established, prospects are more likely to become customers when they are prepared to buy.

We live in a social world

People increasingly are relying on social media as a resource for the most timely and relevant information.

Through content curation, marketers can quickly and more easily get their content out in the social sphere and keep their prospects aware of industry information.

 Content is powerful  

All major brands today are online – providing their prospects with information. 

What this means for marketers is that being “searchable” and having a “sticky site” are more important than ever.  A key to having a site easily accessible to those who are interested in the specific product or service is search engine optimization. 

By providing fresh and relevant content in an organized way, improves SEO for the site

 

Today, having content online is a must-have for Brands.  

As the online world continues to grow and likely become more chaotic and overwhelming, technologies and strategies for organization and sharing the best, most relevant content will be impossible to ignore.

 

Curated by maxOz and selected by Jan Gordon covering "Content Curation, Social Business and Beyond"

 

Source: http://onforb.es/KtKjN1

 

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John van den Brink's comment, June 5, 2012 10:44 AM
Great one! Thanks Michele
maxOz's comment, June 5, 2012 9:27 PM
John thanks for your in put, yes this product [Curata] is amazing and the post supporting Content Curation very valid xxx
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10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education

10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education | The Social Web | Scoop.it

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.


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The App Store and The Need for Curation

The App Store and The Need for Curation | The Social Web | Scoop.it

From MacStories: "After four years, the App Store has become more than “a grand slam” — it has ignited an app revolution that created a new economy that supports over 210,000 jobs in the U.S. alone.

 

But Apple should do more with its “curation” process, and with the annual WWDC approaching, developers hope the company has been listening.


“A movie recommendation from Roger Ebert means a lot more to me than a computer generated ranking based on reviewer scores”, ...I think it’s the personal touch that’s missing”.

 

Excerpted from the original article: "The topic of curation on the App Store isn’t new to developers and observers of Apple’s ecosystem.

 

...Gassée believes that alongside the 600,000 apps available on the App Store, an Apple-made, curated “App Guide” with reviews and opinions would “give app seekers more than today’s skimpy categories and unreliable user reviews”.

 

A better selection of apps would, in return, further showcase the amazing capabilities of iOS devices, which is where Apple makes a profit.

 

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I want Apple to tell me why they think the app is great. And I want to be able to find these recommended apps later on ...


In a way, the “curated App Store” lacks an editorializing process that goes beyond simply selecting and organizing apps in custom sections, but that also explains why a specific app should be worth of attention.

 

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Last week, TouchArcade released its first iPhone app, combining the website’s editorial process with an app discovery system directly linked to the App Store, and enhanced with videos, screenshots, and recommendations. “...It’s heavily curated by experts, trusted by users, and has a ton of great features like watch lists and videos”, Brichter said.


Ultimately, it comes down to trusting the people who recommend apps to buy.

 

Hockenberry noted how “customers trust sites like Macworld, MacStories, or Daring Fireball to find them the best apps”, and admits that doing “curation” along these lines would change the whole dynamic for developers."

 

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Full article: http://www.macstories.net/stories/four-years-of-app-store-developers-weigh-in-on-search-discovery-and-curation/ ;


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The Collage Tells The Story and The Curator Skillset That's Yet To Come

The Collage Tells The Story and The Curator Skillset That's Yet To Come | The Social Web | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Krishna Bharat, creator of Google News and now Principle Scientist at Google, spoke at the News World Summit in Bangalore, India.

 

His focus was on the future of news and on the impotance of curation as well as on what the news will look and "feel" like.

 

He rightly suggests to news teams to "provide guides to content", not just new content and to deliver information in ways that entice the reader in multiple ways, while providing lots of good and well referenced information. 

 

Excerpted from the original Poynter.org article: "As consumers have access to vast troves of news information from all over the world, Bharat urged news editorial teams to provide a guide to content, not just produce content.

 

“Creation and curation should be the fundamental activities for your editorial team,” he said.


Bharat said news in the future will become more of an app-like experience, as users adapt the experience to themselves, and as newsrooms provide a more multi-dimensional experience that includes more images and maps.

 

“The collage tells the story.

 

This will create a skill set that doesn’t exist yet.”

 

And also:

 

"The winning experience of the future is fast, tactile, original content, with access to many reputable sources in an appealing narrative form,” Bharat said.

 

“It is delivered in an appealing, narrative form, encompasses a broader definition of news, and involves audiences with a stake in the story or with expertise."

 

Must-read. 9/10

 

Full article: http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/top-stories/175859/krishna-bharat-news-industry-futuremust-hire-restless-agents-of-change/ ;

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David Salahi's comment, June 2, 2012 12:12 PM
Brain Pickings (http://www.brainpickings.org/) is a site that exemplifies these principles.
Beth Kanter's comment, June 2, 2012 12:42 PM
Thanks for curating this article. I'm also noticing the rise of data visualization as a skill for journalists (and others) - might add that creation, curation, AND visualization should be the fundamental activities .... and when I say visualization - not just pretty pictures, but insights. http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/may/31/data-journalism-awards-winners
janlgordon's comment, June 2, 2012 1:53 PM
Thank you for this amazing piece and for your great insights!
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How IT Can Reclaim Social Relevance - The BrainYard - InformationWeek

How IT Can Reclaim Social Relevance - The BrainYard - InformationWeek | The Social Web | Scoop.it

If there's anything that's striking about the changes taking place in technology today, it's that many of the most transformative new advances are bypassing the IT department entirely. One only has to look at the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon to see this clearly. Most IT departments are planning to enable (if they haven't already) BYOD, a form of user-led computing adoption. It's easier and easier to make the case today that technology, especially on the edges, is increasingly moving out of IT's hands.

 

The rise of social media has been an outlier in this historical arc of corporate IT adoption. Despite being the dominant form of online communication today, in stark contrast it has been adopted with considerable spottiness and inconsistency in the corporate world.

 

Will CIO's step up to the mark, or will CMO's take over their territory? Where next for IT? Some intersting dynamics at play in this ecology we're calling "Social Business".

 

 

 

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10 Characteristics of High-Performing Collaborative Teams

10 Characteristics of High-Performing Collaborative Teams | The Social Web | Scoop.it

Excerpt from the book The Collaboration Imperative: Executive Strategies for Unlocking Your Organization's True Potential by Ron Ricci and Carl Wiese. I will admit that I haven't (yet) read the book, but I thought this was very useful "take-away" list of collaborative behaviours and characteristics. 

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Facebook Testing Region-Specific Versions Of Pages - AllFacebook

Facebook Testing Region-Specific Versions Of Pages - AllFacebook | The Social Web | Scoop.it
“Stay focused and keep shipping,” indeed: Facebook appears to be testing another new feature for pages, this time allowing them to customize their appearances in different regions, while maintaining a single tally of likes.

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10 Facebook Apps That MIGHT Improve Your Social Presence

10 Facebook Apps That MIGHT Improve Your Social Presence | The Social Web | Scoop.it

I've modified the headline for this article, removing "Fantastic" (a bit sensational), and changing the 'Will' to "Might". What many people seem to forget with all of these "wonderful" Facebook apps that promote better social presence and more 'Likes" is that it's the CONTENT that counts, i.e. having something interesting to say or something useful to promote. Put simply, 'content' trumps 'apps'!

 

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Digital Age Etiquette: How To Handle Negative Comments Online

Digital Age Etiquette: How To Handle Negative Comments Online | The Social Web | Scoop.it

Indisputably, the Internet has opened a world of opportunities for organisations and businesses. That's the upside. But the corporate embrace of social networks across Facebook, Twitter, blogs and forums also presents viral possibilities to negative forces – disgruntled customers, whingers and people who are difficult for the sake of it.

 

Companies and brands that enjoy the upside of social media, more than likely are struggling with the downside of negative comments, gibes and the outpourings of cantankerous individuals, which may inflame passions worldwide.

 

The Urban Dictionary has classified the proliferating new generation of Internet critics as "trolls" – those who typically unleash "cynical or sarcastic remarks on an innocent bystander, because it's the Internet and, hey, you can."

 

In this new media era, when corporations are vulnerable to the virally contagious effects of Facebook or LinkedIn "like" buttons or the "retweet", the challenge to businesses is learning how to separate trolls from true complainants and finding ways to handle inflammatory commentary with a cool head.

 

Companies may be damned if they ignore the moaning of difficult "customers" and damned they get drawn into argument with them. An increasingly valued skill is the ability to handle a complaint without aggravating a situation.

 

7 Tips For Keeping The Trolls At Bay

 

1. Do your research. Check to see if the commenter has a track record for complaining. Or, do they have an axe to grind?

2. Follow the 24-hour rule. The quicker a negative is resolved the better.

3. Remember everything is permanent (sometimes even if you delete comments). It is unlikely you'll get legitimate negative comments taken down by websites.

4. Answer publicly as that stays as a permanent record in web searches.

5. Talk like a human rather than a corporate spokesperson, but don't be too informal.

6. Don't make light of anybody's predicament.

7. Don't feed the trolls.

By Knowledge@ASB - http://bit.ly/MqPdIq

Source: http://bit.ly/K0JAgj

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You're welcome ! You have some good topics ! And now we follow you ;)
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Twitter, Facebook, and Airtime Are Waging War Against The Internet’s Stupidity | TechCrunch

Twitter, Facebook, and Airtime Are Waging War Against The Internet’s Stupidity | TechCrunch | The Social Web | Scoop.it

This week’s launch of Twitter’s Tailored Trends, Facebook’s App Center, and Airtime’s safety net is part of the growing recognition that a (very high) percentage of content on the interweb is unaldulterated rubbish with a layer of drivel on top.  Most serious users are finding it increasing;y difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. The search for RELEVANCE is starting to become an onerous and time-consuming activity.

 

Whether or not the solutions provided by Twitter, Facebook and Airtime will be effective in channeling and filtering the information according to personal profiles and preferences remains to be seen. But there is a clear demand for this type of service, as we're seeing from startups such as Bottlenose, Twylah, Prismatic, Zite etc, which enable users to tune into the streams, topics and authors that interest them. 

 

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FACEBOOK FALLOUT: Suddenly It Feels Like Google Is Actually Going To Buy Twitter

FACEBOOK FALLOUT: Suddenly It Feels Like Google Is Actually Going To Buy Twitter | The Social Web | Scoop.it

There's interest on both sides. The only problem has been price. But now Twitter is cheaper.

 

Google organizes the Web for desktops, through pull. Twitter organizes the Web for mobile, through push. The Internet will be mostly mobile by the end of the decade.

 

Sounds like it could be a match made in heaven? It would certainly earthquake-like repercussions for Facebook. Interesting times.

 

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-fallout-suddenly-it-feels-like-google-is-actually-going-to-buy-twitter-2012-6#ixzz1xOLENmoS

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Making Sense of a Large Research Library: Curate Your References and Papers with Mendeley

Robin Good: Mendeley is a cross-platform research tool, which can help you tap into a vast online library of over 30 academic paper databases, while helping you "curate" your own library of references, bibliographies and reference documents.

 

From the official site: Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research available.

 

Key features:

 

-> Generate citations and bibliographies in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, and LaTeX.


-> Open PDFs and capture your thoughts through sticky notes and highlights.


-> Import and organize PDFs from your computer, EndNote™, Papers or Zotero.


-> Collaborate with colleagues and securely share your papers, notes and annotations.


-> Access your papers on the web, iPhone or iPad.


-> Discover papers, people and public groups.

 

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Download: http://www.mendeley.com/download-mendeley-desktop/ (available for Mac, PC, Linux and iOS)

 

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I used to be in Awe in Syracuse University Libraries (5) the amount of information available at your finger tips. The Internet and software tools make the World at our fingertips
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MIT Report on Social Business: What are Companies Really Doing?

MIT Report on Social Business: What are Companies Really Doing? | The Social Web | Scoop.it

MIT teamed up with Deloitte to produce a report around Social Business which included responses from almost 3,500 people around the world. I agree with the comments from Jacob Morgan that report is a bit underwhelming and didn't really extract much strategic insight. However, the slideshare presentation is worth a look in terms of giving an insight to the survey questions and a summary of the key findings.

 

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Why Happiness is So Important in Our Social Networks

Why Happiness is So Important in Our Social Networks | The Social Web | 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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Apps Aiming for Sharing Within Boundaries

Apps Aiming for Sharing Within Boundaries | The Social Web | Scoop.it

In a natural evolution of social networking, more mobile apps are aiming for sharing within boundaries, i.e. giving the user control of personal privacy. An example of this is an app called 'Pair', intended for people in a relationship.

 

The app highlights the best elements of social networking — the warm, fuzzy feeling of being connected to people you care about when you’re physically nowhere near them. And it says it eliminates some of the worst — the worry about who can see the content you’re posting and how they may interpret it.

 

Various surveys and reports have indicated that privacy and securiry are the main concerns for users of social networks. 

 

Companies that do figure out how to embed privacy into a social service could gain a business and marketing advantage — positioning themselves as safer spaces to share and exchange information.

 

 

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How To Accelerate Social Business Using Employee Advocates

How To Accelerate Social Business Using Employee Advocates | The Social Web | Scoop.it

The benefits of employee advocacy cannot be underestimated: Ramping community management up to the levels required to effectively engage millions of customers who are trying to interact with a company socially just can’t work. Using automated engagement tools instead actually kills the point (and much of the benefit) of being socially connected with the marketplace. And, as invaluable as community managers are, they have their own point of view that can’t possibly represent the entirety of the company. No, to accomplish this, employees themselves must be externally engaged in a proactive and strategic manner that maximizes the benefits of becoming a social business. Employees know the company the best, they have vested interest in good outcomes for the organization, and they’re the most scalable resource the company has directly in hand.

 

The responsibilities for those realizing employee advocacy include:


- Define clear employee advocate policies and practices. 
- Enlist and guide mass participation. 
- Identify and track employee engagement. 
- Measure external engagement and manage the results.

 

 

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A Mobile Storm In The Cloud #Infographic

A Mobile Storm In The Cloud #Infographic | The Social Web | Scoop.it

More and more people are buying, using and relying on smartphones in their everyday lives. Did you know that there are 3 billion more smartphones on earth than there are humans? 

 

Smartphone adoption has grown, so has app consumption. As a result, businesses are now prioritizing mobile application development. By 2015, mobile application development projects targeting smartphones and tablets will outnumber native PC projects by a ratio of 4 to 1. Innovation in mobile is imperative, and there’s a need for tools that enable businesses to innovate quickly. Many cloud computing technologies–like Engine Yard’s Platform as a Service–have enabled developers and businesses to focus on application innovation.

 

Much of that use and reliance revolves around mobile apps. The more mobile apps people use, the more data their phones consume and the more space they need to store all that information. Enter the cloud.

 

Just how ubiquitous are smartphones becoming? More than a billion such devices will be sold in the year 2014, according to a Credit Suisse estimate. By the same year, the market for cloud-based mobile apps will have increased by 90% compared to 2009. By 2016, analysts predict there will be 10 billion connected mobile devices in use globally, and smartphone traffic will be 50 times what it is today.

 

Many of your favorite apps are cloud-based now — Instagram, Pinterest, Foursquare, Yelp, Groupon and LinkedIn, just to name a handful.

Apps are moving to cloud for three primary reasons, according to a survey of IT executives: accessibility to data from multiple devices, lower cost and increased speed for businesses.

 

And increased consumption is disrupting hiring patterns. By 2015, development projects centered around mobile apps are projected to outnumber PC-based projects by four to one. From 2010 to 2011, the IT job site Dice.com reported a 220% increase in job postings for iPhone-related developer positions and a 302% increase in postings for Android developers. Jobs site Elance.com, meanwhile, reported a 100% increase in overall mobile app developer postings.

 

The platform-as-a-service company [PaaS] Engine Yard - http://bit.ly/JJjHGq -  recently pulled all these stats and more together to create this Infographic

 

Source:  http://bit.ly/JJjHGq


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Video Curation: Auto-Create YouTube Video Playlists with Integrated Thumbnails

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Robin Good: YouTube has released new functionality that allows you to create an embeddable video playlist on any topic, or user ID while integrating thumbnails for all clips included.

 

Here is an example. Go to: http://www.youtube.com/embed/?listType=user_uploads&list=RobinGood&showinfo=1 and see an automatically created playlist of all my uploaded video clips.

 

And if you pass also the parameter, "showinfo=1", when creating the player, the list of video thumbnails will be permanently visible by clicking in the playlist icon appearing on the bottom right of the YouTube player.

 

If you want to embed such a playlist use this syntax:
 

**<iframe width="560" height="315"
src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/?listType=user_uploads&amp;list=RobinGood&amp;showinfo=1" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>***

 

and replace "RobinGood" with any YouTube user id.

 

Alternatively, replace listType=user with listType=search or listType=user_uploads to get specific terms searched and aggregated or to showcase all the uploads of a certain YouTube user.

 

Here is another example: http://www.youtube.com/embed/?listType=search&amp;list=news%20curation&amp;showinfo=1&nbsp;- here I have changed the listType to "search" and have used as query terms "news curation". Check the result.

 

More info: http://apiblog.youtube.com/2012/03/new-player-options-for-lists-of-videos.html ;

 

http://apiblog.youtube.com/2012/05/youtube-player-now-with-30-more.html  ;


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Mavenlink: Blog - The Price of Free

Mavenlink: Blog - The Price of Free | The Social Web | Scoop.it

What is freemium and what is the freemium economy all about? Freemium is a term combining "free" and "premium," and is a business model based on the idea of charging absolutely nothing for a basic product or service. Perhaps one of the better known Freemium products is Yammer, an enterprise social network. Clearly the model works because more and more companies are using it, and not just for Beta versions of their products or service. However, users need to be aware that they have few rights if the Freemium prodct/service is removed - along with all of their carefully curated content. Best to remember the mantra "if it's a free service, you are the product"!

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