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There Are 181,000 Social Media 'Gurus,' 'Ninjas,' 'Masters,' and 'Mavens' on Twitter

As a public service, I like to periodically check in on the number of self-proclaimed social media "gurus," "ninjas," "masters" and "mavens" on Twitter. Why? Well, it seems like an important metric, an indicator of something.

Ally Greer:

As of this month, the number of Twitter users that refer to themselves as social media "gurus," "ninjas," "mavens," "experts," or even "freaks," has increased to 181,000.

According to B.L. Ochman, "a guru is something someone else calls you, not something you call yourself." I could not agree more with her. It's hard to believe someone when they refer to themselves as people who are often worshipped in religious or intellectual contexts.

Check out the video at the end of the post; it's a hilarious parody of the "social media guru."

Two Pens's curator insight, January 13, 2013 11:38 PM

I thank the good Lord that I never claimed to be a ninja, a maven, nor a master. Goddess? That would be me.

GwynethJones's curator insight, February 5, 2013 8:53 AM

Must to add Ninja to my profile!

The secrets of body language: why you should never cross your arms again

What can I do to improve my body language with some simple, actionable tips? The latest research reveals the best tips to improve your body language easily:
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The 18 most cringe-adorable TV commercials from technology's awkward years

Before there were laser discs, there were Capacitance Electronic Discs, which transmitted video content by way of analog vinyl discs...

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Who doesn't love some awkward commercials?

Andrew Federici's curator insight, November 15, 2013 4:57 PM

A bit of fun for Friday--can you imagine how much money collectively was spent on these ads?  And what the metrics of success were?

Chris Parsell's curator insight, November 25, 2013 10:10 AM

How can you start off a Monday without the mascot?

GwynethJones's curator insight, December 15, 2013 3:08 PM

I still have some of the videos on a HD and I have the puppet, too!!!

Olivia Locher - I Fought the Law

Ally Greer:

Seriously awesome photo series by Olivia Locher that pokes fun at ridiculous laws, like the one that states that it's illegal to have an ice cream cone in your back pocket at any time in Alamaba.

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How to Write the Worst Possible Column About Millennials

A no-nonsense guide.
Ally Greer:

As a 23 year old "techie" working for an Internet startup in San Francisco, I'm often labeled as a Millenial who does nothing but tweet all day. 

I'm also thrown in to the groups of "naive 20-somethings." "inexperienced college grads," and who knows what else, notably by bloggers trying to garner pageviews by telling people how to market to me or how to "deal with" me, or giving me unsolicited advice from their experienced (read: one-year-past-their-twenties) selves.

These types of posts are notorious for making their subjects frustrated and angry-presumably the expexted and desired reaction, to prove a point - or something.

This sarcastic piece encompasses my exact feelings about all "millenial" columns.

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5 Cognitive Biases and How to Fight Them

One of the key activities associated with learning is exploring and understanding the way the human brain functions, and using the results of this to properly h
Ally Greer's curator insight, November 1, 2013 8:31 PM

Show your brain who's boss and beat cognitive biases that can harm your critical thinking skills!

How Social Media Privacy Settings Could Affect Your Future

Whether you're age 14 or 43, think twice before you post something online. Once it's published, it's there forever -- whether or not you delete it.
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Facebook recently announced a change it is making for its teenage audience: they wil now be able to post photos and other content publicly (I didn't even realize that they weren't able to do this before!).

Apparently, if you were between the ages of 13 and 17, you didn't previously have the option to share content to the public - you could only post to "friends" and "friends of friends." To keep up with SnapChat and Instagram, Facebook decided to lift this.

Frankly, I'm not sure it will make a difference in the teenage usage of Facebook; they're using it less beacuse it's increasingly filled with brands, ads, and parents. 

Facebook can try to suck up to the teenage demographic as much as they want-of course, it's ultimately about business for FB- but making this move is honestly (1) something most teens won't even realize and (2) a futile attempt of being the "cool parent" allowing kids to do something that will ultimately probably cause them trouble, just to win their favor.

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Scariest Social Media Costume of 2014 Revealed

Scariest Social Media Costume of 2014 Revealed - Social Media Guru and Sexy Social Media Influencer neck-in-neck for the honor!
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Famous brands updated with honest taglines [pics]

Selections from Honest Slogans...
GwynethJones's curator insight, October 20, 2013 6:58 PM

French Bread Pizza - a guaranteed mouth burn in the first 3 bites!

Awesome Mash-Up Art Where Superheroes Are Inserted Into Classic Paintings

Christina Guenther's curator insight, October 18, 2013 12:58 AM

Don't forget to press the "view more" button I promise its worth it!

The Human Behind 'Humans of New York'

Brandon Stanton has talked with 10,000 strangers and shared their individual stories with millions of people across the Internet on Humans of New York.
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The 15 Wittiest Things Oscar Wilde Ever Said

Or wrote . Maybe. (He said a lot of witty things).
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To add:

"Life is far too important a thing to be taken seriously."

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Physicists To Test If Universe Is A Computer Simulation

Physicists have devised a new experiment to test if the universe is a computer. A philosophical thought experiment has long held that it is more likely than not that we're living inside a machine.
Ally Greer:

Can hardly wrap my brain around this concept and yet it so excites me. I know @Guillaume Decugis loves matrices!

Guillaume Decugis's curator insight, August 30, 2013 1:19 AM

Very meta but interesting read. Are we in a matrix? 

Ludovic LE MOAN's comment, January 12, 2014 4:31 AM
I am surprised to find this article since I believe myself, we are part of a simulator. My idea to try to prove it should be to find a gap in our time scale. If we can demonstrate the time is not continious, we will have found this evidence. Like a computer time is sharing by processus, it should be the same for universe!
Guillaume Decugis's comment, January 12, 2014 7:23 PM
I've just read an interesting SF novel on that topic: Redshirts by John Scalzi Interesting read on that topic!

The Habits of the World's Smartest People

You don't have to be a genius to act like one. Pick up some of these habits of people with high IQs.
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New favorite word: Metacognition.

Ally Greer's curator insight, October 7, 2013 1:48 PM

Metacognition: thinking about thinking.

lorrinda's curator insight, November 7, 2013 6:56 AM

act like a genius

Christopher Yeh's curator insight, November 26, 2013 12:28 PM

I don't think those habits will make you smart, but I love the graphic!

8 Common Mistakes in How Our Brains Think and How to Prevent Them - - The Buffer Blog

What are the biggest thinking mistakes all of us do nearly every day? We've collected the 8 biggest thinking mistakes here today for you:
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How to Get Everything You Want. Seriously

You'd like to be successful in everything you do, of course. Here's how to make it happen.
Ally Greer:

Okay, so there really isn't a way to get everything you want in life (in my humble opinion). There are always going to be things you can't control, but that's okay beacuse you can control a lot more things than you can't.

Here are some great business and general life tips from well-respected entrepreneur Dave Kerpen. My favorite? The four most important words (in business and in life): Thank You & I'm Sorry.

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@BurlCoatFactory is the Best Parody Twitter Account

The latest from Burlington Coat Fact (@BurlCoatFactory). Discount coat's, for men's, women's and kids! Plus home furnishings. Its Burlington Coat Factory!. Locations all over US

Ally Greer:

Aside from its terrible grammar and its superflouous use of #coats, @BurlCoatFactory is the best parody Twitter account of late and this is why: a large majority of people actually believe that this is the Twitter account for Burlington Coat Factory.

This is probably a mistake on the part of Burlington Coat Factory for just taking the @Burlington handle and leaving anything else to be scooped up by some trolls - and that's exactly what happened.

The number of people , including partner businesses of Burlington Coat Factory and even analysts writing case studies mistaking @BurlCoatFactory for the official account of the company is hilarious.

Carolyn Lasky's curator insight, September 28, 2013 5:47 PM

It's not everyday that people think a parody account with horrible grammar and terrible hashtags is actually your brand's official account. Poor Burlington Coat Factory.

New App Wants To Build A Database Of Your (And Everyone Else's) Dreams

Every morning, sleep researchers lose an enormous data set as people wake up and have their first cup of coffee.

Ally Greer:

I love the way the first sentence of this article is phrased. Perhaps our dreams and those of others around us could give us interesting data about the way our minds work as individuals and as a society.

The only questions is - would you be willing to wake up every so often to record your dreams, for the love of science?

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How Facebook Makes Us Unhappy

No one joins Facebook to be sad and lonely. But a new study argues that that’s exactly how it makes us feel.

Ally Greer:

Does being uber-connected make us more or less happy? This debate has been going on since social networking has become as prominent as it is in our lives.

To quote this article:

In ongoing research, the psychologist Timothy Wilson has learned, as he put it to me, that college students start going “crazy” after just a few minutes in a room without their phones or a computer. “One would think we could spend the time mentally entertaining ourselves,” he said. “But we can’t. We’ve forgotten how.”

Social networking - and Facebook in particular - can be the cause of heightened sadness, anxiety, jealousy, etc, because it makes it easier to see what we're missing out on. That said, without it, we're equally anxious or bored because of the culture that has developed around the perpetual need to stay connected. 

Will the vicious cycle ever see its end?

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The Mad Men Guide to Changing the World with Words

Mad Men made writers sexy again. Donald Draper is dark and moody and mysterious in all the right ways. He's powerful, able to send staff scurrying from h
Ally Greer:

Back in the Mad Men days, they didn't have Internet, computers, Twitter, Facebook, AdWords, SEO, or, really anything besides brains and words (and lots of scotch).

If they were so extremely successful in the advertising industry, why can't we find a million times that success with all of this technology to help us? This is a cool piece taking some quotes from the show (yes, I know it's fictional, but just roll with it) and analyzing how they can be applied to business, writing, marketing, advertising, and life in general in today's world.

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Oxford Dictionaries Online add selfie, twerk, phablet

Oxford University Press has added several popular Internet slang words to its online English dictionaries
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What The Average Person Looks Like In Every Country

This is the world's yearbook.
Ally Greer:

This artist photographed people in different countries and cities and then formed the photos together into the "average" person from each of those cities. Strange and fascinating!

Community Village Sites's curator insight, August 12, 2014 4:09 PM

And make sure you don't miss:

World of averages


Average Face Of Women Across The World

Community Village Sites's comment, August 12, 2014 4:09 PM
Love this! Thx!

57 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up How We Think

The Galatea effect, attentional bias, recency, and more. ;
Ally Greer:

Reading about how brains work is nothing short of fascinating. Here are some of the most intersting:

Attention bias: When you only consider a few options or outcomes even though there are truly many more possibilities.

Backfire effect: When you reject evidence that proves you wrong even though you know the evidence is correct.

Bias blind spots: Failure to recognize your cognitive biases (how meta!)

Frequency illusion: When something you just learned about suddenly appears everywhere.

Reactance: Doing something opposite what you're asked to do to demonstrate your freedom of choice.

Ally Greer's curator insight, October 7, 2013 1:49 PM

Reading about how brains work is nothing short of fascinating. Here are some of the most intersting:

Attention bias: When you only consider a few options or outcomes even though there are truly many more possibilities.

Backfire effect: When you reject evidence that proves you wrong even though you know the evidence is correct.

Bias blind spots: Failure to recognize your cognitive biases (how meta!)

Frequency illusion: When something you just learned about suddenly appears everywhere.

Reactance: Doing something opposite what you're asked to do to demonstrate your freedom of choice.

Singing, rather than saying, phrases in a foreign language makes them easier to remember

A new study published in the journal in Memory and Cognition, has found that adults learning phrases in Hungarian were better able to match the words with their English counterparts when they learned the phrase by singing it. Lead author, linguist Dr Karen M Ludke of the University of Edinburgh, became interested in whether singing could help in learning a language when she was teaching English as a second language in New York. "I started using a lot of song and music in my lessons, so they could practise when I wasn't around," she says. "Then I started to doubt myself a little bit. I thought, 'Is this scientific?, Is this actually beneficial to use song to teach?'" "I started to look into it, using Google Scholar to find out what research there was out there, and I did find a lot of stuff from teachers [saying it worked], but I couldn't find anything that actually compared singing with a spoken presentation." Ludke decided to answer the question herself and enrolled for a Masters and then a PhD. In her study, sixty people aged between 18 and 29 were split into three groups. One group heard spoken English phrases followed by a spoken Hungarian translation, another group heard the Hungarian phrase being sung, and a third group heard the Hungarian phrases being with the same rhythm as the song, rather like a chant.She says Hungarian was chosen as the test language because it is unfamiliar to most English speakers and it is quite different from both the Germanic languages and the Romance languages such as French and Italian. The study results showed that people who had heard the Hungarian phrases being sung performed significantly better than the other groups. In particular, when they heard the English phrases again they were better able to repeat the correct Hungarian phrase. And they were more likely to be able to translate the Hungarian phrases back into English as well.
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Learning to Learn: leveraging your circadian rhythm

There are a few distinct, precious moments of heightened sensory elation that we can achieve through unique actions; whether that be hitting the sweet spot on your driver from the tee box, tossing that crumpled up piece of paper that started out...
Ally Greer:

Another guest piece from my #learningtolearn series, here's some really cool information about how our brains work throughout the day. Did you know that there really is a scientific explanation for why we feel more focused at certain points during the day?

Personally, I get the most work done in the morning, and then in the late evening. I know to schedule important meetings and tasks for these blocks of time, and try to take lunch and coffee breaks when I tend to lose focus or energy.

What about you? When are you most focused during the day, and how do you leverage this to your advantage?

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