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The Global Impact of Social Media - The Market Mogul

The Global Impact of Social Media - The Market Mogul | Social Capital | Scoop.it
Social media is redefining the global landscape. It affects how we communicate with family, friends and complete strangers; how we keep up-to-date with the
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Your Facebook Profile May Be More Important Than Your Resume (Infographic)

Your Facebook Profile May Be More Important Than Your Resume (Infographic) | Social Capital | Scoop.it
While a strong resume is still a huge asset, it’s not the only thing that employers are looking for. With social media in the mix, recruiters feel they can get to a know who a candidate is by look…

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Tony Sacco's curator insight, November 13, 2014 9:22 PM

How important is facebook now to your job search?

Ribardiere Thibault's curator insight, January 21, 2015 11:52 AM

Très bon article, très instructif.. Loin d'être une perte de temps !

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From Beethoven to Marissa Mayer: the bizarre habits of highly creative people

From Beethoven to Marissa Mayer: the bizarre habits of highly creative people | Social Capital | Scoop.it

These artists, scientists and CEOS reveal that some of the world's most innovative individuals have some eccentric habits.


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Newsdeck's curator insight, March 31, 2014 5:21 AM

How to feed your inventiveness and where is the limit? What means “cognitive desinhibition” for eccentric people.

Newsdeck's comment, April 3, 2014 5:14 AM
thank you for sharing it. Good day
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Teens, Social Media, and Privacy | Pew Internet & American Life Project

Teens, Social Media, and Privacy | Pew Internet & American Life Project | Social Capital | Scoop.it
Teens, Social Media, and Privacy | Pew Internet & American Life Project
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Social Media seems to be maturing quite nicely, with teens beeing more and more comfortable sharing their information while keeping some control on their privacy.


Another interesting highlight is that Twitter draws a far smaller crowd than Facebook for teens, but its use is rising. 24% of online teens use Twitter, up from 16% in 2011 and 8% in late 2009.

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The Real Psychological Motivation Behind Social Networking |

The Real Psychological Motivation Behind Social Networking | | Social Capital | Scoop.it

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If you've ever felt like beign in the midst of a popularity contest on social media, here's the why ...

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Aaron Balick's curator insight, January 30, 2013 2:45 AM

Feature article in TILT magazine

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The Fascinating Value of Empathy

Introspection is out, and outrospection is in. Philosopher and author Roman Krznaric explains how we can help drive social change by stepping outside ourselv...
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People are sometimes asking me why I'm working so hard on Symbyoz.


That's because I believe in Empathy. That's because I'm extremely pained to see it dying.


Empathy is understanding each other's feelings, goals and aspirations. It's not a caricatural cheesy feel for anything that's cute or weak. It's cultivating the curiosity to know what move others, what is it that they feel, what is it that they want.


Empathy is pausing to listen to others, instead of endlessly thinking and talking about ourselves and about our problems, instead of being obsessively self-reflective, instead of assuming things based on a way too common self-centered perspective.


Empathy helps to consciously decide whether we can do something with other people or whether we should ignore them. 


One of my favorite author, Paulo Coelho, also perfectly captures that essence in his latest blog entry that's really worth reading for a major boost in inspiration: 


http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2012/12/31/2013-the-first-year-of-the-rest-of-my-life/


Empathy is the invisible hand that connects us and makes life worth living.


Empathy is about looking forward, not going backwards. It's about sharing our future, as a response to our shared present and to our shared past.

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Facebook nation — privacy loses to indifference - Washington Post (blog)

Facebook nation — privacy loses to indifference - Washington Post (blog) | Social Capital | Scoop.it
Deutsche WelleFacebook nation — privacy loses to indifferenceWashington Post (blog)Facebook Nation is the group of people who say they will move to Canada after the election but never do. We complain and complain and complain, but we never leave.
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This ... is one of the most hillarious (and accurate) post I've read about Facebook lately.

 

Some of the money quotes:

 

"Quit Facebook? But where would I go to complain to my friends about what Facebook has just done to its privacy settings? Twitter?"


"You can’t even be brought to click a simple button to vote on the issue! You’ve taken more complicated steps to access pornography! But this button? Nope. Too far."

 

The truth is that Facebook culture is indeed that of hyper slacktivism and other passive/pleasurable activities. Inspiring people to take action and do something meaningful is incredibly hard. At Symbyoz we've got the scar tissues to prove it.

 

But Facebook is not a small startup anymore. They are uniquely positioned to influence the way people behave, and with these powers comes the responsibility to act like the adult/parent they should be, guiding and protecting the bratty children we can't help but still love because we've been there.

 

In a way, that's exactly what they started doing by removing the children the right to vote. That was exactly the right thing to do IMHO. 

 

As Robert Scoble would say: "This is a freaking company, not a communist experiment".

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Anne Bosworth's curator insight, January 31, 2013 10:35 AM

What say you, Facecrackers? Good article. I'm finding myself bored with Facebook. Must be like stages of grief or something. Last year I was angry because I'd seen several instances of Facebook drama that ruined marriages, families, and friendships. Acceptance? Perhaps, but honestly while we're all scrolling and trolling Facebook trying to fill some empty time or space in our lives, Mark Z is doing the same...responding to his enui by screwing with settings, rolling out new layouts, etc. #NoOneIsImmune.

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Notfound.org - Make better use of your 404 page

Across the European Union, thousands of children go missing every year. Thanks to the NotFound project, you can make a difference.
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Facebook enables charitable contributions through Gifts platform

Facebook enables charitable contributions through Gifts platform | Social Capital | Scoop.it

This is a nice move from Facebook. It really seems to have the potential to make a difference.

The question is, will user engagement be high enough for them to sustain this? As the focus of the company seems more and more towards monetizing, such initiatives who are historically slow to produce results may see an abrupt termination, especially given the culture of "fail fast" at Facebook.

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Interactive: Mapping the World's Friendships

Technology bridges distance and borders. Individuals today can keep in touch with their friends and family in completely new ways — regardless of where they live. We explored these internatio...
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How Perfectionism Hurts Relationships

How Perfectionism Hurts Relationships | Social Capital | Scoop.it

This is a long and dense article but it has a very important message.

 

In these days and age of compulsive obsession with self image and success, many of us are lured by the pursuit of perfection rather than by the pursuit of happiness.

 

But strong perfectionist traits usually prevent healthy relationship formation.

 

It matters to be aware of our imperfections, but it also matters to accept them.

 

Here's a short takeout from the article for the most impatient of us, but you should read the whole article (click on the image or on the link on the top), it's pretty damn good:

 

- Perfectionists spend most of their time dreading the next potential failure

- Perfectionists are often hypersensitive to perceived rejection or possible evidence of failure

- Partners of perfectionists often comment on their partner's emotional unavailability

- Perfectionists can be fiercely competitive, even with their partners

 

 

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Facebook's Gives You Better Protection From Activity Overshares - Wired

Facebook's Gives You Better Protection From Activity Overshares - Wired | Social Capital | Scoop.it

This is not a revolution, but a welcomed addition and an extra cushion for your privacy on the ever popular social site.

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This Is How Facebook Is Tracking Your Internet Activity - Business Insider

This Is How Facebook Is Tracking Your Internet Activity - Business Insider | Social Capital | Scoop.it
Business InsiderThis Is How Facebook Is Tracking Your Internet ActivityBusiness InsiderTechnologies like cookies, pixel tags ("pixels"), and local storage are used to deliver, secure, and understand products, services, and ads, on and off Facebook.
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Lexus hoverboard lifts carmaker into world of viral content - Financial Times

Lexus hoverboard lifts carmaker into world of viral content - Financial Times | Social Capital | Scoop.it
An ambitious Lexus project to build a working hoverboard might never have got off the ground.
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5 Crazy Ways Social Media Is Changing Your Brain Right Now - YouTube

Your brain may never be the same! Watch our Q&A: http://youtu.be/thYzq0TEwbs Send us stuff! ASAPSCIENCE INC. P.O. BOX 93, Toronto P, TORONTO, ON, M5S2S6 Subs...
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Crazy really? well, maybe not so much ... our brain is adaptable and is bound to change according to what stimulates it most. It's nevertheless a very instructive video with great aha moments. Oh and it's plenty entertaining too ...

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6 reasons Facebook is the best thing that ever happened to friendship - ChicagoNow (blog)

6 reasons Facebook is the best thing that ever happened to friendship - ChicagoNow (blog) | Social Capital | Scoop.it
6 reasons Facebook is the best thing that ever happened to friendship
ChicagoNow (blog)
You don't forget birthdays. And many times, you actually connect with them ON their birthday.
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Right on point. With the caveat that engaging with friends on Facebook is largely depending on Facebook's news feed algorithm that sometimes doesn't show everything. Important updates and even birthdays are sometimes missed.

 

To Facebook's credit, they are trying their best to filter out noise and spam from signal. It's not an easy feat, and they still have a lot of room for improvements.

 

Nevertheless, the value of Facebook, as described here, still holds.

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The Demographics of Social Media Users — 2012 - The Pew Internet and American Life Project

The Demographics of Social Media Users — 2012 - The Pew Internet and American Life Project | Social Capital | Scoop.it
The Demographics of Social Media Users — 2012 The Pew Internet and American Life Project Internet users under 50 are particularly likely to use a social networking site of any kind, and those 18-29 are the most likely of any demographic cohort to...
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Interesting stats on the state of Social Networking from the well respected Pew Research Group.

 

It's a shame that Google+ numbers were not included. But then again, maybe it would have open the floodgates for yet another Google+ "ghost town" bashing serenade.

 

Striking and notable: 25% of women use Pinterest vs. 5% men. 16% women use instagram vs. 10% men and 72% use Facebook vs. 62% men.

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Kids online: Social media sites can help develop identity, study says - Christian Science Monitor

Kids online: Social media sites can help develop identity, study says - Christian Science Monitor | Social Capital | Scoop.it
Christian Science Monitor Kids online: Social media sites can help develop identity, study says Christian Science Monitor One of the arguments the study's authors make, thankfully, is that “social networking,” “gaming,” and other terms used to...
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Our kid's personal branding will be of a much bigger importance than it's been for us. For most of them, social media sites are a game in which they are the hero.

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Anne Bosworth's comment, January 31, 2013 6:36 PM
And we wonder why the culture of entitlement rises daily.
Joel Cheuoua's comment, January 31, 2013 7:03 PM
So true ... there's risks associated with this, and our kids deserve so much better. But we may not succeed in trying to get back to where we where culturally. After all our past is not their future. However, I still believe we could - and should - play a role in shaping that culture in a direction that at least reconnects them to reality. “Misrepresentation is common in media coverage of kids and SNF, especially various examples of moral panic-style reports of young people’s so-called ‘deviant’ online practices,” the report’s authors write. “In addition to perpetuating harmful myths about kids and online social networking, such media classification also obscures important findings and compelling arguments about the roles that these activities can play in kids’ lives.”
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The 52 Week Money Challenge (In Action)

The 52 Week Money Challenge (In Action) | Social Capital | Scoop.it
It's that time of the year again!

No, I'm not going back to the future. And yes, I do realize that the holiday season is over.

But the goal setting season just started.
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An brilliant idea that we picked up and adapted to make is social!

Totally awesome!

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Facebook-Induced Depression - Comparing 'Friends'

"This is a story about a woman named Paula. That's not even her real name, and my instinct was to call her "girl" because that's how I remember her: a sturdy...
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How can smart social shoppers be smarter this holiday

How can smart social shoppers be smarter this holiday | Social Capital | Scoop.it
Symbyoz wants to help smart social shoppers to be even smarter this holiday by introducing a new price tracking feature in their Social Wish List application.
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Why we say “Happy Birthday”

Why we say “Happy Birthday” | Social Capital | Scoop.it
We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.
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Why Republicans Don’t Want to Marry Democrats

Why Republicans Don’t Want to Marry Democrats | Social Capital | Scoop.it

This is a sad but certainly expected consequence of the hyper polarisation we're witnessing in today's US politics.

 

Digging deeper, it might be more related to cultural and social ideology than to policies and politics in general. More than before, It seems that choosing a party has become more of a manifesto for self identity rather than a choice for a set of principles to guide the nation.

 

That would explain why there's such a sharp cliff in the rate of upset in marriages to a member of the other party: identity and ideology are much stronger factors for harmony in relationships than plain economics, laws, rights and institutional policies.

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Want to know the secret to a happy marriage? Share a bottle of wine once a week

Want to know the secret to a happy marriage? Share a bottle of wine once a week | Social Capital | Scoop.it
Women were four times more likely to be happy if they drank at least once a week with their partner than if they never do, according to researchers in New Zealand.
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Guillaume Decugis's comment, September 24, 2012 3:33 PM
Checked! :-)
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Facebook Birthdays

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This is so funny because it's so true!

 

We all would love to find the nicest thing to say to our friends for their birthday.

Unfortunately, inspiration doesn't always knock, and especially when we're in a hurry, we always end up saying the same boring, generic "Happy Birthday, Bro" message all over again.

 

Our app "Symbyoz-Happy Birthdays" is solving this problem. Check it out at http://www.symbyoz.com/apps/birthdays

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