April 11, 2011

Landing The Blogging Job and Keeping it

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The term ‘blog’ has been overused, with some still thinking that a blog is some sort of online diary. We all know that is far from the truth, as there are many large online media companies publishing content across many highly popular blogs. Although the commercial blogging craze has died down a bit, there is still a large demand for bloggers. You may be having a hard time finding that killer blogging gig and keeping it, so here are some tips to do just that.

In order to be hired into any position, you need some sort of experience or qualifications in order to fulfill the requirements. With blogging it’s no different. If you’re a creative writer and don’t have any published work online don’t worry, there are plenty of places to get published quickly and easily. read more

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Why Are People More Social On Fridays?

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A recent 14-day study by BuddyMedia on 200 of its clients’ Facebook pages found engagement was 18% higher on Thursdays and Fridays. Reinforcing the notion that Fridays contain more social interactions is Twitter Chief Revenue Officer Adam Bain’s speech at the Ad Age Digital conference revealing users interact with Tweets more on Friday.

The theory behind more social interactions happening later in the week is the quantity of content being published that day. It’s thought that posts, videos and other media is more sparse on Friday than the rest of the work week but not as low as the weekend. However, there isn’t a clear shift of content creators and socialites moving their activity to Thursday and Friday. Many brands and business still need more research done on social trends throughout the week and may opt to rely on data they’ve compiled about their demographic.

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The Future Of YouTube Is Streaming Video

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The last 5 to 6 years have been amazing for video. Sites such as YouTube and Vimeo have set the standard for uploading and sharing video. Apple has embraced video and pushed downloadable content through the iTunes store. Netflix has moved in to the streaming video arena which has big content providers worried. The latest foray in to streaming video is likely to be YouTube as it treads carefully into new territory.

YouTube is taking on streaming live video through a new channel called YouTube Live which aims to bring more original content to the site and give users another reason to stay on longer. YouTube detailed the new feature in a Blog post:
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April 8, 2011

5 Copyright Facts Every Blogger Should Know

Copyright SymbolWhen it comes to blogging and the law, there is one area of the law that you pretty much can not avoid: Copyright.

Though you can avoid libel by never talking about anyone else, the same goes for privacy, and you can largely avoid trademark by being careful with your domain and not creating a business, it is impossible to blog and avoid copyright.

The reason is simple, every time you hit “Safe Draft” in WordPress, post a comment on another blog or take a photo for your site, you’ve created a copyrighted work and with that comes a set of rights and responsibilities you need to be aware of.

However, the issue of copyright is far too broad and far too complex to cover in any kind of depth in one column. So, in order to help bloggers who might not understand the law get some basic information, here are five copyright facts that you need to be aware of, all of which we will likely go into in future columns.

Bear in mind that these facts are based on U.S. law and, in some cases, may vary in your country. You can also read more about these facts, and other basic copyright information, on the U.S. Copyright Office website. read more

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April 7, 2011

LinkedIn Finally Gets Android App; Two Years After iPhone

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LinkedIn LogoLinkedIn version 1.0 has finally arrived for Google Android users. The app is the first released by the business social network for the world’s best selling smartphone OS, despite the fact that an iPhone application has been available since 2008.

Users the Android 1.0 app users are able to search the site, send messages, view updates and more.

The application specifically offers six “modules” which include updates, search, connections, invitations, messages and “reconnect” where users can find members, accept or deny connection requests and even find connection suggestions and check out their timeline updates.

According to LinkedIn there Android application is:

“A continuation of our efforts to help you leverage the power of your professional network anywhere, anytime.” read more

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Federal Government bringing Terror Alerts to Facebook and Twitter

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Old Terror Alert SystemTerror alerts for the longest time were confusing, the U.S. Government created a color system (pictured to the left) that very few people understood and those alerts were often only spoken about on nightly news shows during sporadic times. Now the U.S. Government has retooled the terror alert system to make it easier to understand and with that retooling they are getting ready to launch online alerts through social networks, specifically through the use of Twitter and Facebook.

According to Yahoo News:

The U.S. government’s new system to replace the five color-coded terror alerts will have two levels of warnings — elevated and imminent — that will be relayed to the public only under certain circumstances for limited periods of time, sometimes using Facebook and Twitter, according to a draft Homeland Security Department plan obtained by The Associated Press.

Along with those online alerts will be a set of expiration dates for each alert sent, a method not previously used by homeland security.

It’s still unclear if sponsored Tweets will be sent out to Twitter users or if users will have to visit specific Facebook and Twitter pages to learn about current terror alerts. read more

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April 6, 2011

TweetDeck Releases Web App For Various Browsers

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In December TweetDeck released their Web Application to the Chrome Web Store, providing an alternative to the company’s AIR application for desktop users. Today following the success of that web app the company has announced a beta release for all major browsers including Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer and Opera.

According to a blog post from TweetDeck, the new Web App, which requires no downloads, is already working on Chrome, Firefox 3.6, Firefox 4 and Safari with compatible versions arriving soon for IE9 and Opera.

The program, which includes HTML5 support offers the type of functions TweetDeck users have come to expect, including drag-and-drop columns, a Foursquare column for viewing friends check-ins, a replies section and an integrated inbox.

The web app does not yet support streaming which means users looking for the quickest uses possible will still want to look into the AIR desktop app, however the company has continued to work on more features for the ‘no download necessary’ system. read more

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LivingSocial Receives $400 Million Funding Round

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Living Social LogoIn December 2010 social deals platform LivingSocial announced $175 million in funding from web empire Amazon and now just four months later the company has raised $400 million in a new round of funding.

At this time the sources for the new funding round have not been disclosed, however they are said to have come from both public and private sources.

In a public statement the company says they will use the money to create new innovations in their space, while expanding both domestically and globally.

Along with that funding the company now sits at a valuation of approximately $2 billion, while announcing more than 26 million members now use the site to find daily deal specials.

When the company’s first large Amazon round of funding was announced LivingSocial stated that they were currently raising $1 million in gross sales per day with $500 million revenue expected in 2011. read more

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Seven Million Facebook Page Likes In 7 Hours: Leo Messi

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Leo Messi Facebook PageUnconvinced that Football (non-American) is the biggest sport in the world? Then take a look at Leo Messi and what he’s managed to do on Facebook, amassing 7 million followers…in just seven hours!

To put that number into perspective, in just seven hours Messi has nearly 25 percent as many followers as Lady Gaga and almost 30% as many followers as reigning Facebook teen heartthrob Justin Bieber.

The FC Barcelona player is arguably the best player in the world and opened his page with a simple message which translates into English as:

“Hola! Welcome to everyone. Thank you very much for the great number of messages that I have received. I am so excited! From now on we will be more closely connected … through Facebook.” read more

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Need A Kidney? Just Ask Facebook

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Facebook LogoWhile social networks are known for reuniting lost family members and organizing protests against dictators, it looks like they may also help those seeking an organ to skip the waiting lists.

After suffering a stroke as well as being told by doctors that he could expect a kidney within a few years at best, Jeff Kurze’s wife became desperate to find a donor for her husband and decided to turn to her Facebook friends for help. read more

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