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So you were born on November 23rd too? Happy belated. Found it a little annoying though that I had to log out to play that Doctor Who doodle everyone was raving about. 

9 months, 1 week ago on Google Doodle Celebrates Birthdays of Users! Who Knew?

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Apple has done much more for music than Starbucks has. It basically pioneered a way for users to easily purchase and download songs to play. Starbucks just piggybacked off the idea for its own dubious "Experience." 

As for the future of music, Apple could play a decent role in there, especially with people like myself who don't like the idea of being limited to one app to play music (Like Spotify and Pandora and earlier versions of iTunes were), not to mention what happens when you have no Internet connection. I'll take my MP3s over streaming anyday.  

10 months, 3 weeks ago on Who’s Done More for Music – Apple or Starbucks?

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WordPress. Hands down. You control your installation, you can post anonymously, and you can utilize plugins. Blogger...you can't. It's the Mac of blogs. 

1 year, 3 months ago on Next #Bloggab: Blogger or WordPress?

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@MackCollier Maybe one thing you could do for the second edition is split it into things that would work for small businesses, and another for larger brands. Even better, you can write another version of the book that specializes in small business. I believe Likeable Media did that with their new book...

1 year, 5 months ago on Reviewing like a rock star – Mack Collier’s Think Like a Rockstar

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First off, never say that something will be the end of computer viruses. Hackers always find a way around even the most secure of systems. Case in point, if the user was logged into their email or social accounts, chances are vSentry would not prevent spread to those network. That being said, this is downright impressive. We could essentially use this to create virtual PCs on a much grander scale.

1 year, 7 months ago on Could This Be The End of Computer Viruses?

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I get the feeling this law was originally designed to keep people from hacking into their work computers. Still, this law is in serious need of editing. 

1 year, 8 months ago on Checking Facebook at Work Might Be Illegal According to 1986 Law

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I'd like to add one more thing to this post: Constantly bragging about how great your life is. 

On the flip side: Constant complaining is annoying too. 

1 year, 10 months ago on 10 Things You Need To Stop Sharing On Facebook

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I agree. I think Cook's apology is a sign that Apple is under much more mature command. 

1 year, 10 months ago on What Tim Cook’s apology means for Apple’s Future

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 @danielmclark  @patrickallmond How does Youtube's auto-transcription thing work? If you can set that up it might help. 

1 year, 11 months ago on 5 Reasons I Prefer Audio to Video

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 @danielmclark For entertainment, I do watch the whole thing. But that's just it...I'm watching to be entertained, not to learn something. And yes, totally with you with the videos on working things like Photoshop, Dreamweaver and Audacity; what could be said with one paragraph and a screenshot takes 5-7 minutes with video, and that's if listening conditions (voice, sound, display, etc) are optimal! 

1 year, 11 months ago on 5 Reasons I Prefer Audio to Video

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I prefer neither. Like you said, video takes way to long to produce, and on the viewer side of things, I can't digest content quickly by skipping to what I need to know, unless I know EXACTLY where the content I need is...and usually, I don't. Audio has the same problem. I don't learn well from hearing or seeing; by reading it instead, I can learn better by executing it myself...even if only in my head.

1 year, 11 months ago on 5 Reasons I Prefer Audio to Video

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Wanted to bring an interesting fact into this that I thought was relevent: The Republican National Convention garnered 4 million tweets for the entire convention. The DNC has 3 million tweets...on its first day. 

 

Would you say it's a sign that democrats are more connected in social media than republicans? 

1 year, 12 months ago on Will Social Media Users Determine Who Wins the White House?

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I find that asking questions is the most important part of doing work as a freelancer; if you don't ask questions, you can't get the intricate details that make your projects rock. Seems like one should never say "Here's what I can do for you." We should ask "What do you need from me/us?" Instead. 

1 year, 12 months ago on How Can Power Questions Grow Your Business? #BBSradio

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 @prosperitygal I landed a website copy contract through someone who recommended me on LinkedIn and saw my answers on there. Made it clear I knew what I was doing, apparently. 

2 years ago on Linkedin For Business Brian Carter #BBSradio #B2B

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There is no better network than LinkedIn for trying to find a job. It essentially works as both an online resume and a networking tool. If you're a freelancer like myself, finding a way to get contacts and possibly even new clients. The groups section could use a little work, in my opinion, but I find that LinkedIn allows me to interact with others in the way Facebook lets me talk with friends. 

 

As for businesses, LinkedIn would be great for businesses wanting to work with each other, or for finding a way to outsource something. And of course, for finding a helpful freelancer. 

2 years ago on Linkedin For Business Brian Carter #BBSradio #B2B

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 @JenAnnHall There should be a link at the bottom of the emails that lets you unsubscribe from the conversation. 

2 years ago on Livefyre, IntenseDebate, Disqus. What’s the Best Blog Comment System?

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Oh, it'll be at Target on the 26th. That's better. 

2 years ago on T-Mobile offers $100 Concord smartphone

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Why Walmart? UGH. And I was hoping I could get my hands on some Android power for a fraction of the price too. :( 

2 years ago on T-Mobile offers $100 Concord smartphone

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I caught a couple people with more than 40% fake followers (Names will remain confidential to protect my bank account.) I think at that level it's clear they're deliberating inflating their numbers. As for me, I can proudly say I have 0% Fake, 5% Inactive and 95% real. :) 

2 years ago on How Many Fakes Are Following You on Twitter?

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I'm guessing the instructors were already picked for these classes. Any info on who they are? 

2 years ago on NMX Adds Pre-Conference Master Classes

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I'll give a 2 for 1 special.:) 

1. What are the most basic things you need to do to get started with your Facebook page?

2. What are some tips on using Facebook advertising to build the reach of your page? 

2 years ago on Facebook Fan Page Tips – Melanie Nelson #BBSradio

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 @BestDadICanBe And the same goes for anyone who follows the "What [RANDOM THING HERE] can teach us about Social Media/Blogging/Design/Garbage/etc" line of posts.  

2 years ago on 40 Words and Phrases I Want to Ban Online

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 @westfallonline It should. From what I've been told, it helps the audience to know when you're talking about something else, like a nonverbal transition sentence. 

2 years ago on Public Speaking: Great Presentation Ideas

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You should always try to move with purpose. Me personally, I move across the stage each time I change segments in my presentations. 

2 years ago on Public Speaking: Great Presentation Ideas

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Just curious, how old was the person posting for PBR? Odds are it'll contribute to the "Can you do social media at 23" debate in some way...

2 years ago on When Humor Goes Wrong in Social Media #DigitalSplash

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I'm sorry, but I have to disagree. Yes, being able to post daily is a great thing, but it also greatly increases the chance you will burn out. Look at it this way: What if you don't know what to write about, but you have to write something? You'll end up producing shoddy work. I guess the debate is this: Do you want potentially shoddy work, or no work? 

2 years ago on Why “Blog When You Have Something to Say" is Bad Advice

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Social Media Unicorn....I like the sound of that. 

Honestly, I have to agree. I'm not a guru. I'm not a rockstar. I'm not even sure I'm an expert in social media/writing. What I do know is that I'm knowledgeable in it. And I intend to use my knowledge to empower my clients' business.

2 years ago on 12 Most Offensive Phrases You Could Use in Your Business

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 @tonygreene113 Give it a shot. So long as you haven't edited any other part of LF's code, it should. Let me know. 

2 years, 1 month ago on How to get the LiveFyre Admin Page in WordPress

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I believe the words echoed in Finding Forrester work well here: " The first key to writing is... to write, not to think!"

2 years, 1 month ago on 14 Tips to Becoming a Better Writer

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That's very generous of Y'all. I really do hope she accepts...at the very least, the networking she will do will work wonders. 

2 years, 1 month ago on An Invitation for Cathryn Sloane

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 @blogbrevity Smart! I'm too used to Akismet being pre-installed onto Wordpress. 

2 years, 1 month ago on Nine Plugins to install with a new wordpress installation

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I agree that older generations need to be more receptive to younger people, but I think Sloan was a bit out of line with her post; she arrogantly assumed that only younger people would understand social media. 

2 years, 1 month ago on Working in Social Media at 27: Yes, I Am Over The Hill

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 @joisigers I'm curious...how did you try to get ahold of them? I find they're always around on Twitter.

2 years, 1 month ago on Livefyre, IntenseDebate, Disqus. What’s the Best Blog Comment System?

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I used to be a Disqus fan, but it just got stale/confusing. Livefyre was much more suited for my needs. 

2 years, 1 month ago on Livefyre, IntenseDebate, Disqus. What’s the Best Blog Comment System?

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Consistency is extremely important! If people find one network where you're thorough, but you half-assed through, it brings your competency into question. If you can't maintain a presence somewhere, don't have one there at all. 

2 years, 1 month ago on #Speakchat Delivers the Finch Effect For Your Speaking Business

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If absolute lack of bias was enforced in journalism, there wouldn't be any journalists at all. I agree that reporters should try to keep an objective, clean slate approach to their work, but deep down, we all pick sides. Reporters are no different. Sometimes that bias can subliminally affect the work they write as well, without them knowing it, not so much in opinions, but in what facts get included or excluded, or if something is worthy of being reported in general.

 

I don't doubt that the different parts of the media have their biases (Not to the levels that both sides of the political punditry claim though) but again, it's impossible to remove it.  

2 years, 1 month ago on Reporters can be gay?

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That's a pity it's actually NOT being changed. I'd figure Google would do SOMETHING to make Blogger compete with Wordpress. Seriously, you think commenting on a generic WP blog is bad, you've never tried to do it on Blogger....

2 years, 1 month ago on Google to Rename Blogger "Google Blogs"

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 @audaciouslady  @inc  @writersdigest I believe yes, they are available at Barnes & Noble. Their site is at http://thesocialmediamonthly.com/. I actually will (hopefully) have an article in there in the next issue. :) 

 

The reason why I wanted them to put a Twitter username or something at the front is for convenince of contact. Newspapers like the L.A Times and the like include email addresses under their bylines, which was my thought on what should happen. 

 

If you mean bios or graphs explaining who someone is, then yes, that should go at the end. 

2 years, 1 month ago on Social Media Monthly Magazine: A Review

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 @KirkHazlett I agree. What I liked the most was that somebody (McHale) finally sat down and wrote out something that any online worker could use as a set of legal guidelines for anything they do. Granted the laws could change quickly, but at least now we have a foundation. 

 

And like I said before, the complexity is a neccesary evil; we need these terms and information if we're to keep our butts covered in a legal sense. 

2 years, 2 months ago on Reviewing (And learning about) Navigating Social Media Legal Risks

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You got something really good going here. Hope a lot of people pay attention to him. Sad to see that banks are causing so much hell in parts of the world. 

2 years, 2 months ago on We're Giving Away 10 Copies of Patagonia's New Book: The Responsible Company

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 @MHazell I assume you mean that LiveFyre doesn't install to as many platforms as Disqus... 

 

Anyway, As for Disqus, been there, done that. I really don't like it. I never know if someone replied to my comments unless I visit  another Disqus site, there doesn't seem to be easy access to my "account," and it just doesn't look as good as LiveFyre does. Plus, LF seems more geared to promoting conversations than just comments. 

 

I really don't care that it's not available for a ton of platforms. Wordpress is the platform I prefer to work with, and that's all that matters to me. 

2 years, 2 months ago on Six Reasons why LiveFyre rocks

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It makes me wonder...do we really need to be objective? There's many instances where journalists were forced into the story one way or another. I recall a story by my journalism prof. where the reporters that decided to go to Lee Harvey Oswald's funeral ended up acting as pall bearers. 

 

I think objectivism is something that has its advantages, but it isn't the only way to be a journalist. 

 

 

2 years, 2 months ago on Are Bloggers Different than Journalists?

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 @WordsDoneWrite As have I. Thankfully though, I learned better. :)

2 years, 2 months ago on Five Headlines Lazy Bloggers Use To Hide The Fact That They’re Wasting Your Time

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You forgot one of my (LEAST) favorite ones: "What [Random pointless thing] can teach/show us about [topic relavant to blogger.]"

2 years, 2 months ago on Five Headlines Lazy Bloggers Use To Hide The Fact That They’re Wasting Your Time

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 @blogworld I guess if you look at it on the lines of there being no such thing as bad press, you're probably right. But then again, look who it is. It's Fox News. Some of their talent and former talent are breaking into the "New Media" world, such as Glenn Beck. You'd think they'd be a little more supportive of the expo that deals with such things, especially since I think BillO has his own blog or video site or something. But as I said previously, they'll say or do anything to get a laugh out of people. 

 

Plus, while one might be appreciating of Watters' antics, you need to remember that this put BWE in a VERY bad light. Since Blogworld is still relatively young, this might very well have been the first impression to millions of viewers; and it was a really bad one. 

 

But I do agree. This clearly shows we have a lot longer to go if we're to show people that new media is here to stay, as well as a major power for reporting news AND making money. 

2 years, 2 months ago on Did The O'Reilly Factor "SPIN" BlogWorld in the Wrong Direction?

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 @MTRHost Fox News? Professional? Don't make me laugh. They'll jump at any way to make a quick laugh at someone's expense, especially if they're a Democrat. 

2 years, 2 months ago on Did The O'Reilly Factor "SPIN" BlogWorld in the Wrong Direction?

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"No Spin Zone" my eye. It's just depressing that we still get flack despite having such a large audience. There is so much good that Blogworld does, even for people like O'Reilly. I felt that the mockery was undeserved, and the treatment typical of Fox News BS. Oh well. I'm sure we'll be happy to remind Bill and Watters of this when they're both out of a job and think blogging is a good idea. 

2 years, 2 months ago on Did The O'Reilly Factor "SPIN" BlogWorld in the Wrong Direction?

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 @Thinkingperson Since you came to THIS website inferring to us that it DOES work, why don't you prove to us that it does? Even then, I think the article does a good enough job disproving the bunk "Law" of Attraction crap. 

2 years, 2 months ago on The Law of Attraction is Bullshit

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Again, another reason why every blogger should take a Journalism 101 class. Not only does it teach them effective writing that DOESN'T involve search engines, but it also teaches them how to gather information, conduct research and hold interviews. And it explains how to write it all properly. 

2 years, 2 months ago on How to be Taken More Seriously as a Blogger

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