Kickstarter Creates Journalism Section

Kickstarter Creates Journalism Section

June 16, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

The Guardian and Kickstarter recently teamed up to make it easy to crowdfund journalism projects, according to Contently. "Although journalism projects already existed on Kickstarter, the specific “Journalism” category now highlights projects once relegated to less popular areas of the website, such as “Publishing, Nonfiction.” The journalism umbrella will cover smaller subcategories like audio, photo, print, video, and web..." Will you check out the new section on Kickstarter? You can find out more about it at Contently. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

Which Social Media Sites Should You Join?

Which Social Media Sites Should You Join?

June 13, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

If you're trying to figure out which social media site to start using for business, let Entrepreneur give you some hints on which ones matter the most. To start, you should first determine who your audience is and where those audience members are active.  You should also take a look at where they are searching. If you're up for joining several sites, Entrepreneur advises that you try out the "big four," which include Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+. Want to get a little more adventurous? Check out the "lesser three" - Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube - or the even smaller ones

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Apple's Copywriting Can Teach Everyone a Few Lessons

Apple’s Copywriting Can Teach Everyone a Few Lessons

June 13, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Apple is known for its revolutionary products, but that's not the only reason the company does so well. According to a LinkedIn post, Apple uses great copywriting to help achieve success. Firstly, the language on the Apple website tends to be easy for everyone to understand: "No one throws around words that have no meaning to the “common” person, which helps everyone know what the device being talked about does." Having great web design that is nice to look at also helps, as does having a product that actually works well. You can find out more about what we can learn from Apple by

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More Articles Than Ever Seek To Go Viral, Not Inform

More Articles Than Ever Seek To Go Viral, Not Inform

June 12, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

If most of the headlines you read online sound alike to you, you're not alone. According to The Daily Dot, most online articles are indistinguishable from others. That's because many are written solely in the hopes that they'll go viral. Of course, many writers claim they only write what people want to read, but really, "The media's “balance” between substance and sharebait skews in favor of the latter every time a user shares a quiz and likes a listicle." Have you noticed the same phenomenon? Read more about it at The Daily Dot.  Image credit: Chris Messina 

Learn How People Prefer to Get Their News

Learn How People Prefer to Get Their News

June 12, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

How do you get your news? The BBC recently reported on what its polls found out about the news reading habits of people nationwide. Apparently, "More than half of those polled said they followed the news through an established brand, with just 16% using digital-only sites, such as Buzzfeed and Huffington Post. However, new media companies were found to be very popular in the US and Japan." In addition, only about 10% of the people polled said they had paid for online news stories in the last year. You can read more about what the polls found at The BBC. Image credit: Dave Winer

Hints on Improving Small Business Growth

Hints on Improving Small Business Growth

June 11, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

If you own a small business that is not exactly growing to your satisfaction, a recent LinkedIn post may be able to tell you how to fix the issue. For example, you should start by getting rid of any sources of delay and immediately stop doing whatever it is that is not working.  You also need to put yourself first rather than spread yourself too thin trying to please clients, since the quality of your work will likely suffer anyway. You can find out more tips on improving business growth by reading LinkedIn. Image credit: Wikipedia 

Startup About to Release a New Social Media Tool

Startup About to Release a New Social Media Tool

June 11, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Do you like social media? Good, because GigaOM recently reported on a new tool for social networks that will be coming out soon. Apparently, a startup called Five recently "released a tool called Five Labs that analyzes Facebook users’ vocabularies and assigns personality profiles based on them. It’s Five’s way of showing that even though we might be directing most of our social media posts to just a few people, someone else is always listening, taking notes and passing judgment." You can learn more about it by reading GigaOM. Image credit: Yoel Ben-Avraham

How Twitter Bots Get Mistaken for Real People

How Twitter Bots Get Mistaken for Real People

June 10, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Not everyone on Twitter is an actual person. According to Fast Company, a good amount are bots. Not only has Twitter not removed them all, but some also have a higher Klout score than some people who use social media. The most successful bots tend to have a lot of activity on Twitter, since they often retweet, post original tweets, and follow lots of people. Sure, the original tweets are not exactly in perfect English, but neither are many of the tweets by real people! You can learn more about Twitter bots at Fast Company. Image credit: Jenn and Tony Bot   

Voycee is the Social Network That Forgets About Your History

Voycee is the Social Network That Forgets About Your History

June 10, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

If you're tired of looking at your old, embarrassing posts and pictures from when you first joined Facebook, it might be time to join a social media site that basically forgets you. According to The Daily Dot, that site would be Voycee. It's an iOS app that looks a lot like Facebook, except it does not record your history. As soon as you post a new status update or photo, the last one disappears. Think about how convenient this could be when you make a social media faux pas, such as posting embarrassing or nonsensical things while drinking. Not only that,

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The Possible Return to Internet Anonymity

The Possible Return to Internet Anonymity

June 9, 2014  |  Blog  |  No Comments

Gradually, the Internet has encouraged users to tell others their identity. People make their lives public on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and now even the comments section on many websites requires commenters to reveal a name or even sign in through social media before posting a thought. But according to BBC News, some apps are encouraging a return to anonymity on the Internet. Whisper and Secret are just two apps that allow people to get out their true thoughts while remaining anonymous. It's no wonder that many people are too afraid of backlash to post their true opinions online under their real name. After all,

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