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Monday, October 21, 2013

O/T: What People Did For Fun Before the Internet via @mashables

 I've wondered this too just last night....



It's a sad truth, but the Internet consumes our lives. A day without Netflix, a moment without email or a second without Google is beyond imagination

But there once was a time — many, many years ago (but not really that long) — when humans had to find a non-web-based form of entertainment

In this Sunday comic, Nitrozac and Snaggy of The Joy of Tech imagine how our prehistoric ancestors wasted time without the luxury of social media


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Friday, October 4, 2013

5 Billion People Will Use Mobile Phones by 2017 via @mashables




Four years from now, 5.1 billion people will be mobile phone users around the globe — almost 1 billion more mobile users than the 4.3 billion people worldwide using them now.

Asia, the region that will see the most growth, is already home to the most mobile phone users. Some 2.4 billion people there use mobile phones, a figure projected to grow to 2.9 billion by 2017.

Statista's chart, below, compares mobile phone penetration in 2013 to forecasts for 2017 in different regions of the world.

mobile phones

How do you think more mobile phones will impact the planet? Let us know in the comments below. Read more...

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

.@Amazon's Powerful New Kindle Fires and Other News You Need to Know via @Mashables (@amazonkindles)




Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.

Today, we're looking at three particularly interesting storiesAndroid users who want to use Apple's iMessage service had the option to do so for a limited amount of timeAmazon announced the latest generation of Kindle Fires, which are total powerhouses. And Twitter begins to send follow suggestions via mobile alerts.

Check out the video above for more on these stories.

Image: Mashable

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

#Twitter Inks Largest Partnership to Date With CBS via @mashables




Twitter added its largest Amplify partnership to date on Monday, bringing CBS into the fold as part of its program to bring additional video content to Twitter streams in real-time.

The partnership with CBS includes 20 of the company's brands and 42 different shows, making it the largest collection of packages included in one Amplify deal. Twitter and CBS made the announcement on Monday at Advertising Week in New York City.

Twitter's Amplify program, which launched in May, is designed to help broadcasters share additional video content with viewers in hopes of capturing their attention both via TV and then on their "second screen" (either phone or tablet). Sports broadcasts, for example, have used Twitter to immediately show video replays of important plays or moments from a game. The video clips play short advertisements before the featured content, and advertisers can also pay to promote the tweet to increase its visibility Read more...

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Monday, September 23, 2013

30 Facebook Timeline Contest Ideas That Drive Likes and Comments via @JeffBullas


30 Facebook Timeline Contest Ideas That Drive Likes and Comments

Facebook has updated its promotions guidelines to allow brands to run Facebook contests on their Fan Page Timelines.

With these new Facebook promotion guidelines, brands can now accept "contest entries" by asking fans to like, comment, or message the page.

While this is a huge opportunity to drive brand engagement, many businesses are struggling to come up with Facebook contest ideas for their fan page timelines.

Several Facebook app companies launched the ability to export a .csv of likes and comments to help business owners take advantage of these changes.

Brands are asking this question

These new guidelines though have raised the following question.

"With many great tools to manage likes and comments, how do you go about ensuring that Facebook Timeline Contest you post actually gets engagement?"

The status updates below are meant to inspire you with ideas that take advantage of the new Facebook changes and create and drive engagement.

30 Facebook Timeline Contest Ideas

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Get Your Code On! Introduction To Word Press via @ThirdEyeGrp Sept 21 #Detroit

Using WordPress for your site or blog, but need a better understanding of it? Take back the power of your company’s brand and learn how to manage your Word Press website and blog. Learn your way around the WordPress dashboard, and take a look at WordPress from a business standpoint to see what features you can use to inform, promote your business and encourage discussion amongst your target audience.  Leave with a basic understanding that will let you easily make changes, edits and additions to your website or blog.


Sheila Hawkins
Third Eye Group

Event Details

Entrepreneur Exchange Group & Third Eye Group Present:

“Get Your Code On!!” Workshop Series For Nontechnical Women Entrepreneurs
(Men always welcomed)
Introduction to Word Press
Take back the power of your Company’s brand and learn how to manage your Word Press website and blog.
  • Want to learn how to manage your website? Already have your own Word Press blog or website, but want to have more control over it?
  • Would you like to be able to make quick changes and updates to your website yourself instead of relying on a webmaster?
  • Learn how to use this platform for your site and leave this session with a basic understanding of Word Press and be able to make changes, edits and additions to your website or blog.

Facilitated By:
Girl Develop It – Detroit Chapter
An international nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching women software development skills.

Get Your Code On! Join us
Saturday, September 21, 2013
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Brava Services 21739 Melrose Southfield, MI
Bring your laptop
Register today!
Advance registration $25 On site registration $30

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

7 Ways to Increase Traffic to Your Blog via @jeffbullas

7 Ways to Increase Traffic to Your Blog
Blogs have become one of the most fascinating and popular platforms upon which individuals may sell their wares, offer advice or simply journal about their daily lives.
But what is the point of having a blog if no one is going to read it?
There are many reasons why you’d would want to increase the traffic to your blog . It could be for monetary reasons, to gain more public exposure or to show off your skills. Bloggers want to see their sites develop, evolve and grow.
So, how can you get more visitors to your blog?

Here are 7 easy ways to increase traffic to your blog.

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