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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

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

 

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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.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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

 

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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.


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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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Friday, September 13, 2013

Jeff Bezos (@amazon) Will Get Even Richer Off Twitter IPO via @mashables

 

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' venture capital firm was an early investor in Twitter and will presumably make a big profit from the company's upcoming IPO.

Bezos Expeditions, his personal investment vehicle, was among a handful of firms that made a second round investment in Twitter in 2008. The amount his firm invested is unclear.

Twitter filed a confidential IPO on Thursday, an option under the JOBS Act to avoid public scrutiny for companies making less than $1 billion in revenues. According to estimates, Twitter's valuation falls in the $10.5 billion to $14 billion range.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

LOL: 7 Reasons to Miss Your Old Nokia Brick Phone via @mashables

I really do miss my phone like this....
 
 

 

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When the Nokia 3310 was released in 2000, it was a simpler time. There were no app stores. The Internet was much younger. There was nary a twerk or a tweet to speak of

The phone's multiple incarnations sold more than 126 million units, from its release to the series' retirement in 2005. Slender, thick, compact — everyone had one

While using a Nokia 3310 today could be comparable to going off the grid, there are more than a few reasons you should feel nostalgia for your old brick phone.

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.@jk_rowling to Pen 'Harry Potter' Spinoff Screenplay via @mashables

 

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Rejoice, muggles: The time has come for J.K. Rowling to Apparate us back into the world of wizards. The author of the Harry Potter series is collaborating with Warner Bros. to develop a screenplay based on her novel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was published in 2001 under the pseudonym Newt Scamander. The book was based on a textbook mentioned in the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

The new film is neither a prequel nor sequel to the Harry Potter books; it's a standalone "extension of the wizarding world," Rowling said in a press release Read more...

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Leaked Images Show Next-Generation Kindle Fire HD via @MASHABLES

 

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A new set of leaked images appear to reveal the design for Amazon's next-generation Kindle Fire HD tablet.

First published by BGR, the photos show a radically modified exterior for the high-end tablet, which is accented by angular edges; this is a distinct departure from the smooth, rounded edges of its predecessor (see photo, above).

In some ways, the new design (which is partially obscured, presumably to protect the source of the leak) is reminiscent of the old HTC Touch Diamond smartphone, a minor hit with design-centric mobile users a few years ago. Read more...

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

O/T: 9 Books Based on Your Favorite Netflix Show via @Mashables

 

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We entered a very literary weekend, with Friday marked as Read a Book Day and Sunday as International Literacy Day

Even with those extra reminders to tackle your to-read list, it might have seemed easier to spend the weekend watching Netflix than reading a book. It's not too late to shut off the laptop and crack open a book.

Resist the urge and pick up one of these titles that should at least have a similar feel to whatever show you would have been marathoning

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Livefyre Acquires Social Storytelling Tool Storify via @mashables

Livefyre Acquires Social Storytelling Tool Storify

 

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The real-time curation and commenting platform Livefyre announced on Monday that it has acquired the social storytelling tool Storify. Deal terms were not disclosed.

Livefyre, which in February raised $15 million in venture funding, helps media companies and brands engage users through real-time social conversations, curation and advertising. Its 400-plus client base includes Conde Nast, TIME and the New York Times.

Storify helps publishers tell stories by collecting tweets, photos, videos and media from across the web. Its staff of five will keep their positions and relocate to Livefyre's San Francisco office six blocks away Read more...

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Amazon Offering E-Book Discounts for Print Copies Inbox via @mashables


 

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If you've ever bought a print version of a book on Amazon, you can now buy the Kindle edition at a hugely discounted price — from free to $2.99.

Amazon announced on Tuesday a new program called MatchBook, giving customers incentive to buy a digital version of any physical book ever purchased on the site. This includes books bought back in 1995 when Amazon first opened its online bookstore.

MatchBook, which launches in October, will have more than 10,000 books enrolled in the program. In the meantime, Amazon is asking authors and publishers to enroll their books in Kindle MatchBook, which could also open up additional revenue for both the platform and writers Read more...

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