I love to get free stuff. Don’t you?
The problem with free is that it doesn’t mean something is really free. It just means that someone else has paid for the product or service instead of you.
Recently, I was surfing around the Wise Bread archives, and I came across a post on how to get movie rentals for free. Well, that sounds interesting, right? As I read through the comments, I found that some readers were really appreciative for the tip while others thought taking advantage of the coupon codes was either cheap, an assault on capitalism, or downright immoral.
Then the same discussion came up again. While dealing with the topic of student loan debt forgiveness for people who work for non-profit organizations, it was clear that some individuals are concerned that free to you means I get to pay (through tax dollars) for that item — in this case, student loans. Sigue leyendo
So, there you are, working away on a project, and oh, is it a good one. You’re having fun, the client’s loving your work, and then…
…the whole thing comes to a screeching halt.
A quick glance through my Projectus Interruptus file shows the following:
- A university department’s website redesign gets scuttled because the college’s website redesign is going on at the same time, and guess what? As part of this effort, each department gets a new site too. That sure was news to the department head I’d been working with. What’s worse, he liked my new design a lot better than the college’s.
- The company’s two head honchos can’t agree on what they want their product logos to look like, so they kill the entire logo design project.
- Another university department’s brochure design has to be approved by the college. And the college dean’s office informs the department head that their ad agency is already working on a brochure. He was just as surprised as the department head mentioned in the first item.
Whether it’s disagreements among your clients, out-of-the-blue budget cuts, or simultaneous design efforts that your client didn’t know about, the end result is the same: You’re out of work. Sigue leyendo
By: Nancy Lublin
GOOD DIRECTION: Led by his Twitter followers, Hugh Jackman, right, gave $50,000 to Charity: Water, which has dug wells across Africa. | Alessandra Benedetti/Corbis (Jackman); Courtesy of Charity:Water
Well, sort of. As crowdsourced corporate giving becomes ubiquitous, Nancy Lublin offers tips to win those contests — and the increasingly big bucks.
Today, you are more important than you ever knew. Yes, you are a VIP. Every company seems to want your direct input: Can you create a short film (aka ad) about Bounty paper towels’ philosophy of life? What new flavor should Mountain Dew market, and how should the packaging look? Which couple should get married on the Today show, what should they wear, and where should they go on their honeymoon?
Whether or not crowds are truly wise, you’re certainly in demand in this era of crowdsourcing. That’s especially true in the not-for-profit universe. In the past, we’ve sought your donor dollars, but now we’re also after your support in the form of votes that help us get other donors’ dollars. Actor Hugh Jackman announced last year on Twitter that he’d give away $100,000 to a cause suggested by the Twitterverse. (Charity: Water and Operation Hope split the pot.) Major corporations such as PepsiCo, American Express, and JPMorgan Chase have all turned charitable dollars over to public votes. (Full disclosure: I sit on the advisory boards for the Chase Community Giving and Pepsi Refresh contests.) So have small ones; Kind, which makes fruit-and-nut bars, is giving away $25,000, and it’s up to people who perform “kind acts” — other than eating fruit-and-nut bars — to decide where that money goes. Sigue leyendo
Autor: Misael Aguilar
Según un estudio realizado por la empresa desarrolladora de software AV BitDefender, el 75 por ciento de la personas usan la misma contraseña para redes sociales y correo electrónico.
El estudio tuvo una duración de una semana, y se analizaron cerca de 250,000 direcciones de correo-e, nombres de usuario en redes sociales y contraseñas. El resultado mostró que el 75 por ciento de los usuarios de redes sociales usan la misma contraseña para sus cuentas de correo-e. El estudio obtuvo la información de diferentes blogs, torrents, servicios de colaboración en línea y otras fuentes. Sigue leyendo