Don’t Just Say It, Display It: Visually Enhance Your Professional Story on your LinkedIn Profile [SLIDESHOW]


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There are hundreds of ways for us to express ourselves in our daily lives. From the clothes we wear to the words we choose to use, the pictures we share and the music we play — the possibilities are endless.

This is equally important in the professional context, as no two professionals are alike. For the first time, you will now have the ability to showcase your unique professional story using rich, visual content on your LinkedIn profile. This means you can illustrate your greatest achievements in the form of stunning images, compelling videos, innovative presentations and more. From the analyst who makes annual predictions on tech trends to the 3D animator who is looking to fund a new short film, the opportunities are limitless for how professionals can now use the LinkedIn profile to help showcase these unique stories in a visual way.

To begin sharing your achievements and creations on your profile, simply select “edit” on your profile then follow the prompts in your “Summary,” “Experience” and “Education” sections. Other members can also “like” or comment on what you’ve posted.

Need a little inspiration? Here are a just few examples to help inspire you as you start exploring this new way to showcase your career and work.

This is just a glimpse of what’s possible. The ability to add your visual content to your profile will begin rolling out to members in English speaking countries today. We look forward to finding new ways to bring this type of rich media across your LinkedIn experience. Stay tuned, there’s more to come.

In the meantime, we look forward to seeing how you choose to display your professional story on your profile.

Facebook Videos vs YouTube Links: Which Gets Higher Engagement? // thnxz @Socialbakers – socialbakers.com


Videos are one of the most shared post types by brands on Facebook. Since they are very popular with the users, they have the potential to become viral, to create buzz, and build high brand awareness.

As you know, Page admins have two options when posting videos: to either upload them from computers natively via Facebook or to post a link to your videos on YouTube. According to our study, most page admins choose to do the latter. They posted 3 684 YouTube links compared to 458 Facebook videos towards the end of January (from January 22nd to January 27th 2013).

Videos Are Usually Liked, not Shared

Although YouTube links have been posted about 8 times more than Facebook videos, it’s surprising to see that both of these options generated a similar number of interactions and mainly a similar share of Likes, Comments and Shares, as you can see in the graph below. Also notice that Likes were the most frequent type of interaction (not Shares) and that Facebook videos generated double the amount of Comments that YouTube links did. Why do you think this is the case? Let us know in the comments section below!

And What About Engagement?

To our surprise, Facebook videos achieved a 40% higher Engagement Rate (0,25%) than YouTube links (0,151%) in the studied period. They could be performing better because they are not only limited to Facebook posts; they are also available in the Fan Page video gallery where users can interact with the videos whenever they feel like it. In addition, Facebook videos are easier to consume on mobile, because you can play them directly from the mobile newsfeed; you don’t have to be redirected to YouTube, which can even fail due to connectivity issues.

But there are a number of advantages whichever path you choose.

Facebook videos achieved a 40% higher Engagement Rate than YouTube links.

The Benefits of YouTube Links

  • YouTube is the most popular video-sharing website that can aggregate, not only your videos, but also data concerning its views and shares.
  • You can share the YouTube link anywhere that supports your online exposure, unlike Facebook videos which cannot be shared outside of the social network.

The Benefits of Facebook Videos

  • Your Facebook fans can be tagged in the video.
  • Your Facebook videos suggest that users Like your Page via a button directly in the video.

Which option do you prefer and why? Are Facebook videos suitable for the needs of businesses or are they intended for casual, personal rather than for content creators?

Also check out if shortened URL links work better than the longer ones on Facebook in on our study here!

The History Of Photo Sharing

Photo sharing has come a long way. 20 years ago the process of taking, processing, and distributing a photo could take weeks or longer. Now, mobile apps such as Instagram allow us share photos in seconds. What follows is a brief history of photo sharing—where we’ve been and where we’re going.


 

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Photo sharing has come a long way. 20 years ago the process of taking, processing, and distributing a photo could take weeks or longer. Now, mobile apps such as Instagram allow us share photos in seconds. What follows is a brief history of photo sharing—where we’ve been and where we’re going.

50 Cool and Creative 404 Error Pages

I bet you’ve already run into 404 error page many times before. (For those living in a cave: 404 error page occurs when you try to open a page (or a file) that doesn’t exist on the server).

Most often it has a lot of text and looks ugly. Right?

And what do we do when we see something ugly?

Run away! Close that ugly peace of sh*** faster! That is our reaction.

So instead of scaring your potential page viewers and customers, why not create something creative and more pleasant for the eye to catch your visitor’s attention? Remember you don’t want to loose them!

Another thing, you should do is politely tell why could this happen, and what to do next.

I’m pretty sure that 99% of webmasters think, that such a little thing as customized 404 error page is unimportant, whereas panda thinks, that such little details separates you from the rest of the crowd.

P.S.: if you happen to run into a creative 404 error page, feel free to share it in the comment section.


50 Cool and Creative 404 Error Pages (Part I)

I bet you’ve already run into 404 error page many times before. (For those living in a cave: 404 error page occurs when you try to open a page (or a file) that doesn’t exist on the server).

Most often it has a lot of text and looks ugly. Right?

And what do we do when we see something ugly?

Run away! Close that ugly peace of sh*** faster! That is our reaction.

So instead of scaring your potential page viewers and customers, why not create something creative and more pleasant for the eye to catch your visitor’s attention? Remember you don’t want to loose them!

Another thing, you should do is politely tell why could this happen, and what to do next.

I’m pretty sure that 99% of webmasters think, that such a little thing as customized 404 error page is unimportant, whereas panda thinks, that such little details separates you from the rest of the crowd.

P.S.: if you happen to run into a creative 404 error page, feel free to share it in the comment section.

1. www.boredpanda.com/404

1.catswhocode.com

24. limpfish.com

3. homestarrunner.com

4. thetruth.com

myBrainshark Makes Your PowerPoint a Big Star on YouTube

Brainshark and myBrainshark presentations can be viewed online at any time and from anywhere in the world by your customers, your sales staff, HR professionals for training purposes, or anyone else who can benefit from self-guided presentations. Better yet, the multimedia presentations can also be viewed on mobile devices including smartphones and iPads, and combine PowerPoint slides, documents, photos, background music and voice narration that can be added–via phone or computer microphone–from a continent away.

With yesterday’s announcement, myBrainshark users who have a YouTube account can upload PowerPoint decks to myBrainshark and add their voice, and then seamlessly upload the resulting presentations as video files to YouTube–with titles, descriptions and tags intact. Then it’s just a matter of publishing a link to the audience you have targeted–employees, sales prospects, customers, partners and all those who influence your business–enabling them to experience your content at their convenience, whenever and wherever they want. In addition to viewing the YouTube video, your audience can still watch the multimedia presentation on myBrainshark too.

Like everything else, there are several downsides, but they are minor. For one thing, you must abide by YouTube’s 15-minute rule, which means your file can run no longer than 15 minutes if you’re posting it on YouTube. But that problem is solved by the fact that, when uploaded on Brainshark.com, the ocean’s the limit on the length of your presentation.


Brainshark Inc. has just opened up an ocean of access to its on-demand multimedia customers by introducing a new feature that enables businesses and entrepreneurs to share their PowerPoint presentations on YouTube–at no cost to the participating company.

Started 10 years ago, Brainshark provides a web-based Software as a Service platform that allows your business to create and share on-demand, multimedia content, and access deep metrics associated with it. The Massachusetts-based company has built a polished online platform that walks you though converting PowerPoint slides–as well as other materials such as PDF files–into powerful voice-enriched Flash presentations that are suitable for YouTube, your own website or company blog, and even e-mail marketing campaigns. A year ago this month, Brainshark launched myBrainshark–a free version of its software well-suited to entrepreneurs and small business users. Leer más “myBrainshark Makes Your PowerPoint a Big Star on YouTube”

Sociotecnología: iniciando reflexión, once (11) ideas rápidas

1. La tecnología cumple funciones importantes para las personas, funciones reales o imaginarias.

2. La tecnología ha incremento la productividad, incluso la doméstica, y ha dado más tiempo para el ocio.

3. La tecnología porta una promesa posibilista: más posibilidades de acceso al conocimiento, al disfrute y a la acción.

4. Ese posibilismo potencia la percepción de la tecnología como una necesidad; que lleva al consumo tecnológico.

5. La compra de tecnología es entendida como una compra inteligente propia de un individuo tecnológicamente avanzado.


1. La tecnología cumple funciones importantes para las personas, funciones reales o imaginarias.

2. La tecnología ha incremento la productividad, incluso la doméstica, y ha dado más tiempo para el ocio.

3. La tecnología porta una promesa posibilista: más posibilidades de acceso al conocimiento, al disfrute y a la acción.

4. Ese posibilismo potencia la percepción de la tecnología como una necesidad; que lleva al consumo tecnológico.

5. La compra de tecnología es entendida como una compra inteligente propia de un individuo tecnológicamente avanzado.
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YouSendIt Express Solves The “Too Big to E-Mail” Problem

Sending files–especially sizable art or photo files–to clients and editors can be problematic. Corporate firewalls simply don’t like large e-mail attachments (or, in some cases, any attachments). And, yet, we’re not about to spend the time or the expense to ship the files via a physical courier service. Our solution? We use an online service called YouSendIt (various pricing; a free plan exists). And, to make matters even easier, we use their free download software, YouSendIt Express.

YouSendIt Express screenshotYouSendIt Express looks like a typical e-mail message–but when you send files, instead of sending attachments that might be blocked by the recipient’s firewall, they are hosted on a private folder on the YouSendIt server, where your recipient can easily access and download them.

YouSendIt Express, a tiny, standalone program, is very simple to use. It’s similar to writing a typical e-mail message. Simply double-click the icon to quickly launch the program, select your recipients, type in a subject line, add an optional memo and select the file(s) or folder you want to send. Then, click the SEND button. The recipients will receive an e-mail from you with a link to a private folder, to download the files to their computer.


Sally Wiener Grotta and Daniel Grotta, PC World

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Sending files–especially sizable art or photo files–to clients and editors can be problematic. Corporate firewalls simply don’t like large e-mail attachments (or, in some cases, any attachments). And, yet, we’re not about to spend the time or the expense to ship the files via a physical courier service. Our solution? We use an online service called YouSendIt (various pricing; a free plan exists). And, to make matters even easier, we use their free download software, YouSendIt Express.

YouSendIt Express screenshotYouSendIt Express looks like a typical e-mail message–but when you send files, instead of sending attachments that might be blocked by the recipient’s firewall, they are hosted on a private folder on the YouSendIt server, where your recipient can easily access and download them.

YouSendIt Express, a tiny, standalone program, is very simple to use. It’s similar to writing a typical e-mail message. Simply double-click the icon to quickly launch the program, select your recipients, type in a subject line, add an optional memo and select the file(s) or folder you want to send. Then, click the SEND button. The recipients will receive an e-mail from you with a link to a private folder, to download the files to their computer. Leer más “YouSendIt Express Solves The “Too Big to E-Mail” Problem”

Popscreen helps you discover cool videos, then predicts how popular they will become.

When you absolutely, positively have to be the first of your friends to see the coolest new videos, there’s a new site that is making sure it happens. Popscreen is making a run on the headline-forming videos that change by the minute.

The site is simple enough, showing videos that are relevant to your selected interests. Beyond that, though, you’re able to create your own video channel and then share those with your friends.

It’s fed through a network of Featured Influencers, including Shareables right here at TNW, to assure that you’re always getting fresh content. What’s really cool about Popscreen, though, is its ability to predict what’s up and coming.

As content is fed into the service, the algorithms go to work to decide if a video is going to boom or bust. Popscreen will then give you the chance to look at predicted traffic for the video, keeping you ahead of the information curve.

The video player for Popscreen is beautifully done, with a wealth of features. Of course you can share across a number of social networks, but you also have some player choices that are second-to-none.

* Lights Off – Wims the Popscreen site so that your video comes to focus.
* Widescreen – Watch your chosen video in 16:9 or standard 4:3
* Pop It – Somewhat like Digging a story, which keeps the video going higher.


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When you absolutely, positively have to be the first of your friends to see the coolest new videos, there’s a new site that is making sure it happens.  Popscreen is making a run on the headline-forming videos that change by the minute.

The site is simple enough, showing videos that are relevant to your selected interests.  Beyond that, though, you’re able to create your own video channel and then share those with your friends.

It’s fed through a network of Featured Influencers, including Shareables right here at TNW, to assure that you’re always getting fresh content.  What’s really cool about Popscreen, though, is its ability to predict what’s up and coming.

As content is fed into the service, the algorithms go to work to decide if a video is going to boom or bust.  Popscreen will then give you the chance to look at predicted traffic for the video, keeping you ahead of the information curve.

The video player for Popscreen is beautifully done, with a wealth of features.  Of course you can share across a number of social networks, but you also have some player choices that are second-to-none.

10 Excellent Applications To Organize Yourself


Do you face problems scheduling a get together or remembering your chores? If yes then you are one of the countless people who need a little extra help to better organize themselves.

Over the course of my blogging I have written about various programs and tools that help us improve our schedules and to-do lists. Here is a list of 10 of those programs which I feel all “people like us” can benefit from. Read each entry in the list, use whichever suits you best, and let me know what you think in the comments.

You are welcome if you want to share more free applications that our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at  smashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter as well. Click on the images to go from where the images has been taken and learn more about their creators and to appreciate them.

Colorhat

Colorhat

Colorhat lets us create a free account, then add and record times which we take for particular tasks. We can later view our time graphically. This procedure is a great help in self monitoring and helps us better/lessen the time we spend on particular times.

Rootein

rootein


Rootein is a great way to create and mantian new routines. We can add a new routine, feed in our progress for the upcoming days, and if we keep up our routine for 21 days in a row, then we are good to go with it and no longer need Rootein to help us out.

OpenProj

OpenProj


OpenProj does not need much of an introduction. Imagine being able to get your hands on Microsoft Project for free; that is precisely what OpenProj aims to be – a free and competent alternative to Microsoft Project which is the industry standard for Projeact Leaders when it comes to managing a project.

Notefly

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How To: Get Insights Of Audiences On YouTube | Online Media Gazette


Before the start of any campaign, it is vital for marketers do some research on the demographics of their target audience. Marketing research is simply a process of systematic gathering, recording and analysis of data about issues relating to marketing products and services. I came across this tool by YouTube to get insights on potential audiences.

I believe that by sharing this tool with everyone, marketers or even everyone can easily find out the size and interests of their potential audiences. The tool lets you check which sorts of people use YouTube, and what sorts of videos subsections are being watched.

For this example, we’re going to look at statistics from the United States.

Demographics

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From the data churned out, we found that the highest age group that are utilizing YouTube are those between the 18 and 24 years old; making up 43.5% of the group. This is then followed by those in the 25 to 34 years old age group; making up 27.9% of it.

It is also possible to find the percentage of males and females in the U.S that are using YouTube; 68% and 32% respectively.

Interests

interestsus

The tool also lets you find out the popularity of videos in certain categories amongst the people that you’re targeting. On the y-axis, the figure ‘x’ represents the likelihood an average YouTube user watches that type of video.

You can also narrow down the categorical search to specific ones from the main menu; rather than having a whole lot of data that are pointless to you.

Search Terms

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I’m sure everyone knows the importance of key words and the above shows the most searched term users are inputting on YouTube’s search queries. If you have a video that you would like to have a lot of hits, be sure to key in highly searched AND relevant keywords into your video tags.

Conclusion

Personally, this tool will be very useful for me in determining the demographics and relevant information of my targeted audiences. In what ways would the tool help you? Do share with us.

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In Defense of a Limited Online Presence


Why I Stopped Tweeting

Posted by Alex Kniess

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Alex Kniess
Alex Kniess

I’ve never been great at sharing a constant stream of fresh content online. I have a personal blog that’s been updated a handful of times in the last year (maybe longer, I don’t even remember). I don’t have a Del.icio.us page nor do I Digg things. I probably have dozens of online accounts that haven’t been updated in years. And if you look at my Twitter page you’ll see tweets from the beginning of December.

Ask any “social-media expert” and they would probably tell you I’m doing it all wrong. And maybe I am. But I can’t help but check my Twitter feed every few days and see the majority of those I’m following doing nothing but retweeting each other or posting links to other people’s opinion. Sharing is caring and I love to learn new things, but I’ve come to a breaking point. It seems like the majority of the content I subscribe to is repurposed and watered down. There is so much noise out there that it’s hard for me to find the source. Where are the original ideas coming from? Leer más “In Defense of a Limited Online Presence”

web design How to Get Free Content and Media Hosting at Screencast.com


By Chris Peterson

Let’s say you’ve created a video or image you want to share, but you don’t want it saved to your computer. You want to save it in a safe place, where you can access it at any time. You want some storage options, and the ability to share it in multiple file formats… or keep it private. You want its original integrity to stay intact. And you want complete control.

You’re picky… but you have a right to be. Good thing Screencast.com was designed for content creators like you. At Screencast.com, you’ll get all of the above and more—plus it’s free.

What is Screencast.com?

Screencast.com is a free web service from TechSmith Co. that lets you upload, manage and share your content without changing a thing. From high-quality videos, to presentations, documents and images—Screencast.com gives your content the perfect home. Leer más “web design How to Get Free Content and Media Hosting at Screencast.com”