Let Us Revive Deep Thinking

I just read an insightful article called 7 Social Media Trends by Patricia Redsicker which states that blogging is expected to be the “biggest area for increase” for social media marketers. The problem, though, according to the article, is that many companies fear expressing an opinion, something that does not increase traffic to their blog. Too…

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Build Your Online Reputation

In the old days, it used to be reference letters that supported our claim to authenticity. We got one when we worked at a job and performed well, or when we asked our neighbor who knew us for a long time. I’ve accumulated quite a few of these letters and am grateful for them. Today,…

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The Secret to Success in Social Media

Do you want to be more successful on social media? Perhaps you’d like to increase the number of your Facebook friends or gain more Pinterest and Twitter followers? Giving is receiving A golden rule to success on social media is to be generous. Don’t hesitate to click “like” if you really like something or post a…

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How to Use Amazon’s Createspace

If you’ve written a book in, say, Microsoft Word and have proofread it, properly formatted it, and have a title page, copyright page, introduction, table of contents and distinct chapters, you are essentially ready to roll for Createspace. Although a variety of trim sizes (i.e., book sizes) are available, I recommend selecting the 6” x…

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Are We Digital Narcissists?

Who influences us is important because they impact our choices and, hence, behaviors. Blogging, which involves bypassing traditional publication outlets and making our ideas immediately available for public consumption, is, according to Andrew Keen, “digital narcissism.” 1 If Keen is right, then Tumbler.com has 101.7 million narcissists, WordPress has 63 million, Livejournal has 62.6 million…

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The 5 Golden Rules to Success in Social Media

Complete transparency  When I interact with my Facebook friends, I keep in mind that whatever I post will be read by all.  I do not, therefore, say anything that does not pass the test of complete transparency.  Everything I post falls into the “public” category. Focus on the task at hand  There are many distractions…

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What is the Cloud? (Part IV)

In Part IV of my series, What is the Cloud?, I’d like to discuss the philosophy of cloud computing. Cloud computing redefines our existing way of thought but only does so by erasing our previous definitions.  Cloud computing is POST-modern…the next step in the philosophy of computing [and, by definition,] undefinable. 1 In spite of…

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What is the Cloud? (Part III)

The first two parts of What is the Cloud? mostly cover technical aspects of cloud computing, including the matter of security.  In Part III, I’d like to discuss more terms associated with the Cloud and their meanings. Software as a Service (SaaS) SaaS means that you don’t need to buy software, hardware needed to run…

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What is the Cloud? (Part II)

In Part I of What is the Cloud?, I discussed the key concept of the separation of applications and operating systems from hardware.  I explained how this separation permits elasticity, adaptability and ease of migration in the event of hardware failures in order to maintain a seamless user experience. I also talked about redundancy, the…

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What is the Cloud?

In case you didn’t know, Forbes is running a series on cloud computing.  In one of the articles, Apple founder Steve “the Woz” Wozniak partly defines cloud computing like this:  “The cloud’s a vague term even to me.  It can mean different things to different people. “You don’t know where it is.  Cloud computing is…

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