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How to Use the Free YouTube Video Editor

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 19th June 2014

How to Use the Free YouTube Video Editor

http://hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Use-YouTube-Video-Editor

The YouTube Editor is not the most powerful editor you will ever use. However, it is free, and it includes all the basic editing tools you need to make a professional looking video. It is also an online tool, so you can use it anywhere you have an internet connection, and on any computer that you have access to.

My note: The author forgets to mention that the editor exists now also as an app for mobile devices, thus competing with other “free” mobile apps for video editing such as Splice, iMovie etc.
It can be a great addition to “spice up” videos posted on Instagram, Tweeter and other social media, besides YouTube.

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Social Media: How to get Twitter followers for free

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 18th June 2014

How to Get Twitter Followers for Free – 7 Juicy Tips

http://www.razorsocial.com/how-to-get-twitter-followers/

1. Follow people who share your blog content

2.  Tweet using relevant hashtags

3.  Join in on Tweetchats

4.  Follow relevant people

5.  Tweet great content regularly

6.  Share other people’s content

7.  Embed Tweets within your blog content

The size of your Twitter following is not as important as the quality of your Twitter followers and the amount of engagement you get.  However, if you strategically build your following, deliver great content and engage with your followers, then having a bigger audience is useful.

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Social Media: U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh Threats on Social Media

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 16th June 2014

U.S. Supreme Court to Weigh Threats on Social Media

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/school_law/2014/06/supreme_court_to_weigh_threats.html

individuals increasingly face prosecution for alleged threats conveyed on new media, including Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.”

School administrators are having to face some of those questions, not always as full federal criminal cases, but as disciplinary matters, and the Supreme Court’s decision in the case could affect student cases as well.

from educationweek tweet

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Social Media: Semantic Markup to Improve Search Results. Rich Snippets

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 16th June 2014

How to Use Semantic Markup to Improve Your Search Results

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/semantic-markup/

the basics and benefits of semantic markup and how it can make your content stand out in search.

Semantic markup is a fancy way of saying you can use HTML tags to tell search engines exactly what a specific piece of content is.
Search engines index your content faster.
With semantic markup, search engines immediately know what your content is and can index it faster and more accurately.

 rich snippets are extra images or information (e.g., how many Google+ circles you’re in) that show up in search results and provide additional information about you or your content.

Don’t mark up data that’s hidden or otherwise not visible on a page.

Figuring Out Which Markups to Use

There are two main sites that will help you figure out which markup types fit with your blog: Schema.org and Google Webmaster Tools.

#1: Authorship Markup

Authorship markup is one of the most important markup types you should use. It gives you the authorship rich snippet, which shows your picture and your name in the search results.

#2: Video Markup

#3: Events Markup

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Social Media Management Tools, Channel Dashboards, Crowdfunding / Crowdspeaking platforms

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 16th June 2014

Social Media Management Tools, Channel Dashboards, Crowdfunding / Crowdspeaking platforms

(report to social media committee)

June 17, 2014

  1. With a myriad of social channels to manage and monitor, you either need to have several staff members devoted to social media or software to take care of your social media management needs. All the better if you have both.

So how do you decide which dashboard is right for your business? Look for these five key features.

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/social-media-dashboard/

  1. Social Media Management Tools, Channel Dashboards, Crowdfunding / Crowdspeaking platforms, Social Media Marketing software, social media marketing automation,
  2. Social Media Dashboard benefits to look for:
    http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2013/11/17/top-10-social-media-management-tools-beyond-hootsuite-and-tweetdeck/#comment-152

Top 10 Social Media Management Tools: beyond Hootsuite and TweetDeck

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2013/11/17/top-10-social-media-management-tools-beyond-hootsuite-and-tweetdeck/
or
http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/?p=1073

Products to consider (per IMS blog entry):

  1. Hi-end
    1. HootSuite
    2. Buffer
    3. SproutSocial

     

  2. Low end
    1. GrabinBox

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Social Media: Help and Reference Links

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 14th June 2014

Social Media Help and Reference Links

https://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/wp-admin/post-new.php

excellent source of links to contact forms for various social media, privacy policies and terms, debugger and developers.
Do you have similar links? Pls share…

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Social Media: Improve Engagement on Google Plus [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 12th June 2014

How to Improve Your Engagement on Google Plus [INFOGRAPHIC]

http://socialmediatoday.com/steve-rayson/2497981/how-improve-your-engagement-google-plus

Improve Engagement on Google Plus

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Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 12th June 2014

2014 Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet + free image processing apps to re-size…

http://blogs.constantcontact.com/product-blogs/social-media-marketing/social-media-image-size/
Social Media Image Size Cheat Sheet

PicMonkey is a free desktop app that gives you the option to crop a photo to the Facebook cover photo size.

To crop, simply select the crop tool, choose the Facebook Timeline size, and resize your photo.

If you’re using a photo from your smartphone, try a photo app to resize it to fit the cover photo space. The PicStitch app for iPhone has a cover photo crop feature.

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Social Media: Design

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 9th June 2014

7 Essential Free Tools for Social Media Design

http://socialmediatoday.com/emilytaing/2481691/7-essential-free-tools-social-media-design

PIXLR,

WhatDaFont,

THE NOUN PROJECT,

DESIGN KINDLE,

KULER,

COLORZILLA,

COMPFIGHT,

Avtar Ram Singh says:

Hey Emily, really like the effect you’ve used for the images you shared. Also – no mention of Canva in here? Stunner! It’s been all over the place,

Regarding Canva, pls see our IMS blog entries:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/05/20/32-hot-social-media-software-tools-from-tool-providers/

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2014/02/26/29-social-media-tools-recommended-by-the-pros/

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How Social Media Is Being Used In Education: excellent infographic

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 3rd June 2014

How Social Media Is Being Used In Education

http://www.edudemic.com/social-media-in-education/

Here is also an IMS blog entry about the use of Twitter in education:

http://blog.stcloudstate.edu/ims/2013/12/05/twitter-resources-for-its-use-in-education/

how social media is being used in education

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