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NOISETRADE vs BANDCAMP vs SOUNDCLOUD

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 15th January 2015

Use social media sites for audio with learning goals in mind? No problem, contribute to this blog entry…

NOISETRADE vs BANDCAMP vs SOUNDCLOUD

http://forum.holyculture.net/showthread.php?63700-NOISETRADE-vs-BANDCAMP-vs-SOUNDCLOUD-vs-Whoever

Bandcamp vs. ReverbNation vs. SoundCloud: Part Three

http://doughnutmag.com/tutorials/music-promotion/bandcamp-vs-reverbnation-vs-soundcloud-part-three/

Lessons Learned From Noisetrade: Free and Legal Music Downloads

http://readwrite.com/2012/01/03/lessons-learned-from-noisetrad

 

When it comes to downloading digital music, there is free and then there is legal, but seldom can you have both from the same site, and make money too.

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VSCO Cam

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 12th January 2015

How To Use The App That Will Make Your Photos Look So Much Better

http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-use-vsco-cam-2015-1?op=1#ixzz3OeN3Fss0

VSCO Cam available for mobile devices

VSCO Cam allows users to transform bland photos into gallery-worthy artistic images.

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social media by the 19 years old

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 11th January 2015

A Teenager Finally Explains What Adults Just Don’t Get About Facebook, Instagram, And Snapchat

https://medium.com/backchannel/a-teenagers-view-on-social-media-1df945c09ac6

http://www.businessinsider.com/what-teenagers-think-of-social-media-2015-1#ixzz3OYAq8JC2

Facebook: awkward family dinner party we can’t really leave
Tweeter: a lot of us simply do not understand the point of Twitter. There is always a core group at every school that uses it very religiously to tweet and another group that uses it to simply watch or retweet, but besides that many don’t use it.
Tumblr: is where you are your true self and surround yourself (through who you follow) with people who have similar interests. It’s often seen as a “judgment-free zone” where, due to the lack of identity on the site, you can really be who you want to be.
Instagram: “Everything about the application makes it less commercialized and more focused on the content, meaning more teens are inclined to visit it.
Twitter: “To be honest, a lot of us simply do not understand the point of Twitter.”
Snapchat: “Snapchat has a lot less social pressure attached to it compared to every other popular social media network out there.
Tumblr: “Tumblr is where you are your true self and surround yourself (through who you follow) with people who have similar interests. 
Yik Yak: People reference Yaks all the time with each other or send screenshots

  • LinkedIn — We have to get it, so we got it. Many wait until college to get this (as they probably should, it isn’t for this demographic anyways).
  • Pinterest—It’s mainly female-dominated and is for those who have an artsy/hipster focus. Not too many people talk about it.
  • Kik—It’s a messaging application that is mainly used for messaging people on Twitter I guess? I don’t know anyone who uses it. The only time I ever hear this application is for the joke, “Aye you got Kik?”, normally seen as someone trying to “spit game” to attract a partner. It’s really difficult for me to describe it here but it isn’t super relevant.
  • WhatsApp—You download it when you go abroad, you use it there for a bit before going back to iMessage and Facebook Messenger, then you delete it.
  • GroupMe—By far the most used group messaging application in college.

 

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Social Videos With Your Smartphone

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 10th January 2015

How to Create Social Videos With Your Smartphone

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/create-social-videos-smartphone/

Do you want to create videos without having costly equipment?

#1: Choose Your Channel

Instagram allows you to post videos 3 to 15 seconds in length.

Vine lets you publish videos up to 6 seconds long.

YouTube offers the ability to upload almost any video regardless of length or quality.

#2: Choose a Video Style

stop motion, time-lapse and standard video

#3: Shoot a Stop Motion Video With Vine

#4: Shoot a Time-Lapse Video With Hyperlapse

My note: Time-Lapse Video is available on the new “Camera” feature of iPAD and iTouch

#5: Shoot a Regular Video

#6: Edit Your Video

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Tech In 2015 and flops in 2014

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 6th January 2015

What To Look Out For In Tech In 2015

Venmo, the peer-to-peer payments app, will offer a solution for in-store merchants.

By year-end 2015, more people will have used a smartphone to unlock their doors than will have used a mobile wallet. 

The Amazon Echo will succeed

YouTube will get a ‘social’ make-over

The Top Technology Failures of 2014

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/533546/the-top-technology-failures-of-2014/

Google Glass

(See “Google Glass Is Dead; Long Live Smart Glasses.”)

Brazil’s EEG Exoskeleton

(See “World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics.”)

Bitcoin

(See “Marginally Useful.”)

STAP Cells

(See coverage by the Los Angeles Times and by Nature.)

Sapphire iPhone Screens

(See “Why Apple Failed to Make Sapphire iPhones.”)

Aereo’s Tiny Antennas

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Blog Writing Guidelines

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 2nd January 2015

Nine Blog Writing Guidelines To Make You a Blogging Champion

  1. Topic Selection.
  1. Content Length. 
  1. Think about Formatting and Image Selection. 
  1. Powerful Headlines.
  1. Interacting with the Audience.
  1. The Importance of Error-Free Content.
  1. Unique Perspective. 
  1. Create Series of Blog Posts. 
  1. Update Your Blog Regularly.

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Jeopardy-style Game in Google Spreadsheets

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 30th December 2014

How to Create a Jeopardy-style Game in Google Spreadsheets

http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/11/how-to-create-jeopardy-style-game-in.html

use Flippity

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Internet, Librarians

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 29th December 2014

Before The Internet, Librarians Would ‘Answer Everything’ — And Still Do

http://www.npr.org/2014/12/28/373268931/before-the-internet-librarians-would-answer-everything-and-still-do

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Twitter Profile Stand Out

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 29th December 2014

How to Make Your Twitter Profile Stand Out

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/make-your-twitter-profile-stand-out

#1: Zig When They Zag

This one’s easy: Don’t do what everyone else is doing. If you see a trend popping up in bios, don’t immediately change your bio to reflect that trend. Everyone ends up using the same verbiage, the same phrases, the same descriptors.

Another trend is to include a disclaimer—the most popular being, “Views are my own.” This is the Twitter equivalent of saying “I will bore you to death.” This disclaimer doesn’t serve any real legal purpose, nor will it save your job. If your employer requires it, do it, but other than that, leave it off.

The key takeaway here? When you see a trend, run the other way. If you’re compelled to follow a popular trend, at least put it through your personal lens first. Change it enough that the thread is there, but it’s clear you’ve put more thought into it than simply following the crowd.

#2: Use Brief Sentences and Links

Make an impact on your audience by crafting a sentence or two that convey your expertise. Choose the most important things you do; state them in a clear, compelling way; and then explain why your skills should matter to the visitor. The challenge, of course, is brevity.

In addition consider that hashtags, @s and links—the language of Twitter—are clickable in your profile. I’m always surprised that more people aren’t using these valuable opportunities in their Twitter bios.

Jim Cramer’s Twitter bio has two simple, concise sentences that promote and link to his website, charitable trust, his CNBC show and his blog.

It would have been easy to make a laundry list of those properties along with his book titles and accolades (just like everyone else). Instead, two well-crafted sentences emphasize his most important efforts and include links to each.

 

In your Twitter settings you have the option to set your location and provide a link to your website. Since Cramer’s main bio already links to his website, he uses his sidebar link to point to his author page.

Make the most of your real estate. If you have too much to convey in a sentence or two, get creative—use your sidebar link.

If you operate other accounts, go ahead and add them. These simple links are such an easy way to build your followers for other accounts or your website. Don’t miss out on this opportunity.

#3: Use One Word

On the other hand, you don’t always need a list of keywords or even sentences to convey your sentiment. Sometimes, a single word can make a serious impact.

If you can creatively distill your abilities to one word, you’ve snagged yourself a punchy, powerful piece of the creativity pie.

#4: Stretch the Truth

I’m not talking about lying about your abilities. I’m talking about tongue-in-cheek obvious exaggeration.

An obvious “lie” can be funny and attract attention. For example, since when is Ellen an ice road trucker?

#5: Update Frequently

Smart Twitter users know that a static profile is boring and uncreative. Change it up based on what’s current in your career or marketing initiatives.

Changing your profile bio helps you keep followers abreast of your new accolades or endeavors (e.g., launching a new business or writing a book). Adapting your profile keeps you interesting. And best of all, it forces you to be creative more often.

#6: Acknowledge Your Audience

Say “hello” or “goodbye” to your followers. When you speak directly to someone, you stand a much better chance of actually gaining his or her attention.

Use the word “you” rather than “I” in your profile—it becomes more of a personal message and less of a brag. With that simple change, your bio becomes more inviting.

Over to You

The New York Times calls Twitter bios a postmodern art form. If it’s an art form, then we are the artists. I encourage you to try some of these tips and see where your own creative artistry takes you.

Creativity doesn’t come with an instruction manual. You’ll probably find yours at weird moments when you least expect it. I know a lot of people who have that a-ha! moment in the shower!

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Social Media improvements

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 14th December 2014

Facebook Media Publishing Tools: This Week in Social Media

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/facebook-media-publishing-tools-news

Facebook Introduces New Tools for Media Publishers: These new Facebook media publishing tools allow you “to target posts, remove posts that are no longer relevant and identify popular links that you haven’t shared.”

Facebook Makes Improvements to Insights: These include improvements “to Domain Insights to show how pages and social plugins drive traffic to websites.”

Facebook Updates Search: Now it’s “easier to find the posts that have been shared with you.”

Facebook Brings Trending to Mobile: Now “making it easy for people to explore stories from different sources.”

Twitter Introduces Tailored Audiences From Mobile Apps: “A new way for advertisers to create targetable audience segments based on mobile app actions such as an install, purchase or sign-up.”

SlideShare Releases Analytics to all Users: As a SlideShare user, you can get “deeper insight into the effectiveness of your content through the release of SlideShare Analytics.”

Google Updates Hangouts App for Android: To “make it easier to express yourself, and have more fun along the way.”

YouTube Adds New Feature to Help When Choosing a Track: “You can search the YouTube Audio Library to determine how using a particular track in your video will affect it on YouTube; specifically if it will stay live on YouTube or if any restrictions apply.”

Tumblr Introduces New Explore Button: “It’s kind of like search, but for when you can’t think of anything.”

Google+ Supports a Number of Ways to Express Gender Identity: “Now, the gender field on your profile will contain four entries, ‘Male,’ ‘Female,’ ‘Decline to state’ and ‘Custom.’”

Facebook Revamps Slingshot: “A simpler, cleaner, more fun Slingshot.”

Foursquare Unveils the All-New Foursquare for Windows Desktop/Tablet: “It’s got an all-new look and feel to help lead you to places you’ll love.”

Here are some interesting studies to note:

The Top 14 Social Media Metrics Tracked by Marketers

40% of Facebook Accounts That Represent Fortune 100 Brands Are Unauthorized

PlayBuzz Tops Publishers on Facebook in Shares for November

Here’s a cool social media tool worth checking out:

Workflow: “Your personal automation tool, enabling you to drag and drop any combination of actions to create powerful workflows.”

 

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