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smart creative

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 1st October 2014

The Google Formula for Success

Yet today, the authors insist, fast decision-making and flat organizational models have to become a corporate way of life.

The critical ingredient, they argue in their new book, is to build teams, companies and corporate cultures around people they call “smart creatives.” These are digital-age descendants of yesterday’s “knowledge workers,” a term coined in 1959 by Peter Drucker, the famed management theorist.

Smart creatives, the authors write, are impatient, outspoken risk-takers who are easily bored and change jobs frequently. They are intellectually versatile, typically “combining technical depth with business savvy and creative flair,” the authors note.


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‘Anti-Facebook’ platform

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 1st October 2014


‘Anti-Facebook’ platform Ello attracts thousands

Ello’s manifesto says it won’t track your info and send it to advertisers. If you don’t say you agree, it sends you to Facebook.

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disruptive technologies: from swarming to mesh networking

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 30th September 2014

How Hong Kong Protesters Are Connecting, Without Cell Or Wi-Fi Networks

messaging one another through a network that doesn’t require cell towers or Wi-Fi nodes. They’re using an app called FireChat that launched in March and is underpinned by mesh networking, which lets phones unite to form a temporary Internet.

My note: seems that civil disobedience provides excellent innovations in using technology; examples are-

  1. the 1999 World Trade Organization Protests in Seattle, where the “swarming” idea was implemented and later transformed by Bryan Alexander into “swarming for education” (  and depicted on this blog in September 2013
    to be continued by Britt in Learning Swarms? ( and Howard Rheingold in his interview with Bryn Alexander in 2004 ( and as Howard calls it “moblogging” and lately is becoming finally popular (at least in K12 if not in higher ed) as “backchanneling.”
  2. In a very similar scenario as the 1999 Seattle unrest, people in Venezuela (#venezuelalibre - Zello)  and Ukraine (Ukrainian roots shine through at WhatsApp) are turning to mobile apps to organize themselves and defy governments blocking of traditional social media (Protesters in Venezuela, Ukraine turn to peer-to  - ideas using Zello and WhatsApp in education poured in:WhatsApp for education?, How to use Whatsapp Chat Messenger for Education

Mesh networking is still only an IT term. Internet and dbase search has no returns on mesh networking as a tool for education and/or civil disobedience. Will it be the continuation of moblogging, backchanneling and swarming?

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Social Media Contests

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 29th September 2014

Social Media Contests

Collect Emails as Contest Entries

Put Winning Within Reach

1. Offer Multiple Prizes

2. Level the Voting Field

If you let people qualify for the final round by collecting community votes, and then have a jury award your prizes, everyone will feel like they have an equal chance to win.

3. Separate Entry and Voting Rounds

To make sure everyone has a fair chance at collecting votes and winning, you need to have separate rounds for submissions and voting.

Incentivize Voting

register with their emails in exchange for being entered into a related prize drawing

Give Bonus Entries to Get Social Shares

Getting people to enter your contest, sweepstakes or giveaway with an email is only half the battle. The other half is to get the people who enter to share your promotion with others, whether you’re trying to attract voters or more entrants.

Solution: badges! Use a social media contest, sweepstakes or giveaway tool that lets you award extra entries or points to people for each share they post from your contest.



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Files and Folders on Google Sites

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 26th September 2014

How to Share Materials By Using Files and Folders on Google Sites

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Create and Manage Facebook page

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 25th September 2014

How to Create and Manage Facebook page

Step 1: Fill out your basic business info

Step 2: Create an awesome cover image in a snap (no designer required!)

The dimensions for your cover image should be a minimum of 851 pixels wide by 315 pixels tall.

Step 3: Fill out your profile completely

Step 4: Add collaborators to your page

Step 5: Publish your first post


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hyperlapse video

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 25th September 2014

8 Ways to Use Hyperlapse Video from Instagram

As a medium for condensing long experiences into brief episodes, time-lapse video is a perfect way to deliver your message to social media users with fleeting attention spans.

#1: Show Visitors What to Expect

#2: Create Buzz for New Products

#3: Sell the Experience, Not the Product

#4: Pull Back the Curtain

#5: Give a Tour

#6: Build Excitement Around Events

#7: Highlight Product or Service Features

#8: Tell a Story






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Pinterest and Instagram

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 25th September 2014

Not Lost in Translation: Brands on Pinterest and Instagram

the ability of anyone, with internet access, to communicate instantaneously to a global network

n the world of Instagram and Pinterest, brands are equal opportunity participants with consumers. Brands create stories that entice and capture consumers’ attention to leverage their influence. Users interact with the brand by commenting, liking, or ignoring. In an instant, you know if you have a hit or a dud. When something is a hit, it is popular, but more importantly, it becomes influential. The relationship between brands and consumers has become peer based.

Both platforms are B2C driven, but does Instagram win as the more effective of the two?

Instagram can be shared vertically across Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other platforms. Pinterest is about curating and discovering information. Instagram gives you the opportunity to reveal a personal side to your brand and to interact with your audience.

Instagram creates narratives and that may be the characteristic that trumps Pinterest. Instagram defines and shapes brands while Pinterest sells brands.

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Google Drive features to consider…

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 24th September 2014

6 powerful Google Drive features you’re probably not using

Research Tool

The Research Tool adds a quick citation system. To launch the Research tool, click Tools > Research. You can also use keyboard shortcuts: Ctrl-⌘-Shift-l on a Mac and Ctrl-Alt-Shift-I on a PC.

Power Linking

Control-K or ⌘-K.

surveys and data with Sheets

Unless you’re an Excel power user, Google’s Sheets is probably full-featured enough to handle most spreadsheet needs.

Map It

Charts tab and select Map. GeoMap option

Slides solves the groupwork dilemma

Use Hangouts for face-to-face collaboration


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social networks and online sale

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 21st September 2014

Social Networks Are Driving More Online Sales And Influencing Offline Purchases

Growth is sure to accelerate and conversion rates should improve as Twitter and Facebook roll out “Buy” buttons,

social networks and online sale

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