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Files and Folders on Google Sites

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 26, 2014

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

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free multimedia sources

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 26, 2014

Sources of Free Sound Effects and Music for Multimedia Projects

Royalty Free Music
Musopen’s collection
The Internet Archive
The Free Music Archive

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Create and Manage Facebook page

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 25, 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 September 25, 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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online dating

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 25, 2014

This Photographer’s Pictures Of Her Tinder Dates Say A Lot About Modern Dating

"It is my hope that people will look beyond the initial voyeuristic appeal and see the piece as a social commentary about how we connect with each other in a digital world," Cheers says, adding that personally, she thinks it's a little unhealthy to "shop" for a mate.

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how to post on social media (and process big information flow)

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 25, 2014

Behind the Scenes: How I Post on Social Media

Following me on social media means that you are drinking from a fire hose. I subscribe to the “more is more” philosophy of social-media—meaning that I share approximately ten to fifty posts everyday to provide a constant flow of information, analysis, education, and assistance to my followers.

Method 1: I use a service called MyAlltop, which is a personalized subset of, a collection of over 1,500 topics containing more than 30,000 RSS feeds. My MyAlltop web page contains the last five stories from websites and blogs of organizations

I read MyAlltop and other Alltop pages with my Moto X phone, Nexus 7 tablet, or Nexus 10 tablet. Most of the time I’m accessing it while reading in bed or on a stationary bike because I find selecting material to share an enjoyable and easy task.

When I see a headline that interests me, I click through and scan the full story. If I like the story, I launch the Share menu item in Chrome and share it to a Tumblr blog called Help a Socialist Out (HASO) with only three clicks and no typing. I also use a utility called Andmade to further enhance Android’s sharing ability. Sorry iOS users, but I cannot tell you how to do this. I’ve tried to make this happen with iOS 8, and I just can’t do it.



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Pinterest and Instagram

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 25, 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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Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 25, 2014

Gaming the college system

In their latest book “Aspiring Adults Adrift”, sociologists Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, of New York University and the University of Virginia respectively, fear that universities focus too much these days on students’ social lives at the expense of academic rigor.

Two out of three students at American universities and colleges change their major at least once during their four years on campus; one in five does so two or three times.

parents should let their preferences be known, but then leave the selection proces to their daughter or son, hopefully guided by a school councillor rather than merely friends. Another piece of advice was to visit as many campuses as possible beforehand.

getting a university degree, even merely a baccalaureate, is worth it nowadays. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the median annual wage of Americans with a bachelor degree, and lucky enough to have found (not easy) full employment, was $48,000 last year, compared with a little over $25,000 for those with only a high-school diploma. But college graduates in the lower quartile made no more than $27,000.


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Online privacy: It’s time for a new security paradigm

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 25, 2014

Online privacy: It’s time for a new security paradigm

Verizon’s 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report,

Fragmentation of online identity means that we as online users are forced to struggle with proliferating accounts and passwords. And we are regularly required to reveal sensitive information about ourselves and repeatedly enter the same information to create accounts that establish new, disparate online identities.

Establishing a system for trust management requires a common infrastructure for specifying policies that can protect yet enable access to data and systems, representing identities and credentials, and evaluating and enforcing an organization’s policies — all while maintaining privacy.

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Google Drive features to consider…

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on September 24, 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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