Social Media

Americans Using More Social Networks

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With more than a billion users, Facebook is widely regarded as the social network to beat. But new data from the Pew Internet Research Project suggests that other social networks such as Twitter and Instagram are making strong gains among users, with the potential to challenge Facebook’s crown in future years. For more social media jobs, click here. Although Facebook remains the largest social network, its growth among Americans has slowed to a virtual standstill over the past year, except… continue…

Daily Tip: Reduce Social Media

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A recent survey from the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project found that only 4 percent of Americans think that social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook are “very important” tools for their jobs. Indeed, for all their real or imagined benefits, social networks are bona fide productivity killers. (There’s a reason why many places of employment block access to them during the workday.) For those software pros whose jobs involve social networking in a significant way (such as building… continue…

Facebook CEO: No ‘Dislike’ Button Coming

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For anyone who ever wanted Facebook to build a “Dislike” or “Hate” button into its News Feed, prepare to have your hopes dashed: In a public question-and-answer session, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made it clear that the ubiquitous “Like” button won’t be receiving an evil sibling anytime soon. “Some people have asked for a Dislike button because they want to be able to say ‘That thing isn’t good,’” he said, according to a transcript compiled by TechCrunch. “And that’s not… continue…

Do You Tweet? Mitt Romney Has a Lesson for You

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Over at Slate, a couple of staffers for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign have revealed an interesting tidbit: Every time the campaign posted something to social media—whether a Tweet, Facebook posting, or blog entry—some 22 different individuals throughout the organization needed to approve the outgoing text or imagery. “The downfall of that of course is as fast as we are moving it can take a little bit of time to get that approval to happen,” Caitlin Checkett, who served as… continue…

Daily Tip: Still Watching What You Say Online?

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Last week, Twitter rolled out a new feature that made researchers and archivists very excited: a powerful search engine that can surface virtually every single tweet ever posted. While Twitter already had a “real-time index” with a week’s worth of tweets, this full index is roughly 100 times as large, and grows at a rate of “several billion Tweets a week,” according to the company. In a highly technical corporate blog posting, Twitter suggested that the new search is good… continue…

Does a Startup Need a Moral Compass?

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Ride-sharing service Uber found itself in a lot of trouble this week after BuzzFeed quoted one of its top executives as saying the company should fund opposition research into journalists. The executive, Emil Michael, suggested spending a million dollars to hire a team of opposition researchers and journalists, who would then dig into the personal lives and families of those critical of Uber. While Michael didn’t suggest any such plan was in effect, and apologized for his remarks soon afterwards,… continue…

Using Social Media to Get the Job You Want

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More employers than ever rely on social media to find potential candidates for open positions. Why not use some of their tips and tricks to improve your profiles and get their attention? According to Miriam Salpeter, a social media mentor, consultant and principal at Keppie Careers, the first thing to understand is how social media can benefit your job search. While building and maintaining an online presence may appear daunting, it can pay off in ways a traditional job hunt… continue…

Best Practices for Selling B2B Tech Solutions

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By John White Throughout my career, I’ve sold Big Data, software, hardware, GPS, cloud services, mobile applications, and a host of other types of productivity-enhancing technology solutions into SMB, mid-market, and enterprise. Along the way, I’ve developed some best practices that have enabled me to be more effective in my approach. Here are four techniques I’ve used that will help you sell technology and close more deals: Utilize Social Media First Long before meetings occur with C-level decision makers, you… continue…

How to Look for Work Without Alerting Your Boss

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Job hunting takes time. A lot of time. So trying to plan your next move while working full time is, to put it mildly, a challenge. It’s complicated by the need for discretion: When you’re looking for a new job you don’t want to jeopardize your current one by having your boss find out about your search. It’s a difficult situation to be in, but one many people will have to face at some point in their career, especially today,… continue…

Tech Titans Participate in #IceBucketChallenge

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What do Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Satya Nadella, and Dick Costolo have in common, besides running massive tech companies? All three participated in the #icebucketchallenge, an attempt to raise awareness of ALS, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Just in case you haven’t logged into Twitter or Facebook over the past few days and seen dozens of people participating in the challenge, here’s how it works: you announce that you’re supporting the need for more awareness,… continue…