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How to Be a Social Media Power Influencer (And Why!) Calls for major reform of college sports unlikely to produce meaningful change. Virtually no matter where you turn for your news and commentary -- from sophisticated publications like The Atlantic to rants on sports radio for the lowbrow among us -- you're likely to have been left in recent months with the overwhelming impression that big-time college sports is in a state of crisis, and that momentum is building for some kind of radical action that would result in a wholesale transformation of the enterprise.

Calls for major reform of college sports unlikely to produce meaningful change

Don't hold your breath. That’s not to say that all is well in college sports -- it’s impossible to argue otherwise given recent scandals at some of the highest-profile universities in the country -- or to write off as meaningless various efforts by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and others to toughen academic rules, increase financial support for athletes, or otherwise alter the landscape. Designers Behind Facebook Timeline: 5 Lessons For Creating A UI With Soul. For most of computing history, interfaces have been about function.

Designers Behind Facebook Timeline: 5 Lessons For Creating A UI With Soul

Word processing programs help you compose documents. Banking websites help you make transactions. Sites like Flickr help you display and share photographs. But Facebook’s Timeline (the new version of the user profile which is slated to be released to the general public “in the next few weeks”) wanted to do something more: It wanted to convey a feeling. Whatever Happened to Ringtones? When was the last time you downloaded a ringtone?

Whatever Happened to Ringtones?

2008? For many of us, downloading our favorite pop song du jour feels as dated as choosing a buddy icon our AIM profile. However, somewhere, people still download ringtones. The mobile call alerts still make up one-third of the online music industry. This Music Production School infographic takes a look at the still-kicking ringtone ecosystem. The 10 Most Popular Photos on Twitter This Week [PICS] This week's most popular photos re-tweeted in the English language were a mixed bunch, peppered with both tragedy and comedy.

The 10 Most Popular Photos on Twitter This Week [PICS]

Unfortunately, the most re-tweeted picture was of a tragic young victim of brutality, and another one was a picture of a missing person whose story had a much happier ending. On the other hand, most of the pics were more lighthearted, showing you people and their activities from a completely different perspective. The 10 Most Popular Photos on Twitter This Week [PICS] This week's most popular photos re-tweeted in the English language were a mixed bunch, peppered with both tragedy and comedy.

The 10 Most Popular Photos on Twitter This Week [PICS]

Unfortunately, the most re-tweeted picture was of a tragic young victim of brutality, and another one was a picture of a missing person whose story had a much happier ending. On the other hand, most of the pics were more lighthearted, showing you people and their activities from a completely different perspective. SoundCloud Passes 4 Million Users, Partners With Headliner.fm To Give Bands A Killer Promotional Tool. By now, you may have run across a SoundCloud audio track somewhere out there in the wild, wooly Interwebs — perhaps during one of your mad, late-night music searches.

SoundCloud Passes 4 Million Users, Partners With Headliner.fm To Give Bands A Killer Promotional Tool

In which case, you’re familiar with the tell-tale signs: The scrolling orange cursor, the messages tagged mid-song, and that distinctive social waveform layout. For those who have no idea what I’m talking about, SoundCloud is the fast-scaling, Berlin-based audio sharing platform that enables music-makers and audio-lovers to upload and share audio tracks. Because of SoundCloud’s somewhat unique visualization (tracks are laid out horizontally in waveform, as they might appear were they fresh out of the studio, or playing in GarageBand or some other music creation app), users can add comments to the waveform at specific times during the track.

(Like, “you clearly stole this guitar riff from Steve Vai, loser”, for example.) The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers. All revolutionaries want their stories told to the world, and no one has conveyed the hopes and dreams of Egyptians more vividly than Alaa Al Aswany.

The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers

The dentist turned author rose to fame with his 2002 novel, The Yacoubian Building, which charted Egypt's cultural upheaval and gradual dilapidation since throwing off its colonial shackles. Aswany used his prominence to help found the Kefaya political movement, which first articulated the demands that would energize the youth in Tahrir Square: an end to corruption, a rejection of hereditary rule, and the establishment of a true democratic culture. For his political activism, Aswany was blacklisted by Egypt's state-owned publishing houses, and security officials harassed the owner of the cafe where he met with young writers.

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Shared Circles. Rodney Pike - Google+ - Google+ Entrepreneurs Rodney Pike shared a circle with you. David Wees - Google+ - Here's 500 educators in my circles. Hope you find this… Paul Melrose - Google+ - This is my e-learning/education technology circle … Life, Love and it's Labour. Monster.com Launches BeKnown: Professional Social Networking for Facebook. Today Monster.com dropped the gauntlet and launched BeKnown, a new Facebook application that hopes to become the professional social network for Facebook users, and a vital new tool for recruiters, human resources, and talent acquisition teams.

Monster.com Launches BeKnown: Professional Social Networking for Facebook

In this blog post we will explain this market and preview some of the exciting features in this important new offering. Facebook vs. LinkedIn for Professional Social Networking As most people in the talent acquisition industry know, LinkedIn has become a major force in the corporate recruiting market. The company’s stellar IPO and and rapid growth as “the professional social network” has created a transformational platform for corporate recruiters and job seekers.

Social Media Success Is About Purpose (Not Technology) - Anthony J. Bradley and Mark P. McDonald. By Anthony J.

Social Media Success Is About Purpose (Not Technology) - Anthony J. Bradley and Mark P. McDonald

Bradley and Mark P. McDonald | 2:57 PM November 1, 2011 In the real estate world, there is a saying: “The three considerations that most impact value are location, location, and location.”