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10 Ways Social Media is Transforming our Culture and World

10 Ways Social Media is Transforming our Culture and World
It’s 2012, and yet I feel more calm about our future than ever before. The Internet has saved our asses, and we should celebrate. I’ve been on the Web for a long time, but every once in a while I have one of those tremendous moments when I have a mental flashback to these last 20 or so years… It happened today… one of my favorite Adele songs, writ large in a YouTube fan culture spectacular. Someone had pruned the 71 best YouTube covers of the track from the 350,000 or so available. Woven into a mash-up of all the covers in perfect synchrony. A Snippet of Magic I think it must have been magic that produced it. I mean, even if I had the skill, would I spend that time on a small gift to the Internet? But that’s what we’ve been doing. Leveraging the power of six degrees of separation. Uniting in common purpose and effort in ways that we had been rapidly losing. New Possibilities Created by Connections 1. 2. That will serve us well. 3. 4. We learn from each other. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. That’s amazing.

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100 more social media statistics for 2012 You may have had the honour of reading one of my previous literary masterpieces, 100 social media statistics for 2012 in January. It has taken me just one month to collate another 100 social media statistics from countless (reputable) websites and articles (some of which are listed at the bottom of this article). Actually there may not be exactly 100 statistics here, but I figured it was close enough. The Facts and Figures on the Power of Visual Content Marketing As the social web has allowed us all to become publishers and marketers the importance of content for search and social media marketing has exploded. This is driving another trend within that sector called visual content marketing. This visual web growth has happened for a few reasons. The rapid acceptance of smart phones and tabletsThe widespread availability of high speed wireless networksThe decreased cost of data that makes high definition uploads cost effective This is all fine but for marketers, managing this content is a challenge.

Seven steps to vocabulary learning You might expect that, after having been exposed to a word in ten, twenty, or maybe at the very most thirty, contexts, a learner will gradually piece together the word's meaning and start to use it correctly, appropriately and fluently. Classroom context Seven steps to vocabulary learning Conclusion Classroom context Of course we cannot expect a learner to acquire difficult words in the same way as a young child acquires their first language, but, perhaps as teacher we can somehow help learners to arouse their 'learning monitor' by, for example, providing rich contexts containing the target language and by giving our learners time to reflect on what the language item means.

The Days of "Manager Knows Best" Are Ending - Sujai Hajela by Sujai Hajela | 10:41 AM February 1, 2012 To get a glimpse of what tomorrow’s young global managers might be like as leaders, take a look at how today’s young people think about communications. For one thing, they are devoted to connectivity. 5 Social Media Trends for 2014, New Research Social Media Examiner Want to know where social marketers are focusing in 2014? Looking for the latest social media trends to inform your marketing? Based on new research, here are five areas you should start paying attention to right away. Note: This article is based on Exact Target’s 2014 State of Marketing Report, which shows top marketing objectives, priorities and concerns for 2014. #1: Social Listening Becoming Important More brands are beginning to really listen to their customers.

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5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Social Media Marketing Agency Today, 90 percent of businesses use social media marketing because of its ability to reach consumers. Social media is the most popular online activity right now and Americans on average spend more than 3 hours a day on social networks, which rivals almost every other pastime including television. Social media marketing efforts have the ability to increase brand awareness, brand loyalty and impact sales.

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