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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. Related:  interesting website for education

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. I am going to aim to create one of these articles each month or so, so we can all keep up to date with the most recent statistics (and you don’t need to read 30 articles to get a full picture… like I did). And now, for the statistics: General social media statistics 2012 Social media statistics for Asia (Pacific), Europe, South America and North America 2012 Social media for business statistics 2012 Facebook Statistics 2012 Twitter Statistics 2012 Social media for Shopping statistics 2012 YouTube Statistics 2012 Mobile Statistics 2012 And that’s all I have to say about that.

Pushing the Boundaries of AR in the Classroom The following is a post by Rob Stringer, Education Projects Lead here at Blippar. The Blippar for Education team can be divided into two groups of people. The first are what could be called “front office,” the business developers, community managers, marketers and growth hackers who work hard to empower educators, students, publishers and cultural institutions to build rich and engaging AR experiences for the classroom and beyond. But that’s not all we do. In the darker corners of Blippar HQ, through the cupboards and behind the trapdoor, lives the Education Projects Team. It’s here that we ask the same questions for ourselves that the education world is asking: "How is technology best used in education?" We believe that the most significant contribution that Augmented Reality makes to education is to allow students to experience something that they could never otherwise experience in traditional media or classrooms.

RSS Feeds Directory for Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc. You can use this feeds directory to determine the RSS feeds of any of your favorite online service be it Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or something else. If you are old school like me and still prefer consuming online content through RSS feeds, this directory is for you. Most of the popular online apps and services – including the likes of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, offer RSS feeds but the problem is that you have to be a near geek in order to discover any of these feeds. Hence, I compiled this directory that will probably help you find XML feeds for your favorite online services without digging into the complex APIs. 1. Replace “relevance” by either “published” or “viewCount” to order search results by the upload date or view count of videos respectively. 1. To get the ID of any Facebook Page, go to and replace Digital Inspiration in the URL with the username of any Facebook Page. 1. Pinterest RSS Feeds 1. Image RSS Feeds for Instagram, Picasa and Flickr 1. 3. 1.

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. For another thing, social media is quickly overtaking phones and email and becoming the dominant form of communication. The demand for increased connectivity and flexibility and greater use of social media will shape and change companies from the inside out. What is the appropriate level of openness? As companies resolve these issues, management styles will evolve. Not every company will be pleased by this turn of events, of course, but those that embrace it will have new competitive opportunities. This post is part of the HBR Insight Center, The Next Generation of Global Leaders.

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. Seven steps to vocabulary learning Here are some practical steps that I have used to help my students. Step 1 I get my students to listen to the word or phrase in authentic-sounding dialogues Here are the dialogues I use for 'actually': Do you want a chocolate? Step 3 I discuss the meaning in plenary. Paul Bress

Here's 4 new Social Media apps to check out today My bookmarks folder is crammed full of social media tools and apps. There's well over 2,000 links stored from research and testing over the last three years. I love playing with and testing new apps and tools, and I'm more than happy to pay a few bucks to get the premium sauce too. Over the weekend I've added 4 more apps to my list, their pretty handy so check them out. FRUJI - Professional Social Media Statistics Fruji analyses all your followers and then reports back on; Followers, FollowingTweets, RetweetsVerified Accounts that follow youList membershipsNew followers and UnfollowersMost popular followersMost valuable followersIdentifies likely Marketing accounts (even follow/following numbers) Annual premium account costs $25USD. I like it because it collects data from all your followers not just the last 1,000 or a percentage of so it's as accurate as can be. Mention - Social Content Curation and Engagement Centre I could almost migrate from Sprout Social over to Mention today.

Social Workplace Chat #SWCHAT Back in April we had our show Enterprise Social Network vs Email where opinion seemed to be divided. But can an Enterprise Social Networks add value to our day to day business activity or is it just a bit of fun for chatting with our colleagues? Background Reading Show Playback Every Monday we host the LIVE Show "Thru the Firewall" where we have some of the most respected Social Business practioners coming together to discuss the hottest topics around transforming businesses to become social. This same topic was discussed on the LIVE Show via Google+ (also available via our YouTube Channel) the previous Monday and the playpack of the show is embedded below: Questions Q1) Are ESN's, like Yammer, Oracle Social Network, etc. serious business tools or just a way for employees to chat? Q2) How do you respond to mgrs who say "ESN's are distracting my employees from actually doing any work?" Q3) How do you go about blending an Enterprise Social Network successfully in any organisation?

Why "Think Positive" Isn't Always Enough (For Teachers or for Kids) Donuts are cruel – possibly the most cruel creations on earth. They are soft and crunchy, salty and sweet. They come in all varieties. And they are cheap. They are, in other words, my healthful eating downfall. More cruel than the fact that donuts are legal is the fact that the gas station next to my school makes these delicious demons on the daily. And, I have tried positive thinking. Unfortunately, we are in a culture saturated with the belief that more positive thinking = more success. Thankfully, though, there has been some solid research as of late on methods that can balance the encouragement of positive thinking with the critical planning of realism. So, to help defend my diet against donuts, and to help my students better achieve their own goals, I have turned to Oettingen's powerful strategy called WOOP (geeky term: Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions). First, we'll see the strategy in action before labeling it. Use your positive voice to do two things: Examples: 1.

20 Ways to Build Your Online Reputation in 10 Minutes a Day August 12, 2012 20 Ways to Build Your Online Reputation in 10 Minutes a Day By Gihan Perera in Branding Joining a network like Twitter or Facebook isn’t enough to build an on-line reputation; you have to participate in it as well. That’s obvious, but this is one area that worries some people who think they need to spend all day on these networks to build their reputation. That doesn’t have to be the case. Instead, note this quotation attributed to Benjamin Franklin: “It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it.” This is usually quoted as a warning about the one bad deed, but you can also think about the many good deeds. Let’s look at 20 easy, practical ways to participate in various on-line communities. LinkedIn 1. 2. 3. 4. Twitter 1. 2. 3. 4. Facebook 1. 2. 3. 4. Reviews 1. 2. 3. 4. Commenting 1. 2. 3. 4. That gives you 20 ideas you can use immediately to build your on-line reputation – and that’s just a small sample of what you can do.