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Plugged Into Life: Why This TechStars Alum Moved On From Her Startup To Sell Mexican Candles

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Plugged Into Life: Why This TechStars Alum Moved On From Her Startup To Sell Mexican Candles

A year ago Kelly James was wrapping up her time in the prestigious TechStars Boulder startup incubator, pitching her consignment web application to investors in New York City and Los Angeles. Now she’s living in Mexico, selling candles, and loving it. She has gone from being a plugged-in startup head to ditching her iPad, quitting Facebook, and otherwise trying to figure out her relationship with technology. This is her story.

02-09-2013
Plugged Into Life: Why This TechStars Alum Moved On From Her Startup To Sell Mexican Candles
5 Beautiful Web Apps to Browse Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, and Instagram

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5 Beautiful Web Apps to Browse Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, and Instagram

Bored of how the Twitter website looks? Want to get rid of all the clutter on Facebook or YouTube? Is there a more beautiful way to browse Reddit? And can the already minimal Instagram look any prettier? Oh yes! There are no shortage of third-party web apps that take popular web services and give them a stunning new skin. Here are some of our favourites.

02-09-2013
5 Beautiful Web Apps to Browse Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Reddit, and Instagram
How To Make Videos Your Friends Will Want To Share

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How To Make Videos Your Friends Will Want To Share

What if you created the next viral video? Let’s say you want to create videos that spread like wildfire and are seen by millions. Where do you start? I’m going to list several elements that viral videos tend to share, which could help you to create a video that your friends will want to share. Keep these tips in mind and you’ll tip luck in your favor.

30-08-2013
How To Make Videos Your Friends Will Want To Share
How To Really Start Conversations Around Your Facebook Photos

How To Really Start Conversations Around Your Facebook Photos

So you’re a new startup for an app/gadget/website/service, or maybe you’re just a freelances trying to sell yourself, and you aren’t sure how exactly to get conversation going on your Facebook Page. Look around, it seems like photos are all the rage these days, right? Below, we’ll tell you how to use your Facebook photos to start conversations on your Page.

29-08-2013
How To Really Start Conversations Around Your Facebook Photos
How To Prove To Your Boss That Your Facebook Page Is Worth It [Weekly Facebook Tips]

How To Prove To Your Boss That Your Facebook Page Is Worth It [Weekly Facebook Tips]

In the business world, everything needs to be measured. Bigwigs that have no idea how a system works rely on KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) to see if the process is working and if it’s worth continuing. Today we’ll talk you through the various statistics you can collect on your Facebook Page in order to show your boss that it’s worth putting the effort into making it better.

27-08-2013
How To Prove To Your Boss That Your Facebook Page Is Worth It [Weekly Facebook Tips]
4 Easy Ways To Keep Up With Breaking News Online

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4 Easy Ways To Keep Up With Breaking News Online

In today’s world of fast-paced breaking news, it can often times be difficult to keep up with everything that’s going on. If you want a targeted experience — one that includes smartphone alerts from your preferred news networks, emails with breaking news as it happens, and, of course, a healthy dose of Twitter-delivered news — we’ve got you covered.

26-08-2013
4 Easy Ways To Keep Up With Breaking News Online
10 Of The Best IFTTT Recipes To Bring Order Into Your Online Social Life

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10 Of The Best IFTTT Recipes To Bring Order Into Your Online Social Life

Tell yourself how many minutes of the day you give to the time sink that goes by the name of Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, or any other. The minutes add up. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to balance social media and productivity with a bit of automation that can do all the grunt work for us while we can sit back and enjoy its tidbits? We really can because we came to know about IFTTT around 2011…which its creator Linden Tibbets aptly calls a “digital duct tape”.

21-08-2013
10 Of The Best IFTTT Recipes To Bring Order Into Your Online Social Life
5 Ways to Harness the Power of the Crowd

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5 Ways to Harness the Power of the Crowd

Crowdsourcing can take on lots of different forms. Between social media and niche crowdsourcing sites, you can harness the power of the crowd to get just about anything. Whether it’s raising funds, looking for information, news, photos, or videos, there are niche sites that can cater to your exact needs. We’ve listed five of the most popular types of crowdsourcing websites below.

21-08-2013
5 Ways to Harness the Power of the Crowd
Join These Today: 10 Of The Most Interesting Communities on Google+

Join These Today: 10 Of The Most Interesting Communities on Google+

To help you get started with Google+ Communities, I’ve decided to compile ten of the most intriguing or interesting Communities out there. These are ones that have at least over 10,000 users, and receive frequent updates every single day. Of course, these updates need to be unique or fun, and something worth coming back for every day. Turns out that’s a tall order on Google+ these days, but in the Communities section, it isn’t really as rare as you might think.

21-08-2013
Join These Today: 10 Of The Most Interesting Communities on Google+
Facebook Shadow Profiles: You Probably Have One Too [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Facebook Shadow Profiles: You Probably Have One Too [Weekly Facebook Tips]

You think you’re not on Facebook? Think again. Facebook no doubt has a shadow profile made just for you. You may recall recently that Facebook found a bug exposing personal details of 6 million user accounts. What you may not have realised is that this led users to know more about how Facebook stores our data – and shows us clearly that Facebook does indeed have shadow profiles on most of us.

20-08-2013
Facebook Shadow Profiles: You Probably Have One Too [Weekly Facebook Tips]
Get Inspired: 10 Amazing Nature Photographers To Follow On Instagram

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Get Inspired: 10 Amazing Nature Photographers To Follow On Instagram

With 130 million users and counting, the world has never seen such a tsunami of photography aficionados. Is it possible to draw out ten amazing nature photographers who are snapping the beautiful world around us with more care and creativity than the rest of the other 130 or so million? Take the trip of a lifetime with these 10 amazing nature photographers you can find on Instagram.

17-08-2013
Get Inspired: 10 Amazing Nature Photographers To Follow On Instagram
10 Fictional Characters That Are Insanely Popular On Facebook

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10 Fictional Characters That Are Insanely Popular On Facebook

Lots of people like to “Like” things. I am of course referring to the Facebook Like, which has become a simple shortcut to stamping your approval on something. It’s time to take a look at the most popular fictional characters on Facebook. These are public figures who are so beloved by the general public they’ve managed to rack up millions of Facebook Likes. And yet none of them actually exist in the real world. Who are these people?

14-08-2013
10 Fictional Characters That Are Insanely Popular On Facebook
Facebook Usage Is Changing – So Which Online Social Activities Are Growing?

Facebook Usage Is Changing – So Which Online Social Activities Are Growing?

Facebook isn’t cool anymore. It’s the website where your older relatives hang out. It’s the place where people post political screeds, religious diatribes, and personal drama you don’t want to read. It’s seen as a service that doesn’t care about privacy, one that constantly wants more and more of your data to sell and profit from. So what are the kids using these days?

14-08-2013
Facebook Usage Is Changing – So Which Online Social Activities Are Growing?
Why Do People Like Facebook Pages? Make Yours Likable Too [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Why Do People Like Facebook Pages? Make Yours Likable Too [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Have you ever wondered what makes a Facebook Page great? Do you wonder sometimes why anyone might want to like your Page? What can you offer them, really? There are a lot of great reasons for liking Pages, and even more reasons to like a great Page. Today we’ll take you through them.

13-08-2013
Why Do People Like Facebook Pages? Make Yours Likable Too [Weekly Facebook Tips]
How to Avoid Embarrassing Yourself on Social Media

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How to Avoid Embarrassing Yourself on Social Media

Social media has the tendency to make us forget how public it is, so we end up sharing things we really shouldn’t have. in this post I’m going to help you avoid those unnecessary embarrassments that might happen even if your posts were seen by only the right eyes. Those things you want to take back, but once they’re out there, it’s already too late.

13-08-2013
How to Avoid Embarrassing Yourself on Social Media
AIM Blast: Group Messaging for AOL Instant Messenger

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AIM Blast: Group Messaging for AOL Instant Messenger

I don’t think you or I need to look at any official statistics to come to the conclusion that AOL Instant Messenger has been on a bit of a slope for the past few years. Skype, the messaging client of this decade, does everything that AIM can do, and usually even better. One of the nicest features available to Skype is the ability to create group conversations. I’ve come to realize that many users of AIM never knew that a similar feature has existed on AIM for years. That feature is AIM Blast.

09-08-2013
AIM Blast: Group Messaging for AOL Instant Messenger
Bring Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to Your Browser’s Toolbar With These Chrome Extensions

Bring Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to Your Browser’s Toolbar With These Chrome Extensions

Looking for a more streamlined way to use your favorite social networks? Developer 64 Pixels offers a series of Chrome extensions which let you take three major social networks — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — out of your smartphone and their native websites, and into a slick and easy-to-access window in your browser bar. You can keep up with what your friends are up to, interact with them the way that you would on the native website (commenting, liking, retweeting etc.), and all from the most convenient place possible: your Chrome toolbar.

07-08-2013
Bring Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to Your Browser’s Toolbar With These Chrome Extensions
Sick Of Facebook? Set Your Account To Read-Only Mode [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Sick Of Facebook? Set Your Account To Read-Only Mode [Weekly Facebook Tips]

Even if you hate Facebook, there are some very compelling reasons to have an account. Like, for instance the fact that most of your friends probably have accounts. It’s tempting to have an account simply so you can see what they’ve been up to and view their photos. But, how can you join Facebook without making getting involved? It’s possible.

06-08-2013
Sick Of Facebook? Set Your Account To Read-Only Mode [Weekly Facebook Tips]
10 Inspirational Entrepreneurs To Follow On Twitter

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10 Inspirational Entrepreneurs To Follow On Twitter

The Internet has peeled away much of the mystery. The personal magic of today’s business leaders remains, but we can easily unravel the strategies and business ideas that make them prosper. In fact, they are the ones showing us how with their wisdom on inspiring business blogs, and even on Q&A sites like Quora. I return to the brevity of 140 characters and give you ten inspirational entrepreneurs to follow and sponge wisdom from.

06-08-2013
10 Inspirational Entrepreneurs To Follow On Twitter
Don’t Like LinkedIn? 5 Other Social Networks That Can Help You Land A Job

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Don’t Like LinkedIn? 5 Other Social Networks That Can Help You Land A Job

LinkedIn has been the goto social network for finding a job as of late, and honestly, why shouldn’t it be? However, LinkedIn isn’t the only way you can find a job. There are other social networks out there perfect for helping you finding the perfect job. Some of them are well-hidden, and some are the usual suspects. The point is that you don’t have to limit yourself, and yes, there are plenty of places out there willing to accept your resumé, especially if you style it right.

06-08-2013
Don’t Like LinkedIn? 5 Other Social Networks That Can Help You Land A Job
Kids Won’t Put Instagram Down? 5 Fun Ways To Use Instagram For Education

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Kids Won’t Put Instagram Down? 5 Fun Ways To Use Instagram For Education

Smartphones and social networks can be a huge distraction factor for kids in school, and especially at home when they should be doing their schoolwork. Today’s kids are all on Instagram, uploading and editing photos, liking other photos, commenting, etc. Like it or not, the way kids use Instagram cannot be ignored, and what’s the best way to beat a problem? Join it, of course! Inside you’ll find several smart ways to utilize Instagram for educational purposes that are fun for all concerned, and are bound to grasp kids’ attention much more than traditional homework.

05-08-2013
Kids Won’t Put Instagram Down? 5 Fun Ways To Use Instagram For Education
The Final Showdown: Google+ vs. Facebook, Which One Is REALLY The Best?

The Final Showdown: Google+ vs. Facebook, Which One Is REALLY The Best?

Which is better, Facebook or Google+? Even here at MakeUseOf, we can’t quite agree. When it comes to social networks, especially big ones like Facebook and Google+, we all have our opinions. Some think Facebook is better due to its larger user base. Others think Google+ is better because of its slicker interface. But when push comes to shove, which one is actually the better social network? Which has the better interface? Better messaging options? Profile customizations? News feed? When it comes right down to it, which social network really wins?

02-08-2013
The Final Showdown: Google+ vs. Facebook, Which One Is REALLY The Best?
The LinkedIn Connections You Don’t Want — How Marketers Target You

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The LinkedIn Connections You Don’t Want — How Marketers Target You

With the advent of the Internet, and particularly social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, Marketers now have a whole toolbox full of tricks to convert you into a buying customer. The reality for most people on social networks is that they want to spend time connecting with others, and maybe even landing a new job. LinkedIn in particular is a powerful tool that you can use to market yourself and your skills to the world. However, there’s a dark side to LinkedIn too, and that’s the sea of online marketers that are masquerading as regular users, and trolling the social network to find their next lead.

01-08-2013
The LinkedIn Connections You Don’t Want — How Marketers Target You