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9 Most Searched For Celebrity Twitter Feeds Online

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9 Most Searched For Celebrity Twitter Feeds Online

Everyone knows that Kim Kardashian and Justin Bieber still maintain the lead by far when it comes to what public personalities people search for the most when it comes to Twitter feeds, but the personalities that I’ve listed here are a bit unpredictable. At least, I never really would have expected most of these people to land on such a list.

16-05-2012
9 Most Searched For Celebrity Twitter Feeds Online
5 Useful Twitter Hashtags That You Really Need to Know

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5 Useful Twitter Hashtags That You Really Need to Know

If you use Twitter–or plan to begin using it–then you must know that hashtags are a big part of the experience. Hashtags allow you to “tag” your tweets so that they can be categorized for ease of search and collectivity. Here’s another installment related to Twitter hashtags–this time detailing a few hashtags that you might find useful no matter who you are.

11-05-2012
5 Useful Twitter Hashtags That You Really Need to Know
Use Pinstamatic To Pin Text, Music, Websites & Locations To Pinterest

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Use Pinstamatic To Pin Text, Music, Websites & Locations To Pinterest

Lately, I’ve been exploring Pinterest for all its possible applications. After telling you about 5 useful Pinterest tools, I still wasn’t sure what to do on Pinterest. After the first wave of ideas was done, I couldn’t find things I truly wanted to pin no matter how hard I tried. It was around this time that I heard about Pinstamatic. Despite the somewhat unfortunate name, Pinstamatic offers a solution for anyone who is looking for something more out of Pinterest.

11-05-2012
Use Pinstamatic To Pin Text, Music, Websites & Locations To Pinterest
Will You Go To Jail For Mobile Phone Use While Driving? [Opinion]

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Will You Go To Jail For Mobile Phone Use While Driving? [Opinion]

One of the reasons why the smartphone has become popular is its mobility. Now you can read email, browse the web or watch videos from almost anywhere. This has naturally translated to in-car use, resulting in predictably deadly consequences. In response, legislators across the world are banning the use of mobile phones in cars. Does this mean you’ll be thrown in jail?

10-05-2012
Will You Go To Jail For Mobile Phone Use While Driving? [Opinion]
Should Job Seekers Be Careful Of Social Media Background Checks By Employers? [Opinion]

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Should Job Seekers Be Careful Of Social Media Background Checks By Employers? [Opinion]

Background checks have been part of hiring processes for long. Google Search as a background check started few years back. Things have got far serious since then as companies are actively looking at your Facebook and Twitter (or any other social profile) postings to determine your suitability for a job.

09-05-2012
Should Job Seekers Be Careful Of Social Media Background Checks By Employers? [Opinion]
Why Is Pinterest So Addictive? [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Why Is Pinterest So Addictive? [INFOGRAPHIC]

I saw an article the other day that described Pinterest as “a woman’s social network” with 60% of the site’s visitors being of the female persuasion. Why is that? Why do men find it unattractive to share photos on Pinterest while women go completely nuts over the site? Pinterest has seen a stunning rise in the social networking space, sitting in a very comfortable third place behind Facebook and Twitter.

09-05-2012
Why Is Pinterest So Addictive? [INFOGRAPHIC]
4 Reasons I Feel Terribly Awkward When Sending Emails

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4 Reasons I Feel Terribly Awkward When Sending Emails

Social anxiety often seeps into my virtual life, and it causes me issues with sending email. You might have some of them yourself. After reading this, ask yourself – what other reasons make you feel awkward when sending emails? What’s the worst email encounter you’ve ever had?

08-05-2012
4 Reasons I Feel Terribly Awkward When Sending Emails
How & Why Do You Choose Your Social Networking Profile Picture? [You Tell Us]

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How & Why Do You Choose Your Social Networking Profile Picture? [You Tell Us]

The profile picture you display to the world online, usually via social networking sites, can say a great deal about you. People can and will make instant judgments based on the image you have chosen to represent you in this world we refer to as “virtual”. This makes the decision process behind choosing your profile picture a more important one than you may think.

03-05-2012
How & Why Do You Choose Your Social Networking Profile Picture? [You Tell Us]
7 Great Websites Poking Fun At Hipsters

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7 Great Websites Poking Fun At Hipsters

Hipsters, or scenesters as they’re sometimes called, are a sub-culture who want to be different. At all costs. That longing to be different has now come full circle, where it’s actually the norm (or at least common) to be a hipster – wearing retro clothes, sporting strange facial hair, and generally being a little out there. This has led to hipsters trying to be more different than ever before.

02-05-2012
7 Great Websites Poking Fun At Hipsters
Is Chill A Pinterest Clone Or A Good Social Video Discovery Site?

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Is Chill A Pinterest Clone Or A Good Social Video Discovery Site?

Chill.com has gone for a complete makeover and adopted the Pinterest look. It’s no longer the Turntable.fm for videos, but “Pinterest” for videos. You still have videos from the above mentioned sites. But watching and sharing them is closer to the way of Pinterest. So, is it just another Pinterest copy-cat or is there more substance to the video discovery site?

01-05-2012
Is Chill A Pinterest Clone Or A Good Social Video Discovery Site?
The 7 Best Technology Boards You Should Follow On Pinterest

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The 7 Best Technology Boards You Should Follow On Pinterest

My interest lies in technology among other things. So, that set about my search for interesting tech-focused Pinterest users. These techy and geeky Pinterest users have other social profiles too, but there’s the X-factor about this new social media that makes you want to catch up. Here are the seven best technology boards you should follow on Pinterest.

30-04-2012
The 7 Best Technology Boards You Should Follow On Pinterest
4 Ways Many Americans (and Others) Are Ethnocentric on the Web [Opinion]

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4 Ways Many Americans (and Others) Are Ethnocentric on the Web [Opinion]

Are your ears burning? Did you click on this title to find out what those awful non-Americans think Americans are doing wrong this time? If so, maybe this article is written for you more than you’d like to believe, whether you’re American or not. See it all in action than in the melting pot of the web where people from all walks of life are thrown in together.

27-04-2012
4 Ways Many Americans (and Others) Are Ethnocentric on the Web [Opinion]
7 Best Viral Video Websites To Watch What’s Buzzing Now

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7 Best Viral Video Websites To Watch What’s Buzzing Now

Viral videos are accidents. I don’t think they can be created deliberately, though I am sure people try. A video going viral can launch careers and give someone their 5 minutes of YouTube fame. So, how do you catch the best ones before they happen or as they are happening? Keep tabs on these seven viral video sites to watch what’s buzzing right now.

24-04-2012
7 Best Viral Video Websites To Watch What’s Buzzing Now
The Pros & Cons Of Having Your Parents & Other Family As Facebook Friends [Opinion]

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The Pros & Cons Of Having Your Parents & Other Family As Facebook Friends [Opinion]

According to Facebook, more than 800 million people now actively use the social networking giant. You don’t know most of them, of course – but some are very close to you. Even your grandmother might now be on Facebook this moment. Family members will usually request to be your Facebook friend for obvious reasons. But should you actually go through with it, or should you keep your friends list to, well, friends?

24-04-2012
The Pros & Cons Of Having Your Parents & Other Family As Facebook Friends [Opinion]
Change Settings on Multiple Social Networks From One Place With Bliss Control

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Change Settings on Multiple Social Networks From One Place With Bliss Control

A while ago I told you about MyPermissions, a simple yet useful website that helps you clean up multiple app permissions in just a few minutes. MyPermissions is so useful, it inspired Notification Control. The same guys behind Notification Control have now come up with another incredible service, Bliss Control, which is an expansion of Notification Control, and true to its name, is total bliss.

20-04-2012
Change Settings on Multiple Social Networks From One Place With Bliss Control
How Your Profile Pic Is Damaging Your Online Personal Brand [INFOGRAPHIC]

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How Your Profile Pic Is Damaging Your Online Personal Brand [INFOGRAPHIC]

These days, we are identified and judged more and more by how we appear to others on social networking sites. Sites like Facebook and Twitter allow us to brand ourselves in any image we choose to portray to people, such as potential employers, potential business partners and even potential spouses. So it obviously makes sense that, as part of that branding, you choose your profile picture very carefully.

18-04-2012
How Your Profile Pic Is Damaging Your Online Personal Brand [INFOGRAPHIC]
How 3 Companies Turned Social Media PR Disasters Into Happy Endings

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How 3 Companies Turned Social Media PR Disasters Into Happy Endings

The Internet makes it so easy for customers to get the word out about great businesses they’ve found and other things they really like. Conversely, it’s also quick to promote and pass around evidence of awful customer service. If you ever make a huge PR blunder, even in your bricks-and-mortar business or something more personal in nature, you can be sure someone will get proof of it online in no time.

17-04-2012
How 3 Companies Turned Social Media PR Disasters Into Happy Endings
The Negative Impact Of Social Networking Sites On Society [Opinion]

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The Negative Impact Of Social Networking Sites On Society [Opinion]

I have accounts on several social networking sites, and spend far too long on them writing my own updates and reading the updates of others. I enjoy doing so, being able to interact with friends, family, and random strangers online in a controlled environment. For someone who works at home, this is a big positive. However, social networking sites aren’t a wholly positive influence on the world.

12-04-2012
The Negative Impact Of Social Networking Sites On Society [Opinion]
9 Types Of Facebook Status Updates That Your Friends Will Like

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9 Types Of Facebook Status Updates That Your Friends Will Like

One thing that I’ve noticed when I talk to friends that initially start using Facebook is that “nobody comments on my wall.” Sometimes, I’ll even try to help them out by letting them show me their Facebook wall and trying to help them understand what they’re doing wrong, and why people may not feel encouraged to comment on their status updates. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of reciprocating.

12-04-2012
9 Types Of Facebook Status Updates That Your Friends Will Like
Make Better Use of Pinterest With These 5 Pinterest Tools

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Make Better Use of Pinterest With These 5 Pinterest Tools

Whether you’ve already fallen for Pinterest or not, no one can deny the new network’s popularity. Instead of sharing your thoughts or actions, you get to share beautiful images. Not only that, those images don’t have to be hand made, only hand picked – all you have to do is find them on the Web, and you’re all set.

10-04-2012
Make Better Use of Pinterest With These 5 Pinterest Tools
5 Things I’ve Learned About Internet Behavior Through My SEO Work

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5 Things I’ve Learned About Internet Behavior Through My SEO Work

I have a criteria of about 8 to 10 items that I personally look for when I do SEO analysis, but of course one of the most important is search volume. Having monitored the search volume for thousands of different phrases over the course of time, I have come to recognize a few very large, not insignificant patterns in how humanity around the world tends to use the Internet – or at least how they use the search engines.

06-04-2012
5 Things I’ve Learned About Internet Behavior Through My SEO Work
Rediscover Your Favorite Songs At These 2 Pinterest-Inspired Music Sharing Websites

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Rediscover Your Favorite Songs At These 2 Pinterest-Inspired Music Sharing Websites

Do you love Pinterest? If you do, then you will love these two websites which give you a Pinterest styled music sharing (and discovering) experience. Even if you don’t like Pinterest, and find it to be a faddish pretender for the crown of the social networking world, you just might like the eye-catching visual appeal of these sites.

04-04-2012
Rediscover Your Favorite Songs At These 2 Pinterest-Inspired Music Sharing Websites
Why You Should Never Queue For New Gadgets [Opinion]

Why You Should Never Queue For New Gadgets [Opinion]

I personally cannot fathom the mindset of people who queue for the latest gadget on launch day. I’ve tried, I really have, but I think it’s a bizarre choice to queue up for hours or even days, through all weathers, purely in order to purchase a next-gen device in person. There is absolutely no need to ever queue for a new gadget on day one as, the Internet means queuing is unnecessary.

29-03-2012
Why You Should Never Queue For New Gadgets [Opinion]