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"Data is crucial. However, displaying a chunk of plain data can be monotonous. Infographics visualize plain data and make it visually more appealing. Data turned into infographic has a higher potential to go viral and be effective. While many of us are designers who can design amazing infographs, Infographic Generators can come in handy to Designers and non-designers alike. They can be a time saving resource. "

  • Data is crucial. However, displaying a chunk of plain data can be monotonous. Infographics visualize plain data and make it visually more appealing. Data turned into infographic has a higher potential to go viral and be effective. While many of us are designers who can design amazing infographs, Infographic Generators can come in handy to Designers and non-designers alike. They can be a time saving resource.
Feb 27, 15

"Free stuff, tools and products with free plans to help you get started."

  • It’s extremely important to be able to look objectively at where you are as a company
  • So, the first step is to break this association.
  • The next step is to decide, at regular intervals, whether to pivot or persevere.

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Feb 24, 15

" In recent months, Sir Jonathan Ive, the forty-seven-year-old senior vice-president of design at Apple—who used to play rugby in secondary school, and still has a bench-pressing bulk that he carries a little sheepishly, as if it belonged to someone else—has described himself as both “deeply, deeply tired” and “always anxious.” When he sits down, on an aluminum stool in Apple’s design studio, or in the cream leather back seat of his Bentley Mulsanne, a car for a head of state, he is likely to emit a soft, half-ironic groan. His manner suggests the burden of being fully appreciated. There were times, during the past two decades, when he considered leaving Apple, but he stayed, becoming an intimate friend of Steve Jobs and establishing the build and the finish of the iMac, the MacBook, the iPod, the iPhone, and the iPad. He is now one of the two most powerful people in the world’s most valuable company."

  • feeling of gratitude that someone else actually thought this through in a way that makes your life easier.”
  • Jobs and Ive had different dispositions, but perhaps shared a lack of social smoothness, and it seems fitting that one of their great joint achievements was to give digital distractions to people forced to ride in elevators with nodding acquaintances.
  • For each product, Jobs and Ive would discuss corners “for hours and hours

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  • The Seek > Sense > Share framework is a very simple model with many layers, which you discover as you develop personal knowledge mastery.

     

    A simple explanation is to look at PKM as four quadrants of sharing and sense-making, based on a foundation of continuous seeking of new knowledge and diverse people.

Feb 22, 15

"So, content curator “isn’t just someone who can find great “stuff” ,though it is an important skill in process of content curation. A curator is someone who creates a specific experience by using the found objects and contextualizes those objects within a limited space. A curator not only collects and interprets, but houses that work to create unique experiences.”"

  • So, content curator “isn’t just someone who can find great “stuff” ,though it is an important skill in process of content curation. A curator is someone who creates a specific experience by using the found objects and contextualizes those objects within a limited space. A curator not only collects and interprets, but houses that work to create unique experiences.”
  • Today excellent tools are available for seeking / collecting information or resources and there is a plethora of tools for the final step – sharing the curated contents. But for the second step – sense making I don’t really know any. Everything inside this step depends on curator’s expertise which provides him a “feeling” to filter out irrelevant information, to add value by including its own thoughts and to put everything in a format which facilitates understanding the context of the curated topic for his audience.
Feb 22, 15

"With the amount of content that is shared on the Internet every minute, it’s no surprise that many people feel overwhelmed by the quantity of information out there. This is why content curation is becoming an essential digital literacy skill for teachers and students. The act of curation requires critical and creative thinking, as decisions are made around what to keep, what to discard and how to connect and present ideas. Social bookmarking tools allow collaboration across the world to share and build collections.

Thankfully, there are plenty of tools available to help us. In this article, I’ll explain firstly the different ways in which I curate, and then describe some of the different tools I use for curation."

  • This is why content curation is becoming an essential digital literacy skill for teachers and students.
  • This often produces better results than using a search engine because the content has already been viewed and evaluated by other people.
  • The more shares an item has, the more likely it is to be of use. While there is usually an option to keep collections private on social bookmarking, sites, I believe its important to make collections public wherever possible so that I am adding value, not just taking from the community.

     

    Sharing is also the way I make sense of my collection and convey its meaning to the rest of the world. In fact, this article is a form of curation. I’ve carefully selected what resources to share and made decisions about how to present them in a meaningful way.

Feb 20, 15

"As many of you know, I’ve been elected to my third consecutive term as the Chairman of Startups & the Interwebs. In this official capacity it is my responsibility to give an official definition of confusing or debated terms.

Clearly the most confusing topic of the past year is, “What’s a Seed round vs. an A round?”

Today I will give you a clear definition of these rounds of financing defined by the function of that money. Hopefully we can all be on the same page."

  • As many of you know, I’ve been elected to my third consecutive term as the Chairman of Startups & the Interwebs. In this official capacity it is my responsibility to give an official definition of confusing or debated terms.

     

    Clearly the most confusing topic of the past year is, “What’s a Seed round vs. an A round?”

     

    Today I will give you a clear definition of these rounds of financing defined by the function of that money. Hopefully we can all be on the same page.

  • Next class for the incubator we will only take folks with an MVP, and users — even if it’s 25 users.
  • The definition and size of rounds aren’t as import as the goals for each one.

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Feb 16, 15

"Divorce my LMS and get cozy with an LRS. A Learning Record Store (LRS) keeps track of everything people are looking at for information. For example, if someone reads a pdf I’ve put on the company intranet, the LRS records that information. Or if someone uses a mobile app to share a video, the LRS records that too. In other words, the LRS can record pretty much anything anyone does to learn something (What is a Learning Record Store - LRS?), so I probably won’t need a Learning Management System (LMS) anymore. In getting cozy with the LRS, I’ll find out what information people use most and give them more."

  • Divorce my LMS and get cozy with an LRS. A Learning Record Store (LRS) keeps track of everything people are looking at for information. For example, if someone reads a pdf I’ve put on the company intranet, the LRS records that information. Or if someone uses a mobile app to share a video, the LRS records that too. In other words, the LRS can record pretty much anything anyone does to learn something (What is a Learning Record Store - LRS?), so I probably won’t need a Learning Management System (LMS) anymore. In getting cozy with the LRS, I’ll find out what information people use most and give them more.
  • Play the field. I’ll constantly explore and experiment with technology and information to make the community stronger. I’ll use Storyfy, Twitter, Flipboard, Pearltrees, Summify, Themefy, Pocket, Alltop, YouTube, BuzzFeed, Reddit, Evernote, BagTheWeb, etc. and borrow ideas from them.
Feb 16, 15

"Also known as content curation, digital curation in this context is a process of selecting, commenting on, and sharing online resources for a specific audience. We are preparing an introductory guide at present, which we will post when it is complete, but in essence curation is about the critical sifting of the huge amount of information available on the internet and presenting it in a specific context to a specific audience and explaining its significance. Although we will be curating for specific audiences, we encourage sharing work widely and publicly, so that anyone with an interest can engage with the collection or story you have created, and open up a dialogue if they wish."

  • Also known as content curation, digital curation in this context is a process of selecting, commenting on, and sharing online resources for a specific audience.  We are preparing an introductory guide at present, which we will post  when it is complete, but in essence curation is about the critical sifting of the huge amount of information available on the internet and presenting it in a specific context to a specific audience and explaining its significance.  Although we will be curating for specific audiences, we encourage sharing work widely and publicly, so that anyone with an interest can engage with the collection or story you have created, and open up a dialogue if they wish.

  • Semantic synthesis surmounts two significant challenges: scalable semantics and personalization.
Feb 12, 15

"We've written a lot on email marketing over the past few years, so here's some of the best in one handy post. "

Feb 12, 15

"I was watching the Super Bowl (#GoHawks) when my wife asked me about hashtags. Granted, I was writing down every hashtag that came up on the screen for an analysis I did later that night, but her question surprised me.

"What do you mean 'what is this?' It's a hashtag." I said, amazed by my wife's unfamiliarity with the topic (#DoYouLiveUderARock). "You use it to tag your tweets or other social media posts."

Now, my wife's social media activity revolves around reading other people's updates on Facebook and Instagram, so I wasn't mad or anything, just disappointed when she asked me "Why would you want to tag your posts?"

To be fair, it wasn't always that obvious that hashtags will change the way we use Twitter and other social media channels.

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Hashtags were a user-innovation that was later adopted by Twitter as an actual feature when Twitter decided to hyperlink hashtags to search results. The rest of the socialsphere followed in its own pace, and Facebook, my wife's go-to social destination, only recently decided to give in and add hashtags as a feature. It's no surprise that for the masses over the age of 30, hashtags are still a novelty."

Feb 12, 15

"The best email subject lines are short, descriptive and provide the reader with a reason to explore your message further. Splashy or cheesy phrases more often cause your email to be ignored rather than make them stand out."

Feb 09, 15

"How hard can writing an email subject line be? Does it even matter what gets written?

Surely the question of whether it gets opened or binned is down to who the sender is, or what the email contains?

That’s fine when you’re emailing people you know. In fact let me just skip over to my personal email account to see what I’ve written in the subject line to my friends and family in the past week."

Feb 09, 15

"There’s an art to writing a good email subject line. If it’s a personal email to somebody that knows me, they’ll be expecting something obscure, weird or occasionally offensive. 

However if it’s a marketing email sent to a relative stranger, there are definitely some things you’ll want to avoid.

Consulting a number of experts, sources, our own research and my own personal experience, I’ve compiled this list of words (plus the odd phrase or experimental bit of text) that you should avoid when composing the perfect killer marketing email."

  • In fact using a person’s name doesn’t really impact the open rate anyway, and can come across as needy or begging.
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