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Are Digital Badges and DIY Learning the Future of Education?


So when I read this article about digital badges and DIY learning, I was intrigued. But equally interesting to me is the Badges for Lifelong Learning concept–acquiring badges from online learning venues as proof of a learned concept. My mind is reeling–would associations actually embrace this concept of digital badges? Shocker. As if. photo credit ).

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Twitter Adds Featured Stickers Based on AMC’s The Walking Dead

SocialTimes Twitter

Twitter released new featured stickers based on AMC television series The Walking Dead. From there, users can choose from four new stickers in The Walking Dead category, including a motorcycle and a sheriff’s badge. Fend off Walkers with featured @WalkingDead_AMC #Stickers ! Twitter released its stickers feature earlier this year. Mobile Twitter amc Android android apps Featured Stickers Google Play Hashtags iOS iOS apps iTunes App Store Photos stickers television the walking dead TV Twitter Stickers Visual

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8 Powerful Features to Help You Use Buffer to the Fullest

Buffer Social

In this post, I’d love to show you exactly how you can use Buffer to its fullest potential with eight powerful and easy-to-use features. If you’d like to see a hands-on walkthrough of Buffer’s most powerful features , we’d love to have you join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a free demo webinar of Buffer for Business. It’s one of my favorite features!

Twitter Creates a New Tool for Brands and Snapchat is Changing up Their Game | Social You Should Know

Ignite Social Media

Twitter is also beta testing a ‘Most Responsive’ badge and a ‘Featured tab’ on select brand pages, for mobile and web. Additionally, Twitter is testing a ‘Featured Tweets’ tab that displays tweets curated by the account owner. This feature certainly has potential for nonprofit organizations, local organizations and campaigns. Twitter’s New Dashboard for Brands.

The Vanity of New Metrics

Geoff Livingston

You can see this already with leaderboards and badges for social giving, fitness apps, and more. ” Or badges on their blog. Consider school grades, attendance reports, boy and girl scout badges, colored belts for martial arts, etc. Welcome to the new rat race for many insignificant badges. Featured image by Jo. Boy scout badges image by torbakhopper.

A 12 Word Social Media Policy


Simply putting “find me on Facebook” or “follow me on Twitter” badges on your website does not equate with health care social media. Featured From the Trenches Implementation Risk and Social MediaContinuing my “awesome finds on the interwebs” series this week, here is the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media’s 12-word social media policy. You heard that right.

The Gamification of News

Social Media Marketing

This week Google announced the launch of their Google News Badges. Edition of Google News now lets you collect private, sharable badges for your favorite topics. The more articles you read on Google News, the more your badges level up: you can reach Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and finally Ultimate. Keep your badges to yourself, or show them off to your friends.

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Learning + Technology: The Latest on What Associations Are Doing


Less than 10 percent of respondents indicated that have experimented with trendy new options like massive open online courses (MOOCs), digital badges, flipped classrooms, or gamification. Featured Industry Insider Social Learning Useful Data I asked Jeff Cobb to share a summary of his great new report on social learning, a topic which you know is dear to our hearts. Download! Only 31.4

8 ways to deal with negative comments in online communities

Laurel Papworth

When Foursquare users were being called “douchebags&# for updating their Facebook and Twitter status with their location, Foursquare brought out a much sought-after badge called… you guessed it… the Douchebag badge. I wonder if banks will create a Skinflint Miser badge or if you can earn a Road Hog badge from the Department of Motor Vehicles? Lawyer Up!

Periscope Introduces Support for Live 360 Video

SocialTimes Twitter

With this update, live 360 videos are marked with a special “Live 360” badge. Periscope said live 360 broadcasts are being tested “with a small group of partners,” and the feature will roll out to additional users in the future. Interested users can join a wait list for the feature here. 360 Sunset in Florida. AZWbnnT15S.

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3 Hidden Resources for Your #GivingTuesday Campaign


Offer guest blogging opportunities, appoint social ambassadors, and provide website banners and badges to show support. Cool Social Tools Featured Industry Insider Open Community Guest post by Jenna Sauber, CauseVox. ————– As December 2nd starts to creep closer on the calendar, you may be starting to feel the squeeze. We hear you, and we get it.

Link Building Tactics for Publishers

Adam Sherk

A popular tactic among publishers is forming partnerships to feature various link modules on each other’s sites. Widgets and badges. Utilizing various forms of widgets and badges is a tactic more often used by other types of businesses, but it is applicable to publishers too. When the PR team is pitching a corporate announcement or a new feature, package, etc.

22 Twitter revenue streams – monetizing tweets

Laurel Papworth

Collectibles buy an account and get special badges like the Pro badge above. Or Foursquare style reward badges – most retweeted, most linked. Tags: Featured Monetization Online Communities Twitter revenue social media social networks ads Australia monetize Premium revenue streams sponsored user generated content Two, how can Twitter make money? 20 million?

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How Video Can Replace Student Textbooks

Ari Herzog

This Feature Friday article is written by Charles Sipe. Salman Khan is currently using game mechanics to increase student engagement and motivation by awarding badges for specific accomplishments. Related articles you may enjoy: Feature Friday: Why Violating Copyrights on YouTube is Good. Features YoutubePhoto credit: dave. Flip the Status Quo Upside Down. In fact, an.

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Know What’s Working on Social Media: 26 Free Social Media Analytics Tools

Buffer Social

My favorite feature—and one I’m always stoked to see!—is is the Top Tweet/Top Post badge that pops up when an update goes above and beyond the average performance. The robust features at Cyfe let you create a custom dashboard filled with stats from dozens of marketing tools. Where do you turn for meaningful stats on your social media marketing ? Chapters in This Article. Klout.

Journalism 101, Facebook-Style

SocialTimes Facebook

The “Getting Started” course seeks to answer all of those questions and covers key steps for building out a professional journalistic voice on the platform, including how to apply for the Facebook blue badge that indicates verification. Facebook last week launched a series of online courses for journalists via its Blueprint global training program.

Improve Your Tradeshow Performance With The Right Apps


For Lead Collecting: Badge Scanner Apps. Look for one that includes a badge scanning feature; if a person is interested in your product, simply scan their badge and add their name to a lead collection list. Heading out to a big tradeshow soon? Better have a few apps at the ready. For Networking: Business Card Apps. These lead apps are great. photo credit ).

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18 WordPress Social Media Plugins to Live By

Sprout Social

Twitter Cards help your Tweets stand out in your followers’ timeline by adding images, a call to action or other features regular Tweets don’t have. Twitter Cards Meta takes care of the technical side of integrating the feature into your site. Some of the features include: Facebook comments. New Google Plus Badge Widget. WordPress Plugins for Facebook.

How to Unlock the Key to Instagram Engagement

Peg Fitzpatrick

Tailwind for Instagram leverages the intelligence-powered features that have helped marketers improve ROI with Tailwind for Pinterest , including a smart schedule which analyzes when followers are most active online to generate an ideal posting schedule. I love this feature for Pinterest – hooray! The key to Instagram engagement is TIME. T – Time. I – Intent.

Lanyrd: Social Media Conferences & More

Jason Yormark

Another great feature is Lanyrd’s ability to comb through your Twitter followers and suggest shows you might be interested in. All in all, it’s a great start and I would imagine their are many more features around the corner. I’d love to see a more user friendly badge feature to give bloggers an easy way to implement dynamic content to their sites regarding their conference participation. It seems like almost every day more and more cool sites are popping up taking advantage of the social web. Also Facebook integration would be a plus.

How to get your content shared on Google+

Janet Fouts

A couple of weeks ago Google added a new feature to Google Plus called “ Ripples “ The idea is to give you an idea of how posts are being shared and what the effect of that post is on your network or the network of the person who posted it. You can put a Google+ badge on your blog for your Google+ page here. So how can you measure how effective your Google+ engagement is?

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Engaging the Next-Gen Workforce through Collaboration #SocBiz #Leadership #Leaders

Blue Focus Marketing

So it was good to see this panel put so much emphasis not only on this concept, but also on the idea of gamification through incentives and badges. Indeed, with the badge system, some of the panelists joked that employees would complain any time they earned a badge and the company failed to deliver it. Thanks again to everyone involved. Sell the sizzle, not the steak.

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Better Homes and Gardens, Use Pinterest For Thanksgiving Holiday Promotion

The Realtime Report

A prize of up to $5,000 for readers who create a “Best Thanksgiving Ever” Pinterest board, pin the official badge of the campaign, and pin at least four other Thanksgiving photos inspired by Better Homes and Gardens or The incentive? the popularity of food, crafts and home decor on the site.

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Creating Google Plus Business Pages

Janet Fouts

As many cool new features as there are with the new Google+ pages there are an equal number of questions popping up from my clients. Once you leave this page, just click “Get Started” under your avatar and you’ll find a place to create a custom badge for your website as well as some good advice from Google about making the most of your page. How could we resist?

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Perfecting Peer-to-Peer Fundraising: 10 Social Media Best Practices


After all, multimedia features can provide visual or auditory impact that grabs attention on a full newsfeed. One of the unique features of peer-to-peer fundraising is its ability to foster friendly competition among your supporters. Badges. You can offer badges for each milestone that a campaign reaches. After all, social media is a significant aspect of people’s lives.

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Social Media Updates: May


Instagram Introduces New Analytics : In a bid to helping small businesses make the most of their Instagram marketing, the network developed new business profiles with an amazing new feature: Instagram analytics. LinkedIn Launches New Advertising Tools & Features for Campaign Manager : The network is making advertising easier with a range of new tools. PLUS A HUGE TIP! Facebook.

Cool Social Tools: Small World Labs Community


Small World Labs Community is an extensive and adaptable online community platform for nonprofits and associations , with features that can be easily customized to map to the challenges and opportunities facing your nonprofit or association. Badges. This series of posts is for software and app and tech vendors who have useful tools they’d like you to know about. Discussion Forums.

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How to Contact Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Other Social Networks


Pages Badge Application. Insights Badge Application. Ads Badge Application. Report an Issue With Location Features. Settings and features. Report an issue, suggest a feature, or send feedback. If so, then you’re in the right place. How to Contact Facebook Support. The reason? They have over 150 contact forms! Signup and Login Issues. Account Issues.

12 Steps to Producing a Podcast

Convince & Convert

Here’s a finished Social Pros podcast, featuring Adam Buchanan from Cabela’s. Here’s a finished Content Pros podcast, featuring Jason Miller from Linkedin. Send a Thank You Note and a Badge. We also send guests a digital “badge” that they can use on their personal website or blog. That show releases two new episodes per month. Sure it does.

24 of the Best Google+ Guides, Tips, Rants and Raves of 2012

Webbiquity SMM

Susan Gunelius outlines five social networking features unique to Google+, including circles (which enable you to “separate your customers from your colleagues and online influencers from your business partners”) and hangouts (which can be “used for things like small-group webinars, question and answer sessions, and more”). So what makes Google+ special? You can!

I Don't Care Where. You. Are. Right. Now. | Almost Savvy

Almost Savvy

I’m drowning in a sea of “I’m at Panera Bread (Free wifi FTW).&# I can hardly wait for the Facebook geolocation feature to roll out soon (cue: sarcasm). No badge, no mayorship, no virtual prize, no free sandwich is worth it. myriam says: March 31, 2010 at 3:10 pm I just unlocked the badge “mayor of the comments @almostsavy&# Agree with you. Right.

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Facebook Fan Page vs. Profile: Know the Difference

Sprout Social

A platform as massive as Facebook is bound to have some confusion around its features and functionality. And with so many moving parts, marketers may find it challenging to decipher which features are best for their business. Features Available for Fan Pages. Depending on the category you choose, you’ll have access to different features. Fan Pages vs. Profiles. Use App.

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4 Social Media Tactics That Are Going Away Like the Landline

Convince & Convert

Of all the features on Twitter, the retweet may have been the most influential in driving early growth and long term success. Once upon a time, the number of connections you had on LinkedIn was a badge of honor. Do you remember when everyone had a landline? In fact, I remember the days when a phone number with a nine was a thorn in your side because it took longer to dial. Web2.0

My Favorite Instagram Timesaving Tips (that you can borrow)

agora pulse

Agorapulse also has a calendar feature with the same drag-and-drop simplicity for rearranging content. In addition to scheduling, you can use the “queue” feature and the tool will auto-schedule content for you (much like what Buffer does for Twitter). Another way to save time is to use the voice-to-text feature on your phone. Plan content ahead of time.

How to Produce a Podcast

Convince & Convert

Here’s a finished Social Pros podcast, featuring Adam Buchanan from Cabela’s. Here’s a finished Content Pros podcast, featuring Jason Miller from Linkedin. Send a Thank You Note and a Badge The day the show goes live, our producer emails guests to let them know, and encourages them to share the episode. That show releases two new episodes per month.

How To Create a Presence on Google+


For instance, an integration with Google Analytics seems like an inevitable feature when it comes to measuring the performance of your page. The feature called Direct Connect lets users to easily navigate to a Google+ Page when searching. However, Google is still working on this feature and so far, it only works for a limited number of pages and users. Create a page. Burberry.

Social Media Updates: August


Messaging on Pages: Facebook introduced new ways for people and business Pages to connect including more ways for customers to send private messages to businesses and new tools for Page admins to manage and respond to messages: Sending private messages to Pages from local awareness ads, ONLY if the call-to-action button “Send Message” is featured. Let’s dive in! Instagram.

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Nominate Now 2013 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Bloggers, Authors, PR, Journalists Award

Blue Focus Marketing

Nifty50 Awards featured in new book coming in August, 2013 — The Social Employee (McGraw-Hill,). Winners will receive #Nifty50 Badges for their website and/or blogs: 2012 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Women. 2013 #Nifty50 Top Twitter Women and Men Bloggers, Authors, PR, Journalists Award. Know someone who deserves to be considered? About the Award. Recognition. Eligibility. Nominate!

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On Creativity and Content

Waxing UnLyrical

I love Mark Schaefer’s {growtoons} , Ken Mueller featuring The Social Life of Frank and Linh and get a kick out of Jeff Esposito sharing his pick for cartoon of the day. Before I go any further, today is India’s Republic Day. To all our Indian/of Indian origin friends and readers, happy Republic Day! Seriously, please tell me in the comments section, I really want to know.

Dr. Houzz Reveals a Widget-Flawed Google Algorithm

Viper Chill

The Norton badge works totally fine (it is a pop-up with security information like most privacy badges) so there’s really no need for the link. There’s no badge attached, just the text “About SSL certificates” The exact phrase that Godaddy were using for a lot of their links. (I Usually these kind of features have great headlines but lame content.