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Archives: June 2013

Instagram Vs. Vine: INFOGRAPHIC

Designer Matt Miller has created an app called, “Instagram Vs. Vine,” which compares these two leading apps which thanks to Instagram Cinema are now competing for video.

The image visually spells out how Instagram dominates. According to the graphic, Instagram has 130 million users, while Vine only has 13 million. And the app points out that Facebook is a lot bigger than Twitter. We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump.

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Miranda July Curates Celebrities Emails in New Digital Art Project

If getting inside the heads of celebrities sounds appealing to you, then you are going to love Miranda July‘s latest project “We Think Alone.” The author/filmmaker has asked ten famous people to share previously sent private emails so that she can use them to craft digital portraits. Participants include: Kareem Abdul-JabbarLena DunhamKirsten Dunst, Sheila HetiEtgar KeretKate and Laura MulleavyCatherine OpieLee Smolin and Danh Vo.

Readers can opt in to receive a weekly email newsletter with communications from all ten of the personalities. The emails were all sent prior to this project to someone in their life. The emails were personally chosen by the sender. Every week will have a different theme. The first theme is money. Here is more from the project’s description:

…our inner life is not actually the same thing as our life on the computer — a quiet person might !!!! a lot. A person with a busy mind might write almost nothing. And of course while none of these emails were originally intended to be read by me (much less you*)  they were all carefully selected by their authors in response to my list of email genres — so self-portraiture is quietly at work here.

Follow this link to sign up.

Sean Parker Understands Nothing About Social Media He Helped to Create

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The Social Network has already caricatured him as a “morally reprehensible ‘brogrammer’ douchebag. I had been mythologized,” said real-life Sean Parker, who evidently had forgotten he was writing about the redwoods he’s accused of molesting. But enough about Sean Parker, who just can’t stop talking about himself. Let’s get back to real, important things, like social media and how it has been misbehaving.

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IAmNotASalaryMan App is Designed to Help Freelancers Manage Their Money

Busy freelancers juggling lots of jobs can sometimes have trouble keeping track of finances, especially when expenses are involved. To help out, Maria Bromley, a former stockbroker and current freelancer, iAmNotASalaryMan a tool designed specifically for freelancers to keep track of their finances.
The app has an interactive calendar for jobs lets you plan what jobs you have on the horizon and use this information to graph how much money you have coming in. This is a great tool for freelancers who have a busy season that may need to budget their income for the entire year.
The $4.99 iPhone app lets you keep track of all of your various jobs’ expenses and break them out by job if you wish. You can use the app to email reimbursable expenses to your employer (as well as a backup copy to yourself or your accountant). The app also tracks up to nine currencies to help freelancers abroad.

‘The List’ is Free eBook of the Day

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The List – A Thriller by J.A. Konrath is today’s Free eBook of the Day.

The book is one of six books in the Jack Kilborn series. Check it out:

The List is a bit of a departure for Konrath. It’s a technothriller about a group of ten people who each have tattoos of numbers on the bottoms their feet, and don’t know why. One of them, a Chicago Homicide cop named Tom Mankowski, has had one of these strange tattoos since birth. When he investigates a violent murder and discovers the victim also has a tattooed number, it sets the ball rolling for an adventure of historic proportions. To say more would give away too much.

Amazon has the free download.

For more free eBooks, check out our 10 Websites to Download Free eBooks list, as well as our Free eBook of the Day archive.

5 Tips for Handling a Business Crisis on Social Media

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What do you do when your business or brand is receiving unwanted media attention? Whether you’re dealing with a disgruntled customer or former employee, product or company issue, or celeb scandal (Hello, Paula Deen), social media will play a prominent role in damage control. Here are 5 things your business can do before – or during – a crisis to curtail backlash and land on your feet.

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LinkedIn Is For Creeps, So What Can You Gain From Using It?

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Like many of you, I have a complicated relationship with LinkedIn. I don’t like it, but I also have to use it. In Social Media Is Bullshit, I said people who use LinkedIn were “f—ing creepy”. And you know what? I stand by that. LinkedIn is a creepy service used mostly by creepy people to creepy ends; however, as I also said in Social Media Is Bullshit, if your target customers / current customers are using a particular platform, and you have the time, resources, and plan for the use of that platform, it’s worth having a presence there to complete that plan.

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Find Free Reads With eBook Search App

There are lots of great sites to find free eBooks, but now there is an app that helps make it easy to search for free eBooks across various sites.

eBook Search has more than 2 million listings in their catalogs culled from free eBook sites like Smashwords, FeedBooks and Project Gutenberg to name a few. You can search the app by category be it classics or modern day, or genre – thrillers, mysteries, fantasies, or science fiction, for instance. Once you pick a book, the app provides you with links to download the book in your favorite eReader app including Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Bluefire and so forth.

For more free eBooks, check out our 10 Websites to Download Free eBooks list, as well as our Free eBook of the Day archive.