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Well, as far as Social Media is concerned, it seem I’ve missed the boat – mostly.

Twitter was great, but now it is just so much noise its hard to make heads or tail of it sometimes. Facebook is still evolving – I still don’t know where it will wind up for a lurker like me. Google Plus is… well, a grand experiment that will eventually fail (I think) because the other big networks will just adopt Google’s strategies and do it more quickly (funny how Google is now perceived as the “dinosaur” by most).

Pinterest – I like it, but it’s so young and will be unpredictable for awhile. It has done more to spawn new plugins and Pinterest-like WordPress Themes than its predecessors, though. I hope that means its more than just a fad. As it is, it looks like you need thousands of followers to really make an impact on Pinterest at this time.

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So, that leaves LinkedIn.

I watched a series of videos by Lewis Howes, author of “LinkedWorking” (shown below this post). I got to watch the videos after clicking this link. I sat through his sales video (I would like to get his LinkedInfluence video course – it does sound good), and when I tried to close the window one of those “Wait! Don’t Go” dialog boxes popped up with a free mini-course. Gave him my email address and started watching the videos.

They are impressive. Very informative.

I decided to follow the strategies in the videos and “pimp” my LinkedIn profile. So far, so good. Here’s the steps as recommended (or, you can just click on the link above and get on his email list :))

Headline

Make it look like a good, keyword-rich website title. Capitalize words, put multiple skills in it (if desired), and over-sell a bit. My new headline looks like

AS400/iSeries/Systemi/IBMi Programmer & Expert | PHP/Wordpress Coder & Web Developer | Social Media & SEO Consultant

I may tweak it over time, but for now I think that will do.

Keyword Opimization

I was most impressed by how Lewis Howes is the #1 result for the search term “sports” on LinkedIn. That’s impressive SEO.

His suggestions are (besides the keyword-rich headline) to make sure plenty of appropriate keywords are in

  • The current work information – especially the title of the job
  • The past work information – ditto about the title
  • Peppered throughout your summary information
  • Added to the “specialties” section (accessed along with your summary)

According to Howes, those are the most important spots.

Blog and Other Websites

Connecting to websites is easy. I had no idea there was a WordPress app on LinkedIn. I connected this blog, and may connect something else in the near future. There is also an events module, Twitter module, and a number of others I will have to look into.

But, right now I have to get some other stuff done. I will very likely continue this…

(Edit: I’ll be damned. After making the changes and writing this post I did a couple LinkedIn searches. I came up at #3 for both “AS400” and “iSeries”.)

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    • Lilly E
    • January 7, 2014

    I NEED HELP! I Am Facing A Sixteen Hour Bus Ride With Out Any Good Books.? I don’t want another book about the highschool wallflower becoming popular, or about someone trying to snag that ‘hottie’. I’m incredibly sick of it. So, If anyone knows a good book for someone who loves Harry Potter, Sarah Dessen, Twilight, and the Poisenwood Bible, they would be my lifesaver. I’m going on a sixteen hour bus ride, and despretaly need something to read!

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    1. The Twilight Series: (Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn)
      The Host
      Stephenie Meyer

      Blue is for Nightmares Series
      (Blue is for Nightmares
      White is for Magic
      Silver is for Secrets
      Red is for Remembrance)
      Project 17
      by Laurie Faria Stolarz

      The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

      Things Change
      Nailed
      Chasing Tail Lights
      Cheated
      By Patrick Jones

      A Walk to Remember
      A Bend in the Road
      The Notebook
      The Wedding
      The Guardian
      Nights in Rodanthe
      Dear John
      Message in a Bottle
      True Believer
      At First Sight
      By Nicholas Sparks

      She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb

      Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen

      Running With Scissors
      Dry
      By Augusten Burroughs

      Wicked by Gregory MacGuire

      Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky

      Go Ask Alice: anonymous

      Crank
      Glass
      by Ellen Hopkins

      Sam’s Letters for Jennifer
      Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas
      You’ve Been Warned
      by James Patterson

      Ordinary People by Judith Guest

      Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

      Night by Elie Wiesel

      The Vampire Diaries Series
      (The Awakening, The Struggle, The Fury, Dark Reunion)
      by L.J. Smith

      Homefree by Nina Wright

      Prep
      Lovesick
      by Jake Coburn

      Slaughterhouse-Five
      Cat’s Cradle
      by Kurt Vonnegut

      To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

      The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

      The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White

      Carrie by Stephen King

      The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

      The Watcher by James Howe

      The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

      In My Enemy’s House
      Daniel’s Story
      By Carol Matas

      The Outsiders
      That Was Then, This is Now
      By S.E. Hinton

      Anne Frank and Me by Cherie Bennet and Jeff Gottesfeld

      The Other Shepards by Adele Griffin

      The Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osbourne

      Goosebumps by R.L. Stine

      What Kind of Love? by Sheila Cole

      The Giver
      Gathering Blue
      by Lois Lowry

      Harmless
      A Brief Chapter In My Impossible Life
      By Dana Reinhardt

      Wuthering Heights
      by Emily Bronte

      Of Mice and Men
      by John Steinbeck

      Romeo and Juliet
      Julius Cesear
      By William Shakespeare

      To Kill a Mockingbird
      by Harper Lee

      The Pigman
      The Pigman’s Legacy
      The Pigman and Me
      My Darling, My Hamburger
      by Paul Zindel

      Sweethearts
      Story of a Girl
      By Sara Zarr

      Peeps
      The Last Days
      by Scott Westerfeld

      Bloom
      by Elizabeth Scott

      Speak
      By Laurie Halse Anderson

      What Happened To Cass McBride
      by Gail Giles

      Remembering Raquel
      By Vivian Vande Velde

      Hiroshima
      By John Hersey

      Elsewhere: Gabrielle Zevin

      Sweet Blood: Pete Hautman

      Lucas: Kevin Brooks

      Uninvited: Amanda Marrone

      A Certain Slant of Light: Laura Whitcomb

      Nothing But The Truth: AVI

      Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
      Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator
      By Roald Dahl

      Hope this helps!

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    • Amber
    • February 3, 2014

    Is Social Media Marketing A Career? 10 Points!!? Is social media marketing a career?? i hear a lot of people do this work in an unpaid internship without moving up?

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    1. Social media is everywhere these days. Any website you take, it has a like, share, pin, etc. button.
      Facebook is social media, Twitter is social media, YouTube is social media, Quora is social media.

      Many of those websites offer paid options to advertisers (Facebook ads, YouTube TrueView ads, etc.), because they know marketers are looking into them – there’s demand.

      I know people who have gotten most of their clients from YouTube/SoundCloud (if you are a musician) or drive most of their traffic from Quora.

      Plus, using an array of profiles (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) to communicate with your community, tout your new offers or even to answer support questions is a popular phenomenon these days.

      Not all companies realize the role and the power of social media, and perhaps social media promotion would not be effective in all industries.. But the demand for smart social media marketing and savvy social media marketers will only increase in the future in my opinion.

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    • A123
    • February 9, 2014

    How Did The Social Media Have An Effect On The Egyption Revolution ? Can social media play a rule in revolution or start a revolution ?

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    1. Social media was definitely the platform through which the revolution in Egypt gained its momentum. However, you have to realize that it was not the cause of the revolution. For several years people unsatisfied with the past regime have been sending secret messages online about how to effectively protest, how to withstand a tear gas attack, etc.

      Social media just allowed these people to attract a lot of attention very quickly. You should try thinking about it on a bigger scale. It costs BILLIONS of dollars to run for presidency in the United States. The times are over when any average joe who had a dream could successfuly enter office. Social media could once again level the playing field in politics around the world.

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    • Frank *with words*
    • March 20, 2014

    What Are Some Books That I *have* To Read? In your opinion? As in, if I don’t read them I’ll miss something very exciting and well-written. ?

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    1. The 100 Best Books I've Read So Far
      1. Watership Down, Richard Adams
      2. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley*
      3. 1984, George Orwell*
      4. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
      5. Non-Violent Resistance: Satyagraha, Mohandas K. Gandhi
      6. The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More, Roald Dahl
      7. Island, Aldous Huxley
      8. Green Shadows, White Whale, Ray Bradbury
      9. In the Penal Colony, Franz Kafka
      10. The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger*
      11. The Last Battle, C. S. Lewis
      12. Borderliners, Peter Hoeg
      13. Animal Farm, George Orwell*
      14. Our Town, Thornton Wilder
      15. Beware the Fish!, Gordon Korman
      16. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, Alexander Solzhenitsyn
      17. The Mouse That Roared (series), Leonard Wibberly
      18. Night, Elie Wiesel
      19. Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
      20. The Short Stories, Ernest Hemingway
      21. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald*
      22. Antigone, Sophocles
      23. I Sing the Body Electric!, Ray Bradbury
      24. Trout Fishing in America, Richard Brautigan
      25. All Creatures Great and Small (series), James Herriot
      26. Babar's Anniversary Book, Jean and Laurent de Brunhoff
      27. Pigs Might Fly, Dick King-Smith
      28. James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl
      29. The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling
      30. Gandhi on Non-Violence, Mohandas K. Gandhi
      31. The Little History of the Wide World, Mable Pyne
      32. The Magus, John Fowles*
      33. The Silver Chair, C. S. Lewis
      34. Hamlet, William Shakespeare
      35. Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton
      36. A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J. Gaines
      37. The Metamorphosis, Franz Kafka
      38. The Zucchini Warriors, Gordon Korman
      39. The Celery Stalks at Midnight, James Howe
      40. Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: an Introduction, J. D. Salinger
      41. Beloved, Toni Morrison
      42. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
      43. The Things They Carried, Tim O'Brien
      44. Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare
      45. Danny, Champion of the World, Roald Dahl
      46. The Illustrated Man, Ray Bradbury
      47. The Time Garden, Edward Eager
      48. The House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne
      49. A Medicine for Melancholy, Ray Bradbury
      50. 40 Stories, Donald Barthelme
      51. Matilda, Roald Dahl
      52. The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
      53. Losing Joe's Place, Gordon Korman
      54. Uncle Wiggily's Story Book, Howard R. Garis
      55. Nine Stories, J. D. Salinger
      56. The Waste Land, T. S. Eliot
      57. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
      58. No Coins, Please, Gordon Korman
      59. The Just So Stories, Rudyard Kipling
      60. The Voyage of the “Dawn Treader”, C. S. Lewis
      61. Franny and Zooey, J. D. Salinger
      62. The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Barbara Robinson
      63. The Peace Book, Bernard Benson
      64. The Cask of Amontillado, Edgar Allan Poe
      65. Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
      66. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
      67. Boy, Roald Dahl
      68. Nothing But the Truth, Avi
      69. Little House on the Prarie (series), Laura Ingalls Wilder
      70. The Toynbee Convector, Ray Bradbury
      71. Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, Eleanor Coerr
      72. The October Country, Ray Bradbury
      73. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Roald Dahl
      74. The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury
      75. Bunnicula, Deborah and James Howe
      76. Charlotte's Web, E. B. White
      77. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis
      78. A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag, Gordon Korman
      79. The Haunted Bookshop, Christopher Morley
      80. We, Yevgeny Zamyatin
      81. Magic or Not?, Edward Eager
      82. The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle (series), Hugh Lofting
      83. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
      84. Driving Blind, Ray Bradbury
      85. Long After Midnight, Ray Bradbury
      86. Early Stories, Anton Chekov
      87. Marcovaldo, Italo Calvino
      88. Dubliners, James Joyce
      89. Fantastic Mr. Fox, Roald Dahl
      90. Quicker Than the Eye, Ray Bradbury
      91. Miracle on 34th Street, Valentine Davies
      92. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
      93. How to Play Better Baseball, C. Paul Jackson
      94. Dear Mr. Henshaw, Beverly Cleary
      95. The Golden Apples of the Sun, Ray Bradbury
      96. Frog and Toad are Friends (series), Arnold Lobel
      97. I Will Adventure, Elizabeth Janet Gray
      98. The Velveteen Rabbit, Margery Williams
      99. Mossflower, Brian Jacques
      100. Who is Bugs Potter?, Gordon Korman

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    • Armedflamedragon
    • March 24, 2014

    What Social Media To Use For My Band.? So me and my friends have a band and now that we have all the content we want we feel like its time to mass distribute our stuff out there through social media. It’s just we are confused with what social media we should use as aband and which ones should be personal. The obvious ones are Facebook, twitter, and YouTube which should all be personal and band. The ones I’m confused about are websites like Instagram, tumblr, Pinterest and Flickr – should we use these social media sites as just for our personal uses or should we have a band account on those websites also? Are stuff like tumblr Pinterest, Flickr and Instagram suited for bands or are they more for the account to be personal because if its a band then we all have access to the account or are all admins or whatever.

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    1. Social media is free and it has a super far reach as well as a huge impact on how well you show up in google and other search engine searches. get on every social media platform there is out there even the less known ones like fark or high5.

      one other tip id give is to have the same branding across all your sites so use this tool http://namechk.com/ basically say your bands name is the dudlestrummers. you want that name across all social networks the same you dont want to be “dudlestrummers” on twitter but dudlestrummers123 on youtube. You wnat consistant branding across all platforms.

      alsop you may want to consider buying likes, favs, views, followers, subscribers, etc. lady gaga, an dmany other musicians as well as politicians like mitt romney have done it to give your profile and your band an artificial boost.

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    • Kevin Smith
    • April 10, 2014

    What Is Social Media Marketing? What is exact social media marketing and how we can use it

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    1. Social Media Marketing is more involved than just Facebook, in my opinion. Depending on what your business is, I feel there are very different levels of ROI that can be seen. Some business models definitely work better in the social media world than others.

      To effectively use Social Media, you need to dedicate resources to be active in the social communities. Facebook pages are great, and Facebook ads can work, but if you are not actively engaging with your fans, and posting updates and valuable things to your Fans, then it does not accomplish much. If you can give online coupon codes to your fans, or promote new products that will add value to your users, then it can be valuable.

      Same goes for Twitter. Having a Twitter account can be a really interesting way to interact with people. Resources like TweetDeck can help you monitor your brand, and specific keywords across twitter. If you have a brand people are talking about, you can monitor it, and reach out to people, either thanking them for the mention, or responding to any negative feedback that might be out there. If you actively monitor this “Noise” about your brand, it can be a really powerful marketing tool (again, within the right industry).

      I have found that this seems to be most effective in B2C markets. B2B markets are a bit tougher to utilize these sites, but it can be done, if you commit to it.

      Other effective social media sites to think about are things like YouTube. Videos don’t need to be professional quality, but just be interesting or fun. Having a blog is a great way to produce valuable content and interact with your customers. There are a million other community type sites, you just have to look for them. It has become so popular, that many of these sites are forming communities around specific industries. You just have to look for your community, and be active. That is the key to Social Media.

      I have also found it is hard to have an agency handle this type of marketing for you. Take it in-house, and you will have a much more real feel to your interactions, and give people insight into your company and the culture of the employees and company itself.

      Long response. Sorry, but hopefully some of it is helpful for you. Good luck if you decide to go down this route.

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    • Prellk77
    • April 14, 2014

    Who Was The Captain Of The Red Wings Before Yzerman?

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    1. 1982-86 Danny Gare

      And then the following:
      1926-27 Art Duncan
      1927-30 Reg Noble
      1930-31 George Hay
      1931-32 Carson Cooper
      1932-33 Larry Aurie
      1933-34 Herbie Lewis
      1934-35 Ebbie Goodfellow
      1935-38 Doug Young
      1938-41 Ebbie Goodfellow
      1941-42 Ebbie Goodfellow-Syd Howe
      1942-43 Sid Abel
      1943-44 Mud Bruteneau Flash Hollet
      1944-45 Flash Hollet
      1945-46 Flash Hollet-Sid Abel
      1946-52 Sid Abel
      1952-56 Ted Lindsay
      1956-58 Red Kelly
      1958-62 Gordie Howe
      1962-73 Alex Delvecchio
      1973-74 Alex Delvecchio-Nick Libett-Red Berenson
      1974-75 Marcel Dionne
      1975-76 Danny Grant-Terry Harper
      1976-77 Danny Grant-Dennis Polonich
      1977-78 Dan Maloney-Dennis Hextall
      1978-79 Dennis Hextall-Nick Libett-Paul Woods
      1979-80 Dale McCourt
      1980-81 Errol Thompson-Reed Larson
      1981-82 Reed Larson

      Puck U: Yeah right, I had to look up that Danny Gare was the old captain of the Red Wings. (sarcasm) Yes, I did copy and paste the rest of the answer, since her question wasn’t exact…..because there were MANY captains before Yzerman. If I would have gone from memory, I probably would have had the years all wrong, and forgotten some of the multiple captains from the 70's, and totally been clueless pre-Ted Lindsay era.
      I am not looking to give a history lesson, but rather give a correct answer. I initially simply put, Danny Gare, but then I realized the question was not specific as to what captain.
      By the way, I would never use that pathetic excuse for a website called Wikipedia.....and I find that to be the biggest insult to your answer. What did I ever do to you?

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