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White Friday in the Middle East: Shocking Numbers from Google Trends

White Friday in the Middle East: Shocking Numbers from Google Trends

Bet you’ve never heard of White Friday!! Learn All About White Friday in the MENA region, from Google Trends. It seems the winter holiday season is upon us. Not convinced? The team in our Arabic sister website,... Read more »

5 Great Google+ Features

5 Great Google+ Features

After all the begging and the waiting, I finally got an invitation to Google+ and frankly, I must say that I am very impressed with what they have done so far! And though many people are comparing Google+ to... Read more »

Blogging Tools I Can’t Live Without

When creativity is mentioned, one of the first things that people associate with it is the spark of inspiration. This is the moment when a solution crystallizes in the mind of the creator, where the strings of the divine puppeteer are hinged and the creator becomes an automaton focused solely on giving life to his vision. But this depiction, more often than not, undermines the path the creator had to tread to create the fertile environment that channels his creativity and allow ideas to blossom.

While blogging is sometimes looked down upon as being an elaborate form of “copy and paste”, it doesn’t have to be. The best bloggers offer original and engaging content for their readers that keeps them coming back for more. They approach blogging as a creative process, making it a necessity for them to adopt a routine which inspires them.

Here, I’ll be sharing with you my routine hoping that it will inspire you to create your own routine, or amend the one you currently follow.

Sources

Sources are the river that feeds a blogger’s inspiration, and that river should be a deep one. Even if you are a single issue blogger, you will still need to adopt a “big picture” view on things and drop the tunnel vision. And that’s were aggregators come in to play.

Newser

Tech Grid @ Newser

Newser is by far my favorite news aggregator and I check it at least once a day. The variety of topics and view points help to always keep me attuned to what’s going on around the world. It covers the entire spectrum of news from the absurd to the morbidly serious and from the technological to the inspirational. It’s grid view makes it very easy to skim through dozens of news items and posts in a matter of seconds.

[HOW TO] Getting the Elderly Up To Speed On The Internet: Facebook And Beyond (part 3)

After my mother and I went over the previous two parts of this series (part one, part two), I left her for a week to try and experiment with what she learned and I was really proud of what she achieved. Never mind that she now checked the pictures of friends of friends of people I never heard of, but she was now curious about who is that girl that is commenting on my brother’s profile, and what are all those weird messages of psychics and farm animals that keep on showing up on her homepage. She also informed of a ‘new’ use that she has found for Facebook for she has ‘discovered’ that by clicking on events on the homepage she will be able to see and plan for everyone’s birthday and she was excited about learning that little tidbit on her own.

While I could have delved deeper into Facebook explaining applications and games, I choose to leave that for a different day and focus on taking her a bit outside of Facebook on this day, focusing our time on two things; Gmail and Skype.

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Creating a Contact List Helps

Getting my mother to understand the concept was very simple now that she was familiar with Facebook messages. The only part that she didn’t get was how she was supposed to figure out the address of people that she wanted to get in touch with, and I replied with simply “just ask on Facebook”. With that out of the way, I inputted all the addresses that she will be using into her contacts so that she can access them easily by selecting their name from the “To:” field.

[HOW TO] Getting the Elderly Up To Speed On The Internet: Making Friends (part 2)

In the first part we created a computer enviroment that requires little to no intervention by the user to get them from powering on their laptops to accessing their profile on Facebook. Using this setup my mother had more focus on what she needed to learn and deal with, sometimes we forgot how much a priori is required in order for us to navigate a website such as Facebook. Unless we break down the website into its smaller and simpler elements, the first time computer users will be presented with a very high learning curve and might be inclined to give up in frustration over how much they need to grasp before they are able to do anything with a computer.

[HOW TO] Getting the Elderly Up To Speed On The Internet: The Prerequisites

My mother is one of those people, she has been holding out from learning how to use a computer or browse the internet for the past 20 years, but now that everyone is just sending their photos through email and Facebook rather than through post, and they send each other message through the internet rather than through voicemail she has been getting more and more interested and I decide that it is time to bring her up to speed on the net. So in these posts, and hopefully some follow ups, I will be introducing her to the various parts of the net and I’ll be sharing with you various parts of what we have learned together. The aim is to create a method for teaching those computer holdouts how to use computers and the net and making the internet interesting, enticing and relevant for them using social media.

10 Must-Know Advantages & Disadvantages of Social Media

10 Must-Know Advantages & Disadvantages of Social Media

Only a few technology-loving, mind-stimulating and idea-generating individuals out there are still unplugged with social media. I am sure those too will join soon as well since social media is not just a platform for easy and simple advanced online marketing, it is also the revolution of our century! Many people have tried to capture...

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HOW TO: Maintain Your Social Media Presence after Quitting Your Job

HOW TO: Maintain Your Social Media Presence after Quitting Your Job

How do employees keep their social media contacts and presence after quitting their jobs? Read more to find out!

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Warning: Your Naked Photos, Too, Might Be Posted on Facebook!

Warning: Your Naked Photos, Too, Might Be Posted on Facebook!

Brokenhearted, drunk and fueled with jealousy after his girlfriend suddenly pulled the plug on their relationship, Joshua posted his ex-girlfriend's pictures on Facebook, for millions of Facebook users to see and was made legal history for being put in jail for doing so!

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Social Media Sobriety Test: Don’t Drink & Tweet!

Social Media Sobriety Test: Don’t Drink & Tweet!

How many times did you get back home drunk and started tweeting or updating your Facebook status without really knowing what it is that you are typing away? Have no fear, the sobriety test is here!

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Trick or Treat Going Social [Tricks Inside!]

Trick or Treat Going Social [Tricks Inside!]

Impressive Art!

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year: What other holiday are you encouraged to be stupid and stuff yourself silly – well other than that ‘thing’ in the last week of June and St. Patrick’s day… which makes up my top 3. Year after year, Halloween has been getting more and more […]

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HOW TO: Backup Your Facebook Account

HOW TO: Backup Your Facebook Account

Cloud Backup Service

It's quite devastating to lose your Facebook profile, and it's quite annoying trying to recreate your Facebook profile from scratch even if you have a copy of everything that is on it. 2 tools to backup reviewed.

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