Book Excerpt: Investigating Internet Crimes
Let's look at some social networking statistics for some perspective on the issue. GlobalWebIndex reported that Facebook has 701 million … These stats represent another investigative concern, specifically the number of profiles a target may have on …
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Social media poised for bigger things
This year, companies will be turning to social media to boost business in even more creative ways: Cutting phone wait times The ability of customers to air their complaints via Twitter and Facebook – instead of waiting patiently on clogged phone lines …
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British Jihadists in Syria Use Social Media to Boast About Kills
Foreign nationals have been pouring into the embattled country to aid in both sides of the fighting, which has seen over 130,000 killed since 2011. Exact statistics vary wildly as to how many foreign citizens are currently fighting – with estimates as …
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A few nice social media agency nyc images I found:

Get #Social about it. #ET12 encouraging attendees to sit down and be social!
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Image by Definition 6: A Unified Marketing Agency
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Check out #ET12′s fancy and state of the art social media lounge!

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Connections 2012 Exact Target Conference Indianapolis, IN

Exact Target Partner Definition 6

Rome visit, June 2008 – 57
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Image by Ed Yourdon
These pictures were taken during a trip to Rome in Jun 2008, where I presented a 2-day seminar on "Web 2.0".

I noticed this couple, sitting on the railing that separates the vehicular roadway from the pedestrian part of the Piazza del Popolo. I couldn’t tell if they were arguing, engaged in a who-blinks-first? contest, or just having a thoughtful conversation…

I can’t help wondering if this couple had any idea how many people would look at their picture (a little over 14,000 as of January 2012), and how many different bizarre blog postings — well over a hundred, at this point, from all over the world — would use the image of their conversation to illustrate their message. To see all the places where the photo has been published (at least, all of the ones that I’m aware of), see below…

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Note: this photo was published on Jul 8, 2008 in a blog posting entitled "Reader Question: Handling Pressure to Apologize." It was also published in an Aug 21, 2008 blog article entitled "Marriage, money, debt, and divorce?" And it was published in a Jan 27, 2009 blog article entitled "Complaining’s Place In Marriage." In addition, it was published in a Jan 13, 2009 blog titled "Karen Kalisek’s Top 20 Things To Help (1-5)." More recently, it was published in a March 17, 2009 "Mind Hack" blog article titled "Dominant chemicals." And it was published in a Sep 13, 2009 blog titled "How to Fight With Your Partner."

A few days later, it was published in a Sep 18, 2009 blog titled "Couple’s Counseling: Why I Don’t Take Sides." And it was published in an Oct 20, 2009 Greek blog titled "? ?????????? ?????????? ??? ??????." It was also published in a Nov 4, 2009 blog titled "10 tips for traveling as a couple – and not breaking up." And it was published in a Nov 14, 2009 blog titled "How Thoughtful Words Save Marriages." It was also published in an undated (late-November 2009) blog titled "Democratia cuplului." It was also published, on page 5 of 8, in a Nov 14, 2009 blog titled "Best of the Week: Forbidden Gifts, Landlord Secrets & More."

One of the more unusual publications of this photo was in a Dec 7, 2009 blog titled "Separated Spouses Filing Bankruptcy Together." It was also published in a Nov 30, 2009 blog titled "The Language Barrier."

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in a Jan 7, 2010 blog titled "Everyone has a bad day." It was also published in a Jan 7, 2010 blog titled "Dealing with travel-partner conflicts." And it was published in an undated (Jan 2010) blog titled "Avoiding the Heartbreak Hostel: 10 Simple Rules For Backpacking Lovin’ for Female Travellers." It was also published in a Jan 18, 2010 Greek blog titled "?? ????????? ???? ????? ???? ?? ????l." And it was published in a Jan 20, 2010 blog titled "CityFiles: Letting them down easy (he said/she said)."

It was also published in a Jan 22, 2010 blog titled "Infidelity Doesn’t Have to Mean Divorce," and a Jan 24, 2010 blog titled "Both partners need to be involved." It was also published in a Feb 5, 2010 Dutch blog titled "‘Wij’ gelukkiger dan ‘ik’." And it was published in an undated (Feb 2010) blog titled "Adult Separation Anxiety." And it was published in a Jan 30, 2010 Wikihow blog page with the same title as the caption that I used for this Flickr page. I’ve also discovered that it was published in a Feb 12, 2010 Canadian blog titled "We need to talk (about the history of marriage counselling)." And it was published in an undated (Mar 2010) blog titled "Communication Skill Lesson Plan." It was also published in a Mar 25, 2010 blog titled "Marital Gridlock And Growing Up." It was also published in a Mar 28, 2010 blog titled "In today’s culture, sex is public but love is private." And it was published in a Mar 30, 2010 blog titled "Professional honeymooners: dream job or nightmare?"

There’s more: the photo was published in an Apr 5, 2010 blog titled "John Mayer Was Right: You Gotta Say What You Need To Say." And it was published in an Apr 6, 2010 blog titled "Miscarraiges [sic] Strain Marriages." It was also published in an Apr 8, 2010 blog titled "Why We Stay With Unfaithful Partners." And it was published in an Apr 9, 2010 blog titled "Foursquare Becomes Great Predictor Of Divorce," as well as an Apr 10, 2010 blog titled Relationship Advice | Too Immature for Relationship It was also published in an Apr 13, 2010 Italian blog titled "Uomini col Mestruo, un gruppo su Facebook smaschera i senza palle." And it was published in a May 14, 2010 Peruvian(?) blog titled "Codependencia: Cuando la propia identidad se pierde en la pareja." It was also published in a Jun 11, 2010 blog titled "Is Divorce Contagious?" It was also published in a Jun 25, 2010 blog titled "The Magic Of Making Up – Authors Overview," and a Jun 26, 2010 blog titled "The struggle for control in a relationship." A similar blog, titled "The stages of relationships: Phase 3: The power struggle," was published on Jun 28, 2010; and on the same day, the photo was published in a Trés Sugar blog titled "Finding Out Why We Fight Might Help Us Patch Things Up." It was also published in a Jun 29, 2010 Mashable blog titled "Facebook Becoming a Prime Source for Divorce Case Evidence," and I’m pretty sure that the Spanish edition of the same blog appeared on Jun 30, 2010 with a title of "Servicio gratis de mediación para divorcios en Gipuzkoa."

Moving into the second half of 2010, the photo was published in a Jul 2, 2010 blog titled " I Want My Husband To Love Me Again – 4 Ways To Rekindle Your Romance." It was also published in a Jul 8, 2010 blog about insurance, titled "How Can I Convince You?" And it was published in an undated (Jul 2010) blog titled "Adult Separation Anxiety." It was also published in a Jul 12, 2010 blog titled "Temas tabúes en las relaciones de pareja." And it was published in a Jul 14, 2010 blog titled "Initiative to Ban Divorce in California Resurfaces." It was also published in a Jul 15, 2010 Dating 1001 blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Jul 25, 2010 blog titled "Businesses Capitalizing on High Unemployment." And it was published in a Jul 29, 2010 blog titled "How to Deal With Financial Infidelity," as well as a Jul 29, 2010 blog titled "Words of Wisdom: Ryan Holiday. It was also published in a Sep 6, 2010 blog titled "Living together apart – Conviviendo juntos pero separados." And it was published in a Sep 15, 2010 blog titled "Is Your Debt A Relationship Killer?" It was also published in a Sep 17, 2010 blog titled "We Got Into An Argument, Part I." And it was published in a Sep 18, 2010 blog titled "Saving It." It was also published in a Sep 25, 2010 blog titled "Help Save My Marriage – What To Do." And it was published in an undated (late Sep) "Dating Advice Expert" blog titled "Marital dispute: An overview of court proceedings." It was also published in a Sep 30, 2010 blog titled "It’s a Guy Thing." And it was published in an undated (Oct 2010) blog titled "Dealing with Infidelity is a Response by Couples in Trouble." It was also published in an Oct 15, 2010 Judy Cares blog titled "Is it a Marriage or a Relationship?", as well as an Oct 19, 2010 blog titled "Moving Forward in a Marriage: Forgiving the Minor Mistakes." And it was published in an Oct 26, 2010 blog titled "Relationships should be Easy and fun." It was also published in an Oct 29, 2010 blog titled "I suggested couples counseling and my fiance said “I don’t do counseling. What should I do?", and another Oct 29, 2010 blog titled "Cosas que no debes decir en una cita."

Moving into November, it was published in a Nov 2, 2010 blog titled "Justicia rechaza el 7% de las demandas de divorcio por no cumplir requisitos." It was also published in an undated (Nov 2010) blog titled "Relationship Break Up Advice – How to Save Your Broken Relationship." And it was published in a Nov 8, 2010 blog titled "Welcome to Improve Sex Life." It was also published in a Nov 15, 2010 blog titled "Question of the Week: How has chronic illness impacted your marriage?", and a Nov 16, 2010 blog titled "Lastest [sic] Debt Counseling News." And it was published in an undated (mid-Nov 2010) Lying Lovers blog titled "Recovering From Infidelity – Crucial Steps to Rebuilding Your Marriage." It was also published in an undated (late Nov 2010) blog titled "Long Distance Relationships: How to Know When it’s Time to Call it Quits," and it was published in an undated (late Nov 2010) blog titled "Reconciliation is Possible with the Help of a Couples Counseling NYC Therapist." It was also published in a Dec 3, 2010 blog titled "Will Your Marriage Succeed Or Fail?", as well as a Dec 3, 2010 blog titled "Sole Sisters’ Guide to Keeping Sane While Traveling in Twos." And it was published in a Dec 6, 2010 blog titled "1 de cada 5 divorcios usan a Facebook como prueba de infidelidad." It was also published in an undated (mid-Dec 2010) Hospital Medical Billing Fraud blog titled "Do Infertile People Make Better Parents?" And it was published in a Dec 13, 2010 Polish blog titled "Kobiety k?ami? inaczej ni? faceci. Kto cz??ciej?." It was also published in a Dec 27, 2010 blog titled "The Easy Way to Make Money Online Everyday." And it was published in a Dec 30, 2010 blog titled "Relationship Cues: Sensing the Unspoken." Finally, it was published in a Dec 31, 2010 blog titled "Divorced and Co-Parenting: How to Get Along With Your Ex."

Moving into 2011, the photo was first published in a Jan 2, 2011 blog titled " Importance Of Medical Insurance Plans." It was also published in a Jan 3, 2011 blog titled "Car Insurance Tips for Mature Drivers in Florida, as well as a Jan 5, 2011 Forbes.com blog titled "5 Ways Your Partner Can Ruin Your Credit." It was also published in a Jan 6, 2011 "Learn to Earn Online blog, with the same title and descriptive notes as what I had originally written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Jan 10, 2011 blog titled "Bankruptcy Rules Review." And it was published in an undated (mid-Jan 2011) "Counseling Rehab" blog titled "4 Ways to Treat Your Addiction." It was also published in a Jan 13, 2011 blog titled "Waiting for Debt Help and Free Debt Advice?" And it was published in a Jan 15, 2011 blog titled "Online Dating Tips: How To Create A Great Profile." It was also published in a Jan 16, 2011 blog titled "Farmville Cheats And Associated Dangers," and another Jan 16, 2011 blog titled "Searching For The Fastest Way to Make Money Online?" It was also published in a Jan 17, 2010 pinkblog.it blog titled "Coppia: non perdonare il partner fa bene al rapporto." And it was published in a Jan 18, 2011 blog titled "How to Keep a Conversation Going." It was also published in a Jan 20, 2011 blog titled "5 Tips for Taking a Successful Online Dating Profile Photo." And it was published in an undated (late Jan 2011) blog titled "Why Social And Traditional Media Marketers Should Stop Acting Like Fighting Lovers." It was also published in a Jan 26, 2011 blog titled "Facebook cheating, restaurant websites and living in caves with Dinner Party Download." And it was published in an undated (late Jan 2011) blog titled "Stop Arguing Your Relationships to Death." It was also published in a Jan 30, 2011 blog titled "Ask the Readers: Hiding Money from Your Spouse."

The photo was also published in an undated (early Feb 2011) blog titled "Debt Relief Consolidation – Tips To Find Free Debt Help Online," with the caption and detailed notes that I provided on this Flickr page, followed by some more serious comments about the details of debt relief consolidation. And it was published in a Feb 8, 2011 blog titled "Female partners of heavy gamblers – victims or enablers?", and a Feb 13, 2011 blog titled "5 Sizzling Online Dating Tips." It was also published in a Feb 15, 2011 blog titled "The 1st Key for Dealing with Marital Strife," and it was published in a Feb 24, 2011 blog titled "Do You Know Your Rights?" It was also published in a Mar 8, 2011 blog titled 4 Reasons Why Open Marriage Doesnt Work," and a Mar 11, 2011 blog titled "What Do Musicians Really Earn Online?" And it was published in a Mar 16,2011 Car Insurance Companies blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in an undated (mid-Mar 2011) Website titled Especialistas en Divorcios. And it was published in a Mar 21, 2011 blog titled "Make love, not war: enjoy travel as a couple." It was also published in an undated (late Mar 2011) blog titled "Things You Must Know About Free Debt Consolidation Services." And it was published in a Mar 24, 2011 Nice How to Make Money Online Photos blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Mar 30, 2011 blog titled "Gründe für die Eifersucht." And it was published in an Apr 7, 2011 blog titled "The Italian Language Learning," as well as an Apr 8, 2011 blog titled "How to Make People Angry," and an Apr 10, 2011 blog titled "Gründe für die Eifersucht." It was also published in an Apr 20, 2011 blog titled "6 Common mistakes that can ruin your relationship." And it was published in an undated (late Apr 2011) blog titled "Cuáles son las señales de una relación abusiva o que no es sana?", as well as an undated (late Apr 2011) blog titled "What are the Signs of an Unhealthy or Abusive Relationship?" It was also published in an Apr 26, 2011 blog titled "How To Make Your Dates More Pleasant And Enjoyable." And it was published in a May 16, 2011 blog titled "Parents Relationship Affects Quality of Children’s Sleep." It was also published in a May 23, 2011 blog titled
"Want Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night? Try Harmony in Your Relationship." And it was published in a May 27, 2011 blog titled " ‘My Wife Won’t Have Sex with Me’ Is a Pathetic Excuse to Cheat," as well as an undated (late May 2011) blog titled "Why is it so hard to change relationships?"

It was also published in a Jun 1, 2011 blog titled "Should You Dispute a Performance Appraisal?" And it was published in a Jun 10, 2011 blog titled "Four signs you’re heading for divorce," as well as a Jun 10, 2011 blog titled "Becoming a Better Woman From the Inside Out." It was also published in a Jun 11, 2011 blog titled "Discuss How To Earn Money Online," as well as a Jun 11, 2011 blog titled "The Online Dating Game On Twitter – How Does it Work?" And it was published in a Jun 22, 2011 blog titled "Mistakes in Choosing a Marriage Partner," and a Jun 22, 2011 blog titled "Anatomy of A Marital Argument." It was also published in a Jun 30, 2011 blog titled "Talk Money for Relationship Success." And it was published in a Jul 22, 2011 blog titled "Provocative Phrase Friday — Her marriage was over + 11 Other Writing Prompts." It was also published in an undated (late Jul 2011) blog titled "Communication Skill Lesson Plan." And it was published in a Jul 31, 2011 blog titled "Rebuilding Your Marriage After An Affair." It was also published in an Aug 5,2011 Czech blog titled "D?láte dost pro Váš vztah?", as well as an Aug 5, 2011 blog titled Bankruptcy in San Antonio ? Why Me? And it was published in an Aug 6, 2011 blog titled "Wells Fargo And Wachovia Merger Is Bad News For Divorced Couple." It was also published in an Aug 15, 2011 blog titled "ACCORD report that the Internet is the fastest growing factor for marital difficulties in Ireland – but is that the full story?" And it was published in an Aug 19, 2011 blog titled "Why Senior Citizens Need To Get Reliable Travel Insurance." It was also published in an Aug 24, 2011 blog titled "Vrouwen winnen de meeste rubies." And it was published in an Aug 30, 2011 blog titled "BILL GROSS: Global Economy Is Like A Marriage "Teetering On The Edge Of Divorce"."

Moving on, the photo was published in a Sep 5, 2011 blog with the curious title of "Gnats’ farts and gender" at vickihollett-dot-com-slash-?p=3957". It was also published in a Sep 5, 2011 blog titled "Separated Chileans opt for unconventional living arrangements," as well as a Sep 5, 2011 blog titled "D?láte dost pro Váš vztah?." It was also published in an undated (early Sep 2011) blog titled "Adult Separation Anxiety." And it was published in a Sep 14, 2011 blog titled "It’s Not Just About Spanking." It was also published (though I have no idea why) in an Oct 6, 2011 blog titled "San Antonio Storage." It was also published in a Nov 11, 2011 blog titled "La ansiedad por la separación es un trastorno cada vez mas frecuente en nuestros hijos0." And it was published in a Nov 16, 2011 blog titled "Poll: Balancing two ambitious careers." It was also published in a Nov 21, 2011 blog titled "Von Vertrauen und Misstrauen." And it was published in a Nov 23, 2011 blog titled "When Is It Time To Move On From A Relationship," and a Nov 23, 2011 Faith Village blog titled "How to Fight Fairly." It was also published in a Nov 28, 2011 blog titled "5 Questions To Ask Yourself To See If You’ll Need A Pre-Nup." And it was published in a Dec 2, 2011 blog titled "Renting a Car in Ireland?", as well as a Dec 5, 2011 blog titled "Relationship Quotes," and another Dec 5, 2011 blog titled "Phrases to Avoid in Conversation – What Not to Say During a Fight with Your Beloved." It was also published in a Dec 6, 2011 blog titled "Single Parents – Dating and Family Strife."

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jan 2, 2012 blog titled "? Why? ? Auto insurance cos? vile? expensive in the UK?", as well as a Jan 2, 2012 blog titled "I’m 33 years old with a second DUI. What’s the best way to go about a job search?", and a Jan 2,2012 blog titled "Ask LH: How Do I Get Out Of An Argument With An Irrational Person?" It was also published in a Jan 4,2012 blog titled "Procurment Homes Need not " Dress" Good?" And it was published in an undated (early Jan 2012) Death Note Wallpaper blog, with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in an undated (early Jan 2012) blog titled "Adult Separation Anxiety."

Also, the photo was published in an Apr 19, 2012 blog titled "What’s Your Deal-Breaker?" It was also published in an Apr 23, 2012 blog titled "When An Over-Spender Ruins Someone You Love." And it was published in an Apr 27, 2012 blog titled "“Solo lei vuole un figlio”… quando il desiderio di genitorialità non è condiviso," as well as an Apr 27, 2012 blog titled "ANGLO-ITALIAN Experience Their First Travel “Discussion” – FOLLOW UP." It was also published in a May 2, 2012 blog titled "Morar junto antes de casar aumenta chances de divórcio, aponta estudo," as well as a May 2, 2012 blog titled ?? ????? ??? ?? ??? ????? ??????? ???? ??????????." It was also published in a May 16, 2012 blog titled "Why You Shouldn’t Have Sex with Your Roommate," as well as a May 25, 2012 blog titled "What is a MA declaration of homestead?" It was also published in a May 9, 2012 blog titled " Annulment vs. Legal Separation: 3 Differences You Should Know About." And it was published in a Jun 10, 2012 blog titled "How To Improve Your Relationships ." It was also published in a Jun 13, 2012 blog titled "15 Relationship Truths for Tough Times." And it was published in a Jun 22, 2012 blog titled "Episode 116 Should Parents Fight in Front of their Kids?," as well as a Jun 23, 2012 Gigazine blog titled "????????????????????20??" (which means, I think, "where do ideas come from?") It was also published in a Jun 22, 2012 blog titled "Reconnecting Depressed Partners Despite Fear and Shame," and a Jun 23, 2012 blog titled "Commitment-Phobic Employers Do Their Best to Mimic Your Ex-Boyfriend."

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in an early Jan 2013 blog titled "Jeste? inny ni? kiedy?." It was also published in a Jan 16, 2013 blog titled "Can a collection agency garnish your wages? in california?" It was also published in a Jan 28, 2013 blog titled "US-California: E ‘can temporarily change the withholding tax on wages for a period of 2 months?" And it was published in a Feb 14, 2013 blog titled "New Gender Studies minor has major plans for the future." It was also published in a Feb 20, 2013 blog titled "Time to Succumb." And it was published in a Mar 6, 2013 blog titled "Ten Steps to Healthy Fighting in a Relationship," as well as a Mar 8, 2013 blog titled "Para não brigar com as mulheres, maioria dos homens prefere mudar de opinião, diz pesquisa."

NYC Government Technology Forum 2012
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Image by NYCDoITT
Panel: Game On! Applying Gamification to Government

By 2015, more than 50% of organizations that manage innovation processes will gamify those processes, according to Gartner."Gamification" is the use of game mechanics to engage your audience and solve problems outside of typical game environments. With the rise of social media and mobile devices, more and more organizations are usingthese techniques to boost engagement and find solutions. But, how is gamification being applied to government? This session offered some recent examples and explores how you can apply game mechanics to achieve your agencys goals.

Social Media Marketing Agencies REVEAL Twitter Facebook Secrets: Electronics Beauty Medical Pharma

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Video Rating: 5 / 5

Check out these social media for real estate images:

Real Estate SEO Flow Chart
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Image by Social Media SEO
Real Estate SEO Flow Chart

Displaying What to do, not HOW to do it

Social Media Networking for SEO means dozens of profiles optimized first, then client’s blog posts submitted to dozens of social networks, then write copy to entice others in similar genres (that do not compete directly with your client) to reblog/ repost/ share/ tweet/ vote/ like etc… rinse repeat

Real Estate Panel for Social Media Breakfast MSP
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Image by DavidErickson

(PRWEB) January 02, 2014

Best Practice Institute has launched a new Social Learning and Benchmarking site on BestPracticeInstitute.org, an online destination where the organization’s thousands of subscribing members access a wealth of social learning, benchmarking and networking resources.

BPI’s new online learning community is the culmination of four years of developing live and on-demand resources and tools for BPI members. BPI has more than 42,000 subscribers, and its corporate and individual members include executives and employees of more than half of the Fortune 500.

For several years, BPI has offered its subscribers an abundance of resources on its main website, bestpracticeinstitute.org. Now those resources have been expanded and a new social networking, learning, and media site has been custom created by Best Practice Institute on its main website: http://www.bestpracticeinstitute.org.

Member resources on Best Practice Institute include:


Fast Cycle Learning Circles: Short bursts of cutting-edge information followed by intense discussion in an hour or less. Learning Circles also become springboards for follow-up discussion threads, as BPI members help each other apply the information to their real-world workplace challenges.

Ask-It Benchmarking Sessions: For many years, BPI’s premium members have enjoyed sharpening each other with thoughtful questions and practical answers, which often took the form of extremely long email threads. Those discussions are now taking place on “Ask-It,” BPI’s benchmarking tool of the future.

Members pose their benchmarking questions and fellow members weigh in. Ask-It threads are preserved online, are searchable and include attachments members upload. Detailed member profiles make it easy to evaluate each commenter’s credentials, and participants rate each other’s comments.

Member-generated Case Studies: Members are invited to share their success stories with each other. Who has the time to write a case study? BPI makes it easy with a simple case study form that leads the contributor through a few short questions that take just a minutes answer, resulting in an invaluable archive of practical information for BPI members.

Online Learning (webinars): More than 350 learning sessions are available on-demand. The sessions are led by BPI faculty members and guest presenters, who are world-famous thought leaders and Fortune 500 executives. All learning sessions are free of sponsorships and advertising.

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BPI offers three levels of paid membership.

BPI Professional Plan (single user; $ 349/year): To professional members, BPI is an online learning portal as well as a social network for business leaders. Professional members gain full access to all online resources, including participation in the BPI community.

Professional members may introduce themselves and create their personal brand image before thousands of other members by posting their profiles, including bio, company affiliation, social media links and areas of expertise. A member may develop one’s own online personal development plan by stating company goals, personal learning goals and by tracking of one’s progress as one works through BPI resources.

BPI Enterprise Plan (multiple users; $ 999/year). The Enterprise Plan is for corporate members that want to provide BPI access to multiple users. Enterprise members receive all the features of Professional membership for unlimited members who have emails tied to the company’s domain.

To Enterprise members, BPI is especially a leadership development program. Best Practice Institute is renowned for its leadership development consultation to some of the world’s largest corporations. In 2012, Leadership Excellence magazine named BPI to its “Best in Leadership Development” ranking.

Best Practice Institute is a robust platform for a company’s leadership development and networking. Corporate leaders can use the platform to share company goals, ask critical benchmarking questions, conduct online discussions among team members and identify BPI learning resources that team members should review. BPI’s Transfer of Learning Evaluation tool measures how effectively employees are translating what they are learning back into their jobs.

Is your company not in the Fortune 500 — yet? Enterprise members may gain recognition by creating a BPI company profile, including company description, logo, social media links and company news.

Members may also apply to the coveted Best Practices Awards in various categories of leadership and management. Past best practices award winners include Shannon Banks, HR Director at Microsoft and Richard Olivier, Artistic Director of Olivier MythoDrama Best Practices Company Founders Award in 2013.

The Senior Executive Board, BPI’s most unique and exclusive service, is the highest level of BPI membership. The SEB is composed of some of the top executives of some of the world’s largest corporations. SEB members are hand-selected to form groups of 20 peer leaders in such fields as talent management, learning and leadership development, and workforce planning and analytics.

SEB members are polled to identify their most pressing corporate issues. Then BPI conducts extensive real-world research and consults with top thought leaders and professors. These findings are shared with members at SEB gatherings and web conferences, which include the participation of top leaders and experts.

This unique upper-echelon networking takes place under the direction of BPI founder and CEO, Louis Carter, author of the best-selling best practices book series published by John Wiley and Sons. Throughout the year, Carter and BPI staffs provide consultation to SEB members and their top teams, including customized research through BPI’s “Benchmark-It” process.

Senior Executive Board membership also includes full access to BPI online features for all employees throughout one’s corporation.







A few nice social media monitoring tools comparison images I found:

Kasia Molga Oil Compass for Protei in Fashionning Tech
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www.fashioningtech.com/profiles/blogs/kasia-molga-interview

V2_Institute for the Unstable Media hold an annual “Summer Session” in which designers and artists are invited to develop a work under one of the three current research themes at V2_Lab: Wearable Technology; Augmented Reality and Ecology. This summer five projects were developed over a six week period which explore the future of these fields. The Summer Session projects were showcased at the 17th International Symposium on Electronic Art held this year in Istanbul, September 14-21, 2011 during one of V2_’s Test_Lab events.

Below is an interview with Kasia Molga who participated in the V2_ Summer Sessions 2011 with the work "Oil Compass":

- Kasia Molga, "Oil Compass" -

“Oil Compass,” done in collaboration with Sey Min, is a screen-based data-visualization interface, which lets users become aware of real-time oil spills on a global scale. Through the interface we are able to search and get close up views of locations, as well as view the history and data pertinent to the events. Through these we are able to consider the impact of continuous and largely under-reported cases of oil pollution in our global waters as well as ponder solutions for the prevention and de-contamination.

Everyday each tanker and each rig releases 600 litters of oil into the sea, not mentioning that we also have a "regular" vessels which use oil as a fuel.

One of the questions that you ask as is if we can “really connect with the complex subject of oil spills and understand its environmental impact?” via a real-time data visualization. What are your conclusions after this time? How can the visualization tangibly make a difference?

Like everything in the nature—an action causes reaction or/and provoke a chain of events causing imbalance. Everyday each tanker and each rig releases 600 litters of oil into the sea, not mentioning that we also have a "regular" vessels which use oil as a fuel. Although the vastness of the water covering our planet might seems almost infinite, within those areas where spills happen the local biodiversity is affected thus affecting us. "Oil Compass" through containing past and present data, as well as live data, gives a picture of the scale of that problem, because oil spills don’t happen ONLY when it is broadcasted on the news, but they happens everyday.

The crucial and most interesting features of this work, in my opinion, is a live data visualization of oil tankers—updated every 10 minutes. It is also interesting to see (although not surprising) that most of them are around Europe and North America—places where the level of energy consumption is the highest. One of the maps which I produced while working on "Oil Compass" was a visualization of Earth at Night. North America and Europe are full of light compared to the rest of the world, and obviously there are a lot of tankers and that is where the biggest spills have happened.

Places like Africa or Asia—which are heavily explored for their oil, seem very dark in comparison. Africa didn’t register any huge spills except in South Africa.It was not easy to get data on the position of oil rigs and we are still working on this. But I have noticed that often rigs and platforms are planted in places which don’t seem to be so well lit-up…such as Angola for example. I don’t want to jump to false conclusions—as “Oil Compass” is ever-evolving project which demands to be constantly updated, but while working on it I couldn’t help thinking how big chunks of oil are taken from places with very limited access to energy/electricity and then transported to places which use it like there is no tomorrow.

I hope that I can make people to gain a distance—to see it in its entirety—so that perhaps a bigger emotional bond can be created.

I hope that "Oil Compass" can act as an objective and easy to understand a picture of the situation. By using a tool such as Google Earth—everybody can access it and contribute to it. At the same time by using the image of the globe—our planet—giving a viewer a point of view of an "astronaut" and some control of how to navigate/spin/move that virtual sphere—I hope that with that I can make people to gain a distance—to see it in its entirety—so that perhaps a bigger emotional bond can be created. It has been an interesting experience as this object which I call "Oil Compass" had to fulfill two, quite contradictory roles—it had to be very informative and objective about all facts on the subject but at the same time it had to evoke some emotions on viewers.

"Protei" is aimed to be a low-cost device that semiautonomously sails upwind, intercepting oil going downwind.

“Oil Compass” is also a modeling too to explore the potential of another work called “Protei” an Open Source Sailing Drone also developed at V2_. Can you tell us more about the “Protei” project, and is this research recursive, can it be applied to other environmental mappings?

“Protei” is a shape-shifting sailing robot that collects pollution—and it is a brainchild of artist/designer Cesar Harada. "Protei" would operate as a fleet and is developed as open hardware. The current version is “Protei_Oil_Spill” for collecting spilled oil at sea. It is aimed to be a low-cost device that semiautonomously sails upwind, intercepting oil going downwind. “Protei” is using existing technologies in an innovative design which can be implemented in the short term to address a crisis. Being an open source project, other versions may be designed in the future for other purposes: “Protei” for the North Pacific plastic garbage patch, heavy metals in coastal areas, fishery monitoring, physical oceanography, climate change studies…

"Oil Compass" in this context has 3 functions:

1) Educational/Didactic: for everyone concerning past major oil spills as well as everyday spills (which depends on the volume of tanker vessels around the world and oil rigs). The plan is be keep updating the data with other less "famous" spills as well as information how the spills were managed and dealt with. This will also help in assessments when and where another disaster might happen.

2) Navigational: tracking the traffic of vessels and therefore spills; keeping updated maps with position of all oil rigs—so that it can become as a centralized informative hub; keeping updated maps not only with oil spills situations, but other issues/problems which waters are facing today, i.e.: plastic debris, radioactive spills etc. Ideally I also would like to be able to update all of it with currents and weather forecasts—but that is all a long shot. A better funding structure would be very needed to achieve that.

3) “Protei” Locations: based on the navigational function of "Oil Compass" we can asses where “Protei” drones are the most needed, how to navigate them around other vessels, rigs etc; obviously tracking “Protei” and informing what function drones have in what areas.

- Kasia Molga, "Oil Compass" -

Of course we are all political—whether consciousness or unconscious of it. We are all involved in some relations with other people and/or environment and nature.

When looking at eco-art I am struck by how for a number of years now we have engaged in “causes” in the arts from feminism, cultural identity, to AIDS, etc. Why do you think that artists are invested in the political? Is it endemic of society being in need of more “political” players? Or is it more of a crisis in terms of art’s role in society?

But aren’t we all "political?" The concept of evolution is political. Of course we are all political—whether consciousness or unconscious of it. We are all involved in some relations with other people and/or environment and nature. We are all engaged in some kind of dialogue with our surroundings. I am not sure if the engagement in politics/social or environmental issues are the result of a crisis. Alain de Botton once said that (and I am paraphrasing not quoting) we, humans, when we are around something/some situation for a bit too long, we stop to notice it. The role of artists and what artists can do is to remind us about those forgotten/taken for granted/unnoticed things.

I am rather a facilitator who creates a platform for people to explore certain issues in alternative ways and learn about them and form opinion for themselves.

So I guess it is not about the crisis of art’s role. It is just that artists often can see sharper and clearer and deeper and spot alternative/forgotten/hidden situations, matters, connections and thus also respond to the zeitgeist. It is often a commentary on existing situations. On a personal level, as an artist/designer who engages often (but not always) in environmental issues, sometimes I feel that I don’t create just an artwork—a subjective transformation of my opinion/view of the world. I am rather a facilitator who creates a platform for people to explore certain issues in alternative ways and learn about them and form opinion for themselves. In “Oil Compass”—I think I had a difficult task of trying to be objective about the subject—not to get carried away with too much emotions…

We often forget to perceive ourselves as a part of nature and we often make that disassociation even when we speak of "we" and "nature."

How do you relate your work to earthworks of the late 60s early 70s such as Robert Smithson’s "Spiral Jetty" which celebrated nature while also aestheticizing it? Are we now aestheticizing nature through politics instead of structural compositions?

I would turn that question around a bit to speak here about the concept of beauty—whether it lies in pure visual harmonies of colors and shape or is in fact encapsulated in the content/the emanating/the message. Both are important—the capturing of fragments of ephemeral sublime moments to convey that feeling of awe—the fact that we are part of this amazing creation as nature—we are its fruits, therefore what we do shall be integral to it. However, for some reason sometimes is not.

We often forget to perceive ourselves as a part of nature and we often make that disassociation even when we speak of "we" and "nature." While nature/environment/climate is a part of a human narrative, I think many of the earth/land artists of the late 60s and early 70s explored nature in that way. Hopefully having that in common with people such as Robert Smithson, I don’t work with the landscape as such, but with its digital representation. I also often use a "bigger picture" in my work—whether it is a map of the entire city or a whole globe; or an interactive live data feed. The immediacy of time, possibility to witness concurrent events at once—that concept of liveness and presence is more important in my work…

Istanbul, September 2011
Tags: Kasia Molga, V2_, Valerie Lamontagne, environment, oil, protei

The thing about social media is that it is dominated by the young, by the hip. The culture today is anachronistic and contradictory. Irony Irony Irony. That’s what it’s all about these days. Ironically enough, the definition of irony has been pretty skewed. There have been the beatnicks, the hippies, the goths, the emos, the punk movement but now there is the hipsters: the counter-culture that really doesn’t “counter” anything, except themselves. One of the most common phrases to exit a hipster’s mouth is “I’m not a hipster”. That and “Oh, you probably haven’t heard of them” in response to the question “Who is your favorite band?”  It is a culture driven by, strangely enough, exclusivity- even though it is probably one of the largest mainstream cultures out there. A notable favorite of hipsters is anti-humor, or jokes without the joke. An entry level anti-joke might be “Why did the monkey fall out of the tree? Because he was dead.” You might’ve laughed at this. The joke isn’t the joke itself, but the unexpected twist of there being no joke. Here’s another – “A guy walks into a bar. His alcoholism is tearing his family apart”. Again, it’s funny because there is nothing funny about it. A lot of you probably don’t get the jokes, and that’s important to keep in mind as I lead into what I’m actually talking about.

A lot of companies try to create tools that measure friend-foe-neutral. What I mean is, they try to determine when a post was made for or against your company, what that post was about, and how much influence does the poster have in your vertical. Now, that task alone is hard enough to accomplish, and most cannot deliver, but the major flaw in this system is context.

How can a software identify the context of the post. It is highly possible that an incredibly influential poster may make a huge slam against your company and you won’t even know about it because you can’t comprehend the insult. It may also seem like they are insulting you when actually they are praising you. Each culture has it’s own particular vernacular, and it takes a lot of time to understand each. Sometimes their lexicon is in conflict with our own. Negative words re-appropriated into positive words. So the whole promise of this ranking system is completely skewed.

The fact of the matter is, without delivering on the context, you cannot trust any firm that insists it has the best social ranking tools. And to further prove my point, go watch an episode of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job. If you get the show and laugh at it, good for you, you can probably understand some of hipster culture. If you don’t, then remember how important context is.

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Since 2000 the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (through its State and Local Records Management Division) and the Texas Department of Information Resources have jointly organized an annual one-day conference for state agency and local government employees who create or manage electronic records. This educational opportunity seeks to improve electronic records management in Texas government by bringing together staff responsible for and interested in records management and information technology. The conference is held in the Commons Center at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus, UT-Austin. The 2013 theme was "Transitioning to Electronic Processes." Over 350 professionals attended the conference, the most ever. For more information visit: e-Records Conference 2013

Pictured is Todd Kimbriel of the Texas Department of Information Resources.

This year we recorded two conference sessions, available on TSLAC’s YouTube channel: Best Practices for Project Implementation and Social Media Update for State Government

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With one of the latest trends being how to make money online, businesses on the Internet are now seeking strategies and techniques to boost their sales and revenues. Even existing businesses outside the Net are trying to catch up with the trend since their visibility online can attract more customers than doing the traditional advertising and marketing.

Some advertise their websites and blogs to increase the traffic to their sites in hopes of generating more income. Others use Search Engine Optimization (SEO) to increase the traffic to their sites, which also makes it easier for their business/businesses to be found by the search engines.

In the last few years social sites have become the HOT trend for advertising your expertise. Social media sites have become pretty effective because these sites are visited by millions of users all over the world. We are referring to sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Delicious, and YouTube etc. Some refer to this as social media optimization.

With this being the case, many people who dont know much about this trend tend to get frustrated with the learning curve of not really knowing how to manage their social media accounts. This is when its a good idea to consult with a social media manager. Social Media Managers assist businesses with their social media optimization, plus they save you countless hours or time, effort and money because they do what their good at while you focus on your still focusing on your business operations.

There are countless numbers of companys that are hiring social media managers to assist with the management of their social media accounts, particularly Twitter and Facebook. Most of these entrepreneurs want to maximize their sites potential, which will also help create more followers, and viewers on their accounts. Twitter for instance, is a very powerful tool for marketing your products or services. In other words, followers on twitter can turn into your potential customers. Would you like this for your business? Then this is the perfect time to hire a good social media manager.

Social Media Managers also may give suggestions for dealing with situations where your having issues with spam, invalid passwords, twitter DMs or direct messages, comment management, RSS feeds, and other related issues. Social media manager find solutions and advise on other topics such as controlling unwanted emails, effective email marketing, linking different social media accounts into one, engaging in forums, and comments on other blogs. Social media managers also increase the visibility of blog posts in order to gain visitors to your business blog or website.

In the paragraph above we touched on just a few of the roles that a social media manager undertakes when working with clients. With this trend quickly developing more and more social media managers are becoming hired to help businesses manage their social accounts. Without Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Delicious, Stumbleupon, and all the other countless social media sites, businesses would never be as viable and lucrative as they are today.

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