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3 Vital Lessons Bloggers Should Learn from Mark Zuckerberg

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If you’re serious about making money from blogging, it’s a good idea to learn not only from successful bloggers, but also from those who have made their fortunes in other areas of online business.

The stand-out individual of recent times is Mark Zuckerberg. It’s fair to say he’s a guy who generates mixed responses, but whether you like his public personality or not isn’t important. There’s no doubt he’s a very rich and very clever businessman. When Facebook went public, the shares he sold made him a billionaire many times over, yet he still retains overall control – a very smart move.

So what can the ambitious blogger learn from him?

Think Big

The growth of Facebook is often portrayed as meteoric: one minute there’s Mark and a few university buddies with the beginnings of an idea, the next there’s millions of people from all over the world connecting via a new social media platform.

The truth is a bit different. The growth rate was phenomenal, but it didn’t happen by accident. It was driven. Right from the start, Mark’s vision was not of providing  service to a few hundred people, or a few thousand, but of reaching as many people as possible. Even he may not have imagined the staggering impact it would eventually have, but he never limited its growth – he found ways to manage it and to encourage it.

You might start small, but the internet gives you the opportunity to reach a huge, global audience. There will be obstacles as you grow – but nothing that can’t be overcome. If you sell physical product, overseas shipping or distribution deals can be arranged. If you sell a service, you can reach out to freelancers or think about franchising. Facebook started in a campus dorm. You may not achieve the same levels in terms of pure numbers, but there’s nothing to stop your business reaching around the world if you want it to.

Stay Focused

Focus is key to every successful entrepreneur and every successful blog. Recently, Mark Zuckerberg released the Facebook phone and has launched a global initiative that could effect 5 billion people (read more about that here). However, he didn’t start to diversify until the core Facebook business had become well established.

As a blogger and entrepreneur, it’s likely that you have the sort of mind that is frequently generating profitable ideas. That’s great, but you need to be careful not to get distracted. If something is going to complement your existing blog and add to it’s growth, by all means incorporate it. If it’s going to distract you from building your core business, you should probably put it aside until you’ve achieved your initial targets. Focus on one goal at a time. Achieve it, then decide what you want to do next. You’ll have a firm foundation and greater financial stability too.

Build Relationships

Facebook is all about “relationships”, so that heading might seem a bit obvious. There’s more to building relationships than having people “like” or “follow” you though.

Long-term relationships, the ones that help build successful blogs, are about interaction and about feeling connected. If you can persuade your potential customer that they are an important part of your online business, you stand a much better chance of making a sale.

Every successful blog – in fact just about every successful website – has some way of building that relationship. It usually starts with list building: gathering your prospects email address. Once you’ve got that email you don’t have to rely on them visiting your site, you can be proactive.

Facebook is an excellent example of this principle in action. Once you sign up, they don’t just wait for you to come back, they invite you in. You get an email that suggests you look for friends. You get an email when your friends do something. You get an email if they haven’t seen you for a while. Facebook doesn’t forget you – and doesn’t let you forget them.

It’s a big and very important subject – one we should probably deal with in more detail in another post. It needs planning and careful handling to deliver the best possible results.

Technically it presents no problems though, because for a surprisingly small monthly fee you can outsource the bulk of the work. It’s well worth doing, because in return you get an extraordinarily powerful and flexible tool. It’s not just a way to make a sale, it’s a way to build relationships and turn people into customers for life.

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How Your Facebook Page Can Ruin Your Job Prospects

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Facebook is a wonderfully useful tool when it comes to hunting for a job. Your Facebook profile can help you get a job, and generally increase your visibility in the online arena.

However, Facebook can also ruin your chances of getting a job. If you’re not careful, you may end up shooting yourself in the proverbial foot. The content of your Facebook profile can bar you from that job you’re working hard to land.

1. Your photos speak volumes … and maybe the wrong ones

Most people forget that their pictures can be seen by pretty much anyone. It doesn’t take much effort for a prospective employer to access your Facebook page, where he or she will be able to scroll through your photos. It can give the person an idea of who you really are — perhaps a distorted idea.

What are you doing in your Facebook photos? Are you smoking, drinking, partying, pranking, or giving the impression you’re something of a slacker? You may end up losing the job opportunity because you posted pictures of yourself in the wrong situations, the wrong clothing, or the wrong moods.

2. Your page may indicate you’re lying on your resume

Padding the resume is something many people do; it’s expected that prospective employees may exaggerate their skills and talents a bit. They may use fancy language to describe their experience (“administering the delivery of gastronomic delights” instead of “serving at a restaurant”). Flat-out lying, though, will lose you the job.

Did you say you were working at X company last summer? How is that possible if your summer vacation pictures are from the same period? Your internship couldn’t possibly be enjoyed over a pina colada on the beach, right? The information, pictures, and posts on your page may suggest you’re doing more than just “padding” the resume.

3. Your content may generate the wrong impression

How many employers want their prospective employees to be posting sexy pictures of themselves or significant others on their Facebook page? What about content related to alcohol consumption or drug use? The employees of a company are the company’s face, and many firms are careful about presenting the right image.

No company wants to hire someone who’s constantly posting controversial or inappropriate content that hints at illegal activities. Be careful about what you post on your Facebook page, because that article, comment, or picture could lose you that job.

4. Your page is full of complaints

Your old job may not be ideal, which is why you’re thinking about leaving it. If you post complaints about your current or previous boss, or the customers you interacted with, it makes a bad impression — both to the general public and potential employers.

The reason this could ruin your chances of landing the job is prospective employers may see it as a lack of interest in their job as well. You’ll give the impression that you’re the type to complain no matter what situation you find yourself in — and no boss wants to deal with that.

5. Your friends expose the truth about you

Do all your friends spend their time partying, posting inappropriate content, or just wasting their days? Your connections on Facebook and LinkedIn may speak volumes about who you are. A wise man said, “Show me a man’s friends, and I’ll show you who the man really is.”

Facebook can be a huge asset, or it can stop you from receiving that second interview. Make sure your page is filled with photos, content, and posts that will aid you in your job search … or at least not hold you back.

Need help prepping for that second interview? Get some great second interview tips online.

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Possessing Marijuana in the Nation’s Capital Might Soon Be Legalized

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A bill was proclaimed by D.C. member of the Council Tommy Wells last Wednesday that would permit proprietorship of minor quantity of cannabis.

The “Decriminalization Amendment Act of Possession of Small Amount of Marijuana” seeks to eliminate criminal drawbacks for possession of scarcer than an ounce of cannabis. This bill would help save many lives from losing their right for education and opportunities for employment.

Wells said that once you have a criminal record of possessing marijuana, it would really be a great disadvantage for you to join the construction progress happening all over your place.

Even when you’re not a cannabis user and just simply got the dreaded THC compound from second-hand exposure from your environment and though you belong to some states who have legalized the use of marijuana for medication or recreational purposes, you could still be fired or will not be able to get employed to companies who have substance-free policy.

Many pro-cannabis supporters who believe that it is high time to implement a more utilitarian policy warmly embrace the news. Marijuana Policy Project based in D.C. also said in a news report that the current policy of the District in arresting and arranging thousands of cannabis proprietors each year is exploiting further harm than good.

Based on the statement of the American Civil Liberties Union, D.C. partakes the country’s uppermost detention rate for marijuana tenure amounting to 846 cannabis arrest per 100,000 individual in 2010 – which is greater than 3 times the nationwide rate. Implementing marijuana possession laws accumulates greater volume on the D.C.’s money per capita than any state in the country. $26.5 million are consumed for the judicial, police and jail expenses imposing pot laws and greater than $40 for every denizen.

ACLU also verified that there is a racial discrepancy in Washington’s cannabis arrests. African-Americans were 3.73 times more probably to be detained for marijuana possession than white folks, although the two clusters use cannabis at a closely equal degree.

Last April there was a poll directed by the Public Policy Polling which shows that the thrust in legalizing marijuana in Washington have gained the reinforcement of the public wherein 75% of the residents in D.C. asserted their support and 63% of them supports in decriminalizing and taxing marijuana for individuals who are 21 and above.Amongst the council members assisting the Amendment Act is Washington D.C.’s former mayor, Marion Barry who used up 6 months in prison when he was caught smoking weed.

However, Mayor Vincent Gray has stated that D.C. must first put their attention on the application of its medical marijuana platform before considering the legalization of marijuana more generally.

Phil Mendelson, a Council Chairman is also cynical with regards to legalizing marijuana. He thinks it’s not yet the right time and this case will not go over easily with the Congress.

 

Wells presented the legislature with co-Councilmen Marion Barry together with six additional co-benefactors, together with Councilman David Grosso, who guaranteed that he will support the bill to decriminalize marijuana.

If Washington will authorize cannabis for personal use, it would join the 14 states that are already implementing it.

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The Hacker Girlfriend: One B**CH You Don’t Want Mess With (Video)

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June 23, 2013: Generation YM announces the launch of their new original content YouTube series sponsored by Maxthon (Download Maxthon free – PC/ MAC) entitled “Hacker Girlfriend”, starring viral personalities SassiBob, Jessica Lizama, and KeeptheHeat’s Alex Russo. The series follows sexy, tech-vlogger SassiBob through a string of hilariously nerdy adventures with a twist. View the first episode – for free -at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPAqehj31T8.

Keith McElwain, CEO of Generation YM hails, “SassiBob in Hacker Girlfriend takes the phrase ‘sexy geek’ to a whole new level: her performance is energetic and funny with crazy plot turns and hilarious twists from start to finish!” Not just a story, Hacker Girlfriend is also a game within a story about gaming that any viewer can play. The contest begins as a scavenger hunt that challenges the viewer to find key objects hidden in each scene and ends with true test of movie mastery by asking viewers to match quotes from Hacker Girlfriend to their favorite movie titles. Prizes include t-shirts, give-a-ways from the set, and a special chance to have a meet and greet with the cast. Viewers will enter the contest at: http://HackerGirlfriend.com With plenty of gamer references, tribute to geeky classics, and the latest in Android, Hacker Girlfriend is bubbling with all things tech. It comes as no surprise the first episode is sponsored by a long-time favorite of the truly internet-savvy, Maxthon. Maxthon makes seriously high-performance browsers for Windows, iOS, Mac and Android and is, without doubt, the best browser ‘you’ve never heard of…’ Until now.

Download Maxthon – for free – to improve your web experience here:

Download Maxthon for free – (MAC) Download Maxthon for free – (PC)

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Jamaican Olympians Throughout History [Infographic]

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This summer millions sat glued to their televisions as athletes of every color, creed and country crouched down at starting lines intent on breaking records at the 2012 London Olympic games. While all of the athletes were impressive, many were struck by the ability and tenacity of the Jamaican team. As the games came to a close, Jamaican athletes had earned 10 medals to take from home from London. Impressively, the men’s 4×100 team also set a new world record when they completed the race in just 36.84 seconds.

One of the most notable moments facts about Jamaica’s Olympic pursuits is the steady improvements teams have made from competition to competition. Before the Sydney Olympic games in 2000, Jamaicans rarely won more than 5 medals. In many Olympics, like the 1972 Munich games, just one athlete would bring a medal home. However, in London 8 athletes received medals.

Today, the most famous Jamaican athlete is likely to be Usain Bolt, aptly named considering he is currently the fastest man on the planet. In London he broke the world record for the 100-meter dash when he completed the race in just 9.72 seconds. Formerly the most famous Jamaican athletes were the 1988 bobsled team who debuted in the Calgary games and became household favorites that inspired a movie named Cool Runnings.

Jamaica typically brings home more medals per capita than the competition and, if medals per capita had been a competition, the country would have taken silver.  And though it is typically track and field that catches the world’s attention, Jamaica has actually won in a diverse array of events from boxing to cycling.

Even though the next games are still two years away, many cannot wait to see what programs develop next.

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Jamaican Olympians Through History – An infographic by the team at Jamaican Olympians Through History by Couples Caribbean All Inclusive Beach Resort

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Baseball and Windows: You Make the Call

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Even if you’re not into baseball, you have to admit this is a cool idea. Windows has teamed up with a pair of editors from The Roosevelts to complete what’s been deemed the Windows Phone Baseball Bucket List. The idea is that these guys, Steve Gebhardt and Jone Tramutolo, go across the country to a myriad of Major League Baseball stadiums and perform every fans dreams, from streaking across the field to throwing the first pitch to holding the MLB trophy. You name it, it’s on the list. If you like what you see, you can even submit your own ideas through

Twitter (@RSVLTS) using hashtag #WPbaseball or on Facebook.

Also, check out the incredible panoramic views of 6 of the top MLB stadiums, all shot with the HTC Titan II.

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Facebook VS. Google [Infographic]

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With Facebook recently going public with their IPO, one might wonder, how does Facebook as a corporation compare to the search engine giant Google, Inc.? This infographic sheds some light on the corporate structure and size of each company, with stats on monthly visitors, advertisement revenue, and companies that were acquired.

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Epic Pie Time: My Little Pony, Bacon Strips, Jack Daniels, and Skrillex All in One Weird Video

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Okay, okay just hear me out for a second! I need to explain this to you. So My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is a TV show that has somehow grabbed the hearts of a certain group of males between the ages of 13 and something embarrassingly in the 20s (they call themselves Bronies). All you need to know is that they took a kids TV show and added some Epic Meal Time, Dubstep, and Apple Jack Daniels. Seriously, it’s hilarious, just trust me. I swear I’m still awesome…

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SOPA Protest: Top 20 Tweets About #FactsWithoutWikipedia

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And it’s finally over. The great blackout of 2012 where sites like Wikipedia, Reddit, I Can Has Cheeseburger, and us refused to go about their daily activities in protest of tyrannical legislation, internet-destroying legislation. SOPA and PIPA look to be down for the count, and if they’re not down, they’re on the ropes. Great, now we can go back to doing what we do.

At one point yesterday, 5 out of 10 trending topics were all SOPA and PIPA related, our favorite of which being #FactsWithoutWikipedia. In usual trending topic fashion, the Twitter-verse pulled out all their guns, trying to one-up each other and spread awareness at the same time. We’re here to honor those brave souls by giving you our definitive Top 20. Have fun, enjoy, and stay informed about SOPA and PIPA’s progression, because really, not just saying it, we could be fucked.

 

Check Out More Top Tweets

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/LOLGOP/status/159746575806111745″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/SeamusCondron/status/159745670322982912″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/WootLive/status/159742017562349569″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/blackavar/status/159732788453576704″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/FauxTrentDilfer/status/159731435111063552″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/ThatEricAlper/status/159659376330813441″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/WootLive/status/159720877838184450″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/MensHumor/status/159719054460981248″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/Mike_FTW/status/159695814598475776″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/THEmikewhite/status/159713515341488128″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/FauxJohnMadden/status/159697165592166400″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/Dead_Wizard/status/159670898012585984″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/The_Stuart_H/status/159576319536021504″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/NOTSportsCenter/status/159666227772534784″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/ShooterMcGavin_/status/159651631884017664″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/_L_M_C_/status/159635695923769347″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/Doctortriplej/status/159620170908831746″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/dwauctioneer/status/159614986560339968″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/NotBillWalton/status/159593961336479744″]

[blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/WFv2/status/159589275967553536″]

 

 

 

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