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What do you do when you can no longer go home for family dinners? This is the question our family recently faced when my sister and I relocated to Maryland this June, moving 588 miles away from our dad and our hometown in Lansing, MI.

Family dinners are important to the three of us and we were able to recreate the experience with Skype, an online video calling platform that allows you to call anyone, anywhere, for free. Every other Sunday my sister and I sit down for a Skype dinner with my dad. We each cook the …read more

A Status Update That Makes A Difference

Karen went out to dinner. Joe has a case of the Mondays. Sue became an organ donor in 2004?! What? Facebook is now promoting on their timeline feature when users became organ donors. This is important for many reasons. Though you might have checked that you wanted to be an organ donor on your license, perhaps you forgot to tell your family. This will be a way to share with the important people in your life your choice. Though this will not have the same legal standing if you haven’t signed up to be an organ donor (which you can …read more

Do You Have Something to Teach?

Skillshare thinks everyone has something to teach and things to learn. Skillshare’s platform is a community marketplace where you can find online or in-person classes to take or post your own course. For example in Washington, DC you can take a class on writing an RFP for $25 dollars or take a crash course in CSS for $100. Courses range from arts and crafts to technology. This is a great way for individuals or companies to show their expertise and gain new clients.

Would you be interested in learning from community members in your field? Do you have something you …read more

Facebook Speaks Out About Password Controversy


Due to multiple reports of interviewers and organizations requesting passwords for Facebook during interviews and reviews (learn More), Facebook published the following “As a user, you shouldn’t be forced to share your private information and communications just to get a job. And as the friend of a user, you shouldn’t have to worry that your private information or communications will be revealed to someone you don’t know and didn’t intend to share with just because that user is looking for a job. That’s why we’ve made it a violation of Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities to share …read more

They Want Your Facebook Password for What?!

Everyone who’s looking for a job knows the importance of cleaning up their social media sites to look as professional as possible. You would normally just mark anything private that you wouldn’t want your interviewer to see. But it could now go further than that. Across the nation interviewers have been reported to ask prospective job hires and employees for their social media passwords during interviews and job reviews.

ACLU attorney Catherine Crump said in response to these reports, “ People are entitled to their private lives. You’d be appalled if your employer insisted on opening up your postal mail …read more

Use Your Phone to Support Local Growers

Spring is just around the corner. So, it’s even easier to eat locally, support neighborhood farms, and better your health – all at the same time. If you don’t know how to find the closest famer’s market, social media is here to help. Download the Harvest to Hand app, which will help you find local harvest festivals, farmers markets, pick-your-own, locally made products, and family-friendly farms.

Harvest to Hand promotes sustainable local agriculture across the United States. Consumers have easy access to fresh farm products, events and home-spun goods right at their fingertips.

What other apps are you using to …read more

Should the FBI have access to your Tweets and Facebook posts?

The FBI recently sent out a request to tech companies asking for proposals in the development of social media application. The bureau is seeking input for a system that would alert it of matters dealing with terrorism, crime and anything else pertaining to national security. Although the FBI has said that it would only utilize the “publiclyavailable” information that users provide, some consumer groups have raised both privacy and free speech concerns.

If you posted that something was the “bomb” or was “about to blow up”, would that alert the FBI? In the video below, WebProNews …read more

Content is King

Social media, mobile technology, and word-of-mouth marketing have been serious game changers. People today are getting their news online. We’re watching TV on mobile devices and subscribing to magazine on tablets.

This lends to three points:

• Traditional advertising is dead.

• Content marketing is the new traditional advertising.

• Content is King.

Great content is a powerful marketing tool. Why? It can build community and tell a story about your organization, your company’s mission or your individual brand.

According to, a HiveFire survey discovered that print, TV and radio advertising is being …read more

Is the Internet Changing The Way We Think?

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” ~ James Allen

Each year, submits a profound question to cultural and scientific visionaries. More than 168 essays were collected in response to the question, “How is the Internet changing the way you think?” Responses ranged from odd and tongue-in-cheek to thought provoking. The Atlantic Wire highlighted some of the more piquant answers. “Language is Technology, Too” is one of the more fascinating. Below is an Atlantic Wire excerpt:

Language is a Technology, Too, quotes Stanford psychologist, Lera Boroditsky. Some technologies …read more