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Infographic: Internet Connectivity Around the World

An interesting infographic courtesy of InternetService.net

With a solid one-third of the Earth’s population connected to the Internet, the speed and quality of one’s Internet connection is more important than ever. Everyone has dealt with the annoyance of a painfully slow Internet connection, and when you’re trying to get something done, slow Internet can feel like more than just a minor setback. While in reality, slow Internet isn’t the worst thing in the world, it’s interesting to take note that, for some places in the world, the Internet does move markedly faster than in others.

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Twitter Post Ideas For Your Business

Running out of ways of keeping your company’s twitter feed alive and fresh? Check out these suggestions – from Vertical Measures – guaranteed to spice up even the stalest twitter campaign & keep your company’s feed buzzing –

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How an African Chief Uses Twitter to Keep the Peace

Source: Mashable – How an African Chief Uses Twitter to Keep the Peace

An African administrative chief uses Twitter to help solve problems and maintain order in his Kenyan village, showing another example of how social media has evolved beyond wired metropolises to reach even the most previously unconnected corners of the globe.

Chief Francis Kariuki — or, @Chiefkariuki, as he’s known online — tweets to defeat thugs and thieves, locate missing children and farm animals, and organize village logistical matters, according to the Associated Press.

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Progressives Guide to Social Media 1: Intro

Source: News Junkie Post – By Ole Ole Olsen

This is the first in a series of short articles that are intended to help grassroots activists better utilize social media websites. These are the definitive and comprehensive guides for progressives. Every week there will be a new guide published about how to more effectively use Reddit, Digg, StumbleUpon, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Other Sites, and on Advanced Strategies.

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Twitter Marketing Techniques to Help Your Online Business Succeed

Source: Net Collective

Twitter has rapidly become the leading way to exchange short messages online. Within the 140 character limit, people socialize, network and talk about anything they want.

Twitter has a very simple interface, but at the same time it can be effectively used for many different purposes.

That’s why it can be the perfect place to promote any kind of online business. Twitter is used by many online marketers to increase website traffic and sell products. Twitter can be very profitable, but you should stick to certain guidelines if you want to succeed.

We will now discuss a few helpful strategies so that you can get the most from your Twitter marketing efforts.

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Google Webmaster: How can I identify causes of a PageRank drop?

Source: Google Webmaster Help

Q: I use the Google Toolbar to monitor PageRank. I read on the Internet that it gives old and quite unreliable data. Can I have reliable realtime PageRank information about the sites I administer? And how can I identify causes of a PageRank drop? silviot, Torino, Italy

Have a question? Ask it in the Google Webmaster Help Forum: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Webmasters?hl=en

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How to make the most of social media marketing

Source: Helium.com by: Natalia Jones

It is not enough to create a profile on each of the popular social media networks. To truly leverage the great marketing potential of taking your company to sites like Facebook, Twitter and even LinkedIn you need to have a comprehensive strategy for your content and also for how you will interact with the people your profile attracts. Take a look at the following tips for some insight into how to make the most of social media marketing.

Integrate Social Media into Your Overall Marketing Plan

Social media cannot be used in isolation; it must become a seamless part of your company’s overall marketing strategy if it is to be successful. This means not only ensuring that your logo, company colors and even the style of writing relates to your offline marketing campaign, but also ensuring that those who represent the company on the social networks do so in a manner that can be held up to the company standard for customer service. Some companies choose to hire brand champions who are trained to use social media platforms to further the company image. There is a tendency to approach communicating over social network sites in too much of a relaxed manner. Responses can be more informal, but they should never be delayed or insolent, which is why delegating your social media campaign to a specific person is a good idea.

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An SEO Checklist for New Sites

Source: SEOMOZ

This is a great breakdown of the various considerations in building up SEO for a fledgeling website. The video divides your tasks into the following categories:

  • Accessibility
  • Keyword Targeting
  • Content Quality and Value
  • Design Quality and Usability
  • Social Accounts Setup
  • Link Building

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Getting Started with Diaspora – Open Source Social Network

Diaspora is an open source and distributed social network. This means that user generated content doesn’t reside on central servers owned by a company, and thus users retain full ownership of and control over all their content. It’s described as a privacy-aware, personally controlled social network.

One of the main purposes of Diaspora is to provide an alternative to Facebook and Twitter that is completely transparent in its handling of user’s information and where privacy is taken seriously.

Here is a 3 part video tutorial to help you get started with Diaspora.

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