How many of y’all are friends with your professors on facebook? I have friended a couple of my past teachers, but not very many. I feel that the learning community didn’t really know to jump into the social media wave, but they ultimately went for it. Over 90% of college faculty engages with social media compared to less than 50% of other professionals. Those in higher education seem to care less if students know about their real life as to someone with a business client.
I’ve heard that employers and universities will look up applicants on facebook or twitter to see what they are like when they aren’t in an interview. As much as it is creepy, sometimes having a company see that you will fit its culture from your twitter is a good thing.
In my opinion professionals will gradually enter the social media world. Most start-ups and technology companies encourage their employees to have a twitter. This way customers believe they are creating a relationship with the companies through social media outlets. All organizations know the key to repeat customers is post-purchase interaction. [Via]
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I can honestly say I’ve never purchased anything from these daily deal companies. There are some great deals, but nothing that they offer really piques my interest. Sky diving and Outback Steakhouse – I don’t need those. Yeah, I get them for cheaper, but it is still costing me money I wouldn’t have spent in the first place.
I know the majority of users, like myself, just wait until there is a deal for a place they frequent, I just haven’t seen anything worthwhile yet. I remember when Google offered billions of dollars to buy out Groupon, and Groupon turned them down. That seemed like a smart move then, Groupon’s market share was dominating, they were the big player. Now in 2011, Facebook has launched Facebook Deals: an immediate 600 million people are going to know about it. Groupon may have made the wrong decision. With Google now entering the market with Google Offers and Living Social ramping up their marketing effort, the daily deal industry is in for one nasty battle. We will need to wait and see who comes out on top. [Via]
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First off, congratulations to our troops on a successful mission resulting in Osama Bin Laden’s death! If you haven’t already heard yesterday president Obama authorized an attack on the compound housing Bin Laden, resulting in Osama’s death after being shot in the head during a fire fight. Today’s infographic focuses on another terror effecting the United States of America, our ever deteriorating education system.
Today’s infographic is entitled: Staggering! 10 Shocking U.S. Education Statistics. A hot topic on news stations these days other than the Royal Wedding is the education system and how it has been failing us. According to the infographic high school is not preparing students for college, when compared internationally we rank highest in literacy at number 15. Although high school is not as good as it should be, finishing is better than dropping out.
Dropouts actually have the potential to become a burden on society, not being eligible for 90% of jobs, 8% more likely to go to prison, and 50% less likely to vote. While I admit the education system is broken I do not believe it is the teachers’ fault. While there are bad teachers, a large part of blame can be placed in socioeconomic differences. I do like the government and what they are supposed to stand for, but they proven to be unable to run a successful education system. One way or another we need reform and money, without a proper education system the United States is doomed to loose its competitive advantage. [via]Share This Infographic
I know absolutely nothing about the wedding today. Honestly, why would I care? I’m an American, we are supposed to hate the British royalty aren’t we? Didn’t they infringe on our rights so we started a revolution against them? Why are we so interested in their prince’s love life over here?
I actually do love Britain. The history and atmosphere of the country is so different than America. I’ve holiday’d in London twice during my life and it is one of the best cities I have ever been to, but I still don’t care for the modern royal family. I know Brits will hate this, but what are they for? What role do they play in governing the UK? Are they spending 32 million dollars of your tax paying money on their wedding? I don’t know the details, but that isn’t something I can support. Either way, eating a slice of that cake is like eating a Ben Franklin and I bet it tastes like heaven.
I also can’t understand the publicity for this wedding. It’s cool and all, but why would you want millions of people all up in your wedding? I think most people would rather have a wedding filled with friends and family, not Travel Channel camera men. [Via]
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Everyone already knows what Facebook is and it requires no introduction. Facebook has created a platform in which we interact with each other without ever having to meet face to face. It allows for businesses to take off without ever having to spend a dime on advertisement; local business now has a voice against the big companies. Facebook has helped level the playing field, everyone and everything can have an internet presence. With their social plug-ins Facebook makes it easy for anyone with a site to gain fans and have their fans share the site with their friends. However, what would life be like without Facebook?
As you may have already guessed today’s infographic is all about the world without Facebook. As previously mentioned local businesses use Facebook for marketing, 70% to be exact. That would mean that over half of of local business would lose access to thousands of potential customers. Today if we want to share a picture we simply upload it to Facebook and anyone we want can see it. If it weren’t for this we would have to wait for people sign into IM, e-mail the photo, or wait until we see them next. What about arranging get togethers? We would have to send out e-vites, mail out invitations, or make tons of calls. Luckily today all we have to do is create an event and add whoever we want to the list. [via]Share This Infographic