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Twitter for business

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Twitter: What are you doing?

I wrote about Twitter many times in SoulSoup and elsewhere.
Nowadays, more and more people finding new ways to use Twitter (and other microblogging platforms) in business. Laura Fitton collected a nice list of articles on usage Twitter for Business Reading List. Some examples:

At Web Worker Daily Aliza Sherman wrote a post on 10 Everyday Ways to Use Twitter for Work

From Lee Leefever : Twitter in Plain English. Genius as usual!

BTW: I am SoulSoup (obviously) at Twitter!

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September 30th, 2008 at 3:04 am

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Stress: Portrait of a Killer

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Dr. Robert Sapolsky National Geographic special, “Stress: Portrait of a Killer” airs nationwide Wednesday night on PBS. The special explores what 30 years of baboon research have taught Robert about stress, and how humans have a knack for turning psychological dis-ease into physical disease. LinkedIn folks sat down with Robert and sought to apply his groundbreaking research to the common office primate.

As we’ve evolved, the human stress response has saved our lives. Today, we turn on the same life-saving physical reaction to cope with intense, ongoing stressors – and we can’t seem to turn it off. “Stress: Portrait of a Killer” reveals just how dangerous prolonged exposure to stress can be.

Beyond the four key tips Robert offers for reducing stress, he notes the importance of friends and grooming, which are “much more predictive of health than your rank.” This can be applied to the professional sphere and networking online. LinkedIn helps professionals maintain a network of quality relationships which should accurately reflect their offline experience. As Robert says, “Primates don’t get a lot of solace from 2000 friends” — build a reliable network of people you know and trust. Instead of literal “grooming”, professionals need recognition and approval from peers to help reduce anxiety, depression, or neuroses.

Over at LinkedIn Answers, Robert asked:

When it comes to balancing stress and professional achievement, how do you decide when “enough is enough”?

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September 25th, 2008 at 5:43 am

Posted in Big Picture

Creating user-centered taxonomies

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A 2 part series on Creating user-centered taxonomies by James Kelway from User Pathways. Found via: elearningpost

Part 1, Part 2

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a step-by-step guide for those wishing to create new taxonomies for their business unit, or client. It will outline the many different elements that make up a quality taxonomy and the pitfalls you should be aware of when starting a new project.

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September 24th, 2008 at 11:19 pm

The Ultimate Small Business Owner’s Resource Guide eBook : FREE

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Secretary in Israel LLC | The Ultimate Small Business Owners Resource Guide

The Ultimate Small Business Owner’s Resource Guide – a great collection of lists over 100 businesses that can help you be more successful in running your web-based small business.

The book normally costs $35 for a print version, but it’s available as a free PDF download here today. The 102-page volume is a compendium of webapps, engines, indices, software, and online tools for small biz owners looking to get things done cheaply and easily.

Download The Ultimate Small Business Owner’s Resource Guide PDF here.

Found Via: Lifehacker

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September 24th, 2008 at 11:00 pm

Posted in Art of Start

e-Learning 2.0 The Learning Guild Report

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e-Learning 2.0 The Learning Guild Report compiled by Steve Wexler, Jane Hart, Tony Karrer, Michele Martin, Mark Oehlert, Sanjay Parker, Brent Schlenker and Will Thalheimer now available for download.

Found via : Ignatia

Here are some interesting findings:

  • E-Learning 2.0 modalities are growing at very fast rates with use of blogs up 20.7% from a year ago, communities of practice up 12.3%, and Wikis up 7.7%.
  • 40% of respondents indicate they are making some use of e-Learning 2.0 approaches.
  • Over the next 12 months, 70.1% of survey respondents plan to apply more e-Learning 2.0 approaches to their learning endeavors.
  • 66% of survey respondents believe that younger workers will demand e-Learning 2.0 approaches to performance support.
  • Only 28.1% of members report that their organizations are preparing workers on using Web 2.0 approaches for learning and work.
  • Among members working in organizations with 10,000 or more workers, 10.8% cannot access LinkedIn, 26.2% cannot access Gmail, 35.0% cannot access YouTube, and 39.2% cannot access either Facebook or MySpace.
  • Among members who have made significant use of e-Learning 2.0 approaches, 60.6% reporting improved learner / user performance.

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September 24th, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Posted in Wanton Posts