Instagram is About to Change in a Huge Way: An Algorithm Based Timeline is Coming

Instagram is About to Change in a Huge Way: An Algorithm Based Timeline is Coming

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Instagram is about to change in a massive way. The photo and video sharing app is taking a page from Facebook and testing an algorithm based timeline. This means that photos and videos shared to Instagram will no longer appear in chronological order and will instead appear based on the likelihood you’ll be interested in the content and your relationship with the person posting. The change could mean that if your best friend posted an image while you were away from your phone for a number of hours, Instagram might place that content at the top of your feed the next time you open the app. In a blog post announcing the change on March 15, Instagram says that they’re focusing on optimizing the ordering of posts and that most users miss…
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How to Start a Content-First eCommerce Business

How to Start a Content-First eCommerce Business

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If you’ve been toying with the idea of starting an ecommerce business, now is the ideal time. U.S. ecommerce (B2C) sales have nearly doubled since 2010 to an estimated $347 billion in 2015. Global ecommerce sales are expected to double from $1.672 trillion in 2015 to $3.5 trillion in 2019. Despite the advances in technology that make it easy to start an ecommerce business, 90% of new businesses bite the dust shortly after launching. Turns out there's more to ecommerce than loading products into your ecommerce platform of choice. [author_more] Unless you have high margins and deep pockets for advertising, you’ll need to build your business around people, not products. Otherwise, you’ll end up in the 90% stat. We don’t want that, right? Here's why you should start with people…
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How to Collaborate with Clients Remotely

How to Collaborate with Clients Remotely

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Ah, remote working. We get to skip the commute (unless it’s to a favourite coffee shop), we can wear what we want (did I hear anyone say bunny slippers?), and best of all we don’t have anybody peering over our shoulders to offer oh-so-helpful ’advice’ on our designs, code, or content. I’m a big advocate of working away from an office environment. Whether you work from home or travel the world digital nomad style, it increases both productivity and quality of life. And after all, a happy freelancer is a good freelancer, right? [author_more] However, working remotely does have its challenges. If it’s not done right we risk alienating our clients from the process and giving them a crappy experience. So here are six things I’ve learned along the years…
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7 creative strategies to techify your classroom

7 creative strategies to techify your classroom

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“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”-John Dewey Education is at a turning point. Teachers are taking efforts to reform education by integrating technology into it. A 21st-century educator requires the students to engage, recognize their interests and create a self-learner attitude in their students. While most of the countries like US, China, UK, Singapore, Uruguay, Cuba etc use integrated technology extensively, few other countries do not have even an access to the internet. To weigh what technology actually does to the education system, a survey of more than 2,600 U.S. college students was taken. The result of the survey was concluded to have shown a positive impact on the students. 67% of students say study technology makes them feel better prepared for…
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30 Wonderful iPhone Photos Of People

30 Wonderful iPhone Photos Of People

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Thank you to everyone who participated in our weekly iPhone photography contest. This week’s theme was “People” and we had a fantastic selection of entries, including posed portraits and candid street photography. With more than 780 photos to choose from it was a challenge to select just 30 winners, but here are my favorite iPhone photos of people that capture wonderful emotion and tell great stories. @JonathanPace @adrianwerner @alexgrsh @bcarito @CrazyDiamond79 @danygualtieri @deenaberton @DonScott @farshadb @HKEITHIII @InnaKlim @JacJac0314 @KathyDeane @kokeysian @leo912 @MCristinaGonzalez @MichelleLevy @PiyushBhoi @pmaven @RavindranElavarashen @real_jasonmills @remrstr @sisterbarb @stuguest @sunflowerof21 @SusanMarguliesKalish @WayneGreer @Wnick11 @yoshiboworks @ZigiTas Which one of these photos is your favorite? Please let everyone know in the comments below! How to Enter the Next Photo Contest One of my favorite ways to display a collection of photos is to…
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How Much Money Do You Need to Start Your Entrepreneurial Journey?

How Much Money Do You Need to Start Your Entrepreneurial Journey?

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When you decide to pursue your own path, be the captain of your fate, the master of your soul and the boss of your dreams, you’ve decided to become an entrepreneur. An entrepreneurial journey is one that involves creating positive change, taking risks, building a team and making a dent on the universe. Clearly, this journey is not an easy one. It’s fraught with risks, stress and uncertainty. What’s critical while having the ‘luxury’ of pursuing this journey is that you’ve given your finances a serious look, and have them in order. But, how much money do you really need in the bank to start your entrepreneurial adventure? [author_more] The simple answer is that there is no secret recipe or ‘exact amount’ of money you need to begin. No ‘amount’…
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How to Build Social Media Into Your Sales Funnel

How to Build Social Media Into Your Sales Funnel

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How great would it be if customers showed up in your store or on your website with a sandwich board on their shoulders, advertising their level of interest in what you have to offer. “I’m keen to buy now!” “I’m in research mode.” “I’m totally just browsing.” Well it might not be a sandwich board, but there are some ways get a good sense for this buyer intent. Today’s marketing specialists have a great grasp on sales funnels, the way that customers move from awareness to purchase (and beyond). These funnels cover all the different touch points, marketing channels, and key metrics that go into a buying decision and help you have a better sense for what messaging and content makes the most sense at different points of the customer’s journey. And the big question…
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47 Amazingly Talented Artists and Designers to Follow on Instagram

47 Amazingly Talented Artists and Designers to Follow on Instagram

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There you are, hunched over your laptop trying with all your might to write a catchy headline or design an engaging graphic…and you’re feeling stuck. We’ve all been there. And the truth is, more often than not, it takes a lot of effort to be creative and come up with something truly unique and eye-catching. Thankfully, there are plenty of amazing designers and artists out there to provide some much-needed inspiration, and many of them have opted to use Instagram as a place to catalogue their portfolio of work. To help provide you with some creative inspiration, we’ve curated a group of 47 super-talented artists specializing in a range of disciplines. Ready for some inspiration?  Follow these insanely accomplished artists and designers to stay ahead of the curve and inspired day-after-day. #mc_embed_signup{padding: 20px 0 0;…
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7 Advanced iPhone Camera Controls For DSLR Photographers

7 Advanced iPhone Camera Controls For DSLR Photographers

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Do you enjoy the creative photography options you get with your DSLR, but find that you often miss out on great shots because you don’t have your camera with you? What if we told you that you could achieve the same level of camera control that your DSLR provides, but with nothing more than your iPhone? In this tutorial you’ll discover just how easy it is to use the advanced iPhone camera controls so that you can start taking incredible photos with the camera that’s always with you. 1. Focus No matter what type of camera you’re using, getting your subject in sharp focus is essential for high quality photos with superb detail. And the iPhone makes it incredibly quick and easy to get the perfect focus every time. The iPhone’s native camera…
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How to Start Creating Facebook Instant Articles for Your Blog: Facebook and WordPress Team Up

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Facebook is preparing to roll out Instant Articles to publishers —of any size, anywhere in the world—next month by the start of their F8 conference, on April 12 and 13. To make publishing to Facebook easier for the 25% of the web that uses WordPress, Facebook has teamed up with Automattic, parent company of WordPress, to build a free plugin for Instant Articles. This plugin enables anyone with a WordPress blog to seamlessly share their content as Facebook Instant Articles. If you’re looking to increase engagement and reach of your content, Instant Articles could be the way to go as early analysis suggests that people engage more deeply with the immersive experience and share Instant Articles with their friends more often than standard web articles. In this post, I’d love to share with…
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