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1. एक सैल्फी स्वच्छता के नाम

selfie with toilet  बेशक दुनिया में सैल्फी का इतिहास बहुत पुराना हो पर अगर अपने देश की बात करें तो बात ज्यादा पुरानी भी नही है…लाखों  लोगो को सैल्फी का मतलब ही नही पता था… चुनावो के दौरान जब मोदी जी ने अपना वोट डाल कर अपनी फोटो ली और वो सोशल मीडिया पर खूब चली तब पता चला कि ये सैल्फी होती है फिर तो मानों सैल्फी की बाढ सी ही आ गई थी और तब इसका प्रचलन शुरु हुआ. मोदी जी की सरकार आने के बाद सैल्फी को बहुत बढावा मिला और साथ ही साथ सोशल मीडिया भी बहुत सक्रिय हो उठा.

 

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बीबीपुर गांव के सरपंच सुनील जागलान ने प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी के बेटी बचाओ, बेटी पढ़ाओ अभियान से प्रेरणा लेकर इसी महीने पंचायत की तरफ से बेटी बचाओ सैल्फी बनाओ प्रतियोगिता का आयोजन किया। सरपंच की यह मुहिम खुद प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी के मन को इस कद्र भायी कि गत रविवार को उन्होंने रेडियो पर मन की बात कार्यक्रम में इसका जिक्र कर डाला।

यह पहला मौका है जब प्रधानमंत्री ने अपने मुंह से किसी गांव के सरपंच का जिक्र किया हो। पीएम मोदी ने रेडियो पर प्रसारित अपने मन की बात कार्यक्रम में बीबीपुर की पंचायत द्वारा इसी महीने आयोजित बेटी बचाओ, सैल्फी बनाओ प्रतियोगिता को लेकर कहा कि हरियाणा के एक छोटे से गांव बीबीपुर के सरपंच सुनील जागलान की बेटी बचाओ-सैल्फी बनाओ प्रतियोगिता की पहल से देशभर में पिता अपनी बेटी के सोचने के लिए मजबूर हुआ और उन्होंने इसमें बढ़-चढ़कर हिस्सा लिया।

हरियाणा जैसा प्रदेश जहां लड़कों की तुलना में लड़कियों की संख्या काफी कम है, वहां लड़कियों के सम्मान के लिए इस तरह की प्रतियोगिताओं का आयोजन करना प्रशंसा के काबिल है। प्रधानमंत्री ने कहा कि बेटी बचाओ-सैल्फी बनाओ प्रतियोगिता मजेदार थी। समाज में लड़कियों के सम्मान के लिए बेटी बचाओ-सैल्फी बनाओ को जन आंदोलन बनाया जाना चाहिए। उन्हें भी इस प्रतियोगिता से प्रेरणा मिली है और वे भी इसी की तरह सैल्फी विद डॉटर कान्टैस्ट का आयोजन कर रहे हैं।

इसके लिए जो भी पिता अपनी बेटी के साथ सैल्फी कर बेटी के लिए अच्छा-सा स्लोगन लिखकर पोस्ट करेगा, आए हुए पोस्ट में से जो सबसे अच्छी सैल्फी व स्लोगन होगा उसे वे वापिस रिपीट करेंगे। वहीं पीएम द्वारा शुरू इस मुहिम के लिए सोशल साइट ट्विटर पर अपनी बेटियों के साथ देश भर से माता-पिता सैल्फी पोस्ट कर रहे हैं। प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी द्वारा रेडियो पर अपने मन की बात कार्यक्रम में गांव की पंचायत द्वारा हाल ही में आयोजित बेटी बचाओ, सैल्फी बनाओ प्रतियोगिता का जिक्र और इसकी तारीफ सुनकर बीबीपुर गांव के सरपंच सुनील जागलान गदगद हैं। सुनील जागलान ने कहा कि प्रधानमंत्री के मुंह से अपनी तारीफ सुनना उनके लिए अकल्पनीय था। See more…

 

PM was stuck on the idea of sarpanch , ‘#SelfieWithDaughter’ hit on Social media

नई दिल्ली। प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी ने आज आकाशवाणी पर एक बार फिर ‘मन की बात’ कार्यक्रम के तहत देशवासियों को संबोधित किया अपने संबोधन में उन्होंने अंतरराष्ट्रीय योग दिवस की चर्चा के साथ-साथ हरियाणा के बीबीपुर गांव की चर्चा की।

पीएम ने कहा कि बीबीपुर गांव के सरपंच ने ‘सेल्फी विद डाटर’ मुहिम चलाई है। यह मन को आनंद देता है। मैं आग्रह करता हूं कि आप भी अपनी बेटी के साथ सेल्फी निकालकर ‘सेल्फी विद डाटर’ पर जरूर पोस्ट करेें। उन्हाेंने कहा कि ‘बेटी बचाओ, बेटी पढ़ाओ’ इस विचार को ताकत देने वाला टैगलाइन लिखकर दें।

सोशल साइट पर ट्रेंड कर रहे ‘#SelfieWithDaughter’ की कहानी भी कम रोचक नहीं है। कैंपेन हरियाणा के बीबीपुर गांव से शुरू हुआ। गांव के सरपंच सुनील जागलान ने ‘#SelfieWithDaughter’ नाम के कैंपेन की शुरुआत की थी, जिसमें उन्होंने अपनी बेटियों के साथ तस्वीर पोस्ट की। और पीएम मोदी ने कैंपेन का जिक्र ‘मन की बात’ कार्यक्रम में किया जिसके बाद ये कैंपेन सोशल मीडिया पर वायरल हो गया।

#SelfieWithDaughter’ कैंपेन के सोशल मीडिया पर हिट होते ही बीबीपुर गांव के लोगों में खुशी की लहर दौड़ गई। लोग अपनी बेटियों के साथ तस्वीरों को सोशल साइट पर शेयर कर रहे हैं और कैंपेन लगातार ट्रेंड कर रहा है। Via jagran.com

हालाकिं इस सैल्फी की बहुत लोगों द्वारा आलोचना भी हुई कि इस से क्या भला होगा वगैरहा वगैरहा … इस सारे धटना क्रम को देखते हुए मन मे विचार आया कि क्यो ना स्वच्छता पर ही एक सैल्फी ली जाए और स्वच्छता की बात करें तो शौचालय से अच्छा उदाहरण और क्या हो सकता है… देश की बेटिया इस लिए भी मर रही हैं कि घर मे शौचालय नही है … शायद इसे देख कर वो भी अपने अपने घर के शौचालयों की सैल्फी लें और इसी बहाने शौचालयों का निर्माण ही जाए …

एक सैल्फी स्वच्छता के नाम :)

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2. New Harry Potter Play to Open at London’s West End in 2016

rowlingBack in 2013, J.K. Rowling announced that she would be working on a Harry Potter-related play. Over on Twitter, the author announced that Harry Potter And The Cursed Child will open at London’s West End in Summer 2016.

BBC News reports that Rowling collaborated with Jack Thorne, a seasoned playwright, and John Tiffany, the director, to create this original story. She revealed that the tale being told in this theatrical production should not be considered a “prequel,” but it does feature an “untold part of Harry’s story.”

At this point in time, no announcements have been made as to who will play The Boy Who Lived. We’ve collected all Rowling’s tweets about this project in a Storify post embedded below—what do you think? (via BuzzFeed.com)

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3. Social Media Addiction

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Social Media Addiction… अजी बस पूछिए ही मत … इतना बुरा हाल है कि बस …. बच्चे हो या युवा या फिर बडे लोग हर समय जुडे रहना चाह्ते हैं एक मिनट भी इससे दूर नही रह सकते. पहले स्टेटस डालेगें फिर उसे भी बार बार देखेंगें को कितने लाईक आए या नही … अगर आए तो इस बात को नार्मली ही लेते हैं और ना आए तो अपना ब्लड प्रैशर बढा लेते हैं ..और गुस्सा हो जाते हैं कि कोई लाईक क्यो नही आया.. या फलां नेट पर तो था फिर भी सने मेरे स्टेट्स को लाईक क्यों नही किया

अब इन साहब को ही देख लीजिए … import export का  business करते हैं  किस तरह से वो भी आपने सुन लिया होगा. एक महिला ने तो अपनी बिटिया का रिश्ता एक व्यक्ति से इसलिए फिक्स कर दिया कि उसके 10 एकड मे फार्म हाऊस है और ढेर सारे पशु भी है… शुक्र है शादी से पहले ही पता चल गया कि कौन सा फार्म हाऊस था ….

वैसे इतना दीवानापन भी अच्छी बात नही है

The signs and symptoms of social media addiction : Get Healthy

As fun as social media is for keeping up with friends, getting news updates and posting the occasional witty meme, for some people it can be destructive.

Dr. Johann Farley, an addiction medicine physician in Merrillville, is seeing more and more families who are struggling with relational issues as a result of social media addiction or dependency.

According to Farley, who is quick to state that he does use and appreciate his smartphone and the many tools that come with it, the biggest problem with social media is the time it takes away from meaningful relationships.

What may seem like an everyday, menial activity — checking your smartphone — could have a subtle impact on relationships over time, Farley says. He sets up this scenario: “Say you’re married and you and your spouse are sitting on the couch at the end of the day. Instead of getting affectionate with each other and talking about your day, you’re both doing your own thing on your phones. You go to bed without any interaction. From there on, you gradually start to move apart.”

The lack of face-to-face interaction is harmful, yes, but can we really throw around the word addiction?

Farley says yes, even going so far as to compare it to substance abuse addiction. “Do you need that eye-opener every morning? Do you feel like you need (to check social media) to calm your nerves? Can you put your cellphone away on your day off and spend time with the family? If the answer is no, there’s a problem.”

Jamie Monday, a counselor at Crown Point High School, agrees that one can be overly reliant on social media. “Dependency on anything is unhealthy when we are not able to function in our normal lives without it,” she says. “It is a good sign that you are dependent on something if you have tried to cut back your usage but have been unsuccessful.”

Monday says she sees this often among adolescents, particularly when their parents take away their mobile devices as a form of punishment. “If the teen is dependent on social media as their way of communicating with their peers, they will have a meltdown and sometimes even experience depression-like symptoms,” she says. See more…

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4. J.K. Rowling Reveals That an American Wizarding School Exists

rowlingHarry Potter series author J.K. Rowling has unveiled a surprising revelation on Twitter. When fans made inquiries about the name and location of a United States-based wizarding school, Rowling confirmed that such an institution does exist.

According to TIME.com, the school “may play a role in the upcoming spin-off movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” We’ve chronicled all of the exchanges in a Storify post embedded below—what do you think? (via Entertainment Weekly)

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5. J.K. Rowling on Gaining Admission to Hogwarts

Hogwarts (GalleyCat)Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has become well-known for delighting her fans on Twitter. Over the weekend, one reader asked Rowling about how to secure a letter of admission to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Rowling gave this reply: “All these people saying they never got their Hogwarts letter: you got the letter. You went to Hogwarts. We were all there together.” In a second tweet, she also quoted beloved Headmaster Albus Dumbledore: “Of course it happened inside your head, but why on earth should that mean it wasn’t real?”

In addition, Rowling also answered questions about Albus Severus Potter’s name and Draco Malfoy’s birthday. We’ve chronicled all of the exchanges in a Storify post embedded below—what do you think? (via BuzzFeed.com)

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6. The Emperor Franzen Twitter Account Has Been Suspended

In other news, Jonathan Franzen had my @EmperorFranzen parody account suspended. R.I.P. the cloak. pic.twitter.com/Z2sof9IAWM

— Andrew Shaffer (@andrewtshaffer) March 18, 2015

Writer Andrew Shaffer’s social media persona, Emperor Franzen, has been shut down. According to Shaffer, Jonathan Franzen himself requested that the page be suspended. The tweet embedded above features Shaffer’s announcement.

This satirical character started off as an anonymous figure and existed exclusively through its parody Twitter account. We met Shaffer back in 2010 when he came face-to-face with Franzen at a reading event for the novel Freedom. Shortly after that, Shaffer graciously allowed us to unmask him.

Shaffer spoke with The Washington Post and talked about the origins of this project: “There was a big Internet pile-on to bash him. So I created the Emperor Franzen parody account to jokingly defend him. He was a mash-up of Jonathan Franzen and Emperor Palpatine from ‘Star Wars.”

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7. Romance Author Adds Book Trailer to Tweets

Donna Thorland, author of the Renegades of the Revolution series from Penguin NAL has taken advantage of Twitter’s new native video platform to promote her latest book.

By uploading a trailer for the book from her phone, she was able to tweet the trailer directly to her audience from within the social network. “I actually repurposed an existing trailer for one of my books to fit the 30 second time frame,” Thorland explained in an email to GalleyCat.

We’ve embedded the tweet below to inspire other authors. Notice the Amazon link in the tweet as well.

The stage is set for a revolution. http://t.co/FM7EcwvFFq pic.twitter.com/ElXiphTPO8

— Donna Thorland (@DonnaThorland) February 25, 2015

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8. Jon Snow Sparks Chatter On Social Media

Jon Snow - Game of ThronesIn anticipation of the season five premiere episode, Game of Thrones fans chatted up a storm on social media. SocialTimes reports that Jon Snow was the character that received the most mentions online over the weekend.

Jon Snow has always been an enigmatic figure for A Song of Ice and Fire readers because of the speculation on his true parentage. Neither George R.R. Martin’s books nor the HBO show have divulged the answer to this mystery, but many subscribe to a popular theory known as \"R+L=J.\"

According to Synthesio, a global social intelligence platform, other residents of Westeros who also got people buzzing include Tyrion Lannister, Daenerys Targaryen, and Arya Stark. Who’s your favorite character from this story?

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9. 30 Days of Teen Programming: Would this ACTUALLY work? A graduate student contemplates Twitter

When the email got sent around the bloggers about doing a 30 days of programming, my mind instantly went blank. I’m just a librarian-in-training and haven’t done a lot of hands-on programming with teens. What could I bring to the conversation?

Then I remembered I did have a program. A hypothetical one that is. I’m currently taking a Media Literacy for Youth class which has been amazing. One of our assignments was to create either a lesson or program plan about a media literacy topic. It could be targeted to any age group and should last 2-3 hours. We had to write about outcomes, lay out all the activities, essentially plan it so some librarian could do it with the kids they work with.

I’ll lay out my idea and then want your feedback. Is this program realistic? Would it work with the teens you work with? And if it’s not realistic, what needs to be changed?

So…here I go!

As a twenty-something, I would say I’m pretty well-connected in social media. If someone asked what my favorite social media platform is, I would say it’s Twitter. There something exciting about Twitter when you think about it like a cocktail party (shout out to blogger Dave Charest for this analogy) — there are hundreds of conversations going on around you and you decide which ones to tap into. And our teens are using it so why not have a program that challenges them to think about not only how they use Twitter, but how others use Twitter?

The program would stretch over several sessions, with each session being around an hour. I wanted to design a program that could be amended to fit the library and the teens. So each session has a big idea and it was my hope that librarians could pick and choose which sessions to do. Here’s a brief run-down of the sessions:

  1. Twitter 101: Learn the basics. Set teens up with accounts if they don’t have one (or have dummy accounts they could use for these sessions). Talk about how you tweet, what the heck hashtags are, and how the people you follow can create a bias for the information you consume.
  2. Creative uses of Twitter: Twitter doesn’t just have to push information out to people. It can be used to write stories, tell choose-your-own-adventure plots, and even poetry. This session would allow teens to explore these various avenues and try one out for themselves.
  3. Using Twitter intentionally — how businesses incorporate social media: This would be the workshop where you could bring in community partnerships. Ask a social media coordinator for a local company to come in and talk about social media strategies. How do those companies use Twitter (it’s intentional as opposed to the ways the average Twitter user tweets). You could even ask the staff member in charge of your library’s Twitter account to either help facilitate this session, or come in to give a short presentation.
  4. Tweet chats: Explore the world of tweet chats (or when hashtags trend and become a large conversation). Have the teens engage in a tweet chat or perhaps see if another library wants to team up and have the teens from both libraries talk via Twitter!
  5. Live tweet: I see this session as the final one, but it doesn’t have to be. Have the teens pick out an event they want to go to (or suggest an event like a library or school board meeting). Have the teens create a common hashtag and have them live tweet the event. See if those tweets can get other people to join the conversation!

So…what do you think? If you want to know more about each individual session, you can check out my online portfolio where the whole plan is (it’s the first link on the page), including references for more information. Looking forward to hearing your comments!

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10. 3 Steps to Getting More Engagement and Shares Through Social Media

Social media and other content distributors are over-flowing with information . . . with content. They’re bursting at the seams. Readers can get information from Joe’s Business, Cindy’s Business, and myriad of other businesses. There are posts on everything you can possibly think of, including: How to Make Money Online Lose 10 Pounds in 30 Days 5 Tips on Being an Alpha Marketer Top

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11. Twitter is Making It Easier for Users – DMs and Highlights

Have you gotten a Direct Message from another Twitter user and tried to reply back only to get message that you can’t because they don’t follow you? I have and it’s annoying. Or, have you wanted to privately DM a user who posted publicly because of the ‘following’ issue? Again, I have. Well, Twitter must have ESP or users complained, because they’ve taken care of that problem. With new

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12. J.K. Rowling Mourns For Fred Weasley

rowlingThis year marks the 17th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts. In honor of this occasion, J.K. Rowling has decided to “apologise for one death per anniversary.”

SPOILER ALERT: If you don’t want to know more about Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows, you should stop reading now.

Over the weekend, the Harry Potter series author wrote an apologetic tweet for the loss of Fred Weasley. According to Entertainment Weekly, that character’s death “was the worst for” Rowling.

Earlier today, Rowling also shared some inspirational words and images to encourage one fan to not give up on the search for meaning. Below, we’ve collected several messages from Twitter in a Storify post. (via Mashable.com)

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13. J.K. Rowling Reveals Moaning Myrtle’s Full Name On Twitter

rowlingHarry Potter series author J.K. Rowling has unveiled a surprising revelation on Twitter. When one fan, known as @HotmHayles, asked her about the full name of a minor (but memorable) character named Moaning Myrtle, Rowling responded: “Myrtle Elizabeth Warren.”

Rowling also shared that she did not name this character after the United States senator Elizabeth Warren. Below, we’ve collected several messages from Twitter in a Storify post.

Here’s more from Hypable.com: “This is the first time we’ve been told this particular fact about one of the series’ most annoying (yet oddly endearing) characters. Moaning Myrtle was born in 1929 and died in 1943, killed by the basilisk Tom Riddle set loose on the school. J.K. Rowling has previously stated that the character was Muggle-born, and that she was sorted into Ravenclaw House.” (via Entertainment Weekly)

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14. Bibliophile Launches Reading-Themed Instagram Project

BOOK'S CALLING (GalleyCat)One bibliophile named Jakub Pavlovský has launched an instagram account called “BOOK’S CALLING.” Through this social media channel, he displays photos of himself reading print books in different environments.

According to BoredPanda.com, Pavlovský aims to inspire people to value “the beauty of stories written on paper.” He has designated the following motto for this project: “Make Time For Reading. Anywhere, Anytime.”

Pavlovský typically features a different quote about reading for each post. Some of the books he has read include The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, and Inferno by Dan Brown.

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15. Selfie Selfie

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Selfie Selfie ..मोदी सरकार का एक साल पूरा हो गया है. वही आम आदमी पार्टी के अरविंद केजरीवाल के 100 दिनों से मोदी सरकार के 365 दिनों की तुलना की जा रही है. ऐसे में चिंता होनी ही स्वाभाविक है क्योकि कुछ जनता मोदी सरकार से नाखुश है और कुछ केजरीवाल से नाखुश … ऐसे में  Selfie   से पूछा जा रहा है कि हे Selfie  तू बता कि मुझ से बेहतर है कोई …

Narendra Modis selfie with Li Keqiang

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi just tweeted another selfie—not so surprising given his love for the photo format. But who it was with, and where it was taken, are somewhat shocking. See more…

Narendra Modi takes his selfies …

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बेशक,  आप कुछ भी कहे पर Selfie  Selfie का जादू सभी के सिर चढ कर बोल रहा है … चलिए अब मैं भी चली सैल्फी लेने … ह ह हा पर इतना यकीन है कि अगर 20 सैलफी लूगी  तो मुश्किल से एक अच्छी आएगी :)

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16. Derf gets turfed by Facebook

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Derf’s cover for the Éditions çà et là 10th anniversary catalog

The other day, Tom Spurgeon linked to a Facebook post by cartoonist T Edward Bak in which he frets about the “money vs art vs oh god what the hell am I doing” feeling that many in the indie world are having, and which we’ve written about many times. In response I was about to go link to a fantastic FB post by Derf Backderf in which he talks about being a cancer survivor and what he’s done since—delivered the great book My Friend Dahmer, continued to cartoon, enjoyed life with his family, travelled the world. It was a wonderful life affirming post that puts a lot of things into perspective.

But….it was gone.

Along with the rest of Derf’s lively, informative FB page. Becuase Facebook decided that “Derf Backderf” isn’t a real name and turfed his entire account. Never mind that Backderf is his real name and Derf is a long-running nickname that’s good enough for the LIbrary of Congress. Not good enough that he’s won awards, appeared on TV and is a real life person that I and many others have had lunch with. Not good enough for Facebook.

Ever pragmatic, Backderf has already started a new page under his Christian name, John Backderf, but yeah, every other post and conversation lost.

If the Sony hack has taught us anything, it’s that maybe saving every thing on the web for all times isn’t a good idea, but we put our whole lives out in the hands of a few digital players….and they can take it all away in a heartbeat. I wrote a few months ago about how my Tumblr account was removed overnight for some infraction that was never explained to me. I managed to get it back but…oh the humanity. And of course, Google decided that I’m a porn site and took away my AdSense revenue.

I’ve said it before but it bears repeating: DON’T TRUST PROFIT SEEKING COMPANIES TO LOOK OUT FOR YOUR BEST INTERESTS. And Don’t put all your digital eggs in one basket! A few years ago a lot of cartooners switched over to FB as their main outlet, and I can see why — instant feedback from your peers, instant community. But it can all be taken away in an instant for reasons that don’t have anything to do with real life, just silly rules made by people who don’t seem to have any interaction with real life. (Just try to contact a Real Human at Google OR Fb.)

WordPress is also a profit seeking enterprise, but at least they give you the tools to do with as you please. Setting up your own site under your own URL takes a few minutes and a few bucks a year and gives you your OWN turf to do with as you please. It’s amazing that we’ve been given all these great tools for free, and we should take advantage of them, but don’t get seduced into think it’s all for OUR benefit.

As for the malaise thing, I quite enjoyed this quote from Mark Hamill on returning to the role of Luke Skywalker:

Given a second chance at playing Skywalker, three decades after that hero’s journey, the now 63-year-old actor says he tried to appreciate the experience more than he did before. Back when he made the original trilogy, he was just launching his career and the pressure was on. This time he said it was different than when he wrapped shooting on Jedi in 1982. “It’s kind of like Scrooge on Christmas morning. ‘Oh my God, this time I’m going to appreciate it in a way I wasn’t able to as a young man,’” Hamill says. “The fact that it is so special to so many people … it’s hard to believe you could take something for granted like that.”

 

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17. FOLLOW Darcy Pattison on Amazon


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Did you know that Amazon.com now has FOLLOW buttons for authors?

Amazon now allows customers to FOLLOW authors.

Amazon now allows customers to FOLLOW authors.

Indie authors have been lobbying for a SUBSCRIBE button on Amazon, which would allow a customer to essentially authorize a purchase of any new book from a particular author. That’s probably going too far for Amazon!

It works well for services like Patreon.com, which allow people to authorize a certain payment, say $1.00, every time a musician uploads a new video. This type of patronage is an interesting new business model that is as old as the arts, but is new in being codified online. Authors are using it to fund podcasts, short stories and other writing. It’s only limited by the author’s imagination and the fan’s ability/desire to help the author achieve certain goals which remaining financially stable.

Amazon’s FOLLOW button won’t go as far as a SUBSCRIBE, but it certainly gives authors incentive to develop their fans and audience on Amazon. Right now, I might boast about 1355 Pinterest followers, 469 Facebook Fan Page followers, 1205 Twitter followers, and a readership on this blog of over 350,000+. But none of those are directly tied to selling your book. 1000 Amazon Author followers, though, would mean that 1000 people are emailed whenever you have a new book come out. Amazon has done a great job of giving authors access to their book listings through AuthorCentral. Allowing fans to Follow an author on Amazon is a new and very interesting twist. So far, I haven’t seen any counts, so I don’t know if the number of your Followers will be shown publicly. Have you see that yet?

Will Amazon’s FOLLOW button replace an author’s mailing list?

It shouldn’t replace your efforts to build your mailing list. The main difference is the question of who owns the list. Using the Amazon FOLLOW button, Amazon will own the list of names and will use it according to their policies–and whims. If you build a mailing list–people who give you permission to contact them–then YOU own the list and can use it according to your policies–and whims.

So, I have to ask! Please FOLLOW Darcy Pattison on Amazon.

And I have to ask: Please sign up for my newsletter, which emails new posts as they are posted. You’ll also receive occasional other messages about new books, events, etc.

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18. Tumblr Names Vivian Apple at the End of the World as a Reblog Book Club Selection

Vivian AppleTumblr has announced its fifth selection for the Reblog Book Club, Katie Coyle’s Vivian Apple at the End of the World. This project marks Coyle’s debut as a young adult author.

According to the blog post announcement, participants are encouraged to “express your feelings about the book however you choose—a written review, fan art, gifs, poems, letters… Maybe you have nail art? Maybe you want to post a video blog talking through your ideas, a g-chat with a friend, or a song you think the characters would relate to? It’s all up to you! And, of course, you can reblog other people’s posts to add your own thoughts and responses.”

Coyle will be responding to questions that readers leave for her on Ask Box. The Tumblr team will be hosting a launch party for this book at New York City’s Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on January 27th. Writers Ashley Ford and Julie Buntin will also appear to perform readings during the event.

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19. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers Creates a Video With Social Media Tips For Authors

The Eerdmans Books for Young Readers team has shot a Social Media 101 video for their YouTube channel. The video embedded above features “Facebook Tips for Authors.”

Follow this link to read the publisher’s social media and internet marketing guide for authors. Most successful authors know that their job is not limited to just writing. Last year, Jarrett J. Krosoczka verified this during an interview with MassLive.com.

Krosoczka explained: “You know people who are authors-only? Could I meet them? Because even though I, along with many of my peers, make my living from putting my imagination to paper, so many other roles are expected in today’s publishing landscape. Authors must also be speakers, performers, online marketeers and social-media mavens.” What do you think? Do you have any social media advice that writers would find helpful?

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20. How We Do Social Media

Social Media Nightmare © Sparky Firepants

If you arrived here from our seminar Debunking Social Media Myths, welcome! Thanks for being there for our lil’ ol’ seminar, we appreciate it.

If you found this by any other means, get out. Just kidding. You may have missed the seminar, but we’ll share the PowerPoint slide show online, along with the audio from the event. If you want to be updated with the link when it’s live, send us an email: sparky@sparkyfirepants.com

As we promised during the seminar, here is a short list of social media sites we use and how we use them. We acknowledge that our way is not THE way. You’ll find that things that work for us won’t work for you and vice versa. We think that’s just fine and dandy. Use this as a guideline and sally forth into Social Media Experiment Land.

From here on out I’m going to start abbreviating Social Media as SM. Cheese and crackers, that gets tiring to type.


FacebookFB monster

Let’s start with the most popular SM network out here right now. Jenni and I both use Facebook personally, Jenni being the more active one. Frankly, FB makes me crazy but Jenni has a super force field that allows her to peruse without clenched teeth and nightmares.

That said, so many people we know use FB regularly that we created a Sparky Firepants fan page (right here). We’ve been using it for several years, but our activity has tapered off in the past six months or so. The reason is that because of FB’s new algorithms, our customers just aren’t seeing our fan page posts in their feeds as well as they used to. The interaction was declining and we found we were working very hard to push those fan page posts in our FB friends’ faces. It just wasn’t effective anymore. If you were at our seminar, you remember how we talked about being where your customers are. For us, it’s not our fan page.

So, we post here and there to keep things active for those who really enjoy seeing us on FB. That’s about it.

Twittertwitter monster

This is my personal favorite. I’ve been active on twitter since 2007. For Sparky Firepants customers, we’ve found that Twitter is the numero uno place where our people hang out.

For the uninitiated, Twitter looks like a hugely random stream of meaningless thoughts and way too many links to click on. It looks daunting. It’s like a loud cocktail party where you don’t know anyone.

Take a deep breath. Very little of what you see in your twitter stream matters. Here’s a great tutorial of how to use Twitter.

Now, if you’re already tweeting like an eagle, here’s how we use Twitter. In two words, building relationships. Just like in the real world, it’s about making a real connection with your customers. Sparky Firepants has about 2,800 followers. It took about seven years to get that many. We estimate that we connect personally with about 10-20% of our followers over the course of a year. Some more than others, some not at all. The numbers are not the most important factor. What’s important.is how well you connect with real people on twitter.

Do we want more followers? Sure. We prefer to build that number organically. When you pay SM experts to get you thousands of followers instantly!, it will probably work. What you’ll get is a giant list of people who don’t know you or care about what you do, which is a waste of your tweeting time and marketing efforts.

LinkedInlinkedin monster

Fancy online resume. That’s how most people see LinkedIn. While your user profile is essentially your resume, there’s private messaging, articles, and groups you can be involved in.

I’m very protective of my LinkedIn network. The only people you’ll see in my network (if we’re connected, that is) are people I’ve either worked with or know personally (and would recommend them for work in their field). While on Twitter I may connect with a lot of people I don’t even know, I keep my LinkedIn connections very tight.

LinkedIn groups are key for your business. Participating in a group that’s relevant to what you do makes you more visible than just putting up a profile. I’ve met a lot of great people, made new customers and learned from others in my career field through groups.

Instagraminstagram monster

Why eat when you just scroll through photos of what everyone else is eating? Instagrammers get a lot of flack for posting pics of every meal and multiple selfies a day, but it can really boost your online presence.

It’s the easiest marketing you’ll ever do. Hosting an event or just attending an event? Take photos, post to Instagram, add a hash tag that’s relevant to your business or event. Just one example.

Beyond posting your own stuff, you really need to be active in other people’s accounts. Favorite things you like, comment on posts, and share others’ posts with friends. That’s how you organically build a following. Like all SM and personal relationships, it’s not all about you.

But wait, there’s more!

So much more. There are new SM networks popping up almost every day. Like we covered in the seminar, we don’t think every network is right for us and one network could be perfect for you that we just don’t use.

I’m a tech geek and I like to experiment with new apps and networks all the time. That’s me. If that’s not you, then let it go. However, I will say that if you find your customers are talking about a new SM network, it’s probably in your best interest to at least check it out. Remember our social media marketing slogan:

Be where your customers are.

 

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21. Brazil Contemporary Art Center Launches The Poetweet Website

twitterbird-300x300Can any Twitter user become a poet? The Brazil Contemporary Art center (b_arco) has created the Poetweet tool.

According to The Los Angeles Times, the website comes in two different versions for Portuguese and English speakers. Visitors will enter their Twitter handle, choose a poetic style (sonnet, rondel, indriso), and from there enjoy the finished poem.

The Huffington Post has posted three poems derived from the Twitter feeds of writers Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, and Emily Gould. What do you think?

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22. J.K. Rowling Surprises 5 Harry Potter Fans On Twitter

J.K. Rowling (2)How did J.K. Rowling spend her morning? BuzzFeed reports that the Harry Potter series author surprised five Twitter users by answering their questions.

The fans asked Rowling about the basilisk of the Chamber of Secrets, the resurrection stone, the house at 12 Grimmauld Place, Fluffy the three-headed dog, and her favorite brand of tea. Below, we’ve chronicled all of the exchanges in a Storify post embedded below—what do you think?

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23. An Analysis of Twitter Favorites

Taking a close look at Favorites, three information science specialists conducted a survey of 606 participants to determine the reasons behind Twitter Favorites. The study consisted of two questions: 1. The first questions wanted to know why the user Favorited a Tweet. 2. The second question asked for “a specific explanation for the last tweet the user had favorited.” Based on the results,

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24. Why (Most) Authors Don't Need a Facebook Page.

By Candy Gourlay If your name is JK Rowling, please ignore this post. Facebook Page: formerly called a fan page, it's for businesses, brands, products, public figures. More Facebook Profile: for individuals. More So you're an author or about to become one, your publisher or maybe your agent thinks you ought to create a Facebook Page, so that you can start the social media ball rolling. Should

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25. The Literary Community Remembers Sir Terry Pratchett

Terry took Death’s arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.

— Terry Pratchett (@terryandrob) March 12, 2015

The literary community is mourning the loss of famed science-fiction writer, Sir Terry Pratchett.

The beloved fantasy author had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for nearly a decade. The news was announced yesterday on Pratchett’s Twitter (embedded above) and Facebook pages.

A number of people have expressed their sadness on social media including Good Omens co-author Neil Gaiman, Stone Mattress author Margaret Atwood, and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron. Below, we’ve collected several messages from Twitter in a Storify post.

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