Social Media Around the World: A Complete Infographic Guide

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The world of social media is increasing and has a powerful role to play in the future.

In 2012, more than 63% of online users visited more number of social media websites than any other types, and that number is expected to continue going up through 2013.

View this infographic to find more statistics about online behavior and the use of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Pinterest and Instagram across the globe…

Michelle Gilstrap‘s insight:

This is amazing how you can look at this infographic and see the use of the social media around the globe.

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The honest Chromecast review: Three weeks with Google’s TV stick

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I tested Google’s new Chromecst TV dongle for three weeks, and it quickly became my default way to watch Netflix and YouTube. Here’s what I liked about and what’s missing from Chromecast.

Michelle Gilstrap‘s insight:

Where is TV going? Maybe via the TV stick?

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How to Slice the Transmedia Narrative Arc

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Michelle Gilstrap‘s insight:

Transmedia is more than just having a script,it is all media now and your fans will tell you what they want if you don’t provide for them.

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New Publishing Venues Open Many Doors to Writers

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LA BookWoman Day was held yesterday in Marina Del Rey, and we had some outstanding experts on our panels.  We live-streamed the conference to many around the country, and we will have it available shortly on our Women’s National Book Association LA Chapter website for a  fee,

One of the most interesting realities that kept coming up yesterday is that authors now have choices, and many of them.  We are no longer restricted to one path to get our books out.

We can now choose an interactive path and develop a book with an app that has a means to help the reader interact with the author or with other readers.

Or we can choose self-publishing and make a higher rate of return on each book, for an investment up front, but with a proper marketing plan that includes social media many authors are finding great success.

Then there are digital formats for publishing books which is a brand new avenue for all writers with the IPad, Kindle, Nook and many smart phones utilizing digital books.

Of course utilizing the web for promotion is an area that authors are just now beginning to wake up and realize they need to have a presence on-line in Social Media, such as Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn, Twitter. These are the major ones and there are others that are smaller niches, but our experts yesterday brought out these formats to focus on.

The one major message that everyone said, was that the author must have a marketing plan, and be ready to work hard on that plan.

Social Media For the Rest of Us? – How to Teach to Different Generations!

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Have you been wondering what Social Media is all about?

Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube?  Well join the club, because it isn’t going away and the numbers are growing daily.  There are many wonderful ways to learn, and I teach Social media for those of us who didn’t grow up yesterday.

I was at a conference this week, and two individuals who were obviously under the age of 30 were teaching it and they went so fast, that many in the room felt overwhelmed.

You know why this happens.  Those who are under the age of 30 are from the instant generation who want it now.  They don’t understand about the rest of us who didn’t grow up like they did.

Learning about things for us might take a little longer, but we are just as smart as they are, and our brains work just as well and with more wisdom when it comes to actual applications.

When I was at dinner with a few of my conference companions, I was explaining about some of the nuances of LinkedIn.  They said, “you understand this stuff?”  Yes, but I can speak slower and I can explain it so you will understand it too”.

Generations all want to learn the new technology, but each of us have different way of learning.  Knowing this can make all the difference when you are teaching it.