Copy or Not to Copy?

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    …so you are sitting in front of the computer and you need to write an article/post/etc. but you don’t have slightest idea how to start, or you don’t have enough information. That sucks, isn’t it?
    What are you doing in that situation? Lets check few options:
  • waiting till you figure it out what to write? –> that’s not the best option if you don’t have much time to wait for inspiration
  • you start looking around what other people created and you start thinking “maybe I can “borrow” some content…
  • staying all night + surf the internet for any possible information you can use to create that content –> you are not so proud of it but at least you did it (yourself?)

Why there is so much fuss regarding copyrights ?

Copyright owners have the exclusive statutory right to exercise control over copying and other exploitation of the works for a specific period of time, after which the work is said to enter the public domain.

    I’ve been thinking how to protect the content (e.g. images, etc.) created by us and published on-line? Is there any 100% (guaranteed) protection? Copyrights, law? We know that it’s not working all the time, internet is simply too big. But maybe we should “let it share and copy”, maybe we should just agree that everything can be and might me copied sooner or later. Maybe…but what about all that effort and hard work we invested in creating the content? What about profits? hmmm…getting more interesting, right?
    So maybe the best option is not to publish that content on-line? come on…it’s not possible because internet is just another platform to do business, communicate. Of course we can add all those copyrights symbols and information about copyrights all over our content – but is it really protect it? If someone wants to copy our content – they can do it, it’s just matter of time. I know that in a “perfect world” every time when content is shared there is information about the author, etc. But as long as we are not in a perfect world we can we do?

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There are many websites with “how to protect your content”. Tips “How to Protect Your Work From Internet Copyright Violation”, you can check the U.S. Copyright Office or you can check some information regarding copyright myths?

Maybe we should be aware and just get used to it, that people share and copy content and that’s it?

    What is your opinion regarding copyrights/sharing/copying content? Is there a chance to protect it on-line or it’s just the lost cause.

8 Useful Twitter Tools


    What do you know about Twitter?
    Do you use Twitter?
    How many Twitter-related applications do you use?

Here are 2 applications you can use to manage your tweetstream:

  • tweetdeck –> TweetDeck allows you to monitor, manage and engage in your social world by bringing together your Twitter and Facebook feeds in a powerful and flexible column-based dashboard.
  • hootsuite –> similar to tweetdeck application. You can manage your blog/linkedin/facebook/twitter accounts from one place; schedule posts/tweets, create report, etc.

Here are applications which can help you to locate topics/trends/people/communities:

  • –> you can find here the most popular hashtags on Twitter – what’s most popular.
  • Twitscoop –> a real-time visualisation tool which enables users to “Mine the thought stream” provided by Twitter. Hot trends/words which are buzzing right now on twitter/search feature/
  • Listorious –> “Listorious has the best Twitter people search on the web so you can find anyone by topic, region or profession — powered by data from the tens of thousands of list curators. Once you find the right person, you can interview them by asking questions over Listorious”
  • twellow –> Twitter yellow pages
  • TweetMeme –> “it’s a service which aggregates all the popular links on Twitter to determine which links are popular. TweetMeme categories these links into Categories, Subcategories and Channels, making it easy to filter out the noise to find what you’re interested in.”
  • twopular –> search popular trends on Twitter

More useful links which helps you to measure your on-line activities.

    Do you know other applications worth to share?

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2 Reasons Why We Love and Hate Facebook?

…do you like Facebook? ok, maybe even love, right?
…but sometimes you simply hate it.

    Here are 10 reasons why you hate Facebook:

    see Facebook, see Facebook, what happened when worlds collides?!

    and here is 1 general reason why we love Facebook. Don’t be shy, admit it – you just bought that new fancy smartphone just to publish (on Facebook) another video of your cat:

    Have you ever wonder why we are sharing private information on Facebook? If someone asks us some personal question (e.g. at work, at school, etc.) we would say “that’s not your business”. But at the same time we are willing to share so much on Facebook. Why?

How to increase social media influance

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“Don’t think about the score”

What Brian Solis says about social media mission:

‘Always pay it forward and never forget to pay it back…it’s how you got here and it defines where you’re going.’

I think that the main core we should focus on is our content – what we want to share with others, how we want to share it and when. Depends on the content – how much it will be popular – people will follow that content. If that’s something they don’t need – well…they won’t even bother.

We are used to presenting potential clients our products/services but we are not that much involved in the conversation. What social media is giving us is the possibility to find more clients but we need to change our process of communicating with customers. We need to talk to people, show them what kind of benefits they might get. Clients need to know that we are not only selling something but also helping them by explaining, providing the conversation, sharing information/tips/ideas.
I think that people don’t want to be left alone – they want to feel that any time they are able to reach us and get the information. And that’s what social media are for…helping us to do that – be closer to each other. Commitment is something we need to remember and be able to engage.

Brian Solis is telling about social media influence:

“Influence is not measured by a score, but instead by the culmination of resulting actions. Focusing efforts on solely driving actions is counter productive. As such, focusing efforts to boost scores is as shallow as it is restricted.”

I think Brian wants to show us that we should go further, we should start see the bigger pictures and not only the numbers/profit. I think that profit will come as long as we are focus on quality and communication with people.

Brian Solis: “The distance between who I am and who I want to be is separated only by my actions and words…”

Brian Solis — Author of the acclaimed new book on social media and business, Engage!, Brian Solis is principal at Altimeter Group, a research-based advisory firm. Solis is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. A digital analyst, sociologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging media on business, marketing, publishing, and culture