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Terrorists Have Hijacked Social Media: A Dangerous New Paradigm

How Are Terrorists Using the Internet to Spread Their Message of Hate? Part 3

By Robert Kaye

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Last night on Facebook, I was chatting with my cousin and a few other friends. 

But did you know that at the same time on Facebook, al-Qaeda’s English language online magazine, “Inspire,” reran an article on how to make a bomb in an everyday kitchen?  On Twitter, ISIS tweeted photos of Christian captives it had crucified and beheaded.  And on YouTube, a newly posted video showed Palestinians dancing in the street and distributing candies in celebration of the recent terrorist attack that murdered four rabbis and a border policeman in Jerusalem.

How to Grow Your Twitter Flock – 14 Surefire Tips for Explosive Organic Growth

By Hector Cisneros

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Ever wonder why all the media outlets use Twitter? Are you curious about how useful Twitter really is?   What happened?  Are you providing the wrong content?  Are you using the wrong posting schedule? Are you engaging your audience in a useful way? Are you wondering why you only have 300 people following you, after a full year’s worth of work?

The real questions is:  Are you really looking to grow your Twitter following or are you just dabbling in Twitter because someone said it was cool?

The Banner Blitz is Back

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Back at the turn of the century banner ads were everywhere. You couldn't read a zine or surf a web portal without seeing dozens of banner ads all vying for your attention. While some were static, others were so animated that they hurt the eyes to stare at them. Then in 2003 banner ads were declared as dead as the dodo bird. Was this due to the fact that they were ineffective as a source of traffic? Or was it more the fact that over time animated ads had become annoying? Regardless, the bane of in-your-face online ads was over ... Or, so it seemed.  Ten years later, banner ads resurfaced with a vengeance. 

How to Survive a Big Mac Attack

After years of enjoying some of the most secure machines online, lately the vaunted Mac has gotten some worms in its core. Everyone from CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson to 17,000 Macs that were recently infected with botnets were reported in media sources. To make matters worse, on October 21, Apple posted a security warning for users of its iCloud online storage service amid reports of a concerted effort to steal passwords and other data from people who use the popular service in China.

The Magic Formula for Blogging Success: a Training Series for Bloggers

Blogging 101 - Part 1: We Start With Commitment – It Succeeds When Talent Falters 

By Hector Cisneros
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I’ve met many writers in my life.  Some have incredible writing skills; their grammar and spelling are impeccable.  Their creativity was remarkable.  Many are successful business owners and senior officers in corporations.  The same is true for many business owners I know. Their English speaking, writing, grammar and spelling skills are far superior to mine, and in many cases, they’re very creative and disciplined.  Yet both of these groups of talented people often have less-than-stellar writing success when it comes to blogging.

Will Pay-to-Play Payoff Online or Will it Kill the Golden Goose?

By Carl Weiss
Money (That's What I Want) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s said that the best things in life are free.  But as Berry Gordy so aptly added in 1960, “But you can keep them for the birds and bees.  Give me money, that’s what I want.” The song aptly named , "Money (That’s What I Want)" went on to become the first hit for Gordy’s Motown record label Tamla.  It also went on to be covered by many prominent recording artists such as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Doors, among others.  

What Every Business Needs When it Grows Up

14 Things Smart Businesses and Mature Professionals do to Grow Their Companies in a Weak Economy in the 21st Century 

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By Hector Cisneros

When an economy is strong, even weak companies and products can thrive.  But what happens when the economy struggles in recession for several years?  What happens when you have the emergence of consumer driven social media with its potentially viral and instant, word-of-mouth sharing, of both positive and negative reviews on products or services?  What happens when we have a fundamental shift in our way of life, where many consumers have only part-time jobs, while concurrently, taxes and consumer goods prices keeps rising?