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Twitter Fail! 15 Things You Should Never Do On Twitter

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Everyone’s on Twitter. Your friends, your colleagues, your boss, your kids, and even a whole bunch of pets,inanimate objects and fictional characters. Businesses too, and in increasing numbers. According to a survey by Constant Contact that was released in March 2013, 25 percent of small businesses are now using Twitter, compared to only 7 percent last year. A 2012 survey found that Twitter was the most popular social network among big companies, with 73 percent of Fortune 500 companies reporting that they have a Twitter account.

It’s not all hype. Twitter can be a great marketing tool. It can be a great way to network. It’s awesome for content marketing. Unless you mess it up, in which case you’ll probably end up looking like an idiot … or at least lose a few followers.

Want to get it right? Check out 15 things you absolutely should not do on Twitter in my new post on Techopedia.com.

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4 Futuristic Financial Innovations That Are Already Here

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If you’re a fan of futuristic books and movies, you might be a little disappointed with 2013. There are no flying cars or vacations to the moon. And, sadly, there are still no robot maids to cook us dinner and clean up our messes. Yet despite all the technologies we still hope to have someday, innovation is without a doubt happening every day (every minute!), especially where money’s involved.

Here are a few futuristic financial phenomena that you may not be aware of. But it won’t be long before they hit your radar, because these technologies have already arrived. Check them out in my new article on GoldenGirlFinance.com.

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The Data Security Gap Many Companies Overlook

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If you’ve never seen a line of kindergarteners marching out of a schoolyard hand in hand, the drill goes something like this: Count the kids, file them out, count them again as they file back in. That’s how a teacher ensures that everyone’s accounted for.

It sounds like common sense, but unfortunately, a lot of companies could learn something from this simple exercise when it comes to securing digital information. As the amount of data stored digitally continues to increase, companies are doing all kinds of things to secure private and corporate information. The problem is, many are leaving a gaping hole wide open when they dispose of old computers and other IT equipment.

Companies face many risks when it comes to data breaches. Some occur digitally, some occur when a piece of hardware is stolen from the site, but the one we tend to hear about least often is the risk of disposing of IT assets.

So what can companies do to ensure they’re protected from all sides? I talked to Kyle Marks, CEO of Retire-IT, about some of the most common risks companies face during disposal. Check it out in my new post on Techopedia.com.

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How to Get Rid of Your Old Electronics

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We have an old TV. It’s old and huge and heavy and not at all flat-screened. By “old” I mean to say that our TV probably rolled off the assembly line about 10 years ago, a fact that, unless you’re a teenager, will probably make you feel very old yourself. This TV is not high-tech or beautiful, but it does work, so we keep it around.

As it turns out, that’s increasingly rare.

According to the Consumer Electronics Association, American consumers consistently spend more than $1,000 per year on household electronics like televisions, computers, and smartphones. That’s a lot of money, but assuming we all have the money to pay for these gadgets, what’s more distressing is what happens to the older, less-advanced devices they aim to replace.

To be blunt, most of these discarded gadgets end up in landfills, says the Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, it is estimated that Americans throw out more than 350,000 cell phones and 130,000 computers every day, making electronic waste, or “e-waste,” one of the fastest growing components of landfill waste. And while that huge, old computer monitor may seem innocent enough, it’s packed with lead and other toxic chemicals, which isn’t just bad for the environment, it’s bad for us too.

So what can you do with your electronics when they’re no longer of use? Check out a few environmentally friendly options in my new post on WiseBread.com.

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9 Cool Ways Companies Are Using the iPad

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If you own an iPad for personal use you’re probably more than aware of its ability to distract. It’s why airport waiting areas and subway trains are increasingly filled with row upon row of bowed heads and the soft sounds of finger taps and swipes. But while there’s no question that the iPad is great entertainment – and has largely been marketed as such – it and other tablets are increasingly sneaking their way into the business world too. In 2012, Apple CEO Tim Cook famously said that nearly every company in the Fortune 500 was testing iPads. Now, evidence is mounting that many companies – big and small – have jumped on the tablet bandwagon and put the iPad to work. Check out a few of the innovative ways companies are using it in my new post on Techopedia.com.

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Online Investing: The Modern Convenience You May Be Missing

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More than 80 percent of Canadians have Internet access – the highest in the world. Many of us check our email every day, use social media to stay connected to friends and family, and run a web search when we need to know, well, anything. But despite Canadians’ uptake of all things technical, there’s one thing we’re still more comfortable doing the old-fashioned way: investing. According to a poll by TD Direct Investing, 72 percent of Canadians avoid doing it online.

Perhaps you imagine that investing through an online platform involves sweating out the day in front of a dozen computer screens filled with flickering stock charts (it doesn’t), or that buying assets over the Internet is way too complicated (it isn’t), or even that it involves too much risk (it doesn’t have to). Check out a few misconceptions about online investing you can stop worrying about – and why you should – in my new post on GoldenGirlFinance.com.

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Facebook Graph Search: Can It Find the Money?

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When Facebook sent out a vague alert to the press about a big unveiling it would be making January 15th, it set off the kind of hysteria we’ve come to expect from any announcement made by the omnipresent company, whether it’s about the stock, the CEO, or in this case, what turned out to be a brand-new feature called Graph Search.

Although investors had no idea what the announcement would be, that didn’t stop them from speculating and driving the stock price to a high of $32, the first time it’s broken out of the $20s since July. You can’t blame beleaguered Facebook investors for being a little over-eager to see this highly publicized stock live up to its long-running hype. But for all Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s attempts to make Graph Search sound like a new phase in the history of the Internet, the announcement itself failed to woo investors. The stock dropped that day and has since slipped below $30.

Graph Search has also put Facebook in a bit of an ideological tug-of-war. On the one side are investors who believe that Graph Search – a new kind of search that sorts through social data to answer users’ queries in a more personally relevant way – will revolutionize the Web and put Facebook right at the center of it. On the other side are those who think Graph Search is, well, kinda neat, but also kind of irrelevant, both for the company’s bottom line and the big picture on the Web.

The question remains: Does this new search feature hold any promise for Facebook investors, or is it yet another opportunity for social media speculators to get burned on this overhyped stock? Get the facts in my new article on GoldenGirlFinance.com: http://goldengirlfinance.com/inspiration/?post_id=1148

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4 Ways Computers Get Infected (and How to Stay Clean)

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If you have a computer, chances are you worry about an infection. And perhaps you should – in the third quarter of 2012, 13 percent of home networks were infected, according to Kindsight Security Labs.

But have you ever wondered how malicious and other undesirable software gets onto your computer? When it comes to answering that question, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that it’s pretty easy to get infected. The good news is, most malware is introduced as a result of a user’s actions – which means there’s a lot you can do to avoid it.

Get some tips on things to watch out for in my new article on SeniorPlanet.org: http://seniorplanet.org/4-ways-computers-get-infected-and-how-to-avoid-them/

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Big Data’s Got a Problem, But It Isn’t Technology

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Big data is facing a big problem these days, and interestingly enough, it has nothing to do with technology. Nope, this is a public relations problem, wherein big data is bit like Tom Cruise’s infamous couch-jumping antics on Oprah: Everyone was talking about it, but most people had no idea what it meant (and the rest probably didn’t care). For celebrities, obscure hype can be a welcome jackpot. When it comes to business and technology, however, buzzwords like big data don’t always bridge the gap between the CTO who wants to implement big data and the CEO who wants to know why.

A full definition of big data may still be up for debate, but what no one’s arguing about is that big data is getting bigger by the day, with corporate data exploding year over year and social media interactions stretching into the hundreds of millions per day. And as business of all kinds become increasingly digital, the amount of data out there is set to get even bigger still. That’s why understanding how big data can help is so important. So let’s take a look at how big data might be defined – and why nailing down that definition is becoming increasingly valuable to businesses of all sizes. Check it out in my new article on Techopedia.com: tchpd.co/13eOXEN 

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Understanding Bits, Bytes and Their Multiples

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The terminology that goes with understanding the most basic concepts in computer technology can be a real deal breaker for many technological neophytes. An area that frequently trips people up are those terms that are used to measure computer data. Yes, we’re talking about bitsbytes and all their many multiples. This is an important concept for anyone who works in depth with a computer, because these measurements are used to describe storage, computing power and data transfer rates.

Check out a simple explanation about what these measurements mean in my new post on Techopedia.com: tchpd.co/VEUle7 

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