A screenshot from BranchOut, the new professional business social networking platform.

A screenshot from BranchOut, the new professional business social networking platform.

The New Facebook

Facebook is continually changing. The latest changes to the profile have significantly revolutionized the way the personal profiles look. Additionally, they have added many new features including adding sports, philosophy as well as arts and entertainment. Additionally, your family and “featured relationships” as well as a total work history can be found right on your homepage.

Initially, the pros are that the design is new and clean. The cons… Where to start? If you thought Facebook stalkingwas bad before, now it is going to be even worse. When someone lands on your page, they can see where you’re from where you go to school, what you study, your classes, your interests, your birthdays, featured photos, your family members, your best friends, friend lists, how you know people and more!

When you visit someone’s profile, you will see “Your Friendship” featured at the upper right hand corner of the page. It shows when you became “Facebook Friends,” pictures you are both in as well as wall posts. This is the same thing as the “See Friendship” that replaced “Wall-to-Wall” several months ago.

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Just in case you want people to know about your extended family, Facebook has made it easy! Add cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles and more!

You can also post who inspires you under your philosophy page!

Best of all, Facebook removed that “Write something about yourself” from under your profile pictures and slid it under the “info section.”

Well, in a nutshell, those are the changes. This is going to be interesting.

Mashable HQ: 10 Twitter Tips From Our 'Twitter For Dummies' Contest Winners


We asked readers to send their Twitter tips for a chance to win a copy of Twitter for Dummies. Here are the winning submissions:

  1. #EIR: Engage — talk to people, comment on their tweets, join chats; Inform — post links to useful informative blogs or articles; Retweet — Retweeting helps…

Meet Instant Google: http://bit.ly/c5Yxyf. Google once again revolutionizes search engines as we know it.

Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.

—Bill Gates

The Habit of Excellence

   "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." ~Aristotle

Digi Tech Studio's first core value is, “Excellence in everything we do.”  Excellence is achieved by striving to reach and exceed the standards that have been set.  It is our primary goal to not only meet the expectations of our clients and coworkers but wow them with the passion that drives us to be excellent.  Here are three principles to put into place if you want to demonstrate excellence:

  • Excellence is giving something your everything
  • Excellence does not meet standards, it exceeds standards
  • Excellence in your work allows you to enjoy the process and take pride in the final results
  • Excellence is not something you achieve once, it is a continual process of going above and beyond what is expected of you

Aristotle profoundly stated that excellence is a habit, not a one time deed. It is something that we must continue to practice on a daily basis.  You can never truly be totally excellent in everything.  After all, excellence is a journey.  It is a journey filled with learning, growth and the constant desire to be the best that you possibly can be.

What do you define as excellence? How do you demonstrate excellence on a day-to-day basis?

Ryan Vet's talk on social media last Wednesday at Go Realty.  If you missed it, catch a recap by clicking here!

Ryan Vet's talk on social media last Wednesday at Go Realty.  If you missed it, catch a recap by clicking here!

social media [soh-shuhl mee-dee-uh] -noun

1. a means of digital communication (normally free of charge) where one can post audio, video, photos, text and other information to a wide audience in a short amount of time

2. word of mouth revolutionized

Sucked in by Social Media

Post From Ryan Vet:


You look at the clock. Shocked, you realize that you have just spent over an hour poking around on social media sites. You were swept away by the latest news on Twitter and your friend’s new pictures on Facebook. Where’d the time go?

Social media has the power to suck time out of your day, but it does not have to! Social media demands only as much time as you set a precedent for. Here is what I mean: If you start a blog and post on it every day for the first few weeks, people will expect that you will continue to blog daily. As soon as you fall short of that goal, people will most likely stop following you because they assume that you have lost interest. If you set the precedent that you will blog 2 or 3 times a week, that is all people will expect and it is still enough to satisfy them.

Here are a few strategies for minimizing time on social media sites:

Set a timer: Though this idea may seem dumb, it works. If you want to spend only 30 minutes on the computer, then set the timer for 30 minutes. When it rings, just get up and walk away. At first it may be hard to stop on time, but eventually you will become disciplined.

Use 3rd Party Apps: There are great applications around that allow you to manage multiple social media sites in one single place. Some of these include Tweetdeck and Hootsuite. By setting using these applications you only login once and you can see everything that’s going on in one place. It really eliminates the possibility of getting sidetracked by useless information.

Use NutshellMail: You can get emailed everything that is going on in all of your networks—it’s great. NutshellMail picks through your social network and tailors the information it displays to your tastes. It does not show you the useless information. Instead, it gives you the power to decide what information is relative.

Make a budget: Time is money. If you are spending your time on social media, you are, in a sense, spending money. Any person who is wise with their finances would tell you the importance of creating a budget. Do the same with social media. Decide how much time you have (or want) to spend on any given social network then divide your time according to what you want to accomplish when you are on that network. For instance, say that you want to spend 10% of your time browsing for new connections on LinkedIn, 60% of your time reaching out to connections and writing to them and 30% of your time writing recommendations for people you have worked with. By budgeting your time on any network, you are have a goal of what you can spend and what you want to accomplish.

You do not have to waste your time on the Internet. Your time is valuable so use it wisely. Your social media accounts only demand as much time as you set a precedent for, so choose wisely how you are going to spend your time with social media and maximize your effectiveness online.


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