A Statistical Analysis of Facebook Memes

Facebook and The University of Michigan published a study of how memes spread and what phrases helped to spread them from April 2009 to October 2011. It’s a text-based analysis where Facebook is trying to determine, among highly shared content, what is considered “low-quality”.

It’s a neat piece because it gives a look back at where Facebook was before images and external links became king of the site.

The SCARF Theory of Management

SCARF stands for status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness, and fairness. “Basically, when a person is honest with themselves, they’re most motivated by one of those qualities,” Stirman explains. “As a manager, you can figure out which one motivates which employee, and reward them accordingly. A lot of managers will look at their team and think, ‘We should do a round of compensation increases because everyone’s been working so hard,’ but this isn’t the best incentive for everyone.” Here’s how it looks:

  • Status-oriented employees can be motivated by a possible title change, or having their name attached to more important projects.
  • Certainty-oriented employees are motivated simply by the reassurance that their job is important and they are excelling.
  • Autonomy-oriented employees may need the ability to work from home, or simply slip on their head phones to tune everyone else out.
  • Relatedness-oriented employees are energized by opportunities to socialize with their coworkers – happy hours, softball games, etc.
  • Fairness-oriented employees want to know the playing field is even, and they aren’t being exploited or cheated. They need to hear it consistently.

Read more: http://firstround.com/article/How-Medium-is-building-a-new-kind-of-company-with-no-managers##ixzz2bIF1mMxi

A Quick And Easy Way To Grow Targeted LinkedIn Connections

As you may know by now, LinkedIn purposefully makes it difficult to connect to new contacts via their website. It is an arduous process of stating how you know the person, then navigating back to the previous page to find more people to connect to. 

If you subscribe to the philosophy of “LinkedIn Open Networking” (L.I.O.N) where connections are valuable. Then Linking In with new connections is a mutually beneficial relationship for yourself and your growing network.

However, this philosophy is only adopted by a subset of the LinkedIn literati, among which (apparently) are the operators of LinkedIn themselves. Therefore they make the process more difficult and time-consuming to build up a significant network of valuable connections.

The value of these connections come in many forms:

  • Recommendations for jobs
  • Inside connections for B2B sales leads
  • Corporate research for your next sales pitch
  • Connections with others within your industry

In order to grow your network on LinkedIn in a targeted way, quickly without the hassle of categorizing contacts you need to download the LinkedIn App for iOS or Android

Once you’ve downloaded the app and signed in.  At the top right hand corner of the home screen will be a search magnifying glass icon. Click that icon.

In the next window, use the search bar to search for the name of a company or city (i.e. “Apple Inc” or “New York, NY”) that you want to connect with fellow LinkedIn professionals.

Next, start pressing the + circle on the right hand side of each contact that’s within your 2nd or 3rd degree connections on LinkedIn. You can do this for as long as you like, as quickly as you like and a connection request will be sent to these individuals without having to show how you know them.

*Disclaimer* You will want to have a strong LinkedIn profile of your own before setting out to connect with a wide range of individuals.  The reason for this is that if many of the people you add state that they, “Do Not Know You” you can be flagged for SPAM and have additional restrictions on connecting added to your profile.

smarterplanet:

With 40% of the world on social networks here’s what happens every 24 hours:
Over 350 million photos are uploaded to Facebook
More than 2 billion search queries are performed on Twitter
172,800 new users signed up to LinkedIn
432,000 Vine videos are shared on Twitter
One billion Likes are generated on Instagram
210 billion emails are sent and received – and 80 percent of them are spam.
(via What Happens In Social Media Every 24 Hours? The Numbers Will Blow Your Mind [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter)

People love sharing cat photos…

smarterplanet:

With 40% of the world on social networks here’s what happens every 24 hours:

  • Over 350 million photos are uploaded to Facebook
  • More than 2 billion search queries are performed on Twitter
  • 172,800 new users signed up to LinkedIn
  • 432,000 Vine videos are shared on Twitter
  • One billion Likes are generated on Instagram
  • 210 billion emails are sent and received – and 80 percent of them are spam.

(via What Happens In Social Media Every 24 Hours? The Numbers Will Blow Your Mind [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter)

People love sharing cat photos…

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'Adrift' a short film by a Pixar employee is the perfect thing to kick off your Tuesday. Enjoy.