How to Reduce Environmental Impact in Everyday Life

The more that we hear about the negative impact that we are having on our planet, the more we are making an effort to try and fix our years of bad habits and make this an environmentally friendly place to live. Some of the things that we do that negatively effect the environment are also things that can cause pollution that negatively impact us as well. We must learn how to protect ourselves and out planet against pollution.

There are so many things that we can each do to become more environmentally friendly. If everyone did their part and make the greenest choices possible, we would have a planet that would last much longer.

One of the first things that we can do is to reduce the emissions that we put into the air. Our vehicles are one of the main culprits of bad emissions that pollute the air. Once way we can decrease the amount that affects our environment is to drive less. Some ideas on how to do this are to ride a bike to and from your destination, car pool with a friend or co-worker, use public transportation or even to walk places. Biking and walking are not only better for the environment but they can also be great ways for you to create a healthier life for yourself.

Another idea on how to we can work towards a greener planet is to recycle. If everyone recycles their bottles, cans, paper products, and many other materials we will be able to produce more recycled products. This in turn allows for fewer emissions from factories to be sent into the environment and it makes dumps and landfills less crowded, which often times can cause pollution.

Saving water is also a great way to help the environment. When brushing your teeth you should make sure to turn off water until you are finished. Taking shorter showers can also reduce your impact on the environment. If you see a leaky faucet you should always make sure to turn it off and make sure that the knob is turned as tightly as possible.

Even if we recycle our paper, whether it is newspapers, bags,   magazines , etc, we still have the chance of using more than we should. To make sure that you do your part in this fight you should use the re-usable grocery bags that most grocery stores and supermarkets are selling for their customers. Not only will this save on the amount of material that is used to produce these bags but it will also allow you to carry your groceries knowing that you are using a sturdy bag.

These are just a few of the things that we can do to reduce the environmental impact on everyday life. If more people did these things and their part, we would have an environment that would be around for years to come for everyone to enjoy.

Source by Budda Oliver

How Is Jesus Like A River Of Living Water In Your Life (John 7:37-39)?

“Never give up; for even rivers someday wash dams away,” wrote Arthur Golden.

Isn’t this the story of Christianity and the mighty Roman Empire? Rivers of living water flowing out of the lives of Christians eventually overcame the mighty dam of Roman persecution. Within a few hundred years, the small and often persecuted movement called Christianity became the dominant religion in Europe and the Western world.

“Anyone who teaches you about God is breathing life into your spirit,” says Zack, 12. “Jesus helps our spirit grow in truth, knowledge and strength.”

Zack has captured the essence of Christianity. When the truth of the gospel of grace is spoken and hearers believe in Jesus Christ as their savior, God breathes his very life into their spirits. Law, including the 10 Commandments, can never transform a person from the inside out. Only God’s life can do this.

In writing a story for the Washington Post, I interviewed Pastor John Woods, the executive director of Washington’s 150-bed Gospel Mission: “We believe anyone can put a new suit on a man, but only the grace of God can put a new man in the suit. A gospel mission is the only place a guy can come in blind drunk and retire 25 years later as its executive director.”

Water is essential for life. You can live three weeks or longer without food, but you can live only three or four days without water. If you’re in a desert where it is very hot in the middle of summer, you could die in three or four hours without water.

By using the metaphor “rivers of living water” flowing out of the inner lives of his followers, Jesus is also saying that without him you won’t be satisfied. You’ll hop from one relationship or thing to another looking for a way to quench your thirst. If Jesus is the author and restorer of life, you’ll be frustrated with all attempts to find life apart from him. Even expensive attempts by the wealthy as featured on television shows and   magazine  articles will result in dryness. Guaranteed!

“I think that the more you pray, the more of God’s river flows through your body to your brain,” says Thomas, 10. “When it goes to your brain, you think of God.”

If you’re a Christian, you may have noticed that the flow of God’s life through you varies depending upon your closeness to God. Yes, even Christians can experience spiritual dryness if they are not walking closely with the Lord. Consider yourself blessed if you have regular fellowship with a Christian who is overflowing with God’s river of life.

The Book of Revelation gives us a glimpse of the New Jerusalem’s center: “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb,” (Rev. 22:1). Furthermore, the water of life is offered freely to all who thirst: “And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely,” (Rev. 22:17b).

Think about this: Jesus, as the water of life, wants live-giving water to flow freely through his people to a thirsty world.

Memorize this truth: Revelation 22:17b previously quoted.

Ask this question: If you have drunk of the water of life, are God’s rivers of living waters flowing freely through you to the thirsty people you encounter every day?

Source by Carey Kinsolving

Making the Most of Your Patent Attorney Meeting

When people create unique inventions or develop unique ideas for inventions then they will often want to get a patent on that idea. A patent is a legal document that will protect your invention and prevent it from getting stolen or used by someone else. Many people will decide to get patents on their inventions. However, in order to get a patent you will need to be prepared to spend some money. If you work with a larger corporation, these fees will not be an issue. However, if you are working independently then this can be rather costly as there are several fees that you will need to pay to the US Patent Office when applying for a patent.

In order to make sure that you don’t waste your time and money with the application process only to be denied a patent, you will need to hire a patent attorney. A patent attorney will help a person navigate through the patent process which is notoriously long and difficult to make sure that everything is handled properly and that they have the best chance possible for getting the patent that they need. Even though hiring a patent attorney means more fees a patent attorney can be the difference between you having your patent approved or denied. However, before you meet with a patent attorney, it is important to make sure you know how to make the most from the meetings that you have with your patent attorney to make sure you are getting the most from your interactions with this legal professional.

You are paying an attorney by the hour so make sure you ask as many questions as possible. Since you are paying this person for their time you should never shy away from questions. It is a great idea to have a list of questions that you will want to ask with you so that you can get through them as quickly as possible and so you won’t waste any time during your meeting.

You should bring a folder of information with you covering nearly every thing possible you can think of that would pertain to your invention. This includes things like the name and description of the invention. You should also be prepared with answers to common questions that an attorney will ask you. This will include things such as how you came up with the idea and where you came up with it at. You should also know if any other party currently has a license on the invention or if part of the invention has been published online or in a magazine. You should also have information about any place that they invention has been sold or is currently being offered for sale. Having this information is important and will help you make the most of every minute of the meeting.

Source by Tom Hornak

How to Avoid the #1 Problem With Top Rated Anti Wrinkle Cream

If you’ve ever purchased a so-called “top rated” anti wrinkle cream only to be disappointed with the results, you’re in good company. Many of us fall for the false claims made by big-name cosmetics that have millions to spend on convincing   magazine  and TV advertising.

Buying wrinkle cream, simply on the strength of these ads, is the #1 problem with these top rated products. The superior rating doesn’t come from the effectiveness of the products, but rather from the sheer numbers of products that are sold.

But the “proof is in the pudding”, as they say. A company that makes a truly top rated cream invests in the best ingredients and allows the results to speak for themselves.

Allow me to offer a little proof of my own. Just pick up any jar or tube of cream you have sitting in your bathroom. Read the ingredients label. You will see substances like petrolatum, mineral oil, dioxane, isopropyl myristate, trietholamine, propylene glycol and fragrances. Do these chemicals sound like they can provide healing treatment for lines, wrinkles and other signs of aging?

Well, they can’t. They are synthetic and, as such, have no way to interact with your skin.

Some people may tell you that they get anti aging results but all they are seeing is a temporary filler effect. You’d get the same results if you wore a mask. Remove the mask, or wash your face, and all your wrinkles are still there.

Your skin is natural. Therefore, it only stands to reason that it needs natural substances to nourish and support its health.

Scientists who study how healthy skin works know this and look for the most effective natural substances. Their studies show that the nature of the skin resembles the nature of certain plant and animal extracts, such as sheep wool.

This resemblance allows for deep skin and cell penetration. Once in the cell, powerful nutrients are released and damaged cells are revitalized.

Why is this important? Because healthy cells produce lots of collagen and elastin. These two proteins are critical for maintaining a firm, smooth, moist, even-toned complexion. As collagen and elastin production is restored, lines and wrinkles begin to disappear. Your skin becomes softer, with a creamier appearance.

This improvement is not cosmetic. It comes courtesy of your body’s own powerful healing abilities.

Avoiding #1 problem with top rated anti wrinkle cream means checking what’s behind the rating before making your purchase. You’ll know you have a product you can trust if it contains high concentrations bio-active ingredients backed by clinically-tested results.

Oh…and FYI…true top rated anti wrinkle cream is rarely advertised. This is why it may be a little harder to find. The companies that make these products put their money into research, testing and development of the most effective natural substances.

Source by Therese Higgins

Still Going Strong – How Wii Revolutionized Gaming

Nintendo’s been on a slump for a few years with their previously outdated console designs. But on 2006, the release of their newest gaming console Wii showed that Nintendo has come so far from the Family Computer concept and still has a lot of conquering to do.

One of the most unique things about Wii is that it doesn’t use the usual controllers shaped like a boomerang. Instead, it uses a wireless remote called the Wii Remote that can be used to detect movement to manipulate the menus and the game. One of the most popular games is the Wii Tennis, which lets the player move not only his arms but also his torso to control the character when hitting the virtual ball. Wii also allows for multiple players depending on the game being played. With the wireless controller, players aren’t limited on their actual space, so they can be meters away from their opponents but still manipulate the game accordingly.

Besides the Wii Remote, the wi-fi on the Nintendo DS also allows you to use your DS as a controller for the Wii. With the Nintendo DS’s touchscreen LCD, this has widened the Wii gameplays, giving players the option of using whichever controller they wish. Another interesting peripheral for Wii is the Wii Fit Balance Board, with games that are more exercise to the players. This has the intention for the players to measure their weigh and probably lose a few pounds.

PS3 and Xbox 360 are recognizing this revolution, though. Xbox 360 have recently introduced wireless controllers to their players. PS3 has also followed suit, removing their wired controllers and coming up with their latest controller, Dual Shock 3, which is not only wireless but brings back the rumbling feature of the controllers. Certainly, these consoles are gearing up with the ideas brought about by Wii’s release. The gaming world is changing, and Wii was there right from the beginning.

Source by Paul John Collins

Most Effective Content Marketing Secrets

Do you want to know the most effective content marketing secrets?

High quality content writing plays an important role in marketing success for B2B (Business to Business) companies or even solo entrepreneurs. The most effective content can be more profitable to your business success. Every content we make makes our business run as we handle business on the right way.

Last month we covered 17.5 content marketing secrets of driving targeted, lucrative traffic to your blogs and websites.

And while no single method will provide an avalanche of traffic, combining your favorites can result in the kind of traffic that keeps you in profit, indefinitely.

This month we’ll cover 17.75 more, including how to get major bloggers and influencers to gladly share your posts, how to piggy back off the best content on the internet, how to make your content interactive to garner more traffic and a whole lot more.

Let’s get started:

1: How to get bloggers (big and small) to share your blogposts with their readers

This is so easy, yet few bloggers take the time.

And the benefits are two-fold: First, you will likely get extra traffic – maybe even LOTS of extra traffic. And second, it’s a great way to begin building relationships with other bloggers.

Here’s how it works:

Choose a topic for your next blogpost. Now search out other content related to the post you’re writing. It could be articles, podcasts, infographics, blogposts, videos, etc., as long as it directly relates to what you’re writing about.

Not sure how to find the best content? Use a tool like Buzzsumo to locate the highest shared content for your keyword.

Get in touch with these content creators right away. Let them know you’re working on a post and you’re going to include a reference to their work.

Ask if they would like to see the post when you’re done. Be friendly and keep your messages fairly short and straight to the point. If you want to gush a little bit about how you live their (blog, videos, products, etc.) go ahead.

When your post is published, let them know they’re featured in your newly published content. Even if they didn’t reply to your first email, let them know. Maybe they were just busy.

If they like your content, many of them will share it with their readers and social media. Be sure to THANK THEM profusely when they do this.

2: Offer bribes in exchange for social media shares

When you create a new piece of content, create what you might think of as a bonus, too. It could be an infographic, a resource list, a pdf of the article, the biggest, baddest and best technique of all, etc.

Sign up for a Pay with a Tweet service and create a new campaign.

Integrate the campaign button or campaign link into your content page. Feature it prominently, and talk up the benefits of what they will receive in exchange for a simple share on social media.

3: Optimize Your Facebook Posts

Things to know…

  • Run tests to see what types of posts, headlines and images your audience prefers.
  • Avoid clickbait headlines, as these will hurt your new feed rank.
  • Definitely use hashtags whenever appropriate, since they increase interactions by 60%.
  • When appropriate, use a question to get 100% more comments than non-question posts (Source: KISSMetrics)
  • Link titles should have less than 100 characters
  • Publish between 5pm and 1am for the most interactions (Source: TrackMaven)
  • Engage with photos because 93% of the most engaged posts contain photos
  • Use videos as well for even more engagement
  • The most engaging length for a Facebook post? Is between 50 and 99 characters. (Source: Simply Measured)
  • Posts with emoticons receive 33% more comments and are shared 33% more often. (Source: AMEX Open Forum)
  • Saturday and Sunday posts have much higher average engagement (Source: TrackMaven)

4: Join Facebook Groups

Facebook groups are an excellent way to connect with people interested in just about any topic – including yours.

In Facebook groups you can really get to know your audience, and eventually promote your content. Here’s how:

Create a list of keywords that best describe your niche.

Enter each keyword or phrase into the search field, click search and click on ‘groups.’

Join the groups that look the most promising, but don’t share your content right away. Read the rules, participate in the conversations, help others and answer questions.

When someone asks a question that your content can answer, then share your content.

Or share your content as updates, asking the group for feedback.

5: Share your content on LinkedIn (Maybe)

This one depends – can you find your target market on LinkedIn? If so, this is a great place to share great stuff, keeping a few things in mind:

Many LinkedIn groups are nothing more than spam groups. In other words, everyone is shouting, “Look at me!” But no one is listening.

You’ve got to find relevant groups with lots of activity and very strict anti-spam rules.Try different keyword variations, and use group filters in the search settings. As you gain experience searching, you’ll get better at finding the right groups.

Once you’re in a group, read the rules and see how people interact. Help others, like, comment and ask questions that move conversations forward. Do this for a few weeks before sharing. Remember, you’ve got to give first if you want to receive.

When it’s time to share, ask for comments and feedback, opinions, questions, etc.

The main goal of LinkedIn is to build your network. It’s entirely possibly you could meet someone who has a list of buyers who would love your product. It’s also possible you’ll meet your next joint venture partner, or your next $10,000 client.

But you do need some patience and the willingness to be in it for the long haul, helping others and initially expecting nothing in return.

6: Sending traffic from LinkedIn to your blog

Is your audience on LinkedIn? Then every time you write a new blogpost, also write a 300-400 word teaser post for LinkedIn.

This post will give the gist of what your blogpost is about and provide a link back to your blog so they can read the entire post there.

Remember to use teaser bullets demonstrating what they will discover when they read your blogpost, as well as a direct call to action to go read the post.

7: Driving traffic from Google+ to your blog

Contrary to popular belief, Google+ is still alive with 300 million active monthly users.

The key here is the communities. Joining and taking part in conversations will get you more engagement on the platform. Here’s how:

Search for your niche keywords on Google+, then scroll down to the ‘communities’ section and click ‘more’ to see the results.

Join the communities and start building relationships. Share your thoughts and ideas, answer questions, be helpful and keep the conversation flowing.

Now get in touch with the owner of the community and ask if they could use your help. If you get approved as a moderator, you should see a big spike in followers and engagement.

Bonus: If your business page is a moderator on a Google+ community, then all of the plus one’s from that community will be added to your business page. Remember to link your business page to your website, so the plus one’s pass on to your homepage.

8: Get 10,000 new Instagram Followers

The more followers you have, the more traffic you can potentially drive to your blog, your website, your offers, etc.

And it’s easy to get followers if you have some time to kill.

NOTE: Instagram makes you do this manually, so when you have spare time, here’s how to do it:

Open Instagram, tap on the search icon, select ‘tags,’ and search the hashtag associated with your topic.

Choose a photo and start following the account. Like their most recent three photos.

Soon you will see people following you back.

9: Get More Shares (and traffic) With Interactive Content

People love to discover more about themselves, what their spirit animal is, what their personality says about them and so forth.

This is why for decades the Cosmopolitan Magazine Quiz has been one of the favorite features of the entire magazine.

And it’s also why you can use simple quizzes to drive more interaction and more shares from your readers.

Here’s how:

Register for a free account at

Click ‘create new’ and select the type of content you would like to create – polls, quizzes, personality, video or countdown.

Add your questions and mark the right questions.

Press ‘publish’ and install the Apester plugin to your WordPress site.

Copy the code and insert it on your website, where ever you want it to be.

10: Run a Contest

Offering a contest on social media is a great way to get lots of engagement, traffic and new subscribers.

But be careful – you’ve got to tailor your prize to the audience you seek. Otherwise you’ll end up with a ton of subscribers who care nothing about your niche, your blog or your products.

For example, don’t offer a free electronic device (as so many do) unless it’s 100% directly related to your niche.

If your niche is gardening, offer a big selection of free bulbs or your latest book on growing vegetables.

If your niche is online marketing, offer free access to your latest marketing course to bring in super targeted leads, and so forth.

Here’s how to set up a contest:

Sign up at Rafflecopter to launch and manage your giveaway.

Click ‘new giveaway.’ Put in the prize(s) your winner(s) will receive.

Choose how people can enter to win the prize. Subscribing to your newsletter? Tweeting about the contest? Etc.

Set points for each method. The more points they get, the better their chances of winning.

Choose a start and end date and click ‘preview and install.’

Either embed the contest to your website or run it on your Facebook page.

Want to have even more options? Upgrade to the premium version.

11: Use other people’s great content to drive traffic to your site

This is a great technique on several levels. First, you’re sharing relevant, timely content via social media, so your followers and fans benefit.

The person whose content you are sharing will see you’re sharing their stuff, which can help build relationships with these marketers.

And in the process you can actually drive traffic to your own content as well. Here’s how:

Find articles and posts related to your newly published post. You can use Google Alerts, Mention, or simply do a Google search for new content on the topic.

When you find an article your audience will likely enjoy, use Sniply to share it via your social channels.

To do this: Go to Sniply and register for a free account. Insert the article’s link and click ‘create snip.’

Then customize the call to action that visitors to that article will see, and link it to YOUR blogpost.

Click ‘snip’ and you’re set.

12: Create Roundup Posts

This is a great way to get social media shares from other bloggers and marketers, and even begin building relationships with them.

Each week, biweekly or monthly (you choose a time frame) you will create a collection of the best content related to your topic.

To find this content, you’ll want to subscribe to relevant blogs, set up keyword trackers, or use a notification service like Feedly.

Choose the best posts and write a few sentences of introduction for each one, linking back to the original source.

Notify your sources before you publish your post. Let them know you’re working on a roundup post and their article or post will be included.

Once you publish, let everyone in your roundup article know you are live.

For those who don’t promote your article via social media, it is okay to politely follow up in a few days just in case they missed your email. When they do promote your article, THANK THEM very nicely.

Rinse and repeat at your next interval.

13: Create News Posts

This is generally done weekly and it’s similar to the roundup post. Only in this case, you are focusing on newsworthy items from your particular niche.

Your traffic here is likely to come more from people sharing your post than from the sources you are quoting, since many times those sources will be actual news sites.

However, for sources that are regular sites, blogs, etc., be sure to let them know you’ll be including them, and then let them know when you publish.

14: Do Influencer Roundups

Want to create something epic that really stands out and gets shared by a lot of people?

Then doing an influencer roundup on a hot topic could be exactly what you’re looking for.

Choose a question that will appeal to both your readers and your influencers. For example, in online marketing you could ask what one piece of advice your influencers most wish they had been given before they got started, and why.

Search for your influencers. Odds are you already have a list just from the blogs you subscribe to, but you can find more by using sites like Buzzsumo. Check Klout for more info on each one.

Next, get in touch with each influencer with a short message. Tell them you’re working on an expert roundup and you want to include them, and give them the question.

If you don’t hear back from someone within a few days, you can make one more effort to contact them. If they don’t respond the second time, leave well enough alone.

Once you’ve written your post, send it to your experts for any feedback they might have. Some of them might want to amend or change their answers slightly, based on something else they thought of or answers others have given.

After you publish, let your influencers know your article is live so they can share it with their followers if they choose to.

But don’t get pushy. If they share, that’s great. If not, you don’t want to ruin your budding friendships before they start.

15: Get Social Share from the Tools and Resources You Recommend

Here’s something almost no one thinks to do…

When you write a “how to” post or article, do you recommend resources and tools?

If so, here’s a little trick:

Locate the email address for each of the resources. Then get in touch and let them know you’ll be recommending their tool/resource to your readers in an upcoming post. Ask them if they would like to know when it goes live.

Once your article is live, let them know and politely ask if they might like to share it with their subscribers. After all, your endorsement is validation that their product works, plus their readers might find a new way to use the product, too.

16: Share. A LOT.

You’ve just finished a brand new blogpost and you are proud as can be at the way it turned out. Time to tell the world, right?

Yes! Tell your followers on every social media avenue on which you’re active.

But don’t make the same mistake most marketers make.

Most folks don’t want to ‘bug’ others. They’re afraid if they ‘over promote,’ then people will get mad, unsubscribe, stop following, etc.

Actually, the exact opposite is true. You’re going to have to share your content many times before some people ever see it. Think of Twitter – do you see all of your tweets the first time? Not likely, but let’s say you do. Do you click all the links the first time you see them? Of course not. You’re busy, you’re distracted, things get in the way…

Your followers and fans want to see your content, so make sure they can my sharing it multiple times.

Create different versions of the posts and tweets you’ll make – maybe 5-8 variations. Change the titles, use different pictures and even emojis to boost engagement.

Set up a sharing schedule in advance by using a service like Buffer.

Share right after the post is published, and again an hour later, 3 hours later, 7 hours later, the next day, the day after, the next week, the next week after, the next month and the next month after that.

Track how your posts perform and adjust your schedule accordingly. Also, try to share both during the morning, the afternoon and the evening for full coverage.

17: Use Jump Links to Share Even More

You wrote a great post and you shared it several times via social media. But you don’t want to get obnoxious about it, so you stop sharing.

But… what if your post is a list? For example, “10 Great Ways to Drive Traffic” or “7 Key Secrets to a Great Relationship.”

Then you can continue to share without getting redundant, simply by using jump links.

For example, you want to share tip #3 from your list, so you create a jump link that takes readers directly to that specific tip on that post.

If you’ve never created jump links, here’s a great tutorial:

Create a new social media message for each tip and use the jump link to point to that specific tip.

Then add relevant, interest-provoking images for each tip, so they stand out and apart when you share them on social media.

17.75: Keep Your Readers Coming Back Without Social Media or Email

This tip isn’t so much about driving new traffic, as it is bring traffic back to your site time and time again.

No doubt you’re already building a social media following, right?

And of course you’re building your email list, too.

But… what about all those readers who either don’t fall into one of those two categories, or who ignore social media and your emails?

You can still bring them back to your website with push notifications for Chrome and Firefox. Here’s how:

Register to get a free account at Pushcrew.

You’ll get a unique code to insert in your website. Or if you have WordPress, you can install their plugin.

Customize your push notification. Just edit the title, subtitle and button text.

Then set up automatic scheduling notifications for your subscribers. Your subscribers will be notified 30 minutes after you publish a new post.


And there you have it – 17+ more content marketing ‘secrets’ that drive wicked traffic. You’ll notice there isn’t a difficult one in the bunch. It’s simply about taking the time to do these things and watching the traffic flow in.

Once you do, it won’t be long before you have a huge loyal following, an ever growing list of subscribers and continuous stream of sales notifications in your inbox!

Source by Nick James

How to Add (and Remove) Twibbons to Your Twitter and Facebook Avatars

Twibbons, or “Twitter ribbons” in support of a cause, event, sport, country, or anything else, add an extra touch of fun and personality to your social media avatars. You will likely have seen them around Christmas when people add Santa hats to their avatars; around November when people add poppies; or during the Ashes or any sporting World Cup when people pin their national colours to their avatars, to name a few popular examples.

As the whole point of Twitter and Facebook is fun and personality, I very much encourage you to have a play with twibbons – though the standard rules of common sense apply if you’re using social media to promote your business and choose something particularly political to support! You know best if it fits with your brand, but I’d recommend you keep it light, especially if you’re just starting out in social media.

However, if you’d like to join in the fun, it’s very easy to do.

I. Adding a twibbon to your avatar

  1. Go to the Twibbon website (link provided in step II.)
  2. Log in using either your existing Facebook or Twitter login (depending on which one you’d like to add the twibbon to).
  3. Search or browse for the twibbon you’re after (ie, “Santa hat”).
  4. Once you’ve selected the one you want, click “Support this” next to the image.

And you’re done! Some of them, like the santa hats, will give you the opportunity to resize it or reposition it in relation to your mug, so there will be an extra step here, but that’s basically all there is to it.

The tricky thing for many people is how to get rid of the twibbon once you’ve got it there.

II. Removing a twibbon from your avatar

  1. Go to
  2. Log in using either your Facebook or Twitter login.
  3. In the very top right corner of the screen you will see your Facebook or Twitter name, and then “(My Profile)”. Click it.
  4. In the middle of the screen you will see your current avatar, complete with twibbon. Just above that you will see two tabs: one says “Profile”, and this is the tab you’re currently on. The second says, “History”. Click it.
  5. Choose the old, original avatar you want to go back to and click “Revert” underneath it.
  6. On the next screen, confirm your choice by clicking “Make this my profile image”.

And that’s all there is to it! Have fun with your twibboning!

Source by Sheree L Lowe

Audit Jobs – Where Are They?

What do you want to be when you grow up? The answer to that question has changed drastically over the past two years. The newest research on university campuses around the nation says that this year, new graduates are more likely to be seeking audit jobs than just about any others. That shouldn’t be surprising to anyone that’s been following the news in economics and accountancy. Firms that do global business are increasingly concerned with compliance to international standards of accountancy. The need to comply with SOx and IFRS has opened hundreds of new positions in firms and offices throughout the country.

There’s also a change in where the most sought after audit jobs are. Over the past five years, the trend has been toward jobs with the BBC or in public service. This year however, the most desired positions are with the big accountancy firms. Those firms are offering excellent starting salaries – as much as 25% higher than a few years ago. Entry salaries at accountancy firms averaged £18,000 to £23,000 at the end of last year. This year, say audit recruitment firms, employers are seeing the need to offer higher salaries to attract the best new graduates to their ranks. An entry level auditor starting with one of the bigger accountancy firms could realize a starting salary as high as £26,000. A newly qualified auditor with certification from ACCA, ACA and CIMA can expect a starting salary as high as £47,000 by the end of 2007.

The top firms are doing all they can to retain the talent they have, and to attract new talent to their audit job openings, according to Accountancy   Magazine . At least one firm offered a newly qualified employee a rise of 50% over his current salary to entice him into staying with them. That’s extreme, but it’s not been unusual this year for the Big Four accountancy firms to offer bonus payments of £5,000 to £10,000 to employees who pass the audit exams with flying colors.

Domestic talent may face some competition from outside our borders, though, according to a survey done by an audit recruitment firm. Many employers are open to hiring from outside the country to fill their vacant audit jobs, including candidates from Eastern Europe and other smaller markets. And London tops the list of desirable places to work, thanks to the high pay and glittering lifestyle.

The highest earning potential for new audit professionals is in the areas of specialisation, say other surveys. Again, it’s SOx and IFRS that are fueling the drive for specialised training. Graduates and newly qualified auditors with special knowledge in the areas of tax, forensic audit and consultancy can expect to earn about 10% more over the course of their first ten years in service than those who take general audit jobs.

These higher salaries for specialised audit jobs should lead to salary increases across the board, though, as most recruitment agencies advise employers not to neglect their more generalised audit jobs. Concentrating too much on auditors with specialised skills, they warn, could lead to a decline in candidates for the general audit positions which would drive salaries up to match those of the specialists.

Source by Jonathon Hickstead

Is the Internet Destroying Knowledge Work?

Decades ago, Texas Congressman Jim Wright decried America’s declining manufacturing base.

Responding to the rebuttal that ours had become a services-based economy, he quipped that we can’t build wealth solely by selling each other pizzas.

The “services” economy of the 80’s gave way to the “knowledge” economy of the 90’s and current decade. The idea has been that the value we add to other people’s lives, for which we are paid, derives from our training, our knowledge, and our ability to use our gray matter.

But what happens when the perceived value of knowledge plummets? Do knowledge workers not only lose respect and esteem, but do their paychecks shrink, as well?

With the rise of the Internet, informational access has exploded. Before the Web, folks such as librarians were the most important gatekeepers in the world, along with professors, writers, public speakers, and other distributors of content.

Traditional publishers, who carefully screened, critiqued, and packaged books,   magazines , and newspapers were of crucial import in determining what was read, how important certain voices were to become, and political agendas of major parties.

Now, some of the largest daily newspapers are in bankruptcy, such as the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, while others teeter on the brink of insolvency.

In years past, when you sought more information on a topic, you bolted to the nearest library or bookstore. Today, online, you will find hundreds, thousands, and even millions of documents pertaining to nearly everyone or everything.

I Googled myself the other day, and two and a half million documents came up. Discounting for the odd person that is also named Dr. Gary S. Goodman or Dr. Gary Goodman, and other irrelevant hits, there are still thousands of relevant ones that can tell you about or point you to my books, articles, professional services, ideas and opinions on nearly anything.

With such an instant feast, literally at one’s fingertips, completely free, what is the value of paying money for any of the above?

More to the point, when you can swiftly access nearly all of my competitors and nearly anyone else that has weighed in on my topics, what is left to induce you to “select and prefer” me?

How can any knowledge worker or any information-based business build and sustain competitive advantage, typically bestowed through product differentiation, when we’re swimming in a swirling sea of apparently indistinguishable content?

Do you choose providers based on their search engine rankings, i.e. based on which names pop-up first?

Historically, the basic predicate for determining a person or a product’s value has been scarcity.

But in an intellectual world of over-abundant supply, dizzying choices, where every provider appears equally expert, and even equally degreed and credentialed, is anyone really an expert who can justify premium pricing, or even survival pricing?

For example, I was approached recently and asked to produce and conduct an original 90 minute webinar. I was told my compensation would be the “standard rate” of $5 per attendee. If one person signed up, I’d get five bucks for my ministrations; if twenty registered, I’d receive the princely sum of $100.

(The sponsor charges $295 per attendee.)

I had no way of verifying attendance, and of course, I would have to prepare the class and a Powerpoint to accompany my “live” performance.

I declined, because based on experience I know that the presumed after-market for such endeavors is negligible, as is the purported public relations value. Simply put, properly paying clients are unlikely to hail from such events.

Yet, there are thousands, and perhaps millions of my “peers” that would jump at the chance, despite the fact that if they did one webinar every day of the year they’d have to scramble to a second job, as well.

Why do such otherwise smart people succumb?

The lure is akin to the proverbial promise, “I’ll make you a STAR!”

This casting-couch come-on is a gambit that most content providers would recognize in a flash in Hollywood. But because it is so ubiquitous today, seemingly upright corporations using it with straight faces and buttoned-down decorum, it passes scrutiny.

Also, content-providers and creative-types of all kinds, again knowledge workers, seem desperate.

The other night my wife and I screened the 80’s smash hit, “Tootsie,” starring Dustin Hoffman as a perennially unemployed actor that seeks and gets work as a female. When conducting a workshop for other actors, Hoffman’s character admonishes them there is “95% unemployment” among their kind in New York, yet they still must persist, trying valiantly to eke out a living.

Suddenly, in the current economic meltdown, this film is 100% contemporary. Many knowledge workers resemble “Tootsie,” contorting themselves to fit into nearly any role that is offered.

So, what’s the solution: Destroy the Internet?

It’s tempting to endorse the idea, especially if you are a knowledge worker that has lost traction as the Web has become more entangling.

From a consumer standpoint, the Internet has been an unqualified hit. It offers an endless buffet of entertainment and diversion.

But ask yourself this, as a knowledge worker: Professionally speaking, are you better off today, poised for even greater success than you were 5 or 10 years ago?

Or, does Jim Wright’s vision of selling each other pizzas look increasingly tempting?

Source by Dr. Gary S. Goodman

After Suicide – Returning to Life, Thanks to an Owl

Have you ever lost the ability to laugh? I did.

When Arlyn died, I knew I would never laugh again. After all, my child had taken her own life; she had died by suicide. How could I really laugh, when I felt so empty? How could I let lose and laugh out loud, when I hurt so much? Oh, I’ve managed to smile sometimes, and the sound of quiet laughter has slipped out of my lips a few times, but they were only superficial gestures: no belly laughs for me.

Then, a few months ago, I flew to Ft. Meade, Maryland, to visit my sister, Teresa, her husband Mac, and my nine-year old niece, Marisa They picked me up at the airport, and then we drove to their home. As we were unloading the car, I noticed a large owl perched on the edge of the carport. He had a wise content expression on his face.

Teresa told me that the owl had shown up several times over the previous week. Marisa said that they were getting so attached to him that she had named him Simon. We tiptoed past the owl as we went into the house; we didn’t want to disturb Simon and cause him to fly away. Teresa cautioned me to not get too close in case it were to suddenly lunge at me.

The next morning when we went outside, the owl was still there, in broad daylight! He had moved to a different place on the carport, and he looked quite content. For the rest of my visit, every day, we’d check on the owl and marvel at the fact he had picked this house out of the whole neighborhood to claim as his home. We’d also walk out to the car very quietly so we wouldn’t frighten him away. I enjoyed checking on the owl almost as much as I enjoyed sightseeing in the area.

Occasionally, we’d would not see Simon on his carport perch, but he was never gone long. If he was gone, I missed him and worried that he might not return. One morning, I excitedly grabbed my camera, almost tripping over my own two feet to get photos of this rare visitor. Even though he had moved to a different location, he was not razzled by my presence as I snuck closer to take his photo. I called to Mac to get his camera, too, but he calmly said he could not find his camera. I couldn’t understand why he didn’t seem concerned about missing this opportunity for a wonderful up-close photo.

One day, I looked up owls on the Internet to learn more about them; I discovered they eat rats and mice. When I told Teresa about the owl’s diet, she smiled and seemed really pleased that he’d taken up residence there. When the day arrived for me to return home, I got up early to check on Simon. He was there, a little farther down on his perch, but just as big as ever.

I lingered, savoring the chance to be so close to him one last time. Then, I quietly slipped out to the car with my luggage and loaded it into the trunk. A few minutes later, I looked up then toward the carport and I saw Teresa walking out of the house, carrying a broom!

Before I knew what was happening, she pulled the broom back behind her and swung it at the owl as hard as she could, knocking the poor helpless bird to the ground. My heart almost jumped out of my blouse, I was so shocked! Teresa is normally a reasonable person, so I could not imagine what had suddenly possessed her to treat this bird so cruelly! Especially right in front of little Marisa.

I wanted to scream at her to stop the madness, but only a loud grunt came out.

Teresa turned to look at me, and then she dropped the broom. She bent down, picked up the wounded bird and ran toward the car with it in her hands. Strangely, she had an eerie grin on her face! What was going on?

By the time Teresa reached the car, I was almost hyperventilating I was so upset. Teresa held Simon up to the window and said “Karyl, this is not a real owl. It’s a fake owl that I got to keep the birds away.” It took a moment for the truth to sink in, but once I realized she had not beaten a live owl, and that I’d been the butt of a practical joke perpetrated by the whole family for over a week, I laughed so hard that a waterfall of tears spilled down my cheeks.

A while later, after I got control of myself, I realized something that surprised me. That was the first time since Arlyn had died that I had relaxed enough to laugh to the core. And it felt good.

I knew then that I was finally alive again, even though it had taken almost 7 years to reach that point. When someone we love dies, we may feel as if we died, too. Sooner or later, however, if we allow ourselves to process our grief in a healthy way, we will return to life. A true test of when we reach that point may be when we can laugh with every ounce of our being.

Source by Karyl Chastain Beal