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Nicholas Cardot
I'm a Diabolical Genius Villain™ (with minions & lair). Also I love chocolate chip cookie dough. Character is judged by your reverence for The Princess Bride.
I'm a Diabolical Genius Villain™ (with minions & lair). Also I love chocolate chip cookie dough. Character is judged by your reverence for The Princess Bride.


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My daughter's dance routine.
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Star Wars Art #13: Storm Trooper


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Hitch a Ride on the Word Train
Here's a fun little forum game that we can play. I'll start with a word. You then use the last two letters of that word as the first two letters of a new word. For example, if the first word is "tower", the second word could be "erode", and the third person might use "depot".

Here's the first word: Holiday

Oh, and one more rule, don't post more than one at a time. After posting, wait for someone else to post before going again. Other than that, post as many times as you'd like.
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So what's the deal with the Discover tab here on Google Plus? Every time I click on it, it just says that it looks like I've reached the end and there is nothing there. What do you folks see when you click on it?
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Is Samwell Tarley the person who wrote A Song of Ice and Fire?
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11 Mind Hacks to Humanize Your Social Media Presence
Be honest, do you want to speak to companies on social media? Or would you rather speak to an real, live human being who can empathize with you, connect with you, and treat you as a person or even better as a friend? The answer for most, is the latter.

People don't want to speak to corporations. They want to speak to and connect with real people. These mind hacks are psychologically charged tools that can very, very easily allow you to start connecting with people in your audience on a personal level.

This leads folks to become friends, customers, advocates for your brand, allies in business, and so much more.

Take a look at the article and then let me know either here or in the comments section of the article what tips, tricks or ideas you use to connect with folks on social media on a personal level.

#socialmedia #socialmediapsychology
11 Mind Hacks to Humanize Your Social Media Presence

What's the point of #SocialMedia if you're not being, well, social? Answer: no point at all._

Unless your audience believes that they're interacting with a real human being rather than some auto-tweeting bot, they'll never pay attention. And if they never pay attention, you can guarantee they're never going to buy from you.

An audience that isn't interested in what you have to say is utterly useless. It would be better that you have no audience at all--at least then you wouldn't have disappointed anyone.

So these "mind-hacks" from our resident SGT of Psy-Ops will get you moving in the right direction, and hopefully give you some great ideas to be more human on Social Media.

#marketing #contentmarketing #business
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Have any of you ever attended any WordCamps or WordPress meetups? If so, what was it like? I'm planning on attending one for the first time ever in Seattle in just a couple of months.

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Okay, so this was just too funny not to share. Do any of you have the same coffee table at home?
The Mystery ... of the BASKET!

And watch out for that coffee table, too.

Kids ... er, adults, don't try this at home.
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Google Plus is Removing Share Counts from the G+ Button on Websites
Why are they ripping away our social proof?

So it appears that Google is working on (or perhaps has already completed as I don't know they're timeline) removing the share count numbers from the plus one buttons that are placed on people's websites.

Many people view these plus one counts as very valuable as they provide a couple of useful tools for publishers. They provide a point of analysis to see which posts are popular on this social network. They also provide social proof for other visitors viewing the page which can certainly be a powerful psychological tool that can lend credibility to a post.

To the best of my understanding, this also means that third party apps that were using the buttons API endpoint to fetch share counts will no longer be able to do Social Warfare.

Anyways, those are just my initial thoughts on this issue. I'd love to hear what you think about this move. Is this a good thing or a bad thing and why?

I'm going to ping in a few folks who I'd especially enjoy hearing your thoughts. Feel free to ping in others who you believe are relevant to the conversation and would have something insightful to share.

+Mark Traphagen +Eli Fennell +David Kutcher +Christine DeGraff +David Amerland +Mike Elgan +Dustin W. Stout +Jason T. Wiser

#GooglePlus #PlusOnes #ShareCounts #SocialProof
Making the G+1 button load more quickly

The G+1 button is shown billions of times per day on web pages around the world, so it’s important that it load as quickly and efficiently as possible. To make it easier for people to load and share the pages they’re interested in, we’ve created a simpler G+1 button sharing experience.

Beginning in a few weeks, clicking the +1 button will open a streamlined new Google+ sharing dialog, and the G+1 button will no longer display a +1 count. If you’re a publisher, you can rest assured that these +1s do not affect search ranking and the size and layout of the button will remain the same.

These changes will only affect the G+1 button outside of Google+. The +1 button within Google+ will continue to work the same way it always has.

If you’d like to view all of the pages you’ve +1’d over the years, you can download a list using Google Takeout.

We hope this change makes it that much easier to check out and recommend all the interesting things you discover!

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We just had this video created for our plugin. I would love to hear your feedback on the video. What do you think?
Can we explain why Social Warfare is the best social sharing plugin for WordPress in under 2 minutes and with less than 275 words? It sure wasn't easy ... but we did it: (

It's a fact, social media shares can drive tons of traffic to your site ... but, it only works if those shares are highly engaging.

The problem is ... without the right tools, you have no control over how people share your content.

So, if someone shares your epic post on Twitter and it looks like this (okay, you are going to have to watch the video to see what #THIS looks like!), not a single person will engage or click through.

Wouldn't it be great to have full control over how your content is shared on social media?

Meet: Social Warfare Pro. The most beautiful, powerful and effective social sharing plugin for WordPress. Social Warfare not only looks gorgeous, but it's also the fastest social sharing plugin on the market.

After installing Social Warfare Pro on your WordPress site, you'll get access to limitless customization options over the look and feel of your social sharing buttons.

And, using the built-in custom sharing options panel, you'll get full control over how other people share your content on social media.

This feature packed plugin also includes:

★ click to tweet quotes to boost Twitter shares
★ custom Pinterest images to skyrocket your Pinterest traffic
★ popular posts widget
★ social proof
★ shortcodes
★ and so much more ...

... all while being lightening-fast and responsive to any device.

Use Social Warfare Pro to boost social shares, increase traffic, and generate more revenue from your products and services.

Get it now ... you'll love it ... and your readers will too! Click here:

#socialsharing #socialmedia #smm #wordpress #plugins #tools
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