Tag Archives: Inforgraphics

The Black Dawn

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With this year’s “Black Friday” just having come and passed I think it’s safe to say the love for this kind of consumerism is alive and well. I work two jobs in the retail industry and spent eight hours dealing the with hustle and bustle of people clamoring to save a few dollars.

Wondering all the while, is it really worth it? Do the savings justify the irrationality of individual’s actions? How has “Black Friday” changed since its inception into American culture? Pretty much a ton of questions about the people who partake in the festivities, corporations offering the savings, and almost anything relative to this ridiculousness.

Although, not everyone is a fan, with the advent of social media/networking there are individuals who are strongly outspoken against the hysteria this event entails and tracking the places or stuff consumers are purchasing has become easier than ever. Online shopping and other internet consumer-to-consumer corporations like eBay have also reshaped and restructured this yearly “event” in numerous ways for both the better and the worse.

All of this made me curious to find some interesting statistics on” Black Friday,” so here’s a link to a HubSpot blog with this in mind. In addition to these statistics, below is an infographic with some more fascinating information on the strangest day of the year.

I would love to know what anyone else thinks about anything here and “Black Friday” in general. Please feel free to share your comments, questions, or concerns.

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Thank You for Inforgraphicing

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An interesting trend in online information sharing or social/media networking is the increasing relevance of infograhpics. Infographics are a unique way of visualizing data that blends visual devices with informational elements and other such individual style elements.

There is even some evidence that suggest they can be a powerful tool for search engine optimization(SEO) in the social media world. Personally, I find them to be a nifty little device to drive curiosity or conversation about a topic, brand, or whatever given the unusual blend of visual and informational elements. This can be effective in helping people commit the information to memory or wanting to share the “cooler” infographics with others.

Conceptualizing in this way may also give the creator a deeper understanding of the information and develop a distinctive vision of how they want to convey the information.

I mean if a pictures worth a thousand words, whats a picture with loads of words and information worth? Please let me know what you think about infographics. It will be interesting to see how they may develop going forward and their potential uses.

In the interest of attempting to visualize these thoughts, here’s a cool infographic of infographics. Try utilizing them for yourself and find cool or interesting ways to visualize your data!

The Silence of the Spams

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Traditionally the word SPAM might evoke jokes and urban legends about mystery meat and the nature of a certain food product. However, the word has begun to take on a whole new meaning within the framework of social media, networking, and our general online use. Here’s an infographic to help shed a bit of light on the history of everyone’s favorite unsolicited messages:

Now more than ever one must be vigilant and constantly on guard against potential online threats to security. As the forms of social media or networking and the numerous ways we communicate and share content online continue to evolve. The techniques to manipulate or undermine our privacy and steal valuable personal information seemingly develop simultaneously. There are a number of websites on google that provide various avenues to complain about frauds or scams online if you think you have been the victim of one or become aware of one’s existence. There is also a pool of valuable information related to the topic.

A service known as the internet crime’s complaint center releases regular scam alerts to online users about recent cyber crime trends and new twists to previously existing cyber scams. In a recent report they discuss the existence of a traffic ticket spam that’s been trending. Here’s a link to the article and a quote about the traffic ticket spam; “The IC3 has received over 70 complaints since July 2011 reporting fraudulent e-mails claiming the recipient had been issued a traffic ticket. The spam, which spoofed a nyc.gov e-mail address, claimed to be from the New York State Police (NYSP). Complainants, throughout the U.S. and internationally, reported that the e-mail indicated a traffic ticket had been issued against them as a result of a moving violation.” Merely one example that supports the idea of SPAM and online scams coming in almost all shapes or sizes and how they are becoming increasingly better at disguising themselves as harmless or even faking authority or purpose!!

Sure their annoying but is SPAM actually becoming something of a detriment to our environment? What do you think? Please share with me your thoughts on this second infographic:

Mementos

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Conceivably at one point or another we have all been plagued by a stream of useless, pointless, and dismal, Facebook, Twitter, or various other forms of social media posts. Amid the melancholy, there is a glimmer of resilience and unique qualities unlike any other offered to the individual user if properly utilized.

In the vein of personal branding, I think to some degree it is necessary to promote oneself and achievements online and share them with others. Similarly, Franklin D. Roosevelt understood “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort.” This could apply at both an individual and general level. We should strive to support the creative efforts and achievements of others just as much as ourselves. In a conscious effort to further the limits of creativity or contribute to the betterment of our online or actual communities.

On the other hand, there are some things that are better kept to ourselves. Pictures, comments, or videos incidentally undermining our online image or people’s conception of our values or beliefs. Caution is key when managing individual or corporate social media and networking content. Don’t be afraid to think more than twice before you post. Deferring again to a prominent historical figure let Benjamin Franklin’s words drive my point home, “Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.”

For example, breaking the world record for the most chicken nuggets consumed by weight in under three minutes is an excellent Facebook post. Not only is this an extremely creative effort and wonderful personal achievement but it’s super entertaining. Thank you Jon Lau for filling my Facebook stream with good content.

Breaking a world record qualifies as a solid Facebook post!

Consequently, don’t be afraid to stop following or unfriend individuals who provide no benefit to your social networks. If your extremely unsure how to manage your various social networks, where to begin, or what qualifications go into even assessing an individuals added value to your life or networks. It be could be helpful to defer to this infographic on whether or not it’s time to unfriend someone on Facebook:

Invasion of the Content Snatchers

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What’s the point of creating or sharing all this content if your not going to try and get it out to as many people as possible?

Ask yourself who is my audience? How can I drive viral traffic? or how are they sharing my content? If you find that you don’t know the answer to any of these questions or would merely like to have as much insight as you possibly can, I would recommend you check out a site called addthis. Consider implementing it into your own blog or personal website. The below video can explain what it is and does.

But it’s more than merely knowing about the sharing of your own content. I believe it is important to know about what platforms are growing sources of content sharing and how people are using social media/networking and get involved in some facet or another. These are some statistics gathered from the aforementioned addthis website on how people were sharing in 2010.