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Mervik Haums has been at 6 events

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Larry Fournillier1,574,250Have you ever wondered how the constellations of *Pisces and Cancer* made it into the sky?  According to the ancient folklore of the *Nvong Nvong* tribe of *Cameroon, Africa*, this story unravels with friendship, betrayal and revenge when a  fishing expedition goes awry.  See what happens when you add *three generations of family, home cooking and spiritual songs* to the mix. Join @106407963814165910213 , her daughter,  Arianna Ngnomire, and the family's matriarch, Therese Mpoumedjol on *Sunday 22nd at 3:00PM(EST)* as they fry *plantains* (staple Cameroonian food) and relate this intriguing story. Also joining us will be @114421888053699301272's @115067320991003485080 and @114138535638705065682  who will be telling us all about their Ghanan Moringa project which involves improving lives there with the many uses of this 'miracle' tropical plant. #hoa   #foodstories   #hangoutsonair   #plantains  Food Stories – featuring Pisces and Cancer2013-12-22 21:00:0055  
Larry Fournillier1,574,250This Saturday in a special Christmas presentation of *Caribbean Cooking with Larry Fournillier*, we will be going back to the beautiful island of Curacao and cook with our good friend +Sheedia Jansen. Sheedia told me she has a very delicious local dish that she is going to prepare.  I can't wait to find out what it is!!  The recipe will be revealed on Saturday, so tune in to find out her secret recipe :) Also joining the HOA will be two very special guests (+Emily Cunningham & +Kwami Williams) from a world changing organization, +MoringaConnect.  They will be chatting with us about the benefits of the _magical_ product - *Moringa*.  So, join us on Saturday 21st at 3:00PM(EST) and 4:00(AST) #hoa   #caribbeancooking   #larryfournillier  Caribbean Cooking with Larry Fournillier S02E13 - featuring Sheedia Jansen2013-12-21 21:00:0032  
Larry Fournillier1,574,250*It's back!!!!* *The Twelve Days of Christmas* a fun event which involves *ALL* of you.  This Event begins tomorrow, *Saturday, December, 14th* and ends *December 25th (Christmas Day)*. *Here is what we will do...* Beginning December 14th you may post your Christmas related photos to this Event page and upload your favorite Christmas recipes(Food & Drink) to Google Drive.  *Here is where and what you may upload...* Google Drive Folder ( http://goo.gl/wZoJmT ) -  Please upload your Christmas recipes(Food&Drink) to the public Drive folder.   You may also, include your name on your recipe/s so you can get the credit. :-) *On the Event Page upload photos & videos of...*                       - Decorative & gift ideas,                       - Outdoor Christmas lighting,                       - Lighted Christmas trees,                       - Traditional foods & music                       - Snowmen, snowscapes, ice-skating, etc.                       - How you and yours celebrate the Season.  *Please don't post semi or fully nude images*    *Let's all have  fun and share the good-times this Holiday Season!!* #12daysofchristmas   #12days  The Twelve Days of Christmas2013-12-14 11:00:00171  
Mia Voss36,677The #SocialMediaPowerChat happens every Friday & we get our chat on about all things social media & online. This week, +Christine DeGraff will be bringing her fabulous presence & smarts to the panel once again. She's definitely one of our favorites for all the right reasons! You will *definitely* want to tune in this week - Christine will be making a big announcement - don't miss it!  We'll also have rising star +Krithika Rangarajan join us - if you haven't circled her.. then you need to. She's a content curating & sharing queen! *Friday, November 1 at  9am PST | 10am MST | 11am CST and 12pm EST* Topics include Social Media & all things new online. We'll be taking your questions & shouting out your comments LIVE so join us this Friday  - don't miss it. Invite your friends & share this event - show the love. How & where to watch: - Google Events: You can watch, comment & ask questions right here on this event - YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMiaConnect - Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TheMiaConnect - TweetHappy? Follow us at https://twitter.com/TheMiaConnect and use hashtag   #BatCrapCrazy         Can't make the show? Not to worry - you can catch the Youtube replay right here on the event or at http://themiaconnect.com/episodes/ #BatCrapCrazy     |   #GetYourLearnOn     |   #SocialMediaTips      | #OnlineMarketing         Social Media Power Chat with Christine DeGraff & Krithika Rangarajan2013-11-01 17:00:00161  
Ronnie Bincer115,257*How Google Semantic Search Changes Online Behavior* _*Ask Questions by playing the video you see then use the green button!*_ Mobile Viewers YouTube Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd1XcGWTiTM Check out the Live Discussion with Mr. Semantic Search himself @115620878851836664537, Google Authorship Expert @107022061436866576067, Social Psychologist @114918475211209783081 and myself pushing the Hangout Buttons ;-) Also visit the Plus Your Business Community for additional follow-up: http://goo.gl/QpLimS We'll be using the New Scheduled HOA tool and the Questions app so feel free to watch the preview trailer video and leave some questions for us to discuss in the live show. You can also up vote the questions you like that you see others have submitted. The Event should translate to your local date/time but as a reference point the show will start live on Halloween… Thursday Oct. 31, 2013 at 1pm ET (New York) time. As a reference after the Promo video is removed, here is the YouTube link to that short 3 min. video: http://youtu.be/Ip05TjjsvRY == == == #SemanticSearch #SocialSEO #GooglePlusTips #SemanticSEO #HOAdiscussions #TheHangoutHelperHow Google Semantic Search Changes Online Behavior2013-10-31 18:00:00206  
Google+13,862,472The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033489  

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Top posts in the last 50 posts

Most comments: 106

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2014-02-22 08:47:04 (106 comments; 38 reshares; 86 +1s; )Open 

How Fast Is Your Website?

Good morning guys, do you frequently check your website's performance and speed? Well, I do. Because a website's loading time is a critical factor in SEO (oh yeah, Google loves faster websites) and user experience. Nobody likes a slow website. Isn't it?

I'm actually working on a WordPress theme with my good friend Neeraj to let bloggers and marketers have a much faster, professional and completely social website. (You've seen the demo already – or you may check my blog – that's the theme design we're working on).

So to see our progress, I do check my website's speed every now and then and keep optimizing it to do the best. Well my site has a lot of posts and especially heavy graphics in the home page. So that slows down it a bit. Still my blog faster than 85% of all the other sites on the web andwor... more »

Most reshares: 199

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2014-02-19 17:24:01 (42 comments; 199 reshares; 129 +1s; )Open 

Best Google+ Tools To Simplify Your Marketing Activities

Good evening guys, whether you're an individual marketer or a brand, it is so important to have a strong presence on Google+. We all know that, isn't it? But the most common issue among marketing pros is not having enough time to get things done efficiently. And that's exactly why we use tools and sites that help us get things done quickly and brilliantly.

Couple of weeks back, I've made a thread here asking the humans of Google+ to share their favorite Google+ marketing tools and websites, and here's the result of that discussion.

As always, +CircleCount remains as the most recommended G+ tool :-)

Check this list of Google+ marketing tools you guys suggested: http://www.mervikhaums.com/googleplus/best-google-tools-and-apps-for-brands-and-marketing-professionals

I'd... more »

Most plusones: 554

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2014-02-12 06:03:15 (27 comments; 107 reshares; 554 +1s; )Open 

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. Herm Albright

Good morning Google+. Here's a meaningful message delivered in a nice image :-) I was going through some articles in the morning and found this wonderful quote in one of them. Thought it's worth doing a quick image around it.

Being positive is not a gift, it's an attitude we cultivate. Stay strong, stay positive.

See you in a while, have a fantastic day :-)

#morningquotes #HermAlbright #beingthoughtful  

Latest 50 posts

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2017-01-16 13:15:57 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Check this out guys!!

>> https://www.facebook.com/vimeshphotography/

#photography   #nikonphotography   #india   #himalayas   #travelphotography  

Check this out guys!!

>> https://www.facebook.com/vimeshphotography/

#photography   #nikonphotography   #india   #himalayas   #travelphotography  ___

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2016-01-01 05:25:15 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

Happy new year guys!

Have a wonderful year ahead, full of surprises and joy!

#2016

Happy new year guys!

Have a wonderful year ahead, full of surprises and joy!

#2016___

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2015-07-28 04:08:03 (9 comments; 11 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Finally!

Brad Horowitz, the new Google+ chief confirms.

Google put the final nail in the coffin of its ambition to make Google+ a real competitor to Facebook , Twitter and other leading social networks.

Brad Horowitz, who took the reins of Google+ earlier this year , said Monday that users will no longer need a Google+ account to engage with others on Google products. Instead, any Google email or account will do.

Full story: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/07/27/google-gives-up-on-google-as-a-facebook-rival/

Finally!

Brad Horowitz, the new Google+ chief confirms.

Google put the final nail in the coffin of its ambition to make Google+ a real competitor to Facebook , Twitter and other leading social networks.

Brad Horowitz, who took the reins of Google+ earlier this year , said Monday that users will no longer need a Google+ account to engage with others on Google products. Instead, any Google email or account will do.

Full story: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2015/07/27/google-gives-up-on-google-as-a-facebook-rival/___

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2015-02-13 13:34:07 (23 comments; 0 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

In my country, our policemen never treat a foreign citizen like this..

SERIOUSLY, in my country, the policemen treat foreigners with respect, especially if they're old.

What's wrong with these american policemen? I'm not saying this just because they have done this to a foreigner, but this is what they do to their own citizens too..

What's wrong with you?? Why are you so racist? 

It's so sad to watch an old man gets grounded like this... 

In my country, our policemen never treat a foreign citizen like this..

SERIOUSLY, in my country, the policemen treat foreigners with respect, especially if they're old.

What's wrong with these american policemen? I'm not saying this just because they have done this to a foreigner, but this is what they do to their own citizens too..

What's wrong with you?? Why are you so racist? 

It's so sad to watch an old man gets grounded like this... ___

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2015-02-04 15:55:54 (6 comments; 5 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

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2015-01-22 05:22:30 (7 comments; 2 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

Just a reminder Be nice, that's all.

Found this meaningful message in my facebook stream thismorning. Thought you guys would like it.

Have a good day! Be nice!

#benicetoothers  

Just a reminder Be nice, that's all.

Found this meaningful message in my facebook stream thismorning. Thought you guys would like it.

Have a good day! Be nice!

#benicetoothers  ___

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2015-01-01 12:46:09 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Wishing you a very happy and wonderful 2015!

Happy new year guys!

Wishing you a very happy and wonderful 2015!

Happy new year guys!___

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2014-12-04 05:58:33 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

Once...

Sometimes we need some kind of reminders to realize how fortunate we are and about everything we've got. I've made a trip to Dhanushkodi, once a popular town in India with over 25,000 people which got destroyed in a terrific cyclone in the year 1964. Now there's nothing, and the population is below 100 people. OMG!

I don't really understand the emotions formed inside while walking through the remains of the town.

Here's the remains of a Church from Dhanushkodi; it might look so charming; but think about all those people who wiped out of the place before 40 years from it!

I've shared a bunch of other pictures from the trip here >> http://fb.com/vimeshphotography

Take a look and let me know your thoughts.

#photography  

Once...

Sometimes we need some kind of reminders to realize how fortunate we are and about everything we've got. I've made a trip to Dhanushkodi, once a popular town in India with over 25,000 people which got destroyed in a terrific cyclone in the year 1964. Now there's nothing, and the population is below 100 people. OMG!

I don't really understand the emotions formed inside while walking through the remains of the town.

Here's the remains of a Church from Dhanushkodi; it might look so charming; but think about all those people who wiped out of the place before 40 years from it!

I've shared a bunch of other pictures from the trip here >> http://fb.com/vimeshphotography

Take a look and let me know your thoughts.

#photography  ___

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2014-11-14 20:13:55 (12 comments; 48 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

Are you finding it hard to stay creative?

If you're finding it hard to stay creative, here's a list of things you could do.

Take a look at this infographic and see if there're things in the given list that you do in your everyday life.

Hope you find a few things from the list that can be added to your list and stay creative. :-)

#beingcreative   #staycreative  

Are you finding it hard to stay creative?

If you're finding it hard to stay creative, here's a list of things you could do.

Take a look at this infographic and see if there're things in the given list that you do in your everyday life.

Hope you find a few things from the list that can be added to your list and stay creative. :-)

#beingcreative   #staycreative  ___

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2014-07-31 08:14:20 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

What to do when your car rolls over? LOL!

Found this interesting story on Today.com. A senior citizen posing for a picture when the car rolled over. The funny thing is the lady, possibly his wife was still trapped in. lol. Nobody was injured though. The picture also shows another man on top of the car who tries to rescue the woman.

Wondering if he has also posted this on facebook LOL! It's becoming a little weird these days; the first thing people want is to take a photograph and share on their profile and accumulate likes (for what?); even when a building is collapsing; instead of helping others or themselves. Nothing against this old man though :-)

Source >> http://www.today.com/news/what-do-when-your-car-rolls-over-senior-couple-struck-1D79855651

What to do when your car rolls over? LOL!

Found this interesting story on Today.com. A senior citizen posing for a picture when the car rolled over. The funny thing is the lady, possibly his wife was still trapped in. lol. Nobody was injured though. The picture also shows another man on top of the car who tries to rescue the woman.

Wondering if he has also posted this on facebook LOL! It's becoming a little weird these days; the first thing people want is to take a photograph and share on their profile and accumulate likes (for what?); even when a building is collapsing; instead of helping others or themselves. Nothing against this old man though :-)

Source >> http://www.today.com/news/what-do-when-your-car-rolls-over-senior-couple-struck-1D79855651___

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2014-06-19 13:28:41 (10 comments; 16 reshares; 85 +1s; )Open 

Found this cool graphic in my fb timeline and thought you guys would like it too :-)

I'm definitely an artist then. Are you? :-)

#artist

Found this cool graphic in my fb timeline and thought you guys would like it too :-)

I'm definitely an artist then. Are you? :-)

#artist___

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2014-06-18 17:26:17 (16 comments; 9 reshares; 72 +1s; )Open 

All I got to say is Wow!!! #Respect. What do you think?

Why Japanese fans were cleaning up after the game // In case you haven't been on the internet the last 24 hours, you haven't seen this viral photo of Japanese fans cleaning up after the World Cup game of their team yesterday. 

If you wonder why they did that, Yuko Shimizu writes: "In schools in Japan, there are no designated adults who are paid to clean schools. From the day you enter the first grade in elementary school, students clean their classrooms and hallways themselves, every day, after lunch.

Parents are told to supply kids with cleaning cloths (which you make out of old towels and clothes) on the first day of school.The first time I didn't have to clean school was when I entered college. 

I think this explains why Japanese are known as some of the tidiest in the world. And, when kids clean their own classroom, there is naturally less vandalization of schools, and kids grow up to take good care of things they use. 

There are a lot of things I don't love about Japan, but this is something school systems in other countries should adopt."

Now think about how you (including myself) treated our schools as children... :) ___All I got to say is Wow!!! #Respect. What do you think?

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2014-06-05 08:28:47 (22 comments; 142 reshares; 86 +1s; )Open 

How To Manage Your Google+ Circles Efficiently! Here's how I do it.

Let's take a closer look and see if my circle management approach works for you too >> http://www.mervikhaums.com/google-plus-2/how-to-manage-google-circles-here-is-how-i-do-it

Please share your thoughts.

#circlemanagement  #haumsing  #circles

How To Manage Your Google+ Circles Efficiently! Here's how I do it.

Let's take a closer look and see if my circle management approach works for you too >> http://www.mervikhaums.com/google-plus-2/how-to-manage-google-circles-here-is-how-i-do-it

Please share your thoughts.

#circlemanagement  #haumsing  #circles___

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2014-05-28 16:43:08 (6 comments; 8 reshares; 52 +1s; )Open 

Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86

It's indeed a huge loss. The poetic, beautiful and strong voice is no more. She'll live through her wonderful writings though.

Do you have a favorite quote, poem or work that she wrote? I do have one in my cover picture "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." May her soul rest in peace.

News link: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/28/us/maya-angelou-obit/

Picture from: brandautopsy.com/2012/07/maya-angelou-on-hard-work.html

#mayaangelou   #breakingnews  

Legendary author Maya Angelou dies at age 86

It's indeed a huge loss. The poetic, beautiful and strong voice is no more. She'll live through her wonderful writings though.

Do you have a favorite quote, poem or work that she wrote? I do have one in my cover picture "You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." May her soul rest in peace.

News link: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/28/us/maya-angelou-obit/

Picture from: brandautopsy.com/2012/07/maya-angelou-on-hard-work.html

#mayaangelou   #breakingnews  ___

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2014-05-27 18:11:59 (8 comments; 20 reshares; 51 +1s; )Open 

Need Royalty Free Images For Your Posts?

Are you looking for royalty free images to use in your blogs, websites and social media streams? Here's a fantastic source called +Pixabay. The best part is all images on Pixabay are published under Creative Commons CC0, which means they are copyright free and no attribution is required - even for commercial use.

You may access them here: http://pixabay.com

Hope you find it helpful. Definitely going to use em in my blog http://www.mervikhaums.com too. 

#freeimages  #copyrightfree #royaltyfreeimages

Need Royalty Free Images For Your Posts?

Are you looking for royalty free images to use in your blogs, websites and social media streams? Here's a fantastic source called +Pixabay. The best part is all images on Pixabay are published under Creative Commons CC0, which means they are copyright free and no attribution is required - even for commercial use.

You may access them here: http://pixabay.com

Hope you find it helpful. Definitely going to use em in my blog http://www.mervikhaums.com too. 

#freeimages  #copyrightfree #royaltyfreeimages___

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2014-05-27 04:34:52 (8 comments; 32 reshares; 95 +1s; )Open 

A beautiful and very meaningful message!

You can’t make everyone happy but you CAN be the best version of yourself and focus on those that love you. The rest is background noise that distracts you and waste’s your energy. Sadly perception is reality and you can’t change anyone’s mind, just how you react to them.

Found on http://tumblr.com : http://tessmunster.tumblr.com/post/42146884597/you-cant-make-everyone-happy-but-you-can-be-the

A beautiful and very meaningful message!

You can’t make everyone happy but you CAN be the best version of yourself and focus on those that love you. The rest is background noise that distracts you and waste’s your energy. Sadly perception is reality and you can’t change anyone’s mind, just how you react to them.

Found on http://tumblr.com : http://tessmunster.tumblr.com/post/42146884597/you-cant-make-everyone-happy-but-you-can-be-the___

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2014-05-26 17:59:49 (5 comments; 9 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

LOL! This meme says it very well!! 

Found on: http://www.funnyjunk.com/user/wargriff

LOL! This meme says it very well!! 

Found on: http://www.funnyjunk.com/user/wargriff___

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2014-05-25 06:23:56 (72 comments; 131 reshares; 522 +1s; )Open 

Are you a leader, or a boss?

Hey guys, found this interesting picture on a friend's wall on facebook. Thought to share it here for the wonderful message it carries.

#leader #boss

Are you a leader, or a boss?

Hey guys, found this interesting picture on a friend's wall on facebook. Thought to share it here for the wonderful message it carries.

#leader #boss___

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2014-05-12 11:53:37 (12 comments; 25 reshares; 56 +1s; )Open 

What Makes The Perfect Blog Post?

A very interesting infographic created by blogpros.com after analyzing what goes into the best posts of a number of popular sites.

A detailed article can be found here: https://blogpros.com/blog/2014/05/makes-perfect-blog-post-infographic

#blogging   #bloggingtips  

What Makes The Perfect Blog Post?

A very interesting infographic created by blogpros.com after analyzing what goes into the best posts of a number of popular sites.

A detailed article can be found here: https://blogpros.com/blog/2014/05/makes-perfect-blog-post-infographic

#blogging   #bloggingtips  ___

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2014-05-09 10:35:14 (9 comments; 14 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

How to Create a Killer Google+ Post?

An info-graphic I've created a few months back. Re-sharing for my new friends :-) Hope you guys find it helpful.

#haumsing  #googleplus

How to Make Perfect Google+ Posts That Grab Everyone's Attention?

Would you like to see more action happening (more +1s, comments and reshares) to your posts? Who wouldn't right?

Here are my 9 secret elements to bring excellent interaction to what we post on Google+.

This is an infographic I've designed a few weeks back. Sharing it again for my new friend-circles :)

Originally shared here: http://www.mervikhaums.com/google-plus-2/how-to-optimize-your-google-plus-posts-infographic

#seo   #googleplustips   #infographic  ___How to Create a Killer Google+ Post?

An info-graphic I've created a few months back. Re-sharing for my new friends :-) Hope you guys find it helpful.

#haumsing  #googleplus

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2014-05-02 13:53:01 (6 comments; 4 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Benefits of owning a dog!

A dog is certainly the best companion one can have. I'm lucky to have one. Do you have one too? :-)

#MyCompanion   #OwnADog   #ILoveMyDog  

If you own a dog, you'd know it. Companionship is one of the wonderful benefits of having a dog. Don't you think so? SHARE if you agree.

Part of an infographic by thedogtrainingsecret.com shared at http://goo.gl/3RmlkG .___Benefits of owning a dog!

A dog is certainly the best companion one can have. I'm lucky to have one. Do you have one too? :-)

#MyCompanion   #OwnADog   #ILoveMyDog  

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2014-04-25 12:38:19 (10 comments; 0 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

I didn't want this to happen, really! I'm in a dilemma reading all the reports. Where are you headed Google+?

It's such a big loss as the man behind the +, leaves the company. What do you think guys? TC was reporting G+ is walking dead. I never believed this and for me, G+ was the most engaging platform with rich content. But now with Vic's departure, I'm skeptical about Google+'s future.

There were reports saying hundreds of Google+ team has been shifted to Android development. Hope all is well with Google+. I really love the platform and don't want to miss the experience here.  

and then, thank you Vic Gundotra. Your awesomeness will definitely be missed.

What do you think guys?

I didn't want this to happen, really! I'm in a dilemma reading all the reports. Where are you headed Google+?

It's such a big loss as the man behind the +, leaves the company. What do you think guys? TC was reporting G+ is walking dead. I never believed this and for me, G+ was the most engaging platform with rich content. But now with Vic's departure, I'm skeptical about Google+'s future.

There were reports saying hundreds of Google+ team has been shifted to Android development. Hope all is well with Google+. I really love the platform and don't want to miss the experience here.  

and then, thank you Vic Gundotra. Your awesomeness will definitely be missed.

What do you think guys?___

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2014-04-13 16:48:46 (12 comments; 23 reshares; 49 +1s; )Open 

Hope you guys are having a fantastic Sunday!!

Been away from Google+ for some time.. finding my way back now. So, please be nice ;-)

#beingnice  

Hope you guys are having a fantastic Sunday!!

Been away from Google+ for some time.. finding my way back now. So, please be nice ;-)

#beingnice  ___

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2014-03-21 07:00:44 (13 comments; 4 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

Good morning guys!! Just wanted to stop by to tell you something. Had a wonderful moment and thought I'd share the message with you all.

Are you proud to be a dad's son/daughter too? SHARE the love :-)

#loveyourfather #thoughtfortheday  

Good morning guys!! Just wanted to stop by to tell you something. Had a wonderful moment and thought I'd share the message with you all.

Are you proud to be a dad's son/daughter too? SHARE the love :-)

#loveyourfather #thoughtfortheday  ___

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2014-03-17 13:04:25 (26 comments; 7 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

Who Engages With You Most, On Google+?

Good evening guys! Like Facebook is to connect to people you already know, Google+ is to meet new people who shares common interests. Don't you think so?

The best thing about Google+, to me is the engagement it delivers. If you're an active user, you'd already know that.

Now, let's create an interesting thread here.

Tell me who interacts with you most on the content you share on Google+. This isn't about with whom YOU engage, No. But name those wonderful people (up to 3/5) who always keep an eye on what you post to your Google+ stream and engage with you regularly. It could be any kind of engagement, a +1, comment or reshare.

So, let's start, who are your favorite engagers? :-)

 #beingsocial #humansofgoogleplus #howtoengage  

Who Engages With You Most, On Google+?

Good evening guys! Like Facebook is to connect to people you already know, Google+ is to meet new people who shares common interests. Don't you think so?

The best thing about Google+, to me is the engagement it delivers. If you're an active user, you'd already know that.

Now, let's create an interesting thread here.

Tell me who interacts with you most on the content you share on Google+. This isn't about with whom YOU engage, No. But name those wonderful people (up to 3/5) who always keep an eye on what you post to your Google+ stream and engage with you regularly. It could be any kind of engagement, a +1, comment or reshare.

So, let's start, who are your favorite engagers? :-)

 #beingsocial #humansofgoogleplus #howtoengage  ___

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2014-03-17 07:00:29 (21 comments; 5 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Let ME help you Upgrade Your Blog's Design, Loading Speed and Responsiveness :-)

100% FREE access to BlogSpring WordPress theme - a surprise gift for my Google+ circles :-) ..read on..

Heya Google+, most of you guys know me as a graphics guy (sorry the cartoon in my profile picture's taken for a new design - it's the same Mervik :D). But, I also work on WordPress stuff, plugins, themes etc.

Our latest WordPress project is BlogSpring a theme we've designed to transform any blog to a super-fast loading, completely social (with FB/Google+ comments), highly engaging design which renders perfect on any device (PC, laptop or mobile) - check this 4 minutes video to see more details and to see the theme in action.

We're offering the theme with unlimited usage rights for just $47. It also includes free update and life-time support - sales... more »

Let ME help you Upgrade Your Blog's Design, Loading Speed and Responsiveness :-)

100% FREE access to BlogSpring WordPress theme - a surprise gift for my Google+ circles :-) ..read on..

Heya Google+, most of you guys know me as a graphics guy (sorry the cartoon in my profile picture's taken for a new design - it's the same Mervik :D). But, I also work on WordPress stuff, plugins, themes etc.

Our latest WordPress project is BlogSpring a theme we've designed to transform any blog to a super-fast loading, completely social (with FB/Google+ comments), highly engaging design which renders perfect on any device (PC, laptop or mobile) - check this 4 minutes video to see more details and to see the theme in action.

We're offering the theme with unlimited usage rights for just $47. It also includes free update and life-time support - sales page here: http://www.wpblogspring.com

But I'd like to help 5 fellow bloggers from my Google+ circles, by giving free access to the theme :-)

So if you're an aspiring blogger, if you would like to give a charming new look to your blog, if you're looking for a solution to improve your blog's performance, let me know your blog's URL in comments and I will give you a copy of BlogSpring theme to help you re-design your blog for absolutely free of cost :-)

I will even help you install and setup the theme, yes :-)

Now tell me something about your blog (with URL) and a couple of reasons why you need BlogSpring.

Thanks for reading and have a great day :-)

#blogspring #blogging #wordpresstheme #haumsing___

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2014-03-15 12:06:15 (49 comments; 70 reshares; 96 +1s; )Open 

What Are You on Google+? Nobody? Just a Viewer or an Evangelist?

Good evening guys! Here's some graphical entertainment for you. A somewhat funny infographic by +Egomonk. I'm not sure if the title suits it. I'd rather call it the different types of social users (monkeys? :D).

But, it has a good question in it. How effectively are you using your social platforms? or how do you define your social activities?

I'm so fortunate to meet a lot of 'Evangelists' on Google+, to name a few +Jaana Nyström, +Mike Elgan,  +Larry Fournillier, +martin shervington, +Peg Fitzpatrick, +Christine DeGraff etc. without whom my Google+ experience wouldn't be the same. (Add them to your circle if they're not in your circles already).

If you ask me about myself, I'm a combo of 2, 3, 4 and 5. Now tell me about yourself? :-)
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What Are You on Google+? Nobody? Just a Viewer or an Evangelist?

Good evening guys! Here's some graphical entertainment for you. A somewhat funny infographic by +Egomonk. I'm not sure if the title suits it. I'd rather call it the different types of social users (monkeys? :D).

But, it has a good question in it. How effectively are you using your social platforms? or how do you define your social activities?

I'm so fortunate to meet a lot of 'Evangelists' on Google+, to name a few +Jaana Nyström, +Mike Elgan,  +Larry Fournillier, +martin shervington, +Peg Fitzpatrick, +Christine DeGraff etc. without whom my Google+ experience wouldn't be the same. (Add them to your circle if they're not in your circles already).

If you ask me about myself, I'm a combo of 2, 3, 4 and 5. Now tell me about yourself? :-)

Infographic source: http://egomonk.com/evolution-social-media-user/

#beingsocial #socialmedia___

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2014-03-15 06:19:23 (14 comments; 3 reshares; 28 +1s; )Open 

Patience – an Essential Quality You Need to Win

The practice of patience guards us against losing our presence of mind. It enables us to remain undisturbed, even when the situation is really difficult. It gives us a certain amount of inner peace, which allows us some self-control, so that we can choose to respond to situations in an appropriate and compassionate manner, rather than being driven by our disturbing emotions. H. H. Dalai Lama.

Heya Google+, good morning :-) Forget its inner meaning, simply think about the importance of patience in our daily life and business. People often misunderstand the true meaning of patience. It's not just that you wait – it has a meaning that you understand the best of a situation and wait for the right moment to take the right action for the right outcomes.

Here's a simple but truly magnificent presentation ofpat... more »

The Art of Patience
I watched this elderly throw net fisherman last night for over an hour. He never moved, he never threw his net, and he was still there when I left.  For some reason I can't stop thinking about him this morning. Did his mastery of patience payoff?  Did he catch any fish? 
I find myself hoping he did.
#fishing #hawaiianstyle #sunset #hawaii  
#soothingphotography #landscapephotography  ___Patience – an Essential Quality You Need to Win

The practice of patience guards us against losing our presence of mind. It enables us to remain undisturbed, even when the situation is really difficult. It gives us a certain amount of inner peace, which allows us some self-control, so that we can choose to respond to situations in an appropriate and compassionate manner, rather than being driven by our disturbing emotions. H. H. Dalai Lama.

Heya Google+, good morning :-) Forget its inner meaning, simply think about the importance of patience in our daily life and business. People often misunderstand the true meaning of patience. It's not just that you wait – it has a meaning that you understand the best of a situation and wait for the right moment to take the right action for the right outcomes.

Here's a simple but truly magnificent presentation of patience by +Beach Bum Brian – the old man in this picture isn't just waiting or being idle – he's being extremely mindful and aware of what he's there for and waiting for his turn to act, patiently.

I really wonder how many of us can be as patient as this wonderful human being – are you not familiar of those people (maybe you do it too) who shout even at an 'ONE MINUTE' traffic signals or queues? Think about it – how can a person who can't even be patient, calm his mind for a moment – can lead a peaceful, happy life?

Thank you for your time – and have a very beautiful day :-)

#lessonsforlife #patience #livehappy  

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2014-03-02 05:57:24 (33 comments; 8 reshares; 62 +1s; )Open 

3 things that can kill your business.. and three qualities that you need to succeed in business.. and in life.

Good morning my friend, I had to be away from Google+ for a couple of days. A few of you guys might know about the WordPress theme we're developing and I got busy with its launch. So.

Now, to the subject.

Though we're a good team, a product launch would need lots of things to be done, and we normally hire someone or make use of other service providers for certain jobs. One of them, a service provider who was supposed to deliver something before a day didn't show up and my emails and messages got no response for sometime.

The next day he shows up telling me, 'everything will be ready in another day'. I was like 'whatt?' you were supposed to send it the day before itself. Again, he was telling the same. We're working... more »

3 things that can kill your business.. and three qualities that you need to succeed in business.. and in life.

Good morning my friend, I had to be away from Google+ for a couple of days. A few of you guys might know about the WordPress theme we're developing and I got busy with its launch. So.

Now, to the subject.

Though we're a good team, a product launch would need lots of things to be done, and we normally hire someone or make use of other service providers for certain jobs. One of them, a service provider who was supposed to deliver something before a day didn't show up and my emails and messages got no response for sometime.

The next day he shows up telling me, 'everything will be ready in another day'. I was like 'whatt?' you were supposed to send it the day before itself. Again, he was telling the same. We're working on it and will definitely deliver before the next day.

I told him lack of proper communication is actually annoying. His reply was really interesting..

'I'm not sitting in front of my email all day (point 1),
You're not the only client we've got (point 2),
We've your work in queue and will be delivered as soon as it's done (point 3).

So, what are the three qualities that can KILL your business? What are the essential qualities you need to have to succeed in business?

Continue reading...:  http://www.mervikhaums.com/my-diary/3-qualities-you-need-to-succeed-in-business-and-in-life

Now tell me, how do you treat your clients and customers? :-)

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day!! Now, I should get back to my work.

#morningnotes #howtosucceed #businessqualities  ___

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2014-02-26 14:43:02 (33 comments; 20 reshares; 68 +1s; )Open 

$25 Smartphone From Mozilla with Firefox OS

This may not be a good news to you, but I'm sure it would be, for those who always wanted to have a web-phone, but couldn't afford it.

At Mobile world congress, Mozilla unveiled its plans to bring entry level smartphones for as low as $25. Well, this is definitely not a threat to the biggies, but these phones would definitely reach the masses. Especially for their smart OS.

Let's not compare it with the specs of iPhones or other high end phones like HTC One and Samsung Galaxy. But what Mozilla offers has everything one would need to do basic stuff on the web. I really like the way they're making technology affordable to everyone.

Read full story here: https://blog.mozilla.org/press/2014/02/firefox-os-news-2/

More details about their mission, the os and devices can be found at:... more »

$25 Smartphone From Mozilla with Firefox OS

This may not be a good news to you, but I'm sure it would be, for those who always wanted to have a web-phone, but couldn't afford it.

At Mobile world congress, Mozilla unveiled its plans to bring entry level smartphones for as low as $25. Well, this is definitely not a threat to the biggies, but these phones would definitely reach the masses. Especially for their smart OS.

Let's not compare it with the specs of iPhones or other high end phones like HTC One and Samsung Galaxy. But what Mozilla offers has everything one would need to do basic stuff on the web. I really like the way they're making technology affordable to everyone.

Read full story here: https://blog.mozilla.org/press/2014/02/firefox-os-news-2/

More details about their mission, the os and devices can be found at: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/os/

What do you think?

Post image from Mozilla.org site.

#mozilla #firefoxos #mozillasmartphone  ___

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2014-02-25 13:04:05 (15 comments; 4 reshares; 56 +1s; )Open 

Do you remember this Game?

Good evening guys!! Wondering if anybody here still plays Pacman.. Well, sometimes I do. I've started playing this in school, and I still like it :-)

I remember having this in my school's MS DOS computer :D
Funny times.. look at where the games arena has reached - GTA V and all.. Graphics to the best.. Still, old is gold, isn't it?

Thought it would be fun to play a level and make a gif. Hurray!! I made it.. lol!! Didn't I play nicely? ;-)

Have a fast evening, my friend - something's around, chasing you, just like in the game, careful!! :D

#pacman #gamegifs

Do you remember this Game?

Good evening guys!! Wondering if anybody here still plays Pacman.. Well, sometimes I do. I've started playing this in school, and I still like it :-)

I remember having this in my school's MS DOS computer :D
Funny times.. look at where the games arena has reached - GTA V and all.. Graphics to the best.. Still, old is gold, isn't it?

Thought it would be fun to play a level and make a gif. Hurray!! I made it.. lol!! Didn't I play nicely? ;-)

Have a fast evening, my friend - something's around, chasing you, just like in the game, careful!! :D

#pacman #gamegifs___

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2014-02-24 16:21:27 (20 comments; 45 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

45 Professional Cartoon Images with Unlimited Usage Rights - The $17 PRO Package.

Give a Fresh Look to Your Blogs, Websites and Social Profiles.

Good evening guys. As you know, it's the picture that grabs our attention in a post, isn't it? Check my stream and you can see how much visibility my posts receive and the images I include with my posts definitely plays a key role behind the amount of engagement my posts get.

Here's your chance to bring the same or better results to your stream too, a pack of high quality images with unlimited usage rights, yes.

You might have seen the free cartoon characters we've designed as an exclusive offer to my Google+ circles (which is still available here: http://goo.gl/tYrmUU ).

Well, this is the PRO pack I've created for professional marketers and bloggers - a total of 6 different... more »

45 Professional Cartoon Images with Unlimited Usage Rights - The $17 PRO Package.

Give a Fresh Look to Your Blogs, Websites and Social Profiles.

Good evening guys. As you know, it's the picture that grabs our attention in a post, isn't it? Check my stream and you can see how much visibility my posts receive and the images I include with my posts definitely plays a key role behind the amount of engagement my posts get.

Here's your chance to bring the same or better results to your stream too, a pack of high quality images with unlimited usage rights, yes.

You might have seen the free cartoon characters we've designed as an exclusive offer to my Google+ circles (which is still available here: http://goo.gl/tYrmUU ).

Well, this is the PRO pack I've created for professional marketers and bloggers - a total of 6 different characters in 45 action designs. You'll also receive the 17 images in the free set which makes it a total of 62 professional images.

Format of images.

All the character images are in high quality (1000X1500 pixels) transparent PNG format. That means you can add them to any background or with other images.

To download the PRO package, click => http://goo.gl/mHxna3 <=

Yes, it's the payment link and as soon as the transaction is completed, the characters set will be delivered instantly.

Your usage rights.

* You can use these images in any number of (unlimited) websites and blogs.

* You can include these images in banners, flyers, your sales pages, and any other advertisements or websites.

* You can modify the images, change colors, crop etc. according to your requirements.

* You can use these images in any/all social platforms.

* No author credit, link back, mention etc. is required, the images are not watermarked either.

The only thing you can't do with this is, you can’t sell my work to someone else. What you’re given is unlimited personal usage rights. You cannot offer these images to someone else for free or for a price. :-)

It's time to think about a next set and I'd like to thank you all for the wonderful support you're given to the first edition :-) Please let me know if you have any questions, download issues or so.

#royaltyfreeimages #cartoons #copyrightfreeimages___

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2014-02-24 08:29:01 (54 comments; 149 reshares; 314 +1s; )Open 

Coffee, Beer and Your Brain :-)

Hello everyone, here's some coffee and beer thoughts for your Monday brain, a brilliant infographic by +Ryoko Iwata on how coffee and beer affect your brain and activities.

I'm not so sure about what it says on the creativity & ideas boost because of beer and energy and focus part because of coffee :D But I really loved this one. Interesting information and a nice graphical representation.

Maybe an expert can chime in and share the real facts on this :-)

But, what do you think about this? I'm sure many people believe that coffee is an energy booster. And do you really become more creative because of beers? :D

Infographic source: http://en.ilovecoffee.jp/posts/view/79

#beerlovers #coffeelovers #brain  

Coffee, Beer and Your Brain :-)

Hello everyone, here's some coffee and beer thoughts for your Monday brain, a brilliant infographic by +Ryoko Iwata on how coffee and beer affect your brain and activities.

I'm not so sure about what it says on the creativity & ideas boost because of beer and energy and focus part because of coffee :D But I really loved this one. Interesting information and a nice graphical representation.

Maybe an expert can chime in and share the real facts on this :-)

But, what do you think about this? I'm sure many people believe that coffee is an energy booster. And do you really become more creative because of beers? :D

Infographic source: http://en.ilovecoffee.jp/posts/view/79

#beerlovers #coffeelovers #brain  ___

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2014-02-22 08:47:04 (106 comments; 38 reshares; 86 +1s; )Open 

How Fast Is Your Website?

Good morning guys, do you frequently check your website's performance and speed? Well, I do. Because a website's loading time is a critical factor in SEO (oh yeah, Google loves faster websites) and user experience. Nobody likes a slow website. Isn't it?

I'm actually working on a WordPress theme with my good friend Neeraj to let bloggers and marketers have a much faster, professional and completely social website. (You've seen the demo already – or you may check my blog – that's the theme design we're working on).

So to see our progress, I do check my website's speed every now and then and keep optimizing it to do the best. Well my site has a lot of posts and especially heavy graphics in the home page. So that slows down it a bit. Still my blog faster than 85% of all the other sites on the web andwor... more »

How Fast Is Your Website?

Good morning guys, do you frequently check your website's performance and speed? Well, I do. Because a website's loading time is a critical factor in SEO (oh yeah, Google loves faster websites) and user experience. Nobody likes a slow website. Isn't it?

I'm actually working on a WordPress theme with my good friend Neeraj to let bloggers and marketers have a much faster, professional and completely social website. (You've seen the demo already – or you may check my blog – that's the theme design we're working on).

So to see our progress, I do check my website's speed every now and then and keep optimizing it to do the best. Well my site has a lot of posts and especially heavy graphics in the home page. So that slows down it a bit. Still my blog faster than 85% of all the other sites on the web and working hard to hit below one second. Let's see.

If your website loads faster, you'd be receiving more attention from search engines to have a better search positions. Same from your visitors too.

Pingdom is a wonderful tool (my fav) to check your website's speed from different locations. It also displays your performance grade. Give it a try and see how fast is your website :-)

Interested in more useful tools like this to help your marketing strategies? Check this out: http://www.mervikhaums.com/software/most-useful-free-tools-online-web-applications

#seo2014 #wordpresstheme #fasterwebsites #websitespeedtest___

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2014-02-21 06:56:06 (7 comments; 5 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

Google Science Fair 2014 - Let your idea change the world :-)

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea. Sree Buddha

Good morning Google+, do you remember this famous quote? Here's Google providing an opportunity to transform an idea from just being an idea to something to the real world.

If you know a brilliant student (age 13-18); your friend, your kid, your relative or your student, ask them to participate in this global online competition. There will be events and hangouts where leading scientists answer your questions and share their knowledge. It's not just to change the world, it'll also change his/her life :-)  

More information can be found here: https://www.googlesciencefair.com

#betterworld #googlesciencefair2014 #gsf2014

Google Science Fair 2014 - Let your idea change the world :-)

An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea. Sree Buddha

Good morning Google+, do you remember this famous quote? Here's Google providing an opportunity to transform an idea from just being an idea to something to the real world.

If you know a brilliant student (age 13-18); your friend, your kid, your relative or your student, ask them to participate in this global online competition. There will be events and hangouts where leading scientists answer your questions and share their knowledge. It's not just to change the world, it'll also change his/her life :-)  

More information can be found here: https://www.googlesciencefair.com

#betterworld #googlesciencefair2014 #gsf2014___

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2014-02-19 17:24:01 (42 comments; 199 reshares; 129 +1s; )Open 

Best Google+ Tools To Simplify Your Marketing Activities

Good evening guys, whether you're an individual marketer or a brand, it is so important to have a strong presence on Google+. We all know that, isn't it? But the most common issue among marketing pros is not having enough time to get things done efficiently. And that's exactly why we use tools and sites that help us get things done quickly and brilliantly.

Couple of weeks back, I've made a thread here asking the humans of Google+ to share their favorite Google+ marketing tools and websites, and here's the result of that discussion.

As always, +CircleCount remains as the most recommended G+ tool :-)

Check this list of Google+ marketing tools you guys suggested: http://www.mervikhaums.com/googleplus/best-google-tools-and-apps-for-brands-and-marketing-professionals

I'd... more »

Best Google+ Tools To Simplify Your Marketing Activities

Good evening guys, whether you're an individual marketer or a brand, it is so important to have a strong presence on Google+. We all know that, isn't it? But the most common issue among marketing pros is not having enough time to get things done efficiently. And that's exactly why we use tools and sites that help us get things done quickly and brilliantly.

Couple of weeks back, I've made a thread here asking the humans of Google+ to share their favorite Google+ marketing tools and websites, and here's the result of that discussion.

As always, +CircleCount remains as the most recommended G+ tool :-)

Check this list of Google+ marketing tools you guys suggested: http://www.mervikhaums.com/googleplus/best-google-tools-and-apps-for-brands-and-marketing-professionals

I'd like to thank +CircleCount, +Circloscope, +Friends+Me, +Google Plus Follower Stats, +Steady Demand, +gplusrss.com, +PicMonkey, +RebelMouse, +Sprout Social for answering my message and providing the necessary details. :-)

#googleplustools #humansofgoogleplus #marketingtools___

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2014-02-18 05:31:42 (32 comments; 37 reshares; 78 +1s; )Open 

Why you NEED to protect your email - The value of an email account if gets hacked!

Good morning everyone, this isn't a good topic for the morning.. but indeed an important one. I was going through Brian Krebs' security blog and had to share this article. It talks about how much value an email account has in case if it gets hacked.

I've heard people talking like this I don't have any credit card or bank information in my email account. I never keep any important emails in my inbox either. So even if someone finds a way to sneak in, I'm safe.

But this is so wrong. The one common thing with all the services and accounts that you've on the web is – everything requires your email. So even if you don't have any information in your inbox, this email can be used to reset passwords and hack into any other account you may possibly have. Nowt... more »

Why you NEED to protect your email - The value of an email account if gets hacked!

Good morning everyone, this isn't a good topic for the morning.. but indeed an important one. I was going through Brian Krebs' security blog and had to share this article. It talks about how much value an email account has in case if it gets hacked.

I've heard people talking like this I don't have any credit card or bank information in my email account. I never keep any important emails in my inbox either. So even if someone finds a way to sneak in, I'm safe.

But this is so wrong. The one common thing with all the services and accounts that you've on the web is – everything requires your email. So even if you don't have any information in your inbox, this email can be used to reset passwords and hack into any other account you may possibly have. Now think about what will happen, if you neglect to properly safeguard your inbox.

It's definitely easier than you think for someone to steal your password and it's more dangerous than you think. There's only one way to avoid this, taking proper security measures. Most of the popular email service providers now provide an additional layer of security, a multi-step authentication to help you safeguard your account. If you're a gmail user you can do it here: http://www.google.com/landing/2step/

Now, take a look at this article to know more about how much value your email account has: http://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/06/the-value-of-a-hacked-email-account/

Picture from the article.

#security #internetsecurity #besafe___

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2014-02-16 16:21:22 (6 comments; 1 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Be Open, Be Trustworthy and Be Friendly...

Hello everyone, we always want others to be caring, friendly, open etc., isn't it? But are you an open and friendly person to others? Are you trustworthy to others as much as you want them to be to yourself?

One thing is for sure. If a person really is that open, friendly and trustworthy, he/she gets their reward, a happy and beautiful life.

Don't you think that it's worth taking a moment to think about this?

Thanks for sharing this nice picture and quote, +Karin Sebelin.

#happiness #life #agoodthought #friendship  

WORDS OF WISDOM:  TRUST

As social animals a key factor to our living a happy life is friendship, trust and openness. We are all the same as members of one human family. Trust is the basis of friendship and we’ll find this if, in addition to the knowledge we gain from ordinary education, we develop warm-heartedness. This gives rise to self-confidence and inner strength, which through trust and friendship leads to co-operation with others.
- HH 14th the Dalai Lama

#friendship   #trust   #openness  ___Be Open, Be Trustworthy and Be Friendly...

Hello everyone, we always want others to be caring, friendly, open etc., isn't it? But are you an open and friendly person to others? Are you trustworthy to others as much as you want them to be to yourself?

One thing is for sure. If a person really is that open, friendly and trustworthy, he/she gets their reward, a happy and beautiful life.

Don't you think that it's worth taking a moment to think about this?

Thanks for sharing this nice picture and quote, +Karin Sebelin.

#happiness #life #agoodthought #friendship  

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2014-02-15 15:23:02 (65 comments; 14 reshares; 68 +1s; )Open 

Who engages with you most on Google+?

Good evening dear humans of Google+. Like Facebook is to connect to people you already know, Google+ is to meet new people who shares common interests. Don't you think so?

The best thing about Google+, to me is the engagement it delivers. If you're an active user, you'd already know that.

Now, let's create an interesting thread here

Tell me who engages with you most on the content you share on Google+? This isn't about with whom YOU engage, No. But name those wonderful people (up to 3/5?) who always keep an eye on what you post to your Google+ stream and engage with you regularly. It could be any kind of engagement, a +1, comment or reshare.

So, let's start, who are your top'ers? :-)

#beingsocial #humansofgoogleplus #howtoengage  

Who engages with you most on Google+?

Good evening dear humans of Google+. Like Facebook is to connect to people you already know, Google+ is to meet new people who shares common interests. Don't you think so?

The best thing about Google+, to me is the engagement it delivers. If you're an active user, you'd already know that.

Now, let's create an interesting thread here

Tell me who engages with you most on the content you share on Google+? This isn't about with whom YOU engage, No. But name those wonderful people (up to 3/5?) who always keep an eye on what you post to your Google+ stream and engage with you regularly. It could be any kind of engagement, a +1, comment or reshare.

So, let's start, who are your top'ers? :-)

#beingsocial #humansofgoogleplus #howtoengage  ___

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2014-02-15 08:23:25 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 34 +1s; )Open 

The power is within, not outside!!

Good morning guys, what you're seeing is a photograph of a traditional art form, known as koodiyattam from God's own country, Keralam. Most of the artists who perform such great and divine art forms are in their 50s or even 60s. I found many of them as old and weak. But as soon as the makeup and costumes are done, they set their minds as the character. Then they're with enormous physical and mental power, yes, and they bring fantastic performance on stage.

At least in those moments, they see the power within themselves and bring it out. They set their mindsets as they've transformed as the characters to do that - but basically, it's the same person + the thoughts.

Do you believe your thoughts can be powerful enough to change you, and your life? Well, I do.

Have a great day my friend, see... more »

The power is within, not outside!!

Good morning guys, what you're seeing is a photograph of a traditional art form, known as koodiyattam from God's own country, Keralam. Most of the artists who perform such great and divine art forms are in their 50s or even 60s. I found many of them as old and weak. But as soon as the makeup and costumes are done, they set their minds as the character. Then they're with enormous physical and mental power, yes, and they bring fantastic performance on stage.

At least in those moments, they see the power within themselves and bring it out. They set their mindsets as they've transformed as the characters to do that - but basically, it's the same person + the thoughts.

Do you believe your thoughts can be powerful enough to change you, and your life? Well, I do.

Have a great day my friend, see you in a while in a “Google+ engagement” thread :-)

Photo credit: http://fb.com/VimeshPhotography .

#morningthoughts #koodiyattam #itsyou  ___

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2014-02-14 15:48:41 (18 comments; 2 reshares; 32 +1s; )Open 

Male, Female Or Custom?? Facebook Adds A Variety, Up to 50 Other Options.. What Does This Even Mean?

Good evening guys, was going through the news and found this interesting/weird news about Facebook and checked my profile to confirm. Yes, Facebook now has a variety of gender options to fill in your profile. You're given an option to select male, female or custom - this custom option will display options once you enter the first letter of your preference. I did a try with a few letters and it shows several gender options - I don't even know what these words means.

What do you think about this update? Is this even necessary? The two divisions, it's already making enough issues.. Now this much..! I have no idea - maybe +Mike Elgan would discuss about this in one of his tech news today shows, maybe.

On another note: who uses Facebook now anyway... more »

Male, Female Or Custom?? Facebook Adds A Variety, Up to 50 Other Options.. What Does This Even Mean?

Good evening guys, was going through the news and found this interesting/weird news about Facebook and checked my profile to confirm. Yes, Facebook now has a variety of gender options to fill in your profile. You're given an option to select male, female or custom - this custom option will display options once you enter the first letter of your preference. I did a try with a few letters and it shows several gender options - I don't even know what these words means.

What do you think about this update? Is this even necessary? The two divisions, it's already making enough issues.. Now this much..! I have no idea - maybe +Mike Elgan would discuss about this in one of his tech news today shows, maybe.

On another note: who uses Facebook now anyway :D

#facebook #newgenderoptions #tech-news___

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2014-02-13 17:24:52 (33 comments; 1 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

Who else is playing 'flappy bird' even after it's gone?

Good evening guys, unlike many of you, I've started playing this 'most annoying' and 'addicting' game only in it's last hours. Wondering if someone here has a score of 100 or reached the next level. A next level's even available? :D

This is such a desperate hunt to reach next. I'm glad the developer took it down even though it was sending over $50k to his pocket everyday :-)

I still can't pass 33 though :D

#flappybird #gamingapps #havingabreak

Who else is playing 'flappy bird' even after it's gone?

Good evening guys, unlike many of you, I've started playing this 'most annoying' and 'addicting' game only in it's last hours. Wondering if someone here has a score of 100 or reached the next level. A next level's even available? :D

This is such a desperate hunt to reach next. I'm glad the developer took it down even though it was sending over $50k to his pocket everyday :-)

I still can't pass 33 though :D

#flappybird #gamingapps #havingabreak___

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2014-02-12 06:03:15 (27 comments; 107 reshares; 554 +1s; )Open 

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. Herm Albright

Good morning Google+. Here's a meaningful message delivered in a nice image :-) I was going through some articles in the morning and found this wonderful quote in one of them. Thought it's worth doing a quick image around it.

Being positive is not a gift, it's an attitude we cultivate. Stay strong, stay positive.

See you in a while, have a fantastic day :-)

#morningquotes #HermAlbright #beingthoughtful  

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. Herm Albright

Good morning Google+. Here's a meaningful message delivered in a nice image :-) I was going through some articles in the morning and found this wonderful quote in one of them. Thought it's worth doing a quick image around it.

Being positive is not a gift, it's an attitude we cultivate. Stay strong, stay positive.

See you in a while, have a fantastic day :-)

#morningquotes #HermAlbright #beingthoughtful  ___

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2014-02-11 07:38:03 (10 comments; 8 reshares; 45 +1s; )Open 

Complete History of Bitcoin, an Interactive Timeline Everything you'd like to know about Bitcoins.

Bitcoin is no longer just a concept of 'internet's own currency'. Today it's a real-time, mainstream payment system. Though debates and controversies about this global currency idea is going on, here's a very interesting, interactive timeline to showcase the entire history of Bitcoin.

Take a look at this timeline to see where and how it started, how it emerged to the mainstream and where it's today:: http://historyofbitcoin.org

Pin it for later: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/270778996319700678/

Post picture: A screenshot from the website.

#bitcoin #historyofbitcoin

Complete History of Bitcoin, an Interactive Timeline Everything you'd like to know about Bitcoins.

Bitcoin is no longer just a concept of 'internet's own currency'. Today it's a real-time, mainstream payment system. Though debates and controversies about this global currency idea is going on, here's a very interesting, interactive timeline to showcase the entire history of Bitcoin.

Take a look at this timeline to see where and how it started, how it emerged to the mainstream and where it's today:: http://historyofbitcoin.org

Pin it for later: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/270778996319700678/

Post picture: A screenshot from the website.

#bitcoin #historyofbitcoin___

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2014-02-10 13:37:38 (24 comments; 11 reshares; 63 +1s; )Open 

Three simple things to double your blog's traffic and profit...

Good morning guys, this is actually an email I've sent yesterday to my blog readers/subscribers. Thought it might help a fellow blogger, if I share it here too.

I'm yet to become a PRO blogger, let's say, I'm still in the learning phase. Still optimizing things. It's only a few months since when I took blogging more seriously. But, I'm already seeing results in terms of traffic and business. Sounds good huh!

So what did I do to transform my results?

1. I've changed my blog design and switched to a mobile friendly (responsive) and fast loading theme. Why? Because speed is important for both the visitors and Google. ...and mobile/tab traffic has exploded and I assume it'll overtake PC traffic in a few months. So.

2. I've made sure I've... more »

Three simple things to double your blog's traffic and profit...

Good morning guys, this is actually an email I've sent yesterday to my blog readers/subscribers. Thought it might help a fellow blogger, if I share it here too.

I'm yet to become a PRO blogger, let's say, I'm still in the learning phase. Still optimizing things. It's only a few months since when I took blogging more seriously. But, I'm already seeing results in terms of traffic and business. Sounds good huh!

So what did I do to transform my results?

1. I've changed my blog design and switched to a mobile friendly (responsive) and fast loading theme. Why? Because speed is important for both the visitors and Google. ...and mobile/tab traffic has exploded and I assume it'll overtake PC traffic in a few months. So.

2. I've made sure I've best social integration without using many plugins which kill my website speed. I've made the social share buttons, counts etc. and especially the Google+ comments system, a part of my theme and deleted the plugins. Guess what, my blog's load time improved and the G+ comments system started delivering more engagement and visitors, yes. Social comments are better performing than default comments and it's pull in traffic as its own.

3. I've added a visual strategy to my posting scenario and started adding more attention grabbing and professional images in my posts. That had a huge impact in my blog's overall presence and started getting more attention. Trust me, spend some time preparing your images, it's worth it.

Please feel free to use the cartoons I've shared a few days back (link to the post: https://plus.google.com/113278879672687636981/posts/9NPQ5vY4PVt ) to make your posts shine :-)

My blog? Here you go: http://www.mervikhaums.com .

So, in the above three things, what's not included in your website?

P.S. The theme you're now seeing in my blog is our own product – we're still testing and optimizing it. I will let you know once its ready for the public.

#bloggingtips #contentmarketing #howto  ___

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2014-02-09 09:02:40 (49 comments; 5 reshares; 56 +1s; )Open 

Hey Google+, please meet Ms. Valentina Styles :-)

Good morning guys, finally I've found the name for this beautiful young lady :-) We had a naming contest last week and it was fun and interesting to go through the suggestions. There were many suggestions to name her as Ms. Styles and +David Schiffman suggested Valentina. So I took both and named her Valentina Styles.

So, who's the winner? Who's getting all the action designs of Valentina Styles??

Well, naming one winner is really hard. Because it was a joint effort. So everyone who has participated in the contest by suggesting a name is a winner and they all get 15 different action designs of Valentina as the prize :-)

...and here's the list of winners:

+Nathan Munn
+Matt Hebberd
+Doug Harper
+Catherine Roy
+Doug Eason
+Amy O'Maonaigh... more »

Hey Google+, please meet Ms. Valentina Styles :-)

Good morning guys, finally I've found the name for this beautiful young lady :-) We had a naming contest last week and it was fun and interesting to go through the suggestions. There were many suggestions to name her as Ms. Styles and +David Schiffman suggested Valentina. So I took both and named her Valentina Styles.

So, who's the winner? Who's getting all the action designs of Valentina Styles??

Well, naming one winner is really hard. Because it was a joint effort. So everyone who has participated in the contest by suggesting a name is a winner and they all get 15 different action designs of Valentina as the prize :-)

...and here's the list of winners:

+Nathan Munn
+Matt Hebberd
+Doug Harper
+Catherine Roy
+Doug Eason
+Amy O'Maonaigh
+Paul Rone-Clarke
+ScannerDrome
+Priya Sharma
+Yvonne Heimann
+Sandy Boyd
+Karl Louis
+Thomas Connery
+Faiza Farooqi
+Hellies Corner
+R Howard
+Andrew L Kilbourne
+Emmett Smith
+Chuck Cortes
+Becky Wacker TheSocialB
+Duncan Rice
+pio dal cin
+Nariman HB
+Frederick Bond
+alexander quiñones
+mitch wilson
+Abby Bird
+Mohammed Alo
+Eliane Hansen
+Terry Simmonds
+Maria Pia De Marzo
+MD ZUBAX
+Patrice Borders
+Khalid Yahya
+Adam Levine
+A Renaissance Woman
+Mike Bayer
+Judy Kirby
+Expresso Media
+Nihar Mohapatra
+Joanna Campbell Griffin

How to collect my prize?

Congratulations my friend. You'd need to send me an email. I assume you've downloaded the early free character set I've shared here. I delivered it to your inbox and I guess you know my email. Please reply to that email and I will send 'Valentina' your way, as soon as I get your email.

I'm not a winner, but I would like to have Valentina's cartoons too to use in my blogs.

Well, if you're interested in Ms. styles to color your blogs and social media posts, you can download all the 15 different action designs of this young & beautiful business woman with unlimited usage rights for just $4.95. Follow this link to download => http://goo.gl/JEBV5q

So, what do you think of her name?

Thanks for all the fun and have a fantastic Sunday :-)

#freecharacters #valentinastyles #freeimages___

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2014-02-08 05:15:09 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

The Loooong Journey of a Burger :-)

Good morning guys!! Are you someone who'd fall for a nice burger? If so, here's a brilliant infographic that draws your attention to the long processes and the amount of work that goes into making a perfect burger, that you'd love to have.

Have you been aware of this journey of a hamburger, from field to your fist?

Zoom in and check it - you'd love the small details. It's so amazing to see how each ingredient is produced. Indeed a looooong journey :-)

So, what's your favorite burger? What I love most is, veg burgers with extra cheese and an additional layer of tomato and cabbage leaves :-)

Here's to a wonderful foodie weekend :D

Originally shared here: http://www.hamburger-me.com/2014/01/infographic-journey-of-burger-from-field-to-fork.html

Pin it for... more »

The Loooong Journey of a Burger :-)

Good morning guys!! Are you someone who'd fall for a nice burger? If so, here's a brilliant infographic that draws your attention to the long processes and the amount of work that goes into making a perfect burger, that you'd love to have.

Have you been aware of this journey of a hamburger, from field to your fist?

Zoom in and check it - you'd love the small details. It's so amazing to see how each ingredient is produced. Indeed a looooong journey :-)

So, what's your favorite burger? What I love most is, veg burgers with extra cheese and an additional layer of tomato and cabbage leaves :-)

Here's to a wonderful foodie weekend :D

Originally shared here: http://www.hamburger-me.com/2014/01/infographic-journey-of-burger-from-field-to-fork.html

Pin it for later: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/270778996319681392/

#hamburger #weekendfun #foodgraphics___

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2014-02-07 08:22:05 (28 comments; 12 reshares; 67 +1s; )Open 

Hey Google+, are you here to build more followers, reshares, plusses etc? That's all?

Good evening everyone. Here's a very good question raised by +Karl Louis, which I think you might have too. And his post also points to several other important things to consider in our Google+ strategies.

Basically, it's about the one important point - what do you want from Google+? why are you here?

Is it for more followers, plusses, reshares, comments etc? Just for the numbers? Or is it for 'better followers, better relationships, a respectful identity and quality engagement?'

People think that being a part of shared circles send more followers their way. Well, as a matter of fact, it does and I've been in many shared circles too. If it brings a lot of followers why did I stop doing that? Because it spoils my stream and kills the interaction.... more »

Think before you add or share a circle.

Don't we all know them, the people who promise you everything and keep nothing, like "core multiplying", "snowballing", ... ?
How do you feel when you're forced to "plus", "comment" and "reshare" a circle before the circle sharing mafiosi let's you in his/her "great" circle which has only one purpose: followerhunting?
Don't you also get bored after seeing too many animations and nonsense postings?
And as a professional photographer I have an additional problem that's really starting to annoy me: there are too many users who support copyright infringers. It is absolutely not ok. that some "social media experts" or "SEO specialists" misuse photos of others for their advertising or their "getting popular" strategy.

Please think before you add or share a circle.

Thanks to +Mervik Haums for his free cartoon character.

#circlesharing   #copyright   #copyrightinfringement   #followerhunting  ___Hey Google+, are you here to build more followers, reshares, plusses etc? That's all?

Good evening everyone. Here's a very good question raised by +Karl Louis, which I think you might have too. And his post also points to several other important things to consider in our Google+ strategies.

Basically, it's about the one important point - what do you want from Google+? why are you here?

Is it for more followers, plusses, reshares, comments etc? Just for the numbers? Or is it for 'better followers, better relationships, a respectful identity and quality engagement?'

People think that being a part of shared circles send more followers their way. Well, as a matter of fact, it does and I've been in many shared circles too. If it brings a lot of followers why did I stop doing that? Because it spoils my stream and kills the interaction. Just the numbers are not my thing and I felt it's better to have circles where you actually add people for a purpose and you know them. I'm not against shared circles - I do share circles too.. But what matters most is how we do it and for what purpose.

Don't you think asking people to +1, comment and reshare the post to get into a circle kills the quality of it? I really think so. I really doubt if any of the highly shared circles are really curated.

Take a look at how +Christine DeGraff did share her 31people circle - that might be the  best curated circle shared here. Or look at the circles of thanks being shared by people like +martin shervington or +Larry Fournillier and myself. There we know who we are sharing and it has a purpose of introducing a bunch of wonderful and engaging people to the novice and other users.

The take away here is, think before you add or share a circle and take a moment to visit their profile before you add someone.

Better circle management is really important to enjoy Google+ and let you have a different experience here. Here's how I do it: http://www.mervikhaums.com/google-plus-2/how-to-manage-google-circles-here-is-how-i-do-it .

Thank you again and have a wonderful day!

Btw, I'm happy to see more and more people are using the images I've created. If you make a post, please ping me so that I can see that too :-)

#sharedcircles #googleplustips #beingengaging

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2014-02-06 13:14:39 (53 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

Would you like to try some Caffè Macchiato?

Good evening guys. Having a busy day? let's take a coffee break then. Though I'd be having a tea - can't really have coffee, on a course of homeopathic medication. But I thought you guys would like this real coffee shared by my friend +Irenee Alma :-)

So, anybody here in a mood to have some espresso macchiato?? if not, what's your favorite coffee?

Mine? well, when I'm allowed to have some, at home - it's thick black organic coffee from a nearby hill station and king size (large) espresso if in a cafe, thanks for raising that question in the morning, Irene :D

#cofffeebreak #espresso #macchiato

___Would you like to try some Caffè Macchiato?

Good evening guys. Having a busy day? let's take a coffee break then. Though I'd be having a tea - can't really have coffee, on a course of homeopathic medication. But I thought you guys would like this real coffee shared by my friend +Irenee Alma :-)

So, anybody here in a mood to have some espresso macchiato?? if not, what's your favorite coffee?

Mine? well, when I'm allowed to have some, at home - it's thick black organic coffee from a nearby hill station and king size (large) espresso if in a cafe, thanks for raising that question in the morning, Irene :D

#cofffeebreak #espresso #macchiato

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2014-02-05 17:56:27 (18 comments; 26 reshares; 44 +1s; )Open 

Using Twitter? Take a look at this checklist!

Good evening guys! I'm yet to an active Twitter user - for me it's a secondary platform to share my Google+ posts :D - but, I'm not forgetting the marketing potential of twitter, it's just my time-management issues. And if you're using
twitter, here's a handy checklist by +Andrea Vahl to help you make sure you're doing it right.

Btw, if you're on twitter, please leave your twitter handle in comments below. I'm finding my way back to twitter and it would be nice to add you to my circles (sorry, 'follow you' I meant :D). My twitter handle is, twitter.com/MervikHaums :-)

So, have you got everything set on twitter?

If you'd like to print this out, you may download the PDF version here: http://www.andreavahl.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Twitter-Checklist.pdf... more »

Using Twitter? Take a look at this checklist!

Good evening guys! I'm yet to an active Twitter user - for me it's a secondary platform to share my Google+ posts :D - but, I'm not forgetting the marketing potential of twitter, it's just my time-management issues. And if you're using
twitter, here's a handy checklist by +Andrea Vahl to help you make sure you're doing it right.

Btw, if you're on twitter, please leave your twitter handle in comments below. I'm finding my way back to twitter and it would be nice to add you to my circles (sorry, 'follow you' I meant :D). My twitter handle is, twitter.com/MervikHaums :-)

So, have you got everything set on twitter?

If you'd like to print this out, you may download the PDF version here: http://www.andreavahl.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Twitter-Checklist.pdf

Infographic source: http://www.andreavahl.com/twitter/twitter-checklist-infographic.php

#twitter #checklist #socialmediatips___

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