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#TBH: What Every Parent Needs To Know About Popular Hashtags

Hashtags can provide valuable insight and emotional red flags

Learn how to speak the language of teens on social media from dirty words to…

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Consumer Tip of the Day: Get Complaints Resolved via Social Media

You have options to have your grievances addressed

If you have grievances with a company’s services or products, social media may be your…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Survey: Advertisers Prefer Twitter Over Facebook

Brands to increase social media spend as part of overall marketing budget

According to Ad Age, marketers reported spending slightly more on digital and social media, but…

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Dismal 2%: Tech Diversity Reports Abysmal For Blacks

At companies like Google, Facebook, and Yahoo!, black professionals scarce

Facebook and Yahoo! have released reports detailing the diversity in their respective companies. Only 2%…

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Small Business Owners: Stop Sleeping On Mobile App Advertising

5 reasons why the time is now to capitalize on this competitive advantage over big corps

In the world of advertising, the decks are stacked against the little guy. But there…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Facebook CEO, Wife, Donate $120M To San Francisco Schools

The donation will help provide Internet connectivity and computers as well as training for new staff

Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were married in 2012 after dating since 2003.
Facebook CEO…

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Entrepreneurs Are More Optimistic About U.S. Economy and Investing in Their Business in 2014

Entrepreneurial Myth or Real Talk- Is Entrepreneurship Best When Young?

What age group is really responsible for starting the most new businesses?

Entrepreneurship is a young man’s hustle. This is a notion that’s been held by many…

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Are You Single? Facebook Adds button to ‘Ask’ for Relationship Status

Mixed Reviews on new Facebook option allowing users to "Ask" about Relationship Status

There’s a new status update from the social media website, Facebook. A new feature allows…

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One Entrepreneur’s Love of Pork Skins Led to a Lucrative Deal With Walmart

Stephen Gilchrist found an inventive way to place his favorite snack food on the shelves of the world's largest retailer

One of the most powerful sessions you’ll discover at the 2014 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference…

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LinkedIn Now Has Over 300 Million Users

LinkedIn's emphasis on new mobile apps helped to spur its growth

Every day I’m asked to make a new connection on LinkedIn, making me wonder if…

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Is Tweeting Ruining Your Relationship?

Using Twitter doesn't mean you're more likely to break up, but it does mean you'll probably fight about it with your partner

How much you tweet shows how much you cheat?

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The messaging company was purchased by Facebook for $19 billion last month.

WhatsApp Posts Record Numbers, Then Crashes

Facebook acquired the messaging service for $19 billion, hopefully for its uptime.

The messaging company was purchased by Facebook for $19 billion last month.
Only a day after…

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Power Women of the Diaspora: Facebook Chief of Staff Defines Her Career on Her Own Terms

How Morin Oluwole transitioned from science to successful social media career

How Morin Oluwole transitioned from science to success social media career at Facebook.

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Companies exploring robotics, like Google, are excited about the artificial intelligence industry taking off.

Facebook, Tesla CEOs Invest in Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence startup Vicarious wants to accomplish the impossible: replicating the human brain.

Companies exploring robotics, like Google, are excited about the artificial intelligence industry taking off.
What do…

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Be honest in your financial dealings. “Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.”     —Proverbs 13:11

Watch Out for Malaysia Airline Scams on Facebook

Don't fall for scammers' tricks

If you see a post in your Facebook feed with a video claiming the…

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The richest man in the world thinks Silicon Valley is going to shape the future of America.

Startup Innovation ‘At Its Peak’ According to Bill Gates

Microsoft's founder shares his views on Mark Zuckerberg and WhatsApp.

The richest man in the world thinks Silicon Valley is going to shape the future…

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Eric Schmidt has led the charge on data encryption in the wake of the NSA reveal.

Google Chairman ‘Pretty Sure’ Your Data is Safe

Google's improved its encryption systems since learning about the NSA, but can't prove whether it will really work.

Eric Schmidt has led the charge on data encryption in the wake of the NSA…

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New Facebook option allows user to "Ask" for Relationship Status

Facebook and Instagram Reveal New Rules to Combat Gun Sales

Facebook's new rules will provide a warning and in-app education if users search for the purpose of purchasing illegal firearms

Facebook just announced new rules

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Facebook Buys Messaging Startup WhatsApp for $16 Billion in Cash and Stock

The acquisition is Facebook's largest purchase since Instagram in 2012

WhatsApp will continue to operate independently and “retain its brand”

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Privacy Wins: New Jersey Bosses Can’t Ask For Social Media Account Passwords

No more snooping into your private affairs, but what's public is still up for scrutiny

A law finally enacted in New Jersey prohibits employers from asking for workers’ social media…

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Unfriend: How to Keep Your Boss Out of Your (Social Media) Business

You can approach that awkward moment with professional ease

So your boss is encouraging connection via social media and wants to follow your updates.…

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China Muoka, technology entrepreneur and CEO of JobClickr and RentIsh, gave attendees tips on search engine optimization (SEO) and talked about the importance of your brand's searchability. It's important you know what's on the Web about you, your company or your brand and how you can control that, he said.

IBOM LLC Hosts Interactive Social Media Week Event for Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs

Media, tech and law professionals talk branding and best practices

On Sept. 27, Ibom LLC in partnership with The City College of New York, hosted…

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Social Media Mistakes Small Businesses Should Avoid

If you can’t do it right, it might not be worth doing at all when it comes to using Twitter and other platforms

Most social media sites will give you the chance to include your logo, images, website…

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7 Ways B2B Marketers Can Get Started on Facebook

How B2B marketers can benefit from the popular social networking site

Keep the following seven items in mind as a B2B marketer using Facebook so you…

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Facebook Partners With Phone Companies to Launch Internet.org

Initiative designed to bring affordable Internet access to 5 billion people

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of Internet.org, a partnership aimed at…

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5 Steps to Stellar Personal Branding on the Web

Make an excellent professional impression on the Web

Use these quick steps to get started on the right path to establishing your professional…

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Play GIG-IT Offers Facebook Users a New Way to Game and Music Artists a New Revenue Stream

First-ever virtual 3-D concert game on popular social networking site merges music and technology

Play GIG-IT is a social game that allows players to create customized 3D concerts that…

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Facebook Graph Search Function Begins Rolling Out Today to All U.S. Users

Advanced search feature now available to all users in the United States

Starting Monday, Facebook will be rolling out the social search tool known as Graph Search…

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6 Strategies to Generate More Leads From Facebook

How to use the popular social platform to generate leads

Ways startups can leverage Facebook to generate leads.

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Facebook Suffered Year-Long User Data Breach

Company's technicians fixed the problem 24 hours after it was discovered

Social networking company blamed information leak on a technical glitch in its archive of 1.1…

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Instagram Video vs. Vine: Why Popular Photo-Sharing App’s Latest Element Wins for Brands

Instagram’s 15-second video sharing feature rivals Twitter’s Vine app

If you’re looking to try your hand at creating an online video, here why Instagram’s…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Facebook Announces Hashtags

Popular social networking site launches searchable hashtags

Facebook announced that it will begin rolling out hashtags.

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Preteens All Over Social Media Unsupervised

Tweens undeterred by dangers of cyberbullying, sexual predators

Nearly 90 percent of tweens think their social media sites are safe, despite well-documented dangers.

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Facebook Launches New Feature: Verified Pages

Social media juggernaut unveils verified pages and profiles

Social media giant Facebook launched verified pages and profiles on Wednesday. The latest feature, which…

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Back to Basics: Your Guide to Creating a Top Secret Facebook Group

How to create a private group on Facebook

An easy-to-follow guide to creating a private Facebook Group.

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Teens Prefer Twitter Over Facebook

New study reveals teenagers are flocking to the popular micro-blogging platform

A recent Pew Research Center survey revealed that American teens are engaging on other social…

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4 Ways to Successfully Launch a Product on Facebook

How to launch your product on the popular social networking site

BlackEnterprise.com details how you can use Facebook to launch your product.

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13 Million Facebook Users Have Never Touched Their Privacy Settings

How Graph Search affects your privacy

Helpful tips on customizing your privacy settings.

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Mark Zuckerberg Takes $1 Salary, Forgoes Bonuses

Taking a $1 salary has become a tradition among rich CEOs

Founder of Facebook goes without salary

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Facebook Upgrades Its Logo

Have you seen the tech powerhouse’s new main logo?

Facebook has unveiled a new logo. The social media giant nixed the soft blue line…

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Mark Zuckerberg and Other Tech Leaders Launch Advocacy Organization

Facebook founder announces FWD.us in Washington Post op-ed

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is joining forces with tech heavyweights to run FWD.us, a political…

By Janel Martinez

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Man Arrested After Beating Daughters With Cable Wire for ‘Twerking’

The beating video received over 2 million views

Dayton, Ohio man arrested for child endangerment

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Triumph or (Facebook) Fail: Will You Use Facebook’s App-Meets-OS Creation?

The 9 year-old platform has dominated the social landscape, and coming for a space in the smartphone/operating system game

SoundOff: What do you think of Facebook Home, an app-meets-operating system that allows users to…

By Janel Martinez

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4 Ways to Use Facebook’s ‘Reply’ Button to Boost Customer Service Experience

Maximize customer service with the social networking site's latest feature

BlackEnterprise.com has outlined four ways your company can use Facebook as a customer service tool.…

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Deadbeat Dad Busted After Flaunting Wads of Cash on Facebook

Facebook has helped authorities figure out if someone is lying about their financial situation in the past

Christopher Robinson didn’t know authorities were checking his Facebook page

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Michael Baisden Gets ‘Locked Out’ of His Syndicated Radio Show

Negotiations weren't going well and after the radio announcer says farewell to his fans, Cumulus responds by locking out his staff

Can Baisden bounce back from this?

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ADD ALL YOUR SOCIAL PROFILES, ESPECIALLY FACEBOOK 

Everyone has a Klout score automatically generated from Twitter, which serves as the primary account. Up to 12 social media profiles can be linked to your account, with at least 6 more being added in the near future. Including more profiles creates a clearer picture of your brand’s total social impact, especially if your strongest platform is not Twitter. 

Tip: Adding Facebook significantly improves your score, more than adding other platforms.

Are Twitter-Style Hashtags On Facebook A Savvy Move?

Take our poll on Facebook’s possible new addition

Facebook is reportedly considering incorporating one of Twitter’s signature markers, the hashtag, into its platform.…

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Facebook “Like” Patterns Reveal Trove of Personal Information

Study finds Facebook likes can reveal things like one's race or sexual orientation.

Researchers analyzed 58,000 Facebook users and matched their guesses with a personality test.

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How to Get the New (and Improved) Facebook Newsfeed

Redesigned Facebook newsfeed rolls out today

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new look for the newsfeed on Thursday morning. The…

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4 Ways Brands Can Win With Facebook’s New Newsfeed

Tips to improving newsfeed, so that brands can succeed on the platform

BlackEnterprise.com outlines the various ways Facebook can win with brands with their soon-to-be unveiled newsfeed.…

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Cops Try to Notify Mom About Son’s Death on Facebook

Cops contacted woman on Facebook through a "fake" account

Atlanta Woman is angry because police contacted her on Facebook about son’s death

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Father Pays $200 to Daughter to Shut Down Facebook Account

A Massachusetts father signs a $200 agreement with his daughter to stay off Facebook.

A Massachusetts father agrees to pay his daughter to stay off Facebook.

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1 in 2 Parents Join Facebook to Snoop on Their Kids

41% of parents are highly interested in their children’s Facebook updates

Forty-three percent of parents check out their children’s profile daily.

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Facebook Sued for Allegedly Stealing ‘Like’ Button

Lawsuit says Facebook knew the 'Like' button was patented

Allegations of stealing others’ work has reared it’s ugly head again at the world’s most…

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Facebook Refuses to Remove Racist “Black Baby as Chimp” Post

Facebook said the photo doesn't violate their policies

Users petition Facebook to remove a racist photo

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Facebook Fatigue: Most Americans Take a Break From the Site

Survey finds 61% of Facebook users have taken a break from the service

A new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project revealed that…

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Love & Tech: 48% of Single Women Research Dates on Facebook

Recent Match.com survey shows women engage in pre-date research--and Facebook is their source of choice

Match.com, which asked over 5,000 single and married people about their dating habits, revealed 48%…

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Tea Party Republicans Leave Facebook, Launch Own Community

Members of new site say they were "bullied by liberals" on Facebook

Tea Party Repubs defect to a new conservative alternative to Facebook

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5 Tech Inventions We’d Like To See From Nas, Mark Zuckerberg and Ben Horowitz

Some are calling the recent dinner-date a “Meeting of the Dons”

BlackEnterprise.com explores 5 tech inventions that could’ve come from this weekend’s “meeting of the dons”…

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Social Networking: Professional Power Play or Business Blunder?

Take heed: Overdosing on the instant accessibility can be detrimental

Whether you have a tangible business or you’re promoting yourself, you need to be very…

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Social Media Envy: Study Shows Facebook May Make You Envious

Popular social networking site causing discomfort among one in three people

According to researchers from two German universities, Facebook may cause you to feel envious. The…

By Janel Martinez

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What is Facebook’s New “Graph Search?”

Facebook has devised a new way to mine the interests and preferences of your friends

Facebook introduces a new search engine

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You Can Message Mark Zuckerberg For $100

An audience with Facebook's CEO is just one way Facebook is monetizing its capabilities

What would you tell Mark Zuckerberg for $100?

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"Trust me, Baby. I'm an expert on EVERY platform. Let me show you how its done."

Note To All Social Media Ninjas, Masters and Gurus: Have A Seat

And to you all-inclusive social media experts: Don't let me have to block you.

This just in from Ad Age: Apparently social media is being overrun by gurus, evangelists,…

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TMI, Much? How Disclosing Too Much Relationship Drama Can Taint Your Professional Reputation

Save the drama and focus on the bigger picture

Three reasons blasting every little detail about your relationship on social media can taint your…

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Facebook Creates Disappearing Posts

Ever want to send a message that was destroyed soon after it was sent? Now you can.

Facebook announces a new messaging app that doesn’t leave a trail

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Instagram Responds to Concerns About New Privacy Terms…Sort of

All the photos you upload to Instagram become the property of Instagram according to new privacy terms posted by the site

Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom tries to reassure users that the new Instagram privacy terms aren’t…

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Florida City Commissioner Apologizes for Racist Facebook Post

City commissioner mocked Obama, blacks and Latinos on his Facebook page

John Sims apologized publicly after making a racially-charged Facebook post

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Recruiters Ditching Monster for LinkedIn, Facebook

Clean up your Facebook profile if you're looking for a job. A recruiter may be looking at your page and you won't even know it.

Instead of using job sites, companies are finding employees—some of whom aren’t even looking…

By Makkada B. Selah

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Tweet, Like, Share: 3 Benefits of Developing Win-Win Relationships on Social Media

Selfish networking will ensure you make few quality connections

As a professional, you can use social media engagement as a tool to build relationships…

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Up in Smoke: Don’t Let Twitter Ruin Your Career

For the average person, a negative social media imprint can damage their brand

Check out these tips to avoid making social media missteps that may hinder your professional…

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Zynga to Facebook: We Need Space

The social networking giant and the gaming company put distance between them

Not quite a match made in Heaven, Zynga begins to reconsider.

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Is Facebook Making You Poor?

Study shows that the social networking site causes people to over-indulge

Research reveals link between social media interaction, debt

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Is Facebook’s Promoted Posts Driving Away Brands?

Mark Cuban and other brands express displeasure at new promoted posts feature

Several business owners seem to be moving away from Facebook.

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Mitt Romney Losing Facebook Friends

He's losing an average of 847 friends per hour

The GOP candidate has had more than 55,025 users unlike him at a rate of…

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Teacher Suspended After Posting Insulting Facebook Comments

Parents are calling for her removal

Parents are calling for her removal

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Local Businesses Warming up to Facebooks Ads

Local Businesses Embracing Facebook’s New Ads

Small businesses are enjoying Facebook's new simpler ad system.

For years, Facebook has been trying to teach small and medium-sized local businesses how to…

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How to Achieve Small Business Success Using Social Media

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Steps for Small Business success using Social

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Facebook Addict: 6 Reasons You’re Web Surfing Instead of Working

Kick that habit so you can keep your job and boost productivity

Your addiction to the “Like” button could cost you your job. Here’s how to kick…

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A Lifelong History: It used to be acceptable to chronologically list every job you ever had on your resume. However, today’s hiring managers are more concerned about the relevance of your experience rather than the length of your experience. For an experienced professional, listing your first job out of high school isn’t really necessary unless it’s the only job you’ve ever had. While 10 years of work history is the standard, it’s okay to list older experience if it is relevant.

Did You Really Post That? 5 Tips to Curb Oversharing Online

See where you should draw the line

See where you should draw the line

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Does Facebook Make You a Loser?

How much is too much for online time?

How much is too much for online time?

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Facebook "Expecting a Baby" Feature

Soon-To-Be Parents Can Inform Facebook Friends They’re Expecting

The social networking site allows users to notify their friends about their unborn child

Facebook unveiled a new “Life Event” for Timeline on Monday that allows Facebookers to share…

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How Not To Use Social Media On Your Resume

Be careful of how much you talk about social media on your resume

Be careful of how much you talk about social media on your resume

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How to Track the 2012 London Olympics

With the “social media games” starting today, see where you can catch coverage of the big event online

If you’re wondering how you can tune into the Olympics via social media, I have…

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Don’t Believe the Hype: 8 Commonly Used Apps That Disappoint

HuffPostTech compiled a list of the “least favorite, constantly crashing, glitch-prone apps or phone features…

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If Social Media Disappeared, Survey Shows 18% of Teens Would Avoid Communicating

Without social media, today’s youth would stop communicating altogether

A recent survey done by email marketing company AWeber shows 18% of teenagers would…

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Come the end of this month, the Olympics will be played out for all to see on NBC, but social-savvy fans and sponsors are set to connect with audiences on various social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. (Not to mention, NBCOlympics.com will live stream every single event and the network will provide two different apps for mobile devices.) With nearly everyone toting a smartphone, the main sporting event will spark record-level engagement on popular social networking sites; it’s not a conversation everyone had access to during previous Olympic games.  Web access has increased greatly since the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, China. According to the International Telecommunications Union, there were approximately 1.5 billion Internet users worldwide (23% of the world’s total population). By July 27, that number will jump to about 2.3 billion users—an average of 33% of the total population. With the games fast approaching, Mashable outlined how the popular networks stack up today:

2012 Olympics to Be First-Ever Social Games

According to the International Telecommunications Union, there were approximately 1.5 billion Internet users worldwide (23%…

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How to Align Your Blog with a Big-Name Brand

For some bloggers, taking that platform to the next level will require partnering with big-name…

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New Siri Features


I love the current Siri TV ads by Apple, and, quite frankly, it is the only place the personal assistant software seems to work.  All jokes aside, it will be interesting to see Siri on new iPad. Here are some of its enhanced functions:
--Users will be able to post Facebook updates and send tweets with their voice.

--Siri has partnered with Yelp, OpenTable, Rotten Tomatoes, and sports score updates ranging from the latest scores to stats and schedules.

--The software assistant will continue expanding globally with its new language support, which will now feature Spanish, Italian, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese, and optimize languages in 15 countries. 

Apple is working with automotive manufactures to launch “Eyes Free,” a new feature that will allow a car to bring up Siri voice control. Nine auto manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Toyota are working on this implementation with plans to incorporate the technology in the next 12 months.

WWDC 2012: Apple’s iOS 6 Boasts Over 200 New Features & Enhancements

At the 2012 World Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote on Monday the technology company unveiled the…

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Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks of Black Girls Run! Give the Skinny on Their Nationwide Movement

The founders of BGR! talk camaraderie among female runners, spreading the word via social media and why it’s important to observe National Running Day beyond June 6

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the Black Girls Run! founders at the 5th annual Blogging While…

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A Child Shall Lead Them: Facebook Considers Lowering User Age

If Facebook decides to lower their user age, will this be the catalyst needed for adults to better understand the social network's privacy and security policies?

Regardless of how many countermeasures and safety nets Facebook bakes into its new-age policy, if…

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Skip the objective. Objectives are outdated and rarely used in today’s world of professional resume writing. The purpose of the objective was to tell employers what you were seeking, i.e. “a challenging sales position.” Instead, the objective has now been replaced with a career profile or a summary of qualifications which tells employers exactly what you have to offer, i.e. “accomplished professional with 10 years sales experience.” Your resume should include a concise yet quality career profile which clearly indicates what you have to offer, rather than just what you desire. Employers are far more attracted to a candidate who actually brings something to the table.

Startup Savvy: 5 High-Paying Opportunities for Job Seekers

You don't have to be a technie to land a gig at the next Facebook

You don’t have to be a technie to land a gig at the next Facebook.…

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ADD ALL YOUR SOCIAL PROFILES, ESPECIALLY FACEBOOK 

Everyone has a Klout score automatically generated from Twitter, which serves as the primary account. Up to 12 social media profiles can be linked to your account, with at least 6 more being added in the near future. Including more profiles creates a clearer picture of your brand’s total social impact, especially if your strongest platform is not Twitter. 

Tip: Adding Facebook significantly improves your score, more than adding other platforms.

Two Weeks Later, What Mark Zuckerberg’s IPO Move Means for the Future of Tech

How will the social network’s IPO impact the tech startup space?

Facebook has 901 million users, a value estimated at $111 billion per user. With reported…

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5 Tech Moves to Watch This Week

With talks of Facebook setting up shop to create a smartphone and Google Glass resurfacing…

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Facebook Looking to Acquire Facial Recognition Tech Company Face.com

Recent reports indicate the social networking giant is in talks to acquire Face.com

Facebook might be interested in acquiring facial recognition technology company Face.com, according to recent reports.

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Facebook IPO: Shares Start at $42

The social network’s monetary value jumped from $38 per share to $42 on Friday

Facebook shares started trading at $42.05 per share on Friday around 11:30am EST on the…

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Celebrated Chef Marcus Samuelsson to Receive Spirit of Africa Award at Gala Event

Marcus Samuelsson Spreads Food Politics Through Digital Platforms

You’ve seen the chef/philanthropist on the Web and shows like "Top Chef Masters," catch him at the 2012 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo

Marcus Samuelsson’s social media footprint is sizzling—his verified Twitter account boasts over 51,000 followers; Facebook…

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Money, Power and Technology: How Floyd Mayweather Became a Social Media Heavyweight

The famed boxer has spread his brand beyond the boxing ring, amassing an online following that rivals tech heavyweights and influencers

With accounts on various social media platforms, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. has spread his brand…

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Charles Barkley  From the onset of his career Barkley was surrounded by greatness. Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1984, he joined a team that includes legends Julius Erving, Moses Malone and Maurice Cheeks. Holding his own, Sir Charles averaged 14 points and 8.6 rebounds per game during his rookie season. A year later, he was the team’s leading rebounder and second scorer before eventually becoming the Sixers’ franchise player until he was traded in 1992 to the Phoenix Suns, where he continued to dominate as a rebounder and team leader. By time he retired in 2000, Barkley became the fourth player in NBA history to achieve 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists. However, the Dream Team gold medalist was never able to win a title to compliment his accolades.

NBA Decoded: Does Social Media Make Athletes Worse Role Models?

Was Charles Barkley right? How social media has made today's athletes flaws as a role model more apparent

When Charles Barkley proclaimed that he wasn’t a role model he had no idea that…

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‘Awkward Black Girl’ Creator Issa Rae on Shorty Award Win and Online Racism

The producer, director, writer and star of “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” addresses the digital hate

“Awkward Black Girl” creator Issa Rae spoke to BlackEnterprise.com about her Shorty Award win, the…

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Since its 2008 launch, Klout has been praised as a helpful tool for social influence, and criticized on score inconsistencies all in the same breath. Technology blogger Diego Basch summed it up best: “It’s simply a game that measures how good you are at it. Your Klout score measures how good you are at getting a high Klout score.” 

While Klout maintains that their "True Reach" metric is a work in progress, it’s hard not to view the number as the end-all, be-all of one’s digital influence.  It matters so much so that companies are using the scoring system to decide whether or not they’ll employ an individual. Sam Fiorella’s job interview was cut short when he admitted to not knowing about Klout. After the dismissal, Fiorella spent the next six months working to boost his Klout score, ultimately reaching 72. With interactive influence determining whether or not you’ll land your next job (or VIP status at an upcoming event), here are 5 tips to boosting your Klout score in 5 days.--Terrena Carriman

Clout vs. Klout: Why the Latter Doesn’t Measure True Influence

While some employers will check a prospective employee’s digital influence, it should not blow one’s chances of getting a job

BlackEnterprise.com columnist Hajj Flemings examines whether or not a job applicant’s Klout score outweighs his/her…

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Facebook Allows Users to Disclose Organ Donor Status

On average, 18 people each day die waiting for an organ transplant. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is trying to combat the discouraging figure with his latest feature

In an exclusive interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief…

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THE PRESENT IS ALL THAT MATTERS 

Your Klout score is based on a rolling 90-day window. However, the most recent activity has more bearing on scoring than old activity. So, no matter how low your score is, what you do over the next week is all that matters in getting a higher score. Short-term lapses in social media presence also tend to have less of an effect, but beware of month-long drops. Your score will gradually decrease. 

Tip: Keep in mind that the higher your Klout score, the more difficult it becomes to increase your score exponentially. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t blow past 80 in the next week, just keep working at it.

How to Increase Your Klout Score in 5 Days

With interactive influence determining whether or not you’ll land your next job (or VIP status…

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Jay-Z Launches New Facebook Game, Empire

The innovative entrepreneur delivers a new way to enjoy everyone's favorite social network

Hip-hop mogul/entrepreneur Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter unveils Empire, a new Facebook game where users get to…

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5 Cool (Recent) Branding Moves By President Barack Obama

A look at the Commander-in-Chief's moments of swag

Here’s a snapshot into recent appearances that give the Commander-in-Chief the cool factor.

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The Growth of Instagram: Your Picture Is Now Worth a Billion Dollars

The popular mobile application has experienced a surge in its user base

With Facebook’s Instagram acquisition still the topic of conversation in the tech space, here’s a…

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5 Ways to Grow Your Brand’s Social Media Following

Five easy-to-follow steps that will help promote your business—all while cultivating a strong social media presence.

Amanda Miller Littlejohn provides five easy-to-follow steps that will help promote your business—all while cultivating…

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Hundreds of thousands of gamers flocked to Boston this past weekend to get a sneak peek at the latest in gaming technology. PAX East 2012 had a little something for every attendee, from freeplay areas where gamers played classic video games and tabletop games to sections where major video game publishers displayed the biggest soon-to-be-released titles; not to mention, there were tons of networking opportunities.  

On the second day, panelists at “Healthy Games: Lose Weight, Live Longer, and Level Up” discussed new-age technology that will help gamers (and non-gamers alike) get fit in a fun way. Put the weights aside and pick up your controller or mobile device. Here are four health-focused tech tools that will keep you fit in a point and click:--Tamika Moultrie

4 Health Tools That Place Fitness in the Palm of Your Hand

Developers discuss health-conscious products that allow gamers to enhance their gaming skills and health comprehension

PAX East 2012 attendees listened to “Healthy Games: Lose Weight, Live Longer, and Level Up”…

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Your company’s merger might not have the same splashy headlines as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg buying Instagram or the intense game of executive musical chairs being played by Arianna Huffington and the TechCrunch editors, but the impact of a company transition on your career is no less important. You could be faced with not only answering to a new boss, but an entirely different corporate environment.


Here are five tips to avoid being a merger casualty and instead successfully transitioning your old job into the new space. --- Demetria Irwin

AOL/TechCrunch Merger Moves: 5 Ways to Successfully Survive a Company Transition

As AOL's Techcrunch changes leadership, here's employee strategy to make transition less stressful

As TechCrunch transitions into new leadership and Mark Zuckerberg plans to buy Instagram, many employees…

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You’ve Been Warned: Prepare to Hand Over Your Facebook Password

Social media has blurred the line between personal and professional. Ask yourself: Are you ready to willingly turn over your username and password?

Some employers are taking it one step further; demanding candidates provide their Facebook login information.…

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Driving While Black: Welcome to the Club, Tyler Perry

Even if you’re as rich as Tyler Perry, chances are you will be racially profiled

Movie mogul Tyler Perry recently became the victim of racial profiling as Atlanta police pulled…

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How to Hide Stuff From Your Timeline

Timeline gives friends the ability to view your entire Facebook history. For this reason, we imagine the first thing most people will want to do is to "sanitize" their Timeline. The good news is, it's simple to hide what you don't want showing. When you see a post you'd like to nix, just hit the pencil icon at the top of the post and select "Hide from Timeline." This doesn't delete the content from your account, but it will keep it safe from prying eyes.

Why Asking For A Job Applicant’s Facebook Password Is Fair Game

Depending on the job, access to the social media communications of a potential hire may be in your company's best interest

Employers asking prospective hires for their Facebook password is a hot button topic but it’s…

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A Closer Look at Trayvon Martin’s Social Media Footprint

The high school junior’s death sparked Twitter hashtags, Facebook statuses and YouTube tributes

Everyone from celebrities to everyday people began leveraging the power of social media to discuss…

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FACEBOOK:   I’m a pretty late bloomer on the Facebook-for-business bandwagon, as opposed to just family and friends. But a good friend recently educated me on how you can add layers of security and privacy for people you know casually, while allowing good friends total access to your page. Be sure to do this, and include business updates and links to any press or promotions you’re doing. Facebook is still the best way to spread a message virally.

5 Facebook Timeline Tips for Brands

Don’t get left behind! See how brands can shine with the platform’s latest feature

Instead of getting caught up in the last-minute rush, see how your brand can take…

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SXSW 2012: 4 Tips on Giving in the 21st Century

Social media makes philanthropy safe and easy

Cheryl Contee of Fission Strategy’s 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival panel, “21st Century Giving: Social Philanthropy’s…

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SXSW 2012: ‘Social Media Sharecropping’ Encourages African Americans to Monetize Digital Content

Blogging While Brown founder Gina McCauley talks digital content monetization and brand awareness at her panel during 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive

The SXSW 2012 panel “Social Media Sharecropping: Black Tech Adoption” focused on creating an online…

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Entrepreneur Follows Her Passion & Finds Ballooning Success

Shanta Speller finds success with Bunch of Balloons, her balloon decorating company

Juggling a full-time job with her passion, Shanta Speller launched Bunch of Balloons, her own…

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Will Social Media Determine the 2012 Presidential Campaign?

Exploring the impact of Twitter and Facebook on how voters will cast their ballot

Social media is so engrained into our society that it may be a determining factor…

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Facebook Picks the Pocket: Ads Coming to Smartphones

Facebook rolls out new Timeline for business pages and debuts new ad services which lets advertisers embed ads into personal news feeds and push ads—for the first time—to mobile phones

At a special marketing conference in New York Wednesday, Facebook unveiled a new business page…

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6 Things Your Small Business Can Learn from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

In the age of the platform, there is much entrepreneurs can learn from these innovative businesses

In the age of the platform, there is much entrepreneurs can learn from these innovative…

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On the Real Housewives of Atlanta, we've all seen the drama and antics of six women interacting both professionally and personally to make must-see TV. But Attorney Phaedra Parks is not your typical reality TV diva. She's been managing law partner at The Parks Group, P.C., for a decade, and has represented the likes of Bobby Brown, Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris, among others.


The mother, entrepreneur, and litigator, was president of the Gate City Bar Association, and actively sits on boards for organizations including the American Bar Association and the University of Georgia. One can't have all of this under her (designer) belt without knowing a thing -- or three--- about networking. 


On the heels of last night's episode, we caught up with Parks for her quick and dirty quips on making quality connections. ---Janell Hazelwood

Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Phaedra Parks: Three Professional Networking Don’ts

Three quick and dirty tips on boosting your professional connections

Attorney and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks knows a thing or three about…

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BlackPlanet Revamps as Social Aggregator

The once popular social network gets a fresh design and new features

BlackPlanet Next, the new iteration of the 12-year-old mainstay, has been redesigned into a social…

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Facebook Criticized Over Lack of Board Diversity

Social network site develops urban talent through Year Up program, but is that enough when it comes to diversity initiatives?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is coming under fire for not inviting any women or minorities…

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Will Going Public Change the Culture of Facebook?

The popular social network could put pressure to perform on the billion-dollar brand

Facebook going public could present just as many challenges as it does financial gains for…

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7 Days of Boss Moves, Day Three: Maximize Your Social Networks

Get beyond the business-card exchange toward quality connections

For seven days, we challenge you to take steps toward quality networking with Cameka Smith,…

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Super Bowl XLVI: Is the Real Game Online or On the Field?

An examination of social media's influence on the business of the big game

In addition to the commercials, food and finances associated with Super Bowl Sunday, social media…

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‘Hang Out’ with Obama on Google+ Tonight

The president’s Google+ hangout will be the first all-digital interview from the White House

President Barack Obama is no stranger to interacting in the digital space, conducting town hall…

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$100 Billion Facebook IPO Filing Could Come Next Week

The six-year old social networking service is preparing to file paperwork for an initial public offering next Wednesday

Facebook, the iconic social network, will file for an initial public offering on Wednesday, according…

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TWITTER:   I know that this is probably an obvious one, but how do you really engage with Twitter? Do you use it as a personal tool to connect with others? Promote your business? Both? Do you need a personal and business account? I would say, it all depends. I have one account for me personally, which I also use professionally. When my new book, Chasing Youth Culture And Getting It Right, is published in April, I will be using another account for book tweets only. I want to make sure that those messages go to people who want data on youth marketing specifically. So the moral of this story is, know your target market. Your tweets will have a greater impact if you’re really focused on who you’re trying to reach.

Twitter Acquires Internet Security Startup Dasient

In an effort to beef up security, the popular microblogging site purchased the three-year-old Internet security firm

On Monday, Twitter attained Dasient, a security startup offering malware protection for businesses.

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It’s never easy to search for a new job while you’re already employed. Professionals often find themselves having to sneak around to send out resumes, go on interviews, or speak with potential employers. 	While you shouldn’t feel trapped in your current position, it’s very important that you conduct your job search with integrity and skill. Consider these tips when searching for a new job and avoid having to compromise your current paycheck. —Aisha Taylor

Career Tip of the Day: Google Yourself

Ensure that your personal brand is attractive on the Web

Be sure your personal brand is represented as attractive as possible on the Web.

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The workplace is changing fast. Technology is changing even faster. Are universities keeping pace with either one? Is the U.S. moving fast enough to train and educate a workforce to compete in a global economy? The pressure to innovate within corporations and in small businesses has never been greater. The shift from industrial age thinking to an adaptive, digital, innovative culture will not just be the responsibility of the employer but the employee as well. The real question is: How fast are you changing?

In the U.S. workforce we are trained to think methodically with antiquated processes and tremendous uncertainty in the economy. We have experienced decades of success in industrial thinking and an education system that has been out paced by its foreign competitors. Are we now victims of our own success? What does this mean for the U.S. workforce? Here are four changes in the new economy workplace. —Hajj Flemings

4 Changes in the Workplace That Effect How You Do Business

Being tech savvy is no longer a choice but a means of survival in the workplace

Today’s workplace is all about being tech savvy, if you plan to be successful in…

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Why Anyone Who Uses the Web Should be Concerned About SOPA

What the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) could mean to the way you do business online

Web users beware of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) which will strip people worldwide…

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After months of beta testing, Facebook made their new Timeline layout available to the public today. Previously, only a select few users were able to upgrade to Facebook Timeline, which is a total redesign of the look, feel and interactivity of the social media platform. But what exactly makes Facebook Timeline different from all of the previous changes? For starters, it shifts the focus from merely in-the-moment status updates to a detailed overview of a user's entire life, raising the level of interconnectivity between users.
	As with any Facebook upgrade there are critics, who are concerned about privacy issues and the potential for identity theft. However, Facebook is providing users with a seven-day grace period to review and edit all their Timeline-accessible information. Click here to “get Timeline” now, but remember you’ll only have seven days to review your page before it goes live to "friends". To help users adjust to the changes, Mashable listed 10 things you need to know about Facebook Timeline.

Facebook Timeline Launches: 10 Things You Need to Know Now

Before you switch over to the new Facebook layout, here are a few things you need to know

Here’s how users can familiarize and prepare their Facebook Timeline pages for friends

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Birthday Cards Can Hold More Weight than Business Cards

Even in the Facebook age people appreciate the sentiment of a hand written card

Sending a birthday card may seem obsolete but people remember genuine gestures longer than Facebook…

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In the News: NYPD Facebook Group Offends; Russell Simmons’ PETA Stamp and More

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

See what’s going on in the world with today’s compilation of news around the Web

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6 Major Facebook Updates You Need to Know About

The social media platform is changing fast are you up to speed?

Facebook updates are constant but the introduction of the new Timeline feature is the most…

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Former Justin Timberlake Exec Revolutionizes Web Image Monetization

Entrepreneur Rey Flemings turns tagged photos into interactive shopping galleries

With Stipple Inc., Rey Flemings allows online businesses to monetize their images through a unique…

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FAMU Grads Serve Up Social Responsibility with The Cravings Truck

Social entrepreneurs Kianta Key and Johnathon Sellers place community at the center of their business model

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University alums Kianta Key and Johnathon Sellers launched The Cravings Truck,…

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How to Effectively Fund A Project on Kickstarter

5 steps to using the crowdfunding platform to get your startup off the ground

From Evita Robinson of Nomad-Ness TV to the founders of FASHIZBLACK magazine, learn from three…

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How to Start a Movement with a Twitter #Hashtag

#OccupyWallStreet is the tweet heard 'round the world

Occupy Wall Street is a prime example of how a movement can get initiated via…

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President Obama Goes After the Youth Vote … Again

The president’s re-election campaign launched Greater Together, an initiative geared towards attracting young voters

President Obama’s re-election campaign launched Greater Together, an initiative enlisting campaign volunteers and assisting first-time…

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Career Tip of the Day: Refresh Your Social Media Presence

Take at least 30 minutes today to upgrade your profile

Today’s tip: Blow the dust off those social media profiles and make the most of…

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Facebook, Kickstarter, Demand It and other social media platforms have created a viral movie-loving audience, making 2011 an explosive year for the independent Black filmmaker. Online options are proving fruitful for movie producers with their backs against the wall and no distribution deals on the table. PR icon, Ava DuVernay used $50,000 of her own money to produce and release her film, I Will Follow, independently through AMC Independent after a social campaign couldn’t contain the demand for more Black films. First-time filmmaker, Qasim Basir, wrote and independently produced Mooz-lum, which he released domestically last February and beat out films like Justin Bieber: Never Say Never in per screen earnings. With the International Black Film Festival of Nashville declaring October Black Movie Month, BlackEnterprise.com highlights 10 of the top-grossing independent Black films. —Darralynn Hutson

10 Most Profitable Independent Black Films

As part of Black Movie Month, we highlight indie projects that earned major box office bank

Independent films may not have big budgets but their quality can sometimes attract mainstream audiences,…

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FACEBOOK:   I’m a pretty late bloomer on the Facebook-for-business bandwagon, as opposed to just family and friends. But a good friend recently educated me on how you can add layers of security and privacy for people you know casually, while allowing good friends total access to your page. Be sure to do this, and include business updates and links to any press or promotions you’re doing. Facebook is still the best way to spread a message virally.

Facebook Lets Users Know What “People Talking About”

More updates and upgrades from the most "liked" social media portal

Facebook introduces a new way to measure social engagement via “People Talking About,” which provides…

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Online Job Connections: Social Media by the Numbers

Many unemployed turning to Facebook for leads

How more job seekers and employers are utilizing Facebook to find employment opportunities and fill…

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‘Let’s Connect’: Don’t Let Your Social Media Presence Curb Future Opportunities

A young professional just trying to find a balance between personality and professionalism

A young professional just trying to find a balance between personality and professionalism

By Janel Martinez

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Why Twitter Couldn’t Save Troy Davis

It's what you do once you've signed off and engaged the real world that is the true measure of your activism.

I cared about Troy Davis—not just him, but the millions of others like him behind…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Congressional Black Caucus Discusses Social Media & Entrepreneurship

The future of small business growth is online and the CBC leads the discussion

During the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference a discussion on Social Media…

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5 Steps To Creating Your Profitable Tech Start-Up

Position your company to become a future industry leader

Black entrepreneurs must be creative, however, to advance to the next stage in the Innovation…

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