topsecretwriters.com - In October, Seamus briefly touched upon the strange yet well-known story (among UFO circles) of Billy Meier, and his very unusual and verbose “American representative” Michael Horn. Meier and Horn …
7 December 2013
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7 December 2013
A compilation of several video clips showing dogs afraid to walk by their feline counterparts went viral on the Internet this week.
The video, uploaded Thursday and titled “You Shall Not Pass, Dog,” had over 725,000 views at the time of publication.
The Power of Nightmares – Part 1 – Baby It’s Cold Outside
The Power of Nightmares, subtitled The Rise of the Politics of Fear, is a BBC documentary film series, written and produced by Adam Curtis. Its three one-hour parts consist mostly of a montage of archive footage with Curtis’s narration. The series was first broadcast in the United Kingdom in late 2004 and has subsequently been broadcast in multiple countries and shown in several film festivals, including the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.
The films compare the rise of the Neo-Conservative movement in the United States and the radical Islamist movement, making comparisons on their origins and claiming similarities between the two. More controversially, it argues that the threat of radical Islamism as a massive, sinister organised force of destruction, specifically in the form of al-Qaeda, is a myth perpetrated by politicians in many countries—and particularly American Neo-Conservatives—in an attempt to unite and inspire their people following the failure of earlier, more utopian ideologies.
The Power of Nightmares has been praised by film critics in both Britain and the United States. Its message and content have also been the subject of various critiques and criticisms from conservatives and progressives.
7 December 2013
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learning-mind.com - Some kind of eternal life can be possible with the help of technology, according to the physicist Stephen Hawking. The 71 years old eminent scientist, speaking at the premiere of a film about his l…
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19 August 2013
Since social media is changing so often. It can be really hard to keep up with stats and trends that affect how you use it. I quite often forget the facts that I’ve read, or I use Twitter based on stats that are outdated now.
In fact, when I recently looked at some of the latestsocial media statistics, it hit me that the fastest growing demographic on Twitter is is the 55–64 year age bracket. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s changed.
In case you’re in the same boat with me, I gathered up some really interesting Twitter stats that can help you improve the way you reach your followers. Especially when trying to gear up for the new social media for business, being in the know of the latest stats is more valuable than ever.
1. Twitter engagement for brands is 17% higher on weekends
I guess not many people know about this one, because only 19% of brands tweet on the weekends. If you’re trying to encourage your followers to engage with you on Twitter but you don’t want to work over the weekend, you could use Buffer to schedule tweets to be sent while you’re having a sleep-in.
Social media scientist Dan Zarrella also found in one of his Twitter experiments that click-through rates were higher on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Did you know you can Buffer images right from the web? Our chrome extension lets you right-click on an image and put it straight into your Buffer account as an image post:
This is another stat that was similar for Facebook. Shorter posts tend to garner more engagementon both platforms.
If you’re posting tweets with links, Dan Zarrella’s research shows that 120–130 characters will be your sweet spot.
If you’re looking at growing your audience, you might want to look at new Twitter users, which aremost likely in the older age brackets. As Twitter’s user base grows, you’ll have a wider variety of users to target, supposing they’re all part of your market.
This largely overlaps with the general Social Media statistics, Social Media definitely working its way up the age demographic.
Having said that, keep the hashtags to a minimum. 1 or 2 will get you 21% more engagement than if you add 3 or more. This could be because hashtags often connect a tweet to a particular topic or Twitter chat that others are following or interested in. Keep appropriate hashtags in mind when posting, especially if engagement is something you’re looking to improve.
There are a few things to keep in mind when targeting mobile users. Ensuring that you link to mobile-friendly sites is a good start. Linking to Twitter usernames of people you mention and adding hashtags can also be helpful for mobile users, who might want to find out more without opening new browser windows or searching in their Twitter client.
So being equipped with a great social media publishing tool for mobile is now more important than ever. It’ll be interesting how the shift to mobile will become even more obvious in the coming months and years.
When you’re tweeting, think about where your audience is, and what they might be doing. If it’s early in the morning, they might be commuting to the office—this is actually a great time to get them, as they’re probably bored and looking for something interesting to occupy them during this time.
These users are also 119% more likely to use Twitter during work or school hours, so don’t write off these times as being no good for tweeting—at least until you try them. Dinner time, on the other hand, is probably not the best time to catch your followers, as you can see in the image below.
Buffer’s integration with Followerwonk can come in handy here, by helping you work out when your followers are most likely to be online, and setting up your Buffer schedule to match these times.
Here are also more insights on how to make the most of Twitter on your mobile phone.
A study by Twitter itself found that amplifiers—that is, users who are more likely to retweet than others, thus amplifying content—are more likely to send direct messages as well. Plus, 90% of them tweet about TV shows. This points to the important fact that these users see Twitter as a way to communicate with close friends or family—hence the use of the private option of direct messages—and to talk about their habits and daily activities, such as watching TV.
Especially with the recent changes being made to DM’s, there seems to be a lot more to come for marketers.
This is a really interesting one. I’d heard before that asking for a retweet is the best way to get one, but in fact, spelling out the word “retweet” as opposed to using the abbreviation “RT” gives a much higher chance of being retweeted—23x higher than average! That’s not a hard one to implement, either.
Like photos, links appeal to Twitter users. Links, however, are more likely to increase your number of retweets than engagement rate. This is helpful to keep in mind, as you might want to broaden your reach (get more retweets) rather than engage your current followers (increase engagement with photos).
The latest changes to Twitter’s statistics suggest a clear change to what lies ahead for Twitter’s future.
Where to go from here, is the obvious next question. To harness the power of Twitter’s new changes, you might want to take a look at “A scientific guide to posting Tweets, Facebook posts, Emails and Blog posts at the best time“, which is a great resources to get more out of Twitter. For more advanced Twitter users, the guide to “A scientific guide to writing great headlines on Twitter, Facebook and your Blog” might also be a great place to start.
What are your best tips for kicking things into a higher gear on Twitter? We’d love your comments and thoughts on this in the comments below.
Some kind of eternal life can be possible with the help of technology, according to the physicist Stephen Hawking.
The 71 years old eminent scientist, speaking at the premiere of a film about his life, said that if the brain can function outside of thehuman body, then the eternallife is possible.
“The brain is like a computer program. Theoretically, it is possible to “copy” the human brain to a computer as if it were a software and provide in this way a sort of afterlife,” said the astrophysicist during the Cambridge Film Festival at the premiere of Stephen Finnigan’s movie entitled «Hawking».
“But today under the prevailing circumstances, it is not feasible. I think that the concept of conventional life after death is a tale for people who are afraid of the dark,” says Hawking.
The scientist had made similar statements two years ago in an interview with the newspaper Guardian: “I see the brain as a computer which stops working when its components are damaged. And there’s no heaven or afterlife for damaged computers.” But as it seems, now he has more optimism about this possibility.
In 1963, at age 21, Hawking learned that he would live “two to three more years” because the diagnosis of doctors was explicit and unequivocal: neurological disorder known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.However, the persistence and will allowed him to live not three years, but half a century more, although the progression of the illness made his everyday life difficult.
The disease caused him great difficulties in speech and in 1985, because of a tracheotomy, the scientist lost completely the ability to speak. Today he communicates via a special speech production device designed in Cambridge. From 1979 until 2009 the distinguished physicist held the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at the British University of Cambridge, which had previously been held by Isaac Newton, the father of modern physical science.