What’s Your Favorite Podcast?


ReadWriteWEb posted this great article, Favorite Podcasts of the ReadWriteWeb Community of readers and writers.  One of the more interesting podcasts tha stood out was : You Look Nice Today, “an audio-based Journal of Emotional Hygiene” – What?  What podcasts are you subscribed to?

One of my favorite podcasts that isn’t listed is HubSpot’s Inbound Marketing Podcast hosted by Mike Volpe and Karen Rubin.HubSpot TV Hubspot’s podcast covers inbound marketing, social media, blogging, SEO, etc.  Check out a few of the podcasts below.

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Concept-Dependent Social Phenomenon Journal Articles

Back in September I wrote a short post (you can read it here) based on Andrew Sayer’s book, Method in  Social Science a Realist Approach, Since then, I’ve had hundreds of readers directed to my blog.   I feel strongly about dissemination of information my philosophy is “knowledge is power,” I have researched several databases and found related journal articles which I hope will be of use to someone. In addition I have another article that I had difficulty uploading titled, Social Science Concepts: A User’s Guide by Gary Goertz).  If you are interested in reading this article just send me at natasha.m.baker@gmail.com, and I will gladly email it to you.
Feel free to provide feedback on the articles.  Thanks, and enjoy!

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Curious About Google? 10 Google Slideshows

Stan Shroder posted a great article of Mashable, “10 Great Google Slideshows.” I’m a big fan of Slideshare after downloading a presentation, “How to Use Twitter for Marketing and PR.”  Slideshare is a great resource for educators, marketers, and everyone in between.

Yesterday we dug out a cool slideshow which tries to tell us, in a mere 34 slides, everything there is to know about Google. It’s not the only Google-related slideshow out there, though; in fact, we’ve found dozens of them. Here’s a selection of ten we’ve found to be either very useful or interesting.

Google for Life Science ResearchAs you can see there is many presentations on varying aspects of search engine giant Google.  I especially liked the presentation “Google for Life Science Research: Searching Power and More,” since I’m constantly on the look out for research tools and resources to help me with my Doctoral work.  What resources for research do you use?

Here is a link to the article on Mashable: 10 Great Google Slideshows

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SearchMe an Impressive Visual Search App for the iPhone

iPhone users, SearchMe is a fantastic iPhone application to add to your iPhone. After reading Michael Arrington’s post in TechCrunch on SearchMe – I downloaded it, and instantly fell in love.

As an editor/writer for BrightHub.com’s project management channel, I was eager to see what a search for “project management” would yield. To my delight the search produced an impressive array of results from some of the leading project management sites on the Web – all in the visual browsing format that is native to iTunes and Macs.

iPhone screenshot of SearhMe results

iPhone screenshot of SearhMe results

Even more impressive was the abiity to filter the results according to keywords such as: management, software and web development!  Check out the screen shot from my iPhone.

This is app is definitely a must have.  I have also installed BrightKite, Yelp, Zhiing, and the new Google voice-activated search application.  Have you tried any of them – I would love to hear your opinions.

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Refseek Competition for Google Scholar?

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After reading Stan Schroder’s article in Mashable about refseek, a new academic search engine, that was launched today in beta mode.  According to the reseek site,

RefSeek (rĕf-sēk) is a web search engine for students and researchers. refseek aims to make academic information easily accessible to everyone. refseek searches more than one billion documents, including web pages, books, encyclopedias, journals, and newspapers.

In comparison to Google refseek indexes more that just scientific publications, thereby returning more search results. The site also has a a “narrow your search” feature that suggests terms to help you narrow your search for better results.  Another noticible difference is there are no ads in refseek’s search results, which is always a plus when your diligently researching a topic and prefer not to be distracted.

I’m adding refseek to my arsenal of research tools.  Hopefully it will prove to be useful.  you think of

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200 Tools for Surviving the Economic Crisis

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Image provided by Marcopoulos via Flickr

Mashable has compiled a list of over 200 useful tools that are sure to come in handy during this – shall I say it? – “recession.”  The tools fall under categories such as:

  • budgeting
  • job search
  • transportation
  • travel.

They are all neatly assembled in one blog post.  Here are 10 of my favorite tools from the list:

TheCorporatePlaybook.com – A site that helps college athletes make the transition from school to the corporate world. The jobs range from everyday jobs to those in the sports field.

Mint.com – A completely free financial management tool that offers nice perks like integration with numerous banks, retrieves new transactions daily and even puts them into categories for you automatically, sets budgets that will warn you when you’re close to going over and much more.

eRideShare.com – Assists you in finding rides for daily carpooling, cross-country travel, running errands, or even to special events & club meetings.

RideAmigos.com – Use the RideAmigo’s RideMatcher system to enter your trip or commute, and find people with a matching schedule that you can share a ride with. The service also shows the environmental impact reduction of the people sharing a ride. Also offers a corporate version, which restricts results to people within your company.

RepairPal.com – RepairPal assists you with getting estimates for repairs, finding well reviewed shops and keeping track of your car’s maintenance.

FuelMeUp.com – 82,000 gas stations around the United States, and their prices are updated three times a day to reflect the latest information.

.MyCoupons.com – Has over 4,000 stores you can look up by name. Also has message boards for sharing more codes, rates how well codes have worked, and a whole lot more.

Farecast.Live.com – Microsoft powered service to search multiple sellers and predict for you if you should buy your ticket now or hold off for a possible price drop.

HotelsCombined.com – Search over 30 hotel reservation sites in 12 languages from one convenient interface.

AgentBoost.com – You post a listing for a property you plan to sell and agents have five days to bid for your listing.

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Is Twitter an effective Marketing and PR tool for Businesses?

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Hubspot, the maker of an inbound marketing system for small and medium-sized businesses is hosting a free webinar – How to Use Twitter for Marketing and PR.  I was introduced to Hubspot via Chris Brogan’s e-book,  which listed Hubspot’s free website grader – I highly recommend trying it if you have a website.  Since using the website grader I have received a few emails from Hubspot about new products an services – none I have  acted on until now.

The great part is I’m incorporating the webinar into my marketing lesson plan for the business management class I teach at Heritage college.  My class attend the webniar and post their opinions on their blogs listed below:







It will be interesting to see how they view Twitter, and webinar, since none of them have any experience with either.  Before the webinar I will discuss Twitter and have them signup for a Twitter account.  Stay tuned  for highlights from the webinar.  Better yet -attend – its Free!

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