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TalkingDigital has always been about change. Our focus has always been on creating a venue for articles, links, images and experimental content that presents new points of view and new discussions about what’s happening in the converged world of media, education and disruptive innovation.

Expect some new changes very soon. We have been hard at work implementing all off the tools we have at our disposal (the same tools every reader has at their disposal) to create a platform for anyone interested in the small daily advances that lead to major change, progress or even brilliant failures that benefit all humans.

Expect a little commentary, a lot of news, and a lot of experimenting as we help our readers discover how disruption innovation leads to spectacular change.

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04 2014

Online Etiquette Tips that Will Help You Get the Job

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LinkedIn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

No matter what type of business you’re looking to get into, these days it’s important to have a positive online presence. You never know who’s going to view one of your online profiles, and depending on what they see it could lead to incredible opportunities or it could cost you.

Whether or not you’re currently in the middle of a job search, here are some things that everyone should keep in mind when they’re posting things online.

Keep your work and personal life separate: You’ve seen it come up on your feed before: Facebook statuses and tweets where people are complaining about their job, a coworker, or even their boss. It’s easy to forget that what you post online isn’t ephemeral and that what you say can have consequences. If you’re up for a position in a company, there’s a good chance that someone will do a quick Google search on you. This is just one of the many things employers hate to see online, and even though it’s just a single Facebook status that you posted on a bad day, it could still cost you a job.

Put yourself out there: An online portfolio is a handy tool for connection with others in the professional world. Make sure to keep it updated, check for grammatical errors, and just be open and honest. Share what you’re passionate about and eventually

the right people will notice.

Have a work appropriate photo: Selfies are fine for Facebook or Instagram, but if you’re trying to present yourself as a professional on a personal website or somewhere like Linkedin, you want to have a professional headshot that’s current, where you’re dressed appropriately, and presents you in the best possible way.

Take emails seriously: A lot of times people get too conversational in emails even in professional contexts. When you’re composing an email to an employer or coworker, you should take it seriously, as if you were writing a letter. Start with an appropriate greeting, say thank you (or something to that effect) at the end, and check for spelling mistakes. For an employer, emails are often one of the the first indications on whether someone is prompt and punctual.

If you use it right, the internet can be a great tool for finding new business opportunities or starting your own entrepreneurship. Because so many professionals use the internet to get to know potential employees or partners, it’s important to show that you’re someone they’d actually like to work with. Plus, with so many industries are embracing digital customer service nowadays, it’s necessary to show that you won’t only be a good person to have in the office but that you’ll represent the company well in your daily life and in the digital world.

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02 2014

5 Tips for Getting Your Blog Noticed in 2014

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Just about everyone has a blog or two these days, so it’s become a greater challenge to get yours noticed. It can be a lot of work keeping up with a blog, it’s time you got the attention you deserve.

With these tips, you can bring new life to your blog and build a buzz around your content. Here’s five tips for how to get your blog noticed.

1. Experiment with new formats

If you fear your blog may have plateaued and you’re not getting as much growth or even traffic as you used to, try something new. Give your blog a new look or try a different platform.

If you’ve mostly just been writing posts, try doing a weekly YouTube video or starting a podcast. Putting your voice out there in different ways will help you reach a larger audience than you would with just one format published to one site.

2. Collaborate

Collaborating with other blogs or setting up partnerships is a great way to expand your audience. Both blogs can benefit by sharing readers and you’ll likely get some great new content out of it.

3. Make your social media efforts count

The rules and behavior for social media are constantly changing, which means you need to be able to change with it. You don’t want to pour all your time and energy into a blog and then share it to social media platforms where your potential readers aren’t even active.

Staying on top of trends and knowing your audience will ensure that your shared content gets seen. The people over at Klout are experts in gauging social media success, and they can give you more tips on how to get the most out of social media.

4. Make your blog easy to follow

Don’t make your readers work to keep up with you. Keep it easy for readers to stay on track with your content by adding a mailing list and links to your social media profiles on the sidebar of your site or at the bottom of each post.

5. Blog about what you love

Above all else, you should be blogging about what you love. Find a new hobby and use your blog to help you explore it. When it’s clear that you’re passionate about the subject, it’s a lot easier for readers to relate to your content and want to interact and share what you’re posting.

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02 2014

5 Things You Need in Your Online Real Estate Listing

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When it comes to selling your house, there seem to be hundreds of things to take are of. And if it feels that way to you, that’s a good thing, because it means you’ll likely prepare your home for its best showing possible. But what about the real estate listing itself?

Real estate agents and brokers may claim that they are limited to the constraints of their multiple listing service, and perhaps within that system they are, but don’t fall for the notion that all agency websites are the same. Some sites present their real estate listings much better than others. With that in mind, here are five things you’ll want to look for online, when you’re consider which agency to utilize in selling your home!

1. Mapping

When Mapquest and Google Maps made their work publicly accessible, it took a few years for websites and businesses to adopt the new technology. But now mapping is expected in nearly every type of location-based search online. If your real estate listing doesn’t have a map, it’s an extra step your potential buyer needs to take. And in this game, extra steps are bad.

2. Overview

Every listing needs a solid and positively written overview. Check the agency’s other listings. Are they concise, but enthusiastic? Are other houses described as you’d like yours described?

3. Communities

Even buyers without children want to know about the community that they might be moving into. They might want crime information or something as simple as a Walkscore rating, depending on their particular needs and fears.

4. Photos

This goes without saying. Any agency without photos should not be used.

5. Phone numbers

In the era of smartphones, it’s odd that people often resort to email and texting before making a phone call. But when it comes to booking a real estate appointment, phone numbers are vital. If your agency doesn’t have someone handling the phones (ideally your specific agent), then it’s going to miss out on buyers. Especially first-time buyers, who are particularly nervous and need help.

If you’re lucky, you’ll find an experienced agency with a website that serves up all five of these elements and gives you your best chance at selling your property. If your prospective agent doesn’t do these things, ask if he or she can. If the answer is no, move on.

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02 2014

How Electronic Health Records Are Improving the Medical Industry

New technology has been the catalyst for positive change in numerous industries. One that’s benefited immensely is the medical industry, because practitioners are better able to provide their patients with excellent care while increasing efficiency at the same time.

Electronic health records are an example of cutting-edge technology that’s being widely implemented. Here are some specific examples of how both physicians and patients can benefit.

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English: Electronic Health Records flow chart.jpg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Real-time information

When treating a patient, it’s crucial that a doctor has access to up-to-date information that’s also highly accurate. Any missing or outdated information can hinder a doctor’s ability to diagnose and treat an ailment effectively.

Traditional paper files can be an issue because they sometimes lack key pieces of recent information. When this happens, that can reduce the odds of a quick recovery; at worst, it could be life-threatening.

Electronic health records are better because all information that’s input by one physician can immediately be viewed by any other physicians the patient visits. This ensures a higher degree of safety and reduces the likelihood of a medical error occurring.

Enhanced doctor-patient communication

Rather than communicating through phone calls as they did in the past, electronic health records allow doctors to send information to their patients electronically through email. Physicians can also send links to helpful online resources so patients can obtain information about after-care and learn more about their illness.

This enhanced patient participation can be beneficial for equipping patients with the knowledge to treat their ailment better so they can recover quicker.

Better overall efficiency

Another problem with traditional paper medical documents is that not everyone’s handwriting is perfectly legible. A hospital billing department might not be able to read the cost of a particular treatment accurately and bill a patient more or less than the actual total.

This can be highly problematic and lead to unnecessary complications that upset the flow of operations. By using the digital format of electronic health records, discrepancies should be significantly cut and different parties can stay on the same page.

Financial savings

Finally, a significant amount of money can be saved by storing information electronically. Just the costs of paper alone can really add up over the course of a year. Combine this with the cost of printing equipment, and doctors and hospitals can easily save thousands each year by using this type of technology.

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02 2014


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