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Facebook Monthly Fee: How Much Would YOU Pay?

30 March 2014
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The 30+ Ugliest Former Child Actors

12 March 2014
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SUNY New Paltz among Kiplinger’s top best value public colleges in the nation

05 March 2014
NEW PALTZ - Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine has named the State University of New York at New Paltz to its 2014 lists of “30 Best College Values in the Mid-Atlantic” and “25 Best College Values Under $30,000 a Year.” The rankings cite public colleges in the nation that combine an outstanding education with great economic value.

New Paltz made the list of 10 ranked public universities in the Mid-Atlantic listing, along with 10 private universities and 10 liberal arts colleges. New Paltz ranked was No. 17 in the nation in the second ranking.

New Paltz was one of only two SUNY campuses included in both rankings.

“We take great pride in being nationally recognized for delivering a quality education at an exceptional value,” said L. David Eaton, vice president of enrollment management at SUNY New Paltz. “This testimonial is yet another reflection of our commitments to access, quality, and affordability.”

To assess quality, Kiplinger’s uses a number of measurable standards, including the admissions rate, the percentage of students who return for sophomore year, the student-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include low tuition, abundant financial aid and low average debt at graduation.

According to Kiplinger’s, the new College Finder allows users to easily sort Kiplinger’s Best College Value rankings—including public and private universities and liberal arts colleges—with a variety of filters. Users can narrow their search by college type, region, graduation rate, school size, admission rate, annual cost, financial-aid generosity, average debt at graduation and more.

“Our annual rankings focus on the best value schools, recognizing those that maintain academic integrity and standards while meeting the financial needs of their students,” said Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. “This new tool allows students to select which qualities are most important to their decision, ultimately choosing the school that represents the best value for their specific needs.”

New Paltz is consistently ranked among the nation’s top public colleges in a variety of categories. In 2013, Affordable Colleges Online ranked New Paltz No. 2 in its list of “Top 50 Affordable Colleges with a High ROI,” a list of the nation’s most affordable colleges with the biggest return on investment (ROI); and the College Database selected New Paltz for inclusion in its “Top 50 public colleges and universities for best lifetime degree value,” a list of the nation’s college’s with the greatest lifetime return on investment (ROI). New Paltz ranked No. 5 and was one of only three SUNY campuses included in this national ranking, and the only one in the top 10. Additionally, the college ranked 6th among best public regional universities in New England and the Mid-Atlantic with both bachelor’s and master’s degree programs according to U.S. News & World Report.

Kiplinger’s 2014 ranking are available online.
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Located in the heart of a dynamic college town, ninety minutes from metropolitan New York City, the State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective college of about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
One of the most well-regarded public colleges in the nation, New Paltz delivers an extraordinary number of majors in Business, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Fine & Performing Arts and Education.
New Paltz embraces its culture as a community where talented and independent minded people from around the world create close personal links with real scholars and artists who love to teach.


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How to CUT a LinkedIn connection

05 March 2014

Here's how to remove someone on LinkedIn:

Option One (From the Person's Profile):
1. Pull up the person's profile and look for the blue "Send a message" box. (If the person is new to LinkedIn, you might also see a gray "Suggest connections" box.)

2. Click on the down arrow to the right of the "Send a message" or "Suggest connections" box.

3. Click on the last option in the dropdown menu - "Remove connection." Voila!

This is the first time in 10 years that LinkedIn has allowed you to unfriend a connection directly from his/her profile page. So much more intuitive since that's how it's done on other social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Love it!

The only downside to this method is that if your privacy settings aren't configured otherwise, the person might get a notification that you viewed their profile. This could prompt them to click on YOUR profile and notice that you're suddenly a 2nd level connection, instead of a 1st level. Could be awkward...

Option Two (Using LinkedIn Contacts):

1. Click on the 'Network" or "Contacts" tab across the top of any screen (depending on which one of LinkedIn's User Interfaces (UIs) you happen to have... there are several floating around at the moment).

2. Select "Connections" or "Contacts" from the dropdown menu (again, depending on which UI you happen to have) or simply follow this link:https://www.linkedin.com/contacts. You'll be taken to a list of all of your contacts on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail and/or Outlook (depending on which ones you've imported into your LinkedIn Contacts).
3) Click "Search" in the top right corner of the contacts list and a search box will appear. Plug in the name of the person you wish to remove into the top left search box and hit enter.

4) When the search results appear, hover over the person's name and a few options will appear ("Tag," "Message" and "More").
5) Click on "More" and select "Remove Connection" from the dropdown window. Voila! The person is removed. This method is nice because you did not actually view their profile and there's no risk of them receiving a notification that you viewed their profile (which, again, could be awkward).

Option Three (For Those Who Don't Have LinkedIn Contacts Yet):

If the latest user interface hasn't been rolled out to you yet and you still have the old Contacts page, here's a quicklink to the old Remove Connections page (which would often keep timing out). Just replace the zeros at the end with the person's member ID number, found in their LinkedIn profile URL right after [id=]:

http://www.linkedin.com/connections?breakConnections=&connectionChooser=00000000
As always, the person you remove is not notified in any way, so don't be shy about removing contacts who spam or are not adding value to your LinkedIn network. (No, I'm not planning to remove my darling husband from my LinkedIn connections.... ;) Thanks for being our guinea pig, Greg!)

Hope this helps! Happy networking!

P.S. - In response to a request in the comments below, here's a screenshot of the new warning message you receive before removing a connection. Looks a bit different than the old one.


Photo credit: Afinidades Eletivas

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This post is a re-blog of one created by Stacy Donovan Zapar! She is a 15-year recruiting veteran for Fortune 500 tech companies and CEO of Tenfold Social Training, a B2B Social Recruiting training company for talent acquisition and staffing teams around the world. She is also the Most Connected Woman on LinkedIn with more than 40,000 1st-level connections, making her the #5 most connected person out of 259 million users worldwide. She is a monthly contributor to LinkedIn's Talent Blog and served as Technical Editor for Wiley's LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day. Stacy speaks regularly at HR / Recruiting conferences globally, including #truLondonLinkedIn Talent ConnectSourcing Summit Australia and SourceCon. She is #6 on Huffington Post's Top 100 Most Social HR Experts on Twitter and #7 on ERE.net's 50 People Most Retweeted by Recruiters on Twitter. Feel free to connect with Stacy on LinkedIn and Twitter (@StacyZapar). 

Interested in having Stacy train YOUR recruiting team? Contact Tenfold Social Training today via FacebookLinkedIn or training@tenfoldsocial.com!
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How Scammers Hack Pinterest Accounts

04 March 2014
You get an email from Pinterest. It says a friend has shared a "pin" (the term Pinterest uses for a digital scrapbook image) with you. The email and link seem legitimate, so you click on it. 
The image is different from what your friend typically pins, but it looks real (see example spam pin at left). Common scam pins include celebrity and beauty photos, giveaway offers, before and after diet pics and even infographics. The images always have tantalizing captions that urge you to click. 
But when you click on the image, you aren't taken to t an article or the real business's website. Instead, you find yourself at a site selling counterfeit products, featuring a bogus news story or promoting work from home opportunities, among others. 
Scammers use many techniques to gain access to your account. They may take advantage of security holes in third party applications that connect to Pinterest (such as those that automatically post your pins on Twitter) or insert malicious code into the "Pin This" buttons on other websites. 
How to Keep Your Pinterest Account Secure
·         Report the pin: Spot a spam pin? Report it to Pinterest by clicking the flag icon at the bottom of the image. 
·         Change your password. If you suspect someone hacked your account or you used a malicious app, be sure to reset your password. Do this by clicking your name at the top of Pinterest. Then, click Settings. Follow the prompts to create a new, complex, password.
·         Log out of your account: Don't stay logged into Pinterest when you aren't using it.  
·         Watch where you log in. Only log in on Pinterest.com and the official mobile app. Avoid look alike sites that use a domain name like www.pinterest.something.com. These are not affiliated with Pinterest. 
·         Be careful about linking your account to other social media. If scammers get in, they can easily share spam pins on your Twitter and Facebook feeds too. 
·         Check before you pin.  Before you repin, take a second to hover on the image and check that destination link corresponds with the info on the pin. Scammers have been replacing the links in popular pins with links to websites housing malware.
For More Information
Check out Pinterest's tips for keeping your account secure. 
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Embellish Your Internet Presence

02 March 2014
In 2014 it is no longer unique to have a blog - indeed, it is not uncommon for celwebrities and those with a lot of social oomph to have also a tumblr, a twiter, a facebook, an instagram... the list goes on and likely will expand in time.

At the moment, twitter is the gateway through which interactions on many of these social platforms 9and mainstream media and ordinary folk) pass through. So you need to be active on twitter.

If you are in the media yourself, particularly if you are a journalist, make it a point to print and read later my highly-regarded “Twitter Guidelines For Journalists” article.

"Retweets" are a pretty big deal, so be sure you have a handle on how you're doing in the RT department. If you can't access or don't like that website, try http://retweet.co.uk

We always hear about taking surveys and writing articles to make money online, but who has the patience, who has the tenacity to chip away in the digital rock quarry, essentially mining for pennies/ It flies in some third world countries, but if you live in a wealthier place, you need to think a little smarter. Here are 10 awesome ways to earn income working on your computer, even without any prior experience.

PS ::: A few computer security measures will save you and your work (and maybe your reputation) a little farther along as you traverse the information highway.

BLOG ON!

"Blogging frequently and hitting all the right SEO buttons is basically guaranteed to generate a net gain in pageviews. That is, however, not the key to establishing a solid core of committed readers."  ~ Eric Dye

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