Happy Social Media Saturday! Listed below are links to interesting things I found on the web this week: cool tools, great blog articles, memorable Tweets – anything that stuck out to me and I think is worth sharing. I encourage you to check them out for yourself.
Blog Post: 10 TED Talks That Could Be Used As Course Titles – I was perusing my morning Twitter stream and came across a few friends discussing the current state of course titles. Long story short, most are still stuck in the dark ages. Biology 101? World History 1812-Present? These titles may seem like they’re accurate and fit but… they’re boring.
In this day and age of short attention spans, flipping of classrooms, and rethinking of education… it’s time to rethink course titles. While some schools admittedly are starting to do a better job of making course titles a bit more attractive, most are not up to par.
In an effort to give school administrators and teachers a guidepost with which they can rethink current course titles (what better time than in July, right?), I offer up the idea being shared on Twitter this morning: that we take a page from TED and offer courses using their naming schema.
In other words, make the course titles sexier, the descriptions more attractive, and get students excited to attend a class before they even step foot in the classroom for the first time.
So, without further ado, here are potential course titles that are actual TED talks / TED categories. I’ve put the actual name followed by what course it could actually be below it. Click the big title to learn more about each topic.
Blog Post: How to use Wikipedia for marketing and PR – Late last week, Alan Smith alerted me via Twitter to a new guide created by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations to help public relations professionals understand Wikipedia.
The guide, Wikipedia Best Practice Guidance for Public Relations Professionals, is a free PDF download with no registration required.
This is certainly a subject that interests marketers and PR pros because Wikipedia is among the top ten most visited sites on the Web. When there is a Wikipedia article on a topic that you search on (and there are currently just over 4 million articles in English), I’m sure you’ve noticed that article usually appears as one of the top few results, frequently in the number one position.
Besides the CIPR guide, you might check out my interview with Colin Warwick How to create and edit articles for Wikipedia. Colin, a Product Marketing Manager at Agilent Technologies who writes the popular Signal Integrity blog is my go-to resource for all things Wikipedia…
Blog Post: 7 Ways to Get More Pinterest Followers – When you first begin using a social media network, it can be a little lonely when you don’t have many followers.Pinterest is no different. It’s not much fun to have all those beautiful boards and no one to see them.
So the big question becomes, “How do I get more followers?”
My method is to do a bit of promotion along with creating a Pinterest page that is worthy of following…
Tool: Poll Everywhere – The fastest way to create stylish real-time experiences for events using mobile devices. I saw this in use at a conference recently and thought it was very cool!
Have fun checking these out and let me know what you think in the comments section below.