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Tips To Overcome The Awkward Conference Table

“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

We’ve all been there. You’re at a conference surrounded by hundreds of other professionals for a networking/keynote luncheon. Your partner bailed because their client is requesting an emergency meeting and you’re left to fend for yourself. You see plenty of open seats and are trying to select the best option within view.  “What am I supposed to talk about with people I don’t even know,” is quite often the number one thought running through the head of anyone who’s been put in this situation.  Well, it’s time to overcome the fear of going solo at a conference event!

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Hey! That’s My Image!

Do you use Flickr?  They have recently come under fire for selling canvas prints and wall mounts of user-submitted photographs through their website without passing any of the profits on to the creator. Creative Commons (“CC”) licensing is allowing them to do this 100% legally.

There are a lot of different ways people use the service. I use it to store backups of photos. It also has a very robust “Advanced Search” feature, which comes in handy to find free stock photos.

Don’t Be Fooled: Anonymity Is Not A Feature Of Facebook’s New ‘Rooms’ App

On Thursday, Facebook Creative Labs unveiled the new mobile app ‘Rooms‘ for public download in the US & UK. ‘Rooms,’ with the tagline “Create Something Together,” is the company’s newest in a growing line of social apps that operate outside of the flagship “Facebook” platform.  In browsing news articles covering the release, I was astonished that it is being branded as a tool for “anonymity.” An alarming number of websites are heralding the new iOS-only app as an opportunity to “go anonymous.” For a more in-depth overview of how the service works, check out this article over at The Verge.