Author: Laura Harris

5 Ways to Use Pinterest for Your Job Search

Weiler Reynolds is the content and social media manager at FlexJobs, the award-winning site for telecommuting and flexible job listings, and a former career advisor. At FlexJobs, Brie offers job seekers career and work-life balance advice through the FlexJobs Blog and social media, including Pinterest. Now that Pinterest is a full-blown cultural phenomenon, people have started considering it for uses other than inspiration for recipes, home decor and the latest fashions. And with a shaky economy and millions of people either out of work, underemployed or looking to change jobs, Pinterest is now being used as a job search tool. At the beginning of 2012, Mashable asked, Can Pinterest Help Your Job Search?, and we’re answering “Yes!” with five ways to use Pinterest in your job search and your career development. 1. Pin Your Resume Search for “my resume” on Pinterest, and you’ll get thousands of hits. Be more specific with your search terms (writer resume, business resume, graphic design resume) and more results pop up. Some are basic resumes with standard information and layout. Others are stylized pieces with creative layouts and catchy graphics. Most fall somewhere in between. The goal of pinning your resume to Pinterest is to get it shared throughout the site, so make sure it’s somewhat eye catching, error-free and compelling — wouldn’t you want those qualities in your resume, anyway? 2. Create a Resume Pinboard Rather than pinning your full resume as one pin, create an entire board that represents the different parts of your resume with different...

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Tips and Tricks for Powerful Twitter Search

Twitter search results are divided into sections. On the left, you can toggle between these categories: Tweets, People, Videos and Images. These results are determined by Twitter’s search algorithms, as are the “top” tweet results. In Twitter’s words, “We’ve built an algorithm that finds the tweets that have caught the attention of other users. Top Tweets will refresh automatically and are surfaced for popularly retweeted subjects based on this algorithm. We do not hand-select Top Tweets.” For this reason, if you’re looking for an at-a-glance look at a topic, Top Tweets is the way to go. If you’re carrying out a more stringent search, be sure to click...

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Top Comments From Mashable Readers

The theme of last week at Mashablewas change. Whether we were upgrading our software or our Internet security, our whole community was thinking about change. In an age when it seems like change is the only constant, many of our readers were asking, “Is change always a good thing?” With the release of the new iPhone 5 Friday, everyone in the tech world was ready to chime in. Rival mobile manufacturer Samsung released an ad that mocked the iPhone’s loyal fanbase, which succeeded in igniting a heated discussion among our readers. It wasn’t just the iPhone 5 that was newly available from Apple last week. Even earlier iPhone models could upgrade to iOS 6. There were plenty of things to love about the update, but the new Apple Maps wasn’t topping many lists, and our readers let us know how they felt about the new features. And even though Facebook didn’t release any updates, it drew quite a bit of attention as well. In an increasingly digital era, we continually face questions about the legal ramifications of our online presence. Two such stories grabbed the community’s attention, involving a discrimination lawsuit and one Facebooker who “LOL-ed” about her DUI. Readers responded with their own musings on the technicalities of the U.S. legal system. And for those of us concerned about Internet security, a possible gap in Internet Explorer‘s security...

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50% of Consumers Value a Brand’s Facebook Page More Than Its Website

If you’re debating the power of social media for branding, here’s more proof that it matters: About 50% percent of consumers think a brand’s Facebook page is more useful than a brand’s website, a new study suggests. Market research company Lab42 — which surveyed 1,000 social media users about how they interact with brands on Facebook — found that consumers are viewing a brand’s Facebook presence as more important than ever. In fact, about 82% of respondents said Facebook page is a good place to interact with brands. But one of the top reasons to follow a brand on Facebook is to print coupons and discounts. The study revealed that 77% of those who “Like” a brand on Facebook have saved money as a result. Consumers (73%) also noted that they have no issue with un-Liking a brand on the site if they post too often. For a full look at how a brand’s Facebook presence is viewed and valued, check out the infographic from Lab42...

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Kim Dotcom: Megaupload Is Almost Back

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom says — well, tweets, at least — that the next incarnation of his legendary file hosting site is almost built. In January, Dotcom was arrested in New Zealand on a request by American authorities, who want him extradited to the States to stand trial for copyright fraud. Megaupload was also shut down for encouraging online piracy. Dotcom, who for many has come to represent the tension between defenders of online intellectual property and advocates of free and open file-sharing, has teased Megaupload’s return almost since his arrest. But he recently gave his most detailed update yet with this tweet: Quick update on the new Mega: Code 90% done. Servers on the way. Lawyers, Partners Investors ready. Be patient. It’s coming. — Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) September 22, 2012 What exactly a Megaupload reincarnation will look like remains to be seen, of course. In a piece he wrote for the website TorrentFreak last December, Dotcom discussed a new venture called “Megabox.com, a site that will soon allow artists to sell their creations direct to consumers and allowing artists to keep 90% of earnings.” A pair of Dotcom tweets in August also implied that Megabox and a new Megaupload would both hit the web by the end of 2012. Dotcom has been active on Twitter over the past several months as the Megaupload drama has slowly played out....

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