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Mathieu Plourde

How Blockchain Will Disrupt the Higher Education Transcript - 2 views

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    "In essence, it is a just a distributed ledger to record transactions. What makes it special is that it is durable, time-stamped, transparent and decentralized. Those characteristics are equally useful for managing financial transactions as for a system of reputation. In fact, you can think of reputation as a type of currency for social capital, rather than financial capital."
Mathieu Plourde

Don't click 'like' on Facebook again until you read this - 1 views

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    "Only after the post gets a certain number of likes and shares does the scammer edit it and add something malicious. In fact, if you go back through your history of liked posts, you might find that some of them have changed to something you wouldn't have liked in a million years."
Mathieu Plourde

Adopting a Library Metaphor for Sharing | Hapgood - 0 views

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    "If you're like me, it's probably 80% affinity and 20% challenge. And you kind of have to do that on the web, because we read the web weirdly, as if everything a person posted is a T-shirt they are wearing. We say "Retweets do not equal endorsements", but the very fact we have to say that proves the point. You can stray a bit, but not so far that people lose sight of who you are or the groups you belong to."
Mathieu Plourde

Ex-Yahoo CEO Quits Splunk Board Following Resume Scandal - Bloomberg - 0 views

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    "Thompson's downfall at Yahoo stemmed from references in his biography saying that he held a bachelor's degree in computer science from Stonehill College. The incorrect degree showed up in the company's regulatory filings and its website. Yahoo replaced Thompson with interim CEO Ross Levinsohn, head of its global media, on May 13."
Mathieu Plourde

Does your résumé match up? - 1 views

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    "Do you have a computer science degree? Me neither. Up until a few weeks ago, however, everyone thought the now former Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson did. Yes, I said former. Thompson was forced to step down as the head of the internet and search giant after it was found out he did not, as his résumé said, have a computer science degree. "
Mathieu Plourde

20 LinkedIn Mistakes to Avoid - 1 views

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    "One of those social media networks that multiplies mistakes as well as amplifying your connections and content is LinkedIn. With the recent opening up of its "publishing platform" to all of its members, the rising importance of Linkedin is now even more evident. With Linkedin's membership now passing 300 million professionals, not looking like a "dork" is important in front of that size crowd."
Mathieu Plourde

The Hard Truth About Your Online Life - 0 views

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    "From email to social media, there comes a time in everyone's life when we need to sit up and face the truth about our online selves. And the best way to make us all see the light is with graphs. Danish artists Mikael Wulff and Anders Morgenthaler created the series "Truth Facts" on their comedy website Kind of Normal. The humorously honest graphs show the hard truths of everyday life - especially online life."
Mathieu Plourde

Ooops! US Airways Accidentally Includes Lewd Photo In Tweet - 0 views

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    "The Twitter account for US Airways created an embarrassing incident for the airline Monday, after an inappropriate image was included in a tweet to a customer."
Mathieu Plourde

Nasty LinkedIn rejection goes viral - 0 views

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    "Blazek's response to an e-mail and LinkedIn request from Diana Mekota, a 26-year-old planning to move to Cleveland this summer, has made the rounds on Reddit, Buzzfeed and other viral hotspots after Mekota posted it to her Imgur account. And the resulting backlash is yet another cautionary tale about how posting something mean-spirited online can come back to haunt you in the social media age."
Mathieu Plourde

5 Steps to Building a Powerful Personal Brand - 0 views

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    the term is increasingly being used on an individual or personal level to encourage us to think about the brand that identifies each and every one of us - your personal brand. To achieve the career we aspire to requires us to market ourselves, as we would a product or service. Just like a company brand influences whether customers will trust, purchase from and remain loyal to a business, personal brand has an impact on how we are perceived and influences whether or not leaders will trust in our abilities enough to "buy" our services.
Mathieu Plourde

Identity, Love, and Catfishing - 0 views

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    This is a very honest account of a woman who has been victimized by individuals employing a "catfishing" scheme, a type of romance scam. Catfishing is when individuals or groups create false digital identities to lure victims into online, romantic relationships. While similar fraudulent activities have existed since the dawn of the Internet, social networking sites and dating services have simplified and scaled the mechanisms used by scammers.
Mathieu Plourde

Hey Job Applicants, Time to Stop the Social-Media Sabotage - 3 views

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    Many companies now search candidates' social-media accounts to get a better feel for their personalities, to see if they have creative flair, and to find out how well they communicate. Done right, your profile can work in your favor. Of 2,184 hiring managers recently surveyed by CareerBuilder, one-fifth said a candidate's online profile helped them land a position. More often, though, it backfires: 43 percent said they found information that led them not to hire a candidate, up 9 percentage points from last year. That trend means either that more job applicants are behaving badly online or that human resources is getting stricter in sniffing out problems.
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    I think this article raises a point that we should absolutely acknowledge. Although I don't believe I am "behaving badly" online, what if some of my viewpoints do not entirely mesh with a future employer. Are they less likely to hire me because I have critical opinions about certain policies, etc.? I think it is this issue in particular that makes people reticent to fully participate. However, this is our new reality. How to balance it?
Mathieu Plourde

Are You a Good Meme or A Bad Meme (and Does it Matter)? - 0 views

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    As more and more mechanisms are built to provide meme-tracking data on social media campaigns, marketers are able to provide more and more dazzling charts and graphs on reach and impact. Social media memes are a high impact, low cost way to show audience engagement. When that engagement is good, it's great. When that engagement is faux-bad (in the case of Hamm's junk), it's also great. While it's not always possible to demonstrate that audience engagement translates into ratings, or sales, or donations, engagement is a good thing in and of itself, right?
Pat Sine

Teens: What Happens On Facebook Doesn't Stay On Facebook - AllFacebook - 1 views

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    "Despite statistics showing that more college admissions officers, as well as hiring managers, check applicants' Facebook pages, many teenagers are still lax about social media security, continuing to post content that is detrimental to their online reputation. Michael P. Grace, president and CEO of Virallock, spoke with AllFacebook about the mistakes that high school and college students are making on Facebook and how they can clean up their acts for a better future."
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    "Instead of using Facebook primarily as a communication device with friends (there's Facebook messages for that purpose), Grace said students should use their profiles as secondary resumés. If a student is applying to a college and their application shows that they were involved in, say, Model U.N. or the choir, they should have some kind of evidence of their activities. Likewise, if volunteer work is mentioned, teens should make sure they have photos of that on their Facebook page. When a college admissions officer or a hiring manager sees a prospect's Facebook page, they want to see evidence of positivity and accomplishments. Grace says taking this kind of approach can help young people stand out from their peers."
Mathieu Plourde

Farewell to Facebook - 0 views

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    "Horror stories have been published about employers asking for job applicants' Facebook passwords. Recently, psychologists discovered that employers frown upon applicants without a Facebook presence. The lack of a profile raises many red flags: is this person anti-social? Was once tagged in too many party photos? Is he or she just pretentious?"
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