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Why is Technology Critical to the Future of Growing Organizations?

The importance of technology in the growth and success of an organization, regardless of its size and nature, is undeniable. Adequate use of technology is essential even for those organizations that are not very much “into” technology. And while we are discussing the importance of the use of technology in organizations, we should remember that almost every organization—business or otherwise—is employing some form of technology at any given time. That’s because almost every organization today makes use of computers, some kind of office productivity software, some kind of security system, and, of course, a phone system. And an organization has to deal with technology in making use of all those things.
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Computer Tablets: Advantages and disadvantages

Computer tablets have become tremendously popular since the introduction of Apple’s iPad in 2010. Competitors have released their own versions and, almost overnight, a new technological commodity has become a competing force in the business world. Though that’s not to say that tablets are perfect for any business setting. We could very well look at the iPad ten years from now in the same way we currently view tape decks. When deciding on whether or not to purchase a tablet, it’s best to be educated. Consider these pros and cons before you make this expensive purchase.
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Tech terms you should know

Though technology is present in all of our daily lives, a good deal of us are still unfamiliar with the terms surrounding it. Luckily, we’re here to clear up some of the confusion. Read on for an explanation of four common technology-related terms. Read the rest of this entry »

A basic guide to social media terms

Social media is something that is present in most of our lives, whether we like it or not. Unfortunately, many of us still have no clue what most of the terms associated with social media mean. This simple guide can reduce some of that confusion by explaining some of the more common social media terms.

1. Tag

Tag can refer to a variety of different things, depending on how it is used. Often, in blogs or other content you can attach a keyword to a blog. Those keywords are known as tags. This makes it easier for search engines to register the content you post as relating to a particular topic.

Tag might also be used in reference to tagging someone in, or linking someone to, photos. Facebook photo tagging now uses facial recognition software to help you tag friends in photos.

The latest form of tagging on Facebook refers to tagging friends in posts or status updates. You can now refer to people in a post and tag them, which will alert them to your post. This will also cause the post to show up on their wall for all of their other friends to see.

2. Troll

A troll is someone who contributes to social networks with the aim of provoking others.  They are the people that become fans of pages or join groups and then make comments that they know will upset other group members.

3. Friend

While we all know what the conventional meaning of friend is, that’s often not the meaning applied to the word friend in the social media world. In social media, to friend a person simply means adding someone to your network.

4. Stream

This is another double-meaning word. Streaming something pertains to receiving a constant flow of information, such as a webcast. A stream is what most people call their Twitter or Facebook home pages, where all of the recent information and updates are posted.

5. At mention

An at mention, or @ mention, works on Twitter a lot like status tags work on Facebook. You can mention someone in your Tweet, precede his or her name with the @ symbol and they will be alerted to your post. This also allows the post to show up in his or her home page.

Although social media terms can easily become hazy, the purpose of this guide is to help clear them up. If you’d like an even more extensive guide to social media terms take a look at this article.

Tricks for performing online searches

Each and every one of us knows what it’s like to perform an online search and get results that are not even close to what we were looking for. This can be quite aggravating. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple steps you can take that can ensure more relevant search results.

Keep it simple

When you’re performing online searches it is typically best to use as few words and phrases as possible, while still communicating what you’re searching for. If you’re looking for a bookstore in your area, simply type in “bookstore” and add the name of your town or your zip code. This should deliver accurate results that will likely be quite relevant.

Learn about Boolean

You probably learned about Boolean search terms in school, whether you know it or not. Boolean searches are based on using “and,” “not” and “or” in your searches. These terms allow you to include or exclude multiple terms in your search results.

This concept also is effective when you use pluses or minuses in your searches. If you want to include a word in your search results, simply type a “ ” before it in your search. If you want to exclude something, precede it with a “-“ when you search.

Be precise

When you’re performing a search, it’s best to be as specific as possible. If you know what it is that you’re looking for, use exact phrases instead of just keywords. When you use broad phrases, they can often be misinterpreted by the search engine and leave you with results you don’t need.

Using quotation marks is a good way to ensure better search results. Most search engines recognize that as a request for an exact phrase search. So, if you’re searching for a company and know the exact name, it may be in your best interest to search for it in quotes.

These three tips can make quite the difference when it comes to relevance of search results. Implementing them can almost guarantee that you will spend much less time sifting through results you don’t want.

If you’d like even more tips on performing online searches, take a look at this article.