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10 Ways to Make Your Design Portfolio More Appealing to Employers →


Employers who hire designers are often not designers themselves. That reality can cause a disconnect between what designers display in their portfolios and what employers are actually looking for.

If you’re curious about the types of design portfolios that shine at job interviews, why not learn from the employers who loved them? Below, three employers share useful tips about maximizing the appeal of your online portfolio.

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Democracies learn from Mubarak's example - Opinion - Al Jazeera English →

…The sentiments expressed by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton… have… fallen by the wayside. Rather than moving toward internet freedom, we’re moving toward increased internet censorship everywhere.

San Francisco Bay Area’s BART Pulls a Mubarak #muBARTak →

“It’s the first known incident that we’ve heard of where the government has shut down a cellphone network in order to prevent people from engaging in political protest,” Catherine Crump of the ACLU told me. “Cellphone networks are something we’ve all come to rely on. People use them for all sorts of communication that have nothing to do with protest. And this is really a sweeping and overbroad reaction by the police.”

Facebook [Privacy and Hacking]: Social Giant [Consumers] Under Attack →

I’m having really interesting thoughts about hacking and I wonder, is hacking, with its disregard for privacy and intimate personal spaces in the cyber realm, equitable to a virtual raping of the individual?

Google+ adds $45 billion to Net giant’s market value - (via mediafuturist)

“Google+ has had a lot to do with the perceptions,” says Scott Kessler, equity analyst at Standard & Poor’s Equity Research. “People look at Google as being … a pretty important player in social media.”

Put into perspective, the valuation gain is more than half the estimated value of privately traded Facebook. The social-networking giant holds an $84.7 billion valuation on the private stock-trading network And Facebook launched more than seven years ago.

Sharepocalypse Now: Why Social Media Overload Means New Opportunities for Startups →


Nova Spivak suggests that the leading social networks will not readily figure out how to interoperate:

Social assistance will be the next frontier spawned from social networking, and we’re all going to need it. We’ll require help managing our online relationships, tying our streams together, sifting through the noise, keeping up with what matters personally, finding who and what we need, and remaining productive.

Google+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Microsoft will all struggle to deliver acceptable signal-to-noise ratios to their users. But they will be focused on solving this problem within their silos, rather than across all platforms. I call this approach “vertical social assistance” because it focuses on assisting people only within particular networks. Because each service is biased toward its own social graph and content, it’s unlikely that any of them will help solve the social overload outside their walls. Understandably, it’s not in their interest to enable users to make better use of competing services.

This world of fragmented messaging systems is akin the early days of email in the 1980s, when users of one network were unable to communicate with another. It was a mess. Eventually, email gateways were created to link these disparate networks. But the problem wasn’t fully solved until everyone adopted a single set of standards, and all the email networks connected into one common fabric.

Unfortunately, the unification of email networks and standards immediately killed of a lot of the smaller email networks and client makers. But through simplification, the world became less complex and more connected.

The question is, will something like this ever happen for social media? Will we see the social networks connect into a common fabric anytime soon? Right now, the major social networks own the content — it’s captive on their platforms. If that were to change, and you could read any social media message anywhere, they would have to compete on features alone — and that’s another can of worms.

What I call “horizontal social assistance” is the opportunity to access and use social media messages in a unified way. This approach is different from the vertical social assistance approach because it would span across all networks. The users of social networks need this capability in the same way they needed email unification. However, until all the social networks agree on standard profiles, messages, contacts, groups and streams, it’s not going to happen. And to be frank, such an agreement is highly unlikely in the near future.

But it could happen if some neutral party takes the initiative.

Maybe one of the three or more start-ups you’re involved with Nova?

But Nova seems to think that the world is standing still, except for what entrepreneurs are doing. The social operating systems are coming, and they will accelerate the integration he seems want, and then dismisses as impossible.

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