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How to use PREZI

Prezi: How to use Prezi, Presentation

Prezi: How to use Prezi, Presentation

Prezi is an awesome tool to learn. It is a new presentation platform that combines presenting ideas in a whiteboard and slide presentation as what we normally do in Powerpoint.

What I like about it is it is interactive. Prezi lets you place your ideas into a canvas. You can put all your thoughts into this one vast page. Then here is where you let loose your creativity by illustrating the relationships among your thoughts using scales and placements. You can zoom in to see the tiniest bit of information. And  you can zoom out to see the big picture. This is far different from the multiple slides we  see in Powerpoint presentation.

Another thing I like about Prezi is that it is free to use. You can sign up using your Email or Facebook account and you are ready to go.

So use Prezi and bring your presentations to life!

Here is a step by step tutorial on how to use Prezi using Powerpoint.

I also made another version of my tutorial. This time I used Prezi.

So, which presentation is better?

Either way, I hope this find you inspired.

If my Prezi embed did not load properly, you can visit the prezi tutorial in this link:

http://prezi.com/pod9ulcuahto/how-to-use-prezi/?kw=view-pod9ulcuahto&rc=ref-31012579

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How to create Mind Maps using Mind42

How to Mind Map

Photo by For Inspiration Only (on flickrCC)

Do you have an idea but you have too much free thinking around it?

Do you need to organize your thoughts on a project in a focused and structured manner?

Do you need to clearly and easily communicate your vision to others?

Then you need to mind map it.

What is a mind map?

A mind map is a diagram used to visually outline information (Wikipedia). It is a great way of unraveling your thoughts and visualizing your ideas.  A mind map is built from a single topic. This topic is located at the center, thus it is called the central idea.  Usually, an image is used to represent the central idea. Then other ideas branch out from the central idea. We create branches and sub branches to represent these ideas related to our main topic. Here, we can use specific colours per branch to make each idea distinct and appealing. Place one keyword per branch. At first, this is hard to do since a single word is sometimes not enough to describe or express an idea. Keep practicing and eventually you get the hang of it. You can also put an image to a branch to visually describe your ideas.

Mind mapping with Mind42

Mind42 (pronounce as mind for two) is a free collaborative mind mapping tool. It is browser-based so there is no need to install. You just need to open your favorite web browser and go to mind42.com to launch the application.

Mind42 is easy to use for editing and sharing mind maps online. Mind42 can be shared with others via email, URL link, or be embedded into your blog or website. An even cooler feature of Mind42 is it let other users to collaborate on your mind map.

There are a lot of other mind mapping tools out there that you can use for free or for a fee.  Lucidchart, Bubble.us, Wisemapping, Mindmeister and IMindMap are some of the mapping tools I tried.  I think Mind42 has the most features there is for a collaborative mind mapping tool. And you can use it for free.

Here is a step by step tutorial on how you get started mind mapping using Mind42.

 

I also like using IMindMap because of the use of organic branches and have a cartoon-like visual perspective.

You can also do a mind map by hand. You just need a paper and some colored pens. Well, that how mind maps were originally made until mapping tools came to be.  You can choose either way in creating mind maps for your topic of interest.

Mind Map Guidelines

Tony Buzan, a known expect on mind maps, gave us a few guidelines to help us create visually stimulating mind maps:

  1. Start in the centre with an image of the topic, using at least 3 colours.
  2. Use images, symbols, codes and dimensions throughout your Mind Map.
  3. Select key words and print using upper or lower case letters.
  4. Each word/image must be alone and sitting on its own line.
  5. The lines must be connected, starting from the central image. The central lines are thicker, organic and flowing, becoming thinner as they radiate out from the centre.
  6. Make the lines the same length as the word/image.
  7. Use colours – your own code – throughout the Mind Map.
  8. Develop your own personal style of Mind Mapping.
  9. Use emphasis and show associations in your Mind Map.
  10. Keep the Mind Map clear by using radial hierarchy, numerical order or outlines to embrace your branches.

Using Mind42, here is my version of a mind map based on Buzan’s guide on creating mind maps.

How to Mind Map using Mind42

How to Mind Map using Mind42

 

Here is another mind map I made using IMindMap.

How to Mind Map using IMindMap

How to Mind Map using IMindMap

 

As always, I wish I helped you gain more learning from this tutorial. Let me know how your mind mapping experience went.

How to Use Wolfram Alpha Personal Analytics for Facebook

How to Use Wolfram Alpha Personal Analytics for Facebook

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In this tutorial, I am going to show how to use Wolfram Alpha to generate useful statistics based on your Facebook data. Wolfram Alpha is a computational knowledge engine that you can use to generate reports or calculations on any scientific or mathematical inquiries.

Recently, Wolfram Alpha launched its personal analytic for Facebook.  Now you can use this powerful search engine to draw insights on your social media activities and interactions. The only thing you need to do is get a basic free account and type in “Facebook Report” on the search bar and hit enter.

Take a look at my step by step tutorial to guide you on how this is done.

As you can see, creating the report is quick and straightforward. You would also notice that the report is quite interactive and can provide you with the most detailed information you require.

What’s inside the report?

The first major part of the report shows statistics on Facebook activity. Here is a sample report which is based on my Facebook data.

Facebook Activity History (Graph)

Number of posts per month

My Facebook profile is quite new. I post a lot of links mostly social media stuff I read from blogs and websites.  I do need to post more of my own content.

Weekly Distribution Graph

Weekly Post Distribution

I work between 9 AM to 6 PM. I am most active on weekdays and my most active day is Monday.

Post Statistics and Graph

number of likes, comments and post lengths

Yes. I do share a lot of post from YouTube, Twitter, Google+ and blogs mostly about social media stuff. Here is a word could of my posts:

Word Cloud

Word Cloud

As you can see, I do a lot of sharing from my other social networks. I connected my other social media account to my Facebook. Some of my connections are automated. For instance, my Twitter feed automatically post recent tweets to my Facebook wall. My recent blogs from WordPress are also automatically promoted on my wall. I also share my pins from my Pinterest boards.

Weekly App Activity

Weekly App Activity

Another major section of the report tackles statistics on your friends. As seen from the results below, most of my friends are male.

Facebook Friend's Gender Distribution

Facebook Friend’s Gender Distribution

Majority my friends are married. You can also see that most of my friends between 20-30 years old are single, engaged or on a relationship. Beyond that range, my friends tend to be married.

Facebook Friend's Relationship Statuses Distribution

Facebook Friend’s Relationship Statuses Distribution

Here is the age distribution of my friends.  It is also fun to know who is the oldest and youngest among them.

Facebook Friend's Age Distribution

Distribution of Reported Ages

It is noteworthy to know where your friends are. Do you have a friend in each country?

Facebook Friends Location

Facebook Friends Location

As of the moment, Wolfram Alpha can only generate this report for your personal Facebook account. I would be great though to have the same information for Facebook pages. Would you agree?

Online Learning with GROVO

Online Learning with GROVO

Photo by Sarah M Stewart

Today I have discovered an online education and training website called Grovo. It boast of more than a thousands of tutorials of various Internet products like Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and so on. The lessons are presented by a series of simple to understand video tutorials. Each lesson is  between 1-2 minutes long. The courses are straight-forward. Once you have completed the basic lessons, you can proceed to a more advance lessons.  You can test what you have learned by taking the quizzes after each lesson. Once you have finish a course, you can also get a certification of  your favorite Internet application. If you want to know more, click on Grovo. Sign up is free and easy using your Facebook account.

How to Use ShortStack to Create a Facebook Contest

How to Use ShortStack to Create Facebook ContestsWould you like to increase the engagement activity in your Facebook page? You have a marketing strategy and that you would require names and emails of your target customers. Would you like them to give you their information?

Why not run a contest? Stir up a buzz by doing a sweepstakes. Everybody loves free stuffs and winning it by chance makes it even more exciting.  Raffle off a very nice price that they won’t want to miss out on.  This is a great way to promote your page and increase your fan base. You can also do a photo or video contest. Let your fans participate by submitting their own photos or videos; or voting for the photos or videos they like. I am sure this will build a lot of hype and engagement to your page.

Running a Facebook contest, however, is not that simple and straightforward. There is a right or should I say ‘legal’ way of doing so. According to the Facebook Page Terms and Standards, promotions should be run using a third party app. This includes sweepstakes and contests of any form. Using the like button and other features and functionality within Facebook is not allowed in any promotional activity. If you do this, Facebook can delete or remove your page.

So, what is the right way of doing a contest? Use an app. In this tutorial, I show you how to create your own Facebook contest the right way by using an app template available at ShortStack.

ShortStack is a design tool which allows you to create your custom Facebook tabs to suite your promotional needs. It also has a variety of widgets and templates which you can use to run your contest right away.  You can use ShortStack for free if you just need to run a simple sweepstakes contest. However, you need to avail of their paid services for several features like database storage for storing your promotional entries and analytics for monitoring your interactions over time.

Go to my Facebook page to see my sample contest. Let me know if you have any questions regarding this tutorial. Have a great day!

How to Use Woobox to add a Pinterest Tab to your Facebook Page

How to Use Woobox to Create Pinterest Tab to your Facebook Page

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In the last blog post I shown how to add a blog and Twitter feed tab to your Facebook Fan Page. This time around, I am going to share to you how your fans can connect with your Pinterest via Facebook.

Woobox.com has come up with an easy and quick way how to  add a Pinterest tab to your page. It is free to use, so, what more could you ask for?  Now your fans can engage with you on Pinterest through your Facebook Page. With this app, you can direct your visitors to your Pinterest boards. You can also use this app to reach out to more Facebook users and expand your fan base.

Just follow my step by step guide below on how to do it.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful. If you would like to see the app in action, visit my Facebook page.

Feel free to comment below with any questions you might have.

How to Use Involver to Connect your Blog and Twitter to Facebook

How to integrate your Blog and Twitter to Facebook via Involver

By dkalo

For today’s blog post, I am going to show you how you can customize your Facebook Page via involver.com. This websites offer a lot of applications which you can install to your Facebook page. There are five apps, namely, Youtube Channel, Twitter, RSS Feed, Flickr and Static HTML which you can easily install for free.   You are only allowed two free applications to install per page; otherwise, you can avail of their application suite for a fee and install as many as you want.

The tutorial below demonstrates how you can add Blog and Twitter feeds your Facebook page. In the end, you will be able to create tabs in your Facebook page which contains latest post from your blog and Twitter account. This is a simple way to keep your fans connected to your other media channels.

Do you know any other applications you can use to jazz up your Facebook page? Please share your experience via the comments section below.