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Get lifetime access to this social media manager, on sale for 91% off

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Get lifetime access to this social media manager, on sale for 91% off

TL;DR: Get a lifetime subscription to the Socialii Social Media Manager pro plan for $49.99, a 91% savings as of April 6.


Even if you’ve been suddenly blessed (or burdened) with more free time these days, managing your social media presence is difficult. It takes hours each day to keep up with all your profiles, communicate with your followers, and create new content. Why do you think social media managers are in such high demand?

If you’re not in the market to hire a social media specialist, we get it. That’s why there are tools out there, like Socialii, that take care of many of your social networking tasks, all from a single place. Read more…

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Bad at phone calls? This simple tool can help

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In this era of self-isolation, business calls are a necessity. Here’s a template that can help.

The best way to build business relationships is to communicate in person. But that has become impossible in this era of self-isolation and remote work. So do the next best thing: schedule a phone call, rather than sending an email or text. Calls are far better ways for you to connect on an interpersonal level. That’s the good news.

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This piano tune drowning out a car alarm is the perfect quarantine soundtrack

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This piano tune drowning out a car alarm is the perfect quarantine soundtrack

Quarantine is a time for creativity (supposedly). Just ask everyone who can’t stop pointing out that Shakespeare wrote King Lear while in quarantine.

Well step aside, Will, because writer and critic Andrea Long Chu has given us a coronavirus anthem: Car Alarm Improv. Putting her (genuinely) formidable piano skills to use, Chu turned an annoying car alarm that wouldn’t stop going off into glorious music.

“Car alarm kept going off so i improvised,” Chu wrote in the video caption on Twitter. 

And sure enough, the resulting piano riff is appropriately anxious, pressing, and yearning to be heard, a reflection of how we all feel as we stay home because of the coronavirus outbreak. It makes you want to know the story behind said annoying car alarm: Is its owner stuck at home too? Has its owner abandoned their apartment to go spend quarantine somewhere else, leaving the poor car alarm to scream into the day uselessly? Because same, car alarm. Same. Read more…

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This is why the wealth gap between black and white Americans persists

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Two academics at The Ohio State University contend: “In our view, education alone cannot address the centuries-long exclusion of blacks from the benefits of wealth-generating policies.”

Black History Month has become the time to reflect on all the progress black Americans have made, but the sobering reality is that when it comes to wealth–the paramount indicator of economic security–there has been virtually no progress in the last 50 years.

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This short film captures the soft abuse actresses endure, even from non-dirtbags

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It doesn’t take a Harvey Weinstein to make actresses feel uncomfortable and ashamed. ‘Rehearsal’ shows how even men with good intentions fail to protect their female colleagues.

Looming large over the hard-to-watch short film Rehearsal is the specter of James Franco.

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You've never seen button-mashing like this before

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Ludwig Ahgren can press buttons faster than you. Hell, it’s now a proven fact that he can press buttons faster than a computer program that’s designed to press buttons.

The streamer, who operates under his first name on Twitch, showed off his lightning fast finger during a recent Mario Party 4 stream. One of the minigames, Domination, involves smashing a single button over and over again to create a lineup of Thwomps, the Mario enemy that’s basically a big, spiky stone block with an angry face.

Mario Party 4 is a digital board game released for Nintendo’s GameCube in 2002. As a typical game unfolds, competing players are regularly pitted against one another in short, simple minigames like Domination. Read more…

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“This is mediocre”

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Large organizations seek to decrease variability.

Starbucks wants the very best latte you buy from them to be exactly the same as the worst one.

If you define a spec and work hard to meet it, you can make it so that most things are within a reasonable distance of that spec. Which means that most of what you make is average.

If an entire industry is busy seeking to meet that average, we can define that work as mediocre. Not horrible, but certainly not exceptional (because ‘exception’ -al is self-explanatory).

When you go out to buy aluminum siding, copywriting or consulting services, you have a choice: You can demand that the work meets the industry spec, a fair product at a fair price. Or, you can seek something better than average, something worth paying extra for.

Most TV ads, most car services, most airplane flights–they’re mediocre. That’s a choice.

If you want to buy creative work that’s exceptional, you’ll need to pay for it (and accept the risk that it might not work out as planned).

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YouTube Kids will finally get its own website this week

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Four years after launching on iOS and Android, YouTube Kids is getting a web version.

Although Google has always insisted that the regular version of YouTube is not for children, it’s never offered a web version of the separate YouTube Kids app, which restricts content based on age and disables certain features such as commenting. That’s going to change this week, as Google has quietly revealed plans for a YouTube Kids website. YouTube is also tweaking the age groups for the Kids app, with different content for “Preschool” (ages 4 and under), “Younger” (for ages 5 to 7), and “Older” (for ages 8 to 12) kids. Previously, YouTube Kids had only two screening levels: 8 and under, and 9 to 12.

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This sneaky kitten is a terrible and adorable little stalker

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Cats are natural predators. They can’t help but hunt and stalk. This one just happens to be exceedingly bad at it.

The 8-week-old kitten in question belongs to Twitter user @_TakivaBreanna. Her baby cat has developed a habit of hiding just behind a wall whenever she knows her human is approaching and then leaping out at just the right moment to surprise her much larger prey.

That’s the apparent intent, anyway. The execution… could be better. See for yourself.

My 8 week old kitten started doing this thing to where she will know i’m about to come in the room and she will hide by the bathroom door and jump out to scare me when i’m walking up. 🤣 just thought I’d share this cuteness 🥰 pic.twitter.com/SOz1ckGGpr

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