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If You Want to Link to Rackspace, Don’t Visit Their Website

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I had an interesting experience this morning while researching Rackspace for an article.  Apparently if you go to their website, you automatically agree to a whole set of terms of use, including provisions that state that you can only link to their home page, and that you are prohibited from using their logo. Now, come on.  I know that it is in the best interest of any corporation to protect their intellectual property, and as a writer I fully understand the value of copyrighted works.  After all, that is my livelihood.  But to prohibit linking or using their logo.  Now that is a bit too much, in my opinion. Next thing you know, they are going to add to their terms of service that you can’t say anything negative about them either. Free Speech & Fair Use Basically what Rackspace is trying to do is getting you to agree to not use the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law, which allows you to mention a company or brand, and use its logo, for educational and editorial purposes. So if you write an article about them, you are not allowed to use their logo, despite it being allowed under fair use. Links are Addresses They are also trying to control how you link to them.  So if you have an educational or editorial website talking about them, you cannot deep link into their website to make it easier for your users to find information on Rackspace’s website. According to the World Wide Web Consortium Technical Architecture Group, “any attempt to forbid the practice of deep linking is based on a misunderstanding of the technology, and threatens to undermine the functioning of the Web as a whole.” In a court case between Microsoft & Ticketmaster, the court also concluded that URLs themselves were not copyrightable, writing: “A URL is simply an address, open to the public, like the street address of a building, which, if known, can enable the user to reach the building. There is nothing sufficiently original to make the URL a copyrightable item, especially the way it is used. There appear to be no cases holding the URLs to be subject to copyright. On principle, they should not be.” So basically, Rackspace is trying to get around U.S. case law stating that deep linking is allowed. Getting Around Their Website Terms Of course, what is interesting is that if you never visit their website, you have never agreed to their website terms of use, and you can do all of the things that you are allowed to do under the law, like use their logo when mentioning their company, or deep linking to their website.  All you have to do is make sure you use Google or Bing and other methods to find the information you need, and avoid clicking on their website for any reason. Web Page Terms of Use I doubt their website terms of use is actually enforceable on a one time visitor to their website, but just in case it is, here is my terms and conditions for reading this web page, which by visiting this web page or reading this article (online or offline), you fully agree to. Special Provision for Rackspace If you are an officer, employee, agent, representative or attorney representing Rackspace or its subsidiaries, affiliates and associates, you hereby agree that you will not sue me, this website, or any person or company I am associated with, nor will you compel or encourage another person or entity to do so.  Furthermore, if you break this provision and initiate legal action, you further agree to pay all our legal fees and pay $10,000 in damages for our inconvenience.  The damages shall be paid to me or to any person or legal entity that I designate. In addition to the above provision, you also agree that the Website Terms of Service on your website do not apply to me, this website, and any company, person or entity that I am associated with. If you are Robert Scoble, you agree to do the chicken dance while wearing Google Glass and post it on YouTube. Wait, What? Okay, okay, maybe I went too far.  But hopefully you can see my point that forcing someone to agree to a whole list of terms of use just to visit their website is absurd.  But these terms are as real as Rackspace’s terms.  You agreed to them.  No takebacks. I can understand if I created an account, or submitted information to them.  But to be restricted as a writer just because I visited their website once by provisions that are on an obscure page on their website.  I think that is going too far. Plus it makes it hard to write about them in a meaningful way.  I shouldn’t complain too much.  I did get an article out of it. P.S. The cool part of my terms and conditions is that Rackspace can’t argue that my terms of use are invalid, while still maintaining that theirs is valid.

Twitter Website Card: This Week in Social Media

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Welcome to our weekly edition of what’s hot in social media news. To help you stay up to date with social media, here are some of the news items that caught our attention. What’s New This Week? Twitter Rolls Out Website Card: The Twitter website card “allows users to easily discover interesting content while giving [...]This post Twitter Website Card: This Week in Social Media first appeared on Social Media Examiner. Social Media Examiner - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle

25 Experts Drop Wisdom on How to Grow a Vibrant Online Community

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Want to grow a passionate community online? On Facebook?… on Twitter?… on your blog? Well you’re in luck! Because today ANYONE can build a loyal following on social media. It doesn’t matter if you’re an individual, small business or a brand. Okay, but how? I asked 25 community-building experts to share their secrets for building & nurturing a healthy online community. These folks come from all walks of life & are running businesses in many different industries. Here’s their best advice for growing a vibrant online community: 25 Experts Drop Wisdom on How to Grow a Vibrant Online Community 1. Dave Kerpen, CEO of Likeable Media Building a community requires providing a lot of value, and being responsive to that community. At Likeable we’ve tried to always provide help to marketers in our community, giving them articles, webinars and ebooks. Not everyone has hired us, but more than enough have to make it worth our efforts. >> Click to Tweet 2. Mark Schaefer, Founder of Businesses Grow Too often we forget that there is an amazing person behind every little avatar … a person who may be experiencing joy, pain, or frustration. They are giving you a gift of their precious time by leaving a blog comment. Isn’t that awesome? Tear down the digital divide and treat each commenter as a special person. Acknowledge the amazing gift they have provided to you through their comment, and look for opportunities to help them, support them, and engage with them at every opportunity. That’s what builds loyalty and trust. That’s what builds a community. >> Click to Tweet 3. Peg Fitzpatrick, Head of Social Strategy at Canva My advice for community building is to be giving, supportive and helpful without the expectation of a return. I feel if you are kind and giving that people will remember it and do the same for you when the time comes. People who spend a lot of time asking other people to share their content via direct message have failed in their community building and could be damaging their future community. This is especially true of those who DM things to share that don’t even interact with the person they are asking. Respect and reciprocation are earned bonuses from your community. >> Click to Tweet 4. Emeric Ernoult, CEO & Founder of Agora Pulse First things first, in order to create an amazing community on social media, you first need to have an amazing product (or service). If no one cares about what you do or sell, chances that they will engage with you on social networks are close to none. When you’re just starting your business, your product or service will probably not be awesome at the beginning, you’ll probably have to be patient to reach the point where it’s good enough to start getting a really engaged community. Second, the key to a healthy community is to consistently provide them with great content. Post Planner does a great job at that! But as they would probably confirm, this is a tough job. It takes time and resources, but this is key. We probably invest around $50,000 a year in our content, and that’s just a rough estimate that does not take my own time into account. But our content strategy is what has delivered the best result for us. Finally, be there for your community! Respond timely, be helpful and make sure they get a friendly response every time they take the time to engage with you. As a CEO, I do a lot of this myself, and you have no idea how people feel when they get a personal message from the CEO on Twitter or Facebook. It certainly doesn’t scale, but in the early days, it will make a difference! >> Click to Tweet 5. . CamMi Pham, Digital Strategist at Kwin Media To build a community, you will need to learn to become a digital shrink. Building a community is like running a company. The best way to make sure everything is running smoothly is solving other people’s problems, not yours. Always be there and listen and show everyone you care. Reach out to everyone and ask them how you can help them. There are a million companies out there doing great things — what is going to make you different? Here is the ugly truth, it is not your brilliant concept. Random acts of kindness can make a big difference. All you need to do is be there, listen, don’t judge and offer a hand. You have 2 hands: one to help yourself, the other is to help others. Start investing in people. >> Click to Tweet 6. Calvin Lee, Founder of Mayhem Studios Helping others and expecting nothing in return has always been my motto. I like helping by sharing useful resources on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and on other social networks. If there are links and blog posts that have good info, I will re-share them. It doesn’t matter if they are friends, brands or strangers. If the content is good, it will spread. Most of the time I share from a trusted list I have complied over the years. You will make new friends when you share others content, because people are grateful and feel you’re an expert in your field. They want to return the favor. That’s how friendships develop. The more you share, the bigger a community you will build. Why do you think I have so many friends on Twitter? That’s my little secret I used in my early days of Twitter to get popular people’s attention. >> Click to Tweet 7. Christel Quek, Regional Content Lead at Twitter A community is defined as a social group with common interests or imbibed with a common culture. As we know it, culture is an act — a manifestation of a belief system, a result of the values the members of the social group believe in. This is no different on social media platforms where digital communities can congregate and grow. It’s not enough to build sheer volume and invest in quantity when quality should be the goal. To invest in a community of quality, this should reflect a few key values:  So I present to you the Humanifesto for Community Building on Social Media: C — Collaboration (Collaborate, don’t control — remember that your brand story is getting shaped by your community and not just yourself) O — Openness (Be open and transparent in what you do) M — Mediation (Don’t antagonize, mediate when you run into crises) M — Magnetic (You need to be magnetic and charismatic to inspire your community to greater and better things) U — Utilitarian (Reflect useful and practical content your community can identify with) N — Nice (if you’re not nice, it won’t pay back) I — Integrity (Integrity should anchor your actions or your community will sniff you out) T — Tact (Be respectful, show some tact, don’t type what you will regret) Y — Yield (Your brand should put the yield of your community above the yield the brand might get) >> Click to Tweet 8. Ahna Hendrix, Co-founder of Share 4 Kids Foundation  My tips for building a community through social media:  Provide valuable content of all kinds — go for the unconventional, whether it’s video, pictures or articles. Share unique but relevant content. Treat people how you want to be treated. Respond to someone’s question, take the time to say hi, remember particular things about them and then use it to engage them in conversation, encourage people, offer advice and joke around. Be positive. One of the most important things I try to always be is positive. There have been many times when I want to be snarky or passive aggressive, but I don’t enjoy reading those updates from people. Being positive and encouraging your community, naturally draws people to you and opens the door for real friendship.  Give. Giving is the true undercurrent of social media — it’s the circle that keeps everyone together. Give advice, assistance on a project, your opinion, your smile, your time or your attention. In whatever way is possible, taking the time to help/give to other people is crucial.  Be yourself. No one will want to interact with you for very long if you aren’t genuine. It’s easy to look around at all the people doing really well in social media and want to imitate their personalities, thoughts or actions. >> Click to Tweet 9. Erika Napoletano, Owner of Redhead Writing When’s the last time you were able to describe yourself to someone? If you can’t do that, building a community is going to be next to impossible. It doesn’t matter if you’re a single person, small business, or behemoth brand, either. It’s about letting your audience know who you are, why you’re different, and why the hell they should bother paying attention to you in the sea of choices swimming around online.  Sound harsh? Good. Because people do business with people. Not logos, PMS or hex colors, or snazzy websites. Those things can’t make anyone feel anything. Only people have the ability to make people feel. So, it’s time to get hold of YOU and understand that your brand, whether it’s a single person or a collection of hundreds, has a voice — likes, dislikes, opinions. And if you’re afraid of people walking out the door because they don’t like who you are, then you’re not secure enough in who you are to have the balls to build a community. Communities require strength, direction, purpose, and shared values. It’s not about collecting sycophants. >> Click to Tweet 10. Francisco Rosales, Owner of  SocialMouths When we talk about community, we often think we “own” an established group of people when really, all we have is sporadic moments of attention from a group of individuals that have agreed, in the past, to listen to us. Community is not built, it is “earned”. A community is dynamic, it can grow or decrease its size and level of attention at any given moment depending on many factors. It shares its attention with other sources, it overlaps by also paying attention to other bloggers, leaders, brands. It comes and goes. Understanding how a community works and behaves online is essential. With that said, I’ll share what I think have been my 2 key learning points in building community: Get to know your community: Where do they hang out? Who else are they listening to? What is their biggest pain point? etc. The biggest waste of time and talent in community building is sending the right message to the wrong crowd. Be humble: You should be grateful that a group of people have given you the opportunity to serve them. Solve their problems, answer their questions and always say thanks. >> Click to Tweet 11. Mike Gingerich, Co-founder of TabSite Plain and simple: BE HELPFUL! You want to grow a community of raving fans?  It’s not really rocket science that people feel valued when you respond and offer them assistance.  The formula comes down to: THEY ASK x YOU ANSWER = HAPPINESS, LOYALTY & SYNERGY! Often businesses can get stuck on what type of content to create and they resort to being too “sales focused” in their social and blogging efforts.  Instead, create content that answers the most common questions your customers and contacts have asked.  Create a list of what they commonly ask, then create content that answers those questions! As you answer, be yourself.  Companies need to remember that ultimately business is person-to-person.  By being helpful and authentic a company can build an engaged and loyal fan base. Lastly, being helpful means being responsive!  Yes, you can have all the best answers out there to help users, but if they ask and it takes you 12-16 hours (or more) to respond, you’re not going to develop raving fans! Social Media has ramped up the “speed expected” and brands need to find ways to monitor their social and be ready to answer.  With smart phones and apps this has really gotten much easier to do, so there’s really no excuse! So, would visitors characterize your company and people as “helpful” online? >> Click to Tweet 12. Ravi Shukle, Social Media Specialist at Ravi Shukle If you want to build a successful community on social media there are 3 key ingredients you need. Consistency building a successful community is a lot like building your ideal home. You need to ensure your brand has a solid foundation and is working on building it on a daily basis. You want to ensure you are posting every single day with content targeted at your community and that you are there to engage. Create content that solves a problem. One of the easiest ways you can add value for your community is to solve the problems they are facing. There are many ways you can provide this solution, some of which include asking them directly via a status update, video, blog post, or simply being there to answer questions. By helping others, your business is able to increase trust and build a loyal community. Have fun! Often the most overlooked aspect of running a Facebook page — having fun is a great way to show your brand’s personality. We know people do business with those they know, like and trust, and showing that sense of humor can be a great way for you to connect with your community. After all, your fans are on Facebook to engage with their friends, so showcasing this friendly nature can help build that same association with your business if done correctly. >> Click to Tweet 13. Ian Cleary, Founder of Razor Social Here are 3 tips that will help build your community and increase your open rate! Be friendly – Every time someone subscribes to our mailing list our team sends a personal email welcoming the person. This personal email is a significant reason why the open rates are higher. You are starting to form a relationship with that person with this initial email. Yes, this takes time and effort, but it’s extremely important. Deliver content they want — Target the right audience and then deliver the content they are looking for. As part of our initial email exchange, we ask what content they are looking for. This research helps us deliver what they want! Be personal - In our weekly emails, we always share a bit about us and our life. We got the most responses to our weekly email when we mentioned it was our birthday. It helps build the relationship and shows you are human! >> Click to Tweet 14. Sarah Robinson, Author of Fierce Loyalty Many business owners just getting started on social media know they want to build a community but are at a loss for how to go about making it happen. If this is you, here is my very best tip for getting started: engage. I know that sounds simple, but you’d be surprised how many business owners don’t do this. Instead, they use social media as just another way to push their message out. Social media is called “social” for a reason. Think of it as a cocktail party. You know that guy at the party who can only talk about himself, who uses every conversation to sell his widget? Don’t be that guy! Be the person who attracts a crowd because they are so intently focused on other people. Ask questions, help others spread their messages, participate in conversations that are already happening. Talk with others about 98% of the time. Talk about your business about 2% of the time. So next time you’re stuck on how to best use social media to build your community, just remember one word: engage. >> Click to Tweet 15. Zsuzsi Szabo, Co-founder of Antavo We see Antavo’s customers achieving great successes every day with their sweepstakes and contests. One of them is The Entertainer toy shop. Their draw app pulled in 4,500 new fans and grew their email list by 12,000+. You can run Facebook contests within a post and in an app. This latter one is a bit more complex, but it can capture email leads so you can engage in email and advertise targetedly. Go for quality over quantity so your contest won’t go wrong. These tips might help: Give away multiple, lower value and relevant prizes: instead of giving away an iPhone (unless you are Apple) you should give away prizes that attract the real customers instead of prize-hunters. More people go for multiple prizes as the chance of winning is higher. Allow public voting: let fans choose winners, but have a jury round too, so entrants with fewer votes will stay motivated till the end. Promote it! A contest without promoting is like a party without sending out the invitations. Make sure you inform your audience and use PPC ads. >> Click to Tweet 16. Sarah-Jayne Gratton, Best Selling Author of Follow Me Building an amazing community on social media begins and ends with personalities and the ability to ‘keep it real’ in a virtual world. My success is geared around connecting not only with interests but with personalities. So many people dive into social media wanting to be heard above the social static, instead of sitting back, listening and absorbing the conversations going on around them.  My advice to anyone wanting to connect in a positive social way that builds community is to ‘listen first, engage second’, to never get too big for your social media boots and to continually find new ways to add value within the social sphere. >> Click to Tweet 17. Carla Young, Founder of MOMeo Magazine Be consistent — Post consistently, and only post what is consistent with your personal brand. Know your audience — Find out what makes them tick (or even tickled or ticked off) and integrate that understanding into your social media messaging. Let them know you — Be yourself with all your quirks and faults. Creating community is about building reciprocal relationships. >> Click to Tweet 18. Michael Todd, Author of The 7 Pillars Book I have recently had the chance to find out whether or not I had built a community online. I was offline for 53 days as I was detained in Japan for suspected immigration irregularities. I returned to find that 169 people, only 2 of whom I had ever met and 4 I had ever spoken to and about 8 I had ever even chatted to, had donated a total of $5,700 for a lawyer. Completely unrequested. I also found that I had had literally thousands of kind and supportive messages. It was a very pleasant feeling to see all this. The key to this I think is giving some kind of educational value. In my case, my blog I guess. It is best to brand yourself by keeping to one niche. It is also important to publicly connect and promote people and to be constantly replying to and engaging with people. Publicly is best, as people will be drawn to you when they see you doing it. As much as I can, I focus on connecting connectors and support and promote connectors. People in their networks who resonate with you will become part of your community too. We all have a chance to do this with the tools social media provides. Keys are to be regular and consistent and to keep studying so that you can provide more and more and more value. Being yourself also helps, as people will identify with and remember you more easily. I had never thought that I had ‘built a community’, but I guess I have the makings of one. You can do it too. >> Click to Tweet 19. Jessica Northey, Producer & Host at Country Music Chat  First of all, define your cause or make sure you are in the right niche, and usually this is accomplished through goal identification. You will have to answer some questions about what you are trying to do: ‘I want to build an army of loyalists to my cause…’ can’t be done if you don’t know what you are about and what you are trying to do. You have to know your audience, what do they eat, think, drink, what kind of car do they drive, are they women/men, teens/tweens/retirees? Where are you trying to take them or what is your ultimate goal? More followers/fans… why and what is your selling point? In other words, what makes you more important than all the other choices they have out there?  >> Click to Tweet 20. Muhammad Saad Khan, Content Advisor at Cloudways Social media is all about relationships and when you nurture these relationships in a human way, they flourish like our friendships in our personal lives. I am a Muslim, and my religion taught me how to build strong relationships, which can ultimately bring back empathy and invaluable friendships. There is a very simple strategy: Honesty is the best policy as it will build trust Find people around your interests Find the BEST people who are flag bearers on the topic When you connect with leadership, it will attract all the other like-minded people to connect to you Learn about them before connecting — it will help you connect with them personally Appreciate their work, tweet their content, contribute to their lives with all your heart Give respect and get respect rule works the same here Create amazing content that can keep you intact with your relationships Greet people on daily basis and on occasions too, celebrate their birthdays, applaud their achievements You are what you say – so communicate clearly and concisely and always have an inclusive attitude >> Click to Tweet 21. Shelly Kramer, CEO of V3 Integrated Marketing Always remember that you get what you give — in life, in networking, in social media channels and in community building. Be genuine and human, support others, show them that you care about them and their goals and initiatives, create and share content that is meaningful, entertaining, helpful, informational. Serve your audience, not yourself. When you do those things, strong communities inevitably ensue. >> Click to Tweet 22. Sharel Omer, Founder of If you want to build a community, the first question to ask yourself is — what is your community about? Even if you happen to be Justin Bieber, your community is always about something greater than yourself. Around what are you connecting with people? What matters to you and them, and what makes it worthwhile for you people to connect? There are no right answers here, but it’s important to ask yourself these questions. Having done the preparation and knowing what the community you want to create may look like, building a passionate community is all about long-term relationships. If you connect to people and cultivate the relationship over time, doing it from a real place — it will come back to you in a very positive way. The main challenges in building a social community is to have time to get to all the people who matter to you in a genuine way, to have the right context to communicate with each person, and to be on top of the engagements that make a difference. Persistence over time does the trick — you need to learn to scale your human touch. >> Click to Tweet  23. Misty McPadden, Co-Founder of PodJam.TV I have two tips that have helped me build my community on social media. Connecting people is one. Instead of just promoting myself and things I love, introducing people within my network is a great way to build relationships. It’s really important if you want to build your community on social media. For the people who follow us, my husband and I make sure that we share inspiring stories from people that have helped us grow personally and in business through our blog and podcast. We focus on their stories with the goal of helping others and adding value to the community in the process. I also believe social media is not meant to be a popularity contest. Don’t make the mistake of thinking Twitter, Facebook or Google+ is a numbers game. It is not the number of followers or fans you have that matters, it is the quality of sharing and interaction that is really important. I am not saying having a lot of followers isn’t good, it’s just not the most important priority. The quality of your interactions and your ability to build meaningful and lasting relationships is really the key to building community through social media. >> Click to Tweet 24. Ali Mostofian, CEO at Orange Marketing How to build a community on social media… well, first it must be something you’re really interested in! Something you understand and you care about. If it’s not, you have to learn first and do some research! You must know about your audience and how to talk to them. Another thing is that you’ll need time and have to be patient! I’ve built my personal connections over about 4 years over different channels like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+, and this helps me to share and build new communities and win more members, readers or followers! Another thing is the collaboration with amazing people you know and who share interests with you. Together you will have different views on things and different personalities will help to make a better job because communities are about people! At the end, all you need is to inspire and enchant people to build an amazing community! >> Click to Tweet 25. Dennis Heenan, Founder of Fat Burning Nation Utilizing social media is one of the most important aspects to building a strong community, especially on Facebook. When trying to build a community, why send people somewhere other than where the party is already at? If you want more engagement and a rocking community, I highly recommend running your forums and memberships right there on the Facebook platform. This is where your fans spend the majority of their time and it makes it easier for them to show support, comment, and share your content. Facebook has been by far the best place to run a membership or forum in my business. You simply cannot beat it! >> Click to Tweet Conclusion I can’t put into words how much I appreciate all the great people above who took part in this article! Taking time out of their busy schedules to share their best tips & connecting with our community of readers here — such a gift for us! So please share this post or forward it to a friend. But before you do that, let me know your ideas in the comments below! What do you think is the best way to build a community of raving fans? Who knows, maybe I’ll write about your tips next. The post 25 Experts Drop Wisdom on How to Grow a Vibrant Online Community appeared first on Post Planner.

Top 5 Seafood Restaurants in Miami Beach

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HostingCon doesn’t just involve educational sessions, networking opportunities, and a great exhibit hall. As the old saying goes, “location, location, location” — and Miami Beach is a fantastic choice for this 10th anniversary event insofar as dining in concerned. Although there are a ton to choose from, we’ve picked five seafood restaurants in Miami Beach for you to consider trying, all of which are relatively close to the event’s hotel. Although all focus on fish and/or sushi, most offer menu choices other than seafood. Best of all, you can book a reservation for anywhere from 2-20 persons via the links provided in each of the below descriptions. Quinn’s South Beach 640 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Phone:  305-673-6400 Hours:  Open 6 p.m. – 11 p.m. Prices: $31-$50 Website: Reserve via OpenTable at Quinn’s uses only the freshest available ingredients – from pristine seafood to just-picked native farm produce. It’s a fusion of old-Florida style seafood concepts with progressive global trends. The signature dish is Bam! Bam! Shrimp (photo at left), an intensely flavorful palm sugar and 14-spice marinated delicacy, but there’s a full selection of fish dishes, as well as grilled meat choices. It’s located in the Park Central, a beautiful Art-Deco era hotel, and offers dining on a covered terrace as well as indoor seating.   Lure Fishbar in The Loews Hotel 1601 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Phone:  305-695-4550 Hours:  5:oo p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Prices:  $31-$50 Website: Reserve via OpenTable at Located right in the HostingCon venue hotel (just downstairs from your room), Lure features a raw bar and various fresh seafood platters. An example? The Royale, with East and West Coast oysters, little neck clams, shrimp cocktail, Maryland lump crab meat, mussels and ½ Maine lobster for $96. The menu includes an extremely wide selection of sushi and sashimi and, of course, a number of different ceviche dishes. The terrace can be privately reserved or requested for a larger party.   A Fish Called Avalon 700 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Phone:  305-532-1727 Hours:  6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Prices:  $31 – $50 Website: Valet Parking is available Winner of the OpenTable 2013 Diners Choice award Reserve via OpenTable at With a contemporary tropical menu, this Art-Deco restaurant has been a fixture on South Beach for more than 20 years. Seafood specialites here include Sake and Tarragon-glazed Lobster Tails, Misoglazed Sea Bass, and locally-caught Mahi Mahi. There’s also Canadian Wild Salmon and sesame-seared Ahi tuna, of course a raw bar, and non-seafood menu choices. Located in the north tower of the Avalon Hotel, the restaurant is directly across from the beach and boardwalk. Live music is provided by a Latin American duet on the front porch.   Katsuya 1701 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Phone:  305-455-2995 Hours:  Opens at 6:00 p.m. Prices:  $31-$50 Website: Valet Parking is available 2014 winner of OpenTables Diner’s Choice award Reserve via OpenTable at Located at the SLS Hotel, Katsuya features an inventive combination of Japanese and Californian cuisine at their South Beach location. Choices include a special tasting menu with all the chef’s favorite dishes for $75, and a dozen types of robata. An incredible array of specialty and traditional sushi rolls, plus sushi/sashimi combinations, including sushi sampler or sashimi sampler plates are also available.   Joe’s Stone Crabs 11 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Phone:  305-673-0365 Hours:  6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Prices:  $25-$35 Website: No reservations, although they may make an exception for a party of more than 20 people with 48 hours notice. A visit to Joe’s is a long-time Miami Beach tradition. A good selection of fish dishes that can be prepared grilled, broiled, flackened, fried or sautéed. The house specialty is their world-famous stone crabs, which are now flown all over the world from the restaurant. The stone crab is market priced for plates of 5, 6, or 7 claws served chilled with their signature mustard sauce. ============================ So there you have it — five delicious seafood choices for a night out after some serious event attending! Look for upcoming posts on other restaurants and outdoor/indoor activities to take part in while you are in Miami Beach for HostingCon. Don’t forget — Early Bird has been extended for only one more week. Register now and save $100. For all the latest HostingCon news and information, visit HostingCon - Premier Industry Conference and Trade Show for Web Hosting and Cloud Service Providers

How Google Hangouts Can Help Web Hosts Gather Customer Feedback

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Nearly one-third of Google+ users work in IT, Internet or computer services, according to a recent study by GlobalWebIndex. With this in mind, it certainly makes sense that more hosting companies are using the social network, and in particular the Google Hangouts video conferencing feature, to target prospective customers.

Australian Audit Commission Introduces “Cloud First” Policy to Save Government up to 30 Percent

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The Australian Commission of Audit has introduced a mandatory "cloud first" policy, citing savings to the government of 20 to 30 percent. The policy will apply to all low-risk information and communications. The commission was founded in October 2013 to identify wasteful spending in the Australian government. The United States…

Haters: How to Deal With Haters and Trolls of Your Business

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Have you ever been publicly criticized or mocked for something that you did? Are you wondering how you can deal with this type of negativity when it happens on social media? To learn about haters and how to deal with them, I interview Marcus Sheridan for this episode of the Social Media Marketing podcast. More [...]This post Haters: How to Deal With Haters and Trolls of Your Business first appeared on Social Media Examiner. Social Media Examiner - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle

5 Browser Extensions to Improve Your Social Media Marketing

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Do you use browser extensions to manage your social media? Are you looking for more browser-based tools? There are a number of options to help community managers kick normal workflows into hyperdrive. In this article, you’ll discover five web apps and extensions to turn your browser into a productive social media machine. Why Web Browser [...]This post 5 Browser Extensions to Improve Your Social Media Marketing first appeared on Social Media Examiner. Social Media Examiner - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle

How Google Helpouts Can Grow Your Leads and Your Business

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Do you share your expertise online? Have you heard about Google Helpouts? Imagine having the ability to generate leads and make money with your existing expertise, but on Google’s dime. In this article, I explore Google Helpouts and how you can take advantage of this emerging tool to position yourself as an expert. What Are Google [...]This post How Google Helpouts Can Grow Your Leads and Your Business first appeared on Social Media Examiner. Social Media Examiner - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle

These Viral Facebook Photos from U.S. National Parks Will Stun You

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Do you follow your favorite National Parks on Facebook? You love seeing the beautiful photos, right? I know I do! That’s why I thought it would be cool to use Post Planner’s new viral photos finder to find the #1 most shared Facebook photo from 49 different National Park pages. The results are below! You’ll recognize the biggies: Yellowstone National Park Yosemite National Park Grand Canyon National Park Everglades National Park Great Smoky Mountains National Park Denali National Park But you’ll also see some parks you don’t know yet. (Start planning your next road trip!) The images are stunning! They include beautiful landscapes, impressive wildlife shots and a few surprises (#39!). Check them out! These Viral Facebook Photos from U.S. National Parks Will Stun You 1. Acadia National Park Acadia National Park is one of the East Coast’s premier parks & is known for its rugged coastlines. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Acadia National Park. 2. Arches National Park Arches National Park has thousands of unique rock formations — including Utah’s famous Delicate Arch. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Arches National Park. 3. National Park of American Samoa Known for its fruit bats, National Park of American Samoa has coral reefs and rain forests spread over three islands. >> Click to Tweet // Post by National Park of American Samoa. 4. Badlands National Park Colorful pinnacles and spires dot stark prairie landscapes at Badlands National Park in South Dakota. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Badlands National Park. 5. Big Bend National Park Thousands of species of plants, birds, reptiles and mammals inhabit this area of Texas larger than the state of Rhode Island. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Big Bend National Park. 6. Biscayne National Park Located in southern Florida, Biscayne National Park boasts some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling in the United States. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Biscayne National Park. 7. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park The steep, rugged cliffs at Colorado’s Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park are some of the oldest in the United States. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. 8. Bryce Canyon National Park Geologic formations called hoodoos are just some of the oddities you’ll encounter at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Bryce Canyon National Park. 9. Canyonlands National Park The Colorado River helped carve Canyonlands National Park in Utah’s stunning red rock country. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Canyonlands National Park. 10. Capitol Reef National Park A hidden gem, Capitol Reef National Park in Utah features a plethora of natural bridges and domes. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Capitol Reef National Park. 11. Carlsbad Caverns National Park Below this rugged country lies almost 120 known caves in New Mexico. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Carlsbad Caverns National Park. 12. Channel Islands National Park Channel Islands National Park in California includes five islands and the complex sea environments that surround them. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Channel Islands National Park. 13. Crater Lake National Park Crater Lake National Park in Oregon has the deepest lake in the United States. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Crater Lake National Park. 14. Cuyahoga Valley National Park Rich with native plants and wildlife, Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio provides a beautiful escape from nearby Cleveland and Akron. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 15. Death Valley National Park Situated in California and Nevada, this stretch of the Mojave Desert is the hottest national park in the United States. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Death Valley National Park. 16. Denali National Park Denali, the highest peak in North America, is in Denali National Park in Alaska. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Denali National Park and Preserve. 17. Dry Tortugas National Park Located in the Florida Keys, Dry Tortugas National Park is known for shipwrecks, sunken treasure and tropical birds. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Dry Tortugas National Park. 18. Everglades National Park Panthers, crocodiles and manatees are just some of the exotic wildlife you might encounter at Everglades National Park in Florida. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Everglades National Park. 19. Gates of the Arctic National Park Situated near the Arctic Circle, Gates of the Arctic National Park doesn’t even have roads or trails. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. 20. Glacier National Park Glacier National Park in Montana is spread over two rugged mountain ranges near the Canadian border. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Glacier National Park. 21. Glacier Bay National Park Fish and wildlife in and around the Alsek River form the heart of Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. 22. Grand Canyon National Park Arizona’s Grand Canyon National Park is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Grand Canyon National Park. 23. Grand Teton National Park Grand Teton National Park protects the majestic peaks of the Teton Range in Wyoming. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Grand Teton National Park. 24. Great Basin National Park Nevada’s Great Basin National Park is a rugged, mountainous area between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Wasatch Range. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Great Basin National Park. 25. Great Smoky Mountains National Park The Appalachian Trail passes through Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 26. Great Sand Dunes National Park Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado showcases the largest sand dunes in North America. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. 27. Haleakala National Park The dormant Haleakala Volcano is the centerpiece of Haleakala National Park in Hawaii. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Haleakala National Park. 28. Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park has two active Hawaiian volcanoes: Mauna Loa and Kilauea. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. 29. Joshua Tree National Park Two massive deserts meet in a special array of wildlife and rock formations at Joshua Tree National Park in California. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Joshua Tree National Park. 30. Katmai National Park Alaska’s Katmai National Park is most famous for its grizzly bears. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Katmai National Park & Preserve. 31. Kenai Fjords National Park Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska boasts one of the largest icefields in the United States. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Kenai Fjords National Park. 32. Kobuk Valley National Park If you’re into dog sledding, migrating caribou or Arctic sand dunes, Alaska’s Kobuk Valley National Park is probably for you. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Kobuk Valley National Park. 33. Lake Clark National Park Lake Clark National Park is a pristine network of lakes and streams in southwestern Alaska. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Lake Clark National Park & Preserve. 34. Lassen Volcanic National Park Mud still boils as volcanic hots springs churn at Lassen Volcanic National Park in California. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Lassen Volcanic National Park. 35. Mesa Verde National Park Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park features thousands of archeological sites and the ruins of hundreds of ancient cliff dwellings. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Mesa Verde National Park. 36. Olympic National Park The diversity of Olympic National Park features coastline, rain forests and alpine peaks in Washington. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Olympic National Park. 37. Petrified Forest National Park Known for fossils and large deposits of petrified wood in Arizona, for stargazers, Petrified Forest National Park has some of the nation’s darkest skies. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Petrified Forest National Park. 38. Pinnacles National Park Spires and rock formations in California’s Pinnacles National Park attract hikers and climbers from around the world. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Pinnacles National Park. 39. Redwood National Park Old-growth forests at Redwood National Park in California contain the world’s tallest trees. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Redwood National and State Parks (NPS). 40. Rocky Mountain National Park More than 70 peaks in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park are higher than 12,000 feet. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Rocky Mountain National Park. 41. Saguaro National Park A cactus lovers paradise, this park in Arizona got its name from the spiny plant. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Saguaro National Park. 42. Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks These parks in California are famous for their giant sequoia trees. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. 43. Shenandoah National Park Shenandoah National Park protects a beautiful stretch of the Blue Ridge Mountains — just 75 miles from Washington, D.C. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Shenandoah National Park. 44. Theodore Roosevelt National Park Wildlife viewing tops the list of things to do in North Dakota’s Theodore Roosevelt National Park, where you’ll see bison, elk, prairie dogs, golden eagles and bighorn sheep. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Theodore Roosevelt National Park. 45. Wind Cave National Park Check out stunning, underground calcite formations at Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Wind Cave National Park. 46. Wrangell-St. Elias National Park Along with grizzly bear, wolf and caribou, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska protects many of the highest peaks in America. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve. 47. Yellowstone National Park With historic lodges, diverse wildlife and otherworldly geothermal features, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is one of the nation’s most beloved natural treasures. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Yellowstone National Park. 48. Yosemite National Park Iconic Half Doom, El Capitan and Yosemite Falls attract visitors from around the world to Yosemite National Park in California. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Yosemite National Park. 49. Zion National Park If you get a post card from Utah, it likely has a photo of Zion National Park. >> Click to Tweet // Post by Zion National Park. What do you think? Which of the photos above are your favorites? Please tell us in the comments below. The post These Viral Facebook Photos from U.S. National Parks Will Stun You appeared first on Post Planner.

Essential Facebook Marketing Resources: A Complete Guide

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Do you want to learn how to market yourself and your business on Facebook? Are you looking for a resource to guide your Facebook marketing efforts? Whether you’re marketing on Facebook as an individual or as a brand, these expert articles will help you design your presence, create contests, execute ad campaigns and measure your [...]This post Essential Facebook Marketing Resources: A Complete Guide first appeared on Social Media Examiner. Social Media Examiner - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle

How to Create and Promote Explainer Videos

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Are how to videos part of your social marketing? Are you looking for tips to improve the creation and promotion of your videos? Explainer videos are a new trend in how to videos. They help your customers and promote your product or service. In this article, you’ll find out what explainer videos are and how [...]This post How to Create and Promote Explainer Videos first appeared on Social Media Examiner. Social Media Examiner - Your Guide to the Social Media Jungle


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