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The year of oddball interview questions


“If you were 80 years old, what would you tell your children?” At a loss for words?… You may want to brush up on your answer should you find yourself in the job market. After gathering tens of thousands of interview questions from job applicants throughout the year, Glassdoor has posted their annual Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions of 2014. An array of familiar companies top the list with questions such as “How many square feet of pizza is eaten in the US each year?” “Are you more of a hunter or a gatherer?” and “If you were a pizza deliveryman how would you benefit from scissors?”

FastCompany reports businesses are abandoning traditional interview questions, citing a need for candidates to demonstrate their uniqueness, personality, and dynamic skillsets. As outlined in How To Be A Success At Everything: The Case For Ditching Traditional Job Interviews, the traditional job interview where a candidate sits across from a hiring manager–or a team of prospective colleagues–and gets hammered with questions such as “where do you see yourself in five years?” and “what do you think you can offer our organization?” is becoming more and more outdated as job seekers are increasingly versed at offering what they believe the interviewer wants to hear as  the “right” answer, potentially concealing problematic behaviors.

The list, along with the article, brings up interesting points about the “experience” of interviewing. Check out the full list here, and while you’re at it take a peek at Mashable’s Top 13 Oddball Questions (complete with pictures).

Link: Google+ email changes

Mashable posted an introduction to Google+’s new default privacy settings which now allows Google+ users to email without email addresses.  Mashable summarizes the main changes which come with the new privacy default settings along with a handy “how to” manage the settings should you not wish for the increased Google+ accessibility.

Google has promised to alert users via email when they have the option to change their settings as they roll out the feature over the next few days.

As with all online platforms, take a close look at the privacy settings. Only share what you feel comfortable sharing.

Some sites frequently change their privacy settings and policies so keep in the loop with these updates.

What do you think of the the changes to Google+? Handy social media tool or breach of privacy?

Where to start with Tumblr

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This is icon for social networking website. This is part of Open Icon Library’s webpage icon package. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tumblr is a free blogging site that allows you to share both images and text with ease.  Text formatting is done automatically and the layout is minimal. There is room for customization. But mostly Tumblr is just an easy platform to share whatever with whomever.

Mashable has quite a few posts about this blogging site.

First, check out this beginner’s guide. It outlines what to do once you create a Tumblr page, how to customize that page, and how the dashboard works. 

There is also a Tumblr starter guide that features a slideshow of popular Tumblrs. 

Once you become an expert, check out 11 tips for power-users.

Here are some more general tips:

  • Since Tumblr heavily relies on tags so browse through existing Tumblrs to get a feel for what others are posting about. 
  • Start by familiarizing yourself with the posting tools and other basic functions.
  •  Use the “follow” function to subscribe to other blogs.
  • Tumblr also has a strong mobile app so you can post on the go. If this is something you are interested in doing, download the app for your mobile and try it out.

Mashable: 14 Facebook Tools

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Facebook logo Español: Logotipo de Facebook Français : Logo de Facebook Tiếng Việt: Logo Facebook (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mashable did a round-up of some lesser-known Facebook functions. Many of these tools are aimed at those who used Facebook Ads and Pages. But some of this information is valuable for authors who use Facebook to promote themselves or connect with friends.

Facebook is a very important site when you are promoting yourself and connecting with your audience. Knowing about these tools and playing around with their functionality will enhance your profile and online presence.

Here are the most important ones to be aware of: 

Browse: This tool filters content that you haven’t seen yet and is related to any topic.  It is valuable if you are looking for new friends, pages, etc.

Export Your Calender:  If you are an avid Facebook Events user, you may have a calender full of conferences, book signings, appointments, and birthdays.  This tool allows you to export Facebook Events to another calender (like iCal, Outlook, or Google Calender) so all of your scheduled events will be in one place.

Facebook Desktop Chat: Many people now use Facebook Chat instead of email, Instant Message programs, or GChat. If you want to avoid going back to your FB page each time a message comes in, use the messenger tool. It pops the chat functionality right to your desktop.

Related, Chat Keyboard Shortcuts: This makes Chat easier to navigate.

Interests: When you add “interests” to your profile, Facebook automatically collects feeds from those key areas.  This is valuable for keeping up with the latest news updates.

View As: If you set privacy guidelines for photos and other status updates based on your friends lists, you can use the View As function to see what they see.

Improving your profile picture across social media

Sometimes the smallest details can affect your presence on social media in a positive or negative way. With that in mind, Mashable posted a how-to guide for choosing and profile pictures.

From LinkedIn and Twitter to Facebook and YouTube, profile pictures are a follower’s first point of entry to your online presence.  The photo (or avatar) has to be representative of your persona as well as eye catching enough to draw them in.

Here are some tips:

  • Keep an eye on image-type restrictions.  These vary by site. Some sites may prefer high-resolution file types (like .jpg) while others prefer smaller files (like .tiff or .png).
  • Note any image size/pixel recommendations. Image size guidelines also vary by site.  Some site require different types of images. Facebook, for one, allows you to upload a cover photo and a profile picture.  Good cover photos are wider while good profile pictures tend to be square.
  • Choose images wisely. Note the audience of each social network may vary. For example on your LinkedIn profile, you may want to choose an image where you are wearing a suit or another authoritative outfit. LinkedIn has more of a professional vibe so leave the dog and family photos to your Facebook and Twitter pages.

A profile picture doesn’t have to be an image of yourself. It can be a piece of lab equipment or the cover of your latest publication.  As we always say, it is what you are comfortable with.

For some perceptive, visit TheFacesOfFacebook, an app that gathered all Facebook profile pictures from the beginning on to one page.  The outcome is very interesting.

MLA’s format for citing Tweets in academic papers

Twitter imageWith the popularity of Twitter, it was only a matter of time before academics were presented with issue of citations.

The Modern Language Association (MLA) devised a standard format for citing tweets in academic papers.

As outlined on the MLA website,

Begin the entry in the works-cited list with the author’s real name and, in parentheses, user name, if both are known and they differ. If only the user name is known, give it alone.  Next provide the entire text of the tweet in quotation marks, without changing the capitalization. Conclude the entry with the date and time of the message and the medium of publication (Tweet).

This shows just how common informative tweets are becoming. Presentation of one’s research is not just for academic papers anymore.  Data and evidence can come from non-traditional sites, including Twitter, as well.

The Atlantic posted an article about the developments.

Mashable mentioned a citation generator called Tweet2Cite that makes the whole reference process very easy.

Link: Mashable’s Twitter round-up


In the past year, Twitter has experienced a lot of change. From management to software, it is hard to keep track of it all.

Mashable posted a run-down of all of these developments.  Click here to read more.