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Must Love Dogs

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It’s no secret that you have to be a dog lover to work at Gossip Genie. Anyone that doesn’t like dogs, has no soul and you must have a soul to work at Gossip Genie.

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Gossip Genie is a dog friendly work-place which boosts employee morale. Being able to bring Alfie to the office every day makes me so happy. I am equally as happy to see Elizabeth’s sweet golden retriever, Stella. Every morning, Stella gives me a hug and there is no better way to start the work day.

That being said, I can’t fathom cruelty to animals. Recently, this horrific article was brought to my attention and I couldn’t actually get through the entire article because it was so unbearable to read. There is no explanation for this behavior, animal cruelty sickens me beyond belief. The only thing we can do is help to support the cause by making a donation. It’s also important to spread awareness by liking the “Humane Society International” Facebook page and following them on Twitter. The more awareness we can spread the better our chances are to end this evil which was deemed, “Hell on Earth” in the CNN article.  

Public Mistakes

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We all live busy lives but regardless of how busy you are, you should always take the time to double check something you’re putting out there for the world to see. Here are a few of my favorite, latest examples of irresponsible errors.

Equinox’s latest email newsletter:

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Taylor Swift’s main photo for her hit song, Mean.  “Your on the phone” – You’re wrong about that one, Taylor! Taylor+Swift+Our+Song+3

CNN’s latest news via their mobile app…

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Attention to detail is a the first thing that I look for when interviewing a potential candidate to work at Gossip Genie. I received this resume recently…pubic relations, that’s a first!

Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 10.59.31 AMI was reading a blog post by a well-known, reputable Chicago agency and was shocked by what I found. The blog was about grammar and in the title, there was an error…apostrophe errors bother me to no end. If you are writing about grammar, you should know that – no-nos does not have an apostrophe.Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 11.05.05 AMThis one belongs in a “What Not to Post” post but I had to include it here because it’s quite crazy. No, her account was not hacked, she fully admitted to posting this (sober) in the comments and the post (posted on January 25th) is still up on her timeline. photo (1)

 

Share your favorite mistakes with us by emailing them to info@gossipgenie.com

Google Reader: Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

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Do these phrases best describe your companion: simple; beautiful; easy to get along with; always has something to share? Sounds like quite the catch! But in life, all good things come to an end. And for many Google Reader fans, the love of their life will be back off to sea.

Google Reader, Google’s web-based program that lets people subscribe to news feeds from their favorite sites, is saying goodbye effective July, 1, 2013. Heralded for its simplicity, it became a place not just to read new stories, but also to share and discuss them with friends – it was a discovery tool and a salon all in one.

With Google Reader saying farewell, many are looking for alternatives. It’s never easy to replace a one true love, but with time, new “options” always find a way to land at your doorstep. If you’re looking for an alternative to Google Reader, here are some popular options:

FLIPBOARD
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“Flipboard is your personal magazine. It is the most popular way to catch up on the news you care about, discover amazing things from around the world, or stay connected to the people closest to you. Now with Flipboard 2.0, you can save and collect the things you love into your own magazines like “Trips I want to take” or “Dream Homes.””
Download Flipboard

NEWS360
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“News360 is a smart and elegant app that learns what you like and brings you stories from across the web – sifting through the noise to find the most important and interesting content, just for you!”
Download News360

SUBREADER
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“A new way to keep up with your favorite websites. Sign up and import your subscriptions from Google Reader.”
Download SubReader

FEEDLY
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“A productive way to organize, read and share the content of your favorite feeds, blogs and news sites. Feedly offers a seamless transition from Google Reader.”
Download Feedly

While new alternatives are being introduced daily, this list is some of the more popular ones with those making the transition from Google Reader. Do you have a favorite reader? Share it with us in the comments below!

Zach Sobiech Leaves Behind an Inspiring Legacy

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While most high school seniors have spent the school year looking ahead to the future, terminally ill Lakeland, Minnesota teenager Zach Sobiech has spent his time staring down the unimaginable. As his classmates made plans for prom, filled out college applications, and made plans for the future, Zach and his family were dealing with a harsh reality: his bone cnacer had started spreading so rapidly that he knew he may not make it to graduation.

He had also become a commercially successful singer/songwriter behind the viral Youtube hit “Clouds.”

He passed away on Monday.

Zach, 18-years old, battled a rare kind of cancer for most of his teen years after being diagnosed with osteosarcoma when he was 14-years-old. As a way to say good-bye to his friends and family, Zach wrote a song called “Clouds” that he uploaded on YouTube in December. The deeply personal video went viral and ended up touching the lives of millions of people on the Internet.

Zach’s amazing story also caught the attention of The Office’s Rainn Wilson’s YouTube channel, SoulPancake, and they made a short documentary about the teen’s journey, “My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech.”

Watch the inspiring video below to learn more about Zach’s incredible life.

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In the documentary, viewers learn about Zach’s diagnosis and the inspiration for “Clouds” through interviews with his family, close friends and his girlfriend, Amy.

“He’s shown me it’s not all about the grades you get, or how cool you are in high school,” Amy says. “It’s about doing what makes you happy and no matter when you’re going go to, live life to the fullest every day.”

We don’t realize how little amount of time we actually have in this world and to see someone who has SO little time and yet chooses to live so much, despite the odds against him, is truly inspiring. We all have problems in our life. Some are big, some are small. Your quality of life is dependent on how you react to those problems.

You can either wake up every day and choose to focus on the negative, whether it’s the fight you got in last night with your significant other, the car that cut you off on your morning commute, or the seemingly insurmountable odds stacked  against you. Or you can wake up everyday and choose happiness. You can choose to be thankful for the blessings in your life and the time, no matter how finite it may be, that you have.

If Zach’s story can teach us anything, it’s this: You don’t have to find out you’re dying to start living. Choose happiness. Life’s too short.

Zach’s song, ‘Clouds’ is available on iTunes and the proceeds benefit the Zach Sobiech Research Fund of Children’s Cancer Research.

Here’s the star-studded video tribute to Zach:

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And the original YouTube video for “Clouds:”

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A toast to our heroes

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Mommy love was spread all through the Twittersphere yesterday for Mother’s Day. Even celebrities everywhere were giving shout-outs to their mommies. It was a day for Twitter to represent a shrine of photos and comments featuring love, appreciation and respect for the many motherly heroes across the globe.

Here are a few of our favorite tweets – From, sons and daughters. To, amazing, superhero mommies.

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Here’s a toast to all you mommies out there. You’ve put up with our teenage stages, our raging hormones and every good and bad moment we’ve experienced during our journey to growing up. Here’s to you.
What did you do yesterday to celebrate Mother’s Day?

Crowdsourcing: The REAL Avengers

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Mask? Check! Cape? Check! Cellphone? Double check!

Living in a world where superheroes have dominated the big screen, it’s no surprise that when the end credits rolled from the film The Avengers (one of the highest grossing films of all-time), it left many people wanting to be an actual member of the superhero team – I know I did! But what lies beneath the surface is that many of us are already part of a team doing greater good for the public whether we like to believe it or not – it’s called crowdsourcing.

Crowdsourcing, which can be used in different ways, is the combination of the words crowd and outsourcing, and is best defined as (usually online) the process of gaining needed services, ideas and content from a crowd of people. And we have technology to thank for putting this team together – sorry Samuel L. Jackson.

Now we’re not exactly up against aliens or intergalactic mutants threating to devour Earth, but everyday real-life crimes. And how we help solve these crimes is literally at our fingertips.

On May 5th, an Amber Alert was issued for a missing 14-year-old girl in Texas. The news spread like wildfire on Twitter and within seconds, by the power of crowdsourcing, hundreds of people retweeted a simple message:

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The outcome?
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Thankfully a happy ending to a scary situation, this is one of the many ways that showcase how powerful crowdsourcing can be. Some have even suggested that crowdsourcing could be the new America’s Most Wanted. So no matter who you are, what you do, or even if you’re a “superhero” lurking in the shadows of your own home, you never know what one simple post or tweet can do. Crowdsourcing, assemble!

10 Famous Internet Firsts

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Do you remember the first email you sent? What about your first tweet? It’s hard to imagine a world in which the Internet, email, Twitter, Facebook, Skype, and everything else you can find online never existed.

Here are 10 famous Internet firsts that were monumental in shaping web history and how we communicate in today’s world.

1. The first tweet was written by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey on March 21, 2006. It’s weird to see such a short Twitter handle!

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2. Mark Zuckerberg was the first person on Facebook with ID number 4 (the first three Facebook accounts were used for testing). The first non-founder to join Facebook was Arie Hasit (below), who is now in Israel studying to be a rabbi.He works for a Jewish youth movement called NOAM. He said, “I definitely use Facebook to promote my nonprofit work. I started using it literally at the beginning, and I’ve been singing its praises ever since.”

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3. Remember AOL Instant messaging? The first AOL Instant Message was sent by Ted Leonsis to his wife on Jan. 6, 1993. It read, “Don’t be scared … it is me. Love you and miss you.” His wife replied, “Wow … this is so cool!” Leonsis later became AOL’s Vice Chairman. We’ve come a long way since 1993!

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4. The first YouTube video posted was posted by co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo. It was uploaded on April 23, 2005 and has been watched nearly 10 million times.

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5. The first picture ever uploaded on the web was posted by Tim Berners-Lee (inventor of the World Wide Web) on behalf of a comedy band called Les Horrible Cernettes.

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6. The first website was dedicated to information about the World Wide Web and went live on August 6, 1991. Here’s the url: http://info.cern.ch/hypertext/WWW/TheProject.html.

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7. The first domain name ever registered was Symbolics.com on March 15, 1985. Now it serves as a historic site.

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8. The first email was sent by Ray Tomlinson, a US programmer who implemented the first email system, to himself in 1971. “The test messages were entirely forgettable. . . . Most likely the first message was QWERTYIOP or something similar,” he said. 

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9. The first sentence uttered on Skype was in Estonian in April 2003 by a member of the development team. It was ‘Tere, kas sa kuuled mind?’ or “Hello, can you hear me?” in English.

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10. Joe McCambley ran the first banner ad ever online. It went live in October 1994 on HotWired.com, and it promoted 7 art museums, sponsored by AT&T.

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#Newlyweds

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I have to admit that I am kind of a Bravo TV addict. Most of my DVR is filled with shows on Bravo. The first time I saw a preview for the new show Newlyweds, I immediately set a recurring recording for it. Last night, I watched the Real Housewives of OC and I was delighted to find that Newlyweds was premiering afterwards. I was interested in the show because I have only been married for a year and a half and I figured I might be able to relate to some of these people. While that was not the case, although I have  only watched one episode, I did recognize an old friend.

In 1999, I attended a camp in the Cat Skills of New York called, Stagedoor Manor. It was an acting camp and at 15, acting was my passion. Similar to every teenage situation, the camp had cliques and long-time veterans that were considered stars on campus. The most popular guy there was Blair Late. Blair had real talent and was always cast as the star of the main show. Despite Blair’s popularity and rising stardom, he was one of the nicest guys I have ever met. I didn’t spend a ton of time with him but whenever I saw him during my month at Stagedoor, he always managed to brighten my day with a genuine compliment.

Fast forward 14 years, I am watching Newlyweds and someone looks extremely familiar. Where do I know that guy from? Is he an actor? I Googled Blair Late and he has quite the credentials, including a stint as a hugely successful popstar abroad. I knew that I had met this guy before, but where. As I racked my brain, it occurred to me that it could only be one place…Stagedoor Manor. I took to Twitter to confirm my suspicions.

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Mystery solved! What would we do without Twitter?

I still wanted to dive a little bit deeper, so I was up early this morning and stopped by my parents’ house to see if I still had my Stagedoor Manor photo album. Indeed I did and I actually had a photo of Blair. photoI would encourage everyone to watch Bravo’s new show, Newlyweds on Monday at 9PM Central! Follow the hashtag #Newlyweds on Twitter to join the conversation.

Client Gratitude

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I have probably referenced this comparison way too many times but once again, it’s going to be the theme of my latest blog post. When I started Gossip Genie nearly 3.5 years ago, I never realized how much of my heart and soul would be attached to the company. Gossip Genie is my baby and watching it grow has been incredible. I want all of my clients to work with us forever and when that is not the case, due to budget constraints or other circumstances out of our control, I find myself dealing with emotions similar to a heartbreak. Obviously, the longer we have had a client, the harder it is to say goodbye but we won’t grow if we offer our services for free.

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A Smile Beats a Frown

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Last week painted a vivid stream of what seemed to be one horrific film after the other for the whole world to witness. Whether it was the photographs of the Boston bombings displayed on Twitter, the first-hand video coverage of the Texas plant explosion on the Internet, or just the unknowingness of when it would all end – The world, eyes glued to social media feeds, TV news, was, plainly, saddened.

TIME however made an interesting point in a recent article that, in my opinion, reiterated how people can always seem to find a glimmer of light or hope at the end of a very dark tunnel. After 911, and after last week’s endless terrors, sometimes it’s important to grip the good, and hold it tight.

In addition to TIME’s list of the wonderful, inspiring things that happened last week – Here are a few, more recent incidents that will hopefully help everyone dealing with the aftermath realize that there is always “light amid the darkness.”

1. Earth Day Brought People Together

People gathered nationwide yesterday to celebrate Earth Day. Celebrities, institutions and major corporations spoke highly of Earth’s personal holiday and the importance of going green. On Twitter, people used the hashtag #EarthDay, among others, to show their support for Mother Earth.

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2. Awareness and a Second Chance

The Washington Post shed light on a little girl named Bhawana Thami from the Nepali village of Dushikharka who was born with a rare disease, which left the girl with abnormal hair growth that covered half of her face. If untreated, it could become cancerous. Luckily, with the help of Narendra Shrestha’s photographs of the young girl’s condition, awareness of the disease is now being spread and discussed. Miss Bhawana has undergone surgical procedures, which has completely removed the unwanted hair, but she still has a procedure to go. She is finally on the road to a whole new life.

Read more.

3. A Furry Friend Gets a Home

With the help of the Kauai Humane Society in Hawaii, lost, abandoned and abused dogs get a second chance. The humane society reaches out to people who would be able to take the pups across the Pacific to a better, safer environment. One tourist fell in love with Grady, a unique four-legged friend, who never got any attention or even visitors from anyone who came into the shelter. But when Martin Sprouse saw Grady, he couldn’t bare to leave without the furry friend by his side.

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4. Girl Scouts and Their Cookies

A Girl Scout Troop sold 9,082 boxes of cookies to raise funds for charity, according to Phyllis Zorn from Enid News. The Troop gave a whopping $1,000 to the Enid Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The young ladies were able to meet executive director of Enid SPCA, Vicki Grantz in which they were able to ask questions about animal care and wellness.

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5. I Repeat, Smartphones in Orbit

NASA successfully launched three smartphone satellites to space Sunday. According to NASA, “the trio of ‘PhoneSats’ is operating in orbit, and may prove to be the lowest-cost satellites ever flown in space.” NASA continues to explain that their goal “is to determine whether a consumer-grade smartphone can be used as the main flight avionics of a capable, yet very inexpensive, satellite.” As of yesterday, all three “PhoneSats” are operating normally. Cheers to technological advancements.

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Do you have an inspirational story you’d be willing to share?