Social Media Monitoring

In many ways the Internet has revolutionized the way that we do business and interact with one another. Thanks to web-based meeting software we can say so long to the days of business travel, as most organizations have found the time- and cost-saving benefits of hosting web-based meetings that allow associates to present documents to one another online and facilitate discussions in real time and across the world.

Gone are the days of perusing the classified ads section of the newspaper to find a job and “pounding the pavement,” as electronic job boards are now the preferred method by most hiring managers and employers.

And perhaps what’s even more significant is the way education has changed in the digital age. Nowadays, many universities offer courses and degrees online, making it unnecessary to ever set foot on a regular campus.

Then there is the world of social networking, which has vastly changed the way humans interact and exchange information with one another. What starts as an online profile can lead to endless possiblities, including more friendships, romantic relationships and even professional opportunities.

It’s clear that the accessibility of information has made living in the digital age convenient; however, just as there are benefits to having so much information online, there are also a few setbacks. While living online has certainly made the world a smaller place as we now have the ability to interact with people all over the world, and while it may be fun and the preferred way to communicate with friends and family, there are certain things that you may want to consider twice before posting online. Inappropriate content such as photos, video footage and profane language are examples of things to consider before posting to a social networking site, all of which can cost you relationships and job opportunities, as hiring managers often exercise social media monitoring prior to approaching a candidate for a job.

Everyday Green – Little Changes Make a Difference

Conserve water. Turn off faucets when you brush teeth, lather up, or shave. It’ll save gallons per year. That’s money in your wallet. Leaky taps? Call a plumber. Replacing a washer may not be the long-range fix. Have your home’s water pressure tested. Chances are it’s high. Excessive pressure breaks down the material washers are made of. Install a pressure regulator. If you can’t afford a plumber, collect the water in a bowl or a pan. Use it to flush your toilet, (pour in the bowl, and gravity does the rest!) or water a plant.

Save fuel. Next time you’re at the drive-thru window, turn off your engine. You’re wasting fuel and sending toxins into the air. Conserve miles by pairing with friends to run errands. Make a list of places you need to go, then plan a route to avoid retracing steps. Go online to browse the sales first. You’ll save time, gas, and stress. Order consumer services like auto insurance and car repairs online, too. You’ll save money, and reclaim the time you’d otherwise spend chasing bargains.

Screaming hot water might be appropriate if you’re fighting a stain on white cotton, but it isn’t good for your skin. It strips away precious oils your skin needs to stay young and supple, especially in winter. Lower your water heater’s temperature a tad, save money and take years off your complexion. Meanwhile, keep an eye on that old tank. Watch for leaking, irregular water temperatures, rusty bathwater, or persistent knocking; all signs that could mean your dinosaur is ready for the bone yard. If you’re in the home of your dreams, you might consider a tank-less replacement. They’re pricey, but the green years you’ll spend in the home and the money you’ll save might be worth the expense.

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