How We Got “Please” and “Thank You” on Brain Pickings →

Why the line between politeness and bossiness is a linguistic mirage.

An anthropologist explores where the words “please” and “thank you” came from.

Post Images to Flickr from Measured Voice

You can now send images to Flickr from Measured Voice. It’s a great and easy way to build an audience on Flickr while creating an archive of the images you create for social media.

To add Flickr to Measured Voice, log in to your Flickr account, go to your Measured Voice channel settings, and select “Connect with Flickr.” Flickr will ask you to confirm that you want to connect Measured Voice. Once you do, you’re all set.

As you might expect, you need to attach an image to your message if you want to post it to Flickr. The message itself will be displayed on Flickr as the image caption. For instance, this post on Flickr was created at the same time as this Tweet:

Note that the text of the Tweet is the same as the description of the image on Flickr.

Here’s how we currently measure the impact of your Flickr posts:

  • Audience is not available from Flickr. If we could measure the number of people who have listed you as a contact on Flickr, we would count that as your audience, but we cannot get that information from Flickr at this time.
  • Reach is the number of times your image has been viewed on Flickr.
  • Kudos is the number of favorites on your image.
  • Engagement is the number of comments on your image.

As Flickr lets us get more data about your images, we will add it to your reports.

If you have any questions about using Measured Voice to manage Flickr, leave them in the comments below or email us at help@measuredvoice.com.

Post to LinkedIn from Measured Voice

You can now use Measured Voice to manage and measure posts on your LinkedIn company pages. If you’ve wanted to share content on LinkedIn, but haven’t had the time to manage another service, this is a great chance to start using it.

To add LinkedIn to Measured Voice, go to your channel settings and select “Connect with LinkedIn.” LinkedIn will ask you to log in and confirm that you want to connect Measured Voice. Once you do, we’ll let you select which of your company pages you’d like to manage.

Posting to LinkedIn on Measured Voice is very similar to posting to Facebook. You can write simple text posts and have the option of attaching links to your posts with customized titles and descriptions. The only difference is that you cannot post images to LinkedIn yet.

Here’s how we currently measure LinkedIn posts:

  • Audience is the size of your audience at the time you post.
  • Reach is the same as audience. We hope to use LinkedIn’s “impressions” number for this in the future.
  • Kudos is the number of likes on your message.
  • Engagement is the number of comments on your message.

As LinkedIn lets us get more data about your messages, we will add it to your reports.

If you have any questions about using Measured Voice to manage LinkedIn, leave them in the comments below or email us at help@measuredvoice.com.

Being marketed to on a social networking site can feel a little like receiving a post on your Facebook wall from your aunt asking if you’re finally coming to visit for Christmas.

Your job, as a business owner, is to be the coolest aunt the world has ever seen.

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ucresearch:

Students at UCSF can soon get course credit for editing medical Wikipedia articles, joining a group of medical professionals and others dedicated to improving available health information online.
Read more about it here →

This is fantastic.

ucresearch:

Students at UCSF can soon get course credit for editing medical Wikipedia articles, joining a group of medical professionals and others dedicated to improving available health information online.

Read more about it here

This is fantastic.

If a thousand lines of letters in UNIX qualifies as a technology (the computer code for a web page), then a thousand lines of letters in English (Hamlet) must qualify as well. They both can change our behavior, alter the course of events, or enable future inventions.

Kevin Kelly

(Source: nicolefenton)

This is a photograph of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, taken 150 years ago today.

I love this picture. I love it because Lincoln looks so anonymous in it. He’s just another person in the crowd. Certainly, when he gave the Gettysburg Address, he wasn’t just another person in the crowd. He was set apart. He stood on a podium and everyone gathered to hear him speak. But the point remains: he was just a person. What made him remarkable was that he understood the power of language.

He understood that words can change people’s minds, and that they could therefore change a country. With just 271 words, he reminded his audience of why America was so remarkable, why it was worth fighting for, and that the best way to honor the dead was to get to work creating a government worthy of their sacrifice.

There’s some irony that Lincoln believed that the world would forget his speech:

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It’s true that no words, not even his, could adequately honor the dead. But he misunderstood that his words would be immortal. His words are precisely what remind us of those soldiers and what they were fighting for. I hope we never forget them.

The Gettysburg Address:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that this nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.