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A prominent author and sales expert will discuss his latest insights in the sales industry at Indiana State University on March 27

Posted by isulib on January 28, 2013

Prominent author and sales expert to speak at Indiana State on March 27

By: Austin Arceo, ISU Communications and Marketing Staff
January 23, 2013

 A prominent author and sales expert will discuss his latest insights in the sales industry at Indiana State University on March 27.

Mike Bosworth, founder of the solution selling concept and co-author of “What Great Salespeople Do: The Science of Selling through Emotional Connection and the Power of Story,” will present “The Power of Story” in Hulman Memorial Student Union, Dede I. Bosworth will discuss the success behind the sales approach, including how people can utilize it. His visit is part of the State Farm Circle of Influence Speaker Series.

The event costs $50 to attend, which includes a buffet dinner, social hour, Bosworth’s presentation and an autographed copy of “What Great Salespeople Do.” For more information about the ISU Sales and Negotiations Center or to register for the event, contact Jon Hawes at 812-237-2286.

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Happy Birthday, “Pride and Prejudice”

Posted by isulib on January 27, 2013

Pride and Prejudice is turning 200, and to celebrate its bicentennial, cartoonist Jen Sorensen drew up an illustrated version of the classic.

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A New Year, New Privacy Settings

Posted by Heather on January 4, 2013

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There’s been a lot of buzz recently about changes in the privacy policies of popular social networking sites like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Foursquare. The New Year is a great time to take a moment to review your personal settings to make sure they conform to what you think people are seeing, or not seeing.

Facebook

Yet again, this social media giant has re-vamped their privacy settings over the holidays. Since they have a tendency default everyone to the option to make everything open to everyone (which you may not actually want), take a moment to reviews what’s set up on your account.

This article on Lifehacker has a detailed guide on the new settings, and exactly what they mean for the end user. At the end of the article, they also feature some browser extensions that block or modify certain features of Facebook that you may find annoying. My fave is the “Internet Shame Insurance” extension for Chrome that lets you know in plain language exactly who is going to see that post about you doing jello shots the night before your wedding (or whatever).

Oh, and you know that Facebook Privacy meme that people keep posting that says that you retain copyright of your stuff? It does nothing. Don’t bother.

Twitter

Twitter’s privacy settings are a lot simpler in that there are fewer of them, but they also can be quite powerful. For instance, that simple box “let others find me by my email address” seems innocuous enough, but it does mean that if you want to remain undiscovered by your grandmother who might just join Twitter one day, and she has your email address in her contacts, then Twitter will link her up to you – unless you uncheck the box.

And then there’s the location box. If you have it checked, Twitter will ask you if you want to include the location in your tweet. Maybe you do, maybe you don’t. It also might attach your exact coordinates, or a general location, like neighborhood.

The “Media” section controls whether your content is marked as sensitive, or whether you see others’ sensitive content without a warning. If you leave it UNCHECKED, Twitter will warn you that the media has been marked as sensitive. Twitter defines sensitive content as “nudity, violence, or medical procedures.”

Don’t want just anyone to see your tweets? Check the “Protect my Tweets” box. That means only people whom you approve in advance will be able to see what you tweet.

Personalization is a new feature Twitter is rolling out that will suggest people to follow and promote tweets based on the websites that you visit that have built in tweet buttons. Read more about this new feature in Twitter’s help article.

Finally, you can have the additional security of Twitter asking for an email or phone number to do a password reset (I recommend that you turn this one on for sure – makes is at least a little harder for someone to high jack your account).

Instagram

The most recent fervor over Instagram wasn’t privacy related as much as a proposed change in the Terms of Use. As this article from Slate explains, some badly worded language made it seem like Instagram could sell your photos to anyone. Founder Kevin Systrom quickly published a statement basically stating “Wait! That’s not what we meant!” Reuters published another article more closely examining the new terms.

There aren’t a lot of options for using Instagram. You’re photos are either public or private (meaning they can only be seen by those who you approve).

The new Terms go into effect on January 19, 2013 – so if you’re upset you can still delete your account.

Pinterest

For a long time, nothing you did on Pinterest was private. Your pins could be seen by anyone and your pins could be repinned by anyone else. This fall, Pinterest introduced Secret Boards, allowing you to create up to three “private” pinboards. You can invite others to the boards, too. However, if the board is yours, you still retain the control of who can see it. You can make the secret board public at any point, but then can’t revert it back to secret. Pinterest’s FAQs on secret boards should answer most of your questions.

Foursqaure

On January 28, Foursquare will also be changing some of its privacy policies. Gizmodo’s post sums up the changes, and how to alter your account if you’re concerned.

 

What other site do you use? Do you monitor your privacy on them?

 

 

 

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