In this short assortment of poetry and prose, I include nine poems, two works of prose, and two Facebook quotes. Everything written here is presented in chronological order from 1992-2013, over the span of more than 20 years of my life. I hope you enjoy, and I thank you for listening! 1. Language: English. Narrator: Tyler Cochran. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/038287/bk_acx0_038287_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
So you´re interested in growth hacking. Maybe you know a little about it, maybe you´ve never heard about it, maybe you´re the inventor of the term and you´re scoping out the competition (hi, Sean!). No matter who you are, you´re not looking to make a business grow - your looking to make a business erupt like Vesuvius. You´re looking to spread like blue jeans and the Beatles - to become an uninterrupted facet of modern life, like automobiles, cable television, and Facebook. In the digital age, there is such a proliferation of choice and competition that it is no longer enough for a business to ´´get people in the door´´. A consumer can easily try a product, make a snap decision on its relative value, and leave with no more effort than clicking ´´unsubscribe´´ to the first auto-drip email that arrives in their inbox. Recent societal and technological developments have introduced an urgent need for online businesses to focus on retention and engagement. The more engaged users are, the more likely they are to refer friends, family, professional contacts and like-minded people to their particular community, which in itself organically drives acquisition. This results in a larger user base, which increases engagement and thus retention and referral. This is a concept known as virality, which is the evolution of the concept of ´´word-of-mouth marketing´´. Virality is the way that you accomplish that benevolent positive feedback loop. As a growth hacker, virality is what you are about, because you are responsible for driving explosive, exponential growth for a company, a la Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest. Your job is to do the years of work that make something an overnight success. After the roar of the crowd has subsided and their fickle attention spans start to scan the horizon for the next big thing, it´s your job to shake it all up, reengage them, and turn your huge growth gains into a long-term investment. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joe Casanova. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/043279/bk_acx0_043279_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Want to surf the web anonymously? This audiobook is the perfect guide for anyone who wants to cloak their online activities. Whether you´re on Usenet, Facebook, P2P, or browsing the web with standard browsers like Opera, Firefox, and Internet Explorer, I will show you how to become a ghost on the internet, leaving no tracks back to your isp, or anyone else. This book covers every facet of encrypting your private data, securing your pc, masking your online footsteps, and gives you peace of mind with total 100% anonymity on the internet. Learn how to mask your online identity with every site or protocol you use online. In-depth guides on Tor, Freenet, I2P, Proxies, VPNs, Usenet, and much, much, more! Learn about basic mistakes that even advanced hackers make every day that give them away. Learn which programs make you a ghost on the internet, and which shine the spotlight on you! Get 100% security with online and offline computer habits! Regardless of what you do online, you owe it to yourself to make sure you aren´t taken advantage of! 1. Language: English. Narrator: John T. Parker. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/023347/bk_acx0_023347_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Whether it´s Kim Kardashian uploading picture after picture to Instagram or your roommate posting a mid-vacation shot to Facebook, selfies receive mixed reactions. But are selfies more than, as many critics lament, a symptom of a self-absorbed generation? Digital native Alicia Eler´s The Selfie Generation is the first book to delve fully into this ubiquitous and much-maligned part of social media, including why people take them in the first place and the ways they can change how we see ourselves. Eler argues that selfies are just one facet of how we can use digital media to create a personal brand in the modern age. More than just a picture, they can be a positive and important part of a conversation. Eler examines all aspects of selfies and the generation that has grown up with them. She looks at how the boundaries between people´s physical and digital lives have blurred with social media; she explores questions of privacy, consent, ownership, and authenticity; and she points out important issues of sexism and double standards wherein women are encouraged to take them but then become subject to criticism and judgment. The Selfie Generation is a compelling and fascinating argument for the power of the selfie and a rebuttal to all those who would dismiss them. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Teri Schnaubelt. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/009602/bk_brll_009602_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book of 2017 Franklin Foer reveals the existential threat posed by big tech, and in his brilliant polemic gives us the toolkit to fight their pervasive influence. Over the past few decades there has been a revolution in terms of who controls knowledge and information. This rapid change has imperiled the way we think. Without pausing to consider the cost, the world has rushed to embrace the products and services of four titanic corporations. We shop with Amazon; socialize on Facebook; turn to Apple for entertainment; and rely on Google for information. These firms sell their efficiency and purport to make the world a better place, but what they have done instead is to enable an intoxicating level of daily convenience. As these companies have expanded, marketing themselves as champions of individuality and pluralism, their algorithms have pressed us into conformity and laid waste to privacy. They have produced an unstable and narrow culture of misinformation, and put us on a path to a world without private contemplation, autonomous thought, or solitary introspection-a world without mind. In order to restore our inner lives, we must avoid being coopted by these gigantic companies, and understand the ideas that underpin their success. Elegantly tracing the intellectual history of computer science-from Descartes and the enlightenment to Alan Turing to Stewart Brand and the hippie origins of today´s Silicon Valley-Foer exposes the dark underpinnings of our most idealistic dreams for technology. The corporate ambitions of Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, he argues, are trampling longstanding liberal values, especially intellectual property and privacy. This is a nascent stage in the total automation and homogenization of social, political, and intellectual life. By reclaiming our private authority over how we intellectually engage with the world, we have the power to stem the tide. At stake is nothing less than who we are, and what we will become. There have been monopolists in the past but today´s corporate giants have far more nefarious aims. They´re monopolists who want access to every facet of our identities and influence over every corner of our decision-making. Until now few have grasped the sheer scale of the threat. Foer explains not just the looming existential crisis but the imperative of resistance. Named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times ? L.A. Times ? NPR
The compelling, fresh, and thought-provoking exploration of friendship - what it is, how to keep it, and why we need it more than ever beforeOur best friends, Twitter followers, gal-pals, bromances, Facebook friends, and long distance buddies define us in ways we rarely openly acknowledge. But as a society, we are simultaneously terrified of being alone and already desperately lonely. We move through life in packs and friendship circles and yet, in the most interconnected age, we are stuck in the greatest loneliness epidemic of our time. It´s killing us, making us miserable and causing a public health crisis. Increasingly, we don’t just die alone; we die because we are alone. What if meaningful friendships are the solution?Journalist Kate Leaver believes that friendship is the essential cure for the modern malaise of solitude, ill health, and anxiety and that, if we only treated camaraderie as a social priority, it could affect everything from our physical health and emotional well being. Her much-anticipated manifesto, The Friendship Cure, looks at what friendship means, how it can survive, why we need it, and what we can do to get the most from it. Why do some friendships last a lifetime, while others are only temporary? How do you ´´break up” with a toxic friend? How do you make friends as an adult? Can men and women really be platonic? What are the curative qualities of friendship, and how we can deploy friendship to actually live longer, better lives?From behavioral scientists to besties, Kate draws upon the extraordinary research from academics, scientists, and psychotherapists, and stories from friends of friends, strangers from the Internet, and her ´´squad” to get to the bottom of these and other facets of friendship. For fans of Susan Cain’s Quiet and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic, The Friendship Cure is a fascinating blend of accessible ´´smart thinking,” investigative journalism, p 1. Language: English. Narrator: Candice Moll. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/011430/bk_brll_011430_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Most companies today realize the imperative to connect with their customers, employees, and partners through social technologies - Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and elsewhere. But a huge challenge is still in the way: How to build programs and teams for accomplishing all that. While organizations have been fixated on how to use the latest social tool, they´ve lost sight of how to create a business strategy capable of adjusting to the next wave of technology around the corner. The author has identified the strategies and tactics of the world´s best social business organizations - from leaders at IBM, Microsoft, Salesforce.com to those at Google, JetBlue, and several small businesses. He also provides a never-before-revealed playbook that businesses can use today to start increasing revenue immediately and for the long term. For corporations to successfully transform into social business enterprises they must shift the focus from computers and tools to developing skills and attitudes around social technologies. Socialized! represents a ´´playbook´´ on how to create such a high-performing social enterprise. Filled with clear strategies and real-life stories from visionaries and change-makers, the book is designed to help business leaders create an adaptable, agile, more profitable business thereby ensuring success against the competition. You will learn how to: Create and nurture a high performing ´´digital village´´ or internal social network Connect with your ´´digital network´´ and build a community of brand advocates Manage ´´Darwin´s Funnel´´ or a sales and marketing funnel with a social wrapper Gildan Media and Bibliomotion are proud to bring you another Bibliomotion Audiobook. Featuring exceptional content for today’s listener, these notable audiobooks contain the essential tools that can be applied to every facet of your life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Walter Dixon. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/gdan/001221/bk_gdan_001221_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.