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Easel.ly Makes Infographics Easy and Beautiful

There’s no doubt that one of the biggest storytelling forms to emerge within the last few years — especially online — is the infographic. Everywhere you turn, outlets are taking advantage of the highly visual, very sharable medium to give readers easily digestible pieces of data. And, from high tech studies to psychology research, it’s obvious that infographics not only enhance data content for readers but also show no signs of slowing down.

But it’s not as easy to create a high-impact infographic as it looks, even when your research is so interesting it can speak for itself. And, if you’re on a budget or with limited resources, it can cost a pretty penny to get competent work that can cut through the noise and go viral. Read more

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Quick Tip: Check Whether A Link Is Fresh Before Sharing

Journalists pride themselves on being first. But it’s hard to scoop social media and your readers on the hot new viral video and latest must-see website.

Here’s a quick link to remember the next time you want to share a link you just stumbled on with your closest friends and followers: IsItOld.com

The “Is It Old?” site could save you from comments asking where you’ve been the past week or year, when you inadvertently share a link to the funny YouTube clip everybody else on the Internet discovered last Christmas. Paste or type in the link you want to share, and it gives you a full breakdown on how many times it’s already been shared and when it was first shared.

By the way: It says 10000words.net is “ridiculously old” — first shared more than a year ago. But know what? It’s always worth sharing, even if the site is more than hours old. So as you can see, this tool is best left to individual blog posts, videos or specific pages you want to point people to.

(H/T Mashable)