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Free Tumblr Analytics Tools for Writers

Do you wish you could find out more about how readers respond to your work on Tumblr?

Union Metrics has released a free set of analytics for Tumblr users. You can sign up for the waiting list at this link. SocialTimes has more about the tools:

Union Metric licenses Tumblr data “fire hose” from reseller Gnip. Its enterprise-tier analytics offer full text search of that data, allowing brands to monitor their own blogs, competitors’ blogs and mentions of their company or product anywhere on Tumblr. Today, Union began offering packages priced for individual users. (Users can sign up today for the beta test.) The service will provide users with free monthly traffic data, follower counts, information on who has re-blogged their content, and performance metrics on individual accounts.

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Novel Writing: Editing Your Draft

Novel Writing: Editing Your DraftStarting July 16, workshop your novel in-progress with a published author! Erika Mailman's course will function as a workshop, with the emphasis on sharing your work for review and providing critiques for your peers. By the end of this class you'll have up to 75 pages of you novel workshopped and developed patterns to improve your writing. Register now! 

The Most Abandoned Books List

Goodreads has created a great infographic exploring the books most often abandoned by readers on the social network. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling topped that list, followed by Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.

On the Morning Media Menu today, Social Times editor Devon Glenn discussed this list and explored what writers need to know about Facebook’s new Social Graph function.

When do you stop reading a book? I have no shame in admitting that I will stop reading a book after fewer than 50 pages. Life is too short to read a book you don’t enjoy. The complete infographic follows below…

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Facebook Story Ideas for Writers

Do you struggle to find readers on Facebook?

SocialTimes recently caught up with Facebook journalism program manager Vadim Lavrusik, getting a long list of useful storytelling resources and tips. Here’s more from SocialTimes:

With a longer character limit than Twitter (around 60,000 characters compared to Twitter’s 140), Facebook stories can unfold in real-time through text, images, and videos on the Page or serve as a preview for a longer article on a news website. Stories told on Facebook benefit also from community dialogue through comments, likes, and shares, Lavrusik said. Facebook recently launched a media portal for journalists to aid in their storytelling, with reports on best practices for journalists and media companies, as well as a case study on how Slate magazine doubled its Facebook referrals between the second quarter of 2012 and the first quarter of 2013.

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What Is the Best Way To Post a Twitter Correction?

If you ever need to fix a Twitter mistake, Social Times has uncovered a few tools to publish a highly visible correction. Check it out:

You’ll find a tool for generating strikethrough text on Fsymbols.com. Simply copy and paste the text from your Tweet (or write it in manually) and then copy and paste the crossed out text that appears in a new Twitter post. Note that doing this will double the size of the characters in the post, so you’ll need to limit your Tweets to 70 characters instead of 140. Web developer Adam Varga also has a strikethrough generator tool on his website that produces similar results.

What do you think is the best way to correct a tweet?

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Best Quora Answer of the Year

Kenyatta Leal has won the Quora Answer of the Year award at the annual Shorty Awards. He provided a moving answer to the question: “What does the first day of a 5+ year prison sentence feel like?

Below, we’ve included links to all five finalists for the Best Quora Answer of the Year award. Leal accepted his award from prison. Here is an excerpt from his Quora essay:

I remember my first day because it was my worst day. I was sentenced to life in prison on September 25, 1995 and about a week later was transferred from the San Diego County Jail to RJ Donovan Prison for intake into the state prison system. The morning of my transfer a deputy came to my cell and told me that I was “catching the chain” to the pen.  I had just made it to sleep as my cellmate and I had stayed up late playing chess and talking. He was a 19 year old 1st termer headed to the joint with a life sentence and every night he would ask me a gang of questions about prison life. I felt compelled to answer his questions in as much detail as possible because I knew he didn’t understand the danger he was headed into and he needed all the help he could get.

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‘Explain Like I’m Five’ Tackles Friederich Nietzsche

Reddit has launched a new series on YouTube called Explain Like I’m Five, exploring tough topics in simple language. One of the first episodes tackled Friederich Nietzsche and existentialism. We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think?

If you want to read some Nietzsche for yourself, check out these free eBook editions of Beyond Good and Evil or Thus Spake Zarathustra. Here’s more about the show:

The Explain Like I’m Five subreddit is an inclusive place to ask questions and get layman-friendly answers, without fear of judgement. Appropriate for questions about current events, history, politics, culture and more.DonorsChoose.org and Reddit are making sure the next generation has the resources they need to stay curious. Visit Elif and donate to support low-income elementary school students.

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What Writers Need to Know About Goodreads

The New York Times has profiled Goodreads, undoubtedly sending hundreds of writers and publishers flocking to the site. This bustling community of readers seems perfect for writers, but it is very easy to make a bad impression on its members.

After a long Ask Me Anything interview on Reddit, novelist Michael J. Sullivan collected some advice for writers using Goodreads. His advice can spare many writers some bad experiences on the network.

Here is his most important piece of advice: “The most important thing to remember about goodreads is that members of this site REALLY hate self-promotion. Primarily because too many authors come to the site and do drive-by posts and leave. This makes their radar on such matters very sensitive. The key to goodreads is to become a member of the community first…and mention your writing only in context and when appropriate.”

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Does Techspeak Harm Our Writing Skills?

In a survey, 64 percent of teens confessed that they used “techspeak” from texting or online communication in writing assignments at school.

Will text messaging and social networking harm our writing skills? Social Times has more in a detailed infographic:

A recent study suggests that the more kids text, the less they learn about proper grammar. Widespread use of social media sites and text messaging tools has given rise to a hybrid language called “techspeak” that’s riddled with acronyms and abbreviations instead of words and numbers instead of letters. This, we knew. But because students between the ages of 13 and 17 send twice as many messages as people in any other age group, “techspeak” is more likely to creep into their school assignments and give others the wrong impression about their communication skills.

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Goodreads Sets New Rules About Adult Content

The online reading community of Goodreads has set some new guidelines about adult content posted on the network.

Social Times has more about the new rules:

In an email to group moderators, the company said yesterday that “Sexual role play is now not permitted in any group or any other part of the site.” More specifically, “Romance is permitted in role-play games, but pornographic content and explicitly sexual content or scenarios are not permitted. We’ve made the decision that this is not appropriate for our site.”

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LinkedIn Strategies for Writers

LinkedIn just counted 200 million members.

Is your LinkedIn profile in good shape? Here’s more from the company: “New members continue to join LinkedIn at a rate of two per second. The company has added more than 13 million members since its last announcement on November 1, 2012.” As the network grows, you need to make sure your profile is professional and easy to find.

We’ve collected some strategies for improving your LinkedIn footprint:

LinkedIn Profile Tips for Writers & Publishing Pros

Why You Should Use LinkedIn Endorsements & Notifications

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