Monday, February 9, 2015

Online Harassment: Statistics and Types

Contributing author Mike Miranda

Commonly known as ‘cyber bullying,’ online harassment has increased due to social platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, where users have unlimited connections to the greater global world. Therefore, it is no surprise that people who use the Internet can unknowingly become victims or contribute to online harassment. Thus, cyber bullying has skyrocketed internationally and globally.

The largest study done on online harassment by the Pew Internet Research Center (PIRC), found that 73% of people polled saw harassment online and 40% admitted that they were victims of online harassment. This is a relatively high statistic and those who witnessed the harassment of others online confessed that harassment existed in many forms: 60% reported offensive name calling, 53% reported they saw intentional embarrassment, 25% reported physical threats against others, 19% reported sexual harassment, and 19% reported seeing long term periods of cyber stalking/harassment (PIRC). 

More statistics from the study also found that people who were victimized by online harassment reported different types of harassment as well: 27% reported name-calling, 22% reported intentional embarrassment, 8% reported physical threats, 8% reported being stalked, and 6% reported sexual harassment (PIRC).

These statistics show that online harassment can be split into two overlapping categories: name-calling /embarrassment (less severe) and being a target of threats/sustained harassment/stalking/and sexual harassment (more severe). The key finding in the study revealed that women are more likely to experience more severe forms of harassment and men were more likely to experience less severe forms. In comparison, both forms of sexual harassment are just as damaging and online harassment varies when it comes to the sex of the victim involved.

Social media has brought a boom in Internet users, thus creating a place for online harassment to thrive and easily be committed. These statistics are telling and reveal that online harassment is a serious issue that must be taken into consideration when it comes to acceptable and inappropriate use of workplace technology. This also means that people must be more aware of the types and statistics of the harassment that takes place in the very public sector of the Internet. But in order to do so, people must be educated in the risks of entering into transactions that take place when they decide to sign online.

Mike Miranda is a writer and blogger for Clear Law Institute. He specializes in employment law and workplace rights articles.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Your Comprehensive Guide to Google

By guest contributor Megan Ritter

When it comes to social media, it can be easy to fall into the habit of focusing too heavily on the most popular websites. 

While it makes sense to be where the people are, it’s also important to pay attention to where the people are going and what that means.

As it is, there are several demographics that do not conform to expectations. Although it is undeniable that Facebook and Twitter are two of the most popular social networks in the world, websites such as Snapchat and Instagram are starting to gain a lot of ground among younger users, while LinkedIn appeals to an older user base.

In addition to demographics such as these, it’s important to pay attention to trends in social media that inform us of where the media format is headed. Believe it or not, Google Plus might just be one of the most important networks to watch. Even though the network was quickly written off as an unnecessary addition to the crowd, Google has stated that there are now over 540 million monthly active users, making it one of the most popular social networks in the world.

These numbers are definitely intriguing, but that isn’t the only reason to keep an eye on Google+.

Google Plus is Putting the Search in Social

Google made a name for themselves with one of the most successful and useful search engines on the internet, so it makes sense that they would make that search engine a part of their plan for social media.

Google+ offers a little feature known as social search, which allows for users of the network to see results that have been recommended by other users in their circle. In other words, social search can make it easier to get your content seen on Google by the people who are most likely to enjoy it, especially if you invest the time and energy necessary to build a strong and healthy community on the social network.

Currently, social search is only an option, but it’s possible that this feature could become the status quo in the near future. If we look at the changes that the company has made to their search engine, they have all been focused on providing better, more valuable content to users. What better way to give users stronger search results than by allowing members of their social circle to help them find better content? Social search is entirely in line with Google’s modus operandi, so it would not be surprising to see them make it a big part of their future endeavors.

Google Plus is the Future of B2B Marketing

In addition to their social search function (entitled Plus Your World), Google+ also offers Authorship opportunities which can improve your status in the social media world. After all, if you are listed as the author of an excellent piece of content that everyone in your social circle enjoys, chances are that you’ll quickly become accepted as an authority in your field.

The trick is to produce great content that people in your industry will enjoy, which is exactly the kind of thing that Google wants to show up in their search results.

Think about it: If you had the world’s most popular search engine, would you want a bunch of useless results to show up, or would you rather that people found what they were looking for?

With the help of Google Plus, getting noticed and become a strong member of any B2B community is easier than ever. Share, post, and comment on valuable content, and your star will rise on Google’s social network. When people in your field start to recognize you and your business as trustworthy and reliable, it will only be a matter of time before they start coming to you for their needs.

Take Control of Your Targeted Marketing

Social media is all about building strong relationships and becoming a part of a community. In B2B marketing, it’s important to remember that your efforts will only be as effective and powerful as those who see them. The last thing you want to do is focus on a wide and varied audience simply because it is larger. Instead, focus your attention where it will be most effective and strengthen your social media presence among groups that will truly appreciate your message.

Google Plus is a great social network because it allows you to take control of who you target.

Although Facebook and Twitter now offer powerful and effective targeted ads, Google+ not only
offers those same types of ads, but it also allows users to do the targeting themselves by becoming members of hyper focused circles. The other top social networks might provide a few opportunities to create communities, but none of those opportunities are quite as useful as those you’ll find on Google Plus.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

How do you find your important corporate email?

I've heard numerous reports about companies spending large sums on staff salaries searching through thousands of email messages to prove or disprove something in court cases. 

Once, business relied on physical filing systems and could generally locate an important memo, report or letter provided it was filed correctly.

Now that everyone has access to email, not only has traffic increased, but it's now harder to find something important when it needs to be found.

Not only is it essential to have a well structured filing regime on one's server drives and regular backups, it's essential to be able to find email when needed.

Let's go back to the 60s and I'll tell you about a system that worked then and will work now.

I joined the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) at 18 and was originally an equipment clerk working in a major warehouse/distribution centre. Some of the procedures and practices impressed me greatly. The RAAF had supply systems that worked like a Swiss watch and could have an aircraft component for a broken aircraft despatched by air within half an hour, sometimes less.

Another system that impressed me was the list of standard subject headings for every piece of correspondence. If something written was about Personnel, you'd simply look up an alphabetic list and choose the most relevant Personnel subject heading. Once a heading had been allocated, it remained for the duration of the communication.

Correspondence was easy to find when we wanted it.

Turn the clock forward 50 years and the same system could be used with email in corporations. Now we use keywords and keyword phrases for almost everything, so using keywords in email should be an extension of that. Here's an example:

Halle works in the Finance Department of a large organisation and sends a monthly report of expenditure to all department heads. The subject line of her monthly email always reads "BUDGET - Monthly Report for MONTH".

When anyone replies to her or discusses anything to do with the report, it MUST have a subject line commencing with "BUDGET - Monthly Report for MONTH".

Now, when someone wants to find an email on the corporate server, they can sort by sender, recipient, date, department and BUDGET. The probability of find the email they want quickly is increased tremendously.

What do you think? What type system does your organisation have for storing and finding email? Comment below and let us know.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Are Affirmative Action Plans Fair?

As I read yet another blurb from a government agency about how it is going to get "indigenous Australians into jobs" by implementing what are racist policies for selection, my eyes rolled back in their sockets and I sighed, "ho hum".

Here we go again. I've been involved with these policies for at least three decades ... 30 years, and as a human resources specialist with years of experience in recruitment and selection, I've never seen one that works.

An affirmative action plan is really saying to those whom it favours that they aren't qualified or experienced enough to get a job if they have to compete with others, but we'll give you one anyway. We'll just have to hope that you learn something after you get in the job.

These type policies, apart from being racist (but excused under Australian law ... which is another issue), don't do the job winner any good and neither do they help the morale of other, better qualified candidates.

I've seen a handful of so-called indigenous Australian managers placed in jobs for which they had no chance of success. One person, who was a grader driver one year and a few years later a senior manager, couldn't write a properly worded letter. All his non-indigenous staff had to carry him despite the fact that he earned much more salary than anyone else in the office.

Everyone knew he wasn't up to the job and considered him a fool.

It can't have been good for him knowing that he was struggling and out of depth.

Where I live, there are dozens of organisations all falling over backwards to employ indigenous staff, but the truth is, there aren't sufficient job-ready people to go round, so a small, select group of people who are above average (for their race) move from one agency to another every 18 months or so as they perceive a better salary or opportunity. Most are "white" Aborigines who have indigenous ancestry but who are still allowed all the monetary and other benefits of the so-called disadvantaged.

Meanwhile, most Aboriginal people speak languages other than English and few speak really good English. Most have not been acculturated into good employment practices like turning up on time or even turning up, hygiene etc and are unsuited for work in the modern Australian society. Most are very poorly educated and if they were to apply for jobs, wouldn't get past first post.

Rather than pretending that an affirmative action program will improve their lives, government agencies would be better off case managing individuals through school, perhaps some form of post school training, and then let them compete when they were ready.

Giving people jobs because they are indigenous or part-indigenous is a recipe for failure and an affront to the dignity of other qualified applicants whose applications will be rejected on racist grounds..

There should be no room for racist government legislation, policies or practices in an increasingly diverse Australian society. What do you think?


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

I could have been playing golf but ...


I've taken the unusual step of advertising today because this is the best deal I have ever heard of. 

As a user of XSitePro Internet Marketing software for a decade, I had to bring you this news:

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Monday, November 3, 2014

Seo Wizard Wordpress Plugin Review

By guest author

Search engine optimization or SEO is what makes a website successful or a complete failure. SEO is optimizing your website so that a search engine can easily discover information about your site and narrow down what the purpose and relevance of your website is in relation to a particular search term.

There are many tools available to help web designers and developers focus their overall efforts in getting ranked by major search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. Using social media, relevant keywords, and well-structured web pages are just a few ways that can help optimize a website for getting a better rank. The SEO Wizard WordPress plugin is one powerful tool that can help you improve your websites position on search engines, providing tips and suggestions to get you results.
  • Why SEO Wizard?
    SEO Wizard is created by one of the most distinguished internet marketing and SEO companies in the United Kingdom, SEO UK. Designed by industry experts, this tool offers a great way to keep all the pages and posts consistent and up to par with professionally marketed websites. Because there are so many elements that go into optimizing your pages, the SEO Wizard plugin provides you with a solid tool and visual reference to make sure you are not forgetting a thing.
  • Keywords
    Keywords are one of the best ways to concentrate relevance on your web pages and this plugin makes sure to implement keywords in so many different ways. From the title of your webpage to alt tags, this tool does an excellent job of tracking keywords for you and making sure they are used an appropriate number of times. SEO Wizard features options for keywords such as automatic bold, italics and adding keywords to your post titles by simply checking a box.
  • Articles and Content
    Articles and other content on your pages or post are optimized by this tool. SEO Wizard will check to make sure that your posts are sufficient in size and contain additional content that can be optimized such as images, links or author information. When writing articles, quality content makes all the difference requiring a coherent and cohesive main idea. Keywords, images and other content can help to improve your articles and webpages by including features such as tags, categories, headers, alt tags, etc. This plugin will allow you to easily keep track of these search engine optimization elements, allowing you to focus on writing quality content. 
  • Social Media
    Integrating social media profiles to your posts is a great way to get the word out and improve your chances in getting ranked. By utilizing this plugin, you are given the option to add Facebook and Twitter profiles to your posts and pages. With plans to implement Google+, the addition of social media optimization in this plugin provides an effective way to boost your ranking among search engines.
  • Meta Descriptions
    This is the short paragraph about each page on your website that users will see on search engines. By including a meta description that provides a summary as to what your pages are about, search engines will know how relevant the content is on your page for they keywords that are searched by users. SEO Wizard includes a preview tool that lets you see how your meta description will look like on a search engine. In addition, the plugin features a setting that automatically lets you include your pages keywords, categories and tags in the meta description for further search engine optimization. Meta descriptions must be carefully written and should give users a good idea as to what your page is about so they will be more inclined to click on your link. This part of a search engine algorithm plays a significant role in page ranking and this WordPress plugin provides great functionality to tweak your meta description.
  • Page Analysis
    A really neat feature of the plugin is that a page analysis is provided. The page analysis score gives you a rough idea as to how the page can improve and includes a keyword density scale. All of the components that make up the score are listed so that you can easily identify areas that need improvement. Your score addresses how effectively keywords are being used, if used at all and are measured by keyword density, headers containing keywords, bold or underlined keywords, etc.
  • Plugin Integration
    Installation and setup of the plugin is simple and requires very little time. The plugin can be downloaded on the developer’s website or directly through the WordPress plugin search. The plugins settings can be configured and customized to your preferences and include several options mentioned previously. When writing a post or creating a new page for your website, the plugin tool can be seen and used to optimize each page, making it unique and focused on specific keywords.
Finding a plugin that provides robust features for search engine optimization like SEO Wizard does, is a valuable tool for any internet marketing professional or web developer. Getting your website ranked higher among search engines is no easy task, yet SEO Wizard for WordPress can make that process much simpler and give you a distinct advantage among your competitors.

The Seo Wizard plugin is provided by free of charge under the GPL v2 licence.