The Beginner’s Guide to Spotify | Mashable

Digital music might not have the same allure as sitting down to listen to a record on your turntable, but what it lacks in atmosphere, it makes up for in convenience — especially when you aren’t home with your collection.

It’s been five years since Spotify publicly launched and shifted the music industry’s focus toward streaming as a way to combat illegal downloading. While the streaming business model is far from perfect, even the most casual music fan should test out streaming while it’s still growing.

If you’re just dipping your toe into the stream, follow our beginner’s guide and soon you’ll be listening to Spotify’s massive library without the worry of losing precious hard drive space.

Macro topics:

  • Signing Up
  • Organizing Your Music
  • Sharing and Discovering Tunes

Read: The Beginner’s Guide to Spotify | Mashable

Super Searcher Tips | Mary Ellen Bates

The Beginner’s Guide to SoundCloud | Mashable

Read: The Beginner’s Guide to SoundCloud | Mashable

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From Scratch to Tynker: Tools to Teach Kids How to Code | The Digital Shift

Learning to code is a popular topic in educational circles these days. For good reason. When young people code their own apps, games, stories, or websites they have a chance to think critically, troubleshoot, problem solve, and collaborate. It’s a way to create something real that can be seen and used by lots of different people.

Of course, not all teachers or library staff are proficient coders. But, we don’t have to be. There are several apps and Web-based tools that make it possible to learn, with kids, the basics of coding. These also give young people the chance to try things out on their own and even teach adults how to create with code.

Sceencast tutorials for Daisy the Dinosaur, Hopscotch, Scratch and Tynker. Read: From Scratch to Tynker: Tools to Teach Kids How to Code | The Digital Shift.

The Beginner’s Guide to TweetDeck | Mashable

TweetDeck‘s development path might look more like a roller coaster than the typical incline, but it’s for good reason. After Twitter bought the app in 2011, TweetDeck pulled support for various social networks — most recently Facebook — and dropped its mobile apps in order to focus on its core purpose in desktop form: Twitter.

Social media managers and casual tweeters alike can benefit from TweetDeck’s organizational tools, such as customizable columns, multiple account toggling and scheduling. With a modern, clean design and automatically refreshing feeds, TweetDeck’s utility comes in its simplicity and ease in setting up.

Here’s how to get started on TweetDeck. Soon your personal and professional Twitter troubles will be long gone.

Read the guide: The Beginner’s Guide to TweetDeck | Mashable


How The Informational Interview Helps You Get The Job | Fast Company

People get jobs through connections. If you don’t have any, make them. And then ask yourself these five questions to prep.

Read: How The Informational Interview Helps You Get The Job | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

A guide for the informational interview.

A Few Twitter Resources for Teachers, Job Hunting, Twitter Management


Twitter Guide For Teachers: Ideas, Resources and More | KQED

Twitter Resources for Educators | Rich Hubbard | Pinterest

Job Hunting

20 Twitter Resources for Job Hunters | Mashable

How to find job using Twitter | Jarkko Sjöman

Twitter Management

Twitter Guide Book – How To, Tips and Instructions and The Complete Guide to Twitter Etiquette from Mashable

3 Free Tools to Manage Who You Follow on Twitter | Mashable
Reviews Manage Flitter, UnTweeps and Tweepi.

Twitter Analytics: A Beginner’s Guide | Search Engine Watch

Spirit for Twitter: Disappearing Act For Your Tweets | Information Space
There’s some new Twitter functionality in town, and this time it’s letting you automatically delete any tweet you want with a little hashtag magic.

How to Erase Yourself From the Internet | Gizmodo

If your growing weariness of being constantly tethered to the Internet has become overwhelming, it might be time to scrub yourself from the social media sphere altogether. Here’s how you can become a ghost on the Internet, by tracking down and eliminating your digital past.

Read: How to Erase Yourself From the Internet | Gizmodo.

Provides instructions for how to remove/deactivate accounts for Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+. Recommends other tools including Account Killer, Just Delete Me and Knowem.

An All-in-One Guide to the Maker Culture and 3D Printing | Ellyssa Kroski |

The maker culture is a thriving movement amongst all types of people who want to create and design their own objects, crafts, or computer code.  This DIY community is using state-of-the-art technology such as 3D printers to design and craft their own 3D objects.  This introductory guide will give you an overview of today’s maker movement, resources for getting started, 3D printer reviews, links to actual project designs and instructions, maker publications, events, and directories, videos about 3D printing and maker culture, and an article list of resources about libraries and makerspaces.

Resources categorized into the following sections:

  • What is the Maker Movement?
  • Getting Started Guides
  • 3D Printers
  • 3D Projects
  • Maker Events
  • Makerspaces Directories
  • Maker Videos
  • Libraries and Makerspaces Resource List

Read: An All-in-One Guide to the Maker Culture and 3D Printing | Ellyssa Kroski |

10 Lessons For Design-Driven Success | Co.Design

At the forefront of the economy, good design is a priority. Here’s how to embrace the next wave of innovation.

The 10 lessons discussed:

  1. Design starts at the top.
  2. The Apple myth is powerful–and incomplete.
  3. Today’s disaster is tomorrow’s triumph.
  4. One size does not fit all.
  5. Yes, Virginia, penny-wise is pound-foolish.
  6. Design hunger is real.
  7. There’s something new under the sun.
  8. A well-designed product does not equal a well-designed business.
  9. The big picture is a mass of details.
  10. It is still day one.

Read: 10 Lessons For Design-Driven Success | Co.Design | business + design.