links for 2009-02-01

  • One of the questions I get most often is “what does a community manager do“? As a growing field (in as much as any field is growing these days…), there’s a fair amount of interest in what community managers do.

    Dawn Foster has a great post on this topic over on WebWorkerDaily, though she’s specifically addressing online community managers. According to Foster, the key responsibilities fall into facilitation, creating content, evangelism, and evolution:

    Evolution. Topics of conversation change, software changes, and people change, which all requires changes to your online community. This is the strategic piece where you get to think about what the community should look like in one year or five years and make changes to the community to make sure that you achieve your goals for the community.

    I’d add a couple of things here:

    Communication: A big part of any community manager’s job is communicating with different parties and trying to get them communicating effectively.

  • Star Trek Trailers
  • A chronicle of the early days of James T. Kirk and his fellow USS Enterprise crew members.

    Paramount synopsis: From director J.J. Abrams ("Mission: Impossible III," "Lost" and "Alias") and screenwriters Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci ("TRANSFORMERS," "MI: III") comes a new vision of the greatest space adventure of all time, "Star Trek," featuring a young, new crew venturing boldly where no man has gone before.

    Explores the early Starfleet careers of future Enterprise officers Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), Scotty (Simon Pegg), Amanda Grayson (Winona Ryder), Uhura (Zoe Saldana), McCoy (Karl Urban), Sulu (John Cho), and Chekhov (Anton Yelchin). A Romulan, Nero (Eric Bana), and a much older Spock (Leonard Nimoy) are influences, as well as Captain Pike (Bruce Greenwood), the first captain of the USS Enterprise.

  • Bryan Rutberg's daughter was among the first to notice something odd about her dad's Facebook page. At about 8 p.m. on Jan. 21, she ran into his bedroom and asked why he'd changed his status to: “BRYAN IS IN URGENT NEED OF HELP!!!" Rutberg initially thought little of it, and lay down for an after-dinner nap. But an hour later, when his wife woke him to ask what was wrong, he took a second look and realized his Facebook account had been hacked. Within minutes, his cell phone was ringing non-stop, with concerned friends calling to offer help. Many had received an e-mail with the story that Rutberg had been robbed at gunpoint while traveling in the United Kingdom, and needed money to get home. One even sent $1,200 to a Western Union branch in London. The Seattle resident and Microsoft employee then spent the next 24 hours in a frantic search for a way to contact Facebook and stop the hackers. But he was locked out of his own account and locked into a Catch-22;
  • If you're serious about increasing your core strength, follow this six week training program and you'll soon be on your way to completing 200 consecutive sit-ups!

    Think there's no way you could do this? I think you can! All you need is a good plan, plenty of discipline and about 30 minutes a week to achieve this goal!

    No doubt some of you can already do 100 consecutive sit-ups, but let's face it, you're in a big minority. Most of you reading this won't even be able to manage 20 sit-ups. Actually, I'm sure many of you can't even do 10.

    However, it really doesn't matter which group you fall into. If you follow the progressive sit-ups training program, I'm positive you'll soon be able to do 200 sit-ups!

  • Create and print your own crossword puzzle! Just type the clues and words, and edHelper will do the rest!
  • In October, we spec’ed out a respectable $800 gaming PC in our monthly Buyer’s Guide feature. While the price and parts looked promising, we had to see for ourselves if this sub-$1000 system could hold its ground against today’s top rigs. After all, if you don’t need to spend your next month’s paycheck on performance parts, why should you? We had to make some careful choices to keep this machine within our constrained budget, but in the end we were surprised by this little PC’s kick ass performance. Want to learn how to build it yourself? We’ll walk you through our meticulous build process, explain why we chose each component, and give you our final thoughts on the benchmark results this little-PC-that-could throws down.
  • Instructions on using photoshop to convert a digital photo/image to a multiple layered stencil.
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