Should Your Blog Be on Facebook?: The Nuts and Bolts of Fan Pages

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In our recent parenting blogger roundtable, Mommy Man author Jerry Mahoney said, on using social networks in conjunction with a blog:

Not promoting your blog is like renting a theater to stage your one-man show and then refusing to put up flyers because you don’t want anyone to show up.

There are folks who use blogs purely as online diaries, but most of us hope for a readership — and social networks are a way to find and grow one. Today, we’re focusing on Facebook. Should you create a Facebook fan page for your blog? How? And what do you do once you have it?

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The Art of the Open Letter

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The open letter. You’ve seen ’em before, I’m sure. If not, they can look something like this:

Dear Monday,

I must admit I’m never happy to see you. I dread you in the morning, and on the drive to work, and from what I see on my Facebook feed, no one else likes you, either.

Why you gotta be so gloomy?


Sure, it’s a silly example. But it’s a different, more creative approach than simply typing:

I have a bad case of the Mondays.

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3 Hyperloop details you might have missed


Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk owned the news yesterday when he released the initial design for the hyperloop, a new form of transportation that would take passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles in 35 minutes. The system would use pillows of air to shoot pods through tubes at 800 miles per hour.

Musk’s design was presented in a 57 page document packed with details about every aspect of the hyperloop’s construction and ride experience. Obviously everything is hypothetical and a future developer could drastically change the plans, but let’s take a look at the document as is. Here are five details worth noting.

It wouldn’t go to downtown San Francisco or L.A.

The design document suggests that the main hyperloop stations fall outside of downtown San Francisco and L.A. From the map, it looks like the Hayward area between Fremont and Oakland east of San Francisco and…

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Breakthroughs against malaria: highly effective vaccine developed

Scientific Forefront

This Anopheles gambiae mosquito is obtaining a blood meal as it feeds on a human host.  Credit: CDC/Jim Gathany

Some 300 million cases of malaria are reported each year in Africa, the continent where the disease is still running rampant. For decades, scientists have been investing immense amounts of energy battling the disease, trying to come up with effective treatments. The recent step forward in the war against malaria comes from Maryland-based biotech Sanaria, which reportedly has developed an anti-malaria vaccine with promising results to boast from a phase 1 clinical trial.
To make the vaccine, the researchers first irradiated parasite-infected mosquitoes, harvesting weakened parasites from the mosquitoes’ salivary glands, and then cryopreserving them. The idea that irradiated mosquitoes might be used for anti-malaria infection purposes isn’t new. Since the 1970′s it was shown that bites from irradiated, malaria-infected mosquitoes appeared to protect people from the disease, however at the time it was difficult to isolate large quantities of whole, irradiated parasites.

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