Sarah Glenn

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Best Free Documentaries

Written By: admin - Dec• 27•12

This post might go down a bit of a rabbit hole. However, it’s an interesting one.

While checking out this new service, CheckThis.com, I found a one-stop page with the best free documentaries you’ll find on YouTube.

Check it out here, and happy watching.

How U.S.Health Pros Use Social Media

Written By: admin - Dec• 07•12

Ask and ye shall receive!

Just yesterday I was pondering the role of social media and health care. Well, someone pointed me to this little gem of an infogrpahic detailing just that.

A few problems that I saw are detailed by the pros here. First and foremost, it is easy for what we share via social media to leak out into the wide world. And frankly, grandma’s cyst is nobody’s business but her own. Social media can provide fantastic access to doctors and other health professionals. But during implementation, we need to be careful not to develop a case of TMI.

 

A Social Media Diagnosis for Western Europe

Written By: admin - Dec• 06•12

Being attached somewhat to the health industry, it is always interesting when my worlds collide.

Take this infographic by The Journal of Medical Internet Research. You might be surprised that such an organization exists. Well it does, and it discovered that Europe’s health care system’s use of social media is growing by leaps and bounds – especially on YouTube.

What I would have liked to see from this research was HOW social media was being used. Is the Facebook diagnosis a reality? Or can you ask your doc about that painful stabbing in your knee over Twitter?

Our world is becoming more transparent by the day, but is our health care following suit?

 

Health Care vs. Sick Care

Written By: admin - Nov• 15•12

Read my biography and you might know why this topic is dear to my heart. Today the news was spattered with tales of food and health regulation in an effort to make us healthier.

After reading these headlines I started in on some  social media consulting work for a ergonomics and injury prevention company. These people want to shift the corporate conversation away from heath care coverage to workplace injury prevention. I can’t help but buy into this.

Government regulation won’t do it. I mean, we saw how well that worked with prohibition. If people want a cookie and an Super Coke, they will find a way to get one. Maybe though it is time to take some personal responibility for our health.

What a novel idea …

Social Media Sucks Our Time [Infographic]

Written By: admin - Nov• 15•12

I manage several social media accounts for small businesses. Apparently  I am fairly efficient at it . Take a look at all the time America spends on social media.

Did you know that people spend twice as much time on social media as they do exercising? I like to combine both, probably sacrificing a really good gut-grinding elliptical session for a mediocre one.

Did you also know that the GPA of students who spend hours on social media weekly is a whole point lower than their counterparts who use less? If you manage other’s social media, does that mean that your GPA decreases by two points? Uh oh.

This infographic is filled with tons of other fun tidbits. My penchant for productivity might be promoting a terrible trend.

Freelancing: The New Normal

Written By: admin - Nov• 02•12

NBC News said it best last week:

“In an increasingly virtual work world, an estimated one-third of U.S. workers — more than 42 million men and women — no longer report to traditional 9-to-5 jobs. Instead they belong to a growing freelance segment of the labor force, an often skilled class of career jugglers and independents who create mosaic incomes from contract gigs, projects, part-time jobs, temp work, moonlighting and consulting. This freelance nation fills the gaps that corporate America no longer wishes to cover with full-time salaried employees.” ~ Link

Freelancing seemed the norm when I was abroad. I mean, what else are you going to do in a country that does not grant foreigners work visas? But back stateside, apparently the paradigm has shifted. I am tossed into a job market so battered by recession that employers would rather hire out projects piecemeal than pay a salary.

Not that I am complaining. Take a look at this report from Elance, a freelancing site I use regularly.

57%

of freelancers reported an increase in income this year over last.

48%

of Elance users said they freelance as much as they can because it is their main source of income.

69%

said they were happier freelancing than they would be as a full-time employee.

But here is the kicker:

67%

of freelancers expected their income to increase next year. Of that percentage, most thought their income would increase anywhere from 10-40%. On Elance, the biggest growth appeared in the high-skilled computer programming industry with internet software companies growing their freelancer base by more than 125% just this last quarter.

I would be shocked if any numbers from the traditional job market followed these trends.

Small Business isn’t leveraging social media like it should

Written By: admin - Nov• 02•12

My day-to-day is filled with managing social media for small businesses, helping growing companies keep in constant contact with their customer base.

Seeing what I have, this recent study by Vertical Response, an email communications provider, didn’t surprise me. Small businesses aren’t leveraging social media the way they could be, mostly because the owners just don’t have the time. That’s what I am here for.

 

Superman Quits Daily Planet

Written By: admin - Oct• 24•12

My hero has evolved.

Once upon a time, I wanted to be a journalist simply because of Superman. Now, my childhood hero has decided to storm out of The Daily Planet in a rage, decrying noble journalism’s downward spiral into entertainment fluff. Comic book writers say Kent plans to captain the next big internet startup a la HuffPo.

The latest installment of the comic book hits the shelves today. For those who read the comic books religiously, this is not a big deal. Over his decades in comic book ink, Clark Kent has tried out TV broadcasting among other crazy ways to make a living.

For those who don’t follow the comic book, this plot twist is fascinating to journalists.

Finally! The evolution of our industry is being represented in iconic pop culture. Reporters used to have the coolest job in hollywood. Lois Lane? April O’Neil? These women were just cool to a kid. They were in the middle of the action, digging up the dirt and defending truth, justice and the American way. I must admit, all that hoopla seemed pretty exciting as a 10-year-old girl. Now, after achieving the coveted title of “journalist” the realities of newsprint reporting are worlds apart from fiction.

I still love the industry and I am just as passionate about journalism as I was at 10. But maybe my dreams would have been a little different if Clark Kent had left to start the next HufPo a generation sooner …

What Debate 3 Said Loudest

Written By: admin - Oct• 22•12

The buzzwords from tonights debate might have been “Horses and Bayonets” and “Battleship.” But the real word winners according to the stats are “World”, “Going”, “Governor” and “Make sure.”

Strange bedfellows you might say?

There is this nifty tool called a Wordle that depticts the number of times certain words appear in text. The bigger the word, the more times it appears. Here are the Wordles of Romney, Obama and Mr. Schieffer (why not) in graphical form.

The biggest word of the night from the entire transcript? “Going.” Hmmmm. Future tense might mean both are rather optimistic.

Enjoy yet another post-debate breakdown.

*Sorry they are so small. If you click on them, it will take you to the original website where they get bigger.

What President Obama Said:

Wordle: Obama Debate #3

What Governor Romney Said:

Wordle: Romney Debate 3

What Bob Said:

Wordle: Schaifer Debate 3

Operation Grenada Child

Written By: admin - Oct• 18•12

Magical things happen on the island of Grenada. Not the least of which was the Limes After School Program, administered by the Significant Others (SO) Organization of St. George’s University.

As president of the SO Organization, I got to see and be a part of some amazing acts of service. The Limes Program was one of them. Now, living in the United States my fellow and former SO Board Members and I have been searching for a way to fill the void left by the absence of all our volunteering.

So without further adieu, let me introduce Operation Grenada Child. This Christmas we are aiming to give each child in one of Grenada’s crime and drug riddled neighborhoods a shoebox filled with their own Christmas presents.

We have put up a website where you can sign up to fill a box, learn more about the program and meet the kids who we have fallen in love with over the past year. If you have any questions about Operation Grenada Child or the program, please ask away! I am more than happy to talk your ear off about these great kids.

We are especially encouraging you to add little notes or photos or anything that can help these underprivileged children feel love from across the miles. Each child is fighting an uphill climb against poverty and violence in an environment that makes the poorest of Americans seem rich beyond compare. I hope the ability to create a personalized Christmas gift gives our friends and family an opportunity to come to know and love these sweet children the way we have.

Being a part of this project has already filled our home with the Christmas spirit. I hope it can bring a little joy to your home this holiday season as well.