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LinkedIn adds Microsoft-powered translations and QR codes to connect more of its users faster

LinkedIn — the social network with more than 560 million members who connect around work-related topics and job-seeking — continues to add more features, integrating technology from its new owner Microsoft, both to improve engagement on LinkedIn as well as to create deeper data ties between the two businesses.

Today, the company announced two more: users can now instantly view translations of content on the site when it appears in a language that is not the one set as a default; and they can now use QR codes to quickly swap contact details with other LinkedIn members.

In both cases, the features are likely overdue. The lingua franca of LinkedIn seems to be English, but the platform has a large global reach, and as it continues to try to expand to a wider range of later adopters and different categories of users, having a translation feature seems to be a no-brainer. It would also put it in closer line with the likes of Twitter and Facebook, which have had translation options for years.

The QR code generator, meanwhile, has become a key way for people to swap their details when they are not already connected on a network. And with LinkedIn this makes a lot of sense: there are so many people with the same name and it can be a challenge figuring out which “Mark Smith” you might want to connect with after coming across him at an event. And given that LinkedIn has been looking for more ways of making its app useful in in-person situations, this is an obvious way to enable that.

Translations are coming by way of the Microsoft Text Analytics API, the same Azure Cognitive Service  that powers translations on Bing, Skype and Office (as well as third-party services like Twitter). It will be available in more than 60 languages, with more coming soon, LinkedIn says, to a “majority” of members using either the desktop or mobile web versions of LinkedIn.

The company says that it will be coming to LinkedIn’s iOS and Android apps in due course, as well. Users will get the “see translation” link based on a number of signals you’re providing to LinkedIn that include your language setting on the platform, the country where you are accessing content and the language you have used in your profile.

Content covered by the option to translate will include the main feed, the activity section on a person’s profile and posts if you click on them in the feed or share it.

Meanwhile, with QR codes, you trigger the ability to capture one by clicking in the search box on the iOS or Android app. Through that window, you can also pick up your own code to share with others.

LinkedIn suggests that the QR code can effectively become the replacement for the business card for people when they are at in-person events. But another option is that you can use this now in any place where you might want to provide a shortcut to your profile.


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Facebook kills off exact location sharing in Nearby Friends, adds “Wave”

facebook-wave Nearby Friends didn’t turn into the Foursquare-killer it could have been, but Facebook is still trying to help people meet up in person… with a few changes. Facebook has removed the precise location-sharing feature from Nearby Friends, which now only lets you opt-in to broadcasting your approximate distance from friends and current neighborhood. Unmapped Previously, you could select… Read More
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Slack adds shortcut buttons for quick actions in connected apps

At Slack headquarters in San Francisco.


Slack is on a mission to make it easier for us to get things done, supported by the launch of new message buttons — interactive elements that enable better interactions with some of the 500 apps in Slack’s marketplace. Among the early launch partners include Trello, Kayak, and Riffsy.

The idea behind message buttons is to streamline the work done on other daily tools. By simply having a Slack button, you can trigger an action within the app with a single click. So you might be able to approve and submit invoices or expense reports, for example; create cards and details in a Trello board without leaving Slack; or search for flights, hotels, and rental cars with a single tap.

Although Slack said that the new feature is about providing a more convenient experience for its 3 million daily active users, it’s also an effort to increase the time users spend in the company’s own app. Slack views its product as an operating system for the workplace — the central repository for all communication — and so it needs to retain as much of our attention as possible. We’re already spending an average of at least 2 hours per weekday in the app, according to Slack.

The complete list of launch partners for the message button release are Trello, Kayak, Greenhouse, Qualtrics, Talkdesk, PagerDuty, Kip, Kyber, Riffsy, Abacus, Current, and Talkus.

Interactivity of Talkus message button on Slack. Interactivity of Trello message button on Slack. Interactivity of Abacus message button on Slack. Interactivity of Kayak message button on Slack. Interactivity of Qualtrics message button on Slack.

The launch of message buttons adheres to the schedule Slack laid out in its platform roadmap, which means that soon we’ll start to see analytics roll out, along with a developer dashboard and deeper integrations. The new feature comes weeks after Slack rolled out its sign-in buttons that third-party developers can add to let users authenticate with their Slack logins.

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Twitter adds more personalized follow recommendations to its apps

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Twitter is trying to fix its discovery problem — again.

The company is adding a new section to its iOS and Android app that will provide users with personalized recommendations for accounts they should follow.

The update appears in the top left corner of the app, where the “find people” tab has been renamed to “Connect.” The Connect tab (not to be confused with the notifications tab that was previously called connect) now provides much more robust follow suggestions than previous versions of the app.

The section takes factors like who you’re already following and your previous activity into account in making its recommendations. It also explains why it’s making each suggestion. Twitter says it expects these recommendations to improve over time as it tweaks its method. Read more…

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Navigation That Adds to Aesthetics – Best Practices

It is believed that the simpler and more obvious navigation the more likely it will accomplish its chief mission. However, there is always room for exceptions, and intricate and decorative menus that are used for finishing off the appearance, enriching the general feeling and enhancing an overall composition are also capable of providing users with a handy tool for moving around the project.

Nowadays you can stumble upon websites that are centered around the navigation; the latter no longer performs a secondary role but, on the contrary, takes up the leading position, recreating the whole buzz. In this post, we try to cover various examples where navigation adds to the aesthetics of a website design, sometimes even playing the first fiddle, considering projects from fully interactive to trivial ones.

Good Looking Navigation

The Edge Dubai

The Edge Dubai is a fully interactive website that lets you explore the project in an interesting way. There are 2 types of navigation. The first is a traditional one, it is hidden under a hamburger button, and the second one is executed through a series of dynamic tooltips. They help to feature lots of extra data, enrich user experience, and ignite the overall theme.

The Edge Dubai

Summer Highs

Much like the previous example, this website is a representative example of an interactive guide that leads users through landmarks of Vienna. You are offered to delve deep into a journey through this marvelous city. A circular component that serves as navigation and some kind of a navigator looks just splendid and amazing.

Summer Highs

DNB Boligreisen

DNB Boligreisen is pulled by a scrolling technique that reveals essential sections step by step. Each subpage has its set of dynamic tooltips with hidden data that enormously enhances the informative side of the project and at the same time, does not overwhelm users. The combination of these 2 elements produces a powerful impression.

DNB Boligreisen

The Projector

The Projector has an intricate sidebar navigation that includes numerous links and options for moving around the project in a non-intrusive manner. It is divided into several blocks, where each one offers its way for exploring. Contour graphics in tandem with sharp white typography gives the menu a subtle touch of elegance.

The Projector

Clif Bar

Clif Bar exudes an image of naturalness so that opting in favor of a sophisticated texture-based sidebar menu that skillfully utilizes wood and paper was right and a wise decision. Not only does such a well-crafted navigation panel add to the aesthetics, significantly reinforcing the theme, but it also easily strikes the eye and does not let users feel lost.

Clif Bar

Watch the World

A website that owes its brilliant appearance to a fully illustrated environment just can’t do without an appropriate navigation menu made in a corresponding style. Watch the World is an excellent example of such concordance. The front page features a full-screen graphical menu that sets the tone of the project right away.

Watch the World

Hokoyo

Hokoyo goes for an unorthodox navigation menu that surprises with its unusual and unique realization. A perfect circle placed in the heart of the homepage is broken into 15 uneven pieces in order to embrace links more effectively and show them in a more attractive way.

Hokoyo

Our Tam

Our Tam is another top-notch fully interactive website that will take you on an actual visual experience. The journey through mountains is accompanied by dozens of pointers that feature stories of participants.

Of course, there is a basic streamlined navbar in the header, however with dynamic features, they together achieve significant results.

Our Tam

Configura tu VW

Configura tu VW offers online visitors to explore the whole range of VW vehicles through an elaborate menu presented via round visual device. While the outer ring includes model names, the center circle displays corresponding images. It is very clever solution.

Configura tu VW

White Frontier

White Frontier welcomes online audience with a lavish and refined navigation that gets the most out of grunge style. Main sidebar navigation paired with an optional full-screen menu that is enriched with marvelous badge style elements create a strong general impression.

White Frontier

World of Warships

The front page of World of Warships simply entices you into a magnificent underwater world that is skillfully executed and brought to life through a powerful combination of mind-blowing renderings and accompanying effects. The navigation completely blends with the environment and fits the theme.

World of Warships

Bar de Antonio

Bar de Antonio tries to win over visitors through a matchless virtual trip through the pub. You can easily move from one room to another, meet loyal customers and enjoy some exciting videos. Main sidebar navigation that sits on the left side of the page follows you throughout the journey and gives you alternative links and a helpful map for better exploration. Thanks to a seamless realization and touch of artistry, it significantly contributes to the general feeling.

Bar de Antonio

Okean Elzy

Okean Elzy is a professionally executed interactive journey through a career of one of the most legendary Ukrainian musical groups. Sleek and sophisticated navigation makes exploration of this matchless project a mere pleasure, bringing an enormous delight. It is so natural and straightforward that it fits like a glove into such a calm, smooth and subtle environment.

Okean Elzy

Jova

Jova has an interesting take on its navigation, demonstrating its level of ingenuity. It is an excellent example that not only illustrative approaches can look creative, but also neat, slim and robust can have a touch of cleverness and appeal.

The homepage is marked by a densely packed together yet well-balanced main menu that is enclosed in a drawing stamp. It significantly contributes to an architect-centered theme.

Jova

OhDeer Games!

OhDeer Games! has brought to life a simple book that sheds light on the project in a captivating way. Although there is nothing new and pioneering, this is just a simple interactive trip through the website realized on the basis of a book; however, everything is planned down to the last detail and navigation ties everything together, heightening the sense of harmony and strengthening an overall impression.

OhDeer Games!

Joris Rigerl

Joris Rigerl demonstrates that a minimal approach with a great open feeling in the era of lavish designs and multimedia-overloaded projects is able to stand out from the crowd and become a win-win solution in the struggle for customers.

The home page includes nothing more than just a basic vertical navigation that plays a crucial role in establishing overall aesthetics and creating an excellent user experience.

Joris Rigerl

Flavinsky

The personal portfolio of Flavien Guilbaud looks visually interesting. The artist has managed to turn incoherence into his advantage, skillfully scattering navigation links throughout the front page. This slight mess adds to the overall appearance, separating the website from others instantly. 2 huge numbers serve as a display that reflects the content of links. Here navigation recreates the whole design.

Flavinsky

Concept Store

Since the website needs to convey the spirit and atmosphere of a concept store, it is not surprising that the project also looks inventive and original and is powered by some pioneering techniques, including an interactive navigation. The latter leads you through the virtual shop with the help of dynamic pointers.

Concept Store

The Colors of Motion

The Colors of Motion is certainly a bizarre website that features unique and offbeat navigation represented via a set of colorful lines. Namely this dissimilarity and ambiguity spark the interest and set the tone of a project to an innovative one.

The Colors of Motion

Raise the River

Raise the River is a public awareness website that directs the attention to problems of the Colorado River. As befits such projects, the dramatic story is powered by a vertical scrolling technique and skillfully supported by navigation. The latter is presented in a shape of a river in order to ideally blend with the composition and bolster the theme.

Raise the River

Conclusion

Thanks to high-end techniques, modern solutions and current tendencies, simple navigation has got a chance to make its contribution to overall design and aesthetics as well as enrich appearance with its presence.


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Professionally Edited Résumé Adds Huge Value

Resume photo from ShutterstockThere are two steps to take before you’ll get that job offer. The first is to create a résumé. An attractive and intriguing résumé will generate an invitation for an interview. The second step is to convince the interviewer you’re the ideal candidate. Unfortunately, though, most people fail in the first step. The reason is that in today’s super competitive job market, only candidates whose résumés are truly outstanding will generate further interest.

Most—if not all—of those who prepare their own résumé find it deficient based on the fact that they get no calls. Therefore, ultimately, many turn to a professional résumé writer. But there’s a viable alternative that may be the better choice—and significantly less costly. And that is a professional résumé editor. To make my point, I asked Paula of EditAmerica.com to provide me with brief before-and-after portions of a résumé she recently edited. The readability, editorial integrity, and clarity of thought and expression are markedly improved in the edited version. I recommend such an editorial service for job seekers who cannot afford a professional résumé writer. Take a look at the example.

Resume’s original summary paragraph

Idea generator, communicator and problem solver. A business analyst experienced in bringing together the user community and the Information Technology teams to focus on establishing or identifying common goals and implementing satisfactory solutions. Have achievements in circulation, advertising, transportation, dealer contracts and cost containment arenas. Ability to translate user needs into requirements, and requirements into actionable projects.

Resume’s revised, edited summary paragraph

Seasoned idea generator, communicator, and problem solver. A business analyst offering expertise in skillfully uniting user communities with information technology teams so the two can focus on the determination and establishment of common goals and then on implementation of satisfactory solutions. Verifiable achievements in circulation, advertising, transportation, dealer contracts, and cost containment arenas. Additional proficiency in translating user needs into requirements, and requirements into actionable projects.

Remember that a person whose job is to read résumés—and make decisions about candidacy and whether or not to call in applicants for interviews—has only limited time. In 10 to 30 seconds, the screener decides. And if your résumé is not appealing, clear, and communicative regarding how your skills, accomplishments, and strengths can help the prospective employer’s organization, then the next candidate’s perhaps is.

DIY, or do-it-yourself, projects sometimes make sense and save money. But this one, involving résumé refinement, requires both in-depth editorial expertise and years of editorial experience. Why are famous artists’ works so much more attractive than those of most others in the same field? You know the answer!


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