The new Global Fintech Startup Ecosystem Report

Genome’s Global Startup Ecosystem Report. Top 3 leading by performance, funding and talent?

Silicon Valley

New York


London claims the third spot 

London and Paris are the only two European fintech ecosystems that made it into the top 10, with London claiming the third spot. Whereas, the US has Silicon Valley, New York City, Boston, & Chicago in the top 10. 

Talking about how Europe can create more thriving fintech hubs like London & Paris, Ghei says, “This is a little bit a function of where the capital is. NYC, Boston have multiple local funds that have LPs in local university endowments etc. Europe, in that sense, is rather concentrated on sovereign funds and as a result, these 2 cities have born the fruit of sustained investment.”

“In the next 5 years, I see capital allocations changing geographically in Europe, particularly in Central Eastern Europe where the next fintech hub is likely to emerge,” he adds. 

Additionally, it is the first instalment of the annual sub-sector report series, and this one ranks in the global top 20, and runner-up, Fintech startup ecosystems. These ecosystems are evaluated on five Success Factors, including Performance, Talent, Funding, Focus and Legacy. The top five Fintech startup ecosystems globally in 2020 are Silicon Valley, New York City, London, Singapore and Beijing, respectively.

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Google rolling out its December core algorithm update

Just in time for the holidays Google is rolling out another core update which is focused on content. These are the items Google says we should focus on when writing content:

  • Does the content provide original information, reporting, research or analysis?
  • Does the content provide a substantial, complete or comprehensive description of the topic?
  • Does the content provide insightful analysis or interesting information that is beyond obvious?
  • If the content draws on other sources, does it avoid simply copying or rewriting those sources and instead provide substantial additional value and originality?
  • Does the headline and/or page title provide a descriptive, helpful summary of the content?
  • Does the headline and/or page title avoid being exaggerating or shocking in nature?
  • Is this the sort of page you’d want to bookmark, share with a friend, or recommend?
  • Would you expect to see this content in or referenced by a printed magazine, encyclopedia or book?

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How to make your PC Faster by turning off startup apps and Microsoft services

Go to your windows search bar and type in run then click on run type and msconfig and press. Ok, then click on Services hide. All Microsoft Services. Turn up the ones you don’t need press OK because after you press ok those services will not start immediately unless you turn them on.

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How to get more performance out of your Windows machine.

I’m going to show you how to enable this ultimate power mode to do that on your keyboard, press Windows button on your keyboard. Choose Windows Powershell admin, then you can have to type this command and don’t worry about it. You don’t have to type it up. I’m just going to leave this in the YouTube video description. Once you press enter you’re going to see ultimate performance. Make sure you have good Cooling. And also if you already have this window open go ahead and close it and reopen it again. Don’t forget to follow check out my YouTube. I have about a hundred different.

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Your PC is suddenly slow and you don’t know why

When you bought your PC it worked well, and then it started to slow down after a while. Now, there’s many reasons and one of the reasons, why is that is your CPU is throttling. Let me explain what throttling is first.

What is CPU throttling

Here I think of it as the brain and it controls everything inside. Your computer does all the calculations and so on and so forth. You know how when you get a heat stroke you feel slow and lacking energy? Same thing with the CPU when it gets too hot it slows down. Your CPU can recover because it has a built-in program microcode that slows it down. It’s called throttling. What happens is When your CPU is running at a low utilization minds running at 3.9 because it’s doing something right? Now, your normal temperature should be at around 55 to 60 degrees F. I want to see about 55. How do you know if your temperature is at 55 when you don’t have that program?

One thing you can do is download this program called CPU HW Monitor. I’m going to show you that so this is what the CPU might look like. What’s inside the CPU and here it is HW monitor. See that’s the first thing that comes up and you want to do is download this program. You want to install it. I’m going to post this video and you’re going to see the link here:

What I recommend you to do is press Ctrl shift and ESC to open up the task manager on a right then go to your performance and look at the CPU utilization. And if you scroll down on the left side, you’re going to see that your CPU under Intel Core i7 (yours might be Intel or AMD or something else) look at the temperature and see how hot it’s running – running at about I don’t know between 50 to 60 degrees, which is fine because It’s doing something I’m not worried about the cooling at all. You can always improve cooling but sometimes it could be running at 60, 70, 80, degrees while not doing anything or a might be doing something. This could be due to malware on your computer, but I’m going to talk about this in the future.

Once again download the hardware monitor see if you CPU is running hot. Look inside your computer and see if that bad boy is looking like it’s full of dust. In that case you may have issues with your fan and may need to replace your fan. We’re going to talk about the cooling you can go you can get one of these fans and added a tad like an exhaust fan to make it a little bit better cool.

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How COVID catapulted e-commerce from 2020 to 2030 in just 9 months

Target set a sales record as its same-day fulfillment services grew 273% in the quarter. Both retailers have also invested in online grocery, with Walmart today offering grocery pickup and delivery services, the latter through partners. In Walmart’s case, the pandemic helped drive e-commerce sales up 97% in its last quarter. Target has also just now rolled out grocery pickup and runs delivery through Shipt.

Amazon, naturally, has also benefited from the shift to digital with its recent record quarterly profit and 40% sales growth.

The growth in e-commerce due to the pandemic has set a high bar for what’s now considered baseline growth. In the first quarter of 2020, department store sales and those from other “non-essential” retailers declined by 25%. The shift away from physical stores was already underway, but we’ve now jumped ahead in time as to where we would be if a health crisis had not occurred.

This is a similar trend to what other industries have seen as well, including things like streaming/cord cutting, gaming and social video apps, and more. As the COVID-19 pandemic reshapes our world, more consumers have begun shopping online in greater numbers and frequency. Clothing, for example, declined in importance as more consumers began working and schooling from home, as well as social distancing under government lockdowns. According to new data from IBM’s U.S. However, other categories, including groceries, alcohol and home improvement materials, accelerated, by 12%, 16% and 14%, respectively.
The report suggests that department store retailers will need to more quickly pivot to omnichannel fulfillment capabilities in order to remain competitive in the new environment. E-commerce also accounted for 16.1% of total retail sales in Q2, up from 11.8% in the first quarter of 2020.

The questions that IBM’s report aims to answer is how much of this pandemic-fueled online spending is a temporary shift and to what extent is it impacting longer-term forecasts? The answer, at least in this estimate, is that this pandemic pushed the industry ahead by around five years. Retail Index, the pandemic has accelerated the shift away from physical stores to digital shopping by roughly five years. Meanwhile, e-commerce is projected to grow by nearly 20% in 2020.

The pandemic has also helped refine which categories of goods consumers feel are essential, the study found. Specifically, they will need to drive traffic to their stores through services like buy online and pickup in store (BOPIS), and will need to offer an expanded set of ship-from-store services.

Large retailers like Walmart and Target have embraced omnichannel fulfillment to their advantage. According to the Q2 2020 report from the U.S. Both reported stellar earnings this month thanks to their earlier investments in e-commerce. This grew to a 75% decline in the second quarter.

The report indicates that department stores are expected to decline by over 60% for the full year. Department stores, as a result, are seeing significant declines. Census Bureau, U.S. retail e-commerce reached $211.5 billion, up 31.8% from the first quarter, and 44.5% year-over-year.

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5 Best digital tools

  1. Design 3D – There are zero templates inside ScreenSpace Mockup — everything you create is completely custom to you. When you’ve designed exactly the mockup you want, it’s rendered on the fly on our cloud render farm in pixel-perfect 4k quality.
  2. Data trends monitoring – Awario monitors every corner of the Web for mentions of your keywords in real time, ensuring you are the first to know about the conversations that can impact your business so you can react to them promptly, before anyone else. There is a free trial of one month. Next tier is $29 a month.
  3. Buzzsumo for analytics – Who hasn’t heard of Buzzsumo. There is a 7 day free trial no credit card required. Otherwise the cheapest plan is $79 a month. Things they offer are content and influencer research, monitor a brand, keyword to stay on top of any topic. Find most popular questions asked on forums (this comes with the $139 a month plan)
  4. Marketfox – project management platform – Marketfox is designed to help your small and medium business manage every aspect of your company, from lead management to marketing and reporting of financials. Their AI keeps learning data patterns and changing accordingly.
  5. Mobile design best practices – Apps are now a mainstream, trusted way to deliver content and services. But in a crowded market, how does a mobile app become useful, relevant, and valued so it delights and retains users?

For best tools in every area of digital marketing visit – list of digital marketing tools.

If you have a website, if you are creating content for your website, if you are doing it for free – well, don’t do it for free. Join, earn cash for your already created content without giving any rights away.

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How to Delete Your Past Facebook Activity

The US presidential elections are today. Many of us will soon come to regret things we did or said on the political battleground of social media world. 

The US presidential elections are today. Many of us will soon come to regret things we did or said on the political battleground of social media world. 


— Because more often than not we’d discuss those controversial topics using emotions instead of reason. Those comments, born out of emotional thinking are then left abandoned and forgotten somewhere in the Facebook universe waiting to resurface the next time someone decides to look us up.

That’s why Facebook’s new Manage Activity feature is the best thing since sliced bread. Here is how you remove your past activity from Facebook.

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How to speed up your Mac by forcing rogue apps to quit

Out of a thousand Reasons why you Mac can slow down. One of them is the fact that your apps are misbehaving. I’m going to show you how to identify that app and how to kill it. First you to go to your Spotlight and type activity monitor. Once you do that click on activity monitor and here you can see all the apps that are running go to view and out of all the options click on all processes on the right side. You’re going to see that everything is sorted by CPU if it isn’t click. That once everything sorted by CPU can see which one which app is using the most here you can identify which app is using the most resources and if a certain app is using way more resources than its supposed to you can just go here and kill it. You can do it by highlighting the app like this. I’m going to highlight Google Chrome and you can just click the X to kill it.

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Digital marketing jobs are not an obscure marketing category any more

So I have been looking into digital marketing positions (mostly those posted on Linkedin) and have noticed that even though there are plenty of positions available, about 90% of them require candidates to have tons of experience, knowledge, passion etc etc while also designating the position as ENTRY LEVEL.The absurdity of this is obvious – most of the recruiters are still rocking that same old mindset “Let’s hire some students to intern for us and we’ll pay them in RedBull”.But laws of supply and demand are changing this trend to the advantage of job seekers.The position title below is Digital Marketing and Social Media Specialist.

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Instagram black hat practices

73 Instagram follows in 7 hours.

All by no-name accounts with less than 5 posts, less than 20 followers and hundreds of follows. They are obviously building their accounts. So many similarities make me believe all the accounts are owned by the same people.

Facebook has been cracking down on fake accounts both on FB and IG, that’s not a secret. It’s not a secret they’ve intensified their operations in the past months to the point you can’t even open a new account ESPECIALLY if you are using the same name, IP, location, phone number, etc as you did in any of your past accounts (regardless of the past account status).

As a result we are seeing substantially more desperate people in discussion groups looking for aged accounts for purchase and strategies how to grow them without triggering a ban.

So, when I saw 73 followers in 7 hours I immediately changed all my login info and added 2FA. But I haven’t stopped there: I also removed most of those followers. That is for several reasons – some of them being the quality of your account depends on your followers’ engagement, and if possible I’d prefer to fly under the radar when it comes to being targeted by hackers for aged, reall followers accounts. Because that happens with IG – more often than you can imagine. We’ll talk about that in the next post.

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Best smartphone remote control software as tested by Tessa Digital

Looking to remote control your elderly parents’ smartphone (to fix stuff)? Use GoToAssist Customer app for them and GoToAssist desktop for you. You have 7 day trial version. Monthly subscription is $90 so it’s not worth it but this one is the only one that works …with few glitches so be patient and make sure you use web view – downloading desktop app is not worth it.I am speaking from experience – i tried:

  • Inkwire – horrible to connect and no control
  • TeamViewer – doesn’t have a functional customer app (it does but it’s not functional)
  • Splashtop – unstable, unable to control, just view
  • AirDroid AirMirror – doesn’t work
  • Anydesk – doesn’t work

I am not paid by any of these companies

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Instagram Will Enable New Advertisers to Create Ads Without Linking to a Facebook Page

“You can now create Instagram ads without having a presence on Facebook. If you are promoting a post from your Instagram business account for the first time, you won’t have to connect to a Facebook ad account or Facebook Page.”

Here is how:

1 Go to your profile

2 Tap the post you’d like to promote

3 Below the post’s image, tap ‘Promote’

4 Fill in the details of your promotion by setting things like ‘Destination’ (where to send people), ‘Audience’ (who you want to reach), ‘Budget’ (how much you want to spend daily) and ‘Duration’ (how long you want your promotion to run). Tap ‘Next’ once you’ve completed these details

5 To complete your promotion, tap ‘Create Promotion’ under ‘Review’Instagram notes that the option will only be available to new Instagram advertisers in the US and Turkey at this stage.

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How to speed up your PC boot time via msconfig

Computer faster in 20 seconds go to the search bar and type in run when you’re done. Click on run in the Run box type Ms. Config and press OK in the window that opens up click on Services then click on hide. All Microsoft Services uncheck the apps that you don’t want to start with Windows. If you’re not sure check the manufacturer, for example, I don’t use CyberLink. So I’ll go ahead and check it then press OK click restart. And after you restart, these apps will not load. That means they’re going to use less RAM and CPU push will make your computer faster.

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Post COVID world – live stream advertising

Post COVID world item#26:

Live stream advertising. No, not celebrities drinking cancer curing water, but regular people who had to shut down their stores and now are showcasing their stuff live on TikTok and other platforms. You don’t believe me? – Just don’t forget that Century 21 just announced bankruptcy and shut down of all their stores. Online is our present.

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Facebook timeline visibility algorithm test

A page follower has not seen any page posts in her timeline for a long time. A picture she sent via messenger was posted on that page, with some captions. This post shows up in her timeline. Why this post?Two potential explanations:

1. Because she is currently located in the country mentioned in that post

2. Because algorithm noticed the photo she sent and the photo in the post figuring the photo has something to do with her.In either of these hypotheses it seems FB algo is smart.

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How to make your computer faster absolutely free

Here is how:

  1. First go to your windows search bar and type ‘maintenance’ then click on a pop-up that says ‘security and maintenance’ on the right side.
  2. Click on the drop-down under maintenance first click on change management settings to make sure to allow scheduled maintenance every day and it was a run recently click on start maintenance.
  3. It will say maintenance of progress and all optimize your computer for Speed and reliability.

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16 Areas of Every Digital Marketing Business & Digital Tools We Recommend

Website Platforms

WordPress –  Easy, free and very customizable.  We use WordPress for all of our websites and blogs.

Weebly – Easy website builder.

StudioPress – Well designed and well supported WordPress themes for building blogs and websites.  Many of the themes are mobile responsive.

Theme Forest – Massive selection of WordPress themes.  If you can’t find what you want at StudioPress, head over to Theme Forest.

Google Tag Manager – We use this as a way to quickly deploy new scripts on our site, easily install tracking code, and develop advanced rules for when these scripts should run. This is free and helps side step IT…it’s a win/win

Sucuri – We use Sucuri to monitor our websites for malware and clean up the website if we get hacked.

BackUp Buddy – Back up your WordPress website so you can restore if your site crashes or gets hacked.

Landing Pages

OptimizePress 2 – We build landing pages and membership sites using Optimize Press 2.  Pick from a list of templates that are proven to work or build your own.  We use Optimize Press to build most of our long-form sales pages.

Lead Pages – We use Lead Pages to build most of our opt-in squeeze pages and Video Sales Letter pages.

Instapage – This is our landing page prototype tool. When we don’t have dev resources or aren’t sure how a new design will perform, we use Instapage to test it out.

Unbounce – A more technical landing page tool creator with clean code and beautiful templates. Definitely worth a shot if you love great design.

Hosting/Domain Registration

Rackspace – We’re currently using Rackspace to host

WP Engine – Solid WordPress hosting and with unparalleled security.

HostGator – If you are just starting out and are looking for low-cost hosting, we recommend HostGator.

GoDaddy – We register all of our domains at GoDaddy.  The interface is straight forward and the price is right.

Membership Sites

WordPress + Infusionsoft + Memberium – We use the Memberium plug-in for WordPress to verify member access with Infusionsoft.

OptimizePress – We build the membership pages themselves in Optimize Press and, again, password protect those pages using Memberium.

Email Marketing

Maropost – Most of our promotional email is sent through Maropost.  It’s an enterprise level system that allows for sophisticated email list segmentation.

InfusionSoft – We send some email through InfusionSoft but, in many cases, our email marketing needs have outgrown InfusionSoft.

AWeber – If you are just starting out we use and recommend AWeber for its deliverability and ease of use.

ActiveCampaign – Very powerful email marketing automation with a lightweight CRM.

Klaviyo – Very good email marketing software for ecommerce businesses.

Screen Capture

Screenflow – If you’re using a Mac we recommend Screenflow for creating screencast video.  It’s simple to record and edit from within this program.

Camtasia – For PC users we recommend using Camtasia.  Similar to Screenflow you can easily create and edit screencast video.

Jing – For short form screencast video we use Jing.  You can turn it on, shoot a quick screencast video and shoot a link to a colleague or customer where they can view the video.

SnagIt –  Capture almost anything on your screen, make edits, resize.  It’s a bloggers must have tool.


EZS3 – We use EZS3 to upload and deliver video that we host on Amazon S3.  We can customize the video player and generate the embed code from within EZS3.

Wistia – We use Wistia to add email opt-ins and other calls-to-action to video.  It looks great on every device and has outstanding analytics.

HandBrake – We use Handbrake to compress video and convert video from nearly any format into a format we can use.

PowToon – Easily create explainer video.

Video Blocks – You’ll find a great selection of reasonably priced royalty free video on Video Blocks.  We use them to add a bit of flare to our videos.


InfusionSoft – We use InfusionSoft to manage our customers, process payments and manage access to our various membership websites.  We also occasionally send email through InfusionSoft.

Samcart – Used to build order forms and other pages that “sell”.

Payment Processing

Stripe – Dependable, easy to configure payment processing with a rich feature set.

Braintree – Secure payment processor and gateway all in one.

Square – We use Square to process credit card payments at our events.

NMI – NMI has been a reliable payment gateway for Digital Marketer for years.

Website Development

Transmit – For Mac users we recommend Transmit for FTP, SFTP and to manage files on Amazon S3.

Filezilla – For PC user we recommend Filezilla for FTP and SFTP.  It’s free and well supported.

Versions – For Mac users we recommend Versions for version control and tracking changes made to files.


Evernote – The ultimate productivity tool for syncing information across all of your devices.  Highly searchable.

HipChat – We use HipChat as our private Instant Message platform in the office.  You can share files and create private rooms.

Gliffy – We use Gliffy to draw diagrams and map out plans for marketing funnels.

Podio – We use Podio as our project management platform.  We can share files, track progress and collaborate on specific projects from within Podio.

Google Docs – We use Google Docs to store and collaborate on documents that we use and update often.

Dropbox – This I how we keep our files in order, especially those pesky large file folders that you can share via email. We use this for our internal teams and for our partner initiatives too.

Slack – We’ve recently outsed HipChat with Slack. It’s another great internal chat tool with more bells and whistles.

Virtual Meeting/Webinar

GoToMeeting – We use GoToMeeting for small meetings where we need screen sharing capability.

GoToWebinar – We use GoToWebinar to deliver and record large webinars to customers and prospects.

Social Media

HootSuite Pro – We use Hootsuite Pro to manage Twitter.  We like how easy it is to add Google UTM parameters in the pro version.  It’s easy to use and cloud based.

MeetEdgar – Another alternative to Hootsuite that we use to schedule our posts on social media. Make sure to use UTM parameters to measure your social media efforts in Google Analytics.

Mention – Social listening and reputation management software with a reasonable price.

Graphic Design/Images

Dreamstime – We use Dreamstime to purchase royalty free images for blog posts and other marketing collateral.  They have a very large selection and good pricing.

Adobe Creative Cloud – We use Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro and occasionally Dreamweaver in-house to create and edit graphics, web pages and video.

Customer Service

Zendesk – We use Zendesk to manage customer service both through email and phone.

HelpScout – Dependable and secure help desk software.

Analytics, Testing & Optimization Tools

Visual Website Optimizer – For drop-dead simple ease of use in creating split and multi-variate website tests we recommend Visual Website Optimizer.  It’s point-and-click interface and support documentation make it easy to get started testing.

Improvely –  Get Analytics that show how funnels are performing.

Clickmeter – Create and track the performance of links.

Google Analytics – We’ve tried the more expensive analytics solutions and we keep coming back to good ol’ Google Analytics.

Optimonk – We use Optimonk for our onsite retargeting efforts. We use this for our exit pops, scroll pops, and targeted offers.

Optinmonster – This is an alternative to Optimonk with it’s main strength coming from the WordPress plugin. They’ve recently released a SaaS option that is definitely worth checking out.

BananaSplash – A mobile-centric pop-up tool that utilizes mobile templates and advanced targeting.

TruConversion – A qualitative data tool that provides heatmaps, session recordings, user surveys, and more.

Hotjar – Heatmaps, session recordings, user surveys, and more in a single tool.

PushCrew – We use PushCrew to send push notifications to blog readers, podcast listeners and customers. We send a mix of content and offers.

Contest Tools

Contest Domination – We use this at Native Commerce to create viral contests.

Gleam – We use Gleam to create contests and social rewards programs to increase shares, consumption, and sales.

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Let’s talk about online trolls


a case in point showing how online trolling (and consequential virality) works. Screenshots show the tactics employed while metrics support my assumptions. The post is organic from a 21 followers page.



Word ‘trolls’ really doesn’t apply to the advanced tactics these commentators undertake. Nowadays they are organized, come in groups, united in their goal which is usually to be the opposing side of an issue and drown the voices of regular visitors in the number of their comments. If anyone knows the word for this type of organized trolling, please share.

I have a new current events fact-checking Facebook page. I’ve had it for about 2 months and have only 21 followers, 16 likes and not looking to grow the audience right now.

About two weeks old post about police brutality has gained modest traction as some 10 non-fans shared and reacted. But somehow the post caught attention of a troll. That was less than 24 hours ago. Since then this post gained 75 reactions and comments which drowned every other comment. Nobody responded to their comments, so there is no discussion or conflict. Yet. But if anyone did respond, this would be ugly.

This example shines a light on manipulation of online attention: not only is it impossible to see others’ opinions but this flood of unified message is drowning the fact that the event had occurred regardless of anyone’s opinion. A random visitor sees 75 people pointing out the sky is green, they too may think 75 people cannot be wrong.

*Note: in order to avoid conflict on your page you may attempt to hide or delete problematic comments. This is fine while its manageable. But an army of organized trolls can and will overwhelm you at which point you can only delete the post – or risk them spread through your page and do intentional damage.
Original link from the picture:…/status/1267257954048278529


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Facebook tips: How to See the Relationship History of Any Two People on Facebook

Facebook Tip #33: How to See the Relationship History of Any Two People on Facebook

1. Navigate to the profile of the first people you want to see and make a note of their username. You can find it in the URL.

2. Repeat the process for the second person you want to see.

3. In your browser’s address bar, type[username 1]/[username 2]/, replacing the usernames as appropriate.

Press Enter.Now you should be able to see all public posts where the two people tagged each other.

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Best time to post to Facebook for best engagement rate

Experience shows Wednesdays morning to mid-afternoon are times when Facebook gets most attention. Also, most marketers know this so you may want to explore your audience habits. This also depends on industry you advertise in and on your targeted demographics. Depends on the topic too – some things never go unnoticed: kittens, puppies, toddlers and puppies, and nudity.

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How to overcome GoDaddy shared hosting file limit

If you struggle with GoDaddy’s file manager limit – here is what I found out. The hard way.

GoDaddy limits your resources when you are taking more than others hosted on the same server. You are not using all your resources, but you are using more bandwidth than others which triggers clampdown on your activity and you have to give up. It’s not an option – you are forced to give up because no site works. Everything stops.

Today I was uploading favicon to one of my pages. It was 47KB and the upload stopped because all the data transfer stopped because of this limitation. So I waited a bit, and once it calmed down, I continued.

Disclosure: I am using GoDaddy Ultimate shared hosting plan for 13 of my pages with literally no traffic, no heavy media, and 4 sites are AMP enabled – meaning they are as plain as they can be. The only thing that GoDaddy recommends is 10 sites or less for a hosting plan of this size.

Next time we’ll talk about file usage limits on GoDaddy.

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Post-Corona Work Habits Changes

Stability, digital and agility will be priorities. Going forward investment decisions will be made based on digital-first and stability.

Platforms that enable local sourcing: because of global limitations, at this time of crisis it is local suppliers and distributors that have come through with the goods. The only thing missing is a digital tool to help meet the demand.

So big chains are losers and local suppliers winners in a national crisis.

Work from Home gains credibility

I can imagine a situation where some organisations will want to keep some face-to-face time an option. Imagine cost the company could cut with less space to rent, less equipment and tech and probably no workers comp claims. This reason alone is enough to believe we probably won’t go back to mass scale working spaces with everyone in one place.

Work from home job search platforms are plentiful. Just check out this list of job search platforms here.

Your value will be determined even more so by what you produce

In WFH scenario, your outcomes, the value you add and what you produce will be brought to the fore simply because people can’t ‘see’ you.

Soft skills will win big

Tech savvy and those with emotional intelligence strong enough to navigate the absence of body language communication as well as shy people online communication gives you the ability to pause for thought, edit, and carve out a voice for yourself.

Virtual events will be a permanent feature

Its funny to think that virtual events were looked down on by many people just a month or two ago .

Actually, because the cost is drastically reduced online, you can bring more regular events, with great content, directly to people that need it, when they need it.

Business travel will become less essential

Of course business travel will still be a thing. Some things just are better in person. But in general all those in person people will feel the need to master online networking too. In other words – business travel is up in the air.

Precedents are being set that we haven’t yet anticipated

Even though much has been left to chance rather than rules in this pandemic, we need to be careful that this does not continue and we dont fully provide away our rights to virtual privacy.

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Post-Corona Changes in Business Practices

Accelerated digital transformation. People are being forced to work from home, but their whole life is being forced to adapt digitally. These behaviors will not disappear once the quarantine is over, it’s very likely that people who have been forced to adopt digital practices will continue these. The companies which are best placed to benefit from the situations are those which offer comfort, convenience or necessity for consumers. For brands there’s space to think about the digitization of your product, not just the delivery.

There is no ‘return to ‘normal’ after this’. Even if things were to rebound 100%, you can’t live through something like this and not remember it. Consumers have every reason to be cautious now and for the foreseeable future.
For instance, we were already seeing consumers pulling back on buying new clothes in favor of thrifting. I think you will continue to see an embrace of thrift, but across more and more sectors. So not just a turn away from fast fashion but a stronger embrace of craft, of do it yourself, of self-sufficiency. ‘How can brands empower consumers to be more self-sufficient?’

At times of crisis innovation flourishes. Contactless solutions may increasingly replace what used to be high-touch activities, such as concerts or fitness, as well as in-demand human tasks like shipping and delivery. Buying a house online? – Totally possible and done in New Zealand.

Some Opportunities and Start Preparing for Downsides
Eight-hour workdays no longer exist. Being online all the time will also change the typical workday. This requires employees to set clear boundaries, apportioning their family time, personal time, leisure time, and sleeping hours. Otherwise, they risk an unbearable day and decreased quality of life.

Increased use of temporary and part-time workers. Companies scarred by the response to the pandemic will be reluctant to add full-time roles when they could add flexible roles instead. There is no need for those long powerpoint presentations, as agendas are more focused, enabling meeting times to be cut dramatically.

Fewer middle managers and consultants. With their digital transformation, companies will need far fewer middle managers, project managers, and executive assistants. Managers’ jobs should be changed into team leadership roles where the managers produce and coach. Instead of consultants that do management’s work, companies should give the challenges to their own employees who know the business far better than any consultant.

Cutting back business trips. The pandemic has shown us we don’t need to fly to Shanghai or Zurich for business reviews. Using videoconferencing programs, like Zoom or Skype, meetings can be just as effective online.

Renewed focus on outcomes instead of controlling employees’ time. The role of leaders will shift to further attention on empowering their employees, energizing them around a common mission, and measuring the outcomes of their work. Instead of measuring employees’ inputs, companies will shift to results and forward-looking metrics like market share and customer feedback.

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Gmail on Android: How to set notifications for a specific type of emails

Here is how:

  1. Open the Gmail app on your phone.
  2. Tap the three-line menu icon in the app’s upper-left corner, then scroll all the way down the main menu and tap “Settings.”
  3. Tap the name of your Gmail account, then tap “Notifications” and make sure the option is set to “All.”
  4. Tap “Inbox notifications” and make sure the box next to “Label notifications” is unchecked.
  5. Next, tap “Manage labels” and find your “VIP” label in the list. Tap it, make sure its “Sync messages” option is set to “Last 30 days,” and make sure both “Label notifications” and “Notify for every message” are checked.
  6. Look through the rest of the labels in the list—any labels for which you don’t want to receive notifications—and make sure those same boxes are unchecked for all of them.

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