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In the news … January 25, 2019

Twitter tests new ‘original tweeter’ label to highlight replies in threads

Twitter is testing a new feature that adds an “original tweeter” label to tweets in a thread, allowing users to easily distinguish which tweets came from the original account at a glance, as reported by TechCrunch.

The new feature — which is said to be available to a “small percentage” of both iOS and Android users — is extremely bare-bones in its execution. It adds a gray “original tweeter” label below the name of the user, similar to the status indicators that the company started testing earlier this month.

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Overcoming Digital Distraction

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? If you did, they probably included lose weight, get in shape, and have more sex. I would add something else for 2019: Get a grip on your digital distraction. Limiting your connectivity will give you back time, energy, and control.

In less than three decades, computer technology has moved from being in the room (the desktop), to being anywhere we like (the laptop), and now as computers have shrunk to fit in a pocket, to being always in our hands (the smartphone). This has ushered in a culture of nonstop use that is compulsive and, quite simply, distracting.

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The Digital Marketing Tool That Should Be at The Top of Your Sales Strategy in 2019

Does your digital marketing strategy mostly consist of social media and paid ads? If so, you are not alone. Social media marketing has grown in popularity, and the impact of platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram cannot be denied. However, there is one valuable digital marketing tool that could deliver the leads and sales conversions that you need. While it is easy to think that sending emails is no longer useful due to the rise of social media, the data reveals that this is not true.

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Airbnb will pay for you to live in Italy for three months

Airbnb is inviting four lucky people to drink wine, make pasta, and grow produce in the picturesque city of Grottole, Italy for three months–with free housing and living expenses covered up to $1,000 per month. The catch? There is no catch. Even without Airbnb’s patronage, it’s actually very possible for anyone to live life like this.

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