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5 Social Media Tips from My Mom

Remember when everyone complained that their parents were getting a Facebook account?  I remember that my younger brother was just livid.  To this day, he has not accepted my mom's friend request.  Don't get me wrong, there were some rough patches there at the beginning.  I remember when she found out my cousin broke up with her boyfriend, she "sent her a private message" consoling her ... only she posted it on her wall.  Over the past five years, however, my mom has gotten really good at Facebook.  She's better at social media than I am.  One might say that we could look at my mom's social media interaction and learn a thing or two ... or five.  Infact, here are five social media tips that you can learn from my mom.

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Never Assume

Never Assume

This weekend I received a funny and then disturbing email from a friend/colleague of mine.  Here's what it said:

Some how my mother managed to upload an entire folder with about 10 files in it to her Google Drive.

Then she didn't know how to get to her Google Drive.

She has no idea how the files got there and I had to show her how to open them, edit them, and email them as an attachment.

This is the person that has to access the websites you create.

Never assume anything about the end user.

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How to Write Copy for a Website

How to Write Copy for a Website

It can be a daunting task to write copy for your website.  You have known your business so well for so long that it is completely ingrained in you.  Everything there is to say just sort of goes without saying.  It can be difficult to remove yourself and figure out what actually needs to be said.  Below I have listed five steps that will hopefully be helpful when you write copy for a website ... or anything else for that matter.

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Free Summer Backgrounds

Free Summer Backgrounds design by the DanielTitus.com team

It's officially summertime! Although it's felt like Summer since May 1st in Southwest Georgia, the first day of summer wasn't technically until June 21st. In honor of the occasion, we've created summer-themed backgrounds for your iPhone & Desktop! And, if you still have an iPhone 4, not to worry, we've included iPhone 4 versions as well!

Yes, we think about you. We love you. Here's how you get the backgrounds...

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Art Appreciation

Art.  Art today is very public, and therefore anyone can be a critic.  You don't have to be trained in the arts or have any appreciation (understanding) of art at all.  You don't have to know what the artist is hoping to communicate or even try to figure it out.  You can just say, "I don't like it."  And, that's ok as far as it goes.  Art is often meant to be subjective and appeal to fairly narrow styles.  The problem comes when one takes his own subjective tastes and makes that the objective criterion by which all art is judged.  More times than not the singular factor chosen is representation.  "If it looks like the thing it represents then it's good art."  Or the converse, as I once heard a man say, "If a child looks at it and says, 'What is it?' it's obviously not any good."  The problem here is that a lot of great art communicates things that have no physical, visual form.  Does this make the art bad?  I hope not.  As I hope to demonstrate, that's a lot of what a graphic designer does!

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