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You know you’re a mod when…

If you spend time surfing the net, you know there are tons of “You know you’re a [insert identifier] when….” So, I thought: why not make one for our most mysterious (and wonderful, and rewarding) profession?

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: You know you’re a Mod when…

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  • Your nearest colleague is probably 600 kilometers away, but you get along and chit-chat as if you were sitting side by side.
  • In your team, so many different time zones are represented that you never know if you have to greet saying “Good morning” or “Good evening.”
  • You’ve been greeted by your project manager or colleagues with a 9GAG image or a gif. Multiple times.
  • Your typical “work background noise” isn’t keyboard-typing, or phones ringing – it’s your kids playing, your dogs barking, and your dishwasher running.
  • urlYou’ve worked in your jammies at least once…. a day.
  • Cuddling your pet while you work is the best stress-reliever. Ever.
  • You have received so many, “Oh, come and visit me, I’d love to meet you!” invitations by your colleagues from all over the world, that you’ll need two lifetimes to visit them all for real.
  • You’ve actually traveled to some unknown destination to stay at your colleague’s place!
  • You accidentally learned one or more words in a foreign language by working in a multi-language team.
  • 3886337471_4117fd9aacYou know everything about the conference call function in Skype.
  • You know all the most recent trends in social networks.
  • Coffee is your best friend, and closest confidant. Snacks are a close second.
  • You do and learn something new every day, and interact with lots of different people you could have never met with a traditional job.
  • You’ve already worked from a beach resort, or fancy hotel, because your schedule is so fantastic, and your working tools can fit in a bag.
  • You love all the perks your job has, and would never go back to a nine to five one!

And you?
What would you add to the list?

Lara Greco
Bilingual Mod

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Meet the Metaverse Partner: Ning

Ning is an online platform for people and organizations to create custom social networks.

Ning_Logo_600Ning got its start in 2005, when everyone had blinged out public profile pages on MySpace, and were poking each other on Facebook.  In contrast, Ning allowed groups to have spaces for private engagement.

Here we are in 2013 and times have changed.  Ning has achieved a new level of product maturity in Ning 3.0, re-imagining its offerings and focussing on how existing groups can cultivate and grow their online communities.

Updates to Ning 3.0 include:
  • Multiple social features such as blogs and forums, each with a distinct audience, contributors, commenting system and privacy control.
  • An engaged Design Studio experience that includes new themes, more than 1,400 background images, balanced color palettes and cool translucent options.
  • Responsive design and HTML5, resulting in beautiful design and fan experiences on any device – smartphone, tablet or laptop.
Geared toward leaders in the social space, Ning 3.0 allows administrators to more easily start conversations around compelling content and is focused on better blogs, photos, comments, and privacy.  Ning is now native across all platforms, has an enhanced publishing tool, and feature flexibility.

metaverse-logo-website-7-2-122-1000x288Now, Metaverse Mod Squad and Ning have partnered to create the perfect one-stop-shop for community and business success!

You ask how this might work? Think of it this way…

You’ve decided to build and cultivate your community from the ground up using Ning, the largest, most scalable and integrated social platform of its kind.  What’s your next step? Your day is already packed with meetings, and calls, and plans, so who has the time to turn your community dream into a reality? We do.

Our Ning services:

  •  Site design & training
  •  Launch strategy
  •  Community building, marketing & promotions
  •  Community management, moderation & engagement
  •  Technical support
  •  Content creation
We can do it all for you, or just help out when you might need a little extra support. Whether you’re a small non-profit just getting started or an established brand ready to take your community to the next level, give us a shout and find out why communities like Carnegie Hall’s Musical Exchange and the U.S. State Department’s ExchangesConnect utilize Ning and Metaverse’s affordable, scalable solutions.

Contact us at [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]com> and let us make your Ning dreams come true!

Jennifer Lowe

Vice President of Social Media
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New developments in iPhone apps play to the importance of human interaction in virtual landscapes

So I’m reading this article in Business Week about the future of gaming on Apple consoles, and by consoles I mean the iPhone. Apple has long neglected the poor Mac, leaving me playing Roller Coaster Tycoon to satisfy my computer gaming needs (Purposely leaving WOW on the shelf for fear of giving my soul away to Blizzard). Well, it looks like they have some pretty cool things in store for gaming applications on the Iphone.

The most exciting part of this news is the inclusion of multiplayer capabilities on the iPhone as a handheld gaming device. This idea has been attempted with the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP but it was too difficult to connect to other players in any sort of fun gaming environment. You basically have to know who you want to play with in order to set anything up. Hopefully the iPhone applications will have some sort of lobby function, or even an auto connect with other random players trying to set up games.

In a world where connectivity is expanding at a lightning speed rate, gamers want to pit their skills against other live human beings. Artificial intelligence, for the time being, pales in comparison to what the human brain offers. Instead of giving a single player a world to operate in, pitting themselves against scripts and AI, multiplayer offers an environment in which multiple brains can interact, create and compete.

Working together towards a common cause

Working together toward a common cause

People want to share their experiences with others. Ever since one of the first video games, Pong, it has always been more fun to play with another person than it was to play against the computer. Even when the game was strictly one player, like the original Mario, sharing the experience with another person, trading controllers, was ultimately more fulfilling than playing by yourself.

The fact that these features are just starting to come to iPhone applications is a little surprising. I guess it can be chalked up to limitations of a developing technology because I doubt application designers have failed to see the promise of multiplayer capabilities. However, the brilliant minds at Apple have shown questionable logic with their direction of iPhone utilities in the past. Regardless, multiplayer is coming to the iPhone and it is going to make its use as a gaming device compete on a very high level. The iPhone will succeed on this level for the same reason that social media has become such a hit and why other developers will continue to use human connectivity in their pursuits: human beings want to interact with other human beings.

Chase Straight, Music Community Manager

The Electric Panda Blog

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