How I unlocked 23 Badges to earned Google Digital Garage Certificate of Online Proficiency


If you are struggling to understand what Google Digital Garage is, kindly take a sip of hot water and relax. The digital garage is an online platform for mastering digital skills where interested candidates are expected to partake in passing 23 modules. Such modules include a variety of subjects such as marketing fundamentals, search, email, social media, video, ecommerce, geo-targeting and analytics. This free online certification course is a partnership between Google UK and Interactive Advertising Bureau UK (IAB).

One interesting question is why someone should care about this certification. If you are one of those who are ambitious enough to learn how to leverage the power of web 2.0 in either their businesses or research, then you should care to enrol. Additionally, if you are a student or a graduate that is struggling to get a job then you also have all the reasons to join.

If you feel the urge to join the course, you will need to sign up with your email via https://digitalgarage.withgoogle.com/certification, and you will receive your online plan. Once you received the program, you may decide to watch the 23 videos or read the entire text. You should also be prepared to provide answers for the end of the unit assessment. After the completion of the course, you will also be ready to take the certification questions, and once you passed, you will have the ability to download your certificate and showcase this qualification on your CV and LinkedIn profile. Recall that “a certification is a great way to make your CV shine. It shows you’ve got genuine digital skills, and that you are motivated to learn: two essential qualities in today’s business world”.

On a last note, It will interest you to know that I completed this course in less than a week and I had since downloaded my certificate, updated my CV and added the badge in my LinkedIn profile. Looking towards seeing some of you guys with the Google Digital Garage Certificate of Online Proficiency.screen-shot-2016-11-27-at-12-29-20

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Leveraging Facebook for Personal Development


At this age and century, It is a nearly impossible to find people in their 30s, 40s or at their teenage living outside the sphere of Facebook ecosystem. In that ecosystem, it is a common place of meeting all kind of people from Saints to a near saint as well as less nobles. Sometimes one is left in bafflement with the type of action citizens’ of this ecosystem are exhibiting. In describing Facebook for the seniors, an anonymous author satirises and depicts Facebook behaviours as follows:

I am trying to make friends outside of a Facebook while applying the same principles. Therefore, every day I walk down the street and tell passers-by what I have eaten, how I feel at the moment, what I have done the night before, what I will do later and with whom. I give them pictures of my family, my dog and of me gardening, taking things apart in the garage, watering the lawn, standing in front of landmarks, driving around town, having lunch and doing what anybody and everybody does every day. I also listen to their conversations, give them the “thumbs up” and tell them I like them. And it works just like Facebook! I already have four people following me: two police officers, a private investigator and a psychiatrist.

In essence, while it is a near impossible thing to advise people to stay away from Facebook. It is possible to make their involvement more rewarding and beneficial. It is against this, I intend to share some useful Facebook Pages that when “Liked” by Facebook users, it would serve as a source of information and knowledge.

As a non-native English speaker who is always striving to perfect both written and oral communication, I find Grammarly Facebook Page a very useful companion.  The Grammarly page provides a platform for helping it followers to improve their grammar and perfect their written English. The page uses funny infographics, anecdotes and other easy to use techniques that make learning more stimulating and enjoyable.  The Facebook page has more than 5.4 million followers and is accessible via http://www.facebook.com/grammarly.

For people interested in discovering opportunities related to funding, conferences, youth assembly, and  working with international organisations (UN, World Bank, UNICEF, DFID, USAID), Facebook provides veritable platform to achieve such aspirations. Facebook pages like Youth Opportunities (www.facebook.com/YOpportunities) is one platform you need to LIKE in order to benefit from such startling important tips and news.

In terms of specific admission funding information in the United Kingdom, websites like The Official Chevening Page (www.facebook.com/officialchevening), and British Council (www.facebook.com/britishcouncil) appears to me the most authoritative sources. While The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (www.facebook.com/WashingtonFellowship) and Exchange Programs – U.S. Department of State (www.facebook.com/ExchangeProgramsAtState) are platforms that provide opportunities for international exchange programme related to the USA.

General information, tips and opportunities for people looking for latest career development, industry insider knowledge, how-to guides and advice on how to achieve goals in life are also available on a Facebook page called CareerAddict (www.facebook.com/CareerAddict).

Other important page worth visiting and liking is Harvard Business Review (www.facebook.com/HBR). The Facebook page provides an avenue for its followers to have latest insights and best practices to develop a smart management thinking.

As relevant pages are innumerable on Facebook, the main takeaway here is for people to leverage them for their personal development.

People need to know the saying of our noble prophet PBUH on the upcoming interrogation each one of us will be facing on the day of resurrection. It is on record that every one of us would be asked to give the account of his youthful age, time, knowledge and resources at his/her disposal.  Such account includes the time you spent on Facebook for right or wrong. As such, the earlier we heed, the better. A word, as they say, is enough for the wise.

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With Jott: We Say Bye-Bye to Airtel, Etisalat, Glo and MTN Data Plan


Some few years BBM was considered a messaging apps for the elite. However, the coming up of 2Go, WhatsApp, WeChat and Viber the trajectory changed. Now everyone is socialising with anyone. As the law of nature, time, space and technological competition made things absolute and regarded as ‘old school’ so do these apps. With Jott in town, BBM, 2Go, WhatsApp, WeChat and Viber are now messaging apps for the old school!

With Jott, the new messaging apps in town, users can chat with friends and family ‘without using a phone signal or Internet connection’. In other words, using Jott’s messaging app doesn’t require buying a data plan from Airtel, Etisalat, Glo or MTN. As such, users can now be free from mobile carriers’ enslavement of paying for data.

Then, the one million dollar question is, how does this work? The technology according to Jared Allgood, the CEO and Cofounder of this instant messaging apps utilises Wi-Fi Radio and Bluetooth radio of your phone to talk to other phones without a server in the middle. The technology allows users to communicate with one another even if someone is in the plane or on top of the mountain. The only limitation at this time is the range should not be more than 2000 feet.

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The application can be found in both Android and iOS store for download. The messaging apps like others have beautiful features including among others, emoji stickers, self-destructing capabilities, and screenshot detection.

The messaging apps is barely three months but is now the most popular instant messaging apps among teens in the USA. It is now up to anyone wishing to leverage this technology to make positive use of it. As for me, I am particularly pleased about it for the simple fact that it will certainly be useful in my research work. Useful in a sense that, my research is currently on the use of ICTs in humanitarian emergencies. In which in my opinion, is both timely and relevant.

Postscript: Having installed it on my Phone, I haven’t found a single person using it out of my nearly 4000 contacts.

Credit: Heard about it via @CNNMoney Twitter handle

 

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Avoiding Facebook Transmitted Diseases (FTDs)


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An Illustration of Clickjacking image

By Facebook Transmitted Diseases, we mean a condition in which your Facebook account will flood yours and your friends’ wall and any other group you are involved in with sexually related contents.

It is not uncommon to see someone you so much respect posting a disclaimer on their walls. The angry person will always try to exert his innocence by accusing ‘hackers’ of defacing his wall with obscene contents.

The truth of the matter is, people usually click on links that came from untrusted source with the view to satisfy their curiosity. Instead, for them to get answers to their troubling mind, one is hoodwinked into clicking a link that in turn will automatically post something that would make him lose his prestige.

How does this happen and how would someone create a shield against such? As a rule of thumb, people should avoid clicking links with attention grabbing and catchy words. For examples, words like ‘shocking’, ‘unbelievable’, ‘exposed’, ‘incredible’, ‘exclusive’, and others in their category.

Secondly, under no circumstances should someone entertain a thought of clicking on any sex related video posted on friends’ wall. Others are a bravery related link that shows how a teenager ‘killed’ lion or how Obama reacts to an army sergeant who refuses to salute him.

Clicking on links or banners that promise you an IPad or IPhone is another trick. Another point of vulnerability is to allow the untrusted 3rd party application to access your Facebook account. All these are potential entry points of ‘hackers’ overtaking your account.

As a reminder of the rule of thumb, ‘Don’t Click’ is the best antidote to Facebook Transmitted Disease (FTDs). A stitch in time, as they say, saves nine.

The following links will serve as a guide for people to enhance their education on Facebook social engineering. https://goo.gl/rRQalc

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How To Help Earthquake Victims in Nepal


As our heart goes to the people of Nepal, we use storify to curate some of the happenings as captured by @Twitter. To help in any way possible, @mashable provides the list of credible organisations that you may wish to link up with.
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Let Us Talk About Personal Development


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An Apt Reminder to President- Elect General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd.)


Knowing fully the burden of leadership and high expectation from the masses, President-elect will no doubt be preoccupied with multifaceted issues. It is against this; a pictorial reminder seems to be desirable at this instance. As part of our contribution to the nation building, we leverage Storify platform using Aminu Gamawa’s Facebook photos to derive our message. The objective is we want Mr President-elect to reflect on our message which is ‘People stood for you on the premise that they have someone who is tested and trusted and when given another chance, will turn this nation from a laughing-stock to astonishing Nigeria’!

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