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By Crystal McCullough | Wednesday, August 19, 2009

New feature: Share information on every Online Training Library® course

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We've added a new feature: Each course now has the option to easily email, print, and share about it on multiple social networks or blog services with minimal clicks. Try it!

Even if you’ve never clicked on it, by now you may have noticed a Share button like the one above on many of your favorite sites. Its purpose is to expedite the sharing of news stories, blog posts, and other page content to one or more social networks, other blogs, or simply sending to your printer or bookmarks list.

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Each of the courses in the lynda.com Online Training Library® now has its own AddThis Share button, located just under the course release date. If you want to share information about and a link back to the course, click on the Share button, then choose the method of sharing you prefer.

Sharing on Facebook, for example, gives the option to post the link to your profile or sending the information in a private message to one or more of your Facebook friends. Sharing on Twitter automatically creates a shortened bit.ly URL and transfers it to Twitter, ready for you to tweet.

Enjoy! And if you like this or any of our blog posts, the Share button is down here waiting for you at the bottom left of every post.

By Megan O. Read | Thursday, August 13, 2009

lynda.com author news: dinners, unicycles, Photoshop, InDesign, Twitter, Facebook, and more

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Top group dinner shot, left to right: Some of the lynda.com production team, Andy Ta, Roon Tamuli, Nick Brazzi, Samara Iodice, Max Smith, and Andrew Geibel. Then it's Ian Robinson (author), Megan Read (me), Nigel French (author), and Nigel's friend. Center unicycle shots: the first and second photos are the multitalented author Ian Robinson, third photo is our own Nick Brazzi. Bottom group shot, left to right: Max, Nick, Deke McClelland (author), me, Robbie Carman (author).

Over the last two weeks, we’ve had authors from all over the place in our recording booths. Ian Robinson from Virginia was in-house recording some eye-catching new Motion 4 training, Nigel French was here all the way from the UK recording an interesting new InDesign typography course, and Michael Ninness was here from Seattle recording the must-see InDesign Power Shortcuts.

This week is another busy one at lynda.com! We’ve got Robbie Carman also from Virginia recording some brand spankin’ new Color 1.5 training, Anne-Marie Concepción in from Illinois recording a cool new course about marketing your business with Twitter and Facebook, and of course, Deke McClelland from Colorado recording handfuls of must-see Photoshop training.

Our authors are all hard-working professionals, but occasionally, they get to let their hair down at a nice dinner with their lynda-peeps, or let off some steam with a fun Friday lunch playing on unicycles in the parking lot. Yes, there are actually quite a few unicyclers here at lynda.com!

Enjoy the pix, and as always, the training!

By Crystal McCullough | Tuesday, August 11, 2009

How to suggest the lynda.com Facebook fan site (and other favorites) to friends

lyndafacebookmenu1We’re really excited about how many of you joined our fanbase on Facebook since Lynda wrote about it in the August newsletter, and we are really flattered by all of the great comments and feedback you’ve been leaving for us. Thank you!

Want to pass on the word about lynda.com and other fan pages? If you’re a Facebook fan of a person, company, or thing, the Facebook site offers a simple way for you to suggest that fan page to your friends.

I’ll use the example of suggesting lynda.com to your friends. The directions are the same for any Facebook fan page.

First, go to the lynda.com fan page on Facebook. If you are not logged in to Facebook, you will have to log in to go any further.

Below the lynda.com logo in the left hand column, click on More to expand the menu.

When the menu expands, click on the sixth option down: Suggest to Friends

Up pops a window with a display of all of your Facebook friends. Either type in a particular friend’s name to find them one by one, or scroll through all of your friends’ profile photos and choose those that you would like to suggest the lynda.com page to by clicking on their profile photo. A check mark appears in the lower left corner of those friends you click on. Photos of friends that are already fans of lynda.com will be faded.

When you are done selecting the friends you’d like to send the suggestion to, click on Send Invitations.

Each of your chosen friends will receive a suggestion to become a fan, with a link to the lynda.com fan page.

lyndahighlight1How do you know how successful your suggestion was? When you’re looking at your Facebook Home page, you’ll probably start seeing the lynda.com fan page logo in the right hand column under the Highlights heading with a notification that “[this many] friends are fans.” While not scientific, it will tell you roughly how successful your invite was.

Of course, inundating your friends with fan-page suggestions can be more than a little annoying if you do it all the time. So use this feature judiciously so your friends don’t think you’re an evil spammer.

Again, thank you for your support of lynda.com on Facebook!

Our lynda.com fan page URL: http://www.facebook.com/lyndadotcom

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