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    Pennsylvania's Harrisburg University of Science and Technology has
    enacted a week-long Facebook blackout for its students. Will the
    University of Louisville follow suit and ban Facebook and other social
    networking sites? Well, I don't have an answer to that question as of yet, but you never know. Perhaps it's a "Cardinal" sin to ban such sites or maybe it hasn't even crossed the minds of UofL administration.

    NPR reports that Harrsburg University Provost Eric Darr chose to enact the
    temporary ban because he wants students to think about how much they're
    using technology in their daily lives and what kind of impact it has.

    Eric Darr, isn't anti-technology or anti-social networking; I think he just wants students to understand and be aware of the role social networking plays in their lives.  Many have aan addiction to social networks but don't quite know why. This exercise may help shed some light into why they crave checking their Facebook first thing when they wake up. Whether you're a Facebook stalker (you know who you are) or just a casual user, what are your thoughts on fasting from Facebook? Do you think you could do it? Are Facebook and social networks taking away from day-to-day interactions?

    Though social networks may have their disruptions and distractions, they also prove helpful for collaboration and also helping students interact with one another. Whether that interaction is meeting randoms, scheduling a meeting or getting to know one another better to help foster more open communication - social networking has its place; but what's too much?

    Today's Tech Deal: Buy.com offers an Apple iPhone 3G 16GB Smartphone for $349.99 and that's with no contract obligations ($90 below anything I've seen). One catch - it's a refurb... but don't be scared - refurbs rock.

    Photo: Flickr/Ernesto Lago

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    Highly motivated business professional and innovation leader with progressive experience as a digital leader, entrepreneur, and business strategist. Deep experience in driving enterprise-wide digital transformation through strategy development and execution, culture transformation, organizational design, business process optimization, and capability building. • 16 years' experience in a highly regulated and dynamic healthcare industry • 11 years' experience in digital and online (product & marketing) • Creating buy-in by presenting and influencing C-Suite • Fortune 100 experience in building nationally recognized programs from scratch • Strong communication and relationship building skills • Skilled at strategy development and execution across product and marketing • Entrepreneur in digital/online and mobile • Experience in managing agency partnerships and enterprise cross-functional stakeholder teams 2017 Winner: Movers & Shakers, Presented By PR News & Social Media Today Selected as Brand Innovators Top 40 Under 40 Midwest Class of 2016. I have spoken at renown digital and social media events, including Social Media Explorer, Social Media Marketing World, Idea Festival, PR Daily / Ragan Communications and Social Media Success Summit. Contributing author of "How Companies Succeed in Social Business" with work recognition and mentions in Forbes, SocialMedia.org, ReadWrite, Altimeter Group, Forrester, Gartner, TechTarget, IDC, Ragan Communications, Social Media Today, CiteWorld, Ad Age, Inc. and Mashable.

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