Sunday, December 13, 2009

New SEO Academy in Washington D.C.

New SEO Academy in Washington DC

Washington D.C. is now home to the Search Engine Academy. There are already academies operating in several places round the world, including Raleigh, North Carolina; Detroit, Michigan; the San Francisco Bay Area, California; Orange County, California; Tampa, Florida; the New York City Metro Area; South Carolina; Oregon; Toronto, Canada; Montreal Canada; Singapore; Malaysia; and Indonesia. Each one of the schools is independently owned and operated by a licensed associate of the Search Engine Academy.

The Search Engine Academy is a group of professional search engine optimizers who are committed to teaching individuals and businesses ethical ways to get the most out of their websites' and blogs' searchability. It features hands-on experience and in-class guided instruction to students and in some cases, provides a mentoring program for six months following the completion of classes.

The Search Engine Academy - D.C. has already begun enrolling students in upcoming certification courses. There are classes designed for both those with little or no SEO experience and for advanced optimizers looking for current skills and certification. The Search Engine Academy - D.C. will conduct classes in D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.

"Search engine optimization is constantly evolving because the major search engines (Google, Yahoo! and Bing) refine their parameters and algorithms almost weekly. The Search Engine Academy researches the latest SEO processes and incorporates those into its classes. Search Engine Academy-certified SEO personnel receive the instruction and tools they need to make web pages achieve maximum visibility in search engine results," said Nancy Wigal, the owner of Search Engine Academy - DC and a Certified Advanced SEO Trainer.

The Academy will offer two, three, and five-day SEO certification classes that start every four-six weeks. Workshops are also available for companies hoping to train multiple in-house SEO specialists. The classes are beneficial to business owners, marketers, bloggers, entrepreneurs, webmasters, SEO specialists and consultants, students, and people looking to start new careers. Students who complete the classes are even eligible for continuing education credits from the University of Southern Mississippi.




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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Social Media at the Altar

Social media is everywhere these days and people use it for thousands of different reasons. With mobile phones becoming more and more social media-friendly, people are updating their Twitter and Facebook statuses to report everything from the mundane: what kind of coffee they just bought at Starbucks or what they thought of the night's episode of "Glee," to the outrageous: celebrities announcing big career moves and astronauts posting about space walks.

But one Maryland couple took their love of social media to a whole new level, recently. Dana Hanna surprised his new bride, Tracy Page, by whipping out his cell phone during their wedding ceremony and changing his Facebook relationship status to read "married."

"Dana is updating his relationship status on Facebook," the pastor told wedding guests, as the congregation erupted into laughter. "It's official on Facebook, it's official in my book," he said before telling the groom he could kiss the bride.

The groom said no one knew of his plans but himself and the minister, not even his bride. He also kept her cell phone in his pocket in case she wanted to join him. The crowd watched, surprised, as the couple updated their Facebook statues and Hanna (or @SoftwareJedi for Twitter users) updated his Twitter feed to read:


Social Media At the Altar


The groom told the Huffington Post that he and his wife are very "technology centric" and use Facebook and Twitter to keep up with their large families, who are scattered all across the United States. He says that they even took to Facebook to announce their engagement,

"...when we got engaged, we changed our Facebook statuses and didn't even call anyone since the word would spread on Facebook far faster than it would have over the phone calling all hundreds of our friends and family. After doing that, we received a lot of laughs, and some minor criticism from family whom were insulted that we couldn't even pick up the phone to call them."
The newlywed couple has received much media attention. According to the new bride's (aka @TracyMarieHanna) latest tweets, they were interviewed on the show "Fox and Friends" and their video has aired on "Good Morning America." The groom now has over 700 followers and many of his recent tweets include "thank you's" to followers wishing them congratulations and mentions of more media attention.

Want to see the social media wedding for yourself? Check out this YouTube video of the big moment: