Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

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About the Author

I'm a ghost but not the kind that's to pottery
wheels. I'm the wnting kind

Toften wonder if Im a tech-savvy writer or a
writing-savvy technologist Maybe I'm both. As
one CMO put it, "Paul makes tech my bitch!
That might be going a hittle too far

myTweetPack.com
The Ultimate Twitter System
We all know that beBee is a Blogger's Dream. 

beBee is the social platform that not only lets you reach whatever organic readership you can build but also helps you build that readership.

Imagine that!

Once your article gets 20 relevants and 5 comments, share it to Twitter and include #buzzBeBee in that share. BeBee will help promote your article through their social accounts.

I'm a beBee Brand Ambassador and the founder of myTweetPack.com. MyTweetPack.com drives the #buzzBeBee thing. 

You don't need to be a myTweetPack member to use #buzzBeBee.

That's just me doing my part to promote beBee and all us Bees.

myTweetPack.com is about to do more for Producer Bees. 

It's true that beBee is a Blogger's Dream. Just as importantly, Bloggers are beBee's Dream. I firmly believe that beBee's success is directly related to the quality and quantity of the content people write and share here. 

We have some DFWs over here. No, I don't mean "Down For Whatever." I mean "Damned Fine Writers."  

We have Old Hands like Paul Walters.

. . . and so many more that I had a tough time deciding who to mention.

We got it all, baby!

Let's take it to the next level.

Starting in January 2018, I will publish an eMagazine of the twenty to thirty most popular beBee Producer articles as voted by all of you. Well, to be honest, that really isn't my call to make. I don't own the articles. The authors need to give me permission publish their articles. 

We'll get to how they do that in a bit. 

For now, only English articles will be considered. We'll see how it goes. Maybe we can add more versions later.

I'm still not sure if the eMagazine will be a monthly or quarterly thing. It will depend on how much it ends up costing me. More on that later, too. Don't worry, one way or another I won't ask you to reach into your pocket.

Let's not forget our Talented Photographer Bees

An eMagazine, or eZine, needs a cover. Let's open it up to all you Photographer Bees. I created a Submission Hive where you can submit your pictures. I'll give you full photo credit, obviously. We'll also add a bio for you.

How to Vote for Your Favorites

There's nothing to it. 

You don't need to be a myTweetPack.com member to vote or to be selected. There's no hashtag to remember. There's no song-and-dance. There's nothing special you need to do.  

myTweetPack.com started collecting votes about an hour ago. We already have 214 votes. Voters didn't even know they were voting. 

That's how easy it is.

Any time you share a beBee Producer article to Twitter, you're voting. Don't worry if your Twitter account is teeny-weeny. Share/vote anyway. Every vote counts, and your vote counts as much as anyone else's.

Some of you don't share to Twitter because you figure your account is so teensy that you won't help the author at all. Not so. Your vote counts just as much as someone else's with 100,000 followers.  If the article you share makes the cut, it will be promoted to over 1,000,000 people. That's a lot of eyeballs! 

The author will appreciate it.

Vote, there's no need to be shy!

How it works

myTweetPack.com will monitor Twitter and pull in the shares/votes. Later, it will tabulate them and let me know which were the most tweeted. They are the ones that will go in the eMagazine, assuming their authors are okay with it. 

Right now, we're just looking at "best of beBee." In case you're curious, we're pulling all votes in every language. That means we're also collecting the data for "Mejor de beBee," "Les Meilleurs de beBee," "Melhor do beBee," and "Beste von BeBee." If there are enough Swahili posts, we can even do, "Bora ya beBee."

We'll promote the eMagazine through myTweetPack.com and mention the featured authors' screen names. I expect they will promote it as well.

The Ground Rules

- Anyone with a Twitter account can vote. You don't need to be a myTweetPack.com member. If you don't have a Twitter account, you really should get one. Twitter accounts are free at https://twitter.com/signup

- You can vote for your own articles. I plan to. (Note to myTweetPack.com members: We use a specific search format found in beBee's share to Twitter function to trigger a vote. Your beBee article RSS feeds will not trigger a vote. The #pack! auto-curation will trigger a vote as will a straight manual Twitter share from the article.)

- If you aren't sure if you voted or not, vote anyway. If you already voted for that particular article, the System will ignore the new vote. One vote per person per article.

- You can vote for as many articles as you like. Again, the System ensures one vote per person, per article.

- Don't bother sharing the same article a gazillion times. Your gazillion shares will only generate one vote, and piss everyone off.

- Any article selected for publication will not be eligible for republication for six (6) months. Some articles have longer "legs" than others. It wouldn't be fair to readers to repeat an article too soon.

Authors need to do a little more

I won't publish any blatantly promotional articles. For example, this article mentions myTweetPack.com, Okay, it mentions myTweetPack.com a lot. But, it isn't about myTweetPack.com. That's okay.

On the other hand, my article, "How To Make Email Work for You," is pretty much all about myTweetPack.com's new email marketing modules. That one won't fly for this purpose.

I alone will decide what constitutes "blatantly promotional." You can try to change my mind, but be warned. I can be a stubborn cuss.

Author bios can be as promotional as you like in keeping with Amazon rules. You can't do stuff like push your third-party affiliate links. Amazon can pull the eMagazine if they decide it violates the rules. If I think you may endanger everyone else, and time permitting, I'll ask you to edit it. If time doesn't permit, I'll edit the bio as I see fit. 

Better you do the edits.

I will publish your articles with full writing credit to you. I still need your permission. You can either provide a blanket permission (preferred) or a permission for every post we feature. 

Samples follow . . .

Sample Blanket Permission: I, Ernie Hemingway, gratuitously grant publication rights to Paul Croubalian for all existing and future articles I publish on beBee, providing he credits me as having authored the original work. These publication rights are for the sole purpose of publishing an eMagazine on Amazon and/or other self-publishing platforms. I hereby confirm that I am the legal owner of said articles and that I own the full copyright. I am fully and legally able to grant such rights as I have granted herein. Granted rights are in effect until revoked in writing. Upon revocation, no further publication is authorized. Published works existing prior to revocation will continue to exist.
Sample Single Article Permission:  I, Ernie Hemingway, gratuitously grant publication rights to Paul Croubalian for my beBee article titled, "For Whomever the Ding-a-Ling Toils," providing he credits me as having authored the original work. These publication rights are for the sole purpose of publishing an eMagazine on Amazon and/or other self-publishing platforms. I hereby confirm that I am the legal owner of said article and that I own the full copyright. I am fully and legally able to grant such rights as I have granted herein. Granted rights are in effect until revoked in writing. Upon revocation, no further publication is authorized. Published works existing prior to revocation will continue to exist.

I'll need these permissions by email or private message here on beBee (preferred).

If you occasionally "borrow" other people's work, you may want to give permission one article at a time for those articles that are really yours. I'll have disclaimers covering my heinie. Your's will be hanging in the breeze.

If I don't have permission, I won't publish . . . PERIOD! I don't care if all 12,000,000+ Bees voted for it. No permission means no publication.

While we're at it

Authors, you may as well send me a bio for inclusion in your article. I haven't yet decided how long a bio should be. As long as it's reasonable I won't bitch.

If you don't send me a bio, or just don't send it in time, I'll use your beBee profile description. 

I'll use either your beBee or Twitter profile picture in the bio. Those need to be headshots. Logos or selfies look silly in an author bio. 

You can provide me with a 400X400 pixel headshot, or I'll just use a generic silhouette with "No Author Image Available." 

Your call.

IMPORTANT WARNING to Authors: Try not to change your article titles. Links are built from article titles. When you change a title, beBee creates a new link to your article and destroys the old one. 

Servers are quick but not overly bright. As far as a server is concerned, "New Article by Paul Croubalian" is a completely different thing than "New: An article by Paul Croubalian." 

Any votes you get will be split unevenly between the two links. At worst, you may miss the cut when, in fact, you made it. At best, you will rank lower in the published articles.  

There is NO COST to authors for participation

I'll repeat that to make sure everyone gets it.

Participation in the eMagazine is based strictly on merit with permission.  There is no cost to participate!

I wonder who will be the first to ask how much it costs for authors to participate. It will probably be either Jim Murray. They love being smart-asses, and I love that about those guys. That's one of their more endearing traits. heheheheheh

Phil, Jimbo, and Kevin, author participation is free. (That probably won't stop them from asking anyway.)

I'll front the costs

There's no cost for you, the author, to participate. You just need to give your OK. 

But, there is a cost to collecting votes, tabulating results, chasing authors for permissions, formatting the articles for use in an eBook, creating the reflowable eBook files, debugging the reflowable files, creating issue covers, fixing those darned tables of content, recreating the reflowable eBook files, bookkeeping for profit-sharing, etc. 

Oy ve!

I'll front the costs, but I need to defray some of them, so . . . 

The eMagazine will not be free. 

I haven't decided yet how much the eMagazine will cost, but it will likely be in the neighborhood of U$2.99. I'll balance the two Amazon royalty structures to find the better fit and set the price then. That will have to wait until the first issue is ready to go. I need to know the actual file size to determine its pricing.

Authors and the Photographer Will Participate in Profits 

I must admit, I'm giggling as I write this. As I said, I don't expect there to actually be any profits. If I can cover half my up-front costs, I'll be happy. 

Still, one never knows. If there are profits, it's only fair that I share them with the authors whose talents made it possible.

Let's define profits as whatever royalties are left over after covering my upfront costs plus 15% (fifteen percent). That will be our base cost.

Since losses are really just negative profits and vice versa, I should probably mention that authors won't participate in losses.

Any profits will be split 20/80 with the authors. I'll take the 20% for assuming all the risk. The authors' share will be further split according to the number of articles each author has in the given eMagazine.

I'll have to do the accounting on that. But, I will only do that math for the first six (6) months of an eMagazine's existence. Profit-sharing, if any, will be paid out then. I reserve the right to change this timetable going forward. 

This is a new thing. For all I know, sales may disappear after one or two months (a distinct probability). If so, I'll close the books and pay out as applicable. If by some minor miracle, sales continue in any significant way, I'll continue paying out too. I won't bother paying out anything less than U$10. We'll just let it ride.

Maybe an example is in order. I must repeat, I strongly doubt this scenario will happen. It is presented here for illustration purposes only. More likely, I'll be out about half my cost.

I can live with that.

Every eMagazine will be treated as a separate entity.

Let's assume my upfront costs were $750 and the eMagazine brought in $2,000 in royalties over the six-month period.

The $750 cost plus 15% is $862.50. That leaves $1,137.50 to distribute and $910 (80%) of that goes to the authors.

Let's further assume that there were nineteen articles published in that eMagazine. Counting the cover photo's share, that means each article would pay out 1/20th of $910. Each article's author would get the princely sum of $45.50. If an author had two articles published in that eMagazine, they would get $91.00.

Don't run out to buy a Ferrari.

SUGGESTION TO AUTHORS: Until people get the hang of this voting method, it may be an idea to add something like the following to your articles. "If this article resonates with you, please consider sharing it to Twitter using beBee's share function below. A Share to Twitter is a vote for the "beBee's Best" eZine. Thank you, I appreciate it."

Cheers,

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Claire L Cardwell

3 years ago #90

Awesome Paul \! This is great news.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #89

#99
Actually, putting the eZine together will be the real gargantuan task. Collecting and tabulating votes is all done by myTweetPack servers. They scan beBee's Twitter feed for new shares/votes periodically. Automated shares are filtered out and the rest are stored in the database. Later they vist each article to scrape data. It takes about 3 seconds to visit each article, collect its relevants, comments and shares, work out the vote algorithm and update everything in the database. Another function tabulates votes. Tabulation only takes about 250 milliseconds. Ya gotta love servers. I started building the eZine using the top 10 vote-getters. Each article takes between 13 minutes and 44 minutes to rebuild to match the eZine format. Next week I'll run a live test on the ebook conversion.

Lisa Vanderburg

4 years ago #88

#96
What a gargantuan task you have set yourself Paul \....cleaning out the cutlery drawer is the limit of my organizational skills!! Good luck and you rock, dude! :)

Lyon Brave

4 years ago #87

lets do it Paul 👊

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #86

IMPORTANT: I had to rewrite the vote tabulation code to IGNORE any Twitter shares done by automated means. That also means I had to wipe out 2000+ votes and start all over since I had no way of knowing which were automated and which weren't.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #85

IMPORTANT: I had to rewrite the vote tabulation code to IGNORE any Twitter shares done by automated means. That also means I had to wipe out 2000+ votes and start all over since I had no way of knowing which were automated and which weren't.
#93
willdo Paul. Thank you

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #83

#92
If you wouldn't mind, Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, I need it as a private message using the wording in the article. Thank you
Thank you Paul \ for your great efforts. Here I give you unconditional right to publish my buzzes. I shared this buzz because it is of great value to readers as well as authors.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #81

THESE AUTHORS HAVE QUALIFYING ARTICLES (so far), but no permissions on file: Debasish Majumder

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #80

THESE AUTHORS HAVE QUALIFYING ARTICLES (so far), but no permissions on file: Ren\u00e9e \ud83d\udc1d Cormier

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #79

THESE AUTHORS HAVE QUALIFYING ARTICLES (so far), but no permissions on file: Milos Djukic

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #78

THESE AUTHORS HAVE QUALIFYING ARTICLES (so far), but no permissions on file: Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #77

#86
Thanks, Joyce. I expect to see you in the eZine!
Great effort and post, Paul \. Thanks for the mention. Looking forward to seeing the results.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #75

#83
My bad. I also see you added the please vote line. You jumped 12 places in a couple of hours

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #74

I've decided against internal ranking of articles. Right now, there are only 5 votes separating first place from 32nd! An internal ranking would be meaningless.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #73

#80
LOL, it's not like there's very much you can do, Susan. You only have one vote per article like anyone else. Other people need to share to Twitter to vote

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #72

#77
So far, anyway, Susan \ud83d\udc1d Botello by one. The cut-off will be January 5th. That's when the final articles for the first edition will be set. Then, every second month starting March 2018 on there will be a new list on the 1st of that month. So, if all goes as planned, there will be a "beBee's Best" eZine every January, March, May, July, September, and November, always published on the 15th.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #71

#77
So far, anyway, Susan \ud83d\udc1d Botello... The list changes pretty quickly. The cut-off will be January 5th

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #70

#70
That was just a test-run, Louise Smith. The actual selection will be on January 5th, 2018 for a January 15th publication date. A test selection run takes about 200-300 milliseconds. Here's a new one. Note that I have not filtered out anything at this point. We pull in everything. Articles in languages other than English, shares that aren't articles, overly promotional pieces, articles that are video-intensive (no video in reflowable eBooks) will be removed. . . We have a new leader THEANTIQUESGEEK (Aleta Curry) has made a strong charge moving up 6 places to #1 (so far) Victoria Toumit has 1 qualifying article but no listed Twitter handle so she shows as a blank author. Yes, "articles" is always in the plural. My server is not very good at grammar. Maybe I should fix it, but seriously, why bother? (Victoria Toumi's Twitter handle should go here) - 1 qualifying articles @2007DEBASISH - 2 qualifying articles @ALIANANI15 - 4 qualifying articles (Way to go, Doc!) @CHELSEAKROST - 1 qualifying articles @DBGRINBERG - 2 qualifying articles @DEBORAHLANGE - 1 qualifying articles @ICOREPRINCIPLES - 1 qualifying articles @JACOBOVICI - 1 qualifying articles @JAVIERBEBEE - 2 qualifying articles @JUANBLANCO76 - 1 qualifying articles @LIESBETH_LEYSEN - 1 qualifying articles @MIALIS79 - 1 qualifying articles @MICHAELDDAVIS - 1 qualifying articles @MILOSDJUKIC011 - 1 qualifying articles @OXMEDIAFACTORY - 1 qualifying articles @PAULCROUBALIAN - 1 qualifying articles @PROMACHATTERJEE - 1 qualifying articles @QUDRONE1 - 1 qualifying articles @RENEECORMIERPR - 1 qualifying articles @SAVVYARTS - 2 qualifying articles @SITTINGPRETTY61 - 1 qualifying articles @SUSYBOTELLO - 1 qualifying articles @THEANTIQUESGEEK - 1 qualifying articles

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #69

SUGGESTION TO AUTHORS: Until people get the hang of this voting method, it may be an idea to add something like the following to your articles. "If this article resonates with you, please consider sharing it to Twitter using beBee's share function below. A Share to Twitter is a vote for the "beBee's Best" eZine. Thank you, I appreciate it." As I compare views, relevants, and comments to Twitter shares, I see that the share resource is underused. Let's push it along

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #68

#71
Actually, Brian McKenzie, right now you have an article that is sitting just outside selection range. The first selection will be January 5th for a January 15th publication. You have plenty of time.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #67

#72
And I look forward to reading one of your articles in it, Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #66

Good luck with the 1st issue and to all the writers selected looking forward to reading this :-)

Louise Smith

4 years ago #65

#63
Well Done Everyone Congratulations !

Louise Smith

4 years ago #64

#67
lol

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #63

#67
I have to go see each potential article, Gert Scholtz. The estimated reading time is right under the title

Gert Scholtz

4 years ago #62

#66
Paul \ I think people read at different speeds - maybe on PROBLEM 2 rather have a minimum word count?

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #61

I'm running a trial run on the article selection process. PROBLEM 1: Reflowable eBooks do not support video and audio files. I will ignore any post with a heavy dependence on video. PROBLEM 2: Freakishly short "long-form" posts. I will ignore any post with an estimated reading time less than 2 minutes. Poetry is exempt from this requirement. PROBLEM 3: Some posts refer back to another and offer support for the original work. I'm fine with that, but when the original work will be featured, it just becomes a repetition. I'll ignore those too. Thoughts?

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #60

I'm running a trial run selection process. PROBLEM: reflowable eBooks do not support video and audio files. Either I ignore any post with a heavy dependence on video, or I just give a static image from the video and make that image a link to view it. Thoughts?

Debasish Majumder

4 years ago #59

#2
today i evidently got it why you Paul \ is the star of beBee. kudos to your frequency of intellect! thank you very much for mentioning me. i am extremely honored that being a fry, i have been mentioned by you!

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #58

In case anyone is curious if today was the cut-off date: Victoria Toumit has 1 qualifying article but no listed Twitter handle so she shows as a blank author. I strongly suggest all authors get a Twitter account and list it on their beBee profiles. There's a tie for first place between DBGRINBERG and JAVIERBEBEE. Sorry, Javi, I'd list David as #1. I don't think you, Juan or I can ever be listed as first-place. That sends the wrong message. @2007DEBASISH - 2 qualifying articles @ALIANANI15 - 2 qualifying articles @BEBEE_STORIES - 1 qualifying articles @CHELSEAKROST - 1 qualifying articles @DBGRINBERG - 1 qualifying articles @DEBORAHLANGE - 1 qualifying articles @ICOREPRINCIPLES - 1 qualifying articles @JACOBOVICI - 2 qualifying articles @JAVIERBEBEE - 2 qualifying articles @JIMCODY47 - 1 qualifying articles @LANCESCOULAR - 1 qualifying articles @LIESBETH_LEYSEN - 2 qualifying articles @MICHAELDDAVIS - 1 qualifying articles @MILOSDJUKIC011 - 1 qualifying articles @OXMEDIAFACTORY - 1 qualifying articles @PAULCROUBALIAN - 1 qualifying articles @PAULVWALTERS - 1 qualifying articles @PROMACHATTERJEE - 1 qualifying articles @QUDRONE1 - 3 qualifying articles @RENEECORMIERPR - 1 qualifying articles @SITTINGPRETTY61 - 1 qualifying articles @THEANTIQUESGEEK - 2 qualifying articles

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #57

I just ran a vote tabulation. No one has more than two articles that would qualify if today was the cut off.

Wayne Yoshida

4 years ago #56

#59
Let it play out and see what pops out.

Wayne Yoshida

4 years ago #55

#54
Paul \ - I like it. Two thumbs up.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #54

#58
Hmm, what do others think about, "Maybe consider only allowing one article per writer per issue so there is more variety and more potential readers"? I think if someone gets the votes, they should be included, but I do want this to be beBee's Best, not a particular author's best. I think we should impose a limit of 2 or 3 articles from any one author. Or should we just see how it plays out? Opinions?

Louise Smith

4 years ago #53

#56
Yes submission is the wrong word - more like cut off date/time Sounds like you have it all under control ! A test run before deciding on the no of issues is a good idea Some researchers do pilot studies before the real thing to get an idea of how it will pan out Maybe consider only allowing one article per writer per issue so there is more variety and more potential readers

Joel Anderson

4 years ago #52

Keep making a difference.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #51

#55
Well, Louise, that's sort of what I'll be doing, except there is no submission involved (except for the cover photo). Vote counts will decide. A three-day-old article with more votes than a month-old article wins. End of story. I'm looking at vote-counts every day to get a feel for them. I'm starting to think that internal rankings are an unnecessary complication. I'm planning a publication date on the 25th of the month. Selections will be by vote-counts on the 15th. That will give me 10 days (fingers crossed), to get missing permissions, build the eZine, and publish it. The basic template is built. I expect it to be plug-in and go. That may be naive, we'll see. I'm still not sure if the eZine will be monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly. We'll run through the first one and decide from there. The first issue will be a sort of live-test. That's easier than trying to guess what will happen. I will give way only in the event of a tie.

Louise Smith

4 years ago #50

#53
It's not based on time zones. You choose the variables, it could be the number in 2 weeks or 1 month. You decide on the start time and cut off time. "Yours is three days old, mine is three weeks old. Maybe I should let yours build more votes so you can rank higher in the next issue? As an author would you care?" I think this seems too hard to manage - what if an article is published at the end of the time frame and there's not enough time to wait for equal exposure? I think you need to decide on a submission date each time If a writer misses it, then it's ready for them to submit it in the next time frame. If their article is good, it will still perform well. "Should I consider how many of an author's posts have already been selected? Say if you have 3, the fourth gives way in a tie." I like this idea - you offer 3 pieces of the pie to each person. I think you should count yourself in and if you don't want to put that article in then say that in the editorial You deserve the same exposure as everyone else BTW I think this eZINE or "beeZINE" is a BRILLIANT concept ! Congratulations !

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #49

I edited the article to show the proposed masthead for the eZine (Thanks to Wayne Yoshida for pointing out that there's a name for this type of thing) I'd appreciate your opinions

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #48

#52
hum, based on my analyses of my Tweets, there is no prime-time. I blame/thank beBee for that. My reach is now international, spanning many time zones. It's always prime time somewhere I started working on an algorithm, but, I'm not really a fan. Servers are quick but not overly bright. I need 20 to 30 articles per issue, say 20,000+ words to give decent value. Looking at the results of voting so far, the last 5 to 15 will be ties. Not only do I need a tie-breaker mechanism to decide where the cut-line lies, but also how to rank the articles that made the cut. I just might ignore internal ranking except for the top X. Or maybe not. . . right now first place is a 6-way tie At least, this will be an eZine. There's no set length we have to squeeze into. Looking at the votes already collected. I can just use the top 27 articles. There are 21 tied after that.

Louise Smith

4 years ago #47

#34
"To break the ties, try to categorise " Prime Time retweets " made by number." It's the kernel for a strategy not fully worked out Prime time TV is at the best time for broadcasting Prime Time Tweets is the best time for tweeting You decide what or when that time is count the tweets made in that time per person in the tie = Prime Time Tweets Tie Breaker

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #46

#49
Thank you, Debesh. The fact that the founder of the Unfluencers thinks this is a good idea gives me hope.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #45

#47
I got your permission, Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher, you did it fine. I'm no photographer, but I think (hope?) you can just post images to the HIve. #48 Thanks Glo

Debesh Choudhury

4 years ago #44

Finally a very good idea to "e-bottle" the best quality "honey" from the "hives" of beBee producer. Thanks for this brilliant plan Paul \ .. Sure that the "bottled" product will be as good and pure as the original "honey" in the "hives' .. Look forward to seeing the "boats" full of "e-bottled" "honey" floating on the "Amazon" soon

Gloria (Glo) Ochoa

4 years ago #43

you are amazing Paul \ that 2018 is the year I will commit to myself to post as least 1x month...I have many unfinished honey drafts.. I hope to be a feature at least once. :) YOU ROCK

Lisa Gallagher

4 years ago #42

#22
And I continue to challenge you.. oh wait, I'm the one that's challenged LOL! I appreciate all the help you've given me Paul \! Even on a Sunday evening, I messaged you on MyTweetPack and you responded, thanks :) I finished cooking, what about you lol? This is a cool concept. I'm in. Now I need to re-read how to do this? Where do we submit our article permissions? And, how do we post a photo to the hive if it's not contained within a blog? Can we still post photos to hives or not? I joined your hive!

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #41

#44
The Photo Submissions Hive is at https://www.bebee.com/group/best-of-bebee-emag-photo-submission-hive

Wayne Yoshida

4 years ago #40

#42
Perfect -- takes the burden off. . . one less thing to "monitor."

Wayne Yoshida

4 years ago #39

#42
Paul \ -- YES on the photo idea. Nice.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #38

#41
Thanks, Jimbo. I expect you'll be in every issue assuming you allow it

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #37

#40
The permission covers the entire post. That becomes the author's problem after a disclaimer in the magazine. That's why I warned authors who "borrow" work. I just had a thought (hey, even a blind squirrel occasionally finds a nut) There are a ton of gifted photographers here, and we'll need covers for each issue. Should we use the covers as a showcase for our photo Bees? What do you say photographer Bees? Photos need to be at least 1600px wide by 2560px high. I can Photoshop them if needed. I can create a Best of BeBee Photo Submissions Hive. Selected images will need to give a similar permission as in the post

Jim Murray

4 years ago #36

Pretty groovy,Pablo.

Wayne Yoshida

4 years ago #35

Paul \ -- Just had a thought: The agreement and the post must consider the use of any copyrighted material that may accompany the post -- such as diagrams, photos, or other art. If copyrighted material is used, permission for its use must also be part of the post.

Wayne Yoshida

4 years ago #34

#38
Yes, I think if one edits a post - this "resets" the clock and inserts a new date. But that might be counter-effective, since the tie-breaking should be when the post is **first** published, and if the post is older that another, the older post wins / breaks the tie.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #33

#36
Yes, I've been playing with some code. Once I have the article's link, I can pull in the date published, the number of relevants, the number of comments, and how many Hives it was shared to. I'm still not sure if editing an article changes the publication date. . . that may throw a spanner into the works. False positives are part and parcel of automation. Much as I hate them, I may have to create a complex algorithm. . . better yet, maybe I'll just let my gut decide but that smacks of favoritism. Servers are quick and unbiased, but stupid. I have time to test that. I expect the first issue to come out mid-January

Wayne Yoshida

4 years ago #32

Paul \ -- this is a great idea - thanks again for all you do for the community. And - wow - thank you for mentioning me in the post -- I admire all those folks, and others on beBee, too.

Wayne Yoshida

4 years ago #31

#12
Tie breaking -- can it be done with time? First to hit the mark, or date of item first published?

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #30

#33
Thanks, Jan \ud83d\udc1d Barbosa. That remains to be seen. We can but try. Given the response from the writer-Bees, I'm hopeful

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #29

#31
Sorry, I don't know what that means, Louise Smith. A few things come to mind when it comes to ties: Since something that is published won't be republished for 6 months, maybe I should use post age? For example, say you and I both have posts with X votes and we are tied for 20th position. Yours is three days old, mine is three weeks old. Maybe I should let yours build more votes so you can rank higher in the next issue? As an author would you care? The above is just an example, I've already decided to ignore my own posts in the event of a tie. Should I consider how many of an author's posts have already been selected? Say if you have 3, the fourth gives way in a tie. C'mon, Bees. . . Your input built the beast that is myTweetPack, surely we can figure out how to treat ties!

Jan 🐝 Barbosa

4 years ago #28

Great Initiative !!!

Louise Smith

4 years ago #27

#30
WOW ! I find that amazing !

Louise Smith

4 years ago #26

#12
To break the ties, try to categorise " Prime Time retweets " made by number.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #25

#29
Nope, Louise Smith. One vote per person. I double checked and every vote is from a different Bee

Louise Smith

4 years ago #24

#12
This is due to Lance \ud83d\udc1d Scoular retweeting I think?

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #23

#24
The one I use is Dragon Naturally Speaking Professional Individual Edition version 15. It's a transcription software that you can either dictate to or record and have it transcribe from the digital recording. It's the third one here, https://shop.nuance.com/store/nuanceus/Custom/pbpage.resp-dragon-home-bf-2013-digital That one is actually overkill. The second one seems more than enough. I tried the first one and don't suggest it. In the car, I record to my phone through Bluetooth. Later, I connect the phone to my laptop by USB and transfer the files to that hard drive. I then tell Dragon to transcribe them. It also works just about anywhere. This comment was dictated to Dragon. It "wrote" this.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #22

#24
The one I use is Dragon Naturally Speaking Professional Individual Edition version 15. It's a transcription software that you can either dictate to or record and have it transcribe from the digital recording. In the car, I record to my phone through Bluetooth. Later, I connect the phone to my laptop by USB and transfer the files to that hard drive. I then tell Dragon to transcribe them. It also works just about anywhere. This comment was dictated to Dragon. It "wrote" this.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #21

Questions asked in private messages and answered here as an FYI. . . WE CAN'T EDIT TITLES, CAN WE EDIT POSTS? - It isn't that you CAN'T edit titles, more that you SHOULDN'T. The editing of titles causes misleading results to the author's detriment. Posts can be edited with no adverse effect. Note that eventual publication will not be a link to your post, but a full copy of it in eBook format. It will be static. I'll let authors know of the deadline after which edits will not follow through to publication. DO WE NEED TO SUBMIT ARTICLES FOR CONSIDERATION? - No, Bees will decide that through voting i.e. sharing on Twitter. The vote tabulation and article selection processes are fully server-driven. Authors of selected articles will be notified. CAN I DECIDE WHICH ARTICLES GET PUBLISHED - That depends on what that question means. If you mean can you veto publication of a particular post of yours, then sure, it's yours. Just wait until I tell you it's been selected before you tell me not to publish it. If it means can you influence selection then no. Even I can't and won't. ARE THERE OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE YOU WON'T PUBLISH - Yes. Apart from "blatant promotion," I won't publish articles that promote hatred, violence, racism, sexism (any "'ism", really), religious persecution, or the like. WILL YOU INFLUENCE SELECTIONS - Apart from vetoes mentioned, no. That defeats the purpose of the Best of BeBee idea. The Bees Must Choose. I am, however, considering doing an "editor's pick" of an unranked writer. I am also considering an "editor's choice" badge for my favorite post, regardless of rank. WHY ISN"T A SIMPLE "YES" ENOUGH OF A PERMISSION? - Take it up with Amazon. They get very fussy about publishing rights. I have to keep the permissions on file and there can be no "maybes" about them. If Amazon checks, they won't even ask you. They'll look at the documentation I give them and make their ruling.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #20

Questions asked in private messages and answered here as an FYI. . . WE CAN'T EDIT TITLES, CAN WE EDIT POSTS? - It isn't that you CAN'T edit titles, more that you SHOULDN'T. The editing of titles causes misleading results to the author's detriment. Posts can be edited with no adverse effect. Note that eventual publication will not be a link to your post, but a full copy of it in eBook format. It will be static. I'll let authors know of the deadline after which edits will not follow through to publication. DO WE NEED TO SUBMIT ARTICLES FOR CONSIDERATION? - No, Bees will decide that through voting i.e. sharing on Twitter. The vote tabulation and article selection processes are fully server-driven. CAN I DECIDE WHICH ARTICLES GET PUBLISHED - That depends on what that question means. If you mean can I veto publication of a particular post, then sure, it's yours. Just wait until I tell you it's been selected before you tell me not to publish it. ARE THERE OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE YOU WON'T PUBLISH - Yes. Apart from "blatant promotion," I won't publish articles that promote hatred, violence, racism, sexism (any "'ism" really), religious persecution, or the like. WILL YOU INFLUENCE SELECTIONS - Apart from vetoes mentioned, no. That defeats the purpose of the Best of BeBee idea. The Bees Must Choose. I am, however, considering doing an "editor's pick" of an unranked writer. I am also considering an "editor's choice" badge for my favorite post, regardless of rank.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #19

#20
Why do you hate us, Pam? Why deprive us? LOL A while back I bought Dragon Naturally Speaking. Now I dictate my first drafts. Sometimes, I just record them and let the software transcribe it. I write in the car, particularly in traffic. I also find that I talk much faster than I type. That speeds things up tremendously. I don't worry overmuch about transcription accuracy, although it's surprising how accurate it is. One way or another, I never let a first draft out the door. I don't call them Butt-Ugly First Drafts for nothing.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #18

#19
Thanks, Pam. You and Lisa \ud83d\udc1d Gallagher were the muses that led to myTweetPack.com . . . Yes, it changed a lot since the early days. At first, it was just a Lite version of the software I wrote to manage my writing clients' accounts. Then you guys and about 687 other Bees started suggesting stuff. Now it has blown by what the custom account manager used to do. It's really a cloud-based social media and audience engagement platform. Now, we aim more to professional managers and gifted amateurs. I know you're busy, but now, we post directly to LinkedIn (timelines, Company Pages, and Showcase Pages), we pull in content automatically from RSS and ATOM feeds whether existing or custom-built. Those feeds also drive our email marketing system. That system can also handle drip campaigns and is part of myTweetPack not an add-on. Last week we added web push notifications to let tweetWolves know when there was a required action on their account. This coming week, we will make Web Push functionality available to all members for their Feeds. This post actually has a test link, https://www.mytweetpack.com/members/app/memberNotes.php?id=203 Clicking that will send a Web Push notification to your browser whenever I write a new beBee post. That's it . . . just a link that can be pasted anywhere. The email system has a similar function. Every link will be able to trigger push notifications to those who subscribed to such. Our subscriptions, whether email or web push are opt-in Here's a secret. . . If anyone is considering joining us, do it soon. There will be a price hike in the new year

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #17

#18
It's safer for me to go the private message route, . Since I will be publishing other people's work, Amazon insists on proof of rights. . . so does my lawyer, (she gave birth to a cow when I told her about wanting to do this). They're both very picky. Also, the private message allows me to save the screenshot with my confirmation that I rec'd it. A simple, "Yeah, sure, use my stuff," doesn't cut it for Amazon.

David B. Grinberg

4 years ago #16

Paul, kudos on another brilliant idea to promote beBee authors as well as the brand. I also commend the excellent writers noted above whose blogging buzz I likewise admire. One ask: can we respond to you here regarding permission to publish with a simple statement? Thanks for considering this suggestion to streamline the permission process. Keep up the awesome, Paul! 😇🙏👍

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #15

#16
Thanks, Lupita \ud83d\udc1d Reyes. Eight authors have already sent their permissions and one needs to send it in the proper format. Since I will publish other people's work, Amazon insists on a specific wording t prove I have the right to do so. If anyone wants to send their blanket permission, please copy the text in the article and private message me.

Lupita 🐝 Reyes

4 years ago #14

This is an amazing idea Paul \!! There are for sure more writers that will be happy to be part of your project! Congratulations! I’ll be following this project :D

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #13

#14
Thanks, Franci
Fab idea Paul \. Another step toward making beBee shine!

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #11

Just in case anyone is curious we pulled in over 350 votes so far. The most tweeted thing so far is by Louise Smith, (https://www.bebee.com/content/1760246/1507991 ) but it's not a Producer article. Right behind her, are five Producer posts tied for number one, with 15 others tied one vote back. I think I need to figure out a way to break ties. Ideas anyone?

Graham🐝 Edwards

4 years ago #10

Thanks for the shout out Paul \

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #9

#8
Susan \ud83d\udc1d Botello, I got your permission. YOU'RE MY FIRST, so be gentle LOL. I'm a Rock Star? Cool. . . Does that mean I can get hammered and trash hotel rooms with your blessing?

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #8

#7
Gert Scholtz, you may need to conduct a seance to do that LMAO

Gert Scholtz

4 years ago #7

Paul \ A fantastic initiative Paul - many thanks for doing so - also for the kind mention. I shall consult with Hemingway and revert soonest.

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #6

#5
Thanks, Chef

Randall Burns

4 years ago #5

Great idea Paul \ Thank You so much for the mention, I do appreciate it

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #4

#3
Yes, he writes well, but he hasn't written anything in a while LOL

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #3

So you are starting with Hemingway not a bad blogger I am told 😀Kudos to you Paul 👍

Paul "Pablo" Croubalian

4 years ago #2

#1
Thanks, Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

4 years ago #1

lovely buzz Paul \! enjoyed read. thank you for the buzz.

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