Chagas Apartment / João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos

first_img Portugal Chagas Apartment / João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos João Tiago Aguiar ArchDaily Apartments 2019 Area:  2152 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/953310/chagas-apartment-joao-tiago-aguiar-arquitectos Clipboard Year:  Chagas Apartment / João Tiago Aguiar ArquitectosSave this projectSaveChagas Apartment / João Tiago Aguiar ArquitectosSave this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 22Curated by Matheus Pereira Share Manufacturers: AutoDesk, JUNG, CIN, CLIMAR, PADIMAT, FIMARBER, Mariana Vaz Costa, Microsoft Office Photographscenter_img Projects “COPY” Photographs:  Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/953310/chagas-apartment-joao-tiago-aguiar-arquitectos Clipboard Lead Architect: Architects: João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project Project Team:Rúben Mateus, Susana Luis, João Nery Morais, André Silva, Maria Sousa Otto, Arianna Camozzi, Samanta Cardoso de Menezes, Diogo Romão, Constança Lino, Francisco DuarteBuilder:OFICINA DOS SONHOSCity:LisbonCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGRecommended ProductsBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXConcealed Blind System – One-BoxEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceText description provided by the architects. The apartment, located in Lisbon´s city centre, belongs to a classified building, built at the end of the 19th century. The interior was totally transformed through a functional scheme to optimise the apartment’s space and to restore its dignity.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGApproximately 15 years ago, this majestic building of large proportions, was rehabilitated, but with this the apartment lost some of its original essence. The starting point revealed to be remarkably interesting, since it involved designing solutions that preserve and highlight the remarkable and pristine elements of this space.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGThe greatest challenge was to reconcile this premise with the creation of more simplified and practical spaces to that would meet the new owners’ needs. To recover and thus restore the apartment’s old aura, it was necessary to intervene in some areas that were covered after the building’s rehabilitation, like the scullery and the magnificent stained glasses that open towards a large central interior patio which illuminates and elevates their magnificence.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGOn the other hand, the worked ceilings dating from the end of the 19th century have also been rehabilitated and highlighted due to concealed lighting placed on covings. The decoration of the apartment stands out for its featherweight elements, carefully chosen for a noble and imposing space that assumes itself as the main star. The furniture was custom designed, such as the living room bookcase with tv, the beds, including two double beds, the bunk bed with trundle and even the hallstand/wall coat hanger.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGThe artist Maria Ana Vasco Costa was invited to compose a mural in smooth and three-dimensional handcrafted tile for the scullery/diner room wall. The result was a contemporary composition in contrast with the classic character of the apartment.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGProject gallerySee allShow lessOpen Call: BARQ Festival – International Architecture Film Festival BarcelonaCall for SubmissionsVirtual World Tour | Los Angeles EditionLectureProject locationAddress:Lisbon, PortugalLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. 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Murder investigation launched in Limerick

first_imgWalk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Facebook Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Previous articleFatal Limerick stabbing under investigationNext articleMotorcyclist killed in county Limerick admin Linkedin No vaccines in Limerick yet Advertisement TAGSfeatured First Irish death from Coronavirus Printcenter_img Email NewsBreaking newsMurder investigation launched in LimerickBy admin – November 10, 2013 601 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter By Andrew CareyGardai have launched a murder investigation after a 65-year old man was found with stab wounds in an apartment in the city in the early hours of this Sunday morning.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up 22 months after the last unlawful killing in the city, Gardai are now hunting the perpetrator of the latest murder when the man was pronounced dead after 3am when uniformed members arrived at the scene.The victim, known locally as Patrick Redmond from Limerick, was found in a 1st floor apartment with the wounds that led to be fatal.Two apartments were preserved for forensic and technical examinations.A post mortem carried out this Sunday afternoon at the University Limerick hospital and the results have now determined that Gardai are now on a manhunt in this the first murder in the city in almost two years.Originally from Dublin, Mr Redmond had been living in a first floor apartment in The Mount Kennett apartment block for a number of years.The 65-year old father of three is understood to have died after sustaining a single puncture wound to the back.Gardai are now appealing for assistance of the public.Superintendent Daniel Keane is appealing for information and has appealed to anyone who may have witnessed or heard anything to come forward and contact Gardai on 061 212400. Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

MIRACLE KITTEN CHUCKED ONTO FIRE GETS HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

first_imgA FEW weeks ago no-one gave Tabby a chance….found with his paws burnt after being chucked onto a fire.But thanks to the volunteers at Burtonport Animal Rescue, he was able to spend Christmas with an adopting local family.The story of what happened the kitten caused outrage in Donegal. Someone had thrown him into a fire and hot plastic burnt his paws. He still needs more care, but has recovered well enough so far.“Tabby was finally allowed home from the vets just in time for Christmas,” said a spokeswoman for Burtonport Animal Rescue.“Over the coming weeks we will continue to clean and dress his back paw daily. Tabby finds this a painful experience and he gives out little meows of protest but he will sit still and let you tend to him.“The vet is still optimistic that his paw can be saved. The next challenge is to groom Tabby’s coat. Because he is long haired, it is a little mated and he still has wee bits of plastic tangled in it. This we will do over the next few days. “Despite everything this wee boy has been through, he is very trusting of people and loves nothing more than to snuggle up and have cuddles.“We would also like to say a big thank you to Heidi and Ludwig who have taken such good care of Tabby and to everyone who has sent good wishes and donated towards Tabby’s veterinary fees.” MIRACLE KITTEN CHUCKED ONTO FIRE GETS HOME FOR CHRISTMAS was last modified: December 27th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burntburtonportcrueltydonegaltabbylast_img read more

Council spends €6,000 reminding people they owe parking fines

first_imgDonegal County Council has spent more than €6,000 posting reminder letters to motorists who have not paid parking fines.Figures obtained by Donegal Daily show the local authority sent more than 6,270 reminder letters in the 18 months between January 2018 and October 2019  – an average of 66 every week.Thousands of letters are posted by council staff annually under the provisions of the Local Authorities (Traffic Wardens) Act 1975 to the registered owner of any vehicle which has been issued with a €40 fine. The letters, which are typically sent a week after the fine has been issued, contain details of the alleged offence including the date, time and location as well as the registration number of the offending vehicle.The letters advise recipients that the original fine has not been paid and that it will increase to €60 if not paid within 28 days of the alleged offence.The news comes following further figures obtained by Donegal Daily under the Freedom of Information Act which showed the local authority is yet to receive €160,000 for more than 2000 unpaid parking tickets in the county.In its response to the query, a council spokesperson said that “every effort is made to pursue all outstanding fixed charge notices up to and including court proceedings.” In cases where parking fines remain unpaid, the local authority ordinarily initiates court proceedings against the registered owner.It is understood that thousands of cases come before the district court every year relating to the non-payment of fines.Council spends €6,000 reminding people they owe parking fines was last modified: October 27th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal County Councilparking fineslast_img read more

Arcata wins battle of the Tigers

first_imgArcata High won the battle of the Tigers at the Arcata Ball Park on Wednesday night, defeating Lick-Wilmerding out of San Francisco 6-0 in the opening round of the North Coast Section playoffs.In other playoff action Wednesday, Del Norte fell 11-6 to visiting St. Mary’s, and South Fork defeated Anderson Valley 12-2 in Miranda.For Arcata, Jaden Gorge pitched six innings for the win, holding the visiting Tigers to just three hits and appearing in control throughout.“That’s what he does,” …last_img

Soweto through a high-tech lens

first_imgA close up of the Gigapan robotic camera Nqobile Thusi, grade 11 and SaneleMthetwa,Grade 10.Both learners are part of the Gigapanproject. The Klipspruit Valley “Chicken Farm”Informal settlementImages: Khanyi MagubaneKhanyi MagubaneNo sooner has the bell signalling the end of yet another school day been rung than the raucous sound of hundreds of students streaming out of Lavela High School in Zola North, Soweto, can already be heard. But for a small group of students another world is just opening up.The 27 students chosen to take part in an exciting new project are diligently working away on their computers in the newly installed computer lab, where they are learning more about Gigapan.Gigapan is the name of a high-resolution robotic camera, developed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in the US and project is an initiative developed to assist children from different backgrounds to understand each other and their worlds better. It is backed by funding from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s International Bureau of Education. Other partners on the project are the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), Google and National Geographic. The computers in the lab were installed by Gauteng Online, a project of the Gauteng Department of Education.The Soweto school is one of only four selected for the project, and it will be working with other children in the US and Trinidad and Tobago. It was selected for Gigapan after it worked with Unesco last year to lead discussions about Aids with a school in Australia.Panoramic views in fine detailThe Gigipan camera has the ability to capture images in great detail. Although at first glance they look like any other picture, they have been created by the software in the system joining together anything from 40 to 400 images. When these images are made available on a website the viewer is able to zoom in as much as 600-million pixels, enabling them to see something as detailed as a logo on a t-shirt or a street sign.CMU’s Professor of Robotics, Illah Nourbaksh, came to South Africa in April to teach pupils how to use the camera and the robotic arm that guides it, and he took the first pictures of Soweto that were loaded onto the site.Sanele Mthetwa, a 14-year-old grade 10 pupil, explains with pride how the project works, “We take snapshots, post them on a website and other kids in similar programmes around the world ask us questions about our lives.”What Mthetwa is referring to is the rare partnership between a few selected high schools around the world that have been given the Gigapan robotic camera. Students log on to a website where they can look at pictures posted by their partner school and if there is something of interest they see, the students are then able to zoom in and take a “snapshot”. There is a conversation box attached to the snapshot, enabling students to satisfy their curiosity with endless questions that they ask each other.Lavela’s partner school is Falk High School in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in the US. Every day after school the Soweto pupils rush to the computers to see what their American friends have uploaded.The Soweto learners have fun taking snapshots and asking their American counterparts about their local community. In turn, they too answer questions about the panoramic pictures of Soweto.Grade 12 learner Asanda Songca, appointed the student leader of the project, had to gather together a group of interested students who would take part in the training session with Professor Nourbaksh. “The biggest challenge I had was to find students that were interested and committed to this project. It was important that we had a vision for the project. So far we are getting there, everyone is cooperating.”Capturing the disparate communitiesRecently the students decided to go to the top of the Klipspruit Valley Bridge in Soweto to take pictures. From this point the economic disparity between local residents can clearly be seen. A marsh and the Klipspruit Valley River separate residents living in dire poverty in a squatter camp (informal settlement) on the one side and residents living in big houses and relatively better conditions on the other.Two grade 11 pupils, Sanele Mpanza and Sibusiso Thusi, along with deputy principal Lulama Thobejane, mount the robotic camera at the top of the bridge. With their teacher’s guidance, the pupils decide that they will take a 180-degree panoramic shot of the Kliptown Chicken Farm squatter camp, and the surrounding Foxlake, Dlamini and Rockville townships.After some fiddling with the settings and punching in coordinates, the camera takes over and snaps away by itself. The students check the images on the camera, take a few more and then decide that they have taken enough for the day.For Thobejane, the project is exciting as it opens the eyes of students to a high-tech world that they didn’t know before. She says that through Gigapan her students have now joined a global community, “People from diverse cultures and origins must communicate, with the hope of making the world a better place.”The pupils have a six-month deadline to have the project up and running, after which they will be assessed on their progress.Useful linksGigapanGauteng online Gauteng Department of EducationThe Robotic institute of CMUUnescoNational Geographiclast_img read more

From drivers to owner-entrepreneurs

first_img21 July 2010In a first for South Africa’s food service industry, JSE-listed Famous Brands has launched a black economic empowerment owner-driver initiative aimed at developing entrepreneurs.The programme, which has been in the making for the past year, is the product of extensive input from industry experts, and is based on a compelling financial rationale for both the company and the owner-drivers.Famous Brands – which owns the Steers, Wimpy, Debonairs, Fishaways, Black Steer, Mugg & Bean, House of Coffees and Brazilian Cafe franchises – currently owns 105 vehicles, and the intention is to convert half of the fleet to owner-drivers within the next three years.Key to the model is optimising fleet use and productivity, resulting in enhanced earnings’ potential for the drivers, and improved customer service.“A crucial supply chain strategy is to grow critical mass by reclaiming business which was previously outsourced,” Famous Brands supply chain manager Tony Stephens said in a statement last month.“Significant investment has been made in upgrading our fleet and facilities in KwaZulu-Natal to accommodate greater volumes and a broader range of multi-temperature products,” he said. “As a result, we have selected this region to pilot our owner-driver programme.”Significant income contributorThe pilot version of the programme currently being implemented in KwaZulu-Natal will be rolled out to the Eastern Cape by the end of 2010, followed by the Western Cape and Free State early in 2011, with Gauteng province to follow in the longer term.Famous Brands CEO Kevin Hedderwick said the supply chain operations was a significant contributor to the company’s financial performance, with the division earning revenue of R1.1-billion and operating profit of R33-million for the year ended in February 2010.“We are constantly focused on improving our margins; this programme will contribute to that goal, whilst simultaneously producing a new crop of entrepreneurs with stable, long term businesses.”Hedderwick added that owner-managed businesses were inevitably more productive and more lucrative than company-owned operations; he said the company had experienced this in their franchises, and anticipated that the model would transform their proficiency in logistics to first-world levels of performance.“Prudent investment in training and mentorship will increase the success rate of this programme and we are confident that there is significant upside benefit to be gained for the drivers and the company,” he said.Developing new skillsThe programme focuses on developing a new skills set for the owner-drivers, including business skills, financial competence, time management, employee training and understanding of industrial relations and legislation.The owner-drivers are selected from among Famous Brands’ existing employees and undergo a stringent interview process. They must meet key prerequisites in terms of health and ITC credit rating and display a strong record of attendance, discipline, customer service and responsibility.Business adviceThe conversion of employees to owner-drivers comprises two phases. In the first phase, Famous Brands will guide and mentor the driver over a one-year period. During this time, the company will own and continue to insure and service the vehicle.In the second phase, the driver will purchase and insure his or her vehicle, be responsible for running costs, and operate the business independently from Famous Brands, but still under the guidance of a business adviser.At the outset, each driver will be responsible for employing three crew members for his or her business. These employees are typically sourced externally.“The goal we share with our owner-drivers is for them to own their R800 000 vehicles within five years,” said Stephens. “We are confident that with efficient management of their businesses this is achievable.“We are tremendously optimistic about the opportunities this programme affords these new entrepreneurs to achieve their aspirations.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Growing our Generation: Our jump into the sheepindustry

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Levi and Krysti Morrow from Morgan County are the editors of the Sept. 23, 2019 Growing our Generation enewsletter, featuring insights and ideas directly from Ohio’s young farmers and food and agricultural professionals.Hi! We’re Levi and Krysti Morrow, your guest editors for the Growing Our Generation e-Newsletter this week! With the “help” of our 15-month-old son, Charlie, we own and operate Rocky Knob Farms in McConnelsville.  We are the u-pick strawberry and pumpkin source in Morgan County and now are dipping our feet into the commercial hair sheep business. Krysti spends her time split between mom life and farm life managing the day to day chores, marketing and planning for our u-pick operations and farmers markets. Levi is an agriculture education teacher at Morgan Local Schools in our county and does all the cropping and haying for the farm.In our 2017 edition, we discussed the importance of business planning, knowing your resources as a beginning farmer and what exactly we do with our leftover pumpkins. Thanks for joining us this week as we dive into some cool ideas!Sheep in AppalachiaOur jump into the sheep industry really took off in March of this year. I (Krysti) found myself in a sticky situation that I wasn’t really strong enough for. A calving cow was having a hard time and although I was able to pull the calf I couldn’t – by myself – move the cow around to help her circulation. Thankfully, a family member got home just in time to help move her and all ended up fine.  That was a big wake up call for me and started the thought process that maybe cattle weren’t going to be the path we followed for our operation.  Sheep, hair sheep specifically, were the livestock we found that seemed the best fit and so far we are enjoying learning more and more.  One of the things we found helpful in deciding was the outlook for the sheep market; with the growing ethnic population in America, the market is seeing more and more of a demand for lamb.  The other major factor that helped us decide was how our pastures lay and the shape of the land. In Southeast Ohio there aren’t many flat places and sheep are adequately designed to be able to graze a hillside more efficiently than cattle. We found this article, shared by the OSU Sheep Team, very interesting from the perspective that sheep may be one answer to repurposing some of the grown-up land in Appalachia and revitalizing some parts of our small communities. U-pick to answering consumer questionsWhen we opened the u-pick pumpkin patch for the first time in 2016, our two main goals were to make enough money to cover the mortgage payment and to help people understand how modern agriculture actually works by having conversations and answering their questions. It’s hard to start those conversations though just off the cuff. I mean, how do you ask someone what they think about modern agriculture without seeming too aggressive?We found that over the course of that season, a handful of people did ask us about how we fed our cattle at the time and made hay for them to eat over the winter and how we planted our pumpkins. Once we added strawberries in the spring of 2018, the conversations came a little more easily, likely because we were providing a product that would actually be eaten not just sit on your porch and look pretty. More and more moms asked us if we sprayed our strawberries with any pesticides and how we felt about our food system in America. A lot of their concerns seemed to stem back to the labels they see in the grocery store and what they actually mean.Now some of the people who asked us questions, already had their minds made up that if a product was sprayed with pesticide it was bad and they didn’t want anything to do with it – there was no changing or easing their mind.  Others though were truly asking out of curiosity and wanted to know our opinions as farmers and the ones that are producing food. I think the portion of people in the middle – those that don’t know and are willing to listen and learn – are the group we’re looking to speak with and share the story of what happens on our farm with.  If you are into listening to podcasts, What The Farm Podcast with Rob Sharkey and Leslie Kelly is a really good one when it comes to learning how we can relate more to the public.  We’ll try to do a better job of sharing what goes on on our farm from day to day to help the public really see how their food is grown, it can’t hurt. SUBSCRIBE to receive Growing our Generation, a biweekly eletter with a different featured editor to meet each issue. Browse the archive of past issues.This e-newsletter is brought to you by Ohio Farm Bureau’s Young Ag Professionals. Learn more about Farm Bureau membership, including a discounted category for those 18-24 years old.last_img read more

Google Docs: Now for Storage as much as Collaboration

first_img3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Companies may use the Google Documents List API to sync files and provide additional backups.Google is partnering with three companies to provide additional services:Memeo Connect for Google Apps is a new desktop application that offers an easy way to access, migrate, and synchronize files to Google Docs across multiple computers. Syncplicity offers businesses automated back-up and file management with Google Docs.Manymoon is a project management platform that makes it simple to organize and share tasks and documents with coworkers and partners, including uploading files to Google Docs.Google Docs is emerging as the strongest player in the storage and collaboration space. Competitors like Box.net provide similar services but are far smaller than Google. This is a trend to watch as cloud computing becomes more predominant and the concept of collaborating online becomes more palatable. This will be especially true as it becomes apparent how documents can be accessed anywhere on any device with potentially significant cost savings. alex williams Tags:#enterprise#news#NYT#Products Related Posts IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Google is extending Google Docs, allowing any kind of file to be uploaded up to 250 MB in size. The move signifies how Google Docs is now a storage service as much as a collaboration platform. Enterprise customers may now store large files on Google Docs for free or a small cost. Additionally, the documents may be backed up using third-party applications.Google is promoting the service as a way for enterprise customer to store files without the need for a thumb drive. That’s a clear sign of how traditional storage devices may be bypassed by online alternatives.Until recently, a thumb drive served as the best way to transport large files. But now, large files can be accessed from anywhere and can be used in a collaborative context. For example, Google Docs users may store files in a shared folder for group collaboration.The capability to upload large files will be ready within the next few weeks. Users receive 1 GB in storage. Enterprise customers will also have the capability to add additional storage for $3.50 per GB per year.last_img read more

Twitter: Rules of Engagement

first_imgAuthor: Jim LangcusterThis article was originally published Thursday May 22, 2014 on the Military Families Learning Network blog.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. Twitter is a lot like caring for a goldfish. It doesn’t require the same level of commitment required for a child — or a dog, for that matter — but building a strong Twitter presence requires some commitment, even a daily commitment, if you plan to establish an exceptionally strong presence.How far you want to pursue this commitment is entirely your call.What follows is not intended to be a comprehensive guide to Twitter, only a few rules — a few rules of engagement that hopefully will help you articulate your commitment, and along the way to make this initiation into the rather arcane world of Twitter a little easier.Rule of Engagement #1: You Don’t Have to EngageLots of people lurk on Twitter. In other words, they only read other people’s tweets without tweeting themselves.That’s okay. Some people find Twitter interesting solely for the enormous amounts of dialogue and graphic- and link-sharing that occurs. Twitter has proven to be a great source for professionals and hobbyists who simply want to enhance or refine their knowledge.Rule of Engagement #2: Find Your Center of GravityOn the other hand, if you have signed onto Twitter with the goal of building a presence, your first priority should be finding your center of gravity. By center of gravity, we mean the traits that define your place in the Twittersphere — those special passions, interests, insights and skills you bring to the table and that will help you grow your Twitter presence. Likewise, you should reflect on the audience you wish to reach. What is the best way to connect your messages with your audiences? To put it another way, how do you package your tweets? What is the best way to phrase your tweets and what kind of graphics should you use to enhance some of them?Rule of Engagement #3: Share, Share and ShareTwitter is built on a foundation of reciprocity. You build a successful Twitter presence not only by providing your followers with interesting tweets, but also by retweeting the best of theirs.There’s a knack to this, one that can be gained only by close observation. Spend some time lurking and observing how others tweet and retweet before you wade in yourself.Rule of Engagement #4: Build ListsThese aren’t lists of enemies — of people who have snubbed or insulted you — far from it. Lists are essential for managing the immense volumes of tweets generated daily on Twitter. Building lists will help you identify and learn from those on Twitter who are also building interesting and engaging presences. Learn from them. Equally important, use these lists to identify the best daily tweets and retweet them. You will be surprised how quickly your own Twitter presence grows.Free applications such as Hootsuite and TweetDeck provide convenient means for building these lists.Rule of Engagement #4: Make as Much Hash as You CanYou can extend the reach of your tweets using hashtags — in other words, marking key words or topics with the #symbol.Popular hashtags include #followme #happy #picoftheday and #funny.While it’s important not to get carried away with hashtags, they increase the likelihood that you will connect with the audiences you’re trying to reach. (Note: The Network Literacy Community of Practice uses the hashtag #netlit to tag tweets and other social media posts related to network literacy.)Rule of Engagement #5: Mix It Up!It’s a good idea to stick to a general theme on Twitter. But don’t get too set in one’s ways. Mix it up every now and then. Don’t hesitate to venture off topic occasionally. Weave humor and other unexpected elements into your tweets.Other Twitter users appreciate you more when they realize you are a normal human being with genuine interests and passions.Rules of Engagement #6: There are No Hard and Fast Rules.Building an effective Twitter presence is an art, not a science.Any experienced twitter user will concede that there is no Magic Book of Twitter, no proven way to ensure that what you tweet will gain traction. A lot of success comes from closely observing others and learning from experienceIt calls for developing a sixth sense. That comes with time — not to mention, practice and patience.last_img read more