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Free Social Media Icon Set by Luke Taylor

There are 89 free social media icons in this set from graphic designer Luke Taylor. This set of social icons comes in ai format for download. Included in the set is everything from Amazon, Apple, and Android to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and WordPress. With over 45 different companies included in this free social media icon set, it comes with everything you need for your next project. You can see more of Luke’s work on his Dribbble, Twitter, and Online Portfolio. Happy Freebie Friday!

Social Media Icon Set by Luke Taylor

Free Social Media Icon Set by Luke Taylor

**Click the title link or the image to direct to the download page**

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6 Inspiring Vine Videos

Vine is the new social media craze. It’s surprising more creative professionals haven’t been using Vine to promote their talents. A lot of big brands are already using it for marketing purposes, so there’s no excuse for creative individuals not to be present on this 6-second video platform.

Here are 6 creative people to follow on Vine. Prepare to be inspired…

1. Ian Padgham // @origiful

Ian Padgham’s shoes do the moonwalk for Michael Jackson’s birthday.

2. Matt Willis // @yelldesign

Matt Willis shows us how to make an iPhone out of paper.

3. Meagan Cignoli // @MeaganCignoli

Meagan Cignoli illustrates a quote by Henri Matisse.

4. Pinot // @pinot

Pinot illustrates a balloon that takes his pencil away.

5. Daniel Ojanlatva // @danielojanlatva

Daniel’s music comes to life.

6. Hunter Harrison // @hunrharrison

Hunter reimagines Super Mario Bros. underwater with food.

Now that you’ve been blown away from these amazing Vine videos, it’s time to create your own. Good luck!

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10 Quick Tips for Better Status Updates Created by The Social Skinny and Shortstack

Trying to get your social media following engaged in your posts isn’t always the easiest task. Too often we see status updates trying to sell something or even sometimes even asking for likes. This is not good, it makes you look like you’re just in it for money or that you’re desperate. Shortstack and The Social Skinny collaborated to put together this Infographic with 10 quick tips and examples for better status updates.

Here is the Infographic at a glance:

  • Post an interesting fact
  • Share a tip
  • Endorse content
  • Don’t always ask a question
  • Inspire action
  • Tell users what to expect
  • Add a P.S.!
  • Use short links
  • Use images with text
  • Ask users to comment

Created by The Social Skinny and Shortstack

10 Quick Tips for Better Status Updates Created by The Social Skinny and Shortstack

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Fostr Logo

What is Fostr? Fostr is an iPhone app created by Sean Fournier that lets you share the creative projects you’ve always wanted to finish. Why am I writing about this? Well, sometimes I when browsing the web I will stumble across a new start up or company that I find intriguing and I think “man that could be awesome if they had the right amount of support” and I wish I could somehow back them or help them out.

Then I came across this new start up called Fostr, and it gave me an idea. Why not start a Company Spotlight section to get some of these start ups noticed? So here it is, the first Company Spotlight post featuring the upcoming mobile app, Fostr.

I figured it is only fitting to make the first spotlight feature a company that is aiming to do the same thing Enfuzed is aiming to do, help designers get noticed. Fostr is an app driven toward helping creatives gain support and finish the projects they’ve always wanted to finish. Support, Follow, & Cultivate Creativity is their slogan and that’s what they are trying to do.

Let us take a look at the key features of Fostr:

  • Discover – Discover great projects that people are working on by filtering by a whole bunch of creative categories.
  • Support & Contribute – Follow the progress of projects that you believe in and contribute your feedback and guidance.
  • Increase Ranking – Based on the quality of your feedback, you could be among the Top Supporters.
  • Earn Badges – The more you engage with the community, the more badges you earn.
  • Create – With an invite, you can share your own creative projects and gain support and feedback from the community.
  • Finish – Gain the motivation, support, feedback, and guidance to finally complete that project you’ve always wanted to finish.

Fostr is a mix of all the great creatives websites out there (like behance, Dribbble, and Creattica to name a few) but with one key difference that caught my eye – it’s geared toward helping each other. Don’t get me wrong, people on behance and dribbble and those other portfolio sites help each other, but in the end they are just portfolio sites set on self promotion and helping #1 get noticed. Now that we’ve covered that, let’s get to the fun part of taking a look at the app:

The Menu

Fostr App Menu

Fostr App Menu

Fostr App Menu

Support

Fostr App Support Page

Discover

Fostr App Discover Page

Project

Fostr App Project Page

Profile

Fostr App Profile Page

Badges

Fostr App Badges Page

Rank

Fostr comes with various ranks based on the user. The first is a supporter, all members who sign up are supporters. As a supporter, you can discover great projects that other people are working on. By supporting these projects, you can follow their growth, gain inspiration, and even contribute your own input. With an invite, supporters can be upgraded to a creator.

Creators are supporters that can create their own creative projects, allowing them to share their creative progress and gain feedback from their very own supporters.

Fostr App Rank Page

Fostr is set up similar to dribbble in that only invited members (creators) can create a project. All creators (members who can create projects) are invited by Fostr or other creators. Having members take responsibility for those they invite sharpens the focus on sharing quality and interesting work. Fostr also limits invitations, which helps the company scale the app and their support of it.

Now to the important questions you are probably asking:

How Do You Get Started?

Once Fostr is available, you can sign up as a supporter using an email address. Once you’ve logged in, you can discover projects to support, request an invite to become a creator to post your own projects, and more. You can sign up to be alerted for when private beta comes out at http://fostr.com/

How Much Will It Cost?

At launch Fostr will be free, and their goal is to keep it free of charge forever. Like Evernote and Dropbox, they hope to add a _premium set of paid features over time.

When Will the App be Available?

Fostr is currently in development and aiming for a private beta launch this summer (July or August 2013). Visit the blog at http://blog.fostr.com or follow them on Twitter at http://twitter.com/fostr for the latest news and updates.

What devices does Fostr support?

Fostr is currently for iPhone. We’ll be adding support for other devices as we go.

Who’s Behind Fostr?

Fostr was created by Sean Fournier, a musician and designer who wanted to make a place for people to reach their creative goals. Find him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/seanfournier

What is Fostr Video:

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Enfuzed Twitter Card Featured

Twitter Cards are somewhat of a new thing Twitter rolled out last year which are, in a way, similar to Facebook’s Open Graph. You may have seen them before when browsing Twitter, expanding a tweet will reveal a little excerpt from an article link along with the title and a image thumbnail to go with it. Twitter Cards, though, pack a bigger punch than that of Facebook’s Open Graph. Twitter made it so that, when setting up a Twitter Card, users are able to choose the style that they want their card to appear like when posted on Twitter.

Enfuzed Design Blog Twitter Card Example

Here I will show you how to easily add a Twitter Card to a WordPress website that will have the option for each individual author on your site to use their own Twitter Handle for articles they write. The Twitter Card will display the author’s Twitter Handle on the websites Twitter Card when an article link from the website is posted on Twitter.

There are 7 different types of display modes Twitter offers that decide how content from a link posted on Twitter will be presented within the card, here is a list with descriptions below:

  • Summary Card – This is the default card, it includes title, description, thumbnail, and Twitter handle attribution.
  • Large Image Summary Card – This is the same as the regular summary card but with a larger, more predominant image above the title and description.
  • Photo Card – Somewhat similar to the large image summary card, the photo card puts a large image up front and center. Photo cards are the only cards that support a blank title.
  • Gallery Card – A gallery card is like a photo card with the difference being a gallery card allows you to display a collection of photos (it supports up to 4 different images) within a tweet. It allows you to provide credit to the photographer as well by specifying a creator tag.
  • App Card – Just like it sounds, this card allows you to showcase a mobile app which includes title, description, app icon, rating, and price of the app. This card is not widely available yet and requires special approval.
  • Player Card – This card is for steaming media such as audio and video and allows you to present your content within an iframe inside the tweet. Unlike other cards, with the player card you control what content displays inside the Twitter Card.
  • Product Card – Allows you to present products and retail items to better drive sales. This card displays an image, description, and two other fields of your choosing which could be price, list availability, list sizes, or anything else you could think of.

Now that we have the basics down of what a Twitter Card is and the different types of Twitter Cards you can implement, let’s get to the fun stuff, giving your WordPress website a Twitter Card.

First thing we will need to do is locate your WordPress website’s header.php file within your theme and open it up in a text editor. Once you have that open, locate the closing head tag:

</head>

Make proper spacing, and above the closing head tag, copy and paste the following code:

<!-- Twitter Card -->
<?php
if(is_single() || is_page()) {
$twitter_url = get_permalink();
$twitter_title = get_the_title();
$twitter_desc = get_the_excerpt();
$twitter_thumbs = wp_get_attachment_image_src( get_post_thumbnail_id($post->ID), full );
$twitter_thumb = $twitter_thumbs[0];
if(!$twitter_thumb) {
$twitter_thumb = '<!-- Image Link Here -->';}
$twitter_name = get_the_author_meta('twitter',$post->post_author);?>
<meta name="twitter:card" value="summary" />
<meta name="twitter:url" value="<?php echo $twitter_url; ?>"/>
<meta name="twitter:title" value="<?php echo $twitter_title; ?>"/>
<meta name="twitter:description" value="<?php echo $twitter_desc; ?>"/>
<meta name="twitter:image" value="<?php echo $twitter_thumb; ?>"/>
<meta name="twitter:site" value="@<?php echo $twitter_name; ?>"/>
<?php if($twitter_name) { ?>
<meta name="twitter:creator" value="@<?php echo $twitter_name; ?>"/>
<?php } } ?>
<!-- End Twitter Card -->

Be sure to read the comments in the above code. You will have to insert an image link on line 10 where the comment tag is as well as specify the type of twitter card you want on line 12 where it says value=””.

Now we move on to the next step of this process, adding a Twitter handle field to the user profile in the WordPress backend area. This process is optional but if you decide not to do it you will have to replace the PHP call on line 19 with your actual twitter handle. Setting it up like I have it above lets authors on your website have their own Twitter Card using their personal Twitter Handle.

First thing you have to do is locate your WordPress websites’ functions.php file within your theme and open that in a text editor. Once you have it open scroll to the bottom and find the closing PHP tag:

?>

and paste the follwing code right above that:

/* === Twitter Card Field Add === */
function my_new_contactmethods( $contactmethods ) {
 // Add Twitter
 $contactmethods['twitter'] = 'Twitter';

return $contactmethods;
}
add_filter('user_contactmethods','my_new_contactmethods',10,1);

The above code will add a Twitter Handle input field under your WordPress users profile section and will look something like the picture below.
Twitter Handle Input Field
Now you can add your Twitter Handle in the Twitter input field which is located in the users profile in the WordPress backend under the contact info section. You Do not add the @ symbol before your Twitter handle in this input field as it is already added in the head code from earlier.

Now before you get all excited and go apply for a Twitter Card you should test to see if it works first. To do this you’ll need to visit the Twitter Card Validator. It will ask you to sign in, so sign in using the Twitter account you want the Twitter Card to be displayed on. After you sign in a modal window will pop up asking you to select which type of Twitter Card you want. Make sure you select the same card type that you specified in line 12 of the code we inserted into our header.php file. The next page that comes up should look like the one in the screenshot below:
Twitter Card Validator

You may have to click the “Validate & Apply” tab to show an input where you will need to paste a url to an article from your website. Posting your homepage url will not work, it must be a link to an article on your website. If you followed the instructions correctly you should have all green dots and it will render a preview of your card to the right as seen in the above screenshot.

Once your Twitter Card is displaying how you want it to, just apply and wait. It usually takes a couple weeks to get approved and once you are approved Twitter will send you an email informing you that your Twitter Card was approved.

*Although the above code has been tested and approved on multiple websites, Enfuzed is not responsible for anything that may go wrong when editing your website, performing the above edits are at your own risk.*

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LinkedIn Bootcamp Infographic by MindFlash

LinkedIn is perhaps the most overlooked social media platform out right now. The first thought every person has when trying to market their business or themselves is to get a Twitter or Facebook page made and start posting, but very rarely is it to get a LinkedIn page.

With over 135 million members worldwide, LinkedIn should not be a platform to skip over when marketing. Believe it or not, Enfuzed actually gets more LinkedIn shares per month than Google+ shares. LinkedIn is a great social media tool because it lets you target groups of people very specifically. Below is an infographic created by MindFlash to help you get the basics down in marketing yourself.

Created by MindFlash

LinkedIn Bootcamp Infographic by MindFlash

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Enfuzed Pinterest Featured Image

Pinterest is one of the biggest social media networks on the web right now and for good reason. With millions of photos from across the web comes millions of pieces of inspiration for people of all ages, sexes, and interests. Pinterest houses great design and art boards that are constantly getting new additions.

Here at Enfuzed we’ve compiled a list of 15 must follow design related pinners that are sure to provide inspiration. These Pinterest accounts post new high quality design images regularly.

1. Enfuzed

Enfuzed Pinterest

2. Creative Bloq

Creative Bloq Pinterest

3. Web Designer Depot

Web Designer Depot Pinterest

4. Designmodo

Designmodo Pinterest

5. Carolina Beiertz

Carolina Beiertz Pinterest

6. Behance

Behance Pinterest

7. Sean Booth

Sean Booth Pinterest

8. Mike Jones

Mike Jones Pinterest

9. Chad Syme

Chad Syme Pinterest

10. Design Quixotic

Design Quixotic Pinterest

11. Inspirationfeed

Inspirationfeed Pinterest

12. Studio North

Studio North Pinterest

13. Kingsley Harris

Kingsley Harris Pinterest

14. The Next Web

The Next Web Pinterest

15. Awwwards

Awwwards Pinterest

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