I have to be honest with you, I have a truly wide spectrum of interest categories that I try to grasp and be up-to-date every day. Recently, I have vitally increased a quantity of social-related media to monitor and treat as a place full of valuable lessons. It was a good, yet previously being put on hold for much too long, choice. While debating about the source of current affair information I always try to mix the news delivering sites. We have all been there, the same “fact” might be presented in like a million different ways… Unsurprisingly, it is not that hard to get manipulated, each of us happens to be deceived once at a time. A well example of such a confusing situation has always been coverages from national marches, protests or demonstrations. The numbers vary that much, depending on the source, that one might believe they are taking completely separated events. Be careful with the media, always diversify and compare your sources, and I mean always.
Let’s start with the field that is, at the moment, closest to my heart – Finance and Economics.
A German-American financial oriented site. It runs various editions throughout the whole world: The USA, The UK, Poland, Australia, Japan, Germany. and many others. Business Insider was named to the Inc. 500 in 2012. The Clusterstock section appeared in the TIME article “Best 25 Financial Blogs”. What I like about the Business Insider is the avaiability to swiftly switch through different languages.
A financial software, data, and media company headquartered in the Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It was founded by Michael Bloomberg, an entrepreneur, activist, economist, and politician (ex-Mayor of New York City), in 1981. The firm is one of the world’s biggest supplier of economic market data. Additionally, The organization allows buying or renting one of its Bloomberg Terminals with the ability to study live market price quotations accessible via Bloomberg Tickers. It costs a lot, but I have used the machine and it is just astonishing and irreplaceable. Together with the Reuters and World Markets, the firm is a major vendor of economic statistics.
As far as I am concerned, by far the best Polish market-related website. Founded back in 2000, and since then it has strengthened its position in Poland. The columns are clear and understandable even by people not proficient in the field of Economics.
I strongly recommend following Krzysztof Kolany , who is an outstanding business analyst with huge knowledge, and even a better financial journalist. Creme de la Creme.
The Wall Street Journal, one of the oldest and most prestigious business-targeted newspapers in the world. By circulation, it is by far, the most sold journal in the USA (with more than 2.4 million being sold each day). A classic paper version is published six days a week, by Dow Jones Company. The WSJ has won 39 Pulitzer Prizes so far, a staggering number. And the people doubt that the Americans love Wall Street, oh the irony.
To be frank, it is undoubtedly my main source of economic theoretical knowledge on the internet. Plain simple – that is why it works just perfectly. It always helps me to get prepared for a job interview or an important presentation. You will find there everything what you need, from derivatives to videos regarding the Bitcoins. A must-read for every financial professional. I am not kidding.
Social related destinations that I check daily are much more varied than the economic ones.
A blog run by Michal Szatilo, Volant, one of the most recognizable Polish social bloggers. His motto is, there are no difficult topics – there is just not enough of experience. A person of many interests, and passions, but we share one the most – the life. He has his own, hard to be reproduced, style. Well, you either love it or hate it, and I am totally in the first group. Volant writes a lot of interpersonal Relations, about stuff we are too shy or afraid to talk about. He doesn’t give answers, instead, he shows paths, but it is up to us whether we take them. I like to think that I and Volant are rather like-minded folks, we definitely share the same views on many aspects of excitation. Volantification was one of the sparks to set up my own blog, and I always find plenty of influence down there.
A podcast, website, and blog created by Michal Szafranski. One of the pioneers of Polish personal finance-oriented articles and auditions (to be found under WiecejNizOszczedzaniePieniedzy). Probably, the most positive person on the Globe, whose the biggest passion in life is being happy and successful while helping others to be so. For a few recent years, Michal has become a presenter, and a speaker at many respectable conferences across Europe (mostly Poland, and the UK). Listening to his podcasts is a pleasure itself, Mr. Szafranski has mastered the craft of casting, he speaks his mind precisely, and clearly. If you seek for a source of information in regards to saving money and getting safety future investments, the blog is for you. Such a truly inspiring man he is. Chapeau Bas.
Grammarly is my first daily English language electronic destination. It is both, an application checking your writing, and a blog taking on grammar riddles. I cannot describe how valuable Grammarly really is (it always gives me a hand to make my posts being understandable, lucky me). The Grammarly app feature works in the background of your system, it is a watchful protector of your English correctness. If the device finds a potential mistake, it automatically suggests a proper correction. I simply cannot imagine working without that miracle tool anymore. Hopefully, I will not have to!
A must-be place if you would like to acquire, both basic, and advanced knowledge regarding marketing on the internet. The author, Artur Roguski, pretty much sums up all of the most important aspects of trying to establish your electronic brand. No doubt, you will find there lots of information connected to getting started a Facebook FanPage, a youtube video channel, a prosperous blog, successful Twitter account et cetera. You name it. What is really outstanding is fact that there is a social media jargon dictionary. I have never seen a similar one yet, tremendous job.
As you all probably know, I am an immense fan of sports, especially, Basketball and lifting, Since I am no longer an active basketball player, and I fully switched to the lifting weights, I try to keep updated what happens in the world of an orange ball and nets. I have my two favorites web destination to follow my beloved American-Canadian game.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the pre-eminent men’s professional basketball league in North America and is widely considered to be the premier men’s professional basketball league in the world. It has 30 teams (29 in the United States and 1 in Canada).
SzostyGracz, translating from Polish to English means a sixth player (position in the game), is a fairly new portal treating about the game of basketball. A collaboration of ex-journalists of ZawszePopierwsze blog, and a few other reports like zNYK. The site is full of a daily coverage of happening in the NBA, Euroleague, NCAA and Polish National Basketball League. The editors are not limiting themselves only to writing, but also record regular podcasts and auditions like Przerwa na Zadanie or discussion between Znyk and Maciek called MRAP (Miedzy Rondem a Palma – destination in Warsaw). The guys are really experienced writers, so there is plenty of sophisticated and unique reporting style. I use a premium version of the site, and I am sure that you will not regret money spent on the access.
Now I can see that I am really into the internet media… And that is just a small part of what I check on a daily basis. What I surf more?
- www.pap.pl <-- Polish news site.
- www.facebook.com <-- The demon itself!
- http://piotrgankiewicz.com/blog/ <-- A blog of a good friend of mine, who is an IT maestro and a laureate of Daj Sie Poznac Microsoft contest. Some life views from a coder point of view.
- http://www.motorcycle.com/ <-- I am a two-wheels-geek, it had to be here.
- https://patronite.pl/naukowybelkot <-- a popular-science channel run by an ex-basketball player, PhD. in Chemistry Dawid Mysliwiec.
- www.wykop.pl <-- basically a Polish equivalent of the American Reddit.
I made a decision that my newly discovered media should have its own place in the read – Twitter. I have to say, the application is just cracking. It is so simple, yet practical and beneficial. The limit of 160 sign for a Tweet works perfectly making the whole site seem like a dynamic place. In the effect, there is no room for elaborates and long posts, which makes it much easier to have a quick exchange of words and opinions. I am happy to be able to follow my points of interest without unnecessary spam (e.g. Facebook), that is why I can focus on desired content. I already know that it will be my routine to post there and seek for terrific discussions. I gotta thank Piotr Gankiewicz for convincing me to sign up;)
Once you would like to find me on Twitter, there is a link:
The Internet, like every drug, should be used as prescribed. It is not that hard to fall into a loop of unproductivity because of wasting whole days scrolling the Facebook. We have all been there, haven’t we? On the other hand, the world wide web is a perfect source of easily accessible information, and can a precious tool in a personal development. Well, can you really imagine your life without being online? Be honest.