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How Social Your Media Account is an Online Home with Guests

October 29th, 2014 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Social Media & Media

A Facebook Wall or Fan page and a Twitter or Google+ stream is a kind of online home page, in ways that basic online homepage can only approach by including apps to social media.

Usually interacting on social media is fun and interesting. Twitter, Facebook, Twitter and other sites have coding that allows for responses that can develop into fascinating conversations to contribute in or simply quietly lurk.

I lurk a lot because I enjoy learning. There are wonderfully learned, creative and eager to share expertise and knowledge. Some of these people are world famous who share their lives and best advice, while others are relatively unknown but successful people who have expertise in their field, such as a mom who tweets about a new toy that is helping her child one master a skill. Other non-commercial people on social media find and share off the beaten path news and information from reputable sources. And then there are the other people I follow who simply share their humanity and friendship, showing images of their lives, including cell phone photos of glorious sunsets. Of course there are commercial or business only members on social media, including off-line media such as TV, radio and print magazines and newspapers, which also usually freely share information and links to fuller stories.

If I post on your Facebook wall or if you follow my account so my messages show up in your Twitter or Google+ stream I do this only as your guest. No one owes me the right to make them read my tweets or post to their Facebook wall. My posts are always those of a guest.

In social media and in life, guests who are polite, interesting and even kind are invited back. On social media I am “invited back” every time someone continues to follow or friend me.

As a fine artist, a painter who also used her hand made images to create new digital images by combining images into new original works (sometimes my process is referred to as tradigital art), I have many, many original images that I can and do share online. Yet, I do not share my own unique original images on other people’s Facebook walls (although the ones on my wall and page can or have been shared by other people on their own walls). I watch as other artists share images of their own works on the pages and walls of other artists, art critics or advisers. And yet, I will not do it. I will not even share a link to one of my blogs on someone’s wall or page. Why? For the same reason that I do not walk into a friend’s dinner party and without invitation open up a portfolio of my work. It is just so glaringly, aggressive and even bullying.

Talk television shows are generally set up to resemble a kind of living or dining room with plus seating and even tables where the guests and host(s) gather. However the guests on these shows are specifically invited onto the show with the clear understanding that the guest will be “plugging” a new movie, book, TV show or event. I have certainly been invited onto blogs, pod-casts, and had my works shared on social media, and sure I too plugged my work or event within the context of the subject of the show. Yet, I was invited to do this. I am almost always happy to allow one of my art works to be used to illustrate or decorate others’ blogs or magazines, as long as I am credited as the artist, the name of the work is shown and there is a link to my website. I often tweet and post links myself to online sites where my works are shown with permission, but, again, in each case, the work appears by invitation.

A Facebook wall or Twitter or Google+ stream can also be understood as one’s own channel, much like a TV or radio channel out to the world. Finding great stuff to share or RT is a boon – I see this as programming I get for free.

However, even with disclaimers people (including myself) tend to see a RT or share as a kind of endorsement, so I am careful as to who my sources are for the “free” programming materials. On Twitter, I RT a lot, especially about art (I am kind of known for this), and people thank me publicly. Yet, I always think that the thanks should go the other way because that source freely gave me valuable programming to share!

On my own Facebook wall and also in the comments posted to my blogs, I take responsibility for what occurs just the way I do in my own home as to what goes on in my home or studio. People who try to use my wall to sell their products find that their post is removed and they are no longer friended by me (unless they were previously asked to share their event or work, which has happened) While comments and discussions are enjoyed, negative name calling or bullying is not, and those comments are deleted, although comments that indicate disagreement, and hopefully even have or link to outside source facts are greatly welcomed.

Finally, a kind of pet peeve that often gives me a chuckle. It is not that is seems impossible to me that people can be so selfish and dumb, especially if they believe they have a real and good cause or idea. At least several times a week people aim a tweet at me that asks me to ReTweet their tweet that promotes their cause or product. The tweet invariably goes something like “@judyrey Check out the benefits of XYZ now on sale at http:link Please RT”. In other words, I am being asked to use my channel to give this person free advertising for something I know nothing about. Yet, that alone is not what peeves me, or rather astounds me. The kicker is that almost always, conservatively 98% of the time, the tweeter asking for the favor has never had any interaction with me, does not follow me on Twitter or anywhere else. Often they follow almost no one, but have a stream of initiated tweets that are identical to the one I receive aimed at other Twitter members. I can only assume these tweeters are aiming to win the Darwin award for spamming.

To everyone who follows me on Twitter or Google+ or Pinterest, is my friend on Facebook or LinkedIn, that you for inviting me into your social media homes, and thank you for sharing your life happenings, ideas, finds, news and comments with me in my social media homes.

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How to Discern a True #Free #Giveaway from a Scam on Social Media

May 30th, 2014 by Admin | No Comments | Filed in Brain & Perception, Inspirational Stuff, Social Media & Media

Call me old fashioned, but I hold that if something is promised or promoted then it should be free. When something is offered as free, then there is an implied promise that it is absolutely, free – not free if or free when or, one of my least favorites, “Buy one and get one free!”  That second item is not “free”, it may be a bonus, or the item can be honestly called, “two for the price of one”, but the second item really has a cost, as both items are half-priced.

Cost is not just about money. Your time can be more valuable than money. We live and breathe in time, not money. No one who is dying ever asks for, “Just one more dollar before I go.”

If you have to do something to get something then an exchange of goods and services has taken place. On social media,and especially now popular on Twitter, under the hashtags of #giveway or #free there are many scams. People are frequently asked to ReTweet (RT) a tweet about a “giveaway” or “free” item in order to qualify for that item. Sometimes this is just for the chance to win an item. This is a scam, not a giveaway. The item is only offered in trade for the service of a RT.  Thus the item is earned. It may seem worth a RT for the opportunity to gain the item, but even so, it is a scam. Even if you get the item, the original offer is inherently a lie and hence a scam. Do you want to participate or encourage others to participate in that?

Giving away bonuses is wonderful. I like to give and get bonuses –but a bonus is not a free gift if it is given only if one buys or does something. It is a bonus. Who does not appreciate a good bonus?! Also, who turns down a good twofer, as in two for the price of one? Yet call a twofer “Buy one get one free”, and there is a lie concealed in what could be a good offer.

Perks, rewards and bonuses can all be legitimate and very good deals. These are used with great success via crowd funding sites. I am about to launch my a crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo and have prepared what I considered to be great perks, fantastic opportunities of art, recognition and fun to reward contributors who help me change the world with a brand new vision.  On crowd funding sites it is made very clear that there is an exchange made, everything is stated and the terms as clear.

Elsewhere, on blogs, and in books and training programs that unsuspecting people buy, marketers are busily teaching otherwise honest people how to scam in ways that at first seem legitimate. One idea is to give something digital away for free in order to gain the prospect’s email. This is called “permission marketing”. A favorite thing to give away in order to get someone’s email is an e book. If the e book is offered in exchange for an email address the deal is not a scam. However if the e book of digital download is offered as free, and all one needs to do if give a email address so that it can be sent, the deal is a scam and a lie, even if the item is a good one.

It is now easy to freely giveaway a free ebook without asking the recipient for their email address. If a person wants one of my free e books, it is as easy as clicking on a link. Then another window opens and the PDF, or zipped EPub or Kindle file is there to immediately download. This may be considered awful marketing by some marketers; yet, when I say my prayers my conscience is clear in relation to my free ebook giveaway. You can see my method in action, and even download a free e book in the format of your choice at http://artofseeingthedivine.com/booklet.htm. Just click on a link for your preferred format for e books and watch how easy (and free) this instantaneous method is!

This blog was “inspired” by a tweet from an author who I had followed. He is a new author and who has self-published a kind of self-help or inspirational type of book, which I thought looked interesting. Instead of immediately following me back, he sent me a tweet that said,” Thanks, by following, my e-book “XXXXX” is yours for free. Simply RT to confirm.” Those X’s are where the title of his book was. Now he follows me back. I am glad because he did us all a favor with that tweet, because I truly do not think this person realizes he is involved in a marketing scam. His other stuff is on the up and up, and rather true blue. This is why I am not using his Twitter ID or book’s title to “out” him.

Essentially he wanted me to advertise with a RT for him, which is a form of sponsored tweet since I would be paid with his book. Even sadder is that strongly doubt this author thought up his scheme all by himself. He was taught this dishonest but clever marketing method by a “marketing authority.” He just did not think the ramifications through. There are many other really good people, often creative people who are not business types such as authors or artists who have fallen prey to bad advice from so-called marketing gurus.

Perhaps, my mailing list grows and has people opening my mail because the only place I ask for their email address in exchange for something is for my e-newsletter or the times I have given a free webinar as I need to send information such as phone numbers, links and codes to participants. There is no way to send an email or e-newsletter without an address.  Earlier on, when the Internet was younger, people needed email addresses in order to attach digital downloads.  This remains a good method for sending paid for digital woks. Yet for e books or other “free” information email addresses are no longer needed.

People are smart. If they get good value and benefit they will come back for more. If you are a member of my list, you know, I do not bombard members with email, but do send news and sometimes freebies or special discounts. Time is valuable.

Having a cleaned conscious may not seem worth making a sale to some people, but there is another compelling reason that when a potential customer or customer is offered a freebie, that it needs to be actually free: trust. Every great and successful brand is trusted. Trust is never really free but it cannot be bought –only earned over time. It goes back to the golden rule, which is the best marketing advice ever: do onto others as you would have them do onto you.

Currently, and running through an upcoming crowd funding campaign, the popular e book is available absolutely for free. If you are reading this prior to the beginning of the campaign, check the top right column on this page for a link to the e book in various formats for the Kindle, iPad and other readers, including PDF, which works universally. Get the book this inspiring book can help change the way you actually see the world, through a revolutionary, new Bible based art, and this may be a fulfillment of  prophecy for the end times. Is this for real? See for yourself. Get the book — it is really for free, no stings, or emails requested.

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How to ReTweet to Grow Your Influence & Followers

September 30th, 2010 by Admin | 3 Comments | Filed in Social Media & Media

ReTweets are a great way to grow the influence of your Twitter stream. This goes for both the ReTweet (RT) you give others and those others give you.  I hold that the Retweets that grow a stream’s influence and followers the most are the ones we give, although it is assumed it is the ones we get.

The key word above is “influence”. In one way or another we are all going through life somewhat influencing one another, in person and via social media. Human beings are by nature, all influencers from birth.

Babies, almost from the moment that they are born, interact and attempt to gain what they want. Babies have a message, which may vary from time to time depending on what the baby wants or wishes to do at the moment.

On Twitter every tweet seeks to have some sort of influence. Our Twitter streams can be understood as our own unique micro-blogging channels. This is true for companies, and the rest of us who seek to connect and share in various ways.

Content is Primary

Like radio and TV channels, we each need content for our Twitter channels. My Tweets tend to be about art (including introducing my Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art and theory, plus free art events in museums and news from the art world), the brain (and how to use it better especially in relation to vision and emotional freedom), tolerance, spirituality, social media, and also I can be uplifting, inspiring or funny.

Also, I  am helpful and give tips re social media, pitch in an emergency (from phishing to a news item such as an earthquake when tweets have relayed vital info to the people involved as other forms of communication were compromised) and enjoy celebrating shared events like holidays or honoring someone who contributed greatly to society and has passed away.

When someone tweets something that fits what I want to share, the kind of influence that I want to have, it is like getting a free show for my micro-blogging channel.  A tweet worth ReTweeting is a kind of gift of free content.

Here is an example that wonderfully fit my Twitter channel that I sent out recently: “RT @succezstwittey When everything seems to be going against u, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. – Henry Ford #quote

I chose this example as up until my above RT, I had not interacted with this follower, who I follow back. This member is not a celebrity or a known high ranked twitterer, but it was a swell Tweet that I grabbed up and gratefully ReTweeted to my other followers to also inspire them.

Thanking People for a ReTweet?

Many people thank the people who RT them. I always think that I should be thanking the people I RT for the good free content..

Before I had 30,000 followers I went along with thanking people in the stream for RTing me.  When I had 30,000 followers it dawned on me that whatever I said could possibly be seen by that many people and a stream filled with Thank You’s is kind sweet but soon rather dull. Besides, it had begun to feel more like bragging that I’d been ReTweeted.

So instead, I try to ReTweet people who Retweet me. Often I RT whatever I said that was RTed. On a good, short quote, we’ve reached as many as six tweeters in a row on one Tweet. That is a lot of fun!

I will also troll the stream of someone who RTed me, looking for content to ReTweet that will benefit my followers. A RT back is better that a Thank You. However, I must find something worth tweeting and sometimes I do not, or I find it months later. That is OK, as any relationship is built over time.

Endorsements and Testimonials

I also just about always ReTweet someone who RT’s a link to my blog or articles, web sites, videos, free e book, free webinars or anything that helps me get my basic visual inspirational and life changing message known. These tweets are a kind of testimonial. Plus, I tend to think that my followers must to some degree like me or be interested in me and what I have to say. Of course, I want to introduce them to other people who like what I have to say: my followers!  In face-to-face life, I tend to introduce friends to one another, too.

ReTweet Followers

Since I follow back all followers (except for very explicitly sexual accounts who I block), I tend to only ReTweet people who follow me. I like to promote my friends, and if someone, including a company, museum or celebrity cannot be bothered to follow me back, even if I previously gave them a RT, the content of their Tweet has got to be stupendous for me to ReTweet it and give them free advertising.

Stupendous does happen. Here are a few examples and exceptions when I reTweet non-followers.

The first exception is current events news media like CNN, the New York Times, BBC, etc.  They tend not to follow back but do provide pertinent information about breaking news that I sometimes share for the good of my followers. However, with magazines and papers dying and becoming smaller, I have noticed that some of the wisest reporters and media are following people back. Local news is most likely to follow back and this is a smart way to gain tips.

The second exception concerns social media news, especially if it involves Twitter and is an urgent or a helpful update. Being a good Twitizen and ReTweeting important data, especially as it involves Twitter seems to produce more followers. For instance, when there were attacks via phishers I reported that as I want my followers to stay safe. ReTweeting a recognized social media authority who had the best, most helpful story gives can be useful for my followers. This falls within my channel’s ongoing sharing of tips and helpful information about social media, which also includes this article. Plus, I usually follow everyone who ReTweets these helpful tweets, especially during an attack, and they are also good Twitizens, and the kind of people I want for friends

Know Thy ReTweet

I strongly suggest that if you want to grow your Twitter influence you only ReTweet information and especially links that you have personally checked out and endorse for your followers as if this is your own stuff. This builds trust and influence.

  • Never RT a link, even from a source you trust, like a news source, unless you have personally checked it out and read the article.
  • Never Retweet a link – even your own link without first testing it to make sure that it still works.

ReTweet for the Good of Your Channel (followers) not as Favor for a Friend or Follower

Since I heartily endorse and believe in follow/follow relationships I get followed by some spammers who send me DMs with links that I never open and simply delete. People, including non-spammers, send me DMs asking me to ReTweet their causes, blogs and also business news or products. Usually I hardly know these people, but sometimes these are people I consider Twitter friends. About one in ten people offers to reciprocate and RT something for me once also. This is a silly deal to offer anyone unless you have more followers that they do, and most of these offers come from people who have not cleared the 2000 followers hurdle yet.

When a Twitter member (channel) accepts paid advertising or quid pro quo arrangements, or tweets things that are really not fully and personally endorsed it substantially decreases that Tweeter’s influence.  If someone’s friendship with me is based on favors, then it is OK to lose that follower as I would prefer to keep the trust that I have built with my other Twitter friends.

ReTweeting Celebrities

People follow celebrities because they can—they want to feel closer to someone they admire.

I am most likely to ReTweet what is said by celebrities who follow me back, when it fits my channel and is good information for my followers.

Since it is enjoyable for my followers, I will ReTweet a celebrity who hosts a fun event on Social Media, like @aplusk did via Ustream when he had the charity contest with @kingsthings (Larry King) to see who would be first to have one million followers.

I will also ReTweet information, especially a good quote from a celebrity who says something inspiring that I want to share with my followers. Since people admire and even trust celebrities, this can help me spread inspiring and uplifting ideas. I will also RT something that is side-splitting funny – but I am a sucker for side-splitting funny from anyone.

Some people, usually newbies or people who have not reached voting age, RT celebrities simply because they admire the celebrity. Generally this does not increase influence or trust with anyone old enough to vote

Make your ReTweet Policy re DMs Known in the Stream

People sometimes take things personally, especially if they believe someone is a friend. However, being a friend on and off of Twitter does not include doing anything that a friend requests, even when it seems easy to do.  A ReTweet is actually an easy one click process, but as discussed above, it can have consequences that will erode trust and followers.

In the public Twitter stream make your ReTweet DM policy known about once every month or two if you have one.

I make it known that I never RT anything sent in a DM including info from people I consider Twitter buddies. I also DM back people I have chatted with in the stream who have sent me unrequested DMs asking for a ReTweet that this is my policy. I am only going to RT what is in the public Twitter stream – unless I have specifically requested the info and a link to be sent to me via a DM, which occasionally I have done in relation to a charity or art event I wanted to share.

Have Fun!

Social Media is a conversation that is fun or at least interesting enough to take time away from other pursuits.

We are each the CEO of our Twitter stream. We are the ones who decide what content we Tweet, including ReTweet just as the head of a TV, radio, magazine or newspaper decides what information is conveyed through their channel.

A ReTweet puts free content on your channel, which is a kind of a gift to you as long as that content is about something you really endorse, which includes ideas and articles that you have found useful. This kind of RT will build trust and gain you followers and even RT’s if others also find it useful.

So if you found this article helpful RT the Tweet with the link that brought you here. Or, Tweet about it yourself to help your followers!
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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]


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Twitter Tweets & RT’s for Inspiration and Tolerance

May 19th, 2009 by Admin | 3 Comments | Filed in Uncategorized

Twitter is the real-time social media site that has the most members, thus it offers the best opportunity for immediate and spontaneous interactive conversations. Any speech or conversation cab always also bee understood as a kind of prepared or improvisational performance. Art imitates life but life can be art.

When people have the freedom to make connections and immediately interact responsibly the results can be inspiring and even transforming.

On a recent weekend morning when when I was still not quite awake, I was relaxing and enjoying my coffee as I began the day on Twitter. After messaging my good morning greeting I sat back to lurk the ongoing stream of messages.

Immediately I came upon a quote by St. Francis of Assisi, “For it is in giving that we receive,” which was tweeted by @skystjohn.

It is a concept that is universally found in most religions and paths worldwide. I have always appreciated that quote so I ReTweeted it (RT).

Over 47,000 people follow me and I happily follow them all back as a strong supporter of promoting equal two-way communication relationships. I am good at visually skimming for information. What sort of “jumps out at me”, is usually information that tends to become useful to me. I use this knack in libraries, books and printed materials, art shows, and just about anywhere I am looking, including the Twitter stream.

After I hit click to send the St. Francis RT, another great quote “popped out”.

annq “How soon not now, becomes never.” Martin Luther.

Of course this is another way to say Hillel’s famous, “If not now, when?”

I RT’d the Luther quote, too.

This was fun. It’s easy to ReTweet someone else’s message when I agree or it adds value for my followers. It promotes whoever I RT to my followers and I share credit for passing on the information.

Before I could move on the originate information myself , almost as if it was swimming in the stream straight to me came:

sczepanski “The softest things in the world overcome the hardest things in the world.” Lao Tzu

So many ways to say ideas such as “And the Truth will set you free..” and promote lovingkindness, charity, prayer and trust, which are all soft things.

At this point I realized that in a matter of minutes I had RT’s a Roman Catholic monk, a founder of the Protestant Reformation and the author of the TAO.

More significantly, my Tweets were being busily RT’d and then RT’d again my others.

Although I am not for a one world religion, I do appreciate and promote how many truths the religions and paths of the world share. My life work is founding Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art theory, which among other firsts is the only religious theory of art founded in the USA
As such it is fully inclusive for all religions and spiritual paths.

Almost immediately came this:

ultimateAleks up to YOU – The thing always happens that u really believe in; & the belief in a thing makes it happen.” Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright was a Unitarian. Yet, again the quote is restated in one way or another universally. Almost immediately a flip way of stating the Wright quote was RT’d in the stream.

MatchesMalone RT @vesselproject:”Everything is possible for him who believes”— Mark 9:23

I RT’d both quotes.

At this point it dawned on me I was going to use this week’s blog.  It was as if the blog was being divinely handed to me through the stream.

Often I am asked why I follow everyone back.  One of the key reasons is The Divine [please substitute the best Name for your faith] works through people. People who I know, those who are fairly new to me in a follow/follow relationship and others who were followed by my followers were Tweeting and ReTweeting messages that became the heart of this article. Had I not followed, I would have missed a meaningful and uplifting experience, plus the opportunity to share it with you.

I tweeted: “Now lurking stream hoping to find more uplifting quotes to RT, esp Jewish or Hindu or LOA now. So I get all in.”

Immediately aimed as replies to me came:

pacmanangel “Optimism is positive thinking lighted up.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

studentofsucces“Develop success from failures. Discouragement & failure are 2 of the surest stepping stones to success.” Dale Carnegie

Twitter Members Tweeting in the Stream #1

I RT’d them and watched as others did also. Then Again I Tweeted a request.

“Com’n. Someone send me a Jewish or O.T. quote Reply (so I don’t miss it) to RT. Rather RT you that originate 1, but I can do that”

InnerWizard “What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t invent with your tongue. ” – Jewish proverb

Of course, this is another way of dealing with the commandment on coveting.

I RT’d it the also replied with this message:

judyrey @InnerWizard WOW! That 1’s new to me & as an artist I love it’s many ramifications. Watch me RT it at times. TY!

Still lacking one needed quote, I tweeted:

judyrey Next I need an uplifting, inspiring Hindu quote to RT.Reply one 2 me plz (hint: many avail from Dr. Chopra

GONeill @judyrey “Oprah has made me a fortune” – Dr. Deepak Chopra

judyrey @JGONeill ROFL. I’m sure that’s uplifting to Dr. Chopra & Oprah but not sure it will encourage or inspire my followers. But, TY

Twitter Members Twee6ing in the Stream #2

Twitter Members Tweeting in the Stream #2

Then a wonderful tweet floated down the stream headed to me:

InnerWizard “Happiness is a continuation of happenings which are not resisted.” – Deepak Chopra

I RT’d it.Then followed up with:

judyrey Quotes I just RT’d are each & all echoed in the teachings of Catholic, Protestant, Bhuddhist/Tao, Jewish Hindu, LOA, Pos Thinking

Later that afternoon I was received a reply about a quote Tweeted by SMARTBuddhist that I had RT’d a day or so before:from @ bolora:

@bolora @judyrey @SMARTBuddhist “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” – This is actually in Proverbs 24:16 http://tinyurl.com/p9ywhkProverbs 24:16 (New International Version)

Social media such as Twitter is providing people around the world with ways to connect and share their truths and discover how much we have in common with one another. As we share friendships are built and tolerance becomes a meaningful experience that can actually bring us closer to The Divine I ourselves, others and everywhere.

[Note: Discover more about how you can learn to see The Divine everywhere at Art of Seeing The Divine. See more about Judy Rey Wasserman’s Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art through the You Tube videos and information, including images at http://ungravenimage.com.]

All avatar images used by permission of their Twitter owners, otherwise they are blurred. Please leave comments and if you are a Twitter member include your @ ID at the bottom so others can find and follow you!
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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.
Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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