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28 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Creating Video Content

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Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge list of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts or learn how to submit your link for an upcoming edition here.

This Week’s Topic: Creating Video Content

You won’t see me dishing out advice about video blogging…mainly because I’m still a little to shy to do it very often. If you search hard enough, you’ll find a few videos where I get in front of the camera, but for the most part, I’m happiest behind the scenes. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t create video content. In fact, vlogs and other video content on your blog can actually spice things up enough to give you a good bump in traffic – and not to mention, if you’re good enough at it, there are also ways to monetize your video content.

So instead of someone who’s still a novice at creating video content trying to give you a bunch of tips, I decided to make this the topic of the week for Brilliant Bloggers. Check out what these much-smarter-than-me people have to say about creating video content:

Advice from Brilliant Bloggers:

The Best Tools for Creating Video Content by Brandon Yanofsky

This is a great post to check out if you’re brand new to video content and are unsure where to start. Brandon gives tips on finding the best cameras, lighting equipment, editing software, and more. If you explore his stie, you’ll also find some other posts about creating video content such as Why Should You Produce Video Content?. Brandon is on Twitter @byanofsky.

5 Common Misconceptions to Ignore for Video Content by Brent McCoy

Think you need to spend a lot of money on your videos? Or that they take to long to create? Think again. In this post, Brent covers these and some of the other common hangs-ups people have about making video. If you’ve been avoiding making videos, this is the post for you. After checking it out, you can follow Brent on Twitter @brentmccoynet.

How to Produce Video Interviews for Your Blog by Francisco Rosales

This is a really smart idea, especially for bloggers who can’t always make it to conferences and other industry events – and I love that Francisco gives a really simply step-by-step how-to (with pictures!), because I’m not the most technical person in the world. This post inspires me to get out there and do a few videos interviews – I really don’t have an excuse not to do them now! Follow Francisco on Twitter @socialmouths.

BONUS BRILLIANT BLOGGER: You should also check out the entire site Simple Vlogging Tips by Jendi (@jendisjournal) for an entire awesome site about creating video content!

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Next Week’s Topic: LinkedIn

I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Bloggers Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.

26 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Twitter Chats

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Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge list of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts or learn how to submit your link for an upcoming edition here.

This Week’s Topic: Twitter Chats

Twitter chats seem to be growing in popularity, with new chats popping up every week and regular chats growing in size. Here are BlogWorld, we run #BWEchat where we feature conference speaker, track leaders, and keynotes as well as lead discussions on conference-related topics. Personally, I love Twitter chats and try to participate in as many as I can. If you’re interested in taking part in a Twitter chat (or Twitter party, as they are sometimes called) or even running your own, check out the brilliant advice below!

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What are Twitter Chats and Why Should You Care? by Angela Atkinson

This post by Angela is a great overview of Twitter chats. She writes about the benefits of attending, some of the disadvantages, and tips for participating. She also lists some great chats that you should consider checking out if you’re new to the idea of Twttier chats. After you’re done checking out the post, you can follow Angela on Twitter @angieatkinson.

4 Steps to Launching a Successful Twitter Chat by Steve Woodruff

If you’re considering running a Twitter chat of your own, this is certainly the post you need. Steve Woodruff co-hosts the wildly successful #LeadershipChat with Lisa Petrilli, and this post tells you exactly why their inaugural chat has over 180 participates. Check out the post, consider participating in his chat every Tuesday at 8 PM EST, and follow Steve on Twtter @swoodruff.

How to be a Twitter Chat Champion by Heidi Cohen

You don’t have to start your own Twitter chat to enjoy participating. Heidi’s post is great for people who are new to Twitter chats and maybe feeling a bit apprehensive about jumping into the conversation. If you’re itching to participate, check out Heidi’s post and then follow her on Twitter @heidicohen.

Even More Brilliant Advice:

Did I miss your post or a post by someone you know about Twitter chats? Unintentional! Help me out by leaving a comment below with the link!

Next Week’s Topic: Sales Letters

I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Bloggers Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.

101 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Google+

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Today, I have a special edition for Brilliant Bloggers for you all – on the subject that absolutely everybody that seems to writing about: Google+. Since this new social media platform is brand new, I didn’t single out anyone’s posts like I usually do, but instead groups them into topic areas. If you wrote a post about Google+ as well that I missed, believe me, it was definitely unintentional/ Please feel free to comment with a link to your post!

And yes, for the record, it took me 20+ hours to compile this list of resources. I lost count after realizing that I hadn’t showered or eaten all day Sunday as I was finishing. Thank you everyone who made my job a little easier by sending in links! If it’s your first visit here, you might want to follow me on Twitter @allison_boyer – I do link round-ups at least once a week and ask for submissions by topic on Twitter, so it’s a good way to make sure I don’t miss your post. And also so you can remind me to shower when you notice I’ve been on Twitter too many consecutive hours.

Guides and How-To Posts

Photos on Google+

Google+ Circles

Google+ versus Facebook and Twitter

Google+ and SEO

Google+ Hangouts

Google+ for Businesses

Other Google+ Opinions

Videos about Google+

Other Great Google+ Link Round-Ups

Again, if I missed your post, please leave a comment below with a link – the more bloggers who share, the better this resource list will be! And for the record, yes, I’ve since showered, much to the relief of my roommate and cat.

15 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About List-Building

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Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge link of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts or learn how to submit your link for an upcoming edition here.

This Week’s Topic: List-Building

There’s not a lot of blanket advice that I think it is appropriate for all bloggers, but I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a blog that couldn’t benefit from having a mailing list. Even with just a small mailing list of a few hundred or even a few dozen people, you can do a lot with a few simple emails. Send out a newsletter. Promote your projects. Sell affiliate products. you’re only limited by your imagination and business creativity.

Having a bigger list is undoubtedly better than having a small list (though loyalty does make up for numbers occasionally). List-building is one of the most talked-about topics among bloggers and Internet marketers; let’s look at the brilliant advice available across the web.

Advice from Brilliant Bloggers:

How to Build a List: Rich Man, Poor Man List Building by Ana Hoffman

What I love about this post is the fact that Ana shows you how to build a list regardless of your budget. She goes over the four elements of building your list and then has tons of tips for you to try out with your own list-building efforts. Check it out and then follow Ana @webtrafficcafe.

The Money is in the List: How to Build a Profitable Email Community

This post is actually part of a course called “From Planning to Earning” by the guys of Blogussion. I highly recommend the entire series of posts – it’s super high-quality and in this one about email lists, they give you absolutely everything you need to know to get off on the right foot. After you’re done reading, don’t forget to follow Bloggussion @Blogussion (authors Alex and Derek can be found at @afrais and @byderekj, respectively).

How I Accumulated 10,000 Email Subscribers in 13.5 Months by Pat Flynn

Pat Flynn is absolutely one of my favorite bloggers when it comes to learning how to make money online. In this post, he talks about his own list-building experiences, sharing how he accumulated over 10,000 subscribers and giving tips on how you can do the same. Check out the post and then follow Pat @patflynn.

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Next Week’s Topic: Twitter Chats

I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Bloggers Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.

15 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Offensive Content

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Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge link of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts or learn how to submit your link for an upcoming edition here.

This Week’s Topic: Offensive Content

Offensive content is a pretty broad topic, but one that I love writing about. Should you curse on your blog? Should you worry about being politically correct? Do you tell people who don’t like what you post to shove it or do you try to make all members of your community as comfortable as possible? What about your social media accounts – should you treat that differently than you treat your actual blog? And who decides what is offensive and what is not?

My answers to these questions might not be the same as yours – and that’s okay. When it comes to offensive content, it’s all about doing what is right for you and your brand. It’s not always an easy question to answer, but reading others’ opinions about it can help you look at the debate from all facets. So, without further ado, let’s see what some brilliant bloggers out there have to say about offensive content.

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OMG: F**K, Sh*T, or Worse in Your Corporate Social Media by Maria Pergolino

I really like this post because it talks about the offensive content problem not just from a blogger or online persona perspective, but from a business perspective. If you’re a business owner, be aware of you your employees are representing you online! After checking out this post from Maria, head to Twitter to follow her @InboundMarketer.

Social Objects: The Frickin’ Art of Cussing by Troy Janisch

Troy’s post is awesome because even though I’m someone who doesn’t shy away from swear words on my own blog, I whole-heartedly agree with him that there needs to be an art to it. In this post, he talks about a piece of artwork that included a dirty word and why it got a reaction from people. It’s about being effective – and frankly, as he says, most of the time, frickin’ does the job. Check out the post and then follow Troy on Twitter @socialmeteor.

1 Way to Keep From Offending Your Readers by Richard W. Scott

I won’t spoil it for ya – if you want the one without-a-doubt way to avoid offending your blog’s readers, you have to click through to Richard’s post. It’s a good one; you won’t be disappointed. I usually like to link to a person’s Twitter profile here, but I couldn’t find one in this case…so, if you’re out there, Richard, let me know and I’ll add it!

Even More Brilliant Advice:

Did I miss your post or a post by someone you know about offensive content? Unintentional! Help me out by leaving a comment below with the link!

Next Week’s Topic: List-Building

I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Bloggers Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.

19 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About QR Codes

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Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge link of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts or learn how to submit your link for an upcoming edition here.

This Week’s Topic: QR Codes

This year at BlogWorld was the first time I really saw people at a conference really talking about QR codes. Of course, they’ve been around for much longer, but I think QR codes have really taken off in popularity. I don’t know tons about using QR codes effectively myself, so I was actually excited to research and read all of the posts related to this topic. Let’s jump right into the posts this week; here’s what some brilliant bloggers have to say about using QR codes:

Advice from Brilliant Bloggers:

QR Codes 101: Make Links to Your Website from Anywhere by Charles Hamilton

I wanted to include this link as the first on the Brilliant Blogger list because it is such a good, quick overview if you’ve never really used QR codes before or don’t understand how they code be relevant to you. While this is a very brief overview (especially as compared to some other posts linked below), there are TONS of links within the post that you can click to fin more information about QR codes. When you’re done reading the article, you can also follow Charles on Twitter @chcs.

QR Codes: Are Your Read for Paper-Based Hyperlinks? by Mark Sprague

I love this Search Engine Land post by Mark Sprague because it not only gives a really good overview of what a QR codes, but it also gives readers real-life examples of how companies around the world are successfully using QR codes. Mark also gives you lots of ideas on how you can use QR codes as well, so if you’re new to this concept this is a great place to start thinking about how you can use the codes for your business. Check out Mark on Twitter @CMarkSprague.

How Effective are QR Codes with Consumers? by Grant Iven

Okay, QR codes might be neat, but I want to know the same thing most businesses want to know – are they working? Companies like to talk a lot about ROI, and while it might be free to generate a QR code, if you’re going to print it everywhere, there’s a bit of investment involved. This post is a little case study showing what happened when one company used QR codes to promote their Facebook page. You can follow Grant on twitter after checking out this post @saywhat_com.

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Next Week’s Topic: Offensive Content

I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Bloggers Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.

22 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Online Privacy

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Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge link of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts or learn how to submit your link for an upcoming edition here.

This Week’s Topic: Online Privacy

As bloggers, we’re so used to putting our lives online that we often don’t stop to think about the implications. This can be a problem – or even dangerous. Thieves have been known to plan break-ins with location-based social media, Facebook is commonly perused to collect identity information, and contact information on your blog can give angry readers or obsessed fans your home address and phone number.

I don’t say all of this to scare you – just to, hopefully, make you pause and really consider exactly what information you want to put online. You don’t have to blog anonymously (though this is certainly an option), but it pays to take a few precautions, at least for some people. It really depends on your lifestyle, the type of blog you run, and your personal level of comfort with making your information public. Let’s take a look at what some brilliant bloggers have to say about online privacy.

Advice from Brilliant Bloggers:

Born to Blog: Privacy in the Age of the Mom Blogger by Eliza

What I like about this post, which was inspired by the movie Catfish, is that it isn’t a list of tips or a bunch of facts – it’s just a real conversation about the privacy issues that bloggers (especially those who are parents) face. After checking out what Eliza has to say about posting pictures and other information about your kids online, you can follow her on Twitter @Doublefab.

What Happened to Patrick? A Few Thoughts About Blogging Anonymously by Ryan Guina

This post is all about one blogger’s decision to blog under a pen name for privacy, and then his decision later to tell everyone his real name and start using that instead. I think Ryan hits on some interesting points, such as transparency and branding, and I liked reading about his personal story about moving from a pen name to his real name. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanguina.

Social Insecurity by Consumer Reports

Usually, here at Brilliant Bloggers, I highlight posts from individuals, not from major publications. This topic is just really, really important, though. Consumer Reports is a publication I trust, and although this report they did on online privacy is about a year old (i.e. ancient in Internet time), it is filled with valuable information and, at times, scary statistics. I recommend that everyone reads this article, just so you can make the more informed decisions possible when posting information online.

Even More Brilliant Advice:

Did I miss your post or a post by someone you know about online privacy? Unintentional! Help me out by leaving a comment below with the link!

Next Week’s Topic: List-Building

I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Bloggers Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.

32 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About BlogWorld New York 2011

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Today, I have a very special edition of Brilliant Bloggers for you – instead of our normally scheduled list of links, I wanted to collect links to posts from people who attended our inaugural New York event last week. Some of it is good. Some of it is not good. It all matters to us. If you haven’t yet written a post, I hope you will (and link it here). Knowing what you found valuable and where BlogWorld missed the mark helps the conference grow, evolve, and get better! Not everyone agrees, but your voice is important. I would also like to point out that a lot of the value of these posts comes from the comments made by the community at the end as well, so definitely take time to read them!

So, without further ado, here are all the Brilliant Bloggers talking about BlogWorld. If I missed you, please add your link as a comment. We’ll return to regularly scheduled Brilliant Bloggers next week!

Also, this list is alphabetized, not in order of importance or any other kind of order.

Thanks again to all of the Brilliant Bloggers who attended our conference. We’re looking forward to meeting you again (or for the first time) in LA!

51 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Burnout

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Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge link of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts or learn how to submit your link for an upcoming edition here.

This Week’s Topic: Blogging Burnout

We’ve all been there at one time or another – that funkity-funk, where you question whether or not you’re really cut out for blogging, have nothing to say, and are frustrated with your progress. It’s a feeling that skirts the line of apathy. It’s blogging burnout.

Some people deal with burnout by quitting, but those of us who are really passionate stick with it – and most of the time, things get better. That’s not to say that you should hold onto your blog forever if it’s holding you back, but burnout doesn’t mean that your blog is a bad idea or has lost it’s usefulness or can’t succeed. Burnout means that you need a little break and maybe a new perspective on the same old topics.

I’ve certainly dealt with blogging burnout. Have you? If so, check out the advice from the brilliant bloggers below, and then post some of your own tips for dealing with that burned out feeling.

And seriously, with all of these resources, I hope you can find something to help you deal with blogger burnout. After reading all these resources, you might have reader burnout!

Advice from Brilliant Bloggers:

The Working Stiff’s Blogging Burnout Survey by Darren Garnick

The Working Stiff is a column that is part of the blogs run by the Boston Herald – and in this post, Darren Garnick doesn’t just post some tips about avoiding blogging burnout – he actually interviews a number of bloggers from many different niches about their burnout fears, their experiences with burnout so far, and more. Check out the post and then follow Darren on Twitter @darrengarnick.

Get Organized Now to Avoid Blogger Burnout Later by Jonathan Beebe

Organization is truly one of the best ways to avoid blogger burnout, at least in my opinion. In this post, Jonathan Beebe shares some of the best secrets for blogger organization. This post is a guest post for Technshare, a multi-author blog that you can follow on Twitter @tnsblog.

Blogger Burnout? Give Up or Dig In by Tac Anderson

If you’re a fan of tough love like I am, check out this post by Tac Anderson. When blogger burnout hits, what are you going to do? Throw a temper tantrum? Or prove that you have what it takes to stay on the cutting edge of what is awesome? After you’re done with the post, check out Tac on Twitter @newcommbiz.

BONUS BRILLIANT BLOGGER: 50 Ways to Dodge the Blog Burnout Sucker Punch by Stanford Smith (@pushingsocial)

Usually, I only post three brilliant blogger links, but this post by Stanford Smith at Pushing Social was way too Brilliant to pass up. With FIFTY tips (yes, five zero…fifty!), if you can only read one post to help you deal with blogging burnout, this is the post to read!

BONUS BRILLIANT BLOGGER #2: Top 10 Antidotes to Blogger Burnout, or How to Stay Sane(ish) Whatever You Do by Leslie Minora (@LeslieMinora)

I already broke the rules by choosing four brilliant blogger links instead of three, so what’s one more, right? I wanted to highlight this one because after all of these informative posts, you’ll need something funny!

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Next Week’s Topic: Attending Conferences (just in time for BlogWorld New York 2011!)

I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Bloggers Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.

25 Brilliant Bloggers Talk About Virtual Assistants

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Brilliant Bloggers is a weekly series here at BlogWorld where we look at the best posts from around the web all surrounding a specific topic. Every week, we’ll feature three of the most brilliant bloggers out there, along with a huge link of more resources where you can learn about the topic. You can see more Brilliant Blogger posts or learn how to submit your link for an upcoming edition here.

This Week’s Topic: Working with Virtual Assistants

As your blogging or social media business grows, you might find it harder and harder to keep up with tasks such as answering emails, formatting posts, and working with advertisers. By yourself, you’ll hit a ceiling – there are only so many hours in the day. However, if you want to open that ceiling and really find your true potential as a blogger, you can consider hiring a virtual assistant. Think of virtual assistants, or VAs as they are often called, as administrative assistants or personal assistants, but they don’t live near you – they do virtual tasks from wherever they may live. Let’s take a look at what some brilliant bloggers have to say about working with VAs.

Advice from Brilliant Bloggers:

How to Work with Virtual Assistants (3 Top Questions Answered!) by Chris Ducker

I had the pleasure of meeting Chris at BlogWorld 2010, and when it comes to running a virtual business, he really knows his stuff. His site has tons of information about using virtual assistants, and this post is a great place to get started – Chris answers the three questions he gets asked most often: What is the best way to train my virtual assistant? How do I keep my virtual assistant motivated and happy to work for me? How much do I pay my virtual assistant? I also highly recommend checking out the rest of his site, downloading his free ebook, and following him on Twitter @chriscducker. (Oh, and if you’re looking to hire a VA, he can definitely help you out!)

Why an Independent Contractor Agreement is Important by Nica Mandigma

As someone who works as a freelancer, I completely agree with Nica that having a contract is super important, so this post is a must-read. Nica’s site is a great resource for those of you who might be interested in working as a virtual assistant, and if you’re hiring, it gives you a unique perspective from the VA’s point of view, which helps you learn how to better hire and work with someone who is perfect for your business. Don’t forget to follow Nica on Twitter @busybee_VA.

50 Things a Virtual Assistant Can Do For Your Business by Maren Kate

I met Maren at BlogWorld 2010 around the same time I met Chris, and it’s easy to see why they’re friends – intelligent people with great ideas are often seen together! Maren can also help you hire a VA if you’re interested, but if you’re not sure that this route is right for you, check out her site, Escaping the 9 to 5…I bet she’ll change your mind. Maren is someone who gets an incredible amount of work done throughout the day, all by using VAs, and in the post I’ve highlighted here, she shows you exactly what a VA could do for you. After checking out her website, don’t forget to follow Maren on Twitter @marenkate.

Even More Brilliant Advice:

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Next Week’s Topic: Burnout

I’d love to include a link to your post next week – and if you head to the Brilliant Bloggers Schedule, you can see even more upcoming posts. We all have something to learn from one another, so please don’t be shy! Head to the schedule today to learn how to submit your post so I won’t miss it.

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