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8 Useful Twitter Tools

August 29, 2011 9 comments

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    What do you know about Twitter?
    Do you use Twitter?
    How many Twitter-related applications do you use?

Here are 2 applications you can use to manage your tweetstream:

  • tweetdeck –> TweetDeck allows you to monitor, manage and engage in your social world by bringing together your Twitter and Facebook feeds in a powerful and flexible column-based dashboard.
  • hootsuite –> similar to tweetdeck application. You can manage your blog/linkedin/facebook/twitter accounts from one place; schedule posts/tweets, create report, etc.

Here are applications which can help you to locate topics/trends/people/communities:

  • hashtags.org –> you can find here the most popular hashtags on Twitter – what’s most popular.
  • Twitscoop –> a real-time visualisation tool which enables users to “Mine the thought stream” provided by Twitter. Hot trends/words which are buzzing right now on twitter/search feature/
  • Listorious –> “Listorious has the best Twitter people search on the web so you can find anyone by topic, region or profession — powered by data from the tens of thousands of list curators. Once you find the right person, you can interview them by asking questions over Listorious”
  • twellow –> Twitter yellow pages
  • TweetMeme –> “it’s a service which aggregates all the popular links on Twitter to determine which links are popular. TweetMeme categories these links into Categories, Subcategories and Channels, making it easy to filter out the noise to find what you’re interested in.”
  • twopular –> search popular trends on Twitter

More useful links which helps you to measure your on-line activities.

    Do you know other applications worth to share?

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Do We Need Google Offers?

August 26, 2011 2 comments
    What do you think about shopping? Do you like it? Just think about going to the shopping mall and search for some things you need to buy or maybe you prefer to do shopping on-line?

It’s all about collective buyer power – you can find offers with up to 60%, 70%, 80% discounts.
There is another player on the market – Google Offers

So far I was searching Groupon for daily deals (spa, theater, restaurant, etc.). I was wondering how Groupon, Livingsocial and GoogleOffers works. All of daily offers platforms works similar:

  • subscribe –> you will receive e-mails with daily offers in your city (city you choose) or check on website or on Facebook page or Twitter
  • choose –> chose the offer you like
  • pay –> purchase chosen deal
  • get the coupon/voucher –> wait for the e-mail with voucher/coupon
  • enjoy –> enjoy your purchase and remember about the deal’s expiration date

Here is a youtube video on how Groupon works:


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    Pro: interesting feature is that you can purchase a giftcard on Groupon – which is nice option as a present.
    Con: during purchasing process you need to provide your credit card details (every time) – but maybe that’s should be consider as pro (I’m not sure).
    How Livingsocial works:

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    Ok, so now lets look at the Google Offers:
    Pro: wow, everything in one place (on Google); you can sign in using your google account.
    Con: it’s just the beginning so google offers is available only in 6 cities; I’m not sure whether having everything in one place (google) is a good way. It’s a short way for google to have a monopoly on the market.
    Here is a youtube video on how google offers works:
    Google Offers payment option: you need to provide your credit card details once and it will be saved in your account. That option is provided by Google Checkout

I believe that many people might move from Groupon or Livingsocial to Google Offers just because they have Gmail accounts and because of that they have less passwords to remember.

The question is do we need another daily deals platform? Will Google Offers win the competition race? I don’t know. It’s another project by Google – lets wait a while and see what happen.

Facebook for People Over 50 – Part 2 – Making Connections

August 10, 2011 2 comments

making connections

    Today lets talk about few ways how to make some connections on Facebook
  • search for your family/friends –> type your friend name and last name in the search box which is on top center of the Facebook website. If there are hundreds of results (people with the same name as that one friend you are searching for) then you can try to search by your friend e-mail address (if you know it).
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Make sure this is the right person you found on Facebook – the easiest way is to click on their photo and check their Facebook profile (usually – depends on private settings – you can see some basic information about that person).

  • send “friend’s request”/add friend to your list –> so you found your friend on Facebook. Of course you would like to “say hello” to them (which means you want to connect with them on Facebook). How to do that? Send a friend’s request – it’s a direct message to your friend.

Here’s friend’s request

    and here’s friend’s request with additional message. Usually it’s better (nicer) to add few words from yourself:

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  • address book –> if you have e-mail addres on one of following: gmail/hotmail/yahoo/windowslive. You are able to search Facebook for all those e-mails from address book (on your e-mail account).
  • you can find your high school/collage friends by searching for your school’s Facebook page
  • accepting friend’s request –> don’t forget that your old friends might search for you as well.

Google+ vs. Facebook Again?

July 24, 2011 Leave a comment
    Facebook - Yes
    Google+ – No

or:

    Facebook – No
    Google+ – Yes

or maybe:

    Facebook ok and Google+ ok
    ohh come on, make up your mind, will you? but I can’t: I like Facebook (I mean I got used to it) and Google+ is so new and I just don’t want to move all my friends lists from Facebook to Google+. But at the other hand, Google+ is growing so fast, and so many people are using it (over 10 million since it’s launch).
    ok ok, I need to stop for a sec and think:
  • time –> how much time do I spend on all those activities on Google+ and Facebook
  • Where are all my friends? –> I want to be where my friends are
  • why –> why do I want to use Google+? maybe because I don’t want to be left behind. I want to know what is going on across the social media environment
    So what should I do? What is the best option?
    I think I will give Google+ a try and see what happen next. At the same time I will remember not to forget about my everyday schedule. And, of course, I won’t leave Facebook (over 700 millions users there).
    Here’s a youtube video you might find interesting (and funny as well):

    And a infographic Facebook vs. Google+

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4 Social Media Platforms You Should Use

July 8, 2011 5 comments
    How many social media applications/platform are you using?

ohhh…do you have problems to count all of them? Let me guess, some of those applications you are using on your mobile, some on your computer.

    Pick a number:

Lets think how many (really) social media applications/platforms we can use and be up-to-date:

  • Google –> google docs, google reader, gmail, google voice, google search, Picasa, google maps, etc. – covers a lot of our needs
  • Facebook –> instant communication, sharing photos, status updates, videos, etc.
  • Twitter –> another way of text messages, great for networking, etc.
  • Linkedin –> network application for professionals

Big trio and google

    That’s a great beginning, isn’t it?
    Ask yourself a question:
  • how many applications do you really need?
  • haw many applications do you have but didn’t use for last few weeks?

Facebook vs. Google+

July 2, 2011 4 comments
    Did you hear about Google new platform called Google+ ?
    If not – here is the Goodle+ demo:
    Have you noticed that Google changed it’s layout? top menu bar and +1 button added to research results links googleplusproject_layout
    The feature I find the more useful so far is the Google+ Hangouts – it’s alternative for Skype, etc. Facebook should think about similar option as well. Here is the youtube video of Google+ Hangouts:
    Mario Sundar* at Quora published interesting (and very useful) feedback regarding Google+ platform:

    (Google+ Circles, but it’s still just a far easier-to-setup-and-use friend list. Facebook allows you to create different friend lists today (think “Limited Profile”) and even prompts you to bucket your friends when you connect — but how many users use that.

    and

    Don’t get me wrong: Google+ gets an A for effort (So, did Friendfeed as well as Google Wave). But, now they’ve their task cut of out them. And, they’re very well aware of it.

    Facebook answer to Google+ Circle is app called CircleHack:

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    PCWorld published article regarding Google+ Circle and Facebook circlehack tools.

A new site called Circle Hack uses a drag-and-drop format similar to Circles on Google+ that lets you organize your Facebook friends into lists quickly and easily

Deborah from kommein published post 10 Google+ Tips to Help You Get Off to a Good Start. You will be able to find there few interesting tips to make sure you are using Google+ right.

After testing Google+ and using Facebook I think that:

  • we will have to use few/many application to be able to organize our activities in social media environment – which might be pain in the neck. But at the other hand maybe that’s good – because we have options to choose from
  • I don’t like to maintain the same content (e.g. my friends’ list) on few social media platforms – it’s a big time-consuming disadvantage

….so now the question is: who Google+ will compete with Facebook? and Is there enough space for both? The ideal situation would be collaboration between Facebook and Google – but I guess it won’t happen too soon.

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*Mario Sundar – Chief Blogger at LinkedIn, the World’s largest online professional network.

Where to Use QR Codes?

June 29, 2011 Leave a comment

QR_klaudia_blog urlIn my previous post How to create QR codes I presented 6 applications which allows you to create QR codes.

Where companies/individuals are using QR codes?

  • video games
  • magazines
  • newspapers
  • buy products and services
  • www/blogs
  • posters
  • personal resume
  • art work
  • ads
  • coupons
  • real estate, etc.
    How you can use Google to generate QR code:

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  • shorten your url link

shorten url

  • add .qr to the shorten link (the one you just created)

url qr

  • your QR code is ready to use

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How to find a job using social media apps?

May 9, 2011 Leave a comment

zoom_inAll of you how are looking for a job probably already signed up to jobing, jobankusa, monster or dozen other job-search-sites but do you really think that this is enough? How many of you didn’t find anything for last few months? Although you updated your profile all the time.

What to do???

Maybe you should think about adding other options/other places where you can ‘follow’ job offers or just use other tools to be more visible for potential employer:

  • tweetmyjobs — you can set your profile (for free), chose job channels to get instant notification of jobs (email + tweets). Big plus – you can get that job notification much faster than looking for those jobs on other job-search-sites
  • ‘follow’ companies on Twitter — if there are companies you want to work for, try to find them on Twitter and ‘follow’ them. Companies (often) post job offer on Twitter, so you are able to get the information asap
  • wopodo– reinvent your job search. Good tips how to write your resume, job offers
  • advanced Twitter search — you can search for companies/job offers/ etc. which can give you more information what’s going on (don’t forget to use @ and # while searching, e.g.: #jobs, #hiring)
  • Linkedin profile — you should concider to set a professional profile which can help you to connect to business world (other professionals, recruiters, companies). It will help you to check the job offers, connect to other professionals which can help you to find a job. Don’t forget to ‘complete in 100%’ your profile which means: uploading your photo, ask for min. 3 recommendations. Join groups and try to be active (ask questions, answer to some questions, keep communication with others).
    hint: you can use Google search box to look for job offers posted on Linkedin – in a google search box type “linkedin.com: jobs+location” and you can search directly from google
  • wordle – tool for generating ‘word clouds’ from text that you provide. The clouds give greater view to words that appear more frequently in the source text. It good to test your resume and check what ‘word cloud’ will generate out of your resume
  • professional email — remember to have professional-looking email address
  • maybe you take under consideration to start your own blog – you are an expert in something, so maybe you would like to share that knowledge with others and at the same time you are building your own reputation as an expert. At the same time it will be even easier to find you on-line
  • Google yourself‘ — check what you and others can find on-line about you. If there is something you don’t like, you better try to change it

World Without Facebook – really?

May 4, 2011 Leave a comment

World without Twitter, Google nor Facebook….lets think how the world would look like without Facebook. I know, that’s a big thing but Sujan Patel from SingleGrain published infographic – “A World Without Facebook”:

A World Without Facebook
[Via: Single Grain]

How to change Google search engine colors?

April 23, 2011 Leave a comment

green grassIf you want to be more ‘green’/’eco’ or you are tired of the same look of google site check those. I am not sure how much they are helping to save some energy:

  • Searchincolor – you can choose your internet search color scheme
  • jabago – black google search engine
  • google black — helps you to save 3,000 megawatts hr a year
  • earthle – save energy, save the earth (black/green)
  • ninja – black google custom search
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