5 Ways to Stay Connected with Your Co-workers

    Do you have to work with people who are located in another city or country?
    What do you do when you need to work with others on a project but all those people are spread all over the world?

What to do if you don’t have an access to expensive platforms like Microsoft Exchange?

Applications you can use to communicate with others:

  • e-mails –> who didn’t do that? Sending tons of e-mails with 10th version of the document. It’s useful when only 2 people are working on it but when you have a lot of people who need to collaborate with each other then it’s a problem
  • google docs –> in case if you don’t want to collect many versions of the same documents, you can use application by google – which allows you to share the documents on-line, make changes in the document by others, post comments, etc. Type of documents you are able to share/edit: word, spreadsheets, presentation, form, drawing. You can also chose between many templates.
  • skype –> which gives you options: sending files, chat box, video calls, etc.
  • jamcloud –> it’s a free social music app that allows you play music and watch videos with your friends in real time. Create listening rooms with an international audience where you can chat about what’s playing and vote. With a library of over 325 million songs and videos. So if you need to talk about some songs/video you can do that watching it at the same time with people all over the world.
  • linqto –> It’s a many to many live online app. Easy to use, no download is required, and is available as a Facebook application. A standard URL is also provided as an additional entry point to the live site. This application is not free, version 1 cost $8/month

What on-line application can you suggest?

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Do We Need Google Offers?

    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.

How to Publish Pictures on Twitter

    Do you like to share pictures on-line? I do
    Would you like to share a pictures directly on Twitter? I would
    Now we can do that. No more Twitpic, Flickr, yFrog – now you can directly publish photos on Twitter using Twitter message box:

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    Now you can go crazy and publish your pictures directly on Twitter, but please be aware of:
  • you can upload any image that is 3MB or smaller
  • Twitter will scale the image to fit into the display pane on the right side of Twitter.com timeline
  • more “how-to” upload picture on Twitter you can find on Twitter Help Center

    3-steps how to publish picture on Twitter:

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  • 1. type text in message box + click on “camera button” and chose image you want to publish + click “tweet”
  • 2. your tweet is now in your timeline stream, so all your followers are able to see your tweet with link to your picture
  • 3. when you click on your tweet you can see the picture on the right side of your Twitter website

New Way of Shopping?

Do you like shopping? Wait a second, don’t answer that question yet…if you have a chance to shop in a “friendly shop”:

  • without standing in a long line to cashier’s desk
  • without trying to find a place to park your car

wouldn’t be easier to answer “YES” to my question?

We can all those on-line stores, whether it is Walmart, Bestbuy, ebay.

Did you buy something on on-line stores? What do you think are obstacles of buying on-line?

  • clothes/shoes –> how to make sure is the right size, etc?
  • test –> how to test item before making decision whether to buy it or not
    Companies are trying to shorten the distance between customer and store by opening on-line store but we know that’s not enough anymore. So what to do?
    Here are some ideas what companies are trying to offer their customers:
  • Home Plus is Tesco’s Korean branch decided to create “virtual supermarket” on one of the subway stations. They posted wall-size posters of stocked shelves onto subway walls. Customers were able to scan products’ QR codes and by doing that they were able to purchase items which later were delivered to their homes.

    Just think how many people are using public transportation (in cities) like subway. 2x a day they are becoming potential clients (on the way to work and getting by home). Simple click-click (scanning QR code) and gallon of milk is on the way home.

  • applications for 3D cameras –> which will create two-way mirrors on computers

almost 38 percent of women don’t buy online, according to Forrester Research, because they want to be able to see and touch items before they hand over a credit card.

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I’m wondering what’s next?

7 Ways How to Improve Your Resume?

…a lot!

    Did you check how your resume look like? When was the last time when you updated your resume? (and it doesn’t matter whether you have a job or you are looking for a job).

Did you google yourself? Not yet? Try it, find out what other people (potential employers or recruiters) can find about you on-line.

7 ways what you can do with your resume:

  • create it –> that’s good start, right? that’s just in case if you didn’t write one. Why you should do that? It’s good to collect all important information about your career (you never know when you might need it).
  • paper version –> classic. Do you know that some people do not have the paper version of their resume – why? because they don’t need to. But they still have resume – just in electronic version
  • .pdf / .doc files –> when you wrote your resume, remember to save it in few different type of files: .pdf – looks most professional (and you know that the recipient of your resume will see it exactly in the same layout as you) .doc (Microsoft Office Word) – some companies/recruiters ask for .doc version.
  • infographic –> yes it’s true, you can create your resume in different way. Here’s some great resumes (I found them via Mashable:

or

  • on-line resume –> on Linkedin profile, where you can contact with many other professionals from your area + all over the world
  • on-line resume –> flavors.me, your on-line business card, which can looks like this:
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  • video resume –> ohh yes, yes you can record your own video resume. And you don’t have to be graphic designer nor movie director to create your own video-resume. You can simply do it yourself using applications available, e.g. videoBIO or use free apps like: youtube video or Windows Live Movie Maker, or many other apps.

Maybe you should think about adding charts to your resume – think what kind of charts/graphs you can create (and I believe you can). Don’t worry, it should be something simple. The reason why it’s good to add some charts is to drag someone’s attention. They won’t remember all the details you wrote but they will remember that chart where you presented some information, etc.

Few more How-tos upgrade your resume you can find on Mashable:

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    Give your resume a boost and be more visible in professional world.

New Kind of Volunteers?

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    Are you a volunteer?
    Have you ever done some volunteer work?

In your opinion – who the volunteer is?
Lets start from definition of volunteering:

Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life, but people also volunteer for their own skill development, to meet others, to make contacts for possible employment, to have fun, and a variety of other reasons that could be considered self-serving.

Have you ever considered yourself as social media volunteer? Maybe you should.
Stop for a sec. and think:

  • Have you ever helped someone via social media
  • maybe you helped someone how to cope with all those social media applications
  • etc.

I think that social media environment and all of those activities on social media platforms made us more aware that there are people who might need some support and help. We are more proactive, not focus only on ourselves – and that’s something new.

And even more fascinating is that people who are helping each other, they don’t consider themselves as volunteers. They would say that helping is something normal/standard…and that’s a good sign I guess.
And those people are new heroes!

Facebook vs. Google+

    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.

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    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?

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

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

url qr

  • your QR code is ready to use

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New Way of Planning Your Vacation

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    Did you check the new web-based application called AirBnB?

Miel on his blog shared some information regarding this application.

First thing I did – checked prices…and big surprise, so far not so cheap. I think the reason why is not very cheap is because you can find there better standard than in a motel. You can find private homes (room to rent) or summer/winter resorts.

  • You have an extra room in your home/condo and you need some extra money to pay your rent –> you can share your room and post information on AirBnB.
  • Are you looking for a place to stay for a day/week/month but you don’t want to stay at the hotel –> it looks like AirBnB are building their database but still there are a lot of options
    Here is a video “how it works”: