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5 Mar/12

Networking Guide for Bloggers: Simple Roadmap to Networking (Part 7)

Networking Guide for Bloggers: Simple Roadmap to Networking (Part 7)

All right, since it is the final part of the “Networking Guide for Bloggers” series there’s no time to beat around the bush here – straight down to business. So far in the series we’ve talked about many different things: methods of communication, main channels of contact, crafting a subject line, selecting an email address, writing an email message, and many more. Now it’s finally time to discuss a roadmap of online communication and networking for bloggers. Here...

3 Mar/12

Optimizing Blog Readership: Reading off the Net

Optimizing Blog Readership: Reading off the Net

There’s no doubt that reading a book is distinct from reading an e-book. The same applies for reading text on paper and reading a blog online. Faced with different mediums altogether, readers form different expectations depending on what they are reading off. The written word may have been the first tool to promote the spread of knowledge, but it was the Internet that had revolutionized the spread of info with fast-paced and widespread access to knowledge all over the world. (Image...

27 Feb/12

Networking Guide for Bloggers: Messages That Get Noticed (Part 6)

Networking Guide for Bloggers: Messages That Get Noticed (Part 6)

The previous part of the series was all about email and various aspects of it. How long an email should be. What a good subject line is. Finally, what the value of having a professionally looking email address is. These are all valid elements, but we haven’t touched upon the body of an email message yet. And this is exactly what we’re going to do today. Communicating via text is a rather difficult thing. Words, sentences, and punctuation are the only tools you can use. You...




20 Feb/12

Networking Guide for Bloggers: Making a Good First Impression (Part 5)

Networking Guide for Bloggers: Making a Good First Impression (Part 5)

So far in the series (the previous episode, to be exact) we’ve talked about the fact that not every message gets opened and read. And a great deal of them don’t even get to a point where they can be forgotten, they simply never get noticed in the first place. How not to be on the losing team? Well, there’s no one magic solution here, but there is a set of precautions you can take, and a set of things you can do to improve your chances of success. And this is exactly what...

13 Feb/12

Networking Guide for Bloggers: How to Approach People (Part 4)

Networking Guide for Bloggers: How to Approach People (Part 4)

Approaching someone new is often quite a scary thing to do. No matter if you’re about to do it at a party, on a bus, or online – via email. We always want to make a lasting first impression, and not sound like we’re desperate or aggressive. These are all the things we’re going to cover in this part and the following parts of the series. Quick note:This post is a part of a series titled – Networking Guide for Bloggers. Be sure to check back next week for more!...

6 Feb/12

Networking Guide for Bloggers: Choose People Wisely, You Must (Part 3)

Networking Guide for Bloggers: Choose People Wisely, You Must (Part 3)

I’m sure you can relate to this and agree that selecting the right people to reach out to is the most important step on your way to success (whatever success is, since we’re talking networking). If you do this right, clearly, you’ll be able to build strong relationships with great people. If you take a more random or less thought-through approach then your mileage may vary, so to speak. Clearly, contacting everyone whose email address you can get your hands on is not...

27 Set/10

Now Shipping: ThinkUp Beta 1

Now Shipping: ThinkUp Beta 1

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Hit a big milestone today! We released the first beta of ThinkUp, the PHP/MySQL webapp that archives your social media interactions in a database you control. Download it here. Following eight alpha releases over the past eight months, I’m so proud that the ThinkUp community and the software product itself has reached beta. The beta represents hundreds of commits by over 20 thoughtful developers scattered across the globe,...

3 Set/10

Wave in a Box

Wave in a Box

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); So very excited that Google has announced an installable release of Google Wave, “Wave in a box.” Of course I’d like to sell a few more books, but post-Wave I’m also ruined to classic, linear group chat. Can’t wait to try to get an installation up and running. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Continua a leggere – Original Link: Wave in a Box Technorati...

31 Ago/10

Gmail Priority Inbox Puts Important Messages First

Gmail Priority Inbox Puts Important Messages First

Just completed my first email sweep with Gmail’s new “Priority Inbox” feature enabled, and it’s a keeper. Over time, if this mechanism proves to be as good as Gmail’s top-notch spam filtering, it could be the reason why you only check Gmail in the browser. (Well-played, GOOG.) Priority Inbox adds an “important messages” section above your inbox. Initially, Priority Inbox decides what messages are important based on your email and chat patterns–a...

18 Ago/10

What to Expect From “Google Me”

What to Expect From “Google Me”

My greatest hope for the hotly-rumored, might-launch-any-day-now social networking app “Google Me” is that it will not merely clone Facebook in a weak attempt at parity, but that it will innovate and solve problems that plague existing social networks. Last month, a senior user experience researcher at Google, Paul Adams, gave a presentation entitled “The Real Life Social Network.” The 224 slides, embedded below, describe some of the problems and common user behavior...

5 Ago/10

On Google Wave and “Failed” Experiments

On Google Wave and “Failed” Experiments

Yesterday while I was on the air with Jeff and Leo recording TWiG, Google announced that they are halting development on Wave. The webapp will be available till the end of the year–with mechanisms to export your current wave data–and the code will remain open source. As the author of the first user guide on Wave, I spent this morning doing interviews with tech journalists about what this all means. Here are some questions I got asked, and answers I offered. What do you think...

29 Lug/10

WordPress 3.01 Released, Update Now

WordPress 3.01 Released, Update Now

Nothing’s more refreshing than receiving a notification of a WordPress update the minuted before going to bed. WordPress updates are serious, most of the time. Not updating the blog immediately could leave it open for exploits, and malicious users could do many bad things with that new found power. WordPress 3.01 has been released a few minutes ago. The update is maintenance related, according to the blog post over at the official WordPress website. The new version fixes 50 minor...

20 Lug/10

The “Only If We’re Offline Friends” Rule

The “Only If We’re Offline Friends” Rule

I’m active on a LOT of social/sharing webapps: Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare, Tumblr, and to a lesser degree, FriendFeed, Delicious and Buzz. While most of my posts are public and open to everyone, on Foursquare and Facebook*, I only accept friend requests from people who I know and hang out with offline. Still, I feel bad refusing friend requests from people who listen to TWiG or read Lifehacker or this blog simply because I don’t know them. What I really want, on every social...

16 Lug/10

(Updated) How to Transfer Google Voice to Your Google Apps Account

(Updated) How to Transfer Google Voice to Your Google Apps Account

Update: Google Voice product manager Craig Walker confirms that the Apps transfer is NOT supported right now, and that it was only done for a small group of testers. Sorry, all. The good news? He says there will be a way to transfer your Voice account to Google Apps once the new GApps features that are being tested right now launch. In the meantime, I’m removing the link to the request form from this post. Update: After I published this post, Google added very strong language...

15 Lug/10

This Week in Google, Episode 51

This Week in Google, Episode 51

Leo, Jeff and I jawed about the new Android App Inventor, Picnik in Picasa, mobile local search, my 23andme results, and iPhone 4 in this week’s episode. My tip of the week: setting up a rich text signature in Gmail. Continua a leggere – Original Link: This Week in Google, Episode 51 Technorati Tags: brief-video, digital, episode-51, Facebook, laptop, life, transfer-google, twig tip

10 Lug/10

This Week in Google, Episode 50

This Week in Google, Episode 50

Jeff and Leo and I chatted about Droid X, Prince, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and the iPhone 4 in our latest episode of TWiG. Also, listeners are helping send an Android phone into space! My tip this week: Chrome to Phone, which pushes your open Chrome tabs to your phone with the click of a button, for browsing on the go. Continua a leggere – Original Link: This Week in Google, Episode 50 Technorati Tags: complete-guide, ebook, episode-50, Facebook, gina-trapani, google-accounts,...

2 Lug/10

Google Apps vs. Google Accounts Parity Coming

Google Apps vs. Google Accounts Parity Coming

Google Apps users who want access to all the same products that regular Google Accounts have won’t have to wait much longer. An anonymous tipster tells me a Google Trusted Tester program is underway right now, which “transitions” Google Apps accounts to full access to all GOOG products, including Voice, Reader, Buzz, Analytics, and more. Here’s the official Help page which includes a visualization of the transition, in the screenshot here. (Here’s a PDF,...

29 Giu/10

Froyo Over-The-Air Updates Hit Nexus Ones This Week

Froyo Over-The-Air Updates Hit Nexus Ones This Week

If you’ve got a Nexus One and have been patiently waiting for the OTA update to Android 2.2, this week’s your week. Google says you’ll get a notification by the end of the week for the update to 2.2. My sources tell me you’ll get it even if you manually installed Froyo, as the official OTA version is a different build number. Here’s the good stuff you get in Froyo; no word yet on other handsets. Continua a leggere – Original Link: Froyo Over-The-Air...

24 Giu/10

The Software Buttons You Love Pushing

The Software Buttons You Love Pushing

Spent several hours running around town doing tedious errands the other day in neighborhoods I don’t know well, so I was thrilled to finally tap the “Navigate To->Home” button on my GPS when I was done. It got me wondering: what are the software buttons you just can’t help but love to tap, click, or press? An informal poll on Twitter unearthed a bunch of good ones: your email’s Out of Office “Enable” button, “End Call,” “Mark...

22 Giu/10

Google Voice Open in the U.S.

Google Voice Open in the U.S.

Previously invitation-only Google Voice just opened to everyone in the U.S., offering free text messaging, multi-phone management, and voicemail features which, after more than a year of exclusive use, I couldn’t live without. The three things I do on my mobile phone most–text, call, and check email–are powered entirely by Google at this point with Voice, Gmail, and Android. The Gmail/GVoice experience on Android is the main thing that leaves me cold when I look at an...