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The "NEW" ActiveRain Blog Customizer - Version 2.0 - 09/30/08 12:47 PM
YEAH! The "NEW" AR Blog Customizer was released over the weekend, and is now up and running. Thanks to Brad Carroll over at Dakno, the AR Blog Customizer was birthed a few months ago, and added to the network allowing members to customize the headers and backgrounds of their Blogs. In fact, it was such a hit, we ended up taking too much space on Brad's company server. So, we have had to move all the data and information over to our own ActiveRain servers. You may have noticed that if you were using the 1.0 version, you would get a (241 comments)
ActiveRain and Your NEW Twitter Settings - 09/29/08 12:02 PM
Mark this day as another that will go down in History as an "AWESOME NEW FEATURE" added to the ActiveRain Network. We have added and are rolling out Twitter auto-feeds for your AR Blog posts. If you have a Twitter account already, you can set yours up now. If you don't, you'll need to go to Twitter.com and set one up. It will take less than a minute. What is Twitter? It's micro-blogging. "Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts (160 comments)
Enjoying The "Journey" of Lifetime! - 09/29/08 02:16 AM
Last week, I had the chance to take my family to go see Cheap Trick, Heart, and Journey at the Pavilion. Talk about a flash-back from the eighties. WOW! What really made this show and evening so special, were my kids getting to see some of the musical talents of bands and friends that my wife and I have grown up with over the years. Music and people that were/are a huge part of our lives, and that shaped our memories and future. The evening was full of surprises for my kids, it was a night they'll never forget as long as (40 comments)
There are so many things to learn once you join ActiveRain. How to create links, add photos, use HTML, don't spam or hijack, add video etc., not to mention Channels, ReBlogging, Outside Blogs, Localism and the Referral Network just to name a few. It's no wonder some of our new members and visitors get a bit overwhelmed in the beginning. In this post, I am hoping to help YOU understand some of the concepts of what these things are, and why they are here, before you dive head first into ActiveRain's Social Networking and Blogging Forum. Then there is all (98 comments)
Is This Really 1929 - 2.0? - 09/25/08 11:09 AM
Some financial pundits are hailing this last week's bailouts, bankruptcies and market crash as the most significant since 1929. Former investment banker Pat Kitano will be on Rain Radio today at 11:00am PDT, to sort out the two opposing theories on the market - is this the beginning of Financial Armageddon or is this the massive market cleansing process that investors have been waiting for so that we can call it a bottom? Come join us today on BTR and RainRadio to hear Pat "Voice" his views on everything from 1929 - 2.0 to the Bailouts and economic forcast and future (37 comments)
The Petrified Forest Whispers Happy Birthday Today - 09/24/08 01:48 PM
For a long time now, my mother has spoken of this place and a time where a tremendous earthquake shook the Country...the earthquake was so violent that it hurled down the Giant Redwood trees like matchsticks. Fire, ashes, and molten lava came out and coursed down the valley in which now lies the "Petrified Forest!" She has always wanted see this place, so today, for her Birthday, her wish was finally granted. Debra and I decided to take my folks to this enchanting, mystical and fascinating place located in Calistoga, California. It's a Registered Historical Landmark #915, and is a must (47 comments)
RETaggr - Can It Really Do All That? - 09/22/08 05:24 PM
My ActiveRain Blog sidebar has forever been a hosting ground for widgets, gadgets, gizmo's, buttons, and anything else I could place there that didn't break my Blog or the AR Network. LOL Most of the buttons there were just links to other Blogs and sites where I participate. The others were just on-line tools and services I wanted to share. There are so many Social Media Networks and great sites out there, it was getting really hard to decide which ones I should have on my Blog's sidebar.
Disabled Comments or The Disabled Post - 09/20/08 04:22 PM
I have been on ActiveRain now since February of 2007, and been a full-time employee since March of 2008. I've received over 3000+ member emails, 20,000 comments and have been asked every question I think there is to ask (some multiple times..LOL) and still, no one has ever asked the question about disabling comments. So I want to have this quiz/contest.... Why is there an option to disable comments when creating a new post? We rarely, or hardly ever see anyone that uses this "Disable Comments" feature. Hmmm... The first and correct/BEST answer will receive 1000 bonus points. Think about it, (202 comments)
Video Audio Indexing - Converting Your Voice and Audio To Text - 09/20/08 01:37 PM
For the past few years, we have had the ability to convert "Text To Speech" (TTS) on our computers. We can even select a male or female voice to read back text in a Word Document or on the computer screen. My son, a college student, uses the TTS "Speech synthesis" feature to have his computer read back stories and articles for homework assignments while he multi-tasks on other programs and applications. Well fasten your harnesses... It was recently announced that Video can now be searched on Youtube.com using audio converted text. WOW! So what does this mean? What you say (36 comments)
Reel Dwellings TV meets RAIN Radio - 09/18/08 09:40 AM
Sounds like a Terminator meets Alien showdown, but it's not... it's better! Today we have Tara Jones from Reel Dwellings TV on the show talking about Video and how to take it to the next Radical Level. Tara Jones is an experienced Professional Video Host. She'll be discussing various aspects of Real Estate Video and how it affects today's Industry and YOU. Tara will share answers on many of the questions we all have about Real Estate Video. When to do it yourself vs when to rely on the pros? How to over come the fear of video and how to (63 comments)
3 Ways To Reach Your Audience - Blogging Just Isn't Enough - 09/17/08 10:42 PM
In the beginning, well...many years ago, the only way people could communicate and share information with others, was by traveling on horseback or by boat to personally deliver their news. Then came mail. In regards to advertising, marketing, and providing news and information, this must have been a nightmare. Word of mouth was pretty much it! Once newspapers were created and evolved, they quickly became the "Resource" to get information, and find out what was going on in local areas and around the world. Then came radio, followed by television. Now the Globe became smaller, and the World felt more connected. (107 comments)
Adding Forms To Your Blog Post - 09/13/08 10:53 PM
How do you create a lead sheet, a contact form, a questionnaire, a call to action in your post? Google Docs allows you to not only create private forms, spreadsheets, and presentations, now you can embed them into your Website or Blog. You also have the choice to share those forms and docs with others. You can even invite others to view or collaborate on your work. This could be a great tool, it has the potential to take your readers from being a viewer to being a potential lead. Here's a sample of one I did creating a suggestion box. (192 comments)
The ActiveRain Suggestion Box - 09/11/08 04:11 PM
In many recent posts, I have been getting some great questions, suggestions, and ideas in the comments. I thought this would be a great tool to use as a suggestion form. This will allow our staff and team to gather information, in one location, of suggestions and ideas that come from our members among the community. Collectively, some of the greatest advancements and upgrades on ActiveRain stemmed from a conversation, a Blog post, or a simple comment. There's over 173,000 members here, and most likely, some of the "BEST" ideas and innovative creative minds, so we'd like to hear from you. (0 comments)
How To Use ActiveRain Channels - 09/09/08 01:54 PM
What are ActiveRain Channels, and how should you use them? This new feature was added to the network last week on Wednesday. Many have been asking "what are they, and how do they work?" Here's a recorded podcast that touches on the Channels concept. To really get how all this works, you have to understand that there's a "New Face-Lift" coming to ActiveRain in the days ahead. Seeing a portion of the New ActiveRain.com Index page will help make understanding Channels a bit easier. Sample screen shot of the "New" ActiveRain.com The best way I can explain this is by (228 comments)
Getting To Know ActiveRain - I Want To Know... - 09/08/08 11:52 AM
If you could ask just one question of the ActiveRain Staff, what would it be? Would you ask Jon if he really owns that Van on his Blog header? Would you ask Bob who really stays up with Kelan at night? Maybe Rich, to find out what caused his obsession with Crabs? Or Me, like when do I ever sleep? lol~ We will ALL be on the air at the same time this week, to answer ANY questions YOU have. The Q&A Talk Show "LIVE" Here's your chance to ask anything you'd like to know from us or about us. There (105 comments)
WEB 2.0 - Top 100 Applications and Sites 2008 - 09/04/08 11:00 AM
Here are the TOP 100 WEB applications according to C|NET and Webware. One year ago, I created a post of the TOP 100 links I had discovered being a member of ActiveRain. Webware has done all the work for me this year, so I have to give them ALL the kudos for their research and efforts. The links here will take you to C|NET and the Webware details for each site so you can see if any of these applications will work for you or your business. The TOP 100 Web 2.0 applications were selected by 1.9 million Webware readers and (93 comments)
ActiveRain "Live Talk Show" on BlogTalkRadio - 09/02/08 03:14 AM
Yes, It's True. ActiveBrad is Hosting a "Talk Show" on BlogTalkRadio. Get Read, Get Seen, Be Heard! Great content gets read, Viral Video gets seen, and Quality Radio gets heard. The media has done it this way for years. Well, we're finally there! ActiveRain now has our own little corner of the Internet Radio World, and we're looking forward to sharing it with all of you. We will have special guests, trainers and instructors, coaches, guest speakers, along with members and ActiveRain Staff. We'll be sharing ideas, challenges, solutions, and success stories from all over the Country. My first guest will (91 comments)
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