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A Christmas Crapper - 12/31/11 10:39 AM
OK, so time for one more Christmas post :) Just another fun toilet post to join 'The Most Expensive Toilet You Will Ever Sit On', 'The iToilet' and 'Toilets – Creative, Funny And Sometimes Just Plain Scary'... (4 comments)
Address Is Approximate - 12/31/11 10:34 AM
A lonely desk toy longs for escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can – using a toy car and Google Maps Street View. (1 comments)
Facebook Activity Log Explained - 12/30/11 10:22 AM
Yesterday we highlighted the global release of Facebook's Timeline (see: "Facebook Releases Timeline to the World"). Today we highlight 'Activity Log', a feature that gives you more control over what other people see about your activities. Activity log is a place where you can review all your posts and activity, from today back to when you first started using Facebook. Only you can see your activity log but you can control what other's see. The following video provides more detail. (5 comments)
Is This A Funny or Sad Real Estate Video? - 12/30/11 10:18 AM
I'm not often lost for words but I am having watched this video from "The B Squad". Clearly it's supposed to be funny in the same vein as pioneering sitcoms like "The Office" where we are made to feel uncomfortable as we laugh. I lost count of the number of cringe worthy moments especially towards the end. Never let it be said that sarcasm is un-American. The people behind The B Squad describe themselves as "wicked smarter than you". I'm not smart enough to work out what blog category to put this in as it could fit in several; 'Marketing Tips', (7 comments)
Facebook Releases Timeline to the World - 12/29/11 09:26 AM
Facebook has now started a global roll-out of the new profile layout "Timeline". They describe it as a way to: "rediscover the things you shared, and collect your most important moments" There's a strong genealogy link with this latest change, it will be interesting to see if Facebook allows retroactive activity. For example, will I be able to add past events so they appear on my timeline and in doing so create a more complete picture of my entire life? Here is a video from Facebook that provides more detail: (4 comments)
Follr.com now supports Pinterest.com - 12/28/11 07:09 AM
You can now add Pinterest.com as a social profile! Follr.com personal profile Websites solve the problem of the inability to easily and accurately communicate ever changing social identities, content and contact information. Users can add links to all social profiles onto profile Website in order for contacts to easily find all social identities, including those on Pinterest.com. Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is (3 comments)
Introducing the New Google Bar - 12/28/11 06:57 AM
A new Google toolbar helps you navigate quickly between products making them more easily accessible. To get the toolbar go to: toolbar.google.com After many user interface failures this is definitely a step in the right direction. Or is it...so Google Toolbar works with Internet Explorer, Firefox but not Chrome. Sigh.... If you don't use Chrome then here is a brief video explaining the benefits of the toolbar: (6 comments)
Is Overt Male Nudity An Effective Real Estate Marketing Method? - 12/27/11 08:14 AM
Do you need something to warm you up a little during this winter period? Did you ask for something saucy from Santa? Does male nudity help sell homes? Australian real estate company Neo Property strikes again and tries to address all of these questions. One question I have: is it effective? The following video which contains nudity and adult content will definitely generate conversation but will it sell the home? (4 comments)
10 More Unusual Business Cards - 12/27/11 08:12 AM
Our Follr social business card product is changing traditional business cards (see: "Social Business Cards in Action"). My own simply lists my name and Follr link: follr.me/steve. It's not what's on my business card, it's about what's not on it. No title, telephone number or email address. Follr allows people I connect with to get a far better picture of who I am but there are other ways to achieve that. We've highlighted creative and unusual business cards before (see: 10 Unusual Business Cards) and here are some more courtesy of Oddee. Enjoy: This restaurant business card is all Greek to (7 comments)
How To Know If An Email Is Real - 12/08/11 08:29 AM
Phishing (pronounced 'fishing') continues to be a problem and you need to protect yourself from it. Wikipedia describes phishing as: "the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication." Basically it's a fraudulent email from a thief and their objective is to rip you off. I've written about this before (see: "The Latest Facebook Email Spam Scam" and "How To Identify A Phishing Email") but with the problem persisting here is more advice direct from Google: (4 comments)
PowerSite Profile: A Great Example of How To Add Video to A Single Property Website - 12/08/11 08:23 AM
Alain Pinel Realtor Michael Cohen regularly adds video to his single property Websites as seen in this listing: www.15debesranch.com. The Website provides details about a San Rafael, CA 4 bedroom/3 bathroom single level ranch home. Michael creates the homes aerial video with HoverEffect.com, a company that uses remote controlled helicopters to get high quality aerial photography and video. The video provides a comprehensive and complete view of this beautiful home, expanding the capabilities of a traditional single property Website: With so many homes on the market Michael is clearly taking an extra step to make sure this property stands out. The (0 comments)
Facebook Versus Twitter Data - 12/07/11 11:10 AM
DigitalSurgeons.com has put together a fascinating and detailed look at user date for both Facebook and twitter. Personally I think they are very different services, so different in fact that any comparison is of no real value. Independently however, the following couple of charts provide a great insight into the leading social tools. (3 comments)
Seriously Disturbing Home Decorations - 12/07/11 10:55 AM
Halloween may have passed but that shouldn't stop you from considering some scary home decoration options. I just hope I never see any of them when I next visit friends... Lighting for the damned... Blood candles: The screaming child wall tile: A Hitler rug: The anatomical chair: A saw-cutter mirror: Animal items: Human furniture: There has to be a coffin or two...first a coffee table: and a chair: some cupboards: a display 'cabinet': and of course a little something fun: And finally my (least) favorite, handles made from doll parts... (4 comments)
Follr.com Personal Profile Websites Now Support Klout.com - 12/07/11 10:50 AM
We now support profiles for Klout.com! Follr.com personal profile Websites solve the problem of the inability to easily and accurately communicate ever changing social identities, content and contact information. Users can add links to all social profiles onto profile Website in order for contacts to easily find all social identities, including those on Klout.com. Justin Bieber was just named ‘Most Influential Twitter Celebrity’ by a Forbes.com study. How did this pop sensation win his title? The study used the analytics of Klout.com. Klout.com is a social media analytics provider that was launched in 2008. Klout.com tracks the influence of a user’s (0 comments)
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