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Charlie Harden has a post I wanted to leave a comment on. “How I connected with customers on the Internet last night!” My comment grew and grew and then ActiveRain wouldn’t allow my comment to post (is AR still wonky?). We’ll let’s just make it a post then! Charlie wrote: Stuff on my AR drawing board (in no particular order) Somehow link up e-mail signatures and all 'social sites' Learn to send ActiveRain blogs to these sites automatically (Bill Gassett has some writings on this) Learn to create audio/video presentations for listings and Localism material Spend more time on Localism (29 comments)
How To: Twitter for Business - 11/26/08 09:26 AM
The Loan Officer Edition As you may know I have a soft spot for Loan Originators, at least the honest and ethical ones. I want to share what I think is one of the best ways an originator can use Twitter for business and do so effectively. I’ll use Rhonda Porter as an example. (It’s ok, I have her permission). Just in case you didn’t know… Rhonda has been a loan originator in the state of WA since 2000. Prior to that she was working on the title side. She’s one of the smartest mortgage people I’ve ever met, always does (11 comments)
The Book Meme - 11/25/08 08:51 AM
The Book Meme I’ve been Meme’d by Midori Miller AND Teresa Berry The rules are: 1. Grab the nearest book you lay your hands on* 2. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book or the intellectual one; just pick the closest! 3. Open the book to page 56 4. Find the fifth sentence 5. Post the text of the next four to five sentences 6. Tag up to 5 people to do the same
Normally I resist the Meme thing with the same fervor as I do door to door MLM salesmen. (2 comments)
Image by via CrunchBase There are a couple of ways to add relevant content to Facebook and share that content with your friends. This can be content you come across while surfing other sites, or it can be content you’ve written yourself an posted on your blog. I’ll show you how to add from the RSS subscription, or the website itself. Unfortunately AR may still be having issues with embedding video so if thevideo does NOT show below, you'll have to watch the video at http://areweconnected.com/2008/11/how-to-adding-content-to-facebook/ or at http://www.viddler.com/explore/mikemueller/videos/13/
If you have a blog and you want to (15 comments)
CAL vs Stanford - 11/22/08 09:27 AM
CAL vs. Stanford - The Big Game Image via Wikipedia I’ll be at the Big Game today. That would be CAL vs. Stanford . It’s the Battle for The Axe . It’s the 111 Big Game . Yeah, I said One Hundred and Eleventh ! You can find me pretty easy. I’ll be wearing my real CAL Ice Hockey Jersey (made specially for me by the team captain’s Mom). I’ll be sitting in Sec EE, Row 30, Seat 1. Just in case you haven’t heard or seen "The Play ", here it is.
What’s the fastest growing Social Media website? Is it ActiveRain? Facebook? LinkedIn? Flickr? How about Twitter? Here’s a couple of interesting charts showing the number of Daily Unique Visitors for the last 12 months for each. ActiveRain Facebook LinkedIn Flickr Twitter
For actual numbers of Daily Unique Visitors Facebook wins by a mile. For explosive growth it’s hard to ague with Twitter. Source of charts: Google Trends
Are you following me on Twitter? (6 comments)
FLIP Cam? Give it a Quick Video Edit first! - 11/20/08 10:11 AM
So you finally went out and got the Flip Cam ! Congratulations! You went out and shot some video? Good for you! You found out that you can upload directly from the camera to YouTube? STOP!! Before you do, want to make a better looking video? Want to do it quick and for free ? ( did I just say the magic word? ) Have a PC? Ever hear of Windows Movie Maker ? It’s video editing software, it’s free, and the best part? It’s already on your computer! Here’s how to use it!
Now go out (47 comments)
Facebook delivers a nice surprise! - 11/17/08 09:14 AM
What a nice surprise! With my birthday was yesterday, (November 16th) and m y wife surprised me with a weekend getaway to Capitola . It’s a tiny little coastal town just south of Santa Cruz, CA . a few hours drive away with small little shops, great restaurants, and for this weekend, absolutely beautiful weather! We strolled the beach, we shopped the shops, we had a great italian dinner in a restaurant so small they have only 6 tables (Caruso’s ). With no reservations, we were happy to have to wait an hour in the wine bar next door. (17 comments)
What's the next picture? - 11/14/08 08:14 AM
Image by mike912mueller via Flickr A friend of mine (Ann Cummings) put together a great collection of pictures of everyone she knows online. She used a program called TouchGraph and it shows how one person is connected to many others and how they are connected to you. Here’s the original picture (http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1520415&view=all&subj=682007215&id=601871085&ref=mf) I wanted to see what would happen when I clicked on my picture. Would it bring you to my Facebook Profile? My website? Nope. It takes you to the last picture you were tagged in.
The last one happens to be a fun shot from REBlogWorld in Vegas! (4 comments)
I couldn't make it to NAR this year - 11/07/08 08:10 AM
You couldn't either? Bummer. But that's OK. We can listen in on the conversations using Twitter and Hashtags! Why wait for your favorite attendee to put up a drunken blog post later tonight recapping things that might have happened hours ago? We’re better than that. We’re smarter. We’ve got better technology. We don’t have to wait around. We can listen and even participate! And we can do it all… Right Now!
Looking to add a few ActiveRain Twits to your follow list? Just click on their Twitter Name to open up a new window and add them to (5 comments)
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