technology: What is a #Hashtag? Is #Hashtags Dying? Twitter Search Wins? - 09/28/08 02:44 PM
What the heck is a #Hashtag?
Ever notice in Twitter World that people have been using "#" signs in front of "Keywords" or "Groups" or "Locations" ?
Well these so called # groups are called "Hashtags" what is a hash tag you may ask?
Hashtags are used to create real time track records of creating groups on twitter. Placing the # sign in front of keywords or targeted groups, makes it easier to track all conversations in the twitter timeline via search.
Hashtags were most notable during the San Diego forest fires in 2007 when Nate Ritter used the hashtag "#sandiegofire" … (43 comments)

technology: APTURE: The New Tool for your Blogs just like Snapshots - 09/27/08 12:21 PM
What is Apture?
Apture is the latest pop-up preview that is rich in text and information.
Most people have been using Snapshots which you can view a demo ----> hover on this link <------
Apture can replace Embedded Videos, Documents and Images.  I love it! It makes your blog posts more Clean and Streamlined.  No more messing with embedded codes just insert a link and your done! :)
 
How to install Apture?
Apture is really easy to install.  If you ever added a script code to Activerain Settings you should be familiar with this.
Start by going to http://www.apture.com. Register your … (24 comments)

technology: Happy 10th Birthday Google You Rock My Socks! - 09/24/08 05:59 AM

 
 
 
 
Happy Birthday Dear Google!!! 
Google is turning 10 in the month of September but no one knows really which date they officially started according to their timeline. 
"Google opened its doors in September 1998. The exact date when we celebrate our birthday has moved around over the years, depending on when people feel like having cake."
Anywhoo I just want to say Congrats and Thank you!!
You were just born when I was a Senior in High school Thank you for providing me fast and quick answers on everything Thank you for helping me find solutions … (4 comments)

technology: Microsoft Helps Turn A Negative Into A Positive - 09/21/08 04:56 PM

 
For the past couple of years, Apple has been aggressively advertising Macintosh's Brand as young, hip and trendy with the famous Im a Mac vs Im a PC ads.
I don't know what happened with Microsoft over the years they just stood there taking a beating from Apple with the domination of the Ipod and Mac sales recently.
If anyting we thought Microsoft was done.....or are they?
Just recently Microsoft has been pushing back to the extreme with.....
* The mojave project ads (an experiment playing off that most people just have that vista sucks in their head … (58 comments)

technology: Facebook for your business is on the move - 09/10/08 05:00 PM

 
Social Networking has played a major role in Business Networking in 2008.  Network Giants Myspace, Facebook and LinkedIN have all been contending for the #1 Spot.
June 2008 Comscore reported that Facebook has officially dethroned Myspace with 132 million unique visitors compared to Myspace 117 million.  Facebook had tripled its visitor count from last year with only 52 million visitors.
Facebook has been on the prowl for the #1 spot for the longest time slowly gaining momentum over the years and attacking the competition at their strong points.
Previously I didn't focus too much in Facebook because at the … (20 comments)

technology: Wedding Proposal 2.0 - 08/25/08 04:32 PM

 
No don't Adjust your computer screen, that is Google's Map Street View and that is a guy holding up a sign proposing to his lover Leslie.
This was hyped up via Digg 2 days ago and tweeted all over Twitter.  Because well its a pretty cool idea.
Digg link found here
Google Map Link found here
The new online age of 2.0 is coming at us fast.
Just 2 months ago I witnessed a Twitter Proposal [Article here]
This goes to show how fast and powerful web 2.0 and an agressive online age is here.
1.)  Tweet / Blog … (8 comments)

technology: Are You A Texter? - 08/09/08 03:34 AM
The Early Text
The communication devices over the years have been rapidly increasing and evolving.
Remember when pagers/beepers were really popular?  This was the form of communicating with someone without actually talking to someone.

As a teen when the Pager era blew up, I would remember the hype of Pager Code or Beeper Talk.
Since you can't actually page someone with letters, people around the world developed a code to speak to each other via paging with numbers.
For Example:  143 meant I love you, 43110 spelled out hello.
This era was an early sign of how Texting/Instant Messaging will … (34 comments)

technology: Multi-Task Social Networks, Im's & E-mail Accounts With Digsby - 06/16/08 03:38 AM

 
 
 
 
With Social Networking on the Rise and plenty of new sites out there to get yourself more exposure and more in the mix with all the online Buzz, it seem that it's harder to keep up with all your Social Networks than joining one.
 
Combination Clients
I recently began my crusade by joining as many Social Networks and Social Media out there.  The problem is I rarely have time to jump from site to site to check update, to do updates and basically maintain the networks.
The main contenders are Instant Message Clients like Yahoo … (36 comments)

technology: Google & Digg Hook-Up Might Give Real Estate An Extra Boost - 06/14/08 10:43 AM

 
Marissa Mayer known as Google's Princess is the VP of the Search Engine dept of Google.
Kevin Rose known as the Playboy of the Webhead World is the founder of Digg.com
The Word on the Web: Few days ago this couple have been in talks behind closed doors, not Romantically, both are currently dating other people, but behind a secret deal.
The word on the street is that Google's Princess is trying to push for Digg's buyout priced at $200 Million
How will this marriage work?  Apparently Google is still trying to improve Google News lately and with the … (26 comments)

technology: 411 Free from Google - 06/03/08 12:41 PM

The Power of Google
Seems like Google is everywhere nowadays and I recently had a chance to try out another FREE service they provide.  The service is called Goog-411 and is meant to provide a free alternative to 411 services.
411 Madness
We all hate paying the 411 Service Charge Fees normally associated with our mobile carriers because we usually need 411 information on the road and on the go.
The fees can rack up as high as $2 per connection and possibly another $1 to connect to a number.
Another aspect of popular 411 calls is the heavily advertisements … (16 comments)

technology: Refinance Cashout on your Rental? Use this Free Tool to Decide (Rentometer.com) - 05/12/08 01:39 PM
Need to tap into your Rental property?
Investment Properties are hotter than ever with all the current Short Sales anf Foreclosures going in the market. 
So now that you captured a rental property and are utilizing a stable rental income for quite some time now, it has come to attention than an unxepected financial need arises and have to decide if tapping into your investment property is worthwhile.
Analyzing your Rental income, Mortgage and Rental Lease
There's 3 main factors come into play with your Rental are as follows
Rental Mortgage: - Does your investment property have a mortgage tied to … (3 comments)

technology: The Magic 8 Ball On Investment Properties - 05/07/08 06:11 PM
The Website:
I came across this hot upcoming start up website made specifically for Investors, Realtors and Brokers.  It has the unique feel of simplicity like most successful giants in the dot come world currently possess like Google.com.  Don't let the simplicity fool you though, it packs a mean punch. 
Website here http://www.krunching.com
 
 
 
 
 
The Slogan: 
“Wonder if a property is a good deal? Is it time to sell? Krunch it and find out! Select any property in California and get an instant investment analysis.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Concept: 
The concept is simple, … (1 comments)

technology: Hot or Not: Real Estate Style [Zillow's New Game] - 03/25/08 12:21 PM
 
Word on the Web, There's a new game that everyone seeem's to be playing right now on Zillow that is fun and addictive.The game is called Dueling Digs.  If you ever seen Hot Or Not's website this new game on Zillow is sort of the same concept.
Dueling Digs presents you with a constant stream of Zillow home photos where you can choose to explore kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living spaces, home exteriors and yards. You’re presented with two ‘dueling‘ photos; you choose your favorite and keep going.  Eventually after 10 or so clicks you will place your winner and see a comparison … (3 comments)

technology: Prosper: Peer to Peer Lending. A New type of EBAY? - 03/16/08 07:28 AM
                                                          
 
 
The Website can be found here http://www.prosper.com
The Wiki can be found here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prosper.com 
Wallstreet Journal interview here http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120525138644627455.html 
 
So what is Prosper ? 
Prosper opened to the public on February 5, 2006.  They are an online auction website where individuals can buy loans and request to borrow money. Borrowers set the maximum interest rate they wish to pay, and loan buyers, called "lenders," bid on specific loans by committing a portion of the principal and setting the minimum interest rate they wish to receive on a particular loan. Prosper manages the reverse dutch auction, assembling bids with the lowest interest rates in order … (2 comments)

technology: MRIS news in Virginia - 03/15/08 03:00 PM

 
MRIS just announced that several new Richmond, Virginia areas’ public records are available for display in Matrix. Assessments and sales history information can be found for Colonial Heights City and the counties of Goochland, Powhatan, and Prince George. Also, assessments information can be found for Hopewell City and Charles City County. Nearly 60,000 new public records and close to 50,000 new sales records can now be searched in Matrix.
MRIS® stands for Metropolitan Regional Information Systems, Inc. MRIS is the premiere online real estate information service for over 60,000 real estate professionals in Maryland, Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and parts of West … (0 comments)

technology: Real Estate gets Wiki !!! - 03/05/08 03:43 PM

 
Ok So we all heard about Wikipedia, its the thing to say when people want to look up more information on something.  Its the largest free encyclopedia in the world.  I know whenever I want to find more information on something like the history and current events of something like Search Engine Optimization I use wikipedia. If you havent used it already you might want to check it out.  Do a google search on SEO or Blu-ray etc and you will most likely find a wiki link on the 1st page.
 So why is Wiki so popular its become its real time … (11 comments)

 

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