Craig's Week in Tech 7/2/11

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Craig's Week in Tech - Newsletter

July 2, 2011 - Volume 1, Issue 5


Another week and I'm happy to report and share some of the interesting things in my tech travels. If you missed the earlier issues you can go back via these links (the first one was not formatted quite as pretty but still has an interesting mix of thoughts!)
Issue 1 :: Issue 2 :: Issue 3 :: Issue 4


This, I think, was the HUGE headline of the week! Google has just unleashed a new social network by LIMITED invitation participation. I'm in it now for a day and like it ALOT. Even if you aren't in it, you will be soon enough. To get used to the new ideas and terminology (circles, hangouts, etc) visit this blog post by google all about it. And BTW +1 buttons make a lot more sense now...

TWiG Google+

Last week I introduced you to the tech webcasts on This past week was a SPECIAL episode on this week in google show. As you can imagine, Google+ is HOT and took the entire show. You can watch TWiG Episode 101 on youtube. I found it extremely interesting! ;)

Public WiFi

You are going to your favorite public coffee house and hanging out with your free WiFi on your laptop. Watch this cnet video how easy it is for a hacker to get access to your account IF you don't take certain precautions. Take a look and see what you can do about it.

Outside Blog

As a Rainmaker account, you have an outside blog. Are you posting your articles to it. Do you know how to style it? Do you know that if you use an outside blog, google is most probably going to land it on the SERP higher than your regular blog page of the same blog post. This is by design. If you feel you need help with outside blogs, head over to ActiveRain University and sign up for the 1 hour webinar on it. You'll be glad you did!

QR Code Reader App

We are well acquainted with QR codes now. Which app do you like best to scan with on your phone? On my blackberry, I tried all sorts of readers and wasn't happy with most. I finally found i-nigma and it has worked great. If you haven't yet found a reader app that you like, you might give it a try.

Mobile Ready Website

Everybody knows know about QR codes and how to make them. Question is what is your LANDING PAGE for the code? If you just land them on your regular formatted website page, that means there is lots of zooming and panning required. This is a bad experience on a mobile phone. I'll be talking more about this in the future. But for now the question, are you using mobile ready web pages for your QR codes?

Empire Avenue

I reported a couple of newsletters back that I had not yet tried Empire Avenue but that it was very popular in the trending category. Well this past week I signed up for my account after listening to Ken Cook/Jason Crouch/Jeremy Blanton/Mike Mueller in their podcast episode on EA. They had special guest Chris Pirillo on air who is one of the ones at the top of the charts in the network. I'm not sure I'm ready to recommend it. I'll give you a better report after I have been in a while...

7 Ways to Improve Google Rankings

Social Media Examiner website is one that I have recommended in the past. They have very interesting and informative articles. This past week they published 7 New Ways to Improve Your Google Rankings. Everything that we write should be strategized around the thought of actually being found. Else why bother? Let's keep learning all we can on this SEO topic! :)

Recent Classroom Posts

If you missed them, here are my most recent classroom-type (teaching) posts:
Google Flight Information
Getting Points for Comments
Where is that Blog Post? I Know I Wrote it!!!
Using Google Bookmarks [tutorial video]
Customizing and Embedding Google Maps [video]
Graphics For Bloggers [#6] - ActiveRain Math
iGoogle - Dashboard to Your Digital Life

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Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Dorie - glad you like my topics, thx

Judy - thanks for both those clicks, love it

Wallace - so happy to hear that, thanks

Donna - EA is interesting though not for everybody, I'll write a specific post on it in about a week more of testing

Phil - make sure to do the homework :)

Toni - see you on the bookmark return :)

Tammy - thanks so much for the fantastic comment :o)

Jay - hit the links! sounds like golf... :)

Jerry - bookmarking is a good idea, too much for one session...

Jul 03, 2011 12:32 AM #55
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Melissa B - the other qr reader apps failed the code reads too much or took too long to process or locked up my phone!

Jeffrey - enjoy the links! thx

Jeanne/Ralph - so glad to hear, thx

BLiz - I hear ya with not enough time, I wanted to cover EA as a 'reporter' to see if it changed my also skeptic view (I was a twitter skeptic also so I like to give fair chance...) watch for my report...

Melissa Z - mobile landing pages, yes I'm building up ideas on that post... thanks for visiting :)

Rob - love the enthusiastic comment, thx!

Richie - oh go ahead and click it :) glad to see you

Richard - thanks so much

Jul 03, 2011 12:36 AM #56
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Janet - yes watch the 'free' wifi - it may cost you in other ways if not careful

Debb - I love humming brains :)

Maureen - the video was clever and very humorous (though would have been better w/o the language) - mobile is something we need to consider! brainstorming, brainstorming, well get it... vast majority of sites that I look at as QR destination is #fail - those who get it right will have advantage!

Jeremy - thanks for the report of i-nigma on droid, glad to hear it works just as well there!

Praful - a pill a day (actually I think I have 10 boxes) - aren't you glad this isn't a 'daily' newsletter :)

Mike - google +1 in the new google+ context, well whole new meaning...

Lori - you are welcome, and we will watch for insights from Maureen ;)

Jul 03, 2011 12:42 AM #57
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Barbara - very happy to see you, I'm glad you like

Trang - thanks for the subscribe, gives me incentive to keep blogging for my subscribers!

Bryan - we need to be found, working smarter to google is essential

Craig - fore! oh, wrong links... hope you enjoyed the pages

Anita - see we are on the same wavelength, glad you liked the other material too

Anna - always love the banana seal of approval :)

Bob/Lisa - little capsules of info, thanks!

Al - I love to give you guys the tech savvy edge!

Elizabeth - every week there IS something new, this past week it was a big item!

Jul 03, 2011 12:46 AM #58
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Erica - I see some interesting things in it, but I'm not sure it will win me over either

Ray - teachers and homework, go figure :)

Evelyn - you are very welcome, glad to see you

Brenda - google has a whole bunch of new stuff planned for everybody, stay tuned!

Jeremy - google+ is hot and getting thumbs up all around

Ann - glad to be bookmarked, see you later :) go sell some houses!

Bill - I keep my twitter channel open as much as I can - can't tell you how much good stuff I get from twitter, but then I get to pass along the best nuggets! :)

Jul 03, 2011 12:54 AM #59
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Debbie - thanks for the bookmark, enjoyed seeing the foursome at the posts of your mini-raincamp!

Lorraine/Lorreta - agree with you on that

Christine - see you on G+ soon enough

Eric - EA has its pluses and minuses columns - I'll share my thoughts soon

Ken - thanks, love to be outstanding!

Sharon - enjoy the info!

Tammie - take a week! see you at the next newsletter :)

Pfanns - the world of tech is always buzzing, I try and bring the most interesting and useful stuff to the top of the list for you guys, glad always to see you! 

Todd - we will be seeing you on G+ soon too, I know you'll like it

Jul 03, 2011 12:59 AM #60
Liane Thomas -Top Listing Agent
BROKER Allison James Estates & Homes BRE 01885684 - Corona, CA
Bringing you Home!

 Thanks for putting everything on one blog. I hate to miss good stuff like this. 

Jul 03, 2011 04:25 AM #61
Michele Rose
Rose-Colored Staging - Mount Holly Township, NJ
Burlington County Home Staging & Redesign

Craig-- as usual, my head is spinning!  Thanks for putting this together-- am bookmarking so i have this as a reference!

Jul 03, 2011 06:25 AM #62
Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

Craig: Great info - - thank you!

Jul 03, 2011 07:21 AM #63
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Wow, it's been a busy week! I checked out +1 a few days ago & I have to say I said 'huh'? I'll watch the vids you recommended & see if that helps clear the ether. Otherwise I'll change it to 'duh'?

Jul 03, 2011 02:25 PM #64
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

Lots of great information! I have seen the information on Google +1 from several sources however I had not seen anything on the Public WiFi,  

Jul 03, 2011 07:19 PM #65
Gary Scardino
Gary Scardino - InvestPro Realty Group - Katy TX - Broker - Katy, TX
Katy TX Real Estate - Traditional and Investment Real Estate

Craig, I do appreciate the info and since I am a newbie I will be going back to check out your previous posts. Have a great 4th of July.

Jul 04, 2011 03:24 AM #66
Jeff Hollister
Native Californian with 20 years serving OC Buyers & Sellers - San Clemente, CA
Real Estate Broker, Serving Orange County, CA

Craig: I love usint technology. Thanks for sharing all you do!

Jul 04, 2011 10:04 AM #67
Jennifer Manchester
Suburban Properties of Charlotte, LLC - Mint Hill, NC
GRI, ePRO, ASP - Broker/Home Stager

You always provide great info.  I have bookmarked this too.

Jul 04, 2011 12:40 PM #68
Michele Miller ~ REALTOR®, LMC, HSE, CHS, SRES, CMRS
ERA Key Realty~Worcester County Realty Group - Worcester, MA
'Helping You Make the Best Move"

Wow, Craig, loads of information on these newsletters.

Thanks so much for all your technology help on Activerain.

Hope you and your family enjoyed your 4th of July weekend!

Jul 04, 2011 11:30 PM #69
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

VEry nice looking News Letter format.  I had not caught the ealier ones, but will look for them.  Thanks a lot.

Jul 05, 2011 06:48 AM #70
Amanda Perry
Cypress Realty Group - Florence, AL

I really enjoyed your post...clicked through on several of your links! Google+ sounds pretty interesting. I can't wait to try it out.

Jul 05, 2011 09:13 AM #71
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Craig, I've already subscribed to your blog, but didn't know you had a separate newsletter too. this is great.

Jul 05, 2011 11:01 AM #72
Marie Westerman
Blanchard and Calhoun Real Estate/ Wilson Parker Homes - Evans, GA
New Homes Sales Specialist Evans GA REALTOR

I have just found you through Cindy "In Indy" I am so glad she shared your link your information is AWESOME! I look forward to following you and I have bookmarked this to review EVERYTHING!!

Jul 06, 2011 08:40 AM #73
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

Thanks for the information. It is hard to keep up with this stuff.

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