Craig's Week in Tech 7/23/11

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July 23, 2011 - Volume 1, Issue 8


Welcome to the 8th Issue of my weekly newsletter. I've been getting great feedback and so glad that you are all enjoying it. I've got my radar up all week for interesting stories. I monitor twitter, RSS, FB, and now Google+! Don't worry you don't have to digest it all in one setting. Pick the interesting links, come back for more later if you need more time :) Here's previous five issues in case you missed...
Issue 3 :: Issue 4 :: Issue 5 :: Issue 6 :: Issue 7

Google+ iPhone App

Google+ app for android was available from the first day, now finally, iPhone users can get the app as well. Any phone can do google+ in a browser window, but the experience is better in app form. The mobile app also adds the huddle feature. Also, the android has the advantage of instant uploads for your photos. Find out more and get the apps on the google+ mobile page

School Zone

We had two great webinars yesterday with several modules improving your blog posts, to understanding outside blogs, to google analytics to google+. Be sure to sign up for future webinar notifications, if you want to catch future ones (I'm covering all sorts of themes). I will record the classes at some point soon as I know it is hard for everyone to attend at the time that works for me. Meanwhile, the interaction of the live sessions I do like very much. The hours go so fast, wish we had more time!

Craig's Classroom Daily

I use the free service to gather all the links that those in my twitter tech sphere share daily. It puts it into a nice "newspaper" like format. It is impossible to catch all the tweets as they fly by. This is a great recap of info. I often find articles there that I then share with you here! You can also get great ideas of who you might want to follow on twitter. This page updates daily too in case you want to bookmark it. Craig's Classroom Daily

Video Talent Contest

The VBloggers group is hosting a talent contest where you also get to practice your video blogging skills! AR is sponsoring some prizes for the winners. You can find out more info on Stacey Smith's 1st Annual ActiveRain Talent Competition post. The contest ends Sept 15, so get your video cameras out and your thinking caps on!

Photosynth Gallery

One of our talented ActiveRain photographers has been busy building a photosynth gallery of 360 degree virtual photo tours. Go over and check out Andre Aragon's Photosynth Gallery page Be sure and go to full screen mode via the button also, it is very cool! Afterward, be sure to head over to Andre's blog and tell him what a great job he has done with these! :) Either Andre or I (or both) will be blogging on this topic soon, how to do these, stay tuned...

OS X 10.7 Lion Debut

For those watching Mac news, you'll know that OS X 10.7 "Lion" came out this week. If you want to find out more about what is new, you can find out lots on the Apple's what's-new page and also you can check out David Pogue's NY Times article. As always, before jumping into a new upgrade, it is good to watch for comments others are making if went smooth or any problems. Google+ in your tech circles will give you lots of feedback!

Zillow News

Zillow made a big splash this week in their IPO. Speaking of Zillow, did you see Brad Anderson's post telling us how Postlet Pro version is now free to use. Check out Brad's post for a whole list of features now that can be used for your advantage in marketing your listings.

Inman Innovator Awards Finalists

This week we saw the posting of the finalists in the Inman 2011 Innovator Awards. The winners will be announced during the Real Estate Connect conference in SF from July 27-29. Meanwhile in the finalists list I found an app that looks very interesting to me and I can't wait to check it out! Floor plans from photos on an iPhone app - Sensopia MagicPlan If you get to try it out before I do, please come back and post a link on this post so I can see it!
The next two Saturdays, I will be away. I'll resume the next issue of the weekly newsletter in three weeks! :)
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Barbara Altieri
RealtyQuest/Kinard Realty Group, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate - Shelton, CT
REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale

Great as usual, Craig.  Thanks for your efforts and have a wonderful vacation.

Jul 23, 2011 04:39 AM #15
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Great info as always.  I have a question for you.  I wrote a blog about the AR Image Insert and the changes to it that just appeared, the added tab - "Advanced".  Here's my url: Can you tell me what it means and how to use the new tab?  Thanks

Jul 23, 2011 04:46 AM #16
Susan Jackson
America's Network Realty Group, Inc - Sandy Springs, GA

As always you share so much informtion with the group.  Thanks!  Enjoy your off time

Jul 23, 2011 04:50 AM #17
Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker


This is very valuable information and from my perspective one of the main reasons why I am on AR.

I know the real estate part of the role, but I don't know your area, so I appreciate the insight.


Jul 23, 2011 04:59 AM #18
Erica Ramus
Erica Ramus - Ramus Realty Group - Pottsville, PA - Pottsville, PA
MRE, Schuylkill County PA Real Estate

I used Postlets years ago then switched to Realbird. I'll have to check out Postlets again now that I see Brad's post.

Jul 23, 2011 05:24 AM #19
Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Craig - once again thanks for the updated newsletter. You know we love it. I did miss Brad's post on the postlets pro and I thank you for that as well. Going over there now. Have a great time and stay cool

Jul 23, 2011 05:38 AM #20
Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY - Frisco, TX

Downloaded the Google + app on my iphone and still learning the ins and outs of it. Cool stuff.

Jul 23, 2011 06:35 AM #21
Scotti Jowers
CENTURY 21 Shackelford French, Search West Monroe Homes - West Monroe, LA
Realtor - West Monroe, Louisiana Homes for Sale

Craig, thanks as always for keeping us up to date on technology stuff! I can't wait to find out more about the new Mac OS! Keep the information coming!

Jul 23, 2011 06:41 AM #22
Eric Michael
Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI - Livonia, MI
Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519

Craig, great list of what's going on in the tech world. Thanks for putting this together. I just downloaded the G+ app for my iPhone 2 days ago but still haven't played with it.

Jul 23, 2011 06:45 AM #23
Brian Doubleday
Brian Doubleday - IML RealEstate - Orange County, CA Broker - Ladera Ranch, CA
Ladera Ranch, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo
Craig, thank you for this valuable information, I'm looking forward to the new iPhone app
Jul 23, 2011 07:42 AM #24
Ken Tracy
Keller Williams Realty Infinity - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005

Hi Craig.  Thanks.  I enjoyed Brad's post on Postlets Pro...

Good news.

Thanks again,


Jul 23, 2011 07:51 AM #25
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Craig, I just picked up my Mac the other day from upgrading the RAM and hard drive - will get a couple years or more out of my almost 6 year old baby - you gotta love Macs, they never die! Anyway, the guy told me not to upgrade to Lion yet, that they are having problems with it. Just thought I would share that. Love all this great info!!!


Jul 23, 2011 05:05 PM #26
Toronto, ON

Hi Craig - I always enjoy reading your weekly tech roundup with so many great new ideas each week.

Jul 23, 2011 05:25 PM #27
Doug Bullwinkel
Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666 - Roseville, CA
Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609

We all appreciate the great information contained in your newsletter.  Please keep it up as it is a great benefit to AR members.  I'm looking forward to your upcoming webinars.

Jul 23, 2011 05:50 PM #28
Janet Jones
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC - Kihei, HI
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii

Hi Craig--thanks for the heads up on the Google+ app for iPhone.  I was waiting for that. 

Jul 23, 2011 09:30 PM #29
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I did read about Postlets and I do have to say that is AWESOME.  But, I'm even happier about the iPhone app for Google +, downloading as we speak.

Jul 24, 2011 06:03 PM #30
Elite Home Sales Team
Elite Home Sales Team OC - Corona del Mar, CA
A Tenacious and Skilled Real Estate Team

Again with the great info.  You provide us with new and useful info.  Thanks.

Aug 23, 2011 07:05 PM #31
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

Just catching up on your old news--which is new to me today. I'm thinking Lion, but do not think it is yet functional with all of the applicaitons that I use.

Sep 11, 2011 03:07 AM #32
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Craig, I really enjoy your tech articles. Could you do one showing how to make a post like your newsletter? Can I make one like that?

Oct 04, 2011 07:19 PM #33
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Maria - you have to know some HTML and CSS basics to style a post like this one - watch for a class I'll teach on this sometime coming up... :)

Oct 05, 2011 01:27 AM #34
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