Monday, August 30, 2010
Whether you’re traveling to the big city or the country for the weekend, there are a few Travel Droid Apps you will want to use on your Android phone. Here are three must-have apps to use, used personally and recommended:
TripIt: Droid Travel Organizer
This Droid App makes it easier to keep a well-organized itinerary. It allows you to have full access to restaurants, cafes and hotels directly from your Android phone. Best of all, you can view your schedule for the day even when you're not online. You can get directions with Google maps and you can even make calls directly from your itinerary.
FlightView Flight Tracker
Keeping track of a flight can be exasperating, especially if you're traveling during the busy season. This app is an easier and faster way of keeping track of your next flight in real-time. FlightView also allows you to view weather conditions, flight status and you can even track an airplane’s position.
Google Maps 4.2
Going camping or hiking this upcoming weekend? Google Maps 4.2 has a great navigational shortcut to use that allows you to get quick biking and trail directions directly from your Android phone. You also share your status with family, co-workers or clients through Google Buzz, Twitter, Facebook or Email.
There are plenty more Droid Apps to keep you busy. All Droid Apps mentioned in this article can be downloaded directly from the Android Market.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Google’s timing has always been somewhat peculiar, but rarely is it a mere coincidence. A day after Facebook launched its first location feature to over 125 million users, the search giant revealed in a blog post on Thursday that more than 100 million users check Google Maps from mobile devices.
Some of Google Map’s popular features, such as My Location, lets users track their position even on phones without GPS features, and Navigation, which adds voice guidance and street-side photographs to turn an ordinary cell phone into a complete navigation device. Latitude, the somewhat sidelined feature most in use today by Android users to share their location and track friends’ whereabouts, and Place Pages, which was added to the product last year to provide reviews and photos around each of its locations.
The latter two concepts combine for what is essentially the heart of Facebook Places. Latitude is what Places enables at its core – sharing your location and tracking your friends. Using location-based features on Facebook gets its utility in finding out whether your friends have visited in the past, what has been said about it, and who is checked in there now. After you check in, your update will appear on the Place's page, your friends' News Feed and also your Facebook wall. You'll also be able to see if any of your friends are at your current location, and you can browse the updates of your friends who are checked in at locations nearby.
Once updating your location from your mobile device on Facebook, there is not yet a way to turn off sending it to your newsfeed. Say you check in to a lot of places, but don’t want it to cover up your entire wall! This is one thing that will need to be changed for more people to use this product continuously. Also, what if someone is on their computer say at a coffee shop and wants to ‘check-in?’
Before Places, location-based services like foursquare and Gowalla were primarily used by early-adopters. In other words, about 500 million Facebook users just got thrown into the geo-location and will quickly realize how great LBS can be at connecting with friends, places, etc.
Monday, August 16, 2010
With social media being the most popular trend on the web, many people wonder if selling products on social media is impossible as some people claim it to be. Let’s immediately dispel this myth. Social media can be used to your advantage when it comes to promoting your products and services. For example, Dell has sold millions of dollars worth of computers and accessories through social media sites such as Twitter, and other companies who have recently caught on are also seeing success, such as The Gap using Foursquare to ‘check-in’ when inside the store and getting a discount based on being there at that time. So, why is everyone being so negative?
One reason may be the fact that social media is not a quick fix. In other words, it’s not going to be the answer you’ve been looking for if you can’t currently struggling to sell your products.. Social media is best used in conjunction with other methods such as advertising campaigns and a versatile website. By combining social media with these tools, you will inevitably be able to boost sales.
Supplement your already existent service by creating an attractive, user-friendly page on both Facebook and Twitter. Use these sites to relay any news, product information or other useful info as you see fit. Using this tactic will heighten the interest of the user. Remember that social media only works best if you already have a campaign behind it. As an additional tool, however, it can increase sales beyond your wildest dreams as long as it is employed effectively. Get on the social media bandwagon today and watch your sales increase.
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Fact: Quality Facebook fans are more likely to turn into future paying customers...
Everyone wants to see their Facebook numbers increase and go through the roof. However, if you want ‘quality’ Facebook Fans, you have to hand-pick your friends. Quality Facebook fans are more likely to turn into future paying customers. To increase your Facebook numbers with fans who are genuinely interested in your business or organization, follow these quick social media marketing tips:Encourage Your Email Subscribers to Join Your FB Fan Page
- Send out an invitation to your email subscribers informing them about your new Facebook fan page. Make sure you give people a brief summarization of what your fan page is all about.Embed Widgets on Your Blog or Website
- There are several attractive-looking Facebook plugins for you to choose from such as the “like” button. You can now place a ‘like’ button on your blog or website. This will encourage more site visitors to join your fan page.Frequently Update Your Fan Page with Interesting Content
- Make sure you update your fan page with fresh content on a consistent basis. Often times, people will have a fan page with out-dated information. If you want people to join (and remain fans) you have to give them a reason to join. Give them something exciting to read about or post an interesting video for them to watch.
If you can follow the above social media marketing tips, you will begin to notice a difference in your Facebook fan page numbers. Once you have gained a few fans, you can invest in Facebook social ad space and start running your own ads directly from your fan page. This is an effective way of giving your sales a major boost!Like TracSoft's Page Here
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
has just announced that they have extended their 10-minute video time maximum to 15-minutes. Finally, people can produce longer videos for viewers to watch. In the recent past, it was quite frustrating to watch a video with a 10-minute limit, especially when watching 45 or 60 minute presentation.
Experts say that the first 15-minutes of a video presentation are crucial. Youtube has finally realized that the 10-minute maximum wasn’t enough time. The 15-minute gives extra time to play with.
Before uploading your 15-min video presentations, follow these important tips:Creating an effective video presentation takes good planning. If you are thinking about creating your own video presentation, make sure your presentation is polished. If you want to connect to your audience, your video has to be professional; otherwise viewers will get bored, go elsewhere or not watch the next video.Invest in good editing software. There are a few good video editing programs available in the market to help make your video look and sound professional. Make sure you shop around before purchasing video editing software. Prices range from cheap to expensive.Don’t just promote your video presentation on Youtube; promote your video on your website, blog and social media sites (Facebook, Ning, etc.).
Whether you’re an entrepreneur, an executive or a musician, if you want to increase your popularity on Youtube, you have to be willing to give your viewers well produced videos to watch.
Sunday, August 01, 2010
Remember the secret Konami Code in the early video games?
Here's the code: Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, EnterJoin the fun here