Friday, August 28, 2009

“Everything you need to know about Twittering”

It is fair to say that Twitter has had an gigantic effect on how social networking communities are designed. After just 3 years of existence twitter has already climbed to the 3rd most used social  twitter_bird_2 media website with Facebook being the largest followed by Myspace in second place. For June 2009, Alexa traffic statistics indicate Twitter is ranked 33 overall for the most visited sites and is estimated to have 9 million registered users from the world over. So,  have you taken the plunge yet and started twittering?

Twitter is often coined as a micro-blogging web site which allows anyone to stay in communication with others 24/7. You can register by surfing to '' site and writing your personal details in the spaces provided. It is advisable to provide your real info so you are able to connect with real people. In your account profile settings you can unselect ‘protect my updates’ to let everyone read your tweet updates or leave it ticked in order to restrict your  messages only to those close allies or followers.

Sending your Twitter account url link to all your friends and relatives can let them now know that you have an account on Twitter.

Even when you aren't actually on the net, Twitter can still be used. When you're a registered member on Twitter, you can also enter your personal profile by  using Instant Messenger application or cellular phone. To set up this feature with your profile, first you have the right settings checked to link your mobile and instant message accounts to Twitter.

Once this is done, tweeting messages can be sent by any of the registered devices. To transfer tweets via your mobile phone, a text sms is sent to the number 40404. The unique caller ID from your mobile device is than stored on your profile so those tweets will be identified in the future. If you’re in AIM, you can send the IM to TwitterIM but if you’re in Yahoo or MSN they can be sent via instant message to Twitter so it makes no difference where you are, friends and followers will have access to your tweets and can even receive tweet updates on their mobile device.

But you may still ask how do I read my friends messages that they send? Well, to do this you need to log into Twitter and add your friends user names to your own list. In your account there is an ‘Actions’ tab box, use your mouse to click on the word 'Add’. Another good feature is the search box that will let you find user profiles of more friends and maybe even close relatives or school friends you have lost contact with. It is important to note twitter users that have account profiles selected as private will have to accept a follower request from you before it is possible to start reading their tweets.

Managing your list of contacts is difficult via cell phone so it is much simpler to do it online. You can also choose to restrict phone use to only receive the tweets so even if you are away from your computer, updates will still be sent.

Twittering can really bring a lot of enjoyment. It is worth the time it takes to register there and configure your profile to suit your life.  Go meet up with all your mates and find out what they are doing. Just remember to post tweets regularly too so everyone will be kept up to date. There are also many useful tools that help save the amount of time that it takes to do some of the more mundane processes and allow twitter to be a more enjoyable experience.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Ebay Ebooks for Free

Skip Mcgrath is an expert when it comes to Ebay. He's been making a full-time income from Ebay for years. He also has several print books to his credit. Today I'm offering up two free ebooks he's written for your enjoyment.

The first is 32 pages-

EbaySecrets Mini-Course- "How Ebay Professionals Consistently Make $ on Ebay"

The second is all of the changes that have taken place on Ebay in 2009 and what's coming in 2010. It's 28 pages and can be downloaded here.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

"Don't Just Type Your "Tweets"- Speak Them"

By Merle

When it comes to social networks, Twitter is definitely king. With millions of users, and new ones coming on board daily, this micro-blogging service is a very powerful communication tool. twitter-bird-1

In the space of 140 characters, you can type short messages and instantly send them to your "followers".  But what if you don't have Internet access and you still want to send those tweets? No problem. If you have a phone, you can speak your messages, and within a short amount of time see them posted on Twitter.

Let's review some of the services that can be used to make this possible.


Your voice message can be up to 140 seconds long. Your followers can even use reply codes and respond in kind to your messages. You can register up to two phones per Twitter account. After registering, you'll need to call a New York or California phone number to record your outgoing tweets. If you live out of state, you will be charged long distance call rates.


Local access numbers are provided which you can call.  All you need to do is enter in your username and password, and start talking. Your followers will receive a tweet that contains a link back to your audio message. Simple.


It doesn't get any easier than this. Once registered, call 877-TWEETCALL and speak your "tweet". Within minutes, it’s passed on to your Twitter account. Your user name and password for this site are the same as your Twitter account.


No Internet access? This free service makes it possible to speak your message into any phone, and within 5 to  10 minutes have it posted on Twitter. You'll need to ask for an "invitation" to be able to register for TwitterFone. Local numbers are provided. "Twitter Streams" can also be replied to, or direct messages can also be sent.

So, the next time you want to tell the world what you're up to, forget the computer and “speak your tweets”. Now that you know how easy it is to do, you might find that this is your favorite way of updating your followers,and "Tweet Speak" might just become your second language. I sure wish they would have taught this in High School.<grin>

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Matt Cutts Explains Caffeine Update

"Google announced yesterday that it has been working on a project called “Caffeine” that will re-write the architecture for Google’s Web search." Listen in as Matt Cutts tells you all about it. It's good stuff Maynard!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Me and Missy G 2009

me_g_2009 A lot of people say I’m “dog crazy”. I have  3 dogs and love them all and try to provide the very best home and life I can for them. If that makes me “crazy” then I guess I’m guilty as charged. I see nothing wrong with giving them my all.That means good food, exercise, love and companionship.  My dogs are the best thing that ever happened to me and I’m not ashamed of that fact.  If you want to experience unconditional love from someone who will never leave you, insult you, doesn’t care how much money you make or where you live….go and get yourself a dog. You can thank me later.

baxter_gray_2009Baxter Gray- Age 3 


Dakota Arson- Age 14

Thursday, August 13, 2009

“Social Networking with Twitter”

It sort of goes without saying that Internet relationships are very dissimilar from real world happybirds4Small relationships. Despite this, masses of online users continue to connect with other people through social network sites and among these web sites is Twitter. In fact if you're a subscriber to Twitter, you have the potential to cross paths with millions of other people such is its vast reach. Out of all those other fellow twitterer's it is safe to say you will be able to find people that share a common interest either business and or personal.

Also while using Twitter - the newest of the social networking online crazes you will be able to do micro-blogging. Why is it referred to as micro you may ask? Well, it is because you can only compose a message (tweet) of just 140 characters maximum. It could be considered too short for going into much detail but easily long enough to report whatever is occurring in your day at that particular point in time. You see, if you become a frequent Twitterer, you'll be regularly required to answer the question; "What have you been doing? And the replying tweet must be written within that character limit.

When you reply to this question or when you perform updates, the tweets are sent to all your profile subscribers to alert them to what you are doing. The Twitter developer designed the site with this exact purpose in mind, one centralized  platform to find out all the activities of his friends and that is precisely what you'll be able to get from Twitter.

For example, you go out to do some shopping at the local mall. You'll be able to update your tweets and inform your followers of this situation. Now, some friends may reply to your tweets but some won't. The receiver of the tweets isn't forced to respond straight away and that is one of the best strengths of the twitter system. In fact, they could ignore the update, if they want. There is enough flexibility to suit every user, dependent on their own situation and its a simple matter of you changing the settings from your profile page.

You can limit which of your friends receive the tweet messages. As well as determining when and where you'll receive the tweets. For example, you receive the tweets on your cell phone so that wherever the location, you'll know what your friends are up to; and you are able to even answer them back via your own cell phone if desired. As time is spent learning the ropes and you will soon come to enjoy it even more once you realize the many other capabilities beyond just communicating with friends, family or colleagues. Thanks to a huge explosion in 2009, Twitter is fast closing in on the amount of traffic received by the other two online networking giants MySpace and Facebook. Visitor growth jumped 83 percent to 17 million unique visitors in April 2009 according to

Why not stay connected all day long? There is no requirement to access your Twitter account whenever you want to update messages on your profile page. Twitter itself as well as third party programmers have developed many great widgets and software that help make changes to an account without even logging into the site. Making use of these applications can be enjoyable and reduce the time needed to be an active user.  

User surveys have shown people actually prefer twitter because of its ease of use compared to other such social sites. Go ahead and try the Twitter experience, it costs nothing to join or utilize and see if you can track down any past friends as they probably already have their own profile.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

"Graphics GiveAway 2 Event"- SignUp Now

Hi Kids

Last year Odinn Sorensen and Eric Tan ran the successful Graphics Giveaway with a huge amount of ready-made products, contributed by top marketers around the world for everyone to download at no cost.

Now they are back with an even bigger and better one - the Graphics Giveaway 2, launching August 18th and running until September 1st. This event not only offer great graphic products, but is also a great opportunity to help you build a list of prospects for your design/graphic niche market.

Join now:

NOTE: The Partner Upgrade on this giveaway is very attractive, so I definitely recommend that you grab it to improve your gift ranking, get more subscribers and earn greater commissions.

Have a great day!


Sunday, August 09, 2009

"No HTML? Need a Website? No Problem"

So you have this great idea for a website and you're all excited about getting your "feet wet" as an
online entrepreneur, but there's one problem: You have no idea how to create a site. ("HTML? What's that?") tweeta02_256

If this sounds familiar, have no fear –templates are here. (Sorry for the rhyme; I just couldn't help myself.)

Templates are prefabricated websites; complete with graphics and sometimes even a cascading style sheet attached. You download them, edit in your information and upload them to your server. Presto, instant website!

If you take some time and do a search around the Net you'll find some beautiful templates, some
even free, that will have you looking like a true online professional before you can say "CSS or HTML."

Let's take a look at some options:

1) APlusTemplates:

A professional template membership site where you pay a one time membership fee of $29.95 and
gain access to over 200 Web templates and their "Flash Intro Builder." Browse templates by
category; even download a free template to check out the quality. There's some real nice stuff


All Web templates come complete with CSS or image rollovers and PSD files. If you're looking for
something a bit fancier, they also offer an assortment of Flash templates. All templates are compatible with Frontpage and Dreamweaver.

3) BasicTemplates:

I really love this site. The templates are top quality and designed using external CSS. You can join as a member for a one time fee and access all of the templates or purchase them individually. Easy to browse by category.

4) TheTemplateStore:

This site offers a nice selection of templates searchable by the editor you plan on using, such as
Dreamweaver or FrontPage. They also have templates for GoLive and even Swish. Most start at only $15.00and they go up from there.

5) Template Monster:

Although a bit on the higher end, the designers at Template Monster are a talented group. You'll find
some real gems to download here. Each template comes complete with PSD files. Download the free site template to get a small sample of what you'll be purchasing.

Don't let your lack of design skills stop you from being the proud owner of the site you've always
dreamed of. With the right template you can have a professional looking site and no one need know
you didn't design it yourself. Shhhh, it'll be our little secret!