How to Harness the Power of LinkedIn – INFOGRAPHIC | Written by Jeff Bullas


Written by Jeff Bullas | http://jeffbullas.visibli.com

A presentation on the topic of how to cook a chocolate tart is  going to “bomb”at a cheese maker’s  convention.

How to Harness the Power of LinkedIn – INFOGRAPHIC

It will be the wrong audience for an interesting topic, but the cheesemakers didn’t pay $1,200 for a conference ticket to hear information about “Tarts”!

A paying participant at a car dealer expo will want to hear about horsepower and handbrakes and will either leave the hall or fall asleep if the speakers start talking about knitting and slipper making.

The art of successful communicating and engagement  involves selecting the right audience and providing them with information and content that resonates with their needs and wants.

Not all Social Networks are Equal.

When it comes down to sheer popularity Facebook is the social network that wins.

Facebook is also about “Identity” whether that is a personal profile or a “business brand” persona.

Twitter is about “Events” which could be the next plane crashing into the Hudson river or letting your audience know that your latest blog post is published…that is an event!

Google plus is “Core”  and is woven into the science of search as Google embeds it into every one of its web properties from Picasa to YouTube.

It cannot and should not be ignored by marketers as  social signals are now being measured and monitored by Google machines and is being woven into the DNA of search. Optimizing your online assets (blog and website)  for search engines is vital.

Different social networks will be need to be included in your social media marketing strategy depending on your goals, audience and tactics.

LinkedIn User Portrait

Linkedin Infographic

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Create Collages with your Facebook Photos

The drawback though is the resolution. Loupe generates a relatively small image of your collage that will probably look good only on a mobile screen. Shape Collage says that will be introducing higher resolution images in the future.
Photo Collages and Facebook Privacy

Any photo collage that you create with Loupe is public and currently there’s no option to change the visibility to private. Thus, if you have any private photos on Facebook that you don’t want the world to see, it may not be a good idea to turn them into collages because others may then find them through search engines.


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The team behind Shape Collage, a popular photo collage software, have launched Loupe, an online tool that will help you create collages using Facebook photos.

You can either use your own photo albums and turn them into collages or the app can also pull photos from the albums of your Facebook friends that are visible to you.

It takes just a few steps to build your first collage. Authorize the app to access your Facebook account, then select any of your photo albums (or that of your friends), choose a shape and your collage is ready. Hit the Share button to save that collage to your Facebook account or grab the permalink to share it by email.

The collages look impressive and if you don’t like the default layout, you can always move or delete any of the pictures on the pile. Here’s a quick video that shows how you can turn Facebook albums into collages.
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Software searches for faces online

A new program will soon be released which can scan social networks for pictures of particular individuals.

Israeli company face.com has been testing a product which works by scanning a face and matching the relative positions of eyes, nose and mouth to photos that it reckons could be of the same person. It’s claimed to have 90 percent accuracy.

It’s not dissimilar to the search features in Google’s Picasa – but with the rather notable difference that it performs this search online.

The service is ringing alarm bells among privacy campaigners.


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A new program will soon be released which can scan social networks for pictures of particular individuals.

Israeli company face.com has been testing a product which works by scanning a face and matching the relative positions of eyes, nose and mouth to photos that it reckons could be of the same person. It’s claimed to have 90 percent accuracy.

It’s not dissimilar to the search features in Google‘s Picasa – but with the rather notable difference that it performs this search online.

The service is ringing alarm bells among privacy campaigners. Leer más “Software searches for faces online”

Now Add Images to your Gmail Signatures

You can now add a more elegant and professional looking signature to your outgoing email messages in Gmail (and Google Apps) directly without requiring any complicated hacks.

Gmail Signatures

The signature can include pictures, like an image of your company’s logo, and even formatted hyperlinks like links pointing to your blog or your various social profiles. You just have to hit the Settings Tab in Gmail and use the built-in rich text editor to create your own personal signature.


You can now add a more elegant and professional looking signature to your outgoing email messages in Gmail (and Google Apps) directly without requiring any complicated hacks.

Gmail  Signatures
The signature can include pictures, like an image of your company’s logo, and even formatted hyperlinks like links pointing to your blog or your various social profiles. You just have to hit the Settings Tab in Gmail and use the built-in rich text editor to create your own personal signature. Leer más “Now Add Images to your Gmail Signatures”

Windows Live Photo Gallery vs Picasa

A new version of Windows Live Photo Gallery, a free program that lets you manage your collection of photos and videos, will be available for download later today on live.com.

The new Photo Gallery remains a solid alternative to Google’s Picasa software but is it good enough for you to switch from Picasa? Read this comparison.


A new version of Windows Live Photo Gallery, a free program that lets you manage your collection of photos and videos, will be available for download later today on live.com.

The new Photo Gallery remains a solid alternative to Google’s Picasa software but is it good enough for you to switch from Picasa? Read this comparison. Leer más “Windows Live Photo Gallery vs Picasa”

Añadir una imagen de fondo en el buscado de Google


Por @marcosesperon

google back image 03 Añadir una imagen de fondo en el buscado de  Google

Google ha activado una nueva opción en la versión americana de su buscador web y que próximamente estará disponible para todos los usuarios. A partir de ahora será posible asignar una imagen de fondo para decorar el minimalista buscador web.

Para poder utilizar esta funcionalidad necesitaremos haber iniciado sesión con nuestro usuario de Google al acceder al buscador. Cuando tengamos una imagen definida automáticamente se cargará cuando accedamos a la página del buscador, ajustándose al tamaño de la ventana del navegador – por eso es aconsejable utilizar imágenes en formato horizontal. Leer más “Añadir una imagen de fondo en el buscado de Google”

Share Flickr, Picasa, Gmail & Facebook Photos All In One Place With Showzey


As a professional blogger having accounts on multiple social media sites is very beneficial for me. But for average computer users the multiple social media accounts pose a significant management problem; more specifically, photo management.

Our photographs and images are scattered across all our social media accounts. Suppose we want to share one picture from a network A on network B. To do this we normally log in to account A, save the picture, then upload it on account B.

Thankfully with Showzey, that lengthy process no longer needs to be employed.

Showzey is a free website that lets us gather and catalog photos from Gmail, Picasa, Facebook, and Flickr. We can then organize these photos and proceed to share them on Facebook or email them.

The function of the site is best understoof by trying it out. Click on the “Get Started” button on Showzey’s homepage:

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You will be prompted to select the services you wish to use with Showzey.

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Then you will proceed to connect your respective service accounts with Showzey.

With each account you connect, you will asked for a confirmation from that particular service. In case of Flickr, this is the message you will receive:

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Springwise | New business ideas from around the world


Anyone who spends any time at all online knows how easy it is to waste that time on sites one might call the online equivalent of junk food. ProcrasDonate is a site that hopes to turn that wasted time into something good while also giving users an incentive to waste less in the future.

Users begin by downloading Massachusetts-based ProcrasDonate’s free Firefox add-on and registering with the site, including choosing the charities they’d like to support and the amounts they pledge for each hour they waste. They then select the sites they consider their biggest time-wasters—Facebook and Twitter are both obvious choices, the site notes—and link their Amazon account for payments. There’s also an option to highlight sites that are the opposite of time-wasters through ProcrasDonate’s TimeWellSpent category; in that case, users can choose to reward those site owners for their worthy content.

Either way, users then go about their normal online activities, and ProcrasDonate records the way their time is spent. For each hour they spend on websites marked as time-wasters, a pledge gets recorded for their selected charities; every hour spent on those marked as TimeWellSpent, conversely, means a donation to those sites’ owners. Whenever a pledge reaches a threshold of USD 10, a donation is made directly and in full from the user’s Amazon account. Users can track their cumulative donations via ProcrasDonate’s “my impact” page; they can also request weekly emails with progress updates. A meter bar in the browser add-on, meanwhile, shows how much time has been wasted over the course of the week, gradually turning red when that amount exceeds the user’s set goal.

Much like Pledgehammer—which turns resolution set-backs into charitable donations—ProcrasDonate’s win-win-win potential is what makes it especially compelling. Consumers waste less time; good sites get supported; and charities get helped along the way. Where else could consumers’ ongoing challenges be turned around for good…? (Related: Wrist device rewards kids for exercisingLearning site motivates kids with real rewardsAppealing to gravanity of smokers who plan to quit.)

Website: www.procrasdonate.com
Contact: support@procrasdonate.com

Spotted by: Margarita Barry

Longtime Springwise readers may recall T-Post, the Swedish company we wrote about back in 2006 for its news-based t-shirt subscription service. T-Post is still going strong, and we couldn’t resist mentioning one of its latest issues: an augmented reality t-shirt that lets wearers play a virtual game of Rock-Paper-Scissors.

Focusing on the topic of higher education, T-Post’s Issue No. 51 was designed by 23-year-old Marc Stromberg to reflect the increasing incorporation of games and other recreational activities into mainstream education. With technical help from creative collective Moment 77, Stromberg’s t-shirt design features images of real rocks, paper and scissors. The cool part? When wearing the t-shirt, T-post subscribers can stand in front of a webcam for the ability to play a virtual game of Rock-Paper-Scissors with a computer-generated arm that appears to be coming out of the shirt. A video demonstrates the virtual game in action. Though the t-shirt is no longer available, a printable version of the image is available on T-post’s site.

We’ve now seen augmented reality in a range of apps focused on everything from music festivals to architectural tourism to virtual makeovers, but this is the first time we’ve seen it used in clothing. How could *your* tech-savvy brand use AR to forge some new OFF=ON connections? (Related: T-shirt comes with free music downloads.)

Website: www.t-post.se/rockpaperscissors
Contact: info@t-post.se

Spotted by: Jenny Lau

We’ve seen a few different efforts to document the world through auto-snapping cameras—including both Yahoo’s photo-based marketing campaign and Vicon’s life-caching device—but recently we came across one that adds video to the picture, so to speak. DailyRoads Voyager is a free application for Android-powered mobile phones that enables continuous video recording from moving vehicles.

DailyRoads Voyager is intended to serve as what’s essentially a video black box for cars, recording everything but allowing users to keep only what they’re really interested in. Whether it’s an encounter with unusual wildlife in the road or the sequence of events leading to an accident, the application works in the background to timestamp, geotag and save all videos on the SD card; as space fills up, it automatically deletes the oldest ones unless they’ve been tagged for longer-term storage. DailyRoads Voyager can also take still photos at user-selectable intervals; whichever format is used, it can upload all recorded material in accordance with the user’s preset specifications. The accumulated files can then be easily managed, played back and grouped in selections.

For now, Romanian DailyRoads is still beta-testing the Voyager application. Integration with YouTube, Picasa, Flickr and others is coming soon, the company says. App-dev entrepreneurs: who will build the first interface for seamless accident reporting…? And insurance companies: how about partnering with them? (Related: iPhone app helps State Farm users submit a claim.)

Website: www.dailyroads.com/voyager/
Contact: www.dailyroads.com/contact.php

There’s something appealing about a fixed price of $5. Washington state’s Ferry Farm Stand tapped into that appeal with its grab-and-go bags of produce, and now Israel-based Fiverr is expanding the concept into the world of services.

Similar in many ways to both Mechanical Turk and ShortTask, Fiverr lets anyone sell a service of virtually any type for $5. Those “gigs,” as they’re called, of which there are more than 20,000 already listed on the site, span the spectrum in focus and practicality. Many are much like what one might find on ShortTask—writing positive product reviews on a website, for example—but others venture into much less pragmatic territory, such as furnishing “7 hours, 53 minutes of vacuum cleaner sounds.” Categories on the site include “Fun & Bizarre” and “Silly Stuff” along with the more staid classics such as “Graphics” and “Social Marketing.” For each task sold, the seller receives $4; Fiverr keeps the rest. Both buyers and sellers remain anonymous, while a feedback system enables participant ratings.

Now in beta, Fiverr gives cash-minded sellsumers and minipreneurs a quick, standardized way to sell their skills, both practical and otherwise. One to emulate on a localized or niche basis… or to test out in *your* next big thing? (Related: Computer tasks for workers in the developing worldBidding system for domestic outsourcing.)

Website: www.fiverr.com
Contact: www.fiverr.com/feedback

Spotted by: Bryce Hufnal

Upscale food trucks have been popping up all over the place for some time now, selling everything from wood-fired pizzas to Korean tacos to gourmet desserts. Now, make way for the double-decker bus, which entered the picture last month complete with a rooftop restaurant.

Aiming to go well beyond the taco truck that’s so ubiquitous on the streets of LA, local entrepreneurs Travis Schmidt and Jason Freeman began with a vintage double-decker, and then spent six months adding a full kitchen downstairs and open-air seating on top. Now, what might well be America’s first “bustaurant” is officially called World Fare, a mobile restaurant that serves up a variety of high-end dishes from around the world. One favourite, for example, is the Bunny Chow, an originally South African street worker food that features a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with chicken curry, coconut milk, chick peas, cashews and cilantro. Also notable are World Fare’s house-made “drinks in a bag,” including strawberry basil lemonade. Like several of the recent contenders we’ve seen, World Fare keeps its fans updated via Twitter; weekly schedules are also posted online.

As economic conditions declined in recent years, street vendors and low-cost curbside cuisine ascended; now, as prosperity begins to improve once again–albeit slowly–it makes perfect sense to see the mobile dining experience get upgraded once again. Foodie entrepreneurs around the world: time to hit the well-heeled streets with a double-decker bus of your very own? (Related: Foodie podcast highlights curbside cuisineCoffee chariot caffeinates Copenhagen.)

Website: www.worldfare.com
Contact: travis@worldfare.com

Spotted by: Jim Stewart

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Tired Of Photoshop’s Complexity? Try These Free And Easy Apps For Your Photos


By Muhammad Faisal

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If you are tired of Photoshop and its millions of hardly use features? then try these. There must be something simple, light-weight, quick and easy photo-editing tools which also does not cost anything to use. So, luckily there are tons of web-based photo editors available. Well most are crap, but some are useful and attractive. Check out the totally free web-based Photoshop alternatives. I am sure you will be at least thankful to me or may be I will learn something more from you.

So, this post is for those who are a “confuse dot com” while using Photoshop. But yes if you are a professional graphics/art designer then yes Photoshop is for you.

You are welcome if you want to share more free and easy apps for your photos which our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter and do not forget to become our fan on facebook as well.

Photoshop Express

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This is the gorgeous app made by Adobe and its has more features than any other free photo editing app. What I like the most about it? It gives us a free 2GB of space, so you can store lots of images there as well. Unlike the real Photoshop, this web version has no ability to layer or composite images.

Picnik

picnik

This free and fast app makes our photos looks stunning with easy to use yet powerful editing tools. It fixes your photos in just one click, you can fine tune, corp, re size, rotate your images very quickly right in your browser and there are tons of special artistic effects to fun. It works on MAC, Windows and Linux. It also work with most commonly used browsers as well. So no download for it and nothing to install just go upload your picture and have fun. Leer más “Tired Of Photoshop’s Complexity? Try These Free And Easy Apps For Your Photos”

Google Challenges Bing’s Photosynth; Adds User Photos to Street View


Written by Jolie O’Dell

google street viewGoogle Street View has made a few headlines at RWW lately – once for getting itself into hot water in Europe and once, notably, for bringing Street View’s photo-tour features into retail outlets.

Now, we’ve learned that Street View will also begin to feature user-submitted photographs. According to a recent Google Lat Long blog post, “We began integrating user photos into Street View last year. User photos allow you to view locations from entirely new perspectives, whether through the eyes of a talented photographer with a knack for capturing architectural detail, or simply taken from locations we couldn’t get to… We’re making it easier to navigate through these images in a way that should feel similar to how you’re used to exploring within Street View.” Leer más “Google Challenges Bing’s Photosynth; Adds User Photos to Street View”

DISTILLING THE BUZZ ON GOOGLE BUZZ


What’s it About? …And Should We Care?

Welcome to Google Buzz, which, at less than 24 hours old, is now the hottest hype in social media today. In an article aptly titled “If Google Wave is the Future, Google Buzz is the Present,” TechCrunch swaddles the Buzz in a warm cozy nutshell:

Imagine taking elements of Twitter, Yammer, Foursquare, Yelp, and other social services, and shoving them together into one package. Now imagine covering that package in a layer that looks a lot like FriendFeed. Now imagine shoving that package inside of Gmail. That’s Buzz.Leer más “DISTILLING THE BUZZ ON GOOGLE BUZZ”