RESHARE: See original title. Google+ Brands can offer coupons!!
Reshared text: Google+ has Launched the Ability for Brands to Offer Coupons to Followers
This is a huge plus for brands! Let's clarify here.. this is NOT Google putting ads into the stream. If you follow brands you like, they now can offer a coupon for you to check out. This is like following a fan page on Faceybook and them making a post about a coupon (just its easier to claim here) THESE ARE NOT the ads you see on the side of Faceybook.
Brands can now directly interact with fans of their product and provide value offers to them....
I look forward to seeing more great things from brands here on gplus. Discount tickets to events, free make up samples, or 50% off an item in their store from brands I like and follow? Sounds good to me.
A walk down memory lane... This, my friends, if you don't know, is a southern/Texas plate of food - fried fish, turnip greens, mashed potatoes, and navy beans with cornbread and sweat tea ( attn: +Jesse Wojdylo ) . I don't eat like this often, but today is a special day. 42 years ago today my father brought me to Paris Coffee Shop in Fort Worth, Texas, and as far as I can remember, it looks EXACTLY the same, except price. I asked the owner's son how much this plate costs in 1971, and he said $1.75. Today, it costs $9.25. See those pictures on the wall? There is one of Elvis and Johnny Cash eating here.
You may ask me how I remember the exact date? I don't know. I just know that all these years every time I drove by, May 17th when I was 10-years old came to mind -- which would be 1971. I think it was because I had heard my father talk about Paris Coffee Shop for years and now I was going with him. By the way, I had a great conversation with the guys on either side of me, both 15 + years older than I about how it's nice some things don't change. I surely is..
Have a great weekend. Mine will be bittersweet as my eldest daughter graduates tomorrow.
I am getting used to the new layout, but with only 2 columns, not 3. Three is just to busy on my eyes flitting back and forth, left and right. There definitely are some great new features and updates other than the column issue and less text issues. Overall , I like it.
One last observation before I knuckle down to work again. I don't like the Pinterest-style posts. I have not taken to Pinterest for a reason, because I want to read. For photos it's fine, like for photographers and such, but for content-oriented posts, I want more text back. It is how I cruised down the stream to decide to stop and read or not. Title, text is what got my interest. Many of the other 42 new features are pretty good, but the actual stream itself...ugh. Ok, nuf for now....
In my opinion, so far there are pros and cons to the new layout. In a nutshell, the main cons center around the smaller posts, smaller/different font size, and less text (and if you make a bold title, even less). Everything is smaller! Not my preference. all other changes I either like or will get used to. Oh, and getting started on Hangouts on Air seems a little more convoluted.
What do you do if you ordered cable and then canceled, and you forgot to send the box back in time, resulting with collections and then reporting on your credit report?
It's a bit entailed. There is a 3 step, somewhat tricky process. Essentially, you have to negotiate a "good will" act from the original creditor, and dispute with the bureaus in a certain, while offering to send in the equipment as well, even though late. This can only be done if it is not too far in the past, and it is not guaranteed to work. Every wondered what credit repair is? You just got a glimpse.
If you are not using +ManageFlitter for at least your Twitter account management and monitoring, you should be.
I just discovered almost 200 whom I was following, and subsequently deleted because they were:
1. Fake accounts 2. Non-English 3. No profile picture or description (this one I hand selected rather than mass deleted thinking I did not want to delete someone I wanted to follow who just hasn't put up a profile pic. yet. Guess what, 98% were deemed unfollow-able. This adds even more support to the notion that if someone can't take the time to set up their profile are they worth your attention.) 4. Hadn't posted in the last 90 days.
There is a lot more to ManageFlitter. Check it out...
You can use it online, on smartphones and in Hangouts. It might be what you are looking for in a project and time collaboration tool. There are so many online tools out there, that one or the other matc each of our "styles".
Happy Mother's Day (and Mr. Mom's Day to all you Dads filling both roles)! Thanks for all you do. It is not easy.
Mother's Day (and Father's Day) is one of the best commemorating days we have. Why? Because not a single person is left out. Valentine's Day may make those without "lovers" feel dejected. Not everyone sees the significance behind Christmas and Easter, or Hanukkah Very few people care about Presidents' Day or Columbus Day. Labor Day has become a barbecue day, ha!. The 4th of July and Memorial Day "should" be important to every American, but unfortunately, that varies on loyalty and political beliefs. On and on.....
But we can all celebrate Mother's Day! Heck, Mother's and Father's Day are the only days all 7 billion people on the earth can celebrate, even if, sadly, you don't have pleasant memories about your parents, or they are passed already, and all you have at the moment ARE memories.
My Mother's Day
Today, my kids and I am getting together with my family for Mother's Day, and mothers of the following categories will be present:
Grandmothers (my kids' grandmother) Mother-n-laws Mothers present and not present (my mother, etc.) One deceased mother (my kids' mother) Aunts who are mothers Sisters who are mothers New mothers one mother-to-be and one "Mr. Mom". (yours truly)
What about you, who will be present at your Mother's Day celebration today? If you are not getting together for some reason, don't forget to make a call to your mother (it is too late for a card).
RESHARE: It's time for everyone to know about this. You can Favorite G+ Posts with this Chrome Extension. Star it, save it, both comments and posts, etc. Check it out at +Favorite Posts
A comment I wrote on the original post:
I have been using this for a long time. I assumed you knew about it. Yes, it is a wonderful tool, one that I hope G+ just implements into their platform so, like you just experienced, you don't have to hope to "stumble upon" it.
Reshared text: How to Save or Favorite a Google Plus Post to Read Later
Yesterday +Bill Gassett and +Keith Bloemendaal called me out for my lack of engagement. These are brothers from another mother so I know they were letting me know I needed to get my act together. It wasn't because I was ignoring anyone. It was because my notifications would get lost. I sometimes see a number of 20 in the little red box and I can't get to them all.
Enter +Justin Scoggin who introduced me to the +Favorite Posts Google Chrome plugin. It is amazing! If you have ever had issues with notifications I strongly urge you to try this out. If you aren's already using Google Chrome, well, I will just shake my head.
How to you save Google+ posts? What is your favorite Chrome plugin for Google+?
Does anybody else fill up their gas tank on Sunday night in preparation for the week? I've been doing that for years, and I asked a friend today if he did that and he chuckled and said I was too organized.
It looks like the East is not learning from the West's mistakes.
With China's middle class growing exponentially, will they repeat the economic woes of the West? I hate to say it, but comfort and greed are the culprits, even here in America. As a credit repair specialist and consultant, I see first hand how the misuse and mismanagement of credit and debt keeps people poor. Seriously, handled wrongly will either drive you to poverty or keep you in poverty. That's why I try to educate my clients along the way...
Additionally, see the video below on the burgeoning use of credit by China's growing middle-class, and what they are using credit for
Reshared text: The Complete Guide to SEO Using Google Plus
Here it is! +martin shervington has produced a mammoth but easy-to-use guide to how Google+ works in conjunction with Google Search to build your search presence and influence.
He carefully indexed hours of video material collected from his interviews with me and +Joshua Berg and created a series of brief, highly-focused videos around every sub topic we discussed. This is one to bookmark, reference, and share!
RESHARE: Preaching to the choir! Google + on the upward move in social media.
Reshared text: Social is getting old; Facebook, Twitter and G+ attract baby-boomers According to the GlobalWebIndex between Q2 2012 and Q1 2013 Twitter’s fastest growing age demographic was 55 to 64 year olds, registering an increase in active users of 79%.
Both Facebook’s and Google+’s fastest growing age demographic was 45 to 54 year olds, growing by 46% and 56% respectively.
The other driving force behind the popularity of the big three is mobile. Since Q1 2011, the number of people which access the internet via a mobile phone has increased by 60.3%.
The good news for G+ is that the percentage of active users independent of age is rising. A 100% rise in posts and 75% in photos means these new people are actively contributing content. A key to survival for the content-centered G+-.
More posts means more results in search which will attract new users for G+. Now the question is who is seeing the growth in the younger demographics. Is Pinterest the new social?
Reshared text: Call up to five people from inside Hangouts
We recently made it easier to call someone from a Hangout (http://goo.gl/6vMiS), and starting today, you can have up to five telephone participants (instead of just two)! To give it a try, just click "+ Add Telephone" when inviting someone to your Hangout, then dial their number.
Remember, it is "tips and tricks" week so I think most of you will enjoy this chat. We have over a dozen signed up to join at the Google+ event. Even if you can only hop on for a question or two we would love to have you.
1. How do you engage with Google+ users with a big following? 2. How do you encourage conversation with new followers? 3. What tip do you have for starting conversation with someone just getting on Google+? 4. Who has helped you continue conversation on Google+? 5. What tip do you have as far as submitting a blog post or article on Google+? 6. Any other tricks that help with engagement?
Talk about thinking ahead! This is a great idea, and one I wish I had thought to do when I graduated from college. Oh, never mind, no internet....
What do you think about this article and the idea of purposefully creating your own personal brand not only on social media, but via your own blog as well in preparation of "hitting the real world"? No more pics and posts of college years that often get you in trouble, that's for sure.
They said the Keurig couldn't be hacked, but I figured out you could take the k-cup and pour hot water through the cup from an outside source. By poking a hole in the top of the K-Cup and running transparent tubing into the cup holder and using a funnel, I poured hot water from a tea kettle into the funnel and made coffee.
I'm going to make a picture in photoshop now and contact Forbes so they can tell the world.
I found this article very educational. I wrote down some notes on how I am going to change some of the ways I talk, both in business and with my children.
Excerpt from the article below
Avoid adjectives in speech and writing
"Something I struggle with is to stop using adjectives. They are, in fact, one of the worst elements of speech and even make a listener or reader lose trust. Writer Kim Peres explains: "Using single words to describe actions and objects quickly brings them to mind. When someone "stabs" a straw into their drink we see it, but "pokes swiftly" is not so clear. When a person "meanders" it is more accurate than "walking slowly." A man whose foot is described as a "hoof" is much more vivid that having "gnarled toes and sole."
Reading this, hit me like a rock and couldn't make it any more clear I think. Peres goes on to explain that "too much unnecessary text induces skipping", which shows how detrimental adjectives can be. What we easily forget on a very high level is that using less words builds trust. So any words that don't convey meaning can erode our readers and listeners interest. I think this is one of the most important elements I want to keep reminding myself of."
I found this particular statement a complete eye-opener. Do you agree? You writers and speakers out there chime in!
When FICO calculates your score the only information used is from your credit reports. Nothing less and nothing more, not even income is considered. To find out what kind of information is on your credit reports click the link below.
"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one." ~Mark Twain
Explosion Devastates Community, Kills Ten First Responders
(Not new news, but a good summary of what happened in West, Texas. That is the town's name, not geographical location.)
On Wednesday April, 22 a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas left 14 people dead, the majority being first responders, and over 200 injured. The explosion shook the ground with the strength of a small earthquake and could be heard up to miles away. It destroyed approximately 50 homes and severely damaged a nursing home and other buildings nearby leaving many families homeless.
The rural Texas town is a farming community about 20 miles north of Waco and home to 2,800 residents. It has been previously known for its deep Czech heritage — from the architecture to the names of streets and most famously the "Czech Stop" bakery selling pastries and kolaches.
The wave from the blast impacted apartment complexes, schools and a local nursing home. News sources report windows blown out charred walls and collapsed roofs. According to West officials there has been an outpouring of food and clothing items donated thus far. They are requesting monetary donations moving forward to help the community and residents re-build homes and structures.
Please help the community of West begin to rebuild and heal from this tragedy. For a donation link to a local relief fund, Click Here.
A memorial service for first responders is being held on the campus of Baylor University in Waco, Texas on Thursday, April 25th.
(When my kids and I drive to Austin we always stop by the Old Czech Shop mentioned below for their Kolaches. Absolutely delicious. It's a sad deal, indeed)
+Mike Allton +Blair Warner FYI. Thought of our comments discussions.
Reshared text: Developer Ports Google+ Comments to WordPress
Last week when +Blogger received an update to connect comments to Google+, +WordPress users felt a little left out. Well, no they don't have to because a developer has brought the Google+ fun to WordPress users!
Aravis also had many quarrels (and, I'm afraid even fights) with Cor, but they always made it up again: so that years later, when they were grown up they were so used to quarreling and making it up again that they got married so as to go on doing it more conveniently.
Reshared text: How to Grow Your Audience On Google Plus
Google plus is currently the 2nd biggest social network in the world. It’s not rocket science to see that you should be apart of what is going on here, but many people and brands are not sure where to get started. I am often asked questions that I answered in this article I did .... Including things like...
* How to get started... like seriously what is Step 1 * How often should I be Posting... * Why post about things not DIRECTLY related to my business... * SEO benefits... and many more...
Hope you enjoy my top 10 tips for growing your brand and community here on GooglePlus... and feel free to share with friends, family or non believers. :) Especially on other social networks.. I think we as a community need to start getting some of these tips "out there" more. I'll be working on it a lot in the next little bit. :)
And we're afraid of the wrong thing. Three things disturb me about the Boston story:
1) The police have assumed these 2 men guilty of the bombing, without a trial and without proof. 2) The news media are reporting in a manner that paints these two men guilty of the bombing. 3) The US Military is involved in this manhunt and are using Blackhawks (I assume it's the military unless BPD has purchased a couple of these very expensive helicopters). This isn't even legal.
Emotions are running high, and what has happened over the last few days is horrifying. These guys may very well be responsible for the bombings, but in this country we have a process to determine that. This process is not being followed.
RESHARE: New Credit Tip from Upgrade My Credit - I'm sure everyone knows by now that means me. ;-)
Reshared text: NEW TIP: Student Loans
Student loans are fast becoming one of the number one issues causing poor credit. We at Upgrade My Credit see it every day. Even if the loans are current at the time we check credit, they are almost always scattered with 30-day, 60-day, and 90-day lates and defaults. Not only does this cause one's credit score to be lowered, but most mortgage underwriters want to see a certain number of months as current, often 12 in a row. if you're thinking of buying a house, make sure to be current on your student loan for several months in a row before applying.
Reshared text: Moderators can now move posts between community categories
Based on all the amazing feedback you’ve shared, we know that being able to move posts from one discussion category to another is at the top of your wish list. We’re excited to announce that moving posts is now possible, and will be rolled out to all moderators throughout the day.
To move posts between categories:
1) Go to a community that you moderate, and find a post you’d like to move 2) Click on the post’s current category (located at the top next to the date) 3) Select the new category you’d like to move the post to
Let us know what you think in the comments, and please keep the feedback coming!
What would you wish for if you were granted one? I'm not talking about the "I would wish for million bucks" kind of wish, But a wish more connected with your real life.
Today, I was looking through some old pictures and found myself wishing I could spend 24 hours with my kids at this age. I think they are not quite to two, and three and a half in the picture below. Now, they are 13 and 15, right splat in the middle of teenage years. I need a break!
Reshared text: Today we're thrilled to announce "Tools for Entrepreneurs" in partnership with +General Assembly, video content for entrepreneurs everywhere to take their skills to the next level. Check out the first five videos here:http://www.google.com/entrepreneurs/onlinelearning/. New videos will be released each week right here on Google+.