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A Simple Video Chat Room (TinyChat) #WIWG #4

For more info on the #WIWG series, please click here

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Have you every wanted to see your grandmother online through video?

Unless you live with her, you probably did!

Did you want to setup a video conference call but wasn’t sure which software the other party is using?

I can tell you exactly how long it will take you to setup everything so you can chat using video online with any person. 63 minutes!

That’s how long it took me on the phone (My call duration was 1:03:22) to a friend in another state just to start the video chat, download and setup skype, install the new driver for your cam because it didn’t support MAC computers, setup your mic (Her mic was muted the entire time!) setup your speakers source… ETC.

Sounds familiar?

What if I told you that on June 13th of 2009 while I was waiting patiently to snag my Facebook username (facebook.com/GuruOfSales) Pete Cashmore of Mashable.com along with 2 friends of his (one of which was actually in facebook’s HQ for the event) were all doing a video chat room on mashable, and you know how long it took them to set it up? 22 seconds! Not because they all had their cams already setup, not because they all knew how to use skype, but simply they created the chat room using the service that I heard of that night: TinyChat

At TinyChat.com all you need is just a twitter account, name your room, login to twitter and you have a high quality video audio and text chat, it took me 22 seconds to setup the entire room, didn’t even have to promote it, people just jumped in, how did they know? A tweet and a facebook status update was sent instantly to my friends and followers with the link to the room, even more, I had the option of tweeting every chat line I enter, which I think is a neat feature.

However, the coolness doesn’t stop there, many readers of this blog will love the next option: Screencast your desktop, NICE! With one click you can record or live stream (screencast) your desktop or website tuturial in a very high video quality, but for this option you will have to pay for the pro membership, and you will not believe this, it’s only $14.95 to get pro, Holly Cow! An entire $14.95 (Just being sarcastic), a screen cast or recording software like Camtasia will cost you $100’s of dollars, mean while this cool service will do almost the same job with the addition of live casting chat voice and text, I mean… come on, my Flickr pro Cost the double of that!

Anyways, check it out here: TinyChat.com

P.S. This was not a paid review nor I am an affiliate for the service, I just simply liked it and wanted to share it with you guys. Enjoy 🙂

Google’s Search Option #WIWG #3

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This post is the third of a short series of articles, for more info on the series, please click here.

On May 29th, Google announced the latest addition to their search tools, Search Options.

This is a brand new feature in Google Web Search. Now You can slice and dice your search results using a variety of filters, which generate different views of your results page to more easily and quickly find what you need. And I really like this feature especially the wonder wheel option that will find towards the end of the options, I think it’s a powerful tools for bloggers to choose specific topics when you run out of topics and hit what we call the  writers ‘block’ I would show you more on each of the new options but there is nothing better than for you to go and try it out, go to Google and perform a search then click the “Show options…” link on top of your search results to display the Search Options panel. Also this great video was made by Google, it sure helps learning more about it:


eBay Partner Network (Updated) #WIWG #2

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Formally known as the eBay affiliate program, that was once ran by affiliate giant CJ.com, The (relatively new) eBay Partner Network program is a way for affiliates to make commission by driving traffic into non other than, eBay.

Towards the end of April 2009, the program introduced many new tools making life much easier on the eBay Partner Network site.

When eBay first started their in-house affiliate program, I was lucky to be part of the eBay developer community, I understood RSS linking (and made tons of easy cash integrating it with Twitter and TwitterFeeds as I explained in a 4 hours class on my online  school of making money at wahol.com), I also knew flash, AJAX and PHP, therefore, I didn’t have to wait for the support team to fix bugs or any programing issues from their side, instead, I fixed it my self and started making money instantly. Some of you guys will remember seeing the biggest banner I had on this same blog for eBay shopping. That was a big part of my income from this blog.

Now with the totally renovated user interface on the eBay Partner Network site, links, banners, RSS feeds, flash and other apps (Like the facebook app) is much easier, in fact it’s so easy, you will be done setting it up in seconds (Also tested with an 11 years old kid by his mom to see how easy it  is) Thank you Ashley from wahol.com for this info 😉

Here are the recent changes in the program or as they call it (upgrades):

  • New functionality for the Link Generator tool
  • The ability to link your eBay account with your eBay Partner Network account
  • A new way to calculate earnings per click (they are now calculated as earnings per one click vs. per 100 clicks)
  • New business model descriptions (to help us provide you with better customer service tailored to your model when possible)

The upgrades were released on May 1st. However, there was some bad news for some partners.

They have also announced that as of July 1st, there will no longer accept 3 business models in the programs, that includes: tier-2 paid search, ad networks, and sub-affiliates.

For that, I will say: BOOO to the network, this means that some third party apps (facebook or mobile apps) will not have the benefit of making a commission based on second tier, and that really sucks in my opinion, but, after all, it is eBay playground, and to be honest, I don’t think eBay needs affiliates to drive traffic to the site any more, but… That’s only my opinion 😉

If you like to sign up and make some cash go ahead and sign up at: www.ebaypartnernetworkblog.com

tier-2 paid search, ad networks, and sub-affiliates

Twitter ‘Updates’ are now officially ‘Tweets’

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Around this time last year I ‘Updated’ my old twitter account saying the following:

Prediction: “What Are You Doing?” will be the most asked question of the year in Times magazine. Thanks to Twitter!

It did happen, the question is asked millions of times every day on Twitter web, then I listened to a podcast with @EV from Twitter and when he was asked what it’s called to update your twitter feed? is it ‘to tweet’? He said I guess that’s what’s everyone calling it I guess. But secretly and behind the scene he went on and trademarked the verb ‘Tweet’ to be used ‘to tweet’ my status instead of ‘to update my status on twitter’. Cool 🙂

As of today, if you look on the top right corner of your twitter page (Twitter Web) you will see that your ‘updates’ are now your ‘Tweets’ as in the photo above.  I also heard that twitter will be integrating the term ‘tweet’ throughout the site and some API apps.

Also interesting to know is that the AP Stylebook has declared ‘to tweet’ as legitimate grammar.

After today, I no longer have to correct peeps when they say: I will twitter you back! it is now official ;-p

Google Profiles: A Powerful Connect #WIWG #1

This is the first article in the ‘While I was Gone‘ series and one of many about the cool Google products and changes.

I’m starting the series with a great product from Google that was launched recently, Google Profiles.

A Google profile is simply how you present yourself on Google products to other Google users. It allows you to control how you appear on Google and tell others a bit more about who you are. With a Google profile, you can easily share your web content on one central location. You can include, for example, links to your blog, online photos, and other profiles such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and more. You have control over what others see. Your profile won’t display any private information unless you’ve explicitly added it.

You can also allow people to find you more easily by enabling your profile to be searched by your name. Simply set your existing profile to show your full name publicly.

Google also allow your profile to become featured on Google.com’s search results, for example, Google my name right now ‘Alex Mohamed’ and you will see the last section of the first page on the results displayibng my Google profile Photo and link to the profile.

Best way to learn  more about Google s from the example below:

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In the screen shot above you will find the following from my profile:

1. My photo, name and my job title.

2. send me a message without knowing my email address (Unless you are in my Gmail contacts list), other wise this is great to connect with people minus the spam mail.

3. This section of the profile will link you to every possible profile of mine that is online (at least the ones I remembered 🙂 ) such as facebook and twitter. This section is great for people that’s as busy online as myself, it also saves me the dozen of links that I used to have on the top right corner of this blog to connect with me outside of this blog and even more (Thanks for the YouTube subscriptions guys).

4. Another section for more about myself, includes a bio, education, jobs, etc.

5. They didn’t forget how cool I am on Flickr, so they link to my most recent photos uploaded to flickr 😉

Also there is a section on the lower side of the page of places that I have been to on a mini Google maps version, that will even show my reviews about the good eats and restaurants that I have visited and reviewed (Nice eh?!)

On my side, I will post the link to my profile on this blog to be as a permanent ‘connect with me’ link so people can find most of my online profiles easier, and I may include it on my twitter account as my URL instead of this blog 🙂

Where will you link to your Google profile from?

Post a comment with your Google profile and I will connect with you 🙂

I’ll Pay YOU $247 to join BAB!

Many people around the world know about the become a blogger (BAB) program. Many people joined it’s first launch, and many people are joining the second launch.

And I am paying you to join this great program.
Need more info about it? Go here: http://is.gd/1mkaX
Or watch this video sample from within the program:
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Now, The money part:
The program costs $47 a month for 6 months.
Or,
$247 one time fee (with access to the entire program instantly)
Here is my promotion:
I will pay YOU to join this program, and since there are 2 options to join, I will offer 2 giveaway options:
1. I will pay 1 reader that will join the program the entire $247 if you follow the steps below.
2. I will pay 10 readers an entire 2 months of the program if they follow the steps below.
What do you have to do?
After you check the video above, you can sign up for the program from that same page.
Or, You can click this link to sign up: http://is.gd/1mkv2
1st Option steps:
1. After you sign up for Become a Blogger, comment below (On this page) and include your first name and the exact time you have joined, and that you have signed up for the $247 option.
2. I will contact you for more details.
3. The winner will be chosen randomly. Your number will be the comment number, for example: if your $247 option comment was the second comment, your number will be 2. (Please note: To make this  possible, at least 2 people must sign up from the link above, so make sure to tell your friends to visit this page and sign up for the program).
4. If the number of signups for this option is less than 2 people, this contest option will be void. (Sorry guys).
5. The winner will be announced on this page and I will contact them for the payment method to send them $247.
2nd Option steps:
1. This option does not have any limits to the number of people to sign up.
2. After you sign up for the monthly option from the link above, please comment on this page with your first name and that you chose the monthly option.
3. I will contact you for more details.
4. the first 10 people to sign up will receive a one time payment from me of $94 to go towards the last 2 months of the program, so make sure to signup ASAP to get your 2 months free.
Here is the link to signup again: http://is.gd/1mkv2
Please note: The Become a Blogger program offers a 60 day money back guarantee, therefor the winner of the first option will be picked after I confirm that they stayed with the program for more than 60 days. Other wise, I would be stupid to put this contest up!! 🙂
Good luck for all.
Update:
The program will close doors at midnight tonight July 3rd 2009. Act fast to get your prize!

Michael Jackson Death (A Twitter VS. CNN Finale)

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It really kills me to know how many ignorant people are still out there!

It took a death of a great performer and a country wide demonstration to some of the ignorant crowed to finally think outside the bun, or to be more exact, to pull their head out of their asses!

It was about 4:25 PM on June 25th 2009 when I was reading my FriendFeed feeds!

Tamar, one of my favorite peeps from Twitter said the following:
“michael jackson and farrah fawcett are dancing together in heaven.”
!!
I was shocked and very sad that MJ, an icon that changed my and many others lives, was gone at only 50 years old.
Very sad!
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But it didn’t stop there, Twitter was noticeably slow for hours after the news, I read many tweets of people saying that it’s confirmed yet, I sent many text messages to close friends and 9 out of 10 said it’s not true! CNN didn’t say so!
Then to my other shock, I go see my neighbor (Who worked online for over 10 years) that says to me, I just checked CNN and it’s not true!
Now that’s a person who made living online for the past 10 years, yet again, he still rely on old fashion media! Wasn’t the Iran election enough to prove to him and everyone else that CNN is not the sh*t anymore?!
Really!
Who should I believe? People’s tweets, TMZ.com, the LA Times website, or just some failing news channel that’s always waiting to the last moment to make sure they don’t send fake news!
About an hour after hearing the news, @GaryVee mentioned that the LA Times and the LAPD confirmed it (On Twitter!), but for hours after that, people was still saying it was not confirmed yet!
I have also looked at the Wikipedia article and found the entire truth about the situation here.
I am not resting my case just yet, and I am truly saddened by the events and the lose of a great artist, but the case between Twitter and CNN is not over yet, and you know I will be writing more about it very soon.
RIP Michael Jackson.
Update: I have to add the following, although I stick with my point, but I also thought about the people that didn’t want to believe it at first (My Neighbor as an example) was just for the fact that they loved Michael Jackson, and their brains was set to not believing such great performer and at some cases their hero just died out of no where. With that being said, I say that this is life and it will just go on, and for Michael, he is still alive forever in the form of his music and performance.

HTC Hero (I am in love!) with Android

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Update: Here is the third video review made by CNET: View Here

As they say, a video is worth a billion words!

With flash player already on it, Google Android, all the great stuff from G1 phone, multi touch screen, pdf reader, 5 mp Camera, many moods from HTC Sense and footprint and did I mention the beautiful design! The is also another load of new features, but I will let these 2 videos tell the story of the Hero 🙂

The first video is on this link by Adobe: http://is.gd/1d0Gz

And here is the second video:

http://is.gd/1DEpS

Get this powerful report on blogging (Free)!

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World famous blogger and my friend Yaro Starak just sent me a note about a powerful report he released that caused an upheaval in the "blogosphere" (cost = zero)...

http://is.gd/1a74a

If you are interested in starting your own blog and becoming a super successful blogger, this may be just the information you've been looking for.

Check this: The report has now been downloaded over 20,000 times!

That's gotta tell you something about the quality of the report. I mean, heck, 20,000 downloads?
That's enough people to start a small city!

The report reveals a step-by-step guide that takes you from absolute beginner to blogging pro in 5 easy milestones.

And once you have it all set up, you'll also learn some extremely powerful "X-Factor" strategies for driving truckloads of traffic to your blog using a range of multi-media tools and the latest social media tactics.

And of course, you know what that means right?

The more traffic you get, the more bucks you can make online!

But you should really check it out for yourself and see why so many other people around the world are raving about this report...

Here is the page again:

http://is.gd/1a74a

Happy blogging!

Peace 🙂

PS: Oh, and Gideon tells me that he's also programmed in a powerful 7-part mini course (at zero cost) that accompanies the Roadmap Report...
and he says that people have been lapping it up!
Better check it out here now:

http://is.gd/1a74a

While I was gone (GuruOfSales)

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While I (GuruOfSales The Blog) was gone, I was not just sleeping all the time!

As I promised in an earlier post, I will start posting a series of 20 or so articles that I have written within the last 3 months.

All the articles are related to events on the web and announcements within my projects.

I will include a note in the beginning of each article to point out that this is just a catch up series for those of you that did not catch the events as it happened, I will also include in each title a #hashtag (à la Twitter)
with a number at the end to indicate which article of the series it is. The #hashtag will be #WIWG (While I Was Gone), so, For example: Title: Google announced wave #WIWG #3.

I did keep it all short and sweet as promised.

For now, I have other stuff to do.

C U Soon 😉