Category Archives: Web 2.0

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.”
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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.

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Win $100: Just follow my Twitter

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Time for a new contest at Guru Of Sales.
This one is easy, here is what to do:
1. Follow me on Twitter by going here.
2. Your done.

If you don’t have a Twitter account, you will be asked to sign up for one, it takes 1 minute to sign up.

I am celebrating getting close to 5000 followers, so the winner will be the 5000th follower.

If you win, I will contact you on Twitter though DM (Direct Message) to send you the cash.

The only rule is this: The prize will go to a brand new follower only. You will be disqualified if you un-follow then follow back, I have a list of all the current followers.

All the current followers will have a better treat soon.

Best of luck to all.

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Skype 4.0 is out!

I am a huge fan of Skype and have been for a very long time, since Skype version 2.0 to be exact 🙂

Oprah uses Skype almost every other week since she started using it on her show last year.

Skype 4.0 for windows is out, with a lot of enhancements:
First, you will notice the “Windows Vista” skin to give you the look and feel of a light application.
The software is lighter, they have even removed the Skype Extra manager from running in the background like it used to before.

The new look is 100% redesigned to get you everything you need in one screen, whether standard or compact, you still get an entire view of options in one shot, very cool.

Voice and video enhanced to crystal clear and video calls are still in the same window of the person you’re calling.

Juggling between people and conversation is never easier, they kind of copied the multi-chat window idea from digsby!

One thing Skype is still missing, is the automatic update, I got a notification from my iSkoot app on my phone, but never got it on my computer, so unless you are reading the Skype blog or have iSkoot installed on your Android phone, how should people know that there is a new and improved Skype?

Also as a sneaky addition, eBay (The owner of Skype) is pushing a new FireFox plugin during the installation of the new Skype, the new plugin will dedict items on shopping websites that are available on eBay and will highlight it and compare the pricing on eBay. It’s useful for shoppers that really don’t know how to shop! For me, I uninstalled it soon after I tried it.

The new version will take some get used to time for native Skypees, but it’s worth it, I have been playing with it for 2 days now and I am loving it 🙂
You can download the new Skype here.

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Use polls to make decisions

Almost 3 months ago I posted a message on every online profile that I have, stating that I will not shave my head nor my facial hair until the day before my Birthday on April 25th.
Without going into further details, I decided to change that statement.
And to help me make my decision, I created a poll to share with all of my friends and contacts, because I believe that sharing is giving.

Using polls will help you decide and make a lot of decisions no matter what you’re asking. In the example below I put almost every possible option a man could have for shaving. And I put a deadline for voting at 2 PM EST today, and I will obey the majority of votes that I will get by 2 PM.
 


 

Twtpoll.com is a new startup application from a new startup company called Twtapps. The company has a lot of cool applications to share with or without your Twitter account.

The way it works is very simple: Create the question, create the options, and submit. Then share the link on your Facebook profile or on your Twitter page.
You will have the option to embed the question or the results in your website or blog. That’s all.

Create your question at Twtpoll.com and share it with your friends

Another thing I should mention is “WpPolls” which is a WordPress free plugin to create polls on your WP blog. Easy to install and easy to use.

Bottom line is that you will get an answer or make your decision if you only ask and share. I would love to participate in your questions, so go ahead, create a poll anywhere and share it with us, send it to me on twitter, facebook or comment below and I will participate 🙂

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Inauguration 2009 live online! History Web 2.0 style

History is being made as I am writing this.
As the first African American president, Barack Obama The United Sates Elect-President (At the time of writing this) with high expectations for the nation and the world for that matter.
CNN has partnered with Facebook to stream live the entire event, not only that, but also sharing your opinion though your facebook status update which live streamed right next to the video stream.

You can also catch the inauguration on Hulu or Joost live streaming by clicking on each image below:

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Use Digsby and change your life!

Note: 3 Hours of video/audio classes on digsby are available for free on Wahol.com

Ever since I have moved from using Trillian messenger into using digsby, my online life has changed.
To make it simple: Digsby is a universal IM and email application, in other words, you can use your existing IM account (Yahoo IM, AOL’s AIM, Google talk, MSN/Live, ICQ, Jabber or even facebook chat) and use it all within one easy (And light waight) window, and here is the best part: You can use multible accounts from the same providor at the same time. For example: You have 2 Yahoo accounts, one for personal use and one for your business, you can use both accounts at the same time and be logged into both instead of logging off one account to log in to the new one.

You can even open multible chats within one chat window, kinda like tab browsing in Firefox. Cool!

Another cool feature is that it will allow you to combine multible buddies if one person have more than one account (For example: one account on Yahoo IM and a Google talk account) you can combine them both to appear as one.

Not satisfied!

There are 2 more great features:

1. You get email notifications from your Gmail, MSN/Hotmail/Live, Yahoo mail, AOL email, IMAP and pop accounts. And you can reply directly from digsby!

2. (And that’s my favorite featuere) Social networking: Stay connected without having to go to your browser on facebook, myspace, twitter or linkedIn.

Digsby will keep you updated with your friends new status on facebook, or your naighbor’s mood change on myspace or your replies on twitter, and of course you can update your twitter status from digsby or @ reply to someone, or directly open your friends wall page on facebook.

Oh, besides the fact that I appear online on facebook almost 24/7 (when I am actually only on digsby), Digsby is truly universal, you will create one account on digsby during your first install, then if you travel or change computers, all you have to do is to sign in your digsby account and all the rest of your accounts that’s stored from before will load and log in automaticaly.

There are many other feature that you can find here. Or you can Join Wahol.com for free and learn even more by video and audio.

Digsby developers are always updating the software with new features, I have personally requested to add an RSS reader feature through their feedback requests, I also requested to have it as an Android mobile app so I can use it on my phone, there is also digsby for facebook application that is already published and ready for you to download in your facebook account.

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Introducing Google Health


Still under beta at the time of writing this article, coming from Google Labs, a new approach by Google to help the public with their medical history. The way I think about it is that this new tool will help you take back control of your life.

How?
By providing more than just medical history management tool for you.

You will get many options as soon as you sign in with your Google account (with a very strict privacy policy):

1. Store and manage all your health information in one place. And it’s completely free.

2. Start tracking a medical history and learn about your conditions.

3. You can import your medical records.

4. View your history.

5. Find out how medications might interact (Which is very useful) as Google Health will automatically check any interactions may happen between your drugs, allergies and stored conditions. Then provide you with tips, all in one place.

6. Make your health information work for you.

Refill prescriptions online, ask for a second opinion, or get personalized health information based on your profile.

7. Search for doctors and hospitals. integration with Google Maps and info is seamless from within Google Health (My personal favorite option in this tool).

You can sign up (Or sign in) for a Google Health account by going to the Google Health Homepage.

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Web 2.0 workspace (Twitter)

After Facebook workspace, comes the next giant: Twitter!
Scouting the “non-virtual” real world of web 2.0 workspace,  the behind the scene of Twitter is here.
Twitter quickly becoming already became a huge social media player, big corporates like Dell and big news media companies are using Twitter to reach out to their clients and viewers.
If you are reading this, chances are that you came here linking from my Twitter update (Tweet) on my Twitter page.
As of the time I am writing this, there are 4390 Twitter followers that’s getting my updates (Including any new blog posts). That’s close to half of the number of RSS subscribers that I have for this blog. In a very short time Twitter became as powerful as it is.

Why is Twitter powerful?

It’s not what the software does, it’s what the people do with it. And Twitter was built based on sharing.

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There will be a lot more talk about Twitter in the near future, but for now, I bring to you the workspace of Twitter in this photo gallery:

Photos credit: “kohtzy” and Scott Beale / Laughing Squid @ laughingsquid.com

Web 2.0 workspace (Facebook)

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Remember when you were young and waiting for the school’s field trip of the candy factory tour?

Well, I do 🙂

Now I can’t wait to go to trade shows with my favorite Web 2.0 companies to visit their tiny booth.

So..
I figured to browse the visits and photo galleries all over to bring you the “behind the scene” actual workspace of some of the popular Web 2.0 offices world wide in a series of posts. Each post will contain photos of a Web 2.0 company. I am starting this one with photos of Facebook SF (The last 2 photos are from the brand new Facebook NYC).

Enjoy! 😉

Images credits: All images on this post are properties of obvious photographers!