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Google Wave is out! A New Era!

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3 Years ago I predicted that Google will create a Google OS (Android is out for mobile devices and netbooks, Google Chrome OS is coming in late 2010).

2 Years ago, I predicted that Facebook will be huge.

A year and a half ago,  I predicted that Twitter will be huge.

A year ago I predicted that FriendFeed will be very big! (Facebook bought it recently for a large 7 figure number).

2 Months ago I was thrilled to hear about (and get a developer account to review it) Google Wave.

Today I heard that Google is opening wave to non-developers users (power users that is) to give it a play ground review.

Today, I also predict that Google Wave will be the new big thing for the next 2 years at least.

Today, I had many friends asking me for a Google Wave invites, to them, I say: Sorry guys, I have zero invites to give, but just wait a week or 2 and you will get your own. Just make sure you have a Google account (and who doesn’t nowadays?!)

What is Google Wave?

In short: Google Wave is an open source server-side software platform for real-time collaboration and communication between any number of individuals. Utilizing the latest HTML 5 standard, Wave runs in any current compliant browser. (Watch the very long video above) (or watch the very short video preview below).

Many of you asked what happened to the Twitter addict I once was. The answer is: Wave, new Wahol, and project ‘W’ took all my time for the last 2 months!

Once you have Wave, send me a “wave” 🙂 you know my name! Hint: Same as my Twitter name: @GuruOfSales

P.S.: Reason I had Wave as a developer, is that it’s open source, and I am working with a team on an eBay/Paypal app to be used in Wave 😉

Enjoy Google Wave!

Twitter is under hackers attack! Spoof Messages!

 

If you are an avid Twitter addict like my self, you have probably got the DM (Direct Message) about an hour ago at the time of writing this article that’s saying:
“Hey! Check out this funny blog about you…. (Some link to a blog post)”

Please don’t tell me you fell for it, but if you did, here is what happens:
You clicked on the link to the blog post then the link (Somehow) took you back to the Twitter login page asking you to sign in!
You logged in and got a thank you message.

Here is what really happened behind the scene:
You click on that link (Which was a redirection to another page) then [[DO NOT CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING]]: the new URL in your browser looks like this: “http://twitter.access-logins.com/login/”
Again DO NOT CLICK ON THE LAST LINK.
The page looks exactly as the original Twitter homepage asking you to login.
You enter your information and click login (behind the scene your info was sent to the hackers email address) and your account is pretty much GONE!
With the information they collect they logged in to even more accounts and blasted the same message to more Tweeple so it looks like that your own friend or neighbor sent you the DM and of course more victims become exposed to the spoof.

Please read this carefully:
This is the oldest trick of the book, they did it with Yahoo emails and eBay accounts before. ALWAYS check on your browser’s address bar or your status bar of the link you’re clicking, for Twitter, it must be www.twitter.com or http://www.twitter.com and it may end with the user name link http://www.twitter.com/GuruOfSales
If any email or message you get says to open the link to update your account info but the link ends or starts with a different name, then that’s a spoof to hijack your account.
Some examples will be: eBay.login.com or twitter-account.com.
To be always safe, make sure you TYPE IN the address you need to go to in a new window or browser tab!
There are so many other ways to stay safe that I will go through in a future class at www.Wahol.com (classes are free to join) but for now, please spread the word and tell your friends not to fall for that one, so far this is the biggest attack on Twitter so mark this bad hour down in your history books!

Any safety question just ask in the comment area below 🙂

UPDATE
: Twitter operators are now aware of this issue and posted a warning all over the site with a link to the status page here: http://status.twitter.com/post/68196572/dont-click-that-link
The status link said:

Don’t Click That Link! 56 minutes ago

Twitter Engineering and Operations are on the case but if you receive a
Direct Message with a blogspot.com link in it that redirects to what seems
like Twitter.com do not enter your Twitter credentials. If you look at
the URL, you’ll notice that it is not really Twitter but twitter.access-logins.com—a sketchy phishing site.

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It’s ready (and you’re invited)

I hope I’m not too late in getting this to you…
 
Blogging gurus Yaro Starak and Gideon Shalwick has just opened the doors to their HIGHLY anticipated new coaching program.
Go here to see what all the fuss is about:
 
http://www.becomeablogger.com
 
If you’re serious about taking your blogging efforts to the next level, you really HAVE to check out this brand new program:
 
http://www.becomeablogger.com
 
Yaro and Gideon are masters at simplifying complicated “geek talk” and have put together an amazing new online video course based on their very popular Become A Blogger video series.

These guys dont muck around…
 
They’ve already had close to 70,000 downloads for their blogging tutorial videos! And people from all over the world are raving non-stop about the success they’re having after watching these amazing videos.
But that’s old news by now.
Yaro and Gideon have truly taken their online tutorial videos to the next level. Inside their new program, you’ll discover:
 
– Clever tricks for getting top search engine results for your blog posts…
 
– Exactly how to get images onto your blog in the right format, size and shape…
 
– Easy-to-follow instructions for getting streaming audio onto your blog…
 
– “Hold-you-by-the-hand” tutorials for producing professional quality videos and getting them onto your blog quick and easy, without any hassle…
 
– Powerful content creation techniques for attracting hordes of daily new traffic to your blog…
 
– Simple methods for driving multiple streams of highly qualified traffic to your blog…
 
– Step-by-step instructions for making a consistent income from your blog using all the latest social media strategies…
 
– And Much MUCH more…
 
Yaro and Gideon has been in the blogging game for a while now, so they know what they’re talking about.
 
For example, Yaro, the “strategy brain” behind it all, currently makes a six figure income just from blogging.
 
So, I’m sure you can learn a few things from him.
 
Now, normally I wouldn’t make such a big deal out of it, but there is a tiny bit of time pressure here…
 
You see, for only the first 24 hours, Yaro and Gideon are making available two very POWERFUL bonus products.
 
One cuts your online video learning time in half, and the other could make you heaps of cash by following some simple advice from a prominent sales conversion expert.
 
But you only have 24 hours to be eligible for these two bonus products. Once the time runs out, they’ll remove the bonuses and then you wont be able to get them any longer… unless of course you want to pay a lot extra!
 
Here’s the address again:
 
http://www.becomeablogger.com
 
PS: Don’t forget that you only have until 4pm, December 5 to grab the fast action bonuses. If you order after this time, I’m afraid you’ll miss out on these two powerful products.
 
PPS: Oh, and I almost forgot to let you know…
After exactly one week, the price of this new program increases dramatically. So I suggest you make the most of this opportunity while you still
can…
 
http://www.becomeablogger.com

They’ve really gone nuts with this one!

I can’t believe they’ve done this!

I just got word from Gideon Shalwick from Become A Blogger that they’ve just released the audio version of their, now slightly famous, Roadmap To Become A Blogger.
As if The Roadmap report wasn’t enough by itself!
The report has already been downloaded 6,746 times, and it’s not even been two days yet! That’s just crazy.
It looks like the report has gone viral, so people must really be loving the information inside it.
But in any case, I know you’re busy, so you can simply just go and grab both The Roadmap To Become A Blogger report, as well as it’s companion audio at the following page:
Go Here
Once you’ve signed up, you’ll get immediate access to both the report, as well as the audio file.
Talk about over delivering…
By the way, If you’ve already signed up for The Roadmap report, Gideon will have already sent you a link to the audio file.
So, no need to sign up twice.

The Roadmap to become a Blogger

Yaro Starak is at it again, sharing his wealth of information about blogging from A to Z, this time he’s got Gideon Shalwick sharing the creation of their new product release The Roadmap to become a Blogger or for short they called it The Roadmap.

2 Things I can tell you right now:

The 72 pages report is FREE

And

The 10 FREE Become A Blogger Videos are available immediately for you to watch.

I have met Yaro a couple of months ago in New York and scored a video interview with him ( I consider my self very lucky for that). And I can tell you that whatever comes from Yaro in regards of blogging, I consider it gold.

Yaro and Gideon both came up with the report and the idea of the premium training program, but after reading the report throughly, I am impressed with the value of the information in it.

At almost 60,000 views of their videos as I am writing this, credibility is speaking out (or should I say screaming out at 60,000 volts!) and there is nothing more I can say about that.

Click Here to Watch the FREE Blogging Video Tutorials

But wait, when you download the free report and read it, here are the main 3 things you will learn about:

The 5 essential milestones for a successful blog

What the “X-Factor” for successful blogging is and why you’ll fail without it

How to use social media to boost traffic to your blog

My Favorite part as a native blogger myself, was the “X-Factor” I mean really, I learned something new from it.

Don’t waste time and get the free “Roadmap” right now!

I will be keeping you up to date with more info about this, but take your time and read the free report then please take a look on the 10 free videos, they cost nothing to view!

To stay up to date please get the RSS and follow me on Twitter

NOTE: This is in no way affiliated or related to my own school launch on December 15th, I am writing this as I beleive in sharing, and here is my YouTube channel to view my interview with Yaro.

The wait is almost over

Just like you, I do not like waiting too. So, I will make it short and sweet:
The wait is almost over for those of you who have been waiting on the Online School (WOOT!)
At noon EST tomorrow, I will reveal the link and the name of the site where this school will take place.
Your wait was worth it.

Mapping and planning the entire project was done a while back, but as I explained before, I had some issues with my sponsors about the background color and layout that did not fit their campaign needs.

So make sure to get the RSS and follow me on Twitter and I will keep you up to date.

Although the school is still 100% free and I am putting caps limit of up to 500 attendees, but that’s not the only thing that’s for free. By signing up and doing some easy stuff that I might ask you for, you could win some cool stuff from our sponsors or even cash of up to $3000 value so far (and you don’t even have to attend the school!) but we’ll talk about that in another post 😉

For now I need you to give me some suggestions of what you would like to learn about and I might just add that as a class if it fits the school and I will (Of Course) give you credit for your idea, so comment below and I will read everyone’s comment carefully. I promise 🙂

Pownce to bounce off and shutting down!

After being acquired by Six Apart, Pownce is shutting down on December 15th.
It is sad, but it is true, at the beginning I thought it was some spam message that I got in the mail, but after reading both Pownce and Six Apart blogs, it is confirmed that the company that brought to you great platforms such as TypePad and Movable Type (Six Apart) has acquired Pownce.com or should I say acquired the team at Pownce!
The founder of Pownce (Leah Culver) along with (Mike Malone) are moving to work with Six Apart on growing the vision as part of the engineering team (Here is a link to the Pownce blog).

It is sad to see a great service go down, but I am looking forward for the next innovation from the team.

As for my account, I am removing the link to my Pownce profile as of December 15th and I will use the exporting tool that they have just added (There is mercy still in the world) to save all my friends contacts and may be able to import all to this blog!

I wonder if Kevin Rise will join the team as well?! I will however look for Leah and Kevin’s tweets.

Don’t forget to get the RSS and follow me on Twitter 🙂

A new YouTube (feature & service)!

This video may help:

After spending hours watching YouTube Live! on Saturday night, and only 48 hours after it was over, I am still browsing some interesting videos and all the sudden I notice 2 things on YouTube:

1. YouTube announce it’s sponsored videos:

YouTube is promoting the Google chrome browser in pretty much every page lately, but just last night I started noticing the new announcement, the YouTube sponsored videos, in other words, AdWords the YouTube way, or Facebook ads, or a new PPC service or you name it..
Which is an extremely smart solution by Google of course.
What’s better than the user paying YouTube to promote their video that’s hosted on… YouTube!
Not only they profit from this program but also the end page will contain “ads by Google” and there is a big chance it would have another AdWords from within the video.
Google made their investment back in no time when they acquired YouTube.
Don’t get me wrong, I am loving the new sponsored program to the fullest, for a minimum budget of $5 a day and as low as 10 cents per click on the video promoted from YouTube’s homepage, this is like a marketer dream come true. And it’s organized, unlike what eBay had for years with their homepage featured upgrade option, which was not calculated and cost way much more for a tiny chance of actually being on the homepage.

Plus, (and like I always said) free is good, free and sponsored is even better, that’s how the big guys been doing it forever, offer a good free service and support it with ads!

That’s how I am doing my Online training school, it is for free, other trainers charges an arm and a leg for membership with a very poor content to provide, on the other hand, lot’s of big companies and friends wondered why would I give out a high value information to people without charging for it? My answer is 3 reasons:

a. Not everything is about money.
b. I love sharing!
c. I am not stupid, I got sponsors (big ones) 😉

And now, my 4th reason is: Just look on what YouTube did and think about 2 things: Great free service, and even greater profit returned!

More about the new starting date (12/15/08) and why will be in a post soon 🙂

2. YouTube now in true widescreen HD:

And I love this one, now I can upload true HD 16:9 videos straight from my camera (the Sony dsc-t500) without having to worry about resizing the video to a 4:3 ratio.

I showed a little on the video above, but there is way much more into having a true widescreen on YouTube, specially that most screens (TV’s, Desktop’s and Laptops) are being manufactured this way nowadays.

I’ll go through more details (the technical stuff) soon once I study the new option thoroughly.

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Where am I?

I feel the need to write this post for you guys.
I am still alive and kicking (my friends on twitter, facebook or even flickr will tell you that 🙂 ).
Here is what I have been doing behind the scene:

1. Putting together a new server hosting this blog and others along with the support of 2 geek technicians after I found out how slow this blog’s load time. Also included is work on a new theme with less JavaScript and any other complications.

2. Working on changing the design for  he online school that I intended to start back in November 1st but had to delay launch date thanks to one of my platinum sponsors that did not agree on the color scheme and had to add this point in my contract with them. (That’s big corporate work for ya!).

3. Working even harder on the rest of the content for the online school. Now I am 90% done 🙂
 
4. Been partying hard too (well not really partying) going to concerts, meeting celebrities back stage, had a TV interview on Fuse channel ( video available on their site soon), and some videos are on my YouTube Channel as well 😉

5. Been tweeting and plurking like crazy 🙂

6. And last but never least, I have been writing some great posts to be published as soon as the new Guru Of Sales is done.

Coming soon to YouTube channel some videos from ad:tech NY and a contest ala John Chow style 🙂

This is where I have been. Where have you been? comment below if you have been working hard like me, and I will “personally” choose one commenter to do a free review of their blog, service or even twitter page. 😉

Banks learning from Web 2.0!


I am sure that everyone is aware of the bad economy crisis in the U.S., and I am sure that every stock in the market went down on 9/29/08 (except for Campbell Soup!).
I also know that some companies went up the following day (Mostly advertising/Marketing related companies). But I know for sure that my industry is still going strong, this is the best time for people to start selling stuff on eBay, or for bloggers to start writing or double their writing for articles, news companies powered by (Fill the blank company ad) are the most visited right now.
My bank (Wachovia) got bought out! (But my money is safe) so, I guess I will keep going 😉
I got to the park with a nice espresso frappuccino from a near Starbucks and luckily (wink, wink!) there is WiFi in the air all over the park (Thank you NYU students), going through my RSS feeds for this morning I found a funny and sarcastic picture of how banks are copying our Web 2.0 cool stuff!
So, I shared the picture.
Enjoy ;-p