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New Facebook Home Page

You have probable seen it already, it’s done and will be published within a couple of days, in case you have missed it, it’s a new Facebook Home page.

The purpose of the new update is simple, to make it easier to connect with friends and family, like Friend Feed’s live stream will be on the new homepage, this is great as you won’t have to refresh the homepage to get new friends updates. (cool!)

Also with the publisher on the home page, you won’t need to go to your profile’s page to share anything, so basically you can write on your wall, share photos and videos etc. from your homepage.

Requests are now minimized on the top, a one liner links to your requests page. (neat!)

Last but not least, your highlights (Birthdays and events) looks more clear and organized than before.

Check out the new look here.

It looks like it won’t take long for users to get used to the new Facebook homepage, unlike the major changes that happened last year that I am still getting questions about whether offline from my friends or online on the free help forum for Facebook that I am running here. (Go ahead and ask your questions there).

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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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How did I sell my site for $30,000 in 3 months! Part 1 of 2


Actually, I sold it for $48,000 in less than 3 months.

I am talking about my training program website at www.Wahol.com.

I have been busy the last 2 weeks or so to finalize this project, and that’s why I haven’t been posting here.

About 4 weeks ago, I was approached by someone I met at a trade show back in October, an Internet marketing company, to buy my website/training program at Wahol.com.

I was not surprised, the same company had 3 employees signing up and hinting to me during the beta run of the program.

Due to the success they have found through our sponsors on Wahol.com, they have offered me to buy the site and it’s content, and as you know, I am not the selling type!

However, I thought that it was a great idea, knowing that they will keep my vision and the content will still be the same without any tampering, for example:  The program will stay free for members and they will not add any type of cheesy affiliate links in it!

I also know that my loyal members who signed up, will alert me immediately if they find anything that they might not like.

We have now over 700 members, my original cap on members was 500, but you guys kept coming in 🙂
And I noticed that with the help of my project partner Mark and other members on the beta run, that it’s not really that much of an effort to maintain the site, plus the fact that the new buyer asked to open it for the public by the next period, we have agreed on unlimited number of members to the program and the doors will open with a huge product launch on June 15th 2009.

For those of you that may not know, the program runs for a 22 weeks period then 2 weeks break then it starts over again with a very minor updates.

The deal was that we will get paid $30,000 upfront and $3000 a month for the next 24 weeks starting on June 15th, and the buyers identity will be revealed at the end of 2009.

This is me below signing the contract and sealing the deal, the first photo was taken as a surprise to me, so to clarify it, I was not listening to Pink Floyd while I was signing 😉

In the next part of this article I will tell you how I did it, what techniques did I do to sell this site in a very short time. The idea is very simple and  doable at almost any blog or website that you own. So stay tuned.

Update: To read part 2, please click here.

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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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Doors are closing (open ASAP!)


I know you’re busy, so I’ll let you in on what’s happening…
 
I just heard from Gideon Shalwick and Yaro Starak that they are closing their doors to their popular Become A Blogger Premium course.

Click Here to Watch the FREE Blogging Video Tutorials

 
See here for more details: Go here.
 
So far, over 850 people have signed up and the course has already had some raving reviews. For example, here’s what Christine, one of the members, said recently:
 
“Honestly Gideon your videos are great!
 
Now that I’m looking at doing business on the internet and watched a few videos from others who claim to be gurus; theirs are really awful, too fast to see what they’re doing and not explaining things in a logical sequence as if done on the fly.
 
Your teaching skills and videos are in a class of their own. Keep up the good work!”
 
So, obviously, people are loving the course so far.
 
But now, Yaro and Gideon want to close the whole thing down since it’s becoming a bit too popular.
 
They said they want to focus their energies on their members, and frankly, getting too many of them could spread their attention too thin.
 
So, I thought I’d better let you know about this if you still wanted to get in before they shut the doors indefinitely.
 
Here’s the scoop:
 
– What: Become A Blogger Premium is closing doors
 
– When: Friday, Feb 6, 2009 at 11:59pm USA EST
 
If you don’t want to miss out on this, make sure you head on over to the following page before it’s too late:
 
http://www.becomeablogger.com/


I hope you can still get in!


PS: Make sure you have a look at the bonuses, they are worth more than the whole membership itself!


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Super Bowl: Biggest Sports day? Or Marketing day! Part 2 of 2

Note: This post is schedule to be posted at 9:30 PM EST due to being busy at the same time! To learn more about posting into the future, go to Wahol.com

To read part one, go here.

I heard there will be a lot of the dot com companies advertising during the game tonight, and I can predict that my favorite classic ad will be to my favorite company, GoDaddy, but we’ll see 🙂
Wanna watch and vote on GoDaddy’s commercial and to find out more click below:

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But of you want to watch all the ads and vote on it live, Hulu is here! For those of you who don’t know that I am a huge hulu fan, you can follow my activities and friend me through my facebook page.
I have been a huge fan of Hulu for a while now, and I am happy to see it becoming as big as they are today. Please note: Hulu is currently only available in North America.
Find me on Hulu.com and friend me there as well 🙂
Below you can view and vote for your favorite ads as they come live:

Another huge place to do the same thing is none other than: YouTube.

YouTube’s AdBlitz is back by popular demand, all ads will be there as well.

Another channel worth mentioning is:

Although I don’t get the point from that channel (Aside from the huge Pepsi ads all over), it’s been advertised that it will be live during tonight’s game.

This is the end of the Super Bowl post.

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Super Bowl: Biggest Sports day? Or Marketing day! Part 1 of 2

Note: This post is schedule to be posted at 9:15 PM EST due to being busy at the same time! To learn more about posting into the future, go to Wahol.com


I have to admit, up until last year I was not that much into the sport of football, therefore, I only watched the Super Bowl for the ads! This year I was a bit more into learning the game’s history and I did follow the games as much as I could, and that’s why I have started a new blog about the sport and will reveal more info about it in time.

However, until today, millions of people are still not interested in the game, for whatever reason it is, but they still watch the Super Bowl. Why? Simply for the commercials.

This year, I will be in a live concert at the same time of publishing this post, and thanks for the technology we have today, in the second part of this post, you can watch all the commercials as they come on, and also comment on it, without leaving the page that your at. 🙂

But before we start voting, I need to know, do you watch the Super Bowl for the game or for the ads? Or for both?!

The build up for this event is huge, for example, Pepsi, as one of the main sponsors of the game, is just about every where! not just in online advertising, but it’s in every store I have walked in in the past week, even at the Swatch store in Times Square!!

Don’t get me wrong, I think that this is a brilliant idea, marketing in games, otherwise, how would all the players get paid!

Now down to the advertising:
NBC is the main benificial of this event.

However, the marketing before the game is another build up, 3 movies were advertised that stuck on my mind, thanks to the cast of the movies being there. The 3 movies are:
Fast & Furious ( After watching the trailer, I like that Vin Diesel’s car had NJ license plates).
Race to Witch Mountain (With one of my all times favorite: The Rock!)
And
Paul Blart: Mall Cop (Already number 1 for the second week in a row).

Also I heard that the first trailer of another favorite of mine will be revealed tonight, The new Transformers Movie.

Continue reading at part 2

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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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A new worm infecting over 9 million PCs

Note: This post was origanly posted on the Yahoo blog by Christopher Null. Christopher is one of my all time favorite tech blogger.
As my efforts continue to fight spam/junk/viruses as in this post, here is the exact post by Christopher from this link
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Judging from the complaints and questions filling my inbox, Windows security looks like it’s already on track for its worst year this decade. The latest attack is a worm called Downandup, Downadup, Kido!, or Conficker (all the same thing), and it primarily seems to be being delivered via infected USB drives.

How’s it work? By tricking you into running the virus by modifying the way “autorun” works when you plug in a drive. Look closely at the screenshot above and you’ll see two entries for “Open folder to view files.” The one at the top is a phony entry that actually installs the virus on your machine… but of course it’s the default selection that pops up when you plug in a drive. Once installed, the virus spreads like crazy via a separate flaw in Windows networking system (now patched, so be sure to run Windows Update if you haven’t lately) and can quickly infect a whole office. F-Secure has more analysis on the clever way it tricks you into installing the malware yourself.

How bad has it gotten? Estimates range from 3.5 million infected in the first four days after it bean spreading to 9 million impacted… and gettng worse. By now I figure the numbers could top 15 or 20 million.

From an antivirus standpoint, fixing Downandup isn’t easy. The worm is particularly problematic because of the tricky way it involves the user in installing the software, bypassing auto-installation safeguards, plus its sophisticated way of avoiding detection, as it morphs its code constantly (using randomized elements) to make traditional, signature-based detection almost impossible.

Your best strategy for avoiding Downandup? Turn off AutoPlay/AutoRun on your computer (with Windows XP, TweakUI is the easiest way to do it). If you do see an AutoPlay dialog box like the one above, just close it and eject the disc or thumbdrive; browsing the drive manually for individual files should keep you uninfected, but you’re best off not using the drive at all. And of course, make sure your system is fully patched via Windows Update.

What if you already have Downandup infecting your machine? Try your standard antivirus utility as a fix. If that doesn’t work, F-Secure has a removal tool that should get rid of it. Good luck out there.

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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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