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Holiday Shopping| E-tailers | FB Apps & More

December 2, 2012 3 comments

Save GreenThe initial purpose of this post is to help you save some “green”, be greener during the holidays, help save you some time, and save the environment by cutting down on your use of gasoline and emissions by driving all over the place for your holiday shopping. Consider making your own homemade holiday gifts as well.  I would love to hear from others who have made their own unique gifts.   I have sprinkled in some other social news  below for additional holiday cheer.

By far, my favorite shopping App is Redlaser!  It is a “Top 10 Must Have App for your IPhone” ―says  The New York Times ,  “If you only have one shopping app on your cell Phone, this is the one to have.”― Digital Trends.               I have used it for ALL of my holiday shopping both online and locally and have saved several hundred dollars already.

A Selection of Useful Holiday Shopping Tidbits:   

It’s Official: Facebook Apps Have a Share Button (AllFacebook). Users asked for it, and Facebook responded. The social network announced Thursday that its native applications for iOS and Android devices now include a share button. That means that folks using either app can now pass on their witty musings, puppy pictures or daddy daughter dance pictures to their online friends with a simple tap in their news feeds [Engadget]

There is now a BandPage Connect Plugs Bands Into Promoters, Fans, Facebook [AllFacebook}]

TechCrunch Facebook’s iOS users have long been able to tag friends in posts, but had to append them to the end of the update as “with [Drew Olanoff].” That made for some funky grammar, or redundancy if you needed to refer to a specific friend in the text of your update. Now you can tag friends in-line so your prose flows.

LA Times / Tech Now Additionally, Apple device users can now send each other Facebook messages with smileys and other icons from the emoji keyboard. The keyboard can be enabled in the iOS Settings app.

When Colleges Woo Students Through Social Media: Less Viewbooks, More Facebook (Time)
When Ashley Romero found out she had been accepted to the University of Georgia, it wasn’t through a letter in the mail. It wasn’t even by logging onto her computer and visiting Georgia’s admissions website. It was on her iPhone, as she and a friend were driving down the highway toward summer camp.

Who Mapped It Best During Election 2012? (CJR / Between the Spreadsheets).  As CJR‘s Meta Newsroom showed, a glut of media outlets incorporated digital innovation into their reporting during the recent election. One resurfaced over and again: the map. For the outlets just dipping their toes into the data journalism sea, maps presented a relatively easy opportunity to make interactive. For the heavyweights, it was a chance to wade in much deeper.

Upcoming Events: 

Inside Social Apps  – Developing & Monetizing on Social & Mobile Platforms, December 3 | New York City
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My Sources Today Came From: Morning Media Newsfeed & Mashable

Morning Media Newsfeed Say they needs you! Send them your story tips, job changes, insider gossip, and all that other good stuff: tips@mediabistro.com. More than 160,000 people in the media business read this email every day. To learn about advertising or other creative partnerships, contact Dave Arganbright at   (212) 547-7931  or via email.

All Things Twitterfied

April 23, 2012 3 comments

I  believe this is the best, most complete and accurate list of valuable Twitter applications available on the internet, which I am re-blogging, with many thanks, to Eric Goldstein.  I hope it is useful to others!

To be fair, I absolutely have merged and plagiarized other older and outdated lists that I found (the larger ones are credited below).  However, I spent a good deal of time cleaning out the dead applications, I will try and update this list over time, but you can be assured that as of May, 2011, every site on this list has been tested and is up and running (or tagged as being in beta/alpha).  I don’t guarantee that the apps all work, but the sites were definitely up and running.  Please e-mail me or add a comment with any new apps or corrections you find that you’d like me to add.

Simple Web Based Clients and Twitter Viewing Tools

  1. Twitter.com (*):  Can’t go wrong with this — web, iPhone, etc.
  2. Twalala: On-line browser beta Twitter tool that allows you to filter out / mute tweets you wish to ignore.
  3. Hahlo: Another good web based and iPhone optimized site where you can view tweets and tweet.
  4. iTweet:  Similar to Hahlo – auto updates.
  5. TwitStat: Mobile web client (supposedly has analytics, but I didn’t see it)
  6. Dabr.co.uk : Another mobile web client
  7. Splitweet:  allows multi account Twitter management.
  8. Twimbow:  In alpha, but seems like an interesting web based browser if you can get an account.
  9. TweetVisor:  Interesting new activity based web twitter client
  10. Twazzup Reader:  Good web based Twitter Client
  11. Accessible Twitter:  Twitter UI optimized for disabled users and intended to be easier to read.
  12. Qwitter Client:  Accessible Twitter client designed for access by the blind via a user’s screen reader.

Directory And Top User Search Tools

  1. Just Tweet It: A twitter directory sorted by interest 
  2. Twitaholic: Similar to WeFollow – Lists top 1000 Twitter Users by followers.
  3. FameCount:  Active users on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube
  4. Twitrank: List of top 150 Twitter Users By Followers, People They’re Following, and updates 
  5. Twellow (*): The Twitter Yellow Pages — Find people by area of expertise. 
  6. We Follow: Find celebrities and follow-up people and key areas of expertise.
  7. Tweetfind:  Twitter Directory with Social Listings, Twitter Lists & Tools
  8. TwitterPacks : Answers the question: If someone were joining Twitter today, who might they follow?
  9. Start4all:   Directory of Twitter related web pages
  10. FollowerWonk:  Search Twitter Profiles By Keywords / Sentences.  Can compare two users as well for overlap
  11. Twiends:  Tool to grow your Twitter / Facebook / YouTube following by trading likes.
  12. Fan Page List: Social media directory of Twitter & Facebook Brands / Celebrities / etc.
  13. Increasr: Very similar to Twiends, a Twitter follower tool
  14. FollowFriday.com:  Ranking of the most recommended Tweeps
  15. FriendLynx:   Find Your Facebook Friends On Twitter
  16. FilterTweeps:  Advanced Tweeps Search Engine
  17. Resonances:  Influential Tweeps Directory
  18. Local Follow: Tweeps Search Engine

Track The Latest Trends and Tags

  1. Hashtags (uses Trendistic data): Shows graphical 7 day trend on keywords and names of people that used that keyword.
  2. Serendipitwiterrous: Search for tweets of a certain person using certain keywords
  3. Trendistic (*): See trends in Twitter – trending tags, 24 hour, 7/30/90/180 day graphs 
  4. Twitscoop: See key trends and events on Twitter — post Tweets in response.
  5. TwitLinks:  The latest links from the worlds top tech twitter users.
  6. Tweet Scan: Show top and search keywords.
  7. Tweetmeme (*): Good site to see the latest and hottest stories / images.
  8. Twemes: Worldwide tags & Trends (Twemes)
  9. Monitter:  Twitter monitor which watches up to 3 keywords in separate columns in real time.
  10. Twistori: Quirky live stream of Tweets showing loves, hates, believes, wishes, etc.
  11. Twitturls: Find out the latest URLs posted on Twitter
  12. Twitturly: Similar to Tweetmeme – latest and hottest stories / images.
  13. Twendz:   Explores Twitter Conversations and Sentiment
  14. Topsy:  Real Time Search For Twitter
  15. Sulia:  The Interest Network – See top headlines.
  16. Favstar: Favorite funny tweets
  17. Twazzup:  Realtime search results from Twitter
  18. hashMASH: Finds and sorts similar hashtags based upon activity
  19. SearchHash: Download range of tweets based upon hashtag
  20. Hashtagify.me:  Explore Twitter Hashtags and their relationships

Segmentation and List Grouping Tools

  1. Formulists (*):  An excellent app that will help built personal lists for you based upon certain criteria / keywords.
  2. Group Tweet: Tweet with only a particular group of people 
  3. Crowd Status: Create and find out the status of a certain group of people on Twitter 
  4. Twitter Groups: Tag your followers into different groups.  Send a message to the entire group at once.
  5. Triberr:  Interesting site that will retweet everything in the groups you join.

Twitter Utilities

  1. bit.ly (*):  The King URL shortener – many twitter apps use bit.ly directly or can leverage their bookmarklets
  2. Ping.fm (*): Extremely valuable service that lets you publish your updates to many social networks at one time.
  3. Visibli: Nice engagement bar that shows your brand above links you share.   Also has analytics.
  4. Tweet Burner: Track the links that you post on Twitter – URL Shortner
  5. Twitter Split: Interesting script / tool you can install to allow you to track links in tweets you post.
  6. TrueTwit (F/$):  A Twitter validation tool that helps automate some key services.   Free and paid services are useful.
  7. Twit Longer:   Allows you to send longer Tweets
  8. Twitter Keys: Blog Post & Bookmarklet with little icons & images you can add into your tweets.
  9. Mokumax:   Nice free app to schedule branded tweets
  10. TwimeMachine:  Way to see all your past Tweets
  11. Follow Friday Helper (*):  Let’s you easily build thank you & other messages to people who mention, RT, etc. you.

Integrate Twitter with Files, Images and Videos

  1. Twitpic (*): Share photos
  2. Twitvid (*):  Share photos and videos
  3. Autopostr: Update your Twitter when you post a Flickr picture – In Beta, no invites available.
  4. Twixr: Share pictures on Twitter via your mobile phone
  5. Twixxer: Share photos and videos on Twitter
  6. MobyPictures:  Share your images across multiple sites including Twitter

Twitter Background Sites

  1. Twilk ($) (*):  Cool site that Create a background image of all your followers / who you follow.  Paid takes out advertising
  2. Twitrounds:   Another Free Twitter Background Tool
  3. TwitbacksCreate free twitter backgrounds.
  4. Free Twitter Designer  : Free Tool To Design a Twitter Background
  5. Twitter Images:  More free images
  6. Twitter Backgrounds.org:   MORE free images
  7. Twit Background Images.com:  MORE
  8. Twitr Backgrounds:  and more.
  9. Twitpaper:  More.
  10. Free Twitter Layout:  oh, and more
  11. Tweativity: Windows based app for Twitter backgrounds.

Summarized Reports / Digests Of Social Activity

  1. Gist (*):  A great app that tracks activity and tweets for your contacts across all social platforms.   Integration with Outlook, iPhone, Android, and more.   Definitely worth a look.
  2. Nutshell Mail:  Delivers a nice daily e-mail report of your Twitter, Facebook, and Social Media Activity.
  3. Twilert (*):   A good free app that will provide a daily digest of tweets via e-mail of search terms & people
  4. Tweet Beep ($): Keep track of conversations that mention you, your products, your company, anything, with hourly updates via keyword tracking.
  5. Stream Spigot: Creates a digest of tweets for a person or list delivered via RSS or a web page you can visit daily.
  6. Social Oomph  (*): This is also listed below as a paid app, but the free version gives you a nice daily summary of Twitter Activity by keyword / user.
  7. ChiliTweets ($):  Finds “hot” links and tweets and aggregates them for you

Cool Ways To See Your Tweets And Followers

  1. TwitterFountain (*):  Very cool way to view tweets by person/ keyword in real time on big screen (trade shows & events).
  2. TwitterCamp Nice way to view tweets on a big screen or monitor
  3. Twit100: Provides a unique view of the last 100 tweets from your followers.
  4. TwitArcs: Interesting visualization tool to see how a user’s tweets are connected
  5. Twitter Spectrum: Visualization tool that shows how two keywords are connected via Twitter keywords.
  6. TwitterBrowser:  Lets you browse ones friends graphically.
  7. Twitterfall:  An interesting real time browser of Twitter activity by keyword / user / etc.
  8. Twylah: An on-lin Flipboard type view of your Tweets.   In Request only Beta – Here is mine.
  9. MentionMap:  Very interesting “mindmap” type view of mentions by username.

Follower / Unfollower Tools

  1. Does Follow: Simple tool to see if one person follows another person.
  2. Manage Flitter ($):  Clean up and manage your followers.  Also has some analytic stuff.
  3. Tweeter Karma: See who you are following that is not following you and visa versa.   Can mass follow those you don’t follow.
  4. Qwitter ($): Get a daily report showing unfollowers.   (I could not get this to deliver info to me)
  5. Twerp Scan: Interesting way to drill down into who you or your followers are following.
  6. Twitspam: Track and Report Twitter / Social Network spammers
  7. Is Now Following:  Tracks when you add new followers and tweets it
  8. Fllwrs:  Keep track of your followers / Unfollowers
  9. Twitoria:  Shows activity of the people you’re following to stop if they haven’t tweeted in a while.
  10. FollowCost:  What’s it “cost” to follow someone (how frequently do they update / tweet)?
  11. Just Unfollow:   Unfollow those that are not following you.
  12. IsFollow:  Find out who is following who by entering in two usernames.
  13. Tweet Find Tools:  Good free tool to unfollow people that don’t follow you.  Also has tweet scheduler
  14. Friend or Follow:  Another app to see who doesn’t follow you and visa versa.
  15. Tweepi: Another list cleanser
  16. Who Unfollowed Me: Find out who unfollowed you.

Twitter Account Analysis tools

  1. TwentyFeet (F/$) (*):  Excellent summary of stats across multiple sites.   First Twitter & Facebook account are free.
  2. Klout (*):  An excellent app to track and rate your social media activities (Facebook & Twitter, LinkedIn to follow).
  3. Empire Avenue:  Similar to Klout – only more complicated with a “virtual investment game” built in.
  4. Crowd Booster:  Another good analytic tool
  5. Peer Index:  Another good analytic tool
  6. My Tweeple ($): Twitter Account Evaluation Tool.  Follower counts, ratios, tweet counts.  Review Recent Tweets (See what your followers are saying), Follow-back, hide or block new followers.  Create Tags, Notes, and Share.  Good tool to export your entire follower list to a csv file.
  7. Twitter Counter: Good Twitter Analytics / Comparison & Statistic Tool.  Also has some good blog scripts and Twitter Tools
  8. Twitter Grader: Analyses your Twitter account on a 0-100 score. Computed based on how complete your profile is as well as the number and influence of your followers.  Also shows top users in categories.  Good basic stats.
  9. Tweet Stats: Graphical representation of your Twitter activity including time of day posting, interface used, etc.
  10. Tweeple Twak (in alpha): Supposedly track your friend gains and declines.  Site is up, but can’t see what it does.
  11. Twit Graph: Similar to TweetStats, but weaker and has more advertising
  12. Twoolr:  Another Twitter Analytic Tool
  13. Twitter Ratio: Find out your friend to follower ratio.
  14. Retweet Rank:  Provides a ranking on the number of Retweets You Have
  15. See Tweeb and SocialDash Under the iPhone Apps section for a few good iPhone Apps that provide statistics
  16. The Social List:  Ranking Tool to compare yourself to others via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and 4sq
  17. SocialBro:  A very interesting new desktop app to look at Twitter Statistics – in Beta, but very cool.

Business Social / Twitter Suites & Tools

  1. MessageMaker ($$) (**):  A shameless plug for my company’s (One To One Global) product that is designed for organizations and companies to deliver messages to tens, hundreds, or thousands of social endpoints (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) and then provide amazing aggregated reporting.  Fantastic for companies with multiple brands, franchises, and organizations looking to leverage their sales team’s or employees.  Contact me if you’re interested in learning more.
  2. Pluggio ($) (**):  One of my favorite personal apps to help find valuable content, schedule tweets, and get reports on your activity.   Free version is ok, paid version is justified.
  3. Tweet Adder ($) (**):  PC & Mac tool to help build a targeted list of followers and un-follow those those that don’t follow you back.   Sends thank you messages to new followers.   On my must have list.
  4. NEW: Tweet Attack ($) (*) :  Similar to Tweet Adder, but seems like it brings some new things to the table.   I included a discount link I found.
  5. Tweet Whistle ($):  Similar to Tweet Adder as well.  Mac and PC version to build your followers.
  6. Twittenator ($):  Similar to Tweet Adder.   Seems solid, I’ve just become used to the other.
  7. Sprout Social (F/$) (*):  Easy to use dashboard to manage your social efforts with attractive analytics.
  8. Social Oomph ($$) (*): A complete Twitter Automation and Analytic Tool.   Free version also very valuable for keyword analysis reports, follow backs, and reporting.
  9. Timely:  An interesting app that analyzes and schedules Tweets based upon the best time to deliver them
  10. Tweetag: Browse tweets via tags and receive e-mail notifications.
  11. Tap11 ($):  Real-Time Intelligence and Engagement Platform for Twitter & Facebook
  12. Twaitter ($):  Social Media Suite handling scheduling of tweets, statistics, other info.
  13. Twollo ($):  Targeted follower building tool based on keywords with auto-follow
  14. BufferApp ($):   Similar to Pluggio in that you can build a targeted list of tweets that it will intelligently deliver over the course of the day.
  15. Radian6 ($$):  Very valuable monitoring and Analytic Tool
  16. TweetBig ($):   Another good suite with auto follow-back, tweet scheduling, analytics, and other stuff.
  17. CoTweet (F/$):  Tool to help empower teams to monitor and engage with customers across multiple accounts
  18. Mutual Mind.com ($):  An enterprise level social media management platform
  19. TweetSpinner (F/$):  Manages followers, rotates profiles, archives and schedules tweets.
  20. TweetBot / Tweet Scope:   Similar to Tweet Adder – with auto unfollow and DM capabilities.

Twitter Integration With Your Site or Blog

  1. Add Tweets: Make Twitter Update Widgets for site or blog using javascript 
  2. Feed Tweeter: integrate Twitter with Plurk, your blog and delicious
  3. Follow Me On Twitter Buttons: Follow me on twitter buttons
  4. Loudtwitter: Ships your tweets to your blog.
  5. PingTwitter: Automatically update your Twitter Account when you publish a new blog pos
  6. Siah Design: Free Twitter buttons and animated GIFs you can use.
  7. Stammy’s RSS To Twitter: Not too many people have access to a Ruby-enabled server so the author decided to make a simple PHP script to get the job done.
  8.  Twignature: A decent translated Japanese app to take your username and create a usable Twitter signature for websites & e-mail.
  9. Twit This: Add this option so people can easily tweet information from your site or blog
  10. Twitter Tools: A wordpress plugin that lets you integrate Twitter with your blog. You can send your updates to your blog as well as create tweets directly from your blog
  11. Twitter for WordPress: Script displays latest tweets on your blog
  12. Twitterfeed: Post your blog to Twitter through your RSS feed
  13. Twitter Updater: Automatically sends a Twitter status update to your Twitter account when you create, publish, or edit your WordPress post
  14. Twitter WordPress Sidebar Widget: A wordpress widget where you can send your tweets to your blog
  15. TwitGIF: A translated Japanese app that creates an animated GIF from your latest Tweets.
  16. Chirrup:  PHP Script that allows you to collect Twitter comments for your site.
  17. Dlvr.it:   Deliver Your Blog To Twitter, Facebook, and More
  18. DiggDigg:  One of many WordPress plugins that integrate social sites.

Twitter As An Organizer

  1. Remember the Milk: Manage tasks on Twitter as well as set notifications for yourself
  2. Twittercal: Integrate your Google Calendar with Twitter
  3. My Chores: Track your chores
  4. Planypus: Make plans and export them to Twitter

Polls and Surveys on Twitter

  1. Lazy Tweet: Find answers to your questions by posting “@lazyweb” or “@lazytweet”
  2. Twitter Answers: Another question site with a nice layout so you can easily get answers to your questions.
  3. Twitter Polldaddy ($): A complete poll and survey site that also offers Twitter Options.
  4. Twittpoll: Join some twitter polls and receive the results in 24 hours

Twitter Advertising Networks

  1. Twittad: Place advertisements on your profile
  2. Magpie: Advertise with 5 tweets and get paid
  3. TwitCash:  Scheme to make money on twitter

Twitter and Music

  1. Twittytunes / FoxyTunes: Tweet what you’re listening, watching or reading regardless what player you are using. 
  2. Blip.fm: Listen to music and tweet it to Twitter

Twitter Backup Utilities

  1. Tweetake (*): Backup your twitter account
  2. Twitter Safe: Another place where you can backup your account.
  3. Tweet Scan Backup:   Backs up your Twitter Info

Adobe Air Clients and Multi-Platform Clients

  1. Snitter 
  2. TweetDeck (*) : One of the best out there, free and definitely worth a look
  3. TweetPad visualizes statistics on the source of the incoming messages.
  4. Twhirl
  5. Twinja
  6. Pwytter
  7. Destroy Twitter

Twitter Tools For Mac

There are a million of these, so I’ll just list a few of the ones I use in addition to TweetDeck, Twitter, and Echofon that were mentioned elsewhere.   Open the Apple App Store and search for Twitter to find many more.

  1. Twitterrific:  ($) Paid Mac Client.
  2. YoruFukurou:   A good free app with multi-account support.
  3. Socialite ($):  Very powerful, not cheap ($19.99), but solid app that I got with a bundle one time.
  4. Twidget: A mac dashboard widget.
  5. Twittereeze is an extension to Twitterific. It allows you to set your iChat, Skype, Adium status to your twitter status.

Twitter Firefox & Other Plugins

  1. TweetStalk: A firefox addon that allows you to follow / stalk people without them knowing it.
  2. Hootbar (*): Formerlly Twitterbar, powerful way to post messages from address bar
  3.  Twitbin: A Firefox extension that allows you to post and receive tweets via the Sidebin.
  4. TwitterFox:  Sits in the status bar of Firefox. Send updates and keep an eye on your friends.
  5. Echofon For Firefox (*):  Another sidebin extension
  6. TwitterLine: A Headline Toolbar for Firefox
  7. Yoono (*): Supports updates to Twitter Facebook LinkedIn YouTube GTalk AIM
  8. Shareaholic (*): Share webpages with your friends on Twitter. Can be integrated with your Firefox Browser
  9. iTwitter: iGoogle gadget that have ping.fm, twitter videos, twitter news, twitter tips, twitter tools and more.

IPhone Apps

There are a million iPhone Twitter Apps, but here are a few of the ones I have and use.

  1. Tweetlogix ($) (*):  My favorite Iphone App – easy to manage multiple accounts, etc.
  2. Echofon (F/$) (*) : My second favorite
  3. qTweeter ($) (*):  Got to have a jailbroken iPhone, but an awesome app to quickly pull up an app and tweet images, video, location, etc.  Available via Cydia.
  4. Tweetdeck (*):  Along with Hootsuite, one of the most popular apps used today.
  5. Seesmic:  Nice app that allows you to easily log on to multiple Twitter, Facebook accounts.
  6. Hootsuite (*): One of the most popular tools out there.
  7. Boxcar: Good app that does push notifications for multiple social sites.
  8. Tweet-r 
  9. Twinkle
  10. Twitterific
  11. Twittelator (F/$)
  12. SocialDash (*):  One of the only iPhone Apps that provides access to Facebook and Twitter statistics on things like Klout.
  13. Tweeb:  A good iPhone app that provides Twitter account analysis (Tweets, Buzz, Clicks, etc.)
  14. Ubersocial:  Blackberry, iPhone, and beta Desktop App with great promise.
  15. TweetList:  A good Twitter Client (was recommended for disabled users)
  16. TeeWee:  Another decent free iPhone App recommended by a few.

Non-iPhone Mobile Device Twitter Clients

  1. ceTwit:  A windows mobile twitter client.
  2. JTwitter:  A java twitter client for mobile phones.
  3. Tiny Twitter:  A Java twitter client to send and receive tweets for mobile phones and devices.
  4. Twidroid (*):  An application for android mobiles.
  5. TwitterBerry:  Update and receive Tweets from your BlackBerry.

Windows & Misc.  Clients

  1. Mad Twitter: Built like Twitterific for Windows
  2. Twitterlicious:  Supports proxies, have a read-unread system and auto-refresh mechanism
  3. Twitux: GTK+Twitter Client
  4. Deskbar Twitter:  Update Twitter on Ubuntu
  5. Twippera: Twitter widget for Opera

Mobile Phone Applications With Twitter

  1. Dial2Do ($):  Use your voice to tweet as well as send text and do e-mail
  2. Vlingo ($) (*): iPhone, Android, Nokia, Windows Voice activated app
  3. Qik (*):  Share videos and Tweet (and e-mail) them across MANY phones
  4. Flix Wagon:  Similar to Qik – only for Android.

Integration With E-Mail / Messaging Applications

  1. Yahoo Messenger Twitter Sync Plugin: Integrate twitter with your Yahoo Messenger
  2. TikiTwit: Integrate Twitter with iChat
  3. Twittermail: Part of TwitterCounter – update twitter, send images, and longer tweets via email 
  4. Twinbox: Update Twitter with your Microsoft Outlook
  5. TwitEmail:  Allows twitter users to send HTML emails with attachments

Useless, Funny, & Misc. Twitter Sites

  1. Secret Tweet: Imagine PostSecret + Twitter. Tweet those secrets
  2. Curse Bird: Find out who’s swearing on Twitter
  3. Tweet What You Eat: Tweet what you’re eating at the moment – track your calories and weight
  4. Foodfeed: Similar to Tweet What You Eat, but just the tweet info
  5. Xbox 360 Gamer Tag:  Automatically update twitter with what you are playing at a certain moment
  6. Trackthis: Track your packages via Twitter with this tool
  7. Bkkeeper: Share what you’re reading on Twitter
  8. Commuter Feed: Share tweets on traffic and transit delays
  9. Foamee: Fun way to tracks who you owe coffee or beer to
  10. InnerTwitter: Signals you through chimes where you have to let go of your thoughts.
  11. Post like a Pirate: Talk like a pirate on twitter
  12. Roll the dice:  Give you the power to roll a dice on twitter. Useful when you’re betting or playing games with your friends.
  13. Xpenser:  Track your expenses with twitter
  14. Twithire:  The place where you can tweet job postings
  15. GasCalc: Tracks your gas usage and MPG on Twitter
  16. Fuel Frog ($): iPhone App with Twitter integration that also tracks Gas Usage and uses Twitter.
  17. Deal Tagger:  Shop and share on Twitter
  18. Textgasm: Tweet your secrets
  19. Twitter Nonsense: Daily Twitter Comic Strip
  20. Twitterbox:  A Twitter Client for Second Life
  21. Stocktwits:  Lets you follow stocks on Twitter. 
  22. Twictionary:  A repository for all sorts of words used on Twitter.
  23. TweetValue: Tells you how much your profile is worth in US dollars.
  24. MORE TWITTER GAMES:   I just found this lens on Squidoo that has a fairly up to date list of additional Twitter Games.

Once again, I credit the following posts for providing some of the information I used here. However, these posts are old, have many dead links and are missing many of the best new apps that are out there.

http://www.squidoo.com/twitterapps
http://eonlinetips.com/200-twitter-tools-list-even-your-mom-would-love-it/
Credit to the people on this LinkedIn Thread as well:
What are your favorite Twitter tools? | LinkedIn http://linkd.in/jUu6yX

Now that you have all these tools to use, be sure to follow me @unlimitedpr and continue to read my blog here.

Hire a Veteran!

January 28, 2012 Comments off

Sheppard AFB, Texas

 Hello to my friends, colleaques,  Twitter followers and blog readers,

That picture to the left in this post is of me when I was a very young USAF service member (laughing at the hair, glasses or fashionable business suit is allowed-Gads).

There are more than 26 million veterans in the US. And, I am one of about 6 million women who served our country proudly.  I served in the USAF in a technical capacitiy after the Vietnam war had just ended (more stats here).  As you can see in the photo, I was the only female in my USAF training class, and I had to wear men’s cotten fatigues, shirts (and boots) which had to be starched each and every single day.  BTW, check out the shine on those boots! After I graduated from tech school in Texas, I was shipped to England for a few years where I was one female out of about 90 men working at small communications switching site in England.  A great deal has changed since those early days during my own personal experience as a military service member, and for the better for women I believe.  

But, I do believe the women of our time who served learned early to work hard with the hope of contributing and making it in a tough environment.  Below are some statistics about our veterans.

Over the course of my life, I have continued to expand and hone my career relative to communications in some form or another as the times have changed, And, I have adapted with the changing times.  Since signing up on Wordress.com, I’ve been providing a plethora of ad hock user generated content about social media and communication related topics for a couple of years now,  because I really want to help people.

Today, I’d like to briefly introduce myself, as an emerging woman veteran-owned small business in the DC/Baltimore metro areas.   With the economic downturn today, this recession is also a very tough environment, and doubly tough for an “mature” veteran trying to kick start her own business during a recession. And, some might think me a bit nuts for trying to do so.  

Yep, I am taking the plunge.  I filed for certification in MD as a MBE (OMG,  their are coming to inspect my little office in 30 days!) I’ve registered in CCR.gov and with the VA.  I am up an running with a small office space ready for business. Exhaling.

Know anyone who needs communication help? Please forward my resume  http://bit.ly/yR6Nas or website www.unlimitedpr.net

Is it too idyllic  to have a dream where we can contrubute to making a difference in other people’s lives by helping other people, Veterans, businesses and agencies? I believe.  And  yes, I still believe that hard work and a hope in something better is what has always driven our economy, in a positive way (not scathing political rhetoric).  I think you will find a similar integrity and sound work ethic in my commrads who have served, as well.

 I’d appreciate it if you’d consideration hiring any Veteran, as well as other small Veteran-owned businesses. We  really do know how to get the job done. 

 I am willing to provide consulting, 1099 and sub-contract support. Heck, at this stage I will simply take a few good hours of solid work to help your own small business persoanally. With a few hours of my time, I can be invaluable in helping with your outreach needs. 

Here is my small business capabilities fact sheet: http://bit.ly/sqGrjB,  and if you would like co-collaborate with a business opportunity, I’d appreciate hearing from you by requesting assistance here> http://bit.ly/oqcoE9

Thanks for reading and your time spent honoring and hiring our veterans or other small veteran-owned firms across this country of ours will not go unrewarded.

Sincerely, Alice M. Fisher, Owner of Unlimited PR & Associates, LLC

Plastic Bags? Ban ‘em? Tax ‘em? Yes? No?

January 5, 2012 Comments off

In the pursuit to eliminate all that is not green, plastic bags seem to be a natural target these days. 

Whatever happened to our wonderful big sumptuous decomposing brown paper bags which were taken from us when we were forced to use only plastic bags a few years ago? It was a huge change back in the day. Now, because “they” are our nearly only choice for use in retail stores (which are the same stores who bought us into this whole mess and forced us to use them a few years ago) Now, we the consumer are being punished for using them? I already recycle them. I just want to yell, “foul!” Really?

The retail industry should be the ones paying the tax on the number of bags they order, not us. I can see it now, our children will be going back to brown paper sack lunches so they wont be taxed for each and every zip loc bag they use every day as well.

Because of the widespread use of plastic products and packaging, some say, these plasitc bags have contributed to environmental conditions ranging from increased pollution to overloaded landfills to the country’s dependence on oil and not to say anything about its impact on animals (and no, it has not helped birds build warmer nests). 

I hope you’ll read the rest of the blog for more information, but before we go any farther into the post I’d  to know your opinion on this issue? I encourage you to take my poll on the bag tax directly below:


In response, some cities have adopted legislation, and policies that tax our use of these bags and or ban plastic grocery bags made from polyethylene in favor of bags made from other materials such as cloth, compostable plastics, or paper. What about the composit plasitic bags, if this really is an environmental issue. Come on, eventually they will end up in landfills as well, and they are even bigger/thicker bags.

I think the public consumer should be better informed, there needs to be a coordinated communication plan for this issue. And, I believe the newly imposed local policies with additional “hidden taxes” on plastic bags is made without informing the public correctly, nor fully disclosing all the facts and without providing the public a voice or vote on the policies being uniformly imposed on them. This is my opinion.

But, my gripe is more about the hidden taxing with no voice, no vote nor any effective communication to us the people while imposed said changes are inacted on the individual consumer, instead of big retailers and manufacturers. Why tax us and punish us?

There are a myriad of other arguments like the environment and the trash. And, there can be other local changes made to fix overspending and budgetary woes. Heck, I am already growing my own food with a garden and raising a small gaggle of chickens to offset high costs and being environmentally more conscious. 

But now, I am thinking that I may start recycling my old T-shirts or jeans or better yet, start bringing my little red wagon or cardboard boxes for my shopping (from the Post Office, Fed Ex, UPS, DHL which are free for us to use).

Or, maybe I can simply side step all shopping in Montgomery County and boycott the county retailers and go buy my own plastic bags directly from the manufacturers, have them shipped to my house and skip the tax all together? Please see the links for the plastic bag. Less material means less waster and fewer emissions.

  • Plastic bags generate 80% less waste than paper bags.
  • Plastic grocery and retail bags make up a tiny fraction (less than 0.5%) of the U.S. municipal solid waste stream.
  • Plastic bags generate only 50% of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of composted paper bags.
  • The production of plastic bags consumes less than 4% of the water needed to make paper bags. 
  • Plastic grocery bags are fully recyclable and the number of recycling programs is increasing daily.
  • Nationwide over 855 million pounds of bags and film were recycled in 2009—up 31 percent from 2005.
  • According to EPA’s data, about 13 percent of plastic bags and wraps were recycled in 2009.
  • Plastic bags can be made into dozens of useful new products, such as building and construction products, low-maintenance fencing and decking, and new bags.
  • In recent years, many grocers and retailers have introduced plastic bag collection programs. Tip: Look for a collection bin, usually located at the front of the store or near checkout areas.

I wonder if anyone publishes or considers the total consumer plight on being taxed to death, at ever corner for everything? This is a recession for goodness sakes! Why are local governments and states taking even more money of our very limited incomes from families who are already stretched to the hilt, out of work and taxed beyond belief?

First we are force fed plastics (a few years back on it being more environmental), now we are taxed or banned from their use. And, now they are no longer so environmentally friendly? I am either thoroughly confused or have I been mislead with the wishy washiness of just what is being touted as environmentally sound? Just what is the skinny on this plastic bag conundrum? Why punish the consumer for what was pushed down our throats a decade or three ago? 

\What about those big manufactures of the actual plastic bags or the retailers who creat and buy them to start off with? Why not fine, tax, ban, limit or boycott these huge manufacturers and retailers for the creation, supply and distribution of the bags to retailers since they are the ones that actually buy them? And many are importing from China and Taiwan.

Here is a list or plastic bag manufactures that supply Maryland. www.iqsdirectory.com/plastic-bags/search/state/md

 

  • Search your state for manufacturers of plastic bags here. www.iqsdirectory.com/images/usamapoutline-sm1.png
  •  For discussion and greater fodder; here’s a thought question: If you were a policymaker, which would you choose?
  • A ban on plastic bags that will anger a significant percentage of voters while reducing plastic bag use almost entirely (over several years), but possibly increase overall ire at government’s meddling to “save the environment.”
  • Or, a tax on plastic bags, which will reduce plastic bag usage 85-95 percent but maintain the illusion of free choice and, as an added bonus, generate revenue to address other pollution and over consumption issues (translation: help pay for additional government meddling to save the environment).
  • Tax the big manufactures in each state if they produce more than a regulated number.
  • Or, communicate to citizens to become more educated, re-use, recycle, and re-use yet again (because heck they do supposedly last a 1,000 years). In addition to recycling, a recent national survey shows that over 90% of Americans reuse their plastic bags and about 65% of Americans reuse their bags for trash disposal. Other common uses include lunch bags, pet poop pick-up, cat box liners, boot liners, and water balloons. In this regard, the reuse of a plastic shopping bag prevents a second bag from being purchased to fulfill these necessary functions. Why punish us with a tax? We thought we were being more responsible and sustainable already.
  • Or, why not consider organizing an Occupy Plastic Bag campaign against the huge plastic bag manufactures?

Please read the following research from “Life Cycle Assessment for Three Types of Grocery Bags – Recyclable Plastic; Compostable, Biodegradable Plastic; and Recycled, Recyclable Paper.” The conclusions regarding the relative environmental impact when using a life cycle view are consistent with previous studies and need to be reinforced in the policy arena and communicated to the people more effectively. The policies to discourage plastic bags may have more to do with litter control or generating revenue for cash strapped municipalities than the overall environment.

Whatever the goals of the policy makers, these need to be far more explicit than general environmental improvement, since the life cycle story is consistent in favor of recyclable plastic bags. It is possible that the emphasis of another report might be that the full benefit of plastic bags is even higher when large recycling is in place, instead of taxing people.

Here are a few more facts about plastic bags:

Re-using, re-cycling, taxing manufacturers and distributors while instituting and providing for better public environmental communication plans from retailers on their own plastic bag purchases, bag use and conservation campaigns might be a solution, without pinching our already over taxed hardworking Americans supporting this economy and who are being left holding the bag, so to speak.

Just a thought or two.
Alice M. Fisher, Unlimited PR & Associates, LLC,
A Woman Veteran-Owned Small Business
Website: www.unlimitedpr.net

If you want to dig deeper below is additional reading & references from Wikipedia:

 

Seeds of Old Fashion Communication for 2012

January 3, 2012 1 comment

VegieablesAs I write this, there is a rogue snow squawl just outside. This blog post is a detraction from my normal communications and social media related posts, as I examine my own  New Years resolutions for 2012.  I encourage you all to grow a garden this year, in pots/containers, on a small raised bed in the back of your Townhouse, or on a larger plot, or a rural rented plot somewhere.

It’s also that time of year when it gets pretty darn cold out at night. I can’t even go outside to dig in the dirt ( as it’s frozen), because it gets dark at 4:45 pm. When I was a young girl in upstate New York, where every year, when winter rolled around and the very cold January and February winds blew and dreams of green grass and soft warm winds haunted us, our mailbox had the annual welcoming and oh so colorful seed catalogs.

This is the time when I look back to my roots and my love of gardening, which I got honestly from my father. Therefore, I dedicate this post to a man who also loved to garden and where I fondly remember him pouring over seed catalogs during the winter months to order seeds for our very large family with six siblings.  So, I  begin my New Year not really making any new resolutions I can’t keep. Instead I am hard at work ordering seed catalogs and look forward to the spring. As planting, growing, toiling, tilling and working on seven acres provides enough of a workout that I never have to say, I will exercise more each year! :).  I was crazy enough to buy seven acreas that needed to be tamed, last year. OMG!

Exercise and work, and seasonal communication is part of the ebb and flow of the changing seasons. Whatever happened to old fashion face-to-face communication, and doing it over the backyard fence, chatting about and compairing proudly grown veggies and new seeds we plan to plant next year?

For now, while I am trying to embrace cyber-nating inside, I will continue to pay homage to my father and grand mother’s well taught basic life skills (communication 101, for life and business).

And yes, I will order a few seed catalogs to dream of fresh veggies to harvest later in 2012 . To get started, last night I planted heirloom Marglobe tomatoes, Yolo pepers, and a slew of cantaloupes, and some onions from seed (as a test).

In this modern age of technology, about 70% of people still order most of their seeds from seed catalogs! I think this is great and here is why I think so. I believe that some old fashion ways of doing things should not change. We are beginning to raise entire generations who do not know anything about gardening, canning or growing things when it used to be a staple activity for families which kept people from starving, being less dependent on the government, and they ate healthier. Conversely, I know most of us have embraced many of the new fangled ways and technologies. But, we are passing on nothing to our youth, and our grand children. Rather, we are forgetting about being close to the land and living with a more purposeful existence, soon many will not know how to provide for themselves at all. This does not mean I am gonna go all Amish on you all. But, I refuse to pay an additional five cent tax at the grocery store for buying food to live on which is already taxed and not fresh.

As a result, in my opinion something is missing from our daily lives, many are unemployed, the environment is suffering. There is value and purpose in time honored old fashion traditions such as; sitting still next to a crackling fire ( Yes, with wood you cut or stacked by yourself) and actually reading next to that fire with a snack like warm peach cobbler ( from peaches you canned or grew yourself) -instead of playing “farmer” with Farmville, texting, checking or tweeting your Facebook status 16 times a day or playing mindless time-sucking video games for hours and hours (which have no real intrinsic value, in my book).

Like with so much else in life, technology is displacing the need for printed catalogs because a company can just list their seed selection on their website. Add to that the rising costs of doing business, the consolidation of seed companies, and the pickings can seem slim if you prefer printed seed catalogs. Fortunately, if you know where to look (and are willing to pay a few dollars in some cases) you can still participate in the tradition and escapism that is a seed catalog.

Did you know there are more than 100 seed catalogs out there? As every gardener knows, seed catalogs are wonderful reading. Between the tantalizing descriptions of varieties and the first-rate cultural information, many catalogs can double as reliable gardening books. They are also interesting as historical sources.

Note: Many heirloom vegetable varieties are not available in the seed trade, but can be found through seed saving networks. For more information, see also: Seed Savers, Seed Exchanges, and Seed Societies. You can find a larger list of seed catalogs at:

Below are a short list of favorites derived from a recent Mother News (MEN) survey. MEN’s printed that one customer said, “Fedco’s catalog make wonderful, entertaining, laugh-out-loud reading and all the vintage graphics are wonderful.”

  1. Johnny’s Selected Seeds (Winslow, Maine) www.johnnyseed.com
  2. Seed Savers Exchange (Decorah, IA) www.seedsaver.com
  3. Bakercreek Heirloom Seeds (Mansfield, MO) www.rareseeds.com
  4. Burpee Seeds & Plants( Warminster, PA) www.burpee.com
  5. Territorial Seed Company ( Cottage Grove, Ore) www.territorialseed.com
  6. Seed of Change (Rancho, Dominquez CA) www.seedsofchange.com
  7. Ferry-Morse Seed Company (Fulton, KY) www.ferry-morse.com
  8. Southern Exposure Seed Exchange (Mineral, VA) www.southernexposure.com
  9. High Mowing Organic Seeds (Wolcott, VT) www.highmowingseeds.com
  10. Fedco Seeds ( Waterville, MA) www.fedcoseeds.com
  11. Nichols Garden Nursery (Albany, OR) www.nicholsgardennursery.com
  12. The Cook’s Garden ( Warminster, PA) www.cooksgarden.com
  13. Botanical Interests (Broomfield, CO) www.botanicalinterests.com
  14. Renee’s Garden Seeds (Felton, CA) www.reneesgarden.com
  15. Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply (Grass Valley, CA) www.groworganic.com

For long term seed storage, seed vaulting, non hybrid garden seed kits, try a few of the following:

  1. AAOB Foods which also provides info with tips on planting
  2. Patriot Survival Seed Vault 37.95 | MyPatriotSupply.com
  3. Heirloom Organics- Survival Seed Vault $99 – 50,000+ Seeds
  4. www.non-hybrid-seeds- 2 Acres, 1.5LB, Eat for .01/LB
  5. Prepared Planet-Canned Seeds | Organic Heirloom Seeds | Emergency Seed Storage
  6. Livestock Seed Storage Pack
  7. And here is a list of culinary vegetables too from Wikipedia

Happy Gardening in 2012. And I encourage to resolve to share more with your family, neighbors and friends, the old fashioned way!

 Call, write, txt me if you’d like help with a contract or communication plan!  And, all my best for a better and more prosperous 2012.

 Alice M. Fisher, Owner of Unlimited PR & Associates, LLC which is a Woman Veteran-Owned Small Business. For more informatin visit our website  @Unlimitedpr, Website: www.unlimitedpr.net

Media Tracking, Monitoring & Analysis

March 10, 2011 10 comments

Key to the media analysis is knowing the kinds of tools/services that will be used to “track” the media as they all track media, but each can and do track differently across the entire” universe” of the US media spectrum.  Press clipping services have evolved into media monitoring services which can monitor and even somewhat analyze every type of media published: daily newspapers, non-daily newspapers, magazines, trade journals, television and radio news as well as the internet.

Today there are media monitoring companies which provide broad national service and many who specialize in regional or state coverage.

 And, media monitoring companies have responded to the growth of on-line newspapers by offering coverage of the internet, but some only track newspapers, some track TV video broadcasst or video news reelasee ( VNRs)  others only radio, and some do or do not track new  media at all.

 And some say they do it all.  Can they? Better yet, do they?

 Challenge #1: The service of media monitoring, collation & dissemination is fairly simple and use media monitoring services.  However, in multi-language & multi-dialect countries the challenge of collating data locally and disseminating in a translated language of business (usually English) is a daunting task.

Challenge #2: The second large challenge for information logistics is the growing number of media and the media monitoring types, and services

Challenge #3: The Evolution of “Media” Monitoring

The growth of news distribution, news agencieshave changed as well as media tracking technology.

In 2004, multi-language Information Logistics Services/Media Monitoring services in India/China started to gain prominence. With several services having stemmed as offshoots of PR agencies. In India, services like Worldwide News India and Blue Bytes became leaders by offering an accurate & timely service, supported by auto-analysis. In the next phase, the Information Logistics industry has been to automate the tedious reporting and auto-calculation of the AVE (Advertising Value Equivalence) as well.

Starting in 2005 companies like Global News Intelligence began using Java based artificial intelligence to automate the process of coding clipped content for tone and sentiment.This emerging technology is often referred to as media meta analysis. Key technological differentation to clip/cut only services is instant visualization media tone and sentiment without requiring the user to review content. This method, although promising, is far less accurate than human coding.

A provider of television search technology, Houston-based SnapStream Media pioneered a hybrid DVR-search engine in 2007 which has since enabled PR companies, government organizations and broadcast production facilities to independently find mentions via PC, without relying on an outside media monitoring service.  For example, the TV search appliance called the SnapStream Server is deployed in the City of Austin and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Buzz, Blogs, Tweets, Social media, and Cloud Tag Monitoring…from about 2007 to current day….well here are some thoughts about the challenges to all the convergence of communications and suggestions to help in your consideration for meeting potential gaps in media analysis:

  • Have Knowledge of the Current State of the Media in helping to frame the analysis ( consider using other external sources as well)
  • Have a solid knowledge of the Social Media Monitoring/Tracking Tools

ü  See  a few of these comprehensive lists just for new media monitoring:

  1. http://takemetoyourleader.com/2009/03/24/free-social-media-monitoring-tools
  2. http://wiki.kenburbary.com
  •  Track messages from/to Government agencies & persons are on Twitter as well
  • Obtain the Earned Media Value of the your media coverage
  • Do cross analysis with past media coverage using other tools and news aggregators
  • Track, analyze and report on media in other languages
  • Tracking media on Cable Networks

 Here is a BIg List of Media Monitor Services and Clipping Sources to choose from. You should not just be using one tool, or service.

Google News

Topix.com

Google News ArchiveNews archive search provides an easy way to search and explore historical archives. In addition to helping you search, News archive search can automatically create timelines which show selected results from relevant time periods.

Omgili – Omgili is a specialized search engine that focuses on “many to many” user generated content platforms, such as, forums, discussion groups, mailing lists, answer boards and others. Omgili finds consumer opinions, debates, discussions, personal experiences, answers etc.

Other News Monitoring Sources:

  1. AAP NewsCentre – Provides customised information drawn from Australian publications, plus news that affects business and competitors.
  2. Adz Media Monitoring – Rates, TV storyboards, and media search requests for Canadian and U.S. television, radio and print. A library with more than 175,000 advertisements on file for research and analysis.
  3. AirCheck News Taping – A full-service broadcast monitor providing national and local news segments and reports.
  4. Allison’s Press Clipping Service – Professional press clipping service in the U.S.
  5. Amiplan: Advanced Media Information – A database of events for the next eighteen months, continually updated by a team of journalists and broadly divided into News and Entertainment. Each item is integrated with a press directory, listing essential information, including telephone numbers and email addresses.
  6. Apollo Performance Research Centre – Monthly analysis of technology news stories from hundreds of sources in the UK. Provides public relations evaluation that measures success of activity, and identifies how companies can boost coverage.
  7. BBC Monitoring – Includes news, information and comment gathered from the mass media around the world for service subscribers.
  8. Broadcast Monitors – TV and radio news monitoring and tracking services including video and audio clips and transcripts.
  9. BulletinNEWS – Offers human-edited analysis of the news and can be provided daily as a concise, customized memo.
  10. BurrellesLuce – Covers thousands of print, broadcast and web news sources, and provides online access to current media contacts.
  11. Carma International – Case studies, testimonials, white papers, and customized media research analysis.
  12. Cision – Describes firm’s history in offering media communications management solutions. Services include media evaluation, PR, media monitoring, and media contacts.
  13. Competitrack – View samples and register for ready access to information about the advertising activities of competitors. Firm monitors television, newspapers, trade publications, and radio.
  14. ConfirMedia – Monitors content broadcast on radio and television.
  15. Critical Mention – Search, track and view critical information from television news broadcasts. Deploys technology that digitizes live broadcast footage, in real-time.
  16. CustomScoop – An online agency delivering a daily customized clipping service which draws from on-line editions of major wires and daily papers, TV and radio stations, smaller daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, trade journals, and new media publications. It offers a free trial of the service to prospective subscribers.
  17. CyberAlert – Offers a service range covering internet monitoring of news and weblog sites, plus word-of-mouth consumer discussions at message boards and news groups. Also provides a press clipping and broadcast monitoring.
  18. Cymfony – Provides tools for market measurement, analysis and reporting. Develops applications such as the InfoXtract engine to sift and interpret consumer-generated feedback and mainstream media.
  19. Durrants – Service primarily focuses on UK press, internet, broadcast and newswires. Explains delivery options via web, e-mail, or courier.
  20. Esmerk – Daily scans the media to provide tailored profiles about competitors, trade, mergers, macro-economic statistics, and news deemed important by the client.
  21. FPinfomart.ca – Contains Canadian news, broadcast and social media monitoring, and business data products. Subscribe or pay-per-view required.
  22. Florida Newsclips – Provides the electronic version of news clips (as they appeared in Florida publications) delivered to email inbox. Each clip is identified with the publication name, date, circulation and location information.
  23. Inbox Robot – Search news headlines and receive customized results via email. Choose any topic.
  24. Indian Media Clearing – Providing customised news and information services in India covering print, broadcast and web.
  25. Indian Press Clearing – News-clipping agency based at Delhi. Offers coverage of Indian publications, websites and TV channels.
  26. Infoition – Offers customized media intelligence. Services include morning news summary, breaking news alerts, and foreign language translations. View company profile, history and free sample.
  27. InformExpress – Subscription details for press clipping service monitoring English and Chinese language newspapers and magazines published in Hong Kong, China and other parts of asia.
  28. J&A Media Services – Covers market intelligence through electronic news clippings, transcripts, and summaries of activities on broadcast television and radio. Also monitors internet news.
  29. Keep In Touch – Connecticut-based bureau scanning print, television, radio and online media. Product range includes the Yankee Clipper press clipping service.
  30. La Fuente – Hispanic media directory and clipping service in print and on the internet, covering the United States and Northern Mexico.
  31. Lone Buffalo – Providing real-time, monitoring and Specializes in the custom delivery of Web-based news and analysis to Fortune 500 companies.
  32. Magnolia Clipping Service – Dealing primarily with Mississippi and Alabama publications, this agency also monitors broadcast stations, and internet news. View rates, FAQs, service range, and contact details.
  33. McCallum Media Monitor (MMM) – Provides Scottish press cuttings to PR industry clients worldwide since 1989. Scotland, UK.
  34. Media Evaluation Research – Offers client-focused reports to help clients understand the value of their PR achievements. Explains the media evaluation process and what to consider when selecting an agency.
  35. Media Library – Provides typed verbatim transcripts, edited broadcast news clips, tracking report summaries and tape storage. Monitoring television and radio in the Bi-state and Tri-state areas.
  36. Media Market – Offers media analysis, marketing and media intelligence in the UK and Ireland. Also provides software where required for in-house searchable archive of a client’s media coverage.
  37. Media Monitors Australia – Providing customised news and information services in Australia covering both print and broadcast media. Capturing more than 3000 information sources.
  38. Media Source – A full-service TV news monitoring and digital video production company, offering local broadcast monitoring for 120 US cities and all major national networks.
  39. MediaMiser – Offering software and consulting to provide media analysis, monitoring, and measurement.
  40. Mediaskopas – Round-the-clock Baltic service monitoring Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian media.
  41. Mediastow – Details for a Dubai-based media intelligence consultancy established in 2005. Middle East media analysis of news in print, online and broadcast media.
  42. Mediatrack – Provides analysis, evaluation, and measurement of international media. Also offers PR activity measurement, campaign evaluation, competitor analysis and media research nationally or globally.
  43. MedieEYE Middle East – Web-based print media monitoring service covering the in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt.
  44. Metro Monitor, Inc. – TV News Clipping Service – Metro Monitor professional broadcast news monitoring and news clipping service. Monitoring over 300 stations nationwide.
  45. Metropolitan Newsclips Service – Specializes in coverage of Missouri’s newspapers, magazines, ethnic press and other media. Also collects clips nationally and internationally.
  46. National Aircheck – Radio monitoring firm records 2,500 US radio stations 24/7. Offers same day delivery of clips and provides keyword search of news and talk radio.
  47. Nationwide News Monitors – Television news monitoring service recording and monitoring more than 450 news stations. Provides copies of any news segment as video (VHS and digital delivery), audio, or transcripts.
  48. Newbase – Provider of media monitoring solutions and media analysis.
  49. News Knowledge – Offering text and headline news feeds and direct database access with API Web Service. Seven day free trial.
  50. News Power News Clipping Service – News clipping and media monitoring.
  51. News Power Online – US-based providing international tracking of television, radio, print and internet content. Offers digital delivery of video and print clips. Service requires password.
  52. NewsDirect – Contact and product details for this one-stop shop for media, parliamentary and online news monitoring. Based in Edinburgh, offering specialist coverage of the Scottish Parliament.
  53. NewsGrip – Set a personal news agent to monitor news around the clock, looking for competitors, customers, partner companies, and areas of interest. Norway-based company.
  54. NewsLIB – Customized news filters on user-specified topics, regularly and automatically collated then archived.
  55. NewsNow Business Services – Online media monitoring service that finds specific news from thousands of sites. Scans more than 15 languages in 84 countries.
  56. Newz Group – Clipping service that provides coverage of daily and weekly newspapers in several US states – Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
  57. Noticias Peru – Press Clipping and Media Monitoring in Peru. Newspapers, Magazines, Radio, TV and Internet tracking searching for news in any topic.
  58. OpinionSource – Delivers email summaries and links to major opinion editorial from around the world.
  59. Ornico Media – Tracking brand and news exposure in South Africa. Newsletter and spot checks helps advertising and public relation agencies access meaningful data about media campaigns.
  60. PLCom News Services – Customized media monitoring and analysis, automated news feeds, and newspaper and TV news abstracts delivered on the web with encryption security.
  61. PR InSite – Agency providing integrated suite of public relations tools, including eNewsRooms and Realtime news clipping.
  62. PR Newswire – eWatch – Media monitoring service provides clips from numbers of print publications, web sites, investor message boards, newsgroups and online service forums.
  63. Panarc International – Offering a range of research and media consultancy services. Explains its analysis of the reach and effect of media coverage on target audiences for governments and commercial organisations.
  64. Paperclip Partnership – PR support service providing press cuttings evaluation and presentation to PR companies and corporate in-house departments.
  65. Parallel54 – Research services including monitoring of newsgroups, media sites and other publicly accessible online content.
  66. Postech – Profiles a firm that specializes in niche market products for data acquisition. Its CCapture product is a closed caption decoder that automatically provides transcripts from 4 channels of off-air, cable or satellite received video.
  67. Precise Media Monitoring – High-speed media monitor provides hard copy and electronic content from UK, international and online media as well as breaking news sources. Includes media list, company and service details. UK.
  68. Press Information ( Scotland) Ltd – Scottish business providing a press clipping service since 1962 offering daily or weekly packages.
  69. Press Monitor – Offering a time-critical service to businesses and government groups in Delhi. Hand-delivers hardcopy clippings by 8am. View client, subject and publication lists. Softcopy and CD-ROM versions also available.
  70. PressLounge – Offers daily clipping service of online media in English, German, Italian, French and Spanish. Also assists in press release distribution to media.
  71. Quickscan – Software company that provides database software and technical support to professional news monitoring companies.
  72. RGV Media Monitoring – Details about an independent company monitoring the TV news for the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. See client list and coverage.
  73. Replay News – Contact details for broadcast news clipping service recording all news broadcasts in Toledo, Ohio. Lists station and formats covered.
  74. SA Press Cuttings – Press cuttings and online monitoring of South African media.
  75. SimpleClip – Media monitoring brokerage service aimed primarily at the UK market. Register to put researchers in touch with media monitor companies. A part of the PR Press Network.
  76. Smart Brief – Providing free, e-mail based news summaries and other content for industry associations, professional organizations, advocacy groups and their constituents.
  77. Squared Monitoring – Digitally capturing television commercials, press advertisements, internet advertising and radio advertising in India, along with press news. Uses a database to cross-index them.
  78. Superior Press Clipping Service – Clipping service for daily and weekly newspapers in Montana, USA. Provides listing of services and rates as well as areas of coverage.
  79. TVEyes – With the slogan “always watching”, this company provides an automated broadcast information retrieval service for radio and TV, together with instant content alerts and media access.
  80. Taha Press – Privately-owned media outlet, which aims at broadcasting political, social and cultural news in Persian/Farsi, with specific focus on Iran.
  81. Teleclip – A video news monitoring service located in Austin, TX.
  82. The Agency Source – New Delhi, India based agency providing competitive information services to advertising and marketing industries under the TV Ad Indx, Press Indx, News Indx, Radio Indx and Bank brands.
  83. Thomson Intermedia – Offering online systems for gathering industry intelligence through media monitoring. Verifies advertising placement, evaluates marketing campaign effectiveness, and offers news clipping services.
  84. TracerLock – Monitors significant news sites and e-mails an alert within as little as 15 minutes of the publication of new articles that match preselected search terms.
  85. TrackNews – Holds archive of television news materials from 1/1/2000. Offers digital video via email, DVD mastering, and automated media reports.
  86. Transcripts Express – Monitoring and transcription of Irish radio and television broadcasts. Same day turnaround and competitive pricing.
  87. TriggerNews – Provides real-time alerts for news articles that match user-defined keywords.
  88. Universal Information Services – Offers North America news monitoring and media analysis, press clipping, plus the monitoring of TV, radio and the Internet.
  89. Utah News Clips – Professional TV news clipping service serving the Salt Lake City, Utah area. Order form, pricing, and contact information.
  90. Video Monitoring Services – A broadcast information retrieval service
  91. Vocus Media Monitoring Service – News On Demand provides real time news and media monitoring for measuring public relations campaigns.
  92. WPS Russian Media Monitoring Agency – Monitoring of Russian electronic media, Russian newspaper clipping service
  93. Web-Observer – Software enabling monitoring of electronic mass media and other information from Internet sources.
  94. WebClipping.com – Founded in August 1998 and providing clients with news, information, and rumors from every key online source that impacts their business.
  95. Webnewsmonitor – Scans online news sites in multiple languages in Europe and USA. Real-time keyword search available for a monthly fee. Instant demo and free trial offered.
  96. WireClip – Search engine drawing on press release newswires – ClickPress, USPRwire, and UKPRwire.
  97. WiseBrief – Contact details, FAQ, and list of services offered by firm that monitors and analyzes stories daily from Korean-language newspapers, magazines, newswire, broadcast, and Web sources. Provides customized English-language abstracts and intelligence reports.
  98. World News Connection – Supplies daily news from countries around the world. Offers coverage of local media sources specific to a country, region, or city.
  99. Xtreme Information – Offering competitive advertising and editorial monitoring intelligence, this team of international editors and translators provide English abstracts of foreign titles.
  100. Zenark – Offers reports on web intelligence by monitoring key online news sources for the UK and Ireland.
  101. dna 13 – Provides companies with public relations and communications software. Key features include integrated media monitoring, management and measurement tools. Has created integrated system for monitoring broadcast television (in real-time), print, Internet news and Weblogs in one Web application. 102.Cloud Tag Analytics- Some may say “hey, just filter your Google Analytics reports using a /tag/ filter and you’ll pretty much find out the usage”. Right, but wrong. You see, the actual tag cloud is not the only place from which people might land on the tag archive pages. There may be posts linking to certain tag archives, there may be lists of tags underneath each post (like on my blog), or even Google can land somebody on your tag archives. This means that in order to view the accurate results of your tag cloud usage, you’ll have to do something better than that.

What do you think the solution is with all of this available and media being so dispursed?

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Got QR? Better Yet, GOT Q_PR?

February 17, 2011 1 comment

Alice's QPR Code

What's Does It Say?

How’d you use QR codes in PR? Marketing? Emergency Preparedness? 
Now, I have got to say that this IS cutting edge stuff with regards to exploring how to apply them to various new opportunities.  Disconnect your Desktop, the TV and submit you cool ideas here in the comment section.  In short, QR Codes are a cell phone readable bar code that can store phone numbers, URL’s, email addresses and pretty much any other alphanumeric data. Storing up to 4296 characters they are internationally standardised under ISO 18004. Think “print-based hypertext links” and you’ll start to get the idea.
A QR Code (it stands for “Quick Response”) is a mobile phone readable barcode that’s been big in Japan forever, broke into Eurpoe a while back, and is now getting traction in USA. In it’s simplest sense think “print based hypertext link” – simply encode a URL into the QR Code and then point a mobile phone (or other camera-enabled mobile) at it. If the device has hadQR Code decoding software installed on it, it will fire up its browser and go straight to that URL.

But it doesn’t stop there – a QR Code can also contain a phone number, an SMS message, V-Card data or just plain alphanumeric text, and the scanning device will respond by opening up the correct application to handle the encoded data appropriately courtesy of the FNC1 Application Identifiers that are embedded in the encoded data.

The technical specifications for a QR Code are set down in the ISO-18004 standard so they are the same all over the world, and the only signifcant variations from one QR code to another (apart from the data it contains) is the number of modules required to store the data. A Version 1 QR Code is a 21×21 array of data elements with the array increasing in size by 4 modules for each increase in version number. The largest standard QR Code is a Version 40 symbol that 177×177 modules in size and can hold up 4296 characters of alphanumeric data (theoretically) compared to 25 characters for a Version 1 QR Code.

While there is still a lot of room for improvement, the resolution of average present-day cell phone camera other camera enabled portable devices is such that the size of the data modules (dots) on a QR Code of Version 5 or above (37×37) presents a real risk of incorrect decoding of the symbol by the device. When creating a QR Code intended for use with mobile phones it’s best to stick to Version 4 or lower, and a QR Code symbol of at least 2cm (0.85inches) across.

More Information. For more information about QR Codes, try these sites:

 And a few videos to explain QR Codes…

 
 

How many bookmarking & sharing sites?

February 8, 2011 5 comments

Current List of Bookmarking/Sharing Sites

I am wondering how many bookmarking and sharing sites there are these days?  Do they work in the work place in some way that would be ueful?  There seems to be an explosion of these social tagging bookmarking sites, and they are growing daily.

More importantly, I’d like to know just how many do you actually need to use? How many???  Really, many can one logically use and keep up with?  below is a list to scan through to broaden your reach, and broaden your horizons.

Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to organize, store, manage and search for bookmarks of resources online. Unlike file sharing, the resources themselves aren’t shared, merely bookmarks that reference them.  Descriptions may be added to these bookmarks in the form of metadata, so users may understand the content of the resource without first needing to download it for themselves. Such descriptions may be free text comments, votes in favour of or against its quality, or tags that collectively or collaboratively become a folksonomy.   Folksonomy is also called social tagging, “the process by which many users add metadata in the form of keywords to shared content”.

One that has my attention is Knowledge Plaza which launched in 2009.  Knowledge Plaza, also referred to as KP, is an Enterprise 2.0 and knowledge management tool which provides a balance between social bookmarking, document management, wikis and an internal social network. It was initially designed as an information management tool for knowledge workers and is often used for collaborative research projects, market intelligence, information brokerage, etc.  Knowledge Plaza is used as the reference tool for the “Social KM” as part of their Enterprise Social Software landscape in USEO’s analysis of the market. Their analysis concludes that Knowledge Plaza strikes a balance between a traditional Document management system and more community-orientated environments such as Jive SBS. This sort of thing would be great, if it was used for non-profits who wanted to collaborate together in pulling best practices, materials, and resources.

 Below is a list of the social bookmarking and sharing sites that I know about. Do you know of others? Let me know and I will add it to the list.

netShoutout

100zakladok

2 Tag

2linkme

7Live7.com

A1‑Webmarks

A97abi

Add.io

Adfty

Adifni

Aero

All My Faves

Amazon

Amen Me!

AnonTalk

AOL Mail

Armenix

Arto

Aviary Capture

Baang

Baidu

Bebo

Bentio

BiggerPockets

Bit.ly

BizSugar

Bleetbox

Blinklist

Blip

Blogger

Bloggy

Blogmarks

Blogtrottr

Blurpalicious

Boardlite

Bobrdobr

BonzoBox

Bookmarked

BookmarkingNet

Bookmarky.cz

Bookmerken

Bordom

Box.net

Brainify

Bryderi.se

BuddyMarks

Buzzzy

Camyoo

Care2

Chiq

Cirip

CiteULike

ClassicalPlace

Clickazoo

clp.ly

Cndig

Colivia.de

Communicate

Connotea

cOOtopia

COSMiQ

Delicious

DesignBump

Designmoo

DigaCultura

Digg

Diggita

Diglog

Digo

DigThisHost

Digzign

Diigo

Dipdive

DoMelhor

Dosti

DotNetKicks

DotShare

Douban

Draugiem.lv

Drimio

Dropjack

Dwellicious

Dzone

Edelight

EFactor

eKudos

elefanta.pl

Email

Email App

Embarkons

euCliquei

Evernote

extraplay

EzySpot

Fabulously40

Facebook

Fark

Farkinda

Fashiolista

Fashion BURNER

FAVable

Faves

favlog

Favoriten

Favorites

Favoritus

Flaker

Floss.pro

Folkd

FollowTags

forceindya

Formspring.me

FreeDictionary

Fresqui

FriendFeed

Friendster

funP

fwisp

Gabbr

Gacetilla

Gamekicker

GiveALink

GlobalGrind

Gmail

Good Noows

Google

Google Buzz

Google Reader

Gravee

GreaterDebater

Grono.net

Grumper

Haber.gen.tr

Hacker News

Hadash Hot

Hatena

Hazarkor

Healthimize

Hedgehogs

HelloTxt

Hipstr

historious

Hitmarks

Hot Bookmark

Hotklix

Hotmail

HTML Validator

Hyves

ideaREF!

Identi.ca

ihavegot

Index4

Indexor

Informazione

Instapaper

InvestorLinks

iOrbix

iSociety

iWiW

Jamespot

Jisko

JoliPrint

Jumptags

Kaboodle

Kaevur

Kipup

KiRTSY

Kledy

Kommenting

La tafanera

Laaikit

Ladenzeile

Librerio

Lifestream

Link Ninja

Link-a-Gogo

LinkedIn

Links Gutter

LinkShares

Linkuj.cz

Livefavoris

LiveJournal

LockerBlogger

Logger24

Lynki

Mail.ru

Markme

Mashbord

Mawindo

Meccho

meinVZ

Mekusharim

Memori.ru

Menéame

Messenger

Mindbodygreen

Mister Wong

Mixx

Moemesto.ru

mototagz

mRcNEtwORK

Multiply

myAOL

Mylinkvault

Myspace

N4G

NetLog

Netvibes

Netvouz

NewsMeBack

NewsTrust

Newsvine

Nujij

OKNOtizie

Oneview

OnGoBee

Orkut

Osmosus

Oyyla

Packg

Pafnet

PDF Online

PDFmyURL

PhoneFavs

PimpThisBlog

Ping.fm

Planypus

Plaxo

Plurk

Pochval

PopEdition

Posteezy

Posterous

Prati.ba

Print

PrintFriendly

Pusha

QRF.in

Quantcast

Qzone

Read It Later

Reddit

Rediff MyPage

RedKum

RideFix

Scoop.at

Segnalo

Sekoman

Select2Gether

Shaveh

She Told Me

ShirIntarIn

Simpy

Sina Weibo

Slashdot

SMI

SodaHead

Sonico

Speedtile

Sphinn

SpinSnap

Spoken To You

sportpost

springpad

Spruzer

Squidoo

Startaid

Startlap

StoryFollower

studiVZ

Stuffpit

StumbleUpon

Stumpedia

Stylehive

Surfpeople

Svejo

Symbaloo

TaazaShare

TagMarks.de

Tagvn

Tagza

Tarpipe

TellMyPolitician

The Web Blend

Thinkfinity

ThisNext

Throwpile

Tip’d

TopSiteler

Transferr

Translate

Tulinq

Tumblr

Tusul

Tvinx

TweetMeme

Twitter

TwitThis

Typepad

Upnews.it

Urlaubswerk

Viadeo

Virb

VisitezMonSite

VKontakte

VybraliSME

Vyoom

Webnews

Whois Lookup

Windy Citizen

WireFan

WordPress

Worio

Wykop

Xanga

XING

Y! Bookmarks

Y! Buzz

Y! Mail

Yammer

Yardbarker

Yemle

Yigg

Yiid

Yoolink

Yorumcuyum

Youblr

Youbookmarks

YouMob

Yuuby

Zakladok.net

Zanatic

ZicZac

ZooLoo



How Teens are Communicating Today

October 25, 2010 Comments off

I have a nine month old grandson, who is at that stage where he babbles, giggles and appears to know what he is saying, but does not speak yet. He is utterly adorable to watch as he trys to learn to mouth sounds.

My four year old grandson on the other hand, is a chatter box. He will soon be of school age.

Both are as we call them today digital natives.   The four year old already calls me to talk on the cell phone, as he knows my speed dial number. He likes calling his Nanna.  He can’t even read or write yet. But, he uses a cell phone already. 

Teens, well that is an altogether differnt story.  Mine, they are now young adults and they actually want talk to me now instead of just hanging out with their teen friends like they used to do.

My own children did not initially grow up with all this social media or cell phones. The phone hung on a wall in the kitchen and they did have to learn how to write handwritten letters to people.  Times have changed.

But, now with all the social nessnessness of ever changing enabling technologies out there, it’s getting pretty evident that you just can’t hang out “everywhere” on the Internet. There are just way too many sites to keep up.

To reach out and to educate or inform people about important issues is getting tough as well. Which site do you go to and where for the best and most correct information? It is indeed a slippery slope. 

Case in point #1: Whose reading newspapers?  Predominantly, it is not teens, but, if they were how in the heck would they be able to sift through the slippery slop of different presentations with all the slanted information and figure what is the most correct information? How would you help youth sort out all that information, and let’s say do a social studies report on it??? How would you communicate important news to children at their level in newspapers? TV news hours?

Case in point #2: There are so many channels. Which channels are you on? Which Channels are youth using? “Everyone’s on Foursquare, and everyone’s on this and everyone’s on that,” says Xianhang Zhang, a researcher with “social design” firm Bumblebee Labs, which studies innovation and social mores. “A lot of time they don’t even know why,” he confides. “They just feel like they should be.”  He’s also hearing a lot about Quora.com now, a Wikipedia-like network based on user-generated questions and answers. Quora and Hunch.com — which recommends sites based on what you already like — might be the next destinations the tech-savvy feel compelled to add to their personal browsing itineraries.

But, if you want to do outreach say to reach a significant number of youth across America, then studying how they communicate today is vital. PEW has some great studies and insights, btw.

And, you won’t reach most of youth if you are simpling creating informational sheets, a web page loaded with scads and scads of files or documents to try to find or sift through, doing print ads in newspapers, radio PSAs, Twitter, or Blog campaigns. Wrong Mediums and Channels altogether.   Surprised?

Well, it’s not surprising that daily text messaging among American teens has shot up. Way UP!  For example, over the course of 18 months,  from February of 2008 to September 2009 they numbers rose from 38% to  54% of teens texting daily. It is now November 2010 and I bet that number is even higher.

And it’s not just frequency – teens are sending enormous quantities of text messages a day (1,500 to 3,500 messages a month).

Get this, half of teens send 50 or more text messages each day, or 1,500 texts a month, and one in three send more than 100 texts a day, or more than 3,000 texts a month. Older teen girls ages 14-17 lead the charge on text messaging, averaging 100 messages a day for the entire cohort.

Hmmm, no surprise here, that the youngest of teen boys are the most resistant to texting – only averaging 20 messages per day.

If you want to build tools and reach youth, then I might suggest strategically developing a viral MMS campaign or SMS campaign. I have previously posted about which companies are doing this sort of work. 

Here’s why.

 Text messaging has become the primary way that teens reach their friends, surpassing face-to-face contact, email, instant messaging and voice calling as the go-to daily communication tool for this age group. However, voice calling is still the preferred mode for reaching parents for most teens.

So the next question is just screaming to be asked….if so much communication is being done via the cell phone and text messaging by teens, then can we reach youth by emphasizing more interactive MMS design thinking, MMS games and mobile education simulations, user experience designs, mobile social media marketing and outreach, 3D and virtual environments, and related disciplines? 

Are there others who are out there wanting collaborative teams for the development of important solutions for youth, and youth design-based solutions all the way up to solving bigger problems?

Here are some other links on recent research about How Youth / Teens are communicating.

1) Cell Phone Use and Teens: PPT Slides http://slidesha.re/dvH1iJ, Article http://bit.ly/aCtxUn

2) Social Media & Young Adults: http://bit.ly/b022ZP

3) Teen and Mobile Phones: http://bit.ly/daj263

4) Latino Youth: http://bit.ly/b4yWC7

5) 100 Best Apps for Learning: http://bit.ly/9n4ksh 

A website to view website audience demographics ://www.quantcast.com

More About the Parent-Teen Cell Phone Survey

This study is based on the 2009 Parent-Teen Cell Phone Survey which obtained telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of 800 teens age 12-to-17 years-old and their parents living in the continental United States and on 9 focus groups conducted in 4 U.S. cities in June and October 2009 with teens between the ages of 12 and 18.

The survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. The interviews were done in English by Princeton Data Source, LLC from June 26 to September 24, 2009.

Typhoon? What Would You Do? Are Your Prepared?

October 18, 2010 Comments off

Super-Typhoon Megi is hitting the Phillipines as I write this post. Thousands of people in the Philippines have fled from their homes ahead of a powerful storm, Super-Typhoon Megi, which is expected to reach the north of the country early on Monday. Megi, which has winds of up to more than 200km/h (125mph), is then forecast to move towards the South China Sea.

More to the point, what if that sort of scenario hit us here in the DC region? Florida? TX coast? California coast? What would you do? How would you take an active role in communicating to your family, and friends. If you are a young child or teen…you are not too young to get involved either.

It seems that only roughly 30% of the US population is prepared for any sort of emergency. And, only 20% have an emergency radio.

Why is it that we generally think it will happen to someone else and not ever “me” in some disconnected way?  

 Why is it we have time to play hours on some video game or Facebook Farmville “game” but seem to have no time to make an emergency plan for our self as an individual or for our family.  

Do you even know what the key hazard threats are for your town or county?  How would you motivate friends to prepare and prepare better?  If you are a teenager what would you do to make a change at your home? Your school? Your city or town?

1) The Maryland Natural Hazards Preparedness Guide is available for Download here (PDF).  See page 19! Useful stuff there!

2) NOAA National Weather Service Homepage  and Current Weather Alerts

3) Here are some picts of the 2005 hurricane related work in SW LA. What, if any things do you see that could make a difference?

4) General reading on Debris Flow Hazards

5) Here is a list of all the local Emergency Offices by State, check your local office and know where it is located.

6) Be better prepared visit http://www.ready.gov.  How would you change this site so more people would prepare or share the information more effectively?  How would you communicate it better to your immediate circle of family and friends?

7) Buy a Red Cross certified already made emergency preparedness  kit (I know the owner as I met him at a Gov Conference in 2007) His is a service disabled veteran owned business, which I also support our vets!

8) Visit the Maryland Emergency Management Agency or your state’s own page

9) Sign Up for CAPALERT if you live or work in the DC area. Be among the first to know about emergencies

I would be interested to know what your creative and 0r useful ideas are! Really!!

I encourage you to commit a weekend to updating telephone numbers, buying emergency supplies and reviewing your emergency plan with everyone. Make an online plan here and print it out and give it to your family  members

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