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Podcast Production Tips

August 5, 2015 Comments off

 Image Credit: Getty ImagesIf your spend some time now making decisions about how you plan to format your podcast, it will only make your show more enjoyable for your listeners, but it will also save you a lot of time and frustration in the future.

Spend a little time deciding how long your podcast will be, how often you will post new show, and what your typical show outline will be, and your boiler plate messaging, links and call to action messages.  These are important decisions that will affect your time commitment and enjoyment making your show. They will also determine what kind of web hosting you will need. Now onto a some tips for planning and producing a podcast.

Preliminary Podcast Production Planning Steps:

  1. Research & Planning

  2. Messaging & Talking Points

  3. Actual Interview

  4. Recording, Production, Editing

  5. Publishing/ Supporting Blog Content

  6. Hosting, Listing, SEO/SEM/RSS

  7. Distribution

  8. Promotion

Research & Planning Your Podcast

We know you are probably anxious to record and get your voice out to your community. But a little planning will help you focus. In the end you will produce a better podcast that will attract and keep more listeners. This will also make your job a lot easier, or we can help. In the planning session we will ask a few questions for you to consider and help you make some important decisions about:

  1. Podcast Topic

  2. Podcast Format

  3. Choosing a location to record your podcast

We’ll also talk about how to outline and plan each episode of your podcast before you record. And, we want to help you make a quality podcast that will attract and keep more listeners. Here are a few things you need to decide for your podcast:

  1. What’s the topic of your podcast?

  2. What’s the format of your podcast?

  3. How long will each episode be?

  4. How often are you going to release new shows?

If you take just a little time to think about these things now, then your podcast will turn out much better. A well planned podcast will get more listeners. Here are the questions to consider when it comes to choosing a format for your podcast:

  1. Will you be doing a solo podcast or will you include other hosts?

  2. What segments do you want to produce (e.g. tip of the day, reviews, breaking news, interviews etc.)?

  3. How long will your podcast be?

  4. How often will you release new  podcast episodes?

  5. Will you just be talking or will you play music and sound effects as well?

  6. Maybe you’ll come up with something completely different?

NOTE: If you plan to insert music in your podcast that you did not produce, then you need to get permission to use it. We can help with this as well. It’s not legal to use copyrighted material in your podcast, without permission. You should form a basic idea of how you want to structure your podcast.

Also, just because we are talking about a “plan” and a “format” does not mean that this stuff is set in stone. You will certainly change your mind as time goes on. You will add things and drop things. Eventually you will find your groove and settle into what works well for you.

But it’s good to start out with an outline so that  you have an idea of where you’re headed. We can guide you on this. It will make the process easier and also help make your podcast better. A better podcast means more listeners and more fun for you!

Let’s talk about a few things to consider when you choose a format for your podcast.

Should You Have A Co-Host

It’s up to you. There are a lot of solo podcasts out there. Some podcasts have two or more hosts. There are also podcasts with several participants discussing a topic at the same time, like the fairly new entertainment podcast

You can even co-host a show with someone who lives in another state or another country. This is often done using Skype or a similar platform.

There are advantages to having a co-host:

  • Listeners find the discussion between multiple hosts more interesting than just one person talking for 20 minutes
  • With multiple hosts you can split the work required to produce the podcast
  • There are more people to come up with creative ideas and content

This comes with the added complication, though, of coordinating the schedules of multiple people, maybe even across time zones. The advantage of doing it solo is that you’re totally in control.

What Kind of Segments Will Your Podcast Have?

What do we mean by segments? Well, back before podcasting, we drove to work in the city and we listened to the local radio drive shows. They had certain segments that they did every morning. We always knew that they would do the serious news, then later the silly news, then the “funny” people awards, then an interview or two and so on.  These were the segments that they always did. If you watch the morning shows on the TV or radio shows on NPR it’s the same. There are certain segments that they do on each show.

So, what segments will your podcast have?  Your listeners will want to know what to expect. Familiarity and structure are comfortable. And, it make your job easier. Having a planned structure, maybe even an “editorial topic calendar” will also make producing your podcast easier for you. The point is that a little thought and planning is helpful at this stage.

Here’s an example segment structure for a localized podcast:

  1. Intro & Welcome, Date

  2. Announcements

  3. Shout Out for the Top 10 in the Community

  4. Mid Roll Ad Spot

  5. Commentary

  6. Quick Tips & Resources

  7. Outroll Theme Music

This is just one example. Find a structure that works best for you and your intended local listeners and don’t be afraid to mix it up. You can be spontaneous.

Music in Your Podcast?

Even if you don’t have a music podcast, you may still want to use music in your podcast. Music is a great way to change things up and drive the show forward. You can use music to transition between segments. This adds variety and keeps things moving. It also serves as a cue that you are moving into something new or changing gears. Music makes a good intro. Having an intro theme song is useful for a couple reasons:

  • When your listener hears your theme song, it instantly cues them in that they are listening to your show.

  • An intro song raises the energy level and gives you some momentum going into the show.

If you think you’ll want to use music in your podcast, there are some legal and copyright considerations.

How Long Should Your Podcast Be?

The beauty of podcasting is you’re not limited to the typical broadcast radio timing. If you listen to a talk show on the radio, everything is timed to the commercials and the “top of the hour”.

But now you’re in control. Your podcast can be five minutes or it can be 45 minutes. We suggest between 10 and 20 minutes. When you decide how long your podcast is going to be, you should think about what’s going to work for your audience. How long of a podcast will your audience will actually listen to? If the purpose of your podcast is to cover the latest community information on a certain topic, then you probably want to keep it to 10-20 minutes.

Your Podcast Should Be As Long As It NEEDS To Be

Too general?  What we mean is, make it long enough to serve its purpose, but not so long that you will bore listeners. There is a point where it’s just right and then wrap things up. With time, you will find the happy medium. We suggest being consistent in how long your shows are so your listeners know what to expect.

In GENERAL, our personal opinion is that a 10-20 minute show is a good length. Your listeners might listen to a lot of podcasts. If you want your podcast to be one that they listen to regularly, then you don’t want to take up more of their time than you need to.

In the end, you know what’s best for you, your show and your audience.

How Much Time Will It Take to Make A Podcast

Just because you do a 10- 20-minute show doesn’t mean that you will only spend 20 minutes a week creating your podcast. Your time and our time commitment will vary depending on how much preparation you need and your experience and the amount of technical help we provide.

Keep in mind that the longer your show is, the longer is it will take to produce it. Many podcasters spend 2-4 times the length of their show just on preparation before and publishing afterwards.

How the Length of Your Show Affects Your Web Hosting

We will talk more about podcast web hosting later, but for now you need to know that the longer your shows are, the more storage you will need. The longer the show, the larger the MP3 file.

Also, a larger show means you need more bandwidth for your web site. Bandwidth is the amount of information transferred to and from your web site each month. There is a limit to how much you can transfer. With most web sites this is not a problem, but with podcasts it can be a problem because of the size of the MP3 files. We will talk more about bandwidth later, and where you can host your podcast. For now just know that the longer your podcast, the larger the MP3 file and the more bandwidth you will need for your hosting.

How Often Will You Post Your Podcast?

Will you do your show daily, weekly, monthly or just whenever you feel like it? This will depend largely on how busy your life is. How much time does your job, family or other obligations take up? Take an inventory of your life and estimate how much time you will have to work on your podcast.

Stay in Regular Contact with Your Listeners

It’s important, if possible, to have a regular schedule for posting your show. If you have a regular schedule it will help with listener loyalty. They will know when to expect from you and look forward to your new shows.

With our busy schedules, we don’t always get our podcasts out when we plan to. But do your best. we’re working on getting better at this.

If you’re podcasting for an organization or fund raising promotion, then we would suggest doing at least one podcast a week. Bi-weekly may work, but it’s important to have regular contact with your listeners. Every day that goes by your listeners can easily forget about you a little more.

People have short attention spans and short-term memory. You want to stay in the minds of your listeners on a regular basis. Bandwidth is an issue here, too. The more often you post your podcast, the more people will be downloading from your site which requires more bandwidth from your hosting.

How Often Can You Get Fresh Content for Your Podcast

How much fresh content is available for your show and how often can you get it? For example, if your podcast is women sports-based, how often does interesting news on your topic come along? How often can you create the content for your show?

Technically Producing, Editing and Hosting Your Podcast

This is where we help you to open the mic and just start talking (or whatever else you plan on doing in your podcast). We can coach you on this!

But, there’s a lot of back end production work that goes into the final polished podcast.  And, this is where we come into play with our technical expertise. Once you’ve created your first podcast, we need to prepare it for editing, publishing and then hosting it on the Internet. This involves some of the following:

  • Editing for sound quality
  • Taking out umms, ahhs and pauses, coughs and sniffles
  • Inserting music
  • Inserting ad spots ( if appropriate)
  • Creating an MP3 Files
  • ID3 Tags for Podcasts
  • Podcast Hosting (blogs, web hosting, RSS feeds)
  • Free Podcast Hosting
  • Naming Your Podcast File ( 3-4 words)
  • Uploading Your Podcast
  • Writing Podcast Show Notes
  • Posting Show Notes

NEXT STEPS & SUMMARY

With all this in mind, remember, you know what’s best for you, your show and your potential audience when it comes to the length and frequency of your show.

One final suggestion, is spend some time listening to other podcasts. My previous post has a list of some women podcasters.  Pay attention to how long they are. How long of a podcast do you like as a listener? Take note of their structure and the segments used in each show. What segments do you find enjoyable? Brainstorm on some ideas. Now we need to determine a location for us to record your podcast.

Our Brief Suggestions for Promoting Your Podcast

Of course you’ll want more listeners for your podcast. We will work with you during a special planning session and talk a bit more about how to find and build listeners for your podcast.

Email me at alice@flatlandsavellc.com for more information on how we can help get you started with coaching, planning and helping your host a podcast.

Podcast Trends & Women in Podcasting

August 5, 2015 Comments off

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Hi everyone! With technology being so ubiquitous in our daily lives, I want to talk first about some evolving podcast trends, as there are some changes going on out in the pod-stratosphere. And, then in my next post I’ll move into some basic podcast production tips.

Earlier this year I read an article in Wired Magazine about how Podcasting has enjoyed an increased amount of media attention of late. And, even PEW Research shares the same inclinations towards the continued but substantive growth of Podcasting in their Podcast Fact Sheet.

  • “Mobile devices are increasingly the preferred way to listen to podcasts. Libsyn also recorded that, of their 2.6 billion podcast downloads in 2014, 63% were requested from mobile devices – up from 43% in 2012.

  • In 2014, there were about 22,000 active podcasts (up from 12,000 in 2012).

  • An additional indicator of the strong growth of podcasts is the launch of three relatively new podcast networks by public radio alone: Radiotopia by PRX, SoundWorks by PRI, and Infinite Guest by APM.

  • In the following excerpt from Dorie Clark, a Forbes ccontributor, wrote that: “…New York magazine declaring a “great podcast renaissance.” There’s been practically no mention of podcasting from 2008 to 2013,” says Harbinger. “Why? That’s because it wasn’t new anymore, so nobody was talking about it. But, if you look at the statistics…podcasting has been growing steadily, in great numbers.” Indeed, Rob Walch of the podcast hosting service Libsyn agrees, noting that “Smartphones, and specifically the iPhone, have really been the driver of growth the last few years” because they make podcast downloading and consumption easier….”

  • As of February 2013, men hosted 70 percent of the world’s 100 most popular podcasts. Two years later, the disparity in the top-100 remains woefully the same. But other podcast trends suggest a shift is underway. Late last year, massively popular true crime show Serial, hosted by Sarah Koenig, became the fastest-growing podcast ever, hitting five million downloads.

IMHO, podcasting is coming of age ( especially for women in the field) and it was ahead of its time. More importantly the following two new podcast examples are produced by women. This is unique in and of itself, because as I noted the market is saturated with male podcasters. Farther below I provide a more extensive list of some women podcasters, but I want to highlight the following two new comers to the podcast arena.

  1. Pushing Hoops with Sticks, hosted by Ayesha A. Siddiqi. There needs to be more shows like this, period. Her show examines race (often within the creative community, like comedy and music) and does so in such an important and direct way.

  2. Baby Geniuses, hosted by Artist Lisa Hanawalt and Emily Heller.

  3. Two Brown Girls, hosted by Fariha Roisin and Zeba Blay. Fariha and Zeba are writers and critics whose show is a mix of topics, ranging from culture, politics, pop culture, style, feminism, race, and politics

  4. Death, Sex and Money, Hosted by Anna Sale. Anna’s podcast, which interviews people about the topics we all struggle to speak openly about, is about to celebrate it’s one year anniversary and his been a major hit since it first hit WNYC’s airwaves.

  5. The JV Club, hosted by Janet Varney. Janet Varney happens to be one of the funniest people around, so when you combine her with some incredible female guests, speaking about what it was like to be a teenager

  6. Hot Grease, hosted by Nicole Taylor. Currently on sabbatical. Nicole’s podcast is dedicated to the American south and all the ways it interacts with (and influences) local food and culture in other places. There are over 160 episodes in her archives.

  7. Design Matters, hosted by Debbie Millman. She tackles more serious issues within the design community.

  8. The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva). The Kitchen Sisters produce a show for NPR and other content for public media across the country. With a long history in radio, these incredible women cover stories ranging from food to serious discussions of life and death

  9. Strangers, hosted by Lea Thau. Lea is the former director of NPR’s beloved Moth series, and her show is dedicated to the same concept – sharing personal stories that mean something to both the teller and the listener.

  10. Black Girls Talking, hosted by Alesia, Fatima, Aurelia and Ramou. This round-table format show. Think of The View.

  11. Rendered (formerly Destination DIY), hosted by Julie Sabatier. This is a show predominantly about design and “maker” talk online.

  12. Radio Cherry Bombe, hosted by Julia Turshen. Food and Cooking. First two years interviewing women in the food industry.

  13. The Spin, hosted by Esther Armah: Esther’s show launched last year and it’s a fantastic weekly show that discusses race, politics, culture and personal stories with women of color.

  14. Strangers

  15. Fugitive Waves with The Kitchen Sisters

  16. On the Media

  17. Answer me This!

  18. Fresh Air

  19. Pop Culture Happy Hour

  20. The Longest Shortest Time

  21. Design Matters with Debbie Millman

  22. Criminal

  23. The Business

  24. The Digital Human

  25. One Bad Mother

  26. Wham Bam Pow

  27. Destination DIY

  28. Sawbones

  29. Slate Culture Gabfest

  30. Slate Political Gabfest

  31. Shortcuts

  32. Re:sound/Third Coast

  33. DecodeDC

  34. Grammar Girl

  35. Serial

  36. Josie Long’s All of the Planet’s Wonders (only 4 episodes)

  37. Sex Nerd Sandra. Sandra Daugherty discusses a broad range of topics from the instructional to the philosophical, including kissing, fetishes, healing after abuse, and, in the most recent episode, the intersection of sexuality and the Bible.

  38. Ronna & Beverly. Two vaguely disapproving Jewish mothers you’ve always wanted but never had. The characters, played by Jessica Chaffin and Jamie Denbo, have an elaborate forty-year backstory, including ex-husbands, children, and a book they coauthored.

  39. Girl on Guy. The format of comic-interviews. Aisha Tyler, the titular girl—who you may recognize as the voice of Lana from Archer—has her own spin on it, where she interviews a guy (sometimes a girl) who is successful in a creative field. It’s more of a conversation than an interview. Her podcast is always a good listen, especially the Self-Inflicted Wounds segment near the end, where she invites her guests to tell a story of a time they humiliated themselves.

  40. Slumber Party with Alie & Georgia. Alie and Georgia first showed up on the Internet’s radar in 2009 when they crafted the McNuggetini out of a chocolate milkshake, vanilla vodka, a barbecue-sauce-rimmed martini glass, and a chicken nugget garnish. Now they have their own show on the Cooking Channel as well as their own podcast, which what it sounds like, pajamas, pillow forts, ghost stories, snacks and all. They almost always have a guest—although a few solo episodes have been recorded—and they have fun regular questions, including, “What did you learn this week?” and, “Who is your Internet crush?”

  41. Go Bayside! When I first heard there was a podcast dedicated to discussing Saved By the Bell, I thought it was a ridiculous idea. But then Paul F. Tompkins was a guest. April Richardson, who grew up watching reruns on TBS, is happy to address it, one episode at a time, on her couch with a weekly guest.

  42. Thrilling Adventure Hour The Thrilling Adventure Hour, performed and recorded live, is a throwback to the Golden Age of Radio. There are several recurring segments, but two of the most frequent are Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars, and Beyond Belief.There’s also a great rotating cast of guest stars, and since it’s recorded in LA, you never know who might show up.

  43. Who Charted? Kulap Vilaysack (once you learn how to say it you’ll want to do it all the time) acts as a guide (and occasional translator) for the glorious anarchy of her co-host Howard Kramer. Together, they count down three top-five charts, one related to music, one to movies, and one grab bag, all with a weekly guest.

  44. Throwing Shade. In Throwing Shade, Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi, self-described “femme-nasty” and “homo-sensual,” locked in a love/hate friendship, talk about current events related to feminist and LGBT issues. Every week, they each bring an issue to the table, and if that sounds boring, you should know that the two met performing at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in LA and are contributors to Funny or Die. Episode 111  is relevant.

  45. How Did This Get Made? This is a podcast dedicated to breaking down bad movies. Paul Sheer hosts, with Jason Mantzoukas and his wife June Diane Raphael making up the rest of the regular panel. The three of them seem like they’re friends in real life, because they’ve played off each other perfectly from the first episode, when they dissected Burlesque.

  46. I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman. Do you know Jen Kirkman from Drunk HIstory or Chelsea Lately? Well, hear her podcast recorded from her bed, it kind of feels like you’re on the phone with one of your best friends after a long day.

  47. Raise Your Hand Say Yes With Tiffany Han

  48. A Better Life with Rachel Rofé

  49. After The Jump – Grace Bonney

  50. Creative Living – Jamie Ridler

  51. The Lively Show – Jess Lively

  52. One Part Podcast Jessica Murnane

  53. This Girl Means Business – Carrie Green

  54. Lady Business Radio – Jessica Kupferman

  55. Off The Charts – Nathalie Lussier

  56. The Sarah Bagley Podcast

  57. Online Marketing Made Easy – Amy Porterfield

  58. Natalie Sisson’s The Suitcase Entrepreneur

  59. The Broad Experience – Ashley Milne-Tyte

  60. Elise Gets Crafty

  61. The Introvert Entrepreneur With Beth Buelow

Do you have a favorite female podcast show? And, are any of you looking for more women-hosted podcasts? Bitch Media has a list of great women-hosted podcasts

Want to start your own podcast? Get in touch with me via email at alice@flatlandsavellc.com. Anyone looking to help women get involved in podcasting can reach out.

Is Radio Dead? Enter Podcasting!

March 16, 2015 Comments off

Image result for radio microphone wallpaperIs radio dead?  And, should we just burn the old radio microphone? Well for that matter, are all traditional news channels irrelevant? It seems that Native Digital News is the key to the future of media. Even, PEW’s State of the News Media Report for 2014 talked about the shift in the growth in digital reporting.

The following are some key points to consider, from the PEW 2014 overview.  A year ago, the State of The News Media Report struck a somber note, citing evidence of continued declines in the mainstream media that were impacting both content and audience satisfaction. As indicated above and throughout this post, many of these issues still exist, some have deepened and new ones have emerged. Still, the level of new activity during the past year is creating a perception that something important, perhaps even game-changing, is going on.

  1. Digital players have exploded onto the news scene, (and into our personal lives) bringing technological know how and new money which is luring top talent. For example, BuzzFeed, once scoffed at for content viewed as “click bait,” now has a news staff of 170, including top names like Pulitzer Prize-winner Mark Schoofs, and is the kind of place that ProPublica’s Paul Steiger says he would want to work at if he were young again. Mashable now has a news staff of 70 and enticed former New York Times assistant managing editor Jim Roberts to become its chief content officer. And in January of this year, Ezra Klein left the Washington Post for Vox media, which will become the new home for his explanatory journalism concept.
  2. Philanthropic money has increased as well, in many cases focused on smaller outlets seeking to fill the gap in news coverage left by legacy cutbacks. As recently as March 2014, the Jerome L. Greene Foundation announced a $10 million grant to New York Public Radio to help build its digital capabilities, an expressed need among nonprofits.
  3. The year also brought more evidence than ever that news is a part of the explosion of social media and mobile devices, and in a way that could offer opportunity to reach more people with news than ever before. Half of Facebook users get news in their feeds even though they did not go there looking for it. And, the Facebook users who get news at the highest rates are 18-to-29-year-olds.
  4. Here are the events of the past year, put in some perspective. The first-ever accounting found roughly 5,000 full-time professional jobs at nearly 500 digital news outlets, most of which were created in the past half dozen years. But the vast majority of bodies producing original reporting still comes from the newspaper industry. But, those newspaper jobs are far from secure. Full-time professional newsroom employment declined another 6.4% in 2012.
  5. Since the fall of 2013, there has been a dramatic and conspicuous migration of high-profile journalists to digital news ventures. In October, Yahoo hired high-profile New York Times tech columnist David Pogue, who was followed a month later by Times political writer Matt Bai. In late October, former Times assistant managing editor Jim Roberts became chief content officer at Mashable’s growing news operation.
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Furthermore in support of Pew’s State of the Media research, I’ve read a timely article or two in Wired Magazine of late. There is a huge wave of new media money flooding into the media market. And, the graphic in Wired Magazine was very telling for sure, with $500M going for Vice Media and another $96.5M for Buzz Feed. That’s a lot of money for digital media.

Additionally, Roman Mars, was interviewed in a recent Wired Magazine article about podcasting, and he stated that radio needs a “Tune Up.”  Why? Well, he says, radio used to corner the market back in the day on being close to it’s listeners.” “Listening to NPR became the definition of who you were.”

People and families literally used to gather around their radios to get their news and listen to programs. Those days are far gone, I am afraid to say.

But, podcasting is taking up a growing niche in the news market. It’s not a new technology. And, Mars explains, “There hasn’t been a real spike in podcasts’ popularity so much as long, steady growth in listenership. Mars continues, “But there is a moment happening right now.”   “One piece of that is Serial, which is clearly doing something big and different. Another piece is that Ira Glass was on The Tonight Show and he was talking about podcasts. That’s huge.” And, Roman Mars is building a podcasting Empire, says Wired Magazine!

This niche communications medium is about to explode because of the portability of all our devices today, and how the radio broadcasting and traditional media world must adapt or die as they  continue their downward spiral.

What Roman Mars talks about is that podcasting is so much more personal and intensely close for listeners. It becomes very personal, Mars says. “Podcast listeners are also a very dedicated bunch, and the radio stations just have not gotten it.”  One podcast listener is like having 10,000 listeners on an average quarterly hour (AQH) listenership, because if it is a great podcast they will share it with their friends.

Everyone is multitasking today. And, podcasts are perfectly suited to people having their attention divided in so many different ways, simultaneously. People typically listen to podcasts by themselves, often with ear buds. We are right there, in their ears talking to them.

We’re in a world now where you have something to do at all time, whether it’s commuting on a train, bus or washing dishes and doing laundry or weed whacking the yard. Podcasting is more accessible, more portable.

Podcasts are available all the time, on demand anywhere, 24/365. Podcasts are perfectly oriented for the modern world, you can wash your car to it.

In total, all the new small digital operations have created nearly 2,000 out of the 5,000 full-time editorial jobs PEW identified, and they represent a growing and increasingly important part of a shifting media ecosystem.

Here’s what they’re like: They are young and lean businesses, close to home and a bit more than 50% are opting to run as nonprofits.

Why? Well, refer to the numbers, as I stated before about the new wave of money for digital media… it’s coming from philanthropic organizations, where  61% of the nonprofit news organizations surveyed by Pew Research began with a large start-up grant from these organizations.

As a result of my reading and the direction traditional media has taken (about 11,000 newspaper newsroom jobs were lost as a result of the economic recession), I want to tell you about a new native digital business. I am advising on their digital strategy, and writing for their projects.

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Enter Podcasting and Flatlands Avenue Productions, LLC.  Please subscribe to them via email, after learning more about their business, the team and their services.

In short, Rita Rich is a great podcast producer, who has partnered with a woman named Debra Grobman. Both used were in radio. Debra is in LA and Rita is in the DC metro area, like myself. And, she has a legal representative in Michigan.

Rita Final Bio She is, and well in fact all of us are shifting how we do news and media outreach to help others tell their story. More intimately, for sure. And, Rita is good at it. She is the voice of Patriot-Made Audio and Canadian Made Audio.

They are fun ladies and have told a lot of stories and experience to share. Does your business have a podcast? Do you need a story told? Consider trying a different medium with far greater reach. You should consider the Debra Final Bioinformation I’ve shared today and how much the media and public relations world has changed.

Here is Flatland’s Pitch Deck for any business, government agency, media entity, PR firm, schools, churches or non profits who might be interested in doing a podcast or audio story.

I believe in their venture because they are-we all are reinventing how business gets done and how to reach more people. with less cost.

If you have a few minutes, please listen to a few recent stories from Flatlands Avenue Productions and their newest client, Romy Gingras and her brand new podcast series,The Bonfires of Social Enterprise. And, of course, Flatland’s has other projects with podcasts as well.

What are your thoughts about social enterprises helping to fix complex social problems?

What do you know or not know about Podcasting?  Let’s keep the conversation going!  Oh, and when you contact Rita, be sure to ask where their business name came from, it’s a great little story as well.

Many thanks for the work done by PEW,  who is Associate Director at the Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project, and  Wired Magazine from which I pulled some of the content to help me write this blog.

Great stuff don’t ya think!? :)  And, if you have a favorite podcast you listen to share it and tell me why you like it? What makes a good podcast would be another great blog post in the near future!

Holiday Shopping| E-tailers

December 2, 2012 3 comments

Save GreenThe initial purpose of this post is to help you save some “green,” and to be greener during the holidays. And if I can help you save you some time and save the environment by cutting down on your use of gasoline while holiday shopping, then that’s great.

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:   

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.

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.

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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.  Compare two users 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 & people who used 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 (*):  helps build 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 (*): NO LONGER ACTIVE. 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 key services.  Free and paid services.
  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 build thank you & other messages to people who mention, RT  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 (*):  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.
  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

 

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 is of me when I was a very young USAF service member (laughing at the hair, glasses or fashionable business suit is allowed-Gads). That’s an Autovon 490L Switching System.

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

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, I’ve been providing a plethora of user generated content about social media and communication related topics for a couple of years now,  because I really want to help people.

With the economic downturn , this recession is a tough environment to find jobs, and doubly tough for  veterans as well.

I’d appreciate it if you’d consider hiring a veteran, as well as work with other small Veteran-owned businesses. We  really do know how to get the job done, and we are mission oriented.

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 advise other small businesses.

With a few hours of my time, I can be invaluable in helping with your outreach and social media strategy.

Plastic Bags? Ban ’em?

January 5, 2012 Comments off

This is a personal social commentary. In the pursuit to eliminate all that is not green, plastic bags seem to be a natural target these days. Eliminate them from shopping? Or charge people for using them when shopping?

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 plastic 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). 

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 plastic 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 concern is more about the hidden taxing with no voice, no vote nor any effective communication to us the people while imposed said changes are enacted 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 for everything? This is a recession. 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, 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 create 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

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.

If you want to dig deeper below is a list of more references from Wikipedia:

 

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