Micro-Blogging Services – Should You Use it Or Not?

Micro-blogging is another online hype that has engrossed more than a million subscribers worldwide. This new platform allows every user to update their friends and subscribers on their muses about life, love, politics and many more. Often, micro-blogging services contain “user-generated content” which means that everything that is contained in that site, or in a particular profile, are created by the users themselves and they are not edited or filtered.

Because of these “free content,” parents should especially be wary about their kids who patronize these micro-blogging sites because kids can be exposed to adult content. Your kid’s innocence can also be taken advantage of and expose them to identity theft. If your child is not yet on with micro-blogging but is inclined to do so, read first the site’s terms of agreement/service before you allow your kids to register.

Here are some micro-blogging basics that you need to know:

What it is. Micro-blogging, as the term suggests, is blogging in brief expressions or short sentences. Most blogging services limit the characters to 160 which simply imply that whatever you want to “micro-blog” about should not be longer than the characters required. Micro-blogs are updated and they are published on your profile using various micro-blogging services that you will find online.

There are also social networking sites that offer micro-blogging in the form of updates. Through these updates, users can tell their friends where they are, what they are doing at the moment, what they are musing about or they can also share links, photos and videos from their computers or from other sites.

What you get from it. People like being connected and up-to-date about their friends and other people that might be of particular interest with them. With the rise of micro-blogging services, anyone can respond to questions posted by their friends faster; anyone can tell everyone that they’re going away for a vacation in a matter of minutes; and anyone can recommend movies and be instant “film reviewers.” You can discuss various issues and engage in debates with your friends online and responses can be generated in a matter of minutes. This is something liberating when it comes to micro-blogging services.

However, you should know that if you are not very careful, you may end up being a victim of identity theft or getting burglarized. Experts advise that you should not always post where you are especially if you are going away on a vacation and no one will be left at home. A criminal who will read your post that you are out for the weekend can search the internet for your address and enter your home while you are out. These are not isolated incidences because there have been a lot of cases when families who were out on a vacation goes home to find their houses broken into and their valuables stolen.

The benefits of micro-blogging far outweigh its threats. However, it is something that should not be ignored. These threats are real so you have to be very careful with what you “tweet.”

How to Download Apps For Your Blackberry

Blackberry is one of the leading companies of smart phones on the market today. There are currently thousands of applications available for you to download today; some are free while others cost money. They range in functionality, can save you time, and make your life easier. For example, you can be stuck in traffic and have the ability to see how much traffic there is and if there is a better route you can take to save time. You may then decide to pull off the freeway and watch a movie and let traffic die down. You can find times, buy tickets, and get direction to the theater all from your phone.

There are a few ways to go about downloading apps for your phone, the easiest being Blackberry App World. The Blackberry App world has a list of the top free and paid applications, an application search, and application category list. You can find an app for almost anything on the App World and it allows you to read reviews, see a description, and download the app to your phone instantly. You can even go back into the Blackberry App World and see all the apps you have downloaded and installed and get upgrades or uninstall the apps.

The other option would be to visit sites like handango.com which allow you to purchase apps and receive an OTA (Over the air) download link. They will either email or text message a link for you to download the app. These types of sites also allow you to buy themes, ringtones and images.

The third option is to visit the App producer’s website for a direct download. One my favorite apps is WhatsApp and their app can only be downloaded through their website. If you do some research and find an app you like but cannot find it on App World you may want to visit the producer’s website for a download link.

There are several ways to download apps for your blackberry and you can find an app for almost anything. Explore Blackberry App World and you will be amazed at the amount of apps available for you to download.

How to Talk to Your Teen About Sexting

Many parents are unsure how to talk to a teen about the potential consequences and dangers of “sexting,” that is, using a cell phone or computer to send naked pictures or videos. Sexting is a growing phenomenon among teenagers (and sometimes even younger children). Many kids do not understand the potential harm in sending revealing pictures to friends or others. For many parents, approaching the topic of sexting is difficult, especially if it’s hard to believe a child would even be exposed to this.

The dangers of sexting are clear. The practice has become popular in a relatively short period of time and the reaction to the cultural explosion has been mixed, and sometimes extreme. In some cases, children who have been caught sexting have been charged under child pornography laws. In other cases, the teenage humiliation of enduring naked pictures being spread around has lead to violence and suicide. Children who have access to a cell phone or computer must understand the consequences of what seems to them to be private and innocuous communication.

Talking about sexting with a child may be more challenging than talking about sex, drugs or any other difficult topic. Many times parents may be unaware of what sexting actually is and how prevalent it may be. As teenagers are generally more knowledgeable and savvy than adults about cell phones and computers, it adds an additional challenge for parents just to keep up with the latest technology and uses. And it’s certainly not something a child will be eager to discuss.

Just like with other difficult conversations, the time to talk with your child about sexting is way before you suspect he or she may be exposed to it. Many times a child will hear of someone else who has done it first and values can begin to be formed early as an outside observer. Or a child may be pulled into it unexpectedly, as perhaps it begins as an innocent cell phone or computer exchange, or private “joke,” and escalates from there. A child needs to hear the consequences of sexting, and be given the opportunity to process some feelings about it.

Using the “indirect” approach may be effective for the initial conversation. Citing a news story about sexting from TV, the Internet or the newspaper may be the best way to “break the ice.” Using this vicarious experience will allow both parent and child to comment on the story without “personalizing” it. Directly asking a child whether he or she has ever done this or know someone who has, only puts the child in a position to lie or get secretive (even subversive) with this topic and possibly others. The indirect approach will hopefully keep the lines of communication open.

If a child is ready to talk about sexting with a parent, then healthy active listening skills will help provide the safety for the child to process. Despite the surprise and confusion about this new phenomenon, a parent can accept what a child is saying (“everyone does it” or “it was supposed to be just her belly button”) without expressing judgement or disagreement. After a child has had the chance to emote without judgement, then a parent can begin to explain consequences of sexting, perhaps again using indirect examples to help explain. Ultimately, loss of cell phone or computer privileges may need to be discussed, as a consequence of misuse.

Parents should learn about sexting (try Googling it, for example) and then devise a plan to talk about it. Provide the information early to a child; that way, there’s a much better chance of seeing responsible behavior.

How to Meet People in the Real World

The world after college is a difficult one for meeting new people. College places you in a social environment where you are constantly surrounded by people your age who are all eager to meet new people. The real world doesn’t offer similar opportunities, making people need to work a little harder to meet new people. While bars and work are one way to meet people, they are very limited in their social encounters and significantly narrow the possible people you might meet. To meet a wider range, Meetup.com is the solution.

Meetup.com offers an opportunity similar to the college experience, offering group activities on a similar scale to college clubs. Through meetup, you can find groups for any interest, from hiking to reading to eating out. Sports are another common appearance on the site, with intramural groups being offered for nearly every sport. As a result of these activities, you’re able to encounter a wider range of people than you might in the club environment, and immediately establish a common set of interests.

Best of all, meetup appeals to all ages, with members ranging from the young twenties to late fifties. This means that every age is welcome on the site and will be able to find people that match their interests.

Overall, meetup.com is a great opportunity to encounter people of all ages with similar interests to your own. And were that not enough, the site is free. So don’t waste any more time, give it a try and kick start your social life.

All About Fluorescent Light Flicker in Cameras!

Today more and more of the indoors are lit by fluorescent light sources. And that is why this topic of fluorescent light flicker is becoming more and more important to photographers. You might/might not have noticed that your videos may contain rolling dark bands, falsified colors or blackouts from frame to frame when you shoot them in fluorescent light. This is known as fluorescent light flicker normally termed as flickering. Many people normally confuse this flickering with the flicker or black rolling bar that occurs in frames when you shoot a video of your TV set or your computer monitor. But actually flickering has to do with fluorescent light sources. 

Why flickering occurs:-

To understand flickering in video frames, we will first have to understand the luminance flicker in fluorescent lights. The mains frequency of commercial electrical power at which fluorescent lights operate, is standardized at either 50 Hz or 60 Hz (frequency at which alternating current is transmitted from power plant to end user) depending on geographical region. 50Hz AC (alternating current) changes direction 100 times per second as during every cycle out of 50, first current flows in one direction, then in the other direction. Similarly, 60Hz does so at 120 times per second. The luminance of the fluorescent lights fluctuates according to direction change of AC, instead of being relatively constant. So for example, as the commercial mains frequency in Europe is 50Hz, so fluorescent lights in Europe flicker at 100 times per second and as the mains frequency in US is 60Hz, so in the USA they flicker at 120 times per second. However, with tungsten filament lights the flickering is negligible because the tungsten stays glowing hot and thus giving light even when the current is momentarily zero. 

Now, this luminance variation of fluorescent lights is not apparent to human eyes when one looks directly at a scene lit by fluorescent light because of the natural effect “eye persistence”. Our eyes perceive such lighting as constant. But a video camera is not able to perceive such persistence. Hence, if successive video frames are exposed during different periods of the cycle of AC, they will have considerably different luminance, and the resulting picture will therefore appear to flicker when projected. This happens if video frames are captured at a frequency which is significantly different from the AC power supply frequency. For example, in case we shoot a video with a frame rate of 60 FPS in a scene lit with fluorescent light operating at 50 Hz commercial power frequency, the brightness fluctuation of individual frames occurs resulting from the luminance fluctuation of the fluorescent light. 

Solution:-

This flickering problem is solved by setting the frame rate of camera such that it should be a divisor of fluorescent light fluctuation rate. For example, for mains frequency equal to 60Hz, the fluorescent light fluctuation rate will be 120 and thus we should set the frame rate to 15, 30 or 60. This would mean limiting the exposure times of the sensor to multiples of the period of the AC power cycle, which lets the camera gather light over the duration of integer number of (n) flicker periods. This in effect averages the varying light level over the n complete flicker periods into one image, and since the frame rate is synchronized with the flicker rate, each frame has the same apparent light level. To facilitate this, cameras today come with anti-flicker control. You will need to remember to make the light frequency setting equal to the electrical frequency of the local main electrical system. For example, if a camera is set for operation in USA, which has mains frequency of 60 Hz, but the camera user travels to India, which has mains frequency of 50 Hz, then the camera user must change the light frequency setting of the camera to compensate for the different fluorescent lighting condition, or else suffer from flickering problem. 

Where anti-flicker control is not preferred?

There could be cases however, where light levels may be very much brighter in which the required exposure time is lesser than one AC cycle. But such exposure times would not be effective in reducing flicker, because each exposure time would be only a partial AC cycle, and there is no guarantee that successive frames would be in the same part of the AC cycle. This is why anti-flicker modality in cameras locks the exposure time to a minimum of 100/120, and thus in very bright scenes, the user has to bear over-exposure to remain flicker-free.

YouTube Marketing – Why Should You Use it For Marketing?

Why should you use YouTube for marketing? Because, every day, millions of people from all over the world visit the site to watch videos. People actually make it a part of their daily routine to visit YouTube and see what’s new. And, if you are marketing a product or service, YouTube is something you can’t afford to ignore.

Not with all of its advantages. By posting videos on YouTube, you can raise your brand awareness, gain new clients and buyers who never would have heard of your product or service any other way, and attract thousands of new visitors to your website or blog.

What’s really great about YouTube, is that it’s completely free. There are many services that require you to pay to get more traffic to your site. Posting a video at YouTube means instant exposure. You can create and post a video in 24 hours or less, and for your efforts, gain instant exposure to the millions of people who visit YouTube each and every day. This is the kind of exposure many companies spend a lot of money trying to get. But, using YouTube, you can get it without spending a dime.

Of course, you will get the most out of YouTube if your learn how to use it the right way. Say you have goods or services to promote. Well, you can create a sort of infomercial that explains what you are offering, or shows people how it works. And you can end up making a bit of money from this kind of video. But you can make more by taking a different approach.

There is one thing you have to keep in mind, and that’s the reason people go to YouTube. They don’t go there to watch commercials and be advertised to. The two main reasons most people go to YouTube are to either be entertained or educated. If they can do both at the same time, it’s a bonus. So, when posting a video at YouTube as part of your marketing campaign, you want to post something that is either entertaining, or something that is educational.

If you can find or create a funny or shocking video, that somehow relates to your business, consider yourself lucky. Really good videos can go viral. This means that people who watch them will love it so much, that they will tell as many people as they can about them. And those people will tell other people. And so on and so on.

Your next option is to create some kind of a tutorial related to your business. Create a video that teaches people how to do something. People love good, useful information, especially if it teaches them the easier, faster or cheaper way to do something they want to do.

By giving them that information, you create a feeling of trust in them. You gave them something of value for free. They can just imagine the valuable information or service you will give to them, if they pay you a few dollars.

Learning how to use YouTube for marketing can go a long way towards getting your business notices, and increasing your profits.

Why is LinkedIn Important When I Already Have a Resume?

There are plenty of people who think that a LinkedIn account replaces traditional methods of job-hunting. While this might work for a few, this is not really the concept that propels the existence of this professional networking site. The purpose of LinkedIn is to provide a means of connecting with other people in the context of career opportunities…that’s why there are groups to join, Q&A sections, testimonials, and more.

LinkedIn can be a valuable tool even when a resume is already in place. In fact, these two concepts should be used in conjunction with each other to produce the best results. It is a misconception to think that they are mutually exclusive. One of the ways to view this is to consider the differences and purposes of LinkedIn and resumes.

First, LinkedIn provides a way to establish connections. Your LinkedIn profile is not expected to contain all your work responsibilities and past employment experience. In fact, the best profiles are the ones that contain only the highlights. Just like with other things over the internet, people tend to scan over profiles instead of examining them carefully. Your goal should be to make it easy for them to skim and still catch your best or most unique qualities. It’s a general outline. On the other hand, a resume is more comprehensive and includes references that can be of interest to the company. Although resumes should be no longer than two pages, there is enough space to provide more than just a snapshot.

Also, LinkedIn is important even when there is an existing resume because they are useful in different environments. LinkedIn allows you an additional venue (the internet) in which you can showcase your career accomplishments. Access to it is greater compared to resumes, which should only be sent to a specific set of people-a targeted audience for specific circumstances, like a job opening. In essence, LinkedIn can appear to a larger audience compared to a resume, which should be customized to fit a specific company or position.

Your LinkedIn profile has it’s own purpose, just like your resume, your 30/60/90-day plans, or your brag book. Each document tells different parts of your story in a unique way, and each have an intended use they are best fit for. When they are all honed and polished to a shine, they will combine to give you the best possible results as a candidate, and in your career.

Hashtags Do Work On Facebook! Learn How To Create Your Own Hashtags On Facebook

The question I keep hearing is “Why are people using hashtags on Facebook?! They don’t work. You can’t even click on them!’

I began asking these same questions a few months ago after seeing them all over the place on Facebook. I had no idea what they were since I don’t use twitter. So I decided to do some research and find out what they are.

What Are Hashtags?

So, after hours of Googling, I got a pretty good grasp of what they are. Without being too technical, hashtags are a way to identify what your comment is about so that others can easily find it. By using hashtags, trending topics can be identified, which allows others to join in on the conversation. Pretty cool idea.

Now, hashtags on Twitter can be clicked, and once clicked, you are taken to a page that displays comments on that topic to everyone on twitter.

Ok, so to recap, hashtags do basically 3 things.

1. They allow you to find comments on your interest easily.

2. They help identify trending topics.

3. They are clickable allowing you to click and be taken directly to a page displaying all those tweets on that particular topic.

This is why hashtags don’t work on Facebook. You can’t search for comments on Facebook, there isn’t really a trending topics functionality in Facebook, and you can’t click on them. This is why they are useless and I can definitely understand peoples frustration.

But what if I told you that hashtags on Facebook can work? That you can use them and even discover trending topics by using them?

That’s right. Hashtags can work on Facebook using a simply little trick. You can make them clickable and discover trending topics. All the functionality is there for them to work. It’s just that no one is using them right now.

Now with hashtags on Facebook, you’ll be able to join in on emerging topics, conversation and news events that interest you!

So how do you create hashtags on Facebook? Simple.

Step1.

Come up with a hashtag that you want to start using.

Step2.

Create a fanpage for that hashtag. So if you want to create a hashtag called: (hashsymbolhere)failedpickuplines, use that name as the name of the fanpage.

Step3.

Tag the page in your wall post. Once you tag the page, the at symbol will disappear and will leave a hyper linked hashtag after your comment!

Now that solves the problem of hashtags on Facebook not being clickable.

So, once you share the page with your friends and they like the page,they can use the hashtag too. Plus, Facebook will recommend this page to your friends. Now you have viral growth and a way to find trending topics!

Of course they are a few more steps to take to get your hashtag to grow viral but this is the jist of it. So what are you waiting for? Start creating you own hashtags on Facebook now!

Facebook – Pimp My Profile Or How to Improve My Facebook Profile to Get Hot Girls

Facebook is popular than ever. By now almost everyone seems to be on Facebook.

And the quality of women on Facebook is staggering. Hot Girls or high quality women use these types of websites to network – socialize with their friends and keep in touch with their relatives. Actually, it’s much harder to find quality women on online dating websites than on Facebook.

But for all that, most guys on Facebook struggle to get constant positive response from hot girls – they don’t even have a clue what doesn’t work! Most guys have a Facebook profile that looks like “I’m boring and I don’t care.” You may ask now: “How to improve my Facebook profile?”

You can already improve your Facebook profile to get hot girls by avoiding the common mistakes that more than 90% of the guys on Facebook make:

Mistake #1:

Your profile isn’t interesting enough. Your interests or hobbies are boring. Linux and Warcraft sound like pesticides to girls.

Mistake #2:

Your picture is too ordinary. Maybe you love your room and the PC in the background or even the webcam that made the picture, but hot chicks don’t. Pictures showing your six-pack are not original either.

Mistake #3:

You have no pictures showing you with your friends – not only drunk buddies but nice girls – that demonstrate you are a social guy and are preselected by women.

Mistake #4:

You have either too less or too many friends in your profile. Believe it or not, it’s even better to have too less friends as too many. You need to convey that you have a real life and are not a computer nerd.

Mistake #5:

There is too much information in your profile. Maybe your friends are interested in your info-stuff, but not the hot girls. Trying to fill in as much information as possible, even in all fields seems daunting and feedback-orientated. Actually, this way you are only limiting the number of girls who could be interested in you.

Mistake #6:

There are no (or only one or two and old) wall posts on your page, which means there is no (social) life on this planet (profile). 😉

Social Media Marketing Tips For Lawyers

Social media marketing websites are greatly underused by lawyers and attorneys. It can be used to get your firm’s message to the public fast while helping increase the traffic to your site.

Social media and networking websites work because you get better search engine results which results in more traffic to your web presence. It offers an affordable way to connect you to potential clients and gives you the best exposure available. Make sure that what you do is useful to the people that are looking for it. Always provide value online.

Use video to enhance your marketing strategy. YouTube is the most common video sharing network. A quick discussion of legal matters pertaining to your practice can help make you be considered an expert in your field, which can help you get more views. They can be uploaded and impart wisdom, but must be under 10 minutes in length.

You can add these videos to your blog, as well. They can be written by you, or outsourced to freelancers to give you valuable content. Make sure that you are not solely advertising yourself, but actually have things that can be useful. By giving your site content, people will return and then consider you for legal needs.

Podcasts are also very undervalued and can explain basic tips for legal matters people need, such as wills if that is your focus. This can allow people to take them on mobile devices, and adding a link to your website can give you good exposure to the people that use them. They can offer an additional way for your videos and audio to reach potential clients, and as long as you offer valuable information, people will want to see them.

Facebook and MySpace can also be a great way to use multimedia, and they are for more then social engagements. Many people forget that they can be effective tools for marketing, but on Facebook a general information page sponsored by your firm may actually get you more fans and viewers then a fan page for your firm alone. This can be an added value to your business and can tap you into a virtually untapped market.

When you add the videos and audio, remember to put them onto your business cards as a site that links to you. Advertising with social media marketing can put a face to you firm and make you more accessible to many as their lawyer since they will already feel like they know you.