Sunday, May 24, 2009

Free Tool: ShareThis Button Makes it Easy for People to Share Your Content



Every blog and website should have a ShareThis button. Why not make it easier for visitors to share your content via Facebook, Twitter, and Friendfeed by simply clicking a button at the bottom of an entry?

It takes only a few minutes to add the ShareThis button on Wordpress, Blogger, Typepad, or any website for that matter. I regularly read blogs on my mobile and can't tell you how many times I wish there was a Sharing button so that I could easily share the content on my Twitter, Delicious and Facebook accounts.

Think about how many steps someone has to go through to share content on Twitter without a sharing button (or a Retweet button):

1. Copy the URL
2. Open a new window to a website that shortens URLs, e.g. good.ly, tinyurl, bit.ly, Twitpwr.com
3. Paste the URL
4. Copy the new shortened URL
5. Open another window to Twitter, login.
6. Paste the shortened URL to Twitter and hit "update"

One too many steps if you ask me, especially if you're using a mobile phone on a fully-packed, rocky tube ride without an inch between you and the next guy...it's just a hassle!

T-Mobile's G1: Great QWERTY Keyboard Option but Dreadful Battery Life!


I've been using my T-Mobile G1 mobile for a month now and love the QWERTY keyboard, but hate-hate-hate the battery life!

To be honest, at first I was a bit bummed that Nick didn't get me an iPhone since I had never even heard of T-Mobile's G1 and was rather skeptical about how it would even compare to Apple's iPhone.

However, a few weeks later I found myself becoming a G1 advocate. The feature that won me over was the option for a QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen, although I hardly ever use touchscreen. I am a heavy texter and send loads of emails everyday and couldn't imagine using a touchscreen for all my communication. How do people with iPhones manage to send texts and emails without driving themselves mad?

But of course the G1's not perfect, yet that is. Aside from the wretched battery life (130 hours standby vs. 300 hours standby on iPhone), to enlarge contents on the screen, you can't simply spread two fingers apart to zoom in like you can with an iPhone. It's a bit more complicated. If you're lucky, a pop-up appears at the bottom of the screen for you to click if you want to enlarge or reduce the image. However, the pop-up doesn't always appear and you have to tap on the screen and hope that it pops up without you 'accidentally' clicking on another link on the page, which will redirect you to another page/site. This can be aggravating when you simply want to enlarge text.

For my specific communication preferences and needs, T-Mobile's G1 has my vote!

For a more in-depth review of T-Mobile's G1, visit CrunchGear and read Peter Ha's comments or check out PC World's iPhone vs. G1 story here.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Stephen Colbert Takes the Piss Out of Twitter Co-Founder

Stephen Colbert takes the piss out of Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter! Check out the interview if you want to learn a little more about Twitter and how it's going to "become a strong, profitable, independent company.” Oh, and of course expect a few chuckles here and there from Colbert's sarcasm!

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

No More Excuses! Time to Get Fit!

Alright already! It's time for me to get off my butt off and get into shape again. All the sausages and mash and Indian food I've consumed is starting to catch up to me. Why do I live across the street from the best chicken tikka masala in London?

And to top it all off, the last time I attempted to go running, I got lost in my own neighborhood! I swear I'm not directionally-challenged, it's just that I was spoiled by Manhattan's street grid. Just so you see what I'm talking about, here is an example of how the streets look in London!

So I sort of gave up on working out for a while. It didn't take too much to convince myself that it was impossible to exercise in London. Here's what kept me in front of the TV:

1. The weather is SHITE!
2. It takes too long to get to a park on the tube. (Approx. 35 min. each way + price of tickets)
3. Gym membership is EXPENSIVE! £85/month (That's $129 USD!!!)

But now that Genevieve introduced me to EA Active Personal Trainer for Nintendo Wii (TM), these excuses have no bearing on why I can't break a sweat everyday. ***deep sigh***

(Note: Genevieve works at Fleishman-Hillard and invited bloggers to test out the product first-hand)

So I decided to give it a test-drive and slipped on the leg strap while holding the Nunchuk firmly in my hand. I first selected the boxing exercise and broke a sweat with the punch combinations and rapid repetitions! After testing out a few more activities, I'd have to say my favorite would definitely have to be cardio dance, hands down! My least favorite activity was alternate side lunges, but then again...I never enjoy doing lunges.

Former England Rugby player Austin Healey
& BBC Radio 2 presenter Emma Forbes test out EA Active Personal Trainer


It's like having your own personal trainer in your home. Before you start your customized workout, you create a profile which keeps track of your eating habits and fitness progress.

The most appealing thing about this product is that you just never get bored. The EA Active Personal Trainer has more than 25 exercises and activities to choose from, which help to keep you motivated throughout your workout.

The only gripes I have for EA Active Personal Trainer is the inability for players to compete with each other, and getting the hang of using the motion-sensitive Nunchuk. Sometimes it felt like the Wii wasn't detecting my Nunchuk and made the selection process a bit frustrating. Perhaps it requires some getting used to...

The product launches in the US on May 19th and on May 22nd in the UK, priced at £44.99.

For a demo of EA Active Personal Trainer, watch my favorite talk show host, Ellen Degeneres, show off her speed and stamina! She cracks me up :)







Wednesday, May 13, 2009

FREE Webinar: How to Protect and Defend Your Brand Reputation Online

"As the saying goes, your good name is everything. Every individual, and brand, needs to know what their online reputation is and how to protect it."

Chris Abraham of Abraham Harrison LLC and Jay Jaffe of Jaffe Associates recently teamed up and revealed some of their SEO strategies and tactics on how to protect your brand online. The 50-minute Webinar is definitely worth a listen. I recommend skipping the intro (gives a brief history of how rumors spread back in the old days and how they spread today)--- fast forward to 10:29. There's a lot to takeaway so get your pen and paper ready!

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