Craig's Week in Tech 7/9/11

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Craig's Week in Tech - Newsletter

July 9, 2011 - Volume 1, Issue 6

Welcome

Wow! Sixth Issue of my weekly newsletter. I've been getting great feedback and so glad that you are all enjoying it. I've got my radar up all week for interesting stories. I monitor twitter, RSS, FB, and now Google+! Don't worry you don't have to digest it all in one setting. Pick the interesting links, come back for more later if you need more time :) Here's previous issues in case you missed...
Issue 1 :: Issue 2 :: Issue 3 :: Issue 4 :: Issue 5

Social Media Wars

Google+, in case you've been in a cave, is going full steam ahead. It's like Facebook but different in several significant ways. Many ARs (since you guys are so techy) are in and learning the ropes. Meanwhile, Facebook promoted their self-titled "awesome" release this week: You can now do (Skype) video calls within Facebook. If you've done your first FB vid call, share it in the comments. Like?

School Zone

We had another great webinar yesterday on making your blog posts appearance more interesting. Be sure to sign up for future webinar notiifcations, if you want to catch future ones (I'm covering all sorts of themes). I will record the classes at some point soon as I know it is hard for everyone to attend at the time that works for me. Meanwhile, the interaction of the live sessions I do like very much. Getting to know you guys better in class!

Agent Reboot

Inman is travelling around the country in a 24 city tour with its Agent Reboot program. Matthew Coates attended the one in Denver and he just posted an article with 26 takeaways that he had from it. Take a look and consider attending when it gets close to you too. And if you can't attend, well I'm sure you pick up a few good things from Matthew's post. Go over and look and leave him a comment! :)

Google+

Google+ is making quite a splash in the tech world. At the end of the week invites were opened up again so we had a whole bunch of new signups. Social Media Examiner again comes through with an excellent article, Getting Started in Google+. If you are a G+ newbie, check it out! :)

Mobile Websites

I'll keep mentioning it because I want you to be thinking about your web presence on a mobile device. I've talked about how QR codes should land on a page that is mobile optimized. That means NO pinch to zoom so you can read it! The discussion in this Robert Scoble video interview I thought was interesting for the Dudamobile service. I'm not endorsing them per-se as I have NOT used it. However the DISCUSSION is a valid one for all of us to consider.

Mountain of Agents

Reviews on the internet are very important these days. Buying something? How many reviews did it get? how many stars? If I'm an average person looking for a roofing contractor, dentist, or Realtor, don't you think I'm going to look for reviews. There are several different sites that you should consider parking your profile page so you have a chance to be found. Mountain of Agents is one I've recently discovered and you should check it out. I'll be writing a longer post on it soon.

Photosynth

A recent newsletter, I highlighted Photosynth app for iPhone. It is a very cool app that automatically stitch together a series of photos into a dynamic virtual experience. Once posted, you can use your mouse to pan around a scene in 360 degrees. Wende Schoof tested this for me and she posted a sample to share. I have all sorts of ideas for using this in RE Presentations!

Validation

Ok - tired of working all the time? - want a 15 minute diversion? This is a feel-good short film that I discovered via a tweet this week that somebody shared. I added it to my youtube favorites and thought I'd share it. It's called
Validation

Recent Classroom Posts

If you missed them, here are my most recent classroom-type (teaching) posts:
Google Flight Information
Getting Points for Comments
Where is that Blog Post? I Know I Wrote it!!!
Using Google Bookmarks [tutorial video]
Customizing and Embedding Google Maps [video]
Graphics For Bloggers [#6] - ActiveRain Math
iGoogle - Dashboard to Your Digital Life

Thanks for joining me in another issue of my Craig's Week in Tech Newsletter :)
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Rainer
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Janet Jones
Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
Just Your Style Interiors, LLC

Hi Craig--what catches my attention this week is the mobile optimized website.  Have this on my "to-do" list so it's a nice nudge to get it moving up the list.  Always such great information.  Thanks. 

July 10, 2011 08:53 AM
Rainmaker
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Ridhi Raheja
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Movement Mortgage (Illinois)

Craig, as always great info and big timesaver.

July 10, 2011 10:10 AM
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Mike Henderson
HUD Home Hub - 303-949-5848
Your complete source for buying HUD homes

Great stuff.  A lot to suggest.  I picked my favorites and I'm heading over there now.

July 10, 2011 10:47 AM
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Brian Morgenweck
Broker/Owner, GRI, CRS, ABR, SRS
Power Realty Group, LLC Bergen County, NJ

Hey Craig!

Great content & I love the format.

Thanks!

July 10, 2011 11:32 AM
Rainer
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Francine Kianoff
Surety Financial Services

Nice format.  We get so overwhelmed with possibilities opportunities that is really helps to have a concise overview.  Thanks

July 10, 2011 11:41 AM
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Judy Thompson
Mackintosh, Inc. REALTORS

Craig,

 

Thanks! Helpful stuff. Looking forward to your future posts!

 

Judy

July 10, 2011 11:50 AM
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Elise Groves

Great stuff Craig!  I love the format.  I know I have to be careful with my time as this stuff is like drinking from a firehose.  Keep it up, though :-)

July 10, 2011 12:42 PM
Rainmaker
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Marshall Brown
BSEE, CHI
Mid America Inspection Services, LLC

Lots of great info except I clicked on Validation and spent was too much time viewing it.  Love "TJ" from Bones.

July 10, 2011 12:46 PM
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Debra Davis
Realtor - Atlanta, Decatur, Snellville, Loganville
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners

Craig, you are a wealth of information. Thanks for sharing all you do.

July 10, 2011 01:53 PM
Rainmaker
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Lyn Sims
Schaumburg Homes
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg IL Real Estate - Northwest Suburbs of Chicago

Thanks for taking the extra effort on this roundup. Great info.

July 10, 2011 02:02 PM
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Jeff Hollister
Real Estate Broker, Serving Orange County, CA
Native Californian with 20 years serving OC Buyers & Sellers

Thanks for the compilation, Craig. I'll have to check them all out.

I've skyped before, but not with clients yet. I think it may take some time getting used to. So far I haven't liked the way I look when skyping. If I was skyping with clients, I would prefer to do so with an office background.

July 11, 2011 02:03 AM
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Andre R. Aragon
Real Estate Photographer
Greater Tampa Photo - Real Estate Photography

Hey Craig - this rocks. Thanks for G-Plusing me. One more reason to settle down in the G-Cloud.

Lets talk about Photosynth....

July 11, 2011 08:44 AM
Rainmaker
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Joey Remondino
Broker, GRI, E-Pro
StoneHouse Realty Inc

Craig,

Thanks for the news letter, great Idea and I think I will go read your previous issues.

July 11, 2011 08:49 AM
Rainmaker
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Lynda White
Admin. Mgr., Keller Williams Realty
Bluegrass Homes & Farms Realty, Agent Know How

Craig, I love the new newsletter format to your post, and thanks again for inviting me to Google +.

July 11, 2011 11:42 AM
Rainer
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Mike Yeo
3:16 team REALTY

Craig - thanks for the newsletter. I checked out the mobile site and the photosynth. They are both cool. I can't wait for the duda mobile to officially launch.

July 11, 2011 03:35 PM
Rainer
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John Gall
Nextage Property Solutions

Craig,

 This is a ton of information to digest! Thanks for the posts. :)

 

John Gall

July 11, 2011 03:48 PM
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Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905
"Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon
Vernonia Realty

Craig--a question that I can't find the answer to....how do you tell what posts you've suggested that become called shots? I do enough that I can't always go back and keep track...is there a quick and easy way to figure it out??

July 12, 2011 01:53 PM
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Gerard Gilbers
Your Marketing Master
Stingray Performance Marketing

Craig, I'm glad you added the validation video. I have seen it at least once before but watched the entire video again!

July 14, 2011 02:37 AM
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Kate Goodale
First Home Tour

Thanks so much for the info! I can't wait to try out Google+

August 01, 2011 04:21 PM
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Robert Adams
Keller Williams Realty, South Tampa

Wow, what a collection of information!  I've set aside the link for the Google +, that is on my to do list for this week.  Thank you for all the information!

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