25 June 2008

CellSpin Adds Palm OS to List of Supported Mobile Operating Systems

Blogging itself is not a very old and established trend, but it looks much more mature in comparison with mobile blogging (so called moblogging). Yes, mobile blogging is spreading around, getting attention of the software developers. Cellspin Soft, Inc. provides a free, one-click GUI-based mobile application for capturing images, audio, video and text, and publishing them to a user’s favorite community site. This could be a blogging, social networking, and photo sharing or auction service. Among the supported sites are MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, Pownce, Blogger, YouTube, Picasa, Flickr, Live Journal, Live Spaces and eBay.

Until recently, the software was available for the following mobile operating systems: Symbian, Windows Mobile 5.0, Windows Mobile 6.0, and Blackberry. As of yesterday, CellSpin added Palm OS to the list. Overall, the software is now available on more than 300 mobile phone models worldwide.

Bobby Gurvinder Singh, chief executive officer and co-founder of CellSpin, said "The affordable Palm Centro smartphone has become very popular, and now with CellSpin Palm OS application users can stay connected, blog and micro-blog on leading social networks with just one click. CellSpin is about combining Web 2.0 and Mobile 2.0 technologies and giving end-users a seamless and easy Internet 3.0 experience."

Company announced that more operating systems will be supported soon. I guess, its time to connect iPhone OS and Android…

Application is very user-friendly and limits the mobile phone operation need for this application by several clicks. Review the company video presentation at Demo 08 Conference in January 2008 (http://www.demo.com/demonstrators/demo2008/124662.html)

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18 June 2008

14 Ways to Promote your Blog Offline

Are you sure you are doing everything possible to promote your blog wherever you can? When I explored recent Darren Rowse offline blog promotion techniques, I realized that I do almost nothing for the offline promotion for my blog. I will list briefly the provided opportunities to let people know about your blog existence in the blogosphere:

1. Conferences and Conventions - if there is a conference that relates to the topic of your interests you can come, try to attend. Be proactive, make friends, and distribute promotional materials if available.

2. Business Cards - make the cards with interesting, attractive appearance and all contact information you want to share with potential readers.

3. Bookmarks - bookmarks use is similar to the business cards. The advantage of the bookmarks that they can be used for the practical bookmarking purposes as well, and are not easily lost.

4. Blogger Meetups - look for a local social network of bloggers in your area, and attend their events. With constant expansion of the virtual communication, face-to-face contacts between the blogging fans become even more valuable.

5. Stickers - make nice stickers as part of your blog promotion materials portfolio. Use them at all places where they can attract public attention (your office, car, bag, etc.) and distribute them between people, where they can substitute business cards.

6. Gifts - Everybody likes freebies. Prepare some inexpensive gifts with your logo, blog URL, and brief encouragement to visit you blog.

7. Media - If you have or can get contacts with any kind of public media, and you can get the journalists interesting in you and what you are doing - it is great! You can get a huge boost to your blog exposure.

8. Internet Cafes - Using Internet Café approaches can be different: make a deal with café owners on making your blog a starting page on their PCs, or place pack of your business cards near every computer, or distribute posted notes or pens (everybody needs them) with your printed data.

9. T-shirts - Wear T-shirts promoting your blog can largely reinforce your brand and credentials. Giving it away means spreading your advertising even more drastically.

10. Workshops and Teaching Opportunities - Attend and actively participate in any educational activities where you can spread a word about your wonderful blog.

11. Advertise - Online advertising is used by many established blogger. But why not going further, advertising your blog in the local newspapers, magazines, or newsletters.

12. Notice boards - Put you flyers or business cards in the permitted for advertising spots at public places.

13. Talk About It - If you conversation might be benefited from reference to your blog, do not hesitate and mention that, supporting your point of view or giving an interesting information on the topic of discussion.

14. Library - Visit local libraries, locate books on the topic of your interest, and place your business card inside. Let the interesting reader find it later.

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12 June 2008

Embed Documents in your Blog with DocsToc

An interesting announcement drew my attention today. File hosting service Docstoc (http://www.docstoc.com/) is released a nice alternative solution for sending large attachments to friends, family, and co-workers. A small application, called OneClick (http://www.docstoc.com/oneclick), installed on your computer enables a right-click contextual menu, allowing easily send a file located on your hard drive either publicly or securely to your online free storage. Once the file’s been transferred, you will get a link to the Docstoc-hosted document inserted into a new e-mail message that your recipient can open and read.

Sounds interesting already? When I checked the related site, I found that it provides an interesting solution for the blog owners as well for sharing documents in several popular formats (.doc, .pdf, .xls, .ppt) with the blog readers. Embedding the document in the blog or Web Site is easy as ABC. The entire process consists from five steps:

  1. Upload your document to Docstoc Web Site, or find a document already residing in your Docstoc account, or any other public accounts. You can even upload document anonymously, if you do not feel like register or login.
  2. Get to the page where the document is uploaded.
  3. Find the embed code on the right from the document display page and copy the code inside the box in full.
  4. Change the embedded object settings if needed (for example, box display box dimensions).
  5. Embed the code on your blog or Web Site.

Embed Documents in your Blog with DocsToc

02 June 2008

Comments moderation with TypePad AntiSpam

Six Apart has launched a new free open source product into beta called TypePad AntiSpam. The basic spam filtering technology has been already used by the company since May 2007 as built-in feature of TypePad blogs. Now it is offered as a plug-in for other blogging platforms, such as Movable Type and WordPress, and any other platform which supports spam plugins.

TypePad AntiSpam beta is free for any type of use, personal and commercial, regardless of how large your site is and of how many comments you receive daily. In comparison, Akismet, the similar service for WordPress and other platforms, is free for personal use but starts at $5 a month for anyone making more than $500 a month off their blog.

The developed software adapts to the changing spam tactics. You can report any comment that is not welcome to your blog, and the TypePad AntiSpam engine learns from your spam definition, retaining quality comments and enhancing the automatic unwanted entries detection and filtering with every step.

Download the plug-in from the authors Web Site: http://antispam.typepad.com/info/get-started.html

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