Monthly Archives: December 2011

FAVE HOW TO: 20 things you probably didn’t know you could do with Twitter that will change your life

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I am officially hooked on ifttt. Thanks, Techcrunch.

Don’t get overwhelmed when you visit the site. It’s actually really easy. Trust me. If I can do it, you can do it.

What is ifttt? It essentially puts the internet to work for you by creating tasks that fit this simple structure: if this then that. You either create your own “recipe” or use one another user created. A recipe might be “if I post a video to YouTube then a link to the video should go to a Dropbox folder.” Yes, ifttt helps you do all this and more. Automated simplicity.

In order to make the fruits of your Twitter labors more productive you’ll need to do a few simple steps:
  • Sign up for ifttt beta;
  • Click the confirmation link sent to you via email; and
  • Begin the insanity (see below).

You can use any or all of these Twitter recipes to make your social experience even better. Just connect the services listed to your account and it’s on like Donkey Kong.

  1. Greet every new Twitter follower*
  2. Send all of your Twitter favorites to Evernote (LOVE!)
  3. Thank people who give you a #FF (followfriday) nod*
  4. Tweet “Happy New Year” at midnight
  5. Follow people back automatically when they follow you
  6. Thank you DM to new followers*
  7. Archive tweets to Google Calendar
  8. Post all photos shared via Twitter to Flickr
  9. Send a tweet to Pinterest
  10. Receive an SMS when someone DMs you
  11. Forward DMs to an email accout
  12. Send links you share via Twitter to Evernote
  13. Thank people for a RT*
  14. Send Last.FM update automatically to Twitter
  15. Send a Facebook status update to Twitter
  16. Receive a phone call when someone DMs you
  17. Have a DM sent to you if it’s raining (weather update)
  18. Send a tweet when you favorite a YouTube video
  19. Send tweets via Google Talk
  20. Create Twitter list from Twitter chat participants

* — Use these at your own risk and discretion. These are not tasks I would necessarily recommend as it takes away from the more “personal” side of networking.

Did you create an awesome recipe? Post in the comments.

Have a fave you think I should feature? Email me at prsarahevans [at] gmail [dot] com.

FAVE RESOURCE: For $9.99 you can reverse robocall 88 SOPA supporters

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Send a Robocall to SOPA (HR 3261) Proponents (88 Offices). That’s right, one phone call to reach 88 offices. Record your message and Reverse Robocall delivers it for you.

All you need is your phone and of course a credit or debit card.

Reverse Robocall will call your phone number and let you record your message over the phone. They recommend, as do I, that you write down or plan what you want to say.

Did you use the service? Let me know.

Have a fave you think I should feature? Email me at PRsarahevans [at] gmail [dot] com.

(h/t @mattcutts)

FAVE APP: Postalpix, iPhone pics delivered to your door

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I hate sending snail mail, but I love getting it. Today I received my first order from @Postalpix five to seven days after placing my order. Thank you Isaac & Christy Lay for making it possible to print my square (4×4 and 5×5) photos and not have them look crappy. Seriously, you guys are onto something. I love finding ways to enjoy the photos I share in places like Instagram and other photo sharing apps that require a square format.

All I had to do was download the free iOS app, select my photos and pay through PayPal (but you can use a credit card, too).

How come the photos look so darn good?

Equipped with one of the most innovative and advanced digital printers available on the market, PostalPix can produce sharp, beautiful prints with unmatched color accuracy. New printing technology and eco-friendly methods allow PostalPix to produce long lasting, ozone and UV resistant, high quality results.

Blah…blah…blah. All I know is that the photos turned out great. Right now the service is only available for iPhones, but don’t worry Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone 7 users, your time will come.

Don’t forget to look at the aluminum prints. I’m ordering a few to create a photo collage in Baby K’s room.

The prices weren’t bad either.

Print prices:
4×6: 21¢ – 33¢ (depends on quantity)
4×4: 29¢ – 33¢ (depends on quantity)
5×7: 89¢
5×5: 89¢
8×10: $3.49
8×8: $3.49

Aluminum prices:
4×4: $7.99
5×7: $14.99
8×10: $24.99

Premium photo prints: 4×4, 5×5, & 8×8 squares (great for Instagram!); 4×6, 5×7, 8×10
Aluminum prints: 4×4, 5×7, 8×10

Find them on Twitter and Pinterest.

Have a fave you think I should feature? Email me at prsarahevans [at] gmail [dot] com.

FAVE JOB ALERT: Tumblr is looking for an editor (and it could be you)

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New York is the only real city-city. Truman Capote

How about working there for the “perfect platform for self expression”? Tumblr is hiring an editor.

The average Tumblr user creates 14 original posts each month, and reblogs 3. Half of those posts are photos. The rest are split between text, links, quotes, music, and video.

As of today there are 14,970,521,865 posts.

Looks like an editor will stay pretty busy.

They even let you apply with Linkedin.

What you’ll do:

  • Editorial product development: Plan and execute new blogs, segments, features, and other products in multiple media (video, audio, text) to highlight creators on Tumblr
  • Community sourcing: Work with Tumblr bloggers to source information about emerging creators and content
  • Content curation: Find the best, most interesting creative expression on Tumblr and present it to Tumblr readers and the world
  • Analysis: Devise metrics for measuring performance of all editorial products and staff
  • Develop Tumblr’s unique voice

What they’re looking for (their words):

  • Demonstrated experience conceiving and implementing original products and features online in multiple media
  • A proven ability to ferret out interesting stories and render them into coherent narratives on deadline
  • Sufficient range of knowledge and breadth of experience to oversee authentic coverage of our many communities, from contemporary art to cooking
  • Extraordinary taste across multiple creative industries coupled with an openness to a broad and democratic creative community

Tell a friend about this job.

(h/t Matthew Keys)

FAVE CONTEST: Compete in MLB’s,The Fan Cave

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“We will force you to hang with celebrities, MLB stars and watch EVERY SINGLE MLB game…oh and we’ll give you housing and pay you a stipend” would be a better title for this contest. Geez. Who would want all that? Uhhh…I would and I’m pretty sure, no I’m positive, my husband would. So I thought you might be interested, too.

“If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.” – Dodgeball

If you can write 1,000 words of really good stuff, you can enter this contest. Yep, you have to put some effort into it. The online essay is divided into two parts, each requires 500 words. A word of advice, have someone proof read your submission before you send it in. Oh, and write it in Word or another place where you can auto save in case your computer crashes. FYI: Submissions must be received by Friday, January 13, 2012 by 11:59PM ET.

You also need to share additional blog writing samples and a link to your Twitter feed (so get tweeting if you’re not already).

It’s also encouraged to tweet @MLBFanCave (and use hashtag #MLBFC) to show your spirit. If you really want this, and I mean REALLY want this, I’d consider launching an attention-getting social campaign (if you want actual ideas, you know I’m for hire).

Last, they need a current photo of you. Please don’t send this one. Or this. Make sure you send something that reflects your undying devotion to baseball.

Now, if one of you wins, I expect to hear about it (and I’ll send a list of autographs I’d like).

Enter now: http://mlbfancave.mlb.com/fancave/application.jsp
The Fan Cave on Facebook: http://mlbfancave.mlb.com/fancave/application.jsp?partnerId=ed-5524933-240846364#

Each Winner will:

  • Be a passionate baseball fan
  • Have strong writing skills
  • Have strong verbal communication skills
  • Have strong organizational skills with the ability to give attention to multiple things at the same time
  • Be comfortable in front of the camera and be able to present a positive public image
  • Have a fun and creative personality
  • Be highly skilled on social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Pass a background check to the satisfaction of MLB

Each Winner must:

  • Reside in a location provided by MLB in New York City
  • Participate in all aspects of MLB Fan Cave duties, including but not limited to, watching every game played of the 2012 MLB season, taking part in media events, interviews, etc.
  • Share thoughts regarding games and topics of MLB and pop culture interest via daily blogging, vlogging and through social media platforms
  • Adhere to all other policies and procedures as required by MLB
  • Grant all rights in all aspects of his/her participation in MLB Fan Cave to MLB for MLB’s use, worldwide, in all media.

Have a fave you think I should feature? Email prsarahevans [at] gmail [dot] com.

h/t to my friend Jennelle Schook.

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UPDATE:
The entry deadline for the @MLBFanCave has been extended to January 31. http://t.co/yMBvhUxL

(h/t @cardinals)

FAVE CONFESSION: I can’t keep my devices charged

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I need your help. Try as I may, I constantly run out of juice. No, not cranberry or orange…the kind that powers my digital devices. As I write this post on my iPhone it’s at 7% because the truth is my little guy is napping on me (nowhere near an outlet).

It’s to the point when I’m traveling my family just expects to not reach me on my phone until I’m in my hotel room (usually at night).

I keep chargers in key locations like the office, living room, bedroom and car and charge when possible.

I’ve purchased almost every back up battery and mobile charging accessory the Brookstone gods offer. (Problem is most of them need to be charged, too.) I own a PlugBug to cut down on the number of chargers I need and have multiple docking stations attached to my iMac.

I’m on my phone, computer and laptop A LOT.

Is there a better way to keep a charge without being tethered to a single spot or outlet? Do you have a magic fix all, advice or product that works for you?

Yours Truly,

Juiceless in Chicago