Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Bloggers & Marketing Gurus - Avoid Facebook - Tailor Your Content To Regional Interests

Whether you are selling something, writing an article you hope will go viral, looking for more followers for your blog or twitter account, or aching for more facebook 'likes,' you need to be aware of what people are SEARCHING for REGIONALLY- those search terms, properly inserted into your posts and hashtagged tweets, can run up incredible numbers of visitors, followers, retweets and referrals!

Spread the word about your stuff -  do it via your blog, via WeChat, via weibo, via LinkedIn, via twitter - but NOT facebook!
Your Twitter feed isn’t controlled by an algorithm. We see the tweets of those we follow in real time. But Facebook uses a complicated algorithm to determine what ends up in peoples' news feeds.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

#MusicMonday Albany Style

Even though CBS6 thinks WTRY was a 50,000 watt station and gets the deejay's name wrong (and then covers the goof by taking the story offline) here is the real deal for you! The DJ was Lee Gray and he brought some local teens up to national prominence and a place in the music history books (the ones TV stations have no time to read.) Here's what you DIDN'T know: Laurie records had to make a critical choice between promoting "Charity" and promoting a song by another group it had signed. NOW do any of you know the name of that group and the song that went on to be a national #1 hit?

And although these guys weren't from Albany, "Free As The Wind" beat The Mamas and The Papas' "California Dreaming" on WTRY's nightly "Voice Your Choice" call-in show with DJ Rick Snyder. The Myddle Class didn't make it big nationally, because the PD at the groups hometown radio station, New York's WABC refused to play their music, and WGLI's PD even broke one of their records to pieces! They had a big NUMBER ONE in Albany with this tune:Thank Google for YouTube! submit to reddit

Backyard Garden Harvest 2014

With a new fall/back-to-school season just a few weeks away, my vegetable garden has been a source of fresh food for many years now. This year, 2014, has been unique in that the garden hose has stayed hanging up in its winter storage position. I simply haven't had need of it for anything. The rains that seem to come at precise times have watered the plants well, and, using an old trick on teevee back in the 90s, when the weatherman says we're gonna have a soaker, I go outside just as dark skies are forming nearby, and soap up the car with a few drops of dishwashing liquid dissolved in a pail of hot water. I go over the vehicle with a sponge, and I'm back inside by the time the first drops fall, usually within a few minutes.But I digress.

I tweeted this picture of green beans (with a few peas mixed in) that I picked Saturday afternoon for the evening meal. I've posted other yard and garden articles on this blog over time and wish I had had the iPhone back then! I may go back this year and upload new iPhone photos to my Wild Grapes vs. Moonseed article. I wish I could change the insect eggs on the badminton net post, but we didn't put the net up this year as we've been hitting the tennis courts instead.

My 2014 garden's first yield was a bumper crop of salad radishes. Of course I have peppers, peas, beans, tomatoes, garlic and two new aditions this year, carrots and broccoli. And everything is so good! I can't remember a year when I had gone without either watering can or hose for so long. It looks like that hose isn't coming down again until, maybe, 2015!

See also: February Vegetable Garden

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Watertown Daily Times: "Man charged with kidnapping Amish children suspended; girlfriend not welcome back at her workplace"

This article/image is posted for educational purposes to assist those with certain variations of Chrome browsers where the text appears as a series of lines or bars instead of readable characters. The WDT article is here.

Free Alternatives To Skype

The majority of Windows Phone users, what little there are, can no longer use Skype on their smartphones. And many people found in mid-August Skype was no longer working on their computers! For WinXP users, this is a disaster - many have systems that cannot upgrade to SP3 due to lack of disk space. No reliable workaround has been found (if YOU know of one that works, please link to it in the comments area below!) This is a sad testament to greed! Taking Skype away from people is a digital sin! Microsoft, with this action, becomes the “new Google.” Trying to force people to buy new software and hardware, forcing them to the cloud. So what now, people?

My co-workers tell me they like to use Google Hangouts. If you use gmail and you applied for and received a Google Voice telephone number, there should be a little camera icon in the left column of the gmail dashboard. You should be able to use your existing webcam configuration. I just tried it out a few minutes ago, and it works well. Of course, nothing compares to Skype as we knew it!

 I have been using a free messaging service from Asia. It is promoted as "the ideal combination of SMS, Twitter, Facebook, Skype and Instagram."  With over 235 million users a month. It's called "WeChat," it is a communication app from a Chinese company.

WeChat was introduced back in 2011 and quickly spread across the globe. This app is free to use, works with Cellular Data or WiFi, and comes with all standard features for an IM app. You can send instant messages, make high quality video calls and voice calls, among others.

Even though the WeChat user interface is not easy to grasp initially, you will eventually get accustomed to using it. It is also available for many mobile platforms and PCs with android emulator software installedl. It can be used on Blackberry, Symbian and Windows devices. The good thing is that it is a free app that has much functionality and (for now) no ads.

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