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Cute.

This April Fool's Day joke is much more interesting than the "turn back time email" joke you guys did. (Which by the way, I fell for. Thank you very much :-)

in reference to: Official Google Blog: A different kind of company name (view on Google Sidewiki)

Following your Twitter friends via Google buzz

By following these steps, you can find your Twitter friends if they are using Google Buzz.

1) Click the "Connected sites" link and add your Twitter account as a link

2) Click the "Find people" link and enter your Twitter friend's username or email address.

in reference to: Google Buzz (view on Google Sidewiki)

Finding your Twitter friends in Google Buzz

Before performing the below steps, you must click the "4 connected sites" link and add your Twitter account as a connected site.

1) While in G-Buzz, click on the "Find people" link

2) In the "Follow more people" field enter your friend's username or email address.

3) Click Search

Yes, it's just that easy!

in reference to: Google Buzz (view on Google Sidewiki)

Visit the Linkedin's Jobs Tab

Many professionals have found that proper use of social networking sites such as Linkedin.com and Plaxo.com help to quickly identify and market to hiring managers and recruiters. By properly completing your Linkedin.com profile, you will instantly connect with people you have gone to school with, worked with and associated with.

For example, if you have your heart set on working at the University of Pennsylvania, the largest employer in Philadelphia, after logging into Linkedin.com, you can search on “University of Pennsylvania” , find and connect with several people who work there. More importantly, you will be able to quickly identify if there are people who work for the University of Pennsylvania that are already in your network.

Additionally, once you’ve joined a Linkedin.com group, you will see the job postings listed in that group. Groups are online cafes where people of similar interests connect. Job recruiters and job seekers are often found discussing news and information in their respective industries.

in reference to: Home | LinkedIn (view on Google Sidewiki)

Highly informative tech info

Hey, technology is not just for geeks any more!

Techpodcasts.com's weekly hosts are informative AND entertaining. Of course, I value the contests, but I listen because I know that I learn something new.

eh, btw, I'm also one of the host! Go figure :-)

in reference to: Tech Podcast Network (view on Google Sidewiki)

Connect to Chris Brogran

One of the top Social Media Knowledge Leaders of the decade.

Read.
Follow.
Learn.

in reference to: Chris Brogan (chrisbrogan) on Twitter (view on Google Sidewiki)

Insightful Social Media Knowledge Leader

A must have on your reading list.
A must follow for your social network.

in reference to: Chris Brogan (chrisbrogan) on Twitter (view on Google Sidewiki)

Most useful website

The Philadelphia Free Library is one of my top 10 most useful sites.

It is a time saver because one can reserve a book in advance.

Once you have logged into your accoutn, be sure to check out the audio books via OverDrive Media. This will allow you to download a books audio and take it with you. So, you can "read" a book while doing housework, working, walking, etc.

in reference to: Free Library of Philadelphia (view on Google Sidewiki)

SEPTA Strike, Social Media Solution


On election day November 2, 2009, many Philadelphians found themselves in a pickle. SEPTA workers, Transport Workers Union Local 243, had gone on strike. This action created a challenge for nearly half a million public transit riders of buses, subway, and trolley service in the Philadelphia - as well as the Frontier Division buses in Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester counties.

As during previous challenges in America, however, the citizens used technology to aid and inform those in need. Twitter posts were ablaze with the "SEPTA" trending topic. Soon twitter users realized that this time the effects the strike would be different. They now had an open and free medium for communicating transportation needs with one another. Riders did not need to feel abandoned.

Drivers who had an available seat in their vehicle would post on Twitter which area of the city they were coming from, which area they were going to and the time they were traveling to let riders in need gain an opportunity for a ride. If the driver was leaving 52nd & Market Streets at 9:00 a.m. going to Germantown they would simply post "@9:00 a.m., D: 52nd & Market Streets A: Germantown, Seats Available: 2 #havearide". "D" indicating departure and "A" indicating arrival.

Conversely, if a riders needed transportation from Chestnut Hill to Broad and Olney at 10:30 a.m., the rider would post: "@10:30 a.m., D: Broad & Olney A: Chestnut Hill, Seats needed: 1 #needaride"

By connecting those in need of a ride with those who had available seats, Twitter users made the SEPTA workers strike less of a hardship for innocent riders who were left stranded.

Once again, social media brings social solutions.

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Contact staff writer JC Lamkin at @JCLamkin

Review of the DocuPen RC800 Handheld Scanner

Making the Paperless Office a Reality

It is not often that one will find me in my office. While I love a leather executive office chair as much as the next business mogul, I love the great outdoors event more. It is for this reason, I need office equipment that is durable, effective and mobile. Planon's DocuPen Scanner RC800 is one handheld scanner that fits my very active lifestyle.

At first glance, it looks like just another fancy pen. As a matter of fact, while I was working and enjoying a cup of coffee at my local café, one of the customers asked me if he could borrow my pen. When I pointed out that this "pen" was a scanner, he could not believe his eyes, so I showed him how this duplication device works. Slightly larger than a real pen, the DocuPen easily fits into my briefcase. I use it mostly to scan in signed contracts while I am off-site meeting with clients. As an added benefit, using this tool enhances my company's profile as an environmentally conscious company, pending B-Corp status because we use the power of technology to save tree, go paperless and create public benefit. It is unusually easy to use. As a matter of fact, all I have to do is run the flat part of the Docupen over my document and it is saved to the DocuPen's memory. I can connect the the pen to the USB cable and the cable to my laptop, then voilà! I am ready to move my scanned document to my computer.



The most convenient feature is the color mode option. The Mode button allows me to scan in color, black and white or some variation thereof.

The set-up was reasonably easy. I inserted the DocuPen CD, selected PenTwain from the menu to install the software, then selected the DocuPen application to install. Once I connected the USB port to the pen and then to my computer, it found the drivers and installed. Upon set-up, I would recommend allowing the DocuPen to stay connected to your computer for 50 minutes so that the DocuPen can fully charge.

Priced, just under $300.00, this little tool will be a great replacement for the scanner that SOMEONE managed to break in my home office.

Features

The following components are included in the Planon DocuPen scanner RC800 product package:

- The DocuPen RC800 scanning unit

- USB cable for communication with PC (Mac) & recharging.

- Installation CD containing DocuPen PenTwain driver, DocuPen stand-alone application & PaperPort Software

- Quick Start Guide

- Leather Case

As far as tech essentials go, the DocuPen RC800 portable handheld scanner is one of the most useful tools that I have in my mobile arsenal.
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Contact staff writer JC Lamkin at @JCLamkin






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