Posted on July 23, 2010 by graceynewman
Retro note taking at Google Affiliate Conference, Chicago, IL
In conferences especially I see people typing on their laptops, net books, iPads and even smart phones. It seems that all except the later have become common at seminars and meetings as an acceptable medium for note taking but, what about smart phones?
Well, I do not think we are there yet. Even though there are great apps for note taking like Evernote, the perception is that if you are on your smart phone you are not paying attention.
Being at dinner with a friend and using your smart phone too much = rude
In company meetings you will see people sporadically looking at their smart phone to check email = acceptable
But imagine someone typing on their smart phone during a one-on-one meeting… Even if they are taking notes, the perception is that they are not paying attention.
Is it still rude to be on your smart phone during a meeting? What do you think?
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Posted on May 12, 2010 by graceynewman
We all have the best intentions when we find a great blog or website. We subscribe to the email list or to the RSS feed… and then we NEVER read them again. Why? Because we don’t have time to go all those websites every day.
I have the solution: Google Alerts, Google Reader and an RSS Feed Reader for your phone are tools that can make you smarter! Here are the 5 steps:
- Go to www.google.com/reader and sign into your google account.
- Go to a blog and click the RSS subscribe icon. You can always find it in the address bar or on front page of the blog:
RSS Subscribe Button on Blog Page
RSS Subscribe Button in Address Bar
3. Choose Google Reader from the drop down:
Choose Google Reader
4. Put anRSS feed reader app on your smart phone. Search your the App Store on your phone, here are some popular feed readers:
- Andriod: News Rob
- iPhone: Google Reader App
- Blackberry: RSS Reader
5. Read the RSS feed of the Blogs when you have down-time, instead of playing solitaire. Read them on the subway, on the bus, waiting in line for coffee, etc.
Keeping up with the blogs will keep your creative juices flowing and make you more savvy about you industry! Here are some blogs I follow:
* Tech Crunch
* Blog Catalog
* Copy Blogger
* Reach Personal Branding
See my previous posts about using Google Alerts to get noticed online and keep up with your competitors.
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Posted on April 13, 2010 by graceynewman
I got to do some testing on an iPad because SpaFinder has one, YAY! I thought it would feel like a giant iPhone but, I was surprised that I did not think of it that way. I felt like a more manageable laptop or net book.
I agree with Matt Cutts that 90% of people will love the iPad. I AM part of that 90% but, since I already have NexusOne and a Kindle, I am not sure that it is a practical purchase (sigh). The iPad is however a good option to consider if you are thinking about purchasing a netbook, laptop or even a Kindle. I love my Kindle but it is a uni-tasker (Alton Brown is against these). Technology is moving away from one-function wonders. Take iPod to the iTouch for example. If people are in the market for a portable electronic reader and there is a device that allows them to read plus listen to music, play games and surf the web, that one will probably be the most appealing. Kindle better step up their music feature…
Of course the picture is amazing. Using the internet (not in the subway) and playing games on the iPad is great. Using the touch screen to navigate the internet feels very comfortable (I hate mice). Social media websites work very well on the iPad- no App required. Since Social media has surpassed porn as the #1 activity on the web, the iPad’s usability is a very good thing!
Reading on the iPad for an extended period may be uncomfortable on the eyes. The Kindle has the advantage here in weight and in reading comfort. The iPad does feel a little heavy and is akward to hold with one hand. But you can lay it flat and work with ease.
I would wait for more revisions to the iPad but, overall I think it could be a big threat to the technology uni-taskers.
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