How to Set Up Google Alerts (And Why You Need To)

Google Alerts is one of the most versatile online tools. It allows you to listen to conversations you may not be aware of. Conversations that involve you or your brand (and maybe even your competitors). As you manage your online presence, it's important to listen to what people are saying and how they are saying it. You want to know if other sites are linking to you, quoting you, supporting you, or complaining about you. You want to know what your competition is up to and how they are faring. Enter Google Alerts, the free online tool that lets you track keywords and phrases effortlessly so you never miss another important conversation. ...more

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The power of twitter

I like to socialize. If it weren't for the Internet, I think I would have found being a mom very difficult. The truth is, we don't often get babysitters to go out for a night on the town. But message boards, MSN messenger and more recently twitter have given me the opportunity to have an active social life from the comfort of my basement and my PJs. ...more

In my conference wrap up. Our interaction really tickled me.

 

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Office Web Apps Coming in 2010

I talked with Louise Rasho in the Microspa room sponsored by Microsoft at BlogHer09. We talked about Office Web Apps, which will be released when Office 2010 is released. Wish I'd had time to stay in the microspa for a massage or some pampering, but I had to rush off after our chat. Louise is @Office_Live on Twitter where she tweets about Microsoft Office Live. Our meeting was arranged by a PR rep Krista Ulatowski, who also sat in on the chat and helped get some answers that Louise didn't have at her fingertips. ...more

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Behind the Scenes with BlogHer Founders: How Blogging Works for Women

July 24th, 2009 kicks off the largest conference for women bloggers in the world.  Bloggers from all over are convening in Chicago to connect in real life including the See Jane Do team.  We went behind the scenes with BlogHer founders, Jory Des Jardins and Elisa Camahort to learn blogging basics and essentials, why blogging works for women, and the steps that led to this incredible online community for women. ...more

Ditch the Paper Clutter without Buying More Stuff

Meet my desk.  Oh, can't see it?  It's that thing in the corner buried under piles of paper.  There are also stacks of stuff on the floor and batches of business cards still lingering from BlogHer '08!  I need to get a handle on dealing with all this paper before I accumulate even more at BlogHer '09.  But the magazines and advertisements from places like The Container Store urge me to buy more STUFF to organize the STUFF I already have.  There must be a cheaper and more eco-friendly way! ...more

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It's so funny you would comment about avoiding printing stuff today.  ...more

Bump - the iPhone app that you MUST HAVE for BlogHer!

This is cross-posted from Avitable.com: Let's say that you're hanging out in your office one day when all of a sudden you spy one of your oldest friends. ...more

Arizona State and others sued by National Federation of the Blind over Kindle DX use

A couple of months ago, I reported in Author Rights vs. Disability Rights about a lawsuit brought by the Authors Guild to prevent Amazon from allowing the Kindle 2's text to speech function unless compensation was given to the book's authors. ...more

Ethnographers That Record A Changing World

Shi Pei Pu died July 2, 2009. If you boil the story down to the essentials this is a story about a man who pretended to be a woman who fooled another man into loving him. He was the real life person that inspired the play and the movie "M Butterfly." Ethnographically speaking, it is a journey into many lands where I am an outsider trying to understand. ...more

I finished the memoir, Crabcakes, by Jame Alan McPherson.  He has several chapters ...more

Firefox 3.5 released: time to check your add-ons

It's like checking the batteries in your smoke alarm every once in a while. You need to check your Firefox add-ons every once in a while, too. A new Firefox release is a good time to do that, because some of the old add-ons may no longer work. Even more important, maybe there is some great add-on you can add to your repertoire to make your browsing life work smoothly. Firefox 3.5 just released. Some of the new features available in this upgrade are ...more

I really like the new Firefox 3.5. It's faster and allows you to customize ...more