I was reading an interesting and fun article by Sarah Perez on How to Make Facebook Useful Again . *
The author points out that the younger crowd has almost completely turned to Facebook or MySpace for communication – including emailing. In a way, it’s understandable. It’s a little bit like living in a gated community, at least you have to be a member and I have to approve you as a friend before we can communicate. My normal inbox doesn’t work that way and wading through email is probably one of the biggest time wasters we deal with in a workday. Read more

When you work on a project with a group of people it’s easy to get lost when documents constantly get revised and changed. It’s easy to get bombarded with emails, changes and updates and loose track of which version is the correct version.

For us, Google Docs has been the solution to keep our projects on track and the group informed. It’s easy to share documents and work on a piece of text together. You can also share the action item list so that everyone can access it. Nowadays, we rely on Google docs to keep all our projects organized.

Watch this short video to quickly find out how easy it is to get started.

I know you’ve heard it before – you need to start building a list. Everyone knows that it’s easier to sell your existing customers, so it makes sense that you should build a list. It just doesn’t make sense when you don’t have a lot of customers. Why do I need to market to that little group of clients?

Basically, you’re going to have to start somewhere. It’s important to start a new routine, and the more you do something, the easier it gets. So why wait? Why not start now and test what works for you?

The hardest part about building a list is getting people to sign up to receive information from you. Let’s face it. We all have inboxes full of offers and newsletters we don’t really want. So you need to put yourself in your reader’s shoes. What do they want? What do you have to offer?

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Web design is a complex discipline, and since the early days of the internet there has always been a struggle for dominance between designing for beauty and designing for function.

In the real world, people are looking online for things to help them do what they want to do. In order to create effective web designs, we have to be understand how people use the web. Effective design is made for the real world.

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[By: Beka Ruse]

In 1936, long before the rise of the personal computer, Hormel Foods created SPAM. In 2002, the company will produce it’s six billionth can of the processed food product. But that mark was passed long ago in the world of Internet spam.

* Who Cooked This!? (How did it all start?)
* Why Does Bad Spam Happen to Good People?
* Stop The Flood to Your Inbox
* Stay Off Spammed Lists in the Future
* Think You’re Not a Spammer? Be Sure.
* The Final Blow

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Email Program

There are two ways to send and receive email. You can use an email program installed on your computer, like Outlook or Eudora, or you can use an online web mail account such as gmail, yahoo or hotmail.

Many people have lots of websites and lots of email addresses to keep up with. For example, you might use one email address for your private email, and another email address for your business.

We prefer using gmail. It’s easy, and you can always get to your email even when you’re traveling. I also like the fact that I can set up gmail to automatically label my email or toss it directly into folders for me. It makes it easy if you can color-code or label incoming mail; sort it in folders and so on.

Lately, I’ve started to use gmail as my GTD organizer. I label things according to actions needed, such as next-action, waiting, to do etcetera. It works well for me.

The rules function in gmail  is just awesome. Some of my customer service requests I automatically forward to our customer service representative for example. My son’s soccer schedule automatically forwards to him.

I used outlook for a very long time, and it has some great functions with mail merge and group emails and so on. But I have to say, that gmail can do most things just as well. I create groups frequently. For example, I have created a group for soccer parents in our car pool group. Whenever I need to send out a schedule change or something, I just send a quick email to the group instead.

Another big reason I started using gmail was the problem we had with spam. When I used outlook I constantly had to spend time fighting the virus problems and sort a lot of spam. The problem with getting viruses on my computer completely disappeared when we started with gmail. Also, the spam filter is excellent. I hardly see any spam anymore.

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Domain Names
When you set up your website, you need a domain name. You’ll need to find a suitable domain name and register it before you start. This is what a domain name looks like — www.MyWidgets.com. You can choose a dot com name, or .net, .biz, .tv, .mobi etc. Most marketers will suggest to use a .com name if possible for a business.

Many websites own more than one domain name and point the extra domain names to the website. The reason for this is to make it easier to find your website, even with a typo for example.

So what’s a good domain name? That really depends on what you’re doing online and how you’re doing your marketing. How are you planning to have your clients find you? If you’re a retailer and you send your clients to your website through advertising in your store, on your business card, in your print advertising etc. you probably want a easy to remember name for your customers. Let’s say you’re selling widgets, maybe www.Mywidgets.com would be a good name for you – or www.WidgetsGalore.com if that’s the name of your store.

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