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Technology Tips and News for Busy Professionals

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Greetings!                                                                                                        Volume 3, Number 7

We hope you enjoy and benefit from these technology tips and news for busy professionals.  We bring this to you because we are committed to bridging the gap between people and their technology.

 

INFO-TEK employs a full time staff of trained and certified computer & network specialists who are quick to respond, easy to talk with and people you can trust. 

 

We specialize in small business and home office clients and we have helped thousands of people in the greater Kansas City area with their computer service needs at very competitive and affordable rates.

Monitor and manage your reputation online using these online tools

 

Why Your Email System May Not Cut It

 

Forget to Include an Attachment in Outlook? Get a Reminder!

 

Rule of Thumb

 

 

NEWS:  Google+ Social Networking Now Open to Everyone, New Features Added

“Building good relationships between people and their technology 365 days a year.”

 

 

Monitor and manage your reputation online using these online tools

 

 

Someone somewhere could be talking about you or your company, anddepending on what’s being saidit can be either helpful or damaging to you or your business. This is of special concern in the online world, as the proliferation of websites and social media tools make it easy to share opinions with the world. In this article we point you to tools and online resources to help monitor and manage what’s being said about you or your businessand thereby build or defend your reputation.

Besides your own eyes and ears, there are plenty of toolsfor free or for a priceavailable to help you monitor your presence online. The simplest of these is your familiar search engines such as Google or Bing. By simply searching online, you can find where your name or your company’s name appears in various websites. With Google in particular, you can set up “alerts which will email you when a specific word or term appears in their website index.

 

What words or terms should you use? Start with your name, or your company name, then try the name of your products and/or services, and maybe even the names of your employees, directors, and other stakeholders. It might also be helpful to search for the competition as well. As results come in you can refine your search by expanding or narrowing the scope of terms you would like to search or be alerted on. If you want to be able to search across all different search engines and not just one or two, you can use Monitor This.

 

Next you can use specialized website or social media monitoring tools to search only specific sites or services as opposed to the entire Internet. One example is Greplin, which allows you to search all of your accounts or accounts that you own. This is very helpful to be able to execute highly filtered searches on specific information in your Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn accounts, or your blog. Another option is Rollyo, which allows you to set up your own specialized search engines that cull content from public or open websites of your choosing.

 

Other more generalized tools include RSS feed readers—which allow you to consume news or information feeds from news sites or blogs. Examples include Newsgator.com, Bloglines.com, Google Reader or Pluck.com . Other generalized tools include those that monitor specific newsgroups or message boards like BoardReader.com, ForumFind.com, Big-Boards.com, BoardTracker.com, iVillage, Yahoo Message Boards, and MSN Money. Still others track changes to content of specific sites (Copernic Tracker, Website Watcher and WatchThatPage.com), as well as their domain information (DomainTools.com and BetterWhois.com).

The really interesting new services actually give you an explicit idea of the status of your reputationespecially if you are a relatively well-known name or your business has an established brand. In this category are sites like Amplicate, which monitors general feelings or impressions about brands, businesses, or services; Klout, which tries to measure the influence of individuals based on their social interactions; and SendLove.to, which focuses on celebrities and media personalities.

 

There are literally dozens more tools you can use to monitor and manage your reputation online. To find out more, a great resource is at the Duct Tape Marketing blog. If you have any additional suggestions, feel free to let us know!

 

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Why Your Email System May Not Cut It

 

Email plays a big role in the way people do business. Whether you work from a fixed location at an office desk or from a mobile device on the go, the kind of email you use can define your level of productivity. Are you sure that the email system you are using is the right one for you?

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Forget to Include an Attachment in Outlook? Get a Reminder!

 

Do you sometimes forget the file attachments you meant to include in an email message? Thanks to a free plugin for Outlook, now you can be alerted when you do just that.

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October 14-16, 2011

 

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Rule of Thumb

 

When setting up a wireless network in a house full of kids, do not use any form of security that requires a password (WEP, WPA, etc.).  Instead, configure the security using MAC addresses. This will prevent all unwanted devices from getting on your network because most kids don’t understand the meaning of security – they will share the password with all their friends.

 

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NEWS:  Google+ Social Networking Now Open to Everyone, New Features Added

 

Description: http://zapp5.staticworld.net/images/article/2011/09/google_plus_logo-5217366.jpgGoogle opened the gates to its social network, Google+, to everyone today and rolled out more than a dozen new features to the service, many of them aimed at mobile phone users.

For 12 weeks, Google+ has been in "field trials," Google Senior Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra explained in a company blog. "We’re nowhere near done," he wrote, "but with the improvements we’ve made so far we’re ready to move from field trial to beta." Now anyone can go to the Google+ site and sign up for the service.

Description: With the new In addition to open enrollment, Google introduced a number of improvements to the hangout feature of Google+. Hangouts allow people to chat face to face through video. With today's improvements, users of Android phones will be able to use hangouts on their mobiles.

Google is also expanding the online version of hangouts. Now, through "Hangouts on Air," you can open up a hangout session and as many as nine people can join it. An unlimited number can watch the hangout session.

Hangouts is getting some extras, too. They allow you to share what's on your computer in a hangout, scribble with friends on an online sketchpad, share Google docs, and create or join public hangouts about a topic, like the collapse of your favorite sports team or raising alpacas.

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