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How to become a geeky apartment shopper
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New Facebook features, iPhone 5 announcement, Google+ API launched?…Friday wrap-up time!
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Why technology isn’t just for Geeks anymore
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Finally…a better definition of what being social in business really means
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Will automation damage Google Plus?
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Making the case for not having a social media strategy…yet.
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3 ways social search will change how you find apartments
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Open Letter to Twitter: Here’s why we use 3rd party apps.
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Underestimating those small decisions can lead to this…
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Is the PC is dying?

How to become a geeky apartment shopper

It certainly isn’t your grandmother’s apartment search experience anymore. Not even close. You can imagine how the process used to be. Cup of freshly brewed coffee, a donut, the Sunday paper, all while making wide circles over ads that looked interesting. You’d gather up your list and head out on Monday morning, hit the streets, drive to some of your favorites or maybe you’d even pick up the phone and call around. Trouble with that approach, as we now know, is the limited amount of information you had at your fingertips. Newspaper descriptions manipulated by marketing departments have a tendency to be predictable, loaded with too many descriptive phrases (an inordinately quaint living space!) and certainly doesn’t fill in the[…]

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New Facebook features, iPhone 5 announcement, Google+ API launched?…Friday wrap-up time!

Been a crazy week with the Facebook changes, Google Plus API release and iPhone 5 metallic case announcement. Grab your cup of coffee or tea or road soda and let’s do a quick overview of the new stuff this week. Facebook adds subscriptions. BOOM. Twitter is great for lots of reasons but one is the ability to follow other people’s tweets. I’ve always thought that there should be a happy medium on Facebook rather than the full “friend” commitment currently required. There was a “hack” to follow someone on Facebook. It required you to friend request someone and if they didn’t accept your friend request (and didn’t block you) their public posts would still show in your news stream. This[…]

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Why technology isn’t just for Geeks anymore

This was from a guest post on Mark Juleen’s blog. Enjoy! Let me tell you a story about a boy. 4 foot 11, 120 pounds soaking wet, wrinkled Bugle Boy pants, his blond hair in a bowl cut; tousled. When he spoke his voice cracked and the things he used to say revolved around some device called the Commodore 64. He was awkward, always had his nose shoved in front of a computer, and was a social nightmare; it was the 80’s and he was your stereotypical geek. Let’s fast forward to today. The boy has grown older, his voice finally dropped into something one would consider manly and woman finally realized that he wasn’t a total loser. (Okay only[…]

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Finally…a better definition of what being social in business really means

You’ve probably read countless blog posts and articles about how social media has revolutionized the business landscape, how it’s the second coming of Christ, and how it’s the Star Wars Prequel that should’ve been. The one thing lacking from all those posts is a definition of what being social as a business really means. It’s about Facebook. Uhh… sure. It’s about Twitter. Err..kind of. It’s about blogging. Hmm.. that’s just a small piece. Social isn’t a strategy or just some sales-y buzz word but a mentality. A mentality that says I want to hear what others are saying about me. I want to engage with them. I know that this will not only allow us to be proactive with customer[…]

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Will automation damage Google Plus?

One of the things I’ve been really enjoying about Google Plus is the lack of an API. For those that don’t know, an API is called an Application Programming Interface and it’s what allows all of those 3rd party programs (TweetDeck, Hootsuite, etc) to interact with the services you want to talk to. Google has done a smart thing this time around with their social network. With their previous attempts (Wave and Buzz) they released the API immediately. It was smart to hold it back for Google Plus. Why?

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Making the case for not having a social media strategy…yet.

A week or so ago I wrote a blog post outlining Google’s new +1 stuff. There’s some great information in there telling you how social media results are being utilized by search engines. It even suggests that as a business you had better have a long term social media strategy. I wanted to back track today. Not because I’m some wishy washy nit wit but because I think there are reasons for some property management companies (or any business) to take pause. Look I’m a social media junkie. Ask anyone that I constantly stalk chat with. I love engaging with people and for my personal brand BSitko, using social media drives awareness. Creating all of this “awareness” costs me a[…]

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3 ways social search will change how you find apartments

Google deciding to implement their +1 search service really isn’t big news… yet. Its implementation is a little buggy and isn’t turned on by default. Like the Facebook Like button soon you’ll be able to add the +1 button to your website or blog. Cool. I’m all giggly inside at the prospect of another thing that people can click on in my site. What are the consequences of all this social stuff? From Google +1, FB Likes, tweets, and blog posts, search engines are starting to utilize this data in their search results. The true social search concept is still a new one. Bing started including Facebook likes in their search results last summer. Google has tried creating several of[…]

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Open Letter to Twitter: Here’s why we use 3rd party apps.

Recently Twitter decided to really clamp down on some of its Third Party App developers. A lot of that clamping down is a direct result of API violations as well as inconsistencies in how Tweets are displayed. According to Twitter “consumers continue to be confused by the different ways that a fractured landscape of third-party Twitter clients display tweets and let users interact with core Twitter functions.” Sounds to me that the bottom line is Twitter wants a more “consistent user experience.” Zzzz.. most of this conversation is all pretty boring. There are some terrible 3rd party applications out there. Got it. Twitter really wants us to use their client. Got it. Here’s a news flash Twitter; There’s a reason[…]

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Underestimating those small decisions can lead to this…

I decided two weeks ago that I wasn’t going to answer the phone when my wife called. It was a snap decision but I just didn’t feel like it. Yup… didn’t feel like it. I was preoccupied and didn’t want to be lectured about something that I knew I hadn’t done. (I deserved the lecture for the record) Come on people – you all know you’ve done it, screened your calls and didn’t answer your wife/husband. [GASP]. This quick and fairly innocuous (or so I thought) decision led to major consequences later. You ever see those Mentions show up in your Twitter stream? Twitter doesn’t always have my full attention. Neither does Facebook. I have a life and kids and[…]

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Is the PC is dying?

With the proliferation of technology these days, it’s hard not to get caught up in the hype behind all the new stuff (except for 3D TV…push the snooze button please). An article I read recently talked about how the PC era as we know it today is gone. Because of all the new tech, mobility and faster wireless speeds, it’s really hard not to jump on the “PC’s are dead” bandwagon. I say wait – not so fast. Mobile is just a different way to surf the ‘net. I don’t watch TV on my phone. I don’t randomly surf around on websites with my phone. If I do check the web on it, I already know what I’m looking for.[…]

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