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HOW TO: Share your content in real-time



by Jannice Almansur -
Adapted from: an article written by Liz Metcalfe and adapted from an original piece from Microsoft Home Magazine.


Sharing a great story, resource, tip or how to article with your clients and community has never been easier.

by Jannice Almansur

Thanks to a growing number of blogging, photo-sharing, and social networking websites, such as Blogger, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Your Own Blog on Your Own Redberry Online Business Solution website, clients, prospects, friends and family no longer have to wait until you get home to hear about your tips and resources. Video on creating blogs on Redberry Design...

Free and easy

Most social networking sites are free and easy to use. Some, such as Facebook and Twitter, enable you to tell your friends what you're doing, Facebook allows up to 200 photos per album and unlimited number of albums, and you can blog about your adventures. Your status is instantly shared on your wall to let friends know you've recently updated your space.

Others, such as Flickr, Picasa, Panoramio, and Photobucket, specialize in hosting photo or video galleries and slide shows. Your Redberry website allows you to post unlimited  amount of video via embed codes. This is another great way to post your photos, share stories, and keep everyone up-to-date on your activities. Users can have multiple blogs and journals, upload unlimited photos, and pass on their individual URL to friends who can check on their site any time they want via RSS feeds.


"The quickness and ease is excellent," says Shafik Mansur, whose Over In Noonday personal blog is a great way for him to share his eclectic tastes on many topics from food, photography to music and the local history of the Noonday area. "It changes the prospective," he says. "People have already seen where you've been and the conversation (when you see them next) starts from that."


User-friendly

When you're on the road, traveling through different countries or soaking up the sun or just conducting your daily errands and client appointments, it has become common for you to take tons of photos and then share them with clients, friends and family. On these user friendly sharing sites technical issues are uncommon and are so user-friendly, you don't need to be a computer whiz to use them.

What you will need:

  1. A digital camera or camera phone
  2. A computer (either your own laptop, or a computer located in a hotel, library, cyber café, any computer with internet access—the options are increasing daily)
  3. A media card reader, if your laptop doesn't have one
  4. You might also want to keep a car battery charger and AC adaptor for your charger, if you use rechargeable batteries.

There are also apps that allow you to share your text and photo posts from cell phones directly to Facebook,Twitter and other social media sites. Facebook mobile is a valuable resource to share post to other websites or even directly to your own. Use this link to learn more about Facebook Mobile. Windows Live also allows you to e-send blog entries and photos right from your cell phone to your Redberry Designs website blog address, from anywhere in the world where your phone has Internet access. Your friends and family just have to check your Windows Live Space to see exactly what you're up to—as you're doing it!

It can be helpful to have a Wi-Fi phone for easy access to the Web when you can't get to an Internet café. I had a Hewlett-Packard iPAQ camera phone with Wi-Fi capability that allowed me to access the Internet anywhere I could find a wireless signal. During my trip to Europe, I even found free Wi-Fi hotspots at inexpensive hostels.


Photo-editing on the fly

If you want to modify images, there's a wide range of photo-editing software to choose from. Windows Photo Gallery comes free with the Windows 7 and Windows Vista operating systems. Its Auto Adjust feature can automatically lighten and sharpen a too-dark photograph with just one click. You can also fix red eye, crop photos, and change color photos to beautiful black and whites—with just a few clicks of your mouse.

 If the computer you're using doesn't have Windows 7 or Windows Vista installed, you can also use online photo-editing services at sites like Phixr, GIFworks, or Picnik to make quick changes. The Microsoft Professional Photography site is an excellent source for additional information.

 Microsoft Research has been working on some cutting-edge editing software that takes your photography to the next level. Microsoft Photosynth transforms regular digital photos into three-dimensional, 360-degree experiences that change the way you experience and share photos. Photo collages celebrate important events and themes, and Microsoft AutoCollage lets you create a unique memento to print or e–mail to your family and friends.


Where to find wireless access

Web access is available pretty well everywhere these days. Most hotels and cruise ships offer wireless services that allow you to access the Internet from a laptop in your room. If you don't want to pack your laptop, many provide Internet facilities with computers.

Free Wi-Fi is available at many cafés and some restaurants, including many Starbucks and McDonald's locations. If your laptop has a wireless card, just click your wireless icon and ask for a display of available wireless networks. You can find a directory of free Wi-Fi locations on the Wi-Fi FreeSpot Web site. While Wi-Fi hotspots provide a valuable service, it's important to keep security in mind when accessing any Wi-Fi network. Wireless networks range from paid services, such as T-Mobile or Boingo, to free connections at your local coffee shop or library, but they all have one thing in common—they're all open networks that are vulnerable to security breaches. And that means it's up to you to protect the data on your PC. Get 7 tips for working securely from wireless hotspots.

On my road trips, I favored full-out Internet facilities, which provided computers and even webcams. Full-size keyboards are definitely more comfortable than cell phone keyboards. Sites like EasyInternetCafé provide links to Internet cafes in several cities. Simply search for your city and get a map and contact info for the closest café.

When booking your hotel or other lodging, you might want to ask about Internet access. "An Wifi Internet connection is part of my criteria when I book a hotel," Shafik says. Technology has helped make travel a shared experience. Not only can you send e–mail to family members back home—you can show them what you're up to at any given moment, and where you're off to next. For many people, it adds a new and exciting dimension to getting things done and to working and traveling remotely.



About the Author: Jannice Boyd Almansur is CEO and Managing Director of Redberry Services and Redberry Designs. Redberry is an Agency that offers Branding, Website Development and Hosting Solutions and a full portfolio of business conversational marketing and brand identity solutions for small businesses. To learn more and to download FREE business tools and articles, as well as join their mailing list, visit the Redberry Services or Redberry Designs website at http://www.redberryservices.com. You may print this article for personal use or republish it online only if it is left unaltered and in its entirety, including bylines, links and author information. Contact the author for all other permissions.





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