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Google’s Attempt to obtain more Local Reviews = Recruiting “City Experts”

Google’s Attempt to obtain more Local Reviews = Recruiting “City Experts”

“Do you love to review places around your city and share your opinion with others? Our new Google City Experts program gives top reviewers (users with at least 50 high quality reviews, and at least 5 reviews in the current month) special perks like event invitations, custom swag, special access to contests and more.”

Users opt-in with their Google+ accounts.
To qualify as a City Expert you have to be among “the most active users on Google Maps who write reviews and upload photos of local places” (50 reviews, 5 reviews per month). Perks or rewards include the following:

  • Access to fun, exclusive events in their local area
  • Free custom swag
  • Special online recognition
  • Google City Expert Badge

For more info visit


Go Daddy Hacked September 2012GoDaddy said it is working on resolving a problem that has caused many of the sites it hosts to go offline.

“Status Alert: Hey, all. We’re aware of the trouble people are having with our site. We’re working on it,” the company tweeted Monday morning.

Some GoDaddy sites began experiencing problems after 10:00 a.m. PDT, and a quick search of “GoDaddy” on Twitter indicated that the issues are likely extensive. Many users are sending tweets saying all of their websites are down.

“Awesome. My @GoDaddy hosted site is down….as is their site. #NoDaddy,” tweeted@MinorLeagueBlog, the Twitter account for, a site that was affected.

Some on Twitter say every site hosted by GoDaddy is down, but the company has not confirmed that. Its own site was running slowly after sites began going offline, although it appeared to be working fine later.

The hacker group Anonymous took responsibility for the problems, with one user sending the following tweet around the time sites started going offline: “Hello everyone who wanna me to put 99% of the global Internet in #tangodown?”

Not long after, another Anonymous-associated Twitter account tweeted “#TangoDown,” which members of the group tend to do when they claim to successfully attack a target.

The group may have hit GoDaddy with a denial-of-service attack, which bombards a site with more traffic than it can handle and crashes it.

ccording to many customers, sites hosted by major web host and domain registrar GoDaddy are down. According to the official GoDaddy Twitter account the company is aware of the issue and is working to resolve it. Update: customers are complaining that GoDaddy hosted e-mail accounts are down as well, along with GoDaddy phone service and all sites using GoDaddy’s DNS service.

Update 2: A member of Anonymous known as is claiming responsibility, and makes it clear this is not an Anonymous collective action.

London 2012 Olympic Ceremony Musical Performance List

London 2012 Olympic Ceremony Performer List

I’ve created a quick list of 2012 Olympic Performer List
Please let me know if I’ve missed any musical performers

Eric Idle
Annie Lennox
Jessie J
Russel Brand
The Beatles
Tinie tempeh
Kaiser Chiefs
Pet Shop Boys
Emeli Sande
Fat Boy SLim
David Bowie
One Direction
Taio Cruz
George Michael

Nina Sevilla

QuickBooks Online vs. QuickBooks Hosting

QuickBooks Online vs. QuickBooks Hosting

QuickBooks Online Edition

Bookkeepers and accountants with simple bookkeeping/accounting may consider using QuickBooks Online Basic or Online Plus. The internet-based accounting programs run on Intuit’s web server which is accessible from anywhere at any time. The requirements are only an internet connection and a web browser. However, QuickBooks Online Basic and Online Plus are not the same programs as the QuickBooks desktop edition software like QuickBooks Simple Start, Pro, Premier, Enterprise etc. The Online programs offer different features and capabilities for which it is sometimes found more appealing than others.

Advantages of QuickBooks Online

QuickBooks Online Basic and Online Plus offer several advantages over the traditional desktop editions. Some of the advantages are:

•    The software is easy to set up. Companies can subscribe to the service simply completing an online interview of approximate 10 minutes

•    While data cannot be imported from or exported to the desktop-based version of QuickBooks (or other formats) into QuickBooks Online Basic, users can convert the file switching from QuickBooks desktop to QuickBooks Online Plus

•    If the company decides to cancel QuickBooks Online Plus, they can export their data back to QuickBooks software easily

•    Users do not need any special internal information technology resource except an internet connection and a web browser as QuickBooks Online is hosted and managed by Intuit on its servers

•    Users can access the service anytime from anywhere. They can also allow access to public bookkeepers/accountants or trusted employees at remote locations

•    The monthly subscription fee to QuickBooks Online Plus varies to the number of users. Each time when a user logs into the company’s file, an entry is added to the Access Log which describes his identity and activities into the system

•    Online Basic allows access to one user and a public bookkeeper/accountant while Online Plus allows three users and a public bookkeeper/accountant. A maximum of 25 users can be added for an additional cost

•    Users can enter data directly into the accounting system that eliminates the delays and inaccuracies caused by sending data back to the public bookkeeper/accountant for review

•    Users need not concern to upgrades or system backups of the software as it always stays in the latest version automatically in the Intuit’s servers. Moreover, Intuit’s server files are backed up daily and the backups are moved to a remote location. Thus the data is safeguarded in the event of a fire or other disaster

•    Intuit tries to notify users in advance for scheduled maintenance downtime. Besides, Intuit’s servers are connected to backup generators to protect against power failures

•    Intuit maintains a range of procedures for the security of data. Such as: Passwords must be used to gain access to data, data transmit over the internet is encrypted with 128-bit encryption and Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. Besides, QuickBooks Online is a VeriSign Secured™ product which is the leading SSL Certificate Authority

•    Public bookkeepers/accountants are benefitted from a client’s use of QuickBooks Online Plus in the following ways:

I)    The service can help bookkeepers/accountants perform bookkeeping or write-up work “on demand” since the client’s information is accessible from anywhere any time
II)    The traditional process of transferring files back and forth, while making sure both the client and the bookkeeper or accountant are using the same software release, is replaced with “real time, anytime” involvement that can better suit the schedules of both the parties
III)    As the bookkeeper/accountant gets relieved of some of the manual operations required in performing traditional bookkeeping/write-up services, some bookkeepers/accountants believe the use of online bookkeeping/accounting services such as QuickBooks Online Plus will make them more efficient and better able to fulfill a more value-added advisory role to their clients
IV)    Bookkeepers/accountants can access their clients’ QuickBooks Online Plus files for free

Disadvantages of QuickBooks Online

Of course, QuickBooks Online is not for everybody. There are several drawbacks or risks to using the service, many of which are inherent to any online bookkeeping/accounting software program.

For example:

•    Many of the QuickBooks Desktop features are not available in QuickBooks Online

•    At the time of data conversion, all the data may not be converted or it may be converted into different format and not intact

•    QuickBooks Online currently does not support purchase orders or inventory tracking

•    Reports and graphs are available but not as many as in QuickBooks desktop

•    Report customization is somewhat limited in QuickBooks Online

•    Heavy internet traffic may slow down service response time and servers may be down, preventing access to company data though Intuit tries to notify users in advance for scheduled maintenance downtime

•    Company data cannot be accessed if the user’s internet connection is down or slow. Therefore, Intuit recommends a persistent, high-speed internet connection such as DSL, a cable modem, or T1 line

•    In spite of maintaining every reasonable precaution to protect the privacy of company data, there always remains the possibility that a malicious hacker could break through Intuit’s security configuration and access accounting data

Who Should Consider Using QuickBooks Online?

Because it lacks many of the features of QuickBooks, QuickBooks Online works best for service companies with relatively simple bookkeeping/accounting needs (i.e., those who do not need estimates, online bill payment, or inventory tracking). Even then, those companies may not see significant benefits from the software unless they wish to give bookkeepers/accountants or employees in remote locations access to their bookkeeping/accounting records (Online Plus only). Generally, users who want a more full-featured bookkeeping/accounting program to create estimates, perform job costing, track inventory and purchase orders, or integrate with Microsoft Word and Outlook should use QuickBooks rather than QuickBooks Online.

Those who are confused of using QuickBooks Online can try the software for free for 30 days trial. During the free-trial period, users can view a sample company; try various features, change and view reports. Alternatively, users can enter their own company information and begin using QuickBooks Online.

QuickBooks Online Basic and Online Plus are accessed through Intuit’s QuickBooks website at

What is Amazon Supply for Industrial, Business and Scientific Customers?

Reading through my e-mails I received a notably interesting one announcing:

Dear Customer, is a new website dedicated to offering a broad selection of parts and supplies to business, industrial, scientific, and commercial customers at competitive prices. AmazonSupply offers more than 500,000 items from leading brands including Mitutoyo, Georgia-Pacific, Brady Corporation, Sandvik, Genie, and Parker. Eligible orders of $50 or more receive free two-day shipping, and AmazonSupply offers free 365-day returns, corporate lines of credit, and a dedicated customer service center. The site’s easy navigation, detailed product descriptions, and studio-quality photography help customers find the items they need.





What does this mean for the business community.  Low Prices, Fast and Free Shipping…. An Easy One Stop Shop.

Also for the launch Amazon is providing a free 365 return on corporate lines of credit for Amazon Supply Customers with a dedicated customer service center.

With 14 categories that include:

  • Hydraulics, Pneumatics, and Plumbing
  • Materials
  • Lab and Scientific
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Fasteners
  • Power and Hand Tools
  • Janitorial and Sanitation
  • Power Transmission
  • Test, Measure, and Inspect
  • Cutting Tools
  • Abrasives and Finishing
  • Material Handling
  • Office
  • Fleet and Vehicle Maintenance

I will never have to shop at, and the many other vendors I use for all our needs.

I will be sure to recommend this site to all my industry clients – you name it they can use it.  Plumbers, Merchanic Shops, Labs, etc.














10 Tips On How Real Estate Professionals Can Use Social Media Marketing to Market Homes and Condos

It is quite interesting how two things virtually transformed how real estate professionals work their trade nowadays. The first has to do with the real estate crisis, 4-5 years ago, and the other one is the boom of the use of Social Media across the generational board. When the real estate crisis hit the market, realtors and brokers were forced to go back to the drawing boards and rethink their strategies insofar as marketing their information and finding their buyers.
When Facebook became a big hit and people were signing up in droves, it was a no brainer for real estate professionals to try to bring their business to the budding network. After perhaps some initial reservations that social media would merely be for kids, and the realization that even business people and consumers are onto social media, the industry began to see this for what it is – a seemingly boundless, cost effective venue for building relationships and selling information.
How is this going along? More than what we expected, I should say. A recent survey by the National Association of Realtors say that in the United States, percentage of agents who use social media have jumped, from 35% last year, to 50% this year. It may be because they have realized that people are relying less and less on newspapers and classifieds and more and more on the Internet when looking for homes.
Which brings us to the critical point this article wishes to make: any serious real estate professional cannot ignore the value of social media networks. It is current. It is the “in” thing. People are flocking to the “virtual world” to do “real world” transactions. Hence, it is imperative that we learn the tricks of this particular trade. Just how do real estate professionals “effectively” use social media? Let me offer these 10 great tips:
1. The More, The Many-er
It is important to understand that Facebook is not the only social media out there. There is also Twitter, LinkedIn, Youtube, Flickr, Foursquare – to name only some popular few. This means that there is virtually no reason for you not to reach your potential client. In fact, the clients, especially those who are seriously looking for a house to buy or a place to rent, may be doing a “real estate agent” search on these platforms right now, trying to get to you.
2. Strategize on How to Reach your Potential Client.
Just because you have a Facebook page, or a LinkedIn account does not mean that buyers will immediately knock at your virtual doorstep. You have to have a strategy on how to make potential clients know that you exist and that you are ready to help them with their real estate needs. And this is the power of social media. It has made networking easy. All you need is a strategy on how to reach your buyers.
3. Relationship-Building is the Name of the Game.
I find networking to be a tad too technical a term for my taste. A homier, more people friendly term would be “relationship-building.” And as any sales person worth his salt would tell you, relationship building is the heart of any sales endeavor. And this is where you should excel in your quest to being the social-media-savvy-real-estate-pro that you are. Go play some online scrabble, or be a Farmville neighbor. Send them the gifts they need to build that chicken coop. Greet “friends” on their birthdays. Post some personalized greetings on their walls, every so often. This allows you to get into their good side, to make them realize that you’re someone they can trust. As soon as that is done, as soon as they have that urge to buy their new house, and knowing you are the person to talk to because you have followed tip #2, they will call message you and ask for a quote. Ain’t that sweet!
4. Work on Your Reach
The danger with Facebook and other social platforms is that people may become overwhelmed with seemingly boundless potentials for client-making. Any good marketing professional will tell you that it is better to target your markets rather that to use a shotgun approach, hoping perchance that you hit somebody. As you begin your foray into this type of marketing, start with a small network and begin to expand from there. Strategize your network by thinking about this: “Will I be able to service him/her if ever he/she becomes my client?” As a friend, you may want to keep in close Facebook touch with those on the other side of the world. But as an agent, you may want to direct your marketing efforts to those that you can service, should that need arise.
5. Separate the Personal From the Professional
As can be gleaned from the some of the above-mentioned tips, it is imperative that we keep our personal and professional accounts different. Social Networking sites are quite interactive. A share picture can make one to one hundred comments in a jiffy. The danger of mixing business and pleasure is that information may quickly be buried in the process. That is but one of the many issues we try to avoid when we opt for separate profile pages. You don’t want to be posting pictures of an all night drinking party one minute and a house for sale the next minute, do you? It just doesn’t make professional sense.
6. Create Professional Looking Sites
Many of these social media sites allow us a great leeway in personalizing our “landing” pages. It is then important that we showcase our business the best way possible through these pages. First impressions last, or so they say. Many of these prospective clients will look at these websites and will create an impression about how we do business based on what they see. Take time to build a professional looking site.
7. Don’t be Afraid to Learn.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know how to use these sites. These are quite often very user-friendly, designed to be very easy to use. If you do desire to upload photos, for example, all you have to do is look for the button that says “upload photos.” Simple enough even for the technophobics among us, but if you still can’t get around using these site, you may just simply have to hire professionals to do the job. Sure, there will additional expense for you. But think of this as an investment from which you could get greater returns.
8. Don’t’ stop at Pictures
Pictures are good. In fact, someone has sad that “pictures are worth” a thousand words, and rightly so. But why stop at pictures. Social media allows us to be more creative in our approach to marketing. We can make videos, post them on various video sharing sites such as Youtube and Vimeo, post the links on our Facebook, Myspace accounts, tag our prospects, and see how our marketing (not to mention our pockets) is enriched by the process.
9. Realize the Power of Blogging.
Blogging what? Well, a blog used to refer to a personal journal, a “web log” of whatnots a particular writer wishes to share to the world. Most business professionals, however, now use blogs to supplement their social sites. In blogs, you can write articles, press releases – just about anything that you want to share in reference to your work, or whatever. It’s easily published on the internet. It can become your own personal website, given some tweaking of its elements. Here, you can showcase your listings, house for sale photos, embed your videos, and interact with your readers via the comments section.
10. Keep Informed.
This is the last tip for the day, but simply is the most important, if you ask me. Here’s why? The turnover rate of technology is so fast that people tend to get lost in the handshake. Imagine how, while we are still grappling with one platform, it suddenly becomes obsolete and we are faced with an upgraded platform. This has gotten to be more the norm rather than the exemption. And so, it is very important that we keep ahead of the pack by staying informed. What is in, what is out? What is hot, what is not? What’s trending, what’s ending. Doing so, we make sure that we are empowering ourselves with the most current tools of our trade.