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3 ways to get your blog on your Facebook fan… I mean… Like page



Now that our friends at facebook have made it simpler to like or fan you, perhaps now might be a great time to get some of your blog posts on your ‘fan’…Um, I mean ‘like’ page. I have 3 different ways that I link my daily posts to my fan page (I’m done with the like vs. fan debate for now) that many of you may already know but let’s let the rest of us underachievers have a moment…thanks!

  • Posterous-Of course this may be everyone’s cup of tea but I’ve found the one thing that holds me back is when I autopost to my fan page from here, there is no way for my fans to find my blog. (Would love to know if you have an answer to this). Super easy to use and even easier to manage, I’m a huge fan of Posterous and I hope you are too.
  • Direct Link-You can actually go to your fan page and click on “edit page”. From there go to your Notes about half way down to export your blog to your fan page. Again, just a few hold backs for me on this. One, I don’t know when my blog post will actually show up on my fan page so if I have something to say, I might want to see it get to my fans a bit sooner. Second, there is still no link back to my blog where all the action is. Bear in mind, you may need to know a few things about the quirkiness of facebook to make this work seamlessly.
  • Manually-Lastly, and more importanlty, my favorite way to link my blog to my fan page and maybe yours…I actually copy and paste the title of my latest blog or article to my “What’s on your mind” window. Once that’s done, I immediately type in my blog web address and magically (about 99% of the time) facebook populates my most recent post and it’s there for all my fans and the World to see. PLUS…because I typed in my blog address, my fans have an avenue to go to my blog to see all the cool stuff I have to say! The other neat thing is when my post goes to Twitter (I have my fan page linked to my twitter page…easy enough, my followers have 2 separate URL’s to follow my rants and raves!

I hope this wasn’t too elementary for you guys but as we say in the coaching/Broker biz, “If I can help just one person, this was all worthwhile for me!”

Patrick Flynn is a 13 year Veteran of this Real Estate fray and a blogger on mySeattleblogs and is active in various social networks. Like many writers at Agent Genius, Patrick wears a few hats other than a Broker's lid- he is also a Certified Real Estate Instructor for the State of Washington and has enjoyed delivering 1,000+ hours of clock hour and non-clock hour approved courses in his career. Patrick has also been a Designated Broker since 2003 and revels in being able to coach and mentor fellow real estate professionals.

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  1. Mark A.

    April 19, 2010 at 11:10 pm

    Or method #4: On your FB page connect your blog to “Networkedblogs”. Set it and forget it. Your blog posts will automatically be linked to your FB page. Just give it a few minutes, before your posts appear on your FB page.

  2. Daniel Bates

    April 19, 2010 at 11:16 pm

    Well you left off the two easiest ways to do it which are or the NetworkedBlogs app. Networkedblogs looks better than twitterfeed, but twitterfeed posts much faster. The tradeoff of the automated process is a lack of personal message and choice of image from the post, but for some this frees up more time for other activities.

  3. Patrick

    April 20, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Hey Daniel and Mark-Great comments. I have tried twitterfeed but again, I run into the inability to get folks back to my blog (unless I’m doing it wrong). I’ve not tried NetworkedBlogs…I will give that a shot! Thanks for the suggestions.

  4. Benn Rosales

    April 20, 2010 at 11:39 am

    I noticed networkblogs missing and was okay with it as it has very little to no setting variables that allow for customization. In fact, it scrapes your content, allows for comments other than just your facebook wall. It reminds of of Tweetmeme in that it doesn’t ask you permission in regards to the future use of your content.

    Twitterfeed just sucks in general.

  5. Benn Rosales

    April 20, 2010 at 11:40 am

    PS the goal isn’t to forget your content, it’s to build community around it.

  6. Patrick

    April 20, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Hey Benn-Great point on building community. My goal is to get my community the information they need and want on their terms and at their pace. Allowing them a link back to my blog where they can get “the rest of the story” if you will is very important to maintaining my communities interest.

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HEY needs to fix its issues to be the Gmail killer it claims to be

(TECH NEWS) You would hope that HEY, the paid email service, would launch without issues but it has a few. Let’s hope some of that money goes to fixing them.



Hey email

Last week, we covered HEY–a new email service that seemingly has a lot to offer–and while we largely praised the service despite it being a paid client awash in a sea of free email options, not everyone is fully on board with HEY’s inimitable charm–at least, not yet.

Adam Silver, an interaction designer focused on user experience, had some criticisms of HEY–many of which he identified as “pretty surprising oversights.” Though Silver does mention that his overall opinion of the service is good, these oversights are the focus of his review.

“HEY isn’t very accessible,” says Silver in his notes. His assessment, while self-admittedly not a holistic view, includes issues related to JavaScript (specifically when it isn’t enabled, which is something more and more companies are requiring) and lack of reasonable keyboard shortcuts for anyone using a screen reader. As Silver points out, these are fairly simple–and, thus, surprising–problems that probably should have been caught from the onset.

“All of these things are really easy to fix,” amends Silver.

Another issue Silver highlights is the inbox (imbox?) sorting. As we mentioned previously, there are three locations for email: the imbox, the feed, and the paper trail, each of which serves a different purpose. The problem with this system is that organizing emails by only three overarching categories affords little flexibility; furthermore, Silver notes that the menu for accessing each folder leaves a lot to be desired from a design standpoint.

The feed is also the subject of Silver’s criticism in that it doesn’t function enough like a traditional inbox to the point that it is actually difficult to use. Especially given the feed’s purpose–to store newsletters and such in a free-scrolling manner–this is a hold-up for sure; coupled with the feed’s lack of notifications, you can see how this problem cripples the user experience without active attention to the ancillary feed inbox.

Lastly, Silver mentions that the name “imbox” is, well, stupid. “This is not a typo but it’s not good,” he says. “You need a really good reason not to keep things simple.”

This is actually a point that we initially glossed over in our overview, but it’s another instance of a company doing a little too much to stand out–and, in doing so, potentially disrupting the user experience. “Keeping it simple” by calling the delivery place for your email the “inbox” won’t sink your brand, and the name “imbox” is sure to, at best, annoy.

It’s important to reaffirm that HEY’s driving principle–accessible email that prioritizes your privacy and charges you a relatively nominal fee for doing so–is good, and that’s the tough part of any app’s development; should they choose to follow Silver’s lowkey advice and make a few tweaks, they’ll have a winning product.

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Live captioning via AI is now available for Zoom, if a little limited

(TECH NEWS) In order to be more inclusive, and improve the share of information with your team, live captioning is a great option for your next Zoom call.



Zoom live captioning

The ubiquitous all-father Zoom continues to prompt innovation–and in a time during which most companies are still using some form of remote communication, who can blame them? It’s only fitting that someone would come along and try to flesh out Zoom’s accessibility features at some point, which is exactly what Zoom Live Captioning sets out to accomplish.

Zoom Live Captioning is a Zoom add-on service that promises, for a flat fee, to caption up to 80 hours per month of users’ meetings via an easy-to-implement plugin. The allure is clear: a virtual communication environment that is more time-efficient, more accessible, and more flexible for a variety of usage contexts.

Unfortunately, what’s less clear is how Zoom Live Captioning proposes to achieve this goal.

The live-captioning service boasts, among other things, “limited lag” and “the most accurate [speech-to-text AI] in the world”–a service that, despite its sensational description, is still only available in English. Furthermore, anyone who has experienced auto-captioning on YouTube videos–courtesy of one of the largest technology initiatives in the world–knows that, even with crystal-clear audio, caption accuracy is questionable at best.

Try applying that level of moving-target captioning to your last Zoom call, and you’ll see what the overarching problem here is.

Even if your Zoom call has virtually no latency, everyone speaks clearly and enunciates perfectly, your entire team speaks conversational English at a proficient degree across the board, and no one ever interrupts or experiences microphone feedback, it seems reasonable to expect that captions would still be finicky. Especially if you’re deaf or hard of hearing–a selling point Zoom Live Captioning drives home–this is a problematic flaw in a good idea.

Now, it’s completely fair to postulate that any subtitles are better than no subtitles at all. If that’s the decision you’d like to make for your team, Zoom Live Captioning starts at $20 per person per month; larger teams are encouraged to contact the company to discuss more reasonable rates if they want to incorporate live captioning across an enterprise.

Nothing would be better for speech-to-text innovation than being wrong about Zoom Live Captioning’s potential for inaccuracy, but for now, it’s safe to be a little skeptical.

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Practicum: Boot camp and career coaching that won’t break your bank

(TECH NEWS) Practicum is a fully supportive remote boot camp to bridge tech workforce needs and job seekers. If you need a new career, this program is for you.



Practicum classes

Back in 2018, there was rapid growth in emerging technologies and the job market was evolving. Yandex, a Russian multinational corporation specializing in Internet-related products and services (most known for their search engine) conducted internal research to find out what kind of professionals the market needed. The company then launched Practicum in response to the research findings to fill the skill gaps in the workforce.

Today there are similar shifts as more traditional jobs disappear either temporarily or indefinitely in response to COVID-19 and all things 2020. Meanwhile, the tech sector is still having trouble finding skilled professionals to fill vacancies. The ed-tech sector is evolving to meet the moment and Practicum by Yandex hopes to be a strong example of how to bridge the workforce and demand.

According to Anton Eremin, Head of Product at Practicum by Yandex, this program promises students 24/7 support from tutors, code reviewers, and peers, the soft skills that will get them hired, and the chance to create up to 15 real-life projects. The program is a fully supportive remote tech boot camp designed to help students prepare for, and land a job in a high-demand area of tech via a 20-hour intro course with practice-oriented learning on an interactive platform.

Students work in teams to improve soft skills, and get career coaching through the job hunting process. A career acceleration track is included in the price of the program, and teaches CV writing, portfolio design, and industry networking. The cost of the programs ranges from $600 to $1000 with free intro courses available before buying.

Practicum utilizes a fully remote team, and approximately 50% of the learning process is conducted on their interactive platform. Tutors have at minimum 3 years of experience in the field, work as full-time developers, and receive training in how to help students learn more efficiently. Students can choose from three tracks: Web Developer, Data Analyst, or Data Scientist.

A design track is reportedly being launched next month as well. There are no admission interviews, and the programs take from 6-10 months to completion. Though this is not the only online ed-tech program addressing these skills, according to Ermin what really sets them apart is the affordability, support, and a model that combines the best of an interactive simulator and boot camp; culminating building real-life projects.

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