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Manage your pipeline more effectively with Cloze

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a personal assistant to manage your pipeline? Of course it would, but if one isn’t in your budget Cloze can do it for you.

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A digital personal assistant

Don’t you wish you had a personal assistant who could whisper in your ear every time you meet a colleague and can’t remember their name? Or who could remind you what the heck you talked about at last week’s meeting? How about a secretary who would notify you when you need to get in touch with someone, or who could even alert you when someone hasn’t responded to your email?

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We can all dream of the perfect personal assistant, but in the meantime there are a lot of (increasingly intelligent) tools out there to help you keep track of the seemingly zillions of contacts you must maintain to run your business. Cloze is such a tool; it’s the “no-work” way to consolidate all of the information you have about your contacts into one place. It’s “smarter relationship management” for companies with long lists of prospects, clients, and colleagues to stay in touch with.

Merging info into one place

Cloze is intelligent software that automatically merges a wide array of information into one place. When you review your contacts on Cloze, you’ll see not only their email address and phone number, but also a log of all of your interactions, including emails, documents, and phone calls you’ve exchanged, notes from meetings you’ve attended together, and personal reminders. You’ll even be able to see what your contact is up to on social media sites, as Cloze syncs up with LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

Besides amalgamating that mess of information you previously had scattered across multiple email accounts, spreadsheets, and sticky notes, Cloze is smart enough to learn to prioritize the contacts are the most important to you, and to remind you when it’s time to reach out.

The search feature allows you to “search for contacts the way you think.” You can look for techs at IBM, customers in Boston, or people who attended the April board meeting. Contacts can be searched and sorted by person, by company, or by meeting. Instead of displaying your contacts alphabetically, Cloze learns to arrange them by importance, and by how frequently you contact them.

Cloze helps you manage and take action

The fact that Cloze keeps track of your meetings is a particularly helpful feature. Cloze creates briefing documents that include notes, action items, documents and emails you’ve exchanged with attendees so that you have context and reminders for next week’s meeting.

It doesn’t matter if you’re using your smartphone, tablet, or desktop computer, because Cloze syncs them together on its secure, encrypted cloud.

The free account comes with a smart inbox, a contact manager, and a social media manager that optimizes your social feeds by rearranging them in order of importance. The free account also syncs your email, social, computer, and cell phone contacts.

For $13.33 per month you can get a Pro account, which, in addition to everything you get in the free bundle, also gives you a calendar and a call history, syncs with your Evernote, enriches your contacts by finding additional information, and actively reminds you when it’s time to contact someone. Cloze even lets you know when someone hasn’t responded to your email so you can follow up.

So ditch the spreadsheets and save yourself the headache of data entry. Cloze is a smarter way to manage your endless contact list.

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Ellen Vessels, Staff Writer at The American Genius, is respected for her wide range of work, with a focus on generational marketing and business trends. Ellen is also a performance artist when she's not writing, and has a passion for sustainability, social justice, and the arts.

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Quickly delete years of your stupid Facebook updates

(SOCIAL MEDIA) Digital clutter sucks. Save time and energy with this new Chrome extension for Facebook.

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When searching for a new job, it’s always a good idea to scan your social media presence to make sure you’re not setting yourself up for failure with offensive or immature posts.

In fact, you should regularly check your digital life even if you’re not on the job hunt. You never know when friends, family, or others are going to rabbit hole into reading everything you’ve ever posted.

Facebook is an especially dangerous place for this since the social media giant has been around for over fourteen years. Many accounts are old enough to be in middle school now.

If you’ve ever taken a deep dive into your own account, you may have found some unsavory posts you couldn’t delete quickly enough.

We all have at least one cringe-worthy post or picture buried in years of digital clutter. Maybe you were smart from the get-go and used privacy settings. Or maybe you periodically delete posts when Memories resurfaces that drunk college photo you swore wasn’t on the internet anymore.

But digging through years of posts is time consuming, and for those of us with accounts older than a decade, nearly impossible.

Fortunately, a new Chrome extension can take care of this monotonous task for you. Social Book Post Manager helps clean up your Facebook by bulk deleting posts at your discretion.

Instead of individually removing posts and getting sucked into the ensuing nostalgia, this extension deletes posts in batches with the click of a button.

Select a specific time range or search criteria and the tool pulls up all relevant posts. From here, you decide what to delete or make private.

Let’s say you want to destroy all evidence of your political beliefs as a youngster. Simply put in the relevant keyword, like a candidate or party’s name, and the tool pulls up all posts matching that criteria. You can pick and choose, or select all for a total purge.

You can also salt the earth and delete everything pre-whatever date you choose. I could tell Social Book to remove everything before 2014 and effectively remove any proof that I attended college.

Keep in mind, this tool only deletes posts and photos from Facebook itself. If you have any savvy enemies who saved screenshots or you cross-posted, you’re out of luck.

The extension is free to use, and new updates support unliking posts and hiding timeline items. Go to town pretending you got hired on by the Ministry of Truth to delete objectionable history for the greater good of your social media presence.

PS: If you feel like going full scorched Earth, delete everything from your Facebook past and then switch to this browser to make it harder for Facebook to track you while you’re on the web.

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Why are all apps starting to look exactly the same?

(TECHNOLOGY) As apps evolve, they are beginning to look uniform – is this a good or bad thing?

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Have you noticed that all apps are beginning to look a lot alike? Many popular social media apps are utilizing minimalist designs, featuring lots of black and white with negative space and little color.

At a glance, you may not be able to differentiate what’s Airbnb and what’s Instagram. Normally, something like this could be argued to be unoriginal and boring. However, let’s look at the positives.

If every app – for the most part – is operating with the same design, they’re not trying to constantly one-up each other with the next big look. As a result, they have more time to focus on what’s important – the content found on the app and the functions of the app.

While many apps offer similar features (like Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram both having Stories), every social media app has its own flair that keeps users coming back. And, user retention is higher if they feel comfortable using the app – which is another plus of them all having similar designs.

If you have 12 different social media apps with 12 different interfaces and means of operation, it’s unlikely that a user will keep up with all 12. But, if they know exactly how to use them, the user can flip back and forth like it’s nothing.

However, “app fatigue is a real thing,” said Yaz of UX Collective. “Most people have grown tired of bouncing between too many apps or learning how to use a new interface after every new download.”

Below is Yaz’s exploration of the uniformity in apps:

Research has found that a quarter of all apps are deleted after just one use. People tend to stick with the apps that they have found made a positive impact in their lives – either for communication with others or apps that save them time.

Uniformity means developers can spend more of their time on creating the content that will aid in better communication and more time saving options.

Again, what it comes down to is the content and function. That’s where the true creativity comes in. People aren’t using Airbnb because the app or the website are ridiculously exciting; they’re using it because it offers a service that is beneficial.

What are your thoughts on app uniformity? Unoriginal, or a stepping stone for what’s really important?

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Google Home Hub is a camera-free (yay!) smart home control center

(TECH) The Google Home Hub will soon ship to homes and offices, and they might win in the long run for simply not including a camera – why?

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We all know this classic problem. Technology gets more and more capable and convenient every day, but with that convenience comes a risk to your privacy. Sure, you’d like to get a smart home set up in your house, but you don’t need hackers, corporations, or The Man listening in on your private conversations, or peeping in on you from your own private camera system. While I personally subscribe to the philosophy of “if you’ve got it, flaunt it,” but for the rest of you there is now hope.

Google has unveiled the new Google Home Hub, a device that acts as a brain for all the other “smart” electronics on your property. Whether it’s lights, thermostats, locks or even (if you must) security cameras, your smart tech will need a hub to be the go-between for all this technology.

Warning: before you watch this video, know that he says “Hey Google” several times and will set off all of your Google devices. You’ve been warned.

While other similar devices exist on the market (such as the Amazon Echo Show) what sets the Home Hub apart is the fact that no camera exists on the device. If you decide to disable the microphone as well, then suddenly you have a smart home that absolutely, positively, under no conditions can ever see you naked.

This decision was deliberate on Google’s part. With many holdouts still desiring security over comfort, Google’s not including video cameras in their Home Hub could mean deeper market penetration for a more wary customer base.

There are other considerations to take as well. The lack of camera means the device is cheaper to produce and sell. The Google Home Hub will retail at $149, about $80 cheaper than their closest competitor, the Amazon Echo Show. On the downside, no camera means that video calls through the device are not possible (though nearly any smart phone can do this for free, so it’s not really much of a downside).

Aside from the lack of camera, the Google Home Hub functions similarly to the Amazon Echo Show (that is, as a very specialized tablet you stand up in a corner and don’t move around too much). It connects to not only all your smart tech but also all your Google accounts.

You can check your mail, access photo collections, play music, look up directions, or even watch youtube videos. About they only thing they don’t seem to be able to do is interact with Amazon products, meaning those of us with a collection of Amazon Echo Dots around the house will need to wait a bit before wading into these new, secure, camera-less waters.

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