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How to Buy a Home Using Technology

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Can new media help the real estate industry? Years ago, you used to be able to place an ad in the paper and receive almost guaranteed results. At the time, that’s where people’s eyes were. Now, potential home buyers are spending their time on social networks like Facebook and Twitter instead of reading the local newspaper. It’s for this reason that companies like Century 21 have expanded their public reach in to the realm of new media.

Just like many of you out there, I happen to own a house. While visiting BlogWorld, I noticed a booth from a real estate company. That shocked me, since this venue is not normally a place you’d see this type of business having a booth at.

Century 21 is still a real estate company, yes. That hasn’t changed. What has changed is the way they talk to consumers. By visiting conferences such as BlogWorld, Century 21 and other businesses are able to connect with people face-to-face in a relaxed atmosphere in ways they couldn’t otherwise.

This is a much different type of scale for the companies. Part of the effort is to let people know of all of the social media properties out there, so that they can get involved with the brand.

When I bought my first house back in the late 90s, it was so difficult to find information online. Blogging as it is now didn’t really exist. Forget “social media” as you use it today. None of that was around. I wanted to do things though when researching that the Internet simply wasn’t ready to do.

The second time I bought a home a few years ago, I was able to learn everything I could possibly want – and then some – just by logging in to my computer. I found blogs and podcasts and tools and ways to connect with my realtor, my company and my own mind.

I’ve always trusted technology to help me make decisions. Talking with Matt from Century 21 helped me realize exactly how much more my beloved tech is being ingrained into every aspect of our lives.

This video was filmed during a live broadcast from the BlogWorld & New Media EXPO 2011 in New York.

How to Communicate More Effectively

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Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the sheer mass of communication apps and networks, phone numbers and text messages constantly flowing around you? Have you ever carried on a conversation that spanned across multiple communication channels? What starts out as a text message can quickly become a series of tweets and a mountain of email. This is where Meshin comes in.

Meshin, first available on Outlook initially launching for mobile on the Android platform, is an all-in-one solution for keeping in touch. Instead of having an email sent to your phone and then having to respond via a text message, you’ll just centralize your communication with Meshin. Likewise, it can consolidate your communications from Facebook and Twitter.

Why are you wasting so much time using fifteen different platforms and applications to keep in touch? You’re expending time and energy that you simply don’t need to. Meshin’s mission (I bet you can’t say that three times quickly!) is to help you get rid of all of the clutter and confusion. We don’t have enough time in the day as it is and are always looking for ways to save time. What better way could there be than to trim unnecessary lines of communication?

Currently, the application has the ability to understand the information inside of your communications, and is being funded by Xerox. Being able to integrate your phone, email address, text messages, Facebook messages and Tweets into ONE place is simply a beautiful thing.

How do you communicate with others? How many applications and devices do you use each day to talk to people? Let us hear your horror stories in the comments section. When was the last time you had a conversation that spanned more than one means of communication?

This video was filmed during a live broadcast from the BlogWorld & New Media EXPO 2011 in New York.

How To Stay Secure While Using Social Media

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Is location-based social media an incredibly innovative technology that will garner relationships and bring them to the real world, or a creepy way to help evildoers find out where you are, or where you aren’t? One thing is for sure, this new trend is big business and a lot of money is being thrown at companies that are at the forefront.

SchneiderMike knows a thing or two about this latest trend and where it may be headed. In this interview we cover topics including the hype behind Color, security, and the future of location-based social networking.

Tech Interruption is dedicated to arguing about the tech issues of today and trying to predict the future. They have had some pretty serious heavy-hitting guests on their show in the past and tend to focus on what’s hot at any moment in time – which is why they’re so focused on location-based technology right now.

Mike and I were laughing that BlogWorld was happening in the same building at the same time as a book expo. It’s confusing, eh? Who reads books? Mike quickly jumped in to tell me about a recent conversation with his publisher. He would love to see more communication between readers while they are reading. He’d love to see people put notes and treat it more like a community while reading something on your device of choice. I’m surprised someone like Amazon hasn’t thought of this yet.

There’s a group trying to take textbooks to this level – at least on the iPad – but I don’t know about regular old novels. Anyone can publish and sell a book and anyone can read one. There’s just no glue to hold everyone together. There needs to be something ridiculously awesome in order to pull people together in this way.

So how could location-based services be used around books? It might be interesting to see where people are that are reading the same thing you are. It’s hard to peg down what people want to see and know about others, which is why we’re not seeing anything much in the way of “fast” innovation in this area.

People are giving out so much information about themselves. They throw it out there without realizing the possible ramifications. You have to be completely serious and conscious about who you’re pushing your location to online. The most important thing is you – your family, your life and your safety. Before giving out your location to anyone, ask yourself if it is something you need to do and check to see who it’s going out to. What are they going to do with this information? Is it going to bring any value to yourself or others?

Be sure to check out what Mike and the rest of the Tech Interruption team are up to. They’ve got some fantastic work ethics and a lot of passion.

Webgrrls Empowers Women in Technology

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Webgrrls International is a forum to exchange job and business leads, network, form strategic alliances, mentor and teach, intern and learn the skills needed to succeed in an increasingly technical workplace and world. In this interview with Nelly Yusupova during BlogWorld, we discuss the challenges women face in business, and how Webgrrls helps women to get ahead in business through networking and technology.

Webgrrls helps women to leverage the power of technology and tools to empower themselves. Even if you’re not completely geeky, there are still many benefits to you. The organization has been in existence since 1995, and has members from every walk of life, age, race and technology background. The organizers and other members can help teach you the tech you need to know to succeed and reach your goals.

I was shocked and happy to see the number of women walking around the floors during BlogWorld. Nelly says that it’s almost a “non-question” these days. The tech sector is not just dedicated to men. More and more women are coming forward and proving that they are just as highly capable as their male counterparts. She’s quick to point out that women have a lot of potential power as developers, even, and need to stop being afraid to show it.

As the CTO of Webgrrls, Nelly says her biggest challenge is keeping up with everything and everyone. You need to have a strategy, and hold yourself back from jumping ahead too quickly. It’s better to do fewer things the right way than to try to go after too many things just to be on the “cutting edge.”

Blogging has transformed female-oriented communities and helped give them the power to step forward. Webgrrls has over 30,000 members and is rapidly expanding to include more females from around the world. There is strength in numbers – even when it comes to helping women connect and conquer the tech scene.

BlogWorld & New Media Conference Discount

I am pleased to announce that this year, Gnomedex is a media partner with the fantastic BlogWorld & New Media Conference in Las Vegas. The event runs from October 14th – 16th with exhibits being available the 15th and 16th. At BlogWorld, you’ll learn about content creation, distribution and monetization strategies. You’ll discover techniques, tips and tools from some of the world’s most successful bloggers, podcasters, social media pros and new media marketing gurus. Thanks to our partnership, we are able to offer our community an exclusive discount for conference tickets!

BlogWorld is being touted as “One economical trip, One weekend, One Big Show you can’t afford to miss!” That statement sums up the ideals and energy behind what you’ll experience. You truly can’t afford to miss it. If you are a business owner, blogger, podcaster or simply someone who stumbles around on a social media site, then this conference could make a big difference in your life.

From now until midnight on September 15th, you can save 20% off of a ticket purchase, simply by using coupon code GNOME20 when registering. Additionally, the code applies to even the discounted pricing (for Discounted Price + 20% Off!), and it’s good all the way up ‘til the event!

There are several nearby and comfy conference partner hotels on the roster this year. I’m told that rooms are booking fast, so don’t delay in choosing where to stay. All discounted official hotel rooms include free WiFi connections.

The official schedule is not yet posted. However, BlogWorld has already announced Scott Stratten, Doug Ulman, Darren Rowse, and Brian Clark as keynote speakers. You won’t want to miss those presentations.

If you are able, I highly recommend you attend BlogWorld. This is a one-of-a-kind conference that will educate and inspire you.