Cinch: on-the-scene sound bites made easy

You dial a special number, wait for the beep, then talk into your phone…or, if you’re a reporter doing an interview, you let your interview subject talk into your phone. Then you hang up.  And that’s it– your audio is now posted on  a website called Cinch —www.cinchcast.com— all set  for you to add a text teaser and  send it off to  Twitter (or Facebook) where it will appear as a tweet (or post) under your name, with a link back to the audio file on Cinch. (more…)

Leave a Comment March 8, 2010

Crocodoc: free, super-easy document sharing with a security downside

Crocodoc.com is a very simple service that may be just the thing if you need to  get quick, fuss-free feedback on a word document, PDF, or slide presentation.  But Crocodoc is a bit too stripped down for many purposes, and the tradeoff for extreme ease of use is a lack of security.   Here’s a  quick-review.

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Leave a Comment March 2, 2010

Twitter hashtags for new users

This morning’s terrible and sad news about the huge earthquake in Chile made me regret not explaining Twitter “hashtags” in yesterday’s post about  Twitter-for-beginners.  If you are one of the many people trying to use  Twitter for the first time today to follow events in Chile, or related news about a possible tsunami in many parts of the Pacific,  you can follow the instructions at the end of that post and also try this: when you search,  just add a pound sign —  #  — before your search term, like this:  #chile  or #tsunami. (more…)

Leave a Comment February 27, 2010

Twitter: news source, news outlet

Twitter can play a key role in bringing the news of the world  to you– and in taking news about you (and your company or organization) out to the world.  So if you still think of  Twitter just as a  way people tell friends what they ate for breakfast, maybe it’s  time to take another look.  A good place to start might be David Talbot’s recent article in MIT Technology Review. (more…)

Leave a Comment February 26, 2010

Digital Textbooks: The Future is NOW

If you publish –or write or edit– textbooks or any other kind of educational material, you can’t afford to miss this discussion on the Future of Digital Textbooks, a panel discussion put together by O’Reilly’s TOC: Tools of Change for Publishing as a “prelude” to their upcoming conference of the same name. (more…)

Leave a Comment February 20, 2010

New Google Docs Clipboard-in-the-Cloud

Google has just added a new “server clipboard” function to Google Docs.  This isn’t just one-shot cut-and-paste;  click on the new “clipboard” icon in the edit menu and  you can copy a number of  excerpts from one  Google doc  and paste them in any order into a different Google doc–  or store them on your clipboard  “in the cloud”,  for, Google says, up to thirty days.

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Leave a Comment February 17, 2010

Sprout Withers: Widgets will be Whacked

I thought Sprout –as a free/cheap tool for making promotional web  ‘widgets’– was too good to last. And I was right.   There are some lessons in the Sprout story for Easy eMedia users. (more…)

2 Comments February 17, 2010

Google Buzz: Despite new tweaks, contacts still public by default

Yesterday Google tweaked a few more settings in its new Buzz social networking service (more…)

Leave a Comment February 14, 2010

Google responds –a little– to Buzz privacy problems

Reports yesterday afternoon that, as GigaOm’s Mathew Ingram put it, Google Listens to Critics and Tweaks Buzz. Just “tweaks,” they are though:  the main change is that it’s easier to turn off the settings that make your contacts appear in your public Google profile.  But these settings should be OFF by default (more…)

Leave a Comment February 12, 2010

Google Buzz: Really Big Privacy FAIL

Creeped out. That’s how I felt as soon as I clicked on the button in my Gmail that asked if I wanted to try out  Buzz, Google’s new social networking program.  I really didn’t like seeing my most frequently-used  Gmail contacts automatically displayed there, and I was especially disturbed to see that I already had “followers.”   And it gets worse:  turns out the information about your contacts is displayed by default in your public Google profile when you first turn on Buzz.  And your Picasa photos  might get “Buzzed” to your “followers” even if you didn’t mean them to– ’cause Buzz shares public Picasa albums by default also. Turns out I’m far from alone in thinking all of  this is a big, big problem. (more…)

Leave a Comment February 11, 2010

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