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Right in the first article, I discussed how to build a strong follower base. The Part II will focus more on being an active Twitter user.

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Importance of Being an Active Twitter User

It’s important to show that you are serious about your business and to show that through Twitter, you need a really active Twitter account. By active, I don’t mean that you need to pour tweets every second (If you try this way, you will be held liable for spamming Twitter and will actually drive the followers away). However, important tweets being sent out 12-15 times throughout a day – is something that I will call more realistic.

There are plenty of Twitter scheduling tools available online and most of them are free. You can schedule which tweet to be published when on advance, some of these tools also make automated tweets from RSS feeds. It’s good to use a mix of manual or automated tweets.

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Newbies often ask whether they should directly link their site through the tweets or not! The answer depends on the situation to be honest. If you find the tweet to be extremely close to a subject you have covered in your website, always feel free to link. However, if it’s not, don’t just link to get some juice. Such unrelated links will actually penalize you.

Don’t forget to add the website link in your Twitter profile though. From my personal experience, it’s not always about the number of links to your website. If you publish quality tweets, your followers will automatically be interested in your website and visit the same. There’s another advantage of publishing good tweets. Good tweets are almost always retweeted and hence, your Twitter profile and in turn your business, get some additional exposure.

Twitter definitely gets huge amount of traffic. If you are wise and good with promotional tactics, you can easily drive a huge portion of this traffic to your small business and ultimately make profit out of the same. Well, things are not that easy as it sounds and you need to use a good strategy to make things work:

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Follow Related People

You need to make a targeted follower base. To build a follower base, we often start following people and expect them to follow us back. It’s a good strategy unless you follow just anybody. You want targeted traffic and hence, you should follow people related to your business only. For an example, if you are selling a product related to weight loss, start by browsing through the top Twitter profiles that talk about weight loss. Such profiles generally have huge number of followers. Now, you need to start following the followers of those top profiles. For this purpose, you can use an automated robot (The iMacros ones work pretty well), otherwise, you can do it manually as well (Following around 200 people does not take more than 5-7 minutes).

You should never overdo things. Remember, there is a certain follower limit in Twitter and you should always respect that. After you follow 2000 users, Twitter will sort of put a suspension on you on following other people. Once you reach a decent follower count yourself, the same will be lifted though. Twitter has some sort of ratio to determine this, but, there is no official data shown in their site on the same.

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I generally follow this simple method to never hit the following suspension mark. After following a person, I give him 7 days to follow me back. If he doesn’t, I stop following him. Simple enough, isn’t it?

Well, the sphere is tiny to cover the entire topic in a single article. I’ll come back with a Part II soon.

We often use the computer for recording various types of sounds. Well, to do so, we often download and install pretty advanced software into the computer system. However, thanks to Apowersoft Free Online Audio Recorder, you don’t need to install any software into your computer anymore for recording sounds. You can record from any audio source with help of this browser based online tool and believe me, it works pretty fine.

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It really does not matter whether you wish to record your voice with a microphone or the actual sound that you are hearing from the speakers, the program can make both possible with adroitness.

Apowersoft Free Online Audio Recorder is based on Java and when you go to the site for the very first time, it will prompt you to install or update Java (If you have Java installed, but the version is not up-to-date, only then it will ask you to update Java). After you are done with that, you need to click on the “Start Recording” button for running the same right from the browser. If you are not a fan of online tools, you can download the software into your system as well. The browser version and the desktop version, both work similarly, so, it’s just a matter of your preference.

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Once the tool is running, you can go to the audio input section and then select if you wish to record system sounds, microphone or both of them. You can also go to the Options menu and thereby make changes to the way the recording feature works. Some of the things that you can change are: the keyboard shortcuts available, file type for all of the recording etc.

The “Start” button obviously records what you wish, whereas, the “Stop” button stops recording. Once you click stop, the tool takes you to the folder where the recorded file is saved automatically. You can play it back right then and check if things look fine or not.

Do you want to have an easy way to have little reminders on your Windows 8 run computer? If you really want it to happen, make sure to check out Pin-a-Note first. The app is pretty easy to use and it actually allows you to pin handy little notes right to the start screen of your computer. Thereby the notes are close at hand and you can access those whenever you have the requirement.

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The app fits absolutely perfectly with the user interface of Windows 8. After running the same, you will feel that it is just a part of the operating system. The computer screen therefore looks stylish. If you intend to, there is a way to synch all the notes between devices run by Windows 8 and Windows RT operating systems. Thereby, it does not matter, which particular device you are using for going through all the notes and remainders. You will still have access to all of those.

For easy access at any point of time, this app can be used to share notes to the other applications of yours. In case you have a huge number of notes, you can also make use of the search feature. This helps you to find a specific note when you need the same the most.

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The best part for me about the app is the simplicity in use. You can also edit or remove a note that has already been pinned. When you do so, you will get an option to remove or edit the original note as well.

The app is free to use and is available at the Windows store. It currently supports only English language, however, at a later time; more Windows 8 supported languages are expected to be available. If you have already used it, don’t forget to share your thoughts on the same through the comments feature available.

We often try to put emphasize on a particular color of a picture. To ensure that, we turn all the color in the background into something black and white, so that the remaining color stands out. If you are not sure what I mean by emphasizing on a particular color of an image, just have a look below and I am sure you will understand what I am talking about:

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If you use an iOS device, there is an app that helps you to achieve this. The name is SplashCam and it is available at the iTunes store for a small price of $0.99. The app is nothing fancy and it focuses on a single task (It actually pulls of that pretty well). You can take a picture and then apply an amazing color splash to the same. You don’t need any graphic design skills to perfect this. You are just required to line up the picture that you wish to take. Then, decide on the color which you want to get splashed.

After you have made your decision on the color, simply drag the slider for what amount of color you want to be displayed; until you are sure of the right amount. After you are done with it, click on the take image button available. This saves the picture on your camera roll right away. Once you are done with splashing color on the picture, if you wish, you can share the same with your friends on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

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The latest version of the app is 1.3 and you need to have an iOS device with version 5.0 or higher. Remember, the app takes 4.3 MB of size. Fernando Ribeiro is the developer behind this app and it supports both English and Portuguese languages.

Overall, I liked the app and will recommend it to the readers if they like to apply color splash. Please don’t forget to share your views through the comments section once you start using SplashCam.

Do you know that many people spend more time online than they do offline? Well, you may believe it or you may not, but, this is indeed a fact. Why wouldn’t they? After all, you can even get your education online now, learn things that you would like to or even how to cook a food? Today, I will discuss a website which makes guitar learning as easy as you can think of. Yes, you can start even if you don’t know anything about guitar playing.

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Well, the website is free to use and its name is Soundslice. You may say that there are numerous guitar learning websites, so what makes Soundslice something different? There are two factors: first as I already discussed that it doesn’t cost unlike many other        available guitar learning online courses. Secondly, it doesn’t only show you guitar tabs.

In general, you will find guitar tabs being shared online. However, to properly learn the basics, you will need to visually check out the chord progressions and other techniques as well. It’s not always easy to go back and forth between the guitar tab sharing website and YouTube. Your concentration gets a beating because of this and hence, the learning often stays incomplete.

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In Soundslice, you will find a video along with all the guitar tabs that have been shared. A person physically will play the guitar and you can even slow down the video to properly check the hand movements.

Overall, I found Soundslice to have an amazingly simple user interface. Apart from seeing videos of others, you can even create a video of your own. This helps you to share your own stuff with others and the feeling is plain awesome. If you have used Soundslice before, don’t forget to share your experience on the same through the comments feature.

Life is incomplete these days without a profile in any of the most prominent social networking sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr etc. At times, it gets hard to keep track of what’s going on in these sites, if you have profiles in multiple social networking sites. We all are busy and hence, we are hardly left with time to check back these sites for updates every single day. That’s where Mybucketz comes to your rescue. This website is designed to take all of the numerous social networks together and put people who matter into certain groups. These groups are termed as buckets.

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How Mybucketz works?

After you complete the registration process, you will be asked to link to all the various social networks. The process can be wrapped up very quickly and once you are done with the linking process, Mybucketz turns into a super social network with details of all the social networks where you have an account.

Now, the process of creating buckets starts. A bucket should have at least a single person; there is no upper limit though. There is no limit in the number of brackets you can create either. Hence, you can have separate buckets for friends, work people, sports teams or anything else that you can possibly think of.

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All the posts from the different social networks come in your profile in real time basis that helps you to keep in touch with all of your friends all the time. The set up process is as simple as you can probably imagine. You will be able to catch up with your friends from all the different social networking sites and there is no need to login to each of them separately.

Overall, I liked Mybucketz. If you are a social networking buff, this one probably is a must have for you.

While traveling, we all like to stay at a luxurious hotel. Well, price is always an important factor though and at times, we are compelled to sacrifice the luxury and stay at a rather cheap hotel which suits our budget. Let me share a secret with you. At certain locations, you will find comparatively cheaper hotels that offer high level of luxury. But, we don’t book those as we lack the proper information, almost all the time. What if you could find a site which will find the best travel deals for you, just by searching with the location name! Well, Interhome, FlipKey, House Trip etc. already provide similar services, however, the website that I am going to talk about combines all of these – It is known as Apartum.

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You need to type in the name of the place where your next trip is planned to be. Remember, that though Apartum covers most of the popular tourist destinations and cities, for some odd place searches, you may not get any result at all. You also need to enter the dates when you wish to travel at that place. Apartum will find all the available apartments at that place for the time duration you entered. The search results will be automatically sorted, from low to high. There are other options such as adjusting the search results depending on the number of the available bedrooms.

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The site supports not only English, but other languages such as Italian and Spanish as well. By default, hotel prices are displayed in USD, but you can change it to GBP or Euro too. This is a good feature as the visitor, will therefore know the exact price he needs to pay right in his local currency, without jumping to some other tab for finding a currency converter.

As you already must be aware, Google Reader is closing on 1st July. Like most of the other services of Google, this one was available for free as well and now with its unavailability, you must be looking forward to a suitable replacement right? Let me discuss with one possible replacement, the name is Feedbin.

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How Does Feedbin Work?

Well, this is not free. However, the price is low at $2 per month, so I guess most of the people reading will find it to be affordable.

The sign-up page is simple enough and there are no fancy images accompanying. You won’t find any sales pitches either. It will ask for your credit card information and you will be billed for the 1st time 3 days after signing up. So, you basically get 3 days to test the services out.

Nothing is defined on Feedbin and once you are logged in, you can import an existing OPML file. Once everything is imported fine, you will see the screen populated with your feeds. List of all your feeds will be presented on the left side. The current list’s stories will be presented in a vertical manner right in the middle portion of the screen. The right sidebar is your reading pane.

For each feed, you will see a small badge denoting the number of unread items. There is enough excerpt shown helping you to decide whether you want to read the complete story or not.

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Well, Feedbin does not support sharing, so, even if you like a story, you won’t be able to share the same with your friends of social networking websites.

The 2 things I loved the most about Feedbin are: its advertisement free interface and fast service. However, I feel that a bit of handholding (In form of tutorials) would have made things much better for Feedbin.

Google Docs integration has now graduated from the extras and is currently a regular Hangouts feature available for all. If you have a smaller team of 10 members or even less, Google Hangouts can turn out to be an amazing collaboration tool for you in real time. As it is collaborating with Google Docs now (Google Docs will now be a core feature on Google Hangouts itself), the user base of Google Hangouts is only going to increase over the next few weeks.

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Not only the usual audio or video conferences, but, thanks to this new integration, you will be able to upload and share numerous Google Docs as well, among the participants of the Hangout. You can try this feature out by launching a Hangout and then click on the new Docs button. There will be plenty of options available for you, such as:

You can add an existing document for the Hangout members. Otherwise, you can upload something completely new as well.

All the documents you upload can be viewed in the left side of the window.

You can toggle between several documents and collaboratively edit more than one document at the very same time.

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Incidentally, the Google Docs Integration feature has been available as a preview feature with Google Hangouts since 2012, along with sketchpad and screen sharing. This latest update was shared by Robin Schriebman at first on his Google+ page.

Now, let’s see how potential users can benefit from this new integration. You can record minutes on a Google Doc or work collaboratively on a term project as well. Apart from that, you can decide on an itinerary too. It can be used for writing down some impromptu notes as well. According to me, this new integration will test the utility of the traditional video conferencing system. What do you think on this matter?

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