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Facebook Pages: Mobile photo & status update from iPhone 0

Facebook Pages: Mobile photo & status update from iPhone

Posted by on Aug 9, 2010 in marketing, mobile, socialmedia

As a personal user, the Facebook mobile applications have left me a little underwhelmed.

As a business user, the iPhone Facebook application is a great tool for anyone who has a Facebook Page – but doesn’t have any other properties (i.e. Twitter). Once you add Twitter, Hootsuite becomes a great tool but if Facebook is all you work with, then Facebook for iPhone gets the job done quick and easy.

The key is adding your pages to your favourites screen within the application.

Add Your Pages to Favourites

  1. Open the app
  2. Click the grid icon in the upper left corner
  3. Swipe to the left to get to your Favourites page
  4. Click the “+” plus icon in the upper right corner
  5. Click Pages in the bottom right
  6. Select the page you would like to add from the list
  7. Done!

Updating Your Facebook Page

  1. Open the app
  2. Click the grid icon in the upper left corner
  3. Swipe to the left to get to your Favourites page
  4. Click on the page you would like to update
  5. For a status update, go ahead and enter into the What’s on your mind? box
  6. For a photo upload, click the camera icon to the left of the What’s on your mind? box

Huge thanks to @jjloa for this great tip at #pseweb last May!

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Zinio for iPhone, iPad and Desktop: Magazines giving it away for free? 0

Zinio for iPhone, iPad and Desktop: Magazines giving it away for free?

Posted by on May 3, 2010 in mobile

Last year in an effort to dress a little more “together” and at the advice of my best dressed male friend, I subscribed to a few magazines.  14 months later, I ended many of the subscriptions because I just wasn’t reading them.

The way Elle Canada has been using new media catches my attention repeatedly.  Last year, I was blown away by their Blackberry application – with push notification of new articles (built by Polar Mobile – also behind the uWaterloo application).

This year, after several appeals via snail mail to take them up on their discount pricing, I’ve just received an email telling me that my digital subscription is available online.

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Get out of debt by shopping at Chapters! 0

Get out of debt by shopping at Chapters!

Posted by on Jan 5, 2010 in marketing, mobile, opinion

I’ve written about emails received as a Chapters Indigo customer before, but this one just struck me as funny: advice on how to get out of debt – starting with a book purchase (and several other books that would be relevant as well).

On the email-marketing side of things, they’ve done great with the nice little “Viewing this on a mobile phone?” that loads a plain text version in your browser – I might have not gone quite so plain and kept some links (aka calls to action/next steps) in there – or a phone number to shop by phone would have been a nice touch (blackberries and iphones highlight phone numbers for one-click calling/contact adding).

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Yahoo Go! for Blackberry 0

Yahoo Go! for Blackberry

Posted by on Apr 15, 2009 in mobile, socialmedia

Google Reader, Search & Maps were probably the first application(s) that I installed on my shiney new Blackberry Curve 8310.  I uninstalled all the Yahoo! related apps because I just don’t Yahoo!, no grudge or anything, but I wasn’t an active user of their services.

Screenshot of Yahoo! GO 3.0 on Blackberry Curve (8300 series)

Screenshot of Yahoo! GO 3.0 on Blackberry Curve (8300 series)

I checked out when ReadWriteWeb blogged “Yahoo! Rolls Out New Mobile Web Campaign.” When I tried to load the URL on my phone, I got some sort of runaround and eventually figured that only the iPhone was included so far. Maybe I was missing something, or maybe things have changed, but Yahoo OneConnect does now load on my Blackberry.  It’s a little underwhelming until you hit “Upgrade to Yahoo Go!”

The interface is very pretty.  I was able to sort of quickly download and add a few widgets (Kraft Recipes, Wikipedia, and Facebook GO).  A search for twitter finds nothing, which means I will probably not end up using Yahoo Go regularly, if at all.

With a big of back and forthing, I got Facebook Go working however I keep getting an offline access disabled message/warning that I can’t seem to enable no matter how many times I try.  So that takes up half of the first screenlength. (Screenshot)

It’s not until the fourth screenlength that I get to see my notifications.  If I’m on the go, I think that I would definitely want to be able to see a) my notifications/action items, and b) newsfeed.  Facebook Go starts with status, location and photo uploads – two of which I can do via mobile email or SMS/MMS, so I don’t really find that worth putting above notifications.  Facebook for Blackberry has a nice horizontal nav across the top, and then your recent notifications aggregated below on the main screen.  Facebook for Blackberry definitely has its limitations, but I’m preferring it to Facebook Go hands down.

Screenshot of Facebook for Blackberry
Screenshot of Facebook for Blackberry

Now should we get to feeds? The news tool in your default “carousel” of Yahoo Go widgets looks fantastic.  I like the very iPhone popup that I assume is showing me my most recent feed item.

Screenshot of Yahoo News
Screenshot of Yahoo News

Once I click into the widget, it is prepopulated with a variety of Yahoo! feeds (sports, news, etc).  I can add my own feeds one at a time, or I can go to on my computer and manage my feeds from there.  Googling and yahoo’ing around don’t find me any way of importing in my feeds from Google Reader and I sure as heck am not adding 500+ feeds one at a time.  Game over.

However, I also installed the Feed Reader widget.  Trying to open this gets me straight to a connection issue – even on repeat efforts.

Screenshot of "Connection Issue" with Feed Reader widget
Screenshot of “Connection Issue” with Feed Reader widget

So, despite the slick interface, I will be sticking with Google Reader supplemented with Facebook for Blackberry and Twitterberry.  If you want to be my mobile start page, I’d be happy to downsize to one service instead of three – but in the meantime, I won’t be switching to Yahoo Go.  (Also, I got a prompt to set up pin-locking on my blackberry to keep my use of Yahoo Go secure. This means I have to type in my password everytime I want to unlock my phone – a total pain for someone who isn’t concerned about nosey boyfriends or gossip girl wannabees. So not only will I not use Yahoo Go, but I’ll be uninstalling it so I can take this pin-lock off).


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