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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iPad/iPhone App Round Up

Posted by on Jul 15, 2010 in mobile, opinion

I love going through people’s app lists, so here is mine!  I had intended to do a “Both” list, then iPad only and iPhone only – but it’s taking me too long to bother doing the iPhone apps (my iPhone lifechangers are: mapquest, newsrack, itweetreply, css cheatsheet, THI trainer, habit factor, stick it, shazam, code reader, , sleep cycle and fourquare – there I did it!).


Notes on “both” – some of these are iPhone only but I run them on my iPad anyways.

  1. AudioNote ($4.99): Records audio while you take notes.  Type or draw.
  2. WordPress: Hook up to multiple hosted WP blogs. Create/Edit posts, pages. Manage comments. ESSENTIAL APP if you WP.
  3. Google Analytics ($6.99, iPhone only): Annoying that there are different versions for ipad and iphone (aka two purchases), but who can live without analytics? I’m running the iphone version on my ipad, in protest.
  4. Facebook: Beware, it’s not iPad-sized yet. #FAIL
  5. Google: Didn’t come installed by default on iPad, but Google is life so I installed it on both.
  6. Evernote: Essential. Especially with our photocopiers at work, I scan all notes and email them to evernote. Zero paper files = heaven.
  7. Dropbox: Essential. Because you have files in more than one place.
  8. Twitter (formerly Tweetie): I find it the most satisfying twitter client on either device so far.
  9. IM+ Pro ($9.99): Hook into Twitter, Facebook, MSN Messenger, and Skype all in one place.  I run with 2 MSN accounts.  I’ve opted out of Twitter because it isn’t reverse chronological and there are better Twitter apps out there. I upgraded to Pro so that I could add my  Skype account.
  10. Words with Friends Free (iPhone only): Social scrabble /w chat. Fun!
  11. RDP Lite: Remote Desktop Client that has been a staple since week #1 with the iPhone. Free.
  12. Personal Assistant: The only financial app that has been able to link to both my credit cards as well as my CDN bank account. Very very handy.  Alerts me to large transactions, payment due dates.  Can do much more, but that’s all I’ve set up.  Free.
  13. YellowPages: A key resource.
  14. Amazon Kindle: Picked it over Kobo, not for any particular reason.  Just seemed like it was the stronger player, would go further.
  15. Note on iBooks: So far, it has not had any of the books that I have wanted to purchase. Kindle FTW!
  16. DocsToGo ($9.99): Open and EDIT Microsoft Office files.
  17. Kijiji: Can’t stop, won’t stop.  Love this app/website.
  18. iWatchr ($0.99): Keeps track of my weight watchers points 🙂
  19. Skype: Redundant thanks to IM+ – Zing!
  20. Newsrack ($4.99): Testing as replacement to Google Reader – not sure yet.  It’s got the same #FAIL as Pulse, but doesn’t have an open in Safari option, so the Note in Reader work around doesn’t save it.
  21. TweetDeck (iPhone version, iPad version): One of the strongest multi platform, multi account aggregators.  It’s my fall back twitter app … I tend to stick with Twitter/Tweetie or Hootsuite. Very pretty on iPad.
  22. PayPal (iPhone version only): Essential for managing money in this account.  Also, can Bump to give money to another user.
  23. Eventbrite: Awesome check in application – can have multiple gates each with an iphone or ipad all scanning in attendees and checking them into the database.
  24. LinkedIn: Because sometimes I use it.  I wish it supported groups …
  25. iTweetReply ($1.99): Twitter  push notifications, opens tweets in program of choice.  Tweetdeck and hootsuite aren’t choices, so I go with Twitter/Tweetie.
  26. Bump: Novelty. Amazing.  Exchange contact details with a bonk, exchange twitter contacts, exchange money via PayPal!
  27. Flixter: Reviews, trailers on every movie ever – in theatres and on dvd.
  28. Zinio: Magazine app.  This one is gaining steam.  My pile of magazines is a) not on the floor anymore, b) with me everywhere I go, and c) favourite pages/recipes are now screenshots/pictures instead of piles of ripped out pages
  29. Mapquest (iPhone version only): Spoken directions/navigation. Basically a GPS for free. (More so than Google Maps)
  30. Hoosuite ($2.99 iPhone version, Free HTML5 website for iPad): Great multi-account/tracking/team twitter tool.

iPad Only:

  1. iMockups ($9.99): kind of awkward, but i eventually got the ivey web template drawn in and duplicated for fancy ipad wireframing
  2. Memeo Connect: Gorgeous interface for google docs.  they promise to make editing possible soon.
  3. Quick Voice: Because the ipad doesn’t come with a voice recorder.
  4. Pulse ($3.99): Sucks in  your Google Reader feeds and lays them out like a pretty digital magazine/dashboard.  Fail: no way to mark “shared” back to Google Reader, which is how I archive useful articles.  Fix: Added a Note to Reader bookmark to Safari.
  5. Jumbo Calculator: Because the iPad doesn’t have a calculator
  6. iBooks: Comes with the ipad.  Will be more useful when it handles PDFs as promised today by Steve Jobs.
  7. Popplet Lite: Great mindmapping tool – very pretty.
  8. Dictionary: Seems good to have.
  9. Files HD ($2.99): Crazy fast file upload from dekstop/laptop browser to iPad app.  Redundant to GoodReader and Dropbox.  Not sure which one I will stick with.
  10. textPlus+: Free text messaging via wifi – works fine.  Will have to wait for the bill to see if the reply number is international (costing people money to reply to me)
  11. Noterize ($2.99): Another note taking app – haven’t put it through its paces yet, but very interested after seeing it on @pscheyen’s ipad

iPad Fails:

  1. ClipTwin: Thought it would be a good way to ship pictures from iPhone to iPad.  It’s not.  Took 5 minutes to send a single photo.
  2. Bluetooth Phone: hasn’t yet successfully found my iphone …
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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!

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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Presentations 2K9

Posted by on Oct 13, 2009 in conference, higher ed, marketing, mobile, socialmedia

In a fit of organization, I’ve created a page that embeds the presentations that I’ve put together over the last year, as well as links to presentations I gave while at Academica Group Inc.

Here are a few that you might be interested in:

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