Twitter Usage in America: 2010

3 05 2010

Tom Webster, Vice President, Strategy and Marketing at Edison Research presents findings from the study, Twitter Usage In America: 2010 in a webinar.   For a quick overview summary with a number of diagrams, visit the write-up at MarketingProfs.  The webinar recording is located on Vimeo.

The findings were derived from a nationally representative telephone survey (via landline and mobile phone) of 1,753 Americans age 12+ conducted by Edison Research and Arbitron in February 2010.


HR-IT Imperative: Complimentary Webinar

9 04 2010

HR-IT Imperative: What Every HR Professional Needs to Know About Using IT to Deliver HR Success

When: Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

Registration: Website

Many organizations today are trying to make more effective use of Information Technology (IT) in order to deliver on their mission, reduce costs, improve quality, and save time.  Internal HR systems all have the potential to provide major leaps forward.  Unfortunately, many organizations spend countless hours and dollars building IT systems, yet they never achieve the expected results once the systems are live.  The problem is often not the technology itself, but rather the way the technology is used.  Most organizations ignore the critical element of user adoption and they often do not take the critical steps necessary to ensure their systems are used in a manner that delivers maximum benefits.

• Learn to differentiate between deploying technology vs. using technology to create value and deliver success.
• Develop a context for differentiating technology, process, and “people” issues using a framework for how you can take action to ensure IT success
• Identify the critical role HR professionals must play in driving effective user adoption in order to achieve their goals and deliver on their mission
• Share the 2 key questions for driving full user adoption of your IT system

• HR leadership & executives
• HR professionals implementing IT systems within their department
• HR professionals assisting other departments in major IT system implementations (like CRM, ERP, or other enterprise-wide technology)
• Professionals involved in the planning, managing and execution of IT implementation projects

Jason C. Whitehead, President of Tri Tuns, LLC, specializes in driving organizational change and increasing user adoption of IT systems.  Check out Jason’s blog.

And your truly, The Aussie Guy (Philip J. Power, Chief Strategist of Knowledge-Boost LLC).  Check out my VisualCV and my LinkedIn Profile.

Versatile web service:

2 04 2010

Recently a friend alerted me to, an excellent web services that allows you to instantaneously (in two clicks) create a “drop” (site) for real-time file sharing and download to multiple devices, collaboration in real time, and presentations.

In my opinion, this is an improvement over Google Docs as each “drop” has an associated (and unique) email address, voicemail box and conference call number.  The site allows 100MB of space for free before you need to sign-up for a premium account.  A free account is a great way to share and collaborate without the expense of a commercial-grade web conferencing service.  The “freemium” business model is definitely working wonders!

To date, I’ve used a “drop” to upload a variety of files instead of sending them as email attachments to colleagues and friend.   I’ll investigate other uses for this service as time progresses so on with the experimentation.

EtherPad for collaborative online note-taking: Advantages over Google Docs?

14 10 2009

Around a month ago I learned about another web 2.0 application called EtherPad that is currently the only web-based word processor that allows people to work together in real-time.

A no-cost “public pad” can be created instantly without any sign-up.  On the other hand, a “team site” (“group pad”) can be easily created with a few steps and the first three user accounts are free.

I created a “group pad” that had private access where I need to set-up an account for folks I wished to collaborate with.  However, anyone can set-up a public EtherPad, give people the URL and then ask them to comment/collaborate in real time, for example during a presentation or conference, etc.  The big advantage I see over Google Docs is the ability to very quickly create a public document then have people collaborating instantaneously without the need to create logins and invite others (although creating a group is very easy for group/private collaboration).

Additionally, EtherPad has a range of import/export options and you can immediately see all the saved revisions by everyone.  Once a person has written something then they can click “Save Now”.  Color coding and line numbering are also neat features-each person’s changes/additions are in a different color and it is then easy to refer back to certain people making comments at specific lines.

EtherPad does not accommodate presentations and spreadsheets (as does Google Docs).  However, I think the above-mentioned features give EtherPad the advantage over Google docs for word processing.

Cool Video Production with Music/Audio: Animoto

13 08 2009

I’m always running trials and experimenting with new web 2.0 technologies to determine how they can be leveraged for learning and business. Last week I heard about Animoto which is an excellent tool to make great videos from your images within minutes. You can add notes to images, insert a voice or music file then email your finished videos or download them. Your videos can also be easily posted directly to Facebook, YouTube, Myspace, Twitter, blogs and more.

Creating an account and developing videos that run up to 30 second is free but each video will have an embedded Animoto logo. However, if you want to created unlimited length videos without the Animoto logo, then the cost is $99 for a three month trial, or $249 for one year.

I created a quick presentation using photos embedded in PowerPoint slides (with captions) then converted the presentation into jpeg format. Subsequently I uploaded the presentation into Animoto and each slide was converted into a separate image. I wanted to add a voice file (actually words and singing) so I recorded this as a memo file on my iPod before uploading it to my computer. As this was in wav format, I first had to convert it into an mp3 file using Audacity (a free audio editing application) before importing into Animoto. I was advised by the program that a 30 second video should use 12 to 15 images. I first used 10 images and once the video was processed, my narration was off-synch with my images and the singing actually faded before the short song had ended. However, in a second trial I used 13 images and the result was better, although the images ran out before the short song was finished.

Please take a look at my efforts with “Waltzing Matilda” on YouTube. Once I had uploaded the video to YouTube, I sent a tweet to alert my Twitter followers and also posted a link to the video for my friends to view on Facebook.

When I use Animoto again, I now know that I need to use at least 15 images for a 30 second soundtrack (whether it is a voice or music file).

This application has unlimited potential for just-in-time learning and for business promotion. Anything that can be captured as an image and as a voice or music file in mp3 format can then be quickly converted into a short, compelling movie. It’s surprising what you can do in 30 seconds or less!

Screenjelly and Wordle: Creative web 2.0 fun and learning

8 07 2009

This week has seen a bonanza of excellent web 2.o tips from Janes’s E-learning Tip of the Day.  This morning I learned about Screenjelly .  This allows you to record your screen activities with voice and then share your three minute maximum mini-video via your Twitter stream or email.  You need to first logon to your Twitter account to share your recording on your stream.  There are no software downloads as this is a Java applet that launches in your browser.

Yesterday I was intrigued to learn about  and experiment with Wordle.  Once again, there is not need to hassle with a software download as your generate word cloud pictures from text that you copy and paste into a window.   The words that appear most frequently in your text are given greatest prominence in the form of size and thickness of the alpha characters.  Once the cloud generates then it can be changed into an endless array of randomly generated “pictures” that can be printed, saved to a gallery, or shared with your friends.

This morning I ran a short experiment using both Screenjelly and Wordle then shared my efforts on my Twitter stream.  What an easy, fun and creative way to share information, insights, cool ideas, brainstorms, etc.  The possibilities are endless with these amazing web 2.0 technologies that can propel Twitter tweets to another level.  You can experience my efforts here.

Thanks once again Jane for sharing information about these amazing applications.

Personal branding: Claiming your blog

2 07 2009

One great way raise you online profile and to continually develop your personal branding is to claim your blog on Technorati.  Claiming your blog allows you to add keywords and descriptions about your blog so that people can find you easily through online searches.

This short post is part of the process I’m undertaking to claim my blog.  I needed to list a randomly generated code in a post.  Stay tuned for more insights on using and leveraging social media.