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Take Control of Your B2B Marketing Strategy with Kapost @kapost #Crowdify #Tools

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Kapost is a content curation tool that supports your entire content operation by helping you align your marketing, get marketing visibility in the marketing process, and gain insights into the performance of your content all the while integrating with the tools you use today.

You can start building team alignment with Kapost personas and buying stages. You can assign personas and buying stages to each piece that you develop making sure that all of your content creators are on the same page. You can even see stats to see how much content you have created for each persona and buying stage making it easy to see any gaps in your content coverage.

Using the integrated campaign feature, you can align different pieces of content to support a broader idea. Kapost helps you organize all related pieces of content together helping you achieve greater impact across content channels.

Kapost also helps align content in your entire organization. Using the Kapost library, content is automatically shared with important stakeholders including sales, executives and product development.

Kapost gives your content team visibility in the content process. The Kapost calendar gives you the place where you can see the status and the campaigns. You can tell at a glance who is doing what and by when making sure your team is on track to make their deadlines.

With Kapost intelligent workflows, you can assign tasks to people in your organization. Members of your team are always up-to-date on what is expected of them and by when. You can ensure that your content is created smoothly and on schedule.

Team communication is essential for a well-run content operation. Kapost makes it easy for your team members to communicate with each other. You can be sure that everyone is on the same page on what’s happening and what needs to be done.

You can stay on top of your existing content with Kapost Content Auditor. You can see how much content you have, what needs updating, and whether you have content gaps that need to be filled.

Kapost Metrics help you stay on top on how your content is performing. You can gain new insights on how your content really works. Production metrics tell you the overall productivity of your content operation. Engagement metrics tract information such as the number of Facebook likes, twitter retweets and linkedin shares.

Using their integrations with Adobe Analytics and Google Analytics, you and your team can see the performance metrics of your content in a single place. Their content scoring tells you how many leads and and how much revenue your content has driven. You can see which pieces of content have helped to grow your business and which are lagging behind.

All of this is possible with Kapost’s library of integrations. With the most number of integrations of any content marketing platform, you can make Kapost the center of your content marketing process knowing it will fit the tools you use today and tomorrow. Kapost contains everything your content marketing needs to be successful and grow revenue.

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Unlock the power of your voice by podcasting with Bubbly @BubblyApp #Crowdify #Tools

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One thing that is possibly missing in your own social media mix is voice. Bubbly is a new answer to this.

Podcast listeners have nearly doubled in the past seven years and Bubbly is a social media platform that plays into this trend. It’s the ideal tool for anyone in the music businesses, but can also be utilized by those doing demonstrations, performing interviews, giving out what you know best or just even having a rant. It really is open to your imagination.

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This really is a very simple app to use and you can do it anywhere at any time enabling to keep a great flow of content going even when you have a seemingly busy day.

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Get the app: Android: http://bitly.com/16Lyyhb IOS: http://apple.co/1d1RzM2

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How Kred is promoting and connecting influential CEOs with dot.ceo #Kred

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Kred has given CEOs a place to connect and tools to promote themselves with their dot.ceo platform. The whole concept is just evolving and will even be localised with for example newyork.ceo a page for New York CEOs wanting to connect and profile themselves.

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What does a Kred score mean?
Kred’s dual scores for inbound and outbound communication capture the complete spectrum of action, from Influence and Outreach. A person with Kred of “719 over 5” has Kred Influence of 719 and is on Kred Outreach Level 5.

Influence is scored on a normalized 1,000 point scale globally and within communities. It measures how effectively someone inspires action. Retweets, replies, likes, comments and new follows all grow Kred on Twitter. If a reaction comes from a person with more than 10,000 followers, it has a greater positive effect on Influence. When you add Facebook to your account, likes, comments,mentions and shares on your wall and the walls of others who have connected their account will also generate points.

Outreach illustrates generosity by measuring how frequently a person interacts with others and spreads their content. Since we believe that the capacity for generosity is infinite, Kred Outreach Points can also increase infinitely. Outreach points increase when a person retweets, replies, likes or adds new follows on Twitter, or when you comment, like or share someone else’s posts on Facebook.

Kred has been active in targeting on and offline events and ranking the reactions to the posts of influencers with a certain hashtag for example. They also have other analytics that you can use and I think that now that their parent company People Browser have purchased Empire Avenue we will be hearing more from them.

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It is reasonably easy to get started with Kred and dot.ceo and it will help your online presence.

Please feel free to ask any questions

Michael

Where we are at with Crowdify right now (our 12 key features so far). #Startups

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For a start thank you all so much for your interest in what we are building. Day by day Crowdify is becoming the go to place for technology lovers with great new features and functionality being added every hour. It is extremely exciting to be part of a team of clever motivated people and to be making something very special.
So what do we have for you?

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We are giving out annual memberships to Crowdify for under 30% of the price right now http://goo.gl/UqbHRH
Here are 12 features we have so far

1. Know How Area (formerly Web Tools Wiki).
We are transporting all the posts from Web Tools wiki into crowdify.tech. We have around 3500 different pages already our goal is to have many many more and to keep making them better and better. Will have a simple app where users can get tips about tools for beginner and advanced levels
2. Jobs
We will have a jobs app called Techcruitment App. We will have a jobs board for technology jobs. We will initially white label an Australian companies software which we can embed.
3. Shop
Shop will be a simple embed of Shopify. We will sell tech related goods from Amazon and Alibaba and other places.We will have banner ads for goods from shop throughout the site.
4. Places
This will be an area where we promote coworking spaces and venues for meetups. It will be connected to DropPin App.

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5. New Things
This area will be a little like Product Hunt. This will be the only part of the site where people can comment. Only premium members can submit products and comment.
6. Stockmarket
The stockmarket will evolve as we get users and feedback. Our users can pick 2 tech categories they want to be seen as influencers in.
7. Events
This area will be a little like Eventbrite and will connect with the Mingle App.
8. Crowdfunding
This will be one of our most important features it is not so easy to build but hopefully we will have it working by Christmas. Is in our other site crowdify.fund right now but will be migrated.

9. Perks
Perks are our main feature. This is where we will give our premium users massive discounts and even some free access to a myriad of online tools.
10. Blog
The blogging set up is there right now I hope that they will become a place for you to share and get promotion of your content.
11. Tasks
Use your Crowd Coins to set tasks for other users. Use your imagination to get others doing stuff for you online.
12. Bitcoin
Pay other users or send funds requests with Bitcoin. Every user gets their own free wallet.

Become a full part of this for as little as just $10 at http://goo.gl/UqbHRH
Thank you

Michael

4 of the best #SMManagement tools and a great infographic on why by @iagdotme

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I was one of the early users of Hootsuite back in 2009 and have continued using it daily. It keeps getting better and I am not surprised to see it here.

The other 3 tools that Ian Anderson Gray and G2Crowd have identified as being the most popular are maybe not so well known. I hope that will check out Agora Pulse, Sendible and Sprout Social and give them a try.

The Top 4 Rated Social Media Management Tools of 2015 Infographic brought to you by Seriously Social and G2 Crowd

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Tips for using @Agora Pulse #Crowdify #GetItDone

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Just won a good prize in the new auction FB game Exhibia @ExhibiaAuction have you tried it?

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Ever since I was little and my father took me to auctions I have loved the chance of getting something a little cheaper by way of a bidding game. Yesterday I found that I can now do this on Facebook with a new game called Exhibia so I tried it out.

You log in with your Facebook account then have to “fund” a product and when you do this you are given bids. With those bids you can then go and try to get one of the products currently up for auction. You will never be asked by Exhibia to pay more than the going retail price. However if your bid is the last one when the auction expires you will very probably get the product a bit cheaper than that price. You can make live bids or set a number of bids. You will be bidding against real people because they can only join in with their Facebook or Google+ profiles. There will be a bit of a learning process for you while you get the feel of how to bid. This is common with most games right?

I won a $100 Amazon card without paying the full $100 so can say it was a very good experience. I will try again with other auctions. I took some screenshots so you can follow the process.

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When I won Exhibia posted the result to my Facebook profile like this

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Try it out for yourselves good luck!

Michael

Why we are giving out annual memberships to Crowdify for under 30% of the price

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After working building Crowdify for over 2 years now the whole thing has gone way past money and has become simply and easily the thing I am going to do for the rest of my life. It is extremely exciting to have come to this point and I hope that it happens to you all one day. I have been searching for a quick and simply definition of what we are offering here. I think of it right now as a Linked In for technology lovers that offers many perks and benefits. My wife and co founder Yoriko sees it as a launching pad for startups and for online tools that are looking for users.

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As you can see from the map here it is a complex and multi faceted thing. We will have 6 apps operating by the end of the year for example and have already made 2. So now we as we prepare to properly launch our website and community we are are crowdfunding but not really for the “funding”. We could find that money elsewhere. What we are looking for is more people who will help take Crowdify forward. Step up and become maybe a city manager or just begin blogging in our site. Offer discounts on your premium service and thereby attract new users. Simply make suggestions during our beta testing.

In November we will begin properly but in the meantime it is going to be very interesting to see who comes along and has some interest in what we are doing. So far we have given shares in the business to around a dozen people who have contributed in some way so far. We will be looking to do more of that so perhaps there is an opportunity for you there as well.

In any case I do hope that you check out our first Indiegogo campaign and get involved. We will be running this again in November but the price will be much higher and there will be less benefits offered. You can become one of our founding members, save $104 and get many other benefits here

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/crowdify-where-tech-startups-meet-vcs-bloggers/x/3633283#/story

Thank you

Michael

How to do Blogger Outreach with GroupHigh @grouphigh #Blogging

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I love seeing win wins being created.

GroupHigh’s blogger outreach marketing software helps companies find bloggers , manage and track relationships, and measure earned post successes. GroupHigh, the originator of blogger outreach software provides world-class software for agencies and brands that conduct blogger outreach campaigns and maintain blogger networks. Their software consists of several modules that streamline the entire blogger outreach process from identifying influential bloggers to reporting on the earned media value and mentions generated through blogger outreach.

They have Real-time analytics so you don’t wait for results and they have powerful content filters. So, they can focus on bloggers that write content that aligns with your marketing message. Their service also includes extensive search options so they can filter blogs based on their social presence, when they last posted, how often they post, how many authors they have, their location, and their SEO stats.

GroupHigh’s Blogger CRM is the central hub for managing your blogger relationships. Core components include:
folders and lists that organize blogger database by ranking, topic, affinity and more,
automated blogger research that research and keep up-to-date more than 50 social, web, and seo metrics,
advanced database filters which quickly create segments and select the perfect bloggers for any campaign,
and blog rating that keep tabs on blogger participation, performance, and activity.

GroupHigh’s blogger hub is built around an intuitive, drag & drop folder and list structure. This allows marketers maximum flexibility to categorize, organize, and segment bloggers to fit with any workflow.

A crucial component no matter the size of the blogger outreach strategy is the ability to segment, identify, and sort a blogger database. GroupHigh’s Blogger CRM allows for instant search across a database by the blog’s name, the primary contact, or email. Filter by social profile, follower count, outreach stage, last activity date, last posted date and more.

One of the reasons GroupHigh is loved by agencies and brands that run blogger outreach campaigns is that GroupHigh does the heavy lifting associated with website, SEO, and social analytics. Data about your bloggers is kept up to date daily* so you always know their Total & Social Reach metrics, website traffic, and SEO rank. Crucial website and blog metrics such as last post date, number of contributing authors, weekly post frequency, and post topics are also updated automatically so that choosing the best blogs for your next campaign is easy and fast.

Communciating with bloggers is one of the most important parts of a blogger outreach campaign. Best practices dictate the that marketers reach out to new prospective bloggers using a personal one-off email or post to their contact form. However, a valuable part of blogger outreach is maintaining relationships over time. For this, the Group Email function allows marketers to quickly compose, send emails to maintain communication with a blogger network.

Whether it is earned media, a mention of a niche topic or a competitor’s content earnings—locating branded and granular content is a tedious process without GroupHigh.

Marketers love the ability to instantly generate a report showcasing earned blog and social mentions to demonstrate ROI, map engagement and display top influencers for every project, campaign and strategy. GroupHigh offers a selection of great reports to show you how your Earned Media stacks up.

One of the easiest ways to build a loyal audience of bloggers is to provide them with a simple way to raise their hand and indicate they want to work with your brand. GroupHigh’s Blogger Access module allows you to quickly build and embed custom blogger sign-up forms that opt bloggers directly into your GroupHigh database.

You can create a landing page and/or button on your brand’s website called “Blogger Access” as well as promote your “Blogger Access” program by tweeting, emailing, and interacting with you clients, customers, and fans. Bloggers sign-up and fillin basic information about their blog. Blogger’s show up in your GroupHigh database with their entire social footprint and blog stats ready for your review. You review, approve, email, or reject bloggers in seconds.

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How to use Gimp for photo retouching. A guide #PhotoRetouching

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Gimp: A Program For Photo Retouching, Image Composition And Authoring.

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Gimp is a really short name for an even longer real name: GNU Image Manipulation Program.  It’s pretty complex so, yes, we have a beginner’s guide tutorial below for you.

The user interface of this site  is designed by a dedicated design and usability team. This team was formed after the developers of this software signed up to join the OpenUsability project.

A user interface brainstorming group has since been created for this application , where users of GIMP can send in their suggestions as to how they think the GIMP user interface could be improved.

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GIMP is presented in two forms, single and multiple window mode; the verson 2.8 defaults to the multiple window mode.

In multiple window mode a set of windows contain all of this software  functionality. By default, tools and tool settings are on the left and other dialogues are on the right.

GTK+ (GIMP tool kit) is used to create the graphical user interface. GTK+’s creation and history regarding GIMP is described in the history section above.

Media attention-

GIMP’s fitness for use in professional environments is regularly reviewed and as such often cited as a possible replacement for Adobe Photoshop. The maintainers seek to fulfill GIMP’s product vision rather than replicate the interface of Adobe Photoshop.

 

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Michael

How to Know Your Influencers Better with Traackr @traackr #InfluencerMarketing

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Traackr is an influencer relationship management platform. Their application helps marketers discover new influencers they should pay attention to and provides insights to create and nurture relationships with these key people. Traackr works primarily with marketers for mid-size and large brands and serves as the backbone for their influencer marketing programs. Most of their customers are greenfield and developed their influencer programs with Traackr.

Traackr is keyword-based and the team stresses that setting up the keywords correctly is critical. They work with customers to fine tune the set up so you get what you’re looking for. While other monitoring services and online research tools may offer a topic-based approach, searching the web in a more advanced, non-keyword dependent, approach, none are solely influencer tools.

Traackr combines three qualities when finding and ranking influencers. Reach is obvious. Let’s you know how many people a person reaches when they write something online Resonance is the tendency for those posts to be repeated, linked to, retweeted and the like. You can find out if a person gets amplified by his or her network. The last one is relevance, which Traackr measures based on the keywords you’re targeting and how recent, often and important they are in the blogger/influencer’s content.

Certainly, one could argue relevance is only worthwhile with a certain reach and resonance, but unlike most other influencer tools, Traackr scores and prioritizes quality over quantity in this regard — certainly something worth considering.

It’s incredibly easy. Put in good keywords, hit search and voila! You get your top-X list of influencers. Their algorithm produces a high quality list. You can add your own influencers to ensure their posts are considered and the dynamic nature of the tool allows you to see who’s talking about the topics in question now and how influential they are.

The tool is good and if taking the manual labor of identifying who you should reach out to — not the outreach itself, just making your list — is time you’d rather spend doing other things, then Traackr may be for you.

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How to get Google keyword suggestions for free with Keyword Tool @keywordtoolio #Adwords

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Keyword Tool is an alternative To Google Keyword Planner And Ubersuggest. It generates up to 750+ suggestions for every keyword. Keyword Tool is extremely reliable as it works 99.99% of the time.

It is free. Are you a business owner, online marketer or content creator? Google Adwords are part of any well rounded online marketing starategy and in some industries are an essential part. You need to grab people’s attention in order to make them click on your ads or even read your content. For that, you will have to first understand what your potential customers or readers are actually searching for.

Every search is an expression of people’s needs, wants, interests and desires. Imagine how your business would benefit if you could analyse these search terms that are related to your business domain and customise your product to serve the actual needs of your customers.

Keyword Tool uses Google Autocomplete to generate thousands of relevant long-tail keywords. Google Autocomplete is a feature used in Google Search. Its purpose is to speed up the searches performed by users on Google. The search terms that are suggested by Google Autocomplete are based on a number of different factors, one of them is how often users were searching for a particular term in the past. Keyword Tool extracts the Google suggestions and presents it to you in a convenient form.

To generate long-tail keyword suggestions, Keyword Tool prepends and appends the term, that you specify with different letters and numbers. It also allows you to choose a specific Google domain (192 Google domains supported) and language (83 languages available) combination. Keyword Tool generates over 750+ keywords in the language of your choice. You can export the keywords and use them for content creation, search engine optimization, PPC or other marketing activities.

There are few places where you can find keywords that people type in Google search box. One of the most popular sources of this information is Google Keyword Planner. Unfortunately data presented by Google Keyword Planner is meant to be used for paid advertising inside the Google Adwords platform. The keywords that you will find there might be too general and not very descriptive.

On another hand, the Google Autocomplete feature that is used by Keyword Tool is meant to facilitate the search process.

It’s in Google’s best interest to show users the most relevant keywords. Keywords that would help Google to retrieve the most relevant websites and help users find the most relevant content for their search query.

In Google’s own words: Autocomplete predictions are automatically generated by an algorithm without any human involvement based on a number of objective factors, including how often past users have searched for a term.

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How to buy #Bitcoin Fast, Easy and Safe with Expresscoin @expresscoin

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Expresscoin is the fastest, easiest, and simplest way to buy Bitcoin and other altcoins. They provide a simple user experience with a central dashboard to keep track of all your cryptocurrency balances and activity. You can just bring your own wallet (or use our lightweight Bitcoin wallet for convenience) and you can purchase more coins at any time and Expresscoin will deposit it directly to your wallet address of choice.

Based in Santa Monica, CA Expresscoin is a financial technology platform focused on helping people get access to digital currency. They are the global bridge to digital currencies from any point of service from banks, payment gateways, ATM networks and more. It offers customers the opportunity to buy bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin and Blackcoin with debit cards, while importing wallet addresses from other services into their accounts.

In 2013, they bootstrapped their company from a $200K seed round of family and friends and developed a system that has transacted over $15M worth of transactions. Their team of developers,designers, and marketers are passionate and dedicated to make the use of Bitcoin and other digital currencies easy, safe, and convenient.

For now, Expresscoin users can bring any wallet to the site, an advantage that they say will enable consumers to test the more advanced mutli-sig and HD offerings now on the market. To create an account, users should select a username, enter your email and password. Basic Expresscoin users need only verify their email and mobile number before completing a purchase. Then, they should link their wallets. That is, they should link the addresses they want coins to be sent to. With this basic authorization complete, customers can purchase up to $1,000 in Bitcoin or Dogecoin per order, with a monthly limit of $1,500. Verified users who then submit orders can select their payment method before receiving detailed instructions on how to complete the sale. To remove the restrictions, customers can opt to upload a photo ID to the exchange.

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Buy, Sell and Spend Bitcoin with CoinJar @GetCoinJar #Bitcoin #DigitalCurrency

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CoinJar is a next-gen personal finance account powered by Bitcoin. Now you can move seamlessly between currencies and pay anyone globally, using the world’s fastest payment network. It is a global personal finance company, where people can easily buy and spend bitcoin and other currencies.

CoinJar recently launched a revamped mobile exchange/wallet app and is introducing a product called ‘hedged accounts’ for users nervous about bitcoin price volatility. You can have Hedged Accounts where you can hedge your bitcoin against major currencies for the peace of mind that you won’t be affected by bitcoin price fluctuations. Hedged accounts enable customers to set their bitcoin holding at a fiat currency value in their choice of AUD, USD, GBP or EUR. You can also buy and sell bitcoin in that you can trade confidently with a volume weighted average of all major exchanges and a flat 1% buy and sell fee. It is also possible to have Fee-free transfers so you can deposit and withdraw, spend and send with no fees. By extension, you can link bank accounts and cards around the world and move your money instantly for free.

CoinJar provides simple tools to manage digital currencies. They use multi-factor authentication like password plus SMS verification to ensure their customers’ bitcoins are safe, even if their password is compromised. As an additional layer of protection, they store the majority of customer bitcoin holdings offline. CoinJar is backed by leading investors AngelCube and Blackbird Ventures.

CoinJar has opened up its debit card service CoinJar Swipe to the general public. The cards allow users to spend from their bitcoin accounts at over 820,000 retail terminals nationwide, as well as withdraw cash from bank ATMs. Notably, the new system means there is no waiting for banks to clear fund transfers from CoinJar exchange accounts. CoinJar’s data shows nearly two-thirds of the transactions made with its debit cards so far have been for everyday purchases at cafes, bars, supermarkets and variety stores.

Users need to load up their debit cards manually with dollars before spending, though the conversion is managed by CoinJar’s exchange. The company is planning an automated loading feature in future that would allow users to set a minimum balance to be maintained. Once loaded, the cards function the same as any bank-issued debit card and can be used at any business in Australia that is part of the widely-adopted EFTPOS debit network.

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Come #Blab about #Startups and #Bitcoin with me and @JennyQ on the #TDQShow

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If you have not been hiding under a rock for the last month you will have noticed that the biggest buzz on the social media front lines has been about Blab.

I have hosted a couple so far and am about to things up. What better way to learn the ropes than to guest on a Blab with a power user like Jennifer Quinn? Jennifer has a daily show called the Daily Q and I am excited to be invited to talk to her about the future ~ “Startups and Bitcoin” this week on Tuesday evening 5.45 Pacific time.

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Why Blab is so cool. 5 quick reasons.
1. I live in Tokyo and do not get to meet barely any social media friends at conferences or events especially US folk do this all the time. Blab is a great substitute. On my first day I was able to talk live and in person to 2 people I have long liked and respected Joel Comm and Timm McVaigh for the first time. It was a buzz.
2. Blab is linked to Twitter in an extremely clever way
3. Blabs are great for creating live and evergreen content BUT also great for just hanging out and discussing stuff
4. The technology is amazing and Blab is rolling out new features daily
5. Blab is putting the social back in social media

Here is an example of a Blab I did last week

This is an exciting time to be alive. Please give us a tweet and subscribe!

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Social media company @Kred have remamed Empire Avenue @EmpireKred #EmpireKred

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The social stockmarket game Empire Avenue has a new name Empire Kred, a new look and has been integrated with Kred.

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Kred bought Empire Avenue a while ago but nothing much had changed till this week. The changes to the site in the past week have been met with a lot of protest but hopefully members feedback will be listened to and things will be returned to a more functional state sooner than later. Good things have happened with photos now being addable to missions and improved mobile functionality. The mission area is however very different and we will all have to learn how to use it. Empire Avenue is a very fragile and difficult to comprehend place so any changes have to be made with extreme care.

Right now we have no idea how Kred and Empire Kred will interact with each other but Kred Scores have been added to the list of networks on our Empire Kred profiles. Why they wanted to change the name is lost on me and yet to be explained. I guess I will get used to it. Kred does seem to have some financial resources and a big email list so hopefully they will give Empire Kred some promotion and get more people taking an interest in it. So far there has been zero sign of that and user numbers continue to fall but there is little point in being anything other than optimistic.

My thoughts are that Empire Avenue will continue to attract a hard core of 200-300 daily devoted users and another 1000 or so peripheral users who drop by once or twice a week on a random basis. Then there are another 2000 or so visit who visit once or twice a month.

Getting user numbers back to the days of 4 years ago when we had 1000 a day on the site will take some social media interaction by those who run the site. It will probably also mean removing community discussion and profile and mission commenting so that that occurs in the social media mainstream and is seen by more than just Empire Avenue users. In the meantime it remains a moderately useful collaborative community with some highly supportive people who you would benefit from getting to know better.

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All these scores and prices do not really much to anyone. What the majority of us want is something to spend our billions and billions of eaves on and at least get 50 or so people completing our missions each day. The Empire sails on (just) and hopefully all the changes are more than just deckchair shifting.

Will report again in a month or so

Michael