Balance Twitter and Home

twitter-gardenTwitter has boomed into such a huge site that sometimes you can be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of data that you are able to access at any point of time. My twitter account has thousands of people I follow since I want to always stay in the loop in so many different areas of the world. This can be a positive thing since I hear news quickly, but the main problem with all of this is the amount of time required to read through all the tweets that i get. My twitter account was getting so many tweets a day that I was spending sometimes more then 3 hours a day after work just scrolling through and updating myself on everything going on through the tweets people made. As you can tell over time this became a big problem for me, and especially for my family. I was on Twitter surfing the data neglecting all the chores i had to do at home, and even was forgetting about my hobbies I once had. Going home after work and finding the near seat, which ended up mostly being the couch, to sit around and scroll through my phone on and on. Eventually i had realized that reading all of these news were important, but it should never get in the way of my own life. I started writing down how long i was spending on twitter, and managed my hours with everything else i should be doing also. I set aside time to play with my kids and talk with my wife. I also made sure i had enough time to relax doing other things i use to love, my hobbies. The one hobby that stood out more then the rest was my garden.

Outside in the backyard i had dug an area of the field as to where I have planted an abundance of variety of colors tulips, daisies, and even strawberries. I can tell you right now that at the time when i went back to start working on the garden again, it looked terrible. I was disappointed for not spending enough time on the garden but overjoyed enough that I was able to get back at this hobby that I loved to work on.

It is important to remember that you should limit your time using social media sites like Twitter or Facebook. It is fun reading everyone’s updates and feeling like you are a part of all the news around you, but you cant forget to not create your own stories by going out and doing things yourself. I am able to write about my garden now and about other things that I am doing on twitter instead of just sitting around reading what everyone else is doing. Reading those tweets for hours in the past was fun, but i have to admit that it brings me greater joy to be active and do things myself instead. It is important to make sure you are balancing your time between these social media sites and everything else you have.

Twitter is another way to find a jobs

Job-WorkplaceBig companies have always gone to major websites like monster to post their new open positions to the public and wait to see if anyone replies by sending their resume back to them. This is always been a proven method, but has been slowly decreased efficiency as more companies go this method. The forums they use are being overpopulated by companies and people looking for jobs that your position offering can quickly be overshadowed by someone else, allowing the possibility of missing that perfect candidate in the process.

Because of this, they have resorted to other means to try and attract potential candidates to notice and apply for their positions. One of these is the use of social media, particularly Twitter. Twitter was an unnoticed and untapped resource for a lot of these companies until they had to make a decision to try other methods, and once someone suggested twitter, they were able to realize how much of an impact it can have in the whole hiring process. Here are three big reasons why twitter is a great source for companies to post their new job openings, and is the reason why you should make sure you follow the companies you may be trying to be employed at on twitter yourself.

Saving Money

All the well known sites will charge fees for every time a employer wants to broadcast their unfilled positions to the public or even a targeted group of people that are interested in the same type of work. These fees add up, especially when you work some calculations on the amount of visibility the ad would be getting compared to the sheer volume of visitors how may be qualified that were able to see it. Twitter allows the companies to get a big backing of followers on their page, so once they make a quick tweet on the job posting they have made, either on their site or through someone like monster.com. This cost no money compared to the posting on major job sites, and is able to hit a sheer high volume number of people with the position open, to be able to fill that position.

Job Sites are too Crowded

Job sites have become up and popular in the last couple of years since the recession hit, which is a positive if the majority of people on it meticulously read every post to find the jobs they are looking for. This is not always the case though, and so has job sites get overloaded with job openings, the potential of your job opening post goes down and can be overlooked. Twitter allows a quick tweet in as little as 140 characters that can more easily be distinguished.

Tweets Avalanche

They are sending to people that know about the company and are interested enough to add them to their followings. This adds much higher chances that they are either qualified for the position, or will put some of their own effort to re-tweet or let someone else know about that opening they read also. This number can drastic increase since these re-tweets would be hitting another set of people like an avalanche through twitter feeds.

How to use phone to connect to Twitter abroad

Using twitter without Internet in CityIf you read my about page you will know that I am crazy about using the social media site Twitter. It allows me to connect with so many people and companies from all over the world and learn quickly of any news of high end technology that are currently being developed or are able to be purchased.

One of my problems was that when i would go abroad to work with clients on their websites, I had the hardest time trying to connect to twitter when i was running around. I will be going to the hotel after working a 10 hour shift trying to fix some bugs and on the whole cab ride home am not able to get any WiFi signals to connect me to the internet. Stopping at nearest restaurant for a quick bite to eat before i hit the hay also was not getting me any signal. What topped it off was after waiting so long to finally see the technology world updates for the day, I had thought the hotel I was staying at would at least provide WiFi, they do at most the hotels i stay at in the United States. Once arriving there the front desk lady told me that it will be quite hard to find anywhere nearby to get a reliable connection. After the trip when i got home i was able to look at all the news and It made me overjoyed when I read an article talking about how you can use text messages to be able to broadcast tweets to your twitter account. This also works the other way around where you can add certain twitter followers to a group that will allow twitter to send text messages of their tweets to your phone.

One of the examples on how this is useful was to have find the weather station for the city i am staying in and add them to my twitter followers group. I will then get texts about weather notices right to my phone! Its also wise to note that this whole thing can be done without actually having a twitter account yourself. You can sign up for Fast Follow that allows you get to updates without having to sign into twitter at all, allowing you to received important updates with only the need of SMS.

To do Fast Follow, here are the steps you need to do.

1. You will need to look through twitter or search and find a twitter account that you are wanting to receive updates on to your phone.

2. With your phone you are going to need to go to your messages and start a new message. Text “Follow (Username)” to the number 40404. Username will be the twitter account you should of found earlier that you are wanting to add.

That is how simple it is.

If you however are done with your trip or do not need an account texting you their tweets anymore, you can just resend a text to 40404 with the word OFF. Resending the text ON to 40404 will then turn the texting from that twitter account back on again.

Texting rates do apply from the company you have your mobile phone with. Every tweet that is sent counts as one complete text message sent to your phone.

 

Let Your Voice Be Heard: Modern Technology Helps You Get Your Message to the People

Being a tech-head, sometimes I feel like Charlie inside the Chocolate Factory. Joking aside, I’m always thrilled when I see modern technology find its application in something seemingly unrelated. It’s not just related to hardware, but software as well. And people are keeping up with it as well. In this day and age it’s simply impossible to go through life without some tech knowledge.

Even once simple devices we used to use every day, like television and cell phones have become more than they were before, crammed full of clever technology and apps. Yes, it might be a bit more complicated to use at first, but once you get a hang of it, you will probably ask yourself how could ever live without it. And both hardware and software are becoming more user friendly because that’s the only way of reaching out to those who find all this tech stuff a bit intimidating. As the technology becomes more advanced it actually becomes easier to use.

Like I said a while back, the most interesting aspect of technology is how it constantly manages to find its way towards something completely unrelated. You would probably never expect for a washing machine with an internet connection to exist, but it does. And it’s not overkill or showing off either, as it can help you save a decent amount of money in the long run. Or a fridge, through which you can order groceries online and have them delivered to your doorstep. Some ideas initially seem crazy but as they develop they become very focused on making your life easier and more efficient in some way.

I happened to be doing some SEO work a while back and found it very interesting how many diverse applications websites actually have. For example, nursing, writing and web design have very little in common, but if you happen to look at http://nursesalaryguide.net/, it begs to differ. Not only does the website offer useful information and raise awareness about different types of nurse and their respective salaries – it covers a range of nursing salaries including RN salaries in the U.S. – it also creates revenue for the website owner through advertizing. Another, more specialized site I found covers only information and salary data for Medical Assistants – a complete resource aimed at people interested in entering this profession.

This model of providing useful information online can be very lucrative in the right niche and can be applied to almost any subject matter. It all comes down to finding the right niche. And out of several billion people that connected to the internet, you can be sure that there will be thousands, and maybe even millions interested in the same thing you website or blog is about.

Unfortunately, we haven’t even managed to tap into 1% of the potential offered by the internet. The most popular websites and blogs revolve around celebrity gossip, or bad advice on dieting. It just seems like great ideas aren’t getting through to people, and that is true in part.

But there is a solution to that as well, such as good SEO. A great blog or a website is of little use to anyone, if nobody knows about it. So in addition to good writing, one must also have other tools in his or her toolbox. Which brings us back to the part where I mentioned that technology might seem complicated at first, but once you get a hang of it, you’ll wonder how you could ever manage to go through life without it. Put in the effort and get your message across. There are plenty of us who will listen. Create your first website and learn some new skills – you just never know where it may lead.

How to Add a Table Of Contents to Your Website

There is more emphasis being paid every day to adding substantial content to websites. In the past most Webmasters were happy to produce a single page on the site with maybe 500 words on the page. However it seems quite clear now that Google prefers to see a significantly greater amount of content on the page, and some suggestions are that we should be writing from 1500 to 3000 words on any page.

That’s an extremely long page, and therefore it helps to have a table of contents, like this one, on the page to help readers immediately understand what they will find on the page and, if necessary, to click through directly to the part of the page that interests them.

So not only should a table of contents set out exactly what readers will find on the page but it should also offer them the opportunity to click to each of the headings which will then immediately direct them down to the relevant part of the page that contains the content they wish to read.

This is one of the most important things in designing a website. Making sure that readers are able to find content they wish to read which then ensures that they are likely to stay on the page for much longer. There is clear evidence that Google likes to see people clicking through to a website and then spending more time on the website rather than just hitting the back but because they cannot find the content they are searching for.

And there is evidence that Google penalizes sites with a high “bounce rate” or a low “time on site”. Both of these are indications of how well the website has answered a reader’s query.

As well as this there is also evidence that Google is now sending searchers directly to the part of a web page which most directly assist their search query.

Google is now displaying “jump to” links in their search results. If your table of contents is clickable, in other words readers can click to immediately go to the part of the page they wish to find, this is called a “jump to” link.

And Google is displaying these jump to links in its search results.

So it seems now that there is good reason to be including a clickable table of contents on each of your webpages. Here’s another example for you to see.

So how do you do this? We can certainly answer that question for users of WordPress.

Any user of WordPress will be quite familiar with plugins. The plug-in is a small piece of code that performs a specific task within the software. And there is a very good plugin to create a clickable table of contents with “jump to” links. You can find it here.

It’s easy to use and provides Webmasters with the perfect solution for producing a table of contents. It’s easy to use and easy to display, and it creates the perfect solution to providing an easy, (and free) table of contents on your website.

The ultimate guide to choosing the best kitchen appliances

kitchen applianceYour choice of any kitchen appliance is highly determined by your cost and the quality you desire. Quality should however never be compromised for cheapness.

This is because the kitchen is a very fundamental part of any home. With good quality appliances in your kitchen you can be assured of the smooth running of your home. There are many appliances you will require in your kitchen ranging from fridge, coffee machine, toaster, microwave and ovens as well as cookers but just how do you choose these?

When choosing an espresso or coffee machine there are certain considerations you must have in mind. First of all is deciding the type you want. You can choose between steam-driven and pump driven according to the type of coffee you really want.

The steam-driven one will give you strong coffee but it is quite cheap. On the other hand, the pump-driven one gives you an amazing espresso but the cost is quite high. The pump-driven offer you four options of manual, semi-automatic, fully automatic and super automatic.

Having decided which you want you can then begin looking around in stores that sell espresso or coffee machines. Comparing prices of the best coffee makers in different outlets is the best way to get quality at an affordable price because the stores will definitely vary in pricing.Generally, when choosing kitchen appliances there are some considerations you must bear in mind.

First and foremost is the budget. You need to come up with a monetary figure for whatever you want to buy. Whether it is a new kitchen that needs many appliances or you just need to replace or add one appliance to the existent ones, cost is very important.

Once you know how much you are willing to spend on your appliances you can then confidently shop around for what suits your needs.

Know your needs! In order to choose the right appliance for your kitchen you need to know what work is done in your kitchen. A professional chef’s kitchen will definitely be more sophisticated because of the classic recipes that will be prepared there.

A simple kitchen will require different appliances depending on what exactly it is used to prepare. What might be suitable to a friend’s kitchen might not be suitable for yours so getting appliances that have specifications right for you is critical.

Be environment friendly when making your purchases. With the increased global warming levels, there is an urgent need for us to stop use of appliances that emit ozone-destructive gases. When getting an appliance therefore make sure you get an eco-friendly one and help save mother earth.

The cost of maintenance o f your appliance should also be a consideration. Let’s face it, the economic times are not the best and saving on the electricity bills will be of much relieve. Therefore, choose appliances that conserve energy.

Remember that every appliance also has its specifications. What you would look for in a fridge is not what you would look for in a coffee machine. Therefore it is important to do a thorough study on the item you want to purchase so as to know what is best and what is not.

Dental Implant Technology Is Impressive These Days

Dental implants have become some of the most interesting things for people to discover when it comes to giving their smiles the best looks that they could ever ask for. People who are looking to find quality dental implants will have to see what they are getting from different providers when finding interesting options for the particular needs they have.

Resin Materials Are Becoming Popular

One big aspect of dental implant technology comes thanks to the way how fine resin materials are being used in the process of getting implants ready. This resin material is designed to create a solid surface similar to what one might get out of a traditional tooth.

In addition, this material can be colored in a manner that makes it match up with the rest of one’s natural teeth. This design is covered to create a more appealing look if it is crafted properly and with enough care.

Inspecting the Gum Line Is Easy To Do

The key part of working on an implant involves inspecting the gum line. This is to see where the implant should be added in particular. If the gum line is checked carefully then the right plans can be made when it comes to getting the implant set up at a given space and to make it right the first time around.

Dental implant technology often entails the use of CT scans to take a look at the jaw line. This technology has long been used in many other parts of the body and today people are beginning to see how it can be used in the dental implant field.

In addition to being much safer to use than a traditional x-ray that might be too hard to use, the cost of an implant will not be too hard for an average person to manage. The cost of dental implants can be impacted by this technology as the cost of dental implants is much lower than when x-rays are used to take care of the process that one has for making one’s teeth look their best.

The biggest point to see comes from how the CT scan is made without a great deal of radiation and is made with digital technology to get all readouts to work. This is much easier to use than what you might get elsewhere and can really add up to a fine look that fits in well with your home when you see how well it can be run as necessary. This should establish a great look when all points come along with this setup. It is a sensible solution that all patients can enjoy having.

The use of dental implant technology is a great point for all to see. This is a great type of technology that can really add a good look to one’s teeth if they are used with care. Patients who are interested in such implants will need to see how these are made with all sorts of fine looks to create better tones for all to have. If this is used properly then it should be rather easy to get the most out of whatever one wants.

Keep Your Site Current In Google’s Changing Landscape

In the race to make it to the coveted top ranking by search engines, web developers have invented clever but artificial shortcuts. SEO, at times, use spamming tactics to fool search engines into ranking a website higher than it deserves. These are the so-called unethical black hat tactics.

Google and other search engines as a result, regularly tweak their search algorithms. One of the highest impact updates began in February 2011, called the Panda update. The purpose of this was to identify and filter out sites that employ these tactics.

A Panda hit, as it’s commonly referred to, will result in not just a lower ranking at best, but penalties and even possible blacklisting by Google.

While the update was targeted at unethical sites, the list of victims also included top listed sites. This means that even the best sites are at risk from Panda.

Therefore, every SEO strategy must pay close attention to Panda. This is more so because, as Google rolls out regular updates, previously top ranked sites could plummet to the depth of rankings with the next update.

Which are the best SEO tips post panda? We shall focus on the most important ones:

1. Review your site’s content to make sure it contains high quality material that’s also relevant to the keyword search you are targeting. This is what Panda is primarily aimed at checking so it makes sense to start from there. This means everything from correcting spelling mistakes, outdated content, and keyword stuffing. Good content will also be shared more on social networks, increasing your rankings. This website is a comprehensive guide to trail cameras with some exceptionally high quality articles. You can see one of them here.

2. Increase the originality of your site. Panda detects the duplication of content in your site, material that is thin on facts, or contains copy paste material from other sources. Remove any content that is thin on useful material. You can also add more information to any pages that are not properly backed up.

3. Utilize Google’s Webmaster Tools. This allows you to correct other factors that may be wrong with your site e.g. broken URL links. This tool also allows you to see which of your pages are not indexed by the search engine. You can then add to them and make sure they have been indexed.

4. Pay attention to guidelines from Google Webmaster. It’s possible that your site is not up to date with them. You may then alter your site to full compliance.

5. Check your pages bounce rate. This happens when users get put off by bad or thin content and leave your site. Make corrections to those pages that have a high bounce rate. A good rule of thumb is to keep it under 50%. Remember the bounce rate may be due to many factors including outdated content. I found this website that provides such detailed information it has a bounce rate of less than 5%. It covers medical billing and coding salary statistics. You can see the example here.

6. Check your linking patterns. You can make use of the back link analysis tool and Google analytics to check keyword correlation and link value. Use of unnatural linking patterns will be detected by Panda at one point or another.

Utilizing these SEO tips, post panda should be an asset for improving your rankings rather than the pitfall it may turn out to be if ignored

What Is: Pay with a Tweet?

The value of people talking about your product far outweighs the money you get by selling it directly.

The concept is actually very simple: every time you use it, you tell all your twitter followers about the product.

By using Pay with a Tweet, you give people access to your product once they tweet or post about it.

It is the easiest and fastest way to go viral!

It is also the only payment system where users can pay with all major networks: Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

How Does It Work?

In a world where social networks are the new order, this system gives business people, authors, video & music producers among many others, an easy way to reach out to their audience.

The concept behind Pay with a Tweet is very simple.

A single button is installed on your website, and when a browser clicks on it, they get the chance to create a Tweet or a Facebook post about your content.

Here is how to go about it:
- Visit http://www.paywithatweet.com/ and click the “SELL FOR A TWEET” button
- Fill out the form
- Click the “Create my Button”
- Select which type of button that you’re going to use
- Copy the code and place it anywhere in your website

When visitors click the “Pay With a Tweet”, the system will access your social networks like twitter and Facebook among others.

Is this system ethical?

- Instead of accepting a direct offer for the goods, the buyer simply tweets the seller’s viral message to get the goods.

- From the seller’s perspective, offer-based payment providers are just one more alternative payment method.

- There is no actual money involved, but any payment system including social payment systems must involve moving money between people!

However, because Pay with a Tweet does not involve money, it is more of “Advertise with a Tweet.” All they do is to share the content with their networks on Twitter, Facebook, Xing or LinkedIn to access the content.

- When someone pays with a tweet, he or she will share with their friends using their social networks. Because it involves social interactions, some people feel that this system a great exchange for free stuff. Others feel like promoting something you have not seen is very risky.
Be the judge.

The Benefits of using Paying With a Tweet

- Users pay for a product with the value of their social network and not real cash. A single Tweet or Facebook from one user ends up viral when re-tweeted by the dozens of their network friends.

- It is very simple marketing strategy for sellers to increase leads and convert them to actual sales. You get to reach a wider market.

- Pay with a Tweet is free and simple to use, you can do it on your mobile or tablet.

- You can customize your button to fit your need. Form taste, logo size, font, background and colour, the choice is yours.

- Using the statistics tool, you can view where your content was shared, on what social network as well as the physical locations. This way, you get to analyse and monitor the performance of your campaigns.

- When a user pays for content with a tweet or post, you can recognize the user and save their identification. From then onwards, you will know when this user uses any of your Pay with a Tweet campaigns.

- As a business person, you have the possibility to recognize your users. When they pay for content with a tweet or Facebook post, you can save their identification.

From there, you will know when the user uses any of your Pay with a Tweet campaigns.

In Summary

All you have to do is to register your URL with Pay with a Tweet linking tweets to the digital content you want to sell.

Potential buyers will just click on the “Pay with a Tweet” and get access to the core digital products.

It is likely that a user develops a certain feeling that they are selling out and pimping a product to their network of friends.

The good thing is that in the end, they get something for free instead of having to pay for it for simply sending one tweet or post.

The Synergy of Technology and Home Exercise

I’ve always been into gadgets, ever since I could remember. If I were to have it my way, every item inside my home would be some sort gadget, even the couch. Not sure how, but I’d want it. My ideal home decorators would be Q from James Bond and Lucius Fox from Batman. Therefore, imagine my luck to be born in an era where technology is booming and every day there is an opportunity for me to find out about some new gadget and even test one out. The best part about it is that it never ceases to surprise me. Just when I think there is no area where modern technology can be implemented in a way that is has a useful purpose, a gadget or piece of hardware pops up to prove me wrong.

Home Exercise Tech

My latest surprise was to find that hi-tech has found its way to home workout machines. Of course, there is no machine that will help you buff up within minutes by using an app or clicking a button and you still have to do all the heavy lifting yourself, no pun intended, but with modern technology your workout can be more efficient, which means you will spend a little less time working out and achieve better results in the process.

I came across a website called Elliptical Machine Advice – you guessed it, all about elliptical home exercise machines! I had heard of elliptical trainers but never really paid them any attention. The website had detailed reviews and guides on all aspects of buying and using elliptical machines – very enlightening. Have a look at this video if you’ve never seen an elliptical in action before. After doing some additional research, I became well-informed about how ellipticals use technology to help you stay in shape.

I’m not much of a workout buff, but it’s the application that interests me. Most elliptical trainers nowadays have a central console unit which gathers various workout information and processes it. The data is then fed onto the LCD panel which informs the user about the numerous parameters of the workout. The console also allows you to choose from a large number of pre-set workout routines, which are designed based on the needs of the user.

Of course, the user is able to customize these parameters however they please. But, that’s not the only application of modern technology in elliptical trainers. The machine is also able to measure your heart rate, via heart rate monitors which are built into the handlebars of the trainer. Why is this so important? Well, the essence of every cardio workout is to burn fat, but what most people don’t know is that this only happens at a certain heart rate, which is unique for every person based on parameters like age, weight, body mass index and so on. So, your aim is to get spend as much time as you can in the fat-burning zone, and an elliptical trainer helps you achieve that.

This is just one example of how modern technology can help you save time and make whatever you are doing more streamlined and efficient. Because after all, technology is there to help us, not the other way around. The exciting bit is the fact that this is only the beginning, as there will surely be more innovations to come, and I for one can’t wait to see it happen. How about you?

Awesome Collection Of Interesting Tweets I Read On Twitter Recently

If you have not tried twitter, then you have no idea of everything that has been happening in the tech world. This is one site I never miss out for am always able to find short and smart analysis as well as interesting stories that are the talk of the world.

Why should you use twitter?

1. The world is tweeting

You cannot live isolated from the real world for the rest of your life. Regardless of how reserved you are it is always good to stay ahead of the news and learn what is trending on the social media platforms. Twitter is a fast and ubiquitous tool that the world is making good use of.

2. Trend setter

I love technology and I have been using it for a couple of years. It helps me run with the newly announced technology. It is a trend setter as it helps in sharing technological developments, for example in the medical world across the world.

3. Breaking news

With twitter, you will stay abreast of whatever is going on in the world. I subscribed to 24 hour news service which is for free where I get informed on everything in real time wherever I am.

4. Medical information

I remember one day I had a medical condition. My throat was congested and I did not know what to do. Twitter really helped me for i shared my grief with my followers and I was able to get chest congestion relief recommendations. My teeth were also de-colorized and I was able to learn about the best ways to whiten teeth from a dentist I followed.

I love going through other people tweets since I always get helpful and interesting information. Below is the collection of interesting Tweets I read on twitter this week:

1. Jonathan Glick Tweets (@jonathanglick)

“It is hard to know what I should feel when my tech community is angry about internet privacy instead of food and medication for the needy.”

2. Aaron Levie Tweets (@levie)

“We usually fear that technology will leave some people jobless, but we fail to think of the many job opportunities it will create.”

3. Glen Gilmore Tweets (@GlenGilmore)

“Currently, MIT can track heart rate as well as emotions via a wall with the use of Wi-Fi signals.”

“With the current fast advancement in technology, by 2020 there will be more than 26 smart devices for each human being. ”

4. Stem cells global tweets (@stemCellsGlobal)

“FINITI enhances telomerase, which is an enzyme needed to lengthen people’s short telomeres naturally.”

Try Twitter Today!

Twitter is obviously the place to be. It is a great place to keep you entertained and educated as well. Every minute I spend on twitter is worth it.

Fighting Hair Loss With A Laser Helmet

A recent study showed that balding men not only loose their hair, but their self-esteem as well. Women suffering hair loss experience the same decrease in self-confidence. These symptoms can eventually lead to depression and relationship problems. The California-based company Theradome now claim to have found a solution.

Hair loss is a common issue among men. According to this site about 70 percent of men and 40 percent of women will experience hair loss at some point in their life. And although there are some ways to fight the symptoms, a real cure for hair loss doesn´t exist yet.

A Helmet To Save Your Hair

The tool developed by Theradome, founded by former NASA scientist Tamim Hamid, is a helmet that uses cool laser beams to revert the decrease of hair follicles and to stop hair loss. The company claims that after regular use the helmet is able to double the number of hairs on your head.

The helmet is easy to use: just two 20-minute sessions per week should deliver significant results. The fist weeks are focused on preventing current hair loss. After about 28 weeks, or half a year, the hair should start growing again. The laser beams improve blood circulation in the hair follicles, stimulating micro-circulation and sell metabolism.

Theradome claims that with regular use for a maximum of 50 weeks, users of the laser beam helmet will have longer, stronger and healthier hair. After one year new hair will start to emerge and after a year or two a larger area of the head is covered with hair.

A major benefit of this self-treatment is that patients won´t have to visit a clinic and pay for expensive hair loss treatments like Finasteride, Minoxidil or surgical hair restoration procedure. Priced at $795 (600 euros), the hair restoration helmet is only a fraction of what other solutions cost.

Criticism

Since it launch, the hair restoration helmet has received mixed reactions. Although many experts confirm that the underlying scientific principles are accurate, they feel that the claims made in Theradome´s marketing material are too optimistic.

These claims included statements like “Proven to grow hair in 98 percent of users” and “100% Proven. 100% Easy. 100% Safe.”

The Electronic Retailing Self-Regulation Program (ERSP) recommended Theradome to backup their claims or include conditions, for example that Theradome is specifically intended for “females with female pattern hair loss on the Ludwig and Savin Hair Loss Scale I-II”.

Online readers also expressed their doubts. The fact that the model wearing the helmet did not seem to suffer from any type of hair loss was not very convincing. One reader wrote: “Where does the snake oil go?”

Rocket Science

Whether the helmet will be as effective as some of the other treatments on the market remains to be seen. However, I do find it encouraging that technologists are trying to solve the hair loss problem. This can only be a good thing.

How Technology Is Changing The Funeral Business

The funeral industry is among the many industries that have been influenced by rapid technological advances. Admittedly, to many people, it is simply impractical for technology to play a role after death. However, contrary to what most individuals believe, technology has a role to play both before and after one passes.

Many clients are constantly looking for new ways to pay tribute to their departed ones and this is where funeral directors step in. They are very much updated on the emerging trends in order to meet the expectations of their clients.

However, if any of the below pick your interest and you want it included in your funeral, then it would be a good idea to check with your funeral insurance plan to make sure you have enough coverage to pay for them.

Here are some of the funeral technologies that have changed the funeral business:

Webcasting

  • Who would have even thought that one can be part of funeral distant miles away through the use of webcasting system? Absolutely none. Some people could be distant miles away when they lose their beloved ones and thus may not be in a position to attend the funeral services. In some situations, people can be ill or even may be committed somewhere and may not be able to attend a funeral service. Thanks to webcasting for it has turned the impossibilities into possibilities.
  • Webcasting allows people to view the funeral process regardless of the distance, on smartphones, computers and even tablets through a secure password access. The best part is that webcasting allows for recording of funeral events and thus funerals can be later viewed by those who missed or as and when need arises.

Social media and web memorials

Web memorial refers to text based memorials usually posted on online memorial sites. In fact, some web memorials enables mourners to post their messages meant for deceased, light candles and even upload video and photo tributes online. This can be viewed as something that provides a positive grieving process by enabling people to express their emotions.

If there is anything that has tried to prove that grieve is not restricted to physical locations, then it is web memorial. Some companies have actually gone an extra step by developing QR Codes which when scanned will take you to a web memorial.

What you do not know is that this new mourning style first started on social platforms like Facebook. As a matter of fact, social media has transformed today’s funeral experience evidenced by the way people communicate about the loss of loved ones.

Today, funeral homes are rapidly partnering with web memorials and taking into consideration social media in their business strategy.

Digital registries

Due to the need to have digital memorial guest books, smartphones apps have been made. Usually, this allows for the printing of customizable thank you cards from the data entered by the guests. Better still, they can be used as a pre-need generator.

Funeral business tools

When it comes to funeral business tools, technologies like online document storage, funeral arrangement software and answering services have simplified the lives of funeral directors. Funeral homes also have access to business solutions incorporating the planning of funerals, to organizing webcasts, to floral orders. Basically, these tools automate client data and everyday processes and this has contributed to the increased efficiency of funeral homes.

No doubt that technology is transforming the funeral business. It has made what previously seemed impossible very much possible as evidenced by the above discussed points.

How to Connect with Twitter While Hiking in Remote Areas

If you’d love to stay connected to the social media platform that is known as Twitter, even when you’re hiking in remote areas, you need to know how to achieve this goal. Staying in the Twitter loop is possible, even when you’re way out in the wilderness. However, you will likely need to invest in some new hardware in order to give your smart phone the capability to access Twitter and other online interfaces. Now, let’s talk about some of the best ways to make this goal a reality…

Find the Right Hardware

There are hardware devices which are specially designed to make it simple to log on to the Internet via your smart phone, even when you’re technically “off the grid”. For example, the Bluetooth-enabled Spot Connect device offers hikers the power and portability that they are looking for, without being too expensive.

This device gives users access to a global satellite network, which provides worldwide accessibility. You may find out more about the device at the official Spot Connect website. Other manufacturers may also offer similar products, so do shop around in order to access the best features for your needs.

Another option is contacting your online service provider in order to enquire about the online capability in areas where you may be hiking. Chances are good that your online service provider, such as your mobile phone company, will be able to offer you tips on which accessories, such as hardware, will facilitate the process of being able to access an Internet connection. So, do not hesitate to reach out when you need help.

Play It Safe While You’re Hiking

In order to hike in remote areas, you must plan carefully in order to stay safe. This means accessing the right hardware for staying in the Internet loop, while also ensuring that you have the right gear. For example, never go hiking without the right hiking boots, as you won’t have the stability that you need without proper footwear. In addition, without hiking boots that fit well, you may develop terrible blisters.

So, give some thought to your choice of hiking boots before you plan your next outing. By doing so, you’ll be able to enjoy a more comfortable and safe hike. In fact, in terms of spending money, finding the right hardware for staying online and choosing the right hiking boots should be budget priorities. You can find many good resources online to help choose the best hiking boots for your needs.

Now that you know more about how to stay connected to Twitter while you’re online, you’ll be ready to make the most of your next outdoor adventure. By selecting the right products for the task, you’ll be primed to access a Web connection, no matter where you are.

Once you’ve made the decision to stay wired to the Web during your hike and acquired the right hardware for the job, you’ll be able to feel safe and secure as you enjoy your time outside. In addition, you’ll be able to post photos and tweets whenever you wish, even when you’re way out in the middle of nowhere.

How To Use Social Media to Grow Your Online Business

There are no guarantees of profitability with social media, but there really is tremendous potential for it. What do you want to do, and what do you need are the questions you must ask yourself before jumping into the middle of the social media fray. We know you are an action taker, so absorb the following discussion on this timely marketing topic and make something good happen.

If you use the optimal tools and methods, you can realize there is a multiplying effect with many things you do at social sites. There are so many sources of information and knowledge, and just like elsewhere, taking come cues from what other businesses do can be a good way to get great ideas. Business networking is still a powerful vehicle. You never know what could result when you network with businesses, but it is possible to learn from them.

So if you can get to know them, they can prove to be a great help. You can learn quite a bit from subscribing to their lists, though and that will give you a front row seat to their marketing strategies. Do not be shy about posting intelligent comments about what they do when they talk to their audience. Perhaps the most significant requirement is for you to actually execute your plan of action, and do not expect overnight results for everything you attempt; it doesn’t work like that. We have seen many abandoned campaigns and read about high hopes bang dashed at the first signs of trouble. The wind went out of the sails because they failed to understand the basic principles of that is needed from them.

Even if things are a bit slow in the beginning, it doesn’t really matter because as you move ahead, they will catch up, as long as you are persistent, so stick with it and focus on niche orientated sites which you can continually add relevant content to over time. For example, if you were to build a site around rifle scopes such as this site, make your site entirely about rifle scopes so as to grow as an authority site about that subject matter. The same can be said for the gun safe site, shown here, which is an example of a highly targeted sub niche site.

If you’re focused on leveraging social media for your business then the content that you generate is really important. The requirements for content have not changed, though, and it still has to be the best you can produce. Real SEO will greatly benefit you if, for example, you are publishing your article content on your Facebook fan page. Without using good content, making effective social media for your business is going to be nigh on impossible because at the end of the day it’s the people who are going to actually read your content. If they don’t like it then it would be of no use getting it ranked. Effective communications always start from a position of authority with knowledge and understanding and so then we get back to doing effective market research.

Social media can be very powerful and effective only if you have the patience and dedication to see it through. Social marketing is definitely a long-term, strategic approach that can give you excellent results on down the road.

Everybody is Social: Creating Lasik Perfect Vision for your Social Media

Social media is the buzzword on everybody’s tongue. It’s the latest and greatest trend in marketing – maybe one of the most powerful marketing tools ever developed.

However, as with all things, once the potential for social media was recognized, everybody got in on the game. Now, it’s to the point where we almost need social media to help us understand social media. After all, you can choose between Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, 500px, Tumblr, Reddit and any number of other platforms from which to send out your messages.

Sometimes the choices for social media platforms are more obvious than others. If you are a photographer, you want to have a Flickr account to share your work with other photographers. If you are a writer, you need a blog and Twitter is a great way to share new posts and samples of your writing. Writers and photographers are accustomed to showing their work to others and promoting themselves.

What do you do if you are in a field that is less naturally social? In areas that have traditionally relied more heavily on uni-directional advertising the entrance in to social media can be confusing and intimidating. Let’s say you are a plastic surgeon – what do you tweet about? If you specialize in bariatric surgery, are there photos you really want to put on Flickr? Should you post a video on Youtube of someone in your office performing surgery?

This is something you have to think about carefully not only because of all kinds of patient privacy issues but also because if your specialty is medicine, then it probably isn’t ALSO marketing. Yes you can use Facebook and other social media platforms for free without assistance, but as is so often the case, you get what you pay for. Social media is time consuming and if it isn’t done well, it’s simply a waste. Realizing this, a number of companies have sprung up that offer social media consultation and management services – especially for fields that do not typically rely on graphic design or marketing skill sets.

To pick an example, there is Ceatus, one such group among many. They focus on helping ophthalmologists make connections through social media platforms – and not just with each other, but also with patients. They have worked with a number of Lasik specialists and so have developed a level of expertise in the language of the field and combine that with an understanding of the ways in which people look for information. After all, you don’t want to be posting about the inner workings of the eye in your posts when most people are really just looking for information about the costs of lasik surgery. Then, knowing that is the most often searched for piece of information, Ceatus creates a marketing campaign in which that key phrase is built into the message so that the people looking for your information are more likely to find it. One Facebook message from a client of Ceatus and a Lasik provider reads:

“Congratulations Kevin, this year’s FREE LASIK winner!!!!!! Make sure you book your consultation to take 50% off YOUR LASIK procedure.”

By using the kinds of phrases that people search or that are similar to their searches and designed to catch their attention, Ceatus targets social media so that it isn’t just being dispersed into the atmosphere to be lost forever.

I expect to see more and more of these kinds of companies opening up to help specialists reach targeted audiences who are already looking for their services but may not be able to find them among the masses of information available on the web. This is an area for people with expertise in web development to provide much needed services – pick an industry to work with, you’ll probably find yourself in high demand.

If not, make sure you are using your social media to advertise!