Some time back, I wanted to search one of my own social network post. It was a resource I had shared and somehow I was not able to “google” it (again). I eventually found it – but it took me 15 odd minutes to scroll down to my twitter feed. It was NOT fun! And I thought to myself – there’s got to be a better way! And I thought – It’ll be great if I solve it for not just Twitter but all my social network activities that includes LinkedIn, Facebook Pages, Google+. So here’s couple of things thats working for me, I hope it helps someone out there too:
Now, before we begin when I say “Searchable” – I mean searchable by YOU (or a human being) and not necessarily search engines. But it turns out, both my ideas increase your chances of getting your social media activities Indexed! With that, Here are the ideas:
1) Syndicate your Social Network Activities (Posts/Images/Updates) to Tumblr/Blogger
I use IFTTT to syndicate my Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn activities to Blogger
2) Create a post about your social network activities on your blog:
Though Idea #2’s main goal is to keep my blog readers updated about my social network activities – But it also acts as a good way to make my social media posts “searchable”.
And remember I said earlier that the chances of your social network posts getting indexed by search engines increases? That’s because WordPress, Tumblr & Blogger’s posts are accessible by Google (unless you choose to block it). So that’s about it for this post. If you like the idea(s), please let me know! And if you have other ideas – also let me know, I am always looking for ways to make my social media activities easily searchable to me as well as for anyone else.
Let’s connect and converse on any of these people networks!
Marketing Department needs to create Targeted Mailing list.
What data do we need?
To create a Targeted mailing list – we’ll need a historical data-set of customer purchase history
What will we do with the data?
Based on the historical data-set, we’ll be able to find “patterns” in the past consumer behavior. E.g. A single male going to college living in Europe is likely to buy a bike. And the using these patterns – we would then classify NEW customers.
Technically, we’ll be using the classification method using the Microsoft’s decision Tree algorithm
Lately, I have been talking to few business folks who do their own data analysis in excel (2010) and sometimes they run into the excel 2010 limit of 1 million rows. And so when I hear that, I talk about Power Pivot and I talk about what It can do and what it cannot and they are just amazed that there’s a FREE add-in that will help them crunch more than 1 million rows!
“Without Stackoverflow, 50% of the developers cannot continue to be developers and without Google, 80% of the developers cannot even claim to be developers!”
Status update: “I just worked on a SQL Server 2012 Master Data Services Tutorial where I learned how to 1) create a new Model 2) Use MDS Excel Add – In to load entities to the model 3) use Master data manager web app 4) add a new member via MDM web app 5) And create a subscription view to retrieve entity members. if you want to do learn that: search for “SQL Server 2012 Developer Training kit“. Awesome resource!”
Though I have used Outlook as an email client for about couple of years now – I recently figured a nice way to convert “Emails” to “Tasks” in a Prioritized way. One way to think about emails is that it’s a mechanism via which others assign work to you. Some work may be more important than the other. Wouldn’t it nice to just take an email (that has some “to-do” work for you) and put in a Prioritized To-DO format? Yes? Turns out Outlook can do that for you! In this blog-post, I am going to show you how.
Here are the steps for Outlook 2010 (Desktop Version):
1. Select an Email. Drag it to the TASKS (in the bottom left corner of the navigation pane)
2. Now it will add the content of the email as the description of the Task and it will let you select:
3. And you’re done! you can do so for more than one emails – After you COMPLETE a task you can mark it complete.
4.When I get in the “work mode”, the first thing I see is my Task- List. If you want to see your Tasks:
Navigation Pane > Tasks section > Just select “Tasks” (and not To-DO list) to see the Tasks (you can sort it by subject, due date, categories)
5. Note this is similar to “flagging” an email and then assigning the follow up data to it. But I find Dragging the Email to Tasks and then setting the priority simpler.
So that’s about it. Do you use this feature? No? Would you use it? Also, Do share outlook tips with me – I am always looking for things that can make me more productive!
For all those who rely on their electronic calendar as much as I do – You know, that receiving a calendar file (.ics) for events/parties/online-meetings is very convenient! So as an organizer – next time, when you want to invite a bunch of people to an event – How about adding a calendar file (.ics) file in your email? People who got invited could just open and save “meeting details” stored in .ics file attached with your email. And once saved, their calendar would “remind” them about your event. Do you think it is useful? Yes? Great!
For this blog-post, I am going to show how you can do this via my favorite email client: Microsoft Outlook. Here are the steps for Outlook 2010:
1. Press “ctrl + 2″ to switch to calendar.
OR outlook > Bottom Left Corner > Calendar.
2. Select the calendar and click on NEW Appointment.
3. Enter Meeting Details. Select Date & Time.
Regarding Timezone: I just set it based on my timezone. If your recipients are in different timezone, Don’t worry – when they receive the file, it would show their timezone.
4. Save and close the appointment.
5. switch to calendar and select the appointment.
6. Go to file > Save As > save it as “.ics” file
You have the file now and This calendar file (.ics) is ready to be emailed/shared/downloaded!
If you are organizing online meetings, events, parties, talks, etc and need to invite people to it – next time, consider including an electronic calendar to it. And in this blog-post, you learned how to do it via Outlook. If you’re not using Outlook as your email client, sorry that the steps were not helpful but here’s the idea: Include electronic calendar files for the convenience of the prospective attendees!
Technical forums are places where you can sense that there’s a hope for humanity! No kidding. If you think about it, it’s a place where humans help each other out without expecting anything in return (in almost all cases), what I just said is a fact. So now if you agree that forums are a great place, How about contributing? So if you’re not contributing already, here are the five reasons that may prompt you to start contributing:
1. Help someone out.
2. Solve a real-world problem
@paras_doshi and also learn from the real life challenges that people are facing with a certain technology 😉
What do you think? If you are already contributing on technical forums – what motivates you? And if you’re not contributing already – what’s stopping you? And I believe that everyone knows about tons of things which others are interested in. You just need to find a place to share that!