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Why You Should Be On Twitter…

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Twitter has become very fascinating to me lately.  It has just completely exploded in growth and with a very simple concept, they’ve managed to provide a lot of different usages for the service.

I’m assuming you’re already familiar with what Twitter is, so I won’t bother explaining it to the 6 people on the planet who don’t know what it is.

While most people are confused as to the value of Twitter, you should know that it is more than people sharing what they ate for lunch or that they’re sitting on the toilet (probably guilty of both).  Here are a few of the ways I utilize this service…

  • Learn About Trends On The Internet – I personally use TweetDeck on my laptop and my phone.  Their service includes a link to the site TwitScoop which basically tells you what the most popular topics or keywords are at that moment on Twitter.  This can be incredibly powerful to see current trends and buzz on the internet.  On several occasions, I’ve learned about breaking news before it was listed on major websites or news channels because so many people were talking about it on Twitter.
  • Connect With Like-Minded People – I use Twitter to keep connected with several people in my same profession.  I talk with other speakers, educators, and others who work with students.  To find people you’d be interested in following and connecting with, use the Twitter Search tool.
  • Links To Content – A lot of people use Twitter to share websites, articles, or videos online that they’ve found valuable.  If you found a piece of content interesting, more than likely, someone following you may find it helpful as well.
  • Peak Behind The Curtain Of Other Peoples’ Lives – Twitter gives you quick glances and snapshots into other peoples’ worlds.  You may have heard about the growing number of celebrities that use Twitter.  Depending on how they use it, I think this can be very smart for them, because Twitter has the ability to humanize people.  Celebrities or people you look up to and respect can share little glimpses into what’s going on in their lives.

Feel free to follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/grantbaldwin.

Do you use Twitter? What do you like about it?

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I Figured Out How To Fix The Economy…But I Need Your Help

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Have no fear, I know how to fix the economy.  Better yet, I know who can fix the economy. 

It’s not the President, Congress, or Oprah.  And no it isn’t Superman, Wonder Woman, or even Chuck Norris (who of course is in a league of his own). 

The person who is going to help fix the economy is….(wait for it)….(drum roll)…

YOU!

That’s not a typo.  You can help the economy (and you can prevent forest fires as well just so you know). 

Sure the economy is in rough shape because of a variety of different factors but if you and I each figured out how to handle our money better, maybe, just maybe, things would begin to improve.  So where do you go to find the knowledge that you need? 

Enter BrokePiggy.com.

We’re launching a brand new site to help students find the answers they’re looking for regarding savings, investing, personal finance, and all things money.  Each day, we’ll be answering a different question submitted by a student on subjects such as budgets, scholarships, credit cards, debt, insurance, living on your own, taxes, and so much more.

So stop what you’re doing, do not pass GO, and head straight over to BrokePiggy.com.  Browse around the site, check out the How To Use This Site page, and don’t forget to register for your chance to win $100!   

I thank you.  Chuck Norris thanks you.  And so does MacGyver and MacGruber. 

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In Case You’re Bored This Weekend…Episode 10

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Here’s your weekly dose of interesting websites, blog posts, and articles for you to check out…

Websites:

  • Unfortunately, I don’t have any new or exciting websites that have come across my radar lately.  Got any you would recommend?

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In Case You’re Bored This Weekend…Episode 9

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Here’s your weekly dose of interesting websites, blog posts, and articles for you to check out…

Websites:

  • Beat My Price – Before you buy your next gadget or gizmo, look up the price online with this site.  Touted as a new way to find low prices…
  • ING Compare Me – Ever wonder how your salary stacks up to your peers?  This site will give you an idea of how you’re doing.
  • ScanMyPhotos.com – If you’ve got tons of old pictures you need to get digitized, check out this website. 
  • MeritAid.com - Merit-based scholarship awards at individual colleges. 

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In Case You’re Bored This Weekend…Episode 8

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Here’s your weekly dose of interesting websites, blog posts, and articles for you to check out…

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In Case You’re Bored This Weekend…Episode 7

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Here’s your weekly dose of interesting websites, blog posts, and articles for you to check out…
Websites:

  • If you’re a college student on a tight budget, here are some websites for finding textbooks: Valore Books, Big Words, & Chegg.  I came across this list in this month’s issue of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine.
  • Where’s George – If you haven’t seen this, you need to play with it sometime.  You can basically track individual dollar bills by their serial number and see where money goes.  Very fascinating how money travels…
  • GradeFund – Basically a community-based site where you can get people to sponsor you to get good grades.  Interesting concept…

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Sorry for the light load of links but with lots of travel right now, I haven’t caught up on all my blog reading…

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In Case You’re Bored This Weekend…Episode 6

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Here’s your weekly dose of interesting websites, blog posts, and articles for you to check out…

Websites:

  • Pandora - I may be late to the party on using this service, but it is a sweet internet radio program.  You can basically create customized radio stations based on artists or songs you like.  And best of all…it’s FREE!  It doesn’t hurt that there is an iPhone app as well.
  • Fonolo – Ever had this experience…you need to call customer service about something but you play this game: Press 2…hold…Press 5….hold…Press 1….hold…ok, you get the idea.  This service lets you not only bypass the “phone tree” of several major customer service 800 numbers, but they also get them on the phone for you.
  • Rescue Time – I just started using this, so I’m interested to see if it’s valuable.  I spend the bulk of my day on my computer and occasionally my ADD creeps up, and I start drifting away to other programs or applications.  This free service tracks what programs you spend your time on and gives you feedback about where you’re wasting time. 
  • CreditKarma – This is the first actual free service that you can see a ballpark figure of your credit score.  Most “free” services get you your credit score for free after you pay for their program.  With CreditKarma, you don’t enter any credit card info, and it’s totally free.  I knew my credit score and tried this for comparison, and it was actually pretty accurate. 

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In Case You’re Bored This Weekend…Episode 5

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Here’s your weekly dose of interesting websites, blog posts, and articles for you to check out…

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In Case You’re Bored This Weekend…Episode 4

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Here’s your weekly dose of interesting websites, blog posts, and articles for you to check out…

Websites:

  • HeyJosh.comThis site is from a speaker friend of mine, Josh Shipp.  Josh is the “Dear Abby” of the digital generation, so if you’re a student looking for advice, go check out this site right now.  Do not pass go.  And if you collect $200, give it to me.
  • OwnerIQ.net – You know those stacks of old user’s manuals you have for every product under the sun.  This site catalogs and categorizes user manuals for just about any product. 

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Sorry for a light load of links this week but preparation for vacation with my wife was more important than finding more links! 

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In Case You’re Bored This Weekend…Episode 3

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Here’s your weekly dose of interesting websites, blog posts, and articles for you to check out…

Websites:

  • Google Earth 5.0If you haven’t fiddled with Google Earth before, you’re missing out.  But a few weeks ago, they came out with the latest edition, which has some incredible features such as historical imagery from around the globe, ocean floor images, and audio touring of various locations.
  • LeechBlock – This is a Firefox add-on that helps block you from distracting websites while you’re trying to work.  If you’re even remotely ADD (like me), this will help you stay focused.
  • KeepMeOut – Same idea as the Firefox add-on above.
  • Carbonite – This is the online tool I use to backup all my computer files.  I know there are plenty of choices out there but this is my program of choice.

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