Do you still think social media is a fad?

EasyJet Wants to Sell Flights on Facebook: http://bit.ly/amJkGM

Posterous Adds Dead-Simple Custom Domain Registration

Posterous Adds Dead-Simple Custom Domain Registration

Good option if you do not want to deal with domain registrars!

Posterous Adds Dead-Simple Custom Domain Registration
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Eyes on Roanoke

During a RE BarCamp in Lynchburg in 2009, I met Kathy Bibb, @kbibb, a Realtor from Roanoke.  Several months later I reconnected with Kathy during one of our local Meetup 2.0 Meetings and discovered that she intended to launch a blog.I met with Kathy soon thereafter to discuss her blog or as she described it in an email, her project!  I wasn’t sure what to expect since I have spoken with several bloggers that want to launch a blog, but haven’t researched why they want to do it, what their target market is or if they are ready to continuously update the site.   Fortunately, Kathy had done her homework!  She came to our meeting with a manila folder 2 inches thick of post titles and ideas as well as a vision of what she wanted the blog to look like; this was impressive.The result of her hard work is Eyes on Roanoke.  This is the stated purpose of her site:Whether you are a Roanoker or just thinking about moving to our beautiful Valley,  I hope you will find Eyes On Roanoke a valuable resource.  You will find links to area municipalities and schools, current happenings and those about to occur, some humor, some useful info and some thoughts and information about real estate in the Roanoke Valley.  I want to create a place for you, dear reader, to come when you want some good information and a little entertainment.  I welcome your comments and suggestions and if you have an idea or an article you would like to see posted,  please let me know.You can also become a Fan of EyesonRoanoke on Facebook.I encourage you to check out Eyes on Roanoke and help spread the word about this site.  It is a valuable resource for people that live in the Roanoke Valley, families or individuals that may want to move here or for people that want to know more about our region.Full disclosure:  I worked with Kathy to help her set up her blog/website.

Why Your Brand Needs to Be on Facebook Now….YES!

Are you on Facebook? Is your brand on Facebook? It should be!!

Why Your Brand Needs to Be on Facebook Now: http://bit.ly/9sTbG7

The Future Newsroom

To the traditional news outlets that are using social media to “push” information to us with no interaction; you may want to rethink that approach…

The Future Newsroom: Lean, Open and Social Media-Savvy: http://bit.ly/9l2gAY

Twitter Reduces Spam

This is a very good thing!!

Twitter Reduces Spam to 1% of Tweets: http://bit.ly/dquDhE

Things I Can’t Live Without

Inspired by my good friend Rob Cairns, @RobCairns on Twitter; I am putting out my list of three things I Can’t Live Without. As Rob mentioned in his post, this is an updated version of what you would take on a desert island if you had the choice.

1. My iPhone – It is my connection to the world through social media as well as the applications I use to update my websites, blog, calendar, etc. It truly is a mini computer that also contains my music and videos.

2. My MacBook Pro – If you haven’t guessed by now, I am a Mac person, and the MB Pro is my tool of choice for computing for a multitude of reasons. Ease of use, portable, and oh yeah, it just works.
3. My sunglasses – you can never be too careful with your eyes! There are too many beautiful sites and people in the world and I do not want to take the chance of damaging my peepers :-)

As you will notice, there is no big screen TV or the creature comforts of home. Why? It’s simple, with my iPhone, my MB Pro and my shades, I can be comfortable most anywhere and I have the ability to work, communicate and be entertained.

What about you?

Donate Blood

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I attended a blood drive today sponsored by the Junior League of Roanoke Valley ( http://bit.ly/dcBWMfp ) to help out the American Red Cross.

Some interesting statistics from the Red Cross on blood needs:

??? Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
??? More than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day.
??? A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S. (2006).
??? The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
??? The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
??? The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
??? Sickle cell disease affects more than 80,000 people in the U.S., 98 percent of whom are African American. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
??? More than 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
??? A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood.

Find out more and discover how easy it is to donate in your area by visiting the Red Cross website: http://bit.ly/b50i0O

Firefox Aims to Make Your Social Life Easier

This IS exciting if you log in to multiple social sites when you first launch Firefox as your browser!

Anyone remember IE? Ha Ha

Firefox Account Manager Aims to Make Your Social Life Easier: http://bit.ly/cQuWpi

Thank you service members & the families

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I was at the Roanoke Regional Airport today and had the honor to watch several members of our United States Military check in and say goodbye to their loved ones. While trying not to stare and giving them the privacy they deserved, I watched several of the husbands and wives; boyfriends and girlfriends steal a few moments alone, away from others; just to spend a few more precious minutes face-to-face, arm in arm.

Thank you to the men and women that serve. We owe you a debt that we can never repay. A special thank you as well to the family members that tonight, are missing their loved ones more than ever.