31 Mar

Are you a tagger, a filer or a searcher?

I have been re-introduced to our corporate Wiki.  It has been greatly aided by a speeding up of connection to the server hosting the Wiki and so I begun to wade through the various wiki areas.    One of particular interest to me is about email systems.

Wycliffe UK are in the midst of thrashing what to do with our email system and so i was reading up on Email usage, and folder set up/design and how to keep the inbox empty and things like that.

I read this GREAT article …

What sort of organiser are you?

Filers are people who have never been able to drop the habit of creating another folder so that they will know exactly where everything is at any moment. Filers though do have limitations. As the number of emails increase so proportionately do the number of folders to file them in. This can lead to difficulties when a message is sought from a cousin abroad offering you work and you cannot remember if it was filed in family, friends, travel, or work opportunities. Filing takes time, not just to file, but also to retrieve.

Searchers are people that do not like to have to think about what they do with things. They were once filers and got fed up. So now they throw everything into a corner and cleverly use filters and search tools to drag them out when they are needed. Searchers can use a number of tools depending on their platform. Mac users have had Spotlight for some time and now can add Google Desktop to their choice. PC users have had Google for a while, amongst other 3rd party programs and now have Vista´s search facility. There is one drawback with Searching and that is you have to remember the name of what you are searching for. This is where tagging is so useful.

Taggers are people who like to classify, but not file. That is they dump in corners but label whilst they dump. Taggers have a great time in that by tagging an email with add-ons such as Mail tags and Tagcity means they can collect similarly tagged mail in fresh and changing forms. If you have used del.icio.us then you will have experienced some of the power of this system.

Read more: “How to Organize Your Email: Are You a Filer, Searcher or Tagger? Clearing Your Inbox in 3 Steps” – http://e-mail.suite101.com/article.cfm/email_organisation#ixzz0BKQ0dsLM

28 Mar

Ghana launches Blackberry

Technology IS a wonderful thing!    Ghana has launched blackberry.  Now i have no idea if anyone that isn’t a rich expect or in government or head of banking ifs actually going to use it, BUT it could go 2 ways.

With the lack of normal phone masts in remote areas, mobile phone use grow very quickly as the industry decide it was cheaper and easier to erect mobile phone masts instead of running traditional land lines.   IF it could be made affordable, people would probably LOVE to be able to do their email on their phone instead of having to queue or wait at the local   Internet cafe with 3 old computers donate by a company in the USA who didn’t need them any more … (sorry for my cynicism).

The key is can they make it affordable….  lets be honest $650 for pre pay or $130 a month post pay … HAHAHAHAHAHA

Read full article here

18 Mar

New iPhone os

As my readers are well aware (both of them that is)  I have a love hate relationship with my iPhone.  ~I love the design, the apps, ~ I hate the lack of normal smart phone features.

HOWEVER

The new functions include cut, copy and paste, long demanded by iPhone users, picture messaging and an in-phone search feature, but not Flash video.

Read full article here

Not perfect yet, but a HUGE step in the right direction I feel!

16 Feb

WordPress for iPhpne

I have voiced my not quite satisfiedness with the iPhone. the more I use it, the more I discover its coolness. For example facebook app is great, but also discovered the Twitter app, which also integrates with my facebook status and also makes an appearance on this very blog. Suddenly a Twitter user. Also just found a wordpress app so I can now blog from my phones too!

Suddenly a bit happier with my iPhone!

20 Jan

Podcasts

I got the swanky new iPhone just before christmas,iPhone I have to admit, it didn’t live up to all the expectations.   Yes it is a great phone, yes you can play games on it, yes it has a big touch screen, but it is NOT a smart phone.   you can’t use it as a thumb drive, you can’t use it to store documents, you can read stuff, but only if it is an email attachment!  you certainly can’t edit anything.   Bummer. the app store is great, but you to get he good apps you need to spend the cash 🙁

HOWEVER.  iPhone has required getting used to itunes.  Not something i was excited about, BUT I have to admit it, VERY clever stuff.  you can get to the itunes store via you itunes software, it s all integrated with the web, a little scary for some.   in the store i discovered podcasts.   Having never had an mp3 player before never bothered me before, but now, oh my a whole new world has opened up to me.

For the un-iniciated out there a podcast, is basically a radio show that you download.   But loads of people who don’t have radio shows also produce them.  It’s like a free movie rental place for radio style programs.   I have found the radio 4 comedy show, very funny i have found worship central they do a monthly 30minutes cast … also John Piper, international author and speakers puts up his weekly sermons!!

What do you listen to via podcast?

14 Jan

Social media and me

I have been thinking, and to some extent been struggling with this for a while, this guys sums it ALL up for me in one swoop .. excellent!!!  I am young (ish) and don’t think about this stuff in the same way as many, and often feel frustrated about how we try an use it.  I appreciate very much a meeting i gatecrashed this morning with a few other folks talking about how can we use all this stuff for Wycliffe?  I came out encouraged that there were other people who thought like me after all!

All In: Diving Into Social Media

Mark 2: 22 “And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But New wine must be put into new wineskins.”

Follow me now – and please don’t take this as an exegisis of this Scripture passage. I’m chewing on something and honestly it’s still stirring in me, so you’re reading thoughts in development – kind of like me thinking out loud. If “new wine must be put into new wineskins”, I think new strategies and tools to reach, connect, engage and mobilize people must be employed with new mindsets.

The following is from my friend, Bill Seaver’s, MicroExplosion blog:

[…A lot of companies are considering trying some new marketing approaches these days. They have become enamored or curious about the new social media tools that are widely publicized and are trying to determine how it can work for them. This is a good spot to be in, but I’ve realized something is still missing. What’s missing is the appropriate mindset needed to use the social media tools, techniques, and stategies well. The old mindset won’t work with the new tools. They don’t mix. Seth Godin wrote an entire book about that called Meatball Sundae.

New marketing only works with the new mindset. Simply using the new tools with the old mindset won’t bring about the marketing change you need and want…]

read more

Thanks Eddie for passing this on

28 Nov

facebook and church

Just read a GREAT post about how to use facebook effectively,

fortunately i agree with it all lol.   I guess my churhc is trying it out withthe youth, but somehow they don’t connect with it.   To be hosnet it is becuase thye are an apethic ‘bunch of losers’.   as they would say …

Facebook and church 2

I’ve blogged on the subject of Facebook before,

Facebook and church
Facebook survey results
Is it the end for Facebook?

I know that people have mixed emotions when it comes to using it for their church. Based upon my previous research, observations and some personal reflections this is my opinion of how best to use Facebook as part of your church’s ministry.

Let’s start with the limitations of Facebook:
1 – Age: Facebook is mostly used by under 30s. OK there are some exceptions to this as a rule, but honestly, has this social networking thing really impacted your parents generation?

Read the rest at jouneyman’s blog.

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