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Opensource Goes Green DimDim hits the Scene!

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Written by Tom Cellie

I am ALL about social tools because I am ALL about community.  Maybe its my Italian upbringing, maybe its my passion for people but wherever the motivation comes from, I understand the value and power of making real connections with people. 

Recently I have been involved in launching a new web based business that will conduct transactions in 90 countries.  There are always obstacles when considering such a daunting endeavor and it requires a team of people working tirelessly to make that vision a reality.  I of course have been acquisitioned to champion the web content from site to streaming media and today I began a quest for the appropriate web conferencing solution.  I believe i have FOUND it.

Welcome to DimDim!
DimDim LogoVoted a top 100 finalist in CNET's 2009 webware awards, DimDim delivers a smart open source interface with NOTHING to download!  Invite up to 20 users free! 

I believe Dim Dim is a very solid offering based on open source with many wonderful features (like the widget that counts down to the time of your next conference and can be embedded anywhere).

Don't take my word for it, check DimDim out for yourself and watch the video!

 

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New Logo For The WNP Rescue Fund

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Written by Tom Cellie

One day I will make great logos, little by little I am learning.  Recently I have studied the art of leaving space and also grid theory as it relates to a website.  So much meta information is conveyed to the user in the spaces.  Or more accurately put, the amount of space on the stage conveys a feeling to the user and I am learning that you can manipulate the emotions just by how you have things spaced.

I am re-doing some graphics on the WNP site (I did not design the site, just the movies) and even though they started with a $65 dollar template that looked very appealing.  Once it cam time to make custom pages, they strayed away from the design rules established by the original artist and little by little, the look of their site lost it's crisp, deliberate feel.  This happened by introducing warm and hot colors and deforming certain elements by resizing etc.  So...I have little time to work as they are launched already, and WNP needed a logo for their fund raising Program.  In the interest of time and keeping with the theme of the site, I decided to keep the colors and fonts the same and went for a simple font driven theme.  I think it came out well.

 

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Great Webinar Desktop Sharing Solution called VYEW!

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Written by Tom Cellie

VyewI tried this out today and I really liked their interface.   I am not sure about how robust it is (as in how many users it will handle) but overall it is very USE-able.  Check out Vyew for yourself, it's really worth a look. Add a comment
   

Managing Multiple Twitter Accounts For Fun & Profit

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Written by Tom Cellie

split tweetI like tools that help productivity and even more I like it when those tools are free.  Today I found a free web based twitter profile manager that I thought was worth mentioning.  Using it, you can manage multiple Twitter accounts, and managing multiple Twitter accounts is just ONE way you can beat the 2000 follower cap that Twitter imposes.

Now managing and building multiple Twitter accounts may not be for you.  I myself am very into self branding and would prefer to focus on ONE profile but depending on your goals, it could be VERY beneficial, especially if you are promoting products from different industries or areas of focus.

Don't Listen To The Nay Sayers! 

Using mass follow tools is smart!  It saves time, it helps you target your list and in the end, I dont care what my ratio is of people im following compared to people following me.  After all, I'm not John Mayer.  What matters most is that I am building as targeted a list as possible and trust me when I say mass following is NOT without its share of effort. 

I am still reaching out and communicating to the people that intrigue me or that are relevent.  I AM building relationships, I am re-tweeting smart tweets, I am DM-ing smart people.  it's a regular social excercise in TwitterRama.  So...Use the mass folow tools and multiple profiles without guilt.  Just be sure you are putting out something positive, enhancing user experiences and giving as much as you can. In the end its ALL about the free flow of useful information and community and Mass following can help you build a strong thriving community fast!  Try Split Tweet today!

 How to Exceed 2000 Followers in Twitter from Tom Cellie on Vimeo.

 

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