Google Wins When Blackberry Fails

Full disclosure:  I am a Blackberry fan.  I’m also a fan of Google.

Thursday, Blackberry email was down for a good portion of the day in many areas of the country.  I was affected.  I turned my phone on around 6:15am EST and received about 5 messages.  I didn’t get another message pushed to my phone until 2:21pm.  And I was out of the office for most of that time.  Did I panic?  Of course not.

I run all of my emails through Gmail.  I love the spam protection.  And the search, and the filtering, and the muting, and the “cloudiness” of it all.  Google has a mobile app at m.google.com.  While I do not use the Gmail function in place of Blackberry’s “pushy” email… for days like Thursday, it sure does come in handy.  When I realized that that I wasn’t getting messages, I opened up the mobile Gmail and let the messages come to my Curve while Blackberry sorted out its email problem.

I didn’t miss a beat.  But I did complain on Twitter.  The complaint had no teeth, I really just did it for “shiggles.”

So, over the holidays set up your Gmail account. Then go to Settings, and walk through the steps of importing your various emails (up to 5) to your Gmail account.  It’s take a few minutes and is very simple.  Even if you don’t put it on your Blackberry, it serves as a great backup.  Google gives you so much storage (7400 MB), you never have to delete. It is so easy to find messages from last year.

Once again, a free service from Google saves the day. And that is priceless, when you are a networker on the go, miles away from the safety of your office and computer.

And have you looked into the new Google/Feedburner Socialize feature?

Now That’s Networking

I have to give one of my BNI Chapter 7 colleagues a shout out.  What she did at today’s meeting, while subtle, showed some real networking tenacity.

Let’s hear it for Adrienne Woods Blankley of Arent Fox LLC.

At today’s BNI meeting, she brought a guest.  The comedian Dread Archie.  Some weeks before, she referred this gentleman to me to discuss publicity.  He misdialed my number and left a message on someone else’s voicemail.  So we did not connect. And since she didn’t have his number to give out to me, she did the next best thing.  Actually, she did the best thing.  She invited him to a meeting.  She invited a creature of the night, a comedian… to a 7am breakfast meeting. In order to meet me. On a degree morning.

And he came.

And Adrienne is relatively new to the chapter (less than six months).  I’ve been in BNI for almost 12 years, and it probably took me 7 years before I took that kind of initiative…and I’m the King of this thing called networKING. Seriously, that kind of networking deserves to be talked about.

Good job Adrienne, and thanks for the referral.

Bill Sobel Presents “The Four Screens” Dec 17

This should be a good one, from the folks at Sobel Media.

Thursday, Dec 17
WHO: Bill Sobel “THE FOUR SCREENS: Everything you had no idea you needed to know but were afraid to ask!”
WHAT: What comes after television, the internet and mobile is what has been commonly referred to as the fourth screen. But what is the deal with all these screens. $20
WHERE: Time Warner Center /10 Columbus Circle/3rd Floor
WHEN: 07:30 AM to 09:30 AM
HOW: RSVP: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e2nd94ff50aa0450&oseq=a01mufkpbaw4t
DETAILS: What comes after television, the internet and mobile is what has been commonly referred to as the fourth screen. But what is the deal with all these screens. What are they, why are they important and what do we as producers, designers, technologists and marketers need to know?
The first screen: Traditional Broadcast and Cable Television
The second screen: Desktop, Laptop and computers
The third screen: Wireless and Mobile
The fourth screen: Digital out-of-home advertising seen everywhere from doctors offices and gas stations to taxis and hotels, movie theaters and places of worship (believe it or not)
Many of us grew up on the first screen, for the past 20 plus years we have been using computers as our second screen, and for the past few years the cel phone operators and content providers have been providing content directly to our smart phones. Now out of home advertising is changing the landscape once again. We have assembled a group of experts who will discuss this transition and talk of the impact from the standpoint of design, production, distribution, marketing and technology.
Panelists include:
Steve Ronson, EVP, AETN; Lance Podell, CEO, NextNewNetworks; Dana Spiegel, VP of Application Strategy and Development, Cathedral Partners; Michael Kogon, Founder and CEO, Definition 6
Moderated by Denise Oliver, Co-Founder, ShortFormTV
Location:
The Samsung Experience
Time Warner Center
NY, NY
Cost: $20

Thursday, Dec 17

WHO: Bill Sobel “THE FOUR SCREENS: Everything you had no idea you needed to know but were afraid to ask!”

WHAT: What comes after television, the internet and mobile is what has been commonly referred to as the fourth screen. But what is the deal with all these screens.

WHERE: Time Warner Center /10 Columbus Circle/3rd Floor

WHEN: 07:30 AM to 09:30 AM

HOW: RSVP, http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e2nd94ff50aa0450&oseq=a01mufkpbaw4t

DETAILS: What comes after television, the internet and mobile is what has been commonly referred to as the fourth screen. But what is the deal with all these screens. What are they, why are they important and what do we as producers, designers, technologists and marketers need to know?

The first screen: Traditional Broadcast and Cable Television

The second screen: Desktop, Laptop and computers

The third screen: Wireless and Mobile

The fourth screen: Digital out-of-home advertising seen everywhere from doctors offices and gas stations to taxis and hotels, movie theaters and places of worship (believe it or not)

Many of us grew up on the first screen, for the past 20 plus years we have been using computers as our second screen, and for the past few years the cel phone operators and content providers have been providing content directly to our smart phones. Now out of home advertising is changing the landscape once again. We have assembled a group of experts who will discuss this transition and talk of the impact from the standpoint of design, production, distribution, marketing and technology.

Panelists include:

Steve Ronson, EVP, AETN; Lance Podell, CEO, NextNewNetworks; Dana Spiegel, VP of Application Strategy and Development, Cathedral Partners; Michael Kogon, Founder and CEO, Definition 6

Moderated by Denise Oliver, Co-Founder, ShortFormTV

Location:

The Samsung Experience

Time Warner Center

NY, NY

Cost: $20

For more information or to RSVP, visit http://events.constantcontact.com/register/eventoeidk=a07e2nd94ff50aa0450&oseq=a01mufkpbaw4t

Google Wave Invites

Google Wave

Image via Wikipedia

I got a few Google Wave invites left, leave your email address in the comment secion and I will send them out until I run out.

I wanna thank Mo Riza (modomatic) for hooking me up with an invite last month.  Since I’m in the holiday spirit, I want to give and (gasp!) pay it forward.  Come get ’em!

SuperNodes Holiday Soiree @ B. Smith’s Restaurant 12/7

SuperNodes Holiday Party

It’s holiday time.  Come join SuperNodes for the year end party. We are at B. Smith’s again.  First Monday, December 7, from 6-10.

Oh yeah, and Rick Younger will be in the house.  Don’t miss.  You’ll wanna be able to say you knew him when (he’s gonna be in a Harrison Ford/Diane Keaton/Rachel McAdams film in 2010).

http://supernodes.ning.com