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Forwarding from Hotmail: Someone made it easy!

Posted by Shannon O'Grady on December 21, 2008

The super clean and functional GetMail is BRILLIANT and a must have for anyone trying to forward their Hotmail to GMail

The super clean and functional GetMail is BRILLIANT and a must have for anyone trying to forward their Hotmail to GMail

So, I’m gonna admit something a little shocking: I just got a GMail account a few weeks ago. The only thing that held me back from getting one of these wonderful slices of internet storage heaven was the logistical issue of forwarding my Hotmail to GMail.

For those not in the know, Hotmail has a quirky system for getting you your mail that has become a bit antiquated. Hotmail doesn’t use the very standard POP3 servers that most everyone else uses, which lead to a major problem for GMail users looking to forward their old Hotmail to their new account. GMail simply can’t access your Hotmail because Hotmail doesn’t use POP3, and Hotmail doesn’t give you the tools to forward the mail from the Hotmail side of the equation.

Many people have been trying to solve this problem and since getting my GMail I’ve tried a few forwarding services. Most fizzle and fail pretty fast, or require cumbersome installation that forces the user to dust off old Command Window skills (C:\KILL_ME.EXE).

However, do not fear! I found a great little utility this morning that I am now in love with that is doing a PERFECT job of getting my old Hotmail into my snappy new GMail. The program, GetMail for Hotmail, operates in the background on your computer, shoveling your Hotmail to your Gmail while giving you the option to save the messages to your hard drive.

The setup was SUPER easy. Unzip, Install, Right Click the icon, input your mail settings (login info for your Hotmail and address to send the messages to) and BOOM, it’s done.

There are a few more advanced features in it for filtering spam, controlling message size, and setting how and when the program checks for messages. There aren’t a lot of techy aspects to this utility, but frankly, I like the clean functionality of it.

A simple utility to do a simple job. Love it. Grab it!

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Dreams do come true!

Posted by Shannon O'Grady on November 29, 2008

So I got this link sent to me and I felt I had to share.  I’m a fan of fighting games.  Have been for years.  I’ll admit that I’ve done my own poor impression of the famous lines from these games, shouting my share of “Hadoken!” and “Spinning Bird Kick” as well as “Get Over Here” and of course, “FINISH HIM!”  So imagine how happy I got when I saw this sound board featuring the voice of death, the ring announcer from Mortal Kombat.  And now I pass it on to you!  Enjoy!

Update: The embed code doesn’t seem to want to work so here’s the link!  MK Soundboard

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You’ll never believe this…

Posted by Shannon O'Grady on November 29, 2008

They Rick-Rolled the Macy’s Day Parade!  XD  That’s right, the internet trend of sending your friend a covert link to a YouTube video of Rick Astley sing Never Gonna Give You Up has been translated to real life when the entire viewing audience was Rick-Rolled as Astley appeared on the Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends float.  If there ever was proof that the internet is universally pervasive this is it!

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THEMES (omg!) for Gmail

Posted by Rod Leland on November 19, 2008

Google has just started rolling out a new feature in Gmail Labs that adds Theme support to gmail.  Many add-ons and plugins have added this feature previously and now google themselves have stepped up. For so, so, so many people who use gmail in the browser as an online web-app this is great news.  Hopefully Google will add a feature that allows user-submitted themes as well.  The rollout has already started but google tends to roll things out slowly to balance server load and detect bugs early on.  Check for the Themes tab under settings and if you dont have the setting yet, It should drop soon.   Some Samples Via Google:
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President of the Intertubes.

Posted by Rod Leland on November 7, 2008

“Undoubtedly Obama’s rise to the presidency will be studied for years to come as the textbook example of a new kind of electioneering driven by people and technology” -Ralph Benko, principal of the political consulting firm Capital City Partners, in Washington, D.C.

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Barack Obama is now officially the president-elect of the United States, and it’s certainly no accident. Obama drew the largest voter turnout in a century.  He managed to awaken voter demographics that were dormant for many, many terms. Yes, he’s a great speaker, yes his platform is solid, and yes he’s riding the wake of a 20% approval rating for the current republican president. But what really won him the election?  The Internet and social media tools.

It’s no coincidence that Obama’s team at campaign headquarters is packed full of ambitious 20-somethings.  These same 20-somethings understood that this election is completely different because for the first time the Internet was massively, fundamentally, important.

So, Obama has a great website. It’s easy to read and navigate with a standards-compliant, clean, functional design.  However, every candidate has a website nowadays.  Where the real differences start to come is in Obama’s use of the free online social media tools like YouTube and Twitter, Barack’s use of different communication methods for different demographics, and probably most importantly, the creation of his OWN SOCIAL NETWORK.

Let’s start with the free online social media tools.  Barack leveraged all the major pre-existing Internet staples and built huge followings within each. The important metrics (at election time):

125 THOUSAND Twitter Followers (the most of all twitter users, ever)
100 MILLION Youtube Views,
865 THOUSAND Myspace Friends,
and 2.6 MILLION Facebook supporters.

It should also be noted that Obama’s Youtube channel has close to 2000 videos and in the final days of the election new videos were being released at a rate of roughly one an hour.

I think those numbers speak for themselves.

These are tools a vast majority of us already use and love.  When we can show support for, and interact with our presidential candidate, it helps immensely to build personal brand.  It’s certainly very cool to “be friends” with Obama on MySpace or receive a Tweet from Obama thanking YOU for helping to elect him.  This is why building personal brand becomes so important to help with Obama’s message.  He wants to drive home the point that every single voter matters, and the use of social media re-enforces this.  These relatively simple, passive tools that can (and most likely are) run by members of Obama’s team help personally connect voters to their candidate.

Barack and his team also used individual communication methods to contact different demographics.  For the younger voters, text messages were the weapon of choice.  Appropriately, for the older demo, clearly-worded, short, concise emails were sent out.  The personalization of campaigning helped Obama reach each generation in the best way.  In past elections, a TV spot goes out to everyone watching TV, and it’s much tougher to customize your message for a specific set of people.

picture-8On to Obama’s own Social Network.  My.BarackObama.com launched in the middle of February and by the end of his campaign had 1.5 Million accounts.  The social network launched pretty much without bugs and feature-complete showing again, that Obama’s team was CRUSHING the web aspect of his campaign and know the do’s and don’ts.  Through this social network, Obama’s followers arranged their own rallies, meetups, and contributed a vast amount of money that helped fuel Obama’s campaign.

In another show of web prowess, just a single day after being named president-elect, Obama launched the Obama-Biden Transition Project (as the organization is legally known) under the domain Change.gov.  Obama and his team know that keeping their followers in the loop via the web is not optional anymore, and this new project is a perfect example of the fact that Obama is committed to pursuing this view not just in his campaign, but in his presidency as well.

(Props to Techpresident for the killer metrics.)

-Rod

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