Google Groups Will No Longer Support Pages and Files Features

Google announced last month that they will be discontinuing the page and file features currently supported with their Google Groups functionality. Apparently, their goal is to improve customer experience by utilizing their other services for sharing and storing files, like Google Docs or Google Sites. Starting in January 2011, their groups won’t allow creating or editing any files or pages. You’ll want to export anything you are sharing within your Google Groups to another solution before February 2011 when they turn the features off. Luckily, they are allowing zip-download to make the process easier and faster. You’ll find the Google Groups original announcement...

Intuit Small Business Town Hall on Using Social Media

I am happy to say Intuit, makers of QuickBooks software, is continuing to improve. They are building their Small Business Community with town hall events, webinars, training, conferences, Ask the Expert events and more. This Thursday, June 25 at 9am PT (12pm ET), the Town Hall topic will be Using Social Media to Grow Your Business. Join Michelle Long, CPA and the following guests as they discuss how to use social media such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, for effective marketing. Scott Wilder – Small Business Group at Intuit Chris Kim – Senior Marketing Manager with Intuit Dante Layton – Owner of Dante Layton, Inc. Ruth Perryman – Owner of the QB Specialists Cost is free and there will be a Q&A session following the discussion. Hope you can make...

Networking In Person at IVAA

I recently attended the International Virtual Assistant Association live Summit in Montreal, Canada. What a fabulous experience, I had! First off I was able to visit a city I had never been to and that is always a treat. A group of us had the wonderful opportunity to take a bus tour of the city and that certainly was a highlight. I especially enjoyed overlooking the city and could image it a beautiful sight at night with the city lights and stars glowing. My favorite part of the trip was actually meeting and greeting others, in person, who absolutely understand what I do and the challenges I face working on my own. The blank stares of my husband are understandable when I begin speaking in techno-geek or trying to problem solve challenges with my business.It was a tough to commit the resources for attending but the networking and knowledge I gained was money very well spent. I met and networked with fabulous fellow VAs and opened doors of possibility. I came away recharged, solidifying the vision I have for my business. I highly recommend attending a live event with your professional organizations and networks. You will truly never be the same. [tags]networking, events, IVAA, kellywilliamsva, kelly williams, virtual...

The Importance of My Network

After several years of owning and operating my small bookkeeping business from home, I have to say the most important key to my success has been the value of my networks. Being connected with various virtual assistant organizations such as IVAA, VANetworking, and A Clayton’s Secretary, has given me the amazing opportunity to interact with seasoned industry veterans and fellow newbies, alike. The discussion forums are full of advice, resources, and answers to any question I can imagine. As a work at home professional, I realize how important it is to cultivate relationships bigger than myself. In reflection, if I had started my business today I would’ve been much smarter in my organization because of what I have learned. I still believe I am better off with the knowledge I’ve gained in trying different phone/fax services or online collaboration sites, for example. But the difference today is that I have confidence in the tools I use daily, and the benefit is that I am increasing my productivity. When reaching out to a network, it’s important to remember local organizations that can also provide support and knowledge on a more personal level. Our southern California VA group has monthly lunch meetings and the camaraderie that has been built is truly unmatched. Relationships will blossom and trust is developed. I am so thankful that our founder, Paula Farthing of Admin at Your Service, has stayed committed to this non-profit group. Just this week, I sought her advice about purchasing a new computer system. Her input is invaluable to me as is her willingness to stop what she is doing and offer...

My New Twitter Hashtag

I created my first hashtag on Twitter today. Of course I know this means nothing to those around me, but I felt like an innovator and was very excited  nonetheless. I decided to tweet a tip about the QuickBooks software I use and thought it would be nice to have a place to search for tips by other users as well. The Twitter hashtag allows you to basically mark the tweet with a hashmark and quick tag that becomes searchable, for example #QBTip. I was amazed that no one had created this particular tag yet considering all the tweets about various accounting software options. What makes this tagging so great? It is actually possible to search the tweets using Twitter’s own search feature, and subsequently through the search engines. This is a great way to create real-time conversations about a particular topic and follow them through RSS. I also use the popular hashtag #TCOT which stands for Top Conservatives on Twitter. Users can tweet about an event they are attending, too, and this is a wonderful way to connect with those you wouldn’t otherwise meet.  I’ve seen chats about the Super Bowl, the Inauguration, and even Girls Night Out #GNO which is extremely popular . There are a few male Tweeters that crash those chats, if you can believe it. We’ll see where my new hashtag leads. The cool news is that it was immediately noticed by Tweeters at Intuit. I can now look forward to their tips on how to better use my QuickBooks software. What Twitter conversations are you...

The Power of Social Networking For A Cause

If you ever doubted that one person can make a difference in our world, I’d like to show you how David Armano did just that last night. I was working late with my trusty Twitter companion by my side (my favorite social network), when the following post came out from an Australian fellow I follow: @problogger: I love when social media makes an impact like this and this on people’s lives David Armano, VP of Experience Design with Critical Mass, wrote a compelling post on his personal blog entitled “Please Help Us Help Daniela’s Family.” The purpose of which was to enlist us ALL to help a very brave woman, Daniela and her 3 precious children, move forward from domestic abuse. It really does take that one person to stand up for the cause, someone to take the lead for us. And then we feel empowered to stand with the cause and together we become a village. Many of us gave last night, far exceeding the original contribution goal, bonded to our cause. I’ve never been to David Armano’s  blog before and am truly amazed at the power Twitter has to virally spread the word. I am even more amazed at the compassionate responses from our community to help a stranger in need. We are living in difficult times and each one of us has our stories to tell, but we gave what we had to be part of a solution that is so much bigger than ourselves. It was extremely moving to visit David’s blog and refresh the screen to watch the ChipIn! counter grow. Thank you for...
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