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Written By: langdon on September 8, 2009 No Comment

Social Media  & Speech Recognition – IM+ to support Speech Recognition for Twitter & IM

Unlike some people, I love Twitter – follow me. Thing is, just about every time I get a chance to tweet, I can’t. Maybe my hands are covered in grease; maybe I just don’t want to come home from a long day of blogging and have to squeeze my thoughts into 140 characters with my iPhone’s made-for-babies keyboard.

Voice recognition Twitter apps are intriguing, but none of the major Twitter clients have it yet (as far as I know), and I’m just not hardcore enough to drop money on any apps that might offer voice-tweeting as its sole functionality. Fortunately, an already worthwhile app has come along and solved all my problems via upgrade.

IM+, is a pretty decent instant messaging app (which supports AIM, Yahoo, Twitter, Skype Chat, Facebook, Google Talk, Yahoo, and more), has just submitted a build which packs Voice Recognition for Twitter and IM as one of its major features. It’s not quite up yet, but I was fortunate enough to get a pre-release copy from my ex-boss that now works at Microsoft.

While we’ll have to wait to see if we’ll give the Voice Recognition the Seal of Approval, it doesn’t seem to stumble over my cousin’s mild accent. It seems to rely on a server to do the crunching, which introduces two caveats: it’s a bit slow, and it’s not free. That said, it’s only .99c a month – and if that means I can tweet without slathering my iPhone in grease, it might be worth it.

The future :

“100,000 years ago, humans started to speak so they could free up their hands. Is it going to happen again? I’d love to get rid of my keyboard…”

I wrote this sentence on Twitter, and got many comments back about how people hate interactive voice response (IVR) systems and speech recognition and how others can’t wait for the day that the technology improves.

In some […Click headline to read more!]

Written By: langdon on August 1, 2009 No Comment

Online Brand management is an important activity to adopt in your business and professional life. This post will outline some of the free tools available for monitoring your online brand & reputation. [… Click headline to read more!]

Written By: langdon on July 27, 2009 No Comment

How many friends do you have online? I’ve currently got hundreds of friends on facebook, Linkedin, and on twitter and smaller amounts on slideshare, last.fm, friendfeed, YouTube, and flickr. I’ve also got a few thousand followers who visit this blog every month.

Although most of my friends aren’t on all these platforms or even have as many “friends” as I do in each channel, some have many times more than me.

Can you really have 2,000 friends? Is it time to unfriend / unfollow all but your 150 best friends in each social media channel? […Click headline to read more!]

Written By: langdon on July 26, 2009 One Comment

Looking at my 300 subscriptions in my RSS feed, nearly half the blogs have either stopped posting or at least reduced their frequency. Although I wrote about 5 reasons why twitter is making many blogs irrelevant here, I think it would be a mistake for people to abandon their blog in favour of a micro-blog such as twitter or a feed aggregator such as friendfeed.

Given that the most important brand you ever work on should be your own, your blog should evolve to be more than an opinion site, but one that aggregates and presents your personal brand. [… Click headline to read more!]

Written By: langdon on July 26, 2009 No Comment

A funny thing has happened over the last six months – many of the blogs I’ve been following have gone silent while at the same time the amount of chatter on and about Twitter has been manic. I must admit, it’s often way easier to post a small sound bite with a link rather than spend an hour or two to write a full post on a topic. Twitter has a few inherent advantages over most blogs […Click headline to read more!]

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Written By: langdon on July 26, 2009 No Comment

Over the last few months the number of people I’m following and in return are following me has more than doubled.
Managing my following / follower ratio has become part of my weekly routine in order to keep my tweet streams more interesting and relevant for me. With that in mind, I’ve come up with 6 reasons why i won’t follow you back, or why I may unfollow you on twitter […Click headline to read more]

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Written By: langdon on May 15, 2008 No Comment

Just a week after congratulating our team for being the first in our client’s brand category for integrating facebook connect into a website, I discovered how incredibly easy it is to add the same functionality with Wordpress – the content management system (CMS) used to run this blog.
Within 15 minutes of finding this plug-in, I had converted this entire site to use this new application that will allow you to sign in using your twitter or facebook ID when making comments on any of my posts.

The benefit for you is that it becomes quicker to post comments. The benefit for me is that your comments can be shared with your own social graph on twitter or facebook – which will increase word of mouth on articles that you deem worthy of sharing. […Click headline to read more]

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