How to Effectively Use Twitter Lists

Twitter is one of the fastest growing social media networks in the world. The social network reportedly has accumulated 645,750,000 members in their database. That is a lot of potential customers to interact with and market to, and the number is only growing. Your business can be exposed to customers that otherwise would have never found you.

A Twitter list is a personalized group of twitter users that is exclusive to just those users. You have the option to start your own lists or join lists built by other Twitter users. You can then view a specialized timeline of updates from only the members of the list you’ve created or joined. You cannot send a direct tweet to someone for just the list to see, this feature is for reading tweets only, not responding.

Use Twitter Lists

To create a list, you simply go to your lists page from two ways. Click on settings from the top right of the Twitter homepage or on your profile click lists. Click ‘create a list’ and type in some simple details about the list as well as its privacy settings. On a user’s profile, click settings and ‘add or remove from lists’.

Use Twitter Lists Effectively

Many businesses are a member of lists but don’t know how to create and use lists effectively to help their business and gain new customers. Learn how you can use Twitter Lists effectively.

List Your Suppliers

Your business purchases from and is subscribed to many other helpful businesses such as accounting software, office supplies, software, computer companies, and more. Twitter is an easy way to keep track of their updates and discounts. Look through your following list and add all of the businesses you regularly purchase from to a list entitled “Suppliers”. This will ensure you never miss their weekly specials, notice of company downtime, and more important information you may need from them.

List Your Competitors

Why would you want to know every move your competitor makes? To be one step ahead of them at all times. Let’s be honest your business follows other industry leaders in your niche. Start a list entitled the business niche you’re in. For example, if you’re a graphic designer, title your list “Graphic Designers”. This will help you stay updated with the latest industry trends, give your business marketing ideas from other businesses, and learn from leaders in your niche.

List Your Customers

After purchasing from you, many customers will follow you on Twitter to ensure you stay relevant in their mind. If this is the case, gather those customers together and create a list and call it “Customers”. You may not want to know all of their personal posts, but every once in a while a customer will post “I just got engaged!” and if you’re a graphic designer you can then email them congratulating on the engagement and let them know if they’re looking for a website, invitation design, etc. with the engagement, you’re available. This will show the customer you care about them and their wedding, and it’s the more likely you’ll hire them.

HOW TO: Check If An Email Address Actually Exists

Even though Internet is now ruled by a different kind of communication, we still rely on email for several reasons and yes it is also one of the most convenient way. But email address is not easy like Twitter and Facebook to authenticate, we cannot conform whether it is genuine or fake easily. I found out some useful tools to check whether an email address actually exits or not, you can see them below.

The tool I tried is Verify Email Address and it is quite awesome. This will be really useful for newbies. Just go to this site and enter your email address.

Email Address Verified

This means the email address is correct. They checked the email address syntax and also whether the mail server is working properly or not. So the email address “pradeep@slashsquare.org” is valid.

Email Address Verified
Email Address Verified

Email Address Is Not Valid

Here the information says the email address “asdfasd@slashsquare.org” was not created by the administrator, but has a mail server configured using Google Apps and the email syntax is correct. So the email address is not valid or available.

Email Address Given Is Not Valid
Email Address Given Is Not Valid

No MX Resource Records are Found

MX (Mail eXchange) Record is an entry in a domain name database that identifies the mail server that is responsible for handling e-mails for that domain name. Here the MX Resource Records are not found, so probably they might not have configured any mail server for sending and receiving mails. So any email address with “____@aasdjflasd.com” may not be valid.

No MX Records Found
No MX Records Found

Invalid Email Address Syntax

Normally an email address will look like “name@domainname.com”, but the one mentioned here is not, so obviously it is an invalid email address.

Email Syntax Wrong
Email Syntax Wrong

What Really Happens Behind?

These screenshots gave simple explanation, what really happens is quite geeky, you can check the process below.

Log:
MX record about slashsquare.org exists.
Connection succeeded to ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM SMTP.
220 mx.google.com ESMTP h3si178813obx.132
> HELO verify-email.org
250 mx.google.com at your service
> MAIL FROM:
=250 2.1.0 OK h3si178813obx.132
> RCPT TO: =250 2.1.5 OK h3si178813obx.132

Geeky? Simple Explanation Here.

1. First they get MX DNS records of the domain name to verify which mail server is used.

2. Then they check the mail server to see whether the username really exists.

3. After verifying with the email syntax and all, the results displayed.

That’s it, no big issues.

Meanwhile you can also check out similar tools like Verify Email Tool and Verify Email.

Do check this and give your opinion. Have you used any other tool for verifying email addresses? Kindly share them below.

Easy Way To Run Android Applications On Windows

Have you ever wondered, how would it feel like to play an Android game on a computer? If you ever wanted to try one, but the only thing that’s stopping you is a good emulator that can let you install and play it on your computer, today’s your lucky day.

BlueStacks is an application, or I must say a player for Windows, which can play Android application on your Windows machine. The installation is very simple and is just like any other Windows application. Just follow the on screen instruction to complete the setup.

BlueStacks comes with 10 preloaded applications comprising of some popular apps and games like Drag Racing, Talking Tom, Pulse, Alchemy, etc. If you are on a touch enabled display it will be more fun but mouse pointers does a decent task as well.

BlueStacks AppDrawer

Though the application runs on full screen, but I would advise you to keep the application in Windows mode. As the Android applications are designed to run on hand-held devices with limited resolution, some of you who have bigger screens, which support high resolution may find a bit of a tearing.

You can change the orientations with the button located at the bottom of the player. There’s is a setting/option button as well in the player so that you can use the application just as it would run on an Android device.

Running Talking Tom

Now, here’s a catch. As there’s no market in BlueStacks, you cannot download and install application directly. If you want to try out any of a non-default application using BlueStacks you must install the application on your Android device first.

You can now use BlueStacks Cloud Connect application to connect to your BlueStacks on your computer using and sync the needed application to the desktop player. Don’t forget to make a free BlueStacks account first.

BlueStacks Cloud Connect

My Verdict

As an Android is necessary to install new application in BlueStacks the application may not be that appealing to people who don’t have one yet. I personally use BlueStacks to play some Android games on PC and also to take screenshots while testing the app.

Don’t forget to share with us, the ideas you have in your mind.

HOW TO: Create Facebook Subscribe Button For Blogs

Finally Facebook Subscribe button is available for websites and blogs, which means you can enhance your subscribers count using your blogs. It also give the readers option to subscribe to contributors in one click. Earlier they Facebook launched “Send” button and it was a big success.

FB Subscribe Option

You can also embed this on respective author bio pages to easily get subscribed.

The Subscribe button for websites works just like the button on Facebook; once clicked the user will begin seeing the public posts of the person they have subscribed to in his or her News Feed. The subscribe action is also shared — allowing others to subscribe directly via the News Feed stories, and further increasing viral distribution.

Facebook Subscribe Button Versions

Replace your own Facebook username in the coding.

XFBML version, it uses the JavaScript SDK, and provides more versatility.

<fb:subscribe href=”https://www.facebook.com/hellboundbloggers” width=”450″></fb:subscribe>


For HTML5-compliant markup:

<div class=”fb-subscribe”
data-href=”https://www.facebook.com/hellboundbloggers” data-width=”450″>
</div>


Iframe version

<iframe src=”https://www.facebook.com/plugins/subscribe.php?
href=http://www.facebook.com/hellboundbloggers
&width=450&appId=APP_ID” scrolling=”no”
frameborder=”0″ style=”border:none; overflow:hidden; width:450px;”
allowTransparency=”true”>
</iframe>

For some profiles there seems to be a browser compatible problem, hope Facebook fixes it soon.

So have you created your Subscribe button? Does it have any impact with the help of your site?

HOW TO: Create Google+ Badge For Your Blog

Social media sites are great way to get direct updates from websites. Like Facebook pages, Google+ recently opened its ways for businesses and website owners to create pages for their websites so that users can add pages to their circles and get instant updates on their profile pages.

In order to add a Google+ badge to your blog or website, you first need to create a Google+ page for your blog or website. If you haven’t yet created a page then you can create it using this link.

Create a Google+ Badge

Follow the following steps to create a Google+ badge for your website.

  • Sign in to your Google+ profile and open this link in your browser.
  • Now copy the profile URL of your Google+ page and paste it in the given text field. Look at the following screenshot for reference.
  • Now choose style for your badge. You can choose from 5 available styles – Standard badge, Small badge, Small icon, Medium icon or Large icon.
  • Once you have selected the style, copy the code from end of the page and paste it in your site. There are two parts of the code. One part has to be pasted in head section and one part where you want the badge to appear.

That’s all to add a Google+ badge to your site. If you face any problems in this tutorial, you can leave your comments here.

This article is written by Simrandeep Singh, who is the owner of TheTemplateBank where users can submit and promote their Blogger Templates.

HOW TO: Create Your Own Disposable Chat Room

We all love to chat with people on-line especially in places like Facebook, Google Talk etc. But some times a need might arise to chat with some one discreetly without revealing your on-line identities, for example you have many followers on Twitter and you need to chat with one or many of them, without revealing your Facebook or GTalk or Skype Identities.

This can be done very easily with the help of a disposable chat room. Earlier we saw how to create Disposable Email Addresses, and now our solution to chatting problem is a web site/web app called Chatzy.

Shown below is the step by step procedure to use chatzy!

Step 1: Go to www.chatzy.com you will get the following page,

Chatzy Chat Room

Step 2: Once you are in the chatzy homepage enter your name and give some random name to your chat room, if required enter the email of the people you want to chat with else skip it and press create chat room, once its done successfully a chat room is generated as shown below.

Chatzy Chat

Step 3: Once you are inside your own chat room, copy the URL of the chat room as shown above.

Step 4: Share the URL with the person/people with whom you want to chat with.

Step 5: When people go to the URL, they are asked to type a nickname for themselves, and once the submit it VIOLA! they are added to the chat room and you can start chatting.


Other features of Chatzy

  • Mobile browser friendly version is available
  • You can delete your chat-rooms once your chats are over
  • You can clear the chat room
  • You can open multiple chat-rooms simultaneously
  • The best part is No registration or signing in or what so ever is required <3 <3 <3

Make the best use of the free resources at your disposal. Do you know any other cool services to create own chat room? Share your information on the comments below. 🙂

This article is written by A.Aswin Vayiravan. He is the founder of Tech Me More and author at axleration. If you wish to write for us, kindly check this.

8 Ways To Improve Security On Your Android Device

Android SecurityIt’s been several months since the discovery of DroidDream, the first large-scale virus Android. Since then, security in the mobile operating system Google has become a hot topic, especially for those reliant on phones that store lots of information both personal and professional. DroidDream buzzed up expectations users and pressed Google to put more attention to what was going on inside Market applications.

However we can not deny that the security of our phone should be a priority when it is not. Sometimes we forget that smartphones have constant access to the Internet and download anything that seems useful or fun from unidentified or authorized developers. Not only are we at risk of downloading malware, but also of losing information to outside parties. A few days ago we told about applications that may hijack your information and return payment.

So we put together this list with some tips that certainly the new Android users will find very useful. I know I have come to wonder when I bought my Android, because if there is something I do not think anyone is remotely accessible to our phone where, believe it or not, store important information that we have stored in any else.

  • 1. Set a password : As always, the most effective way to protect a device with a password. Depending on the Android model we are using, change the options for creating a password, but all these options are available through the Settings menu on the phone.There are several ways in addition to setting a digital form in particular to unlock the phone, even very useful if they steal the equipment. Once we have security enabled on the screen, we can move forward with the other security features.

    CHECK :

    1. Tips For Creating Secure And Strong Passwords
    2. Is Your Password Hackable? [INFOGRAPHIC]

  • 2. Encrypt passwords : Although it is best not to save passwords on phones, sometimes becomes inevitable. If we have a master password for all our services, do not save on the phone, it’s crazy. But if you do not have a choice, a good way to protect ourselves is through encrypted passwords. In addition, we also recommend that we delete the passwords entered in the browser in order to have more control over them. This can be done through the browser’s security settings Android.
  • 3. Read carefully the application order : Most likely is that we have installed many applications on your phone. The vast majority of people, trust, do not read the list of information you can access the application at the time of discharge. This is critical because while we may be downloading a legitimate application at any time can be compromised and any outsider can access our mobile data. It’s like reading the manual before using an electronic product: it can be boring, but it will save many problems in the future.
  • 4. Review the feedback from the community : The Android Market has many security problems in applications, but also has a large community dedicated to test them and comment on the site about what are the best and which are not worth it. There are also comments on the safety nourished, and if before downloading an application does not want to read the list of permissions, then we can read the comments on the application which have been left by other users who do have tried. We can save the evil drink.
  • 5. Install a security application : In the Market there are some applications that serve to increase the security of the phone. There are several, but I highly recommend my favorite Droidhunter because it has a very similar dynamic to the desktop antivirus. What makes Droidhunter is functioning as a virus inside the phone, handle interruptions, alerting, detection, and online services assets. In addition, threats aimed exclusively for Android, making it ideal.
  • 6. Market only download applications : There are several sites where you can download applications for Android. But to ensure the safety of the team is better than ever unload the Market. The truth is that if something is proven, verified and is legitimate, there is no reason why you could not download from Market. To be available in other ways just raises suspicions.
  • 7. Watch your operations in WiFi : WiFi on Android works the same way the computer works, do not know who is accessing the data we are sharing with the network. It is therefore essential to have an antivirus installed, but it is also advisable not to access sites that require information such as passwords or personal data, such as home banking services.
  • 8. Make a backup of your data : Make a backup on Android is simple, and it never hurts to have the information stored in an alternative location. With this is done with a frequency of two weeks to a month is more than good, not having to worry about it daily. If we lose the phone, being victims of theft or find our personal information compromised, have a backup is the solution. It’s very simple to do thanks to the facilities of Android, so no excuses for not having a backup of your phone on your computer.
  • This article is written by Asher ross. She is an Expert technical writer from UK with expertise in writing articles over Dedicated Server UK Mac OS, Apple, Mobile and UK Web hosting server technology. If you wish to write for us, kindly check this.

HOW TO: Manage A Successful Green Blog

Go GreenGreen blogs are one of those type of blogs that I personally tend to avoid – even though I’m a firm believer in the environment. Why? Because they can get very, very, (wait for it) very preachy. It’s like their proselytizing, and “green” is the new 21st century religion. Perhaps my biggest tip on managing a successful green blog is DON’T DO THAT. Write sensibly and work to inform people, not convert them. Getting on a soapbox or mounting a pulpit is not sensible for a blog you wish to maintain long into the future. It just isn’t a feasible track to keep up for a long period of time. Your readers get exhausted reading your preaching, and you get exhausted being so amped up writing it all the time.

For those of you considering starting a green oriented blog, take a look at these points and see if you agree. If you don’t, then maybe greening up the blogosphere just isn’t for you.

Practice What You “Preach”

I know I just said don’t preach on your blog – but it’s an idiom. Take it with a grain of salt. Anyway – if you are starting a green blog, don’t do it because you think it is the easiest blog to monetize. Do it because it is something that you’re passionate about – and prove it to your readers. Make the blog personal – when you recommend buying low flow shower heads for your home, talk about how you’re doing your best to kick the water hog of your family out of the shower after ten minutes of hot water, too.

Don’t just tell people what to do – show them what to do.

Talk About Action, Not Theory

Unless you’re an environmental scientist, don’t go into the nitty-gritty of chemical effects and blah, blah, blah, blah. See, I’m getting bored already and I’m writing it!

Focus on actionable, salient points when you write an article for your blog. Mention the theory behind whatever you’re advising, but focus on what people can actually do about it. So there is a hole in the ozone, what can I do about it? That article would be focused on the importance of wearing sunscreen – and perhaps not using hairspray so much, rather than the theory behind how the hole in the ozone occurs, and what it actually is.

Plus the theoretical meanings behind much of science is very term-heavy and can lead to a dull and monotonous read. You want to keep your readers engaged – make it interesting, and keep your personality.

Find Your Niche

Much like wedding blogs, green blogs have a lot of topics to cover. Do you want to talk about green cars? Green homes? Green urban life? Find a niche and a focus, because unless you’ve got something ground-breaking and extraordinary (or you’re an amazing writer with a great understanding of SEO, PR and advertising, plus a unique domain) you aren’t going to get found if you have a generalist “go green” blog. It just isn’t going to work, sorry.

As with anything, find what you’re passionate about and do it. If that happens to be making sure the world is around and intact in another 150 years, so be it.

HOW TO: Write A Successful Wedding Blog

Wedding BlogsWedding blogs are perhaps one of the most popular blog niches in the entirety of the blogosphere. But how do you stand out? (Or at least make a valiant attempt to?)

Make Them Remember You

This – this is perhaps the most important thing in any blogging venture, but can be do-or-die for competitive blog niches. There are a few ways to go about being memorable.

Have A Great Design

Blog design is extremely important. It’s the first thing that your potential audience sees when they land on your site, and while you can be memorable for a bad site design, wouldn’t you rather be remembered for a good one? Don’t just go with the template design in WordPress that is the “Wedding” design – how many other people have that same design? If you aren’t sure – the answer is…lots! Go for something different and unique. If you are seriously serious (seriously!) about wedding blogging and making at least somewhat of an income from it, well…you’re going to have to spring for a design. Which of course, should reflect…

Tone & Topic

One of the best ways to be memorable is to have a unique angle, which is a combination of your tone and a specific topic of a wedding to focus on – in such a competitive blog niche, narrower is better (in terms of your focus). Make your subject unique wedding cakes, and have a fun, interesting or humorous tone. Don’t just talk about “weddings” and have a monotonous tone and expect people to be engaged and interested about what you’re saying. Be excited, get involved!

Have Personality

Don’t be afraid to let your hair down or your wild side show. If you’re interesting and your tone and design and general angle reflect that, your audience will notice, sit up and pay attention. In other words…brand yourself, and maintain that image and voice throughout.

Be Dedicated

A blog is not something that you can start lightly, especially not within the sphere of weddings. This better be something you’re passionate about and willing to dedicate time to, or else you might want to reconsider what you’re venturing into. Make sure you really have a good chunk of time that you’re willing to spend on this blog every day. This isn’t a weekend venture, no blog is.

Be Approachable

Weddings are all about emotion – so it would make sense that a wedding blog has emotional appeal. Which means that you, as a wedding blog owner, need to create that pull. Be approachable to your audience, be open, and don’t be afraid to talk about your personal experiences. Understand that your own approachability is a part of the tone of your site, which is a part of your branding, which can be integral to your success or failure as a wedding blogger.

If the wedding world is something that you plan on venturing into, I hope that this advice is something that you carry with you and keep in mind when you begin.

This article is written by Nikki Farnsworth. She is a little girl at heart playing bride. She loves everything about weddings from rock’n’roll weddings to traditional ones.

HOW TO: Create An Android App With Zero Coding Skills [Screencast]

Its not too late we saw that Google acquired Motorola making this one of the biggest news ever but the biggest thing that we people get to see easily is that we would be getting the handset as well as the software from the same company now. As we all see this big step in the history of android, why not bloggers get to know how to build an Android app.

If you develop an Android app for your blog then it would be reaching more audience with the help of mobile phones as well as would be providing a brand image to your blog. The biggest question that one would be asking me right now is

Do I require Coding skills?

The answer is

No

Oh ya but you require a few clicks to get this thing done. You have to install no software or compiler or anything to do this task and its as easy as it can be done in a few minutes.

Wasn’t it easy? Still you have doubts.Please let me know in the comments section.