Happy New Year! More blessings, love, and happiness in 2017.
This article first appeared in 2014. It was written by Michael Gabriel L. Sumastre (TheFinestWriter.com) for SpreadItFast.com.
If traveling has always been your passion, you’d want to have what the Panasonic Lumix TZ40 has to offer. Equipped with state-of-the-art features, this digital camera is built to become your best travel buddy. It’s a small package that’s bursting with unbelievable photographic wonders.
Capture the feeling of your first plane ride with the Lumix TZ40’s 1080p full HD video recording feature. You will love to relive the excitement you felt when you finally set your eyes on your dream holiday destination. You’ll want to take in every detail of the buildings, the people, and all the interesting sights you see as you stroll along the bustling streets of New York. Use your camera’s 20x optical zoom to capture all the fine details of the majestic Statue of Liberty. Or take creative panorama shots of the jungle when you go on an African adventure with family and friends.
The Panasonic Lumix TZ40 has practically everything you need to freeze your travel memories into beautiful images. No matter where you go or what you do – ski all day or sunbathe and surf on the beach – your Lumix TZ40 will help you tell interesting stories of your every adventure. With its Wi-Fi connectivity, you’ll be able to instantly share your photos to everyone. And with the revolutionary GPS advantage, it’s easy for you to tag your location to your photos. This way, your friends will know how much fun you’ve been having. With your captivating photos, many will wish that they were traveling with you!
If you wish to go on a quiet adventure with your loved one, the Lumix TZ40 should be on top of your “to bring” list. You can take videos and photos with it, especially when you watch the setting sun together or when you go somewhere to experience the extraordinary. Take couple photos without any problems by using your smartphone and turning it into your camera’s remote control. With the Lumix TZ40, Panasonic went all out in ensuring your convenience and full enjoyment.
Raring to see the world but do not have a Lumix TZ40 yet? Getting one is quite easy. All you need to do is join the SpreadItFast: Capture the Camera Photo Competition on Facebook. The contest is open to all UK residents. Choose your best holiday photo and upload it on the Panasonic Lumix SpreadItFast Photo Contest Page on Facebook. Include a short description of your picture. The photo should show why you deserve to win a Lumix TZ40. Once your photo is uploaded, gather as many likes as you can from your Facebook friends. On August 2, the entries that garnered the most likes will win the Lumix TZ40. That’s all you need to do to travel the world in style.
With the Panasonic Lumix TZ40, traveling and seeing the many wonders of the world is within your reach. With just one click, you’ll tell a thousand and one beautiful stories that you will love to go back to time and again.
This article first appeared in 2014. It was written by Michael Gabriel L. Sumastre (TheFinestWriter.com) for SpreadItFast.com.
The Lumix TZ40 is not a code for a robot or any highly technical device. It’s actually one of Panasonic’s digital camera masterpieces. And it’s made for the adventurer and the traveller raring to go out and see the world.
Through the Panasonic Lumix TZ40 See the World video, we are introduced to a couple who goes on an adventure of a lifetime with their camera in tow. We see them as they hop off the plane, as they ski on icy slopes and as they walk through New York and marvel at the beauty of the Statue of Liberty. We travel with them to the jungle and even as they spend a relaxing day at the beach. All these we see through the lens of the Lumix TZ40.
With its 20x optical zoom, the Lumix TZ40 captures the finest detail of every scene you take. So when you take a photo of a lady walking by the beach, you’ll capture every bit of her beauty. You’ll see the sand sparkle when you take a photo of it while walking on the shore.
While walking along the streets of New York, get a 1080p full HD recording of all the interesting people and breath-taking sights that you see. Capture the Statue of Liberty in all its majestic glory by using the Lumix TZ40’s creative panorama feature. You won’t miss a single scene when you take wide shots of one of the world’s most popular tourist wonders.
If you’re in for some wildlife fun, bring your camera (and your loved one) to the jungle and bask in the beauty of nature. Take photos of your favourite animals as they roam around their natural habitat. Use your smartphone as a remote control to take photos of you and your companion. Just be sure the monkeys and eagles don’t get to your camera first!
Your family and friends will want to hear about all the fun you’re having on your holiday, so make use of the Lumix TZ40’s Wi-Fi capabilities to instantly share your photos. You can even tag your location to the photos so your friends will know which part of the world you are partying in at the moment!
The Panasonic Lumix TZ40 is a cool camera for everyone. You don‘t need to be an expert or technically skilled in order to take good photos and capture your world adventures. It’s a handy travel buddy that delivers the right message. It helps you tell a lot of exciting stories about your travels.
Here’s the most exciting part. You can have the Lumix TZ40 for FREE!
All you have to do is find your favourite holiday photos. Choose one that clearly shows why you deserve to win the TZ40. Prepare a short but captivating description about your photo and upload it on the Facebook page of the SpreadItFast: Capture the Camera Photo Competition, a contest open to all UK residents who love travelling and taking photos. Get your friends to like it. If you get the highest number of likes, you’ll win a Panasonic Lumix TZ40 on August 02. It’s the best way to start planning your next holiday adventure!
Travel with the Panasonic Lumix TZ40 and you’ll see the world in an entirely different, more beautiful and absolutely more exciting way!
This article first appeared in 2014. It was written by Michael Gabriel L. Sumastre (TheFinestWriter.com) for SpreadItFast.com.
Weekend adventures are always fun, especially if you go somewhere you’ve never been to. For the summer season, weekends mean donning your best swimwear and spending the whole day on the beach. Your choice of destination will depend on your definition of the ideal beach: pristine white sands, crystal blue waters and foamy white waves. A lot of people also love going to beaches with beautiful sunsets.
No matter which paradise you choose to go to for your next summer or holiday fun, it’s always been a tradition to carry around a handy camera. Taking photos of your travel buddy and yourself; and of all the exciting places you go to, are part of the fun. You don’t need an SLR with a lot of buttons and controls; you can go for a simple but good one, like the Panasonic Lumix TZ40.
The Lumix TZ40 is an excellent choice for weekend travellers. It’s easy to control and there are no complicated buttons or instructions that you need to follow. It has a lot of useful features, though, especially if your intention is to take photos that tell stories. Whether you go to the beach for some summer fun or go high up in the snowy slopes to ski in the winter months, the Lumix TZ40 will help you capture spectacular images that will make anyone imagine how splendid it would be to surf and sunbathe on the beach or to glide down the snow capped mountains on skis with you.
Each moment that you want to preserve will be captured by the Lumix TZ40’s 20x optical zoom feature. All the fine details of the crystal clear waters of the beach; or the immaculately white snow of the ski resort, will be framed by your Panasonic camera.
The Lumix TZ40 is perfect for any holiday destination. Whether you want to go a little rough by exploring the jungle or go for a relaxing stroll through the colourful streets of New York, your Panasonic camera will be a handy travel companion. You can take a 1080p full HD video of ordinary people doing extraordinary things; or you can go for a more creative option by taking a panoramic shot of the busy city streets. There’s always something interesting to shoot; there are always stories to tell wherever you choose to go.
If the Statue of Liberty is something you’ve always wanted to see, go and explore it! Instantly share this adventure with friends and family by taking advantage of the Lumix TZ40’s Wi-Fi capabilities and posting your photos online. You can also tag your location to your photos so people will know where you’re spending your weekend. Traveling alone won’t even be a problem; you can still have your photo taken by the Statue of Liberty – or by any other popular weekend destination site – by using your smartphone as a remote control for your camera. There’s probably a hundred or more possibilities of capturing every worthy weekend moment with your Panasonic Lumix TZ40. First, however, you need to get one for yourself.
By joining the SpreadItFast: Capture the Camera Photo Competition for UK residents on Facebook, you’ll get a chance to own a Lumix TZ40 for free! You simply have to choose your best vacation or holiday photo, upload it on the contest page on Facebook, include a description of the picture saying why you deserve to win the competition and ask many (or all!) of your friends to like it. On August 2, you’ll get your Panasonic Lumix TZZ40 if your photo is one of those with the most number of Likes.
If you want to take your weekend adventures to a higher level, get a Panasonic Lumix TZ40. It’s the best way to capture all the wonderful memories you weave week by week.
When preparing for a holiday travel, there are a lot of things that you should never forget to write on your to-do and to-bring lists. Aside from your tickets, passports, accommodation papers and itinerary, you also have to think of the things that can help make your vacation a memorable one. Things like a good digital camera.
You don’t have to buy or carry around one of those SLRs; a quality compact digital camera will do. The Panasonic Lumix TZ40, for example, will make for an excellent travel buddy anytime of the year, no matter where you go to.
There are a lot of things that you can do with your Panasonic Lumix TZ40. If you like taking close-ups, the camera’s 20x optical zoom feature will be especially handy for you. You’ll be able to take well-defined photos; images that are detailed and focused. If you’re the type who loves creative challenges, then the Lumix TZ40’s panorama feature will give you a lot of reasons to be happy. Take wide shots that capture nature at its best; or take sweeping photos of your favourite beach destination.
Video recording is an all-new experience with the Lumix TZ40. Rendered in 1080p in full HD glory, your travel videos will come out looking professionally-made. Whether you take short 15-second videos or longer ones, the quality will be the same: crisp colors and clear, lively images. You’ll have fun creating stories out of your adventures!
If you like experimenting with your shots and often prefer to get yourself into the picture, the Panasonic Lumix TZ40 gives you what you want. Take photos with convenience by using your smartphone as your camera’s remote control. You won’t need to go through the hassle of setting timers just to take self-portraits or “selfies”.
Best of all, with its Wi-Fi capabilities, the Panasonic Lumix TZ40 allows you to instantly share your photos to family and friends. You can even tag the location of your photos so people will know which spectacular holiday destination you’re enjoying at. It’s the perfect device to help you store memories and stay connected with friends even from across the globe.
If the Panasonic Lumix TZ40 is already in your wish list but can’t afford to buy it yet, worry no more because you can have it for FREE! You simply need to join the SpreadItFast: Capture the Camera Photo Competition, a Facebook contest for UK residents. Find your favourite travel or holiday photo and upload it to the SpreadItFast Photo Contest Page. Include a short description detailing the reasons why you should win the TZ40. Then ask your friends – as many of them as possible – to like your photo. By August 2, if your picture has one of the highest numbers of Likes, you’ll win a Panasonic Lumix TZ40!
With the Panasonic Lumix TZ40, travelling becomes more fun. Capturing precious moments becomes easier and more convenient, too. It’s your best travel buddy; the most ideal way to freeze memories and transform them to images that tell timeless stories. So if you want a complete holiday adventure like no other, get the Lumix TZ40 on your list now.
After the Penguin and Panda releases, you would think that SEOs would be prepared for more surprises from Google. That wasn’t the case with Hummingbird. Many were caught by surprise and the feedback was a mixture of delight, confusion and hope. Many thought that it was the start of SEO’s downfall and that keyword search was starting to become a thing of the past.
Hummingbird Is Just the Start
Everyone in the SEO world should know by now that Google is constantly updating and “improving” its search algorithm. It doesn’t stop looking for ways to make Search smarter, faster and more efficient. Hummingbird’s focus on the intent of the query rather than on the query itself helps users get more accurate results. Search, therefore, becomes easier and more user-friendly. This new algorithm also makes mobile search more convenient, especially with the introduction of voice search or voice queries.
This year, all these will remain relevant issues for SEOs and online marketers. Google’s introduction of Hummingbird is just the beginning. More changes are to come, specifically in areas that are deemed essential in making the Search function even smarter than it is now. Integration will probably be a major factor, too.
One should also expect Google to come up with ways to make Search more forward thinking in the sense that it can provide information that users need to know more about in relation to a previous search. For example, if you’ve searched for “how much is the ticket for Formula One”, after providing you with the right sources with the answers you need, Google can also give you a list of online and brick-and-mortar stores where the tickets are sold.
Other Changes to Expect
Another thing to look forward to is the integration of Google+ into more sites, services and business platforms. This means that in order to ensure effective SEO, you or your business will need to beef up presence in Google+. And beefing up means posting regularly. Of course, posts have to be relevant or related to your business!
If your Google+ presence is active, your actions and interactions will greatly help improve your online presence, too. Your profile will be seen by more people everytime you post something on your Google+ profile.
Content Will Continue to Matter
Now more than ever, content will matter! Ever since Hummingbird was rolled out – or ever since one can remember – the question has always been “which one is better, long or short content?” Basically, content is dependent on who your audience is and what you are writing about. Some SEOs move from posting long and short content according to feedback from visitors. If site visits go up after posting long but relevant and interesting content, they go with long content. If they notice that more visitors stay when the content they post are generally shorter and a breeze to read, they stick with this.
It is, however, important to keep in mind that a relevant content does not have to mean writing long articles about a product or service. Beating around the bush won’t help you get more visitors to go in and stay on your site. Although many often see length of content as an indication of expertise, this should not affect your content choices. Remember, Hummingbird is big on content value and impact.
In conclusion, one can say that it is never easy to expect what Google can come up with in terms of search algorithm changes. It is, however, fair to say that preparing for what may come is important. And this can be done by understanding what Google wants to happen – to make Search more effective and efficient. At this point, when it’s still a few weeks past the start of 2014, what SEOs can do is put Hummingbird and its advantages into good use. After all, if you play by the rules, you’ll never get sideswiped, right?
Twitter just came out with a new look. Not all users have noticed it yet, though. Some people are cool with the changes, while others think it’s all a little too much. So, what exactly are the changes? Why is this refreshed look causing a lot of reactions?
Twitter’s profile redesign is something that Facebook users are familiar with. Industry insiders and Twitter bigwigs say the new look was done in order to match and get the feel of their iOS and Android apps. The way the items are arranged is a great departure from its original and signature look. Now you’ll see more than just a vertical timeline.
If you want to get a picture of what to expect when you next log in to Twitter, here is a list and description of the major changes.
- Twitter now has a two-column design. It may look a little like your Facebook profile page, but it looks more organized. Neater, as related data is placed together.
- On the right hand side is where you will find your tweet stream. This is where all the action happens.
- Major focus is allotted to photos and content cards. This is the first thing that you’ll notice. Photos are larger and more prominently placed. Your header photo is on the left side. Under it, you will find the details for your number of tweets, who your followers are, who you are following, your lists and your favorites. A new category in this area – for photos and videos – is something called “out on the profile”. You should also take note of the new specifications for the header photo size: 1500×500. The original size was 1252×626.
- The navigation bar’s color was changed – it’s now white. Items on the menu (Home, Connect, Discover, Search, Me, Direct Messages, Settings and Compose) are organized in the same way, but their icons have been altered to match the ones used on Twitter’s iOS and Android apps.
- You’ll also notice some changes with the fonts. They’re larger and thinner. Additionally, you’ll notice that the buttons are not 3-dimensional-like anymore.
- The refreshed and update look of Twitter also allows users to personalize their profiles. Although this isn’t being seen in many pages yet, you can now customize your profile and add an accent color of your choice.
- The familiar pop-up box for composing tweets is still there, though. It’s placed on the upper right hand corner.
The changes made by Twitter are all on the aesthetic side. Nothing was taken down or added. It just improved its over-all appearance. To some, the changes may feel like browsing through their Facebook pages – and maybe even their Google + accounts. But for some others, the changes make Twitter more pleasing to the eyes, lighter and more organized.
As Twitter is known to test and experiment on changes, we should all expect more new things to come up. It may not be in the coming months, though, as many users are still trying to feel their way through all the changes. For now, just sit back and simply enjoy your refreshed Twitter experience!
One of the best ways to keep your blog in good health is by making sure that it is organized and safe. Keeping it organized means removing any clutter from your content and posting regularly, among other things. Keeping your blog safe, however, is a different thing. Keeping it safe means being ready for whatever may happen, including the possibility of your blog being compromised, shut down for some reason, stolen, hacked and / or deleted.
Many bloggers are aware that this could happen, but only a few know what to do in case worst comes to worst. The only solution for this horrible scenario is backing up your blog.
What to Do – Backup using PAID tools
If you do not yet have a backup system for your blog, here are some options that you can choose to follow.
First option; find a good third party service. There are some good ones you can consider, but it basically depends on the platform your blog is running on.
If you’re using WordPress, look for BackupBuddy, a plug-in made especially for WP blogs. Although it is a paid service, you’re guaranteed great safety for your blog as it sends backups to your email. The backup files can also be sent to Dropbox, to your FTP server, Rackspace, Amazon S3, among others. All important data and elements will be exported, including images, videos, HTML files, texts and themes.
BlogVault is another good plug-in for WordPress users. This one not only backs up your blog; it offers restore services, too. Version histories will also be kept and stored in another location.
VaultPress is another tool for backing up your blog. Like BackupBuddy, it is a paid service, but it is filled with a lot of features that you cannot find in free services. For one, blog and comments back up are done in real time. Another good feature is its ability to check your blog for security threats.
What to Do – Backup using FREE tools
If you prefer free services, your best option would be BlogBackupr. This web-based service works with the RSS feed of your blog – of any blog. Updates are done daily.
Second option; export your blog to your desktop. This may sound simpler than using a plug-in, but it can mean a little extra work for you. Why? Because you need to export everytime you enter something new on your blog. Additionally, you won’t get 100% guarantee that your entire blog will be backed up because this process does not include theme settings and other elements.
Third option; use the built-in exporting tools on your blog. However, you can only do this method if your blog is on Blogger or WordPress. Here’s what you should do:
- For WordPress, go to your Dashboard and click on the Tools menu. Under Settings, look for the Export tool. Follow the instructions given (i.e. What to Export).
- For Blogger, look for the Settings Menu and click on Others. You will be given easy-to-follow instructions about moving your blog to another service or storing it into your hard drive.
The only setback for this option is the minimal features that come with the Export tool. Both are simple and easy-to-use, though.
So, there you are! Seven options for backing up your blog and keeping it in tiptop shape. What’s your choice?
Social media is what today’s technology is all about. When you want something to reach different audiences or viewers, you go to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google Plus. Social media has become so powerful that everything it attracts becomes a brand – even people. Whenever we post something on any social platform, that message becomes us. That message tells people what and who we are. Everything that you post on Facebook or Twitter elicits reactions from the public. As such, it is important that you know how to choose what to post or share. This is what personal branding is all about.
When you build your personal brand, you do not just post away whenever you want to. You have to know how to create a positive personal brand. You have to know how to properly establish your online credibility. It’s not something that you can do overnight, but following some tips will greatly help you start the right way.
Tips for Effective Personal Branding on Social Media
First, you need to decide on two things:
- determine your goals and
- decide on how you want to represent yourself.
When you think of your goal, choose a target audience. Who do you want to reach out the most? What do you want people to know you for? If applicable, what are your business goals? The answers to these questions will help you shape your primary goals. Once you have goals, you’ll know which direction to take.
In personal branding, you need to look at yourself as if you are a product that’s trying to be sold. Thus, you’ll need to decide how you want to represent yourself. Do you want to be known as a licensed fitness coach or just somebody who teaches some exercise classes? You can let the audience know through the kind of profile image you choose, the content that you post and share, the words you emphasize in describing yourself (on your profile or About page) and who your friends or connections are.
You need to keep in mind that the product you are trying to sell is yourself. So if you want to be seriously taken as a fitness coach, make sure your Facebook wall shows posts about your fitness activities; make sure that you share posts about products and events that advocate events like fun runs and marathons, yoga workshops, healthy eating, cardiovascular activities and the like. If you regularly fill your social media pages with these posts, people will immediately associate you with the package you are trying to sell them: as a fitness professional.
Also, if you post content in a simple, conversational tone, you’ll attract more friends and followers.
Some More Tips
Here are additional things you can do to properly promote your personal brand in any social media platform:
- On Facebook and LinkedIn, join groups where you’re likely to interact with people who share your passion. For instance, if you’re into gardening, join groups who are also into gardening. Aside from gaining new friends, you’ll also get the opportunity to share and learn tips and stories. You can ask for help or post questions related to gardening.
- On Twitter, use hashtags whenever you post something so your tweets will be easy to find. Hashtags also work wonders on Facebook. Try #yoga or #yoginis; or if you’re into books, try adding a hashtag to your favorite author’s name, like #JKRowling.
- On Twitter again, participate in tweet chats so you’ll get the chance to talk to like-minded people. This will greatly help build your brand and credibility.
The most important thing to remember when using social media for personal branding is its power. Anything that you share can be shared to thousands or millions more. So be careful what you post. Think before you click. Your reputation and your brand depend on it!
Which social media campaign tool is better, HootSuite or Buffer? This is a question that has been asked a lot of times. The answers you get are varied. Some prefer HootSuite, while others swear by the excellent service they get from Buffer. Many, however, prefer to use both.
To understand what people are talking about, we need to explore each tool separately. What does HootSuite offer that Buffer does not? What makes Buffer different from HootSuite? The answer to these questions will help tell us which of the two delivers the best services.
This social media management system was created in 2008. Its creator, Ryan Holmes, conceptualized the system to help his company easily organize their multiple social media networks. HootSuite has a dashboard-like user interface and supports integration for social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn, and WordPress, among others.
Its basic functions and features:
- advance scheduling of social media posts
- allows users to create lists that enable them to track new followers and activities
- allows users to monitor hashtags and trending topics
- tracks keywords and searches through custom streams
- allows users to add more social networks and tools to the dashboard
- customized analytics provide real-time views into the campaign results
- teams for projects
The HootSuite dashboard also has a Conversations feature that allows users to communicate and interact with each other.
Buffer was founded by Joel Gascoigne and Leo Widrich. It was created as an efficient solution when sharing through social media. It allows users to schedule content. It automatically posts the content so that users won’t have to worry about spending hours in a day just working on their social media networks.
What Buffer has to offer:
- allows the creation of schedules for some profiles
- social network integration (Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn and Foursquare)
- allows auto-posting from WordPress to social network (using plugins)
- multiple apps to maximize social media presence
- basic and detailed analytics (depending on your subscription)
- team for projects
Buffer works in such a way that the posts users schedule will be spread throughout the day or week. You have the option to post, for instance, three times a day on three pre-determined hours.
Which is which?
The two social media campaign tools basically have the same features, except for tweaks in some areas. The HootSuite dashboard is user-friendly and gives an overview of everything that’s happening. Its Google Analytics integration and reporting system are excellent. It’s also more stable and secure than Buffer.
In the case of Buffer, its biggest advantage seems to be the ease of use and customer support. Compared to HootSuite, Buffer is easier to manage, especially for newbies. If you’ve never used social media tools before, Buffer would be the best option. Its customer support is also top-notch. When you encounter problems, you can email one of their representatives and it will promptly reply to your queries and concerns. Buffer is the best choice if your aim is to schedule posts for one whole week or month. And you can do all in just a couple of minutes. It’s also cheaper than HootSuite.
However, lately, Buffer encountered some minor bugs (which were now fixed). Some scheduled posts were not published, specifically on LinkedIn accounts.
It all basically boils down to one thing: your purpose for using a social media campaign tool. Most people use both, switching according to their needs. Those who value deeper analytics go for HootSuite, while those who want a cheaper option and schedule a whole weeks’ worth of posts in one sitting prefer Buffer.
So, yes, both are winners!