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52 Books in a Year: Week 8

twitter4goodA few months ago, I attended a simulcast of The Justice Conference in Bellevue.  One of the speakers at the conference was Claire Diaz-Ortiz.  Claire (@claire) has worked at Twitter since 2009 and manages Twitter’s social good initiatives, including the Twitter for Nonprofits and Twitter Ads for Good programs.  She is also known as “The Woman Who Got the Pope on Twitter” (Wired). Her book, Twitter for Good, references the T.W.E.E.T. model that Claire uses all around the world to teach organizations how to excel and be effective on Twitter.

T (Target): Why Tweet?
W (Write): Why You Should Tweet Like Kanye
E (Engage): Tools to Win
E (Explore): Finding Everybody, and Bringing Everybody to You
T (Track): Making Sure You’ve Hit You’re Mark

Claire believes that “it is not the obligation of an organization to engage in social change, but rather the opportunity an organization has to innovate in extraordinary ways, with this unique real-time information network.”  I love Claire’s perspective that social media can not only be a tool for non-profit organizations and “change the world” causes, but that it provides an opportunity for more to engage and respond.  This book is an advocate for strategic tweets.  Especially the ones that matter.

What else have I read during my yearlong reading project?
–> Week 1  –> Week 2  –> Week 3  –> Week 4  –> Week 5  –> Week 6   –> Week 7

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Kick’n Chick’nz: Medieval Karnival HD

Game, Atomic Chimp, We have some absolutely amazing member companies inside thinkspace and, every once in a while, we like to brag about the awesome things they come up with – especially when it’s something that our members can actually use! Kick’n Chick’nz is a whimsical new game built for your iPad (and eventually your iPod or iPhone) by one of thinkspace’s newer member companies: Atomic Chimp Games! You may be wondering when you might use a game like this? Here are a couple examples that you can expound upon: 1. While waiting for the coffee to brew. 2. When you need a little mind-break from that proposal you’re writing. 3. When you feel like having a laugh. 4. Well, you get the idea… Built for those young, or even just young-at-heart, Kick’n Chick’nz features high quality graphics, an adorable premise, and fun game play that will have you addicted before you know it. The “karnival” includes four mini games within the game’s main storyline and additional mini games will be released shortly, so keep your eyes open for even more fun soon to come. Check out their website, twitter account and facebook profile for more information.

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What to do When You Drop Your Phone in Water

Phone Dropped in Water

As a professional, you are constantly using your cell phone. You’re answering calls, emails, tweets, accessing files, checking in, taking pictures, checking the weather… with the millions of apps available for smartphones the options are truly endless.

So, what do you do when you accidentally drop your phone in the lake? your cup of coffee? or in the sink?

There’s a chance your soggy phone is still usable. Unfortunately, I am speaking from experience on this one.

Follow the following steps to remove liquid from your phone:

  1. Immediately turn your phone off and take it apart.
  2. Remove your battery, SIM, and SD cards.
  3. Take a bag and fill it with uncooked rice.
  4. Put your phone and battery in the bag of rice.
  5. Leave your phone in the bag of rice for 48 hours. Do not touch it!
  6. Locate a temporary replacement phone. Old phones are perfect for this. Contact your wireless provider to configure the new phone. If you have a SIM card this is real easy.
  7. After 48 hours, remove your phone from the rice and assemble it back together.
  8. Plug your phone into your wall charger and turn it on.

Does it work? If so, hooray! Check to see that the screen, speaker, and buttons are in working condition.

This rice trick may sound crazy- but it’s worked for me (and many of my friends) several times. The rice helps to absorb the water and excess moisture without destroying the structure and hardware in the phone.

5 Fitness Apps to Keep You Moving

This is a guest post from our friends at Salty Waffle.

These 5 mobile apps will turn you into a fitness freak. There are apps here for all kinds of exercise so give them a try and let us know if you see some results!

  1. DailyBurn App: The DailyBurn takes their social networking approach to fitness mobile. Login to your profile and track workouts as you do them and record your nutrition information on the go. DailyBurn is excellent at keeping you working toward your goals and providing a convenient way to log your workouts and nutritional information.
  2. Lose  It: The go-to app for tracking calories and accomplishing nutrition goals. The interface is simple and quick so keeping to your diet doesn’t become a time-consuming ordeal. For now, iPhone only, but there are some similar Android alternatives in the Market.social media, apps, fitness, resolutions
  3. My Tracks: This one is Android only for the time being but offers a unique approach to staying healthy. Using the GPS on your phone, the app allows you to track any movement whether it be hiking, biking, walking, running, or whatever and then upload that information to a spreadsheet, for other users to see, or even visualize in Google Maps. While on the move you can get live statistics on your workout like speed, distance, time, and even elevation.
  4. GymGoal: This is a great app for tracking workouts as well as body fitness goals like BMI, weight, body fat, BMR and others. It has built in exercises to easily pick from and shows a workout history that highlights areas you have been neglecting based on that history.
  5. RunKeeper: Available on Android and iPhone, this app focuses on runners by offering a way to easily track runs. It provides vital information like distance, speed, mile splits, pace, and also allows you to visualize your runs on a map. For those with the old iPhone this has the extra benefit that it allows you to listen to your music while running the app at the same time. If you are a runner this and My Tracks are for you.