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Wednesday
Jun152011

QR Codes Provide Quick and Easy Access to Facebook Likes On-The-Go

Recently, Optify shared some research inferring that social signals (Facebook "Likes") correlate with search engine results. Given this fact, it's a no wonder that so many web sites and businesses are asking you to hit the Like button.

I advised a client that he could use a number of incentives to get people to Like his Facebook page, including using a Like as an entry in a drawing. He took the advice and decided to giveaway an iPad to people who like his page.

What he didn't tell me was that he wanted people to Like his page and perform the giveaway at a professional conference made up of less-than-tech-savvy attendees.

This was a bit of challenge. Access to social networks are, by design, very personal. Most people engage with them on their computers or smartphones - neither of which would be on-hand by many folks at this event.

The fallback method I suggested for acquiring Likes and entering people into the drawing was SMS. Simply send a text to

32665

with the text 

like yourpagenamehere

The only problem with this approach was the name of the page. Instead of being something quick and easy to type like facebook.com/YPN he had chosen a long, search engine-friendly version such as facebook.com/thisismyreallygreatsuperduperpage

It's enough of a challenge to get someone to opt-in so the last thing you want is for him to feel foolish when he can't type the long name on his flip phone or his touchscreen smartphone.

The solution - which I didn't deduce until after the fact - is a QR code. Yes, there still aren't too many people who have QR code scanners installed on their phones either, but it does solve the text-entry challenge.

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Monday
Dec202010

Trunk.ly: Delicious for the Twitter Era

I'm as nostalgic about the "sunsetting" of Delicious as anyone. Delicious was a staple for me back in the early 00's when I used it as a way to share links with my friends, post the links I found to my blog and even do show prep for my digital media podcast.

So what happened?

Twitter.

Sharing links via Twitter  is just so much more natural for me and with social syndication services like FriendFeed, Ping.fm, etc. links were easily shareable everywhere - except Delicious. As a result, I simply just stopped using Delicious. That said, there's one aspect of Delicious that I miss: a searchable database of all the links that I share.

But no longer, thanks to Trunk.ly.

Connect Trunk.ly to Twitter or Facebook and it will automatically grab those tweets or status updates that you share that contain links and save them for you on in your Trunk.ly account. For those of you who are packign up and leaving Delicious for greener pastures, there's even a way to import your delicious bookmarks.

From there, finding something you've shared is as easy as typing it into the search box.

Search is a bit slow right now, but it works. This is most likely due to the number of new accounts and link indexing that Trunk.ly is performing at the moment. My guess is that it will improve over time.

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