Two Ways to Claim Your Page on Nextdoor

 

Assuming you are already on Nextdoor and you have connected with your neighborhood, what can you now do to attract clients or customers to your business? As is so often the case, the answer is, “it depends.”

If you need assistance with creating your account and claiming your page on Nextdoor, one call or message to Mousehelp.com will get you the help you need. Brian Rouley at Mousehelp will provide “Compassionate Care for People with Computers” – anything you need from network connections, to printer installations, to how-to instruction, and even writing for your blog or website. Mousehelp.com is your electronic communications support expert. In a world full of noise, get the clarity you need, with Mousehelp Communications Training from mousehelp.com.

It seems if you’ve been recommended, you are more likely to be found when people search Nextdoor. The process of claiming your page allows you to enhance the information people get about you and your business on the Nextdoor website.

For now, here are two ways to “Claim Your Page” on Nextdoor.
Feel free to send feedback on your experience to Mousehelp at Rouzell dot com.
And, if you need the services of a handyman or a business and life coach, you can look up Ken Day or Dr. Simone on DNP.

Note: In the Business page version, I am connected via remote access to Dr. Simone’s computer.
You will only hear my side of the conversation.
There is a long delay – about 30 seconds, starting at 3:15 (suffering in silence, sorry about that) as we wait for Nextdoor to complete the process of verifying her phone number.
You can click past this to 3:47 and pick up the audio portion of the presentation there.
Future recordings will not suffer these maladies!

 

Demo of a SlideShow on a Mobile Phone

If you had to demonstrate how a slideshow looks on a smartphone to someone who does not have a smartphone, how would you do it?
I’m sure I have another way to do this, but this is what came to mind first, so, here it is!

Embedded Content Challenge

While I was in the middle of trying to hammer out an introduction to my speech (to be delivered the morning of 9/21), I wound up finding some cool video on Elizabeth Banks’s Twitter account. Shared here for your amusement:

In case you were wondering:  Embedded Content Challenge

Windows 10 Features

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Image source: https://www.braintek.com/

Preparing to write an article on new features I find useful in Windows 10, I had to do a search, first. Here are the results to: “should I upgrade to windows 10”

OK, so I’m partial to Google search – sosumi. Here are results from Cortana/Bing.

While on the phone with GoDaddy support yesterday, it occurred to me that I should record a video to “show and tell” the features I like best. It is always a challenge to think of the handful of things I really like about Windows 10, when I’m trying to tell someone about the value of upgrading. YouTube awaits my next opus.

Here are a few things I’ll cover:

  • Snipping Tool
  • Windows Positioning
  • Recent Items – Windows Explorer
  • Windows Key Updates
  • Quick Access

Projects In Progress

Paul Associates logo (1)SEO for a printing company.

Website for an insurance company.

Multimedia project for an art collector.

How do you begin to tell someone how to be found, how to make a splash on the web,
or how interesting an art collection could be on a website with a slide show?

 

Google Chrome is ending support for FITB

FITB (Fill In The Blank) – Google Chrome is ending support for NPAPI – this includes JAVA and Adobe Flash Player?Adobe Flash Player soon gone in Google Chrome

Recently, I wrote an article detailing the end of support for JAVA in Google Chrome.
http://www.rouzell.net/2015/05/04/do-you-need-java/

Now, I see Google Chrome is reporting that soon Adobe Flash Player (plugin) will be unsupported.  Adobe Flash Player crashes in Google Chrome
As often as I see Chrome reporting Flash has crashed, I’m almost happy with this development. However, I’m going to have to find some other method for playing the video content on my websites! So, I grow.

Image Is Everything

imageiseverythingThat line was spoken by Andre Agassi in a Canon camera commercial more than 25 years ago, now! Don’t believe me? Check it.

That was before he faltered, before he married Brooke, before he developed a beer belly, then got back into shape, then found Steffi Graff, and wow, what a life!

“What’s the point?” you may ask. OK, go ahead, ask.

The point is this. The images you add to your blog posts, newsletters, or to the pages of your website, can make or break your message. Look here, or look away!

The image should illustrate the point make. Click the image in this post and you can watch the commercial from 1990. That’s not my point, but you get the picture. (All puns intended.)

Seriously, I just wanted to post something, since I hadn’t written in so long….

If it gets me some attention, then my job is done.

One Last Thing

header dataBefore I turn in tonight, I’m going to post. Since I made time this afternoon to record another video for my YouTube channel, I thought I should write a bit to promote it.

This new video will show you how to examine the header data of an email message in Outlook. It’s a bit technical, but that’s easily ignored. Confirming your suspicions is what counts!

 

Content Creation Tools

This article details the virtues of a few tools I often use and the content I create with these tools.  **Now that I’ve written this very long post, I realize I’ve left out WordPress – the ultimate tool for content creation! **

Each image below links to something useful – so click away and enjoy!

Here, in no particular order, are the tools:

IrfanView main website

IrfanView – A Basic Image Editor

IrfanView is a very useful image editing tool. If you don’t have the time or patience to learn something more powerful, like Adobe Photoshop, this might be your best alternative. I’ve recorded a video on how to use this tool. I’m going to record a new version and record another video to show you where to go to get this great piece of software. Hint: Ninite is the ultimate collection of free stuff and it is the one resource I use for such things.

Mousehelp At Rouzell on YouTube

My Channel on YouTube

OK, you probably don’t need me to tell you how great YouTube, or any other Google service is, so I won’t do that here. For me, it is still a new frontier, as I still like writing and don’t record new videos as often as I should. Maybe I need to add this to my calendar as a recurring task – yeah, I’ll do that next! Watch my channel for updates, please. Thanks, again to Laura Roeder, for telling me how to record to YouTube, using my Webcam and Google plus.

HTML-Kit Tools

The full version of HTML-Kit Tools is $59.00.

There must be hundreds, perhaps thousands, of ways to edit websites. I’ve settled on this one. Again, a comparison to an Adobe product – DreamWeaver – is appropriate here. If you need a lightweight, easy to understand, Internet connected website editing tool, this might be the one for you, too. You can use their free version, or purchase the full version for fifty-nine bucks. You can get a reduced price, if you cannot afford the cost. Their support site is kind of quirky (matches my needs) and I’ve just found their blog while creating this post! You are welcome to spout off with what you think is the best HTML editing software.

Mousehelp at Rouzell YouTube Video on Snipping Tool

Click to watch my YouTube Video on Snipping Tool

Here we go…. Everyone (well, many people, at least) who uses snipping tool learns to love it. There are other utilities you can get that have more features – SnagIt comes to mind – but for something that is free and has been built into Windows since Vista, this little tool is hard to beat. If you used it for nothing other than capturing images, it would be useful. But, it offers some features that make it much more than basic. You can highlight, annotate, and play with colors, framing, etc. The did leave out something simple, though. It would have been nice to have a typewriter tool, with font styling, so you could write directly on the images, but alas, it is not so. Free, it is, however!

Trying Something New With YouTube

Laura Roeder (of LKR Social Media) says: “If you want an easy way to share a video message/instruction with your team or clients, go into youtube, record from webcam, mark as unlisted. Done and done!”

Let’s see. I need a shave and a haircut, but I’ve put on a nice shirt and… “Action!”

OK, it took a bit of poking around and verification of things before YouTube would work with me. Then, I was taken to Google+ Hangouts On Air, to record a session. I’m still not clear on how it will look here.
_____________Cut. _______ That’s a wrap! _______
You get to be the star and the director in this exercise.

Well! That turned out to be pretty easy. Now I see the need for lighting adjustments and setting the stage. Next time, I’ll do something useful with this and actually demonstrate some “how to” thing on my computer. That will require a bit more planning, prior to sharing my desktop! I just love that play button right on my nose!