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I don't know if this is just my account, but from the point that Google Buzz got integrated with my Gmail Account (6 days ago or so) Gmail hadn't collected any email from the main pop accounts I have it setup to retrieve from.
I've just forced a collection now and hopefully it'll all work going forwards, but I wonder if anyone else out there reading my blog has seen something similar...
I thought that was all a bit odd, but unusually for me I disregarded it as some kind of new marketing game I wasn't interested in.
Today however I was starting to catch back up with months of missed Google reader posts, saw a similar thing on Matt Cutt's blog where he was talking about the chart types that the google charting API can produce and found out these things are called QR codes.
And apparently "QR codes can be read by any device that has the appropriate software installed. Such devices range from dedicated QR code readers to mobile phones."
When I received my Nokia E71 a year or so ago I noticed it had bar-code reader software pre-installed on it, but had no idea what that was really for, until now, it's for reading codes like this!
So why not try it yourself. If you have a phone with bar code reader software built in and want to give it a try, point it at the screen and find out what this says:
If you have an interest in having these codes produced please get in touch!
Olark is a very neat new service from as US company called Habla, Inc. that lets you integrate a live chat box on your website directly with one of a number of common Instant Messaging clients.
Very easy to setup and relatively cheap (free for the most basic service), it provides an excellent way of getting direct interaction with site visitors, which can be incredibly important for anyone attempting to engage customers immediately in a sales process.
To date, services that I know of like this require you to actually be logged in to the website or some other server somewhere for them to actually work. This is all well and good, but who wants to keep a live web page open just in case they get any direct enquiries whilst theyâ€™re doing other things? Certainly not me!
Iâ€™d rather just have my usual IM client popup with a new message/chat request alert as soon as someone wants to get in touch from the website, just as it would if a friend or a known client wanted to talk to me, and thatâ€™s exactly what this offers.
So far, though they support a number of IM solutions, they do not currently support MSN (well, Windows Live Messenger), which is my chat client of choice (probably along with 99% of everyone else) BUT after chatting to a member of their support team I am told itâ€™s something being worked on and could even be in place by the end of the month (Oct â€“ 2009)!
For now though Iâ€™m quite happy to switch to something like pidgin for a few weeks.
As youâ€™ll see to the bottom right of the screen, I have integrated their service on this blog already, meaning that I can now chat directly to potential clients who visit my website and have questions or comments about the services I have to offer. Fantastic!
If it says Iâ€™m online, why not try it out for yourself and send me a message
Now this is a pretty neat plugin:
Wordbook allows you to send your wordpress blog posts directly to your Facebook mini feed without any cut and paste nastyness - fantatsic if you tend to used wordpress as a blog and Facebook for networking rather thanÂ the other way round
You can get the plugin here: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordbook/
Well, even if I don't make it into space in my lifetime,Â I can rest assuredÂ "knowing" that my blog will.
When I came across this by accident I just had to sign up for it, andÂ whether it's real or not I don't really care, the concept's a great bit of fun:Â www.bloginspace.com
Who knows, if ET reads some instructions on how to install red5 maybe he'll broadcast something back!!!