How to make twitter post to your facebook status in the new facebook


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The frustrating thing about the new facebook is that twitter updates are put into your newsfeed, but not put into your status. So, anyone who is used to following you on facebook via SMS isn't getting your updates anymore. Here is how you do it. (Granted, it takes a few steps. But it works)

Step 1: Go to and create a dummy blog (say,

Step 2: From the Blogger dashboard, go to Settings -> Email and set up your own private mail-to-blogger address – something like – save this email address to your mobile phone address book.

Step 3: Go to, login with your OpenID or make a new account and associate the feed to your twitterfeed account.

Step 4: Go to advanced settings, and tell twitterfeed to publish the description only, update every 30 minutes, and put #fb in the post suffix.

Step 5. Add the Selective Twitter Status to your applications.

Step 6. During the configuration, you can have Your Profile integrate with Twitter account. Type in your Twitter username > Save Changes

Step 7. After ‘Grant Permission‘, you’ll be directed to allow status updates.

how to put pay pal on your website



People have asked me about using paypal on their websites. For churches, it really is a great option for online giving, because its a service that doesn't cost you anything to offer, unless it is used. Right now it charges 2.9% per transaction and $0.30. So, if I give 100 bucks through pay pal the church only receives $98.60 of the offering. That is not too bad, but if someone were to give $1,000, the church would only receive $987.70. In this case, you would want them to use a different payment method. For us, paypal catches a few people who would not otherwise give. Some college students who have graduated and moved away still continue to give via paypal every month. Most regular givers use a different method.
1. Go to

2. Sign up for an free account if you don't have one yet. Just follow the instructions and you will do all fine.

3. Once your PayPal account is active, log in.

4. Go to the Merchant Tools section. Look for the Accepting Website Payments section. Click then on a link called Donations.

5. Provide the information that is asked to set up your donation button.

6. You can also add more options, such as providing a thank you page, cancellation page and some other stuff.

7. Ready? Then click on Create Button Now.

8. Copy the HTML code and paste it on your blog or website template.

9. Now you just have to encourage your readers to use your donation button to send their donations.
Feel free to comment with any questions you may have!

Great Article on Building an Internet Presence



I stumbled on this article about Allison Weiss while rumaging my way around the internet. It attracted my attention because she is a musician using social media as a platform for building a fan base. As a musician myself, this seems like something more people should do... better. The article was written by Cameron Mizell, a Musician - Guitarist - Producer in Brooklyn. The article was so good, I decided to repost it here. Enjoy!

Allison Weiss is one of the hardest working singer/songwriters I know. We met through Lauren Zettler, who I play with regularly, and I’ve been able to watch Allison do her thing online and in person, from the audience and behind the scenes. I can honestly say that what you see is what you get with Allison. It’s her ability to be herself online has attracted a massive but well targeted internet following across several social networking platforms which she weaves together using tools freely available to anybody. In other words, she uses no tricks and doesn’t have a team of web gurus hiding behind a curtain. She really does it all herself.

I asked Allison if she’d share her secrets with us, and as I suspected, there are no secrets! She is just a creative and savvy musician that is willing to try out new technology to stay ahead of the curve (something I believe is a key to a successful DIY music career). But don’t take my word for it, read Allison’s responses and see for yourself. There’s a lot to learn for any independent musician trying to get their music in front of the right people.

CM: You’ve built an impressive online audience. How did that start?
AW: I could say YouTube and I could say Tumblr, but I think it all started because of how much I really love the internet. Since I first got online in my early teens, I’ve loved what the internet has done for communication. Social networking is a beautiful thing. You can find someone who loves what you love in a second, even though they may be halfway across the world. When I started playing music professionally it seemed obvious that just being myself online was going to be the best form of promotion (I didn’t know any other way). I’m also an early adopter. When new technology comes along I don’t look at it as another burden to bear, but another tool to utilize. I jump on the bandwagon immediately rather than waiting until someone forces me on it.

Considering how quickly trends change online, do you think somebody doing that today would have the same results?
Absolutely, but nowadays it definitely takes patience. Back in 2005 you could put an acoustic cover up on YouTube and everyone was watching it. Now the market is saturated, so you can’t just complete the task. You have to be good. You can’t start a Twitter account and expect the fans to come pouring in. You have to use it and get good at it and learn how to make the technology work for you.

Did you have a vision of what you were building, or did it just kind of happen?
It definitely just kind of happened. I’ve never had a solid plan. I get excited, I have fun, and I roll with it. It’s hard to tell what’s going to be successful, which is why I do a little bit of everything. I set up my Kickstarter account in a couple of hours and set it in motion with a mentality of “Here goes nothing, let’s see if this works…” and it blew up*. Recently I posted a couple tracks to because a fan recommended it, and out of nowhere I was gaining a ton of fans through it. Like I said, sometimes you just never know and you have to figure it out by trial and error.

*Editor’s note: Allison created a Kickstarter project to fund her latest album, Allison Weiss Was Right All Along. She gave herself two months to raise $2,000 and ended up hitting that goal in 10 hours. She raised $4,000 by the end of the week, and ended up with $7,711 total, allowing her to expand the EP she intended to make into a full length album.

I’d say your online following is genuine, not like you used some scheme to get a bunch of MySpace friends or Twitter followers. What’s the key to attracting a real, honest fanbase?
The key to attracting a real, honest fanbase is to be a real, honest person. Most of the time I try and think of things from a fan’s perspective. How would I like my favorite bands to communicate with me? I try my best to be as interesting as possible, and I always stay true to myself. I’m open and inviting, because the bottom line is that I truly believe music is about community. I love being able to interact with fans. I love meeting people in real life who I’ve seen online. I think that if you’re a nice and genuine person, those relationships you form online will last longer than the hottest new site, and people who love you will follow you anywhere.

What do you do to keep your fans engaged online?
I post a lot of stuff. Not just show dates or album announcements. That’s super boring after a while. I update my blog and twitter like people would care about where I am or what I’m doing. I want people to feel like they know me, so I let myself be known. I have contests and give away free stuff, I try and make everything as entertaining and fun as possible. That way when I throw in a show date here and there, people are paying attention because they care.

How often do you try to do these things? How often is too often, and how little is too little, if there are such boundaries?
Tweeting and blogging (on have become natural parts of my life. I do it so often that I can’t imagine not. When something interesting in real life happens, I think about whether the internet would like to know about it (usually they would). In fact, I’m trying to stop differentiating between Real Life and The Internet, because the fact is The Internet IS Real Life. Every username is a real person who matters just as much as someone standing in front of you. As far as how often is too often, I think it totally depends. I know celebrity musicians who tweet every two minutes but still have hundreds of thousands of followers. Most of the time I wish people would post more. To me it’s more important to think about quality than quantity. You could tweet a thousand times a day and think every post you make is hilarious and incredible, but this usually isn’t the case. I say pay attention to ‘Likes’ and ‘Reblogs’. Stay entertaining and use your best judgement.

So I’d say we’ve established your web savviness by now. Can you share your 3 favorite online resources that help your career as a musician?
I’m going to give you six, is that okay? Two categories: Tools and Communities, because half of these are technical and save a lot of work, and the other half need to be used frequently and skillfully to really help a music career:

Tools: – I use this website to update information across the net. They’ll sync up to a ton of event-listing websites and post it all over the place when you add a new show. One of the best things is that for about $5/mo, they’ll send your show listings to local press, which means you’ll always be on the physical calendar. Saves me a TON of time. – Mailing list and email marketing tool. I love them. Your mailing list is a hundred times more important than number of Twitter followers or Facebook friends. They let you target fans by location and offer free downloads for joining. – I just discovered this site. It’s a simple and easy way to sell physical merch online. Adding a new item is as easy as a few clicks. A basic account is free, and more options are available for a small monthly fee. PLUS it’s all linked up to PayPal so it’s really easy to deal with money. And I think they just added an option to sell downloads.

Communities: – Blog here. It’s the best. Follow and be followed. It’s Twitter’s big bro who’s smarter and has more to say. – If you don’t have one yet, you’re only cheating yourself. If you can text, you can twitter. Stop wondering if people want to know about your day-to-day and just accept that they DO. – I haven’t quite figured out this site in it’s entirety, but I know that I uploaded a couple tracks, left it alone, and suddenly found myself swimming in new fans. It’s an incredibly innovative and experimental new music discovery site where fans choose what floats to the top. Explore it.

I could go on and on.,,, there are a million.

To conclude, has all the online activity carried over into the real world? Does it all help sell music or bring people out to your shows when you tour?
Definitely. It’s pretty awesome to see it all really working. I think it’s important to note here that you have to remember to ask your fans for support. Make sure you get names on your mailing list, send out Facebook events, and keep people updated on what you’re doing. The unfortunate thing about the internet is that there’s so much of it that will distract people from paying attention to you, so you have to give them a reason to care. Whether that means giving away an album for free in exchange for email addresses, or streaming yourself from your bedroom, or covering Lady Gaga songs on YouTube, that’s up to you. Stay honest, stay entertaining, and be good at what you do. Don’t be afraid of the internet. Embrace new technology. Get creative. Make it happen.
Learn more about Allison Weiss and see her internet skills in action at

How to keep putting out good content...



This is really hard for all of us. We all want to come back to websites again and again that make us laugh, make us think, or even the ones that make us angry. But finding a way to be the person who writes these type of blog posts is a very difficult task. Here is one way I have begun doing it.

I use Google Toolbar. All the time. One of the features of the toolbar is that you can click it and see what you searched for the last 20 times or so. I find that good blog posts tend to answer good questions. By looking at my own search entries, I am reminded of the questions I have been asking for the last few hours, few days, or few weeks. If I am asking these questions, than other people are probably asking them as well.

Then, I need to decide whether I think I have something to offer as the "authority" on the subject, or if I want to write a post culminating my findings to the question I have been asking all week. The reality is, I very rarely feel like I can speak as the "authority" on any subject. The result is, I write posts like this one. Posts that are influenced by articles like this one, or this one, or this one, and especially articles written by this guy.

SMS for Google Calender



I stumbled on the SMS feature in Google Calender this morning... yes, thats right an SMS feature. You can send and recieve your calender by text message. This is just one more way Google is proving to me that you don't really need a phone data plan, because an unlimited texting plan can really do it all anyway.

First you have to set up your phone. Standard text messaging cgarges apply.
1. Go to "Calender Settings" > "Mobile Setup."
2. Enter the phone number again and hit "Send Verification Code".
3. After receiving the verification code, enter it in the "Verification Code" section.
4. Click the "Finish setup" button and "Save." 

And away we go!

To receive a notification with your calendar information, send a text message containing one of the following commands to the shortcode '48368' (GVENT):
'next': request your next scheduled event
'day: request all of your scheduled events for the present day
'nday': request your events scheduled for the following day

To create an event on your primary calendar via SMS, simply send a text message containing your event's details to the shortcode "GVENT (48368)."

(For example, if you send a message with something like "Shopping with Sarah at Monterey Market 5pm Saturday," Google Calendar can figure out what you mean and pop the new event into your calendar.)

The SMS is built to function around the quick add feature. Here is a video explaining what that means within google calender.

original video source

There are a ton of tips, tricks, and shortcuts that all can be found on the Quick Add Help Page...

This opens up a ton of possibilities!

Why have a blog for twitter posts?


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Here is my twitter blog. Why would I have one?

I have multiple twitter feeds that I like to post to. I use my cell phone texting plan to do this, but twitter gets confused if you try to send multiple sms commands from one phone plan. Enter text to emailing capabilities.

Every Verizon customer has an email address associated with their texting plan. For every number you have an email address: This is your texting email address. Also, your account associates a picture messaging account built the same way: Any email address in the world can send a message to you, and you to them by using one of these addresses. (use the vzwpix address, it works better) Again, the only charge here is for a texting plan, which in my case is unlimited.

I used for a while, which allows me to email in my tweets, but I have found their service to be unreliable, since the site was bought out by a different owner. But now, I have found text-to-email-to-blog-to-twitter to be a great option... although a little complicated...

Here’s a step-by-step guide to building your own Twitter client that lets you tweet using regular email or phone texting.

Step 1: Go to and create a dummy blog (say,

Step 2: From the Blogger dashboard, go to Settings -> Email and set up your own private mail-to-blogger address – something like – save this email address to your mobile phone address book.

Step 3: Go to, login with your OpenID and associate the feed to your twitterfeed account.

Step 4: Go to advanced settings, and tell twitterfeed to publish the description only, and update every 30 minutes.

That’s it. When you have something to share with the Twitter universe, send that as an email, or text message to the address created in Step 2. Your tweet may take few minutes to show up on the Twitter homepage but it will be there definitely.

Have you ever been to Gspace before?



This is the coolest FREE thing going on in my computer world these days. Basically, it changes any Gmail account, (which is free by the way) into an online USB storage device. It canback up all your computers files where they can't be stolen, drowned, or torched. If you have gotten tired of your slow laptop, or want a solution where you can acces your files from multiple computers like I do, listen up, is most definitely for you.

Ok, so there is my commercial. But I can't say enough about it. Here is what said about it in their review, which sold me on the software.

Gspace is a Firefox extension that takes the small pile of gigabytes that the Google folks give you for your Gmail account and turns them into a drive with storage and music-playing capabilities.
Accessible via a toolbar button or from the menu bar, the extension opens a new tab with an FTP-style interface. You can transfer files by highlighting them and hitting the directional arrow. Drag and drop is not available, but the plug-in is still replete with goodies. Uploading a file sends an e-mail with it attached to your Gmail. By creating an appropriate filter and folder, it can be quite easy to keep track of the files you've uploaded. Deleting the file from Gspace deletes the e-mail.
Gspace also allows users to switch between different Gmail accounts, has an Inbox button so you can quickly jump back to the standard Gmail interface, and supports different uses of the virtual drive. These include a Music mode, which can be used with a Flash music player to create a Web-based MP3 player, and a Photo mode, which can be used for displaying photos--although it didn't work for us.
Additional features include help buttons and a status bar that tells you which account you're using and the amount of space used. Gspace also can show you files uploaded with GMail Drive, a similar program, although those files aren't accessible from Gspace. Highly recommended.