Apr 24, 2013

It costs 60 cents to send a text via Telus use Jabber instead.

Telus is upping their texting rates. Lets all start using our gmail address to text instead of our phone number.
To pay 60 cents to send a text message is expensive. I know not all of my friends live in the US, but even spending 25 cents to text them seems weird when texting requires the Internet to work. Yes texting doesn't work if your internet is down on your cell phone so why use your phone number ID to text?
I have tried to get all my friends to text me using jabber because half of the year I don't have a Canadian phone number. Texting via gmail is a lot like texting via your phone number except it is better because it has status indicators. The hard part about any communication system is getting the people you want having available your contact info when they want to contact you. Some people have given up updating their contact book and rely on Facebook or Google Plus to get a hold of someone. Facebook even has a texting system built into their system, but you can't text anyone who is not part of Facebook; and you know what I think of closed systems. So lets save money and use our gmail addresses to text instead of using our phone numbers.

Four advantages of using gmail vs. phone # for texting:

  1. Texting also works from a computer - typing is so much easier.
  2. It queues the message until the receiver logs back in.
  3. You can easily block someone from texting you.
  4. FREE

Apr 5, 2013

To Post or Not to Post -- that is the question.

Finding out if it is worth while posting is much easier on G+ than FB.  I gained 200 followers last year, but not every one  checks out my posts, only about 1/2 do. To prove this, I uploaded a picture of my quad being stuck in the snow and almost 200 people took a look at it, I have about 400 followers so that means that 200 didn't bother to click on the quad's image. I did get 3 pluses so 197 saw the image but didn't respond. So posting for me is about 1/2 as good as sending out an email.
The other thing that happened today on Google Plus was I lost a follower. I guess I could figure out who, but I need a before snapshot. I don't really know why someone doesn't want to be bothered reading my posts, but a least it is easy to do. On FB you can't tell how many people view my pictures only those who click like or comment. With Facebook having 25% more users I guess you could extrapolate, but I get so few hits coming to this blog from FB I think FB users are click sensitive. I am starting to be click sensitive also because some mouseovers take up the full page. Don't mouseover a Westjet image.
PS. Last month when I did my site:plus.google.com -inurl:about command it was 750 million now there are 800 million G+ users.