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Clear Skies Ahead – The Shift to Cloud Computing

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Editor’s note: This article was written by Christian Abbas, one of the team at Columbus UK, a provider of business telephone systems, mobiles, networking and IT solutions. He enjoys writing about technology, IT and content marketing.

Talk of the imminence of widespread cloud computing was ongoing for several years. As some services took their first steps in this direction, it became clear that the rise of cloud computing was inevitable. Accessing software in this manner provides a plethora of benefits over more dated methods, and the drawback are almost irrelevant.

Services have been making the transition to cloud computing across the board. In today’s fiercely competitive digital world, businesses must stay ahead of the game and a failure to move processes to the cloud will have inevitably negative consequences. [Read more…]

4 Key Points on Cloud Computing


cloud-computingCloud Computing is a buzzword that has been floating around the web over the past few years and certainly even the least tech-wise of us all have encountered the technology at some level. Whether it’s through the use of common web services or devices at your place of work. The technology is impossible to avoid and is now a critical component in our daily personal and business lives.

Cloud computing is leveraging the now much lower costs of internet bandwidth, hardware and network infrastructure to deliver network services to economies of scale. Essentially, pooling resources to deliver cost-effective internet-based services to businesses and for personal use. So technical implementations and services which cost hundreds and thousands of dollars a decade ago are now available for a few dollars per month.

So, are you leveraging the power of this ever-evolving technology? If not, here are 4 reasons why you should seriously consider. [Read more…]

Cloud-Based Tools to Stake Your Business Blog on


Businesses that run on the cloud understand the benefits of working remote. Owners don’t have infrastructure, office space, and equipment associated with a business in the strictest sense. But cloud-based tools will help them run their company instead without compromising their performance. Doing this lets them operate their business in its bare essentials so they can maximize their earnings.

The same principles apply to running a business blog. This online activity has been elevated to a marketing tactic due to its ability to reach out to your target audience with ideas shared in your posts. It is also possible to monetize your blog by applying the best practices so you don’t have to work a job at an office.

To get to this stage in your career as a business blogger, you need to hire people who will help realize your dreams for you. You don’t have to make sure your team goes to an office so you can monitor their progress.  Managing writers, designers, programmers, and developers to run your multiple blogs will be difficult, but not impossible thanks to these cloud-based tools.

Time-tracking tool: Toggl


There are cloud-based time tracking tools that lets your team clock in the time just like they would in an office despite working from a distance. One of these tools is Togglr, a free time tracking online tool that lets them enter the times they’ve worked and the tasks they’ve accomplished during the day.

Once your team members have entered their hours, they can send you a visual report of the tasks they’ve finished during the day, week, or month. They can record their time by visiting the site from your browser or you can download the desktop and mobile app to log in their work hours.

While the app is free for use, it can only accommodate five team members. Purchasing the Pro or Business plan will let you include unlimited members who can record time and send you regular reports, aside from other features.

Project management tool: Asana


Who’s supposed to write a post to be published later this afternoon? When should the blog redesign be finished? Where are the updated files of the brief provided by the client?

These are some of the questions you’ll be asking yourself without a project management system in place. Asana is a free tool that will help organize your projects, tasks, and members to keep your blogging business running in tip-top shape.

You can create projects and place actionable tasks to be assigned to specific members in your team. You can describe the brief of the tasks at hand and place a deadline on each so team members are aware of what needs to be prioritized. Other features include create visual milestones, receive updates straight to your inbox, and third-part integration, and more.

Online meeting tool: ClickMeeting

Sometimes, you’ll need to gather your team at the same time to discuss plans you have in store with your blog. You will also need to receive updates about the tasks assigned to each on your project management tool. Taking the option of online chat, while free and cost-effective, will take time to finish since typing your message is neither the fastest nor the most efficient way of communication.

For a more dynamic approach, you should go with holding online meetings using ClickMeeting. You can conduct an audio and video conference (if not both) with your team so you can discuss your blogging plans like you would a face-to-face meeting. You can also hold a moderated Q&A session so you can filter out questions from team members to discuss in the public chat. If you have prepared a presentation or want to show whatever’s appearing on your screen, you can enable the full desktop sharing and control to engage your team.

Other features include the ability to record your meetings, meeting room rebranding, and more.

Final thoughts: The cloud-based tools featured above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to running your business blog. There are even collaboration tools to help you build a community with your blog. Nonetheless, these should help run your blog efficiently while making the most out of your earnings.

More on cloud-based tools:

4 Key Points on Cloud Computing

Clear Skies Ahead – The Shift to Cloud Computing

Top Earning Blog Niches You Should Consider Mastering

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Anyone can start a blog. Practically anyone can earn money hiring himself out as a blogger/blog content writer. Earning good money by blogging – whether for yourself or as a blogger for someone else – is a totally different story, though. Blogs – and bloggers – are a dime a dozen, but it takes skill, talent, and a mastery of the topic to stand out.

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If you are a pro making a living out of writing, and you want your earnings to go up a notch, I suggest taking a look at these blog niches which will help you increase your worth. Of course, it goes without saying that you actually have to learn and exert effort before you can claim mastery and establish your authority in any niche. You can’t just spend a whole day on Wikipedia, and then go around proclaiming yourself as a guru!

If you are serious about making more money without being a hack, here are top earning blog niches that you might want to dive into. [Read more…]

Major Social Media Sites Taken Down By Amazon Server Issues


RedditIn the early hours of Thursday, April 21 various websites including HootSuite, Reddit and Foursquare were offline due to Amazon AWS server issues.

The issue involved Amazon’s cloud computing platform which was experiencing technical difficulties within several major services on the platform.

Sites that did not shut down completely were experiencing major latency issues or brief up and down periods. Also included was question and answer site Formspring.

Most issues occurred because of three Amazon platform issues; Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Amazon Elastic Beanstalk and Amazon Relational Database Service.

All sites affected appear to be working correctly at this time.



What Was Matt Mullenweg Doing at the Microsoft Conference?

Automaticc’s Matt Mullenweg appeared on stage, together with Microsoft’s CTO Ray Ozzie during their Professional Developers Conference. Ray was talking about Microsoft’s latest foray into the cloud computing niche called WindowsAzure.

According to reports, WindowsAzure will let Microsoft’s corporate clients to write code on a cloud-based OS running on Microsoft’s data centers. WindowsAzure is about to go live sometime in January. It’s obviously a paid service which will have business corporations as the main clients.

But what was Matt’s business there? [Read more…]

Blog Conferences


Here is a list of upcoming 2009-2010 blogging events and meetups for bloggers. P.S. Please contact us if you have any suggestions for this resource!
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2009 Blogger Conference List

canadian-institute-logoThe Canadian Institute’s Managing Social Media
October 6-7 — The Sutton Place Hotel, Toronto
Attend The Canadian Institute’s Managing Social Media conference to get a handle on the cutting-edge business and legal concerns and walk away with practical information and solutions to overcome them.

Mobile Application Stores Conference
8 October 2009 — San Diego
The Mobile Application Stores conference will focus on the tremendous opportunities in the mobile apps stores eco-system. The event is designed to give a complete understanding of how to capitalize on this exploding market.

blogworld-new-media-expoBlog World & New Media Expo
October 15-17 — Las Vegas
“The largest new media conference in the world including more than 50 seminars, panel discussions and keynotes from iconic personalities on the leading-edge of online technology and internet-savvy business.”

web2summitWeb 2.0 Summit 2009
October 20-22 — San Francisco
“Visionaries and executives across key industries will present their unique perspective on the Web’s future-in-flux and how the tools and principles of Web 2.0 are impacting their businesses.”

October 22 — Washington D.C.

TWTRCON focuses on discussing how to use Twitter as a business platform, paying particular attention to use by non-profits and government agencies. Speakers include Craig Newmark and Scott Harrison, from Charity:Water.

Cloud Computing World Forum
October 22 — London

This one-day conference will provide a focused platform for the global cloud computing industry.

The Social Media Business Forum
October 23 — Durham, NC

The Social Media Business Forum will feature national and local speakers from marketing companies, technology companies, and social networks discussing ways in which business communications have changed because of social media.

140 Characters Conference
October 27 — Los Angeles

Organized by Jeff Pulver, this conference had its first stop in New York City in June. 140 Characters will be taking place in Los Angeles on Oct. 27 and will address Twitter’s disruption of social media and look at microblogging’s effect on businesses, brands and advertising. Panelists include Jason Calacanis, Dave Winer, and Billy Bush.

African Bloggers Conference
October 29 – Nov 1 —
Nairobi, Kenya
A gathering in the nation of Kenya of bloggers from all over Africa.

Internet Summit 2009
November 4-5 — Raleigh, NC

Internet Summit ’09 will feature over 75 speakers. Topics will include social media, blogging, real time, mobile, video, search, online advertising, e-commerce, analytics, the cloud, and more.

Social Networking World Forum — California
November 9-10 — Santa Clara, California
This event taking place at the Santa Clara Convention Center actually consists of three conferences: two days dedicated to social networking, one day dedicated to enterprise social media, and one day dedicated to social TV. Key speakers include social networking publishers, advertising agencies, industry analysts, software developers and equipment manufacturers, pay-TV and network service providers, mobile operators, and more.

PubCon Vegas
November 10-13 — Las Vegas

PubCon Las Vegas is a multi-track educational conference hosted by SearchEngineWorld & WebmasterWorld. PubCon events are for thought leaders and professionals in search engine and Internet marketing to gather and to share best practices in the design, development, promotion and marketing of their Internet businesses and brands. PubCon London 2009 is a social networking event.

Defrag 2009 Conference
November 11-12 — Denver, Colorado
As online data is growing and fragmenting at an exponential pace, individuals, groups and organizations are struggling to discover, assemble, organize, act on and gather feedback from that data. In the largest sense, we’re all looking to augment the pace at which we achieve insights on raw data — to accelerate the “A-ha” moment.

Online Information & IMS 2009
December 1-3 — London

Online Information and IMS together create the largest event dedicated to the information industry. Consisting of an exhibition delivering over 9,000 visitors from 70 countries, a conference and a show-floor seminar program, the event provides an annual meeting place for the global information industry.

2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum — London

March 15-16, 2010 — London

The 2nd Annual Social Networking World Forum takes place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London. The two-day event features four dedicated conference streams:

1. Social Networking World Forum
2. Enterprise social media
3. Social TV World Forum
4. Mobile Social Networking Forum

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Paul Stamatiou on living the cloud life

Paul Stamatiou has written a great post on ‘How to Live the Cloud Life’.

Paul outlines how to use cloud computing for several different things – ranging from E-mail (gmail), to storage (Amazon S3), to documents (Google Docs), and others.

As Paul writes in his intro:

There’s no doubt about it, I’m in love with the cloud. Some people might not share my fascination with storage-in-the-cloud and compute-in-the-cloud models but I can’t wait to have the same computing experience regardless of the computer or device I’m using to connect to the Internet. I’ve taken it upon myself to change my workflow and digital lifestyle to get as much of my data online and make use of web-based tools until that utopian time comes. Here’s how I do it and you can do the same.

Well worth the read…

Arrington launches TechCrunchIT with Steve Gillmor

Michael Arrington has launched yet another blog with today’s announcement of the launch of TechCrunchIT.

The new blog, according to Arrington, will be focused on enterprise software:

We just launched TechCrunchIT, our newest property, with editors Steve Gillmor and Nik Cubrilovic. The site is focused on the enterprise tech space – all the software, technologies, standards, platforms, etc. that help companies do their thing, and form the building blocks of the products we feature on TechCrunch, MobileCrunch and our other blogs.

TCIT will be a lot like TechCrunch in editorial and content style – a range of enterprise-related news and analysis including applications, open standards, platforms, cloud computing, microenterprises, customer experience, legacy enterprise, social media, information management and software among other subjects. They aim to promote an understanding of emerging and existing enterprise technologies and products and to analyze their commercial, social, and consumer impact.

Some interesting posts up already- including some video. Time will tell how well this new property will perform.