Twitter for business uses

Twitter has been in the paper recently with talks about trying to find ways in which to monetize their popularity. (Doesn’t it seem like a common theme with many of our venture funded startups this quarter?)

In addition to advertising, one avenue they are looking at is to see how useful the twitter application can be for business.   How does a tool used for announcing your whereabouts and general attention grabbing convert to a serious business application?   Well there are some fans that have come up with initial suggestions that have been compiled here in this LiveBinder.

To view just click on the link below and go through each of the tabs in the binder.

Enjoy!

LiveBinder It update!

We are happy to announce that the LiveBinder It bookmarklet tool has been updated.

Here are some of the changes in this release:

Auto-open:

Now when you add a link to a binder through the LiveBinder It bookmarklet tool, the binder will automatically open so that you can see where the link was added in your binder.

Non-conforming Links:

Some users have come across links that override the binder trying to open the link in its own browser window.  LiveBinder has now corrected that problem by adding the URL link to the tab page and launching a separate window for the web page.  Everytime you click on the tab of that particular link, the browser window will come to the front of the binder.

Error messages:

Any error messages caused by odd characters typed into a binder title has now been fixed.

To benefit from these new updates, replace your bookmarklet by going to livebinders.com/tool.

Let us know how it goes and if you encountered any problems.

Enjoy collecting!

City politics

The city in my neighborhood bought a little triagluar empty lot in hopes of making it a park someday. There are not many parks in my neighborhood, so the neighbors have all been waiting to see what would happen on this tiny corner lot. But waiting for something to happen from a government entity is a tedious process.

Recently we have decided to drive this process instead of wait. I have never been involved in city politics. (Though I do have experience in working with schools and corporate politics so I should have had a clue!) What I have learned is that that the noisier you are, the more people listen. (Gee, you think I would have understood that!) Just by organizing the neighbors and putting together a plan, we realized that we could ‘help’ the city prioritize the funding for this park.

We put together a Yahoo group and a LiveBinder to keep the neighbors informed. Then we made flyers and organized meetings where all the neighbors could get together and share their vision.

Next week is the annual prioritization meeting for parks and rec. funds. This week we have organized an email campaign to show the city council just how much our neighborhood wants this park. I kicked off the email campaign on Monday with my own email and was thoroughly impressed to get a follow-up phone call from one of the city council members who is also our former mayor.

One surprising thing to me about this process, was just how hard it was to find the parks and rec. meeting minutes on the city’s website. They are there, but you really need to dig to find them. After spending quite of bit of time unearthing them, I put the relevant pages in the LiveBinder for all the neighbors to read:

We will see where we stand after the meeting on Tuesday!