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Twitter Bug bit me

Posted in Twitter,Uncategorized by headoflettuce on February 22, 2010

Consider this a public service announcement.

While out and about I received a Tweet that looked like this, [ Lol. this you??, followed by a long URL] (Mistake #1 long obscure URL, not a shortened one). Unfortunately I received this, while out, on my Droid and I did not even think twice about clicking on the link (mistake #2). When I clicked on the link it brought me to what looked like my sign in screen for Twitter asking for my sign in info (Mistake #3) and I “re-signed in” needless to say I bit on a phishing scam that immediately sent out dm’s (direct messages) to a bunch of my followers with the same message and bug. I have since gone and changed my sign in info for my account, and warned all my followers, but felt this would be a great learning experience to share.

First I felt safe being on my phone, wrong. Next I should have noticed a long obscure URL, not a shortened one and not a recognizable domain. I clicked the link, then against my instinct re-signed in to Twitter (Next time I will shut down the explorer, and reopen Twitter directly and see if it request my log in (With my phone, it remembers all my sign in info, so I should not have fallen for this.)

Moral of the story, be vigilant in your actions, thinking about this story, the dm would not have gone anywhere if I waited until I got home to view on my computer, and more importantly if I closed everything down and checked my twitter account to confirm that I was logged in I could have avoided this mess.

I hope this can somehow help someone else from falling for the mistake I made.

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Cool Valentine experience with my Droid

Posted in Uncategorized by headoflettuce on February 17, 2010

I had a really cool experience this past Sat. that I had to share. While shopping for some V-day supplies with my wife she turned to me and asked what ingredients do you need to make Hollandaise sauce, eggs Benedict is one of my favorite treats. Well I had no idea, so thinking of the Droid commercial I decided to test the phone, taking it out and hitting voice search then saying “How do you make Hollandaise sauce?”, well a few seconds later the phone offered me http://www.reluctantgourmet.com/hollandaise_sauce.htm who graciously offered us an ingredient list as well as how to make it. Well she made it Valentine’s morning with a bunch of other stuff that was a great hit with me and the kids. What can I say, I am a lucky man and Valentines market 22 years since the day we met.

Another experience that day was with an app called ShopSavvy, this tool allows me to snap a picture of a products UPC code and it searches both local stores and online stores for that product looking for the best price, how cool is that! What I love is it saves me from hunting for a price on a product as it is like shopping with your own scanner. Usually the price is good where I am at, and if not I don’t buy it. WalMart lost a sale the other day, because the product came up as $19 at their store, but they scanned it at $30, and they would not honor the price. Imagine what this means for the future of price comparison shopping. I know it will make my life easier, as my wife “Queen Thrifty” will let me buy things I want if I can show her it is the best price and save myself from going and checking the price at other locations. Kudos to ShopSavvy 🙂

Social Fresh

Posted in Uncategorized by headoflettuce on February 12, 2010

This past week I volunteered at a social media event called Social Fresh. Why volunteer you ask, well first and foremost, it got me in free, but in all honesty I would have gone either way. It has been a while, but when I was with Floyd Wickman as his business manager I often was involved in events like Social Fresh, but geared for real estate agents, and while at Realtor.com I spoke at many events, so I thought I might have something to offer that would benefit the event and those attending it. Well I like to think I helped make a difference as I caught and helped fix problems before they arose. One of the benefits of being a volunteer is that you get a type of exposure to an event that you could not experience any other way; While many of the speakers were waiting for their opportunity to speak, I was often left alone with them which was a great time to have some one-on-one conversations, which I loved. I discussed the Head of Lettuce with a few of them and received a lot of encouragement. The volunteers also wore bright green shirts that made us easy for others to approach and being conversations with us, which I believe helped me make more contacts then I might have on my own.

One of the very entertaining moments for me was looking out on the room of attendees who were mostly looking at their computers or smart phones during presentations, and you knew it was not a matter of being rude, but a sign of how much they were paying attention and tweeting notes or questions to the speakers. As a Speaker, I think I would have a hard time addressing an audience that was not watching me. Unfortunately though as a volunteer I was often worrying about the even so I was not able to give as much attention to the talks as I would have liked, hopefully someone will be posting video of the talks so I can catch what I missed.

If you love social media, there is nothing better then being in a room full of people that share that same love with you, and I highly recommend you attend an event like Social Fresh. I have not attended enough social media events to say how this one rated, but I think even if you spent the day locked in a basement with these people, it would be a great event. If you are someone planning an event, feel free to tap into my experience as I do believe I have ideas on how an event like this could be better.

I will be writing on several topics that came up at Social fresh over the next few weeks, so hopefully I will be giving a little more meat in some future posts.


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