Archives for March 2009

Increase Efficiency by Using Social Media Apps

Social Media is fun. It’s a great way to socialize, stay informed, connect and share. But if you are wanting to limit your time on it and still keep your pulse on things,  and you aren’t using a social media application, you are going to spin your wheels and end up not getting much done.

In the last year, several applications have been released that allow you to keep track of Twitter, Facebook and other outlets all in one place, removing the need to visit many different sites. This increases your productivity by allowing you to search for specific topics and create specific groups that are most relevant to you.

Several to look at:

AlertThingy: Also allows you to integrate business social media sites, such as Yammer and Huddle.

Skimmer: a brand new (released 3/24) addition to the streaming social media sites, it also incorporates YouTube and flickr and Blogger.

If you are looking for a browser that incorporates social media, try Flock. Powered by Mozilla, it is a fantastic browser for anyone with a heavy social media life. All of your social media sites can be updated from within the browser sidebar. There are many extensions that make it even more useful.

If you want to be a part of helping develop the newest applications, SocialThing! is currently in private beta, so if you want to give it a try, shoot them a message.

What have you implemented to make social networking more efficient? Share your advice in comments.

(photo pilipala9)

The Ultimate Blog Party is Here:

(I’ve been a fan of Janice and Susan since 2006 when I first started blogging, and I’ve been so excited to watch their sites grow over the years. They are brilliant, savvy women. No one does sites for women better than them.)

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

Welcome! I hope that you will enjoy your visit and return to MMM often.

I’m always late to the party (actually, last year I managed to be the very first person on the UBP Mr. Linky. But that was an exception), so let me just jump right in with my intro:

I am Karla, the founder of Modern Media Mom. I’ve been blogging at my (neglected) personal blog, Looking Towards Heaven, since March of 2006. I love blogging. Recently, my other sites: Fruition Designs (where I sell Mommy Cards, stationery and Blog Design) and Modern Media Mom have nudged out a lot of my personal blogging time, but I’m trying to find more balance with it all.

My mission here at Modern Media Mom is to help you sort through the technical talk so that you can actually use the internet and technology to make your life easier.

Peek around. Hang out! You are sure to find useful and helpful information here.

I also have the latest headlines in technology that are relevant to you.

I’d love it if you’d subscribe (see that bright orange RSS button in the upper right corner? You can subscribe via feedreader or email) and spread the word.

You can also follow Modern Media Mom on Twitter.

If you have a blog or a mom-business, be sure to join in the fun at 5 Minutes for Mom!

PS: Enter UBP09 on your Blog Design order form, and you’ll get 10% off the Completely Custom package, 15% off the CompletelyUnique package and 20% off Completely You package, from now until March 30th.

Looking for a job?

If you, or someone you know are/is looking for a job, be sure to visit or send them to this article on Modern Media Mom.

(and I’d love for you to comment on the post below, where I’m discussing some scripture from Exodus)

Do People Stand on Their Tiptoes to See You Meet with God?

I’m just gonna come right out and say it: I’ve been slacking in my quiet time with God. I’ve not sat and just been in His presence in quite awhile. Lately, my time with Him has been tossing out a quick prayer and a passing hello.

It’s not that I haven’t been bothered by this fact. I’ve just been in some bad habits. And sometimes it takes a punch in the stomach to make those habits noticeable.

Yesterday, I received my punch in the stomach.

As I sat there rubbing my wounds listening to the Word spoken before me, I couldn’t get over some of the imagery that was being pointed out to me.

It came from Exodus 33, specifically verses 7-11.
Too often, I read the bible and only grab the big picture; the details elude me. So much of the good stuff is in those details and so I hate that I do that. Thankfully, I have good teachers who direct me towards them.

7 Moses took his tent and pitched it outside the camp, far from the camp, and called it the tabernacle of meeting. And it came to pass that everyone who sought the LORD went out to the tabernacle of meeting which was outside the camp. 8 So it was, whenever Moses went out to the tabernacle, that all the people rose, and each man stood at his tent door and watched Moses until he had gone into the tabernacle. 9 And it came to pass, when Moses entered the tabernacle, that the pillar of cloud descended and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses. 10 All the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the tabernacle door, and all the people rose and worshiped, each man in his tent door. 11 So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.

(emphasis mine)

God never includes anything in scripture without a reason. So why mention the fact that people would stop and watch Moses go to the Tent of Meeting?

Remember – there were millions of people in the desert with Moses. It wasn’t a small town, where everyone knew Moses intimately, and it wasn’t as though they were all like-minded. They had just built the golden calf for pete’s sake.

So when Moses went to the Tent of Meeting, they were curious. And word probably spread from tent to tent (“There goes Moses; What’s he doing?”) They didn’t have face-to-face meetings with God. God hadn’t come to visit them in the burning bush. They wanted to see what happened when someone met with God. They stood on their tiptoes to see the pillar of cloud descend upon the Tent.

We no longer have to set up a Tent of Meeting to meet with God. Our body is that Tent. The Holy Spirit dwells within those who have accepted Him. That cloud has descended upon us.

Now, let’s take the above scripture and apply it to our lives and our churches: Do people come out onto their porches to see us meet with God? Do they gather and wonder what it is that we are doing and do they desire that for themselves? Do they see the passion that we have for the Lord?

I’d love to see y’all discuss this in the comments.

(Next, I’ll be discussing Exodus 33:1-3 and Moses’ response when God told him that He would not go to the Promised Land.)

Find Your Next Job Using these Job Search Sites

The current economy has taken its toll on many companies and many people find themselves either looking for a job or looking to change jobs to something more secure.

If your are scouring the newspaper to find your next job, you are only seeing a tiny percentage of the openings out there. It is important to cast your net out as far as possible to find the most relevant and promising openings.

PC Magazine has listed the 20 Best Job Search Web Sites. They go way beyond the obvious sites, like CareerBuilder and Monster.com. Take a look and begin casting that net out further.

(photo: Zhylosa)