Fly on Lufthansa and share your itinerary on social networks

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Social Media and Customer Service are working hand-in-hand, as companies discover new ways to incorporate new media into their marketing and business plans.

Lufthansa Airlines has recently introduced MySkyStatus. When you go to the MySkyStatus page, you simply input your flight information and your Twitter and Facebook pages will be updated automatically with your flight schedule information, including departures and arrivals.

I’m sure it won’t be long before most US airlines implement something similar.

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Get a Free Passport Photo Through ePassportPhoto.com

If you have ever had to have a photo taken for a passport, you know what a big fat pain it can be. It has always perplexed me as to why it had to be that way… I mean, come on – it’s a photo. And a not very good one at that!

There had to be a better way.

There is: ePassportPhoto.com. And guess what? It’s FREE! Not only is it free, but you don’t have to get in your car and drive anywhere to have it taken. It is done right on your own computer.

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You take the photo. You upload the photo to the site, where you can easily check for compliance with any requirements:

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Once compliance is checked, proceed and preview your sheet:

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If it all looks right, you are ready to print them off:

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The only charge incurred is if you use the premium service and have them sent to Walgreens. My suggestion, if you aren’t going to print them yourself, is to check Costco and other stores that print photos. Find the best price and send them there. Click on the “download and print” link on the “Basic” option. The photo will be downloaded to your computer, which will allow you to upload it to any photo printing site. Just be sure that their printing meets proper passport photo requirements.

It doesn’t get any easier than that. And best of all, you’re not stuck with a photo that looks like you just ate a bag of lemons and are on your third straight night with no sleep.

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About ePassportPhoto.com:

ePassportPhoto.com is the Internet passport photo booth, and our primary goal to put an end to the passport photo rip-off. We believe that there’s no reason you should have to spend valuable time and money just to get a simple, compliant set of passport photos.

Unlike traditional photo shops, our system currently supports the exact government requirement of over 60 countries, from Albania to Zimbabwe (and many in between, such as Australia, France and Germany). For example, if you’re a citizen of China living in Canada or a citizen of the UK living in the US, ePassportPhoto.com will help you create passport photos that comply with the requirements of your home country.

ePassportPhoto.com was established in 2005 and has served over two million users from 200 different countries and territories.

Work at Home Profile: Christine Randle, account executive

Terin_Mom_Halloween 2006 Name and type of Business: DPR Group, Inc. is a small public relations firm.

How long have you been in this business: I’ve been in communications for about 7 years and in PR specifically for 3 years.

What is the biggest challenge about having your business and family under the same roof? Keeping things detached. Meaning, physically maintaining a completely separate workspace within the house where I am not to be bothered during designated work hours is difficult. Since my youngest daughter is home with my husband for most of the day, it’s often expected that since I’m home, I should help out, but in reality I need to be working. I feel pulled in multiple directions a lot and I have to be very organized and disciplined to avoid becoming overwhelmed completely. Still, I’d rather deal with this challenge than battle traffic every day.

How have you managed child care: My husband is home during the day and heads to work around 4:00, so we try to schedule naps around times when he isn’t here. It’s definitely a challenge! To compensate, I’ll work early in the morning or late in the evening, when the kids are asleep, if I have work that I need to catch up on.

What is your favorite part of working from home? Being immediately available if there’s a family emergency and not having to drive an hour plus to work every day.

Least favorite? Not having a need to ‘dress up’ to go to the office. I really love fashion and I find myself wearing sweats all the time! Not good, not good at all.

What is the biggest mistake you’ve made as a work at home business owner/employee? Not knowing when to ‘turn it off’. I find myself working constantly!

What is the best decision you’ve made as a work at home business owner/employee? Being flexible. I view working at home as a privilege, not a right. I’m always available to speak with a client or a co-worker. If needed, I’m willing to travel to the office on days that I normally work from home. You must be perceived as a team player—even when you aren’t in the office on a daily basis, and I work really hard to make this a reality.

What advice do you have for anyone considering starting a work at home business or job? Be flexible, dedicate a separate space only for work, actually get dressed every day—don’t roll out of bed and start working—and take breaks. This is one thing that I often forget to do!

Bio: Christine Randle works with DPR Group, Inc., a Washington, D.C. Metro-based public relations (PR) firm, as an account executive, serving some of the firm’s largest clients. She provides strategic PR counsel for companies in a wide range of industries including enterprise software developers, information technology (IT) management firms and government contracting agencies. Christine holds a bachelor’s in history from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington and a master’s in urban studies from Temple University in Philadelphia.

A Tribute to the Upper Deck (with a visual aid)

Several weeks ago, after the Titans won the AFC South Championship and the right to play at home, Sean purchased tickets for us to attend the Titans v. Ravens game.

I was surprised by how excited I was about going. I had never attended a pro football game before, and I had no idea that deep down was a football fan itching to get out.

We knew that our seats were in the nosebleed section, but we got a huge laugh when we got to the very tip top and realized those were where our seats were located. We had an amazing view of the river and the city when we turned around. And there were a couple of moments when I lost sight of the ball.

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So when they announced that they had a special message for the Upper Deck Titans Fans, we were all about that. Of course, when didn’t hear what we were seeing until 10 minutes after we watched it. Sound takes a long time to travel to 10K feet above sea level.

I had to share the humor: I love the Real Men of Genius ads. (yes, they are beer ads)

 

 

What is your favorite Real Men of Genius ad?