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10 Things Not To Say At Wedding

Written by Marium

10 Things Not To Say At Wedding

A wedding is an auspicious event that not only celebrates a union of two people, but joins two families together as well. On this happy occasion, a wrong comment, even if its said as a joke, can have a lasting impact on the whole marriage, turning it into an eternal tiff rather than eternal bliss. So make sure you’re not the one responsible for a spat or an uncomfortable atmosphere by avoiding these ten remarks, because when it comes to a wedding, silence is surely the best policy!

1. Never make any mention of past marriages

Past is past and it should remain that way. The couple is starting a new life and therefore, reminding them of a previous marriage in any way is the last thing you would want to do. Even funny comments like, “This one is way better than your last one” or “I hope this one lasts longer than the previous one”, are a big NO.

2. Don’t pass a negative comment about the bride’s dress

The bride’s dress should not bother you because you’re not the one who’s wearing it, and obviously she wouldn’t be wearing it if she thought it were bad! So comments like, “Wasn’t it available in a different color?” or “I think this should have been a little longer/shorter” or “Why didn’t you go to that designer I told you about?”, should be avoided. You don’t want to make a bride loose her confidence on her special day!

3. Don’t criticize the menu

It’s their wedding, therefore they decide the menu. So whatever comes your way should be appreciated. Still if you feel that you can’t have the food over there, then a polite comment like, “My stomach is upset”, or something similar is a better option than actually criticizing the food.

4. Never compare the bride and the groom

Never compare the bride and the groom even if the bride is downright ugly or the groom has the looks of a Greek god and vice versa. As long the couple is happy with each other, you should be happy for them as well. Some people even have the audacity to whisper in the bride or the groom’s ear that they could have done so much better. This is plain rude and a comment like this deserves nothing but tight slap on the speaker’s face.

5. Check before mentioning a deceased family member

A wedding is a happy occasion and the mention of someone who has passed away can give the event a sad atmosphere, especially if that person was close to the bride or groom and their families. Hence it is always better to play it safe and avoid mentioning such a person because you never know who you might end up upsetting.

6. Keep the secrets about bridge and groom to yourself

Everyone has secrets and everyone has done crazy things in the past, and just because someone is getting married doesn’t mean he/she would want their spouse to know, especially on their wedding day. However, relating a funny incident is completely harmless, but besides that, all the wild crazy stuff should go with you to your grave.

7. Don’t tell mother-in-law jokes

Mother-in-law jokes are no doubt very funny but a wedding is not the best place to share them, especially when two newly made mother-in-laws are on the loose. You never know how they or other people might take them, that is why its better to save them for another occasion.

8. If you had/have other plans don’t make any mention of them

People invite you to their wedding because they want you to be a part of their special day and want to share their happiness with you. Saying that you have to go somewhere else or had to be somewhere else gives the impression that rather than being a part of their joy, you were actually doing them a favor by attending the event, and this could even hurt their feelings.

9. Don’t predict the future of the marriage

As a joke, many people, especially the bride and groom’s friends, actually make bets guessing how long would it take for the couple to break the marriage bond. Believe me its not funny, on the contrary its rude and offensive and I shouldn’t even be telling you to keep away from such games, you should be sensible enough to know that yourself!

10. Stop bragging about your gift to the couple

Ok, just because you gave a great expensive gift or a fat cheque to the newly wed couple doesn’t mean that you start bragging about it. Not everyone can afford it and your showing off can make people feel inferior and uncomfortable with their gift or money.

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15 Annoying Things Most Girlfriends Do, That You Put Up With

Written By The Manolith Team


While there are exceptions to every rule, the fact remains that the rule exists. Most women, like men, will behave in certain expected ways, especially once in a committed relationship. Some of us may be lucky enough to find a woman who somehow manages to break all the rules, but those are about as common as unicorns, and let’s just face facts here, there’s no such thing as unicorns. These are the 15 most annoying things that most girlfriends do, and yes — you have to put up with all of them.

Random Item Relocation


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Nothing could be more vexing to realize while heading out the door than that you have no idea to where your hat, jacket, or even shoes have disappeared to. Girlfriends have an uncanny knack for arbitrarily deciding that there is a proper place for an item you have improperly placed for months, or even years on end — without incident. When you finally exhaust your searching abilities and ask them where they’ve hidden your stuff, their response is nearly always that it’s where it belongs. Where that may be, only they will know.

Unwanted “Organization” of Your Stuff


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Much like the singular item relocation, girlfriends will take it upon themselves to upgrade your imperfect organization of stuff, your stuff. Whether it’s your DVD collection, your sock drawer, or everything in the kitchen, she’ll completely overhaul the system you had going. Trying to explain to them that you even had a system to begin with is a waste of breath, since they will promptly explain to you that that isn’t really a system at all and that their way is the right way.

Constant Overdressing


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Whether you feel like going to McDonald’s or the classy joint downtown, your girlfriend will likely dress as though you’re going to a fancy soirée and spend no less than an hour preparing for it. It doesn’t matter that you’ll only need about two minutes to put on your jeans and find where she’s hidden your socks. To the same tune; when winter starts dropping the temperature, she’ll begin dressing as though there’s a blizzard outside when it’s barely cold enough for a sweatshirt. Her excuse for this is usually that her ears get cold, when it’s far more likely that she doesn’t like her light jacket anymore, and wants to wear her parka because it’s cuter.

She’s Late for Everything


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There is no difference between getting ready to go to the bar, out to dinner, out to a movie, to see your parents, or to cross the street and sit at the park. Girlfriends often feel the need to spend an hour (or three) preparing themselves for the outing. If you wise up to this early, and give them a full five hours warning, they will wait until 20 minutes beforehand to begin this preparation. Despite decades of intense social-study on the subject, there is no logical explanation for this.

The Sheer Amount of Toiletries She Needs


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Men like to keep their bathrooms distinctly spartan, that is until a girlfriend arrives and inevitably stakes her claim. We tend to have a couple of items to support our shaving habits, some deodorant, shampoo, soap and a toothbrush. She, however, will bring half of Walgreens with her and set it up on every conceivable flat surface she can find, and possibly even add some shelving to facilitate the takeover.

She Whines About Everything


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Work, another woman’s hair, her own hair, her thighs, another woman’s thighs, the weather, her mother, your mother, your socks; it really doesn’t matter what the subject is, because she can and will whine about everything. Things that guys don’t even think about seem to irk women, and they all come out when a girlfriend takes root in your life.

Pillows – Millions of Pillows


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One might think that beds are made for sleeping in, but they’d be wrong. Apparently, unbeknownst to men everywhere, beds are in fact made to hold as many pillows as possible. Only a fraction of the pillows present are actually functional at any given point in time, while the rest are there for some unstated purpose. Sleeping on the bed requires several minutes of relocating pillows to suitable locations, which of course will be designated by the woman who placed them to begin with.

She Can’t Just Let Food Be Food


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Guys don’t have a problem coming home to a fridge full of beer, bread, ketchup and hot dogs. We’ll be happy as clams in front of the TV with our minimalistic, efficient foodstuffs. Women can’t live like that; they need to have something different every day, and whatever it is, it can’t be plain. It has to be dressed up, special, gourmet. Ideally speaking, women wouldn’t even eat at home if they could help it — there’d always be “that cute little place” downtown. Whatever that place is, it changes with the weather.

She’s Attached to Her Phone


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It doesn’t matter if you’re in the middle of dinner, a movie, a shower, or even sex (it’s happened to more guys than would ever admit it), most girlfriends are absolutely attached to their phones. They don’t actually have to accomplish anything on them, they just have to have them nearby. Usually, it’s a marathon round of texting that began six years ago when they met their best friend, and hasn’t ceased since. During the texting lull, however, you can count on her chatting away incessantly with any number of people, up to and including your own mother.

She Cries at the Drop of a Hat


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It could have been because she stubbed her toe, or it could have been because she thought she stubbed her toe, and the idea of stubbing her toe was stressful enough an event to cause her to cry. Whatever the case may be, she cries at least once a week for what seems like no discernible reason. Technically, there’s always a reason, but it almost always winds up existing solely in her own head.

Movies: She Ruins Their Very Existence


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This isn’t so much because she talks during your favorite part, or that she can’t stop fidgeting or playing with her phone during the movie. Those things are true, but the main problem here is a combination of her taste in movies, her insistence that you watch the movies she wants to see, and her (likely) complete lack of desire to actually pay enough attention to movies you want to watch to actually learn to enjoy them. On the whole, the effect is ruinous. Just bear with her on the chick flicks, and when you want to see something — leave her at home. You’ll enjoy it so much more that way.

She Can’t Be Content Just Staying Home


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Primary motivation for guys to go out all the time as single males is because they’re single males. We go out, whether we realize it or not, with the understanding that we stand a better chance of getting laid that way. Once we have a girlfriend, the going out dwindles to a minimum, and it doesn’t so much phase the majority of us if we’re happy in our relationship. Women on the other hand, feel an intense urge to go out. They want to dress up, to be in public, to feel like socialites, and their logic is simple: They’ve got a closet full of fancy clothes they don’t need to wear at home.

She’s Got a Selectively Perfect Memory


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Girlfriends remember every single fight we’ve ever had with them. They’ve got them all, stored and cataloged in their minds for use at a later date, but they only ever seem to remember the arguments in which they came out the victor. They also remember every single time we’ve been late for something, or forgotten something they wanted us to remember. They remember everything with crystal clarity — when they want to. Otherwise, mysterious memory lapses just seem to strike at the oddest moments.

Constant Guilt-Tripping and Martyrdom


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This seems to go hand in hand with the selective memory and the crying at the drop of a hat. Women can claim martyrdom as a last resort to win any argument, while crying. They might make an outlandish claim, such as “I always cook dinner,” even if you actually cook three times a week. They might claim to clean the house, when in fact you divide cleaning chores evenly. There are any number of ways they can guilt-trip guys into folding in an argument, and they use them according to need.

Deeming All Things Technical to be Unimportant


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Possibly one of the most irksome behaviors exhibited by women today, especially once they’re comfortable with their relationships, is utter disregard for the technical aspect of a thing. When a man sees a sports car, he likely recognizes it for the engine, suspension, equipment and any number of other things aside from the obvious fact that it looks good. Women will look at it and say “oooh it’s cute!” They want the newest smartphone not for its hardware or software, but because it looks new. They don’t care how something works, they just expect it to work. This behavior is largely responsible for the amount of times women will drive a car absolutely devoid of oil for two weeks while they wonder why on earth the warning light is on.

15 Interesting Facts about Dreams

Written by Bored Panda

Dreaming is one of the most mysterious and interesting experiences in our lives. During the Roman Era, some dreams were even submitted to the Roman Senate for analysis and dream interpretation. They were thought to be messages from the gods. Dream interpreters even accompanied military leaders into battles and campaigns! In addition to this, it is also known, that many artists have received their creative ideas from their dreams. But what do we actually know about dreams? Here are 13 interesting facts about dreams – enjoy, and what’s most important, don’t forget to share your dream stories in the comment section!

1. You Forget 90% of Your Dreams

Within 5 minutes of waking, half of your dream is forgotten. Within 10, 90% is gone.

2. Blind People also Dream

People who became blind after birth can see images in their dreams. People who are born blind do not see any images, but have dreams equally vivid involving their other senses of sound, smell, touch and emotion.

3. Everybody Dreams

Every human being dreams (except in cases of extreme psychological disorder). If you think, you are not dreaming, you just forget your dreams.

4. In Our Dreams We Only See Faces, That We already Know

Our mind is not inventing faces – in our dreams we see real faces of real people that we have seen during our life but may not know or remember. We have all seen hundreds of thousands of faces throughout our lives, so we have an endless supply of characters for our brain to utilize during our dreams.

5. Not Everybody Dreams in Color

A full 12% of sighted people dream exclusively in black and white. The remaining number dream in full color. Studies from 1915 through to the 1950s maintained that the majority of dreams were in black and white, but these results began to change in the 1960s. Today, only 4.4% of the dreams of under-25 year-olds are in black and white. Recent research has suggested that those changing results may be linked to the switch from black-and-white film and TV to color media.

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Why I didn’t buy you a drink

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Here we go again. – m4w – 22 (Downtown)

Date: 2010-01-12, 11:55AM MST

So a couple of weeks ago a put up a post regarding the etiquette of intersexual drink-buying at bars. Lo and behold, this past weekend a friend of mine got burned at the tav by falling for the exact trap that my post warned against. Accordingly, I felt compelled to repost for the benefit of all the beautiful women in Salt Lake who don’t want to scroll all the way down to find the original post. This may be redundant, but I cannot in good conscience let this phenomenon go overlooked. So here it is again: Why I didn’t Buy You a Drink.

You: Cute girl at the bar. Me: The guy you chatted with while waiting for our drinks. The Topic: Why I didn’t buy you a drink. The Audience: Women everywhere, please read this. I know it’s long, but I feel the length is expedient to truly illustrating and arguing my point.

I was waiting to order right as things were getting crazy. It was obvious that it would be a long wait. What can I say? I can’t compete with all the douches yelling for jager bombs. It was then that you appeared. A cute, petite, slightly hipster-ish girl standing next to me, waiting to order as well. The conversation began in the typical manner, simply relating on how frustrating it is when you spend half a night out just waiting for a drink. It then evolved into a true conversation. I spent the next twenty minutes finding out you have great taste in music, movies and literature. You laughed at my jokes, and that’s a big deal to average-looking guys like me. Unfortunately, after we’d both finished our respective drinks, but were still immersed in discussion, you dropped a bomb that sent shrapnel into my heart.

“So are you gonna buy me a drink or what?”

I had been dreading this moment. I’ve learned from hard experience that any prolonged conversation with a girl at a club or a bar inevitably requires a fee of rum and coke, vodka tonic, or God forbid, a cosmo. As cute as you were, I felt obligated to retain my self-respect.

“Sorry, I don’t buy girls drinks. Just kind of my policy.”

You looked at me like I told you I was going to rape your dog Charlie (yes, I remember his name). Your face morphed from a beautiful smile into a twisted caricature of shock, revulsion, and utter disbelief.

“Seriously, you’re not gonna buy me a drink? What’s your problem?”

Well sweetheart, let me explain to you in detail my logic regarding this decision that you found so unbelievable:

  1. I’ve been going to bars for a couple of years now. I enjoy meeting people when I do. I enjoy meeting attractive girls like yourself. I have, however, learned that buying girls drinks is a sucker’s game. Yes, it has developed into sharing my bed for the night a couple times, but 90% of the time, all it does is give me a higher bar tab. Now you might say I’m a prick for expecting a girl to sleep with me just because I buy her a drink. I agree an $8 cocktail does not and should not equal a sexual encounter. However, I believe spending time and money on a girl when I could be having a good night out with my friends does entitle me at least one of the following things: You reciprocating by buying me a drink, you giving me your phone number and/or going out on a date with me, where once again I will be spending time and money on you. Notice that sex is not a requirement or expectation that is coupled with any of these options. Now, of course, if I had offered to buy you a drink, and you accepted, you are not obligated to any of these things. The big distinction here is that you asked me to buy you a drink, and were shocked that I wouldn’t do so. This brings me to my second point.
  2. You know exactly what you’re doing. You’re an attractive girl, and when you go out there is no shortage of guys offering to buy you drinks. You know that they are all doing so with the hope that it will lead to sex with you. You know that it’s not going to happen, but you will accept the free drinks anyway. I don’t hold this against you. If they’re dumb enough to think that buying you a drink is the key to your heart and that they are somehow different from the other Ed Hardy-wearing frat-bros then it’s their own damn fault. You’re using your god-given assets to get free alcohol, nothing wrong with that. But it is precisely because I know that you do this that I will not be another douche who thinks he can get into your pants with a mixed drink. It’s insulting to my dignity as a man and your honor as a woman. I noticed you when you first walked in. I saw you dancing with that hopeless collar-popper. I saw him go to the bar and bring a drink back to you on the dancefloor. I saw how the second the glass was in your hand, you gave him the “Thanks for the drink, it was really nice meeting you” treatment complete with the obligatory pat on the chest. I saw the pathetic, defeated look on his face as you walked away. He will enter the next round of bar hopping a little wiser I hope.
  3. You took my unwillingness to fall into such a trap as an insult. You accused me of being stuck-up. You then said that I had a chance at fucking you, but that I’d ruined it by being an asshole. What exactly are you trying to tell me? That the asinine idea that getting a girl a drink will get you in her pants is actually true? That your decision of whether or not to sleep with a guy is based on him liquoring you up? We had a good conversation, and maybe you were actually interested in me. But the fact that any rapport we built was destroyed when I wouldn’t buy you a gin and tonic means that I am no longer interested in you. Not all guys are desperate sperm donors. Some of us actually value a good conversation, and we value girls who have enough respect for themselves that they don’t view sex as a transaction.
  4. We established during our conversation that we are both broke-ass fine arts students. Why then would you expect that I, someone who shares your financial woes, would want to spend money on you, a girl I just met? I don’t believe that chivalry is dead. I’ll hold a door for you, I’ll pull out your chair or take your coat. I’ll help you change a flat tire, carry you over deep puddles, figure out the remote, reset your modem. I’ll even help you move when I know you a little better. Why? Because I’m a gentleman. I will not, however, buy you a drink under the pretense that it is what a gentleman does, because I simply cannot afford it. If you want a guy who can afford to buy you whatever you want, find a fifty year-old sugar daddy. There was no shortage of potentials at the bar the other night.

I hope this illustrated my thought-process clearly enough. I hope you realize that you seemed amazing at first, and that declining to buy you a drink was in no way an insult. Your reaction, however, revealed the self-entitled, game-playing she-devil that was lurking underneath. I thank god for the out that he provided at that moment though. Just after you finished your little rant on what I dick I was for not boozing you up, a group of girls emerged at the bar right behind you. Two of these girls were thin and pretty. They immediately got the attention of some bros and had free drinks within minutes. The third girl was overweight and out of place. She had clearly spent a great deal of time and effort on her appearance, but alas, she was once again forsaken by her prettier friends and left to stand by herself, looking miserable. Luckily, I know when the universe has given me a profound gift. There were two incredible moments that filled me with an elation that could not be rivaled by the orgasm I would have had while fucking you. The first was the sincere, excited smile that the chubby girl gave me when I moved past you and asked what she wanted to drink. The second was turning back and seeing the look of horror on your face. You pathetic “have fun with the fatty” remark as you walked away was priceless. I may be broke, but I was willing to go into the red to make this girl’s night and to piss you off. I’m sure as soon as you left you got plenty of free drinks and plenty of idiots drooling over you. I just hope that I got under your skin enough to prevent any enjoyment of those things.

I had a great night. I introduced the big girl to an open-minded friend, and as I write this they are across the hall having loud sex. Normally going to bed alone, subjected to the sounds of raucous lovemaking across the hall would be a serious downer. But tonight, as I crawl into my lonely bed, I will go to sleep comforted by the fact that I have retained my self-respect. Having encountered more than a few spoiled bimbos, I infer that sex with you would have consisted of you lying on your back expecting me to be so grateful that I’m seeing your “hot” naked bod makes up for the fact that you are putting absolutely no effort into this sexual experience. This may just be me trying to justify going to bed alone tonight, but hey, what can you do?

The moral: Ladies, accept drinks if they are offered. Do not expect them. And if you’re feeling particularly wild on a given night, offer to buy the guy a drink. He will be instantly smitten.

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8 Key Points to Watch in Smartphones of 2010

Written by htcphones

The year 2009 marked the beginning of an era for Smartphone market. Apple’s iPhone continued its huge success and Google’s
Android revolutionized the smart phone industry and put the old players like RIM’s Blackberry and Nokia under extreme pressure. In
past, Smartphone Industry was dominated by phones like from Palm, Blackberry and Nokia. Their target market was professionals with
enterprise solution.

But Apple stepped into it by making Smartphone a device for everyone. Their step into Smartphone Industry was similar to that of their
revolution in PC. “Device for all” was the key motto and driver of the innovation. Apple’s bold step into bringing
Smartphone as a useful device for everyone and not just for corporate, proved a fruitful step.

Hence in the year 2009, Smartphone got more attention than any other devices because it became the device for laymen. This also meant
more innovations and growth in the Industry. In 2009, trends like Smartphone applications, App Store, Social Media Apps were the key
points of interest. Similarly Google’s Android has given the mobile makers a lot of flexibility to play with the apps.

Currently, iPhone is still leading the industry with their trademark form factor – large dominant touch screen. The question that needs
to be answered is what is going to dominate the year 2010? Below are the eight key issues or points which will be the key factor in the
Smartphone Industry.

1. Power Consumption

Efficient power consumption is the heart of any mobile devices. Today battery technology has come far enough
to provide lasting power for high-end devices like Digital Camera. Mobile Phones are still in their initial stage where its power
consumption cannot be approximated due to the rapid change in the technology.

Today, the overheating problem and power back-up of laptop still binds its mobility feature. Continuous power back-up is always
essential for laptops. Similarly, today’s new age Smartphone are quite power hungry. Apple’s iPhone can give power approximately
for 8 hrs but as the features and capabilities of Smartphone increase, efficient power plan is necessary.

Features like large screen, GPS monitoring, HD Video, TV connect, 3D games, Music and powerful multitasking will consume a lot of power.
Today these kinds of high-end devices are already in production and with this the issue of power will be the key points in the year

2. Multi-tasking

Multi-tasking feature is totally dependent on the mobile’s
operation system. OS like Android is already boasting about its multi-tasking feature. Further Intel’s arrival in the
Smartphone’s chip technology (MooreStone) with its partner LG is already exhibiting the extreme capability to multi-task where you
can switch between watching a video, talking to friends and using other applications.

Multi-tasking will require break-through in mobile operating system and processor inside it. In both areas, Smartphone have come a long
way through research and development. Hence, the year 2010 will see more focus on the multi-tasking ability of Smartphones. This will
bring it very close to having functionality like that of laptops.

3. GPS and Augmented Reality

Smartphone was the first mobile device to exploit the presence of Global Positioning System. Today’s Smartphone has great
applications to locate yourself and your friends in the neighborhood.

GPS technology combined with mobile camera can do wonders in bringing augmented reality experience. There are many applications which
can interact with the video being streamed through mobile camera to the database present in the Internet about the location of the
mobile phone.

In the recent CES event, an application running on the iPhone demonstrated its ability to control a helicopter (Parrot AR.Drone) with a
camera mounted on it. This capability opens door for interactive games. There are applications being built which can show information
about the objects being streamed via the mobile camera, it’s just another example of augmented reality. Further, one of the most
powerful applications comes from Google’s Android where the phone can act like a street guide showing you the exact direction
towards your destination.

The year 2010 will certainly see a great integration between GPS system and online data repository bringing even more value to people.

4. Touch Screen Technology

Before the emergence of Smartphone, Touch Screen was a thing of fantasy and extreme luxury. Old
models of Smartphone were featured with a stylus by its side to use its highly delicate touch screen. Now touch-screen has become the
fundamental identity of a Smartphone. This is further enhanced by the multi-touch functionality which can track gestures of multiple

Recent findings of Apple’s patent demonstrated a new technology in material science which could merge screen and touch pad together.
Though this might sound simple, it has the capability of changing the form factor of Smartphone. Currently, a touch pad is layered on
top of the screen panel. Therefore the thickness of the phone is controlled by the thickness of these two sections. But once these
become a part of each other, the size is reduced making phones compact.

There are a lot of speculations regarding Touch Screen Technology due to the emerging interest in Tablet which is the laptop size screen
with multi-touch facility. The technology is also going to change the way we might design an interface for the Smartphone.

5. Mobile Ads

If you ask, what is the next business model to rule the internet space? Then the answer for
sure is Mobile Advertisements. People are spending a lot of time in social networking sites through their mobile devices. The growth of
Smartphone Industry and social networking sites go parallel because these two platforms work hand in hand.

In mid 2009, Apple and Google competed with each other to acquire AdMob (Mobile Advertisement Organistaion) but Google won the race.
Google already had a testing platform to integrate AdMob, their Android Operating System. By the end of 2009 Apple also acquired a
mobile advertising platform called Quattro.

These two acquisitions mean that Smartphone is going to see an innovation in mobile advertisement. Google is already pushing the
internet to its limit by trying to make every area a Wi-Fi zone. As the connectivity increases, Mobile Advertisement would be really

6. Mobile Operating Systems

In past, Mobile phones and operating systems were considered one entity. No one considered Mobile
operating system being an independent entity or a product. Most of the basic phones had Symbian OS, the Smartphone makers either had to
develop their own basic OS or partner with other providers like Microsoft. But the year 2009 witnessed a great interest in mobile OS.

The change occurred due to the arrival of Google’s Open Source Operating Platform Android. Android has every characteristic of being
a great operating system. It’s immense strength comes from its Cloud Computing and its integration to the Google Map. Currently,
Android is being widely adopted by other mobile vendors leaving out previous software providers like Microsoft.

Microsoft already has Windows Mobile 7 scheduled to launch by the end of year 2010. This will decide if Microsoft will be able to get
their lost market share. In today’s competitive market, Operating system has to be compatible with every hand held devices. Android
is being implemented in every short of mobile devices from phones to tablet. Hence, the year 2010 will be a critical point for the
market to decide the ruling Mobile Operating System.

7. Mobile Banking

On November 2010, Scotiabank announced a new partnership with M-Com, an international mobile

banking and payments solution provider, which will bring mobile banking to Scotiabank customers in the spring of 2010.

This clearly shows the acceptance of Smartphone as a strong business transaction device and, not only as a communicator. The Senior
Vice-President of Scotibank told that with more than 22 million cell phone subscribers in Canada, wireless phones are among the fastest
growing consumer products in history. He also added that Canadians rely on the convenience of mobile devices to help them manage their
busy lifestyles, and having the ability to do their banking from their mobile devices will simplify their lives that much more.

As businesses and banks realize the potential of Smartphone and upgrade their business to fit into the eco-system, we will see more and
more banks creating a mobile platform for transaction. Though Scotiabank did not mention the Mobile platform, it is certain that in 2010
we will see applications for Blackberry and also iPhones to carry out your banking transaction. Mobile banking will be key to future
business transaction.

8. VOIP services , Apps

VOIP service utilizes the Internet as the carrier for phone calls by-passing the existing mobile network. Though
VOIP has been around us for more than 10 years, creating a VOIP service for phone is not as simple as it is for PC. But as the mobile
platform is changing, its more easier to develop a mobile application now than before.

The popularity of Google Voice created a lot of buzz over the existence of net phones. But many mobile carriers aren’t very happy
with it. The rejection of Google Voice Apps from the Apple store is one such example but we may see the change in 2010. Skype which is
the most popular VOIP service is already being accepted in the Windows Mobile platform.

The inclusion of VOIP service in Smartphone will also leverage other services like video phone which is already presented in many IM
chats in PC. Google has already launched its Google Phone and there is no way that it will be rejecting their own Google Voice App.
Currently, many mobile venders and mobile carriers are planning to promote Google’s Android. This means people will get to enjoy the
power and flexibility of VOIP services more efficiently in Smartphone. Net Phone or VOIP over Smartphone is a way towards new
communication platform.

12 Practical Business Lessons From Social Psychology

Written by SARAH

It’s been said many times that business is all about people. That being the case, perhaps we should stop reading management books for advice and start looking at social psychology. Very simply, social psychologists study how people interact with others – their families, friends, and yes, business partners. Smart marketers and executives have been using the findings of this growing field for decades to close sales, hold effective meetings and get their way in negotiations. But rather than putting you through an academic psychology lesson, we condensed the most useful concepts into one article.

The Foot in the Door Phenomenon

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The Concept: If you’re wondering how to convince superiors, employees or customers to do what you ask, try using the foot in the door phenomenon. This refers to the tendency of people to do something huge if they have already agreed to something much smaller. Your friend should be much more open to helping you decorate your entire house for a dinner party if, for example, he already helped you pick out decorations.

How You Can Use It: This handy principle has countless applications in the business world. Hand lotion and beauty supply kiosks at the mall use it all the time. If you can get a person to talk to you for a couple of minutes and rub some lotion on their hands, you’ve got your foot in the door, and they are much more likely to buy from you than if you had just screamed a sales pitch at them.

The Door in the Face Phenomenon

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The Concept: Another classic persuasion tactic is known as the “Door in the Face Phenomenon.” Using this approach, you make your actual request look reasonable by first making an outrageous request that the person will unquestionably turn down. When they turn you down, you then ask for what you really want, which now looks trivial in light of what you asked for a moment earlier.

How You Can Use It: Let’s say you want your company to approve funding for a team of five marketers to research a new advertising campaign. Rather than simply asking for this funding and risking being shot down, use the door in the face principle. Ask your company for twice the amount of funding for a team twice as big as what you need. This will almost certainly be disapproved, but don’t fret; you didn’t need that amount in the first place. Act like you’re really going to work hard on cutting the funding down to the bone and reworking your proposal. In a few days, come back and propose the funding request you wanted all along. It will look as though you found a way to accomplish the same tasks for half the price with half the personnel. Social psychology research states that you are much more likely to get what you want by doing this.

The Serial Position Effect

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The Concept: A truly sharp marketer should understand how our brains process information. The “Serial Position Effect” (developed by Hermann Ebbinghaus) assists by explaining how we remember items we see or hear in lists. Ebbunghaus discovered that things shown at the beginning of a list and at the end of a list are remembered best. This was later titled the “Primacy Effect,” and the “Recency Effect.”

How You Can Use It: This powerful concept can affect what the millions of people seeing your advertisements, listening to your radio promotion, or reading your sales letter, remember about your product. If you have five benefits that your product provides over the competition, think long and hard about which ones you want to stick deep into your audience’s memory. Place those items at the beginning and end of your pitch. This way, prospects will remember these benefits when they see your product on a shelf or think about the commercial they just saw.

Attitudes Follow Behavior: Resolving Cognitive Dissonance

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The Concept: Cognitive dissonance is a fancy term for when people have opinions, behave contrary to them, and change their opinion to fit how they acted. For example, if you normally despise handguns, but join your buddy at the shooting range one day, you might leave thinking about how “guns aren’t really that bad if you use them safely.” Simply by holding and shooting one yourself, your brain begins thinking positive thoughts about it. Similarly, a “boring” task might later be remembered as “not being all that bad” or even being “fun” because, after all, you did it.

How You Can Use It: What this means to you is that if you can get your customer to perform a small task, such as a little game or survey online, the customer may begin making some positive assumptions about what you sell. This especially works for businesses operating in controversial markets, such as gambling, tobacco or other vice-related products. If you can find a harmless and fun way for potential customers to get involved with your products and services they will be more likely to become loyal buyers down the line.

Two Routes to Persuasion

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The Concept: Not everyone processes information (including product demos and advertisements) the same way. Generally speaking, there are two types of audiences, depending on your product/service. Your audience is either attentively thinking about your message, or they are distracted. These two audiences take two different routes to understanding your message. The involved group takes what is known as the “Central Route,” meaning that they focus on what you are saying closely, develop counterarguments and respond based on what they eventually decide your product is all about. If your ad or pitch was strong and convincing, these people will probably buy. If it was weak or not convincing enough, there’s little hope of them buying.

How You Can Use It: The distracted audience takes a very different route to understanding your pitch known as the “Peripheral Route.” These people focus on irrelevant parts of the pitch that randomly interest them. The speaker’s good looks, for example might interest them more than the information in the pitch. Simple language is also important for this kind of audience. For example, if you’re selling a market research service, classic adages such as “look before you leap” will probably work better than “perform proper market research before investing.”

Perceived Expertise

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The Concept: Let’s face it – most of us give more weight to what “experts” say than average Joes off the street. Most people would sooner listen to a warning about the health hazards of eating fast food, for instance, if it came from a renowned nutritionist than from a self-righteous teenager.

How You Can Use It: What makes someone appear to be an expert? One tactic that has been used by marketers (and politicians) is to begin your pitch with something the audience already agrees with. This makes the speaker seem intelligent and makes the audience eager to believe more of what he or she has to say.

Of course, being introduced as an expert never hurt either. A comment about an approaching asteroid from “Dr. Robert Kimmel, Chair of Astrophysics at Harvard University” will surely be taken more seriously than, “Robbie Kimmel, local guitarist and college student.”

Finally, social scientists find that speaking confidently greatly improves believability. A study performed by Bonnie Erikson in 1978 proved this by having college students rate the credibility of two supposed “witnesses” to an accident. One spoke very clearly and confidently and the other one hesitated and stumbled over his words a bit. One by one, each student said the confident speaker was much more credible. Perhaps it’s time to buy your TV or radio guy a course in effective speaking!

Perceived Trustworthiness

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The Concept: Trustworthiness of the speaker is another factor critical to any kind of visual marketing. No trust, no sale. Fortunately, how trustworthy you look can be controlled almost entirely by you.

How You Can Use It: Our outward behaviors have a lot to do with whether trust us or not. One behavior that seems to carry a lot of weight is eye contact. Researchers have found that if video-taped witnesses in court looked their questioner straight in the eye rather than down or around, they were seen as more trustworthy.

You can also appear more trustworthy by seeming like you’re not trying to influence an audience. “Hidden camera” TV commercials utilize this tactic all the time. Social psychology experiments have found that people who don’t think they’re being watched are comfortable being completely honest.

People also find others trustworthy when they argue against their own interest. Thus, a message about risks of cigarette smoking seems much more sincere coming from the tobacco companies than it would if were given by an anti-smoking politician up for re-election. People might link the politician’s anti-smoking speeches to his political agenda, whereas they cannot do this with the tobacco companies and are much more likely to absorb the message as true.

The Mere-Exposure Effect

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The Concept: Sometimes repetition alone can make a message more believable. Social research has found that people tend to eventually believe things they’ve been told many times, simply because they’ve repeatedly heard it. Studies show that people rate false statements such as “Mercury has a higher boiling point than copper” as true if they were made to read them a week before.

How You Can Use It: This concept is why companies run the same advertisement three times during a one-hour television show. The first time the audience sees the ad they might just ignore it. However, a week later they may have seen the ad 20 times, and by that point they have begun to accept its message and view favorably the product it advertises.

Distraction Disarms Counter-arguing

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The Concept: Audio and visual messages are much more effective when the audience can be somewhat distracted by background clutter just long enough to inhibit counter-arguing. Mild distraction often preoccupies the brain just long enough to stop it from inventing a reason to say “no.”

How You Can Use It: Many radio commercials utilize this tactic. The words promote the product being sold while background music or intermittent comedy distracts us from thinking too deeply about the words. Be careful not to distract so much that ad is not processed, however. Extremely violent or incredibly sexual advertisements are often ineffective because the audience is simply too distracted by what they’re viewing to pay attention to the message. They key is to strike a balance such that your message is understood, but not deeply analyzed or argued by the audience.

The Self- Reference Effect

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The Concept: Remember – a marketer’s job making sure the audience understands and remembers the sales pitch. One handy way to achieve this is known as the “Self-Reference Effect.” The Self Reference Effect refers to the tendency of people to effectively recall information about themselves. Most people are primary concerned with themselves. Thus, memories pertaining to what we think about the most, (ourselves), are held longer and recalled easier. Studies have shown that, when asked to compare ourselves to a short-story character, we remember that character better than if we compared them to someone else.

How You Can Use It: When planning a new marketing campaign or presentation to the board, it is important to keep this principle in mind, as it can greatly influence what your audience walks away remembering. Try focusing on the basic lifestyle and personality traits of your audience. Once you have these squared away, design your new message to match these traits. This makes your message personally meaningful to them and boosts their chance of remembering what you said.


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The Concept: Priming is when various stimuli (sights, tastes, smells) automatically trigger thoughts of similar stimuli. The smell of crisp fall air, for example, might trigger thoughts about the holiday. As a result, simply smelling the fall air might make you crave pumpkin pie or apple cider, even though no food is in front of you.

How You Can Use It: Priming is a classic sales tactic that has been used for decades, and you can put it to use for your business immediately. The key is to find some kind of neutral stimulus that is clearly related to your product. A perfect example of this can be found at any movie theater. As soon as you walk through the door your nostrils are overcome with the smell of buttery popcorn. Without even seeing the popcorn or being asked to buy it, you find yourself making your way to the concession stand because you suddenly feel like the movie wouldn’t be the same without the snacks. This is classic priming, and all five senses are susceptible to priming by intelligent marketers and businesspeople.

Prevent Employee Social Loafing

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The Concept: Have you ever noticed, perhaps in college or around the office, that when groups are assembled to complete a task, it always ends up that a couple of members do most of the work while the majority of members do almost none of the work? This is a social psychological phenomenon known as “Social Loafing,” and it happens everywhere and in absolutely every profession. Social loafing is defined as the tendency for people to put less effort into a task when they are in a group than when they are alone.

How You Can Use It: Social loafing can seriously drain a team’s performance. The good news is that the causes of social loafing are known and consistent. Social loafing happens when no one is personally accountable. When the group is judged as a whole no matter what its individual members do, loafing is almost sure to occur. The sure-fire way to make sure that all of your employees are contributing equally to the task at hand is to assign them to groups, but assure them that they will be personally monitored and evaluated on their contributions to the group. The more someone thinks they will be judged personally, the less social loafing you have. This allows you to make the most of the talent you have on staff and almost always produces stronger results than the vague “group evaluation” does.

7 Classic Movie Moments You Didn’t Know Were Improv

Written by Marc Russel

Scriptwriting isn’t easy. Some people spend months trying to perfect a specific scene, trying to write that perfect line that sticks
in the mind of those who hear it. Then these guys come along and do it off the top of their heads.

Source: Orion Pictures

7. The Silence of the Lambs

The Moment:

The Silence of the Lambs

How it played out:

Anthony Hopkins’ performance as the insane doctor Hannibal Lecter is by far his most notorious. He got an Oscar for the part in
spite of only having 24 minutes of screen time — just because he’s that creepy. The above clip shows probably his most famous line
from the film. While this line was in fact in the script, his hissing after was not, and surprised everyone on set particularly Jodie
Foster. That disturbed look on her face there? That wasn’t acting – she was genuinely creeped out.

6. Taxi Driver

The Moment:

Taxi Driver

How it played out:

Every great movie has one line or moment that will forever be associated with that film. In Taxi Driver, that line is “You
talkin’ to me?” It actually became referenced in pop culture so often it was declared by the American Film Institute to be the
tenth greatest movie quote of all time. It wasn’t even in the script. De Niro was just supposed to spend a moment looking menacingly
at his reflection in the mirror. Instead he spent a full minute threatening it out loud.

5. The Shining

The Moment:

The Shining

How it played out:

Like the above Taxi Driver quote, this line will always be linked to its movie in the cultural unconscious. Like the above
quote, it’s on the AFI’s best quotes list. And like the above quote, it was totally improvised. All Jack Nicholson was supposed
to do was break the door down, but he figured that wasn’t quite pants-crappingly insane enough, so he screamed the then-famous intro
to The Tonight Show. It didn’t even make sense in context, since his character’s name was Jack Torrance. But holy hell
was it effective.

4. Casablanca

The Moment:


How it Played Out:

There are two lines that will always be remembered from Casablanca. Neither are in the script. The first is the line “Play
it again, Sam.” This is a misquotation, but that didn’t stop it from being used to reference the movie in everything from
Broadway musicals to James Bond’s Moonraker. The second, “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid” was actually an
inside joke between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman from something he said when he was teaching her how to play poker.

3. A Clockwork Orange

The Moment:

Warning: The following clip contains disturbing subject matter and will ruin your ability to hear the song “Singin’ in the
Rain” without wincing.

A Clockwork Orange

How it Played Out:

When they were filming the notorious rape scene in A Clockwork Orange, Kubrick was consistently unsatisfied with each take. He
suggested that to try to show Alex’s complete lack of empathy, he should do a little dance. Malcolm McDowell obliged him, and then
spontaneously burst into song. The resulting scene was so disturbing that Kubrick got on the phone with the studio immediately and
secured the rights to the song.

2. Raiders of the Lost Ark

The Moment:

Raiders of the Lost Ark

How it Played Out:

The entire portion of the film that took place in Egypt was absolute hell to shoot, with cast and crew frequently becoming ill and
injured. At one point Harrison Ford tore a cruciate ligament and John Rhys-Davis actually crapped his pants during filming. Much of it
was pushed through and indeed the entire scene with Marion and Belloq getting drunk in a tent was also completely improvised.

The sequence with the swordsman was originally meant to involve Indy running around with the swordsman in pursuit, but Ford had come
down with dysentery and wasn’t in the mood to do much running when his bowels were doing enough of that for the both of them. So he
suggested they just shoot the bastard and be done with it, resulting in one of the most entertaining scenes in the entire film.

1. Full Metal Jacket

The Moment:

Full Metal Jacket

How it Played Out:

R. Lee Ermey was actually a real drill sergeant originally hired to be a technical advisor. When he asked to be allowed to audition for
the part, Stanley Kubrick said he didn’t seem mean enough for it. Ermey responded by sending him a 15-minute video clip of him
standing in front of a camera screaming an endless stream of insults at some Marines while being pelted with tennis balls. It’s not
entirely clear why he was being pelted with tennis balls, but it was probably to prove a point about how completely
balls-to-the-wall insane he was. Almost the entire scene where the sergeant was introduced was made up on the spot. Partway through,
Kubrick had to stop the filming to ask Ermey what the hell a “reach-around” was.

It’s worth noting that that isn’t the only part of the movie that was improvised. About half of all the lines the Drill Sergeant
has were completely made up on the spot. Kubrick estimates that about 150 pages of the script were just off the top of Ermey’s head.

Official Google Blog: A new approach to China

Written by Google

Like many other well-known organizations, we face cyber attacks of varying degrees on a regular basis. In mid-December, we detected a highly sophisticated and targeted attack on our corporate infrastructure originating from China that resulted in the theft of intellectual property from Google. However, it soon became clear that what at first appeared to be solely a security incident–albeit a significant one–was something quite different.

First, this attack was not just on Google. As part of our investigation we have discovered that at least twenty other large companies from a wide range of businesses–including the Internet, finance, technology, media and chemical sectors–have been similarly targeted. We are currently in the process of notifying those companies, and we are also working with the relevant U.S. authorities.

Second, we have evidence to suggest that a primary goal of the attackers was accessing the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. Based on our investigation to date we believe their attack did not achieve that objective. Only two Gmail accounts appear to have been accessed, and that activity was limited to account information (such as the date the account was created) and subject line, rather than the content of emails themselves.

Third, as part of this investigation but independent of the attack on Google, we have discovered that the accounts of dozens of U.S.-, China- and Europe-based Gmail users who are advocates of human rights in China appear to have been routinely accessed by third parties. These accounts have not been accessed through any security breach at Google, but most likely via phishing scams or malware placed on the users’ computers.

We have already used information gained from this attack to make infrastructure and architectural improvements that enhance security for Google and for our users. In terms of individual users, we would advise people to deploy reputable anti-virus and anti-spyware programs on their computers, to install patches for their operating systems and to update their web browsers. Always be cautious when clicking on links appearing in instant messages and emails, or when asked to share personal information like passwords online. You can read more here about our cyber-security recommendations. People wanting to learn more about these kinds of attacks can read this U.S. government report (PDF), Nart Villeneuve’s blog andthis presentation on the GhostNet spying incident.

We have taken the unusual step of sharing information about these attacks with a broad audience not just because of the security and human rights implications of what we have unearthed, but also because this information goes to the heart of a much bigger global debate about freedom of speech. In the last two decades, China’s economic reform programs and its citizens’ entrepreneurial flair have lifted hundreds of millions of Chinese people out of poverty. Indeed, this great nation is at the heart of much economic progress and development in the world today.

We launched in January 2006 in the belief that the benefits of increased access to information for people in China and a more open Internet outweighed our discomfort in agreeing to censor some results. At the time we made clear that “we will carefully monitor conditions in China, including new laws and other restrictions on our services. If we determine that we are unable to achieve the objectives outlined we will not hesitate to reconsider our approach to China.”

These attacks and the surveillance they have uncovered–combined with the attempts over the past year to further limit free speech on the web–have led us to conclude that we should review the feasibility of our business operations in China. We have decided we are no longer willing to continue censoring our results on, and so over the next few weeks we will be discussing with the Chinese government the basis on which we could operate an unfiltered search engine within the law, if at all. We recognize that this may well mean having to shut down, and potentially our offices in China.

The decision to review our business operations in China has been incredibly hard, and we know that it will have potentially far-reaching consequences. We want to make clear that this move was driven by our executives in the United States, without the knowledge or involvement of our employees in China who have worked incredibly hard to make the success it is today. We are committed to working responsibly to resolve the very difficult issues raised.

Posted by David Drummond, SVP, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer

Thanks, Google!

Anonymous Chinese citizens are already expressing their gratitude at Google’s Beijing offices.

10 Innovative Ways To Use Twitter For Business

Written by Andra Picincu

Increasingly more companies use Twitter for business – to do market research, do brand advocacy and reputation management and provide selected highlights from a conference or event. Twitter allows them to expand their brand and thus generate new opportunities.

In this article, Mahendra shows you how you can integrate Twitter into your Powerpoint presentation and receive instant feedback. Steven has written about using hashtags effectively. And also, you can learn more about Twitter Lists to follow people more closely.

But to be more innovative in the use of Twitter for a business setting, here are 10 useful tips.

1. Expand Your Network

Using Twitter, you can join topic groups related to your business and career and gain valuable information from scanning others’ tweets. Your company will gain new customers and potential partners. Do a search for keywords related to your product on Twitter Search and then follow the users.

Anyone can use Twitter to build a personal brand. Your customers and prospective clients will perceive you as an approachable social personality. Twitter is designed to establish consistent and deeper relationships for future benefits.

2. Share Expertise To Build Credibility

If you hold free workshops, seminars or web meetings; let people know that it’s starting soon, how to participate and join in by tweeting about it. You can also link to your presentations and videos. Twitter can help direct people’s attention to your events.

Offer solutions to those who are struggling with something in your field of expertise. Share your ideas internally in a very efficient manner and broadcast links and headlines that can drive traffic to your website.

3. Highlight What’s Special

Twitter allows you to share the latest news and events related to your business in 140 characters. Set up a Twitter feed for the specific purpose of notifying customers when new products come in. You can use this free platform to inform event participants and highlight what’s special. Sharing valuable information and useful tips helps you build a strong web presence and gain visibility on the Internet.

4. Look For Leads On Twitter

Twitter can be used to direct traffic to your websites. You can share information that is useful for prospective clients or employers to enhance your reputation. Avoid hard-sell tactics: focus on building relationships. Don’t be afraid to take full advantage of Twitter and gather information about what customers, competitors and others are saying about your business.

Don’t think of what you can get, but rather what you can learn and what you can offer. Use free applications like Mr. Tweet to check your profile and finds relevant connections for you.

5. Communicate With Employees

Twitter is a great collaboration tool, which can be successfully used to save time and money. Forget about sending endless emails and calls – you can rather release short tweets to your team members describing what you have to say. Share what you’re doing so people learn about the type of work you do.

6. Run Special Deals & Promotions

Offer incentives to those who follow you on Twitter. You can give them free coupons, discounts, package deals and samples. Twitter is a great way to create interest and secure attendees.

Social networking is excellent for those who want to promote products, services and ideas directly to a target audience. Twitter marketing is a task that involves two-way audience engagement.

7. Receive Customer Complaints

By accepting customer complaints in the open, other consumers can see what kind of company you really are. Twitter allows you to respond quickly to shut down any impending service or complaint received. Communicate effectively with each of your clients and ask for their honest opinion. Make your goals public to compel you to reach them.

8. Interact With Your Competition

You can read the tweets of your competitors daily and stay in touch with them. Although this rarely happens in the real world, Twitter has changed it all. This free platform allows you to follow companies, experts, leaders and competitors in your industry. It’s not enough to monitor the latest projects released by your competitors. Tracking their mistakes is even more useful, because you can analyze their moves and see what exactly went wrong.

9. Organize A Local Tweetup

Twitter can help you organize meetups. All you have to do is to send a message announcing the time and place of the meeting. It’s an informal and effective way of planning a meeting. You can get in touch with vendors, suppliers and other people with whom you can form partnerships.

10. Create Brand Loyalty

With Twitter, you can always stay in touch with your followers. All these people are potential customers, so you must help them get used to your products and services. Participate actively to conversations and tweet constantly. This way, increasingly more people will find out about your business, while you will gain loyal clients.

Using Twitter for business, you can convert conversations into actions. A fresh and interesting personality attracts followers. Share information that is helpful for potential customers or employers to gain recognition.

Do you use Twitter for your business? Have you any Twitter tips to effectively reach out to your customers and business partners? Share them in the comments.