Author Archives: Michelle Lentz

by Michelle Lentz 

There are dozens of lifestreaming apps out there now, but this is the first one I’ve come across that acknowledges that I’m an adult with cell phone bills, credit cards, and bank accounts. PageOnce aggregates your entire online life, from financials and utilities to Facebook and Twitter. I was a bit skeptical at first, but after a walkthrough by CEO and co-founder Guy Goldstein, I was sold.

PageOnce is exceedingly easy to set up. This particular app is forward thinking enough to not just aim for early adopters, but aim for my mom, if that makes sense. Big friendly buttons everywhere let you know how to add accounts. When you first log in, you view all of your life on one page (thus, page once). The nifty part of this is the Alerts feed, which lets you know if things have changed. Sure, it lets you know if you have email or if you have notifications on Facebook. But it also lets you know if one of your flights has changed, if you’ve overdrawn your checking account, or in my case, that I’ve used too many SMS messages on my cell phone account. PageOnce monitors your accounts, and that’s what makes this particular lifestreaming app different from others. PageOnce also monitors your accounts for fraud, alerting you immediately if it notices something suspicious.

PageOnce also has six different content areas: Finance, Utilities, Shopping, Travel, Social, and Email. Finance holds your banking and credit accounts. Email includes only web mail at the moment, and you can’t respond (delete, answer, etc) from directly in the app. PageOnce can, however, handle multiple Gmail accounts. Utilities includes your cable, phone, cell phone, and electric. At least with AT&T, used in their examples and in my own life, PageOnce displays a simple but useful graphic letting me know how many minutes I have left.

Shopping includes eBay and Amazon and probably more. Social includes all of your social networking and can handle multiple Twitter accounts, Facebook, MySpace, and whatever else you need. Travel includes all of your frequent traveler accounts, whether hotel, car, or airline so that you can keep track of your mileage. You can also enter your itineraries into PageOnce, which then tracks changes such as delayed or canceled flights. All the information for all of your accounts, no matter the type, updates in real time.

I asked Guy several questions about security. After all, PageOnce is a small startup and while I freely give a certain amount of information out over the web, I’m a little more protective about financials. HeEm assured me that there is triple-layer, military grade security, which includes VeriSign, TRUSTe and McAfee Hackersafe and insured by an A+ rated top 10 insurance company.

PageOnce has great potential to be used by everyone, not just those of us who belong to every new thing out there. Guy said they intend to add more interactivity, especially with email, so that you can accomplish tasks without ever leaving the PageOnce app. Also coming down the pike is an iPhone application, probably in Q3, that looks amazingly useful. PageOnce came out of private beta today. Try it for yourself.

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by Michelle Lentz 

Thanks to everyone who posted in response to our question:

What emerging social media application or trend will have the biggest impact on mainstream society?

We got some fantastic answers and it really was hard to just pick two.

Congratulations to Mary Anne and to Howard, who each won one ticket to GSP East in Washington, DC, next week.

Mary Anne posted on how our communication techniques are changing with social media. Not only are we becoming more open as a society, we are also becoming more tolerant. Howard posted on the changes social media is bringing to the world of non-profits and fundrasing, including more “green” technology initiatives .

As for Mary Anne & Howard, well, I need some information from you. So check your email boxes and make sure I didn’t end up in your spam.

Thanks again to everyone! Remember, if you’re able to get to DC next week, you can still get 15% off admission to GSP East with the code gspe08bbu.

Update: It looks like Howard can’t make it. So it looks like Mary Anne and Stephanie, who posted on social trendcasting.

Events, news, apps, and more – let me know at michelle[at]writetech[dot]net, via Twitter, or via Pownce.

by Michelle Lentz 

I know it’s a little late on a Friday for this, but I just ran across the announcement. AdSense will begin rolling out for RSS Feeds, via Feedburner.

I’ve always thought this was a good idea. I haven’t been all that successful at monetizing my wine blog in part because most of my readers come through feeds. A large percentage of my users also use Firefox. Since I use AdBlock, I bet they do too. But for my feed subscribers, there hasn’t been an effective way to bring relevant advertising to them.

All it seems to require is an AdSense account configured for placement targeting and, I would assume, a FeedBurner account (but maybe not). They are doing a soft launch, rolling out to a small group of publishers before a full launch to all AdSense and Feedburner subscribers.



by Michelle Lentz

Firefox World RecordYou know you’ve always wanted to break a world record, but you’re not a track star nor are you going to swim the English Channel anytime soon. But now there’s a much easier way to break a record, and you never have to leave your desk.

Firefox v3 will be released soon. It’s already getting rave reviews. The release date has not yet been announced, but rest assured, it will be big news.

Mozilla is hoping to break the Guinness World Record for the most software downloads in 24 hours on Download Day, when they release the software. So far, 144, 000+ people have pledged to download the new version.

Interested? Tune into the Download Day site to find out when and to pledge your support.

by Michelle Lentz

Of course, most free giveaways have a catch. In this case, it’s a contest.

At the beginning of the month, I posted on O’Reilly’s Graphing Social Patterns East. It’s a conference closer to my coast, in Washington, DC, that takes place on June 9-11. readers can save 15% off registration with the code gspe08bbu.

I still want to go. I’m not attending, but we are going to make it a bit easier for you to attend. We’re giving away two tickets to the event (you must be able to foot the bill for your travel and lodging expenses).

We’ll decide on our favorite answer to this question:

What emerging social media application or trend will have the biggest impact on mainstream society?

Be creative! All answers must appear in the comments of this post by 5 pm PST on Friday, May 30. We’ll make a decision and get back to you by Monday, June 2. Make sure you leave a valid email address in the comments.

All contests need boring rules. Here they are:

***Only one attendee per pass (two people cannot share the same pass to attend the conference on separate days).

The prize is nontransferable and non-endorsable; no cash or other substitutions will be offered. Winner cannot sell his/her pass.

The winner must cover all travel and expenses. We are just providing the tickets.

The winner must provide full name, job title, company, address, phone, and email address.

The winner consents to the use of his/her name and/or likeness for publicity, advertising, and commercial purposes, in perpetuity, without further compensation unless prohibited by law. O’Reilly Media and its agents are not responsible for lost entries for whatever reason. Entries will be disqualified if O’Reilly Media determines, at its sole discretion, that entrants have attempted to circumvent the terms and conditions of these rules. All decisions by O’Reilly Media are final.

Events, news, apps, and more – let me know at michelle[at]writetech[dot]net, via Twitter, or via Pownce.