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Bunker Project Episode 148

Bunker Mavens in attendance:

Andrew McGivern @podcastheroBob

Garlick @bobgarlick

Bonnie Sainsbury @bsainsbury

Ken McGrath @KenAMcG

Nozi Paul @nozipaul

Paul the Rock God @paultherockgod

Randal Orser @numbercrunchers

Margaret Reynolds @bc_insurancegal

Marcel Lapointe @fanboydiary

Listen to the episode and read the full show notes to get all the details.

Show 148 Raising Kids in the Internet Age, Twitter Tools, Nexus 7 buying advice and much more

Cool Guinness marketing campaign using NFC technology

Guinness is running an NFC promotion where you tap your smarsmartphoneinst the tap and you can win a pint. Previously they did a QR Code glass that was only visible with Guinness in it.

We talk about craft beers that we like.

Bob interviewed Parallel 49 Brewery last year which was a great interview about their beer.

 Voice Mail Feedback from Paul

Nozi Paul called in from the Vancouver airport and left a message to thank everyone for a great Bunker evening. Paul was heading overseas to the ICAN meeting. Paul is an a domain name activist and attends meetings around the world and is concerned about the future of the internet if dottless domains are implemented.

Voice Mail Feedback from Norm

Nexus 7 vs iPad Mini

Norm calls in to let us know he is thinking about getting a new tablet but is torn between getting a Nexus 7 or an iPad mini. He is concerned that Google is only selling the hardware for less money because they are interested in harvesting your data. Should he go with Apple to avoid his information being harvested or should he sell himself to Google to get a deal?

We talk about:

  • Nexus 7 vs iPad
  • Android Apps vs iOS Apps
  • Nexus 7 vs Nexus 4
  • Settings in your Android phone to block kids from buying apps

Bob talks about his experience buying the Nexus 7. He played with it for 2 days and then boxed it back up and sent it back. He returned it because he has a Nexus 4 and it is basically a bigger Nexus 4. Bob needs a device for production, not consumption. So he sent it back.

Bob says the Tech pundits sell a lot of tech to people who dont really need it. Leo Laporte drives a lot of sales because he buys everything and says they are all great and recommends everybody buys all the gear.

Remember to check for restocking fees before you buy tech devices.

Margaret brings up Nova Launcher:

Ken and Margaret explain how Nova Launcher works.

  • Android Launcher
  • Changes the Graphic User Interface
  • Organizes your phone the way you like
  • Put as many apps as you want on your dock
  • A lot of cool customizations
  • Puts all apps in one page (continuous scroll)

Blackberry Messenger (BBM)

Blackberry is going to be licensing BBM technology to other platforms.

Andrew explains how BBM works and why it was so popular back in the day. It has a lot of cool features which iMessage later adopted and Whats App.

Paul asks if licensing is a good idea for Blackberry? Andrew and Ken agree that is the right thing to do for Blackberry and they should have done it much sooner. By licensing BBM, Blackberry users will be able to BBM non Blackberry devices.

Blackberry as an Enterprise Device

Andrew talks about Blackberry and how it is still a great device for use in a corporate environment.

We talk about some weaknesses with iOS devices in a corporate / enterprise environment using microsoft exchange active sync. The calendar doesnt sync accurately, there isnt as much control over the device by the IT department and there is an issue with messages being stuck in the outbox (perpetual data send loop).

Nozi Paul says it is ridiculous that cell phone companies give you unlimited credit when it comes to airtime and data charges.

Paul says that a credit card company has to check your credit and gives you a limit on how much you can spend but Cell Phone companies say go use the phone and within a month you can rack up more than you could pay.

  • Paul brings up international roaming issues
  • Bonnie brings up a great USA roaming option
  • Andrew brings up Toktumi (line 2) which allows you to get a 1-800 # like we have for the Bunker Feedback Hotline. You can forward the number to other numbers simultateously. One could be your Canadian number and one would be your USA number. You power the Canadian one off when your in the USA and vise versa. So the phone that you have powered on always rings and you never pay roaming charges.
  • Other options Magic Jack, Fongo and more.

Voice Mail Feedback from Paul the Rock God

Paul calls in to ask what are the options for managing your Twitter account to follow and unfollow. He heard that Twitter kicks you off if you follow more than 2000 people. And how do you know who to unfollow.

Bonnie says that the 2000 rule only applies if you have an uneven ratio of follows to followers.

Margaret and Bonnie talk about Manage Flitter which is a great application which allows you easily see who isnt following you back, who isnt active on Twitter, who is a fake account and so on.

Bob says what he likes about Manage Flitter is they give you warnings if you are dropping people and following people too much. They do this to let you know that if you are too aggressive Twitter will suspend your account.

Paul asks if he can re post the same Tweet over and over again?

Bonnie said it is better if you change the wording of the Tweet.

Paul wants to automate the Karaoke Tip tweets so he doesnt have to manually do it.

Andrew recommended using a WordPress Plug called Retweet Old Post which allows you to tweet out your posts at random. You can customize what catagories get Tweeted and by age of the post, etc.

Bonnie talks about a Twitter feature which allows you to embed tweets into your blog which makes it easy to put blog posts up on her site. Bonnie loves this new feature and is using it on Women Talking Tech.

Andrew talks about Portent Headline Generator which makes awesome headlines for your blog. Bonnie suggests using Twilert to get alerted of mentions of your brand or a keyword your following.

Marcel is listening to the show while he is at work and messaged us to ask who is on Bonnies Twilert?

Buffer vs Hootsuite A great analogy

Ken and Margaret talk about Buffer vs Hootsuite.

Bob loves the shuffle feature in Buffer. Bonnie gives us a review of  Hootsuite: Hootsuite is too far removed from the Twitter experience. Bonnie said that Hootsuite is like sex with a condom and Buffer is like sex without a condom.

Andrew said that he didnt know that Hootsuite wasnt safe.

Do you get more engagement on Facebook by manually posting?

Apparently, you do one example is if you post a picture manually with the link in the description you get a nice big image but if you use a third party app you get a much smaller image. Marcel arrives to the Bunker Show.

Parenting in the Internet Age:

Nozi Paul brings up the fact that parents have no way of knowing what is going on with their kids online activities.We have an interesting conversation about kids and the internet. Marcel says if your a responsible parent and dont rely your TV and Teachers to raise the kids then you dont have to worry about your kids growing up to be monsters. Bob brings up the UK which is banning porn on the internet. If you still want access to porn in the UK you have to identify yourself as a porn watcher in order to unblock it. Marcel wants to know how we went from talking about Social Media tools to child abuse.

BJ Mendleson is retiring from Social Media Myth Busting

Marcel smells something funny he said he wants to get out of Social Media but he is going to stay in it for one more year. He also thinks it is hilarious that his name is BJ.

  • We talk a little more about the premise of the book Social Media is Bullshit
  • BJ is retiring in a year after he milks the Social Busting business and can pay for his tuition to get into student affairs
  • Bob talks about his interview with BJ Mendleson on Business Book Talk
  • Marcel said he found a way to make money by biting the hand that feeds him
  • Bonnie thinks he is a snake oil salesman
  • Check out BJs blog here http://bjmendelson.com/

Should you thank people for ReTweets?

Nozi Paul asks, in terms of social media ediquette, if someone retweets you should you thank them?

Margaret says a better thank you would be to ReTweet something of theirs. Nozi Paul said he isnt interested in reading someone thanking someone else. We talk about auto DMing and how that should be turned off right away if you have that set up. And that is it for another episode of the now infamous Bunker Project show. Call Toll Free 1-877-636-1474 and join the conversation on the show…. Thanks to Okanagan Spring Brewery for sponsoring the show!

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Andrew McGivern
Andrew McGivern

Andrew McGivern is a podcaster, blogger and mobile tech guy. Father of three awesome little ones. Interested in Social Media Marketing, New Media and Podcasting, Technology, Natural Health and Green Energy.