8 ways to use Google Voice Smartly

Posted on January 25th, 2010 by by Alok Saboo


8 ways to use Google Voice Smartly [Tips & Tricks]

Google Voice, without a doubt, is one of the biggest development in the VoIP space in the recent past. You can read my earlier posts to find more details about all the Google Voice features and how you can make free calls to USA and Canada.

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1. Save Local Cell-phone Minutes with Google Voice

One of the major issues with Google Voice is that it uses your local cell phone plan minutes. If you want to use Google Voice, but do not want to consumer your local minutes, you can use options such as T-Mobile???s Fav 5, AT&T???s A-list, or Verizon???s Friends and Family. The idea is to use your GV number as one of the numbers on which you can make and receive unlimited calls.

2. Dial out a number without using the GV web interface

If you thought you need a computer to make a Google Voice calls, think again!! Here???s a little trick to make calls through your Google Voice account without using your computer (or Internet). Dial your Google Voice number from any phone which is already configured in your account, then Press 2, and then dial the number that you want to reach. Note that this will work only with Call Presentation is ON. To enable call presentation, go to Settings > Calls > Call Presentation. You can even automate the calling process using the smart-dial feature that I explained earlier. On the iPhone, just press and hold the * key till you see a ???,???, which stands for a pause. You can even use Card Caller app on your iPhone to do this.

3. Enable push notifications on your iPhone

If you have an iPhone or an iPod Touch, you can easily push Google Voice notifications to your iPhone and receive unlimited free text messages on your iPhone without paying an extra penny to AT&T.

4. Use Gmail to manage your Google Voice text messages

Google Voice has a nifty feature, wherein you can forward your text messages (SMS) and voicemails to your Gmail account. Just go to Settings > Voicemail & SMS and enter the required details. Now all your notifications (both text and voicemails) will be automatically forwarded to the email that you entered. That???s not all, you can even reply to your text messages from within Gmail just like you would reply any other email. Now, you can have one less window open!!

Google_Voice_SMS_Forward_small 5. In call transfer

GV offers a nice feature, wherein you can transfer your incoming calls to any other number registered on your Google Voice account. Please note that this feature works only on incoming calls. To transfer a call, just press ???*??? and all your Google Voice numbers registered in your account will ring for you to pick up. You can use this little trick to save your local cell phone minutes.

6. Call Recording

Here???s another great trick, which has saved me huge amount of work. You can easily record your calls on Google Voice for later reference. Again, this feature works only for incoming calls. To record your incoming calls, just press 4 and your call will be recorded. If you conduct telephonic interviews (like I do for this blog), this can be a great and inexpensive tool. It is usually a good idea to let the other party that you are recording the call. Although Google does not transcribe your recorded calls, I???ll soon have a tutorial to enable you to transcribe your recorded calls.

7. Decide whether you want to take the call

Google offers a standard call screening option, wherein you can screen unknown callers or callers with blocked caller ID. But there is another advanced option ??? ListenIN. When you receive a call on your Google Voice number, press 2 to direct the call to your voicemail. The other party will continue to leave a voicemail as normal, but you can continue to hear the voicemail as it is being recorded. If it sounds important and you want to talk, just press *, and you???re in.

8. Enable SIP on your Google Voice

Here???s a big one!! Google Voice does not support SIP and there are people that suggest Google Voice may never support SIP. But don???t worry, we have a great trick for you to enable SIP support in your Google Voice account.

Hope these tricks help you to take your GV experience to the next level. If you have any other tip or trick to enhance Google Voice experience, please share with your fellow readers.

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How To Set Up a??Custom Domain With Your Posterous Site | Social Media & Inbound Marketing

As Posterous has grown in popularity, more people are using the powerful platform as the basis for their personal (or business) blogs.  While I think that using Posterous in this way is a great option, my inner SEO cringes when I see people using the standard “mysite.posterous.com” domain for their site.

Did you know you can use a custom domain with your Posterous site?  It’s not very difficult to set up, either.  Using a custom domain (like www.mysite.com), means that you have the opportunity to build up long term SEO value in a domain that you control.

This becomes invaluable if you ever want to switch to a more robust content management system like WordPress or Drupal, or if you ever wanted to sell your website.  Basically, no matter where you point your domain you can always take the backlinks and authority that you’ve built up with you.

Here’s how to set up a custom domain with your Posterous site:

  1. If you don’t have one already, buy a domain from GoDaddy.com
    Tip: Use this link (affiliate) to save a few dollars on your domain purchase ($7.49 .com domains).
  2. After purchasing your domain, go to My Account, then click on Domain Manager.
  3. Click on the domain name you just purchased.
  4. Click on Total DNS Control (it’s at the bottom of the domain dashboard).
    Total DNS Options Section

    Total DNS Control Section

  5. Edit the points to IP address for the A (host) Record and set this to the following IP: 67.207.139.81

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    A (Host) Record Option

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    Editing the A (Host) Record IP Address

  6. Log in to your Posterous site and go to the settings page.

    Posterous Custom Domain Options

    Posterous Custom Domain Options

  7. Enter your domain name into the custom domain field making sure the verify name server option is checked.

    Posterous Custom Domain Set Up

    Posterous Custom Domain Input Field

  8. Save your settings, and voila! You now have a custom domain for your Posterous website.

Questions? Things not go according to plan? Leave a comment below, and I’ll do my best to help!

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HOW to use posterous, a little tutorial

There is so many ways to do one thing in posterous, it may get confusing!

1st method, use email! Create an account, simple so far. REMEMBER the email address you signed up with, since this is the KEY that let???s posterous KNOW where to send the POST.

The TO address sets where the post goes. IF you set the TO address as  post@posterous.com then it will go to ALL sites linked to your account.

You can email to specific service types on your account. Do you want to update your Twitter but not your Facebook? You can do that.

Email posterous@posterous.com if you don’t want Autopost at all.

Email a service twitter@posterous.com to Autopost to just that service type.

Email multiple services twitter+facebook@posterous.com to Autopost to all services listed.

You can use the following service names to email to: twitter, facebook, flickr, picasa, blog, blogger, tumblr, youtube, vimeo, friendfeed, delicious, laconica, identica, livejournal, plurk, shopify.

Do you have multiple sites of the same type? For example, do you have two Twitter accounts but you only want to autopost to one of them? Email #text@posterous.com to send only to sites where the url contains that text.

For example, if you have apple.wordpress.com and banana.wordpress.com, you can email #apple@posterous.com to update apple but not banana. Combine here also. #apple+twitter@posterous.com will post to apple.wordpress.com and all your twitter sites.

No matter where you email, we’ll always update your Posterous site. Posts on the external sites will have a post.ly url that links to the Posterous post.

THEN there is the BODY of the post.

For IMAGES, put them on the web is the easiest. Use Google PHOTO, and get a link. Just upload your image to picasaweb.google.com, once there, click on the picture to get it on the screen, right click, and open image in a window. COPY this html link from the address bar, and paste it in the email like this:-

Media_httplh5ggphtcom_gbaav

Don’t worry, posterous KNOWS what that is!

Same for VIDEO! Find a youtube video, and copy the link, like this:-

When this arrives at POSTEROUS, it automatically detects the image and video links, and embeds them in the actual blog post.

2nd method, USE the web based editor, this is what I use the most. Just log into your posterous account, select MANAGE from the top of the page, and then look to the bottom right for the POST BY WEB entry.

You should see a NEW POST page. Now you just enter your TITLE, and if you have this feeding to twitter, you can use HASH tags.

In the BODY, this is a WYSIWYG editor, so just type! Images and videos can be entered as above, just as links. For WIDGETS, I just HIGHLIGHT a working widget, and paste it to the page. If you want to get fancy, your can click the blue HTML button top right, and add CODE.

Once that is done, if you want a quick post to every service you have, just hit CREATE, and you are done. If you want to get FANCY, select the MORE POST EDITING OPTIONS link.

You can select a PRIVATE post that only you can see. Good for testing. With PRIVATE off, the default AUTOPOST EVERYWHERE IS ON. Click CHOOSE to get a list of all services, and you can select where the post goes.

TAGS, this is useful to search your posts. As you TYPE a tag, a green box below shows the text. If it says ADD, then you select the ADD to push the tag. Alternately, you can add TAGS in the title like this:- ((tag:test, post, posterous))
Must be double brackets, and must have tag: in the start, commas separate tags. If you use this, then do not use the TAG bar at the bottom.

Once all the options are set, then hit CREATE! Posterous takes the post, finds the pictures and video, and takes you to the finished post!

For more tips, see http://posterous.com/help/email_tips

To prove the links for images and video work, here is a link to the PRIVATE post I made! http://limey59.posterous.com/private/oBDiCeguad

Good one..

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Gmote 2.0 ??? Use Your Android Phone As A Media Center Remote Control

How To Set Up Your Android Media Center Remote Control

The first thing you need to do is download and install Gmote 2.0 to your mobile device. Second, install the Gmote Server software to your PC. It???s available for Windows, Linux or Mac. Once you install and run the server software, it will ask you to define where you store your music and movies.

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Add however many paths you like to where you store the majority of your music and movies. Doing this now will simplify the process of playing your media and will enhance your overall enjoyment of this cool software. Once you have your Gmote server running in your computer taskbar, you???re ready to launch Gmote 2.0 on your Android phone.

Now, in a perfect world your mobile device will connect to your network and immediately recognize the PC that you have running the Gmote server. Otherwise, you???ll see the following error.

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Have no fear! Luckily, you can manually enter the IP. Just go back to your PC, right click on the little icon in your task bar click on ???Help??? and then click on ???show local ip address.???

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Write down the IP address that???s displayed, and then go back to your phone and click on ???Enter IP Manually.??? On the next screen, type in the IP address of the computer you want to establish a connection with. Leave TCP Port and UDP Port at default settings.

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Once you click ???Done,??? you???ll be connected to your PC and your Android Mobile phone is now a live media center remote control.

How To Use Your New Android Remote Control

Now that you???re connected, I???m going to show you the three main features of this very cool remote control ??? playing your movies and music, using the mobile phone as a wireless keyboard and mouse for the computer, and browsing the Internet. All of these features assume that you???re either standing at a computer without a keyboard and mouse, and looking at the monitor, or you???ve set up a projected computer display and you want to control the computer without the need to sit at the keyboard. This second use is perfect for business meetings and presentations.

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The first screen you???ll see is the media player screen. To find music or movie files that you???d like to launch, just click on ???Browse,??? or open the Menu and select the ???Browse??? option from there. You may need to type in the password that you set up when you configured your computer server software. Once you???re in, you???ll see the following screen.

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Yes, not only can you control music and movies on your computer, but if you wish, you can play the media files stored on your computer over your phone speakers. No need to transfer all of your MP3 files, just leave them on your PC and listen to them anywhere in the house (or outside within your WiFi range) with your mobile phone ??? now how cool is that? This feature is Beta, so I just had to test it out ??? here my phone is playing one of my favorite Barenaked Ladies songs, streaming over my Wi-Fi on my Motorola Droid.

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The stream was so fast that the song didn???t even skip once, and the quality was phenomenal. Stop, pause, fast forward or rewind ??? you have full control of your media!

The next feature I want to cover is web browsing. This is also a Beta feature. To use it, just select the menu and click on ???Web.???

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Type in the URL and click ???go??? and you???ll see the page show up in the built-in web browser. What???s so special about this? Not much, except the data is coming to you through your PC???s Internet connection, not the phone???s. Once you find the page that you want to display on the computer screen, just click ???open on computer??? and the software will remotely open that URL in a new browser window (or tab if it???s already open).

Finally, the last feature is also the one that I like the most ??? the WiFi touchpad and keyboard. To access this feature, select the menu and click on ???Touchpad.???

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The screen doesn???t look very exciting, but what you???re looking at is a very cool remote mousepad and keyboard that you can use to control the mouse or keyboard on your computer. You use the touchpad on your phone in the same manner you???d use the touchpad on your laptop, and you can tap the screen to ???click??? the mouse.

To test it out, I used the touchpad to move the cursor to the start menu, launch notepad, and then I used my mobile phone screen keyboard (just tap on the keyboard image to call it up) to type out a message on Notepad.

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Gmote 2.0 is one of the most versatile and fast remote control applications that I???ve personally ever used to transform a mobile phone into a computer remote control. The touchpad and Internet browser are definitely features that I could see being very useful at work, for providing presentations while walking around the room and changing slides or calling up important webpages. However, the media player feature is something that I could see myself using all the time at home. Now you can store all of your music files on your huge PC hard drive rather than your mobile memory card, and you can play any of those media files without the need to transfer or download anything ??? they are streamed and played directly from your PC to your phone.