Monday, June 25, 2012

Install Apps & Register for Services Now to Prepare for #NFB12 Convention Social Media Activities

Latest and late breaking information: Greetings, June 29th & Dallas, TX will be here before you know it, and we would like you to be set up to participate in a variety of engaging social media campaigns and activities. To that end, I am providing a series of apps, and services which you should now register with, install, and become familiar with. The information below will position you to be ready to go! We recommend that you install, register, and become familiar with these services while you still have a little time before being in the midst of packing & traveling to Dallas. Heytell: This is a service and iPhone/Android application that allows you to communicate via voice messages with an individual, group, and the upcoming NFB Dallas 2012 public relay. You can learn the inside scoop about convention, find out the buzz on any one day, get your questions answered, and meet new and old friends on the relay. Several participants from the Washington seminar relay still keep in touch as a result of the Heytell relay. Before installing Heytell, you should add a contact in to your mobile device with your own name, mobile number, and email address. Heytell uses this contact during the setup process. If you are an existing Heytell user with the app installed and working, you do not need to take any more steps at this time to prepare. Heytell for Apple iPhone and other iOS devices: Heytell for Android devices: Heytell on Twitter: @heytell NFB Convention Heytell Relay Link (click this once in Dallas): Want to join the relay before Dallas? See: Foursquare: Foursquare is a social networking service and app that allows you to discover places around you, find out what places your friends like, as well as receive coupons and specials from merchant venues. You can even become the mayor of a place, earn badgets, points, and have a lot of fun with your friends! The NFB convention will have a "place," or venue on Foursquare, and we want as many of you to "check in," to this venue as possible. On Foursquare, checking in is the core activity, similar to posting a status on Facebook or a tweet on Twitter, or sending an email in old school. If many of you check in at the NFB Foursquare venue, the event will trend in Dallas, and highlight the work and importance of the NFB and our movement. You also get more points if the venue trends! Keep in mind in order to achieve Foursquare mayorships, you must upload a photo to your profile. It may not be immediately clear to some of you what Foursquare is, or why you would want to use it, but once you dive in you'll surely be a fan! Exclusive tips, contests, and other insider information will be posted to Foursquare tips associated with the NFB convention venue. Register for a Foursquare account using your computer at: Foursquare Apple iPhone & iOS Application: Foursquare Google Android Application: Foursquare on Twitter: @foursquare & @4sqsupport If you are already using Foursquare and have it installed and working on your preferred mobile device, your all set to take part in the Foursquare fun and insider tips in Dallas! Twitter: You have likely read in the agenda that the official NFB convention hashtag is: #NFB12 A hashtag is simply a set of characters preceded by the number sign. By using the #NFB12 hashtag your tweets will be associated with the broad community of people following the NFB convention. Sign up for a Twitter Account: Tweetlist Pro App for Apple iOS devices: Once Tweetlist Pro is setup on your device: 1. With VoiceOver running Double tap the More tab in the bottom right hand corner of the screen; 2. Double tap on the word search; 3. Type in #NFB12 and click search in the bottom right hand corner of the screen; 4. You will see a list of current #NFB12 tweets. Click Save Search in the bottom left hand corner of the screen. You will now have a saved search for #NFB12 under your More tab, and you can easily access NFB 2012 convention tweets. You can click the back button in the top left hand corner to close the list of #NFB12 tweets, and return to other parts of the Tweetlist Pro application. If you already have a Twitter account, and a preferred app to use it with on your mobile device, your all set! Again, we will send out information closer to convention on the Heytell public relay, our NFB 2012 convention Foursquare venue, and tweetup and Twitter related activities. Buy registerring for these services, installing the apps, and becoming familiar with them, you will be well positioned to hit the social media ground running even before you take off for Dallas, Texas! Best, Mika Pyyhkala, President NFB of Massachusetts Twitter: @pyyhkala

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