Dogfooding

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Dogfooding can be a way for a company to demonstrate confidence in its own products. The idea is that if the company expects customers to buy its products, it should also be willing to use those products. – Wikipedia

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This is a term I hadn’t heard before until today. It makes sense though. Asking someone to do something or consume something you aren’t using can be a credibility issue. People need to have assurance of quality and trust in products they are consuming. 

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It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time!

Friends in many areas pre-orders for Girl Scout Cookies are being taken. This is the world’s largest girl-led business. To see where you can buy your stash of cookies go to http://www.iwantcookies.org this is for a great cause. The Girl Scout Council of The Southern Appalachians is geared up for this cookie season.

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Twitter tweets it’ll go public

Twitter has decided to go public. The company aptly announced on its short messaging service Thursday afternoon that it has filed documents for an initial public offering of stock. The documents Twitter …

(My Take: I hope the Twitter IPO will go better than the Facebook IPO from last year. Waiting is a good thing when doing something like taking your company public. Twitter is a great organization that hasn’t really rustled any feathers.)

Yahoo Wants Tumblr…I Would Be Concerned

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Reports across the Web say that Yahoo wants to buy Tumblr. Friends this is a serious thing. Yahoo had a blogging platform called 360 a number of years ago but shut it down for business reasons. It bought Geocities the Web page building platform just to shut it down a few years ago. 

If you have built a presence on Tumblr it should concern you. Yahoo has an aggressive CEO who will want to use this blogging platform for advertising and reaching the 18-35 age group it needs to become relevant again. Who knows what would happen if this buyout takes place. I am not sure it would be a good thing for us. 

The deal would be worth $1 billion so it would be hard for David Karp and team to refuse. We would see Tumblr change and I am not sure for the better. You could also see other suitors like Facebook and Google swoop in and undermine Yahoo’s bid. My advice is to stay tuned and see what happens.

Google Apps for Email And More

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Today I was setting up Google Apps for my church. A change in ISP led to us creating a more permanent solution for their mail needs. I was able to set up multiple boxes and provide other tools for my pastor and the staff. 

It’s my recommendation that when you have a business or organization you get a domain name and use a email address with that domain. It will be with you longer than most ISP’s will. It also gives you a more professional way to be connected in your business. Google Apps will also give you docs, drive, calendar and more so so why not do it. 

The one thing is you have to change your MX settings. The domain registry had a tool available to make the change automatically. Once you get it going you won’t have to worry about it. 

FIRST ON 3: Olan Mills sold to Lifetouch – WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

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Friends, I work for Olan Mills Church Directories and this is a interesting time for me and my coworkers as Lifetouch acquires Olan Mills Portrait Studios. This is a positive situation I believe. Lifetouch has an amazing company with a strong legacy of service in the photographic industry. They are in the school, church, yearbook and family portrait business and together both companies will be a strong force to contend with. Prayers are requested during this transition. 

FIRST ON 3: Olan Mills sold to Lifetouch – WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports