How to Create an MP3 Recording Download Link for Your Site or Email

My friend Morgine Jurdan taught a class on “How to Live as Love”.  It was recorded in one of the teleseminar recording programs and she got the download link.  Her question to me was how she could put the MP3 link on her own site, as well as provide it as a download link from there for her visitors.

Although this question goes beyond what would seem to be the scope of newbies for this Technology for Seniors Made Easy site, I do know there are some of you who make MP3 recordings. I’m guessing you would be like to share one or more on a Website and/or through email, if only you knew how.

The first thing you must do is download the recording yourself into your own computer.

mp3-download-to-computer1. Go to the URL where the recording is being held.

2. Right click the link that says “Download.”

3.  “Save Link As” with a short name that you will remember. This will become the extension to the new URL you will ultimately be creating for email,  your website or on Amazon S3, a free storage service.  No website, or special uploading, is required for the latter. Continue reading

Uploading Photos to Facebook – Creating Photo Albums

The video below demonstrates how to upload your photos to Facebook and create albums there.


In a phone conversation with a follower of Technology for Seniors Made Easy, I learned that she did not know how to upload photos to Facebook. She had attended some important family events and was anxious to share her photos with family and friends.  I explained in detail. The next day, by visiting her Facebook page, I learned that she was able to upload them individually. She wrote, though, that she could not upload more than one at a time.

Uploading Photos to Facebook

1 – Go to either your Home or Your timeline page. Continue reading

Writing Emails that People Read

Do you want people to read your emails?

In the above video, Racheli Smilovits, “Your Favorite Marketing Tips Guru” demonstrates the elements of an email that will make it easy for people to read your messages. Racheli is also Vice-President of Technology for Women in eCommerce (WECAI.org).

Although this was videoed for an audience of business women, the points made are important, especially for those of us seniors who are impatient or challenged with reading dense pages.

Racheli points out there are three ways to write an email: Continue reading

Making Requests by Email to Promote an Event

There are times that we would like our friends and associates to promote something for them by email and/or social media – Facebook and Twitter, most commonly.

The intent of this post is to point out the necessity of being very clear on what we want people to know about the activity and what information we want them to pass on.  The most efficient way to do this is to actually put the information about the event in the body of the email you send to them, along with any attachments you might want them to see.

Be sure the Subject Line also reflects what the email is about. For example, Subject: Invitation to Upcoming Art Show

My mentor often reminds me, “A confused mind will not take any action.”  A case in point:

Listen as you scroll down to see examples.

To listen to the recorded story, click on the arrow on the left in the icon above. To Pause, click on the 2 parallel vertical lines.  You can adjust the sound both on your computer and in section on the right by dragging the magenta colored knob.  If you want to skip ahead or go back, simply drag the knob in the main portion of this icon.

The Story
that had me write this post:

An artist friend recently sent me an announcement about an upcoming puppet show in a local theater, plus information on a show she was having and another a month or two later that a poet was doing. She requested I pass it on.

Her email message was a forward of a message from someone else, plus a flyer with that.  In addition there was an attachment with a flyer for an art show she had planned.

Be clear on the point to your email –
The top portion that my friend wrote, included something about going to a show, driving and other details and a request to pass on the information. I wasn’t even sure what it was she was inviting me to or wanted me to pass on.

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I scrolled down and saw the forwarded information, but I had spent so much time trying to figure out what she wanted that I put it aside and never got back to it.

A week later
I got a reply from the same friend to an ezine I had sent. It had the full copy of the ezine with her message covering several things happening in her life, concluding with the request to forward an attachment she added with the above-mentioned postcard to her event.

Request in Reply EmailThere was a postcard attachment added

There is no way I can forward what she sent to me. To do what she requested requires my saving the attachment and creating my own e-mail to which I would add her postcard.  There is also a way I could forward it, which would require several steps, not necessary to go into here because:

My BOTTOM  LINE recommendation is:

When you are requesting someone forward information, create the email with the exact information you’d like his/her friends, family and associates to receive.  Not everyone finds it easy to write, especially if they’re not sure what you want.

Make it EASY for your friends and family. Tell them what YOU want people to know.

The same thing holds true if you are asking that they post in Facebook. Write the message for them and ask them to cut and paste into a post, of course giving them the option to edit anything you’ve written.

Much success to you in all your planning and sharing with your communities.

Video Using iPhone Facing Either Direction in a Stand

iphone-stand-100w-facinginI do get excited with the “little” things in life.  I recently posted how delighted I was using my new iPhone stand.

Today, I had another eye-opening, “of-course,” discovery. When my iPhone is on the solid, mini stand I have for it, it still can photograph or video in either direction.  Since the camera lens is on the side of the phone, the stand does not block it as it would a traditional camera where the lens is in the center. I’d been looking at it, and operating, from a past frame of reference.

Whole new possibilities are now open for me in relation to videoing tutorials for Technology for Seniors Made Easy, as well as other things I’d like to record with a steady hand,

How about you? What kinds of iPhone discoveries have you made recently?  What most excites you with your iPhone?

Learn Computers from Four Year Olds

Kaitlyn on computer at age 3Reminiscing, going back in time to when my almost 21 year old granddaughter was 3 years old – Computers were very different then, very basic and no games.  In the picture to the left, Kaitlyn was sitting at the computer, but she was merely posing for me. There were no games or activities that she could be doing.  I barely knew how to use the computer myself.

Fast forwarding – At a breakfast social yesterday I was talking to some seniors at my table about if and how they use computers.  One grandmother said the only reason she uses the computer is that her grandchildren insisted she be there, especially using Facebook so she could keep up with them.

She went on to tell a story about how, several years ago, her then-two-year old grandson, climbed on her lap and asked to use the computer.  With a nod from his mother, the grandmom asked what he wanted to do.

He said he wanted to play a game and asked her where the “floppy disk” was.  The one with whom I was speaking related that she was completely puzzled, never even having heard that term (this was some time ago). She got the needed help from her daughter. For the rest of the story, click here to see the short video.

In the meantime, in another video I share the comments of another grandmother at the same table. When I commented that my mentor states, “If you need help on the computer, wake a 6 year old up from his nap,” another grandmother stated that at 6 years of age children have already lost their patience for teaching their grandparents about computers.  She said to catch them at 4 years old.

Have you had any computer experiences with your grandchildren? Please share in the comments section below or write to me directly. Go to the very bottom of this page to click on my email address, easyseniortechnology [at] gmail.com.

I look forward to learning about your stories.

Starting 2013 – Introducing Self and the Site

Saying, “Hi”, to start the year. Thinking out loud as I start planning an introductory video for “newbies” on how to use web blog sites.

The SEARCH box on the side is mentioned and I invite visitors to go to the e-mail link at the bottom of the page to send questions.

The “Down Below” video mentioned is actually on the Home Page where the intro/explanatory video will be.

 

How to Take iPhone Self-Portraits and Videos – Maintaining Eye Contact

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I’ve been assuming you know how to direct the iPhone lens to flip and face you when you want to take a self-portrait or self-video AND that may not have been a fair assumption. I’ve also assumed that you know how to video on the iPhone.  In fact, both assumptions could be wrong, especially since this site is designed for “newbies.”

So, if you are one who needs this, following are the 4 steps illustrated in the image above:

  1. There is a tiny button here. When tapped, it will slide from the camera image to the video icon or back, if already there.
  2. The camera icon that’s on the top right every time you open the camera. Tap it once to reverse direction so the lens sees you.
  3. The little red record button.  Tap to record and tap again to stop.  As you’re recording the time will be noted in a bar on the top right of your screen.
  4. To be most effective, make sure to keep your eyes directed here toward the camera lens.

REMINDER
Sometimes I forget to go back in Camera mode. The same may happen to you.  So as a quick check:

  • When you’re in video mode there will be a red button bottom center.  Put the slider back on the camera icon and
  • When you’re in camera mode the camera icon will be showing bottom center.

SUMMARY
The tendency when we are photographing ourselves is to look at the image on the screen, especially when we are talking.  More than likely, as we go along, we want to check our appearance, making sure we are looking good.

In the process we’ve lost direct contact with our audience. Thus, until it becomes habit, make a concerted effort to keep your eyes focused left, if you are photographing horizontally. If you are holding the camera vertically, keep your eyes focused on the top of the camera.

Have fun and may your audience have fun with you.

iPhone Videos – Using a Stand to Support Your Phone

Sturdy iPhone / iPad StandI’ve set up a new video series of very short conversational videos on why I love my iPhone and some things to note when using yours.

The more detailed instructions and visuals that you may need will be in posts on this blog stream or on separate pages that will develop.

Today I videoed with my iPhone on the easel, or “stand” as the company calls it.  For the video itself see the 5th photo on the new page – Videos – Why iPhone

On the left is the stand on which I had my phone rested as I videoed. I talked about the stand and the holding space at the bottom which is deep enough to hold my iPhone that’s always in the Otter Box case that I love. The case is solid and resilient to occasional falls on hard surfaces, something that happens to mine from time to time. And sensitive parts, such as the camera lens are protected.

Speaking of the camera lens, I also mention “maintaining eye contact.”  Those of you, especially who might have been in some kind of sales or people-serving profession or business, I’m sure are well aware of  the importance of that.  People feel most connected to us when we are connected with them eye-to-eye.

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The iPhone image on the left is a reminder of where the camera lens is located.

I am assuming you know how to direct the iPhone lens to flip and face you when you want to take a self-portrait or do a video of yourself AND maybe that’s not a fair assumption.

If you aren’t sure, see How to Record Self-Videos Using Your iPhone. It’s the post just above this one on the blog. I go through the various steps, including the reminder of maintaining eye contact.