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Export Facebook birthday’s in Outlook, iCal or Google Calendar

Before the beginning of every month, I check Facebook to see which of my friends have a birthday coming up. This month I noticed a very sweet surprise: You can now export birthdays, and events for that matter, into your Outlook, iCal or Google calendars. I have not noticed this before and am not sure how long this has been possible, but I love it!

Here is how to do this:

  • From your Newsfeed, click the “Events” tab to the left of the Newsfeed. (If you don’t see it, try clicking the “Home” button at the top right of the page in the blue bar first.)
  • At the top right side of the Events page, (under your name), click the gear icon and choose “Export”.
  • A window will appear and you can choose what type of export you would like: Friends’ Birthdays or Upcoming Events. Click the appropriate link and the export will begin.
Events Page
This revelation makes it a whole lot easier for me to track my friends birthdays. I like to send actual cards to business associates and I print out the list each month. It is so much more printer friendly to do this from my calendar!🙂

Victoria Linton is a Business Development Representative with First American Title Company of Oregon and specializes in integrating technology into business and marketing plans.

Victoria Linton, Business Development Specialist
First American Title – Covering Hillsboro, Beaverton and West Portland
Email: VLinton@FirstAm.com

The views expressed here reflect only my personal views and are not the views of my employer. The ideas expressed in my posts are my opinions and are not meant as a substitute for advice from attorneys, tax preparers, real estate agents, lenders or other professionals. Always confirm information and seek advice from qualified professionals.

Expensify ~ Expense Reports Made Easy

Tracking business expenses is a necessary evil for busy Real Estate Brokers. Expensify is an app that makes this much easier.

You can upload receipts: 

~From your Computer
~From your Smart Phone
~Or forward to an email address

Just think about how much time could you save by taking a picture of a receipt on your phone and adding it to a program that tracks all of your expenses! This app also provides reports which can be exported to Evernote, Google Docs, or other word processing programs. Analytics are available to provide information about specific expense categories. This app is available for iPhone, Droid, Blackberry and Windows phones. There is even an extension available for use with the Chrome browser.

Why I like this app: In a mobile world, this app makes it easy to track expenses using your mobile phone, tablet or computer. Save time and  money by providing your tax preparer complete, organized reports for tax time.  At the time this post was written, this app was Free!

At Ticor, our staff is professional, friendly and knowledgeable.
Give us a try on your next escrow!

Victoria Linton is a Business Development Specialist with Ticor Title and specializes in helping Real Estate Agents and Loan Officers integrate technology into their business and marketing plans.

Victoria Linton, Business Development Specialist
Ticor Title – Covering Yamhill County & Woodburn Oregon
Email: Victoria.Linton@TicorTitle.com

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The posts on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent FNF’s positions, strategies or opinions. The ideas expressed in my posts are my opinions and are not meant as a substitute for advice from attorneys, tax preparers, real estate agents, lenders or other professionals. Always confirm information and seek advice from qualified professionals.

PaperKarma ~ Get Rid Of Junk Mail

Get Rid Of Junk Mail

I bet you have never once checked your mail and complained because there wasn’t enough junk. While we are on the subject, what portion of your daily mail is junk? If you are like me, it’s 30%, 50% or maybe even more. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just snap your fingers and get rid of it?

PaperKarma is a free app that quickly and easily helps you get rid of junk email almost as easily as snapping your fingers. This app is available for iPhone, Droid or Windows smart phones.  Snap a photo of the mail you wish to stop, and you’re done! They will automatically contact the mailer and remove you from their distribution list if the mail is addressed directly to you.

Why I like this app: Not only will this help you save time, it will save trees. Plus, you’ve just done your good deed for the day, which is good for your Karma. :) Download PaperKarma today and start planning what you will do with all your free time.  At the time this post was written, this app was Free!

At Ticor, our staff is professional, friendly and knowledgeable.
Give us a try on your next escrow!

Victoria Linton is a Business Development Specialist with Ticor Title and specializes in helping Real Estate Agents and Loan Officers integrate technology into their business and marketing plans.

Victoria Linton, Business Development Specialist
Ticor Title – Covering Yamhill County & Woodburn Oregon
Email: Victoria.Linton@TicorTitle.com

Please subscribe to this Blog and ”Like” our Facebook Page for news, tips, tricks & tech:
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The posts on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent FNF’s positions, strategies or opinions. The ideas expressed in my posts are my opinions and are not meant as a substitute for advice from attorneys, tax preparers, real estate agents, lenders or other professionals. Always confirm information and seek advice from qualified professionals.

App Du Jour ~ GPS Drive by MotionX for iPhone & iPad

A couple years ago I started working in a new sales territory. The first order of business was locating the various offices of my clients. Not having navigation in my car, I found the “Maps” app on my iPhone a lifesaver.

Last fall I started working closer to home. Although I’m very familiar with the location of the business offices, I still need a navigation tool to locate properties when I drive on tour with clients. Although the “Maps” app has good basic features, I longed for the advanced features on other programs. This lead to some investigating of the various devices and apps available.

After some research, I was surprised to find a very highly rated app for less then a buck. I couldn’t resist trying it out. What I found was pleasantly surprising. GPS Drive by MotionX is a very easy to use and accurate program. For just 9.99 for 6 months, I was able to add live voice guidance as well. The turn by turn directions are very helpful. I put the destination address in the program and set my phone down and it will walk me through the directions in a very easy to follow way.

If you do not have a Garmin, TomTom, or other portable device, I highly suggest you try this app out. I didn’t pay for the voice guidance at first because it came with a trial. This means you can try this app out for only .99 to see if it’s the right solution for you. The only catch is it is only available for the iPhone and iPad at this time.

If you have a similar app for your Droid or Windows phone, please leave a comment and let us know.  Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, or would like more information.

Victoria Linton is a Business Development Specialist with Ticor Title in Salem and specializes in helping Mid Valley Real Estate Agents and Loan Officers integrate technology into their business and marketing plans.
Victoria Linton, Business Development Specialist
Ticor Title – Salem, Oregon
Email: Victoria.Linton@TicorTitle.com
Please subscribe to this Blog and ”Like” our Facebook Page
for news, tips, tricks & tech:
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The posts on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent FNF’s positions, strategies or opinions. The ideas expressed in my posts are my opinions and are not meant as a substitute for advice from attorneys, tax preparers, real estate agents, lenders or other professionals. Always confirm information and seek advice from qualified professionals.

Facebook Tip ~ How NOT To Look For Love On Facebook

Ok, I admit it. I was on Facebook the other day and I let my guard down and clicked on an app I shouldn’t have. I shouldn’t feel ashamed, many of us have done this, right?  The next thing I know, I’m not really seeing what I expected, and the app is trying to spam all my friends!

I clicked on what I *thought* was a photo sharing app, but in reality I think it was a spammy dating app. Just to clear things up: I am not looking for love on Facebook. Not that there is anything wrong with that when others do, but I was a little worried about what it was actually sending to people! (You can imaging my initial panic, but luckily it all blew over pretty quickly and no real harm was done.)🙂

So now what? The first thing I recommend you do if an app starts to misbehave, is change your Facebook password. This will prevent most apps from sending out more messages you didn’t authorize.

I also recommend that you go to your account settings and check your list of Apps and delete any apps you are no longer using. There are many very useful apps, but hackers have created some apps, (or hacked others), that cause problems. It’s a good habit to review your currently installed Facebook apps periodically and delete the ones you don’t use just to prevent issues.

Once this is done, you might want to notify Facebook about the issue as well. This is how they request you do that: “You can report an app for abuse by clicking Report/Contact this App at the bottom of any canvas page within the app.

If you are not currently using the app but would like to report it, simply go to the app’s profile page on Facebook, and click Report App towards the bottom of the left column.

In addition, we’d recommend that you contact the developer who created the app directly so they’re aware of your report. You can report this to the developer by going to the app’s profile page and clicking Contact Developer towards the bottom of the left column, or by clicking Report/Contact this app at the bottom of any canvas page within the app.”

If you happen to have a problem with an email account, such as Yahoo sending spam to your Facebook contacts, change your email password as well. This happened to me a few days after the app incident, and I think it might be related. I also had the Yahoo Contact Importer app installed on Facebook, so I deleted that as well.

If you continue to have problems, seek professional help from a trusted computer company.

Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, or would like more information.

Victoria Linton is a Business Development Specialist with Ticor Title in Salem and specializes in helping Mid Valley Real Estate Agents and Loan Officers integrate technology into their business and marketing plans.
Victoria Linton, Business Development Specialist
Ticor Title – Salem, Oregon
Email: Victoria.Linton@TicorTitle.com
Please subscribe to this Blog and ”Like” our Facebook Page
for news, tips, tricks & tech:
http://www.facebook.com/TicorTitleMidValley

The posts on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent FNF’s positions, strategies or opinions. The ideas expressed in my posts are my opinions and are not meant as a substitute for advice from attorneys, tax preparers, real estate agents, lenders or other professionals. Always confirm information and seek advice from qualified professionals.

An App A Day For 10 Days ~ 10 Great Apps For Real Estate Professionals

Did you catch the recent series I wrote on helpful apps for real estate professionals? In case you missed it, here is a summary of the tips and the links to the information on my blog.

  1. An App A Day For 10 Days ~ Day 1 ~ CardMunch
  2. An App A Day For 10 Days ~ Day 2 ~ ScanLife
  3. An App A Day For 10 Days ~ Day 3~ Gas Buddy
  4. An App A Day For 10 Days ~ Day 4 ~ Where
  5. An App A Day For 10 Days ~ Day 5 ~ Realtor.com
  6. An App A Day For 10 Days ~ Day 6 ~ TicorAgent Lite
  7. An App A Day For 10 Days ~ Day 7 ~ Evernote
  8. An App A Day For 10 Days ~ Day 8 ~ Dropbox
  9. An App A Day For 10 Days ~ Day 9 ~ Flipboard
  10. An App A Day For 10 Days ~ Day 10 ~ Ticor Pocket Profile

Please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, or would like more information.

Victoria Linton is a Business Development Specialist with Ticor Title in Salem and specializes in helping Mid Valley Real Estate Agents and Loan Officers integrate technology into their business and marketing plans.
Victoria Linton, Business Development Specialist
Ticor Title – Salem, Oregon
Email: Victoria.Linton@TicorTitle.com
Please subscribe to this Blog and ”Like” our Facebook Page
for news, tips, tricks & tech:
http://www.facebook.com/TicorTitleMidValley

An App A Day For 10 Days ~ Day 10 ~ Ticor Pocket Profile

Ticor Pocket ProfileFor the real estate professional on the go, get property information right on your smart phone. Property details, tax information, schools, and more. Check out the “near me” feature to view information about listings close to you. (It works with your phones built in GPS technology.)

This program requires a smart phone or tablet and is available for Android, Blackberry, Windows,  iPad and iPhone.

Why I like this app: Why not?! In an age of clients who demand instant information, this is a handy tool to have at your fingertips. Plus, this app is Free!

At Ticor, our staff is professional, friendly and knowledgeable.
Give us a try on your next escrow!

Victoria Linton is a Business Development Specialist with Ticor Title and specializes in helping Real Estate Agents and Loan Officers integrate technology into their business and marketing plans.

Victoria Linton, Business Development Specialist
Ticor Title – Covering Yamhill County & Woodburn Oregon
Email: Victoria.Linton@TicorTitle.com

Please subscribe to this Blog and ”Like” our Facebook Page for news, tips, tricks & tech:
http://www.facebook.com/TicorTitleMidValley

The posts on this site are my own and don’t necessarily represent FNF’s positions, strategies or opinions. The ideas expressed in my posts are my opinions and are not meant as a substitute for advice from attorneys, tax preparers, real estate agents, lenders or other professionals. Always confirm information and seek advice from qualified professionals.

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