Twitter Revolution – Book Review

I just finished reading “Twitter Revolution : How Social Media and Mobile marketing is Changing the way we do Business and Market Online” by Warren Whitlock. As a professional blogger who uses Twitter daily, I was excited to read this new book. I was blown away at the quality and depth of this resource.

As the title suggests, this book dives into how Twitter is changing the way we do business and market. The title is a bit long and actually misleading. There was not information about business or marketing at all. In fact, this was a beginners guide that explained what it is all about and we should we care about tweeting and followers and all the rest of it. In that regard, this is a crowning achievement as it is the most comprehensive and easy to understand book on this topic that I have read so far. The coolest part of the book is the way the authors actually utilized their followers to create the book. The followers and actual users of this dynamic resource are as much responsible for the content then Mr. Whitlock is.

I thought that was very clever and it gives the book a   unique  quality. The most useful part of the book was the chapter that explains the top 10 ten steps to getting more followers. I actually learned a lot form this and will be trying out several techniques later today. After all, if nobody is there to read what you are tweeting, what’s the point?

Top 10 Best Pen and Paper RPG Games

Here is a list of the ten best pen and paper roleplaying games of all-time. Although there is no scientific way to prove the ‘best RPG games‘ ever, this list takes into account the overall popularity of pen and paper roleplaying games since the industry was first created.

10 – Gamma World – It’s a post-apocalyptic game, but not in the style of Mad Max. This game fit more into the style of a science fantasy game. You could play all sorts of random mutant creatures, in addition to playing people that were mostly normal.

9 – Vampire the Masquerade – Some may argue which is the best World of Darkness product. But Vampire the Masquerade was the game that put White Wolf on the map. Vampire the Masquerade has also become the number Live Action Roleplaying Game in the world. Go LARP’ers!

8 – RuneQuest – This game was considered as one of the ‘Big Three’ at some point. The big three being D&D, Traveller, and RuneQuest. It provided a different setting and system than other fantasy roleplaying games at the time.

7 – Champions – Although it may no longer be the most popular comic-themed roleplaying game ever, this game has been around a long time since it was first published in 1981. The game set the stage for many other comic book and super hero related roleplaying games.

6 – Tunnels & Trolls – Right after D&D was T&T. Tunnels & Trolls was the second roleplaying game ever created. The game was created as an alternate, and hopefully easier to play, version of Dungeons & Dragons.

5 – GURPs – The Generic Universal RolePlaying System is able to adapt itself to any game environment. Any setting you can think of has been created for the system. Its creator, Steve Jackson, is one of the most well-known game designers in the industry because of this game.

4 – Star Wars – Based on the movies carrying the same name, the Star Wars Roleplaying Game was first created by West End Games using the d6 system. Eventually it moved on to other companies and saw some play time under the d20 system, and then finally the Saga Edition. It is the premiere sci-fi, or space opera, themed roleplaying game due to George Lucas dominating the minds of nerds all over the world.

3 – Traveller – Not as famous as its other space opera buddy, Star Wars. This game, however, did come out as a roleplaying system before George Lucas’s creation did. Traveller was first created in 1977 and has been going strong ever since. The game is definitely considered one of the ‘original’ RPGs.

2 – Call of Cthulhu – A unique entry into this list. This horror-based roleplaying game is based off of the works of H.P. Lovecraft. There really isn’t a popular, comparable game out on the market now. Instead, different gaming companies have chosen to create Call of Cthulhu in a variety of different systems under a variety of different publishers.

1 – Dungeons & Dragons – The most famous pen and paper roleplaying game of all time. This fantasy game still dominates the market with all of its various incarnations, from the original D&D to 4th Edition. D&D creators Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson are legends in the industry, just as the game itself is.

Some people may disagree with the overall placement of some of these games. Others may ask why certain games are even on here. Why haven’t other games been included, like Shadowrun, Robotech, Palladium Fantasy, Rifts, or many newer games? Well, they weren’t. This list was created by veteran gamers and apparently they had a little nostalgia in them. So what do you think of the list of best RPG games ever?

Pewter Jewelry – An Ancient Metal For Beautiful Designs

Pewter jewelry has gained in popularity as the price of silver jewelry has gone up. They do have a slightly similar look at first glance.

Pewter is mostly tin, a soft metal. It is alloyed in jewelry making and other uses with antimony or bismuth, hard and brittle metals. Earlier pewter making used lead as one of the alloys, but thankfully this practice is becoming rare, at least in the USA.

In earlier times pewter utensils were what people ate with. Plates and mugs in the Middle Ages all the way up to the 18th and 19th centuries were primarily pewter, before porcelain came into its own. I imagine this early pewter was full of lead- but I haven’t heard much about difficulties due to that.

Was pewter jewelry made in earlier times? I believe it was, but due to the softness of the metal, and the ease with which it could be melted and put to other uses, not as much of it has survived. It’s possible the Celtic people made their famous knot designs in pewter.

But what about modern Pewter jewelry, and what would be its advantages over silver? Well, here are a few:

o    It is less costly than sterling silver

o    It has less likelihood of tarnishing (especially the pewter which is cast lead free)

o    It has a warm, hand crafted look

These are all good reasons. I would add to that the fact that pewter can be every bit as detailed as the finest silver jewelry, and when properly cast and finished, is almost indistinguishable from it. That is, unless you take a really good look. But if you’re just going for the general silvery look, and you aren’t a jewelry snob, why not own and wear some pewter jewelry too?

Some people may have a difficult time getting over the upset recently broadcast via newspaper and internet over the pewter containing a high lead content that was shipped to us by suppliers in China. I agree that is something to pay attention to when purchasing pewter jewelry. You must make sure the pewter comes from a reputable source and was cast lead free. Such jewelry is available, and I would venture to guess that most jewelers dealing with pewter jewelry are very careful about the lead content these days. Children especially are vulnerable, since they tend to stick things in their mouths without thinking.

But despite the fact that pewter jewelry has a questionable reputation in some circles, it seems to have mostly bounced back in popularity. I’m glad, because not every one can afford sterling silver jewelry, and this can be a wonderful substitute for many of us.

Look Hot This Summer

There are so many ways for you to look hot at the beach this summer. Having tried so hard to slim down for the beach over the past few weeks or months, when you finally arrive at your destination, you can let your hair down and undo your belts and proudly show the world your rights to be proud of yourself.

With summer fast approaching, people are jumping on their scales and, apparently, not liking what they see. The intake of proper nutrients can aid in optimizing your health during these hot summer days. Summer may be a time for fun and games; however, it also holds risks such as heat exhaustion, heat stroke, skin cancer, food poisoning and even tetanus. For those salad lovers out there, this is a good time to enjoy a light refreshing summer vegetable or fruit salad.

It’s pretty much a given that most of us want to get slim for summer, so what we need of course is a summer diet. Losing weight doesn’t happen overnight, it requires a disciplined diet of the proper foods, and a consistent exercise routine. Try to set clear goals when starting this type of diet and allow yourself to indulge on something that will curb your cravings. If you manage to stay on the summer diet for three weeks, you’ll be well on your way to building the habits that go towards creating a healthier lifestyle.

We all know that dieting is not the easiest thing in the world to stick with, so here’s a few tips to make it easier and to keep you going. Well, if it’s as hot where you are as it is here, you’ll have already broken out the barbecue and you’ll be looking for some tasty recipes that keep you eating healthy and won’t jeopardize your weight loss program or diet. The balanced, healthy daily diet will be something like this: 5-6 servings (75-90 grams) of breads/grains (preferably high fiber), 5-6 servings of milk/cheese/lean meats, 3-4 servings of fresh vegetables (preferably high fiber), 1-3 servings of fresh fruit, 7-14, 8 oz glasses of water.

Exercise is an effective strategy to lose weight, improve insulin sensitivity, and lower levels of stress hormones. Getting fit and losing weight requires a lifestyle change that involves making healthy decisions about good food choices as well as a regular exercise routine. Start an exercise program and build up to 30 minutes most days of the week. The best results are achieved using refined techniques, functional exercises, cardio, proper nutrition, awareness, variety, consistency, supplementation and motivation over time.

Diet supplements assist recipients to meet costs associated with an unusually expensive therapeutic diet that is required as a result of a specific medical condition or a special dietary need. The Amazon Diet is formulated with Cha de Burge, a small tree that is native to Brazil. Although new to the United States, The Amazon Diet is taking the nation by storm.

Affiliate Auditions

Why should a site visitor buy from your site and not just go directly to the merchant or vendor site? Because you provide value added services. You don’t just slap links on your site, you carefully review merchants to make certain they’re appropriate and that they remain so as both your sites change and grow. You perform affiliate auditions.

Before you join an affiliate program, roam around the company’s site, evaluating the environment, products, advice, articles, ease of use, shopping cart and customer service options. Scrutinize the images and descriptions. Buy something. Return it. Ask questions. Check your credit card bill. Then go on a search engine and see how their top three competitors stack up. Once you’ve chosen a site or two, avoiding as much duplication as possible, begin writing product reviews, and comparisons. Which home décor and linens site would you want to visit, the one that provides a rating of flannel sheets based upon the six most popular criteria, or one with a mass of links and no distinctions between the products? The latter makes buying harder, not easier and the visitor will click off, never to be seen again.

You have the advantage of knowing your audience. If you reduce the time it takes to choose, as well as the potential for your visitor to be disappointed, there’s reason for him to return. Keep up the trust by regularly reviewing your affiliate sites and the commissions they generate. Write reviews of seasonal and new products. Ask site visitors to review products they’ve bought through the site. Make it fun and people will return to see what you’ve found for them now.

Unique Idea Use White Cake Candles As Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are the customary way of thanking your guests for their participation and sharing a special day with you. Giving favors dates back to 16th century and usually are given only by rich and aristocratic families. The French gave ‘Bonbonnieres’ which is bonbons presented in a crystal box, and the bonbons are nothing but sugared almonds. Normally, five sugared almonds are given to symbolically represent the five wedding wishes namely fertility, wealth, health, happiness and longevity.

Guests love gifts that are exquisitely made for the special occasion. One such gift is the miniature cake candle white which has a majestic look due to the large white pearls made beautifully on the three-tiered wedding cake. Your party guests will love this gift as it adds a festive mood to the wedding celebration. You should always order wedding favors that matches your style and elegance. white cake candle with its stunning look and nice aroma will definitely win the hearts of your guests.

Nowadays, there is variety of wedding favor ideas available in stores and normally one gets confused in choosing the right one. Many brides still give bonbons as their wedding reception gifts. Some may like to give chocolate hearts, but, giving a gift which is more common may not suit your style. If you want to be unique, different from others, then a white cake candle is the perfect ideal gift you can give to your party guests.

White cake candle are pure white in color which goes well with your bridal dress and bouquet. Each candle has three tiers in white decorated with large white beads which resembles pearls that are draped in a sloping pattern. More beads works on done in the first two layers of the cake in dark silver color. The top of the cake is in the form of a candle with a thick bow which gives an artistic touch to the cake. The romantic look and tongue-licking taste will make your guests remember you every time they get a wedding favor.

It is a common myth that favors should be costly. But, if you can plan carefully and choose wisely, then you can save a lot. At the same time, you can get appreciation from your party guests for the nice wedding favor. If you have a white color theme for your wedding party, then cake candle white is the best wedding favor you can ever find in a store. The romantic and beautiful icing on the cake candle says it all. It looks good enough to taste and also it evokes fresh memories of ones own wedding. So, you can choose cake candle white as a personalized wedding favor for your distinguished guests.

Web Site Creation Themes Help You Carve a Unique Identity

Getting noticed – that’s the first rule of every successful website. However, everyday there are hundreds of websites being uploaded to the web from all corners of the world. The result is a mind-boggling range of websites selling everything from toys to satellites! Every industry seems to have hundreds of sites devoted to it – so how will your website get noticed?

Read on to find out how you can carve a  unique  identity for yourself in this scenario.

Building a Theme Website

An instant way to secure recognition for your business is to build it around a theme or niche. This is a strategy that has been very successfully used by many online marketers. You can build a niche based on your hobbies, interests or areas of expertise. However, you need to ensure that the niche has enough potential customers, low competition and there is sufficient demand for your products/services.

Themed Content & Design

A theme website’s entire content must be based on a selected topic and of interest to a clearly defined niche. Care must be taken to stick to a narrow focus. The design must complement the theme of the site – for instance a site that caters to a fashion niche must be trendy while one catering to corporate companies needs to be more subtle. The ‘mood’ has to be reflected in the selection of colours, logo and total design.

Promoting Your Site through Search Engines

Search engines are the quickest and most effective way to bring a stream of targeted traffic to your site. That’s why it’s important that your theme website gets high rankings on search engines. To ensure this, you need to first select the right keywords and build your content around them. These keywords are the ones likely to be used by your prospects to search for products/services that they need.

Reciprocal Links

You can place links to your site on non-competitive sites that complement your theme, where your prospects are likely to visit. For instance if you have built an online store that sells teen sports garments, you would benefit by placing links on sites that offer just sports shoes. You just need to give this some thought so that you will be able to identify the right links to suit your theme.

Banner Advertisements & Other Promotions

You can promote your theme site by placing advertisements in the form of banner ads or text links on other sites that your prospects are likely to visit. You can also opt for interesting promotions like contests where prospects will have to visit your site to participate.

Creating a Database of Valuable Prospects

One of the most effective means of promotion online is giving away information in the form of free ebooks, tutorials or CDs for all those who sign up on the site with their name and email id. Since yours will be a theme website, all those who sign up are likely to be deeply interested in the subject, and will join your subscriber list if you offer quality information on a regular basis. Those subscribers will be a highly motivated group of prospects, and through a series of communications you can make a lot of conversions to sales.

Your Path to Fortune

A theme website can be your path to fortune and it’s important that you don’t hesitate and go ahead with your plans to build your online business.

Discover more about how Web Site Creation Themes Help You Carve a  Unique  Identity and how to achieve a complete theme website solution incorporating design, content and marketing revolving around your selected business niche.

Why a Steel Chastity Belt is Best For Male Chastity

A stainless steel chastity belt is probably the ultimate male chastity device you can get, and for several reasons.

Before I get into that though, I just want to say a few words about devices and belts in general because there seems to be some considerable confusion about them.

There’s a common misconception that the cheaper plastic tube-devices, typically held in place by a ring around the testicles, are inferior and suitable only for short-term wear or play.

And this is not necessarily true, because more than one person I know has found them secure and suitable for long term wear. This is perhaps unusual, but it’s not unheard of or unique, so even if long-term chastity is your aim, it’s probably worth giving these simpler devices a try. You might just get a nice surprise.

But for many couples, those seeking unarguable security plus a more subtle yet in some ways more powerful benefit of male chastity, a full stainless steel chastity belt is seen as the ultimate solution.

Security.

First, it’s worth understanding there is no such thing as a perfectly secure belt.

Anyone who tells you otherwise is either dreaming or deliberately trying to mislead you. Designs and materials vary to some extent but essentially all modern belts comprise a waist-band to which is attached an arrangement for preventing access to the man’s penis and testicles.

Clearly, any device of this type can be removed by simply cutting the waist-band. How easy this is depends on several factors, but there isn’t a steel chastity belt out there a man couldn’t remove in just a few minutes with even the most basic of tools found in almost any garage.

So the real aim of these belts is to be secure enough that you can’t withdraw your penis or get access to it without damaging the belt and so breaking the “rules” of the male chastity game you and your partner are playing.

Comfort.

Some women claim not to care (although I suspect they are just playing a fantasy role for men who are into the “femdom” thing), but for long term wear any device or belt has to be comfortable (if it’s not, he won’t wear it, which takes you right back to square one). And since a high quality steel chastity belt is bespoke and hand-made to fit every client’s individual measurements, they tend to be extremely comfortable – to the extent they can be worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year (it might be a game, bit no-one said male chastity wasn’t a serious and challenging game).

Psychology.

And here’s the more subtle but very powerful benefit I mentioned above.

See, some other metal devices, both stainless steel and titanium, are secure but still leave the penis and testicles mostly visible and to some extent accessible (especially the testicles). But a full belt is very different. The design always means the man’s penis and testicles are almost completely enclosed – he can’t see them and he can’t touch them.

His access to them is completely at your whim, and this is why a steel chastity belt makes male chastity far more profound and exquisite than simply the delicious torture of his orgasm denial.

I cannot stress how this takes things out of the physical realm and puts them firmly into the psychological realm. It’s a complete fiction and a fabrication to say your man must needs become “submissive” to you when this happens – most men and women don’t actually want this, either.

Ultimate Surrender.

But what does tend to happen is he will feel his surrender to the delicious feelings coursing through his mind and body much more keenly; and as for you, you’re going to enjoy your feminine power to drive him wild with desire all the more potent and satisfying.

In my mind, there is no doubt: if you want to enjoy male chastity to the full, then locking your man in a steel chastity belt becomes almost inevitable.

If you’re fed up and frustrated reading all the hype and made up stories about femdom and male chastity, and you want to know what it’s really like to keep your man locked 24/7 in s steel chastity belt, then…

Are Gift Cards Traceable?

Gift cards are given to people as a gift or used as a promotional material by a company to promote its brand by offering discounts to people that use the card. It is loaded with money, which is the face value of what it says. It can be described as a prepaid card and most are issued by one of the major credit card companies.

These instruments when issued by a credit card company normally would contain the logo of the company on top of it and this serves as a mark of authenticity for the card. It also suggests that the card can be used anywhere that particular brand as described by the logo is accepted. For example if it’s issued by visa and has a visa logo, then it can used anywhere visa is accepted.

Individuals that receive cards in place of a present, and do not care for the brand that offered the instrument could decide to spend it elsewhere. For example getting a sears card, but you do your shopping at JC Penny, and therefore will use it there. Some people feel guilty that the presenter of the present might be offended if the card is used elsewhere and most times will ignore the card until it expires wasting whatever amount of money that was loaded on it.

Are gift cards traceable? Short answer, yes, any prepaid money instrument is traceable because it has numbers and identifying features that makes it possible for you to use it for a transaction. However, that does not mean the purchaser can determine who is using it. If the gift was purchased with cash, the issuing company will have the information that card number, for example 54 was used to make purchases at this particular store, but it would not know who used it.

Furthermore, if the card was purchased with a credit card, the card company will have the info that the gift card purchased with Mr. Joe’s credit card was used to buy stuff at some store.

In a nutshell, gift cards are traceable by the issuing company as to the fact that it was used; however, determining who used it exactly would require a lot of tracing and research that is not worth the trouble for an individual.

Birthday Gifts a Teenage Girl Can’t Resist

When it comes to birthday gifts for teenage girls things can become a little confusing. Times change and what was popular to give a year ago is completely obsolete now. If you want to choose a great gift you have to be aware of the wants of a teen girl. She wants to feel older, she wants to look older, and she wants to stay in contact with her friends as often as possible. Once you understand these fundamental desires of an adolescent female it will be much easier to choose a gift that she will love.

What every teenage girl has on her birthday wish list is make-up. This is in order to look more mature and to be able to express herself better with her looks. Make-up also gives her the opportunity to cover up those facial blemishes that so often appear that developmental age she in. There are several brands of products that a specifically made for teen girls. Those products will give her a look of growth without making her seem too old. Make-up is an excellent gift to give because not only will it help her feel more confident in herself, but will also give her the chance feel more her age.

If buying make-up for a young girl is something you don’t feel comfortable with, then how about giving her the items that will accentuate her style. Jewelry and accessories of all kinds are highly appreciated by any growing female. Things like earrings, bracelets, hair bands, watches and even keychains will give your recipient more room to decorate herself. A girl can never get enough accessories.

Having fun is what every teenager really wants to do. So as a fantastic gift how about buying an exciting board game as a gift for the teenager you are shopping for. Games like Scrabble, Bingo, Taboo, and Pictionary are games that anyone would love to receive especially an adolescent girl with a lot of friends. Her and her posse will always have something to do with a present like this.

However what all teenagers really think of is clothing. They are obsessed about what they wear and about what others think about what they are wearing. So to help the fashion conscious teen girl get her a birthday gift of clothes. Buying clothes for teenagers is very tricky, and can go very wrong even with the best intentions. So to be on the safe side you should ask her what her favorite store is, and pick something from that store. You will more than likely pick something she would be grateful to have. If you are still a little uneasy about buying clothes for other people you can just get a gift card for the birthday girl, and let her go shopping on her own. This is a win- win situation for both you and her.