THE FIRST STEP we ask of new entrants to our Web Promotion for Business course is to set up a Google account on their laptops. We don't impose Gmail on anyone but we have discovered good value in having a Google acount (for things like the Android Market). And since we bundle a SonyEricsson Xperia X8 with the course, getting free stuff in the Market is a nice bonus. There are several other steps that we ask of new students and many of them tell us whether they're able to work around a variety of stumbling blocks as they configure their online presence.
Step 2. Set up Google Reader. Go to http://www.google.com/reader and set up an account there. Subscribe to http://irish.typepad.com/irisheyes/atom.xml as a subscription.
Step 3. Dropbox. Go to your normal email account and accept the invitation to Dropbox. Install the Dropbox client on your laptop.
Step 4. Evernote. Sign up for a free Evernote account. Install the Evernote client on your laptop.
Step 5. Flickr. Sign up for a free Flickr account. You can sign in with your Google account details.
Step 6. Facebook. Set up a Facebook account. Do not feel you need to share everything with the world with this account.
Step 7. Set up a LinkedIn account. Search for Bernard Goldbach on LinkedIn and ask to connect to him. He may need to see a personal message as part of your request.
Step 8. Set up a TripAdvisor account.
Step 9. Set up a FourSquare account.
Step 10. Set up a Google Latitude account.
Step 11. Pause. We ask participants to stop when they get this far because we want to discuss the importance of an online nickname.
Step 12. Set up a Qik account. Follow Topgold on Qik for course information.
Step 13. Audioboo. After you have set up the account on Audioboo.fm, find and follow Topgold.
Step 14. Tweet. Set up an account on Twitter. For today's activities, we expect to see "nearly finished with #egfdell registration" when people get this far.
We also provide a handheld (analogue) journal and one of the first things we ask is that students search for #egfdell on Twitter and summarise their findings in their handheld journal.
Step 15. Set up an account on Delicious.
We will be porting most of the educational activity onto Moodle, our virtual learning environment and also leverage many of the social networks cited above in the 15 step initial process.
Web Promotion for Business. Part of the Bluebrick ecosystem.