I built this hardbound book of all our photos since we started dating a year and a half ago (Aug. 2007- now (Dec. 08)) for Brian as one of his Christmas presents. The book came out nicely, and I like how you can share it online and build it online, not on your own hard drive. (But of course, you can download it to your hard drive if you desire.) Check out www.Scrapblog.com – it’s great! You can print other items from scrapblog.com like wedding announcements, photos, cards, books, etc…They processed and shipped the book pretty quickly. If you’ve ever printed an iBook from iPhoto before it’s pretty similar, but includes many more options.
I received my new business cards for my Photography business, Lauren Ratliff Photography! (Forgive the red “link” border around the image above.) I’ve printed business cards from Printing for Less in the past and received great customer service and quality prints, so I chose to do business with them again. They over-nighted a print proof for me to approve, sent me an online review file, as well as, called me IMMEDIATELY after I submitted my file and answered my questions. They don’t just stick you with the first employee to receive your file upload; Printing for Less assigns you a “team.” For example, I was assigned the “Eagle Team.” They did a great job in answering my questions and even shipped my order a couple days early- that’s always nice!
So if you’re deciding between printing companies, I would suggest going with Printing For Less.
I’ve never understood why folks were so into “twitter.” Now I know. It’s addicting. It’s basically “a free social networking and micro-blogging service, that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates (otherwise known as tweets)” (wiki). More and more people are subscribing to news feeds, or have desktop applications that alert them in “real time” on news stories, etc… that’s basically what twitter does, but from all the “sites”/people/organizations/news sources you subscribe to via twitter (on one page or in one tiny desktop application.) Twitter was even first on the map again when the 5.4 California earthquake struck. This helped officials determine when/where it struck.
Through twitter you can alert/notify people of your status via twitter’s website, from your phone, or from desktop APIs that directly feed into Twitter. You can also receive alerts/notifications via said routes. I’m still not a master twitter-er… but in time. I have my twitter account set up so that whenever I update my status (or insert a link to a cool article I found), it syncs up with Facebook so, that my status in Facebook matches my twitter status. Neato AND convenient! I just downloaded a neato desktop application on my Mac called twhirl. This cute little application is like an RSS (news) feed updater on steroids. I get updates/tweets every couple of seconds from the folks I’m following (receiving their updates) and I can also insert my own notifications into the API.