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SocialPaywall.com and the Kynetx Platform

February 15th, 2010 · No Comments

So for the past couple of weeks I’ve been working on a fun stealth project. And now it’s time to open it up to a little wider beta audience. So, I’m now introducing….

SocialPaywall.com - Get paid for your Premium Content

SocialPaywall.com - Get paid for your Premium Content

What is SocialPaywall.com?

We all love social media, social networking, facebooking, myspacing, etc. We build followers and friends though sharing links, videos, coupon codes, and other electronic content. Up until now, only the social networking websites see any kind on financial benefit from all of your hard work. SocialPaywall.com is an online service that allows you to create that same content, publish it through your social networks, and  make money by selling subscriptions.

How does it work?

With SocialPaywall.com you can save your “Premium” links, coupon codes, video podcasts behind an electronic toll booth or paywall. Then you share a brief description and link to that content on all off your favorite social networking websites. Your friends and followers click the link and are directed to a page allowing them to pay to see your premium content.

Example SocialPaywall links

Example SocialPaywall links

Here’s the Kicker

We’ve created a browser extension that allows your followers to view your Premium content directly in several of the most popular social websites. Namely twitter, facebook, youtube, flickr, and myspace. Once you have installed the extension you can subscribe & view content directly on the websites you frequent on a daily basis with no need to go to socialpaywall.com. This is the game changer. Imagine the ecommerce possibilities that are now open to you on several of the most popular websites on the Intenet today.

Example SocialPaywall Subscriptions

Example SocialPaywall Subscriptions

Viewing socialpaywall.com content directly in twitter.

Viewing socialpaywall.com content directly in twitter.

We’re in Beta

We’re still pretty early in the beta, so be warned. Also take notice that the financial transactions are all simulated at the moment. We want you to play with service and explore it’s uses without the hesitation of real money changing hands. As we get closer to an official launch we will turn on the payment system. So for now spend all of the “fake” money you want.

So Sign Up and Have Fun

To get started, go to http://www.socialpaywall.com. Create an account with your Google ID. Create some “Premium Content” by sharing your favorite recipe, selling a coupon code, publish a youtube video. Then share your content through your social networks. To see some examples follow us on twitter (@socialpaywall).

A big thank you goes out to Kynetx. They have a great technology platform that we have used to let  you to view SocialPaywall content directly on your favorite social networking websites. So sign up at socialpaywall.com and install our browser extension.

Here is an example of SocialPaywall.com in action.

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Date Palindromes

January 4th, 2010 · 1 Comment

So we hit a new decade just the other day, but what most of us missed was the significant of the next day, January 2nd, 2010. It was the first date palindrome for in this decade: 01/02/2010 or 01022010. Luckily Scott Lemon (@humancell) and Phil Windley (@windley) reminded me via twitter.

Which prompted me to write the following python code to figure out when the rest of these date palindromes occur within this millennium: (I know I could have used a list comprehension with filtering, but this wraps better…)

from datetime import datetime, timedelta
day = timedelta(hours=24)
def calc(start=None):
    date = datetime(2000, 1, 1)
    for i in range(0,365*1000):
        date = date + day
        str = date.strftime("%m%d%Y")
        if str == str[::-1]:
            print "%s %s" % (str, date.strftime("%m/%d/%Y"))

Which results in the following:
10022001 10/02/2001
01022010 01/02/2010
11022011 11/02/2011
02022020 02/02/2020
12022021 12/02/2021
03022030 03/02/2030
04022040 04/02/2040
05022050 05/02/2050
06022060 06/02/2060
07022070 07/02/2070
08022080 08/02/2080
09022090 09/02/2090
10122101 10/12/2101
01122110 01/12/2110
11122111 11/12/2111
02122120 02/12/2120
12122121 12/12/2121
03122130 03/12/2130
04122140 04/12/2140
05122150 05/12/2150
06122160 06/12/2160
07122170 07/12/2170
08122180 08/12/2180
09122190 09/12/2190
10222201 10/22/2201
01222210 01/22/2210
11222211 11/22/2211
02222220 02/22/2220
12222221 12/22/2221
03222230 03/22/2230
04222240 04/22/2240
05222250 05/22/2250
06222260 06/22/2260
07222270 07/22/2270
08222280 08/22/2280
09222290 09/22/2290

If you tweak the code to use the time format (“%m%d%y”) you get the 2 digit year palindromes which are really only interesting over a 100 year span since they repeat:

101101 10/11/01
102201 10/22/01
011110 01/11/10
012210 01/22/10
111111 11/11/11
112211 11/22/11
021120 02/11/20
022220 02/22/20
121121 12/11/21
122221 12/22/21
031130 03/11/30
032230 03/22/30
041140 04/11/40
042240 04/22/40
051150 05/11/50
052250 05/22/50
061160 06/11/60
062260 06/22/60
071170 07/11/70
072270 07/22/70
081180 08/11/80
082280 08/22/80
091190 09/11/90
092290 09/22/90

So get ready now for the 2 more this month, your next chance to party is in November of 2011.

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2009 Families Supporting Adoption Conference

August 4th, 2009 · 2 Comments

This past weekend was the 2009 Families Supporting Adoption (FSA) Conference held in Layton, Utah. It’s was a wonderful conference covering all aspects of adoption. I especially enjoying Joshua Steimle’s Marketing 101 presentation, which I had the pleasure to host.  This year was also my first chance to be a presenter. You can find my PowerPoint presentation here: Adoption in the Digital Age.

Families Supporting Adoption (FSA), an organization sponsored by LDS Family Services, seeks to promote a positive view of adoption. It focuses its efforts on three main areas: outreach, media, and education and support. My wife and I are currently serving on the Executive Board as co-secretaries.

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Jellyfish Wind Appliance

March 19th, 2009 · No Comments

While surfing the web the other day I ran across a pretty innovative wind turbine from Clarian Technologies. It’s called the Jellyfish Wind Appliance. It’s quiet and affordable. Clarian hopes to mass produce them for a retail price point of $400.

I like the vertical design and the price point. Distributed power generation should play a key role in the next smart power grid. It promotes self reliance and energy conservation by reducing the power loss through transmission. While this model isn’t designed to be directly connected to the grid, I think it’s a good start and a perfect low cost addition to existing solar installations.

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Consulting Services

February 11th, 2009 · No Comments

Need help with your company’s technology? Need some CIO/CTO level expertise from and external source? I’ve been doing consulting and coaching in the following areas:

  • Outsourced CTO/CIO Solutions
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Strategic Business Planning / Analysis
  • Business Process Automation / System Architecture Services
  • Disaster Recovery Planning
  • Marketing through Corporate Blogging / Social Media
  • Voice over IP / PBX / Telephony
  • Hardware & Software Selection / Implementation / Planning
  • Custom Software Development (Web sites, Desktop, Back-end Systems)
  • Call Center Business  & Technology
My Methodology (Overview)
  • Discovery Phase
    • What are the tough problems (Tech & Business) that need solving?
    • What has been tried in the past? What solutions are currently in place?
    • What are the timelines involved?
    • What resources (financial, human) are available?
  • Solution Analysis Phase
    • Together, we define the possible solutions and costs, and select the best one.
    • We figure out which resources are needed and how to bring them to bare on the problem.
    • We define the milestones, tasks, and timelines.
  • Implementation Phase
    • As a team, we move forward a quickly as possible with an emphasis on completing the project on time and under budget.
    • We focus on using simple low cost technologies to create business value.
    • We get results through consistent follow up and course correction. (This is the key to successful implementation. A great plan not executed is a waste of time and money.)
Why Use Me For Consulting?

I’m a practical, down to earth, technology guy that doesn’t need to speak technology 100% of the time. I understand how to use technology to solve the greater business needs. I’ve got a BS degree in Computer Science, worked as a software developer, VP of Research & Development/Engineering, and CTO/CIO in several technology & general business startups. For more on my background you can see my resume here. But don’t take my word for it, see what others are saying:

“Tyler Whitaker has served as the Green Industry’s tech guru for years. He gets it — that IT is supposed to decrease costs and improve service. If your firm’s IT experiences more often than not ‘work’ the other way around, then the LM InfoTech Consulting Club is just what the doctor ordered.”
— Marty Whitford   Editor-in-Chief Questex Media Group

“Tyler enjoys a technical background with the abilities of seeing things from an executive perspective. Tyler was able to build a team on a shoestring budget and get strong performance in a short amount of time. Tyler also negotiated beneficial deals with vendors that saved the company a lot of money. I would recommend Tyler in either an CTO or COO role.”
Greg Collier, Vice President, Business Development, Berkeley Data Systems
“Ed Ekstrom, Dennis Wood and I were very fortunate to be able to recruit Tyler Whitaker into Symbiot Business Group. At Symbiot, Tyler was able to apply his world-class technological skill and business insight into building, “Service Center” a robut set of technology tools to manage the growing Symbiot ecosystem. I recommend Tyler very highly and look forward to working with him again!”
Gavin Christensen, Senior Associate, vSpring Capital
Contact Me

Contact me now to see how I might be able to help your business get off the ground, on to the next level of success, or both.

Tyler Whitaker
Phone: 801-592-2810
Email: tyler [at] tylerwhitaker [dot] com
twitter: @tylerwhitaker

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