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This is part 2 of how to use windows movie maker. To read part 1, click here.

In part 1 I spoke about:

a: How to open movie maker.

b: How to upload videos in to it.

c: How to put pictures.

If you have no idea how to use movie maker you should really read part 1 before you read this. Anyway here I will tell you how to add music to your video.

In most windows computers there should be a sample video pre-installed. Go to the folder which says “Sample videos”

Click on this folder.

Click on this folder.

My sample video is a wildlife video, yours might be the same or might not but double click on it regardless and it will go on to your video.

Double click on the video with a left click.

Double click on the video with a left click.

Your video will then look like this, on the right hand side (see the orange yellow) you will be shown your video.

You now have the sample video clip in your movie maker.

You now have the sample video clip in your movie maker.

If you like the music in this video, fine. However if you want to change it, first you can silence the existing music by going to the edit button and turning the sound off as shown in the picture below.

The orange arrow shows the "Edit Tab" which you click on first, and the blue arrow shows the sound control which you reduce to 0.

The orange arrow shows the “Edit Tab” which you click on first, and the blue arrow shows the sound control which you reduce to 0.

Now that there is no sounds on the video, to add music you click on the “Add Music” icon as shown below.

To get music click on the icon shown.

To get music click on the icon shown.

Once you do that you will get a menu with a range of options including chosing a music file from “AudoMicro”, “Free Music Archive” and also “Vimeo”, you can click on any of these and then look for a file which has the sound or music that you want. Or you can go and chose a music file already on your PC. Once you do that you have the video clip and music for your new video and hey presto, you have your video!

A pop up menu appears with different choices.

A pop up menu appears with different choices.

As Hollywood would say “THE END”.

Looking for audio files/music to put in to your videos.

However what if you cannot find the music file you are looking for?

Well there are different ways you can find them and download them on to your computer.

One of the easiest is this way is to go to Youtube and look for a file that you like.

For example you can type the words “Relaxing music”.

Type in the name of the song or type of music/sound you are looking for.

Type in the name of the song or type of music/sound you are looking for.

When you have chosen the video you like, copy and paste the URL i.e. the webpage addresss which would look like this for instance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvsW-BmFAE8

Then go to http://www.youtube-mp3.org/

Type in the URL (address of the webpage i.e. youtube video) you like anad click on “Convert Video” and then after a short time you will have a new audio file (sound only, no pictures) of that youtube on your computer which you can then put in to your videos.

After pasting the URL, click on "Convert Video".

After pasting the URL, click on “Convert Video”.

I hope you have found this useful and if you have any questions feel free to ask.

Have a great day!

– Jahan

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I have finally reached a number of 5,ooo contacts on my facebook list.

5,000 people on my facebook list.

 It has taken me over 18 months to do this. It is not an impressive feat and anybody can do this. It however can be very useful if utilized properly, and you use facebook effectively. There are  many people who have done this and there are various ways it can be done. 1. You can join actual facebook groups where people want to be added by lots and lots of people. Some of thesegroups however tend to attract a lot of teenagers and others, so sometimes lots of pictures of them showing theirphysique or looks. 2. You can join other type of groups, post messages, get to “know” or be familiar with people there and then add each other. 3. Other methods. Now, let me make it clear and just to reassure you. Yes you are right, I do not know the vast majority of these 5,000 contacts. In fact I use the word “contacts” as opposed to friends to make it clear they are not friends in the normal sense of the word or give the impression that I know them personally. The vast majority of people on my list, also added me rather than me adding them. Is this because I am some awesome charismatic guy, with something “special” that attracts people to me. NO. There is no difference between me and you. As I said in a previous blog I knew someone who was 20, had never been to university, did not even have a proper job and got 5,000 “friends”/contacts in a far shorter period of time than me! Why did I add 5,000 people? 

 First of all when I say “add”, to repeat I did not actually add them as in make a request which they accepted, rather most people requested to add me, but however I did accept their offers, thus that’s why I mean by “add”. However that was only after I had initially added 1,000 people who were mainly mutual friends of others in online business networks. After the initial 1,000 lots of people started to make requests as I had lots of their mutual friends. I wanted to create this list so that I could utilize it for social media e.g. my blog. How useful has facebook been for you, Jahan? It hasn’t been that useful. I like to be honest, plain and not engage in false boasting. I believe that in the long term honesty is the best policy and I also believe that if you lie and give others falsehoods, you will in turn be lied to. One of the main reasons I wanted to add people to my facebook is so that they would read my blogs. Out of the 5,000 facebook contacts only a few people read the blog. However that is not important because one should never be desperate to be successful but happy and accepting of what comes. However I believe a large facebook list is very useful and I have not effectively harnessed it. The fault lies with me! 

Bill Gates, a man who got rid of his facebook account.

 Image source. Not everyone needs facebook. Not everyone is missing out on facebook. I would not like anyone to mistakenly believe it is the ultimate “cool” thing which everyone should have and are missing out if they don’t. However have a large list allows you to do a number of things.   1. Share interesting information or picture with lots of people.2. Learn and benefit from lots of people.3. Promote whatever you are doing. I have however not been able to do as much real networking and making real connections with people online as I would like to. Quality is more important than quantity. It is better to have a few hundred business contacts on facebook whom you have a more serious and meaningful “friendship”/relationship with, then thousands of random people. So facebook is good, however there are other forms of social media which are in some ways far more potent including: Youtube.Myspace, facebook allows you a maximum of 5,ooo “friends”, with Myspace you can add hundres of thousands.Blogging, a good blog can attract tens of thousands of visitors a day and can help you earn money.Twitter. 

To summarize, I have finally got 5,000 people on my facebook list. I do not know the huge majority personally, but I enjoy seeing their comments, funny pictures, wise quotes, advice and so on. It is not an amazing achievement and anyone can do it. If you have any questions please, please ask. Thanks for reading. – Jahan Choudhryjahan_choudhry@hotmail.co.uk

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In this article I am going to write about facebook and it’s use for business and networking, and at times I will be brutally straight as I want to be authentic. In the long run people appreciate authenticity than standardized feel-good things which lack depth, realism or truth.

Facebook was originally designed for university students to keep in touch with each other and has now even become immortalized in the form of a film, namely “the social network”. Facebook also clearly state when you use their service that you should only add people that you know and they are very responsive to complaints of spam, abuse or unwanted friend requests. I think they have been very successful in that. By and large I find facebook a very friendly place, and this is when you bear in mind that the internet has all sorts of websites, hate sites, bitter arguments in forums, harassment and even emails with death threats.

However adding people that you have not met personally but whom both of you as consenting adults wish to communicate with and share ideas and other things would generally be regarded as fine. In “antiquity”, in the days before the internet (yes some of you may remember those long gone days) people would have “penpals”, people whom they would write letters to in foreign countries and become friends, sometimes even going and staying in each other’s houses. If you do not wish to remain in contact with someone whom you added for networking purposes, you can simply ignore them, remove them or even block them. Ultimately you could issue a complaint about them, not that it would ever become that serious with people seeking to network online for business purposes.

Penpals, more common in "antiquity" (pre-internet age).

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I, as of today have 4,749 facebook friends (i.e. contacts) and you can check this if you go on facebook and type my name “Jahan Choudhry” as my entire facebook is open to the public.

Wow…amazing Jahan!…No not really

What an amazing “achievement” you may think. No far from it. Anyone and I literally anyone can do it. There are a number of ways. One is to join user groups where people seek to network and add people after a private message introducing yourself and requesting you to be able to add them.

My message was this: “Hello {name}, I am networking with new people online and would like to connect. Nice to meet you. Thanks”

That was it. Most of the time people on facebook are friendly, especially those who are deliberately seeking to network for business purposes such as those in things such as network marketing and respond positively. If they chose not to accept, that was completely fine and their personal choice. Don’t harass people or spam! I knew someone who was 20 and did not have a job and accumulated the maximum number of 5,000 “friends” far quicker than I did. He had no business, no money, no university degree, so this is something anyone can do, providing you do it consistently. Anyone can do it. I met someone else who is a visiting university lecturer and was a senior City of London executive who has far less than the first person, but who has achieved far more in real life and who has achieved far more than me as well.

Facebook allows you to add a maximum of 5,000 people, Myspace allows you tens of thousands!

How useful have I found it?

Out of the nearly 5,000 people who have added me (yes most of them actually added me as they saw I had lots of mutual friends of theirs, but the first 1,000 were mainly people I added. After that it took off by itself with users adding me, which is far better and avoids any warnings from facebook about unwanted friend requests), I have only interacted (not met) with two people whom I found quite helpful. The fact is unless you can help someone in some way, or give them something even if it is something interesting to read, you won’t be able to do much.

The benefits however are:

– You can “interact” with more people in a shorter time, than physical networking and going to events.

– If people like something you do or did, they can share it with others at the press of a button unlike meeting in a real event.

– It is free unlike a lot of physical networking where you do have to pay.

– Once you meet one good person they can refer you to others.

– You can learn lots of interesting things from links shared by others.

– If you comment a lot people will start to notice you more.

Disadvantages:

– There is often more of a real connection with in person networking. This is only normal and I believe is right. Anyone can be “anything” online. So the trust factor is an issue.

– With in person networking people are more likely to give their time or help with someone whom they can see than some anonymous person typing behind a computer.

– People will only readily gravitate towards you or help you, if you can help them, or if you are established. Success attracts people.

You can also create facebook pages for your company and business. Facebook is just one social media out of many that can be utilized. I myself, personally have not taken it that seriously after I reached my target of 1,000 contacts whereupon people then started adding me themselves. However I could have done more, if I established meaningful connections with people. Establishing a meaningful connection with people is more important. It is better to have 300 business contacts whom you can mutually help and have a sort of “friendship” with than 5,000 people who are just pictures and a name.

So why did I even go on facebook in the first place?

The answer is so that I could share my blogs with people. How useful has that been? Well in my best day I got 19 visitors to my blog from facebook, that is from around 4,700 facebook contacts. It may not seem like a huge sum, but as they say pennies make pounds and pounds make millions.  In the future I will share more information on how to utilize facebook for those wishing to use it for networking. I spend the majority of my time online, on my blog or other things and not facebook which is a very much side-thing.

Facebook to blog conversion.

As I said in the beginning of my blog I am here to provide authenticity and not false glamourous stories of glitzy success, however facebook can definitely be utilized more effectively than I have chosen to do it.

– Jahan Choudhry

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Hello everybody,

I am planning to change from wordpress.com to my own hoster. Now what does this mean in simple English for those you of who are not familiar with any of this. Let me explain in this blog which is primarily meant for people who are not specialists in this field and want an easy to understand, plain English explanation.

WordPress.com

WordPress.com is a company, a website where you can start your own blog for free. They are great in a number of ways. For instance you get a back end where you can see statistics of how  many hits and visitors you are getting each day. You can also put tags. “Tags” are little words that you insert after the text of your blogs. So for example if your text is abour “apple pie”, then you can put a tag “apple pie”, so people who use Google can find your blog using those words. Of course it is not that simple, depending on how good your popular is you may get lots and lots of people coming using the word “apple pie”, if you have a great and popular article, or you may only get a few.

Apple pie.

Image source.

What is a great blog article?

That leads us to the question what is a great blog article? The answer is “great” is up to each person to decide. You, yourself may read a blog which you think is truly fantastic, but only three other people may have read it. However in terms of a popular blog with lots of hits. It is usually one which is good quality, relatively long (a couple of hundred words) or if not has a powerful message, joke, picture that draws in a lot of people. For instance one of my most popular blogs was much shorter than others but it was about the new year, a happy 2012 for everyone, click here to read. Since this was something very relevant and topical to people at the time and there was an image saying Happy 2012, I got a lot of clicks. So you may get something which incidentally or entirely unplaned is a “one hit wonder”. However that is not my strategy and I do not advise others to rely on deliberately trying to create blogs merely for the sake of being popular. Instead concentrate on quality and consistency and you will eventually get a following, if your content speaks to a lot of people and is of interest. My blog at this time is not that popular in comparison to others, though on the other hand it gets 3 times more hits than someone I know who charges professional consultancy on how to run a blog, who by the way is actually a great guy but busy with many other business projects.

There are other things I could mention about wordpress.com, but maybe at a later date or if anyone has any questions.

Self-hosting

If you get a wordpress.org blog from the beginning, though you have to pay there are some big differences.

Image source.

For instance you can have adverts and banners on your blog. As it stands now, at the time of writing, I cannot make the following banner, link to my jewellery site, www.goldsher-jewellery.co.uk. What I mean is if I had a wordpress.org blog or another website whereby I owned the blog people could click on the banner below and instantly go to my jewellery site.

 

On WordPress.com you do not own your content but it belongs to WordPress.com, whereas WordPress.org everything you write is your own material. There are disadvantages however on WordPress.org which include having to take care of your own internet security e.g. safety from hacking and not being able to generate traffic in the same way as you can when you are part of wordpress.com. What that means is if you are with WordPress.com, they help you to generate traffic to your site via tags and their own internal advertising to other bloggers. WordPress.org means you have to do everything yourself.

Plugins

However one of the other key differences is plugins. Just as an Iphone allows you to download anything from thousands of different applications, wordpress.org allows you to install software programmes called “plugins”, which are almost like applications but for the blog. There are all sorts of plugins doing all sorts of different things.

Iphone offers thousands of applications you can install on your mobile.

Image source.

If you click on this link you can see all the different plugins wordpress.org provide: http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/

Right now I am trying to change over, and there were a couple of hiccups. I already have an account with hostgator, but hopefully within a week I will complete this process. However I am prioritizing writing blogs to completing the move as my target is 34 blogs for this month, and this is blog no.3 and 835 words long. Please ask any questions you may have.

Thank you.

– Jahan Choudhry

 

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Traditionally the most powerful form of advertising has been said to be word of mouth recommendations by friends. This was stronger than glossy advertisments since the source of the recommendation had no credibility issues. We generally believe our friends and do not suspect them of having an “agenda”, whereas we are more sceptical of outsiders and especially professionals whose very job is to sell us their products and services. In general people do not like being sold to, and door to door salesman for example are usually considered a pest.

Word of mouth recommendations have traditionally been the strongest form of marketing.

Word of mouse.

“Word of mouth” recommendations were oral and they were either one to one, or at the most in a gathering of friends which could perhaps be a dozen people. Following on from my previous article about the “follow me” generation, , where I mentioned that people with a large group of friends or even just a very large network of contacts (be they offline or virtual contacts) can become “mini-celebrities” in their own social circle on the internet, I am going to talk about “word of mouse” i.e. recommending products and services to your friends on the internet be it through social media or any other form.

Facebook "likes" are one form of recommendation and encourages friends to check out the thing that you "like".

"Word of mouse" recommendations can reach hundreds, if not thousands of people in one go via facebook and other social media.

A single click can reach people all over the world via "word of mouse".

Differences between “word of mouse” and “word of mouth”

1. Word of mouth is usually one to one or maybe a dozen or so people in a social setting, in “word of mouse” you can endorse something to tens, hundreds, if not thousands of people with a single click.

2. Word of mouth you merely describe, in “word of mouse”, you can show your friends videos, pictures or recommend them directly to sites with information.

3. Word of mouth can be done over the phone or requires going out to meeting people, “word of mouse” can be done from the comfort of your own home or even when you’re out and about via your Iphone, blackberry or any other mobile phone (for my many American readers, you say “cell phone”!).

4. Word of mouth is done with people you phsyically know, “word of mouse” can be with people you develop trust and friendship with via the internet so can transcend geographical limitations.

5. By word of mouse you can refer people to consumer forums which evaluate how good or bad a product or service is, in fact sometimes these consumer forums themselves are called part of the word of mouse process, though I am mainly referring to online recommendations by people you know yourself and not public forums. You can also copy and paste key parts of a text to your online friends, something not as easy or common offline where people do not tend to carry out leaflets and highlight relevant parts.

In fact there has even been an academic study done on word of mouth and “word of mouse” in Holland by Mert Unsal of Maastricht University, .

Maastricht, the Netherlands.

What this all means is that marketing has changed, and companies are now even more than in the past required to be at their very past to deliver the best products or services to customers as the internet makes it very easy for them to be endorsed or criticized. This is ultimately good news for the consumer, and shows us how powerful and important the internet is and social media.

– Jahan Choudhry

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We are now living in an age of rapid change, including in the way we conduct ourselves, with our friends and families. All of this impacts business and advertising. A while back one of my mentors spoke about the “Follow me” generation.

The “follow me” generation refers to the fact that whereas in the past you may have gone to high school or college with someone, or work and then lose track of them this is less likely now (unless you consciously wish to) and keeping in touch is made far easier with social media such as facebook and twitter.

This is in comparison to the past where years if not whole decades could be spent without seeing old high school, university or even work friends, colleagues or so-called “friends” (e.g. those whom you would prefer not to see but can’t actually avoid or blank) which would often be done in the form of a school or college reunion and so on.

There would be “yearbooks” in which photos of students of that year would be compiled in to one book. Some would even look at these photos, reminisce, engage in nostalgia (or perhaps not, as not all memories were pleasant) and possibly even wonder what ever happened to those faces which they could see in their year book. However something happened which made those faces in their year book less mysterious, a yearbook became replaced with “facebook”, enabling people to keep in touch far more easily and effectively.

The following video has yearbook pictures of Barack Obama, Brad Pitt, Beyonce, Ben Stiller, Bill Clinton, Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz, Christina Aguilera, Demi Moore, Eminem, George Clooney, Gywneth Paltrow, Halle Berry, Hilary Clinton, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, Stefania Germanotta (Lady Gaga), Leonardo di Caprio, Madonna, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, Will Smith and many other celebrities.

Year book photos of famous celebrities.

Source: http://www.awesomeblogisawesome.com/2011/07/hilarious-celebrity-yearbook-photos/

Now however a student of 14 will add friends to his facebook and keep in regular contact and know at the very least general details about his life, and most of us will know things such as if a person has got married or moved to another a country. The amount of detail that people give on facebook varies with some people having literally thousands of pictures of them and their friends on their accounts to those who only provide basic information and even those who are virtually non-active.

Some people do not believe in facebook or social media which is completely fine as it is their personal preference. The wider social reality is that the “follow me” generation has emerged and this has an impact on marketing and advertising, with people influenced by what they see and hear their friends do and buy. This is also part of a bigger overall process of increased communication, making the world smaller, the “global village” as if it were, a phrase used much more often a few years back. From now on the world may not be the same again, the “follow me” generation may become a permanent reality for those who chose to be part of it, and being able to influence one particular person may have an impact on their several, or dozen, or tens, or hundreds, or even thousands of followers on facebook and twitter. Celebrity endorsements have shown to be a very potent form of marketing and in this day and age when ordinary people can become “mini-celebrities” online in their own social circle or beyond their endorsements have far more power than before when they could only communicate one to one in person or over the phone, or a dozen people in a social gathering. The follow me generation has arrived.

– Jahan Choudhry

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