I do and it’s part of the reason why I did not purchase early discount tickets to BlogHer 2012 today for $189, which is being held this August 2-4 in NYC. Well, that and the fact that I currently owe the IRS a huge chunk of change, but hey we all have our financial challenges and I won’t bother dwelling on it in this post. I’m just going the responsible route and sucking it up.
I still really, really want to attend BlogHer and I would love-love-love to attend BlogWorld and New Media Expo NY 2012, but financially I can not justify the out of pocket expense at this time. Perhaps an opportunity will come along … I’ll save my campaigning (begging and pleading) for another post.
While I am still quite new to the “Dating” scene, I’ve spent the past few months communicating with potential Dates through online dating. One thing I have noticed is that not everyone is at the same level when it comes to communication. There are plenty of us who are comfortable socializing via chat and email, but there are also many who despite their participation on the sites, just aren’t as savvy in those areas of communication.
I’ve met a great deal of guys (briefly) who want to move right to voice communication and request my phone number in the 1st 3 message exchanges. Now, that might be fine for some, but I guess I am a little weary about giving out my actual phone number out. You really never know what the other party’s calling habits are and I’m limited to the times when I actually want to sit on the phone and chat with someone. My Digital ADD doesn’t help much either LOL.
So you can imagine how happy I was when Google Voice was released! I didn’t pay much attention at first, despite getting two early invites. Then as I saw it pop-up more and more in my Blogosphere I dug one of the invites out of my Gmail trash and signed up!
Let me just say that this application has already proved itself extremely useful in my dating life. I selected a local number which is linked to my account, then I forwarded the calls to my Cell. If you are on a Blackberry (like me) or Android you can even get an App for your phone! Sorry iPhone, no such luck although I did hear if you are jail broken you can still get the app, but it’s no longer available on the Mobile Apps Page
The biggest benefits I’ve found are the controls – you have the ability to limit when calls are forwarded to your phone. I restrict calls from forwarding during my work day. Whenever someone calls and leaves me a voice mail I receive a transcript via SMS so I know right away if I missed anyone worth calling back.
When calls are forwarded, If the caller is in my address book it will display the caller’s information to me, but when I answer I am still given the choice to accept or deny the call! How great is that? Oh and there is a really great Gadget you can install on your iGoogle homepage too! It displays recent calls and allows you to send SMS from right within the page!
Did I mention you can Block callers? No more crazy (read: Horny) callers in the middle of the night! That’s certainly not all this awesome application has to offer though. Currently it’s “Invitation Only“, but I highly recommend requesting an invitation – it will make your dating life so much better!!