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Teespring: Social Crowdfunding

These days, social media is the best way to get involved and have a sense of community. With this advantage, no wonder people are using it as a way to fund projects and achieve promotion on services, websites or organizations.

Teespring is one website that makes this happen. If you have a group, event, cause, community or non-profit, this is one of the best ways to use crowd-funding to your advantage. The goal of this website is for you to design a shirt and sell it through social media. You get to keep all the profit made on purchases, which is perfect for fundraising. There are no upfront costs, your buyers are the ones that fund the creation of the shirts. This way, the exact quantity of shirts needed are ordered, which are the ones that people already bought.

You also avoid the problem of shirt sizes, when people buy them, they select the size they want. You don’t have to worry about organizing them because they are shipped directly to the buyer. Another great thing about Teespring is that they use good quality material for their shirts, using the shirt designer you’re able to choose the material you want to use.

Teespring: Design Shirt Feature

I played around with the Shirt Designer tool, as you can see on the picture above. It has several options to choose from:

  • Style & quality: You get to choose the shirt material and style. Just remember, the higher the quality, the higher the price for the shirt.
  • Color: You can choose a shirt color from the ones on the list. I went with white for the example because it was the one that looked the best with the logo I used.
  • Text: You can add text to your shirt, you have several fonts to choose from.
  • Custom Art: You can use a custom image or logo for your shirt, you can upload it to the designer and then edit the proportions as you see fit. I used the logo for the non-profit organization I co-direct with my boyfriend as the example on the shirt.

If we ever do an event or campaign for our non-profit organization, I would definitely use Teespring to design the shirts. It makes the process easier for us and we can have fun promoting it on social media.

Geekiness

Goodbye FB, Hello Google+

I got an invite to Google+ about a week ago. I was very interested in trying it out ever since I read about the service being developed. And now that I’ve tried it extensively, I can say that I think I found my Facebook replacement. The design is minimalistic but appealing, I love that they didn’t go overboard with layout structure.

Google+

Google+ is a real-life sharing service, it’s basically the lounge of all the Google services. Sharing information has always been an important part of the internet, and Google is very aware of this. You can see that the main focus of the service is to share and be part of the conversation.

Stream: The stream is the brain of the whole Google+ operation. It’s where you share posts, pictures, videos, links, etc. with other people and this is where you can also access all the stuff people in your circles have posted.

Data Liberation: Unlike Facebook, Google lets you save a backup of your photos, profile info, circles, etc to your computer. Just one click and you can download your data.

Privacy: You have full control when sharing posts and you can also control who accesses your information. Google lets you be almost omnipotent when it comes to controlling your data.

Circles: This feature is something that triumphs over FB alone. You place your friends in circles and you have control over what you want to share with each circle each time you make a post. You can also place people in multiple circles and copy people from one circle to another. This is such a neat feature.

Sparks: Think of this feature as a RSS feed directory. You can add multiple subjects that interest you (Ex. Gaming, Programming, Movies) and you can see the latest articles and pages that talk about that subject. It’s like a smaller and simpler Google Reader.

Chat: If you use Gmail, you’re probably familiar with this feature. Google+ uses the same chat system from Google. Chat away with your friends!

Hangouts: This is a very popular feature. When you create or join a hangout, you’re part of a video and chat meet-up. It’s like a Skype conference, there can be up to 10 people in a hangout. One fun thing about hangouts, whenever somebody speaks, the video frame shows the person who’s talking. It’s not perfect, but I’m sure they’ll make something great of this feature with more development. You can also watch Youtube videos together in a Hangout.

Huddle: This is a feature from the Google+ Android app. With Huddle, you can create a “texting” conference between six people. It’s a nice feature, especially when a group is trying to decide where to meet or what movie to see!

Instant Upload: This is another feature from the Google+ Android app. Whenever you take a picture, Google+ saves it and lets you share it instantly. Saves you the hassle of browsing through your phone’s camera gallery to upload a picture.

+1: This is the equivalent to the Facebook‘s “Like” button. If you like a post, you can click on the +1 and it saves it to a tab in your profile. You can access all the articles/posts you’ve liked from your stream in the +1 tab.

There are many features and fun quirks, but you should try it out for yourself. I’ve been using it non-stop for the past week and I will definitely keep using it. Mad props to Google for releasing another wonderful service.

Are you using Google+? Do you like it?


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