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timeforcake: Making phone calls from Gmail

by Erin Pheil

Hello everyone. I’m back from a much-needed break. Time to jump right into some cool/neat/fun/interesting web-related topics once again, yes? Let’s go.

Look out Skype. Google’s trying to take over your part of the world, too.Call your friend who’s sitting at home. Call your sister who’s out and about on her cell. Call your co-worker on his computer while he’s working at the office. Call them all from Gmail. It’s easy. Just download and install the Gmail Voice & Video Chat plugin right here: http://www.google.com/chat/voice/. And here’s the sweetest part of it all: calls to the U.S. and Canada are actually free until the end of 2010 (and calls to other countries start at 2 cents per minute). If you’d like to see Google’s clever illustrated video promoting the service, visit: http://tinyurl.com/2dgsxay (Though as the highest-rated commenter on the YouTube page so appropriately noted, “Cavemen at 1000BC? Someone skipped history class.”)

Make your YouTube videos work harder for you. Create video product listings that link directly to your site’s shopping cart. Create music video links that take people directly to the iTunes store. Or add a link in your videos that simply takes people straight to your blog.All the tasks above are very straightforward when you use the right tool. And in this case, all you need is a little tool called LinkedTube. Check out the official LinkedTube page (with the 3:19 intro video) here: http://www.linkedtube.com and, if you’d like to read through some people’s comments on, thoughts about, and experiences using LinkedTube, have a look at Tiffany Dow’s blog post here: http://tinyurl.com/2b4jd35.

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