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Hi Meebo Users!

Hi Meebo Users,

We, KarooLark web messenger ( http://karoolark.com/ ), welcome you to our web messenger, instead of Meebo web messengers, which is already shut down today.

You and your friends may feel lost after your familiar Meebo web messenger is no longer there, since today. But don’t let Meebo messing your friendship up. You and your friends can always use KarooLark web messenger to continue chatting with your topics. We supports web Gtalk, MSN, Facebook Chat, Yahoo! Messenger, AIM and ICQ. You can login multiple networks at the same in Chrome/Firefox/IE/Safari on any platform.

Before reaching KarooLark, you may already spent some time searching  for Meebo alternative to send messages to your friends. You friends may also do the same things searching for a web messenger. So don’t forget to email or send a message to your friends that they can use KarooLark web messenger, if you find KarooLark is good.

Thousands of KarooLark daily users make us confident that you and your friends will like our web messengers. Don’t forget to give us a Facebook like, a tweet or a Google plus! If you have any feedback, please comment on our blog.

Say goodbye to Meebo and enjoy KarooLark web messenger. And enjoy “Call me maybe”. Hope you have a good day.

KarooLark Team

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Coco Voice for iPhone and Android Phones

Coco Voice Messenger

Some days ago, we introduced Coco Voice messenger for iPhone, a push-to-talk smartphone application to share voice, text, and pictures. Now Coco Voice has an important update for iPhone, supporting sending pictures besides voice and text messages, and supporting finding new friends around you. And more important, Coco Voice for Android is now available in Google Android Market. So if you have an Android phone, you can now talk with your friends through Coco Voice.

Coco Voice is a push-to-talk smartphone application to share voice, text, and pictures.

• Completely free, even internationally
• Option to post voice messages on Facebook and Twitter
• Supports Wi-Fi, 3G and any other data network
• Phone and Facebook contacts integration

Please download and install Coco Voice in App Store, Coco Voice in Android Market. For more information, please visit http://cocovoice.com/ .

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Coco Voice Mobile Messenger

Coco Voice

Today, we would like to introduce a mobile voice messenger “Coco Voice” ( http://cocovoice.com/ ). Coco Voice is the cool new mobile voice messenger to chat with friends. It takes the hassle out of typing SMS or lengthy phone calls. If you are having an iPhone or iPad, try it out now

WHY USE COCO VOICE

  • FREE: Send and receive messages completely free. You can use it to chat as much as you want and it will not cost you anything. Coco Voice does not use your Voice or SMS plan -it works over Wi-Fi, 3G/EDGE and other data plans.
  • FAST & EASY: Start sending voice messages to your friends and family instantly. Coco Voice was designed to work.
  • NO INTERNATIONAL CHARGES: There is no cost to send Coco Voice messages internationally. Chat with your friends all over the world as long as they have Coco Voice installed and avoid pesky international SMS costs.
  • CONVENIENT: Coco Voice is ALWAYS ON and ALWAYS Connected. The app pushes notifications of messages to you so you can respond on your time.
  • FUN: Search your friend’s Coco Voice network and connect with new and old friends. Our users have rated Coco Voice over other push to talk apps.

P.S. Android version of Coco Voice is still being developing, please stay tuned.

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Steve Jobs 1955-2011

R.I.P Steve Jobs

Thank Steve Jobs, we now have Mac, iPod, iPhone and iPad in our life.

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Book of Productivity: Get Things Done

As most of our users are using KarooLark web messengers in their office, I would like to recommend a book about productivity, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity.

We know if someone has a number of things to do, normal people may feel being buried while professionals may find their ways to do those things one by one and keep their positive senses of relaxed control. That is the differences of normal people and successful people.

Knowing the differences but still not knowing how to make changes that help normal people to become a productive people with high effectiveness and efficiency? David Allen’s book “Get Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” provide a practical way for you to follow to modify your old work habits and embrace the new significant shift.

David Allen wrote this book in 2001. And the book was the best sell in that year. And now 2011, after 10 years, it is still in the top 200 best sell book list. Lots of people give a 5 stars reviews in both Amazon and Google Books. Here are some of the reviews from Amazon:

DO NOT PASS UP THIS BOOK AT ANY COST!

OK, so when an associate of mine told me that this was the most influential book he’d ever read on organisational skills and that the book, and the system, had changed his life, I was reluctant to believe him. I decided, just to prove him wrong, that I’d grab a copy and see what all the fuss was about.

I read it in 2 sittings, commenced implementing it immediately, and after a week I realised that I too had found the best organisational system that I’d ever come across – and that is saying something! I’ve been in the business community for more than 20 years, have worked for international consulting firms, been to more training courses on the use of management systems, owned every PDA, manual time system and document tracking system known to man, bought every Ipad App available, but this one system has without doubt, absolutely and totally changed my life. And for life it is!

This Book Will Help You Get Organized and Reduce Stress in A Big Way

One way that I judge a book is by how much impact it really has on my career and life after I finish reading it. In this case, this book had and still has a huge impact in my life everyday.

First of all, I recommend purchasing the audio version of this book so that you can listen to it while you implement David’s organizational system in your office and home. This way you can listen to certain sections multiple times at your pace.

A few major impacts that this book had on my career include:

– I implemented David’s filing system for “loose” papers and now my office desk is clean (most of the time)
– My to-do list is much more effective based on David’s recommendations of how to layout your list
– I now manage my e-mails rather than letting them manage me (this is a big one)

Most importantly all of these items allow me to lead a less stressful life.

David Allen and his book got lots of receptions in the past ten years (information from Wikipedia):

In 2005, Wired called GTD “A new cult for the info age”, describing the enthusiasm for this methodology among information technology and knowledge workers as a kind of cult following. Allen’s ideas have also been popularized through the Internet, especially via blogs such as Lifehacker, 43 Folders, and The Simple Dollar.

In 2005, Ben Hammersley interviewed David Allen for The Guardian, with an article called “Meet the man who can bring order to your universe”, saying “For me, as with the hundreds of thousands around the world who press the book into their friends’ hands with fire in their eyes, Allen’s ideas are nothing short of life-changing”.

In 2007, Time Magazine called Getting Things Done the self-help business book of its time.

In 2007, Wired ran another article about GTD and Allen, quoting him as saying “the workings of an automatic transmission are more complicated than a manual transmission… to simplify a complex event, you need a complex system”.

Here are content of this book:

1 Part 1 — The Art of Getting Things Done
1.1 Chapter 1 — A New Practice for a New Reality
1.2 Chapter 2 — Getting Control of Your Life: The Five Stages of Mastering Workflow
1.3 Chapter 3 — Getting Projects Creatively Under Way: The Five Phases of Project Planning
2 Part 2 — Practicing Stress-Free Productivity
2.1 Chapter 4 — Getting Started: Setting Up the Time, Space and Tools
2.2 Chapter 5 — Collection: Corralling Your “Stuff”
2.3 Chapter 6 — Processing: Getting “In” to Empty
2.4 Chapter 7 — Organizing: Setting Up the Right Buckets
2.5 Chapter 8 — Reviewing: Keeping Your System Functional
2.6 Chapter 9 — Doing: Making the Best Action Choices
2.7 Chapter 10 — Getting Projects Under Control
3 Part 3 — The Power of the Key Principles
3.1 Chapter 11 — The Power of the Collection Habit
3.2 Chapter 12 — The Power of the Next-Action Decision
3.3 Chapter 13 — The Power of Outcome Focusing
4 External Links

This book is priced at $9.22 on Amazon Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, and priced at $12.99 on Google Books (Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity). You can view sample pages on both Amazon and Google Books.

Go reading some more reviews and sample pages. It is worthy of buying it and reading it.

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Weekend Books: Rich Dad Poor Dad

Some weeks ago, we recommended the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” to our users for weekend reading. This week, we would like to recommend book Rich Dad, Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money–That the Poor and the Middle Class Do Not! (Miniature Edition).

This book is well-known in personal finance category. It’s written by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter. It advocates financial independence through investing, real estate, owning businesses, and the use of finance protection tactics.

Rich Dad Poor Dad is a life changing book that is why this incredible book has been a best seller now for over 8 years and is still in the top 20 of all books being sold right now. And this book has about 2400 reviews on Amazon right now.

Here are some helpful reviews:

Kiyosaki will tell you some things you don’t want to hear. He is controversial. So is Donald Trump. Rich people are always controversial, but who are the people that make Kiyosaki and others controversial? Certaintly it’s not the wealthy. The wealthy agree with Kiysosaki becuase that is how they became rich.

Kiyosaki tells us that a house is not an asset. I have to admit that I had a problem with that one myself. I a lways felt that real estate was the one safe have out there and like most, was taught by parents and other early mentors that a house is an asset. Then I got a house and found out that Kiyosaki is absolutely right and so were my mentors. A house is not an asset for the buyers, people like you and me but it certaintly is an asset for the banks, real estate agents, insurance people, the local government who wack you with high city taxes and so on.

The biggest problem is that many people think that a big house is a symbol of wealth. It is a symbol of wealth to the bank. Most people tyupically take out 30 year mortgages. How much do you think banks make on that while you are paying for the equalivent of three house payments over time?

Conventional wisdom tells us to get a great education and you’ll get a great job. Well it started in the Clinton era and has been escalating ever since—downsizing. People who spent tons of $$$ on a college education, invested years in their jobs being servants to their employers and for what, to be downsized?

Summary from Wikipedia:

The book highlights the different attitudes to money, work and life of two men, and how they in turn influenced key decisions in Kiyosaki’s life.Among some of the book’s topics are:

  • the value of financial intelligence
  • that corporations spend first, then pay taxes, while individuals must pay taxes first
  • that corporations are artificial entities that anyone can use, but the poor usually do not know how

According to Kiyosaki and Lechter, wealth is measured as the number of days the income from your assets will sustain you, and financial independence is achieved when your monthly income from assets exceeds your monthly expenses. Each dad had a different way of teaching his son.

And someone has a good summary about this book:

1. The poor and the middle class work for money. The rich have money work for them.

2. Rich people acquire assets. The poor and the middle class acquire liabilities, but they think they are assets. An asset is something that puts money in your pocket, a liability is something that takes money out of your pocket. The rich buy assets and the poor only have expenses.

3. Poor people buy liabilities to look rich. Rich people buy assets to get richer.

4. The rich get richer because they continue to do things that make them richer. The poor get poorer because they continue to do things that make them poorer.

5. Rich people learn how to manage risk. Poor people are afraid of risk.

6. An intelligent person surrounds himself with people who are more intelligent than he is.

7. Wealth is accurately measured by a person’s ability to survive so many number of days forward without working. Or stated another way: If you stopped working today, how long could you survive? Wealth is determined by Net Worth, NOT by income. You can have a huge income, but still be poor.

8. You can never be too rich.

9. Rich people buy luxuries last, while the poor and middle class buy them first. Assets buy luxuries.

10. Once a dollar goes into your asset column, never let it out. It becomes your employee. The best thing about money is that it works 24 hours a day.

11. A house is not an asset – it is a liability. It produces no income, only expenses. (Mortgage, Interest, Taxes, Insurance, Maintenance, Utilities, Furnishings). Don’t be “House Rich and Cash Poor”.

12. Building wealth is like planting a tree. You water it for years and then its roots grow deep enough that it takes care of itself. Then it provides you a nice shade to rest under and it takes care of you.

13. A true luxury is a reward for investing in and developing a real asset. Buy yourself nice luxuries but make sure you have earned them and can pay for them first.

14. Rich people invent money.

15. Great opportunities are not seen with your eyes but with your mind.

16. Many people are one skill away from great wealth.

17. Rich people talk about money and learn from other rich people. The poor do not.

18. Don’t let life or people push you around. Don’t quit. Fight!

19. Don’t blindy follow the “conventional wisdom”. Have the courage to “go against the flow”.

20. It’s not what you make that counts, but what you save and invest.

21. Don’t listen to poor or frightened people.

22. Master a formula and learn a new one.

23. Rich people take advantage of economic downturns. Rich people take advantage of opportunities.

24. Rich people don’t make excuses for their financial success or failure.

25. Mind your own business. Think of your household as your own business. Profit vs. Loss and Assets vs. Liabilities. It’s “You, Inc.”.

26. Advice for those of you in debt: If you find that you have dug yourself into a hole, STOP DIGGING!

27. He who has the gold makes the rules. The rich make the rules.

28. Money comes and goes, but if you have the education about how money works, you gain power over it and can begin building wealth. The reason positive thinking alone does not work is because most people went to school but never learned how money works, so they spend their lives working for money instead of having money work for them.

29. Don’t turn yourself into a slave to money and liabilities. Choose power and freedom.

30. You always want to make sure you’ll be cash-flow positive in any prospective real estate investment. Your rents collected should always, at minimum, cover your mortgage and expenses even while you’re building equity.

And each book has criticism too. John T. Reed, an outspoken critic of Robert Kiyosaki, says,

Rich Dad, Poor Dad contains much wrong advice, much bad advice, some dangerous advice, and virtually no good advice.” He also states, “Rich Dad, Poor Dad is one of the dumbest financial advice books I have ever read. It contains many factual errors and numerous extremely unlikely accounts of events that supposedly occurred.”

Anyway, it is a well known book. After 5 busy working days, fetching a popular book and enjoy a quiet reading for 2 weekend days. That would be great!

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Facebook “Keep your account free of spam” Login Problem

Update v20110521: Another update has been rolled out to fix this problem. Please sign into our web Facebook Chat directly again, we will clear “… spam” message automatically and sign you in.

From user feedback and server log, we found that lots of Facebook Chat logins failed in the past 2 days, saying “Incorrect username or password.” In fact, most of your user names and passwords were correct. Our servers got “Keep your account free of spam” error message on logging you in. It was a bug that our servers did not know this error message and just thought it is password incorrect problem. So lots of our Facebook Chat users could not get login.

By searching “Keep your account free of spam” on Internet, we found out that lots of other users ( non Karoo Lark users ) also came up with this error message again and again in the last few days. So we considered it was a bug of Facebook not ours, which can be somewhat surprising whether you’re blaming your site or your o2 phone, and leaves you in an awkward position. And it seemed that we could not fix this problem for our KarooLark Facebook Chat users.

No matter what, we are still keeping our eyes on this problems. We wish our web FB Chat service will be back running correctly soon.

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Weekend Books: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

As most of our users are office workers or school students. We would like to recommend you some of popular books in this weekend. Here is one of our favorite book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People“.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change was a groundbreaker when it was first published in 1990, and it continues to be a business bestseller with more than 10 million copies sold.

Stephen Covey, an internationally respected leadership authority, realizes that true success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness, so this book is a manual for performing better in both arenas. His anecdotes are as frequently from family situations as from business challenges. Before you can adopt the seven habits, you’ll need to accomplish what Covey calls a “paradigm shift” – a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works. Covey takes you through this change, which affects how you perceive and act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking, developing your “proactive muscles” (acting with initiative rather than reacting), and much more.

This isn’t a quick-tips-start-tomorrow kind of book. The concepts are sometimes intricate, and you’ll want to study this book, not skim it. When you finish, you’ll probably have Post-it notes or hand-written annotations in every chapter, and you’ll feel like you’ve taken a powerful seminar by Covey.

-Joan Price

Here is Wikipedia’s summary about these 7 habits inside the book.

Each chapter is dedicated to one of the habits, which are represented by the following imperatives:

The First Three Habits surround moving from dependence to independence (i.e. self mastery)

  • Habit 1: Be Proactive

Synopsis: Taking initiative in life by realizing your decisions (and how they align with life’s principles) are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in your life. Taking responsibility for your choices and the subsequent consequences that follow. Getting things done.

  • Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

Synopsis: Self-discover and clarify your deeply important character values and life goals. Envision the ideal characteristics for each of your various roles and relationships in life. It is always better to try and foresee situations. Predict outcomes and then think of worst case scenarios, will help come up with informed decisions.

  • Habit 3: Put First Things First

Synopsis: Planning, prioritizing, and executing your week’s tasks based on importance rather than urgency. Evaluating if your efforts exemplify your desired character values, propel you towards goals, and enrich the roles and relationships elaborated in Habit 2. Prioritization is the key to the success of any business or in any walk of life. Being proactive rather than being reactive leads to success.

The next three have to do with Interdependence (i.e. working with others)

  • Habit 4: Think Win-Win

Synopsis: Genuinely striving for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships. Valuing and respecting people by understanding a “win” for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had gotten his way. Everyone will feel inclusive and involved. A better environment of trust and loyalty establishes.

  • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, then to be understood

Synopsis: Using empathetic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere of caring, respect, and positive problem solving. This can also avoid situations where the problem does not actually exist and its just a matter of misunderstanding. It is always said that listen double to what you talk since we have 2 ears to listen and one mouth to talk.

  • Habit 6: Synergize

Synopsis: Combining the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone. How to yield the most prolific performance out of a group of people through encouraging meaningful contribution, and modeling inspirational and supportive leadership. Everyone is a master of something and not everything. Positive potentials can be put together to achieve better results.

The last habit relates to self-rejuvenation;

  • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Synopsis: The balancing and renewal of your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable long-term effective lifestyle. This is constant improvement of one’s self in order to be a better human being and to sharpen one’s skills in order to achieve better results.

It is being sold as $8.86 on Amazon right now. Go and get one. It is worthy buying and reading it. And you will learn to become an effective people.

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Feedback Request: KarooLark on iPad/iPhone or Smartphones

We found that a few visitors used our Karoo Lark web messenger on their iPad in the last few days. We hope they like our web messenger.

It’s a fact that not so many users give us feedback of our web messengers on mobile devices. So if you are away from your PC/Mac outside office/home but want to have a conversation with your friends, please try our web messengers on your iPad or other pads, or your iPhone, Android phone or other smartphones. Please also be kind to told us what you think. We would like to improve our web messengers so that it can fulfill the basic IM requirements for those mobile devices.

And we are also considering developing native multiple IM messengers for mobile devices. Are there any such KarooLark mobile messenger requirements from you? Thanks!

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Announcing Karoo Lark Web Messenger

We are very pleased to announce that Karoo Lark ( http://karoolark.com/ ) is now providing online web messenger with a new UI layout.

Currently, Karoo Lark provides web Gtalk messenger, web MSN messenger, web Yahoo! messenger, web Facebook Chat. We may add other web IMs later.

Please give us what you think about our new UI, we are improving our web messenger based on your feedback.

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