Once upon a time, celebrities were only found on the television or in movies. Stars appeared everywhere and influenced our everyday well being – but only from a distance, on the TV or in glossy magazines. However, while this form of celebrity still exists, there’s a new way to be come a celebrity today: YouTube.

In a (dark) corner of YouTube there is the world of Vlogging, where people from all over the world post videos explaining what’s happening in their lives to the general public. YouTubers such as Alex Day, Charlie McDonnell, Dan Howell and Phil Lester have aced this skill — attracting thousands upon thousands of viewers to watch their lives unfold. Then there’s the many musicians that have launched their entire careers based on a single they released on YouTube – even Justin Bieber started out on YouTube.

Now that these people make a living out of YouTube and are placing their impression on a huge majority of people, has our conception of “fame changed”? Read on to find out more!

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Weekly Poll: Does Your Email Have an Out-of-Office Reply?

‘Tis the season … for instant replies from your business colleagues that turn out to not be the personal replies you were hoping for. The Christmas season is second only perhaps to the summer for the amount of out-of-office replies you’ll see showing up in your inbox.

Out-of-office replies can be nice in one way, since they let you know that the recipient likely won’t see the email for a while and you’d better contact someone else if the issue is urgent. On the other hand, it can sure get frustrating to send emails only to get a ton of out-of-office replies back.

Do you use out-of-office replies on your email accounts? Do you use them on all of your accounts, or just your business accounts? Do out-of-office replies frustrate you? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

I am learning more and more that it is not only about what you know, but also who you know. I believe the two go hand in hand with each other and they can be very beneficial when you are trying to get a job or stay connected. In my work as an educator and blogger, it is very important for me to not only stay connected with people in field, but also to be able to produce good work so that people will be able to endorse me based off of what I do and not just that they know my name.

Most online resumes that you can do online mainly let you showcase things that you have done, what you know, or who you know. But what would make it even more powerful is to be able to combine all of these things together. This is where a web app like Enthuse.me can come in very handy for people. It takes the power of who you are as a person and is able to showcase not only your work experience, but also it gives you the opportunity to show what you truly know. Let me show you more about what I am talking about.

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Thanks to our Weekly Sponsor: Mojo Helpdesk

Our sponsor this week is Mojo Helpdesk. Manage a helpdesk? Struggling to centralize, organize, and assign support requests? Get your mojo back by trying Mojo Helpdesk for free today.

You’ll find it easier to manage your support tickets with the simplicity of a helpdesk app designed with a “Google-y” interface. You can sign-in with your Google Apps account and integrate it with your Gmail and Drive workflow. You can even integrate it with Chrome with the Mojo Helpdesk Launcher. Best of all, you can manage tickets directly from your inbox with Mojo’s clever email integration. You’ll never lose track of another ticket again, since Mojo’s text-based search tool will help you find everything you need. Now if we could only teach it to find the remote.

If it’s the little things that matter, Mojo Helpdesk has plenty of those, too. You can use your own domain name for your online support center. Everything will be kept secure with SSL and 256-bit data encryption, along with Google’s own account security options for your single sign-on. Mojo Helpdesk has a built-in tool to track response time and user satisfaction, and lets you design your own ticket forms to include fields for anything you need.

Go Get It!

Ready to get started managing your business with Mojo Helpdesk? You can signup for a free 30 day trial directly from their site, or from the Google Apps Marketplace. Accounts then start at $24/month.

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Share A Gift: Pool-In with a Kickstarter for Gifts

My friend Savio has been eyeing the top-of-the-line iPad Mini ever since it was launched, and with the holidays coming up, I thought it would be a nice gift for him. Unfortunately, Christmas means having to buy presents for everyone, so the amount one can afford to spend per person tends to go down a bit. It was a disheartening thought because I know how much Savio wanted that iPad Mini.

But Savio’s a great guy and everybody loves him. You know the type? He seems to make friends anywhere he goes and because he’ll go the extra mile for you, you feel like doing more for him. Well, I decided to tap into the goodwill Savio’s earned to get him that gift he wanted.

Share A Gift is a fantastic site that is, essentially, a Kickstarter for gifts! You can invite people to contribute to a gift and collect all that money to buy that much-wanted item. Here’s how it works… (more…)

We’re always seeking out new ways to learn what other people think – whether you need an opinion on which app you should choose or have questions concerning a small business you want to start. Large companies and other major organizations have teams at their disposal to accomplish this. They’re able to question and analyze the results of asking their questions of large groups of people relevant to their organization or cause. Obviously the majority of us can’t afford such teams, so we’re left to our own devices. We can try asking groups like our Facebook friends, but those groups can be fairly homogenous. Yacket is a cool new web app which aims to provide a way for the majority of us to ask questions and get answers from a variety of people.

Yacket is a new survey/polling site powered by user’s questions. Ask any question you can think of, and it’s placed on the site. Visitors to Yacket can then answer the poll, and any data that Yacket knows about them is utilized in the analysis and breakdown of the answers. You can view anonymous results of how users answer based upon various factors, including gender, age, religion and much more. It’s an interesting premise and I got into it pretty quickly. Stick with me after the jump to learn more about Yacket and see what I really thought of it.

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Thanks to Our Web.AppStorm November Weekly Sponsors

We’d like to say a big thanks to our November Web.AppStorm weekly sponsors. We’ve had a number of great apps sponsor our site so far, and we’re very excited to be featuring them. If you would like to feature your app on our site with an advertisement, be sure to check out our available slots on BuySellAds or register for a weekly sponsorship for your app.

If you haven’t already checked out our the great apps that sponsored our site last month, be sure to check them out now!

Hello Scheduling

Keeping track of all of your employees’ schedules can be daunting, especially if you’re a nice employer that wants to make sure everyone gets the sick days and vacations they deserve without making it too hard for everyone else. That’s where Hello Scheduling comes in. It makes it easy to keep track of everyone’s schedules, how long they’ve worked, and even lets you contact employees about their schedules via email or SMS.

Comindware Tracker

If you’re looking for an advanced collaboration suite for your team, but didn’t want to have to install anything on your own servers, the new web-based Comindware Tracker might be just what you’re needing. It lets you create visual workflows for your team, keep track of tasks, communicate privately, and more.

And a special thanks to you, our Web.AppStorm.net readers, for reading and sharing our articles. We hope you continue to find our articles interesting and helpful!

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One of the things that I love about the web is that everything is so instantaneous. It has literally changed the way that we get our news and information. I hardly ever watch the news anymore because I can pull up just about any major news site and get real time  stories at my fingertips. There is no need to wait for the nightly newscast any more.

With this, developers have continually tried to come up with ways to develop apps for us to use so that we can get our daily news fix. We first had the RSS reader and now we are starting to move toward what is considered “social news.” Twitter, more so than Facebook, has opened this door for news to become more interactive for us, the reader.

Over the last week or so, I have been able to play around with a new web app called Hopflow that seems to take a page from both Twitter and Facebook in creating their own news consumption site. Can this possibly become a go-to news reader on the web? Let’s take a look at it more in depth. (more…)

Grammarly: A Fix for Broken Online Writing?

The web is often blamed for the prevailing language decay and plagiarism we see today. Thanks to Facebook, and Twitter, internet slang usage is on the rise. People write “dnt” instead of “don’t” and “wer” instead “where” thinking “tat tey r” saving their valuable time. Most of us utterly disregard punctuation and proper verbiage.

Hank Moody, once rightly quipped,

Internet is a medium for a bunch of stupid people pseudo-communicating with other bunch of stupid people with a pseudo language which is much worse than what the Caveman used to speak.

I once worked with a guy who wrote, “I hv wrked on…” on his official resume. This got me to into thinking, are we truly addicted to the Internet slang that we can’t keep it out of our professional lives anymore? I was looking for a way out, and then I stumbled upon Grammarly. It promises to save us out of this misery. Can that even be possible? That is exactly what we are going to find out today.

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12 years ago, Microsoft announced their newest app: Microsoft Reader. It’d be more surprising if you’ve ever used the program than if you’ve never heard of it, and no wonder. There was hardly any market for eBooks back then.

Fast-forward to today, and there’s an embarrassment of riches in the eBook world. You can buy almost any book you can think of – or get a free copy of older books – in just seconds. Thanks to the great reading devices we have today – smartphones, tablets, ultraportable laptops, and eInk readers – it seems there’s no reason not to use eBooks today. They’re convenient, relatively cheap, and let you start reading almost instantly.

The only problem is, to use eBooks you pretty much have to lock yourself into an ecosystem. Buy a Kindle book, and you’ll have to use a Kindle device or one of their apps to read it. Same goes for B&N’s Nook, Apple’s iBooks, and most other eBook stores. There are a number of publishers, especially tech publishers, who are selling their works DRM free in standard formats, but for the most part, you need to pick an eBook ecosystem and stick with it.

That’s why we’re wondering, what eBook store do you frequent the most? I personally buy DRM-free whenever possible (and prefer to get PDF and ePub copies of books), but when I’m buying a book from a store, it’s always the Kindle store since its apps work everywhere I need. How about you?

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