Upgrading to Google Voice from GrandCentral

UPDATE: See below for sample audio / transcription sample — not perfect, but then again, not the easiest call to translate…

A week ago we learned that GrandCentral would become Google Voice with an exciting overhaul and rejuvenated Google-esque UI. And now the opportunity has arrived to upgrade my account.

BUT — here’s the slightly annoying part — my archive doesn’t transfer to the new Google Voice site — I need to access old information and voicemails at GrandCentral voicemails migrated to Google Voice. But hey — Google even gave me a dollar ($1)!!!

Also, I have to re-record my Google Voice greeting and re-integrate other settings. Lame. But I’m psyched to actually have a reason to use GrandCentral Google Voice at last!

Help me test the transcription by leaving a message — the widget above will send you directly to my Google Voicemail.

Here is one [joke] call and subsequent (pretty hilarious) transcript:

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Social Media / Social Good Panel at SXSW

The highlight of my long weekend at South by Southwest Interactive was the lunchtime panel and mixer hosted by Tikva Morowati of Porter Novelli and Jeff Pulver at Stubb’s — Social Media for the Social Good.

social media for social good panel at sxsw Jeff Pulver, Beth Kanter, Stacey Monk, David Armano, Randi Zuckerberg, James Young, Scott Goodstein,Tikva Morowati
(l-r) Jeff Pulver, Beth Kanter, Stacey Monk, David Armano, Randi Zuckerberg, James Young, Scott Goodstein,Tikva Morowati

 

Many more recent studies and examples of this including this pdf white paper. Geoff Livingston is even teaching a class on Social Media for Social Good at Georgetown this semester.

Below, the rough takeaway — er, walkaway by myself and Shira Lazar:

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President Obama’s Itinerary for March 19, 2009 in LA

WATCH: Obama in Los Angeles with Schwarzenegger, Villaraigosa

obama los angeles town hall march 19 2009The following schedule was made available to the press by The White House this morning. Yes, there will be traffic. Yesterday, Obama held a town hall in Costa Mesa (check it out here).

9:00 a.m. The president receives Presidential Daily Briefing.

10:30 a.m. The president tours the Edison Electric Vehicle Technical
Center Garage of the Future. Edison Electric Vehicle Technical Center, Pomona.
Out of Town Travel Pool

10:45 a.m. The president delivers remarks. Edison Electric Vehicle
Technical Center
.

12:05 p.m. The president departs Edison Electric Vehicle Technical
Center.

1:10 p.m. The president holds town hall at Miguel Contreras Learning
Center
, Los Angeles.

3:10 p.m. The president departs Miguel Contreras Learning Center.

4:20 p.m. The president tapes an interview on “The Tonight Show with
Jay Leno,
‘ Burbank.

5:50 p.m. The president departs Long Beach en route Andrews Air Force
Base. Long Beach Airport.