Seminar can help with fast world of technology

April 17, 2010|By LIZ THOMPSON

I vaguely recall a time when I was not addicted to my cell phone. That memory is fading ... fast.

I thought my first cell phone was cool. It was kind of chunky and I had to remember to lock the keypad or I accidentally would call people I didn't know.

I think the only person I ever called on purpose was my husband. The longest conversation I had on it probably lasted three minutes.

I might have used it sparingly, but there was a comfort in knowing if I needed it, it was there.

I traded that model in for a thinner, flip-top version that also was cool, a little more portable and less prone to accidental calls to strangers.


I still rarely used it, but it was handy to have.

Then, I got a "smart" phone and the addiction began.

Now, I can check e-mail, keep my calendar updated, text a friend or business associate, play games, get directions, use a calculator, check the stock market, check the time in any country, take pictures, listen to music, make notes, read the latest news, update my address book ... well, you get the point.

I am lost without my phone and now I find myself drooling over the recently released iPad.

I want one.

I've almost convinced myself I NEED one. I'm trying to hold out for the second release because the price tends to drop. Not sure I can make it, however.

Technology is moving fast. And it's having an impact on almost every aspect of our society -- from personal to professional.

Business owners recognize technology can be a resource -- one they can mold to their specific needs.

But navigating in the ever-changing world of technology can be confusing. And a critical component of a Web site is how to make sure people can find it.

We can help a little bit.

The Herald-Mail will host a free seminar Wednesday, April 21, at 7:30 a.m. at The Academy Theatre at 58 E. Washington St. in Hagerstown. The focus will be on how business owners can drive traffic to their own Web sites and how social media can help.

The seminar is free and a continental breakfast will be available. The speaker is Lloyd Armbrust, partner and interim CEO of Seeing Interactive, an online directory provider.

Reservations are required and can be made by e-mailing or calling Colleen Winters at 301-745-4115.

The Herald-Mail also is offering information to political candidates and anyone thinking about becoming a candidate. What can a candidate expect from the newspaper in the way of coverage and what advertising opportunities are available?

We'll answer those questions during a Candidates Night to be held Wednesday, April 28, at 6 p.m. at The Academy Theatre.

Newsroom and advertising representatives will provide information. Reservations are required for this seminar and also can be made by e-mailing or calling Colleen Winters at 301-745-4115.

Please be sure to note which seminar you want to attend.

And, finally, doesn't your Mom deserve to be in the spotlight?

Put her there in The Herald-Mail's Moms Contest online at The contest link is in the yellow bar at the top of the page.

There are three categories and you can enter your mom in any or all of them. The categories are Greatest Mom, Hottest Mom, and Mom and Me Look-a-like.

Each entry is $5 per photo, with $1 going to Breast Cancer Awareness of the Cumberland Valley.

The deadline to enter is April 25, so be sure to enter you mom today.

Liz Thompson is digital director of The Herald-Mail. You can e-mail her at

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