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  1. Becoming a piece of Puzzlepart… what?

    February 17, 2012 by GissiSim

    GissiSim Trading Card
    PuzzlePart logoI’m proud to announce that I have joined the top startup company Puzzlepart. With a team of professionals that are all at the top of their game, all have the same passion for the web as I do, I am excited and honored to be working along side them to bring our combined vision of SharePoint applications to the world. I have previously worked for the largest IT firms, both in Iceland at Skýrr and now for EDB ErgoGroup here in Norway, both great places where I have honed my craft and learned most of what I know when it comes to SharePoint and .Net development. This has given me the confidence in my abilities to take the step to put my skills to use in help build a company that I truly believe in.

    Puzzlepart is a company that has a vision and philosophy that aligns strongly with my own. They look to both the Open Source Community as well Apple for inspiration and also on how to build their solutions. It is very rare to see a Microsoft Gold partner working on SharePoint application and consulting to have these influences, however I believe this is exactly what is missing from the community.

    Here is a little description on Puzzlepart from their site:

    Puzzlepart is startup based in Oslo with an ambition to be a game changer in the enterprise software space.

    Our vision is to apply the passion and techniques of the open source community to deliver Web 2.0 solutions that give enterprise users the experience consumers get from Apple today, delivered on Microsoft SharePoint and the Microsoft enterprise platform.

    We are a unique combination of people from the software community, consulting industry and product development. In our experienced team of software professionals you’ll find senior solution architects, Microsoft MVPs, the founder of the Norwegian .NET User Group NNUG and published author, a team of passionate developers, an award winning art director, and a former director of R&D from Tandberg.

    I am starting with them on March 1st, and am looking forward to providing them with a new perspective on front-end development and web standards. Take a look at the announcement article where I get the much sought after Puzzlepart jersey – GissiSim is Puzzlepart #2 – Striker.

    Of course check out to find out more about my new employer. Make sure to check out their first product DID, a unique and amazing take on how to deal with everyones favored activity – Time Sheets.

    Also add them on twitter @Puzzlepart

    Last but not least, check out my new computer nerd trading card =)

    GissiSim Trading Card

  2. How to twitter like a pro (Reborn Series)

    January 28, 2012 by GissiSim

    At first look, twitter will look very simple, easy to master and something you will get bored with fairly quickly. This is exactly the way I looked at it the first few times I tried to get into it. “I’m going to the bathroom”, “I’m going out” was about the extent of what I could see accomplished with this tool. However, the deeper you get into it, the more time you spend figuring it out. It turns out that twitter is one of the most powerful tool on the web today. Here I will teach you how to twitter like a pro.

    Twitter Client

    This is one of the most important parts of being able to really get into twitter. If you are just using the website, you really aren’t exploiting all the features that twitter has to offer. For me personally the only client to use is tweetdeck. Tweet deck offers you columned look at different feeds. I have mine set up to show my Public feed, then my Replies, Next my Direct Messages, then my Buddy List, and last a search I’m interested in. If you can only access the web, I recommend using Tweet Tree. It’s a very powerful version of the twitter page. Take a look for more info.

    However if you are an iPhone user and need a mobile version. Take a look at Tweetie. Yes it costs $2.99, however it is totally worth it in my opinion.

    Your Profile

    Customize your profile with your own background and colors. Write a good bio, and include things you are interested in. This is something I base my follow back on a great deal. If I can’t see what your into, I probably wont follow you. Also have a link to your personal webpage, wordpress blog etc. I would say that having a blog with some good articles on it makes it that more likely that I will want to follow you back.

    Pay attention to your loyals

    The reason I say you should keep a buddy list in your tweet deck is because it’s important to follow what your loyal twitter followers are doing. If they just end up falling into the void that is your main twitter feed, you will not be able to follow what they are doing. Soon you’ll forget about them, and they’ll forget about you. I would say that this is very important to have your community grow.

    Re Tweet is key

    If you see something you find interesting that someone on twitter says, be sure to show him some love by re tweeting it. I’s very simple and shows your followers that you are paying attention to what they are doing. Simply type in RT @theirname or Re Tweet@theirname and then the message they wrote.

    Link etiquette

    You’ve probably seen small cryptic URLs all over Twitter. The reason people do this is so they can get write more about the link. Or also to shorten it if it’s too long for the 140 characters. I must implore people to please write a detailed description about what your link is. If you don’t tell me what is on the other side of that click, I’m not going to click on it. That simple.

    Seeing your linking success
    I personally want to be able to see how many people click on the links I post on twitter. I highly recommend using Tweet Burner for this. All you have to do is use their service to minimize your links, it’s twurl and you can select it in TweetDeck. Then you can log yourself in with your twitter user name and password on their site, and look at your Archive. Very helpful.


    I use hastags as much as I can. They are the #something. The reason people use these is to get their message out to a wider user base. It’s a good way to get followers in a certain area. Lets say that I have some good information about a new apple product. I only have 20 followers, so I’m not seeing the benefit of tweeting it. However if I write the message with #apple, then people that are actively searching for this hash will see your message and in return follow you if it’s good.


    Probably the most important and underused tools on twitter. I actively search to find new people to follow. For example I’m big into sharepoint, so in my tweet deck I’ll put an active search for just the word sharepoint, so whenever anyone on twitter mentions it. I get the information. If it’s something very interesting, I’ll end up following them.


    I find this to be a fairly important aspect of the current twitter atmosphere. What we do on Fridays is recommend people that we are following to people that are following us. I would prefer to get a few very good names, instead of a long list of just everyone on your list. Also if you can put a description about them as well, that just makes me more likely to follow them. Another very good place to find people to follow is, I would recommend you add your name to their list.

    Twitter Analyzer

    Once you’ve set yourself up a nice following. It’s a good time to start using some twitter analytics tools. My favored is and You can read more about them in a previous article here.

    Be helpful

    Twitter to me is all about helping your tweeple. I’m always trying to give out useful information, or help others with questions they have. That is the best way to gain respect and follows on twitter. By doing this you also get help in return. Also just have fun!

    By the way you can follow me @GissiSim

    Orginally posted by GissiSim on Mar 9, 2009

  3. Bringing back my old tutorials and articles!

    July 22, 2011 by GissiSim

    Thanks to Google’s Caching of old webpages. All of the content that I wrote and got a lot of mentions and seemed to help many are saved in their massive system of hashed old web pages =P

    Now most of my own personal images that I created for the tutorials are not there. However I can #1 make something better #2 just put up the text for now, and then re write them for our current time.

    I’m excited. It will be nice to get all the good stuff that this site first got big because of. Look for seeing an article every day or two.



  4. Please follow me on Tumblr

    July 11, 2011 by GissiSim

    I am sorry to say that I have not had much time to work on my blog. I have wanted this to become a place for web professionals to read and share their experiences etc etc. Write up my strategies for how I tackle different challenges in my job.

    However for the time being I will not have time to devote my time to this. This does not mean that I will not ever, it just means that for the next few months I am busy on a few very large projects here in Norway.

    While you wait, please check out my tumblr account Tumbls and Falls or follow me on twitter @gissisim.

    You can find me on many other places if you look at the footer of this blog and of course by googling GissiSim =P

    I am really looking forward to being back full force on this blog. Til then, have a great summer!

  5. GissiSim dot com returns

    May 20, 2011 by GissiSim

    After a long time away form the social media / branding scene. I have decided to bring my domain back from the dead. Look here for future updates.