Dustin Wheeler

Dustin Wheeler
Dustin is a technology-driven CPA in Orem, Utah.

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Goodbye, Google Reader - Hello, Flipboard!

I felt a great disturbance throughout the Internet, as if millions of blog readers suddenly cried out in terror.  I was shocked to read that Google Reader will be retired on July 1, 2013.  I’ve used Google Reader nearly every day for the past several years to read the news, follow my favorite blogs, and subscribe to many helpful RSS feeds.  It’s my most frequently used app on my phone and tablet.  What will I do without it?

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Do you put social media links on your invoices? It's easy with Xero

A creatively designed invoice can be so much more than a collection tool.  Links to social media websites are simple additions to electronic invoices providing opportunites for increased visibility and contact with customers.  Plus, they add a little color and fun to an otherwise boring document.

While I was exploring settings in Xero, the social links area caught my attention.  When activated, it adds Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ icons to online invoices.  This is one of Xero’s many new invoicing …

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How to handle a LinkedIn connection request from someone you don't know

A couple of years ago, I wrote about the LinkedIn connection dilemma I face when I receive a request from someone I don’t know.  Back then, I would just hit the “ignore” button because I have no idea who John Doe is, nor do I know any tire salesmen across the country in Maine.

I have taken a different approach after reading a few blog posts by Joel Ungar in AccountingWEB.  Joel is a principal with Silberstein Ungar, PLLC in the …

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Consuming content on tablets with Google Currents

For a guy that enjoys new technology, I entered the realm of tablet computing a little late.  I recently bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 with a 10.1 inch screen.

The tablet fills a unique role among the other devices I own.  It is more portable and boots up faster than my laptop.  The larger screen makes it a much better device for viewing web pages and PDF files than my phone.

Unlike my desktop and laptop computers, the tablet is not …

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Why Google Analytics is so much fun

While I’m not a power user of Google Analytics like those who track e-commerce and advertising performance, I know my way around it well enough to discover fun and interesting facts about my blog’s visitors.  Below are a few insights into my blog’s statistics:

I love maps!  The Demographics-Location screen shows that my blog has nearly spanned the globe.  It’s no surprise that the United States is the darkest shade of green, which means that it is the country with the …

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Craigslist searches in Google Reader

Not long ago, a friend told me that he hoped to buy a certain piece of used equipment on Craigslist.  He said that he frequently went to the Craigslist website and searched for the name of the equipment he wanted to buy.

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that I use Google Reader to pull content from all over the Internet and read it all in one place.  My friend’s situation made me wonder if a Craigslist …

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Following Pinterest boards in Google Reader

Pinterest, a rapidly growing social networking site, has a fun pinboard-style layout for sharing photos.  Although I am not currently an active user of Pinterest, I created an account and am experimenting with it.  You can find me at http://pinterest.com/dustinwcpa.

I don’t log in to Pinterest often, so I follow my friends’ boards in Google Reader.  I use Google Reader to subscribe to blogs, news websites, and other RSS feeds.  It’s my way of consuming social media content all in one …

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Social media fields in the QuickBooks 2012 Lead Center

I have been experimenting with the new features of QuickBooks 2012 and was pleasantly surprised when I noticed that the new Lead Center contains optional contact information fields for LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Skype.

Apparently, Intuit has recognized the value of these social media tools for marketing and added them as a means for QuickBooks users to connect with prospective customers.  It is cool to see accounting software become a little more social.

Sweet! I made it on the #pstech Tweetcloud

This week, I attended the AICPA TECH+ conference and used Twitter to share a few useful pieces of information with the hashtag #pstech.

Below is a screenshot of the most common words used in tweets by everyone at the conference that included the hashtag.  The words with the larger letters were used more often than those with smaller letters.  I am honored to be in there, thanks to a few of my tweets being retweeted by others resulting in multiple mentions of my username.  Also listed are many other people …

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A Tribute to the Bloggers Who Link to Me

Thanks to Google Webmaster Tools, I can find out what other CPA and tax bloggers link to me in their blogrolls.  Below is part of a screenshot showing the blogs with the most links to my site.

If you are interested in tax or accounting, these blogs are worth following.

Roth & Company, PC Tax Update Blog by Joe Kristan in Des Moines, Iowa.  As you can tell by the number of links, this guy is a blogging machine.  My only complaint …

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