Posts Tagged ‘social networking’
Facebook Wants to Track You Better
Facebook wants to peer a little deeper into how you spend your time on a PC or mobile device. According to a new report in The Wall Street Journal, the company could begin siphoning up data related to how long a user keeps the Facebook newsfeed visible…
That’s a tad morbid, isn’t it? Well, it’s no secret that everybody born on this earth has to die one day. Nobody is eternal and death doesn’t really send invitations before it takes one away. Taking into consideration that this is the 21st century and majority of the people out there are active members of at least one of the top social media networks, have you ever wondered what the status of your social networking profiles will be when you leave the world? Will they be deactivated or deleted? If so, then how? Let’s have a look. Read More
Building a Twitter following doesn’t have to be a complicated process. When you build a following by being yourself, you’ll find you have a much more quality audience for your tweets. The people who choose to follow you will be more likely to be interested in your tweets, and to retweet and interact with you. Although it may take time to gain a substantial audience at first, the higher quality of your followers will make it more than worth the effort and time. Read More
Dear Potential Blogger,
First off, congratulations on your likely decision to start up a blog. If you go through with it, you’ll embark on a mission that is both deeply personal and extremely public, a chance to speak your mind and give voice to your thoughts on this, the most public sphere, the Internet.
However, I’m not going to lie to you. Starting a blog, maintaining it and growing it is not easy. Blogging has been around for over ten years and it’s a very crowded sphere. There are currently more bloggers than ever and audience size has not kept pace with the growth in the number of bloggers. The result, tougher than ever competition for readers and subscribers.
To make matters worse, the blog you want to do has probably already been done and better by someone else. That person (or company) is established in the niche, has a built in audience and the trust that comes with its longevity. Breaking into your market will be difficult, if not impossible.
The odds are definitely against you and the numbers make that very clear. Within a year of starting a blog, some 90% of bloggers have given up, leaving their blogs idle. Even most successful bloggers have more misses than hits, meaning they’ve walked ay from from more blogs than they’ve maintained.
So, there’s no guarantee of success, much less fame and fortune. In fact, nothing you can do will make your chance at success above 50%. As a new blogger with no reputation, you have an uphill battle regardless of how good you are and how well you do everything.
Still, there are things you can do to make your chances better. So, before you start thinking about your site name or what platform you’re going to use, here are a few things I think every blogger should be able to do and do reasonably well in order to succeed. Read More
Yesterday, Facebook announced the launch of a new WordPress plugin that makes it easier than ever to integrate Facebook into your site.
Though integration has always been possible, it’s been a bit of a headache requiring a mashup of plugins and/or coding to integrate with Facebook’s notoriously verbose and complex API.
The new plugin makes integration easy. With a few minutes of setup and no coding, WordPress users can now add a social publisher that blasts their posts out over their feeds and fan pages, replace their WordPress comments with Facebook’s alternative, add a recommendations bar that finds related posts and also add like, subscribe and send buttons.
The plugin is both so powerful and useful that Samuel “Otto” Wood, the creator of the popular Simple Facebook Connect plugin, will eventually stop supporting it in favor of the official plugin.
But is integrating your site so tightly with Facebook really a good idea? The answer isn’t simple and it depends heavily on your site and the best way to decide is to look at the pros and cons while making the decision for yourself. Read More
For many people, social networking can be summed up in one word: Facebook. While Facebook is undoubtedly a wildly successful social network, it is not the first such network to appear on the scene, nor will it be the last. Many additional players that have entered the social networks field; however, if any stands a realistic chance of unseating Facebook from the top of the social network food chain, it is Google Plus. Just as many people equate Facebook with social networking, many equate Google with the internet itself. What started out as a modest venture — a search engine — has turned into a multinational behemoth that includes such features as cloud storage, online document editing, an extensive affiliate advertising network — and now, of course, a social network. Read More
Listed in Time Magazine’s “50 Best Websites of 2011” Pinterest is the new social photo sharing website on everyone’s lips. But how can this new social platform help to increase your business?
Although it might look like just a pin board-styled site it is said to have more referral traffic than both Google+ and Linked in combined. Plus with over 10 million registered users already, you can see why many businesses including larger brands such as Gap and Blockbusters are using Pinterest to drive traffic to both their online and physical stores. Read More
When it comes to blog design, most put the lion’s share of their effort on the area that “above the fold” or what appears on the screen before the user has done any scrolling.
This makes a lot of sense because this is the first thing that visitors see and, as we have discussed before, you can’t ignore blog design as these first impressions can literally make or break your blog.
But what about the content at the other end of your blog? While it might not be the first thing that people read or even something your casual visitor will observe at all, it still has a series of critical functions for your site and ignoring it outright simply is not an option.
Most importantly though, it is the first place at least some of your visitors will look for key information and, if they do, you need to make sure you have what they’re looking for there. Otherwise, there could be legal or other related issues to not having your information available.
In short, you can’t afford to ignore your site’s footer. It’s an important part of your site and one you need to craft carefully both to maximize its usefulness and to avoid any unnecessary trouble.
Whether you love them or hate them, social buttons are apparently popular amongst readers as evidence by the sheer number of blogs adopting them upon their posts.
However it seems that many bloggers (both new and guru) are unsure which buttons to add, and have decided to choose all of them to the confusion of their readers.
While having social buttons is good, it’s in the best interest of your readers to focus upon a few useful buttons rather than spread out your audience amongst 20.
Since everyone has their preference upon which social (or sharing) buttons they should use, here are 3 questions you should ask before placing a social sharing button upon your blog. Read More
Blogging is, by its very nature, a public act. Every word you put online is in front of the entire world and everything you say is instantly searchable and viewable by anyone with the curiosity and motivation to find it.
However, even bloggers who talk about their personal lives typically want to have some level of segregation between their online presence and their existence away from the computer. Most people don’t want random calls on their telephones, they don’t want their personal information posted on the Web and they certainly don’t want to have their identities stolen.
The problem is that the Web does not always respect the boundaries we wish it would. The Web can, and often does, intrude into our private lives in ways that we would not like and, as bloggers,we are especially vulnerable to this.
While it’s not a problem you can completely eliminate, especially with the ever-growing list of research tools and public databases that can impact even those who don’t have an online presence at all, it is a problem we can mitigate.
Unfortunately, it requires some advance planning and forethought into these issues, the nature of the Web is that once something is put out there it stays out there. Still, most of the steps are common sense and are just as important for non-bloggers as they are the most prolific authors working.