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  • drdianehamilton 11:03 am on July 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , RSS, , , , , Syndication and Feeds   

    Facebook Better for Following Blogs than RSS 

    RSS-Facebook

    Facebook has made it so much easier to follow just about anything.  RSS feeds and Twitter are still an option for many people. However, with Facebook, once someone “likes” a page, it shows up in their feed on their homepage whenever anything from that page is updated.  Unlike Twitter and RSS feeds, on Facebook, it is easier to see pictures and information.

    It is simple to create a Facebook page that includes links to blogs like this one.  What I think is great about a Facebook page is that I can incorporate links to this blog, to my other blogs, and any other sites.  It is an all-in-one spot to access information. To see my Facebook page, click here.

    With a Facebook page, it is so simple to like or unlike a page.  Once a page is “liked”, people who regularly sign onto Facebook may be more likely to see the information.  Anyone who has a blog could benefit from creating a free page.  It is easy to create and share.

    Check out the following helpful articles:

    How to Create a Facebook Business Page

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    • Tammy Wilson 7:31 pm on July 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Just wanted to say thank you for sending how to create face book business pages. I do not know anything in reference to blogs etc. I do so much appreciate all of your helpful hints on everything!!

  • drdianehamilton 10:17 pm on August 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Conduit Mobile, , , , , , RSS, Safari,   

    Make a Free Easy App Without iTunes 

    It can be quite frustrating and difficult to create an app that iTunes will accept.  I found a quick little way to create a free app that is easily accessed through a site called ConduitMobile.  You need to access the site to create the app through Safari instead of Explorer though.  If you don’t have Safari, you can download that easily for free.  

    Once on the ConduitMobile site, it is very simple to create a decent app that contains things like RSS feeds, websites, Youtube feeds, contact forms and more.  When you are finished creating the app, you can test it on your computer screen to see how it looks.  When you are happy with the app, you can simply pick the option of “Web-based App Open on Mobile Phone”.  This will generate a QR code that you can scan with your QR Reader.  You can have this QR code and link sent to your email address.

    If you scan the QR code, that will open the page to your app on your phone.  At this point, you click on the icon at the bottom of your iPhone that looks like a circle with a pen in it.  At that point, it will ask you if you want to open in Safari.  Pick yes and this will open up the website on your phone so that you can save it to your home screen. 

    To see how it works, scan this code into your reader or click here to see more about the code and app.  By scanning in my code listed below, you can have access to my articles, Youtube videos and more on your iPhone. 

    An even easier way to get the app onto your iPhone is to just use the link that is sent to your email that contains the QR code.  The link for the one above is http://drdianehamilton.mobapp.at/.  Simply open the site like this one on your phone and save it to your desktop.  You can also go to that link and forward it to people by entering their email address.  Keep in mind though that, unlike an app you download from iTunes, this app will be web-based and will require an Internet connection to display the information. 

    Watch the following video for step by step directions about how to create your free app without having to go through iTunes:

     
  • drdianehamilton 2:03 pm on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , movabletype, RSS, TypePad,   

    Blog Overload: Who Has Time to Read it All? 

     

    There is no question that the blogosphere is growing.  According to webdesignerdepot “WordPress has statistics for both WordPress.com (15.1 million blogs and counting) and self-hosted WordPress installations (17.4 million active installations), which gives part of the picture. There are more than 10 million tumblogs on Tumblr. Blogger doesn’t offer any public statistics on how many blogs they host. Technorati is currently tracking more than 1.2 million blogs. And there are likely millions of other blogs out there hosted on other services like Movable Type, TypePad, Expression Engine, and other CMSs.”

    There is no shortage of blog search engines to find blogs that contain information of interest. There are also lots of articles by sites like Forbes and others who occasionally list their idea of top blogging sites.  Google and Google News features can be incorporated into an iGoogle page, and can be another way to keep up with topics to follow. 

    With all of this information out there, who has time to read it all?  Bloggers know it can be good form to make comments on others’ blogs.  However, finding the time to not only read these blogs but formulate insightful comments may be difficult. Even if people find a good blog to follow and subscribe to their RSS feed, as sites continue to be added to the feed, the feed reader may have more information than people have time to visit. 

    There has been speculation about when blogging popularity will die down.  The latest discussion is whether Facebook will replace blogging and company websites.  Cnet reported, “Even if Facebook doesn’t somehow supplant lots of Web sites, though, there’s no denying the social network is becoming more important to marketing, and it’s adapting to the idea.

    With technology constantly changing, people may find it difficult to keep up with it all.  To get an idea of just how many blogs and how much information is out there, check out the following graph:

     

    Ever wondered how many blogs are there on internet?how big is the blogosphere‘. How much revenue is generated from blogs? what are the key demographics for the blogging publishers? and what are the languages used used online? This Infographics is an answer to these questions.
    state_of_the_blogosphere
     

     

     
  • drdianehamilton 12:28 pm on December 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , , HTML element, , New Job, , RSS, , Technology Terminology, , , Wireless Application Protocol, , XML   

    55 Important Technology Terms You Should Know if You Are Starting a New Job 

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    Many people are starting new jobs right now.  Many of them are working with technology or using terminology that they may never have had to use in the past.  Managers and co-workers may toss around words that they assume people already know.  It is imported that people are prepared for this and be proactive in their learning effort.  The following is a list of some of the technology terms people should probably know. (For more terms, check out webopedia.com. That site contains a lot more “techy” terms than the average worker may not need to know, but their site is very comprehensive and a good resource to have.)

    Affiliate Marketing – A marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate’s own marketing efforts.

    AOV – Average Order Value.

    Below and above the fold – Where an ad is displayed on the website and you have to scroll down to see the ad.

    Blog Roll – It is a list of links to blogs that a blogger likes.

    Bounce Rate – The percentage of initial visitors to a site who bounce away to a different site, rather than continuing on the current site.

    CES – Customer Effort Score.

    Cloud Computing – Sharing resources rather than having your own servers to do it. 

    CLV – Client Retention Rate.

    Container Tags – Used to affect a certain portion of your material. Container tags operate on the material between the opening tag < tag> and the closing tag </ tag>.

    Cookie – A message your web browser uses to identify you and remember information for each time the browser goes back to access the server that gave it the cookie/message.

    CPA – Cost per action – the publisher is taking most of the advertising risk, as their commissions are dependent on good conversion rates.

    CPC – Cost per click.  Advertisers pay for their ad when someone clicks on it.

    CRM – Customer Relationship Management – Managing a company’s relationships with customers and clients.

    CSR – Corporate Social Responsibility – Operating a business in a socially responsible and ethical manner to have a positive impact on society.

    CTR – Clickthrough Rate – A way of measurer success of an online advertising campaign. Take the number of people who clicked on an ad and divide by the number of times an ad was delivered (also known as impressions).

    CV – Curriculum Vitae – Used instead of a resume.  It is a written description of work and experience commonly used by professors and outside of the US.

    Data Feed – Users receive updated data from data sources.

    Day-Parting – Showing an ad at a specific time of the day.

    DM – Abbreviation for direct message.

    DMA – Designated Marketing Area (ties in with geo-targeting).

    Dongle – A mechanism like a hardware key that only authorized users can use software.

    DSPs – Demand-side Platform – DSPs centralized management of accounts and reporting and a central hub for handling data to help with the real-time bidding valuation.

    Ethernet – is a family of frame-based computer networking technologies for local area networks (LANs).

    Forum – An online discussion group.

    HTML – Hyper Text Markup Language – Uses markup tags to describe web pages.

    IAB – Internet Advertising Bureau.

    iFrame – An HTML structure that allows another HTML document to be put into an HTML page – iFrames are set up as a window frame. 

    ISP – Internet Service Provider.

    Jitter – Flickering on a display screen.

    Modem – A device that modulates a signal so that you can receive data.

    Nanotechnology – The study of manipulating matter on an atomic and molecular scale.

    NPS – Net Promoter Score – Defines the loyalty of a customer relationship.

    OEM – Original Equipment Manufacturer – Company manufacturers’ products are sold under the purchaser of that product’s brand name. The original company that manufactured the product is the OEM.

    PA – You may hear someone say “talk to my PA”, referring to their Personal Assistant.

    PC Suite – A software package used to establish an interface between Nokia mobile devices and computers that run Microsoft Windows operating system.

    PING – As in Ping me back – Used a variety of ways.  Usually means to instant message or email someone back.  The word ping in the technology world is actually short for Packet Internet Groper, a utility used to check for network areas. 

    Plog – A political blog.

    Quicktag – A button that inserts HTML in to your post.

    RTB – Real Time Bidding.

    ROAS – Return on Ad Spend.

    ROI – Return on Investment.

    Router – A device that decides where information should be forwarded.

    RSS – Real Simple Syndication – If you want to receive information from a specific website, you can click on the RSS feed button and have updates from that site show up on your RSS reader such as Google Reader.

    Sales Deck – Your sales presentation/slides you present to the customer.

    SEO – Search Engine Optimization – Improving the ability to be seen on a website by search engines.

    SEM – Search Engine Marketing – A form of marketing to promote a website through increasing visibility in search engine result pages (SERPs).

    Time Shifting – Refers to recording programming for later use.

    Toggle – Toggling means to switch from one setting to another. It implies there are only two settings.  Think of a light switch that clicks on or clicks off.

    Twaffic – Twitter traffic.

    Twishing – The act of sending a message to a Twitter user in an attempt to obtain his or her name and password. Think Tweeting and Fishing combined.

    URL – Uniform Resource Locator – The address of a file on the Internet.  Think – http://

    View Throughs (also known as Post-Impressions)  – If an ad on a site influenced consumers to search, then purchase a product,  the referrer gets credit for influencing the purchase behavior.

    WAP – Wireless Access Point – A device that allows wireless communication. It usually connects to a router.

    Wiki – A website that allows a lot of people to add to the content for collaboration.  Think – Wikipedia.

    XML – Extensible Markup Language.

    There are so many terms; it is hard to just pick 55.  Please feel free to respond and add any words that you feel are just as important to be aware of in today’s workforce.

     
  • drdianehamilton 12:00 pm on September 10, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AddToAny, , Forward RSS, , googlereader, RSS, , , ,   

    Are you Using Google Reader’s “Send To” Feature? 

    I use Google Reader to keep track of RSS feeds.  I like how it is easily incorporated into my iGoogle page.  I also like that you can now foward feeded articles to specific customizable sites, i.e., your blog.   Perhaps that is why I hadn’t really noticed the “send to” feature.  To set it up, follow these instructions from Google:

    Google Reader’s “Send to” Feature

     

    Google Reader added a new feature that lets you share posts in other services: Twitter, Facebook, Digg. The feature is opt-in, so you need to go to the settings page, click on the “Send to” tab and pick your favorite services.


    After selecting an item, use the keyboard shortcut Shift+T to quickly open the “send to” menu. Google Reader opens a new tab when you choose one of the “send to” options and most of the necessary information it’s already pre-filled.


    If your favorite service is not included in Google Reader’s list, you can add it from the settings page by clicking on “Create a custom link”. Here’s how to add a “send to” option for Google Bookmarks.

    Name: Google Bookmarks
    URL: http://www.google.com/bookmarks/mark?op=edit&output=popup&bkmk=${url}&title=${title}
    Icon URL: http://www.google.com/favicon.ico

    And here’s how to use AddToAny, a service that lets you select between many social sites.

    Name: Add to Any
    URL: http://www.addtoany.com/share_save?linkurl=${url}&linkname=${title}
    Icon URL: http://www.addtoany.com/favicon.ico

    Google Reader added two other options: you can now subscribe to sites added to your contacts’ profiles and mark as read items older than a day, a week or two weeks. The second option is useful if you have a lot of unread items and you only want to read the recent news. As you probably know, Google Reader automatically marks as read the items that are older than a month and this can’t be changed.

     
  • drdianehamilton 2:13 pm on August 29, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Mashable.com, , , RSS, , ,   

    27 Essential Social Media Resources You May Have Missed 

    27 Essential Social Media Resources You May Have Missed

     
    Click here to get a very comprehensive ist of some great social media resources from Mashable.com.  I particularly liked the link how to get the most out of your Facebook page by clicking here.
     
    I’m a big fan of Mashable.com . . . They offer consistently great information about social networking tools.  Check them out!
     
  • drdianehamilton 3:44 pm on July 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , How RSS Works, RSS, ,   

    How RSS Works 

    This is a great video to share with your friends and family that want a simple explanation of how RSS works. By the way, to add my RSS feed to your reader, click on the RSS orange link to the right. Thanks!

     
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