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March 22 2013

17:03

15 Cool Pinterest Plugins For WordPress

Do you want to increase your WordPress websites traffic? If your answer is yes then you should use Pinterest Plugins. These Pinterest Plugins will make your WordPress site more exciting and lively. Website users can easily generate events, interests, hobbies, and much more with these Pinterest Plugins.

In this post, we are sharing 15 awesome and useful Pinterest Plugins for WordPress website. With these WordPress plugins, you can get your posts, images and even your website pinned over in the Pinterest network. You can also tell us what you think about this post and share your precious opinions with us via comment section below. Check this out and get to pick one!

Pinterest Badge

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A must have plugin that adds a Pinterest badge for linking your blog to your pinterest profile and showing your number of followers.

Pinterest Image Pinner From Collective Bias

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Extremely lightweight jquery based plugin. Adds “Pin This” button to all images.

Pin It On Pinterest

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Pin It On Pinterest places a Pin It button at the end of your posts, and allows you to predetermine what gets “Pinned” at Pinterest.

Pinterest Block

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Block selected posts and pages from getting pinned on Pinterest.

Pinterest RSS Widget

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A widget to display thumbnails and titles of the latest Pinterest Pins from a specific user via their Pinterest RSS feed.

Pinterest “Follow” Button

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Add a Pinterest “Follow” button to your sidebar with this widget.

Pinterest Pinboard Widget

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A simple must-have widget for the Pinterest addict! Displays thumbnails of your latest Pinterest pins on your website.

Pretty Pinterest Pins

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A plugin to show off images, captions, and links from your latest Pinterest activity.

Pinterest “Pin It” Button

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Easily add a Pinterest “Pin It” Button to your site and encourage your visitors pin your awesome content.

Skysa Pinterest “Pin It” App

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Let people share (pin) images from any page of your site on Pinterest.

Pinterest Lightbox

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Add Pinterest to the NextGEN Gallery plugin.

Pinterest Plugin

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Show the Pinterest “Pin It” button on top of your images, only when people move their mouse over the image.

My Pinterest Badge

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A must have plugin that adds a Pinterest badge on your blog to your pinterest profile and showing your number of followers and recent pins.

Pinterest Pin It Button For Images

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Add a “Pin It” button over your images, so users can add it to Pinterest easily.

Pinterest Image Pin

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Adds Pinterest button to individual images for one by one image pinning. Enjoy

February 28 2012

10:00

11 CMSs to Help You Create Your Own Social Networking Website

This is the era of social networking. Websites such as Facebook and Google+ dominate the time we spend on the internet. Needless to say, most (if not all) of us find them addictive or, to say the least, interesting.

In this article, we will take a look at some of the CMSs that can be used to create  social networking websites.

1. Dolphin

Dolphin is a CMS that lets you create social networks, dating sites and web communities. It comes loaded with video chat, recorder, video player, forums, groups, events, video messaging, emails, file sharing as well as desktop and mobile apps.

Pros: Wonderful mobile apps, good support for multimedia file types

Cons: Update frequency can be better

Dolphin

Dolphin

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2. Jcow

Jcow is a flexible social networking CMS coded in PHP. It features news feeds and ad blocking scripts. The community isn’t very large, so don’t expect instant replies, and the documentation isn’t the best out there.

Pros: No-nonsense interface, easy to get a hang of

Cons: Documentation isn’t up to the mark

jCow

JCow

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3. Oxwall

Oxwall is a swift and easy to use CMS that caters mainly to social networks and communities, but can also be tweaked for usage in enterprises and other collaborative environments. Oxwall can power many types of websites, including educational networks and other specialized genres of sites.

Pros: Easily extendable/scalable

Cons: Slightly less extensions/templates

Oxwall

Oxwall

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4. Beatz

Beatz is another CMS that focuses on social networks and community websites, though it is more apt for social communities related to music and artists.

Pros: Ideal for creating a music social network

Cons: Difficult to extend

Beatz

Beatz

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5. Etano

Etano lets you create a social network, dating website and other collaborative sites. It doesn’t really offer many unique features, but it can surely suffice for a small social networking project.

Pros: Good for smaller networks, customizable

Cons: Slow updates, less readymade extensions

Etano

Etano

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6. PeoplePods

PeoplePods claims to be “a developer friendly social software toolkit”. The CMS is flexible and is well-backed by active development.

Pros: Flexible, easily customizable, good documentation, active community

Cons: Free extensions can be better

PeoplePods

PeoplePods

Demo | Download

7. Elgg CMS

Elgg is a powerful open source CMS that has a strong community and loyal user base. It can cater to different types of sites and is not strictly meant for social networks. Some of the major sites powered by Elgg include UNESCO and The World Bank.

Pros: Active community, great documentation, good update frequency, decent set of extensions

Cons: Can be confusing for a newbie, slightly steep learning curve

Elgg

Elgg

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8. MonoX

MonoX is a social networking CMS based on ASP.NET Its documentation, though decent, isn’t really backed by a super-active community.

Pros: Ideal for ASP.NET users

Cons: Community support can be better

MonoX

MonoX

Demo | Download

9. LiveStreet CMS

LiveStreet CMS lets you create social networks and team blogs. It offers many extensions and multilingual translations.

Pros: Awesome extensions, language packs, etc.

Cons: Not the most nimble or swift CMS

LiveStreet CMS

LiveStreet CMS

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10. Pligg CMS

Pligg CMS is one of the easiest to use CMSs that can power social networks and other interactive websites. Just like Elgg, Pligg too caters to different types of websites.We once did a review of Pligg.

Pros: Easy availability of plugins/templates, good documentation, active community

Cons: Most modules are paid/premium

Pligg CMS

Pligg CMS

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11. Hotaru CMS

Hotaru CMS can be used to create social networks and other such websites. It is a robust CMS and offers numerous plugins and themes.

Pros: Good community support, good documentation, nice repository of themes/plugins

Cons: Even though CMS updates are regular, patches/fixes for extensions take their share of time

Hotaru CMS

Hotaru CMS

Demo | Download

With that said, you can also use mainstream CMSs such as Drupal, WordPress or even BuddyPress for powering social networks and collaborative sites. Here are two working examples: DesignBump (Drupal) and Wordtaps (WordPress).

What do you think of these social networking websites’ CMSs? Do share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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November 22 2011

16:39

Join the Nettuts+ Community on Google+

We’re excited to let you know that now, in addition to Twitter and Facebook, you can get involved with the Nettuts+ community over at Google+! We’ll be using Google+ to let you know about our latest tutorials, competitions, and Tuts+ news. Read on to find out more…


What to Expect on Google+

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Through Google+, we’ll be publishing links to our new tutorials and articles, industry news, graphics and examples from our community, and lots more! It’s going to be an extension of the Nettuts+ site and community, in the same way we treat Twitter and Facebook.

Don’t have a Google+ account? You can head over and create one here, or find out a little more about how it works.


Add Nettuts+ to Your Circles

Just use the button above to add Nettuts+ to your circles, so you don’t miss out on any of our new content. We look forward to seeing you on Google+!



August 08 2011

07:00

10 Twitter Crimes You Really Shouldn’t Commit

Twitter has exploded over recent years to the point where your friends, family members and favourite celebs are all part of one massive network, but since the early days there have been people who don’t get it, misuse it or simple do it wrong. This post rounds up a collection of common crimes that Twitter veterans and newcomers will all be able to relate to, are you guilt of any of them?

Hiring people tweet on your behalf

The biggest criminals in the whole of Twitterville has to be the celebs who try to gain extra cool points by being on Twitter, but they end up with a profile updated by their ‘team’. There’s a decent collection of high profile celebs who “get it”, but the majority simple don’t understand the whole meaning of Twitter and end up talking at their fans with no personal interaction.
Whether you’re an average Joe or this year’s hottest idol, you should be Tweeting messages yourself. A get out of jail free card may be supplied to companies who use Twitter, who allow their employees to interact with customers and fans.

Tweeting spam messages, especially as a bot

No doubt we’ve all experienced this one, either as @replies selling you something or random messages when you mention a certain keyword. Companies soon caught on that Twitter was a good marketing and branding tool, but yet again they go about it completely the wrong way by trying to ram their message down your throat. Don’t bring junk mail and cold calling tactics into the digital age.

Keeping the default avatar and profile design

Nothing makes you stand out as a Twitter noob more than sticking with the default profile background and avatar. People follow other humans on Twitter; a default profile has no personality and doesn’t relate to you as a person. Make sure the first thing you do is upload a picture of yourself as your avatar and take the time to change the background image and colours of your profile.

Never responding to people

Twitter is a great communication tool, but many people don’t realise that communication is a two-way process. If you don’t respond to your @replies, mentions or comment on the status of others you’ll simply come across as an ignorant arse. Make sure you listen and engage with your followers, don’t just talk at them. A common excuse is users don’t want to fill up the streams of their followers with response messages, but they don’t realise your @reply tweets only show up in someone else’s stream if they’re following both you and the recipient.

Gaming your follower count

Twitter newcomers often get caught up on the all powerful follower count and try to game the system to increase their numbers by following people in a hope for a follow back in return, often just ditching them once they’ve gained that extra number. Be a real person, chat and engage with others and your follower count will grow naturally.

Overtweeting

There’s a fine balance between every day social interaction and being an annoyance. Be careful not to get overzealous in your tweeting as it doesn’t take long for a person’s Twitter stream to become completely saturated with nothing but your tweets, especially those who don’t follow a great deal of people. If you’re tweeting links or any kind of self promotion give it at least 15 minutes between posts.

Excessive Multitweeting

Twitter is limited to 140 characters for a reason. It’s aimed a short and concise messages, so don’t be that person who writes complete novel in their stream 140 characters at a time, with each successive tweet taking up more of your screen real estate. If you want to express yourself in more than 140 characters, consider writing a blog post and linking to it.

Converting every other word into a hash tag

Hash tags are one of the great resources Twitter provides which allow us to keep track of tweets based on a certain subject and find new friends. Hash tags are exceptionally handy for conferences and gatherings, but they can also be used to tag every day tweet content. Sometimes the odd person really gets it wrong and ends up converting every noun or verb in their tweet into a hash tag. The words in your tweets are crawled in searches anyway, so think about whether the word you’re hash tagging is really going to be worth clicking to see all the other tweets including that word.

Starting a tweet with “is…”

Finally we’ve got a petty crime that is often excused, but could be the start of the path that turns this person into a hardened Twitter criminal. Unlike Facebook, Twitter updates don’t start with your name, so posting updates starting with “is…” simple doesn’t make sense. You’re not observing yourself from a third person perspective, tell people what you’re doing as yourself.

Do you have any Twitter pet peeves of your own? Add any other Twitter crimes you can think of as a comment.

March 31 2011

10:00

Gain More Traffic: Useful Sites For Web Design Tutorial Submission

It can often be inconvenient and time consuming to visit each design or tutorial blog to check out whether there’s a new tutorial you’re interested in. Moreover if you’re a beginner you just want to find high-quality tutorials quickly and preferably in one place. Sites like this exist, but I bet most of you haven’t seen anything other than Photoshop Lady. I’m not a big fan of these large search engines, though they can be really useful and handy, and not only for visitors and readers. Having your tutorial published on various sites will generate a lot of traffic and publicity for you. It’s a win-win situation – more people will be able to learn from your tutorial and you will get more visitors to your blog.

1. Pixel2Life

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Pixel2Life is the largest tutorial search engine on the web. Here you’ll find almost any Photoshop tutorial you can imagine as well as tutorials for web development, audio editing etc.

2. Good-Tutorials

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Good-Tutorials is the largest source of tutorials on the web today. It has been featured on the BBC, SkyNews, TechTV (now G4), in the British magazine iCreate, PC World, and has been linked to by thousands of sites, blogs and forums.

3. PSLover

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Although not that big, PSLover is another great resource for finding and submitting Photoshop tutorials. Categories make it easier to find the tutorials you’re looking for.

4. Tutorialized

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Tutorialized is one of the biggest tutorial sites on the web and offers a really wide range of tutorials pertaining to graphic design, web development, databases etc.

5. TutorialVault

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Tutorialvault focuses on collecting and archiving the best graphic and coding tutorials on the internet. While a large part of their database features tutorials from the Adobe Family of programs, they also have a vast list of CSS, PHP and 3D tutorials.

6. Capital Tutorials

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Capital Tutorials is a relatively small community with 5000 Photoshop tutorials submitted.

7. Tutorials Garden

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With over 7000 tutorials submitted, Tutorials Garden, is a neat place to submit your tutorials.

8. DesignBump

DesDesign-bump-sites-submit-web-design-tutorialsignBump is a site where you can submit any type of news related to design. However it can be a perfect place for submitting web design and coding tutorials.

9. Tutorials Expert

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Tutorials Expert started its operation on 20th Sep 2006 with lightest and fast loading interface design on a dedicated server line. As many similar websites on the web, tutorials expert’s core theme is to provide public users with good quality tutorial links.

10. Photoshop Lady

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Photoshop Lady aims to collect the best and free Photoshop tutorials around the internet. All of the high quality photoshop tutorials are categorized into 3D Effect, Abstract Effect, Drawing Effect, Photo Effect, Text Effect, Texture & Patterns and User Interface Design.

11. PSD Top

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PSD Top is an internet tutorial index catering to graphic designers, webmasters and programmers, with over 6000 tutorials listed in 40 categories. PSD Top aims to collect the best and free Photoshop tutorials around the internet.

12. FS Tutorials

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13. Tutorial Kit

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Tutorial Kit is a comprehensive resource of Adobe Photoshop tutorials and tips to help users of all skill levels reach their full potential. The tutorials are updated daily from different authors and sites so that you won’t have to spend hours searching the web for them yourself.

14. Pxleyes

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Pxleyes is the place for graphic artists. They are just an awesome community with one common interest – a lot of passion for computer graphics. They have contests, prizes, and of course the reason why I’ve included this site –  a tutorial section where everyone can submit their tutorials.

15. Tutorial Index

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Tutorial Index is another source for free online tutorials covering Photoshop, Flash, 3D, PHP, HTML, SQL/MySQL and other topics. It’s possible find here some unseen and interesting tutorials/articles.

16. CG Links

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CG Links mainly focuses on computer graphics related tutorials however you’re free to submit your photo effect and web design tutorials as well.

17. CG Tutorials

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CG Tutorials seek to index all computer graphics tutorials in order to give authors publicity and to give everyone an easy way to find the tutorial they seek.

18. Learn AI

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Learn AI is an Adobe Illustrator devoted tutorial search engine where you can find almost any tutorial you need. Though Illustrator isn’t commonly associated with web design they do have a web design category in which you can find some tutorials for creating UI elements.

19. Photoshop Roadmap

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Photoshop Roadmap is a Photoshop dedicated website where besides tutorials you can also find resources, brushes and inspiration.

20. Design Float

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DesignFloat is a web community for web designers and web developers similar to DesignBump.

21. Tutorial King

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Tutorial King aims to collect high quality Photoshop tutorials. With around 200k visitors per month it’s a considerable place to submit your web design tutorials.

22. Toxic Lab

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Toxic Lab offers free tutorials and instructions for web development software. They have over 150 000 unqiue visitor each month.

23. Tutorials Room

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Tutorials Room is a fast growing tutorial site where you will find hundreds of Photoshop, Flash, coding and other tutorials.

24. Web Design Library

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Web Design Library is an internationally referenced resource that provides a platform for the dissemination of design thinking and research. It covers all theoretical and practice-oriented aspects of the effective, efficient and attractive presentation of information on-line.

25. Best Photoshop Tutorials

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Best Photoshop Tutorials is an amazing resource for people who enjoy using Photoshop.  The site strives to publish the best Photoshop tutorials, brushes, and inspirational articles.

March 19 2011

10:00

15 Outstanding Tools to Collect, Organize and Share Your Web Experience

If you’re a blogger, journalist or simply desire more knowledge, you’ve most definitely faced information organization problems. Sometimes being able to access and find information quickly is crucial. Nowadays the web is enormous and it’s a big advantage to have a place where you can store all your bookmarks, pictures and links, access them anytime, anywhere and be able share them quickly. If you’re as lazy as I am you’ve probably got something like a ‘Do it later’ folder in your bookmarks. And then you’re just shoving links there until that list is the length of your screen. Sometimes you’ve got a great idea and you write it down on a notepad for example. Most likely you’d forget about it and never open it again. I’m kind of a pedant and I like when everything is organized neatly and quickly available. It’s especially true with my web experience.

I remember those times when I had to dig through my browser’s history to find an image I wanted to show my friend. Then I started to wonder – is there a tool with which I could save all my bookmarks, organize pictures, write my notes and access it all immediately from multiple devices? After some time and research I came across Zootool. Ever since then I’ve been a die-hard Zootool fan. I use Zootol mainly for collecting images, however when writing this article I found some other outstanding tools with which you can quickly save, and organize, your notes and thoughts. In this article I’ve collected 15 of  the very best tools on the web to collect, capture, organize and brainstorm your bookmarks, images, notes and thoughts.

1. Zootool

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Zootool is about collecting, organizing and sharing your favorite images, videos, documents and links from all over the internet. They are a small, bootstrapped startup, located in Mannheim, Germany. Driven by a passion for design, web, code and all kind of nerdery, they are working hard to built the most awesome tool for geeks like us.

Get the Lasso

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Add the Lasso button to your browser to save your favorite images, videos, documents and webpages in Zootool.

Collect

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Build your own little library of interesting things you find on the web. Use the Lasso in your bookmark bar to store new images, videos, documents and webpages in seconds.

Organize

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With its intuitive interface your Zoo is simply the best place to keep your stuff organized. Beautiful thumbnails make it super easy to browse your entries and with our tag and pack system you can be sure that your Zoo stays tidy forever.

Share

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Sharing web content has never been easier. Setup your Twitter, Friendfeed, Delicous or Tumblr account and share all the stuff in your Zoo with your friends out there.

Tools

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Besides lasso Zootool also offers other types of tools like ultra-fast page saving and an even more comfortable way to share images on Twitter. There’s also a mobile version of the site and a WordPress plugin to include your recent Zootool entries in your blog’s sidebar.

2. Evernote

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Evernote’s goal is to give everyone the ability to easily capture any moment, idea, inspiration, or experience whenever they want using whichever device or platform they find most convenient, and then to make all of that information easy to find. From creating text and ink notes, to snapshots of whiteboards and wine labels, to clips of webpages, Evernote users can capture anything from their real and digital lives and find it all anytime.

Capture Everything

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Chances are, if you can see it or think of it, Evernote can help you remember it. Type a text note. Clip a web page. Snap a photo. Grab a screenshot. Evernote will keep it all safe.

Organize

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Everything you capture is automatically processed, indexed, and made searchable. If you like, you can add tags or organize notes into different notebooks.

Find Anything Fast

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Search for notes by keywords, titles, and tags. Evernote magically makes printed and handwritten text inside your images searchable, too.

Web Clipper

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The Evernote Web Clipper let you save interesting stuff you see on the web. No more bookmarks, tabs, or open windows. See something you like, clip it and you’ll have it forever.

3. Trunk.ly

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Trunk.ly keeps track of the things you like. By connecting with your social networks, Trunk.ly monitors and collects the links that you find interesting across the social web. More importantly, it indexes the web pages these links point to and builds a personal search engine, so you never have to tag or describe a link again, you just search and Trunk.ly will find it again for you.

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Trunk.ly has connected to my Twitter account and imported all my shared links. It works like a library where I can return if I want to find something I’ve shared in the past. You can also add tags and notes. Trunk.ly has it’s own bookmarklet, sharing button and a blog widget.

4. Instapaper

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A light simple tool to save web pages for reading later. We discover web content throughout the day, and sometimes, we don’t have time to read long articles right when we find them. Instapaper allows you to easily save them for later, when you do have time, so you don’t just forget about them or skim through them.

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Instapaper has it’s own iPhone app so you can read your unread articles while you’re on the train, bus or just standing in a row.

5. 280daily

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280daily is quite possibly the future of consistent journaling and the easiest way to create a searchable archive of your life. It’s like a private Twitter where you have to sum up your daily activities in 280 characters or less. You can use it to write a journal, makes business notes or simply keep track of what you’ve been doing. Some features:

  • Set up an email notifications so you wouldn’t forget to write an entry each day
  • 280daily is also optimized for mobile devices so you can easily write your entries while driving in bus, for example
  • Export your entries to PDF file to keep a local version of your notes
  • Graphical statistics. Keep track of your entries visually
  • Search. Quickly locate a day from your past

6. Thoughtboxes

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Thoughtboxes is a simple tool that helps to organize your thoughts so you can make things happen. Thoughtboxes has a very simple system to keep everything organized. You have a train of thought, which is a main topic, and then you have a bunch of boxes, which are your lists of thoughts within that topic.

Keep track of To-do’s

See everything you need to do, all on one screen. Check things off as you complete them, or delete them from the list all together.

Remember details

Sometimes you need to organize complicated things like going on a trip. Thoughtboxes gives you the flexibility to separate different thoughts and keep everything neat and tidy. You can minimize boxes that you aren’t currently working on to tidy up your page.

Brainstorm a new idea

Thoughtboxes is great for laying out all of your ideas in one place. You can also put links in your boxes for quick references. When you have many streams of thought, you can hide them on the top of the screen to clean up your page.

7. Shelfster

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Shelfster is an app that helps bloggers and journalists to collect and organize notes. It aims to match journalism organizations with passionate contributors, creating collaborative environments for targeted content. With Shelfster you can:

  • Collect, upload and collaborate with journalism organizations
  • Build your profile and portfolio
  • Publish, promote and monetize your content

The Shelfster Desktop Tool is a research and writing tool that allows you to quickly gather your ideas and information from the web or from documents on your computer and write articles. All information can be organized using specific tags and is stored in your online account. Shelfster also has an iPhone application and bookmarklet.

8. Historious

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Historious saves you time by helping you find webpages you saw before. Bookmark sites with a single click, then find them again by searching for any word in the content of the page. Some features:

  • Bookmark your favorite sites with just a single click
  • Search your historified sites using a simple search box
  • Historious always keeps a cached version of the page you historified
  • Historious creates your personalized search engine containing the sites you specify

9. Diigo

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Diigo is a cloud-based personal information management system. Diigo provides you a tools on all major web browsers, Android, iPad and iPhone to help you to access a variety of information. Diigo is research and collaborative research tool on the one hand, and a knowledge-sharing community and social content site on the other.

  • Highlight and add sticky notes on webpages
  • Archive pages forever and make them searchable
  • Organize your items by tags or lists
  • Search and access from anywhere, anytime

10. Blinklist

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BlinkList is a powerful productivity tool that makes is much easier for anyone to share and save their links for later. They give you a browser button to save web pages you like in one click.

Never lose a page again

With BlinkList you can save a local copy of any web page on your computer. That way, even if the web page disappears, you will always have a local copy that you can get back to later.

Discover web

Once you start saving more web pages, BlinkList will automatically start recommend you web pages that you are likely interested in but have not yet discovered on your own.

Find links instantly

BlinkList has a lightening fast search engine that will help you find the links that you are looking for in the fraction of a second. You can search through your links faster than you can search through Google.

Read articles offline

With BlinkList, you can save your favorite articles and web pages and get back to them later even while you are offline

11. Licorize

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Licorize is a minimalistic and fast to-do manager that you can feed with your bookmarks and web updates. Licorize begins as a bookmarking tool, providing a non-intrusive “add bookmark with one click” functionality. It is integrated in browsers, with plugins, extensions and bookmarklets, provides readability features, multi-tagging, site thumbnails and more as evolution of bookmarking.

Transform and curate

Beyond bookmarks, Licorize provides built-in types to classify information, which have specific behavior and are hence more refined than simple tags.

Your web life timeline

Licorize can also be a complete timeline of your web worker lifestream: it synchs with Twitter, Evernote, DropBox, RSS, LinkedIn, Instapaper, ReadItLater, E-mail… And you can access it all from your mobile.

Collaborate and share

Anybody can join your projects – it’s easy. The limits of “just tagging” bookmarks become clear once you want to share work and ideas on the “bookmark” collection: you need to define to-do’s, distribute things to be done, discuss ideas.

Manage real work

Licorize goes beyond simple tagging in a variety of ways. Licorize supports sharing certain collection with certain users, supports to-do lists, priorities, Kanban boards, weekly reviews, weekly work view, even recording work and monitoring costs.

12. Skloog

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Skloog is a tool where you can easily create shortcuts to all of your favorite sites, bookmark pages that you’d like to refer back to at a later time and organize and arrange all of this information so that you can access it instantaneously.

13. Favilous

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Favilous provides you with two bookmarklets which you add to your browser favourites bar to save webpages or mark them for reading later. You can then navigate to all your favourite web pages through Favilous using a number of different views, like the one on the left. All your bookmarks are in the cloud, backed up and available anywhere. Forget about synchronising across multiple browsers.

14. Springpad

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Springpad gives you a place to quickly and easily save anything you want to remember. Take a note, create a task, scan a product barcode and look up the book your friend mentioned. The best part is that no matter where you are, Springpad is there with you to make sure you don’t forget something worth remembering. Just think it and Spring it, and it’ll be there for you when you need it.

Smarter way to save

Not only is everything you save automatically synced across your mobile devices and any browser, but Springpad also automatically uses the power of the internet to add useful information and relevant offers. From reviews and price drops to showtimes and reservations, Springpad keeps on working for you even when you’re not thinking about it. Isn’t that how it should work?

Organize

Springpad automatically categorizes everything you save and gives you powerful organizational features. Tag anything. Create notebooks to separate your home life from your work life or plan trips and special projects. Use the board to visually plan your next steps. It’s as flexible as you’d like it to be.

Place in the cloud

Think of Springpad as your own place in the cloud – a high-powered internet-connected personal database of everything that’s of interest to you, even if you’re not ready to do something about it right away. Everything is automatically synced between your mobile devices and the web for instant and universal access.

15. Netvibes

Netvibes-save-collect-organize-notes

Netvibes is a free web site that lets you personalize your web experience. Take everything that matters to you while online — newspapers, blogs, weather, email, search, videos, photos, social networks, podcasts, widgets, games and funny applications — then bring them together in one single page, your personalized Dashboard. Make this Dashboard automatically update every time you open it. That’s what netvibes does. And it does so much more.

December 06 2010

07:00

Display Your Favourite Music with jQuery & Last.fm

Use the power of jQuery and the handy last.fm records plugin to create a showcase of your favourite music on your website. We’ll install the plugins to fetch the information from the Last.fm website, then style up the design with a cool retro vinyl record theme.

View the demo

The design we’ll be creating lists out the top albums from our Last.fm profile by displaying the cover art with a subtle shadow. When the link is hovered, a retro vinyl record will slide out from the cover, purely for visual interest and extra cool factor points.

View the demo

Creating the concept

Record and sleeve sliding concept

In order to build the working website, the basic idea and the graphical elements need to be creating in Photoshop. We’ll need to design a background for the demo, the vinyl record image and the subtle shadow graphic.

Create a new document in Photoshop with a width of 2000px. Fill the background with grey and add a subtle noise texture using the Filter > Add Noise menu.

Paint a strip down the center using a large soft white brush. Change this layer to around 20% opacity.

Source an album cover to represent the covers that will be inserted by the Last.fm records plugin and scale it to 126px. Paint a dab of a soft black brush and press CMD+T to transform it.

Squash the brush mark and place it underneath the album art to form a shadow. Adjust the opacity of the shadow to tone down its impact.

Source a photo of a vinyl record and clip out the background using the marquee tool. Scale down the record to fit the dimensions of the album art.

Toggle off all the layers and export a selection of the vinyl record. Use the PNG-24 format to allow for alpha transparency.

Also save out a selection of the shadow as a PNG with alpha transparency.

A thin selection of the background can be exported as a JPEG which will then repeat vertically. The 2000px width will fit inside the majority of screen resolutions.

Writing the HTML

The HTML for the demo is pretty simple. We have the basic structure of Doctype, linked up CSS stylesheet and an introductory H1, then the Javascript files that do all the work are referenced. Firstly we need the jQuery library to power everything, then the handy Last.fm records plugin from Jeroen Smeets which essentially does all the hard work for us. The final Javascript file is our own scripts file where we’ll write the final bits of jQuery to get everything working and to add the fancy sliding effect.
The Last.fm records plugin inserts the albums into a div with an ID of lastfmrecords, so this is added to the HTML file in the desired place.

Activating the jQuery plugin

The documentation to activate the Last.fm records plugin can all be found on Jeroen’s website. Basically the plugin is configured with a few simple lines that declare the Last.fm username from which to fetch the information, the number of items to display and what kind of time period to collect the information from. One extra configuration option I’ve added from the main plugin file is an alternative image for any albums that don’t have cover art.

Previewing the HTML file so far will show the jQuery plugin doing its job and displaying the relevant album art neatly linked to the artist’s Last.fm profile.

Styling with CSS

The HTML was super simple, and the CSS isn’t too complicated either. After setting up the overall styling for the demo background and heading, the main CSS for the actual album art is just to space out each <li> element with 30px margin and to add the shadow graphic as a background-image. Adding position:relative; will allow the child elements of this list item to be positioned absolutely later.

A preview of the file with all the CSS in place will show a fully working copy of the initial concept with all the albums filling the page.

Creating the fancy sliding vinyl record

We need another HTML object to attach the vinyl record to with CSS, so jQuery is used to append an empty span element inside each anchor. Then a hover function is added to create the effects when the user’s mouse hovers and leaves the links. The jQuery finds the child span of that particular link then animates the positioning to 95px at a speed of 500ms. On hover-out the positioning is returned to 38px, which sits the record exactly over the album cover. The addition of .stop(true,true) is a handy snippet to prevent any strange behaviour if a link is quickly passed with the mouse triggering a repeating effect.

A touch more CSS styles up the newly created span into a vinyl record graphic using image replacement. The absolute positioning allows the record to sit exactly in place over the album art, then z-index adjusts the stacking order of the objects so the vinyl sits below the album art and is essentially hidden until it slides out from beneath it.

Complete CSS

body, div, h1, h2, h3, h4, h5, h6, p, ul, ol, li, dl, dt, dd, img, form, fieldset, input, textarea, blockquote {
	margin: 0; padding: 0; border: 0;
}

body {
	background: #606060 url(images/bg.jpg) repeat-y;
}

h1 {
	font: italic 60px Georgia, Serif; color: #333; text-shadow: 0px 3px 1px #606060;
	margin: 30px 0 50px 0; text-align: center;
}

#lastfmrecords {
	width: 700px; margin: 0 auto;
}

#lastfmrecords li {
	width: 200px; float: left; position: relative; text-align: center;
	margin: 0 30px 30px 0; padding: 0 0 7px 0;
	background: url(images/shadow.png) bottom no-repeat;
}

	#lastfmrecords li a img {
		position: relative; z-index: 10;
	}
	#lastfmrecords li a span {
		display: block; width: 125px; height: 125px;
		background: url(images/vinyl.png);
		position: absolute; top: 0; left: 38px; z-index: 5;
	}		

Complete Javascript

$(document).ready(function() {
      var _config = {
        username: 'spoongraphics',
        count: 9,
        period: 'topalbums',
        defaultthumb: 'http://cdn.last.fm/flatness/catalogue/noimage/2/default_album_large.png'
    };
   lastFmRecords.init(_config);

   $("#lastfmrecords a").append("");  

   $("#lastfmrecords a").hover(
      function () {
        $(this).children("span").stop(true,true).animate({"left": "95px"}, 500);
      },
      function () {
        $(this).children("span").animate({"left": "38px"}, 500);
      }
    );
});

View the demo

View the demo

October 15 2010

10:01

Learn How To build Killer Squidoo Lens For Website Promotion

Most of the internet marketers will probably know about Squidoo. If it’s the first time you heard of it, then you would likely be new to internet marketing.

Squidoo is a fast growing website that allows ordinary people to build their own pages with unique themes. The page is called “lens”, and each user is called a “lensmaster.” Squidoo is also a community where you can post your ads and can even share your profit to other ads like google ads and amazon ads by posting their ads to your page for related sources. You can custom your post the way you want it to appear on the page by just basic clicks and simple text typing. Squidoo is also known for building link wheels which is a good method of driving traffic to a site.
Today we will focus on Squidoo and learn the basic steps in building Squidoo lenses. Here are the basic steps in building a Squidoo lens:

1. Sign up For an Account

The first thing you will do just like other websites is to create your Squidoo account. The process is very simple. You only need to follow simple instructions and supply the basic info about yourself. Then just click the button continue.
Congratulations! You already have completed the first step and it was pretty simple.

2. Create a lens

After the registration process, the next thing you will do is to create a lens. Just click on create a lens button.Now you can be called a “lensmaster.”

In creating a lens, there are a lot of things to do. We will take the process step by step.

3. Lens subject

You must think of a subject which is related to your products or its up to you to decide for a better subject. You can also use the brand of the product or you product keyword.

Just supply the information and proceed to  the next step.

4. Lens Title and URL

Think of a better an interesting title and pick your URL, the link where your lens can be located.Then pick a category for your lens and choose for the choices of the contents of your lens.

5. Lens Keyword

Pick for the best keyword for your lens to help people find your lens.
You can add 3 more keywords for your lens and then you will be ask to type captcha code and click done button.

Now you already have created your lens.

6. Organize your lens

This will be the most interesting step in creating your lens. This is where you will custom your own page on how it will appear publicly.

You can organize you modules and add it to your lens.

Create and set up your module by simply supplying the needed information.

Click save and you can also edit it if you want to change it.

Your module has been saved already.

You can add images, videos, news,RSS, comment box and other ads from Amazon and Google.

7. Publish your lens

If you have done organizing and designing your lens, you can view the preview of your lens. If you think it looks good, then you can publish it.

Congratulations! You just have completed your Squidoo lens.

Squidoo Tips

  1. After publishing you may have to wait for 48 hours. If after this time your Lens is still showing as a grayed out symbol, try the following.
  2. Change the Title of all modules so that it represents the contents better. If you still have something called “New…” change it.
  3. Remember to Edit the “Introduction and Contents Tool” and select “Table of Contents” and tick the “On” button.
  4. Link to as many other webpages and Lens as possible.
  5. After you get the Green approval Symbol, you can add your Lens to other suitable Lens, which provide a module for you to add your information. The old Groups on Squidoo have been converted into Lenses, so you will have to carefully select other Lens as your partner.

If you have any tips, please send details and I will added them here.

Don’t forget to update your Profile page, this gives you a lot of opportunity to add links to Blogs, Lenses and web url’s, that is where you add your photo.

August 16 2010

06:00

How To Add a Custom Facebook Like Box to Your Site

Facebook pages are becoming more and more popular with brands, bands, organisations and celebrities who want to boost their social exposure on the web. Facebook’s social plugins and widgets are a great way to link your Facebook page with your website. Let’s look at how to not only insert the popular Like Box code onto your website, but also how to customize it to fit with your design, and make sure the code correctly validates.

View the Facebook Like Box demo

View the Facebook Like Box demo

Setting up the Like Box widget

First things first, let’s get the basic Like Box widget set up. Log into your Facebook account and click the ‘Edit page’ link on the left side of your page’s profile. Over on the right you’ll see the link ‘Promote with a Like Box‘.

The first thing you’ll need is the ID of your Facebook page. You can find this by checking the URL of most of the links on your page profile.

Enter the size and configure the options of your page, then hit the ‘Get Code’ button. Getting the full potential out of a Like Box takes a lot of time and effort. If you’re looking for a quick solution the iFrame code quickly and easily inserts a box onto your webpage, but don’t expect to be able to customize it too much. If you have an hour or two to spare, copy the XFBML code.

<div id="fb-root"></div>
<script src="http://static.ak.connect.facebook.com/js/api_lib/v0.4/FeatureLoader.js.php" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">FB.init("API-KEY-HERE");</script>
<fb:fan profile_id="PAGE-ID-HERE" connections="18" width="403" height="360"></fb:fan>

In order to use the FBML code, you’ll need some fancy Javascript SDK. Luckily for those of us who aren’t Javascript Wizards, you can find the code already written out from tutorials on the web. Note: The code here uses the old <fb:fan> code rather than the new <fb:like-box> code, so remember to change that in your snippet.

To get the Javascript method working you’ll also need an API key. To get one, head over to http://www.facebook.com/developers/apps.php and set up a new application. You can leave most of the details blank, as long as you end up with a key of some sort to insert into the SDK code.

Give the page a test. You should see the box load and display correctly, despite being in the boring default Facebook colours. It’s time to start customizing!

Customizing the Facebook Like Box

css="http://line25.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/facebook/demo/style.css?1"

Link your CSS stylesheet by adding a new attribute to the <fb:fan> code. The ?1 at the end is a requirement and needs changing every time you make changes to the your CSS file, otherwise the old styling will be used from Facebook’s cache. So basically if you make a change and reupload the CSS file, don’t forget to also change the index file to ?2 and so on.

css="<?php bloginfo('stylesheet_url'); ?>?1

If you’re adding the Facebook Like Box to a WordPress theme, you could use WordPress tags to render out the stylesheet URL.

The Firebug plugin for Firefox makes it easy to edit and customize your Like Box in the browser. This saves plenty of time not having to change the stylesheet identifier and re-upload all the files. Just configure the styling how you wish, then replicate the CSS in your stylesheet.

.fan_box .full_widget {
	background: none; border: none;
}
.fan_box .connections_grid .grid_item {
	padding: 0 8px 10px 8px;
}
	.fan_box .connections_grid .grid_item a img {
		box-shadow: 0px 0px 10px #333; -moz-box-shadow: 0px 0px 10px #333; -webkit-box-shadow: 0px 0px 10px #333;
	}
		.fan_box .connections_grid .grid_item a:hover img {
			box-shadow: 0px 3px 10px #333; -moz-box-shadow: 0px 3px 10px #333; -webkit-box-shadow: 0px 3px 10px #333;
		}
.fan_box .full_widget .connect_top {
	background: url(http://line25.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/facebook/demo/images/blue.png);
	border-radius: 6px; -moz-border-radius: 6px; -webkit-border-radius: 6px;
}
.fan_box .connections .connections_grid {
	padding-top:16px;
}
.fan_box .connections {
	border-top: none;
	padding:15px 0 0;
	color: #ccc;
	font: italic 21px Georgia;
	text-align: center;
	text-shadow: 0px 1px 4px #000;
}
	.fan_box .connections span.total {
		color: #fff;
	}

.fan_box .connections_grid .grid_item .name {
	color: #ccc;
	font-size: 11px;
}
.fan_box .profileimage {
	margin: 0;
}

Here’s the CSS I’ve edited and added to generate the styling used in the demo. Most of the CSS rules clear out the default styling, for example: border: none;, but there’s also some fancy additions such as the CSS3 text-shadow styling.

It’s up to you how far you go with the customization. You could simply remove or change the background and border colours, or completely rearrange the elements into something completely unique.

Fixing the validation errors

The Facebook Like Box now looks great, but the FBML code doesn’t do your webpage validation any favours. Don’t worry, there’s a quick and easy fix for that…

<div id="fb-root"></div>
<script src="http://static.ak.connect.facebook.com/js/api_lib/v0.4/FeatureLoader.js.php" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">FB.init("fd161b28d6338cb852d8ed87878f67c3");</script>
<!-- FBML <fb:fan profile_id="119754924730147" connections="18" width="403" height="360" css="http://line25.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/facebook/demo/style.css?5"></fb:fan> FBML -->
<script src="js/fbvalidate.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Download the handy Javascript file from ka-mediendesign.de. The author’s blog is in German, but you can figure out how it’s implemented pretty easily. Basically you need to reference the Facebook Validation Javascript file underneath the FBML code, then wrap the tags with <!-- FBML comments. The Javascript will then magically fix those validation errors!

View the Facebook Like Box demo

View the Facebook Like Box demo

June 19 2010

11:00

Become Social Networking Guru With 45 Handy Twitter Tools

Preview-twitter-toolsTwitter has progressed so much in past few years and now it has been used almost by everybody – let it be freelancer designer, programmer, social media company, printing company, everybody evaluates Twitter power and actually try to make their brand more powerful with it.

A lot of tools has been developed over time and some of them can really  relief your Twitter experience and automate some time consuming actions.  That’s why I collected some great tools sorted in categories, which you might find extremely useful for using Twitter – find more targeted followers, track visitors – who is following, not following, deadbeat users, clean your account – ah..check what we have on table this time yourself! 

Follower Tools

1. Mr Tweet

Mr Tweet is your personal Twitter assistant. Discover great people you might want to follow, join communities and share your Twitter buddies.

Mr-tweet-twitter-tools

2. TweetBeep

Get regular updates to your email with conversation trackings, mentions, followers. You can even keep track of who’s tweeting your website or blog.

Tweet-beep-twitter-tools

3. FlashTweet

FlashTweet is a Twitter application that simplifies the process of acquiring more targeted followers. You can add multiple Twitter accounts to your profile, discover who you are following that is following you back, mass follow users based on search terms and location, unfollow multiple friends at once, schedule tweets in advance to run throughout the week, insert RSS feeds that will automatically tweet the title and link of your blog or another site.

Flash-tweet-twitter-tools

4. Friend or Follow

Useful and easily usable tool to see who’re you following, that’s not following you back and conversely.

Friend-or-follow-twitter-tools

5. WeFollow

Enter tags and find new people to follow. You can add yourself to the database too.

We-follow-twitter-tools

6. Nearby Tweets

Find new people to follow based on location.

Nearby-tweets-twitter-tools

7. Tweepler

Tweepler is a much needed and more intuitive way of processing your Twitter followers. It allows you to quickly browse trough people you might be interested in, then follow or ignore them.

Tweepler-twitter-tools

8. Tweepsect

See user’s followers and those he follows to determine who is stalking the user and who the user is stalking

Tweep-sect-twitter-tools

9. Twitter Friends Network Browser

Browse trough your friends, your friend’s friends and so.

Friends-network-browser-twitter-tools

10. Twitter DMer

Twitter DMer is a tool to impress your followers with individually customized DMs.

Direct-messeger-twitter-tools

11. Twit Cleaner

Analyses the people you follow, identifies the time wasters, spammers, bots & those who’ve quit Twitter.

Cleaner-twitter-tools

Stats

1. Twitter Grader

Twitter Grader is a free tool that allows you to check the power of your twitter profile compared to millions of other users that have been graded.

Grader-twitter-tools

2. Tweet Stats

Get detailed stats of your tweets.

Stats-tweet-twitter-tools

3. Twitter Analyzer

Analyze someone’s tweet stats, popularity, reach, hashtags, subjects and more.

Analyzer-twitter-tools

4. Twoorl

Get all neccesary stats about your acount. It’s still in beta, so you’ll have to follow @twoolr_beta.

Twoorl-twitter-tools

Trends and Topics

1. Tweetmeme

Find most popular links in Twitter, sorted in categories.

Meme-tweet-twitter-tools

2. Summize

Search for tweets, keywoard, users and much more.

Summize-twitter-tools

3. Topsy

Search engine powered by tweets.

Topsy-twitter-tools

4. Trendistic

Trendistic is a tool that allows you to track trends on Twitter, similarly to what Google Trends does for Google searches. It gathers tweets as they are posted, filters redundant ones and compiles the rest into one-hour intervals.

Trendistic-twitter-tools

Tweets

1. Twuffer

Twuffer allows the Twitter user to compose a list of future tweets, and schedule their release.

Twuffer-twitter-tools

2. GroupTweet

GroupTweet turns a standard Twitter account into a group communication hub where members can post updates to everyone in the group using direct messages. When the group account receives a direct message from a group member, GroupTweet converts it into a tweet that all followers can see.

Group-tweet-twitter-tools

3. Twiddict

Twiddict sends your tweets to Twitter even if it’s down.

Twiddict-twitter-tools

4. Runt.ly

Runt.ly is the easiest way to create short blog-style posts to share over Twitter and other micro-blogs. Runt.ly posts can include linked photos, embedded videos and more.

Runt-twitter-tools

5. Bigtwitt

BigTwitt will create URL for your long tweet and then you’ll be able to post it.

Big-twitt-twitter-tools

Bloggers

1. Twitter Feed

Add RSS feeds and it automaticcly posts the headlines to Twitter.

Feed-twitter-tools

2. Twitter Tools

Twitter Tools is a plugin that creates a complete integration between your WordPress blog and your Twitter account.

Wordpress-twitter-tools

Sharing

1. Bit.ly

Shorten URLs, share them, track them.

Bit-ly-twitter-tools

2. Twitpic

Upload and share photos on Twitter.

Twitpic-twitter-tools

3. Twitvid

Upload and share vidoes on Twitter.

Twitvid-twitter-tools

4. Twittload

Free file hosting for Twitter.

Twittload-twitter-tools

5. Twitter Music

Find and share music on Twitter.

Music-twitter-tools

6. Twitsay

Record voice message and post it to your followers.

Twitsay-twitter-tools

7. Twitcam

Broadcast live, your followers can see you and you can chat with them. After that video will be saved in archive.

Twitcam-twitter-tools

Twitter Clients

1. Tweetdeck

TweetDeck is your personal browser for staying in touch with what’s happening now, connecting you with your contacts across Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn and more. Connect with your Facebook and MySpace friends directly from TweetDeck by updating your status, posting photos or videos, commenting, liking and groups your friends to make it easier to follow only those you really want to see what your friends are doing by creating columns for each of your groups of friends. Available also on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Tweetdeck-twitter-tools

2. Seesmic

Available on almost all most popular platforms, one of the best Twitter clients. Update and view multiple social networks in one efficient but powerful application customized to your needs.

Seesmic-twitter-tools

3. Destroy Twitter

DestroyTwitter is a compact though robust Twitter application built to run on Mac, Windows, and Linux using Adobe AIR.

Destroy-twitter-tools

4. Tweetie

Available on Mac and iPhone. Great software with a lot of features.

Tweetie-twitter-tools

Other

1. Ping

Update your  social networks all at the same time.

Ping-twitter-tools

2. Screenr

Easily create screencasts with web based recorder and tweet them to your followers.

Screenr-twitter-tools

3. Tinychat

Create a Twitter chatroom or video conference.

Tiny-chat-twitter-tools

4. Twt Poll

Create free polls and get annswers from Twitter users.

Twt-poll-twitter-tools

5. Twibbon

Twibbon is the easiest and most powerful way to promote awareness of your cause on Twitter.

Twibbon-twitter-tools

6.

Twitpay

Send funds to other Twitter accounts.

Twitpay-twitter-tools

7. Tweetmart

Think of tweetmart as classifieds for Twitter. It is a free an easy way to buy and sell “stuff” or search and post jobs on Twitter.

Tweet-mart-twitter-tools

8. Backupify

Backupify provides daily automatic backups, archiving, and export for all your social media and SaaS data.

Backupify-twitter-tools

June 14 2010

07:00

Getting Started with Tumblr & Custom Theme Design

Websites powered by Tumblr (or Tumblelogs , or tlogs) are becoming increasingly popular. Tumblr fills the gap between Twitter and the full blog, allowing users to post short updates in text, video, photo, link, chat, quote and audio formats quickly and easily. Let’s take a look at the basics of what Tumblr is, and how to get a tumblelog of your own up and running.

What is Tumblr?

Tumblr logo

Tumblr is basically the daddy of the micro-blogging scene. It provides a platform for those updates that are too large for Twitter’s 140 characters, but too small to be converted into a full-on Wordpress blog post. Just like networks such as Twitter, Tumblr has the social feature of being able to follow and receive updates from friends and contacts. Being a hosted service it’s easy to setup and manage, with just a simple sign up screen being all you need to complete in order to start a site of your own. Despite being a hosted service, you don’t have to stick with the mysite.tumblr.com domain, with just a few steps you can configure your own domain.

Tumblr post types

Tumblr allows you to share anything through its six posting options of text, photos, quotes, links, audio and video through the Tumblr dashboard, mobile phone, desktop client or by email.

How do people use Tumblr?

Tumblr is often used alongside Twitter, blogs and social networks as a place to post photos and links, but is also commonly used as a person’s primary website. Here’s a few great examples of how Tumblr is being put to use across the web, notice the familiar elements and features among each site?

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Getting started

To get started with a Tumblr site of your own, first head over to Tumblr.com and create a new account.

Run through the basic options wizard that follows, setting your website title, profile picture and description.

Post some stuff! It’s as easy as that!

You can also integrate your Tumblr site to various other social networks. Post updates to Twitter or Facebook, or pull in RSS feeds from other sources and post them on your Tumblr blog. All these options can be found under Customize > Services.

Customizing Tumblr

Just like the Wordpress application, there’s two main approaches to customizing your Tumblr site. Choose a ready-made theme from the Tumblr Theme Garden, or if you’re confident with hand writing your own HTML, build your own. Let’s start with the easy option – Installing a ready made theme!

To access the commonly used premium themes, go to Customize from the Tumblr dashboard, then select the Themes dropdown. This just a small selection of themes available, there’s many more free and premium theme from the Theme Garden, as well as from third-party developers across the net.

Once you’ve found a theme you like, simply hit Install Theme and Tumblr will do all the work for you.

Building your own Tumblr theme

For those confident with their HTML and CSS skills, there’s the option of building a custom theme from scratch. If you’re used to developing for Wordpress, the process is pretty similar – You insert special tags in the HTML code to add the advanced functionality to the site. Tumblr isn’t quite as advanced as Wordpress, which means learning your way around theme files is much easier.

<h3><a href="{Permalink}">{Title}</a></h3>

There’s two types of template tags in Tumblr – Variables and blocks. Variables are used to insert dynamic data into your theme file, similar to how Wordpress works. For instance, simply insert the tag {Permalink} inside an anchor to generate a link to a post.

{block:Text}
    <div class="post text">
        {block:Title}
            <h2><a href="{Permalink}">{Title}</a></h2>
        {/block:Title}

        {Body}
    </div>
{/block:Text}

Blocks on the other hand, are used to create segments of HTML relative to a certain function. This is how the different posts types (audio, video, quote etc) are generated.

{block:Photo}
	<div class="post photo">
	    <img src="{PhotoURL-500}" alt="{PhotoAlt}"/>

	    {block:Caption}
	        <div class="caption">{Caption}</div>
	    {/block:Caption}
	</div>
{/block:Photo}

{block:Photoset}
	<div class="post photoset">
	    {Photoset-500}

	    {block:Caption}
	        <div class="caption">{Caption}</div>
	    {/block:Caption}
	</div>
{/block:Photoset}

{block:Quote}
	<div class="post quote">
	    "{Quote}"

	    {block:Source}
	        <div class="source">{Source}</div>
	    {/block:Source}
	</div>
{/block:Quote}

Your theme file will need blocks for each of the seven post types in order for Tumblr to render each different style of post. Unlike Wordpress themes that are split across multiple files, your Tumblr theme is basically a single HTML page with all the different post scenarios bundled together.

April 13 2010

16:00

33 Blogs To Make You Social Media And Marketing Guru

Title-social-media-networking-marketing-blogI was considering myself strong on social media and marketing field, but then I gave a try to do my own research to find great blogs specialised just in this topic. Findings were amazing and I understood I have SOOO much to learn and there is so much great information available out there!

Learn how to use social media sites more effectively, think about SEO and how to monetize your site a lot better! Maybe you will find courage and right advice how to start new project and earn online? Keep reading those blogs, put their techniques in action and I am sure your new or existing project will become a lot more successful!!

1. SocialMediaExaminer

Social Media Examiner is a free online magazine designed to help businesses discover how to best use social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to find leads, increase sales and generate more brand awareness.

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2. Soshable | Social Media Blog

Great site sharing all the latest news and tips in social media community.

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3. Chris Brogan

Chris Brogan is President of New Marketing Labs, a new media marketing agency, and home of the Inbound Marketing Summit conferences and Inbound Marketing Bootcamp educational events.

He works with large and mid-sized companies to improve online business communications like marketing and PR through the use of social software, community platforms, and other emerging web and mobile technologies. For more information on this, please contact Chris directly.

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4. SocialMediaToday

Social Media Today LLC helps global organizations create purpose-built B2B social communities designed to achieve specific, measurable corporate goals by engaging exactly the customers and prospects you most want to reach.

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5. Mashable – Social Media Section

I think Mashable doesn’t require any introduction, they cover everything happening in social news section. Check out their social media section to get only tips and latest buzz there.

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6. ViperChill

Very inspiring story and blog of Glen – “one of the few people who makes a living online without doing it by teaching you how to make a living online. Because of that, you’ll find no ads and no affiliate links here. It’s all about the content and helping you as much as possible. As it should be.”

Sounds good? Articles are very exciting and great discovery for me!

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7. TwiTip

TwiTip is about capturing some of the lessons that I and others have been learning about Twitter and how to use it more effectively. It covers Twitter Tips of all varieties including Writing for Twitter, Branding, Growing a Following, Corporate Tweeting and a lot more.

Any project Darren Rowles puts his mind in is a huge success and this is not an exception.

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8. Dosh Dosh

Dosh Dosh is a blog offering internet marketing and blogging tips, alongside social media strategies. Best consumed by bloggers, entrepreneurs, web publishers, marketers, freelancers and small business owners. Only downside – this blog had last post on December 14th, 2009.

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9. BrianSolis

Brian Solis is Principal of FutureWorks, an award-winning New Media marketing and branding agency in Silicon Valley. Solis is globally recognized for his views and insights on the convergence of PR, Traditional Media and Social Media. Considered one of the original thought leaders who paved the way for Social Media and PR 2.0, Solis is co-founder of the Social Media Club and is an original member of the Media 2.0 Workgroup.

BrianSolis.com is among the top 1.5% of all blogs tracked by Technorati and is ranked as one of the leading voices in the Ad Age Power 150 index of worldwide marketing bloggers. Solis is also the publisher of bub.blicio.us, a popular lifestyle and technology blog,  and is also a contributor to TechCrunch, BrandWeek, and Mashable.

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10. Social Media Explorer

Social Media Explorer is the online home and blog of Social Media Explorer LLC, which is also a consulting company. You will find a lot of valuable social media and online marketing related information here.

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11. ConvinceAndConvert

The Convince & Convert blog is recognized as one of the best marketing blogs in the world by AdAge, Junta42, Alltop, Social Media Today, Scribnia, and a host of other arbiters of that sort of thing. Jay Baer has a huge experience working in this field, he definitely has much to say!

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12. Altitude Branding

Amber Naslund is a social media and marketing practitioner, and the Director of Community for Radian6 social media monitoring. There, she’s responsible for client engagement, community building, and helping companies build sound strategies for social media listening, measurement, and engagement.

She’s spent the last 15 years or so working with businesses of all sizes, from the Fortune 50 to startups and local nonprofits, and has enjoyed a diverse career as a fundraiser, client services professional, corporate marketing director, and an entrepreneur.

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13. Copyblogger

Copyblogger was founded in January of 2006 by Brian Clark. Brian is a writer/producer, entrepreneur, and recovering attorney.

Brian built three successful offline businesses using online marketing techniques before switching to a producer model that involves building, monetizing, and occasionally selling online media properties.

Copyblogger has over 100,000 subscribers and more than 240,000 unique monthly site visitors.

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14. Kikolani

Kikolani is about the art of blogging – blogging tips, social networking strategies, and other useful information to help bloggers become more successful in blogging. Kristii is really one very, very friendly soul and I have seen her doing great on social networking, she is my friend as well!

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15. The Future Buzz

The Future Buzz is a blog about web marketing/PR strategies, spreading buzz in the blogosphere and building long-term visibility for your brand, business, and art on the web. Bloggers, marketers, freelance writers, entrepreneurs, artists, small business owners and public relations professionals will all benefit from the content here.

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16. Web Ink Now

Web Ink Now is written by David Meerman Scott, author of BusinessWeek bestseller “The New Rules of Marketing and PR” which is published in 24 languages.

He writes about how marketing and PR have changed because of the Web. Many of his posts include information on how to use social media, online video, news releases, blogs, podcasts, viral marketing and online media to reach your buyers directly.

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17. Scott Monty

Scott is a marketing and communications professional focused on the digital industry — specifically on social media. His career spans a number of industries such as healthcare, pharma, biotech, travel, automotive, tech, and communications, and includes a wide range of clients, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.

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18. SocialMedia.biz

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19. Marketing Profs

It’s a rich and trusted resource that offers actionable know-how to help you market your products and services both smarter and better. Entrepreneurs, small-business owners and marketers in the world’s largest corporations make up its 360,000 subscribers, making it the largest in its category.

Through the MarketingProfs Web site, newsletters, conferences, seminars, forums and so on… they will help you navigate your way to market your business and keep you informed of the newest and best tools.

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20. Collective Thoughts

Their team seems to be professional, articles very interesting and valuable, definitely worth subscribing and reading!

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21. BritoPian

Michael considers himself a student of social media and community building. He has worked for major brands in Silicon Valley (HP, Yahoo! and Intel) and was instrumental in driving social media programs and campaigns emphasizing authenticity and long-term relationship building.

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22. DaveFleet

DaveFleet.com is about communications, public relations, marketing and social media, and the areas where those topics intersect.

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23. Socialnomics

Socialnomics(TM) is a blog designed to cover the latest trends in social media.  It primarily focuses on covering the latest news on social media and what it means for users and businesses, often taking irreverent view points of a popular topic.

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24. Search Engine Journal

Search Engine Journal, established in 2003, is a 6-year-old publication of Search & Social Media, LLC, which specializes in a community approach to the reporting of search engine news & the sharing of Search Engine Marketing knowledge & tactics.

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25. Networlding

Melissa is President of Networlding, a consulting, training and coaching organization specializing in helping individuals and organizations harness the power of social networks to leverage brand.

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26. Conversation Agent

Conversation Agent is ranked among the top 25 marketing blogs in the world on AdAge Power150. Handpicked by Fast Company as Expert blogger, Valeria is on the Advisory Board of SmartBrief on Social Media and a co-author of The Age of Conversation, a groundbreaking eBook collaboration by 103 of today’s top marketing writers.

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27. Techipedia

Tamar Weinberg is a freelance writer and author of The New Community Rules: Marketing on the Social Web (O’Reilly, July 2009) who specializes in social media consulting and strategy, blogger outreach, reputation management, and search engine marketing (SEO, link building, and Pay Per Click Marketing).

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28. Danny Brown

This blog talks about everything from social media, PR and marketing to making the most of the various online tools and communities. It’s aimed at everyone.

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29. Danzarrella

Dan Zarrella is an award-winning social, search, and viral marketing scientist and author of the O’Reilly Media book “The Social Media Marketing Book“. He has a background in web development and combines his programming capabilities with a passion for social marketing to study social media behavior from a data-backed position and teach marketers scientifically grounded best practices.

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30. Very Official Blog

Very interesting analysis and topics covered in this VERY official blog! Well, not so official but worth reading for sure.

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31. MoblogsMoproblems

Mack Collier is a social media consultant, trainer and speaker. He has been actively immersed in social media since 2005, and in that time, has helped advise, teach and consult with businesses of all shapes and sizes on how they can better connect with their customers via these amazing tools and sites.

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32. 180/360/720

Learn marketing here, how to advertise your site and many, many more valuable daily tips and ramblings.

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33. DigitalBuzzBlog

Featuring the latest digital ad campaigns, hot new websites, interactive marketing ideas, virals, industry news, social media, insights, and other great digital trends from all over the world.

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This article is mostly covering just social media sites, though it lightly touches to marketing niche as well, if there will be positive feedback I will go and make article just about marketing blogs. Enjoy!

March 09 2010

21:08

Inspirational 50 Twitter Backgrounds Showcase

Title-inspirational-twitter-backgroundsTwitter background design is one of the most important things, you can change in your account to attract new followers.  We only can change little things in Twitter so why we don’t put there the best we can? Let’s change our background right now, but before we do that – time for you to get inspired!

I hand picked those 50 Twitter backgrounds, while I was browsing through like 200-300 twitter pages – these all were the ones which caught my attention. Interesting to notice, not all of favorites are really colorful, but even subtle, clean and elegant but still stood out. In my opinion the best case is to create what suits you in the meantime thinking about usability and readability – but light designs with few colors included to make design shine seems to be the best case! What’s your case?

1. @nicholaspatten

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2. @chrisspooner

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3. @bongobrian

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4. @bartelme

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5. @abduzeedo

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6. @boagworld

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7. @cameronolivier

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8.

@chriscoyier

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9. @DesignerDepot

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10. @digitalmash

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11. @graphicidentity

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12. @mmpow

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13. @ArteWebdesign

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14. @cheth

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15. @KrisColvin

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16. @marcelsantilli

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17. @Ubikwitusrex

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18. @rodneireiz

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19. @just4theALofit

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20. @Chryseiss

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21. @oxygenna

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22. @luciana_luz

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23. @tonypeterson

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24. @showcasemark

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25. @XquiziteLizard

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26. @HungryGirl

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27. @elianarod

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28. @davewilhelm

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29. @nbawiileague

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30. @LisaWorsham

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31. @Go_Media

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32. @Doubleolee

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33. @theleggett

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34. @Farrhad

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35. @chadmcmillan

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36. @myklroventine

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37. @nullvariable

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38. @genuine

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39. @imagedesigns

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40. @marekuk

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41. @Krftd

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42. @ramesstudios

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43. @rafalmeidaf

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44. Pudny

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45. @Alyssa_Milano

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46. @andysowards

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47. @binojxavier

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48. @sharebrain

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49. @Scarletbits

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50. @nymphont

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If your exclusive and unique background is not in this list, then feel free to share it with us in comments section!

March 02 2010

20:00

102 Respected Designers You Should Follow On Twitter

Title-follow-designers-twitterTwitter is growing and growing – if you’ve been living in ice age, then maybe you don’t know about this popular trend. Facebook and Twitter are the most popular social networks and that’s why we will do series here to help you get better there. We are starting with huge post where we selected the most interesting and active bloggers and designers you should enjoy following.

We are sorry about ones we didn’t include, but hey, here is a quick thought –  add your twitter names in comments with description why people should follow you! Just hope you enjoy this article and we all can leverage from great new friends to talk with!

1. @1stwebdesigner (Dainis Graveris)

Website: http://www.1stwebdesigner.com/

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Of course, shameless self promotion!

Web-designer, who decided to dedicate his life to design few years ago. Now living happily ever after! Add him if you are web design fan!

2. @smalonedesign (Stephanie Malone)

Website: http://www.smalonedesign.com/

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Graphic Artist. Creative Director. Skilled Copywriter. Design Diva.

3. @ronicadesign (Veronica Domeier)

Website: http://www.ronicasdesign.com/

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Freelance designer of print & web. Photographer, adventurer, Apple fan.

4. @r27 (Rajesh Pancholi)

Website: http://www.r27.co.uk/

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R27.CREATIVELAB. Design & Visual Communications.

5. @nicholaspatten (Nicholas Patten)

Website: http://www.nicholaspatten.com/

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Video Editor, Graphic/Web Designer.

6. @mlane (Mike Lane)

Website: http://mlane.net/

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Senior UX Designer near Minneapolis, MN with 15 years experience in creative Web and Graphic Design.

7. @Minervity (Richard Darell)

Website: http://www.minervity.com/

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Web/Graphic Designer/Developer.

8. @mayhemstudios (Calvin Lee)

Website: http://mayhemstudios.com/

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Self-Proclaimed Media Ho, Designer Guy and Twitter Addict.

9. @logocritiques (Erik Peterson)

Website: http://www.logocritiques.com/

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Logo Critiques blogger, Graphic designer, Web designer.

10. @justcreative (Jacob Cass)

Website: http://justcreativedesign.com/

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Graphic Designer, Logo Designer, Web Designer, Blogger, Creative Thinker, Social Media Nut, Freelancer, Link Sharer.

11. @jasonsantamaria (Jason Santa Maria)

Website: http://jasonsantamaria.com/

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Designer by day, designer by night.

12. @gracesmith (Grace Smith)

Website: http://postscript5.co.uk/twitter.htm

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A 26 year old Freelance Web and Graphic Designer in love with web standards and social media. An unashamed Apple Fangirl.

13. @chrisspooner (Chris Spooner)

Website: http://www.blog.spoongraphics.co.uk/

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A creative Designer, avid Blogger.

14. @bongobrian (Brian Paulowicz)

Website: http://pauloworks.carbonmade.com/

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Web Designer, Graphic Artist.

15. @bartelme (Wolfgang Bartelme)

Website: http://bartelme.at/

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User interface graphic designer from Austria.

16. @artistech (Artistech Newmedia)

Website: http://www.artistechnewmedia.com/

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Dynamic Design & Production for the Web, Print and Video based in Kelowna, BC, Canada.

17. @anthonywoods (Silver-Solutions)

Website: http://www.silver-solutions.co.uk/

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Web and Software Application Developer / Web Designer.

18. @AndrewKelsall (Andrew Kelsall)

Website: http://andrewkelsall.com/

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Graphic Designer, Creative, Logo, Print and Web Design, Wordpresser, Tech-head, Blogger and Mac user.

19. @abduzeedo (Fabio Sasso)

Website: http://www.abduzeedo.com/

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Graphic/web designer and blogger.

20. @bittbox (Jay Hilgert)

Website: http://www.bittbox.com/

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Business Owner, Designer, Blogger, Web-enthusiast.

21. @bluewavemedia (Kimberly Beaven)

Website: http://www.bluewavemedia.ca/

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Web, development, marketing and media firm.

22. @boagworld (Paul Boag)

Website: http://boagworld.com/

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Founder of web design agency Headscape, host of the boagworld web design podcast and author of the website owners manual.

23. @bokardo (Joshua Porter)

Website: http://bokardo.com/

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Founder of Bokardo Design, a design consultancy focusing exclusively on social web applications.

24. @cameronolivier (Cam Olivier)

Website: http://www.cameronolivier.com/

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A designer/developer at theClassifieds.co.za

25. @chadengle (Chad Engle)

Website: http://fuelyourcreativity.com/

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Graphic Designer, Editor at FuelYourCreativity.

26. @chriscoyier (Chris Coyier)

Website: http://css-tricks.com/

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Web designer.

27. @cjgraphix (Collin Robinson)

Website: http://www.cjgraphix.com/

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Freelance web designer and developer.

28. @clagnut (Richard Rutter)

Website: http://clagnut.com/

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A web site producer living in Brighton.

29. @corePHP (Zen Penguin)

Website: http://www.corephp.com/

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Professional Web Development & Graphic Design.

30. @cssglobe (Alen Grakalic)

Website: http://cssglobe.com/

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Web designer and developer.

31. @davidlano (David Lano)

Website: http://www.davidlano.com/

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Web Developer, Blogger.

32. @DesignerDepot (Webdesigner Depot)

Website: http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/

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Webdesigner Depot is one of the most popular blogs about web design trends, tutorials and much more. It’s run by Walter Apai, a web designer from Vancouver.

33. @designshard (Max Stanworth)

Website: http://www.designshard.com/

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Lover of Typography, Web Design, CSS, XHTML , Illustration.

34. @DesiznTech (Kawsar Ali)

Website: http://desizntech.info/

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A web designer who also likes blogging.

35. @dustinbrewer (Dustin Brewer)

Website: http://dustinbrewer.com/

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Freelance web designer.

36. @idesignstudios (Selene M. Bowlby)

Website: http://www.idesignstudios.com/blog/

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Web Designer and Front-End Web Developer. Specializing in creating Custom WordPress Themes.

37. @JoPhillips (Jon Phillips)

Website: http://spyrestudios.com/

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Designer.

38. @leonfernandes (Leon Fernandes)

Website: http://www.leonfernandes.com.au/blog/

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Freelance Web Designer Specialising in Search Engine Optimisation and Search Engine Marketing.

39. @Othella (Amélie Husson)

Website: http://www.vitali-software.com/blog/

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26 years old French girl living in Germany, freelancer, wordpress guru, web designer, internet geek, Mac user, crazy about ITs, books.

40. @RussAdams (Russ Adams)

Website: http://webdesign.fm/

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Web design blogger at WebDesign.fm.

41. @sethjenks (Seth Jenks)

Website: http://sethjenks.com/

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Student of marketing, design, and SEO who is working to make an impact on the world.

42. @sh3n3rd (Mitsi McKee)

Website: http://www.rockfishinteractive.com/

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Web Designer – Rockfish Interactive, Founder – Evil Tomato Media.

43. @simonashley (Simon Ashley)

Website: http://www.gotripod.com/

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A web designer and developer, systems architect, new media scientist, technologist, web entrepreneur, amateur quantum enthusiast and coffee aficionado.

44. @tonychester (Tony Chester)

Website: http://onwired.com/

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Owner of OnWired. A progressive web design and development firm in North Carolina. Also running YourWebJob.com and PleaseCritiqueMe.com.

45. @veen (Jeffrey Veen)

Website: http://veen.com/jeff/

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Founder.

46. @Aisleone (Antonio Carusone)

Website: http://www.aisleone.net/

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A graphic designer.

47. @arronlock (Arron Lock)

Website: http://www.brightasblack.com/

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Dedicated graphic designer.

48. @behoff (Brian Hoff)

Website: http://www.thedesigncubicle.com/

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Graphic designer.

49. @digitalmash (Rob Morris)

Website: http://digitalmash.com/

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Product designer at HiiDef Inc.

50. @imjustcreative (Graham Smith)

Website: http://imjustcreative.com/

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Freelance logo and brand identity designer. Iconic, typographic and minimalist tendencies. 25 years experience.

51. @jasonwalz (Jason Walz)

Website: http://mzltd.com/

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Art Director, Graphic / Web Designer, Video Editor.

52. @snookca (Snook)

Website: http://snook.ca/

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A creator of striking designs, impeccable markup and code, and forward-thinking ideas and applications.

53. @vpieters (Veerle Pieters)

Website: http://veerle.duoh.com/

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A graphic/web designer living in Belgium.

54. @meyerweb (Eric A. Meyer)

Website: http://meyerweb.com/

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CSS and HTML expert.

55. @pearsonified (pearsonified)

Website: http://www.pearsonified.com/

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A Web developer who specializes in building detailed, robust WordPress themes.

56. @collis (Collis) Website: http://envato.com/

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Working at Envato where he helps making awesome websites!

57. @bleikamp (Ben Bleikamp)

Website: http://www.bleikamp.com/

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An interaction designer and product manager.

58. @DavidAirey (David Airey)

Website: http://www.davidairey.com/

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Graphic designer.

59. @problogdesign (Michael Martin)

Website: http://www.problogdesign.com/

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Web designer, specialising in blog design.

60. @michaelcastilla (Michael Castilla)

Website: http://wpcoder.com/

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Owner of WPCoder.com.

61. @redwall_hp (Matt Harzewski)

Website: http://www.webmaster-source.com/

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Blogger, web designer, writer.

62. @arthurbrownjr (Arthur Brown Jr.)

Website: http://www.arthurbrownjr.com/

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A web designer and marketing communications professional focused on creating the best online and offline experiences possible. Building engaging websites.

63. @zeldman (Jeffrey Zeldman)

Website: http://www.zeldman.com/

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Author, Designing With Web Standards 3rd Ed., zeldman.com. Founder, Happy Cog studio. Publisher, A List Apart magazine. Co-founder, An Event Apart conference.

64. @randaclay (randaclay)

Website: http://randaclay.com/

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Freelance designer.

65. @cameronmoll (Cameron Moll)

Website: http://cameronmoll.com/

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Designer, Speaker, Author.

66. @andybudd (Andy Budd)

Website: http://www.andybudd.com/

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User Experience Designer, partner at @clearleft and curator of @dconstruct and @uxlondon.

67. @simplebits (Dan Cederholm)

Website: http://simplebits.com/

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A designer, author, speaker. Founder and Principal of SimpleBits.

68. @danbenjamin (Dan Benjamin)

Website: http://hivelogic.com/

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Broadcaster, writer and developer.

69. @mollydotcom (Molly E. Holzschlag)

Website: http://molly.com/

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Well-known Web standards advocate, instructor, and author.

70. @adactio (Jeremy Keith)

Website: http://adactio.com/journal/

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An Irish web developer living and working in Brighton, England.

71. @clearleft (Clearleft)

Website: http://clearleft.com/

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User-experience design agency based in Brighton, UK.

72. @mezzoblue (Dave Shea)

Website: http://www.mezzoblue.com/

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A Vancouver local and a freelance designer.

73. @orderedlist (Steve Smith)

Website: http://orderedlist.com/

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Architects user interfaces and web designs.

74. @ryancarson (Ryan Carson)

Website: http://carsonified.com/

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Internet entrepreneur and founder of Carsonified.com.

75. @blogdesignblog (Vinh Le)

Website: http://www.blogdesignblog.com/

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Blog designer.

76. @ilovetypography (I Love Typography)

Website: http://ilovetypography.com/

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Founder of ILT (I Love Typography), WLT, & TypeNuts.com. Graphic designer, writer, typophile, bibliophile.

77. @keylimecreative (keylimecreative)

Website: http://www.keylimecreative.ca/

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Professional Graphic Designer.

78. @andyjacobson (Andy Jacobson)

Website: http://andyjacobson.com/

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A NYC based Graphic Designer/Communications Consultant who has been running his own studio since 1993.

79. @VladGeorgescu (Vlad Georgescu)

Website: http://vladgeorgescu.com/

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User Experience Designer.

80. @Brandstack (Brandstack)

Website: http://brandstack.com/

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The World’s Biggest Brand Marketplace. Buy and Sell high quality, original logo designs and domain names.

81. @stevensnell (Steven Snell)

Website: http://vandelaydesign.com/blog/

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Web designer, blogger, and freelance writer.

82. @aaroni268 (Aaron Irizarry)

Website: http://www.thisisaaronslife.com/

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Just a simple guy who likes to make pretty, usable stuff.

83. @blogdesigner (Mike Smith)

Website: http://www.madebyguerrilla.com/

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Running a startup @GiantThemes and a full time web designer for @madebyguerrilla who loves MMA and blogs @gfreelancing.

84. @spencerfry (Spencer Fry)

Website: http://spencerfry.com/

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Running Carbonmade with other fine folks. And Burstoid.

85. @graphicidentity (A u d e e)

Website: http://graphic-identity.blogspot.com/

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Graphic Identity Blog author. Logo, graphic, web designer.

86. @creativeworld (Leon Poole)

Website:  http://www.creativeworld.com.au/

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Owner of Creative World. Blogging on: Web design, Graphic Design, CSS, XHTML, Flash, Theme Design (Wordpress, activeCollab, Magento).

87. @939design (939 Design)

Website: http://www.939design.com/

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Web and Graphic designer.

88. @alexdesigns (Alex Harris)

Website: http://alexdesigns.com/

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Ecommerce Creative Director. Web Design & Online Marketing.

89. @mirkohumbert (mirkohumbert)

Website: http://www.designer-daily.com/

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Swiss graphic and web designer.

90. @woork (Antonio Lupetti)

Website: http://woorkup.com/

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Pro Blogger, Founder of woorkup.com.

91. @seanHodge (Sean Hodge)

Website: http://aiburn.com/

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Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Vector Illustrator, Blog Editor, and Writer.

92. @tkadlec (Tim Kadlec)

Website: http://www.timkadlec.com/

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A web developer living and working in Wisconsin.

93. @Adii (adii)

Website: http://adii.co.za/

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Entrepreneur, co-founder of WooThemes and general creator of Rockstar Awesomeness!

94. @corymiller303 (Cory Miller)

Website: http://corymiller.com/

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Web Design, WordPress themes & entrepreneurship – Founder of iThemes.com & WebDesign.com.

95. @bgardner (Brian Gardner)

Website: http://www.studiopress.com/

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Internet consultant. Founder/CEO of StudioPress and AgentPress.

96. @wpcandy (Michael Castilla)

Website: http://wpcandy.com/

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Founder & Creator of WPCandy. A front-end developer, currently living in Miami, Florida.

97. @elmofromok (Chad Henderson)

Website: http://www.elmofromok.com/

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Web designer, writer and podcaster from Oklahoma.

98. @elliotjaystocks (Elliot Jay Stocks) Website: http://elliotjaystocks.com/

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A designer, an illustrator, a speaker and an author.

99. @MitchellMckenna (Mitchell McKenna)

Website: http://mitchmckenna.com/

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Software Developer, Web Designer.

100. @stillframe (Brad Smith)

Website: http://stillframe.com/

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Co-founder of Virb.

101. @larissameek (Larissa Meek)

Website: http://www.larissameek.com/

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Creative Director at AgencyNet based in Los Angeles, CA.

102. @smashingmag (Vitaly Friedman)

Website: http://www.smashingmazine.com

Vitaly Friedman, editor-in-chief of SmashingMagazine.com and Noupe.com, online magazines dedicated to designers and developers.

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February 12 2010

06:51

First Generation Of Google Buzz Tips, Tricks And Resources

Google Buzz is Google’s latest product for sharing updates, photos, videos, and more. Many people are saying that Google Buzz will start healthy competition in the micro-blogging industry where Facebook and Twitter was enjoying as leaders. Do not forget to follow us on Google Buzz to get updates with all the latest happening at Smashing Apps.

Google Buzz is a new way to publish your ideas to the world or just to your closest friends, and start conversations about the things you find interesting. It has an option to see thumbnails with each post, and browse full-screen photos from popular sites. Today, we are listing down few stuffs from the first generation of Google Buzz Tips, Tricks And Resources.

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Let’s start with a video to find how Google Buzz works

Chrome Buzz

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Buzz It For Firefox

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Buzz It! will make a buzz status update via Gmail with the link and title of the webpage you are viewing. It will also shorten URLs with Bit.ly, allowing the user to monitor their link statistics.

Five Tips to Thrive on Google Buzz

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With Google Buzz, users have found their inboxes converted instantaneously into a social hub. Google’s bold move has turned the web into a whirlwind of blog posts appraising or criticizing the service. Here are some of the ways you can maximize the use of Buzz if you want to give it a try.

4 Google Buzz Hacks for Users, Developers, and Haters

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ReadWriteWeb came across a few tips and tricks worth sharing with you.

12 Undocumented Tricks for Google Buzz

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AEXT proud to present you with 12 simple tricks to help give you a better Buzz.

Google Buzz API

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Google Buzz Button Wordpress Plugin

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Google didn’t release any official button yet but Clickonf5 has released a Wordpress plugin to add a button on a post/page. Once your visitor will click on this button, they will be taken to a page where they can add some note on your post’s link and title and share that on their Buzz. This way your post/page’s reach will increase by huge amount.

Google Buzz Icons

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Unmatchedstyle released free set of 16, 32, 64 and 128 pixel versions, a photoshop file of all the icons and the buzz bee as an eps. You can use them however you want.

Google Buzz Social Icons for Bloggers and Designers

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10 high resolution Google Buzz Icons of different Style and Sizes are  included in this set.

Don’t Like Google Buzz Or If It’s Not For You? Then…

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If you do not like Google Buzz or it’s really not for you so there is a way that you can keep it out of your Gmail inbox. You would need to go down on the inbox page and there is an option that say “turn off buzz ”

You are welcome to share more tips, tricks, hacks and any type of resources for Google Buzz that will be helpful and our readers/viewers may like. Do you want to be the first one to know the latest happenings at SmashingApps.com just subscribe to our rss feed and you can follow us on twitter , follow us on Google Buzz and do not forget to become our fan on facebook as well.

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January 08 2010

11:13

53 Promotional Websites To Gain Traffic Quick And Easy

title-fresh-promotional-user-links-sitesIt started very long time ago (to be exact December 27, 2008), when I created my first promotional article with 40 promotional links in it. Then I was just starting and I was excited, there exist such things like user news and sites like DesignBump or DesignFloat.

Time passed, and I needed to update my article, add more links, delete old ones because I have been promoting EVERY article in these sites. Now this promotional article consists of 70 sites, but again I wasn’t sure how all links work – I mean how much traffic they return. And now you will hear why this article is so outstanding and extremely valuable for every design-related blogger! Since I’ve been submitting all my article on those sites this whole time, I have also very precise statistics based on several months.

Now I completely reviewed whole article and here TOP 53 sites are arranged in ascending order – from the most valuable websites to less ones. Unique visit count and information is based on my Google Analytics latest 3 months statistics. At the end I added several new and unverified but promising promotional websites.

Needless to say I will update this article regularly, so be sure to bookmark it for later reference! This is really assured list because I’ve tested it and I can tell – these sites really deliver impressive traffic! If you need that traffic – go ahead and take it now! I give you tools, you just need to realize them in the same way I did!

1. StumbleUpon* ( 160,154 unique visits)

StumbleUpon is no different – you need a lot of friends, good network to bring traffic. But if you have that all, again it totally pays off 10 times. You should have few powerful stumbler friends as well, who could discover or maybe even share your stories – returning you with easy traffic in that way!

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2. Digg* (80,214 unique visits)

Certainly not easy traffic, but when you get the first time of Digg FrontPage you will never doubt it’s power and beautiful traffic income source. Building community takes a lot of time, so be sure you build contacts with few power diggers in your niche.

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3. SmashingMagazine + Noupe (74,494 unique visits)

Since now SM owns Noupe, their design news are now tied together. This number is not so accurate because I am on SmashingNetwork and get traffic from their features as well, but certainly worth submitting – 2 in 1!

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4. Twitter* (22,119 unique visits)

Seems like now Twitter is getting even more popular as it is – if it is possible! It’s good to have powerful account or powerful friends with big networks to share your links with.

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5. CSSGlobe* (7,528 unique visits)

If your links will be accepted in this site, you will get serious traffic regularly! This site is my big discovery, I was surprised how valuable it is and what kind of traffic it can deliver.

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6. Facebook* (6,574 unique visits)

You need here to think seriously about community building or fan page, because it can really be good traffic income source.

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7. DesignBump* (5,921 unique visits)

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8. Dezinerfolio (3,678 unique visits)

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9. Design-Newz (3,436 unique visits)

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10. WebdesignNe.Ws (2,709 unique visits)

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11. InstantShift (2,525 unique visits)

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12. CSSDrive (2,145 unique visits)

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13. DesignrFix (2,083 unique visits)

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14. Devsnippets (1,831 unique visits)

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15. Designm.Ag (1,692 unique visits)

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16. Dzone* (1,400 unique visits)

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17. Abduzeedo* (1,381 unique visits)

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18. Psdfan (1,337 unique visits)

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19. Reddit* (1,308 unique visits)

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20. TripWireMagazine (1,219 unique visits)

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21. DesignMoo* (1,185 unique visits)

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22. DesignYourWay (1,171 unique visits)

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23. DesignFloat* ( 1,003 unique visits)

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24. 10Steps.sg (948 unique visits)

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25. ShareBrain (942 unique visits)

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26. Graphic-Design-Links* (753 unique visits)

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27. Hongkiat (735 unique visits)

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28. InspiredN (733 unique visits)

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29. TheDesignMag (686 unique visits)

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30. SpeckyBoy (570 unique visits)

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31. BlogFreakz (557 unique visits)

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32. FuelYourCreativity (521 unique visits)

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33. NaldzGraphics (516 unique visits)

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34. DesiznTech (499 unique visits)

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34. TheWebBlend* (342 unique visits)

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35.ZaBox* (383 unique visits)

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36. MyInkBlog (250 unique visits)

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37. ScriptAndStyle (249 unique visits)

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38. CSSLeak (209 unique visits)

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39. WhoFreelance (207 unique visits)

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40. PVM Garage (151 unique visits)

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Envato network

41. PSD.Tutplus (1,019 unique visits)

You need to submit in those 3 sites articles one by one, because spam filter somehow work between these sites, I mean if all three pages are open you need to refresh page to get valid CAPTCHA numbers.

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42. Net.Tutplus (550 unique visits)

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43. Vector.Tutplus (538 unique visits)

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Fresh additions:

I will add here constantly new websites I will find or our readers will suggest and test it myself so I can drop out worthless sites out and put great websites higher in main list.

44. KnowteBook

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45. GraphicMania

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46. PSDeluxe

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47. ChethStudios

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48. CypherBox*

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49. AnimHut (right sidebar)

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50. PSDVibe (right sidebar)

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51. DesignNussion

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52. Styletime

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53. DesignInformer (right sidebar)

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If you know more VALUABLE promotional sites or links, where we could submit articles, let us know and I’ll consider about showcasing that site as well here!

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December 07 2009

07:00

How To Display Your Twitter Status in a Unique Design

There are stacks of plugins out there that allow you to display your latest tweets on your website or blog. However sometimes, all you want is to quickly and simply display your latest Twitter updates, without wrestling with preset styling, or lengthly settings. Let’s take a look at using Twitter’s good old Javascript approach to pulling out your latest update, and displaying it with a mix of CSS styling.

In the olden days, Twitter used a handy Javascript approach to display tweets elsewhere on the web. For some reason this has been replaced by a bunch of ‘goodies’ by Twitter, mostly in the form of widgets. We can still find the Javascript method however, either from past tutorials, or via the Twitter API Wiki.
Here’s what we’ll be building; A simple layout that displays the latest tweet from a particular feed. In this case it’s from the Line25 Twitter profile. While this demo uses a full page design, the same approach can be used to display up to 20 tweets anywhere on your website.

View the demo

View the demo

The Concept

The concept

Let’s start by fleshing out a concept to gain a good idea of how the updates should be displayed. Here I’ve used the repeating Line25 grid background, laid out the @line25blog username as a large header, used a cut little Twitter mascot from Blog.SpoonGraphics to introduce the message and styled each tweet in a rounded container.

The HTML

<div id="twitter">
	<h1><a href="http://twitter.com/line25blog">@line25blog</a></h1>
 	<ul id="twitter_update_list"></ul>
</div>
<script src="http://twitter.com/javascripts/blogger.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="http://twitter.com/statuses/user_timeline/line25blog.json?callback=twitterCallback2&count=1" type="text/javascript"></script>

Next up the HTML can be written out. Everything is enclosed in a DIV with the id of Twitter, followed by a UL with an id of twitter_update_list. This is where each tweet will be listed.

Editing the source

The two options to edit are the name of the profile to retrieve the posts from, and the number of tweets the script should display. So, you could display your very latest tweet, or a list of recent messages.

Testing the code

Viewing the HTML in a browser so far should show that everything is working correctly. Next up is to inject some visual styling with a touch of CSS.

The CSS

body {
	background: #909ca6 url(http://line25.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/themes/line25/images/body-bg.png);
}

#twitter {
	width: 500px; margin: 130px auto;
}

	#twitter h1 a {
		display: block; margin: 0 0 15px 0;
		font: 90px Helvetica, Arial, Sans-Serif; color: rgba(255,255,255,0.2);
		text-decoration: none;
	}
		#twitter h1 a:hover { color: rgba(255,255,255,0.3); }

	#twitter ul {
		list-style: none; padding: 0 0 0 140px;
		background: url(bird.png) 0 0 no-repeat;
	}
		#twitter ul li {
			padding: 20px;
			background: rgba(255,255,255,0.1);
			border-radius: 20px; -moz-border-radius: 20px; -webkit-border-radius: 20px;
		}
			#twitter ul li a {
				font: italic 14px/30px Georgia, Times, Serif;
				color: #555b6e;
			}
				#twitter ul li a:hover { color: #1b2f6f; }

		#twitter ul li span {
			font: 22px/30px Helvetica, Arial, Sans-Serif; color: #fff;
		}
			#twitter ul li span a {
				font: 22px/30px Helvetica, Arial, Sans-Serif;
			}

A few lines of CSS can soon transform the appearance of the HTML. In the original concept I made use of transparency of various elements to show the grid pattern background. To replicate these on the web, I’ve used RGBa to specify not only the red, green and blue channels, but also an alpha channel to determine the opacity of the element. Using this on the title, hover state and list background can add some cool styling!

View the demo

View the demo

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November 18 2009

20:31

Designing Social Interfaces: Overview and Practical Techniques

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The standard approach to interface design is to craft a channel that allows you to easily and efficiently control hardware or software; it’s all about the interaction between people and computers. But today, the two entities on each side of the user interface are changing: it’s no longer about people interacting with computers, but rather about people interacting with people through computers.

This is the nature of the social Web. Social news websites, message boards, social networks, online stores and blogs all have some sort of user interaction going on, whether it’s comments on a blog post or social games on Facebook. The critical issue here is that people are not interacting directly with other people; rather the interaction occurs through a user interface. The computer acts as a mediator.

In essence, we control the flow of user interaction on our websites. By crafting an interface to facilitate certain behaviors, we can influence the direction in which our community goes.

“Small software implementation details result in big differences in the way the community develops, behaves and feels.”
— Joel Spolsky, More Joel on Software

In this article, we’ll demonstrate the power of social interface design and what it can do for you, using several practical examples.

Social Interface Design Techniques

User points and Badges

Achievement, and more importantly, the feeling of achievement, can play a big part in social websites and games. You may be familiar with the massive multi-player games that have a system whereby players progress through levels as they play the game. Each level brings more prestige to the player and so keeps them playing more — with the next level always just a little bit out of reach.

The same idea can be used on social websites by recognizing your users’ contributions. For example, for a social news website, you could award points to users for submitting stories. You could also give users special badges when they perform a certain number of tasks. In a social environment, these badges would lift the recipient’s ego, and so people would be motivated to compete for badges.

These kinds of things enable us to influence the direction in which our community moves. For example, to increase user participation, such as the number of comments people leave, you could give users a badge after they’ve made a certain number of comments. The same could be applied to any other user driven-content: submitting stories, answering questions, asking questions, writing reviews and so on.

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The Envato marketplace awards badges to its sellers and buyers.

Of course, the flaw to this method is that while getting quantity may be easy, controlling quality may not be. You want users to leave a lot of comments or reviews on your website, but you want these contributions to add value. There is no exact science or formula for how to do this, so the best advice is simply to keep this factor in mind when designing a social mechanism of this type. Will the technique you’re considering add more volume or value?

Social news websites tend to give their users points from the submissions that people have liked. This drives people to find better and more interesting stories to submit. Websites such as Envato marketplaces and Stack Overflow give people badges when they perform certain actions or do something a set number of times.

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Stack Overflow’s achievement badges.

Unlockable Features as Rewards

Points and badges are superficial prizes: they’re all about ego. You can go a step further and offer tangible benefits to your biggest contributors, such as by unlocking new features for your website or application. Unlocking new features differs from things like badges and points because the user isn’t interested here in building their ego; they’re interested in getting more value out of your website or application.

You may be familiar with the “Skinner Box,” the famous psychological experiment developed by B. F. Skinner that saw a rat placed in a box with a button and a food dispenser. If the rat stepped on the button, it would receive some food. The food here was the reward for pushing the button, and it worked. The rat kept pushing the button to get more food.

The same principles apply to social interface design. By giving your users little rewards for accomplishing certain things, you can steer the direction of your community. The trick is to make the rewards beneficial enough for people to want to achieve them.

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Hacker News unlocks comment down-voting when you accumulate a certain number of points (highlighted).

Hacker News, a social news website for developers and entrepreneurs, unlocks things like comment down-voting as you earn points from your submissions and comments. While you cannot lose points for your submissions (there is no down-voting for submitted stories), you can lose points for your comments. Coupled with the fact that you could potentially gain or lose certain functionality on the website depending on the quality of your comments, this makes users more careful about what comments they leave, and they have more incentive to add real value to what another user says.

Reply Notifications

A popular feature on blogs and message boards is email-based notification of new replies to your messages. The feature works like this: you submit a new post to a social website, and when somebody replies, you are notified by email. This allows you to keep track of new replies without having to visit the website.

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The reply notification checkbox on the Webdesigner Depot comments form.

While this feature makes sense from the user’s perspective, it might not make sense for the website owner. Email notifications move your audience from direct on-site browsing to off-site email. If users can be notified of new replies, why would they check the website manually?

But they do have a reason to come back. When users come back to your website they not only check for replies to their messages, they also read other messages and browse other new content. This keeps the website alive and visitor loyalty high. So while providing such notification systems may not seem logical at first, think about the long-term effects of such features.

Dealing With Troublemakers

However much we want our community members to all get along, there will inevitably be one or two people who seem to want to cause nothing but trouble. Unfortunately, one rotten apple can spoil the barrel, so you’ll want to deal with these troublemakers quickly and efficiently.

The traditional method of dealing with such people is to remove their access to the website, to ban them. This is the inclination of most people because that’s how things work in the real world. If someone causes trouble in your home, shop or bar, you ask them to leave. In more extreme cases, you might ask security personnel to escort them out. But you just want to get them out by any means.

That’s exactly how most people deal with troublemakers online: they simply ban them using one of several methods. These methods include deleting their messages, de-activating their account and blocking their IP address. In many cases, this works just fine. The user is booted from your website and order is restored. However, things don’t always go smoothly. Some people enjoy the attention they get and may create new accounts to continue making a disturbance.

A social interface technique can come in handy here. Instead of banning these individuals, we could let them stay and use the website as they like, but we would hide all of their messages and content from everyone… everyone, that is, but them. So the troublemaker would still see all of their messages and wouldn’t suspect that anything is up, but no one else would see them, so they would cause no disturbance. Yes, the troublemaker may eventually find out that something is going on, but then again, they may assume that everyone is just ignoring them, which is not an unlikely scenario. Whether they leave or stay wouldn’t matter anyway if they’re invisible.

Reply Threading

Threading, or branching, is a way to organize comments and posts on message boards and blogs. A thread, or branch, is a collection of comments that stem from one particular post, and so they focus the discussion on whatever that parent post is about. Threads organize different topics on the same page, usually by indenting the child comments under the parent. This technique may not work in all circumstances.

Threading comments under blog posts or message board posts may result in parallel discussions taking place. If you don’t want this — if you don’t want people to talk about different topics but instead focus on the original post — then it may be best to keep the comments and replies in a flat, linear structure.

On the other hand, threading can be effective in different contexts. For example, on social news websites such as Slashdot, which feature heavy threading of comments on posts, it effectively turns the comment area into a platform for related discussions, each wrapped in a separate thread. This means that if someone had an interesting angle to explore related to the entry, they could pursue it, and subsequent comments would follow that tangent.

Slashdot Branching in Designing Social Interfaces: Overview and Practical Techniques
Slashdot features deep comment threading on stories, with each comment following its own tangent.

Threading can be useful on blogs because it allows you to effectively reply to individual commenters. One of the best ways to generate healthy discussion is to take the time to reply to as many comments as possible. This sends a clear message: you care. When someone leaves a comment and gets a reply from the blog’s author, they know that their comment is being read and that the author is interested in what they have to say. This makes them much more likely to add more comments in future because they know their input will be read and considered and that they won’t be wasting their time. Threading better organizes comments when there are a lot of such targeted replies.

Wrapping Up…

So, how do you go about designing an interface with social elements in mind? Focus on your goals. Before you can come up with an effective interface, you need to know exactly what your goals are. What do you want to happen? Do you want people to leave many comments on your blog? Do you want to encourage people to post answers to questions, or to submit them? Do you want people to submit files or leave ratings? Form a clear picture in your mind of what you want the interface to promote. Before you set off, you need to know your destination.

Only when you have defined your objectives can you begin to develop a strategy to meet them. Social interface design is a new field. Much has been written about usability and interactive design, but still not a lot on social interface design. It is an intersection of various fields: interface design, sociology and psychology, and as such it requires more than just an understanding of usability and design; it requires an understanding of human behavior and interaction. Using concepts from these other fields help you make interfaces that aren’t just easy to use, but that steer your community in the intended direction.

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November 16 2009

21:50

What Can You Do When You Have No Internet Connection?

title-take-a-restSorry for little silence here – I switched my Internet providers and had no Internet connection for several days. It was strange, I was so used to my Internet related daily work flow, I didn’t know at first what to do! It was like I have no business, no blog, no connection with outside world. I called to several of my friends and when I told it to one girl I know, she suggested interesting article idea.

She said: “Well, why you don’t write about that as well? Your site is full of roundups, some tips in such cases could be useful as well!”. Right and so I took paper and actually wrote down my ideas! This is very short article, but I am expecting you to add your ideas as well! What can we do to get out from daily work flow, from struggling, get organized and feel good?

1. Take a rest

Take a walk out to breathe some fresh air and get work a little bit out of your system or even better look at all from aside to rethink your strategy, future goals and things you could change or do to get better what are you working on.

2. Read design related book

I bet you have several books in your bookshelf you always wanted to read but never got time! At least I have a lot of them, now is a great time to remember about them and use your free time to do what you love to do!

3. Watch Video Tutorials

Again if you are obsessed designer like I am, you certainly should have to be 30-40gb video tutorials you downloaded a while ago, but never got time to learn them! Usually in busy work-flow we forget to learn tools first, we just need to get job done, but if you continue to learn and evolve your skills, you will suddenly discover some more different ways and techniques, how to achieve necessary outcome much faster! It’s amazing how much we still don’t know after many years working in design niche!

4. Create a new design, artwork

It really helps if you store your favorite designs, photos, artworks on local hard-drive for later use, so you can get inspiration also when you have no Internet connection. Anyway you can spend hours playing with effects, fonts, textures, artworks – to perfect your skills.

5. Take a pencil, paints and paper

Take your time and enjoy how creative you can be while sketching or drawing – do something different to enjoy your life even more!

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6. Go And Meet Friend

Such things happen to everybody – in all rush, sometimes we forget about really great friends, so this time be first to call them out! If you have some good friends in your own design niche, it’s even more useful – you can meet up, exchange opinions and get fresh ideas. I really evaluate such friends, where we both can contribute in some way from each other.

7. Get out and start to do some sport

We spend a lot of our time in front of computer, but we shouldn’t forget about our health – it’s more worth than anything! Start to do yoga, play football, volleyball, swimming, run or find out where is the nearest gym from your home! You will definitely feel better each day, I assure you!

8. Listen relaxing music

Get lazy, relax, watch movie, listen music – you earned it! Whole life doesn’t consist from rush, struggling from lack of time. Take your breathe slowly and enjoy selfhanded free time!

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9. Go out to museum, exhibition – any creative and inspiring place!

Find out if there are any interesting exhibitions, design conferences happening in your town and again get out!

10. Organize, clean up your workspace

It may happen to all of us – while we are working hard, we are creating mess around us and slowly it’s affecting our work-flow as well. Our environment changes us as well as people around you. Maybe you need to change also how your furniture, computer, lights are organized?

11. Organize, clean up your desktop

Sounds obvious, but you cannot imagine how much you waste time while searching through numerous folders necessary file or image, when you could easily organize everything! Clean up desktop, create folders, move files to appropriate directories! Very helpful in daily work-flow!

12. Create organized schedule

In all rush you sometimes forget things you must do? Create schedule and get used to it, definitely will help to organize your daily workflow and you will feel much better, it’s about organizing your life! Article I created a while ago could actually help you as well – Plan Your Daily Schedule: Useful Resources.

13. Don’t do anything!

If you are always running and running you should enjoy something different as well – watch movie, sleep a little bit longer – don’t make it as regular habit, but from time to time it’s really relaxing!

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I would love to hear your advices how you enjoy and spend your free time, what you do to get out from struggling in your work and where you find inspiration to keep on doing what are you doing!?!

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