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Do more with Twitter Favorites using Favstar.fm

favstar. fm - Twitter Favorites

Twitter always had a functionality to mark a tweet as “favorite”. However, I personally never even bothered to use it that often because it just didn’t have any good use. I only used it more like a “tweet bookmark” tool to save certain tweets which I wanted to come back to later.

But it looks like that Favstar.fm is going to change the way Tweet Favorite is being used. Favstar is looking at twitter favorites more like a social vote. So basically their main home page currently shows tweets that has been voted (a.k.a favorite’ed) a certain number of times. If you sign in via your Twittter login information, favstar also gives you a whole range of functionality, including the ability to follow people from directly from Favstar.fm and see what tweets your friends are favoriting. Also, by signing in it is very easy to see who is favoriting your tweets which in my opinion is an excellent insight for any twitter user.

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Apparently there is another service called Favard that does something similar.

(via Techcrunch)


4 Tools for Finding Photos on Twitter

If you love images then you would appreciate some of the tools that I’m going to cover here that lets you search and view images from twitter. There are plenty of tools out there that lets you search twitter for text and hashtags. But twitter is now a huge source of pictures as well and sadly there aren’t that many tools out there that lets you search for images on twitter.

After a little digging i found four Twitter Image Search engines that does a really good job of indexing and displaying all the photos on twitter. But before I go any further I must warn you that the content that you will see on these photo search engines are all ‘user generated content’ and not moderated by anybody. Thus, you might come across pictures that are potentially dangerous for you and your children.

1. Twipho – Twitter Photo Search

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Twipho is a relatively new twitter photo search engine developed by Mark Goddard. It has a very simple and straight forward interface that lets you search for pictures on twitter. Simply pop in your search query into the box at the top of the page and wait for your results. No need to press any buttons or hit the enter key. Twipho starts piling up images within seconds of you typing something on the search box. You can also change various search parameters such as image host selections. Twipho also gives you the ability to send images to your friends using email, retweet the images you like the most and view full size images as well as quick thumbnails. Take a look at their results page:

twitpho-results - Twitter image search engine

2. Picfog – Realtime Twitter Image Search

Pic Fog - Real Time Twitter Image Search Engine

Picfog is a real time twitter image search engine, which keeps on popping images on the screen in real time as they get tweeted on twitter. Every second 5-10 new pictures gets added and shown in real time on the home screen. It has also a search box where you can specify keywords to make it only show pictures related to that word/phrase. If you move your mouse over in any of the images it shows you the complete tweet along with any message/text that was included originally. Picfog also gives you the ability to follow that particular user or Re-tweet the image to your own followers. Here is a screen shot of how the home screen looks like:

Pic Fog Screen shoot - Twitter Picture Search Engine

3. Twicsy – Top Twitter Pics of Past Hour

twicsy - Top Twitter Pictures of Past Hour

Twicsy is a twitter picture search engine that particularly shows you the top twitter images of the past 1 hour. They also have options to show you top pictures of – 2 hours, 4 hours, 12 hours, day and week. Basically they keep count of how many times a picture gets re-tweeted to determine the popularity of an image. Twicsy lets you see who has re-tweeted the images and also lets you do the same. Here is a screen shot of how their homepage looks like:

Twicsy Image Search Engine

4. Twitcaps – Real-time Pictures From Twitter

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Twitcaps is yet another real-time image search engine for twitter. Twitcaps allows you to search, browse and capture the latest images posted to Twitter via any of the popular Twitter image services (Twitpic, yFrog, Twitgoo, etc). From the Twitcaps interface, you may capture an image for later use, re-tweet the image on your own Twitter feed, or share the image on any number of social linking services. The feature of letting user “capture a picture” is something that I haven’t found in the other twitter image search engines. Basically capture in this context means that – while browsing images on Twitcaps, if you come across a picture that you really like, you can capture the image and save it under your own twitpic service. This means that if the user who originally posted their image should later decide to delete that image, then you will STILL have your copy of that image available to your Twitter account on both Twitcaps and Twitpic.com. This way, you can feel safe in re-tweeting the image or posting the image to any number of social linking services. Because you now control the image, you can be confident that the image will not disappear and the link to that image will never go away (until you delete it from Twitpic.com).

Twitcaps also has some advanced image filtering options. You may filter image by image host (e.g. Twitpic, flickr etc.) or you can also filter by language. Twitcaps also has a built in translation functionality that will help you to translate tweets on the fly. Here is a screen shoot of their home page:

twitcaps - real time twitter picture search

So did I miss any other cool twitter image search engine? Let me know via comments!

Here are some of the other reviews of these four Twitter Image Search Engines:

TwiPho Your Ultimate Twitter Image Search – Blogging Tips

TwiPho – twitter image search with a nice UI! – Twi5.com

PicFog Displays the Strength of Real-Time Image Search – Mashable

PicFog: Search For Images Shared On Twitter – MakeUseOf.com

Twicsy Is A Killer And Kind Of Creepy Way To Search Pictures Shared On Twitter – Techcrunch

Twicsy.com – Search Pictures Shared On Twitter – KillerStartups

Twitcaps – see what photos are being shared on Twitter – DownloadSquad

TwitCaps: Watch the World in Images, Real-Time! – Tnerd


Official Google Twitter Accounts

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Everyone loves twitter and it seems like Google as a company is not an exception on this case. Earlier today Google posted a list of all their official twitter accounts.

Karen Wickre who is from Google’s Blog & Twitter Team writes:

Like lots of you, we’ve been drawn into Twitter this year. After all, we’re all about frequent updates ourselves, and there’s lots happening around here that we want to share with you. Of course, we enjoy watching, and contributing to, the tweetstream (we hope you find our tweets useful, too). Because there are many programs and initiatives across the company, we’ve got a number of active accounts. Here’s a list of the current ones. We’ll update this list from time to time.

Here is a screen shot of the list since it was last updated:

Official Google Twitter Accounts

I initially counted a total of 44 twitter accounts on that list, but according to Techcrunch, Google may have missed one of their own account from the region list. So that makes the total account 45!

Its really great to see that a company of Google’s size is open to change and adapting new (3rd party services). I mean just think about it, they are one of the biggest media company out there, why should they even care about monitoring and contributing to the twitter space?

Twitter has millions of users now, and its growing at a rapid rate. I think its really important for the companies to realize the importance of establishing a relationship with their customers. Undoubtedly twitter really makes this process very easy. Hopefully we will see more and more companies using twitter effectively in the near future.


Feedly – RSS Reader Review

Read Me First: I was initially writing this post to do a review of my favorite RSS Reader – Feedly. But I sort of ended up explaining the whole concept of RSS which took out nearly half of this article. If you already know what RSS is you can skip the first portion of the article and jump right to my RSS reader review of Feedly. However, if you are not an active user of RSS, I’d urge you to read what I have to say about RSS.

Background of RSS

OK, now let me start this post with a simple question – How do you normally browse the web for the latest news? Do you like to go to specific websites individually (e.g. Techcrunch, Mashable, CNN) or do you go to some of the news aggregator sites like Google News, Techmeme, Yahoo News? Or Maybe you prefer the news to come to you via sources like Twitter, Friendfeed and RSS.

Well traditionally most non tech-savvy people browse the web in a very old fashioned way. They fire up their browser, enter the URL, click enter and they are on! And they do this everytime they are hungry for new information/news. Well visiting websites manually to check for news does serve the purpose and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. However as the web has evolved in the last couple of years and more and more information is cluttering up the web – it has brought in a new problem, which is “information overload”.

There are now so many web sites on the web today that you can’t even remember their names straight without scratching your head. And relying on the main stream media like (CNN, BBC, ABC), too much doesn’t always bring you the right news at the right time.

Ask yourself, when and how did you hear about the Iran election issues first or say the tragic death of the king of Pop – Michael Jackson? Most likely your answer would be either from friends, social media or from the blogosphere. Because on both occasion the main stream media was kind of late to cover the story. But I don’t really blame them; Due to their corporate ‘red-tapes’ they have less flexibility when it comes to bringing on the news at the right time. This is the reason why, many people (like myself) keep ourselves attached to the blogosphere quite a bit.

Anyway going back to the original topic – How do you keep track of all these big/small websites that are out there? Like for instance, I am interested in Technology, Gadgets, Search & a few other things. In order to keep tabs on my industry I need to keep an eye on about 100 different blogs/websites. So everyday early in the morning, if I can quickly scan over all the stories/posts that these blogs has published then I’d pretty much get an idea of whats happening on my industry. And because web is not like the old media, morning is not the only time I’m checking for news. A new story may pile up every 10 minutes depending on what you are interested in. If i were to check all these 100 different sites everyday even once at a time and go through all their stories then I probably won’t be able to do any other job because even thinking of opening 100 websites from my bookmarks really scares the hell out of me!

This is exactly where RSS comes in pretty handly. RSS, which stands for Really Simple Syndication is basically a technology that sort of makes it very easy for you to ‘digitally subscribe’ to a website or a blog. It works exactly like a newspaper/magazine subscription. For example – if you like a particular magazine a lot (e.g. Readers Digest), you may just buy it at a book shop every month physically (just like browsing a website manually for news), or you can be smart and just subscribe to it! So the benefit of subscribing is – you don’t need to ‘remember’ when to go and get the new issue and you will always get it at your convenience (they usually ship the magazine to you).

The concept of RSS is exactly the same. You sort of pick the sites/blogs that you like and mostly visit at all times. You know for sure that you’ll keep on coming back to these sites everyday to check if there is anything new on there. But do you know that most of these websites offers something called “RSS” that actually lets you to subscribe to that website for FREE? Yes, thats right! And every time they have a new article or information the news gets delivered to something called a “RSS Reader”.

rss-feeds - RSS Reader Review

RSS Reader is like one-way email program. It has the ability to receive things, but it can’t send anything out. So basically using your RSS Reader, you are going to subscribe to your favorite blogs/websites that you visit frequently. Your RSS Reader then keeps track of all those websites for you and automatically displays all the latest news all in one single place. So you don’t need to go to 100 different websites, but you can just open one program (Your RSS Reader) and get all the updates there!

Now RSS Readers doesn’t necessarily has to be a software that you need to install on your computer. There are also many web based, and simple browser based RSS readers that just works fine, in fact great! Personally I’m a huge fan of Google Reader, which is google’s web based RSS reader. But there are also other desktop RSS reader that you can install on your computer and have access to all your feeds (your subscriptions). My favorite RSS reader for desktop probably would be – FeedDemon . But anyway I sort of dedicated this post to my current and most favorite RSS reader – Feedly!

Feedly – RSS Reader Review

Feedly is basically a Firefox addon that you can install in your Firefox browser to read and manage your feeds. It basically uses your Google Reader, in conjunction with Twitter & Friend Feed and gives you the most amazing feed reading experience that you have ever experienced anywhere else.

Feedly-RSS-Review

Feedly takes your boring RSS reader and gives it a very shiny magazine like look. It has several different viewing options that you can choose form – Magazine, Overview, Summery, Picture grid etc. – each having their own advantages. The main problem with most of the RSS readers that I have used is, if you don’t check it for few days, hundreds of stories gets jammed up and you tend to miss out the important ones. But with Feedly and its social integration with twitter, friendfeed & Google Reader – it is more intelligent to understand what is hot and what is not. Based on your previous reading pattern, it sorts of guesses your favourite feeds that you can’t get enough of. It also has easy ways of reading the full stories on screen or even quickly scan through the title and a brief summery of hundreds of stories all on one single page.

The best part about Feedly is the way it organizes and displays your feed. Reading your feeds inside feedly is genuinely pleasing and takes very little effort compared to any other web-based or desktop based RSS reader that are out there.

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Other than handling feeds, it also lets you to integrate your twitter and friendfeed account inside feedly so that you can keep track of what is happening in the social media. When you are browsing a page or searching for something on a search engine like Google, it looks at your keyword and pulls up the recent stories about those topics from your feeds and nicely overlays a list of stories at the bottom of your screen.

Feedly does so many things, that as I’m writing a review on my favorite RSS reader, I just can’t think of words that will convince you enough to try this awesome free firefox addon. So if you use RSS and have firefox on your computer, I’d really urge you to give Feedly a try! You will love it! In case you have never used RSS before, don’t panic! I have already sort of explained the whole concept of RSS at the beginning of the post which, I believe is sufficient for you to get started with RSS. So try feedly and see how it goes!

By the way, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog via RSS for more great resources. Let me make it very easy for you, click on the huge button below to subscribe –

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So have you tried feedly yet? Share your experience!


Microsoft Office 2010, The Movie

microsoft-office-2010 I never really understood the way Microsoft handles their PR. They spent millions on advertising when they launched Bing (Microsoft’s Search Engine), and now it looks like they are out with yet another promo video, but this time for Microsoft Office 2010!

By reading some of the comments about this video, it felt like everyone hates the idea of Microsoft spending so much money on advertising which they could perhaps use to do other things (Hint: Make their product pricing more flexible and not sky high?)

But Anyway, I must say that the video is really amazing. Microsoft gave the job to YouTuber Dennis Liu of Traffik Film Works.

Watch the video and I bet you will be amazed too-

After seeing the trailer, I kinda wish if they could actually try making the movie. It would be so damn funny!


Google Maps Directions Widget for Your Site

If you are advertising online which complements your offline business, its very important for you to make sure that your customers to how to reach your store/office.

It can be a real pain sometimes to write out and update multiple sets of directions from the North, South, East or West. And it also gets very confusing for the customer as they are only looking for directions from their own specific location and they may not even know from which way they are coming from to your location.

Luckily, with their new Google Maps directions gadget, you no longer need to worry about all these anymore. With a simple click of a button, you can now have a widget like the one below:

Simply enter your location at the top box (try palo alto) and Google maps will automatically display a map and give direction based on your location that you have entered. Here is a screen shot:

google maps direction widget

Not convinced? Just take a look at how Stanford university is using the Google Maps Direction Widget on their website to give visitors the direction to their visitor center.

Source: Inside Adwords Blog


Google Updates Location Based Search Results

If you like traveling and rely heavily on a search engine like Google for your travel related research then you would probably appreciate Google’s recent efforts in location based search.

For over two years, google is displaying maps of location via Google Universal search directly in the search results page when a user is searching for location based keywords. (e.g. New York, Melbourne).

But now Google has taken this one step further and started displaying pictures alongside the map which gives users a sense of what the place is like in real.

I searched for Kuala Lumpur (the capital of Malaysia) and I was presented with a map of Kuala Lumpur alongside some of the pictures from the city. Clicking on the image took me directly to the google maps page and sort of graphically placed each of the pictures on the map.

Kuala Lumpur - Google location based search

Kuala Lumpur Google Maps

Bing Cries Out Loud at Google

Little Background: Bing was down for over 36 hours which is why Google sort of indexed their “Error” page for one of their domains – Bing Travel. Many days has passed, but it seems like Google hasn’t updated the search snippet. Matt Cutts replied in Techcruch with a screen shot saying the problem has been fixed — But apparently the issue is something else. Read on…

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This morning when I was reading this story on Techcrunch, I initially thought of blogging about it, but as i scrolled down I saw Matt Cutts’s responses in the story where he pretty much cleared the air stating that this was just a fluke and certainly not intentional (well these were not his exact words, but I think I sort of made it up). But anyway that’s not the point. The point is he actually showed everyone a screen shot (http://www.mattcutts.com/images/bing-travel-snippet.png) where the problem seemed fixed:

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Based on Matt’s screen shot I did a search for “bing travel” in Google and found the snippet to be back to normal. I noticed that the last date of cache was indeed 9th July, just like what Matt said. But many people were still complaining that they can’t see the ‘updated snippet’ and at that time I thought that this may be a DC issue (Google has many data centers and they take time to propagate).

However after 6 hours or so, I noticed that Andy Beal is covering the story in Marketing Pilgrim. So I became a bit curious and tried the search again this time only with the key phrase “bing and to my surprise I got the same old snippet –

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Then I looked up the cache of both pages and it seems like Google has two version of Bing Travel page indexed –

Version 1: http://www.bing.com/travel
Last Cache Date: 4th July

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Version 2: http://www.bing.com/travel/ [This one basically has a forwarding slash at the end of the URL]
Last Cache Date: 9th July

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Hopefully this is temporary and both Google and Bing looks into it rather than playing the blame game.


Recover your Google Password via SMS

google-password-recoverWe often tend to forget things as we grow older and sometimes we depend heavily on others when it comes to remembering things. Take a look at your browser for instance, every website that you go to that requires a log in account, any standard browser like – Firefox, IE, Safari or Chrome asks you whether you would like to save the password. And in most of the cases we do save the password and then forget about it, as our dear browser takes care of it for us.

But what happens when you format your computer or move to a different PC and you don’t have that password saved anymore and you have no clue of what you have set as your password?! Well that’s when you use another friendly tool that is available with most of the web services today, that lets you to recover your password once you have forgotten it.

Cristelle Blackford, an Online Operations Strategist of Google blogged about the same issues. She mentioned that, recovering passwords is one of the top reasons why people visit the Gmail Help Center. So to make things even easier for people Google has introduced a way to recover your Google password via SMS.

How to Recover Your Google Password via SMS

In order to take advantage of this password recovery option, you will first need to setup your Mobile phone with your Google account.

First of all just sign in to your Google account via the link: https://www.google.com/accounts/ManageAccount and select, select ‘Change Password Recovery Options,’ enter your cell phone number and click ‘Save.’

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So the next time you forget your password, enter your user name on the Google password-assistance page, and Google will send you a recovery code via SMS. So you don’t need to check your secondary email account or even leave the page.

Try to have as many password recovery options as possible so that you never lose your password. Google currently allows you to recover your password via a secondary email, security question and of course the new addition – SMS.


Find Creative Commons Images

creative-commons-logoIf you are a blogger, you would know how hard it is sometimes to find a picture that matches or explains the thing that you are writing about. Well different Image search engines like Google Image Search, Yahoo Image search & Bing Image Search has so far made it easy to find images, however you really should make sure that you don’t use images without the permission of its original owner, and sometimes its just not possible to afford the licensing fees for professional photographers.

And that’s where Creative Commons license kicks in. Creative Commons licenses allow an individual or an artist to specify the ways others may use their work (e.g. photos). Artists can license their images for general reuse, or for noncommercial reuse only. They can also decide whether or not to grant people the right to modify or remix their images. Once they’ve chosen to make their work available online under these terms. So basically images that are licensed under Creative Commons can be used freely without any issues as long as you abide by the appropriate licensing policy/requirements.

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http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eichh%C3%B6rnchen_D%C3%BCsseldorf_Hofgarten_edit.jpg

How To Find Creative Commons Images

Official Google blog just reported that they have added in a neat filter in Google Image Search that allows you to particularly search for images under the creative commons license.

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To enable this feature, simply go to the advanced image search page in Google Image Search. Under the “Usage rights” section, you can select the type of license you’d like to search for, such as those marked for reuse or even for commercial reuse with modification. Your results will be restricted to images marked with CC or other licenses. Once you confirm the license of the image and you have to make sure that your use will comply with the terms of the license (such as proper attribution to the image’s owner) etc.

This feature is currently being rolled out to everyone, so don’t be surprised if you don’t see it just yet.


Translate Your Word and PDF Documents

translate-documentsIf you have a lot of documents sitting on your computer that you can’t read because they are in a different language – Google translate has just the right solution for you. Today few blogs has reported that Google Translate has added in the feature that allows you to upload your document and let it translate your document on the fly! This was definitely a must needed feature because previously we had to use different hacks or 3rd party services to translate an entire document in the language of our choice.

How to Translate your Document using Google Translate

Google has made it very easy to translate your document using Google Translate. Simply visit the Google Translate website – http://translate.google.com and click on the link “upload a document“, this will immediately bring on an extra input field where you will be able to browse and select your document from your computer.

google translate documents

I have personally tested this service and I’m quite happy with it. The only thing that sort of bothered me is the loss of formatting once the document is translated into a foreign language. The reason it happens is because, Google first converts the document into HTML and then translates it to your desired language. But at least even with the broken formatting, the documents are pretty readable.

But I’m wondering if this can be improved in some way. So what’s your thought on this? Please share in comments.


Register .CM Domain Names

If you are a domainer and make a living on it then you will probably appreciate the news that I’m about to share. Techcrunch is reporting that, one of the most talked about domain extension – yourname.cm is now available for pre order until end of this month (31st July).

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Whats so cool about .CM extension? Well apparently many people when typing in a regular url often mistype .com as .cm (leaving out the “o” in the middle). And any typical domain cybersquatter will know what this means! Millions of people are mistyping .com and if you own some of the major branded domain names with the .CM extension then you can really make a fortune out of it by plainly serving ads on those pages or free traffic by redirecting them to your primary domain.

I personally don’t think buying existing branded .CM version of the domains for traffic is a good idea. As after some time those big brands will come after you with lawsuits and you will eventually have to giveaway your domain name. However it might be perfect for you if you are looking for a very brand able domain name for your new start up or web project

Where and How to Register .CM Domain

Namejet.com is taking a pre-order of .CM domain absolutely Free of charge via this web form:
http://www.namejet.com/Pages/promos/preorder.aspx.

The process is very simple. Simply fill out the forms and pre-orders the domains that you would want to grab. If you are the only bidder, NameJet will not charge you any additional fees and your 2-yr registration fee will be charged by your domain name provider. However if there is more than one bidder then there is going to be a closed auction via email and the highest bidder will get hold of the domain. Domains sold via auction will be charged an additional fee of $350.

Frequently Asked Questions – .CM Domain Registration

What is .CM? Why should I register a .CM?
.CM is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for Cameroon. The .CM registry has previously only allowed registrations under .CO.CM, .COM.CM and .NET.CM, meaning this is your chance to register a second level .CM domain name. Although best known for being just one letter and keystroke away from a few of the most highly recognizable domains, .CM provides many potential benefits:

  • Secure natural traffic to your site
  • Expand your domain portfolio with available and highly valuable domains
  • Protect your brand to avoid any misleading uses of your name
  • Help battle poverty in Africa – each domain sold will contribute to multiple initiatives to grow the African market and end poverty

Can anyone register a .CM name?
Yes! There are no residency requirements for .CM names. You can live anywhere in the world and register a .CM domain.

When can I submit my Pre-Order?

The .CM Pre-Order Landrush is open for the general public to submit Pre-Orders now through Friday, July 31st. The general public can register .CM domains starting Saturday, August 1st, 2009 on a first come, first served basis for those names that were not pre-ordered during the Landrush period.

Protect your Brand/Business names by pre ordering the .CM extension of your domain name(s)!


Facebook Fan Box Widget

facebook fan widget Facebook has recently introduced a widget called “Fan Box” that Facebook page administrators can install on their website so that their readers can see the facebook page updates directly on the website almost in real-time. On the top of that, readers can also become a fan of the Page by simply clicking a button on that widget itself. According to Facebook, over 8 million users become fans of Facebook Pages every day to connect with their favorite public figures and organizations and get updates directly in their streams. Now with the help of this new facebook fan box widget, users can connect with brands, musicians, celebrities, businesses, and more, whether they’re on or off Facebook.

The Fan Box is very easy to install and just takes a few simple steps to fully integrate it with your existing website. If you are a facebook fan page administrator, you should be able to get the Fan box widget running on your page by copying only four lines of JavaScript.

How to Add a Facebook Fan Widget on your Website

To install the Facebook fan widget, first login to your facebook account and go to your facebook Page – there you should see “Add Fan Box to your site” right underneath your Page’s profile picture. Each Fan Box includes the Become a Fan button. You can customize the Fan Box to include additional features including the stream of recent posts as well as a list of fans. The Fan Box can integrate tightly into your website – it takes a minimum of 200px width and 64px height for the button, and 554px height with all features included. You can read more detailed instructions on the Facebook Developer Wiki.

Here are some examples of different uses of the Facebook Fan Box:

  • Threadless is currently using the Fan Box to feature the videos and posts they make to their Facebook fans.
  • Newsweek has nicely integrated the Fan Box to encourage readers to become a fan and get news updates through Facebook.
  • Coca-Cola’s Fan Box integration encourages Coca-Cola customers to become fans on Facebook.

So don’t wait up, go and install your Facebook Fanbox widget on your website today and get more facebook fans and free exposure to your fan page.

What others are saying about Facebook Fan Page?

Facebook Releases New “Fan Box” Widget to Turn Website Visitors into Facebook Fans – Inside Facebook

Facebook Fan Box Widget Links Celeb Sites, Pages – AppScout

Facebook wants you to become a fan with the new “Fan Box” – Webbyist

Facebook Introduces The Fan Box. Take That, MySpace. – Techcrunch

Get more updates about Facebook Fan widget from Techmeme.


Nokia’s Ideas Project

nokia ideas project Last February Nokia launched a brand new community website called “Ideas Project“, which is an online information vault designed to help people like you to find and understand the relationship and correlations between the industry pioneers and the big ideas.

The site revealed many fascinating insights and disruptive ideas of some of the web’s most visionary and influential big thinkers into the future of network communications, highlighting where technology and communication may be taking us in the near future.

This big initiative from Nokia brought together some of the industry technologists, experts, university professors, venture capitalists and bloggers for an on-going conversation on a variety of topics including cloud computing, global social issues, new application areas such as genetics and social networking etc. A complete list of topics can be found here.

Blogger Robert Scoble (scobleizer.com), who himself started a similar project called Building43 not long ago, said in a video interview that refinement of search-capability, being done by himself and others to monitor trends in the aggregation of real-time social Web data, will make it possible for individuals to obtain a stream of desired information based on personal preferences. Scoble believes this development will have similar game-changing implications for users of social media applications such as Facebook.

New extremely powerful tools are coming out enabling you to build specific, advanced searches that can help you identify patterns of usage and review what people are saying around a specific topic,” said Scoble. “I feel something is just about to happen that will make it possible for you to tell this world, I’m interested in “X” and have a stream of “X” come at you.

Social Search Will Revolutionize Society’s Access to Information

Do you have an Idea to share? Head over to Nokia’s Ideas Project and share your big idea with the whole world. The editors’ favorites will receive a free Nokia N95 phone!


Twittorati – The Technorati of Twitter

If you are a hard core twitter user then you will love Twittorati, which is a brand new site from the popular media search engine Technorati.

According to Techcrunch’s report, Twittorati pulls in the Tweets published by bloggers from Technorati’s list of Top 100 Blogs, which is basically determined by Technorati’s Authority Ranking. Authority Ranking is calculated via algorithm of inbound links from other blog posts, and weights those based on timing, relevancy and the inbound link’s site source Authority Ranking.

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On the home page, they currently have 4 main section to show the most popular links that bloggers link to, the most popular photos, the most recent tweets by the top 100 bloggers and also the top 100 blogs with all the authors twitter profile. If you are looking to follow bloggers from the Internet’s most influential blogs then you should head over to this page.

The twitter feed on their home page, which shows the most recent tweets of the top 100 blogs can be sorted by authority as well as by most recent tweets. Clicking on the name of any of the top blogs in the sidebar nicely groups all the tweets from the authors of that particular blog.

Even though Twittorati is nothing ground breaking, but I think its a decent tool to keep your tabs on the tech industry. You can follow Twittorati on Twitter: http://twitter.com/twittoratinews


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