I find it ironic how you can see an advertisement of The Social Network on a website (Facebook) that the main movie is all about, but this may only be suprising to people who are non-tech geeks or if you are a geek then go ahead and laugh at me as this is not as exciting as it seems.
Anyways, I’m gonna go watch The Social Network now on Netflix, continue to what you were doing~
So one day I noticed a sidebar on the left side of a post I was reading on some random technology blog. I noticed it had options to share the post with multiple social media websites. I liked that quite a bit so I started looking for the name of the plugin. I now know today that there is multiple plugins out there that will do this. Many of them are Digg Digg, Get Social, ShareThis, Socialize, Slick Social Share Buttons, Sharebar and Social Media Widget.
Since they are all almost the same as they offer sharing options for all the most popular social networks, I didn’t feel the need to go through every plugin. I simply tried WP Socializer first, and this is what it brought me (as you can see below).
When I selected the box I liked, I could exit the pop up window that opened when I wanted to select the theme I liked. I couldn’t press ESC or anything. I hated that, so because of that, I decided to use a different plugin, you’ll see when you try it, but I don’t even recommend installing it in the first place. You can see below that there is no option to close that pop up window, annoying.
Other than that, I guess I can admit that there are alot of customization options, and as usual the plugin is completely free and has a decent rating. But one problem is too much for me to deal with. This is where the next contestant worked better for me.
This plugin had the option to add share buttons in posts and pages, and also had a floating share bar for the left side of my posts. I opted out of the share buttons in posts and pages, and kept the floating share button within the posts on the left side. It also looks less boring than a white box on the left, this one is grey-ish.
Also the settings were pretty convenient to configure, just two clicks away disabled the share buttons within posts and pages except for the floating media bar which is all I wanted.
As you may have been looking for an even more in depth review of these plugins, and if you want a comparison of all of the plugins like these available that I listed at the top of this post, check out this link.
I try to limit how much spammy social media is on my site, and keeping it all to a limit. At least there is enough that you can share pretty much anything on most social media sites throughout most of my content.
This website I never knew existed, and I’ve seen so many people’s Facebook photos with the effects from this site used in their images. So it’s time to test it out myself. I used the Webcam option and took a picture of some random part of my office.
I thought that would be a cool image to edit, considering it didn’t take much effort to take. Normally I would create a tutorial on how to use this software online but it’s so easy even a chimp can use it.
So I entered some text, and you can see some of the options for effects and such that are in there. I used every one of them, and created the final image below. You will be familiar with the effects that I used in it, you probably have seen alot of woman in your Facebook use this tool in their images as well.
I added some blur around the borders, the space effect, and some other things that I simply just inserted into the image. If you were to try to do the same thing in Photoshop or any other professional image editing software you would probably have a pretty hard time trying to figure it all out. This online software is very useful.
So there you have it people, check out the link below and see for yourself by editing some images of your own, play around with the effects and have fun!.
Facebook realized how awesome WordPress was and release a plugin dedicated to the content management software on June 12th, 2012. The plugin included the follow features, which integrate your website with Facebook:
1. Newer posts became published to your Facebook profile or Facebook fan page (or both of those) right away as soon as you publish a post.
-The con of this is that you must always be logged into Facebook for this to work, if a friend logs into Facebook in the same browser your using on your computer, or if you have two Facebook accounts, the posts you publish do not become published onto Facebook.
2. Mentioning Facebook friends and Facebook pages right in WordPress posts. This goes directly onto their timelines.
-I never cared for this, but it’s good that it exists so that a post is seen on a friends timeline which his other 300 friends see it too.
3. You’ll get Like, Send and Subscribe buttons without any coding needed to be done.
-These are helpful…
4. You may install the Facebook comments right into your WordPress blog as well, without any coding, and it’s SEO supported as well.
-This is one of the main reasons why I uninstalled the Facebook plugin, I’ll explain more on that further down this article page.
5. Graph Protocol Integration is included (whatever that is).
6. A recommendations bar is included, which shows a bar at the very bottom left or right of your site (which ever you prefer) which is where users can like or recommend articles and also have other related articles shown.
-This is a cool feature I liked, but I was able to survive without it (I’ll explain more further down the page).
7. Activity Feed Box and Recommendations Box widgets are available now too.
With this being a great move by Facebook, there are a few things I didn’t like about the plugin, which all relates to one feature:
The Facebook comments bar at the bottom.
I could not see any new comments published by anyone within my WordPress Dashboard, where I can then normally Approve or Edit the comments (because everyone gets spam these days right?).
So I tried clicking off the check box for Comments in the Facebook plugin settings. Guess what happens now?. In Chrome and Firefox, the regular comment field doesn’t work (but it would work in Internet Explorer for some reason). I find out it’s the Facebook plugin after deactivating all of my plugins until the default comments bar started working again. I am using the “Freelance Child Theme” that is combined with the Genesis Framework. I am not sure if this problem occurs for people who are using regular default themes in WordPress with the Facebook plugin installed…
So my solution for this was:
1. Copying and pasting my Facebook App ID and then deactivating and deleting the Facebook plugin.
With all of those plugins, I had the functionalities of the Facebook plugin that I liked, with comments now working on my blog here. The Facebook Page Promotor Lightbox was one that I had found earlier though like I said, and it has helped my Facebook likes go up.
And it all started when my comments bar was not working………..
If this was a problem for you, I hope this solution worked for you.
It has been reported recently by The Next Web that the hinted iPad Mini event is scheduled for October 23rd and will be having the specific focus on iBooks. The newest iPad Mini will be aiming towards at smaller tablets just like the Kindle Fire, which are generally used to provide content like books and also movies.
In what will likely be completely unsurprising news to many, we’ve now heard from multiple sources that Apple’s as-yet-unannounced iPad mini event will have a strong focus on iBooks. Since an iPad mini would likely be squarely aimed at those who wish to partake of media on their tablets, that would make a lot of sense.
The executive from Apple, Eddy Cue had said in an email that was released during the Samsung vs. Apple trial that he had found “email, books, Facebook and also movies very interesting” on a 7-inch Samsung Galaxy tablet. It’s very likely possible that Apple will be focusing on very similar types of content with the iPad Mini.
Normally, blogging was just a regular thing that started in the late 1990′s, when Jom Barger coined the term “weblog” on December 17th of 1997. He “jokingly” broke the words weblog into the phrase. So the beginning of the newest millenium of 2000 was a big booming year of blogs that began. You can read more on that history here. Ever since that time, or more specifically in 2003, advertising like Adsense has been helping bloggers make revenue from their content on their blogs. It is said that Facebook could take over Adsense, but you know what?, I disagree. Of course Facebook has the advantage with having over 900 million users, though they would have to create an advertising program like Adsense outside of their own site, displaying advertisements next to content on regular websites, blogs etc. It’s hard not to see a “Facebook fan page” anywhere on any website these days, but they’ve got work to do on that. Anyways, let’s get started on Blogging…
1)Here’s the first step towards getting into Blogging
You need to find a domain name first, because owning your own domain and hosting is usually the only smart route to take when blogging specifically for creating your own “business”. People call it a business at it is something that you create that generates revenue. But to me it’s like someone opening up a retail store in a small space in a mini-mall, so the wording “business” doesn’t fit my wording in saying what this is and what your really doing, you can call it that if you want though.
Checkout Godaddyand do a search for a domain until you find one that is not taken, that is available, and go from there. But make sure you do this while getting a “hosting package” with it. So the best option is probably to click on a hosting package first, which usually comes with a domain with it.
Also, usually the more you pay for a hosting package the faster your site will load, which I noticed recently with Godaddy. Alot of bloggers out there, all recommend something different. So you can’t really say which hosting company out there is the “best”, and we all have our preferences.
2) Now to install WordPress
You’ll probably need some assistance with it though.
It may be best to watch the video below this very test to get started, but once I am finished my own video I’ll show it in this article:
3) Log into your WordPress blog
Now go to your site URL with this on the end: “/wp-admin”, so say your site was “http://www.mywordpresssite.com“, it would be “http://www.mywordpresssite.com/wp-admin“.
So you can basically try and get used to how WordPress runs, and see how much you can customize it. Installing WordPress plugins is like installing any application on your computer through some sort of Application Market, or like on Facebook, or on your Phone. You will get to that later though, I used to to integrate social media and advertisements. Other stuff I used plugins for, that makes my site work like it does now, and without those plugins my site would be nothing but a plain old boring blog with just text articles on it.
You can now start writing your posts, and it’s pretty straight forward. You’ll get used to the controls overtime.
More essentials on Blogging
What is a blog?. It’s a website where a person(s) record their own opinions, or any other kind of text information, on a very regular basis.
How easy is it to start a blog myself?. It’s actually quite simple, and easy. But to gain the success of some of the most popular and successful bloggers today, it takes alot of patience, and alot of work.
How much do I need to invest to start a blog of my own with my own domain?. It’s around $10/Month. I think of it in a way like, how easily to I spend $10 on lunch per day?, very easily.
It’s been reported by Facebook themselves that more than 955 million monthly active users are roaming on their social network, while over 552 million daily active users existed in June of 2012, and also more than 543 million monthly active users were on mobile phones using Facebook.
About three months ago as well, Facebook revealed that they had 901 million monthly active users and also 526 million daily users, and also 488 million monthly mobile users. During their Q2 2012 earnings report, the social networking giant updated their figures to 955 million, 552 million and also 543 million.
Facebook broke down the growth by saying:
-The monthly active users (MAU’s) were around 955 million as of June 30th, 2012, which is an increase of 29 percent year-over-year.
-The daily active users (DAU’s) were around 552 million on average for June 2012, which is an increase of 32 percent year-over-year.
-The mobile MAU’s were around 543 million as of June 30th 2012, which is an increase of 67 percent year-over-year.
Mobile phone user statistics has changed dramatically as well, and the update for today shows that 56.86% of the regular total user base of Facebook accesses Facebook from a mobile device. This number has also been slowly growing from the 40% mark from last year directly through and past the 50 percent mark obviously just this year.
For me, I find that viewing Facebook from the mobile phone has many limitations. That’s when I either pull out the laptop or go to the desktop PC to check out what I can’t check out from my phone.
Facebook admits that the mobile platform is their top priority right now, with them saying “We’re going to become a mobile company”. Of course Mobile is the future of the whole technology industry as a whole, and Facebook is fully aware of this.
Last statistic is, that Facebook says that just around 81% of their active users are outside of the U.S. and Canada, now that’s interesting.
And as for the rumored “Facebook smartphone“, Mark says himself that it just “won’t make much sense” since he also said “building our own phone won’t make much sense for us,” which is what Mark said during a earnings call in response to a question if it was important to them to make money off mobile through both apps are hardware, or just one of those.
So does this make the “Amazon phone” a false rumor as well?, well not really. Since Amazon has ALREADY released the Kindle Fire, most likely they will release a phone too, that’s just my take and this article shows even more hope towards the phone.
If you want to see the tutorial first then scroll to halfway down this page, below (in other words the top of this page) is the news behind this new app for the Mac.
It has been announced by Bluestacks, that with their software for the Mac, you can now run Android applications on the OS, in an release made during Google’s “I/O” event. The application is called the “Android App Player”.
The firm normally pushed out a beta version of their newest App Player for the Windows OS previously in March. The beta software allowed anyone to run their Android applications directly on their Windows computers, and also the newest version starts off with extending the functionality to the Mac OS.
As the Windows version of the software gives you the option to run any kind of Android application without any kind of modifications at all, the earlier Mac version had seemed to be very limited to 15 applications normally which came with the download itself. The new apps that are bundled with the software came with Android apps such as Air Control Lite, Alchemy, Basketball Shot, Drag Racing, Elastic World, Facebook, Glow Hockey, Guns ‘n’ Glory, Paper Toss, Pulse, Pulse, Robo Defense, Seesmic, Twitter, Whatsapp, and last but not least Zebra Paint.
The support page claims that very soon or in other words, “in the very near future” they are planning to bring the Mac version to include over 400,000 Android apps:
The BlueStacks App Player for Mac OSX (alpha) supports both Lion and Snow Leopard. You can test drive a fixed set of curated apps for the first release (alpha-1). In the very near future, BlueStacks will let you select from over 400,000 Android apps to play on your Mac.
The newest alpha version is currently available as a free download from the website for BlueStacks.
Now to instruct you guys on how to run the software.
First off, download the SDK for the Android OS for Mac OS X OS’s.
Click twice on the Android SDK file that is zipped and unzip it into a folder of your own choice.
Now open a New Finger Window and then go over to your “Utilities” folder in the Mac “Applications” folder. Now click twice on “Terminal” and then open a new Terminal window.
Now type in this command and install the Android app in your emulator: SDKFolder/tools/abd install /locationofapp Replace “SDKFolder” with the original location of the Android SDK. Now replace “locationofapp”that comes with containing the SDK.
Type in your keyboard: “SDKFolder/toolsemulator” (no quotes) and run the Android emulator right away. Remember to replace “SDKFolder” with the folder that contains the SDK.
Now press your “Home” key button on your keyboard while the emulator is launched to see a list of the apps that are available. Now if you run the application you just installed you can test it on your own computer.
There’s been numerous hints and rumors and talks in regards to Facebook that may just be creating their own phone, to enter the mobile phone market with their own device.
The NYTimes has already brought back these rumors just this weekend in saying in a report that says that Facebook is actually planning to release their own smartphone by next year. Above all their talented workers, Facebook has already hired a few previous Apple iPhone/iPad engineers for this project:
The company has already hired more than half a dozen former Apple software and hardware engineers who worked on the iPhone, and one who worked on the iPad, the employees and those briefed on the plans said.
This is the third attempt apparently, made by Facebook to create their own smartphone. Plans made previously had reported a “failure” attempt after running into much difficulties. Though Facebook is now trying to hire new engineers coming with mobile phone work history to make the process less difficult.
Facebook apparently has an interest that is compelling in selling smartphones of their own with their own software. Facebook already has very popular mobile applications for the iOS and Android OS’s, which lacks control on those platforms unfortunately.
Mark is worried that if he doesn’t create a mobile phone in the near future that Facebook will simply become an app on other mobile platforms,” a Facebook employee said
According to The Providence and every other blog or website in the world Mark Zuckerburg got married to Prscilla Chan and so far 1,523,545 people like this. While there are people questioning what kind of agreement was signed by the couple in terms of what would happen in between the two if a divorce was to happen, my answer would be simply who gives a damn and just let them be.
Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerburg live in a regular house in Palo Alto California, which is where they were married on Saturday. The couple obviously met at Harvard University in 2004. Zuckerburg, as being 28 now, dropped out of college to work on Facebook, as Chan, a pediatrician, stayed and worked to earn her undergraduate degree in 2007.
The work Chan did led to Facebook creating an organ donation page, and the couple have recently traveled to China.
Mike is an ordinary geek that works weird early morning shifts like some people, that has a striving interest in anything to do with Technology, and with this blog he wants to share what he has learned to show how passionate he is about his hobby.