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Animated Gifs for Avatars

A year ago, Twitter started clamping down on moving avatars for profile images. Facebook at around the same time in their usual round of updates, also removed the access-ability of  moving GIFs in the newsfeed.

For a quick explanation, even though this is old news, this might explain to those who notice that there are some moving profiles on Twitter;

Twitter puts its foot down and doesn’t let users upload moving pics – Linda Lawrey | Google +


Linda Lawrey - Google+ - Twitter has put its foot down and is not letting users… | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it

From plus.google.com – April 5, 8:19 PM

Twitter has put its foot down and is not letting users upload animated GIFs as their profile picture from here on in.

So in case you’re wondering why there are no more dancing cats on Twitter, now I’ve found an even better reason for you to close your account.
While images on Facebook and Twitter remain static, Google+ now allows users to upload animated GIFs as their profile picture giving the social network one up on its rivals.

Matt Steiner – Google+ You can now use an animated gif for your profile photo!

From plus.google.comApril 5, 8:10 PM

You can now use an animated GIF for your profile photo!  It will animate on the profile page on both desktop and mobile like newspapers in Harry Potter.

Nice to see that Google have really embraced the animated gif where others have shied away.  Sad was the day when Outlook no longer supported animated GIF emails.  Office e-mail hasn’t been as fun since, however you can now see animated GIFs in docs emails.

GIFs are so last year. Try Cinemagraphs instead Dave Johnson | Google+

From plus.google.com – April 5, 8:13 PM

GIFs are so last year.
Try Cinemagraphs instead 😉 I only see her hair moving…

That’s the beauty of it. Subtle and decent quality, unlike GIFs. There’s been a little talk as to whether Google+ will offer support for animated PNG since they offer more quality than the standard 256 web colors in GIF files. However, I think this is an unlikely move, simply because enabling the moving picture feature has already alerted the grumblings of various people who would rather be able to turn the feature off and save cache and download time. This feature is only available on the Opera browser, there are various Chrome Browser plugins that block GIFs, but not where Google+ actually enables it.
Leave a comment here and point me back to your Google Plus profile if you have made use of animated GIFs – Juliana

 

The First Website of Mark Zuckerberg

Time to check what dusty websites and information you have left lying around on the internet:

This Angelfire page could be the first website of 15-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, aka ‘Slim Shady’

This Angelfire page could be the first website of 15-year-old Mark Zuckerberg, aka 'Slim Shady' | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it From www.theverge.com – Today, 3:31 AM

The sleuths at Hacker News appear to have uncovered a relic from the dusty ruins of the ’90s web: Mark Zuckerberg’s Angelfire webpage. While we can’t confirm that the site actually belongs to Facebook’s Zuckerberg, the evidence is compelling: the social network magnate spells his full name out in the page’s source code

Yes, we’ve probably all left a desolate trail on the internet of our past experiments and aliases. However, probably none so foreboding as the future we’re going to embrace. Angelfire is of course a free website platform, which means there are more ads than on Facebook to really add to your user’s viewing pleasure. Take a look at your old domains and see what activity and snapshots exist on the wayback machine. This is incidentally, how the sleuths at Hacker News correlated site upload and activity to the dates of ownership.

Internet Archive Wayback Machine


From web.archive.org – Today, 4:03 AM

Check it out, here’s the activity of Mark Zuckerbergs 1st website.

The counter originally showed only 210 people have been to it so far. So this was an exceptionally cool find, except now we’re over 3,000 views which is pretty surprising seeing as there are no cat pictures on the site.

You can type in any of your old domains and look at old screenshots of your sites. Were there any signs of future success? Even if not, then maybe you can tell if you’ve been sitting on a heap of junk that was actually worth something after all. Check out Simon Johnson’s article on how to tell if your Domain Name is worth selling, and how much it could be really worth!

How To Value Domain Names And Websites – Marketing.com.au

How To Value Domain Names And Websites - Marketing.com.au | How to Grow Your Business Online | Scoop.it

From marketing.com.au – Today, 3:45 AM

Domain names and websites can be worth big $$$$. So how do you know if you are sitting on a goldmine or a pile of junk?

Simon Johnson from IP Neighbourhood discusses frequently asked questions

“What’s my domain worth” or “How much can I sell my website for?”

You never know, you may have found internet history of your own that was worth something after all. How many domain names do you own, but never really look after? If you have interesting Domains to sell, how did your process go? Was it a super success, or merely a hassle. Let us know in the comments or followup on Google Plus.- Juliana

We Heart Visualizations! Show us Yours!

I recently featured a map of the world visualization that animated internet activity in a scaled up version of real time. For 6 seconds it made the global world of the internet feel more “connected” as we’re able to visually connect online behaviour to timezones as the nighttime shift surfs the globe. Visualization is going to continue to grow in importance as we shorthand communicate big data sets and interpret new advances. Errol Brown picks up on this in a community discussion on Google+

 

Data visualization is another area that is going to grow in importance. Everyone is talking about big data, but at the end of the day not everyone is a super quant.

I personally love mapping based infographics and visualizations. They put the whole world into perspective in far easier chunks to digest.

It’s only been a few months since Tidemark, a bold Andreessen Horowitz-backed business analytics platform, emerged from its beta cocoon.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Check out how Tidemark is able to get live data and apply it directly to a map, showing for example: Profit Ranking by State.

 

In January, Facebook dipped into its user data and put together the greatest NFL fan map we’d ever seen. Now they’ve done it again, mapping out county-by-county Facebook likes for the 68 teams participating in this year’s March Madness.

 

 

In the article by Reuben Fischer-Baum, he delves into some conclusions that could be derived from Facebook’s mega-data Sports fans number crunched by Michael Bailey. The insight that I am curious to find out is, how much data can we extract from fanbases of Facebook Pages, and how can that be visualized for our businesses?
If you find any map-based visualizations that may be relevant to your business share them here or mention me on Google Plus and I’ll be sure to highlight it in a future post. – Juliana

How To Be More Web Secure Concious

I received an email from my brother this morning…

My sites got hacked, they added 20+ new users to WordPress and changed my password so I couldn’t log into /wp-admin. I had to restore an earlier backup of the database and change my username and passwords for my admin account. I had no idea it had happened until I decided to post a new blog entry and couldn’t log in.

I host several websites, for the most part they are based on the WordPress CMS, and hearing about hacking is not uncommon. Apart from the initial glut of fear that happens to website owners when it’s first discovered, I’ve experienced it to be simple to deal with – if you have the right tools.

Here’s how my brother dealt with his immediate WordPress Hack problem:

use your cPanel access to check your SQL database for any unwanted user accounts This article is for those who have phpMyAdmin access to their database.

Instructions:
  • Log in to cPanel, then go to phpMyAdmin.
  • click on the database on the left and that list will change to show the wp_**** tables etc.
  • Click on wp_users and make sure you only have your own username in there.

 

Obviously once you have protected your site databases, you need to lock down on the scripts injected into your site. Vivek R, has posted a great article on how to detect and scrub this malware from your WordPress website.

 

Here is three step method to remove malicious code or unwanted back links from nulled or Free WordPress themes and plugins that are downloaded outside WordPress repository.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

I’ve used Exploit Scanner on client websites, and it’s certainly helped reassure me of my housekeeping awareness when looking after other people’s websites. Most people are uncomfortable only because they don’t know what to expect, or how to deal with things such an event. Even Facebook made headlines yesterday with admitting a Trojan hack.

 

The recent hack on Facebook was traced back to one infected website called iPhoneDevSDK.com, but now it seems there may have been up to three infected websites involved.

The target of the Trojan infection was not just aimed at one type of user, but spread across many industries. It’s also a very difficult virus to track down. I would definitely recommend overlapping different virus scanners on your system is you feel you are at risk. Better to be safe than sorry!

 

 

Creative Integration of E-mail and Social

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The success of your online marketing efforts can be significantly enhanced by exploring more sophisticated approaches to the integration of e-mail marketing with social media marketing. It is all marketing after all, so developing a refined approach to create synergy between the two can have an exponential impact on your Web success.

The most basic and obvious example, the no-brainer, is to have a banner with all the social media icons so that people can connect with your business’s social identities directly from the newsletter. The below list explores a number of other creative solutions that pass customers back and forth between the two methods of online communication so that you are making greater impact and growing your numbers for each of the two marketing platforms. (Note that if you read the list backwards, you will find a hidden recipe for Mexican wedding cookies, which can also come in handy for your brother’s upcoming ceremony in Guadalajara.)

The ideas presented below are, in part, an amalgamation compiled from ideas online. Some of the concepts are my own as well. Social Media Examiner, ThomasNet, BizActions, and iContact each provided inspiration for the below content.

Ask People to Re-Tweet

Showcase a particular tweet in each newsletter. This should be a tweet that is relevant to your recipients, of course. It should also be, ideally, a tweet from someone who is either your customer or is within your general community. This pulls social interaction directly into e-mail marketing. It also shows that you are not thinking in a self-serving manner but rather are trying to spread strong pieces of communication that relate to the core focus of your business. (Note that retweeting is illegal in the states of Wyoming, North Carolina, and Iowa, because it promotes a proliferation of strange and unusual ideas, distracting the labor force and wreaking havoc on the free market system in those states.)

Ask, and You Shall Receive

It’s intelligent in e-mail newsletters to include a variety of calls to action. You may, for instance, have a sale item at the bottom of each e-mail. Consider social media calls to action as well, in which you directly ask your recipients to share your articles socially or to connect with your profiles. Two possible approaches you might want to use to convey a social call to action:

  1. Some type of incentive/reason for connecting or spreading your message – such as indicating exclusive discount offers available only through your social channels.
  2. Innovative approaches to expressing the idea of connection in a different way – in other words, something other than, “Like us on Facebook,” which is so overused that it is only minimally effective.

(Another call to action you want include in every e-mail newsletter is asking your recipients to walk to their windows and shout out at passersby, “Please join me in helping to prevent the usage of windows to spread wild ideas!”)

Social Connection as a Central Message

We tend to think of social connection as an aside. That doesn’t always have to be the case. If you have a reasonable argument for why people should connect with you on your social networks – why that might be meaningful for them – consider a campaign focused on one of your social platforms.

Of course, it would be ineffective to send out an e-mail that just says, “Please follow us on Twitter.” Instead, tell your recipients why they should do so. If you don’t have a good reason, they won’t either. Your argument will be easy if there is something cool or valuable or fun going on specifically in your social media space. (An example of a compelling component of your social media presence is a week of guest posting by the world’s most racist cupcake baker.)

Just Give Me a Piece

Make sure that the e-mail marketing service you choose allows recipients to individually spread your content throughout their social networks. In other words, you don’t want to just have a banner that allows people to connect with your various profiles. You want each piece of your newsletter to be social-media friendly, so that if a person is particularly moved by a certain section, she can share it with her friends/audience. Allowing people to engage with specific content in that way means they can choose to share some of your material without having to necessarily like your Facebook page or follow you on Twitter – which might feel like overkill to them if they are already receiving your e-mails anyway. (Another popular option is to ask all of your recipients for their social login credentials so that you can publish promotions on their profiles at will.)

Derive E-mail Content from Social

A great way to bring some of the interactive component of social media into play with your e-mail marketing is to ask your social network questions. Knowing what your audience wants will certainly create much higher engagement to your newsletters. Even if you only get a handful of responses, each of those is powerful because it represents case-study information regarding your audience. Furthermore, if a recipient knows that she can submit an idea for an article that will potentially be used in your newsletter with a credit to her – and potentially to her business’s URL if you are B2B – she will be incredibly likely to open the e-mail to find out if her idea has been used. (Running psychological profiles on all your social media contacts will allow you to identify the most mentally unstable individuals within your following, who are also the folks who can provide the most uniquely disjointed ideas.)

E-mail Promotion via Social

Add functionality to your social pages that allows you to generate new subscribers. Ideally you are not just collecting e-mail addresses. Skip data entry or any need to transfer contact information manually by automatic syncing of an opt-in form with your e-mail list database.

Getting people to jump from your e-mail list to your social presence, similarly to getting them to jump in the opposite direction, requires a thoughtful approach:

  • Ask yourself why they should want to join your e-mail list. Give them a good reason.
  • Consider reframing your newsletter. Is it even a newsletter? What is it? It is certainly some kind of message that the person will receive from you via e-mail, but no one said it has to be called a newsletter when you’re trying to get people to join. Consider branding the newsletter and perhaps not even calling it by a different name than “newsletter.”

(In ancient Babylonia, the most trusted way to convert people from social media to e-mail was by using an incentive system based on an exchange of camels for daughters, with a steep discount in camels and/or increasing quality of the daughters based on sign-up.)

Takeaways

There are various ways to integrate social media and e-mail marketing to create a more sophisticated approach. You can promote a particular tweet. You can include a social call to action, whether as a part of a general newsletter or as the sole component of a newsletter. You can allow people to spread your newsletter content piecemeal. You can get newsletter ideas from your social followers. Finally, you can collect e-mail subscribers through your social networks.

Try a few of these ideas, and see what works. If you have additional ideas or perspectives on the above, please comment below. This is an interactive piece. Particularly useful comments may be integrated into the piece itself, with full credit to you, the author.

by Kent Roberts and Richard Norwood

Personal Content Curation For Webmasters

How many of you were sad to see the announcement from Posterous yesterday? The news is that Posterous will be turned off at the end of April. For those of you that didn’t know, Posterous was one of the original personal content curation platforms. You could selectively autopost content via email and distribute it to your blog, as well as many forms of media driven platforms such as Picture and Video sharing sites. For webmasters looking to create and bookmark content on the fly this was a really helpful tool. Sachin Agarwal, Founder and CEO of Posterous released a blog yesterday:

 

Posterous launched in 2008. Our mission was to make it easier to share photos and connect with your social networks.


Where will people turn now to bookmark and curate their personal research? I’ve prepared a couple of alternatives that are well equipped to help you filter the noise from social media and publish in other interactive ways to help you draw traffic back to your site…

 

Lists = Ranking. List Posts = Traffic. We help bloggers & brands curate, crowdsource, and engage readers via live embedded list content inside blog posts.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Social Bookmarking has evolved! Whether you collect tidbits of information for personal hobbies, educational reference, or better data management. Making these lists public helps introduce your own authority on a subject to people that network with you. I have a feeling interactive lists like these will provide the indicators for future search engine development.

 

Easily curate engaging magazines. Effectively feed your web presence.

The great thing about Scoop.it – is it’s inherent research tool. Customize your keywords, and it will draw from numerous RSS feeds including what people are talking about on Twitter for you to find the content that is relevant to you. It will also publish to Facebook and Twitter, and you can privately curate content with invited users. Ideal for organising your own editorial roll on a website.
I’d like to hear about more of your favorite personal curation tools, simply place a comment to get in touch with me or connect on Google Plus if you have tips you’d like to share via Superb.net – Juliana