Posts Tagged:social network

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.

Cleaning Up Twitter

One of the things that I’ve been doing, behind the scenes, is cleaning up a lot of my social network accounts that aren’t being used. You see, even though I’ve put Twitter on “bot-mode” I still have a lot of other accounts that just need to be deleted entirely. Ewww. So, what I’ve done is delete nearly all of my Twitter accounts that I have (and I know how many I have via 1Password). I couldn’t believe how many that I’ve had and it’s kind of embarrassing to be honest. For every project that I created I started a new Twitter account because I believed that it was necessary for the project’s success. I actually believe that you can be just as successful without Twitter and many of the social networks that the many “gurus” and “the pros” recommend. You see, in a world where signing up for Twitter and using it…

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Delete Google Plus

I’ve been on a really good “cleanse” recently, moving a ton of distraction from my life and even dropping entirely such services as Twitter. The results have been great and the free space that I’ve had psychologically is too good not to repeat. I mean, if you find a great habit to kick then why not rinse and repeat? There are two services that I still have large and “active” accounts with that definitely have a count-down clock, the first is Google+ and the second is LinkedIn. I do not actively engage in those services other than dropping links to blog posts. I don’t have a “community” there and the value, as far as I can tell, is superficial. Hmm… With Google+ I’ve got > 4,200 friends in 3 circles…. wait… no… I have 7,000+ followers…? Google+ Followers…? I’m so confused. Wah… I ‘m not entirely sure how I acquired these friends nor…

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A Life without Twitter

Can you imagine a life without Twitter? I can. I’m not sure I could have said that just a few years ago but it’s becoming easier and easier to not only imagine it but also, perhaps, desire it. I was a little late to the game when I first joined Twitter but I wasn’t the first one in my social network to try leaving it all behind. I’ve taken extended breaks from the network and even quit a handful of times, always to come back. But now, it feels like the next time I quit will be my last. Twitter, as a social device, died a long time ago. Now it’s just a cheap utility. And, unfortunately for Twitter, it’s not a fundamental utility either. What it feels like is one of the tack-on services that cable companies try to opt you in for when you sign-up for basic home service.…

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19 Amazing Native Advertising Ad Examples

It’s easy to hear the phrase “native advertising” and think, “Psh.” Native advertising can sometimes get a bad reputation, especially when advertisers (or publishers) make big mistakes with how and what kind of content they present. Case in point: The Atlantic being forced to eat crow and repent after publishing an editorial that appeared like it was written by the Atlantic editorial team, but in reality came from the Church of Scientology. Certainly bad PR, but it did inspire some good spinoffs. Now there are reports that the FTC plans to force publishers to explicitly signpost when native advertisements exist alongside normal content. #FakeNews is the mantra of the day. Despite this, there’s still one very good reason to not give up on native ads. Why people are wrong about native advertisements One of the big criticisms of native ads hinges on the fact that they “look” like normal content…

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Facebook Adds Disputed Alert to Fight Fake News by @MrDannyGoodwin

Facebook’s tool to combat fake news is here. The social network is adding a red warning sign whenever users share disputed content.The post Facebook Adds Disputed Alert to Fight Fake News by @MrDannyGoodwin appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

On Walled Gardens and 10,000 Subscribers

A bit of paper-napkin math… but, if I were to put together the sum-total of the larger social networks that I’m active in then I might have closer to 500K followers / friends. Twitter accounts for nearly half of that figure while the rest is found via a smattering of other social networking properties. I do have an equally as large subscriber base to this blog and this is simply because I’ve been writing for so damn long. But I shared something via yesterday’s vlog which I think is important to come to grips with. It’s not a new idea and it’s been generally understood for a while now, but, I think it’s come into focus for me anew as I’ve started participating fully into a “new” social network. It’s simply this idea that each social network is distinct and unique and each caters to a specific and unique audience. As…

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Facebook Is Changing How it Ranks Stories in 2 Ways by @DannyNMIGoodwin

Facebook is changing the way it ranks stories in the News Feed. The social network is adding a new ranking signal and updating real-time signals.The post Facebook Is Changing How it Ranks Stories in 2 Ways by @DannyNMIGoodwin appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

2016 Year in Review

Wow, what a year. Honestly, I wasn’t very interested in doing my Year in Review (as I’ve done in the past for ‘15, ‘14, ‘13, and ‘12),  but I eventually overcame my general inertia about it and sat down to give it some thought. Honestly… where to start (and what to include)? Previously, what I’ve done to jog the memory is walk through my archives and copy and paste titles and then expand on them. But, today, I feel like that is cheating (and I can’t tell you why). There’s a part of me that wants to just write what first comes to mind, which might mean that the things that first come to mind are the most important or perhaps more poignant memories of the year. Perhaps… both? I’ll start at the beginning, I suppose… … … … When January 1st, 2016 rolled around I was gainfully employed at…

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Indie Microblogging: owning your short-form writing

Manton Reece has a Kickstarter for a new kind of social network and a book, both of which aim to encourage folks to write independently again: In the earlier days of the web, we always published to our own web site. If you weren’t happy with your web host, or they went out of business, you could move your files and your domain name, and nothing would break. Today, most writing instead goes into a small number of centralized social networking sites, where you can’t move your content, advertisements and fake news are everywhere, and if one of these sites fails, your content disappears from the internet. Too many sites have gone away and taken our posts and photos with them. Direct Link to Article — Permalink Indie Microblogging: owning your short-form writing is a post from CSS-Tricks Source: CssTricks

Loops in CSS Preprocessors

If you’ve ever watched old sci-fi flicks, you know how powerful loops can be. Feed your robot nemesis an infinite loop, and kaboom. Robo dust. Preprocessor loops will not cause dramatic explosions in space (I hope), but they are useful for writing DRY CSS. While everyone is talking about pattern libraries and modular design, most of the focus has been on CSS selectors. No matter what acronym drives your selectors (BEM, OOCSS, SMACSS, ETC), loops can help keep your patterns more readable and maintainable, baking them directly into your code. We’ll take a look at what loops can do, and how to use them in the major CSS preprocessors: Sass, Less, and Stylus. Each language provides a unique syntax, but they all get the job done. There’s more than one way to loop a cat. See the Pen Walkcycle with music loop by Rachel Nabors (@rachelnabors) on CodePen. (animation by…

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Colonization of the Mind

A fascinating (and important) perspective of what many of our lives look and feel like as it relates to social media and social networks. The idea that we’ve been “colonized” and can’t go back is a bit haunting, if I’m to be honest: To become occupied by a social network is to internalize its gaze. It is to forever carry a doubled view of both your own mind and the platform’s. I experienced this as I sat down to type this blog post at a local coffee shop – I immediately considered tweeting something or sharing a photo on Twitter or, at the very least, checking in to see if anyone else that I knew (virtually) was getting their kick of caffeine. Sometimes I feel like a slave and it’s like my mind was colonized without my expressed permission… it just kind of happened. When my perfect Other disappears, what…

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Appboy Takes Your Favorite Apps Social

With the estimated hundreds of social networking sites that keep popping up these days, it’s easy to write them off as one and the same. But every once in awhile, one comes along that’s too good to pass up. Our latest discovery? Appboy.

Pixeldust Launches Gack Yack

Pixeldust is pleased to announce the sponsorship and website launch of Gack Yack. Gack Yack is a blogging network that helps vegetarians and vegans connect and interact with each other. Users can create their own custom blogs, chat with other veggie foodies, share tips and ideas for recipes, and discuss current social, health and environmental issues that influence everyday dietary lifestyles. Pixeldust created this online community to serve as a meeting place for people who believe that everything we put into our bodies has a strong impact on our health, the environment and animal welfare.

A Little More than Just a “Like” Button: Facebook Announces New Site Changes at f8

For those of you who don’t live your lives inside the high-stakes realm known as Drupal web development, today marked Facebook’s annual f8 conference where CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced upcoming site changes and unveiled a wicked set of awesome new features.

Rapleaf Publishes Study on the Most Popular Twitter Clients

One of the most important aspects of engaging your audience on Twitter is understanding how your consumers access it. Although it might seem irrelevant, knowing how your consumers connect with social media can give you more insight into not only what type of consumers they are, but what they are looking for from you as a business.

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