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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Updates on MySpace and MyYearbook Blogs and Social Networks



Updates everywhere where Blogs and Social Networks are concerned :)

Let's cover what's new with MySpace first :)

The MySpace music arena is a bit different in that the Project Playlist music selections widget is no longer allowed on our profiles at MySpace but never to worry :) MySpace has this totally covered complete with tutorial. Just click on the music tab and get set up :)

Your MySpace status and mood have been adjusted and now you can choose which icon goes with which mood, set it yourself :)

Commenting when someone comments you is easier now as you no longer need to visit their page to comment them :)

MySpace is updating their applications all the time and adding new ones as they move along!

The biggest news is the MySpace toolbar!!! Get yours today and read what Tom is saying about what this MySpace toolbar can do for you :)

MySpace also has the feature to create Photo Cubes right from MySpace now :)



Updates at MyYearbook:

You can purchase the Lunch Money currency at MyYearbook :)

No longer need to view profiles to give high fives or view pictures, etc.

Matches are worth $150 now :)

Captchas like at MySpace now to control the Spam problem and voting requests, causes, etc.

With Battles, if you win and own the picture, you get $1000 :)

Visit the cool newnesses with MySpace and MyYearbook and look us up!

Blogheiress and Wavecritter aka Stevie and Stephanie Haile Google us :)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Blogs and Social Networks Updates!

We wanted to list some of the coolest of updates on the best of Blogs and Social Networks and Internet related sites! Tonights show is going to go into detail on all the updates at our favorite Blogs and Social Networks sites and some other related networking sites :)



Listen into BlogsAndSocialNetworks.info our Updates Show or follow some of the links below:

First is Google :) GMail to be precise! Find out what has been keeping the GMail team busy by following this link:

http://mail.google.com/mail/help/about_whatsnew.html

To access the "what's new" at GMail Labs click the "Labs Tab" in the GMail settings while logged into your GMail account :)

This little blurb is found at the top and I thought it important to print it here as well:

"Gmail Labs: Some crazy experimental stuff."
"Gmail Labs is a testing ground for experimental features that aren't quite ready for primetime. They may change,break or disappear at any time.
If (when) a Labs feature breaks, and you're having trouble loading your inbox, there's an escape hatch. Use http://mail.google.com/mail/?labs=0" Just in case anyone needed it :)

Buttons to Enable or Disable are listed right next to the desired new features (last check there was 42 current lab choices at GMail Labs).




Stevie uncovered the newness at MySpace as she went digging for the cool new features there and we will go into that bag of goodies on the show :)



Utterli.com, a podcasting "shout out" style Blog Social Network, has some great 2009 updates! Utterli has group calling, video processing improvements, an Utterli Desktop Application for Ubuntu.com Amazon Web Services site. Check out more on the show or visit the Utterli Blog.

Trusera.com is a brilliant one of a kind Health Social network that is in need of partners. As far as we see out there on the net, there isn't anything in the way of a competitive site, so investors check this one out :)

YouTube.com has some awesome new updates like the collaborative annotations where you can invite friends to also add speech bubbles, notes, and spotlights to your videos :) Listen into the show for more or follow the link below to the YouTube Blog:

http://www.youtube.com/blog?entry=cfPYFjnzJIk


Link for information on watching YouTube videos with Windows Mobile and Nokia S60 phones.



Zimbio.com is still as cool as ever! The Interactive magazine - wiki - blog and article categorizer - super site! Named as one of the fastest growing sites by Nielsen, Zimbio is rocking the net :) Check out more updates on Zimbio at the company wiki:

http://www.zimbio.com/Zimbio

The biggest updates are a pruning really of some awesome ideas that are taking up a bit more time and space and not as needed as all that at present. Great ideas need to shed to skin along the way sometimes and Zimbio has chosen well:

"2/9/09

Features Removed:

* Covers (embedded cover images will still work, but you can't edit them or create new ones)
* Member Messages (drop an email to support [at] zimbio.com if you have questions for us)
* Linking personal photo services (Flickr, Smugmug, Kodak)
* Linking personal IM services (AIM, Skype, Yahoo)
* Dashboard Favorites and Subscription Packs
* Private Zines
* Zine Recent Contributions RSS Feed
* Zine Badges and Widgets
* Zine OPML support
* Zine About Page (editing functionality moved to Manage Zine page)
* Zimbio Pilot on Article Pages"

No worries with the skimming off the top, the features that Zimbio offers are brilliant and you are indeed missing out if you are not yet signed up with the free to use Zimbio Blog, Article, Wiki Categorization Super Site!


Live Journal! Join in on the Global Dialogue at Global Views and discuss news and current events with Journalists from Live Journal International Partner Newspapers.

Find out more about Live Journals newest info at the site news page:

http://www.livejournal.com/news.bml


We will cover Vox (team.vox.com), Wordpress ( and Blogger and well as the Google Crazy Facebook tonight among other awesome Blogs and Social Networks Updates at BlogsAndSocialNetworks.info :)

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter Google Us :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bookmarking Keyword Phrase Blogs and Social Networks



Friend based Social Bookmarking sites like Newsvine, MyBlogLog, Digg, and to some extent the "Sharing Factor" of Google Reader, focus on the "Social" side of bookmarking, interactivity between members :)

Technorati is in a league of its own I think when it comes to social bookmarking sites. Technorati has its own rating system to determine your blog authority. If you want to "run with the big dogs" like Tech Crunch, People, LATimes, Google, and Boing Boing, get busy at Technorati. All of the "how to", FAQs, etc is on the site. It may take longer to get acquainted with this Social Bookmarking Social Network, but if you are looking for Technorati Notoriety it is time well spent.

Sites like Delicious (and some others) run Tags or Keywords together with no spaces between the words to create a Keyword Phrase, I think this is not as effective for Keyword recognition. Searching terms, most people do not tend to run the words all together, so you may miss on visitors.

Here's a quick Keyword Tip: Camel Back your Keyword Phrase, Capitalize the first letter in each word of your 3 to 5 word Keyword Phrase. "Blogs and Social Networks", "Bookmarking Social Networks", "Social Bookmarking Sites" :)

Here is a short list of some other cool Bookmarking Type Sites we like:

Zimbio may not seem at first like a Bookmarking Site, but it will surely gain you exposure on individual blog style articles and posts. List your blog sites here at Zimbio and categorize each post into a Wiki and see the change in traffic :)

That is basically what the Social Bookmark Sites do, gain traffic to your posts and then sites in the end :)

Redditt.com

Mixx.com

Fark.com

Slashdot.com

BlinkList.com For all the web sites you want to get back to using Any computer! Something to check into for those who travel or use multiple computers :)

Bookmarking sites can be social or just for your personal link lists!

Furl.com is one for you personally as is MyBookmarks.com :)

So, there's Private Bookmarks, Groups, News Focused Sites, or the Multi Site Social Bookmarking Site like MyBlogLog.

Making up a list before you start looking for the multiple Social Bookmark Sites to find what end result you are seeking will help in your decision. Do you want a Bookmark Site for a list of saved pages so you can find them easily? or are you searching for ratings for your site? Take this list and whittle down starting with these two questions, you will quickly see which choices are best for you.

To find out even more on Social Bookmark Sites listen into our show Blogs and Social Networks Social Bookmarking or :)

Blogs and Social Networks Zimbio Digg and Technorati

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter Google Us :)