How to Use Tumblr, Posterous & Other Light Blogging Services

first_img2. Subscribe to Other People (& Re-Blog)One thing that hasn’t changed about blogging is the sense of community. Half the fun of maintaining a blog is reaching out to your network. So be proactive in finding people who blog about similar things as you, then link to them and even re-blog their posts (copy and paste – it’s much more accepted in light blogging than in professional blogging!).At this stage, the market leader Tumblr still offers you the best chance of finding like-minded souls – due to the sheer number of people using it. Here’s an example of community from a Tumblr user called rudie. Note the “following” panel on the right, which lists the other blogs that rudie follows. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Blogging#Features#How To#Publishing Services#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 3. Aggregate Content From Your Other Apps With light blogging, you needn’t even spend time actually blogging – because you can pull in content automatically from other apps. While FriendFeed and even Facebook are common methods for many of us to aggregate our content from across the web (a.k.a. ‘lifestreaming’), it’s just as easy to do so using Tumblr, Posterous or Soup.io. To the right is an example from my own Soup.io blog. Every week Soup.io polls last.fm and automatically publishes the top 5 artists I’ve listened to in the past week.4. Customize Your ThemeAll of the leading light blogging services offer a variety of colorful themes. If you’re handy with HTML and/or CSS, you can customize your template too – if you want to make it unique. Here’s a cool MySpace-esque design from Tumblr user Juice in a Box: richard macmanus Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 5. Don’t Take it SeriouslyIt’s not called light blogging for nothing (actually it wasn’t called light blogging at all, until we clumsily coined it!). Services such as Tumblr, Posterous and Soup.io make it very easy to experiment with blogging, have fun, see new things, meet new people. Why not give it go…From Sween’s Tumblr blog Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Last week we took a poll asking for your favorite ‘light’ blogging service. These are blogging services that make it very easy for you to share content and media. While old-school blogging service Blogger.com got the most votes in our poll, newer slicker services such as Tumblr, Soup.io and the recently trendy Posterous are popular with early adopters. Many people are only just coming to know the newer services like Posterous, so in this post we give you 5 tips to get the most out of them. The post is in the same vein as our earlier How to use Facebook one.1. Post Lots of MediaBlogging started out in the early days as a text-heavy medium; and to this day professional blogs (such as ReadWriteWeb) rely mostly on text. But the whole point of light blogging – sometimes called micro-blogging – is to be more casual and colorful. So post lots of media: photos, video, audio. Most light blogging services offer a browser bookmarklet, which enables you to post media at the click of a button.Here’s an example of easily published media from a Posterous blog called ReflectionOf.Me:last_img read more

60% of Facebook Users Consider Quitting Over Privacy? We Think Not

first_imgTags:#Facebook#NYT#privacy#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos PC World is reporting this morning on a survey from IT security firm Sophos that says that “60% of Facebook users consider quitting over privacy”.But we have one question – does anyone really believe that 300 million of the now estimated 500 million Facebook users are actually considering quitting?In total, 1,860 visitors to the Sophos website responded to “an online poll asking Facebook users if privacy concerns might make them consider quitting the service”, according to the company’s blog post. Of those, 272 answers were removed from respondents who said they were not Facebook users, and 254 said they had already left the site over privacy concerns. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification How can we look at these numbers? First, there are the basic numbers. As we reported earlier this week, Facebook experienced a 3% increase in visits last week, receiving nearly 9% of all U.S. visits. Not to mention, that oft-quoted figure of 400 million users has grown, though not officially announced yet, to 500 million. We think that another informal survey from Forrester Research may shed some light on what is going on here. According to Forrester analyst Augie Ray, it wasn’t his survey’s final results (with its way-too-small sample of 185 respondents) that were most interesting, but how who he asked affected the answers. In his poll, he asked “Have you changed your behaviors or settings in Facebook as a result of recent news about the site’s privacy settings & breaches?”At first, I invited followers on Twitter, and those early responses tended toward the concerned; the Twitter crowd demonstrated a higher percentage deleting their accounts or changing their privacy settings. But later I shared my poll with my Facebook friends, which include many people not “in the business” of marketing, technology, or social media, and as this group responded, I noted a significant jump in other responses, primarily, “I’ve made no changes whatsoever in how I use Facebook.” All of this is not to say that Facebook is not going through some serious issues over its privacy settings. Since we first reported on Quit Facebook Day – the site where people can pledge to delete their Facebook account on May 31 – the number of pledges has grown to nearly 13,000 – nearly triple what it was when we revisited the site early this week.With all of this in mind, we think that 60% is an overblown statistic that is likely a result of the same fault found by Augie Ray when polling his online following – the answer changes and widely varies depending on who you ask. As the disclaimer on the Sophos blog post reads, “Please bear in mind that this poll is not scientific and is provided for information purposes only. Sophos makes no guarantees about the accuracy of the results other than that they reflect the choices of the users who participated.”This un-scientific survey is giving un-scientific results that are being tossed around as if they actually mean something. Instead of reading “60% of Facebook users” it should read “60% of visitors to IT security firm Sophos’ website who use Facebook”. Then, maybe, it would be presented in the correct context for us to understand what’s being measured. Facebook’s privacy flap – though a concern for the mainstream, too (as evidenced by a cover story on Time Magazine, among other things) – is primarily worrisome for the technically savvy. There are not 300,000,000 Facebook users considering dumping the world’s most popular social network. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… mike melanson Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

NGT forms panel to oversee facilities in Amarnath

first_imgComing down heavily on the Amarnath Shrine Board for not providing enough infrastructure to devotees, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday constituted a committee of experts to maintain the “sanctity of the shrine”.Directing the board to build eco-friendly washrooms, a bench headed by NGT chairperson Swatatnter Kumar said: “There are no proper facilities for toilets. Do you even know how humiliating this is for women? You have allowed shops on the path near the shrine. You are giving priority to commercial activities over pilgrims.”The panel asked the committee to consider the construction of an iron bridge from Panchawati to the steps of the shrine in order to protect the glaciers. The tribunal also directed the authority to remove an iron rod from the cave to facilitate devotees offering prayers. The NGT has also asked the committee to take enough measures to ensure that pilgrims did not pollute the cave with the material they carried inside.The committee set up by the green panel is headed by the Additional Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), and comprises scientists, officers of the Jammu and Kashmir Pollution Control Board, petitioner Gauri Maulekhi and others.The committee has been asked to file a report before the tribunal by the first week of December on aspects like providing proper paths for devotees.On Monday, while hearing Ms. Maulekhi’s plea, the NGT capped the number of devotees at Vaishno Devi to 50,000 a day. The directions came after the petitioner had alleged that due to the increasing number of devotees at shrines, the ecosystem was being damaged.last_img read more