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Backing Up Your Social Media

Social media outlets are practically a dime a dozen. Excluding ones that are pretty stable right now (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), most of them will either fail or get bought. The problem is that your data, your content, typically dies when they do. As an individual you might not care too…

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Tags: Brightkite, Facebook, picplz, rant, RSS, social media, Twitter

Facebook Graph Search and Lessons from Timeline

Facebook has announced its new Graph Search feature which allows logged in users to search for information across their friend profiles. Facebook even made it a point to set up a page about privacy in the graph search to try to head off concerns from users. In this case, Facebook…

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Tags: Facebook, rant, social media

Social Media Goals for the New Year

Every year I think people will start to get the hang of social media. After all, it’s really not much different from what we’ve done as a society forever, just more rapid-fire. Every year I am proven wrong. Perhaps we need to consider better behavior on social media as a…

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Tags: Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram, Plus, privacy, rant, social media, Twitter

Social Media Profile versus a Web Site

This image gleefully stolen from The Page That No One Will Ever See. Now it may be a seen page. Yesterday an eye-catching headline popped up in my Twitter feed: 6 Reasons Facebook and Twitter Are More Important Than a Website (which is a different message than the author’s “infographic”…

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Tags: Facebook, rant, SEM, SEO, social media, standards, Twitter, usability

Facebook, HTML5, and Mis-Reporting

My Twitter stream and the headlines of sites across the web yesterday lit up with Facebook’s CEO blaming its stock price (failure to meet hyped expectation) on HTML5 (and its failure to make the Facebook mobile experience suck less). Even ZDNet jumped on that bandwagon with a post titled Facebook’s…

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Tags: Facebook, html, mobile, social media, standards, usability, UX, W3C

Picplz Shutting Down, as Free Services Often Do

Picplz is a photo/image editing and sharing app/service that has been compared to Instagram and long referred to as the Android alternative (Instagram didn’t support Android until recently). At 10:17pm EST on a Friday night (last night), June 1, Picplz sent out the following cryptic tweet: tmblr.co/ZUq_PyMaUlXD— picplz (@picplz) June…

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Tags: Brightkite, Facebook, Foursquare, Gowalla, Instagram, internet, picplz, rant, social media

Failure of Responsive Design is Why Facebook’s IPO Tanked

Stuck for ideas for an article? Did you hear that Facebook’s IPO isn’t netting them enough billions of dollars and so is referred to as a failure? Have you heard about the hot new technique for making generic sites mobile-friendly? Need to get people to click through to your article…

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Tags: Facebook, mobile, rant, usability

Why All the Food Photos? (at evolt.org)

This article was originally posted on evolt.org, an online resource for web developers, maintained by web developers. I have granted evolt.org the right to use this article on its web site, and it is the only entity with the right to reproduce it. The Internet has a thing for cats.…

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Tags: Facebook, food, Foursquare, mobile, social media, Twitter

Followers, Likes and +1s as Meaningless as Hits

One of my un-fondest memories from my early days of web development was the constant client request for web site counters at the bottom of a new web site. Trying to explain to clients that showing a rather low number of visitors might not be something they want to brag…

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Tags: Facebook, Plus, social media, Twitter

Recent(ish) News on Google, Bing, SEO/SEM

I have written many times here about SEO/SEM and how so much of it is sold to organizations by scam artists (though I recoil at the thought of calling them “artists”). Too often it includes demonstrably false claims, like how meta keywords and descriptions will help your site and that…

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Tags: analytics, Bing, Facebook, Google, search, SEM, SEO, social media, Twitter

Facebook Likes…Your Data

Developers are starting to lean on the features of Facebook outside of the walled garden of Facebook itself, and there are implications for us as users that we might not be considering. The current trends of web design include giant footers, social media icons, extensive background images, and the omnipresent…

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Tags: Facebook, privacy, rant, social media

Twitter As Passive-Aggressive Enabler

There was once a time that if you wanted to lodge a complaint with a company or organization, you could rely on writing a strongly-worded letter. You might get a response in 6-8 weeks. Then came a point when you could call a support line and speak to a human…

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Tags: Facebook, rant, social media, Twitter

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