• Blog Exercises: What Do You Do?

    Updated: 2013-01-11 11:38:00
    What do you do? These are the first questions you usually hear upon meeting someone after the words, “How are you?” What do you do? In this Blog Exercise let’s change this to “What do you do on your blog?” On your blog, with your blog, whichever works for you. Do you know? What do [...]

  • Shocking! When Hackers Edit Disavow Links File

    Updated: 2013-01-09 14:52:56
    Did you know that hackers can edit your disavow links file in Google Webmaster tools and cause irreparable loss of search engine traffic rankings! I recently helped a friend fix his hacked site –  When your site gets hacked, you restore your server files, restore the database from WordPress backups (or Vaultpress backups), reupload your [...]

  • Happy Birthday and Anniversary, Matt Mullenweg

    Updated: 2013-01-09 13:20:26
    Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary, Matt Mullenweg. Well, happy early birthday. Matt’s birthday is January 11. Matt Mullenweg is the co-founder of WordPress, the brains behind WordPress.com and Automattic, and I’m honored to call him friend. He also changed my life completely, in more ways than I can count. Last year I tried. In “Happy [...]

  • Blog Exercises: What’s Your Site’s Tagline?

    Updated: 2013-01-09 13:09:11
    In Blog Exercises: What is the Name of Your Site?, the Blog Exercise explored whether or not your site title was still appropriate for your site. Today’s exercise examines your tagline, the subtitle of your site. Not all site designs or WordPress Themes display the tagline, but it is there under the hood. Search engines [...]

  • Blog Exercises: What is the Name of Your Site?

    Updated: 2013-01-09 05:02:29
    What is the name of your site? In WordPress, every site has a title and a tagline or subtitle. What is yours? Choosing a name for your site can be a challenge and your next Blog Exercise in this year-long series of exercises to help you improve your blog. Sometimes choosing a name for your [...]

  • Happy Holidays and Onward!

    Updated: 2013-01-09 04:16:36
    We survived the Mayan Calendar. We’ve survived planets lining up. We’ve survived attacks on our person, our community, our faith, and our country. Just another year. As we charge forward this coming year, here are some things to look forward to here on Lorelle on WordPress and on my other sites, and many things to [...]

  • Blog Exercise: Category Brainstorming

    Updated: 2013-01-08 04:38:16
    In the first of my new Blog Exercises, you will begin work on clarifying the purpose and mission of your site. Take a minimum of 25 minutes to list all the words and phrases that describe what you blog about. If you are new to blogging, list all of the words describing what you wish [...]

  • Welcome to the New Blog Exercises

    Updated: 2013-01-04 00:37:30
    Your doctor tells you to exercise. You tell yourself you need some exercise. You play Sudoku and other mind games to flex the brain. We all need exercise, even bloggers. In the past, my Blog Challenges have been well received but its time to update them. I used to call them challenges, then prompts, but [...]

  • Everyone Loves Easter Eggs

    Updated: 2013-01-03 19:48:26
    Over the years, I’ve put a fair amount of thought into the ways that game mechanics can improve software usability. I’m not alone, since now there’s, a name for this process, gamification. The biggest problem designers face when attempting to create engagement through game mechanics is “doing it right,” and since each system is different, [...]

  • Smartphones Driving Force Behind Online Shopping Surge

    Updated: 2013-01-03 16:22:30
    The emergence of smartphones as the preferred mobile device of millions of people all around the world has changed not just the way we communicate and handle the various tasks of daily living. It has also changed the way we view commerce. The increased power and features of smartphones mean a more reliable and stable [...]

  • Some Topics for 2013

    Updated: 2013-01-02 23:28:20
    Hope you all enjoyed the holidays and closing out 2012. Continuing something I started doing last year, here are some topics I’ll be following with interest in 2013. You may notice some are repeats of last year, but that’s not to say any have dropped off my radar. I just felt like repeating them for [...]

  • The World’s Top Tweeting City Is Jakarta?

    Updated: 2013-01-02 15:49:23
    When I think of the popularity of Twitter I think of people walking around New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago, posting about their day and sharing vacation photos with friends. Yet many social users may be surprised to learn that the top tweeting city isn’t in the United States. Forbes contributor Victor Lipman recently analysts [...]

  • Zynga Shuts Down 11 Games As Troubles Continue

    Updated: 2012-12-31 16:04:27
    Zynga continues to falter and as gamers turn towards other social games developers the one-time powerhouse has shut down 11 of its lesser performing titles. The news of the games shutdowns was announced by Zynga CEO Mark Pincus and they follow in line with the company’s attempts to downsize staff numbers while focusing on the [...]

  • 6 Best Women Safety Apps

    Updated: 2012-12-30 10:35:22
    Download these best Women safety apps for your smartphone and it could help you send emergency SOS SMS alerts, emails, Facebook notifications and even call friends with a single tap of the app should you need help while travelling alone at night, or being confronted with a threatening dangerous situation. OnWatch Positioned as personal safety [...]

  • Top Articles of 2012

    Updated: 2012-12-28 18:40:28
    2012 is closing down and as QOT turned 8 years old, here is a list of some of the best tips we offered to our readers in 2012. If you like the content, please consider subscribing to our feeds or following us on social media sites and never miss another article again the next year. [...]

  • Facebook Poke and Snapchat Videos Are Actually Easy To Save

    Updated: 2012-12-28 18:19:16
    Despite the popularity of video, photo and text destruction apps such as Facebook Poke and Snapchat, it actually turns out that recapturing those messages is a very simple process, even after those apps delete a users messages. While both of the apps alert a user when screengrabs are taken, it turns out that simply connecting [...]

  • Is Windows 7 Responsible for Poor Windows 8 Sales?

    Updated: 2012-12-28 05:44:15
    It’s quite evident by now that Windows 8 OS is not selling in Microsoft expected volumes. While some of the known industry analysts blame the OS itself, I think much of the blame should go to its predecessor Windows 7 as well. Why you ask? Well, for starters Windows 7 is a “no problem” OS, [...]

  • Nokia Windows 8 Tablet Coming Soon!

    Updated: 2012-12-27 11:50:35
    Nokia is planning its debut in the tablet arena. The company is all set to unveil a brand new tablet running Windows 8 RT OS in early 2013. Sneak Peak: Let’s quickly sneak peak at the highlights before delving into more details. The upcoming Nokia Windows tablet features technical mettle analogous to Microsoft’s own Windows [...]

  • Facebook Poke App Falls Out Of Top 25 As Snapchat Reaches No. 5

    Updated: 2012-12-27 05:50:08
    Mark Zuckerberg and his team at Facebook need to work much harder if they plan to kill off temporary message delivery service Snapchat. While Facebook’s Poke app debuted at No. 1 in the Apple App store it has now fallen out of the Top 25 downloadable free apps. Launched last week the Facebook Poke app [...]

  • Download DRM Free MP3 Songs Online for Rs. 5 at Flipkart

    Updated: 2012-12-23 06:03:36
    This weekend you can download DRM free mp3 songs online for Rs 5 only at Flipkart as part of their Christmas celebration deals. As part of the Universal music special, this offer is valid for this weekend only and over 200,000 songs are available for Rs 5. I usually listed to free bollywood hindi music [...]

  • Grab Free Flickr Pro Upgrade for 3 Months

    Updated: 2012-12-22 15:12:01
    Flickr is giving away holiday gifts and offering free Flickr Pro upgrades to all users, but only for 3 months. Under the new leadership of Marrisa Mayer, Flickr is trying to bring back Flickr loyalists and encourage them to spend money to get the Flickr Pro features. Free Flickr Pro Upgrade My Flickr Screen presented [...]

  • PSY Gangnam Style YouTube Video Hits 1 Billion Views: Most Viewed Video Ever

    Updated: 2012-12-21 18:38:34
    Gangnam Style YouTube video by PSY is the most viewed video ever and first YouTube video to cross 1 billion views! Even popular celebrities find it difficult to cross millions of youtube views, but the immense international popularity of this catchy music video enabled it to cross a billion views. Gangnam Style YouTube Video Just in [...]

  • Facebook Paid Messages In Beta Testing, Email Filters Announced

    Updated: 2012-12-21 08:30:09
      The team at Facebook may have found a new source of revenue thanks to paid messages. Facebook on Thursday announced a new beta program which allows users to send messages to non-Facebook friends. There’s just one catch, users will have to pay per message. Facebook is testing a $1 fee but that price could [...]

  • Naughty Or Nice? The Holiday’s Top Social Media Trends [Infographic]

    Updated: 2012-12-21 04:40:01
    The holiday season is upon us and in celebration of that special time of year the team at Synthesio, a global social media monitoring company, has put together a fun infographic with the top holiday trends in social media. The firm researchers social media chatter and found that the United States was in first place with [...]

  • Facebook Mobile Ads To Overtake Google Mobile Ads In 2012

    Updated: 2012-12-20 06:39:01
    Facebook mobile ads offered better-than-expected results at the end of Q3, 2012 and now some analysts believe Facebook mobile ads revenue will overtake Google mobile ads by the end of 2012. Reporting firm eMarketrt predicts that Google will generate $339 million in mobile ad revenue in 2012, a large increase fro the company previous estimates [...]

  • WordPress College Course: Register Now for PCC Rock Creek

    Updated: 2012-12-19 06:05:09
    I’m expanding my WordPress college courses to now include Portland Community College at Rock Creek. Give yourself a holiday gift to learn WordPress next year! Beginning January 9, 2013 and running through March 20, I will be teaching CMS Website Creation: WordPress. This is a part of their new series on Content Management System instruction. [...]

  • A Day of Healing and Suffering at the Clackamas Mall

    Updated: 2012-12-19 05:44:23
    “I feel greedy.” We stood in the cold outside the Clackamas Mall, arms wrapped around each other, watching the crowd expand to release individuals and couples to step forward and place their candles on the memorial stage. The faces of the two deceased smiled over the mournful group gathered before them. The photographs were snapshots [...]

  • Hulu 2012 Estimates: $695 Million Revenue, 3 Million Hulu Plus Subscribers

    Updated: 2012-12-18 08:48:21
    2012 has been a very good year to be a Hulu partners, according to company estimates the social TV platform will close out 2012 with 3 million subscribers and $695 million in estimated revenue. Shouting the praises of his company Hulu CEO Jason Kilar notes: “We are closing on a big 2012.  On behalf of [...]

  • Tampering with Siri

    Updated: 2012-12-18 08:36:35
    Editor’s note: Here’s another post from Mark Vilrokx (@mvilrokx) derived from his work on the Voice project. Let’s follow Mark as he tampers with Siri and find the comments here or on his original post. A few months ago, just after Siri was released on the world I got the uncontrollable urge to see what Siri could do for me. [...]

  • Twitter And Nielsen Team Up To Improve Ratings System

    Updated: 2012-12-18 03:16:37
    Nielsen Ratings has been called antiquated and out-of-touch with today’s media landscape, Twitter on the other hand offers semantic results that web browsers create through millions of interactions. Together the two company’s hope to create a TV measurement system that brings ratings to the twenty first century. The new ratings metric will debut in Fall [...]

  • How-To: Increase Your Virtual Disk Size in VirtualBox

    Updated: 2012-12-14 19:54:20
    I would have added this to my Friday aggregate post, but I didn’t see it until just now. The ever-helpful Fat Bloke has a post on Growing your VirtualBox Virtual Disk that I highly recommend you Pocket, bookmark or whatever you use to keep useful links handy for later use. I actually went through this [...]

  • Help Bex Choose a Topic for His Collaborate 2013 Deep Dive

    Updated: 2012-12-13 21:44:37
    Friend of the ‘Lab Bex Huff (@bex) is running an interesting experiment. He’s soliciting ideas for the deep dive he and Bezzotech will be giving at Collaborate 2013, which is April 7-11 in Denver. This session will be on Sunday of the show, hosted by the IOUG’s WebCenter Special Interest Group. I like this idea because [...]

  • Build Your Own Siri Application . . . in the Browser!

    Updated: 2012-12-13 17:50:35
    Editor’s note: The following post comes from Mark Vilrokx (@mvilrokx), one of my colleagues in Apps UX. Mark has been working on the Voice project that Ultan (@ultan) mentioned in his recap of the OUAB meeting last week, and as part of his work on Voice, Mark has done some serious hacking that I wanted [...]

  • Flickr Announces Photo Filters, Uses Twitter Favored SDK Provider Aviary

    Updated: 2012-12-13 04:44:39
    Flickr on Wednesday announced a set of its own photo filters, the platform was created by the Aviary, the same company that provided an SDK package for Twitter’s recently announced photo filters. On its blog Aviary writers: “Now, all Flickr users, on web and mobile, can make their photos look amazing with Aviary’s tools, filters [...]

  • Instagram Debuts New Filter Type, Announces Foursquare Integration

    Updated: 2012-12-11 11:47:14
    After ditching full photo displays (Vcards) from Twitter on Monday the team at Instagram wasted no time in debuting new features of its very own. The world’s largest social photo sharing platform announced updates for both its iOS and Android apps. Instagram’s new features include integration with Foursquare, improvements to its camera integration standards and [...]

  • Pinterest Page Setup To Catch Criminals And Its Successful

    Updated: 2012-12-11 04:31:27
      Catching criminals often involves endless hours of detective work, reels of security camera footage and sometimes just a bit of plain old luck. A possibly more effective way to catch those same criminals is to use social networking website Pinterest. The Mercury, a Pottstown, Pennsylvania newspaper, has so far posted 74 pictures to its newspaper [...]

  • How to Revive Expired Content

    Updated: 2012-12-09 13:56:36
    Most bloggers don’t like the idea of their content expiring, especially if they publish a lot of it on a consistent basis. The thing is that the more you publish, the less time you have to review your past articles. And sorry to be the one to break this to you, but your content won’t [...]

  • Twitter Cutting Some Tweets Down To 117 Characters

    Updated: 2012-12-07 21:56:04
    If you can’t collect your thoughts in 140 characters you might soon find yourself with 23 less. Twitter is planning to cut down URL containing tweets from 118 characters for HTTP links and just 117 for HTTPS containing URLs. Currently a Tweet can scale to 119 characters when a Twitter URL shortener is used. On [...]

  • Turning on Developer Options in Android 4.2.1

    Updated: 2012-12-07 19:59:23
    I’m positively giddy playing around with the face unlock feature on my new Nexus 4. This was announced for ICS a long time ago, but it never made it to my Nexus S, not sure why. Thanks to Apple, there’s a lot of talk about delighting users, and I’m a very jaded user. So, I’m [...]

  • Google+ Now Features Communities, Announces 500 Million Users

    Updated: 2012-12-07 04:26:01
    Google+ on Thursday announced the launch of a new group feature called Google+ Communities. The new program allows users to create public and private groups that can be centered around a specific topic or brand. According to Google VP Vic Gundotra the new Communities button on the left side of the Google+ menu allows users to [...]

  • Quora Adds LinkedIn Sharing, Helps Professionals Boost Their Credibility

    Updated: 2012-12-06 06:55:02
    Question and Answer website Quora now allows users to share answers directly to their Linkedin profiles. Announced on Wednesday the new integration joined Twitter, Facebook and email sharing buttons that were already available to Quora users. Quora hopes that by promoting professional answers on LinkedIn more users with experience will show off their knowledge base. [...]

  • LinkedIn’s Most Overused Buzzwords Of 2012

    Updated: 2012-12-05 04:46:39
    Utilizing social networks properly involves catching peoples attention, in order to gain the attention you want originality is a big plus. Unfortunately many users in 2012 used their LinkedIn accounts to echo the same sentiments as other users. LinkedIn on Tuesday revealed its list of the 10 most-overused buzzwords job hunters used in 2012 to [...]

  • Firefox 17 Now Includes Facebook Messaging Sidebar

    Updated: 2012-12-03 20:03:59
    Mozilla on Monday announced that Firefox 17 now includes a Facebook messaging sidebar for easier communication with a users Facebook friends list. The opt-in feature allows users to quickly access Facebook Messenger from any page on the web. Users can also see their Facebook notifications whenever using the browser and they are given the option to [...]

  • How Reddit Was Born [Video]

    Updated: 2012-11-30 23:19:54
    Reddit came about by accident, a beautiful and flawed merging of original ideas and concepts taken from other popular sites at the time of its launch such as Slashdot and Delicious. Founded by Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian the network was built around forming user identities while at the same time sharing the web in a [...]

  • I Guess It’s Video Friday

    Updated: 2012-11-30 18:48:50
    It’s Friday, so why not share some video? Doesn’t really make sense to me either, but sometimes the words just won’t flow. Moving on, here are a couple interesting talks, one official TED, the other a TEDx, i.e. independently-produced. These two speakers are so different, it’s actually quite amazing that their ideas and messages actually [...]

  • Become a Local Blogging Celebrity with LinkedIn

    Updated: 2012-11-29 23:48:46
    There are a number of social media sites that have captured the hearts and attention span of the modern world. Internet users rely on social networking a great deal for any number of tasks, originally personal but not more along the lines of professional. In fact, using such sites for self promotion, business networking and [...]

  • How Much Time Are You Spending On Social Networks? [Infographic]

    Updated: 2012-11-29 06:56:12
    Social media has become a huge component of the web and a new study proves that point, claiming that internet users now spend 18% of their time online via social networks. From Facebook and Twitter to Tumblr and LinkedIn, we have become a social media obsessed population. According to the study the average time spent [...]

  • Some Applications UX Nuggets

    Updated: 2012-11-20 18:17:28
    I’m working through a Windows 8 upgrade right now and plan to report back on that after it finishes. In the meantime, I wanted to share some recent newsworthy items from my new team, Applications User Experience. Introducing the New Face of Fusion Applications At OpenWorld 2012, the Apps UX team showed off a new [...]

  • Google Adds Reader to Takeout

    Updated: 2012-11-15 21:45:35
    If you’ve used Google Reader for a long time, like I have, this is huge news. Google adds ability to download Latitude and Google Reader data from Takeout data porting center A year ago, Google revamped Reader’s UI and removed the sharing features in favor of G+ sharing. I’d been using Reader shares for several [...]

  • How journalism startups are making money around the world

    Updated: 2012-11-12 23:01:34
    OJR : The Online Journalism Review November 12, 2012 How journalism startups are making money around the world Written by Pekka Pekkala For the last two years I have had an opportunity to participate in an ambitious global research project : how journalistic startups are making money in the United States , Japan , the United Kingdom , France and five other . countries The project is called Sustainable Business Models for Journalism . What did we find First , bad news : there†s no single , easy solution or amazing new business model that solves all the problems that traditional publishing models . have But looking through some of the very grassroots operations around the globe , you find some similarities among the sites . Probably the most comforting lesson from these young and old

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