Everything Social Networking
You’ll find all kinds of stuff posted at my blog, so keep checking back. You’ll find a lot of information related to social networking, Facebook, Twitter, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), just cool internet tools and technologies.
Name: Steve Hart
Job: Interactive Development Director for a large media communications company.
Interest: Everything Social Networks, SEO, Blogs, and Media Publishing.
I’m not sure the value of doing this, but April left a comment on my Migrating to WordPress.org post.
Here’s how you do it….
Alex king wrote a plug in called Twitter Tools. This plug-in integrates your WordPress blog and your Twitter account.
Steps to auto-publish your Twitter tweets as a WordPress post
1. Create a new category in in your WordPress installation – call it????… ‘My Tweets’
2. Install the Twitter Tools plug-in.
3. Activate the plug-in.
4. Go to Twitter Tools under the Settings section in your WP admin panel.
5. Enter your Twitter account, set the option to create a blog post from each of your tweets to ‘yes’. you can also set it to create a daily digest blog post of your tweets.
6. Set the category for you tweet postings (see step 1)
7. Save your setting and your ready to go.
How to update your Facebook status with your Twitter tweets (opposite of the above)
With 30 million Twitter users, there’s a lot of tweets contianing relevant content and links; thats where Topsy.com comes in.
Per topsy’s webiste, when you search for something on Topsy, such as “free music“, it finds snippets of conversations that match what you’re looking for. Topsy results are the things people link to, when they’re talking about your search terms. Topsy ranks results based on how well they match your search terms, and the influence of the people talking about them.
Just in time for fathers day…caveman steaks. This is one of those post that venture off the social networking path, but it was to good to pass up.
Caveman steaks are the latest trend in BBQ. With this method, you throw the steak straight on the glowing embers as cavemen did years ago.
To get started, build a charcoal fire and let it burn until the coals glow. Blow off any ash and lay your steaks directly on the coals. The steak will be crusty and charred, but the inside will be perfect and have a smoked flavor.
Take a look at this great technique and recipe over at BBQ nation – Caveman T-Bones with Hellfire Hot Sauce cooked on the coals.
Prey is a simple and lightweight program that runs on your computer and will find your laptop if it ever gets stolen. It’s an Open Source program, but best of all…its completely FREE.
When you install Prey, you set up an email address and optionally a URL (i.e. http://mypage.com/stolen_laptop).
Prey runs at a specified interval and checks the URL you previously defined. If the URL exists, Prey will gather the information and send it to the email address you set up. You can also not define a URL and in that case the program will send the data every time it runs. If the Laptop has a webcam, it takes a photo of the Thief and a screenshot of the desktop.
Of course, Prey needs to have an active Internet connection to send the information. If the computer isn’t connected, Prey will attempt to connect to the first public Wifi access point available.
Prey is available for Linux, Mac, and Windows.
I came across this new site that helps you track concert dates, provides concerts recommendations and has an artist search engine.
www.Livekick.com helps you find all the live concerts and tickets for your favorite artists playing in your area.
After registering, you can select that artists you want to track concert dates. You can either search by artist or select a recommended artists. Once it picks up your tastes, it will start recommending bands and artist. They do a good job of finding ‘like’ artists.
You can also import your iTunes library and they will set up concert tracking for all artists in you iTunes library. they also support importing music from services such as MySpace Music, Last.fm, Pandora, iLike or Rhapsody.
Once you have your artists and bands selected, you can have their service notify by email of up coming concert dates. They also have some great API’s to embed your selection into your site.
Once you’ve found a concert you like, Livekick helps you find the best and the cheapest available tickets online from many ticketing web sites.
Under the hood, Livekick has developed a robust live concerts search engine that continuously searches large ticket web sites such as Ticketmaster, Livenation, Stubhub, Tickets.com and eBay as well as user-generated content sites such as MySpace Music.
- Steve Hart
Well, I finally did it. I kept saying I was going to do it. I’ve moved from WordPress.com on to a hosted solution with my own implementation of WordPress.
The migration was fairly easy, but a it time consuming. First thing you need to do is get a hosted service an install WordPress.
If you had a registered Domain you were using WordPress.com sites, you’ll need to change your name servers before you can access your new installation. Change the namesservers from pointing to WordPress to point to you hosting solution. In my case it is Godaddy. It took about 4 – 6 hours for the DNS to propagate before I could access my new installation.
Next, you’ll need to export your blog data from WordPress.com (admin function unter tools). Log into you hosted version of WordPress and in the same tools area, import your data. That’s the easy part.
Now the more difficult things:
First, you need to find a theme (plenty of free ones out there) and install it. Installing in requires saving the theme to you local hard drive then FTP-ing the directory to you hosting server space. The entire directory is copied to the themes folder under the WP-Content directory. Once this is complete login into WordPress and activate you theme under the ‘appearence’ – ‘Themes’ section.
Next you’ll need to select the plug-ins you want to install.
Here are a few of my choices
- Akismet - for spam protection
- All in One SEO Pack - for search engine optimization
- Dagon Design Sitemap Generator - for HTML sitemap generation.
- Google XML Sitemaps - for XML based site maps that can be submitted to Google
- Permalinks Moved Permanently - allows me to use SEO friendly URLs – a must!
- Secure WordPress - a set of tools to help better secure you installation
- Ultimate Google Analytics - requires setting up a google analytics account, but the best way to track our stats
- Youtube Brackets - for embedding youtube videos
- WordPress Database Backup – another must.
- Smart Ads - for serving Google adsense
- Sociable - adds links to posts for bookmarking to social sites (digg, delicious,…)
- Top 10 - Displays top posts, plus dashboard widget.
- WordPress.com Stats - WP stats in your dashboard
Most of these plug-ins require some level of configuration, but they are well worth it.
- Steve Hart
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