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  • Opinion: Google+, Day 13: Posting from Google+ to Facebook

    Google+ may be the newest kid on the social networking block, but it is not the only kid. I have multiple social networks that I maintain and update, and sometimes it can be tedious and redundant to post the same links or information on multiple networks. For today's 30 Days With Google+ journey, I am taking a look at some methods for cross-posting content from Google+ to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks.

  • Opinion: New Netflix Section 'Just for Kids'

    Young children, as all parents know, love to watch the same shows over and over...and over. It's exactly this love of repetition that makes Netflix a good deal for families. Rather than buy or rent individual kid shows, it's easier (and cheaper) to sign up for Netflix' streaming service and let the youngins watch all the videos they want.

  • Opinion: Google+, Day 12: Following People in Google+

    I have already discussed Circles, the pros and cons of Circles, and why I am not a huge fan of the Circle interface. One aspect that hasn't yet been discussed, though, during this 30 Days With Google+ is the fact that I can follow other Google+ users who I am fairly sure have no intention of adding me to a Circle to read anything I might share.

  • Opinion: Amazon AWS GovCloud: Lessons for the Private Sector

    Amazon introduced a new cloud service aimed specifically at the United States government this week. Although the Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud is targeted at government agencies, there are also some valuable lessons for private sector businesses and IT admins to learn about cloud servers and data storage.

  • Opinion: FBI Warns Consumers About Online Auto Scams

    Online scammers are bilking car shoppers with fraudulent vehicle sales and false vehicle protection claims, according to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center.

  • Opinion: Google+, Day 11: Understanding the +1 Button

    As with other social networks, when I find a post that I like on Google+, I can choose to add my two cents by commenting on it, or I can just click a button to show my support or approval. On Google+, that button is the +1 button. For today's 30 Days With Google+ post, I am taking a closer look at what happens when I click +1, and what it really means.

  • Opinion: Heello: Another Microblog to Join, then Abandon

    You know what the world needs now? No, it's not love, sweet love. We need another social network. And that's what TwitPic founder Noah Everett wants to give us -- but with a twist. Everett's idea for a new social network is Twitter -- TwitPic's raison d'être -- but slightly repackaged and going under the name Heello.

  • Opinion: Visual Thesaurus: Useful for All, Great for Word Nerds

    For over a century and a half, folks searching for just the right synonym to express an idea would reach for a thesaurus, which is essentially a well-indexed book containing lists of related words. The problem has always been (and continues even with today’s popular Web-based versions) that it’s all too easy to use the wrong word in the list. For instance, suppose you were writing the sentence, “The child touched the dog.” Looking up “touch” in a traditional thesaurus, the list of synonyms would include “abut,” “tag,” “kiss,” “verge,” “hint,” etc. In other words, with no guidance or understanding of the nuances involved, many people have ended up looking quite silly or even saying the direct opposite of what they meant. Subscription-based Web tool Visual Thesaurus ($3/month or $20/year) sweeps away these problems.

  • Opinion: Google+, Day 8: I'm Not Loving the Circles Interface

    Conceptually, I like Circles. I understand the simple logic of segregating contacts based upon my real life relationships, or the level of personal information I am comfortable sharing with various groups. But, the actual interface of dragging and dropping contacts into different circles? Yeah--I'm over that.

  • Opinion: LinkedIn Changes Social Ads in Response to Gripes

    LinkedIn fired back today after a few days of heavy criticism for its new "social ads" that use information from users' profiles in the ads. LinkedIn Director of Product Management Ryan Roslansky posted a blog entry to clarify issues that had arisen over the newly launched social ads.

  • Opinion: Google+, Day 7: Nobody Wants to Claim These Invitations

    Google+ has quickly skyrocketed to 25 million plus users, and invitations to join the coveted limited "Field Trial" of the Google social network are in high demand... or so I thought. They used to be at least. I expected a mad rush to take advantage of my repeated offers to invite readers, but demand has been tepid at best.

  • Opinion: The web ties that bind

    We’re moving inexorably towards an ever-more web-centric way of working and accessing entertainment, but in return we’re giving up more and more of ourselves. It’s free to join, but you may never fully escape Google’s web.

  • Opinion: Facebook Messenger Has Hidden Video Chat Feature

    Facebook Messenger, the social network's new messaging app for iPhone and Android, may soon have a video chat component. Hackers rummaging around in the new smartphone app have discovered traces of a video chat feature that appears to be under development. The hidden service was first reported by 9-to-5 Mac and How To Arena later confirmed similar video chat remnants were in the Android version.

  • Opinion: Instant Coupons Change Discounts For Small Businesses

    LivingSocial, the largest daily deal site behind Groupon, has rolled out an interesting way to purchase your next burrito, yoga class, or massage appointment. It's called LivingSocial Instant, modeled after Groupon's Now coupons, which are served to mobile users for short periods of time. If you're walking by an ice cream shop, for example, a LivingSocial Instant coupon could ping your mobile phone, via an app, that you have an hour to get 50 percent off a banana split.

  • Opinion: Google+, Day 6: Anatomy of a Google+ Post

    Now that I've got my Circles set up, and I've started to figure out the pros and cons of the Circles concept, and we've already covered the "real names" controversy, it is time to move on in the 30 Days With Google+journey. Today, I will take a look at posting on Google+.

  • Opinion: Why Facebook Facial Recognition is Creepy: Redux

    Several months ago I wrote an article called "Why Facebook Facial Recognition is Creepy." It was sparked by a feature Facebook had just rolled out to people--facial recognition, or the ability to identify people in photos.

  • Opinion: Google+, Day 3: Filling In the Circles

    On Day 2 of 30 Days With Google+ I walked through the setting up a Google+ profile once you get an invitation to join the limited Field Trial. Having done that, though, it is now time to start adding some contacts to make it a social network instead of just a profile page. To add contacts in Google+, I first have to grasp the Circles concept.

  • Opinion: Zuckerberg's Sister Exits Facebook to Start Own Business

    After six years as Facebook's director of marketing, Randi Zuckerberg -- the sister of the social networking giant's CEO and cofounder Mark Zuckerberg -- is leaving the company to start a business of her own.

  • Opinion: Stop Gmail From Downloading Too Many Messages

    Recently I helped a family member set up a new PC, which included installing Windows Live Mail 2011 and configuring it for use with her Gmail account. Just one problem: she has something like 75,000 messages in this account, and Live Mail insisted on downloading them all. Needless to say, the program choked on that much mail; it was barely operable.

  • Opinion: Internet Explorer IQ Story Called a Hoax

    Looks like I'm the dumb one for reporting that Internet Explorer users have lower IQs on average, because the story appears to be a hoax.



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