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June 2011

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How to visually connect your Linked-in contacts!

Chris Norton's NetworkI have just read a post by PR blogger Sherrilynne Starkie in which she highlights a new tool which has been launched called InMaps.

Basically the new service allows you to visualise your connections on Linked-in, it accesses the api and creates a pretty graphic grouping your connections by different colours. Then you the user have to go through these colours and decide what they show and how useful they are. I think the graphic is really clever and pretty but I am not sure how much added value I would actually get from sifting through the colours and tagging up each one in the legend. I have enclosed the YouTube video which explains what its all about.

Twitter, twitter the little bird is getting bigger!

Ah, Twitter. Some people still scoff at the supposed mundanity of many tweeters and the site’s alleged lack of visual excitement when compared to Facebook, but the San Francisco-based service is now five years old and has attracted a very impressive user base in that time – currently in the region of 200 million users.

photoAnd if recent news is anything to go by, that user base will only get bigger. Earlier this month, tech giant Apple announced that Twitter would be deeply integrated into iOS5, the next version of its mobile and tablet PC operating system. When it is launched this autumn, iOS 5 users will be able to tweet directly from several built-in apps, including Photos, YouTube, Safari and Maps.

Currently, iPhone and iPad users must open either the Twitter app, or the Twitter website in the Safari browser, and pull in any content they wish to tweet from there – for example, photos or videos.

Given the huge, multinational popularity of the iPhone and iPad, the launch of iOS5 will almost certainly lead to a further dramatic spike in the Twitter user base. So why did Apple – which has gone from the edge of bankruptcy in the mid-1990s to the world’s most valuable brand in little more than 15 years – choose Twitter for this coronation, not global leader Facebook?

According to Joe Wilcox, writing on technology site betanews, the decision may be down to Apple and Facebook having different priorities. Facebook is, he writes, intensely focused on pulling user content into the ‘cloud’, pushing related advertising there – and, of course, making it difficult for users to pull that content back out. Apple, by contrast, still makes the majority of its profits from hardware sales rather than software, and so prefers user content to flow freely between devices.

Facebook is also, in one sense, a web (or cloud) based operating system, and one for which software developers can write applications. Some of these have proved enormously popular (yes, Farmville, I’m looking at you!). You don’t need a degree in business studies to see Facebook apps as direct competition to Apple’s iOS and Mac OS app stores.

We saw a glimpse of such conflicts of interest in September last year, when Apple launched Ping, a poorly received social network focused on music which was integrated into its iTunes jukebox software. At its launch, Apple CEO Steve Jobs publicly demonstrated Ping’s various features, including Facebook integration. But to the disappointment of many, the latter feature was almost immediately removed.

A subsequent investigation by Wall Street Journal columnist Kara Swisher revealed that Facebook and Apple had failed to reach agreement on Ping integration, because, to quote Steve Jobs, the social network had demanded “onerous terms that we could not agree to.” So, of course, Apple launched Ping with unauthorized Facebook integration, and this was, predictably, quickly blocked by the site!

Meanwhile, app hype aside, a great number of tweeters still use the Twitter website to broadcast to the world – at least some of the time! With them in mind, Twitter recently announced two new website features: improved search results and integrated photo hosting. That latter will mean photographs can be attached directly to tweets without the sometimes use of third party sites like Twitpic.

It seems we’ve come a very long way since the first ever tweet, sent on 21 March 2006 by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey. Wondering what this momentous pronouncement was? “Just setting up my twttr”. Prophetic words!

3 Dos and 3 Dont’s Of Guest Blogging

By now, most bloggers understand how important guest blogging is to the success of your websites. Gust blogging can bring you extra visitors, give you more coverage, and can give you the chance to get to know some of the biggest names in your niche.

There are however some very important dos and dont’s to consider when you guest blog, in order to ensure you get the most from your efforts, whilst not treading on any toes.  Here are my top three things to do, and top three things to avoid when you get your shot at guest blogging.

Don’t – Forget to leave a link

One of the best things about guest blogging is that it gives you the chance to pick up a ton of new readers and subscribers along the way. Providing a post full of good value and interesting content is sure to entice people to find out more about you and your site. Make sure you remember to add a link to your site so people can come and read more of their content.
Ignoring the opportunity to leave a link on a guest post is like leaving money on the table!

Don’t – Overdo the links

Whilst it is widely accepted for you to leave one, or even two links at the end of your guest post, what you should avoid is leaving too many links. Including links to every one of your 12 blogs at the end of your guest post is the fastest way to turn off readers, and will probably ensure you never get the opportunity to guest blog for that site again.

The blogging community is pretty close knit, and the Internet makes it very easy for a bad reputation to spread very quickly.

Don’t – Count out the little guys

It can be great networking with some of the major sites and bloggers of the world, and they can bring you a heap of new subscribers. However, do not pass up on the chance to guest post on a smaller site or blog, as these sites can grow very quickly.

Every site starts with a small audience, and if you are on board at the start, you’ll benefit when they make it big.

Do – Provide quality content

Nothing will hurt your blogging career more than trashing another persons site. Making guest posts that are purely promotional, and carry no substance or benefit to the reader will do your rep no good at all.
Ensure that when making a guest post you provide the highest possible quality of information. This is a chance to showcase your talent to a new audience so make the most of it. Most importantly remember to treat other’s sites as you would want them to treat yours. Here’s a look at how one blogger goes about finding quality guest bloggers (click here)

Do – Take the chance to network

When you guest blog, don’t simply post and forget about it. There is a good chance people will comment on what you have written, and this gives you a great chance to reach out to, and meet new people in your niche. Ignoring what others have to say about your post shows a lack of respect, and remember blogging is all about being social.

Do – Enjoy yourself

Although you are writing for someone else don’t let the pressure get to you. Write as you would for your own site and try not to concern yourself too much with things like, “Will they like me?, What if nobody comments on this?” etc.

They are things you can’t control and often nerves will inhibit your ability to create. Guest blogging is highly effective, great for networking, and a whole lot of fun. Don’t forget, enjoy the process, stay professional, and reap the rewards.

This was a post by Lior who works for Kitchen Stools Direct, a bar stools and kitchen stools ecommerce store.