Monday, March 30, 2009

Tools to Tweet By

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Twitter is an incredible tool improving your life, expand their social circle, promoting business, keep their coursework organized, and more. Now there are some fantastic tools to help you achieve your Twitter goals. For example, Do you want to find out where you rank in the world of Twitter? With Twitterholic you can check out the top Twitter users and find out your Twitter stats on Twitterholic.


These were my Stats :
Joined Twitter on 2008-11-09 23:43:28
etha is ranked 12,470th on twitterholic! (by followers)
etha is ranked 1st in their location on twitterholic! (by followers in 'Hamilton,
Ohio USA')


Is your message being passed on? Find out with Retweetist , you not only can check out the ranks but also the hottest links being retweeted on Twitter. This is an awesome tool to find out if your tweets are being retweeted.

Who Should I Follow?: Allows you to find good recommendations for Tweeps to follow based on your interests and other people you have added to your network.

Did you know that in order to help protect users from extensive spamming, Twitter will freeze new follows if you are following way more people than are following you ? A good way to avoid that is Friend or Follow: this tool helps you to manage your Twitter contacts and find out who’s not following you back.

Promoting your business, shareing photos, and more is easy with Ping.fm: This service will update all of your social networks at once, which saves a lot of time.

Get organized with Tweet Later: this tool offers a great way to set up alerts, schedule tweets, send thank you DMs, and more.

WithVacatweet, you can set up an autoresponder for your Twitter account while your away. You don't want your Twittermates thinking you are ignoring them

TwtQpon: allows you to create simple Twitter coupons for your business with TwtQpon. What a great way of boosting sales!

Track your health using Tweetwhatyoueat You can keep a food diary to track your diet every day.

These tools are a great way to grow and expand your network in Twitter. Tracking, organizing and keeping in touch and staying active is the name of the game with social networking; and with these tool, anyone can be a winner.

To learn more click here for a full Twitter Tutorial.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Top 10 Negative Factors of Google's SEO

GoogleWell, I've done a post about the top positive factors of Google's SEO, and a post about the top most controversial factors, so now I think it is time I give you the top 5 negative factors of google's SEO.

Server Is Often Inaccessible To Bots - The server is often unable to be accessed by bots and some pages may not be accessed.

Content Is Very Similar or Duplicate of Existing Content in the index - This can affect a sites hits or page rank if it is dropped because it is viewed as a duplicate.

External Links to Low Quality/Spam Sites - Some links lead to a site of poor quality or a site that is mainly spam.

Participation in Link Schemes or Activley Selling Links - Participating in the selling of links to other sites.

Duplicate Title/Meta Tags on Many Pages - Having the same tags on many pages could make locating specific pages difficult.


Manual Authority/Wait Given to Site by Google - Sometimes Google is accussed of of applying manual manipulation to a domain or page.

Rate of New Pages Added to Site - The amount and frequency of new, spiderable documents added to the domain over time.

Overuse of Targeted Keywords(stuffing/spamming) - The overuse of a targeted keyword, which results in the spamming of a site.

Very Slow Server Response Times - Sometimes the server is slow in respone or even unresponsive.

Low Levels of Visitors to the Site(Measured via toolbar, clicks in SERPs) - This could be detrimental to your site and cause it to have very little visitors.

There you have it, the top 10 negative factors of Google's SEO, hope it was useful.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Iraqi Journalist Jailed After Attacking Bush

Muntadar al-ZaidiAbout a month ago, I posted a story about the Iraqi journalist who took off his shoes and hurled them at former President George W. Bush who was attending a farewell press conference in the country. The video of the attack generated major internet buzz and the eager anticipation of what would happen to the reporter also gathered a large following. Well now the sentence is finally out and people have mixed feelings about it.

When former president Bush made a surprise visit to Iraq towards the end of hs term, something happened that nobody had anticipated, reporter Muntadar al-Zaidi of al-Baghdadiya T.V. took of his shoes and threw them directly at former President Bush who was giving a speech. In the Iraqi culture, throwing or striking an individual with your shoes is the ultimate sign of contempt and disrespect. And what was Zaidi's reason for throwing the shoes? When he threw them, Zaidi called Mr. Bush "a dog" and shouted "this is for all the womwn, children and inoccents that died!"

Zaidi is widley seen through the arab culture as a hero, though is actions have been condemned by the Iraqi government as shameful. The attack by Zaidi is considered a very serious crime in Iraq. Zaidi was charged with attacking a foreign leader on a diplomatic visit, a crime that carried a 5 to 15 year jail sentance. The offical Muntadar al-Zaidi throws shoessentance for Zaidi was greatly debated. Since his arrest, Zaidi's defense lawyers said that he had been beaten and tortured, which is odd considering he looked perfectly fine at his hearing. Zaidi's lawyers argued that Zaidi's sentace be lessened to an attempted assult on a foreign leader considering the fact that tje shpes did not actually hit former president Bush. When Zaidi was first charged, his lawyers deemed the punishment "harsh". They argued that Zaidi did not intend to harm Bush, he only wanted to show his contempt of former President Bush.

Relatives and friends of Zaidi who attended his hearing, went with the thought that Zaidi would be free of all charges. When asked by judge Abdul-Amir al-Rubaie if he was innoccent or guilty, Zaidi responded saying "I am innoccent. What I did was a natural response to this occupation." After everything was said and done, the judges asked everybody to leave the court room and deliberated for 15 minuets. As a increasingly frustrated crowd waited outside the decision was made. Muntadar al-Zaidi was charged with the attempted assult of a foreign leader and sentenced to three years in prison. When news of the results reached Zaidi's family, some of them began to cry and shout insults at the judges. The shouted things like "It's an American court!", "He's a hero!", "Down with President Bush!", and "God is great!" News of the attack was seen worldwide and in a poll for BBC and ABC, 62% of Iraqis shared the feelings of Zaidi's family, calling him a hero while 24% considerd him a criminal and another 10% considered him both a criminal and a hero.

Bush/U.S. ProtestorsAlthough being attacked by Zaidi, former President Bush did not hold any hard feelings toward the individual. Bush described the incident as "weird, "interesting", and "unusual" but insisted he didn't harbor any ill feeling about the incident. Bush also added that "It was amusing - I've seen alot of wierd things during my presidency, and this may rank up there as one of the weirdest."

Like I said in my earlier post about this case, it upsets me. I find it ridiculous that this man is praised as a hero not only in Iraq, but in many countries all over the world. I do not feel this way because the man is from Iraq. If the tables were turned, if an American reporter threw shoes at a foreign leader, that man would be locked up in Guantanamo Bay, beaten, and hailed as a terorrist all over the world, bringing shame and more hatred on America just because it was an American that did it. But because someone from a country other than America did it, well lets drop everything and hoist up on our shoulders and give him praise because he s a great man. This entire thing is ridiculous and in my personnel opinion, Muntadar al-Zaidi deserves what every he gets and should count himself very luck that all he got was 3 years in jail because I think he deserves the 5 to 15 year sentence.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Let’s Follow the Ohio State Patrol!

Ohio State Patrol Patch
Their mission is to patrol our neighborhoods and keep the community safe and now the Ohio State Patrol is offering us the opportunity to “follow them.” Twitter is one of the fastest growing forms of social media since the emersion of MySpace. It’s unique mirco-blogging format allows people follow one another and broadcast to the masses what they are up to. The more followers you have, the more people to receive your messages. Announcing album releases, new products or a politician agenda are some of the things that you can see on Twitter, and now we are going to be able to receive patrol alerts. When you think of Crimestoppers and Amber Alerts it could be a pretty amazing way to help others. Ohio State Patrol expects to launch broadcasts next week.

Friday, March 06, 2009

From Windows Live Search to Kumo Spider Cloud?

Windows Live Search Logo
Since early last year Microsoft executives have been leaking information to the media about the rebrand of Microsoft’s Live Search. A recent post by a Microsoft executive on the social networking site, Twitter give extra validation to the changes; the post read, “Played today with Live search upcoming (to be rebranded) launch pre-beta. I like the new features and UX so far.”

Kumo seems to be the winner of potential new names according to reports. As Microsoft is looking for a more user friendly name and wants a name that will allow for other services than search such as its social network. Interesting enough Kumo means “cloud” and “spider” in Japanese which gives a lot of creative opportunities for a really cool logo and lets face it, visual appeal and usability is the name of the game.

Kumo is presently being tested internally and is already receiving some criticism due to the popularity of Google and as Chrome develops and matures it is going to take some pretty big bells and whistles to top it. On the other hand Microsoft does have the capability to pull the resources to give Google a run for their money. Question is…will they?

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Top 10 Most Controversial Factors of Google's Search Engine

Google Search BarA few weeks ago you saw the top 10 positive factors of Google's Search Engine. Well now I'm going to take things to a different side. I now have a list of the top 10 most controversial factors of Google's Search Engine.

Manual Authority/Weight Given to site by Google - Occasionally Google is accused of applying manual manipulation to a domain or page. This specifically refers to positive ranking manipulations but is not limited to it.

Relevance of Site's Primary Subject Matter to Query - The topic of relationships between the full content of a website and a user's given query.

Participation in Link Schemes or Activley Selling Links - helping sites with certain links gain rank or not allowing sites to gain rank until after they remove certain things.

Duplicat Title/Meta Tags on Many Pages - This severley limits the page ranking of your sites.

Global Link Popularity of Linking Site - How your site is linked to other popular or not popular sites.

Quality of the Document Content(as measured algorythmically) - Assuming search engines can use text, visual or other analysis methods to determine the validity and value of ontent , this metric would provide some level of rating.

Domain Extension of Linking Site(edu, gov, com, ca, co.uk, etc...) - Taken by itself it is meaningless but is, on the other hand, important when part of a larger whole.

Server is Often Inaccessible to Bots - Makes the crwling ability of the site very limited.

External Links to Low Quality/Spam Sites - Linking to a site that is dull or useless or just a spam site.

TLD Extension of Site(edu, gov, us, ca, com, etc...) - The top-level domain of the site. Some domains, however, like .edu, .gov, .mil or others have restrictions on who may purchase them.

And those are the top 10 most controversial factors of Google's Search Engine. To find out more information go to www.seomoz.org