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As you must already know, GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a free open source software, a versatile tool for image retouching and editing. It’s freely available for Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X and Linux. Considering it’s an entire package, you must know that GIMP has tools used for image retouching and editing, free-form drawing, resizing, cropping, photo-montages (combining multiple images), converting between different image formats, and more specialised tasks. Animated images such as GIF and MPEG files can be created using an animation plugin.
The great number of users created a community and now you can find a lot of GIMP tutorials over the internet. So, if you are a starter in using this software and you want to learn more about it you can. I only selected a few tutorials on three distinct sections, depending of your expertiese on using GIMP.
As you already know, in the last few years a lot of tools were created in order to help improving someone’s work in designing websites (along with other fields of activity over internet). It’s seems very easy to install a Joomla, Drupal or WordPress on a server, to configure it, to select a proper theme and to write some content in order to have a website running allright and looking nice. It many cases it would be do-it-yourself website, meaning you can do all of these without any help from a professional. Some web hosting companies offer some services on a server and some software packages that generate websites for a very fair price (from the client’s point of view).
But being able to do it yourself doesn’t mean that you don’t need help from somebody working in the field. The packages that generate websites are cheap, but usually they are not complete: they are offering only the minimal options for a website. If you, as a client, want something else or something more, you will soon find the limitation of such packages as a bad thing. On the other way, big free packages such Joomla, Drupal or WordPress have to be configured properly and sometimes that can be very tricky for somebody that’s using them the first time or does not have intensive experience with them. They also offer only limited options, but the good thing is that this kind of free products created around them a community and the users created addition scripts that allows you as end-user to improve your website with a lot of efficient solutions. The problem is the big number of third party solutions (there are hundreds or thousands of plugins and components for each system) and you have to lose some time to search the best ones for you. If you don’t find what you are looking (as templates, components or modules) you have to hire a professional to do the job for you and you are back to square one.
Nu prea am abordat subiectul ăsta pînă acum, dar dacă tot n-am prea mult somn şi am chef de scris m-am gîndit că ar fi bine să fac şi pasul ăsta… măcar mai tîrziu decît niciodată.
Nu-mi place cuvîntul blog şi nici derivatele lui (blogger, blogging, etc) atunci cînd apar în limba română… nu-s decît nişte englezisme pentru care nu s-a găsit încă o traducere sau o exprimare cît mai corectă a activităţii. Sau cel puţin eu încă caut una care să mă satisfacă: blogurile se aproprie foarte mult de jurnalele pe care le ţineau mulţi pe hîrtie acum cîteva generaţii, dar nu sîntem jurnalişti şi nici scriitori. Sau poate sîntem o combinaţie nouă între toate acestea, într-o stare încă nedefinită complet.
Pe de altă parte, personal pefer să folosesc fie română, fie engleză, fără să le amestec, dar unii au importat o mulţime de englezisme şi se dau în vînt după ele… aşa că pentru moment vreau să le folosesc ca să înţelegeţi şi voi (cu Bulă şi Alinuţa cu tot) despre ce vreau să scriu. Asta înseamnă că trebuie neaparat să menţionez este că un blogger este o persoană care scrie articole (oarecum) periodic pe internet într-un sistem oarecare (dintre cele dedicate acestui lucru – sînt mai mult de o grămadă, aşa că nu le mai enumăr) sau pe un domeniu personal. Suport electronic (adică website-ul găzduit pe domeniul personal) variază de la caz la caz, dar pachete gratuite gen WordPress au ajuns să fie foarte răspîndite pe internet. Nici paginile web făcute de mînă (ca acesta) nu-s excluse, dar sînt ceva mai rare.
De obicei bloggerii scriu despre ce vor ei, despre ce-i interesează, dar mai sînt şi cazuri în care se scriu articole dedicate (de exemplu articolele plătite) unui anume scop. Mulţi dintre bloggeri (sau cel puţin cei care doresc să devină aşa ceva) scriu din plăcere, fără să obţină nici un beneficiu material (adică în primul rînd bani, dar nu numai) din asta, dar sînt şi indivizi veroşi care ştiu să obţină audienţă şi bani cît încap pe ţavă.
Acum, dacă tot am lămurit aceste chestii ştiute (cam) de toată lumea, hai să enumăr cîteva motive pentru care nu e indicat să te apuci de blogging:
There are people saying that the sports stars are the modern gladiators competing in a world wide arena, now the the mass-media transmision (at televion, radio and online) of the sport competitions and trainings. There is a good reason for this: everybody that practice a sport have something more that an “ordinary” man, someone that sits in front of the television set or the computer and just hits the keys. Sports stars have not only the fast reaction and the stamina: they have the fame and the money, some even may say they have the aura of demigods.
The statistics say that every major company (UFC, WWE and TNA) that has embarked on usage of social media (like Twitter and Facebook) has ended up having their key business metrics (ratings, PPVs) decline. There is a reason why that happened: the stars are slowly killing their aura as stars. The sportmen get people to talk about them, but they also make people less want to pay to see them because they understand they are realise that, after all, all athletes are still very human. The status of star was carefully developed in decades of mass-media education and entertainment and some people may lose their respect toward a sport star if they find he is just a man or a woman making the same mistake they are doing.
Some may consider that for being a good web designer you have to have some artistic sense in order to create an attractive design for the web pages, you have to be a programmer in order to understand what’s behind the page and the mechanisms of the internet servers and the world wide web, you have to be at least a SEO consultant (or even a SEO expert) in order to make the web sites optimized for the search engines. It’s true, all these skills can help a lot if you decide to create web sites and you can always learn about the subjects or you can always gather a team of people that can do everything for you.
But there are some things you can not replace and if you don’t have them in you don’t start web designing.
Everything over internet is communication: in their websites people are trying to send a message in a proper way. They might know the message (if you are lucky – some of my clients had an idea and that’s all) but they don’t know how to put it into practice. In this case you have to explain them how things are working on internet and what’s the best thing to do in order to get the most and the best results from their idea, how to spread the message to the people in the best way.
Having good communication skills means you may take the lead from time to time and, the most important, to have a lot of patience. Your subject of interest and job is the internet, but as a web designer you have to work also with people. So if you don’t know how to work with people try a different job.
For celebrities using Twitter (and social media in general) is a double-edged sword: they can connec with their fans (almost) any time, but everything they say will be dissected or misinterpreted by some people or by all his/her fans.
Celebrities should be careful when using Twitter in special because the message is short, only 140 characters, it’s a lot easier to misled people for whom your language is not their native language. I know you can not please all the people around you, especially as a celebrity, but you should consider that it’s very easy to start a debate if people are upset about some thing or another. One unhappy fan may gather around him other unhappy fans. So, when you are using Twitter be as clear as you can.
As a celebrity you should consider (if you don’t do it already) that everyone is following your tweets carefully. If you write something under the heat of the moment (the influence of emotions) you can tell people something you may don’t want to tell (at least for the moment or not at all) and everything can turn bad. In some cases such things already happened, but I am not going to give examples… you may know some of them and you can always search with yahoo, bing or google for others.
Twitter is a very good method to interact to your audience but don’t let it to take over your life. That’s an advice for everyone to consider, but celebrities should take care more seriously then others: they are followed by a lot of people because they are famous for doing something, not because their activity on Twitter.Managing the time and followers are a must from this point of view.