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Best GIMP tutorials on the Internet

 

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.

 

the internet Best GIMP tutorials on the Internet /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

Internet: Concursuri pentru bloggeri, sau cum sa-i pui pe altii sa-ti faca backlink-uri aproape gratuit

 

Concursurile pentru bloggeri nu sînt deloc noi, dar pînă acum nu prea am participat la ele pentru că nu mă atrage prea mult ideea. Am făcut însă şi pasul ăsta de curînd în două concursuri, să văd şi eu cu ce se “mănîncă” chestia asta şi nu pot spune că am fost foarte încîntat de idee. Mă ocup de cîţiva ani buni de web design şi SEO şi am scris cîte ceva despre chestiile astea în ultimul an şi ceva (dacă ştiţi engleză ar fi indicat să citiţi partea despre backlink-uri şi valoarea + traficul pe care o are o pagina atunci cînd sînt foarte multe redirectări despre ea răspîndite pe diverse domenii pe internet).

Cu alte cuvinte, unul dintre criteriile după care se iau motoarele de căutare este numărul de redirectări spre o anumită pagină. Dar atunci cînd la o redirectare din astea adaugi atributul rel=”nofollow” programele motoarelor de căutare nu vor ajunge la acea pagină pentru că este considerată neinteresantă. Practic, pentru motoarele de căutare acea redirectare nu are nici o valoare, iar singurul trafic va fi obţinută de la eventualii vizitatori care vor fi suficient de curioşi să vadă ce e “acolo”.

 

Internet Concursuri pentru bloggeri, sau cum sa-i pui pe altii sa-ti faca backlink-uri aproape gratuit /Dan-Marius.ro – felia mea de internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

Web design tips: Reasons why most do-it-yourself website design are not successful

 

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.

 

Webdesign Web design tips Reasons why most do-it-yourself website design are not successful /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

Citeva motive pentru care nu e indicat sa te apuci de blogging

 

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:

 

articol Citeva motive pentru care nu e indicat sa te apuci de blogging /Dan-Marius.ro – felia mea de internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

the internet: Why sports stars should be careful when using Twitter


Why sports stars should be careful when using Twitter #1

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.

 

the internet Why sports stars should be careful when using Twitter /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

Webdesign: Reasons why web design isn’t for everyone

 

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.

Communication Skills

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.

 

Webdesign Reasons why web design isnt for everyone /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

the internet: Why celebrities should be careful when using Twitter

 

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.

 

the internet Why celebrities should be careful when using Twitter /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

Freelancer Copywriting: What is article writing?

 

Article writing is a very easy, popular and cheap method to promote products and services over the internet. There are a lot of free blogging packages available on internet, you can use them online (as blogspot and wordpress) or you can download and install them on your domain (as wordpress). The first case is completely free, in the second case you have to pay the domain name reservation (and renewal if you have a limited reservation as .com, .net, .info TLDs) and the hosting.

Writing the text of articles and posting them on the internet takes some time (depending the subject and your experience), but once you set up a system it’s easy to do this task (or job) as often as you can. The content of your articles is a great method to improve the traffic of a website, even when they are on other websites (with the condition of putting backlinks to your site in the text).

 

Freelancer Copywriting What is article writing /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

Freelancer Copywriting: How do an article can pass Copyscape Reasons and tips.

How do an article can pass Copyscape? Reasons and tips. #1

Copyscape is an online software that’s been used by webmasters, writers, SEO experts and lots of other people to check if an article is unique or not. Everyone wants to be in front of the search results lists and the best way to do it is with lots and lost of unique content – it’s already well know that search engines put accent on the uniqueness and they don’t like plagiarism. The best case scenario nothing will happen if you copy content from others, the worst case scenario is a combination of law suits and penalties from the search engines.

Some people say that Copyscape is the best way to check if your content was copied by someone else or the article you are intended to by has been copied and used by the guy you hired. Others say that using it is a mistake and it’s not so buletproof the fans consider it to be. For the moment is one of the most popular plagiarism checkers and it’s taken into consideration by so many people you have to take also in consideration in order to make yourself a reputation as a blogger and a content writer.

The problem with Copyscape is that uses an algorithm and the search engines use different algorithms. Nobody would say exactly what statistical search algorithm uses or what are its changes during time time, but it seems fair to consider that using Copyscape along with the search engines will increase the chances to get a similar or identical content.

 

Freelancer Copywriting How do an article can pass Copyscape Reasons and tips. /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

the internet: Why employees should be careful when using Twitter

 

A few years ago social networks on internet were unthinkable, something depicted from science fiction stories. Meanwhile things have changed, the internet became a part of every day life, but something remained the same as the times it was only in the imagination and plans of few people: the employers are always asking for references. Long, long time ago, when the world was in a galaxy without internet, the old fashion way as to phone the previous employer and ask him (or her) about how kind of people was the employee wanabe. Lately the job of asking references has became a lot more easier: it’s enough to search and browse the guy’s social network accounts.

The quality and the quantity of people’s tweets can be a good judge for the one who’s writing or sharing them. Some people made history with what they said, in bad and good ways… and they are or were remember for that: something written in a moment of stupidy or rage can follow the writer for the rest of his life. On the other hand, almost no employer will be interested in someone that’s loosing his time tweeting instead of doing the job he is hired to do. More, nobody will be interested in someone foolish, who speaks or writes stupid things or, at least, nothing of values.

 

the internet Why employees should be careful when using Twitter /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

the internet: Why politicians should be careful when using Twitter

Why politicians should be careful when using Twitter #1

Social media is something very useful when you want to send a message for the entire world in such manner that everyone interested can pick it up and read it over and over again if they are interested. Social networks can be a very powerful tools if they are used properly, if you have a good message to send and a better mind to organize the virtual world as needed. I know that the whole idea of social media interaction is treated differently around the globe, some people does not yet understand their meaning. As a old time politician, if you don’t see the use of social media stay away of them and put a specialist in communication and internet to do this job for you.

The first important thing a politician must consider when using Twitter is the misinterpretation. The length of the message is essential in Twitter: you must fit everything in only 140 characters. That’s all. It does not matter who you are (politician or not), if you want to make youself understood clearly you must write carefully every tweet you send to your followers. Misunderstanding can be translated into votes, usually in losing them. You can lose an entire campaign because you have been ambiguous in several ocasions and the word about it have been spread.

The political issues can be complicated and very hot to the public, but you have to be always objective and very clear. I am not in the position to tell you what to do, but the tweets format should encourage you to take a stand.

Remember that almost anyone can spend their time on Twitter, no matter their place in the world (the only condition is to have access to internet) and what they are using (computers, tablets… and lots and lots of phones). Your interaction with the followers can be done from the same manner: from your office, from your car (but not while driving ), from political and social meetings about hot subjects.

 

the internet Why politicians should be careful when using Twitter /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

Stop ACTA, vrem un internet liber

Stop ACTA, vrem un internet liber #1

Azi m-am apucat să mă joc un pic cu nişte imagini şi un program de manipulare al acestora, rezultatul este imaginea alăturată. Personal pot spune că-i înţeleg pe cei care vor să-şi protejeze interesele (adică investiţia în timp, energie şi bani), dar sînt sigur că există soluţii mai bune decît ACTA.

Aşa că.. STOP ACTA, vrem un internet LIBER!

 

imagini Stop ACTA, vrem un internet liber /Dan-Marius.ro – felia mea de internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

the internet: Why its a good idea to protect your domain name

 

One’s presence over internet, as an individual or a business, is in part defined by the domains he or she is using to post articles, products and/or services. An appropriate domain name will boost your traffic and your popularity, it may become a trademark if it wasn’t already before you have started the online activity. So you have to consider your domain name as assets you must protect and to improve their values in time.

There are a lot of possible reasons people may loose their online domains, some are very common, some are not so often related with every day practice.

You can lose visitors and customers because of typo domain names

As I’ve written some time ago on a websited related with web design, you should reserve different but similar domain names for your business. The reason is simple: when information is being transmited from one person to another there can always appear errors, people may mispell or type with errors the name of your site. If the domain name have digits or words separated by hyphens reserve a domain name similar: with the same words, but no hyphens and with the digits as letters.

It does not look that you are protecting the domain name in this way, but in order you have one famous domain with a great working website you must cover all the field, not to let anyone take advantage by your work and ideas.

You can lose your domain name if you delay to make or renew the registration

Some TLD allow you to register your domain name for life, so you don’t have the problem with the renewal. But if you decide to register a name for you domain and you delay it too much some one else can do it first. The same thing can happen if your domain name expires and you delay the renewal. It does not cost much, but you have to protect you domains: no website, no business. No business, no money, no reputation.

A few years ago when high profile movies where annouced at Hollywood some people did hurry to registrate the domain names for those movies and they tried to sell them later to the production companies. But lately the production companies learned from their mistakes and started reserving the domain names before announcing the movies.

 

the internet Why its a good idea to protect your domain name /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

the internet: New Internet games for the year 2012

 

A long long time ago games were played on every computer, with no internet connections. There were no internet, no communication between computers except the floppy disks. Lately things changed, the internet became available for almost everyone and online games exploded in popularity and users from the entire world.

During the last few months (to the end of last year) mass multi-player online role playing games (also known as MMORPG) became more popular that before, the trend is to expand their popularity in 2012 as the social media games are increasing in popularity. As the mmo-worlds annouces, some of the best free MMORPGs that are coming in 2012 are:

  • Runes of Magic is a 3D free-to-play MMORPG with a wide range of features. This online role-playing game is based on an multi-layered story driven by more than 2,800 quests set in the magical world of Taborea. Players choose one of eight classes which they can combine with a secondary class. Characters can be customized using the wide selection of available physical characteristics. A large range of furniture and other functional items lets players furnish and customize their own virtual homes.
  • Battlestar Galactica Online is a free-to-play, browser-based space combat MMOG that combines high-quality, 3D graphics with intense gameplay. We all know the story line of the series with the same name, so the game should not be a surprize from that point of view.
  • Rise of Immortals is a free-to-play Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game, is a strategy type of game similar to Defense of the Ancients (DotA) which is why they are sometimes also called DotA clones.
  • Talisman Online is a 3D Fantasy MMORPG that borrows many features from the critically acclaimed MMORPG World of Warcraft while adding several new innovations to the style and with a more Oriental setting.
  • Land of Chaos Online (known as LOCO) offers a unique MMO gameplay experience: is a next-generation multiplayer online game that features high-end 3D graphics. Gameplay is a fun mixture of RTS (Real Time Strategy), TPS (Third Person Shooter) Action, and RPG elements.
  • Florensia is a 3D Sailing Fantasy MMORPG that combines land and sea combat. Players do battle with a huge variety of weapons and magical abilities as they explore expansive, underground dungeons and sail uncharted seas.
  • Wizard 101 is a family-oriented magical MMORPG that puts the players in the shoes of a newly enrolled magic student at the Ravenwood Academy. Wizard 101 is very family and child friendly. The best feature is that parents have easy access to permission settings which allow complete control over what their child experiences at Ravenwood.
  • Elsword is a fun side-scrolling action MMO that has manga-inspired graphic design and animation. Elsword offers players the chance to star in their own comic book. It’s top features include fast paced gameplay, stunning animation, four customizable characters and quests based on interesting story-lines.
  • Jade Dynasty is the world’s top martial arts MMORPG and it is set in an Asian fantasy world based on Chinese mythology. The virtual world is a beautiful place full of brilliant color, stunning scenery, gorgeous people and enchanting fantasy creatures. Combat is martial-arts based with a lot of cool moves and animations.
  • Conquer Online has over 20 million players from all over the world and is the only MMORPG available to play on four different platforms (iPad, Facebook, PC and Mac). One of Conquer Online’s best features is that it is the first ever completely free-to-play MMO on the iPad, with no download fees, no subscription fee, and no in-game Shopping Mall.

Guild Wars 2, a sequel to the original Guild Wars, is due for official launch in 2012. The new game is still set in Tyria, a fictional land, in which the disbanded guild of Destiny’s Edge fights to wrest the World back from the elder dragons. Players may choose between 5 races and 8 professions.

 

the internet New Internet games for the year 2012 /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

the internet: Tips on purchasing websites in 2012

It is well known that the domain names registration has became an industry and some people are making big money from registering or purchasing domain names, developing websites and/or selling or reseling them to others. Beside these people, the main reason of purchasing websites is the someone wants to develop a business or a network of sites and somebody else registered a desired domain name.

It does not matter the reason you are purchasing the website, always check the trends when you are decided to make the step. Even if you are already sure about the domain name you want, the TLD market is always changing, as long the people are pressuring the Internet authorities to release new TLDs. You can always find the free domain names on different TLDs if the primary domain name is already taken. I’ve head some time ago that there was taken a decision about registering the TLDs freely, as you want, but I’ll have to check it out (to update my information) and I’ll post another article about this story.

The second issue you must consider is the combination of time, energy and money you can or want to spend on developing the desired website. It may seems cheeper to register a free domain name and to develop the website later than purchasing an existing online website, but it’s not always so easy. The Internet is very competitive and developing a brand new site to the point it becomes a concurent to the existing ones can take more money, time and energy you thought it will take at the beginning.

the internet Tips on purchasing websites in 2012 /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

the internet: How to get Twitter followers

 

 


How to get Twitter followers #1

In spite the number of problems that might appear when a Twitter user has too many followers and he or she has to interact with them (those problems can be solved with a little management of time and followers), I can say for sure that the dream of (almost) every people that’s using Twitter is to have lots and lots of people reading one’s tweets… especially after he or she gets the taste of it.

Well, there a few tricks to do this job. None of them will be substitute and can never replace the most 2 important things on Twitter: be original and follow the trends. From time to time you may found yourself in the position tostart a trend, but this is another story.

Tweet often, but create space for reactions from your followers

Common sense says and some personal observation say that the number of followers is directly proportional with how active you are on Twitter. By tweeting you are making waves, you say something in the world of Twitter and sooner or later someone, somewhere, somehow will hear you and will follow you. Of course, remeber what I’ve said earlier about originality. If you tweet too regularly and about nothing that worths reading you risk losing your followers.

Be conversational

Twitter is a microblogging site but, after all, it’s a social network. It became important because it offers an interesting method to communicate & interact with others: every time when you reply to someone and when he or she reply you everyone else see the conversation – your tweets are expodes to every user on Twitter, thousands of followers or potentionally followes that can responde to them.

Asking questions is one of the best way to start a conversation on Twitter, reply to the answers you get and put another questions. You may get your answers, but you may also get new followers.

the internet How to get Twitter followers /Dan-Marius.ro – felia mea de internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

the internet: How to filter followers on Twitter

How to filter followers on Twitter #1


We all know that Twitter is big and it’s changing every day in matters of users, quantity of tweets and trends, but only some (a few number) can realise how big really is and the details of the changes. Most of the Twitter users know parts of the system as they follow and interact with less than a thousand of other people, but even in this case the quantity of messages and tweets can be too much for a people to handle alone, with no tools available. It should stay online, conected to Twitter, all the time and it would definately fail after a time.

Fortunately there are a good number of methods and application to filter the followers and their content. In Twitter you can filter followers in many ways: there are groups formed on the basis of to the people whom you are connected and those people to whom you are connected. In both categories you can make groups further to organize your work properly and you can filter the unwanted user from your account.

You can filter the users on Twitter according to what they are saying by going to the search page, entering a term to searh and saving the results of the search.

On the list option create a list with a name and description and specifying if you want to make it private or public. After saving the lis you can always add as many followers you want to filter their tweets. Only you will see the tweets from a private list, all the Twitter world can see the tweets from your public lists and follow the users.

Blocking users is a helpful tool when you get from various accounts (fake or human created accounts) send spam, engage in persistent bothering and create other problems.

 

the internet How to filter followers on Twitter /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

the internet: How to organize your followers on Twitter

 

How to interact with other Twitter users #1

Managing your time on twitter and organizing your followersdepends of the reasons you are using Twitter. Most of the users do it for fun and to meet & chat with other people, some users organize full marketing campaigns on the social networks and use this one for audience and clients gathering. In any case, interacting with other Twitter uses is almost mandatory in order to meet the full social and full features of this website.

The most important thing you must remember when you are using Twitter isauthenticity. In 2 words: be yourself. Twitter is a microblogging website designed for people interacting with other people, the result is a community of men and women talking about whaterver they like or love. Repeating all the time what others say, without adding nothing personal won’t help in any way getting followers. Everybody has something to say, there are listeners for everyone. So start saying something… or, in this case, write tweets. Don’t be very formal. Experiment and be casual.

Avoid mundane tweets about what you ate at lunch or dinner. Or about the weather in the winter mornings. Nobody might care… write instead about your passions and share your activities in a way will make people listen. They will definetly react to that. If you represent or are a part of an organization you can always write about stories (more or less funny) with people from the team.

Have an opinion and write it down. In the worst case scenario, when you are wrong, you’ll find people that can and probably will correct you – you may learn something new from that.

If you are sharing information try to write the tweet as a headline: short, to the point, in the most interesting way you can think about. When reading a newspapers people are looking at the headline first, often your tweets are the headlines of the message you are sending.

 

 

the internet How to interact with other Twitter users /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

the internet: How to organize your followers on Twitter

How to organize your followers on Twitter #1

As I already wrote, a great number of followers and friends can have bad influence on you time managing or, worse, a bad influence on you: the bad feeling created by too much Twitter contacts can be identified as social media oveload.

In that article I mentioned that there are several tools and strategies to manage the time on Twitter and to organize the followers and their content. I won’t cover again how to organize your lists, you can always read there if you are interested, but I want to tell you more about the other tools that does a great job in managing and analyzing for any Twitter user.

Twitter Analyzer

Twitter Analyzer is very advanced Twitter analytic system. It does not require your user and password, just type the in @name and you’ll get many statistics about the users you want to analyze and his followers.

Tweet Stats

TweetStats is similar to Twitter Analyzer, but with fewer options. Type the Twitter ID that you would like to analyze and the script will generate a detailed report about the trand of the user and his tweeting stile: the density of tweets, what time of day he tweets the most, the number of tweets in a particular period (day, week, month). It is also possible to see that interface the owner of the account uses the most (web, application, TweetDeck, etc).

FriendOrFollow

Friend or Follow is a tool that will show you who’s following you but you are not following back. It shows only the statistic, so you have to manually follow or unfollow the people in the list. The tool only requires the name of the account to get his friends and fans.

 

the internet How to organize your followers on Twitter /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

The internet: How to get the most out of Twitter

How to get the most out of Twitter #1

It is said that once upon a time people where using phones and phone books if they wanted to know they business’s contact details, but that’s just a fairy tale for the youngest generations. Those day are behind us. The social networks are used mostly for the fun of it, a lot of people around the world lose countless hours every day exchanging information and jokes, watching pictures and videos, and, why not, tweeting. The social networks are one of the best places in the virtual world to promote (anything you want to promote), but you should be aware about the specific rules and the world every network is creating. Some things are general to all of them, but some are particular and if you don’t take them into consideration will be wasting a lot of time and energy for (almost) nothing.

The general ideas about promoting yourself and your clients or products on Twitter.

Define your goals

Too obvious, isn’t it? Maybe this is the reason how many people (including the ones involved in promoting their business) fail in defining some clear goals (or not at all in some cases) when are making waves in social media. The allure of social networks (not only Twitter) is strong and for a lot of internet users it’s tempting to look around to their competitors’ online marketing and to imitate their actions without fully understand what’s at stake.

So define exactly what you hope to gain from your promotion, you can only design it better when you know what you are doing. The goals depend of what you are selling/offering as services. I can not give detailed information as long I don’t know what you are promoting, but in order to get the most out of twitter you must have a working plan.

Exploit your medium

For Twitter to be effective you must send a clear and loud message. So tweet… and tweet again. Without frequent updates you are out of mind, you can grow stagnant. There is not limit to the number of times you can tweet, but you must interact with the other users to make yourself an audience. This means you can not only tweet official information or titles with links to your articles, you also have to talk with others.

Also, the social networks (for example Twitter and Facebok as two of the most well known) have enormous potential to spread promotion at viral rates. It’s up to you to use the tools they are offering and to take full advantage of them.

the internet How to get the most out of Twitter /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

the internet: Is it legal to use MP3 converters to convert YouTube videos

There are a lot of softwares and browser plugins that can download videos from youtube in different formats (mp3, mp4, flv, etc). The questions about the legality of the download and conversion of the videos is still being debating over the internet and usually the answers depends about if the downloaded content is copywriting or not. Some people says that it’s legal as long the video is not protected by the copyright laws.

By the other hand, when somebody uploads videos on youtube he/she has 2 options about the licence: standard youtube licence and Creative Commons Attribution license (reuse allowed). The default licence set when uploading any video is the standard youtube licence, so when there is a different situation the owner of the video must select the CCA licence.

the internet Is it legal to use MP3 converters to convert YouTube videos /Dan-Marius.ro – my slice of internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

Internet: Politica de confidentialitate a lui Google, versiunea ianuarie-martie 2012

Nu e deloc un secret că Google încearcă mereu să schimbe tot felul de chestii pe domeniile lor în încercarea de a acapara o bucată de piaţă cît mai mare, de multe ori în defavoarea celor care le folosesc serviciilor. Nu e deloc un secret că în multe situaţii duc o politică discreţionară, în funcţie de ce le tună lor pe moment, fără să le dea explicaţii aceloraşi utilizatori de care, pînă la urmă, depind (într-o măsură mai mare sau mai mică).

Ultima lor chestie este modificarea politicii de confidenţialitate pe care o vor pune în practică începînd în 1 martie 2012, dar pe care au făcut-o deja publică. O puteţi studia aici dacă doriţi, de fapt chiar vă sugerez şi vă îndemn să o faceţi. Motivul este că modul de colectare a datelor personale şi de acces la reţea (prin ce dispozitiv o faceţi, cum şi unde) se schimbă destul de radical (cel puţin din punctul meu de vedere) şi trebuie avut foarte mare grijă cînd le introduceţi (aici mă refer în special la datele voastre personale).

Internet Politica de confidentialitate a lui Google, versiunea ianuarie-martie 2012 /Dan-Marius.ro – felia mea de internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

Internet: Libertatea internetul romanesc si ACTA

 

Nu demult, cu numai cîteva zile în urmă, oamenii de la wikipedia, wordpress şi reddit (cel puţin din cîte am observat eu, dar cu siguranţă sînt doar cîţiva dintr-o listă foarte lungă) protestau la greu pe internet pentru nord americanilor de a legaliza SOPA şi au avut succes: proiectul a fost retras (cel puţin temporar – dacă am înţeles bine).

Azi am aflat despre varianta europeană a proiectului american: ea se numeşte Anti-Counterfeiting Trage Agreement (ACTA) care vizează combaterea pirateriei online şi a comercializării de produse contrafăcute. Informaţia circulă pe reţea de ieri, dar numai acum a ajuns la mine: 22 de ţări din Uniunea Europeană, inclusiv România, au semnat acest act la sediul Ministerului Afacerilor Externe din Japonia. Ţările semnatare sînt Austria, Belgia, Bulgaria, Cehia, Danemarca, Finlanda, Franţa, Grecia, Ungaria, Irlanda, Italia, Lituania, Letonia, Luxemburg, Malta, Polonia, Portugalia, Slovenia, Spania, Suedia şi Marea Britanie. Proiectul a fost iniţiat de Japonia care a aderat la tratat în 1 octombrie 2011 împreună cu Australia, Canada, Coreea de Sud, Maroc, Noua Zeelandă, Singapore şi Statele Unite.

 

Internet Libertatea internetul romanesc si ACTA /Dan-Marius.ro – felia mea de internet / Oradea, Bihor, Romania.

Butonul Google +1 (plusone)

Recent am început să observ butonul +1 al celor de la Google, m-am “lovit” de el în cîteva locuri de pe reţea… mi-a stîrnit curiozitatea şi am aflat că creatorii lui îl consideră ca prescurtare de la “asta-i destul de mişto” sau “ar trebui să vezi asta” (referindu-se la paginile web-articolele unde apare butonul) şi este folosit pentru a face publică aprobarea noastră (al celor de pe internet) despre locaţia respectivă. Ei consideră că folosirea butonului “plusunu”, împreună cu conexiunile sociale de pe internet, ar putea schimba modul în care vedeţi căutările de pe Google.

În primul rînd, pentru a putea folosi butonul 1 aveţi nevoie de un profil de la Google (ca, de exemplu, acesta), iar ceea ce se introduce folosind acest buton este păstrat într-o zonă de la profil. Această zonă poate fi făcută publică pentru toată lumea sau poate fi folosită doar pentru uz personal, în oricare situaţii este folosită pentru a păstra locaţiile pe care le găsiţi interesante pe internet (un fel de bookmark, dacă ar fi să folosesc un englezism, o arhivă a locaţiilor de pe reţea).

Mai multe informaţii despre acest lucru se pot găsi în limba engleză aici.

De ce este important continutul

Poate vi se pare ciudat sau interesant ce am vă spun acum, dar multe dintre paginile de prezentare ale firmelor (cel puţin cele româneşti) sînt foarte sărace în conţinut. Au o listă cu produse şi servicii, ceva formular de contact şi informaţii despre companie şi cam atît. O spun din proprie experienţă (cîteva dintre paginile web pe care le-am făcut şi pe care le-am accesat de-a lungul timpului nu s-au schimbat prea mult în ultimele luni sau ultimii ani – s-au schimbat unele informaţii şi produse/servicii dar din punctul de vedere al motoarelor de căutare sînt pe nicăieri) , dar şi din ceea ce am observat pe alte pagini. Din ce-am putut observa, pe la noi cele mai consistente pagini sînt cele de ştiri, “blogurile” şi paginile de anunţuri gratuite/directoarele web.

Mă gîndesc că v-aţi dat seama principalul motiv pentru care este important ca paginile web să aibă un conţinut cît mai consistent: ca să fie găsite mai uşor de motoarele de căutare. Scriind despre subiecte care au puncte comune cu produsele şi serviciile oferite se generează mai mult trafic, iar pagina devine mult mai cunoscută decît fără acel conţinut. Chiar dacă vizitatorii vor ajunge mai degrabă pe conţinutul auxiliar (şi nu pe produse şi servicii) există şanse considerabile să revină pe pagină dacă găsesc ceva interesant şi demn de urmărit mai departe şi să apeleze şi la domeniul de activitate al firmei respective.

Din proprie experienţă vă pot spune că acum cîteva luni am făcut o pagină pentru o companie care comercializează produse cosmetice pentru femei. Nu prea am habat de acest subiect, aşa că le-am spus fetelor care se ocupau de vînzarea produselor în magazin că ar fi interesant să citesc de ce se foloseteşte un produs în detrimentul altuia sau care sînt metodele cele mai eficiente pentru folosirea cosmeticelor. Personal nu mi-ar fi de nici un folos imediat, dar nu se ştie niciodată cînd aş avea nevoie de informaţii în domeniu. Oare se merită de zisă că nici după 6 luni fetele de la firma de cosmetice nu au făcut absolut nimic în sensul sporirii conţinutului paginii? Chiar şi acum pagina conţine doar o listă cu produsele şi cîte o descriere foarte succintă a lor.

Ne tot lăudăm că trăim în era informaţiei, dar încă ne lipseşte acea educaţie de a folosi cu eficienţă informaţiile pe care le avem la dispoziţie.

Open source versus license versus custom software

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The debate about open source software versus licensed software is so old that I don’t think I can bring something new and relevant to that. It has been said almost anything that could be said and both side has it’s “fanatics” that are sure that their way is the best way to do.

The open source software is a computer software that is available in compiled form (when necessary) and in source code form, some copyrights reserved for the creators of the code are provided under a software licence that permits users to study, change, improve and sometimes to distribute the software. Some open source licence are gathered under the Open Source Definition and others are available within the public domain.

All the rights to a software code is reserved to their creators, that rights are changed when the owner gives them up (open source code) or sell the code (based on a legal contract to create custom software or just to buy an already existing piece of software). A licence is a legal instrument governing the usage or redistribution of the software, a typical licence grants an end-user permission to use one or more copies of the software in ways where such a use would otherwise constitute copyright infringements.

As a software engineer, a webdesigner and an end-user I had to deal with open source and licensed software as well. Usually I rely a lot on the open source software (Linux distributions, Open Office and others, including several tools to get work done), but there are moments when I pay gladly for the licences (I still need a copy of Windows to test stuff, there also are a lot of software that deserve their money several times over).

From my personal point of view, the best part of these two distinct ways to deal with the software code is that you can start a project from scratch (and get your money when delivering to the customer), but also you always can get the open sources and start customizing them to fit the requirements (it’s faster, but you are selling a service, not the code itselft and there are not so many financial benefits from that in a single project). Either way, the client gets what she/he wants and everybody is happy (or they try to be). That’s why I say that the licence software as we know it is slowly dying, nobody will be interested to buy something that does not have attached a period of support and maintenance or even improvements (as a clause in the development contract). This might stop the opposition to the open source software as they (the open source and the licence software) will emerge into services, not just some delivered code.

The article is here and here.

Web design and seo services

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Do you want a web page or a web application? Excelent. Do you have a webdesigner or a web company to create your application? Good. Use them. What about the promotions of your product on the internet after delivery? Usually, the page is realease and that’s all, the webdesigner’s job is done and it is your bussiness to get somebody to promote your page or application and to get it well-known.

It’s the year 2011 Christian era and I started creating pages (professionaly speaking) about 7 years ago. I’ve picked up some stuff about search engine optimization in the last several years, but only lately, since the beginning of the last year, I have started to give it the necessary attention. Several weeks ago I had to make some minor improvements in one older page and I was a little ashamed… it was very poorly optimized for the search engines.

We are offering these services, but I am not going to convince you in any way to come to us… all I want is to give you some piece of advice: the web designing and the seo always work great together. The best pages are the ones that promote theirselves, in the matter of their content, how they looks (the design) and, the most important, their structure. The content and the design will make the people talk about the web page or the web application, but it will not bring it in the first 10 results of the search engines.

There still are companies and webdesigners that offer web development services and seo services, I know at least a few of them. It’s a good way to make some extra money from some clients that have no idea about what is a web page and how the search engines works: to create a web page with a minimum optimization on site and to offer that optimization as an auxiliary service. This works more often than you might think, but the client will always lose something: time, money or both.

So, when you decide to get a web site or a web application put the condition when picking up somebody to work on it: that the product must contain the basics or extended optimization for the search engines on site (integrated in the application).

The article is here and here.

Impozitarea jocurilor de noroc online

Ocazional mai apar momente în care politicienii noștri sînt de-a dreptul hilari… și, ca de obicei, exagerează atît de mult cu chestia respectivă încît îmi vine să rîd de ei și cu curul. N-am să-mi cer scuză pentru exprimarea mai anatomică, chiar dacă unii o vor considera ofensatoare (într-o măsură mai mare sau mai mică), politicienii noștri mult “iubiți” o merită din plin.

Ultima fază tare pe care am auzit-o este un proiect de lege prin care vor să îi oblige pe cei care furnizează servicii de jocuri de noroc online (și sînt undeva prin lume, dar nu în România) să își facă un punct de lucru sau o firmă nouă aici în țară și să înceapă să plătească impozite pentru statul român. Nu mai reţin cine dădea din gură ca prostul la radio în cursul zilei de azi, dar spunea că toată lumea va fi fericită după ce vor plăti impozite guvernului român, atît proprietarii paginilor web, cît şi cîştigătorii de pe la noi din ţară… Ciudată idee de “fericire” au indivizii cu posturi politice… mai ales ăia care cred că lumea se învîrte în jurul curului lor îndesat cu bani.

Ideea jocurilor de noroc online nu este deloc nouă, site-uri de profil există de ani buni, dar în ultimele luni promovarea lor a luat avînt destul de mult (caută fraieri care vor îmbogățire rapidă dar care-și vor pierde și ultimii bani acolo, dar asta e altă poveste). Să pui în aplicare un asemenea proiect nu e foarte greu: îți faci o firmă de profil undeva în lume, rezervi un domeniu pentru așa ceva și pui pe cineva să îți facă o pagină bine pusă la punct. Între noi fie vorba, pagina e cel mai greu lucru de făcut în toată povestea asta, și nici aia nu e foarte dificilă. Oricine are ceva bani de aruncat pentru investiția de început (adică pagina web și promovarea ei + eventualele pierderi la jocurile de noroc) poate să o facă.

Problema politicienilor-noștri-arhitați-după-bani este că sediul celor care furnizează jocurile de noroc ca niște servicii online este în afara României și toate impozitele se plătesc în altă parte. Ei vor să în convingă (pentru că de obligat nu prea cred că au cum să îi oblige – ar trebui să blocheze accesul la domeniile de internet respective și nu-i prea văd în stare să facă așa ceva) să îi plătească, chiar dacă o fac indirect – prin intermediul taxelor aplicate atît furnizorilor de servicii cît și celor care cîștigă bani prin așa ceva. Fiind vorba, totuși, de jocuri de noroc, este vorba de sume mari (cel puțin procentual).

Mă întreb, aşa, un pic cam retoric, ce au de gînd să facă mai departe în legătură cu subiectul ăsta. Dincolo de prostiile declarate nu prea au nimic de făcut decît să dea din coadă mai departe şi să latre alte chestii în speranţa că îi va asculta cineva.

Articol preluat de aici.

Yahoo mail-messenger beta

Folosesc yahoo mail de ani buni, să tot fie vreo 10. Zilele trecute cineva mi-a spus de yahoo mail beta, o nouă variantă a interfeţei folosite pentru citirea mesajelor primite (o puteţi activa aici).

După cîteva zile de folosire pot spune că îmi plac schimbările introduse de cei de la Yahoo: primul lucru care mi-a atras atenţia a fost chenarul albastru din antetul ferestrei. Încă nu l-am schimbat, deşi am înţeles că-s mai multe culori disponibile, îmi place aşa. Navigarea printre folderele cu mesaje şi contacte este mai facilă (ca să nu spun uşoară) decît înainte, iar contactele de pe facebook sînt disponibile şi în interfaţa cea nouă, nu doar în messenger. Nu pot spune că mă aşteptam la o asemenea facilitate cînd am descărcat messenger 11 beta, dar îmi place: unii dintre prieteni-contacte sînt doar pe facebook şi prefer să nu pierd prea mult timp pe acolo… mai ales dacă pot discuta cu ei direct din messenger.

Pe de altă parte, mi se întîmplă să mai schimb calculatoarele cînd mă duc la clienţi, aşa că am bifat salvarea mesajelor în sistemul celor de la yahoo… este o funcţie care se poate dovedi al naibii de utilă uneori… chiar dacă este un pic riscant prefer să o păstrez. Mai ales că treburile cu adevărat personale nu le port prin messanger sau mail (eventual doar cînd este cu adevărat nevoie, ceea ce nu s-a întîmplat pînă acum) . Este bine de ştiut că există acces la mesajele schimbate şi prin interfaţa web, nu doar prin messenger.

Căutarea unor cuvinte cheie prin grămada de mesaje care mă aşteaptă şi afişarea rezultatelor sînt bune decît în interfaţa precedentă, la fel şi descărcarea fişierelor ataşate. Starea din messenger poate fi împărtăşită şi în interfaţa de la yahoo, dar şi pe twitter şi facebook – o chestie care trebuie administrată cu grijă pentru că poate genera o mulţime de intrări (mesaje) redundate = spam.

Partea negativă este că versiunea cea nouă a interfeţei de mail este accesibilă doar folosind Firefox, Chrome şi Internet Explorer. Nu este accesibilă prin Opera.

Voi mai reveni cu alte impresii pe măsură ce voi folosi în continuare produsele yahoo.

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Vertical Tabs si Firebug in Firefox 4

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În cursul zilei de azi cei de la Mozilla au trecut la Firefox 4 ca ultimă versiune a unuia dintre cele mai populare navigatoare de la ora actuală. Am mai scris despre versiunea beta pe care am instalat-o mai demult ca să testez (citeşte aici şi aici), iar principalele probleme pe care le-am avut cu versiunea intermediară au fost lipsa cîtorva dintre script-urile suplimentare (addon) pe care le folosesc pentru a-mi uşura munca.

În cele din urmă mi-am instalat şi ultima versiune de Firefox 4 (adică cea oficială), cu toată greutatea pe care a avut-o actualizarea de la 3,6 la 4. Sau mai precis, cu toată absenţa acelei actualizări automate: nu am reuşit nicicum să trec direct de la versiunea 3,6 la 4… a trebuit să o descarc şi să o instalez manual. Prima impresie, în completarea celor scrise pînă acum, este că această versiune se mişcă foarte bine.

Una dintre cele mai mari probleme pe care le am în general cu navigatoarele este că mai devreme sau mai tîrziu (dar de obicei mai devreme decît mai tîrziu ) se adună o muţime de tab-uri deschise în acelaşi timp… poate deveni dificil să tot trec de la unul la altul şi apoi la altceva, mai ales cînd am treabă iar timpul este esenţial. Nu este doar problema mea, am mai întîlnit-o şi la alţii pe reţea căutînd informaţii despre alternativele pe care le aveam la dispoziţie. Addon-ul anterior, Verttab, deşi este unul excelent şi care mi-a fost de mare ajutor în ultimele luni, nu are în acest moment versiune compatibilă cu Firefox 4, aşa că pînă la urmă am rămas la Vertical Tabs.

Cea de-a doua mare problemă, Firebug-ul (un addon realizat în javascript folosit pentru dezvoltarea de pagini web) s-a rezolvat foarte rapid: cu o căutare pe google am găsit aici versiunea compatibilă cu Firefox 4. Realizarea ei era foarte previzibilă, dar nu ştiam cînd anume va fi gata. Ei bine, este deja gata.

În completare, vă mai recomand cîteva aplicaţii pentru Firefox şi Thunderbird realizate de către Piro Sakura (le găsiţi aici), mai ales Unified Sidebar.

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