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I caused quite the stir earlier today on my personal Twitter account when I announced:
So I decided that I would share with you all. If you’ve been a long-time TweetDeck user like I have been, you may or may not have noticed the added feature called Global Filter. (more…)
Steve Jobs passed away on October 5, 2011, after a six-year battle with cancer. Over the last few days there have been a multitude of online tributes to the brilliant visionary. I came across this YouTube video this morning, and I decided I had to post it on the IT Training blog. Jobs narrated this video clip as part of Apple’s Think Different campaign in the late 1990s. While I am not one of those individuals who always think outside of the box, I certainly know plenty of others who fall into this category. Therefore, I am posting this clip as a tribute to Steve and all others who find themselves “thinking differently.”
One of the benefits of administering this blog is that it allows me to find gaps in the WordPress documentation already published to the web and/or find easier ways to do things than what has already been explained.
Today, I’m looking into how to create the category RSS feeds that you can see in our sidebar. This article will discuss how to create the following by editing the default WordPress category sidebar widget:
|RSS Feed text links:
|RSS Feed icon links:
NOTE: This article is intended for individuals who are working with WordPress at an administrative level. A familiarity with PHP is required.
WordPress Version: 2.8.0 and up
With the school year getting back into full swing, it’s a good time to think about your online identity and what you’re doing to keep yourself safe.
UITS has just published Twelve Tips for Safe Social Networking. If you have a Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, or any social networking account, you should check it out!
See the article here. (opens in a new window)
If you have been using Twitter for a while, your Twitter Home page is probably becoming a blinding jumble of unrelated messages. Because all your feeds pour into the same space, you need to do a lot of weeding to find what you want–that is, if you have the patience. Now, with the new Lists feature, Twitter allows you to categorize and filter tweets in any way you like. Just create and name one or more Lists and then assign people you are following to your various Lists.
In your Twitter space, click the Profile link at the top of the page. Under your username, click the Lists button and choose New List. You can name your list anything, and make it Public or Private.
Once you have one or more lists, in the “Following” section on the right of your Profile, click the View All link. To the right of each of your followed usernames is a List button: Click this button to see your lists, and then assign the selected username to a list.
Your Lists appear in the right section of your Home or Profile. Click a list to see only tweets that have been assigned to that list.
In a fascinating article in The Guardian titled “Facebook should compete on privacy, not hide it away, ” noted security expert Bruce Schneier argues that social networking sites with fairly robust privacy policies (like Facebook) should use it to their competitive advantage, rather than burying the details deep in the sites. Schneier describes the findings of a recent study at Carnegie Mellon about perceptions of online privacy like this:
The social networking sites don’t want to remind users about privacy, even if they talk about it positively, because any reminder will result in users remembering their privacy fears and becoming more cautious about sharing personal data. But the sites also need to reassure those “privacy fundamentalists” for whom privacy is always salient, so they have very strong pro-privacy rhetoric for those who take the time to search them out. The two different marketing messages are for two different audiences.
- Read the original paper: “The Best of Strangers: Context Dependent Willingness to Divulge Personal Information.”
Citation: John, L., Acquisti, A., Loewenstein, G. (2009, July 6). The Best of Strangers: Context Dependent Willingness to Divulge Personal Information. Social Science Research Network. Retrieved August 17, 2009 from ssrn.com: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1430482. [↩]
New to Twitter? Did you just log in for the first time, and you feel your Twitter profile looks like a lonely wasteland? And seeing that, are you wondering what all the excitement is about? Here are a few tips to get up and running with Twitter, and to find just the right people and information. Your Twitter space will be home to you in no time.
- - After you sign up for Twitter, just enter a message (maximum 140 characters) in the entry field at the top of your Home page. All who follow you will see your tweets. If no one is following you yet, send a little introduction message anyway just for practice. It will be there for people later.
- - Your Twitter space will be populated by the tweets of all the people you follow, so go out and find some Twitterers. See Finding Friends and Following Tweeple, below.
Finding Friends and Following Tweeple
- - Having an avatar is helpful when people start following you; everyone wants to know with whom they’re speaking. Therefore, as soon as you can, add a picture of yourself or supply an image by which people can identify you. A bio is helpful, too. (See Making It Your Home, below.)
- - To find friends or interesting individuals who twitter, click Find People at the top of your profile. Type in their names, or just try searching “New York Times,” “Library of Congresss,” “noaa,” “oceanexplorer,” or other entities of interest. This is a good way to find news sites and other topics as well. To receive all their tweets, click the Follow button.
- - People you follow will receive a notice that you are following them, and in turn they will probably follow you.
- - To find more people or sites to follow, see who THEY are following and follow the ones that interest you!
- - To find celebrities, people, or categories of interest, go to http://wefollow.com/.
- - If you know someone’s username, you can travel directly to their Twitter space by going to http://www.twitter.com/[username].
- - If you don’t want certain people following you, it’s easy to Block them.
“One could change the world with one hundred and forty characters.”
This article is intended to give people new to Twitter or people who don’t have a good understanding of the application’s capabilities a brief overview of why Twitter is powerful and how they might start using it themselves. It’s focused on companies/departments/groups for an Indiana University audience, but the information is applicable for everyone.
What is Twitter?
This might seem like a simple question to answer, but in reality, if you look at each of the following definitions, you will see that they’re all different.
- Twitter’s Definition: “Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co-workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?”
- Wikipedia’s Definition: “Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read each others’ updates, known as tweets.”
- My Definition: Twitter is a technology that facilitates synaptic, asynchronous, and individualized communication between its users.
They’re all similar in one respect, communication. The truth is that Twitter is whatever you make of it. The service’s architecture is open-ended and loose allowing users to use Twitter for whatever purpose they desire. Whatever you put into the service by way of interaction will be returned.
Check out the rest of the post after the jump!
Recently, while working on a project, I had need of a creepy bit of music. I didn’t have an orchestra at my disposal, and I’m not a composer, so I used what I had: a couple of acoustic and electric guitars, a little bit of creativity and Soundbooth. With that, I came up with my final sound:
creepy effected.mp3 – The final sound
Soundbooth is an audio editing and creation program that is available through the Adobe/IU licensing agreement. It is part of the Production Premium suite. It can record, edit, and add effects to sound files.
Starting out, I decided since I was very out of practice with guitar, I’d just record a simple three note phrase. I practiced with some different arrangements and ended up with what I thought was a suitably creepy beginning. To make sure I had a good amount to work with, I played it three times into the microphone. Here is the sound that resulted:
creepy.mp3 – Feel free to download and follow along in your own copy of Soundbooth CS4.