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Jun 26, 2009

iMacros - Form Filler & Password Manager, Automated Download & Upload, Social Scripting (Social Bookmarking) and More.

About iMacros for Firefox

Automate Firefox. Record and replay repetitious work. If you love the Firefox web browser, but are tired of repetitive tasks like visiting the same sites every days, filling out forms, and remembering passwords, then iMacros for Firefox is the solution you’ve been dreaming of! ***Whatever you do with Firefox, iMacros can automate it.***

iMacros was designed to automate the most repetitious tasks on the web. If there’s an activity you have to do repeatedly, just record it in iMacros. The next time you need to do it, the entire macro will run at the click of a button! With iMacros, you can quickly and easily fill out web forms, remember passwords, create a webmail notifier, download information from other sites, scrape the Web (get data from multiple sites), and more. You can keep the macros on your computer for your own use, or share them with others by embedding them on your homepage, blog, company Intranet or any social bookmarking service. The uses are limited only by your imagination!

Here are just a few examples of how you can use iMacros to automate your web browser.

(1) Form Filler & Password Manager

With iMacros for Firefox, you no longer need to check the same sites every day, remembering passwords, and filling out web forms. iMacros is the only form filler that can autofill web forms that stretch over several pages. All information is stored in human-readable, plain text files that can be easily edited. Passwords are stored securely with 256-Bit AES encryption. Users memorize only one master password and iMacros remembers all the others, providing a truly automated login experience, that beats the Solution to Enterprise Single Sign-On (SSO).

(2) Automated Download & Upload

iMacros can automate the download of images, files, or entire pages (with or without images). In the other direction, it can automate the upload of data to websites. You can use variables inside the macros and import data from CSV files. iMacros includes a user agent switcher, PDF download and Flash, and ad- and image-blocking functions. When combined and controlled with Javascript, the recorded Macros can script even very complex tasks.

(3) Data Extraction, Web Scraping/Mining & Enterprise Data Mash-Ups

The iMacros EXTRACT command automatically reads data from a website and exports it to CSV files – the exact opposite of filling out forms. iMacros includes full Unicode support and works with every language, including multi-byte languages such as Chinese. You can use this feature to download stock quotes, gather and compare web store prices, and more.

(4) Web Testing

Web professionals can use iMacros for functional, performance, and regression testing of web applications. The built-in STOPWATCH command captures precise web page response times. iMacros also includes support for many AJAX elements.

(5) Social Scripting (Social Bookmarking)

Sharing your favorite iMacros with friends and colleagues is easy. Simply right-click the macro to add it as a bookmark, or select "Run Everywhere" and embed the complete macro in a simple link. You can send the link to others, or embed it on your homepage, blog, or company intranet. Instead of telling your site visitors how to fill out a form, let iMacros do it for them. All the information is stored inside the link as a text string, with nothing stored on our servers, which is why iMacros work on intranets, too. See an example at del.icio.us/imacros/imacro.

(6) Other Uses

For more ideas on how to use iMacros, please visit www.iopus.com/imacros/firefox and/or our active support forum at forum.iopus.com.

iMacros is extremely versatile and can be combined with other extensions such as Greasemonkey, Web Developer, Firebug, Stylish, Download Statusbar, NoScript, PDF Download, Foxmarks, Fasterfox, All-in-One Sidebar, Megaupload, Foxyproxy, Flashblock and Adblock.

iMacros for Firefox is free for personal and commercial use. Download the add-on today to start simplifying your Web tasks and sharing your macros with others!

Whatever you do with Firefox, iMacros can automate it.

Tutorial from Kevin Sparkton



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Fast Video Download - Download video files from popular sites like YouTube, Dailymotion, Break.com and more. 100% Free!

About Fast Video Download Firefox Extension

Download video files from popular sites like YouTube, Dailymotion, Break.com and more. 100% Free!

Now supports more sites: YouTube, Google Video, MySpace Video, DailyMotion, Metacafe, Break.com, Blip.tv, Spike, MyVideo.de, YourFileHost, zippyvideos.com, yikers.com, vimeo.com, videos.streetfire.net, revver.com, kontraband.com, collegehumor.com, blastro.com, videoalbumy.azet.sk. pornotube.com, dachix.com, badjojo.com, pornhub.com, redtube.com and others.

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BetterPrivacy (App) By NettiCat - BetterPrivacy is a Super Cookie Safeguard which protects from usually not deletable LSO's.

Words From Developers

Ever wondered why you are still tracked though you tried everything to prevent it?
BetterPrivacy is a Super Cookie Safeguard which protects from usually not deletable LSO's. It blocks longterm tracking on Google, YouTube Ebay and many other domains.

Welcome to my little repository of FireFox extensions.
Most extensions are coded by me and are particularly based on user-scripts (for Greasemonkey). A few other addons are adopted or modded, meaning they are originally created by another author. There is also an addon that is made with a script compiler. A compiler automatically converts a userscript to a Firefox extension.

This site uses cookies, LSO's and javascript

This site uses cookies but not for tracking reasons. They are needed to prevent prevalent hotlinking and to give download permission to real visitors. Otherwise the very old server machine might break down because of unexpected hotlink traffic - which is worse in any case. Since the cookies are only needed for the time of a visit, they will automatically expire after a few hours.

Flash plugins that run on this site will also store LSO's (local shared objects) on your system, intended as a demonstration of modern tracking technology (see also BetterPrivacy addon). However no personal data is stored, just the curent time. The user gets further information with the text that is displayed by those Flash animations.

Finally, this site uses scripts. Javascript is doubtlessly the architect of the future web. All major browser manufactures recognized the importance of that technology and are actively pushing their browsers towards highly sophisticated script engines. That effort consumes 85% of the whole Firefox developement time. Using and extending this technology is of big advantage for everyone's web experience as many new web services have already proved.
The scripts used here are of a more plainless nature, but are at least very important for maintaining the major site functionality. For example, the addon install buttons would be broken without script support - alltogether with disappointed visitors. Did you know that almost all Firefox addons are made of javascript?

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Tab Mix Plus - It includes such features as duplicating tabs, controlling tab focus, tab clicking options, undo closed tabs and windows,much more

Words From Developers:

Tab Mix Plus enhances Firefox's tab browsing capabilities. It includes such features as duplicating tabs, controlling tab focus, tab clicking options, undo closed tabs and windows, plus much more. It also includes a full-featured session manager.

* Added: New Option Ctrl-tab - "Show tab Previews" work for Firefox 3.1+ or when Ctrl-tab extension installed.
* Added: New option to place new tab button on the right side of the tab bar.
* Added: session.rdf backup After many request, Tabmix now backup the file session.rdf into sub directory sessionbackups under the profile directory every day. The preference extensions.tabmix.sessions.max_backups set the maximum number of daily sessions backups to keep in /sessionbackups.

Special values:
o -1: unlimited
o 0: no backups created (and deletes all existing backups)

Remember that clear Tab Mix Plus saved session with Clear Private Data will remove ALL session data including backups files

* Added: Option to Rename tab permanently for all address.
* Added: Option to rename only one tab (or all tabs with same address).
* Added: Option to convert the sessions data from TMP format to use in Session Manager extension.
* Added: New Tab Icon on tab context menu.
* Added: Left and right scroll button also work in Firefox 2.0.*
* Added: New options to hide the tab bar. look in Tabmix Options > Display > Tab Bar. or right click TMP opened tabs list button.
* Added: Ctrl + Click on TabMix's opened tabs list button close the current tab
* Ctrl + Click TabMix's closed tabs list button open the last closed tab Removed: TabMix no longer support Firefox prior to Firefox 2.0

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Jun 25, 2009

Venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki automated Twitter feed spreads malware

Venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki got more than he bargained for from an automated feed he set up on his Twitter account.

Some of Kawasaki's more than 139,000 Twitter followers noticed something strange when they saw a particular non-VC-related tweet sent from his account on Tuesday.

The update advertised a sexy video of "Gossip Girl" star Leighton Meester and had a link leading to a site where, if the visitor clicked to view the video (and ostensibly download a necessary codec), a Trojan called OSX/Jahlav-C for the Mac OS would be installed instead, Graham Cluley wrote on his blog on Wednesday for antivirus vendor Sophos.

Kawasaki told The Wall Street Journal his account is set up to redistribute updates from NowPublic, a user-generated news site.

The auto-published tweet was from a NowPublic feed that was not moderated by the site, NowPublic co-founder Michael Tippett told the WSJ later.

"Auto-feeds on Twitter can be quite risky," Michael Argast, a security analyst for Sophos, told CNET News.

Kawasaki's account wasn't the only one redistributing the malicious link; the same tweet was sent from other lower-profile accounts.

SiteLauncher - SiteLauncher is an add-on for Firefox that gives you a super-quick way to to open your favorite websites using only your keyboard.

Blazing Fast Way to Reach Sites

A simple Firefox add-on that gives a highly convenient and clutter-free method to quickly open websites that you need often. One keyboard hotkey makes the "Launcher" panel instantly appear, followed by a single key press to jump to the site you wish to open.

The hotkey for the Launcher is Ctrl+Space or Ctrl+Alt for Mac users (you can change it if needed).

Feature highlights

* Because each site key is displayed in the Launcher, you don't have to memorize a bunch of key combinations to have shortcuts to loads of sites, only one hotkey.
* Default hotkey is customizable, in case you need it for something else.
* Add as many sites to SiteLauncher as you want.
* Just about any character key can be associated with a site, you're not limited to just a-z, 0-9.
* Highly customizable appearance - change colors, text size, spacing, column size, etc
* Optional visual effects - transparency, rounded corners, and gradients
* You can have your site shortcuts automatically arranged or manually arranged in the order you want them to appear inside the Launcher
* Set Launcher to open sites in current or new tab
* Optionally, set Launcher to appear on startup instead of your homepage

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Twitalyzer is Free Twitter.com Site Plug-in - influence scores to the twitter.com user interface, search, and more!

If you're using Firefox, and why wouldn't you be, and you use the Twitter.com site or Twitter Search then you're going to love our experimental Firefox add-on! Installing the add-on in gives you a Twitalyze! button that, when clicked, uses the Twitalyzer API to score everyone you're in communication with.

If Twitalyzer knows the Tweet author's influence score we will provide that information and tell you how long ago we took the measurement. If we don't know the author we'll let you know that too!

Even better, if you look at anyone's followers and following lists you'll get Twitalyzer scores there too! This is super helpful as you're trying to discover who your friends are following (and determine whether you should be following them too!)

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Gradient iCool - A modern glassy dark theme with unique animated interface. A perfect mixture of black and blue for your ultimate Firefox browser.

-- Bulletin --
16/05/2009 Version 1.0.9 is available in sandbox!
29/03/2009 Version 1.0.8 is available in sandbox!
12/03/2009 Version 1.0.7 is available in sandbox!
04/03/2009 Version 1.0.6 is available for download!
03/03/2009 Firefox Icon Pack is available in my blog!
26/01/2009 Gradient iBlu first released!
21/01/2009 A new theme of Gradient iBlu, a modern and Japanese-style theme without the glassy effect, is being worked on recently. For further details, see my blog.
06/12/2008 Version 1.0.5 is publicised. With Firefox 3.0.4, the crash with Twitterfox is solved, see http://www.naan.net/trac/wiki/TwitterFox for further details.
11/11/2008 A bug found. The theme is incompatible with Twitterfox.
08/11/2008 Gradient iCool 1.0.4 is publicated with fixed bugs including the issue with the All-In-One Sidebar.
30/10/2008 Included French description.
24/10 Gradient iCool 1.0.3 full version is released with new animated interface and new cool backgrounds. Bugs are also fixed.
27/09/2008 Gradient iCool 1.0.3 beta 1 is out!
20/09/2008 The theme is listed on the 11th with over 250,000 downloads!
11/09/2008 The theme peaks 30,000 downloads for the first time!
26/05/2008 This theme first released!

-- Compatibility --
Firefox 2.0-3.0.*
Tested on Windows XP and Vista.

--Other of My Themes--
Gradient iBlu
Gradient xMas

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Surf Canyon is Free Browser Extension, Google Assistant Which Personalizes search engine results as you search! : Free Useful Tools and API's

Unleash the power of search like never before.

Improve relevancy by up to 40% on Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Lexis Web and Craigslist by automatically digging out information from as deep as page 100.

Surf Canyon is a browser extension that personalizes search engine results as you search! Available for download as an add-on for Firefox and Internet Explorer (IE6, IE7 and IE8), the software figures out what you want and then automatically recommends relevant search results.

* Unleash the power of search like never before
* Improve your search on Google, Yahoo!, Bing, Craigslist and Lexis Web
* Find relevant information from as deep as page 100 of the search results
* Personalize your search in real time: recommended search results reflect instantaneous relevancies, based on your actions

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Jun 24, 2009

flickr2twitter Free Twitter Tool - Adds a simple button to the flickr button-bar, allowing one-click sending of the flickr image page

Adds a simple button to the flickr button-bar, allowing one-click sending of the flickr image page link to your twitter status update page.

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Facebook users' private profile data at risk?

Two Facebook fans generated a load of free publicity for their new blog when, in their maiden post, disclosed a vulnerability in the social-networking website that could enable outsiders to view parts of profiles that are set to private.

On its FBHive blog, which went live Monday, the pair revealed a bug in Facebook that can allow non-friends to view personal data on other members.

"With a simple hack, everything listed in a person's 'Basic Information' section can be viewed, no matter what their privacy settings are," they wrote. "This information includes networks, sex, birthday, hometown, siblings, parents, relationship status, interested in, political views and religious views."

The "interested in" section refers to whether a member is using Facebook to connect with friends, romantic partners, etc.

The two hackers did not explain how they were able to pry their way in but promised to release details in the next few days. As proof of their exploit, though, they displayed the "Basic Information" sections of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Digg founder Kevin Rose and Boing Boing blogger Cory Doctorow.

Security experts said that though this hack does not allow for the spread of malware, it could help perpetrate identity theft.

"You can't consider the information up there totally trusted and private," John Harrison, group product manager at Symantec Security Response, told SCMagazineUS.com on Monday. "I think people need to think twice about the information they put out there."

For example, Harrison said he lists his incorrect birth date on his Facebook profile.

He added that Facebook offers users granular privacy options and recommended that members recheck their settings.

Facebook reportedly closed the hole, but a spokesperson there could not be reached. The operators of FBHive, which promises to discuss Facebook news and rumors on the new blog, also could not be reached.

How to Avoid Facebook and Twitter Disasters

Who knew your boss could see so much of your Facebook page--including the pics from your wild weekend? Over sharing can lead to underemployment. Take some practical steps to control what others see about you.

The power of social networks like Facebook and Twitter comes from their ability to quickly share information about your life with other people. But along with that ability comes the risk of sharing sensitive information with the wrong people, and that risk increases as your network grows well beyond your core circle of friends.

Using Twitter and Facebook effectively takes more than discretion; you should know how to tweak the settings for these services so that you have full control over who sees what on your Facebook page or on Twitter. In the two stories linked below, and in others to come, we'll cover both sides of the coin: how to use the tools at your disposal to keep your profiles in check, and how to handle the etiquette side of the equation, as well.

The garden-variety freshman may not have much to worry about, but it's a different story if you--as many people are increasingly doing--are using Facebook and Twitter not for updates about your meals, pets, and drinking binges, but for professional purposes. So we've outlined here a handful of common disastrous scenarios in which one (or both) of these social networks was misused, as well as the best way to prevent or remedy the problem.

But in the end you'll find that the fundamental lesson is invariably the same, and that's to remember the golden rule of all social networks: Never forget that the whole world is watching.

Avoid Facebook Disasters
Avoid Twitter Disasters

David Fincher in talks for Facebook pic

David Fincher's following up the Oscar-winning The Curious Case of Benjamin Button with a curious tale of a completely different sort. According to Variety, Fincher is close to signing on to direct The Social Network for Columbia Pictures.

Aaron Sorkin (Charlie Wilson's War) wrote the script which follows the evolution of the social media phenomenon, Facebook. Sorkin's screenplay traces Harvard sophomore Mark Zuckerberg's creation of Facebook in 2004 and its evolution into one of the internet's most popular sites. If the deal goes through, Columbia's looking to get The Social Network rolling later this year.

Jun 23, 2009

YouTube Auto Replay Free API Adds an auto replay check box in Youtube video page. You can also select a portion of the video to be auto replayed.

This addon is for those of you(like me) who really miss a simple "Auto Replay" button in YouTube.com. This addon adds an auto replay checkbox in Youtube video page along with options to choose the portion of the video to be replayed.





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Share Buttons Add sharing buttons to your blog posts The browser plugin auto-inserts the button code into the blog post as you publish it.

Share Buttons

Add sharing buttons to your blog posts

The easiest way to add sharing buttons to your blog posts! The browser plugin auto-inserts the button code into the blog post as you publish it.

# Grow your audience

Enable your readers to share your blog posts with their friends

# Customize sharing options

Control the optimal selection and arrangement of sharing buttons

# Measure traffic gains

Watch and understand your audience growth and sharing behavior

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Joule free twitter tool is a way of keeping track of who's reading your stuff.

Shows a statusbar icon to track changes in your followers list on Twitter, LiveJournal, identi.ca, Digg, or delicious.com.

Joule is a way of keeping track of who's reading your stuff.

Lots of sites allow you to make a list of people you want to follow
(sometimes called a friends list, or a watch list).
Sometimes they also let you see who has you on their friends list.
But wouldn't it be nifty if you could see when people start
and stop reading you, like this?
That's what Joule is for.

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Philtro Free Twitter Tool - the world's leading spam filter for Twitter. It integrates Philtro's filtering functionality with Twitter.com

If you've got an unruly Twitter feed, we've got your back.

Philtro lets you rate tweets so you can find the most interesting, relevant tweets first. It's like a spam filter for your Twitter account.

We help you sort through hundreds of tweets to find the ones you want to read. Rate your favorite tweets and start to see more of the stuff you like most.

The Philtro Twitter client helps you spend less time managing Twitter and more time using Twitter to get things done. Philtro learns what topics you're interested in and automatically analyzes your incoming tweets making it faster to pay attention to the stuff you really care about.

Our easy-to-use client lets you organize tweets the way you want and then focus on specific topics without missing out on important new tweets. Seriously, it couldn't be easier.

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Jobtweet.de Free Twitter Tool - Twitter Job Searchengine (english version)

This is the English Version of the Jobtweet Add-on. Use it to searh Twitter for job openings from the English speaking countries. It works like any common search engine. Type a combination of job and location (e.g. PHP Developer New York) and get the most recent results.

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AntStorm : Import your browser bookmarks, and use or update them anytime on any computer.

Import your Web bookmarks from Firefox, IE and/or Delicious. Access your bookmarks from any computer. Save/post new bookmarks to AntStorm, Delicious, Facebook, and Twitter in a single action while browsing or searching the Web. Organize your bookmarks by topic, and syndicate these lists as widgets onto any other website.

Why Import Your Bookmarks?

Have you ever needed a bookmark and realized it was on some other computer? Or have you ever wanted to save a bookmark, but you weren't on your primary computer? Bookmarks shouldn't be tied to just one computer. You should be able to use them, add to them, and manage them from any computer anywhere anytime. AntStorm delivers this capability — with a vengeance. Import your bookmarks and then check out My Nest — far the nicest way to manage your bookmarks on the Web today.

But that's just the start. Once you've imported your bookmarks, you can easily share lists of your favorite bookmarks with others as trails on AntStorm, Google, Yahoo!, MSN, and other search engines. You can collaborate with others to see their favorite links about the topics that interest you. You can generate money for your favorite charities from the advertising on your trail pages. And a whole lot more. Follow the instructions below to import your browser bookmarks, and get started today!

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Loki: is a browser plugin that determines the precise location of website visitors.

Loki is a browser plugin that determines the precise location of website visitors. Websites are taking advantage of location to improve local search functionality, store finders, social networking, and more.

* Simply and automatically determine a visitor's location down to street address level
* Deliver more accurate and contextually relevant search results
* Offer instant routing from the user to the result

* Drive sales by navigating visitors to the nearest store with the least amount of friction
* Display nearby promotions and popular products to help drive sales
* Reduce clicks and data-input between the user and store location




* Enable highly targeted friend finders and serendipitous meet-ups
* Display events and activities closest to the user at any time
* Connect online users in the real world

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Clean Tweets Free Twitter Tool - Clean Tweets eliminates spam when using Twitter Search. No more Tweets sending you to malware or porn sites

Clean Tweets is a Firefox Toolbar Addon that essentially cleans up Twitter search, specifically Trending Topics. Anyone who is a frequent user of Twitter Search knows that there are a lot of people (and the number grows every day) that SPAM the trending topics with anything from "Get Rich Quick Schemes" to affiliate links and even people that blatantly ask for more followers. It is annoying, waters down and makes Twitter search and Trends less useful.

There are times when I view a trending topic and 90% are spam or worthless tweets. I have to dig down 3 pages deep just to see what the source is for the topic to be trending. Twitter is growing at an alarming rate and as cool as that is for all of us that love it and use it, it also means more opportunity for spammers. So we built Clean Tweets to combat Twitter Search spam and hopefully eliminate Trending topic Spam almost completely.

Here is how Clean Tweets works:

Clean Tweets does various actions when you use Twitter Search at either Search.twitter.com or when you access search from within your web based profile.

It automatically deletes any tweets from accounts that are less than 24hrs old (or how long you specify). A lot of search spam comes from churn and burn accounts that spam until they get flagged so doing this cuts down on a lot of spam. (don't worry legit newcomers you can show up tomorrow).

Anyone tweet that mentions 3 or more (or what you decide) trending topics in it will not show up. Most spammers also list every trending topic they can find after their little spammy speal so this is a good way to cut down automatically as well.

Manual Delete Option. For the spammers that sqeak by or just list one trend at a time you can click an X by their avatar and it will delete their tweet and remove them from ever showing up again. (don't worry if you accidently delete your friend you can get them back in your settings)

It is pretty simple but in the days we have been testing it, it is very effective and cuts down on a lot of spam. The best part is it doesn't slow search, or change anything, it is like the spam was never there.

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LinkedIn is the social networking tool of choice for CIOs, make sure you get the most from it

LinkedIn is the social networking tool of choice for CIOs, make sure you get the most from it

Knowing how to interact with your connections on the professional social network isn't always as straightforward as it seems. These are the three cardinal rules that you should follow.

1 Build a Strong LinkedIn Profile

With so many people job hunting now, you've got more competition than ever on LinkedIn. CIO recruitment specialists all advise a strong LinkedIn Profile. It was one of the top recommendations of what headhunters are looking for.

2 Manage LinkedIn Connections

You've signed up for LinkedIn, because everyone says it's the primary business social network. But to whom should you connect? Your strategy should differ from your approach to Facebook.

When it comes to LinkedIn connections, some people believe more is better, creating huge networking circles. But that approach has prompted debate, with even some people inside LinkedIn saying that's a risky strategy.

Company profile pages on LinkedIn can help you tune into a company's comings and goings, executive relationships and key business facts.

3 How to Get the Most from LinkedIn Recommendations

As potential employers or recruiters peruse your work experience on LinkedIn, recommendations from past and present colleagues can be one of the most helpful features to help communicate your value.

LinkedIn open networkers, or LIONs, accept almost all LinkedIn connection requests and introduce strangers out of good will.

LinkedIn has imposed new restrictions on the number of connections any one person can have, say members of the LinkedIn open networkers, a controversial group that accepts almost all LinkedIn connection requests. The group appears to be walking an increasingly fine line with the social network.


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Jun 22, 2009

Men and women use Facebook differently: study

Facebook may be the 'coolest' social networking website, but males and females define cool differently, as researchers at the Queensland University of Technology have found.

While women prefer applications through which they can express themselves, men choose ones where they can compete against others, according to the study. The researches have based their findings on an analysis of the value of applications, such as 'Scrabble', 'Mousehunt' and 'Superpoke'.

Lead researcher Rebekah Russell-Bennett said, ''Facebook users want to possess and share cool applications that enhance their standing within their network of friends. For women this is about self-expression, for men it is about who is the best.'' She added that both genders want novelty and rarity.

''The study found value is measured for women according to the ability of the application to facilitate self-expression of interests, values or personality, and for men according to the ability to facilitate competition and comparison,'' Russel-Bennet said.

Russell-Bennett, along with co-researcher Larry Neale, highlighted the importance of the study by saying that from a commercial view, organisations were struggling to understand how to develop a 'cool' application and identify the features that would encourage people to recommend the application to friends.

"Popular applications can attract tens of millions of views and uses per month, and given that applications are relatively cheap to develop and are distributed virtually cost-free, this makes them an attractive substitute to traditional advertising," Russel-Bennet said.

"Anecdotally we know that companies are spending a lot of money on applications but they aren't necessarily working." Now that they are armed with the knowledge of what motivates people to use and recommend applications, companies could better tap into the social networking market, Russell-Bennett added.

The results of the study titled, "What value do users derive from social networking applications?" will be presented at the UK Academy of Marketing conference in Leeds later this month.

Picture2Life is Free Web Application to Turn your browser into a basic image editor: Free Useful Tools and API's

Now, editing pictures from your browser is right at your fingertips!

Turn your browser into a basic image editor via Picture2Life's Web 2.0 application!

From your favorite photo sharing or hosting website, 'right-click' on your images to import and edit them in just a few seconds!

When you're finished, easily export them to Flickr or Imageshack.

You can edit your picture with just a single click or create picture collages with your favorite pictures from:

Hi5, MySpace, Friendster, Flickr, PhotoBucket, ImageShack and so much more!

Learn More About Picture2Life and Down Load Now! at http://www.picture2life.com/

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Write Area is Firefox Add-on Which Turns text areas into HTML fields enabled by FCKeditor : Free Useful Tools and API's

Whenever you find a text area in a page where HTML is allowed you can use the entry from the context menu to launch this editor that will enable you to easily write the HTML without worrying about the syntax thanks to the embedded WYSIWYG editor.

The core is FCKeditor 2.6 with a little change so it can run properly inside the chrome, and it also provides a way for FCKeditor to use the internal spellchecker.

If you have installed WriteArea then soon you'll get the updated version.

It finally adds tooltips for the toolbar buttons, and two new buttons besides the "save" button.

The first one allows to save the current content to a file in your computer, great if you want to keep drafts of any kind of templates around. The second button is obviously the one to load those files, the icons might not fit exactly with the rest but I'm not a designer and I always rather focus on the most important things.

Now that CKEditor 3 is getting closer everyday I don't know if next update will be based still on the 2.6 line of FCKeditor, or if it will start using that fresh new code. Some of the advantages of the new code doesn't apply the same way inside chrome than it does in a website, but on the other side it might open new opportunities, they might need some time to check and test the ideas so such future update might get delayed quite a while.

There are other ideas for the current code, but they also take time, I wish that there would be a way to code everything that goes throught my mind.

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Jun 21, 2009

Family Time Decreasing for family as Web Use Grows, Social Networking

Social networking online might join millions, but a new study suggests it contributes to less time spent as a family.

In the first half of the decade, families reported spending 26 hours a month together. By 2008, that dropped to 18 hours, according to the Annenberg Center for the Digital Future.

So much has contributed to the demise of quality family time — varying work schedules, rising dual-income households, increasing commute times and work days, and participating in multiple children’s sports and activities.

Yet this new study points out a dramatic drop in time spent together at the same time as a seemingly meteoric rise in social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Hardware itself also has become more affordable, bringing to three the number of computers in the average home.

The same can be said for television, which has become more affordable and thus changed from a group activity in a family room to an individual pursuit in bedrooms, offices and even garages.

Technology has joined people in incredible ways. But when it causes a rift in the heart of the family, something must change.

Psychologists attribute family time to important childhood development.

Technology certainly is the future, but it is our children who will shape it and our families, organizations, communities, states and the nation.

Families deserve more quality time.

Advertisers angry over Facebook click fraud

Over the past few weeks, big affiliate advertisers on Facebook have reported a spike in fake clicks, but this is only part of where Facebook has faced challenges within its ad network over the past few months. The reason for the surge in fake clicks is a result of a number of things including the creation of Facebook ad scrapers that are being used to track advertisers’ ads on the site and what pages the ads are linking to.
An Affiliate Land Rush Begins

Prior to exploring the current claims for click fraud, I thought it would be important to discuss some background. Back at the end of January Facebook switched their ad policy to allow the promotion of ringtones, dating, quizzes, freebies, work at home products, and surveys. While the exact reason for this is unknown, we can assume that it’s because Facebook wanted a taste of the massive affiliate marketing cash that’s available.

We’ve been exploring extreme affiliate marketing ads over the past few weeks in what we called the “race to the bottom” for ad networks and developers, but Facebook hasn’t exactly kept their hands clean in this matter either. For those that are unaware of what affiliate marketers are, they are the middleman (or middle-woman) between customers and product offers on the internet. Wikipedia defines Affiliate Marketing as “Internet-based marketing practice in which a business rewards one or more affiliates for each visitor or customer brought about by the affiliate’s marketing efforts.”

Many of these affiliates have been in the space for a long time and have amassed large amounts of cash to the point that some were looking to spend upwards of $30,000 a day through Facebook’s ad network. The result is that upwards of a million dollars a day could be generated on Facebook through affiliate marketing ad spends. With Facebook looking to increase their revenue, this was most definitely a quick way to generate some cash and for a few lucky affiliate marketers, an opportunity to jump into an unsaturated market.
With Rules Relaxed, Advertisers Get Aggressive

As Facebook began to relax their rules on what advertisers could promote, the company witnessed a jump in revenue with the new surge in affiliate marketers. By March, Facebook had adjusted their advertising terms of service to include a new segment.

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Fast Forward - find the best stuff online. Press the FastForward button to go where "Most people who visited this page then visited next"

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FastForward answers the question, "Where do people go after they view this page?" We take you to the most popular page people went to next after the page you are on. It's like Amazon recommendations for web pages. "People who viewed this page also viewed this next..."

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Fast Forward Button: Press the Fast Forwad button to easily find good content nearby without having to look around. By trusting the wisdom of the crowds, you can find related pages, know what is poplar and stumble on to interesting new pages. FastForward keeps you informed and save time.

Alerts: Fast Forward also keeps you informed when there is something hot nearby without even pressing the button. If the majority of people who visited the page you are on went to the same page next, we'll alert you. It is an indication that there is something you are missing nearby and you should press the button.

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