The Google +1 Button that is on so many websites today has been a mystery to many people. They know it has something to do with Google+, Google’s social network. But hitting the +1 button doesn’t add that page to your Google+ newsfeed in the same way as the Facebook Like button. So what does it do and how does it affect getting higher rankings on a Google search (SEO). It turns out, +1 can be a pretty effective SEO tool.
There are a lot of complaints about the computer generation being a generation of pirates or quips from the likes of author Jonathan Franzen who said that serious readers don’t read e-books. He fears that “it’s going to be very hard to make the world work if there’s no permanence like that”. Corporate lobbies complain and sponsor oppressive laws like SOPA. (more…)
Here is the key to success in the new media world. Many students spend years in film school, at writing workshops, learning the intricacies of the latest equipment, studying the works of the master photographers, directors, and writers, and pondering the philosophical meaning behind their artistic pursuits, all with the intention of honing their craft with the goal of becoming a media giant. When really, all they had to do was take their iPhone and make a couple of quick videos of their dog with a giant head. Boo has revealed the secret to success. He has 1.2 million likes on Facebook and has close to 3 million views for his video on YouTube. Now, Chronicle Books will be publishing Boo’s debut book this fall called Boo, The Life of the World’s Cutest Dog.
Today, I witnessed a couple taking a photo of themselves. The man, in his infinite wisdom, balanced the camera on the end of planter that did not have quite enough room, . . . hit the timer, and then . . . it fell off . . . SMACK!!! . . . broken, lying on the ground in several pieces. Not a pretty site but one that I imagine happens often. Another of my least favorite self portrait catastrophes is one that graces the Facebook photo scene far to often: the super close-up image with the cut-off heads and the outstretched arm. I believe the picture quality correlates with the length of a person’s arm: long arm = bad photo, short arm = really bad photo. So I thought I would write this blog entry to plug a product that I think is an easy way to rid the world of this phenomenon and make the crooked self-portrait drunk in a bar photo, at the very least, appear level, keeping your Facebook friends from knowing how drunk you really were that night.