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Facebook makes quick changes

Following on from the last post it seems only 24 hours later they add new changes as explained here.
Looking at the home page you will see that there is now "+create" link, this is what I meant about creating own list on last post like in friendfeed.



No idea if there are limit to how many list you can create, but clicking on the link a box will pop up looking like the one shown here, create a name for your list and then choose who to add to it ... like what?

You could have a family list, a workmate list, a niche list (common passion, ie music fans) , old school friend list, college friend list... and so on. 

This enables you to mange things better as you gain more friends etc while also allowing you to now actively add people you wouldn't have otherwise added.



Also, I mentioned in the last post about the annoyance of the hide function being the wrong way, instead of hiding apps it hid people, you will notice the button on the top right of each "post" made instead of the normal X. 

A better set up this way, not to point out Peter below or anything, but instead of hiding Peter, I could if I wanted to, hide the app.



Some better improvements and also they have acted on it fast.
Look out for more because I doubt they have stopped adding to it yet.

How do you feel about these additions?

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Why facebook was right to ignore the moaning

Seems to be a lot of moaning on facebook about the recent changes with the home page, not for the first time either as I remember the same people moaning at the last change, which they are now saying the last set up was great ... they got used to it didn't they?!

Which was always going to be the case anyway, they knew it and those who use other social sites also knew it, facebook changed things for good reason, they run a business to make money online!

Businesses are meant to make money and where else but the data they collect are they going to be able to get money?
Ads from that data maybe? 
Pretty targeted ads too? 

Someone mentions laptops on my profile and this shows!



Part of business is to improve am I right?

Well they tried to do that by looking at buying twitter, which if you use twitter can understand the reasons, facebook failed as Ev (@ev on twitter) refused to sell, so whats the next best thing?

Nick "proven to be good ideas" and implement them into facebook itself maybe?

Not only from twitter.

When you look at my profile on twitter you see that below on the right hand side. A link to my blog, a short bio and my twitter stats, like how many followers I have and how many I follow, and the amount of "updates" which are the actual 140 character "tweets" themselves.



Ignoring the favourites tab for now, as that is just those tweets you want to save, rather than share, bit like your own tweetb'mark, a handy tool to keep in mind though while tweeting.



When I look at it, once logged in, I see the same as shown which now also shows a little box that swaps with others when you refresh the page, which you need to do to update the stream, it swaps with other little neat things you use with twitter, like twitter search etc.

This is something I can see added to facebook sometime, a search using tags or keywords which will pull up what you want to see related to that but from friends rather than facebook wide, even the tags on pictures, comments, likes etc...

On the bottom of that is the home and replies tabs, that is all there is to twitter, so it is good and bad in a way, the home stream is like a hose of tweets if you follow alot of people, and the reply stream are just the tweets aimed at you, in other words they start with @robsellen in my case. Great if you tweet a question and get alot of replies.

While twitter is great it has some serious limits to what you can do with it and I think they will add more to it.

But on friendfeed which is in so many ways very different to twitter they already have some great features which twitter should adopt as well as facebook, which if you look at it facebook already have started to do.

Looking at my friendfeed page I see this on the left which shows the lists I have which all show in their own streams, as you can see I have one for twitter which pulls all tweets to friendfeed so I never really have to go to twitter. Better though is the fact you can use twitter and then come to freindfeed and see others in friendfeed expanding the conversation around a tweet you made.

These list you can create are endless, you can do whatever you want, even follow people who don't use friendfeed! By that lets say I know your twitter user name but don't follow you on twitter, I can add the RSS from your twitter page (that is below the box on the right) and add to my friendfeed, so I will see your tweets without you even knowing. :o)



As you can see you have "rooms" too, all in their own streams which if you had a "niche market" could utilise well by creating a room solely for that market.

Um ...

What'cha think?

Think they will start adding something like that to facebook? 

Maybe it will show on the sidebar as seen below on your own home page...you'll  have to keep an eye on that. ;o)

I'd not be surprised to see it though.



Less apps, more feeds!!!  :o)

Agreed?

They missed a trick with removing the "live" feed from the last set up and I have no doubt it will pop back up on here before long.

On that friendfeed page of mine there are icons which show you what RSS feeds I have used in freindfeed, as seen below, often on my facebook page you will see something I posted on twitter, that's then gone to friendfeed, then to facebook, and I only had to post a tweet on twitter!



Something facebook are already adding as you see below...

Just simply add whatever RSS feed you want to add to it and it will do the work for you.



Utilising RSS feeds this way means you can share you things so much easier without having to even go to facebook!

Some other features "nicked" from friendfeed are the "likes" which is a significant thing that many are not grasping fully, look at that with the possible search function in mind... 

What do I mean? Lets say for instance you are somewhere looking at something to buy, for instance you want a laptop, you are not sure what you want, you log into facebook and type in "laptop" in the search on facebook and it pulls up all the results for "laptop", (friendwide or facebook wide, whatever they use) and you notice some search results are "liked" by a huge amount of people, many of them your friends... would it sway your choice?

Another feature from friendfeed in a sense is the new "highlights", which on friendfeed is known as "best of the day" as you can see on the top right of on a profile page both on friendfeed and facebook.



Getting something liked alot, or commented on alot, will get your item showing on the highlights part of all your friends home page, depending on their friends, if similar then yes you will get to the top of it.. 

Something that could be abused a bit, but hey let's see how it goes. ;o)

Another thing from friendfeed which they got completely wrong was the ability to "hide" things, on friendfeed you hide whatever it is, for example tweets from twitter, so you will see less of them from everyone, on facebook they screwed up by making it hide everything from that person instead of the app itself, like the damn quiz app that's taken over my own stream at times! 

You can "unhide" the person on the bottom of the page as seen below...



I read on facebooks own blog that this will be changed to hide apps rather than people.

A good move in reality.

So, while I can see why people moan, they don't like change is the bottom line, you can see they are doing it to benefit you but benefit them more, which is why they are right to ignore the moaning, it's a business thing.

The changes are better and needed to make facebook more interactive for the users, and they make it better for them to monetise it.

People go so far as to insult the creator of faceook on the facebook blog...idiots!

I have a few things I dislike about facebook, one is the "walled garden mentality" they have.

If you click a link the website opens in an iframe which to me is a joke, a bad ignorant move.

If I want to go out of facebook and look at a site I should just be able to do that, I know I can click the x in the top of the iframe and it will go to the page, but there are thousands who don't know that.

Overall I think facebook made some good improvements and they will still improve it over time.

Quit ya moaning, if you don't like it, go create your own social site! :o)

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Sometimes the obvious isn't so obvious to the right market

How stupid is that?

Who thought that the seagulls could read in the first place?



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Google accounts and why you should have one

I have had a google account since they started, being a blogger user before google started GMail and then buying blogger itself, GMail is still in beta strangely although it is getting better all the time I think it's time they brought it out of beta really, it's the best email out there with a spam system second to non.

There are plenty of reasons why it's worth having a google account, of which GMail is really the central to all the rest of the great things you get with a Google account.

Gmail is just so useful. :o) 

To start if you haven't already got one get an account to use and give it a real try out then see if it's not worth using.



Now you have a Google account to use with the great features of the Google range of products and services, and free too. ;o)

One account log on for everything.

Everything is accessible from within your GMail page which is why mine is my home page and so easy to start from. 

On the top left of you Gmail inbox page you will see links to other things you now already have!



These are all accessible without logging in again as long as you stay in your browser you are logged into GMail with. 

One reason the "tabs" are so handy now on browsers.

Before you do anything else, while in GMail, go to the "settings" link at the top right, on the next page with settings, scroll down to the bottom and click the "always use https" as shown below.



This means your GMail is safer to open being a secure connection.

On the end of the link list up there on the left is a "more" button which from the drop down menu if you the click "even more" leads you a page with all Googles stuff on one handy page.

Taking advantage of the other great things I feel everyone should get to grips with are the Google reader and docs, the reader is a great time saver when used right,  yet many don't really use RSS on purpose, what I mean by this is the general Internet user uses RSS without knowing it, like on facebook etc.

Understanding the way it works and how to use and read them is very simple and all you need to know can take five min's to get to grips with.

Click the reader link and it opens in a new tab or window depending on your settings and browser choice, which should be either FireFox or chrome by now, ;o)



Click the "add subscriptions" box as seen above and below once clicked, in that box enter this blogs title, http://robsellen.com and it will "pull the feed" from my blog here and add it to your reader. Just so you know and understand, the feed URL is different to the blog URL...

My feed is the URL that shows in the bottom of your browser when you hover the mouse over that orange icon on the top right here on the blog. THAT is what RSS readers "pull."



Now you should have this blogs feed working and my blogs content in your reader ... looks like the blogs content without the sidebars. ;o)

You can add any other blog or RSS feed into your reader, wherever you see that orange icon or the letters RSS.

In the top of the reader when you have a feed readable you see the drop down menu, ensure it's the "sort by newest" that's ticked to only pull any new feeds since the last time you used the reader.



On the right of the reader page you will see the same as the image below.

While only having a feed or two you may want to keep it as "expanded" so the whole feed shows, after a while when you are getting to grips with it and adding new feeds etc you may prefer the "list" so you can just scan the titles to choose what to read.



On the right of you Gmail account you have the other main links to your account, IGoogle is something you may want to look at, the "account" link leads to your main account page.



Another great thing to use is the Google docs, makes a great alternative to word with the added bonus of being able to create PDF's, and presentations, spreadsheets etc.

All this is web-based so you can download and upload keeping whatever wherever, but being able to access your stuff anywhere you can get online and logged into GMail. 



Afer clicking the documents link you should see the same as below.
If you have used word before it will all feel similar but neater. :o)

In my opinion anyway!

You can share your stuff, and let others even work on things with you and all updated as its done, no need to send things etc, just refresh page and whatever changed they make show on yours etc and vice versa. A great collaboration tool for multiple users. 
You have a great PDF extraction too, so work on his then donload as a pdf to test in your adobe reader. Very handy for creating fast pdf's.



Googles Picassa is also a downloadable tool you can use on your pc as a photo organiser, then sync it with your photo storage you get in your google account.

You don't need to download it though if you rather not, just upload to the webspace you have here, you get links to use as well as embedible code to post on a blog or webpage, although when using blogger and you add a picture to your blogpost it uses this storage and does it all for you.

You now have this great photo storage with Picasa, you just click the photos at the top of your GMail account page and create an album, upload some pics and you are ready to use them, share them etc.



This is so easily usable with your blogger account with you have with Gmail.

Just a simple clicking of the photo icon when creating a post and choosing the picture to upload, publish the post.

Now it is also in your photo page.



Putting this altogether you realise that there is so much you can do for free and yet so easily using these great tools. All the while it's being improved and added to.

A great reason to have a Google account.

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Quality over quanitity

One night with your dream date or ten nights with ten other not particularly fanciable people?

One mad passionate night a week with your other half or 5 nights of the "same old, same old" as they say?

One great friend or ten "just know them" type friends?
50 real friends or 5000 "facebook friends" or other social network "friends"?

One great bestseller or 50 middle of the road "barely published and sold" mediocre books?
One great post written on a high traffic influential blog or 50 on 50 average low traffic blogs?



One tweeter taking notice or 1000's of followers not noticing?


As with almost everything in life, quality is often more important than quantity...maybe except having money, with the biggest note here being £50 !! ;o)

I couldn't deny it, it often so happens that one quality thing has a bigger motivational impact than you expect before it happens.

Strive for the quality you can give in every area of life and reap the rewards.

If you do something 100 times the same way and get the same 100 results, you change the way you do it once and get that different result you need or want.

If you deliver something different or something better you stand the better chance of being noticed, or talked about, or linked to, blogged about, or even complimented for something. :o)

And when you notice it, do more of that! :o)

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St Patricks day, 16 years ago today

This handsome young man came into our lives, a day my life changed forever and for the better.



The day I became a dad!

He never made it easy for his mum either keeping her in labour two days! 

I am proud of you J.

Happy birthday son, Love ya lots.... Dad x

To the rest of you, have a good St Patricks day.

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Life it is then, the real essence of a blog

Thanks to you all who helped me in the last post with the quick poll.

The results have not really surprised me but they have pleased me as I hoped it would be this
way, after all it's life that matters.

It's life that allows me to take things like this...



By choosing life to write about, any aspect like I said, I can add the other things just less and when relevant to do so which is ok really as it is part of life for me and no doubt it helps some who do appreciate reading it and that's opened the...



for me to write what I get passionate about whatever it relates to with life :o)

Great...

As I know and agree blogs on one sole topic, while good for SEO, get boring, it can get that way for the writer too as there are only so many things you can say about any given thing over time.

Hard to keep rolling out good content like that without becoming jaded in some way, in my opinion.

I can see the wood for the trees now...



Thank for helping me clarifying it and giving me the motivation to keep on doing it without the worry and fear of not pleasing everyone, after all that is impossible but I have at least now I know what I want to write about is going to be more likely what you want to read about. ;o)

Blogs were originally taken in this context, weblogs, "online diaries" written about life itself, but with the "microblogs" like twitter for that kind of "diary" style posting blogging about life topics needn't be like a diary at all.

Still great to see the real core essence of what a blog should be about being picked.

It was 80% choosing life, and the other 20% divided by the rest.

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Quick question for you readers



Thank you for choosing yours and it will go some way to me improving this blog for you, the reader.

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Half a million dollars of the truth

It's been a busy week for me sorting things out but something hit my inbox from an online friend who I feel tells it like it is more than most do and this is the real deal!



It underlines that the real magic pill for those seeking success with attempts to make money online is that what you see above!

Simply put nothing else happens until you start using that button above, nothing gets done without it.
It is the action button!

Download and read this for yourself, grasp it fully and you see it ALL boils down to this.

The half a million truth! < (Pdf, right lick and save as.) The "big names" tried to stop them sharing this, and you can see just why. The bottom line is that this information is so obvious and yet so powerful if you did it right it could make a massive difference and yet it is in some ways already happening...but not capitalised on the way it could have been, simply because those who do it don't see the "big picture." I am amazed at this information and just how right it is, so it's saying something when my friend is happy they spent half a million finding it out then sharing it free! Why do that? Because it matters, it's going to change things, and the sharing of this is in itself the truth in action!

Read it, see what it means to you and how it really levels the playing field out for everyone and share your thoughts in the comments below. :o)

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A fire, a clean slate and why it matters

Glad to be here writing this...my pc blew up and this started a small fire inside the unit which thankfully didn't get worse as it could so easily have done so.

After that happened I realised a new pc was needed or at least whatever part it was that blew needed replacing, thankfully a friend (hat tip to you stu) helped me to get this sorted out and yet it was almost the whole thing was replaced inside, regarding the hard drive I lost everything on there apart from the back ups I had online and the few disc of things I had saved over the time.

I am annoyed at not backing up more often and although you have heard it before...don't forget the back ups! ;o)
Don't learn the hard way like some of us do, I have lost well over a thousand ebooks in one go!
As well as a lot of other stuff I had kept over the years.

Thankfully I did get slightly lucky.

In some ways I am glad it all happened now because it gave me a real scare and also galvanised me to avoid it happening again. It also got me clear on a few things in ways I didn't expect that I now know will be of massive benefit to me over time.

Immediately after knowing it was blown I thought...

"Damn, I have lost so much stuff on there, wtf am I gonna do now"

Well I grabbed an A4 pad and pen and with the realisation all I really needed to know was already in my head due to having been doing lots over the years and getting that experience as well as having read all them books I have lost, It's all there somewhere and I just need to extract what I can and do what I can with that.

I didn't have the bonus of firing up the pc and refreshing my memory and getting distracted with manner of other stuff.

The simple fact I approached it like I was actually starting from scratch got me thinking clear on what I really knew and where it fitted together and knowing the action needed to make it work for me, it really helped to make it sensibly achievable for me in reality, on paper!

We fixed my pc, replacing what we had to and I was lucky enough to be able to use my Hdrive as well as another old blank one I had, got back online with all new start for me, a clean slate.

Then I started to really look at the few folders Stu manged to save and moved to the other Hdrive, to my surprise I started funding folders with some saved things in them, ebooks, docs, etc, all manner of things I already accepted as being lost!

I feel lucky to have to now also found things I really thought were gone which just made it like a bonus. :o)

Nevertheless I had already started to really get into the frame of it being a good clean start and though I am lucky enough to have also sites and such up online to build upon I still feel like I am have a new start rather than losing what I had.

Taking the positive from it as an experience and learning from it.

Don't forget the back ups! :o)

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