Proposed idea on social networking services

Shorter form of writers previous post on Live journal on 7th March, 2009

A social networking service promotes on building online communities of people from different activities, groups, or who are interested to exploring the interest of others. We can find out many online social networking services now a day’s who are very popular and people are grabbing their services like a hot cake. To some people they cannot even think of a single day without browsing their social networking portfolio. That is why a real time business aspect is increasingly spreading its way to this online world. Social network is a new virtual but rationally realistic world of communication and sharing activities with low cost which open doors for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Business prospects on social networking services has diversity of different aspects and beneficial for service provider. We can find out aspects in business to business (B2B) or business to consumers (B2C). We can involve some more values than traditional social networking services and can involve business aspects with bigger sense with some new ideas. Business can be involved with SNS (Social Networking Services) with all its activities and not only serving the advertising, marketing buying/selling, customer relationships but emerging other educational and human acknowledgement factors. Social networking service can interconnect all types of human to fulfill their desired interest only if we can incorporate business services with it in every possible way.

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Few Ideas:

Social networking services are still new and growing with its full phase. There are lots of scopes where business can focus activities and appear a direct involvement. As a preliminary stage some ideas can be incorporated along with these services where key motivation should be “WORLD ON ONE PAGE”. I personally believe it is possible at the era of technological development. We can share knowledge, send emails, chat with friends, do business, learning new things, attend meetings, getting updated news, complete essential tasks, searching and can do many more at one single place. To get that we can think about a interconnected social networking service where a virtual world is presented by many third party services.

  • Create a module for instant alert system. Mails will be pushed to handheld or as messaging services to normal mobile phones. (already live)
  • Create a business network close to local area for small business and worldwide network for global business according to entrepreneurs profile and their interests
  • Including online parcel sending module with gifts. Where many local shops will be connected and parcels can send by well established parcel carriers like FEDEX, TNT or in local ROYAL MAIL. That means we can easily involve E-Logistics terms in SNS.
  • General Banking services can be included.
  • While putting users profile users can be asked for their national ID number. They will be easily identified through the main database under proper authentication and authorization. Thus the security will be improved and a person will not able to use more than one profile.
  • Connect with local events and national events
  • Make sure knowledge gets to people who acts on time
  • Schools and College works and learning system can be merged as a test.
  • Share individual intellect and get a combined idea.
  • Promote professionals and skilled peoples, search for employee and employers

Measuring business prospective on social networking services has a vast potential for research work and gathering new ideas for new entrepreneurs. It does have some history of potential misuse but still this is a growing sector. Stakeholder can find a new way of potential profit and can establish a well structured network for virtual human world.

Feelings of Social Media Inadequacy – by INC.com

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This is a IAMWD News:

A very new article written by Josh Spirio, titled

“A New Source of Stress: Feelings of Social Media Inadequacy” – published by Inc.com.

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The article pointed a clear overview of possible outcomes of business sector who are using social media as not only a marketing tool, but as a tool of customer service. The article also relieved its own point of view on social media adaption to business. We have seen different argument for and against this new hype. But if we really try to evaluate it’s strength we can recognize a clear picture of a  powerful tool which can take care of your present and potential customers.

You can visit the original article by clicking this link:

Technorati Claim code : Boost blog Traffic

Hello folks

I really do apologies but I do not have any other option. This post is just for activation purpose for Technorati claim code: TCUCTJQCP22J

But hey we can still share some thoughts together. Here is one of the post you might find interesting:

HOW TO: BOOST YOUR BLOG TRAFFIC

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The post already got popularity for its clear discussion about getting traffic to your new blog. The article written by Paul. Here i got a chance to have a look how to claim your code for Technorati. It also delivers some key point of using some great tools that will help increase your blog traffic and also monitoring facilities.

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Optimized wordpress header : Cleanup unwanted element

As a new blogger I am going through lots of usability and optimization difficulty with my current site theme. I always follow source file how dose it really look like? Whether it is optimized or not? If it is properly formatted? How my template is effecting by plug-ins?

I just tried some new search on how to optimize or remove unwanted elements from header file? I really liked three post. Bellow are the three Links from which I have taken references for this post:

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I found these post really helpful and like to share some of my understandings with you:

Problem with wordpress wp_head()

wp_head() is a action hook for plugins which is used in HTML <head> tag in wordpress header.php file. It is used so that plugins can include their additional functionalities within <head> tag if necessary. Now the problem with this wp_head() is that it do have some of it’s own element itself which you can find in view-source page of your template. Have a look:
[code lang="html"]

[/code]

The tag :

[code lang="html"][/code] is unnecessary if you do use different rss feed element like Feed Burner in your blog. Moreover it conflicts the original title tags as well. In some cases few social networking services like “StumbleUpon” get confused which title it should follow!

How to remove?

Remember removing the wp_head() element is simply designers choice. It is up to them. If you really want to use core Jquery link given by wordpress, want to write your blog using Windows Live writer then you should not remove these elements. One simple solution might be just remove the wp_head() from your header.php file. In that case it may hamper your template because  these Action hooker helps your template to work smoothly. What we can do is, to remove each single element inserting few codes in your function.php file.

Open your function.php from your Editor from wordpress admin or with notepad from your local PC. Now add following codes according to your interest. I have removed all of them because I already had substitutes for my template and most of them were useless for me.

Remove the links to the extra feeds such as category feeds

[code lang="php"]remove_action( 'wp_head', 'feed_links_extra', 3 );[/code]

Remove links to the general feeds: Post and Comment Feed

[code lang="php"]remove_action( 'wp_head', 'feed_links', 2 );[/code]

Remove the link  EditURI link

[code lang="php"]remove_action( 'wp_head', 'rsd_link');[/code]

Remove  Windows Live Writer manifest file

[code lang="php"]remove_action( 'wp_head', 'wlwmanifest_link');[/code]

Remove Index Link

[code lang="php"]remove_action( 'wp_head', 'index_rel_link');[/code]

Remove wordpress Generator

[code lang="php"]remove_action( 'wp_head', 'wp_generator');[/code]

** please be aware removing this link means you might have problem while upgrading your wordpress automatically form your admin dashboard.

Remove Start, Prev and current post link

[code lang="php"]remove_action( 'wp_head', 'parent_post_rel_link');remove_action( 'wp_head', 'start_post_rel_link');remove_action( 'wp_head', 'adjacent_posts_rel_link');[/code]

Remove Additional Jquery Link

If you include all your jquery script source manually in your <header> tag in that case self included jquery reference is an excess for you. We do have on function wp_deregister_script(‘jquery’) , But the we cant include this one in function.php file. It is because it inherit code wordpress admin panel jquery functionality. In that case (Thanks to Falcon to notify us) we just need to open our header.php file and include the code just above wp_head(), as follow:

[code lang="php"]wp_deregister_script('jquery');wp_head();[/code]

Thats all the basic wp_head() element you may want to remove to keep your <head> tag clear. Though some plug-ins will contradict with their own generated script like JavaScript or style sheets in that case you have to go more deeper. You just need to open that plug-ins main php file and try to find [code lang="php"]add_action('wp_head', 'plugin_function_here');[/code] after you do know the name of the plug-ins function just go back to your function.php file and include this code: [code lang="php"]remove_action('wp_head', 'plugin_function_here');[/code]And it will work fine.

Hope this discussion may help you guys. Please let me know if I missed something.

Amazing Free wordpress themes for December 2009

Since it starts its journey WordPress; is now counting as one of the most powerful yet simple CMS for publishing contents. We do have different CMS out there like Joomla, Drupal and Xoops, but WordPress is something which can be done easily or without much headache. You do have several option to choose this award winning CMS, as it is very user friendly, easy to understand, tons of plugins that makes your CMS for functional, thousands of free trendy templates which you can use without a single customization. For developers it is something very familiar than Drupal i guess. It’s documentation is so clear that even a beginner can customize the templates and develop new plugins with a very little effort.

I am also very new in WordPress, still learning its inner functionalities. The template you are watching in this blog is basically a customization of two different free template combined into one. I learned how to add widget, create new function and insert code within core wordpress template. Anyway I can discuss about this later, but here I am listing few free templates that you might be interested to look at. Have a look below:

WordPress blog and portfolio templates for December 2009

CleanPress

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GoodTheme

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MotionStyle

motionstyle

Fullscreen

fullscreen

ArrasThemes

arrasthemes

new_york_free_Wordpress_Theme

TypeBased

typebased

SimpleBalance

simplebalance

Bueno

bueno

Irresistible

irresistible

Seabreeze

Seabreeze

DeskSpace

Deskspace

The template are collected from different sources and from blog post, I like to thank them too.

Thanks to:

Website usability and user experience : A Common practice

Usability and User Experience, two very common word in each and every sector in business products and services. In case of website design and development whatever or however the design or functionality it has if it do have lack of usability and User experience we just can argue “The site is a mess”. In my case as new blogger,while implementing this site I am still fighting to insure best UX and Usability functional within my ability. To get more information I was reading few blogs and advice from different writers. Lots of articles out there to get better idea abut Usability and User Experience awareness, but few of them are really helps me for my better understanding.

Source: stopanxietyinminutes
Source: stopanxietyinminutes

Usability of a website :

You can find lots of definition given by expertise. My simple point of view is “Giving less effort to find what I want from a website within my particular interest”. That means my percentage of hovering will be less, It will be easy to navigate, I will know where I can find my desired contents within a website. Moreover it should meet our goal. It might be contents, Available links, in Design pattern or may be just a video. As an example we are more comfortable driving on a wide straight high-way rather than zigzag roads upon hill! That means how comfortable you are while purchasing a product from a shopping mall.

Website User Experience :

It is common for your viewers, even for you as a browser. When we start browsing a website conscious mind start giving feedback right then, “What is my experience?” Am I feeling good? Is it comfortable for my sight view? Can I keep trust on what i am looking at? How about the services it is providing me? How satisfied I am? Yes lots of questions comes up in case of user experience analysis. An user experience is something which can keep your customer stick with you at all time. Simple example might be a shopping center who do have small product line but it do have lots of returning customer only because these customers do get good customer experience.

The battle :

Usability or Experience? Well definitely both. But we just need to balance it at best possible limit both side. Very usable thing might not cover better experience, on other hand a product with high functionality might be difficult for use to everyone. That is why developers and designers both consider to balance these two facts at the same time.

A publication by Semantic Studio, “User Experience Design“ written by Peter Morvilles (Email : morville@semanticstudios.com).With many years of experiences in information architecture and UX design the writer developed a new model called “User experience Honeycomb“.

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It was a extension to an infamous model named “Three circle of Information Architecture“. The new model just described 7 quality of an user experience, those are : Useful, usable, desirable, findable, accessible, credible and valuable. There are so many experts are there who are working with usability and UX, if you search thoroughly you might get more different techniques or mind map before practical integration. But the Map above is one of the basic content that you will find useful to fulfill your starting solution for usability and UX.

Please read the article by Peter here : User Experience Design

I have found some other posts in different popular blogs and you might be interested to have a look at those as well.

  1. 6 simple ways to increase the visual impact of your Web Page

    6 simple ways to increase the visual impact of your Web Page

  2. Simple usability problem to avoid

    ^ usability problem to avoid

  3. Brand = User Experience: The Interface of a Cheeseburger

    Interface of a cheese burger
  4. Call to Action Buttons: Examples and Best Practices

    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/10/13/call-to-action-buttons-examples-and-best-practices/
  5. 15 Common Mistakes in E-Commerce Design

    http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/10/08/15-common-mistakes-in-e-commerce-design-and-how-to-avoid-them/
  6. Minimizing Complexity In User Interfaces

    Minimizing Complexity In User Interfaces
  7. 10 Useful Usability Findings and Guidelines

    10 Useful Usability Findings and Guidelines
  8. 10 usability crimes you really shouldn’t commit

    10 usability crimes you really shouldn't commit
  9. Long-tail User Experience: how to cultivate (or dissolve) a community

    Long-tail User Experience

You may find some more resources and articles on-line, If You think I should include more link that you feel better please let me know. Let me know about your interest too.

Critical Mistakes Freelancers Make by Smashing Magazine

A new post by Robert Bowen from Smashing magazine submitted on November 28th 2009

The post described how freelancers are making mistakes on their freelancing process. A good post freelancers should read.

This post already been ranked around 4.79 out of 5 with 43 comments. Writer had given more than 8 key common mistakes that freelancers do.

Link: Click here to see original post>

Display Twitter profile picture on wordpress comments

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Well this title is not new to some of wordpress blogger. Since I started blogging (to be honest very new), hovering those entire beautiful blog site existed, I always wondered how they can manage Twiiter avater in their comment area. Did they built their own plug-in or there might be a web service by twitter? While searching on goggle I got some blog post on SmashingMagazine and in WpBeginner, both described step by step approach towards your twitter based avatar for wordpress. Plugin named “Twittar” by SmashingMagazine and Ricardo Sousa. You can have a look at that post here.

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But I found one in WordPress Plugin website name “Twitter Avatar” developed by BusinessXpand.com and author Thomas McGregor. It allows user to post there twitter username while they submit their comments. Below I will give some features and show how you can install this plugin to your wordpress theme.

What this “Twitter Avatar” do?

Twitter-avatar

That picture tells everything, isn’t it?? Yes, you can have an additional text field for your commenter to submit their twitter username. Moreover it will show links to their twitter profile next to comment. Needless to say default avatar will be replaced by that twit commenter as well.
I personally liked it because it is customizable. You can give additional Css styling yourself which will fit with your designed template.

How to install?

Only problem I found with this problem is “You have open comment.php and insert some code” apart from that this plugin is fine. Well here we start…

  1. Download the plugin to your wordpress plugin folder ex: www.myblog.comwp-contentplugins
  2. Go to your dashboard click plugins
  3. Activate the plugin
  4. Go to edit themes and click on “comment.php
  5. There you will find
    <?php wp_list_comments(); ?>
  6. Replace that with this code:
    <?php ( function_exists('twitter_comment') ?
    'twitter_comment' : null ), 'avatar_size' => 96 ) ); ?>
  7. Again in the same file find this block :
    <?php else : ?>
    
    <p><input type="text" name="author" id="author" value="<?php
    echo $comment_author; ?>" size="22" tabindex="1" <?php if ($req)
    echo "aria-required='true'"; ?> />
    <label for="author"><small>Name <?php if ($req)
     echo "(required)"; ?></small></label></p>
    
    <p><input type="text" name="email" id="email" value="<?php echo $comment_author_email; ?>" size="22" tabindex="2" <?php if ($req)
    echo "aria-required='true'"; ?> />
    <label for="email"><small>Mail (will not be published) <?php if ($req) echo "(required)"; ?></small></label></p>
    
    <p><input type="text" name="url" id="url" value="<?php echo $comment_author_url; ?>" size="22" tabindex="3" />
    <label for="url"><small>Website</small></label></p>
    
    <?php endif; ?>
  8. Just Bellow this code insert the following code:
    <p><input type="text" name="author_twitter" id="author_twitter" value="<?php echo (isset($_COOKIE['author_twitter' . COOKIEHASH]) ? $_COOKIE['author_twitter' . COOKIEHASH] : '' );?>" size="15" tabindex="4" />
    <label for="url"><small>Twitter Username</small></label></p>

Important : Don’t give your avatar size more than 90 pixel because this plugin can only work under 90 pixel image size avatar.

Well that’s it. You may find out a Twitter Avatar option in your dashboard, you can give some value there but I will recommend give the avatar size in your css style file.

6 useful posts freelancers should read and follow

As a freelancer I always look for advice from expert, as a result online was one of my most seeking resource so far. But it was not blog at all! Because I thought that bog writing might not give you anything extra in your development process. But I was wrong. It’s not very long since I am blog-holic. Now I follow resourceful blogs and post more than before. Moreover few blog posts changed my way of work and approach towards my freelance aspiration. Now I am following more than 14 blogs and some of their post are really driven me a lot. I just like to share 6 useful posts for freelancers that I found so far.

I have chosen these 6 post from 3 major blogs running online for freelance designers and developers. Those are Smashingmagazine, Freelancefolder and Reencoded.

1.The roadmap to becoming a professional freelance web designer – by SmashingMagazine:

become professional freelance web develper

This post is written by Kayala Knight. One of my favorite and to be honest it helps me a lot to start step-by-step. In this post you will find not only the steps for the starter but will get some checklists for current freelance professionals, who are already in the business. Visit original Source>

2. How to become freelance web developer - by Freelance Folder

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My second favorite and the post is written by Amber. The post explains some key points and steps that a freelancer should follow. Freelancing is not a one or two month’s job; it is simply a common practice that freelancers should do all his professional life. In this article you will find a 6 month schedule and t do list starting from Month 1 t 6. Visit original Source>

3. Freelance guide building customer loyalty – Reencoded

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With 5 different sections Michael Frankland suggested few facts of paying attention to customer loyalty. Customer loyalty and retaining customer services is the backbone of any business. It is better to work with current customer rather than seeking new customer, because with current long term business can build the forecasting scenario of your business.  Visit original source>

4. How to build ultimate job finding dashboard with iGoogle – Freelance Folder

iGoogle Job Dashboard

iGoogle itself is a great UI where you can include daily usefull gadgets, chat with friends, checking emails, news notification and many more. In this post author Mason Hipp describe how we can use iGoogle as a well formatted job finding board. Visit original source>

5. Freelance contracts : Do’s and Don’ts – By Smashingmagazine

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What we should do and shouldn’t, when we sit down for a contract sign? Well that is pretty much sorted out by author Robert Bowen. The article will be useful for freelancers as it pointed basic structure of a contract as well as what terms we should include. Visit original Source>

6. Four freelancing mistakes you don’t need to make – Freelance Folder

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In freelancing world mistake is a very common fact. “Well doing mistake, by mistake, will be mistake if we don’t learn from our previous mistakes!!!!” Glen Allsopp the author clarified some points here, where most of them are true facts with our working pattern. This post is a must read… Visit original post>

You were reading the article “6 useful posts freelancers should read and follow”. You will so many other post which will be helpful as well, But these 6 post help me a lot and thats why i am inspired to share with you.

304 free fonts for web designers!

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I like to thank Stumble first for letting me know about this website : TypeNow

I just visited this site and really impressed with its fonts collection. Around 304 different fonts for you and absolutely free! Most amazing thing is that these are fonts from popular TV, Movie, Cartoon, restaurant, comic, food, beverage items brands. Well to me it is a good resource lets see how much you can find it …. below i am just trying to show what sort of fonts you will get from TypeNow!!

TV/Movie Related Fonts

Well, you will find around 145 movie fonts that been used in famous movies before.

Music/ Band font

62 different fonts from famous music Band :

bonjovi

linkinpark

Games related font

41 free fonts from different Games series and game consoles

Miscellaneous

56 more fonts from car brand, foods, restaurant and many more….

hondafont

dodge

You can download all the fonts from this link : TypeNow

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304 Free fonts for web designers