Windows Live Writer April 25, 2008Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Blogs, Microsoft, Uncategorized.
Tags: Blogger, Blogging, Live Writer, Microsoft, Wordpress
Microsoft has actually released an excellent new application! Windows Live Writer is truly a powerful and useful tool for bloggers! It’s like Word for the Web 2.0!
I haven’t been this impressed from a Microsoft product in a very long time. Live Writer allows you to credit blog posts with amazing ease and spectacular results. It totally blows away another other blog editor that I’ve used before such as Google Docs, Zoho Writer, WordPress, Blogger, etc.
Any Blog, Anytime!
Live Writer has no problems working with just about any blog platform as well. I was able to open/edit and publish to Blogger and WordPress blogs without a hitch. What I liked best about the experience was its ability to open any existing blog post from any blog on the fly. You could then make any changes and re-publish it instantly. The results were almost always exactly what it looked like in Live Writer.
Inserting elements are also vastly improved on Live Writer. Simply click on the item you want to insert such as video, picture or link and Live Writer does all the dirty work for you. The options for manipulating the look and position of pictures is also very impressive.
One of the best features of Live Writer is the incredible amount of free add-on plug-ins!
Go to Live Writer Plug-ins and take a look at all of the things you can add to the experience! I instantly added a dozen must-have plug-ins! Plus, there are always new ones coming.
Here’s a visual rundown of the new Live Writer:
Preview before you post
Know what your blog post will look like before you post it, including photos and other rich media. Writer detects your blog theme automatically, including fonts, and displays it while you compose and edit.
Works with your blog service
Writer works with most major blog providers, including Windows Live Spaces, SharePoint, WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, Moveable Type, Community Server, and many others. Get started with your blog in minutes, thanks to automatic blog configuration. Post to multiple blogs: themes are automatically detected for each.
Rich media made easy
Turn your blog into a story with photos, videos, maps, tags and other rich media. Writer publishes all of it automatically when post. Quickly link to previous blog posts and other Web pages.
Powerful editing tools
Insert and edit tables directly in your entry. Inline spell checker helps you polish your text. Easy hyperlink support lets you link your blog to the online world. Use the HTML view to edit directly in HTML.
More rich content with easy plug-ins
Use plug-ins from Windows Live Gallery to add more rich content to your blog like music feeds, emoticons and quotes of the day. Can’t find the plug-in you want? Make your own and upload it to Gallery for the whole world to share.
The only thing missing from the Live Writer experience is the ability to save drafts to online storage accounts such as Microsoft Workspace Office Live, Google Docs, Zoho Writer, or any others. I have no doubt that it will come someday, so we’ll just have to settle for saving drafts to the local drive until then.
Here’s a good screencast on Live Writer:
I.T. Happens! No.8 April 17, 2008Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Blogs, Comedy, Comic Strips, IT Happens.
Tags: Blogging, Comic, Comic Strip, IT Happens, Problogger, SEO
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Here’s an interesting sidenote about this comic strip. I showed it to Darren Rowse, A.K.A ProBlogger
to get his opinion of it since he was the original name that I used in this comic and I wanted to make sure that it wasn’t offensive to him in any manner. Well, he confirmed that it was fine and that it didn’t bother him in the least. However, he made an interesting comment when he said “You know, he kinda looks more like Seth Godin”. Well, shoot, I thought. Of course it does! So, off I went to double-check and here’s what I found.
By George, I think ProBlogger was right!
View all 8 comic strips of the I.T. Happens series here
TwitterClouds April 9, 2008Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Blogs.
Tags: Blogging, Micro-blogging, twitter
Not only can we view all kinds of cool statistics about our Twitter usage but now we can see what we and others tweets the most about! Some of this data will be surprising so be prepared.
It’s very easy to access as well. Just click the Tweet Cloud link located next to the Tweet Stats link:
The quickest way to get there is to save your personal URL: http://www.tweetstats.com/graphs/TwitterName .
Twitter 101 January 9, 2008Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Blogs.
Tags: Blogging, Blogs, microblogging, twitter
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Unless you were living under a rock the last year or actually had one of them there things they call a life, then you know all about Twitter.
In any event, whether you are new to Twitter or a seasoned veteran, here are some cool and hopefully useful links to checkout:
www.Twitter.com is grand central so no whoop-ti-do there.
http://twitter.com/public_timeline is where you see everyone’s public tweet every four minutes.
http://twittervision.com is more fun than the public timeline because it shows a map of the world and all new tweets and where they are coming from.
http://www.twitterholic.com is the leaderboard that tracks who has the most followers on Twitter and who follows the most people. The leader changes all the time but the core top 25 are pretty static. Justine and Robert Scoble duke it out for the most followed humans on Twitter. Interesting to note, Where as Justine rarely follows anyone (7,000 vs 200 est.), Scoble actually follows more people than follow him! There are always debates about following on twitter. Is it better to follow as many people as possible or to be selective?
Twitter fan wiki http://twitter.pbwiki.com
Twitter Apps: http://twitter.pbwiki.com/Apps
Twitter Direct Message Bots: http://twitter.pbwiki.com/Direct+Message+Bots
Twitter tips http://twitter.com/help/lingo
ReadWriteWeb’s Top 10 Twitter apps http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/top_10_twitter_apps.php
Twitter Karma examines everyone you follow and those that follow you and reveals interesting results.
10th Anniversary of Blogging December 29, 2007Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Blogs, News.
Tags: Blogging, microblogging, seesmic, twitter, utterz
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NPR has an excellent segment on the 10th Anniversary of the term Blog on their site. People were “blogging” more than ten years ago, but it just wasn’t called blogging back then. I called what I was documenting online a personal journal because I refused to call it a diary. 🙂 I remember using LiveJournal as far back as 1999. The times sure have changed, huh?
In honor of this milestone, I updated a popular image called the History of Blogging that has been floating around a while. It ended with twitter and I wanted to bring it more up to date and perhaps beyond a tad so I added the audio micro-blogging service Utterz and then the so-called video twitter, seesmic. So here it is.