Hashtags, all about them and how to use them.
I had started writing this Hashtags blog and thought I would do a bit more research when I came across 2 very good articles that I was very impressed with. So am sharing them here. Happens to me a lot that I find articles or blogs that are far better than what I could ever write. So I share them, I hope they help you.
From – http://inklingmedia.net
The latest news regarding hashtags has the social media world all atwitter. It turns out that Facebook is considering officially adopting the use of hashtags on the platform. It makes sense because people are already using them there. And like the original use of hashtags on Twitter, it is the user base that is driving this change.
While some of my friends are bemoaning this change (“Hashtags don’t belong on Facebook!”) others are embracing it (“It’s about time!”). I have to admit, when I first got on Twitter, I hated hashtags. They drove me nuts. I was seriously anti-hashtag because I didn’t understand their purpose fully. But now, a few years down the line, I love them, when used properly. Like anything else, it is possible to overdo a good thing and overuse hashtags.
Perhaps you’re new to hashtags, or you’ve seen them and have no clue what they are or how they are used. Here’s a quick primer on hashtags and their various uses. Yes, there are quite a few different reasons people use them. If you want, you can spend some time and read a short history of hashtags, which dates back to 2007.
First, and foremost, hashtags are words or phrases that begin with a pound sign (#) as the prefix. By adding that in front of a word on Twitter, it makes the hashtag a clickable link. The original use of hashtags was as a way of organizing information in an easily searchable and readable format. With more than a half-billion tweets flying around the Internet, hashtags allow you to home in on what people are saying about a particular topic of interest. Searching #blogging will pull all of the tweets using that hashtag that are presumably about the topic of blogging.
Here’s a quick rundown of the various ways hashtags can be used on a variety of social platforms from Facebook, Google +, and Twitter to Instagram, Pinterest, and Foursquare, whether they officially support them or not.
1) Organizing and searching via subject – As mentioned above, you can append a tweet with a hashtag such as #blogging, #surfing, or #cooking. Many people will regularly post using subject related hashtags. Clicking on them is a great way to get a quick look at what people are talking about in relation to those topics. This can be a great research tool, and in terms of Twitter (and perhaps Facebook, eventually) you can create lists specific to specific terms.
2) Managing/following events – The original hashtag was related to an event known as #barcamp. When a large number of people gather in one place (or even multiple locations) for an event, an official hashtag is great for harnessing the discussion and helping people find each other. For instance, if you attend a convention, following the official hashtag will let you know what is going on, and you’ll even be able to find and meet other attendees. Of course for those who can’t make the event, they can play along at home by following the hashtag.
3) General context – Often used in connection with other hashtags, these provide some sort of context related to the rest of the post. Someone posting a picture from my town might also include the hashtag #Lancaster, or even another hashtag related to the specific building or scene being depicted.
4) Following shared experiences via conversation – From the finale of The Bachelor to the Oscars or the Super Bowl, we can all watch major events from the comfort of our own homes and share the experience with many others. Many programs and televised events are now promoting an official hashtag as a way of promoting and managing the conversation.
5) Following online chats and discussions – There are many weekly or monthly Twitter chats on just about any topic. Rather than having the conversation get lost in the stream, a hashtag can help you follow along and participate. It’s also great for webinars and other online events. Users can answer questions or pose their own questions related to the guest or topic.
6) Memes – These pop up all over the place when someone just wants to…have fun! Someone might get bored and start using a hashtag to see if it catches on. One popular meme is #replace_____with_____. For instance, with the recent selection of a new pope, a few versions of this meme arose, including #ReplaceMovieTitlesWithPope where one word of a famous movie would be replaced with the word “pope,” i.e. “Gone with the Pope” or “Snow White and the Seven Popes.”
7) Random punchlines – Some hashtags are made up on the spot, with no thought of them ever being more than a personal hashtag. They are just a way of offering a punchline or statement that emphasizes what is being said. For example, I might drop my laptop on the floor and decide to tell the world, followed by the hashtag #ImaKlutz. (Yeah, my examples are lame, but I can’t seem to remember any of the cool ones!). One friend often posts pictures of herself, her children, or some other scene of life with some text and the hashtag #artofmotherhood.
These categories are not comprehensive, and they are also not used exclusively. Sometimes people will use a few of them together, but be cautioned: too many hashtags in a post can be quite annoying. Use them sparingly and in a meaningful way.
What is the cloud, or the cloud computing?
Wow I started writing this post about the cloud and found that the major answer to this question “What is the Cloud” is basically the Internet.
But to make it easier to understand, I did find these videos about the cloud, that just may make it clearer to everyone than anything I could write down.
Life Hacker has a blog on The Best Cloud Storage Providers.
Free Search Engine Optimisation or Free SEO
SEO (Search engine optimisation), getting SEO free is hardly a science and is not a rocket science at all. Lots of search engine companies and experts will guide you to consider that it is a highly technical and difficult procedure i.e. better left to the professionals (them of course). Yes SEO can be tricky but with the right advise and maybe some helpful software you can succeed in excelling in your SEO niche. See below for some just one SEO free tool that can help you out. We will be adding more soon.
Here are a few SEO free tips to boost your ranking in various search engines:
Quality content of your website: content of your web page performs an important part in accomplishing top position in the search engine. In addition, it can be the reason behind slipping of your position if it is not quality or duplicate information from other established internet sites. Contents of your web page should be unique as well as exciting so that people appeal to click and visit your internet sites.
Proper selection of keyword: While selecting key phrases for your websites, try to analyse key phrases as you are a web customer. Which kinds of key phrases people will look for to get on to your website, you should be conscious of that.
Link Popularity: It is difficult to get position for web page without proper quality back links. Hence, web link buildings also play essential part in positioning of a web page.
Competitors Analysis: Each and every website detailed in search engine optimisation wants their websites in top ranking. So you have to consistently keep on monitoring the actions of your competition for remaining. If you want to be on top than you should evaluate what to do and with whom you should contend, it allows to do better in your web page than what your competitor has done.
Easy to use and use site-maps for users: Your web page must be simple to steer and customer should experience no challenging to arrive at to any element of your web page. If your websites is a big websites with 100s web page of, then make a website map for users to showing about your essential web pages areas and the websites under each area. This will improve the possibilities of appropriate listing of your web page and you will get excellent opinions from your users.
> Domain name containing your keywords
> Use keywords in the title of page
> Use of keywords tag
> Ranking and Meta description
> Use of H1 tag page heading
> First paragraph of your page is important for good ranking.
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Getting Rid Of Those Unwanted Ads On Facebook
Ya love Facebook! But its getting really busy looking and its just annoying with all those new ads that are now on your wall and time line! Its just darn distracting!! You want to focus on what friends, family and what your interests are posting, not on those ads on facebook.
Well lets get rid of those pesky ads!!! LOL
Here’s how to get rid of ads on facebook, I may try and do and video later to make it super easy for peeps.
Here is a page showing your about the ad-ware that can infect your page, http://www.facebook.com/help/380632641992051/ , check it out to better educate yourself.
These are a few of the known ad-ware programs that claim to give you special Facebook powers, but actually cover your news feed and timeline with ads on facebook, this list is only current from the 22 Nov 2012. To check any new ad-ware please go to the link above.
Ads on facebook will never appear as banners in the centre, top, or left column of Facebook web pages. If you’re seeing banner ads in these locations, or ads that flash or play sound automatically, you probably have ad-ware. To remove it, review the add-ons or toolbars that you’ve enabled for your browser and disable any plugin that promises special browsing abilities (like timeline themes or seeing who’s viewing your timeline).
To disable browser add-ons:
Tools > Add-ons > Extensions
Safari > Preferences > Extensions
Window > Extensions
Internet Explorer 8
Tools > Manage Add-ons > Toolbars and Extensions
Now there is another thing I had to do as well to help rid the ads on facebook!!!
Go in to the Start Menu of your computer… Go into Control Panel and then Uninstall/change… Remove the file Yontoo (not sure what the full file is called, but it is under the name Yontoo)
I had no idea I had even downloaded this onto my computer!! I was shocked to say the least. Was not happy Jan! But by doing the above cleared all my problems instantly.
Oh you may need to restart your computer as well, sorry just remembered that bit LOL.
Here’s another helpful tip!!
You need to have Mozilla/Firefox – if you don’t have it – get the Firefox Web browser here:
http://www.mozilla.com/firefox/ and install it.
1. Go here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/1865
2. Click: Add To Firefox
3. Under the Tools menu in Firefox, select Adblock Plus
4. Click the Add Filter button
5. Copy and paste the following filter: facebook.com#*(social_ad)
6. Click OK
7. Copy and paste the following filter: facebook.com#*(social_ad_advert)
8. Click OK
9. Copy and paste the following filter: facebook.com#*(sponsors)
10. Click OK
11. Close Firefox, then open it and go to Facebook – Adblock Plus should block all Facebook ads
12. Also if you find an ad, just right click and ADBLOCK and it should disappear
I hope we have helped your situation. Happy Facebooking and don’t forget to Join Us on Facebook