Updates on new changes on this blog, techÂniÂcal setups and what I think are sigÂnifÂiÂcant events that hapÂpen on theÂ week.
On thisÂ Blog:
- Removal of captchas for comments.
- JourÂneyÂman JourÂneys video channel.
- AutoÂpost madness.
- Hey Google in the news again â€” This time someÂthing more useful.
1. Removal of captchas for comments.
A couÂple of days back, I wrote a post about â€śHumanÂizÂing your Blogâ€ť. In it, I wrote about captchas and sugÂgested that it should be off, if your are runÂning your own blog. This is to make it easÂier for readÂers to comment.
ComÂment spam are linked to spam blogs or splogs.
Iâ€™m only left to deal with human genÂerÂated spam which is few and far in between.
Do you like/hate captchas? Is it necessary?
2. Video Channel.
There, I finally creÂated a video chanÂnel for this blog. The creÂatÂing part was easy. YouTube allows you to choose the colÂors and your picÂture. Though you are still stuck with one layout.
YouTube have also recently increase the video time from 10Â minÂutes to 15. ActuÂally to put a video for a good 10Â minÂutes is challenging.
Now the hard part. CreÂatÂing conÂtent. Itâ€™s easÂier to write, video is another thing. ProbÂaÂbly Iâ€™ll start with one video aÂ month.
Now I just need a good digÂiÂtal camÂera and lighting.
Do you prefer video or reading? Or a combination?
3. AutoÂpost Madness.
IniÂtially it sounded like a good idea. Your post or artiÂcle writÂten on a blog (PosÂterÂous) gets autoÂposted to your other social sites as well. Come to think about it, you are spamÂming your ownÂ site.
In FaceÂbook, you also can get TwitÂter to paste on your wall. And in WordÂPress there are pluÂgÂins to post to PosÂterÂous and Tumblr.
The result: MulÂtiÂple feeds that points to the sameÂ thing.
ConÂfused? So amÂ I.
Now I switched it off. All these autoposting.
Iâ€™m now workÂing to streamÂline my post into my FaceÂbook FanÂpage. I can do this now, because I have lots of origÂiÂnal conÂtent in myÂ blog.
Would you get confuse, if multiple links point to the same site?
1. Hey Google in the news â€” This time someÂthing more useful.
Google should stick to what it does best. That is bringÂing in serÂvices that changes the interÂnet landscape.
Then Gmail. I rememÂber I was excited about it. Finally a seriÂous soundÂing email address. Yahoo just doesnâ€™t cut it and HotÂmail sounded like a gigolo named â€śHot Maleâ€ť.
Now they came out with Google Voice. I did have Skype before and hardly use it. Skype has free calls for PC to PC; for landÂlines, you have toÂ pay.
Google Voice on the other hand, allows you to make a landÂline call to US and Canada all for free. Isnâ€™t thatÂ sweet.
Itâ€™s not a worldÂwide serÂvice yet. Iâ€™ve checked the rates to call other counÂtries and it seemed reasonable.
Have you use Google Voice yet?