Chrome Extension to Share Everything on your Favorite Social network

Google chrome launched its own app store on 7th Dec and immediately, a lot of developers as well as users started using the various apps provided by it. Most of them can be installed for free on your chrome browser, while some of them have to be bought. One of the most handy extensions I found on the store was Cortex, which launched on 7th Dec itself, and has been designed by young entrepreneur Joey Primiani. It’s an easy to use extension which can be used to share almost everything on your favorite social networks from any webpage.

How Does Cortex Work ?

  • Go to the Cortex website.
  • Install the Cortex extension to your browser by clicking on the ‘Download on Chrome’ link.
  • After download is complete, you will be asked to enter details about your Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or Instapaper accounts.
  • Once you connect to your social network accounts, you are done setting up cortex!
  • Now you have to simply select a text or your favorite image or even a video on any webpage, and click and hold on that particular object for 1 second.
  • The cortex menu will now appear (a pie- menu).
  • Select the social network of your choice where you want to share your content.
  • Your post gets shared on your social network instantly!

Here is a screenshot of how the Cortex Pie Menu looks like on a web page.

Here’s a demo of Cortex:

Do check it out.Its super easy! Post your reviews and comments 🙂

Link: Cortex

Check availability of a name across all social media

The internet is a fish market. No one really owns anything and that is actually true even for something as unique as your name or nickname. Social Media or social networking websites have burst out in numbers. NameChk is a great website. I could check my name’s availability on various social networks within seconds.

About NameChk

  • Just enter your name or the name of your blog and let the website check for availability of the name across 50 social networks.
  • This is very useful when launching a new service. For instance I am launching a new service or blog and want a particular name across social networks to represent the brand. NameChk can be very useful creating if all the major social networks you want has that name available.
  • There is no need to login or register for using this service. 😉

This website checks across all social networks. You might want to check out how to check a keyword across the internet which would help in starting off with a new venture and name it appropriately.

What are your views on snapping up names on Social Networks? Do you know of any similar tools? Do let me know through your comments.

Link: Daily Blogging Tips

Google Privacy Page: Does it point towards a new Social Network?

Google recently announced they are introducing a new landing page to manage Privacy across the Google network. It has a detailed explanation of the privacy policy maintained by Google. What I was really impressed by was the landing page to manage all accounts on privacy.

I could visit the Privacy tools page above and start tweaking on things. Some things like switching off the record with Gmail Chat are useful features for most people.

Why is Google taking Privacy so seriously?

Facebook has been recently hammered and got a lot of bad press. This is thanks to its rather callous attitude towards privacy at least for a few days. But what makes people a little more concerned is how much of their personal data is stored on Google and what happens when Google creates its alleged new social network called by many as Google Me.

This is just my opinion, but I think all this privacy talk by Google is trying to start laying the ground work to start introducing its social network. They might not be able to complete with Facebook’s momentum but can surely show off that they are open and will not abuse personal data stored with them.

What would this new Social network from Google be like?

Whatever it is, Google will certainly try to integrate as much of its other services as they can with the new social network. Considering Google’s presence in Advertising media (Adsense and Adwords) a social network could be quite potent way of using such services.

So what do you think about Google’s new privacy page? Is its new social network just around the corner? 🙂 Do drop in your comments and views.

Yahoo Pulse: Yet another mistake by Yahoo?

A great way to get an idea about how well a internet company is doing would be to read tech blogs. The more the number of times a company and its services are reviewed and mentioned, you can be assured that the company is building and maintaining a momentum. This is where Yahoo lags behind against almost every big internet brand.

I came across Yahoo Pulse and was told that it would rival Google Buzz. So I decided to check it out and mid-way realized that this might be another mistake by Yahoo.

What is Yahoo Pulse?

If you are familiar to Google Buzz which almost everyone is thanks to them embedding it on Gmail, you will find Yahoo Pulse pretty similar to Buzz. Pulse does have better features when it comes to privacy as atleast at this moment I do not see it in your Yahoo Inbox by default.

So basically Yahoo Pulse allows you to share photos, messages, videos and even sync your Facebook wall messages with your Yahoo contacts without the need for leaving the Yahoo environment. Great! But the worrying part is how many still want to remain in the Yahoo environment?

Why Yahoo Pulse can rock.

Yahoo Pulse plans to allow users to tap into Facebook. To the extent that we might be able to play Mafia Wars and Farmville along with use all features of Facebook through Yahoo Pulse. This further being integrated with Yahoo Mail might mean a user would not need to visit another website at all and use Yahoo for all purposes.

This is great news for loyal Yahoo users and might improve some numbers.

Why Yahoo Pulse will not rock.

I remember using Yahoo Meme a couple of times. It was supposed to rival Twitter and to be honest it has better features than Twitter does. But Twitter had cornered the market when it came to micro-blogging. Yahoo Pulse will meet a similar fate to Yahoo Meme as it is not offering something newer for users but just something better.

Also Yahoo concentrating on allowing its users get more Facebook updates seems to be a short term view. Yahoo cannot allow users to use Facebook on one side from its own environment and still compete with Facebook. It is like a Twitter application competing with Twitter!

It just will not succeed as Yahoo is building a growth strategy which is dependent on Facebook’s success.

So are you using Yahoo Pulse? Do you think Yahoo Pulse could save Yahoo the company or will it turn out to be another famous mistake by Yahoo? Do drop in your comments.

What could kill Google’s Page Rank algorithm?

The internet began as a fish market. There was a lot of noise and a lot of energy but no real system for people to search things online. Then came Google with its Page Rank Algorithms and managed to index web pages more efficiently and relevantly than any other website.

This made Google search the internet giant it is today. But will this giant be in trouble in the future? Could Google’s Page Rank Algorithm end up being irrelevant in the future? The answer probably lies with social networks.

What exactly is Google Page Rank?

Google calculates the Rank of a webpage based on the number of backlinks it has. A backlink is considered to be a like a vote or recommendation by one website to another. This backlink is also comparatively weighted as a backlink from a website with page rank 10 is better than page rank 1.

So basically now search results and its relevancy is really calculated by the Page Rank and keyword relevancy. Higher Page Rank usually means higher organic traffic to your website. That’s why you will see bloggers every 3 months getting excited about Google Page Rank updates.

So how could Google Page Rank’s die?

No, it is not going to happen in the next 2-3 years and it will probably take a decade for Internet traffic to be less dependent on Page Rank. The threat for Page Rank comes from Twitter and Facebook.

  • A lot of people ReTweet something they find interesting or share on Facebook. They subscribe to blogs by looking up Facebook pages and Twitter handles. I know many people who never visit DW site but only look up random posts on Facebook.
  • The impact of social networks on internet traffic was never really factored in by Google. This leaves a gaping hole in Google giving a high rank to a web pages on the number of links. Today with almost every mobile phone has a Twitter and Facebook app. Many people look for best options to buy things online by taking opinions of their friend on Social Networks.
  • Now Google and its backlinks system is still pretty much the most perfect way to value a website as far as relevancy is concerned but what if Facebook keeps growing its influence like it has for the next 5 years?
  • Will a Facebook “Like” be more important than a back-link? I think there is a chance that it might happen and when it happens it could spell the beginning of the end of Google’s Page Rank Algorithm.

Are social networks overrated?

Are social networks and their influence a little overated? Most social networks grow large enough on investor money and become truly large. Then they get sold to a very large company like Microsoft or Google.

Twitter has still not really started to monetize its website and Facebook numbers are also not as impressive when it comes to earnings through their advertising platforms. So are social networks after all destined to be not really big money spinners? If so, then Google probably has nothing to fear form Facebook.

But then again, I am sure 10 years ago someone was writing somewhere that Microsoft had nothing fear from Google. 😛

What are your thoughts on how internet traffic will be generated in the future? Do drop in your views through your comments.

Image Credits: bharathreddypunuru

Link: CNN

Social Networking just got easier! Courtesy – Yoono!

As China celebrates- The year of the Tiger, the Internet is probably celebrating – The years of social media networking! Twitter, Face book, Orkut etc etc. The list is endless!  How often do we grimace with the pain of logging separately onto each website? One workaround is to save cookies, but then again, we risk getting hacked!

With Google flooding Chrome with one extension after the other, Firefox users probably felt a bit lonely! However there’s good news for all the Firefox users out there, Mozilla offers a Add-on – Yoono!  Yoono is a social networking client that easily integrates an array of social networking websites. The websites supported by Yoono are :

You can forget the woes of manually logging in every time you open Firefox, as Yoono will ensure that you log in to the website of your choice once you authorize it. Besides this, it also posts alerts so that you remain updated. Although you can tweak the settings to disallow this.

The best part is that you do not have to keep going back to different websites, as the client synchronizes alerts for all the above mentioned services. You can blissfully concentrate on whatever you are doing and let this app reach out to you with your alerts!  Firefox users can download Yoono by clicking here. Here`s   a snapshot, so you can see for yourself how Yoono integrates networking sites!

So guys go ahead and check this app out! Do let us know what you think of it!

Can Gmail Labs New Import/Export Filters Feature Kill Spammers?

A new feature is introduced in Gmail Labs recently, which allow us to import/export filters created in Gmail. After enabling this feature, you can go to Gmail Settings >> Filters and select one or more filters to export/import.

I use many Gmail accounts to serve different purpose and copying filters from one Gmail account to another was always tedious. Thankfully, we can now, not-only backup filters but we can share them with other Gmail users.

Filters, if you have never used it before, is one of the most lucrative feature of Gmail which simplifies many day-to-day tasks. Combined with labels (another Gmail feature), its power is awesome.

Few things I do with filters are:

  1. Automatically assign “backup” label to wordpress database backup I receive via email. If something goes wrong on any of our blog, things can be recovered from latest backup easily.
  2. There are many mailing lists I have subscribed to. But I don’t get much free time to read them, so I again filter them our of my inbox and catch up with them on a lazy weekend.
  3. Some emails like those form banks, your webhosting company, etc are often more important than others. Any morning Gmail welcomes me with around 100 mails in inbox (after filtering another 100 mails using filters as described above), so filter automatically star such important emails for me, making it easy to can pay attention to them.

How import/export filters feature can avoid spamming…

Success of Facebook, Orkut, MySpace and other social networks resulted in large number of social networks being created everyday around Internet. One thing I hate about all these social networks  is, the moment you register an account, they suggest you to invite all of your friends to that network.

I hate this because this kind of inviting results in lots of junk mails in my inbox which waste a lot of time and energy. Not all these emails carry unsubscribe link and some carries in a way that makes hard to figure them out.

So I always wanted to create a set of filters which will redirect such invitation mails directly to trash. Now as we can share filters, it will be nice idea to create a public set of filters dedicated to these (anti)social networks!

This idea can be extended to other fields like filtering emails containing junk like “Win iPod”, “Fill Survey and earn $$$”, “Free your cellphone bills”, “Crush Finder”, etc.

Why can’t we just mark such mails as SPAM?

As creating a filter takes little more time compared to clicking “Report Spam” button, one must be wondering why I want all of us to go through hassle of importing/exporting filters! Here are reasons…

  1. First Report Spam may not work always. Because Report Spam is sort of global feature. When many people start reporting mails from a particular server as spam, then only some action is taken.
  2. These junk mails use your friends name and/or email address in FROM: field.  Reporting spam may filter out future mails form your friends as spam.

Moreover, all of us need to click on “Report Spam” button for every individual mail. Worst, we wont get all much invitation mails in a single day so it will waste our small amount of time almost everyday. So better import a “global” set of filters which will transparently take care of such emails everyday!

But there is a downside to filters as well…

If someone can get temporary access to your account, he/she can use filters smartly to forward emails to their address. A bug in Gmail in past helped a cracker install such filters without any access to Gmail account. It ended up in a infamous domain hijacking incident. (read more)

So filters must be scanned thoroughly before you import them into your Gmail account. May be Google itself can provide a common place where Gmail users can search and share filters easily and safely!

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