Free Creative Commons Images on Flickr

logo_creative-commons_trademarkIf you’re looking for free images for your website or blog, then check out Flickr’s new Creative Commons page.
Many Flickr users offer their work under a Creative Commons license, and you can browse or search through content under each type of license. Confused about the different CC licenses? Here is what the different Creative Commons licenses mean.
Attribution icon means:
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work – and derivative works based upon it – but only if they give you credit.
Noncommercial icon means:
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work – and derivative works based upon it – but for noncommercial purposes only.
No Derivative Works icon means:
You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.
Share Alike icon means:
You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.

Which license is right for you?

The Flickr Creative Commons website has a wizard that helps you choose the license most appropriate to your needs.
You might like to read:

Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/
To be honest, I find all this a bit too much.
Do you think there should be one master CC license?
Would this simplify or complicate things?

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Instant Site Thumbnails for Your Blog with PageGlimpse

What’s the fastest way to take a screenshot of a website, turn it into a thumbnail, and get it on your blog? How about if you could automate this?
Most of us hit print screen, take it into Snagit or PhotoShop, play with the size until it’s right and then save. Well, here’s a faster way.
Andy Wibbels was looking for API-based services that create thumbnails. He found PageGlimpse. Continue reading “Instant Site Thumbnails for Your Blog with PageGlimpse”

How to Blog Almost Every Day – Use the Inverted Pyramid story format

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Do you want to update your blog every day?
Chris Brogan provides this framework for writing a blog post (almost) every day. He adds that while it’s not easy, once you develop the right habits, they stick with you. I’m writing quite regularly now, but it took me several years to get my groove down to a science. Continue reading “How to Blog Almost Every Day – Use the Inverted Pyramid story format”

Should Gmail be the Hub of Your Company's Social Media Strategy?

Should Gmail be the Hub of Your Company’s Social Media Strategy?

Louis Gray makes a case for putting Gmail as the heart of your Social Media Strategy.
Does it add up?
Well, Yes and No.
Let’s start with why use a Google account?
1. Access to Google Reader
2. Create a link blog using Google Reader
3. Use Feedburner to distribute your blog through RSS

Flickr release Shapefiles into Public Domain

Flickr release Shapefiles into Public Domain

Flickr is releasing all of the Flickr shapefiles as a single download, available for use under the Creative Commons Zero Waiver. That’s fancy-talk for “public domain”. Continue reading “Flickr release Shapefiles into Public Domain”

Upload your Shutter screenshots to Flickr | Shutter – Featureful Screenshot Tool

Upload your Shutter screenshots to Flickr | Shutter – Featureful Screenshot Tool

Shutter is a feature-rich screenshot program. You can take a screenshot of a specific area, window, your whole screen, or even of a website – apply different effects to it, draw on it to highlight points, and then upload to an image hosting site, all within one window.

Shutter is free, open-source, and licensed under GPL v3.

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New TweetDeck lets you manage multiple accounts & sync with iPhone

New TweetDeck lets you manage multiple accounts & sync with iPhone

The new version of TweetDeck lets you automatically sync all your columns and groups across any computer or iPhone.Sync has been one of the most popular feature requests among TweetDeck users for quite some time. Continue reading “New TweetDeck lets you manage multiple accounts & sync with iPhone”

How to Create Printer Friendly Pages

How to Create Printer Friendly Page | No Coding Skills Required

I’m thinking of updating the site and creating printer friendly pages. This seems like a good idea as we have lots of tutorials and such that people (like you!) might want to print out. So, how do you create printer friendly pages?
Providing separate stylesheets for printing a web page was good idea in theory, but in practice it all falls down.’
The idea here is to involve server-side script (PHP and ASP based systems) which will reload the target page and replace regular CSS file with stylesheet especially suitable for printing an article, entry, post or whatever.
To make stylesheet for printing, decide what parts of your layout are not likely to be printed (like various banners, navigation etc.). The simplest way to hide them is to define them as display: none;. If you are not familiar with stylesheets for print read more about it. Anyway, keep it simple—black text on the white background, with a font-size: 12pt; is a good start. When you’re done with it, continue reading.
Maratz.com seems to have the best solution. Here’s how it works:
Setting up the Query
Now that we have all client-side ingredients in place, we can put it all together. First, we have to add a link somewhere around the article, for example:
<h1>Title of the article</h1>
<p>Lorem ipsum…</p>
<a href=”?q=printme”>printer friendly version</a>
It literally means we are requesting this same page, but with a query q=printme. To make our page recognizes what we are asking it, we have to add somewhere in the <head> section some logic, something like:
“If i’m asked to ‘printme’—i’ll load my printing stylesheet, and if i’m not asked anything—i’ll load my default CSS file.”
Depending of your preferences there are two scripts—PHP and ASP. Backup your HTML file and replace the part where you called your CSS file with one of the following examples.
PHP print script
<?php if ($_GET[‘q’] == “printme”) { ?>
<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”print.css” />
<?php } else { ?>
<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”default.css” />
<?php } ?>
ASP print script
<% If Request.QueryString(“q”) = “printme” Then %>
<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”print.css” />
<% Else %>
<link rel=”stylesheet” href=”default.css” />
<% End if %>
 

What's The Social Technographics Profile Of Your Customers?

Forrester’s Social Technographics classifies consumers into six overlapping levels of participation (see short presentation). Based on its survey data, they can see how participation varies among different groups of consumers, globally.

hat’s The Social Technographics Profile Of Your Customers? Forrester Research knows the answer
Charlene Li and her colleagues at Forrester Research report that companies often approach Social Computing as a list of technologies to be deployed as needed — ie a random assortment of blogs, communities etc— to achieve a marketing goal. Ms Li argues that “a more coherent approach is to start with your target audience and determine what kind of relationship you want to build with them, based on what they are ready for.”
You can use the tool on this page to get started.
Forrester’s Social Technographics classifies consumers into six overlapping levels of participation (see short presentation). Based on its survey data, they can see how participation varies among different groups of consumers, globally.
Some really terrific material over here including free case studies, PDF downloads and extracts from the book.
If you’ve read it, please let me know what you think.
Regards,
Ivan
and you can Twitter me @ivanwalsh

Charlene Li and her colleagues at Forrester Research report that companies often approach Social Computing as a list of technologies to be deployed as needed — ie a random assortment of blogs, communities etc— to achieve a marketing goal. Ms Li argues that “a more coherent approach is to start with your target audience and determine what kind of relationship you want to build with them, based on what they are ready for.”
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Features of this profile:
• For an explanation of these groups (Creators, Critics, etc.), see a presentation (8 slides)
• Bars indicate the percentage of the selected demographic that are in each Social Technographics group.
• The white marks indicate the same percentages for the whole population of the country selected.
• The index indicates how the demographic compares to the population — a score of 100 means the demographic is the same as the population average.
• The message “No data available” appears when you request a profile for which our survey samples are not large enough to provide a reliable answer. This occurs for age groups in Japan, Metro China, and South Korea. To see profiles in these countries, set the Age to “Not specified”.

Forrester’s Social Technographics classifies consumers into six overlapping levels of participation (see short presentation). Based on its survey data, they can see how participation varies among different groups of consumers, globally.

Some really terrific material over here including free case studies, PDF downloads and extracts from the book.
If you’ve read it, please let me know what you think.
Regards,
Ivan
and you can Twitter me @ivanwalsh
Note: Any use of data and charts generated from this site must include the following citation: Data from Forrester Research Technographics® surveys, 2008. For further details on the Social Technographics profile, see groundswell.forrester.com.

How to Improve your Style Guide

How to Improve your Style Guide. PerfectIt does not require any kind of configuration. Once you install it, you can use it straight away to find mistakes in any MS Word document. This article is for users who want to get even more out of PerfectIt by fine-tuning it to search for particular errors or to enforce a style guide.

Alice in WorderlandWe reviewed PerfectIt last month and were impressed with its ability to edit and test our documents.
Daniel Heuman, the founder of Intelligent Editing Ltd has prepared this tutorial that goes into more detail and show some of the ways you can get more out of this editing product. Here’s Daniel.
Continue reading “How to Improve your Style Guide”