July 2007

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Monetization:Kontera Ads Removed

The trial period of using Kontera ads on Pixelheadonline is over. After reviewing the records, it was determined that the Kontera ads were not worth as much as they cost. Lizzie, who was never a fan of the Kontera bubble ads, was right. Yes I said it in writing, she was right and I was wrong.

The ads in addition to being annoying, also slowed down the page load times considerably. For visitors who use slower ISP’s, the extra time could be quite considerable.

However, we will still be monetizing the site with a variety of advertisements to include text link ads, banner adds, paid blog reviews, directory links, and of course Google Adsense.

If you are reading this, and are interested in Advertising on Pixelheadonline, please see the Advertising page.

Written by Pixelhead on July 27th, 2007 with 16 comments.
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FaceBook Learning Experience

Taking the advice of Maki of DoshDosh, I am writing another Social Media Evangelism post. This Web 2.0 post being on Facebook, which I have been hearing quite a bit about in not only the blogosphere, but the also in the traditional media as well.

Facebook Welcome Image

The first bit of media attention that I recall, and I am not quite sure where I heard it, but apparently there was a bit of research done comparing Facebook users to Myspace users, which basically said that Facebook users tend to be more educated young professionals. Myspace users, the report said, tend to be younger people who don ‘t take the college track in life. I am not quite sure about that since I am a college educated professional who also has a myspace page. Perhaps this is due to the fact that Facebook was originally developed to help college students connect with one another.
Next, I have read on numerous sites that Facebook allows other sites such as one of my favorite web 2.0 micro blogging sites, Twitter, to integrate their services using application programming interface or API’s. This of course, is how I came to sign up for a Facebook account, via the interface with Twitter.

For more info on Facebook in the news, I would suggest checking this TechCrunch Facebook search link for all the Techcrunch posts about FaceBook. I particularly liked the article Could Facebook become the next Microsoft?

Adam Donkus's Facebook profile

My FaceBook experience To Date

I have not been using Facebook extensively. Much like my previous article on Stumbleupon, I am writing this as a Facebook learning experience. Any knowledge you have would be appreciated, so please feel free to comment.

I recently put some of my honeymoon pictures on my Facebook account, and I must say it was really easy. If I did not have so many pictures on my pro Flickr account, I might consider hosting all of my online pictures here, since they say Facebook has unlimited picture hosting.

Sadly, I currently only have five contacts. I must not have been doing something right. Two of the 5 contacts of which I gained the other day, when I sent out invites to a bunch of my email contacts. Oh thanks Debra and Kevin.

I just was tooling around on my profile page:

  1. Created the badge above.
  2. Added WordPress.com Application that lets you show your or your friends most recent posts on WordPress.com
  3. Tried to Add the Twitter app, but it seems to be having a problem that a few others are having as well. The twitter app is currently giving a box for your Twitter id, but where it asks for the password, there is no box.
  4. Added the video App so I can put video on my Facebook. I’ll have to put my MeToday Video’s here as well as on Viddler.
  5. Browsed all the Apps, there are tons to choose from, probably too many for someone as easily distracted as me.

In conducting a bit of research for this article, I was just on AllFaceBook.com an unofficial Facebook blog, which has news and info about Facebook developments. In addition to getting Facebook news, they also have a business of making Facebook apps for businesses, which apparently is a growing field. In the article The ROI for Facebook Advertising, Nick O’Neill talks about some of the advertising opportunities on Facebook, with development of Facebook Applications having the highest ROI of all the advertising methods he mentioned.

Using FaceBook for Marketing

  1. Build or hire someone to build an application for you.
  2. After creating an account, send out invites to all of your contacts.
  3. Befriend other Facebook users.
  4. Join communities, both regional and topical.

The jury is still out on the use of Facebook for the purposes of networking for business. Although it does seem that much like the craze of creating MySpace pages for business, the increase of those seeking to network for professional purposes on Facebook is on the rise. Facebook, I is here to stay, and has a tremendous amount of potential, which has been compared to that of both Microsoft and Myspace.
Got any other tips, suggestions, or useful Facebook posts?

UPDATES:

Within minutes of the initial publishing of this post, I was checking email, and ended up on Saman Facebook post entitled “Well it Finally Happened – I Joined Facebook“, and it just seems like I needed to give Saman a link since his blog is such a great resource.

Facebook and all the other Web 2.0 networks that I have a membership can be seen on my Network Page, so feel free to add me to your networks.

Other Facebook related blog posts:

Facebook Applications Privacy Setting

Leveraging Facebook for Web Applications

Anja Merret’s Free advice to anybody wishing to start another Facebook.

Written by Pixelhead on July 26th, 2007 with 5 comments.
Read more articles on Facebook and Marketing and Site Reviews and Uncategorized and Web 2.0.

Respond with One Word Meme

I was tagged by Mark over at Me and My Drum for a short little Meme which consists of one word answers to a series of questions. Mark was tagged by the Brown Baron, who was tagged by Homemom3, who was tagged by Sandy, who was tagged by Lauren and who was finally tagged by Lara’s Place. Who from what I can tell is the originator of this particular Meme strand.

Here are the questions followed by my answers:
1. Where is your cell phone? pocket
2. Relationship? married
3. Your hair? Bald
4. Work? disorganized
5. Your sister? one
6. Your favorite thing? sleep
7. Your dream last night? none
8. Your favorite drink? agua
9. Your dream car? bicycle
10. The room you’re in? home office
11. Your shoes? sandals
12. Your fears? job
13. What do you want to be in 10 years? retired
14. Who did you hang out with this weekend? daughter
15. What are you not good at? organization
16. Muffin? Chocolate-Chip
17. One of your wish list items? racing bicycle
18. Where you grew up? PA
19. Last thing you did? gardening
20. What are you wearing? shorts
21. What aren’t you wearing? underwear
22. Your pet? cat
23. Your computer? dell
24. Your life? unpredictable
25. Your mood? aroused
26. Missing? passion
27. What are you thinking about right now? Lizzie
28. Your car? minivan
29. Your kitchen? satisfactory
30. Your summer? working
31. Your favorite color? blue
32. Last time you laughed? today
33. Last time you cried? today
34. School? nightmare
35. Love? yes
Here is who I will tag:

Lizzie Bean, Steli, Debra, Jon, and Aaron.

Written by Pixelhead on July 26th, 2007 with 2 comments.
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Peopleized Interview with the Creator of BAFAB

This is the second short interview I am doing in a series of interviews related to the post about Peopleized.

For this interview, Debra of the The-Deblog.com answered some questions I had about one of her projects, Buy A Friend A Book.com or BAFAB. As an entrepreneur, I really like the idea behind BAFAB, and as a former teacher, I love the idea of giving books as gifts.

BAFAB Title Logo
Below is the interview I did with Debra. If you have any comments about the interview, please feel free to leave them here, or on either of Debra’s sites The BAFAB Blog or The-Deblog.com, as well as on the interview page on Peopleized.

EmperorAnton: Debra, this is the first general question. Who is Debra?

debra_hamel: Debra is…. The mother of two little girls, a fallen ancient historian, an author (www.tryingneaira.com), a blogger (www.the-deblog.com), an amateur book reviewer (www.book-blog.com), and, I worry, a dilettante.

EmperorAnton: What is your educational background?

debra_hamel: I majored in classics as an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins (B.A. 1989). And I went to graduate school at Yale, also in the classics department, but with a focus on ancient history (Ph.D. 1996).

EmperorAnton: I have seen the Buy A Friend A Book(BAFAB )logo around the Web. How long has it been around(online)?

debra_hamel: I created BAFAB in the summer of 2005, and got a web site up and running for it (www.buyafriendabook.com) in time for the first BAFAB Week, which began on July 1st of 2005. BAFAB–”Buy a Friend a Book”–is a simple idea: I propose that people celebrate four Buy a Friend a Book Weeks per year, in the first weeks of January, April, July, and October. And you celebrate by, simply, surprising someone with a book.

I have a great dislike of the obligatory gift-giving of Christmas (not to mention the crowds). To me it all seems very hollow. But I like very much the idea of just up and giving someone a more meaningful gift when you’re not obliged to. Hence, BAFAB. I say on the site that you’re giving a gift “for no good reason.” Of course, the “reason” is that it’s BAFAB Week. But still, you’re not obliged to participate and, importantly, if you do participate you do so (generally) by just giving one person a gift. In other words, even if all your friends and relatives know that you celebrate BAFAB, they still don’t know whether or not they might be getting a gift from you. it’ll still be a surprise.

EmperorAnton: Who will benefit or use the services of BAFAB?

debra_hamel: Anyone who participates! Whether as a giver or a giftee. Obviously it’s great to be on the receiving end of a BAFAB present, but also, there’s a certain fun in targeting a recipient and figuring out what one book they might like. And there’s so little pressure involved in the whole thing, unlike, again, Christmas, when people are so often scurrying around to get *anything* for someone because they have to.

EmperorAnton: What goals do you have for BAFAB?

debra_hamel: I would just like to see the idea continue to spread. Certainly it’s gained in popularity on the internet. Lit bloggers have embraced the idea. A lot of people throw BAFAB contests on their sites during BAFAB Week and give away books in drawings and so on. It would be nice to see the idea move out into the real world as well. I would think book stores would want to get behind a holiday that’s all about surprising friends with books.

END Peopleized Interview
In addition to BAFAB, Debra has numerous other projects that she is focusing her energies, several of which are:

1. Twitterlit, a cool little site that has been mentioned in USA Today, which sends the first line of a different book twice a day via Twitter.

2. BookBlog.com which is a quality book review site that is attached to an Amazon Affiliate store for the ease of making your online purchases.

Written by Pixelhead on July 25th, 2007 with comments disabled.
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Rightsize Smoothie Video

I just made a video of me making a Rightsizeonline.com Chocolate smoothie for my lunch. I wanted to embed the video on Rightsizeonline Chocolate Shakethis blog, but I seem to be having technical difficulties. I will have to work on the embeded video functions.

Well the video can be seen on my Google video account or on my Viddler account.

I added a little bit of German Chocolate cake from last nights desert…sssh I was cheating a little bit.

If you watch the video on Viddler, be sure to leave a comment within the video stream, that is the beauty of Viddler.

Related posts:

Here is my previous Viddler post.

Other Web2.0 networks I use.

Written by Pixelhead on July 22nd, 2007 with 2 comments.
Read more articles on Google and Shopping and Uncategorized and Web 2.0.

Want to Create content by Interviewing People?

A while ago, via Steli of SupercoolSchool.com post Democratize Interviews Online: Peopleized.com. At Peopleized.com, people interview other people and then the interviews can be added to your site to create content. You too can join peopleized and get interviewed by others to give yourself some more exposure via this community.One of the best things about Peopleized is you are interviewing or reading interviews of real people. So through the interviewing process, you are developing relationships. Relationships is what Blogging is all about.
EmperorAnton

Who would I like to Interview:

I actually just started my first Peopleized interview with Halil, and I was very impressed with how easy the site was to learn to use. The interview was conducted via a form that is very simple and easy to use.

Here is my short interview with Halil:

EmperorAnton: Where did the idea for Peopleized come?

Halil: We come up with the idea as we saw that a lot of good blogs at the blogosphere have great content but not as many reader as they should have. So we decided to start Peopleized.

EmperorAnton: Who has been the greatest influence on you?

Halil: My parents and my friends. I have great people in my environment they help me in any way they can.

EmperorAnton: Where do you see Peopleized going?

Halil: We want to serve the blogosphere and become a part of this wonderful community. Also make Peopleized a place where people can get great content and promote themselves.

EmperorAnton: Do you have any other projects you are working on?

Halil: I´m supporting Supercool School. This is a ass kicking project which will launch soon. If you like visit the website and sign up for the launch www.Supercoolschool.com
This was a short interview that I had to send because my laptop was about to shut down due to the battery.

Who Would You Interview?

I want to make this post a Peopleized Meme. Those people that I want to interview, should consider themselves to be tagged. What they need to do now is join Peopleized if they are not currently a member, give me an interview, post a similar Peopleized post that tags the people that they would like to interview. Linking to this post is optional, but appreciated.

Peopleized has been added to My Networks page.

Written by Pixelhead on July 19th, 2007 with 6 comments.
Read more articles on Blogging and Marketing and Meme and Site Reviews and Uncategorized and Web 2.0.

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