Blog - a regularly updated online space that presents the opinions or activities of an individaul or a group of individuals, in chronological order.
Content communities - communities that organize and share particular kinds of content (e.g., Flickr, Youtube, del.icio.us).
Forums - domains for online discussion, often formed around specific topics, interests, and issues. Forums constitute a popular element of online communities.
Podcasts - Audio and video files that are available by subscription (e.g., Apple iTunes).
Social media - an umbrella term that brings together various online technologies, formats and practices enabling people to share opinions, insights, experiences, and perspectives... where "word of mouth" becomes "world of mouth."
Social network - Sites that allow people to build personal webpages and connect with friends to share content and communication (e.g., MySpace (it's become a place rampant with weirdos), Facebook, Bebo)
Wiki (aka UGC - user generated content) - a website that allows visitors to add, remove, edit and change available content.
Political Resources - other
Use online resources to hone your voter vault list(s) and reduce the number of calls needed to confirm if someone is Republican.
Cross-check who gave to whom.
A host of links about voter registration data.
Another link to look up donors and see who they gave to.
Facebook is an easy way to stay in touch with friends and like-minded people. For LOTS more about Facebook, please click here.
For information about Facebook security, CLICK HERE.
In brief, click on Account | Privacy Settings | Customize Settings. Then, select Friends Only or Only Me for nearly everything. Don't forget to scroll the whole way down and click on Edit Settings buttons, too. If you don't do this, then your friends are at risk of getting spammed (and worse), too.
How to Control and Turn Off Email Notifications!
Twitter is an easy way to catch "headlines" of what other people think is important. You can also easily let others know what you find important. For LOTS more about Twitter, please click here.
Email newsletters and opportunities for people to get involved. Send them to any interested party, but you have to get their permission first. Permission means they voluntarily give you their email. Build a list. Set up address with hotmail.
To (the person or group you are sending to)
CC (carbon copy; a person/group you want to have a copy without them feeling obliged to act on it and you want the person you are sending to know the CC'd person has a copy)
BC (blind copy; the person you are sending to cannot see that you also sent the email to those being blind copied -- sometimes you cannot see the BC option unless you click on either To or CC first)
- Set up group email list.
Wikis are basically websites that are updated by visitors. Of course, Wikipedia.com is the most famous. They say it is more accurate than the encyclopedia, but there are many Wikis. Pick favorite topics and then participate and update Wikis often.
Examples of Wikis as shared by American Majority:
SunshineReview.org government transparency and accountability)
Wisconsin's sunshine review
Get started on Sunshine: a helpful guide (tutorials available)
Judgepedia.org (all things judicial)
Ballotpedia.org (electoral issues)
WikiFoia.org (each states statutes of Freedom of Information Act)
You can easily start a website dedicated to your interest(s) for free.
To expand traffic (the number of people who go to your site), request high-traffic websites to link to your site and reciprocate. Comment on other bloggers' websites.
Add your site onto Google's search engine more quickly, go to http://www.google.com/addurl.
Automatically post your tweets onto your webpage/blog. On your Twitter page: Scroll to bottom of page | Click Goodies | Click Widgets | Click either Website or Facebook | Click Profile Widget |
Speed up maintenance time by using Mozilla/Firefox instead of Internet Explorer (IE). The download is free, and the two systems can be used one at a time or both at the same time without disturbing each other or ruining your computer! While it's way faster to maintain this website using Firefox, other sites I enjoy visiting work better with IE.
Want to know what's being said about your favorite candidate? Your opponent? Legislation? A group? Yourself? Sourdough recipes? Well, Google Alerts are email updates based on your choice of query or topic. You can set up how many times a day you want to be alerted via email and about as many different topics as you want.
Get started at http://www.google.com/alerts?hl=en&gl=us
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Free Downloads for Blogs and Websites
HuffEnglish.com shares ideas on how to make the online experience richer for you and your readers.
Apture works with any publishing platform, and it’s easy to install. It allows you to make your site more interactive. For instance, you can embed popup links to Wikipedia articles and Amazon merchandise.
- Delicious or Diigo
You can share your links with readers by programming your Delicious or Diigo account to post links to your blog. Although I have my Diigo links in the sidebar, many readers who only read my posts via RSS might not see them, so I decided to start posting them to the blog. I hope the links will prove helpful and interesting. You can find instructions for posting links via Diigo here and for Delicious here (you’ll need to be logged in to your Diigo or Delicious account).
- Share What You’re Reading
Many reading social networks have widgets you can embed in your website. For instance, I am a fan of Goodreads and have a widget on the left that displays the last few books I’ve read along with my starred rating of that book. However, other networks like Shelfari have similar widgets. I also have a plugin called Now Reading, which only works with WordPress, that displays what I’m currently reading in the sidebar.
It’s easy to leave a comment and forget to check back to see if you have a response, but coComment can help you keep track of the comments you leave and the responses you receive. If you use Firefox, you can download a browser extension that will make using coComment even easier.
- Photo Dropper
If you use WordPress, Photo Dropper is a plugin that allows you to easily find Flickr photos with Creative Commons licenses to share in your posts.
Many ways of integrating Twitter with your blog exist. I use a WordPress plugin called Twitter Tools that is flexible. It allows users create blog posts from my tweets (I choose not to), display tweets in my sidebar (which I do), and notify via Twitter when I update my blog (which I also do). Twitter also has instructions for badges and widgets. TwiTip has gathered together some resources for other Twitter badges.
- iPhone Apps
Google’s Feedburner gives you more control over and information about your RSS feeds. You can find out how many subscribers you have, what RSS reader they use, and the Feedburner Feedsmith plugin for WordPress will help you integrate your Feedburner feed seamlessly."
A favorites bar and menu provide an easy way to get to one of your favorite websites fast. You can see that I have a lot of favorites. I re-named them each with 2-4 letters, so as many as possible are only a click away.
You can generally just write the name of the site.com to go to it (the computer automatically adds http://www). Each tab is clickable. (Move your mouse over a link or tab and press down on the mouse to make the click. Sometimes you have to press down twice in a row--a double-click.) Clicking on a link or tab takes you to a different webpage. Often, instead of tabs, a new window (like the one you see here) pops up separately for each web address. Other times, the new page replaces the one you were on. You can get back to the page you were on by clicking on the back button (see far left at the top).