Social media

Get a Custom Google+ URL with gplus.to

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I was digging into trying to find custom URLs for Google Plus today and didn’t see any options to do this. I remember back when custom URLs came out in Facebook.

It’s certainly much easier and nicer to link to your social media site with a custom/easy to read URL then some long string of numbers and/or letters that you’ll never ever ever be able to remember.

So… after a quick search I found that there was a little service that seemed to cater to this (Google+ custom URLs). I decided against just using another link shortening site and use this.

So if this is something that interests you, just go over to gplus.to, enter your Google+ ID (the site shows a screen shot of what this means) and the desired nickname/url string… and voila…. if no one’s already chosen it of course!

I’ve used it, and you can find me over here:
http://gplus.to/cfyves

The new world of social media commenting

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A website used to be a business card in the beginning… then you could find some web apps (especially e-com sites) that “did something”.

On today’s internet social media has taken off. Most sites that offer up content in one form or another (like sports commentary, news sites, blogs, etc…) tend to want your participation. It’s in the interest of most site owners to somehow spark a conversation on a news article in order to keep you coming back.

I personally find some of the conversations on tech and sports blogs/sites to be quite engaging.

However, I’ve become a bit annoyed at some of these sites. Primary reason? Because they still require me to “sign up” to their site in order to comment.
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Topsy – new social media search engine

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I’m not sure just how long Topsy has been out there, but I just found it today and thought it was pretty cool.

I found it because of a track back I got on an article I wrote on another blog. I looked up what it was about and started playing around.

Topsy is a new search engine that is really heavy on social media. What people are writing about on their blogs, what they’re tweeting about on Twitter….etc.

Looks like a handy tool research tool for anyone wanting to dig into what’s being said about a topic.

Very cool.

Check it out.

http://topsy.com/
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