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There’s a lot you can get out of Google+ as a social network, but if there’s one place it really excels, it’s on your mobile. In addition to the traditional use of the social network itself, you can get creative with how you interact with Google+ on the go. Whether its to automatically back up and transfer your photos, host virtual tours, or create your own private group messaging system, there’s quite a bit you can get done with your iPhone or Android phone using Google+.
From social networks to intranets, from directories to RSS aggregators – WordPress has you covered.
Between all of the free and paid themes and plugins, you can make your WordPress site pretty much anything you want it to be.
Should you allow comments on your site or blog? On the one hand, you can argue that quality content will encourage quality comments; on the other, there’s always someone out there with something negative to say.
At MakeUseOf, we’re always on the look out for innovative text editors that can make our life as writers just a little bit easier. This relatively new service is unique and may just be the key you need to change the way you approach your writing. It could make you more productive too while making your workflow just that little bit easier.
If you’ve been on the lookout for a new word game to play on your iOS or Android device, SpellTower may be just what you’re looking for. This is Boggle on steroids, and is well worth the $1.99 price tag it comes with. Some word games can get tiring pretty quickly, but SpellTower is one of those games that will keep you hooked. The app is also available as a desktop Mac app, but in this review we’re looking solely at the mobile version, specifically on the iPhone.
In today’s world of fast-paced breaking news, it can often times be difficult to keep up with everything that’s going on. If you want a targeted experience — one that includes smartphone alerts from your preferred news networks, emails with breaking news as it happens, and, of course, a healthy dose of Twitter-delivered news — we’ve got you covered.
Twitter’s co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone launched their own blogging platform, Medium, about a year ago. The founders say that the aim is to “re-imagine” publishing, by allowing users to choose the level of collaboration they prefer. It essentially means users can post their own content, but also share them with everyone else in public collections, as similar ideas shared in such collections help deepen awareness. Think of it as Flickr Groups for blog posts.
Crowdsourcing can take on lots of different forms. Between social media and niche crowdsourcing sites, you can harness the power of the crowd to get just about anything. Whether it’s raising funds, looking for information, news, photos, or videos, there are niche sites that can cater to your exact needs. We’ve listed five of the most popular types of crowdsourcing websites below.
We all have that one person on our Facebook friend’s list or Twitter who snaps a photo of just about every meal they eat. That can be annoying. Taking gorgeous photos of beautifully cooked food on the other hand can be an entertaining hobby. Even if you don’t cook the food yourself, following a few tips can make a world of a difference when it comes to food photography. But why keep those photos to yourself? We’ve put together a list of places that are crying out for your sweet and savoury snaps.
Back in May, Hipstamatic launched its own social networking app, Oggl. The free app brings Hipstamatic’s filters into a social network environment a la Instagram, but with an admittedly unique feel to it. Available in the Apple App Store and the Windows Phone Store, Oggl not only gives its users a way to see what other Hipstamatic aficionados are up to, it also gives them a new way to use Hipstamatic itself.
Are you big fans of Tumblr? Here at MakeUseOf, we certainly are. The blogging platform brings together the idea of blogging together with social networking and has become home to some of the most creative, entertaining, humorous and thoughtful posts we’ve ever come across. With an easy-to-use backend that lends itself to both creating new content and sharing content that you like, it is home to some of the most viral content on the Web.
Looking for a more streamlined way to use your favorite social networks? Developer 64 Pixels offers a series of Chrome extensions which let you take three major social networks — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — out of your smartphone and their native websites, and into a slick and easy-to-access window in your browser bar. You can keep up with what your friends are up to, interact with them the way that you would on the native website (commenting, liking, retweeting etc.), and all from the most convenient place possible: your Chrome toolbar.
There are lots of reasons you might need to find Creative Commons images. Last year, we introduced you to five great places to find Creative Commons images, with the list including heavyweights like Flickr and Google Image Search, along with a few more services you might not have heard of. Today we’re updating that list, and adding 5 more services that take the hard work out of finding Creative Commons images.
One of the biggest buzzwords in the online design world in the past two or three years has to be ‘Responsive.’ With the advent of browsing on everything from a 4 inch smartphone screen to a 27 inch display, it can be difficult to make sure that your website or blog looks good no matter what. That’s why a responsive design is essential because it can automatically detect what device you’re using to access the site, and adjust it to fit the size of your screen.
While WordPress, Blogger and Tumblr dominate the blogging scene, there are a few minimalist platforms that strip down the blogging experience to focus entirely on simply sharing your writing. Roon keeps things simple, all blogs are responsive (meaning you can view blog posts on your smartphone, for example, and it adjusts to the reader’s device), and couldn’t be easier to use.