Nancy Messieh

Joined November 2009

Nancy is a writer, photographer and editor, living between Washington DC and Cairo. You can find her on Twitter  and Google+.

Feel free to contact at nancy@makeuseof.com

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7 Photography Websites Every Shutterbug Should Keep A Click Away

30th September, 2013

There is no better way to improve your photography than by keeping up with the latest on sites that are run by people who are just as passionate. These seven sites fit that description.

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New To iPhoneography? Here Are The Best Apps The App Store Has On Offer

27th September, 2013

The iPhone’s popularity for photos comes down to several different things – the convenience of having your ‘camera’ with you all the time and the sheer variety of shooting, editing and sharing apps.

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4 Methods Marketeers Use To Make You Socially Active About Their Show

24th September, 2013

As we become accustomed to paying attention to two screens at once, marketeers are finding new ways to draw you into their social media web while you’re watching TV. How do they do this?

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Get More Out Of Instagram With These 7 Chrome Extensions

23rd September, 2013

There are some brilliant Chrome extensions that can add a ton of additional features to your Instagram in-browser experience. Find out how much you can get out of Instagram with a few key extensions.

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7 Ways To Discover Cool Kickstarter Projects Before Anyone Else

18th September, 2013

It’s easier to search for interesting projects on the site. We’ve come up with a list of seven ways to discover interesting and new projects on Kickstarter before anyone else does.

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Turn Evernote Into An RSS Reader In A Few Easy Steps

16th September, 2013

Evernote’s flexibility allows the service to be used in a wide variety of ways. Let’s see how you can turn Evernote into an RSS reader using a few simple IFTTT recipes.

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4 Steps to Creating a Semi-Automated Curated Blog for Free

13th September, 2013

Curation is method of sharing content, and a key way to keep up with content on a specific topic. Whether it’s sites like Techmeme – which highlights links to the biggest stories from the tech blogosphere for the day – or sites like BrainPickings – where a little bit of original writing accompanies the curation […]

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More Than Just A Social Network: 5 Creative Uses For Google+ On The Go

11th September, 2013

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+.

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8 Unusual and Surprising Uses for WordPress

6th September, 2013

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.

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Should You Allow Comments on Your Site? The Pros and Cons

5th September, 2013

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.

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Gingko: An Online Word Processor That Could Change The Way You Write

4th September, 2013

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.

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SpellTower Is Boggle On Steroids For Your Phone

2nd September, 2013

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.

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4 Easy Ways To Keep Up With Breaking News Online

26th August, 2013

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.

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Medium: An Alternative Blogging Platform From The Founders Of Twitter

22nd August, 2013

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.

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5 Ways To Harness The Power Of The Crowd

21st August, 2013

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.