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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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.

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5 Places to Find & Share Mouthwatering Food Photos

16th August, 2013

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.

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Oggl: Hipstamatic’s Social Network for Mobile Photographers

14th August, 2013

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.

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8 Tumblr Blogs To Download Stunning Wallpaper Images

12th August, 2013

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.

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Bring Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to Your Browser’s Toolbar with These Chrome Extensions

7th August, 2013

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.

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5 More Places To Help You Find Quality Creative Commons Images

6th August, 2013

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.

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How To Embed YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, And Google Maps Responsively

3rd August, 2013

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.

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Roon Is A Slick, Easy-To-Use Blogging Platform You May Want to Try

31st July, 2013

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.

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Get Creative And Make Your Own Maps With Custom Layers On The New Google Maps

30th July, 2013

With Google unveiling a completely revamped Maps, now available to all, creating your own maps has become easier than ever. You can create private and public maps, share the maps with specific individuals, add descriptions to locations, and choose from several map styles and appearances. The new Google Maps features makes map creation easier than ever, and with Google’s solid sharing settings, you have complete control over who sees the maps.

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3 Awesome Ways to Add Text & Designs to Your iPhone Photos

27th July, 2013

There are more than a few apps that make it easy to add text to images using nothing more than your iPhone. The convenience of taking a picture, adding personal touches using an app on your device and then share it in a matter of seconds from the palm of your hand cannot be denied. Whether you want to create a creative watermark, your own greeting cards, or just fancy more interesting graphics for your blog or site, you can get all of that done using the following three apps.

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8 Ways To Discover The Best Instagram & Vine Videos Online

24th July, 2013

Neither Vine nor Instagram offer a good way to search and find videos., but there are a few ways to search for Instagram and Vine videos from the comfort of your computer. We’ve already introduced you to 5 unofficial ways to watch Vine videos, and now we’re adding to that list, and throwing in a few extra options for Instagram only. With all the creative ways people are using Vine and Instagram, these services make it a little bit easier to uncover the best videos created on each app.

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The Ultimate Guide To Instagram Video: Everything You Need To Know

23rd July, 2013

Another major update seen in Instagram since it was acquired by Facebook is the addition of Video updates in June. Are you using Instagram video? Do you know how to shoot a good one? Everything you need to know about how Instagram videos work — how to shoot them, how to get creative with them, how to make sure your videos get more attention, can be found in this post.

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Save and Reopen Your Web & Document Sessions With Cupcloud

20th July, 2013

Ever find yourself with a ton of tabs and Word documents open, but then have to reboot your computer? Whether it’s an update or a new app that requires a reboot, rather than put it off, or bookmark a bunch of tabs you only need for the time-being, Cupcloud will actually temporarily save your tabs, documents and more, and restore them with a simple click of the button. Cupcloud goes beyond saving just website tabs in your browser and extends to the desktop itself.

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More Than Photo Sharing: 5 Unique Uses For Flickr

17th July, 2013

Flickr is best known as one of the easiest ways to share and store your photos online. We’ve come up with a few unique ways you can get more out of Flickr that go beyond photo sharing. Whether it’s preparing for your travels, furnishing a new home, learning a little bit about history, or more, Flickr has you covered.

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Turn Evernote Into A Blogging Platform With Postach.io

16th July, 2013

There is certainly no shortage of blogging platforms available to users for free. WordPress and Tumblr alone are a great way to keep a blog, but there are a few creative alternatives out there. A new blogging service Postach.io can now be added to the mix. The easy-to-use blogging platform allows users to create a blog in minutes, powered by the versatile note-taking app, Evernote.