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Nancy Messieh

Staff Writer / Joined 27 November, 2009

Nancy is a writer and editor living in Washington DC. She was previously the Middle East editor at The Next Web and currently works at a DC-based think tank on communications and social media outreach.

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Say the Same Thing: The Next Big Word Game

Android Gaming

Say the Same Thing: The Next Big Word Game

Say the Same Thing (STSG) is a new game, available as a free iOS and Android download, which comes to us courtesy of the band OK Go. Letterpress made a splash when it launched last year, Pictionary-like Draw Something was a huge hit, and there’s lots of popular iOS word games like 7 Little Words that will keep you busy for hours. STSG is a new word association game that brings a bit of vocabulary fun into your day.

10-06-2013
Say the Same Thing: The Next Big Word Game
Casetagram: Personalize Your Smartphone Case With Instagram Photos [Giveaway]

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Casetagram: Personalize Your Smartphone Case With Instagram Photos [Giveaway]

Picking the right case for your phone can be a challenge – whether it’s the design, the way it feels in your hand or how it interferes with your preferred accessories. If you’re looking for a stylish option to turn heads, Casetagram might just have the perfect option for you: a sleek, snap-on case designed using your own photos. We’re giving away 5 Casetagram cases, and offering you the opportunity to personalize them with your very own photos!

07-06-2013
Casetagram: Personalize Your Smartphone Case With Instagram Photos [Giveaway]
Travel The World With These 10 Instagram Accounts

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Travel The World With These 10 Instagram Accounts

If you can’t actually get out and about yourself, there’s no better way to travel the world than through photography. And while Instagram might be often (and unfairly) better known for food photos, or even as a marketer’s heaven, the social networking and photographing app actually offers an interesting window into parts of the world you might never get to see otherwise.

05-06-2013
Travel The World With These 10 Instagram Accounts
The Days Of Our Life: How To Lifelog Online With Photos And Videos

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The Days Of Our Life: How To Lifelog Online With Photos And Videos

Photos or videos are the ideal way to document specific moments in your day, and there are several apps and sites that cater to that exact need. At the end of a year of documentation, you’ll have a record, either to share with your family, or for your own personal satisfaction.

04-06-2013
The Days Of Our Life: How To Lifelog Online With Photos And Videos
YouTube Channels That Will Make You Laugh And Learn At The Same Time

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YouTube Channels That Will Make You Laugh And Learn At The Same Time

While the video sharing site might be better known for music videos, the Annoying Orange and, let’s face it, for being the cesspool of Internet comments, there are quite a few entertaining, educational videos that you can watch, and walk away with some pretty interesting knowledge you didn’t know beforehand.

01-06-2013
YouTube Channels That Will Make You Laugh And Learn At The Same Time
3 Ways To Share Multiple Links On One Page

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3 Ways To Share Multiple Links On One Page

URL shortening is certainly nothing new. In fact, it’s become an absolute necessity when it comes to sharing links on social networks that limit your character count like Twitter. But rather than simply shorten URLs and present them in neat little shortened URLs, it’s also possible to do exactly the same thing for multiple links. There are several services which make it easy to share a bundle of links together as one shortened link.

29-05-2013
3 Ways To Share Multiple Links On One Page
Keeeb – A Unique Alternative To The Traditional Blogging Platform

Internet

Keeeb – A Unique Alternative To The Traditional Blogging Platform

We recently introduced you to a variety of ways to curate your way to a significant Internet following, and were disappointed to find out that Clipboard, one of the recommended services, has been acquired and is shutting down at the end of June. If you’ve found yourself looking for a new place to take your Internet curation needs, one alternative worth considering is Keeeb.

28-05-2013
Keeeb – A Unique Alternative To The Traditional Blogging Platform
5 Ways to Search Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and More at Once

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5 Ways to Search Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and More at Once

If you’re still having a hard time deciding which of the online movie streaming services is right for you, one of the most important factors to consider when it comes to making this decision is the selection they offer. Rather than search each service one by one to see if it has the movies or TV shows you like, with the following third party sites, you can search all four (and quite a few more) in one go.

25-05-2013
5 Ways to Search Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and More at Once
Kloudless: Two Way Access To Files In Gmail, Dropbox, Google Drive And More

Internet Browsers

Kloudless: Two Way Access To Files In Gmail, Dropbox, Google Drive And More

Kloudless closes the gap between email and cloud-storage, creating a link that makes perfect sense, is incredibly convenient, and is one of those features that you won’t know how to live without once you get it set up. Kloudless serves several functions – one of which is to automatically back up your email attachments to cloud-based storage accounts.

22-05-2013
Kloudless: Two Way Access To Files In Gmail, Dropbox, Google Drive And More
Game Of Thrones Meets Tumblr: 12 Must-Follow Blogs

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Game Of Thrones Meets Tumblr: 12 Must-Follow Blogs

The sheer amount of content on Tumblr makes it a joy to browse, though sometimes you really do have to filter through a lot of repetitive content to get to the good stuff. For that reason, we’ve put together lists of recommended Tumblr blogs that we think you should be following. This week we’re taking a stab at all things Game of Thrones on Tumblr.

21-05-2013
Game Of Thrones Meets Tumblr: 12 Must-Follow Blogs
How To Protect Yourself From Online Services Shutting Down

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How To Protect Yourself From Online Services Shutting Down

Google’s unfortunate decision to shut down its RSS reader service, Google Reader, is an important reminder of just how unreliable the cloud can be. When using free online services, and in some cases even some paid ones, you can never be too sure what is going to happen to your content, and whether or not the service will be available a year from now.

18-05-2013
How To Protect Yourself From Online Services Shutting Down
New To Instagram? Top Tips For Newbies

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New To Instagram? Top Tips For Newbies

When you’re getting started on Instagram, there are a few tips and tricks to bear in mind to make sure that you hit the ground running. The popular app is part photo-sharing site and part social network, and finding the right balance on how to use it, and following certain rules of etiquette can make you a popular, and engaging user.

15-05-2013
New To Instagram? Top Tips For Newbies
What Is Lifelogging And Why Should You Do It?

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What Is Lifelogging And Why Should You Do It?

Between Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and more, we already document and share quite a lot about our daily lives, without really thinking about it. They are lifelogs of sorts, but without any sort of structure or consistency to them. While some might not agree, the very act of documenting all of this information makes for a fascinating record of your own life.

14-05-2013
What Is Lifelogging And Why Should You Do It?
Posterous Might Be Gone But Here Are 6 Alternatives To Replace It

Wordpress & Web Development

Posterous Might Be Gone But Here Are 6 Alternatives To Replace It

We all knew it was coming. Back in February Twitter announced that it would be shutting down Posterous by the end of April. Some bloggers saw it coming from the day that Twitter acquired the popular blogging platform. With that day finally here, if you’re still looking for an alternative to meet your blogging and automated sharing needs, we’ve come up with a list of 6 viable alternatives.

11-05-2013
Posterous Might Be Gone But Here Are 6 Alternatives To Replace It
6 Fascinating Tumblr Blogs For History Buffs

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6 Fascinating Tumblr Blogs For History Buffs

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.

08-05-2013
6 Fascinating Tumblr Blogs For History Buffs
Hashtags – The Key To Reaching a Wider Audience On Twitter

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Hashtags – The Key To Reaching a Wider Audience On Twitter

Hashtags have made their way across social networks, but there is nowhere they shine more than on the social network where they first started – Twitter. The feature, first introduced by a Twitter user, has taken on a life of its own. Hashtags have become a great way to label tweets, to create a trending topic, or simply interact with like-minded people on Twitter. It can sometimes be a little overwhelming trying to navigate the sheer volume of hashtags.

07-05-2013
Hashtags – The Key To Reaching a Wider Audience On Twitter
Twiterature – The Art Of Literature On Twitter

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Twiterature – The Art Of Literature On Twitter

You can find Twitter users sharing their poetry, short stories, and even the work of famous writers, all in little bite-sized 140-character updates. If you’re not sure where to start on your literary journey on Twitter, we’ve got a few tips to get you going – from who to follow, what hashtags to keep an eye on, and even how to get your Twitterary works out to a wider audience.

04-05-2013
Twiterature – The Art Of Literature On Twitter
How To Use Twitter To Help You Find A Job

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How To Use Twitter To Help You Find A Job

When it comes to searching for a job online, we’re pretty spoiled for choices. Whether it’s using job boards like Monster, search engines like Indeed, and specialized sites like Idealist, there are a lot of options available to the savvy job searcher. Another tool that can come in handy when it comes to finding the dream job is Twitter. In fact, speaking from experience, I landed one of my jobs after seeing the job listed on Twitter.

01-05-2013
How To Use Twitter To Help You Find A Job
7 TED Talks For Shutterbugs

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7 TED Talks For Shutterbugs

TED talks often focus on creativity, so it’s no surprise to find quite a few fascinating, inspiring and breathtaking videos that focus on the art of photography. Many of the talks on photography focus on a specific element – the element of story telling. We’ve put together a list of 7 talks by photographers from around the world. Their photography subjects are varied, and their interests diverse.

30-04-2013
7 TED Talks For Shutterbugs
Handsome Stats – Get The Google Analytics Stats That Matter Most

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Handsome Stats – Get The Google Analytics Stats That Matter Most

Google Analytics is one of the most robust options out there for keeping track of how visitors are interacting with your website, where they’re coming from and more. But sometimes it can be a little bit overwhelming trying to figure out what all the data means, and to filter down to the data that you really want to to view. There are a few apps that plug themselves into Google Analytics and make it easier to read and view the content that matters to you.

27-04-2013
Handsome Stats – Get The Google Analytics Stats That Matter Most
Get Creative With WordPress – 5 Interactive Ways to Use the Platform

Wordpress & Web Development

Get Creative With WordPress – 5 Interactive Ways to Use the Platform

There’s quite a lot of ways you can use WordPress beyond simply using it as a blogging platform. We’ve already taken a look at a list of 5 things you might not have known you could do with WordPress. The platform lends itself to versatility and there’s a huge variety of websites out there that you can’t even tell are created using WordPress, and there are five ways you can put the platform to use that goes beyond simply content management.

24-04-2013
Get Creative With WordPress – 5 Interactive Ways to Use the Platform
More Than Updates – 5 Creative Twitter Marketing Campaigns

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More Than Updates – 5 Creative Twitter Marketing Campaigns

Social media has a reputation for serving narcissistic purposes, encouraging users to share minute details about their day that no one really wants to know. The fact of the matter is that social media tools have gone far beyond status updates. Twitter has become a heavyweight in the breaking news world, has become a way to track online trends, and is a creative outlet. Advertising agencies are at the front of the line finding creative ways to get more out of Twitter.

22-04-2013
More Than Updates – 5 Creative Twitter Marketing Campaigns
Don’t Let Your Camera Collect Dust: 10 Inspiring Ideas For Photography

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Don’t Let Your Camera Collect Dust: 10 Inspiring Ideas For Photography

Finding inspiration for your photography can sometimes be a challenge. We’ve already taken a look at five places you can go online to find inspiration for your photography, but there are also a few offline methods that can easily kickstart your photo-taking – with just a little bit of dedication on your part. There’s no better way to keep yourself shooting on a regular basis than committing to taking one photo a day.

20-04-2013
Don’t Let Your Camera Collect Dust: 10 Inspiring Ideas For Photography