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Not Knowing How To Add Follow Me on Twitter

March 14, 2011 18 comments

Twitter, ClassyRose101, Things in life I find annoyingI’ve written a couple of posts over the past week about Twitter. WordPress bloggers are now putting their Twitter feed on their blogs but it seems that not all WordPress themes come with an option or Widget to add the Follow Me on Twitter Badge to their blog. This is what’s bugging me today!

I knew there had to be a way to add it so I went searching on Twitter and found the solution for you to use.

The first thing you need to do is head over to Twitter’s Resources/buttons page where you will find different buttons in various sizes and colours to choose from.

Click on the button you want to display and a small pop-up window will appear with the HTML code that includes your Twitter username. You must be signed in to Twitter for this to work.

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Copy the code in the pop-up window.

<img src=”http://twitter-badges.s3.amazonaws.com/follow_me-b.png” alt=”Follow classyrose101 on Twitter”/>

The next step is to go to:

Dashboard – Appearance – Widgets – Text

  • Add a text box to your sidebar. 
  • Paste the HTML code into the text box.

Depending on which button you choose to use you might want to add a title to your widget. The button I selected for this example doesn’t really need one so I’ve left it blank.

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Select the position where you would like your Follow Me On Twitter button to appear and click on “Save Widget“.

Visit your blog, make sure you’ve hit refresh and your badge should appear and look like this.

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Click on it to make sure it’s working properly and you’re done. Your readers now have an easy way to follow you on Twitter.

I’ve already given these instructions to my blogging buddy PiP and she has successfully added the button to her blog Piglet in Portugal if you would like to see how it looks.

Do you have a Follow Me On Twitter button on your blog!

 

Now that I’ve shown you how to add the Follow Me On Twitter button to your blog,

There is nothing bugging me today!
🙂

Quote for today

You will discover that you have two hands.
One is for helping yourself and the other is for helping others.
Audrey Hepburn

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

Housekeeping – Good Reason To Add Twitter To Your Blog

March 12, 2011 32 comments

Blog, Housekeeping, annoying, bugging me, blogging, chores, pet peevesEarthquakes, tsunamis, radiation leaks. This is what’s bugging me today!

This week’s earthquake in Japan has shown us how valuable Twitter can be and is to those caught in such a tragedy. One of my blogging buddies, Cocomino couldn’t get home from Tokyo to his family in Kawagoe because rail transportation was shut down.

He managed to do one quick post before he lost access to the internet – I can’t go home.

After that post, there was limited means of communication until he realized:

I could access the twitter or the other news site on the internet by my iphone.
I found my family’s safe on my blog’s comment!

Using Twitter he was able to learn about his family and to keep family and friends updated.

Twitter @cocomino3

Summerfield84 is another Japanese blogger also writing on an English blog. He doesn’t have the Twitter widget on his blog and I wasn’t even sure if he had a Twitter account. There was no word from him and I was concerned for his safety until he published a post today. He’s okay! I’ve since learned he does have a Twitter account.

I was relieved to hear that both of them are safe and are happily blogging again and letting us know through their blogs what it’s like now in Japan.

Cocomino’s latest blog post – I could come back home an hour ago. We are all OK. but….

Summerfield84’s latest blog post – The majr catastrophe : The Great East Japan Earthquake

Do you have the Twitter widget in your sidebar?

It’s easy to add, Dashboard – Appearance – Widgets – Twitter

Select the number of entries you would like to show – from 1 – 20
Hide replies –  using @username at the beginning of the tweet.
Include retweets – yes or no
Text to display between tweet and timestamp – eg. Tweeted

@classyrose101, Twitter

Some other info
You can use multiple Twitter widgets on the same blog.
Retweets using the official retweet button do not appear.

Check out WordPress Support for complete instructions on how to add the Twitter Widget.

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Another blogging buddy Redneck Princess wrote about being prepared and having an emergency kit available. Please read When pretending just isn’t fun anymore… which includes a link to what you should do to prepare for such a disaster.

Here is another link that you might find useful  – Guide to Preparing for a Disaster.

The theme for this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is “Home“. Think of all the people who have lost their lives in the earthquake and subsequent Tsunami. Think of those who did manage to survive but now find that their home was destroyed.  Think of those being evacuated from their homes because of the radiation leak. How will they manage over the coming days, weeks, months?

Countries around the world are offering whatever help Japan needs to recover from this horrific tragedy. You can help by making a charitable donation to any one of many organizations who are rushing to help Japan and its citizens.

If you’re worried about being scammed, check out the article at CNN Money on reputable charities to give to.

This is what’s bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.
Edward Everett Hale

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

Not Knowing How To Use Twitter Properly

March 7, 2011 57 comments
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How do I use it?

I joined Twitter recently so I’m not exactly well versed on how to use it properly. This is what’s bugging me today!

And if I want to get the most of what Twitter has to offer I figured I should probably start doing some more reading on it.

As a matter of fact, I don’t know the ins and outs of Facebook either but since it seems that Twitter is easier to use I decided to tackle this one first and leave Facebook for another day.

When I first joined Twitter I did a search on how to use it and this is one of the first things I found and checked out. It’s cute and done with humour. This is their take on these two social networks.

mom, this is how twitter works. | not just for moms!.

Twitter Vs. Facebook

Twitter is different from Facebook because it has an opt-in take on friending vs. an opt-out like Facebook. If you accept a friend request on Facebook, you automatically “follow” each other (Facebook does not use “following” but has a newsfeed that is quite similar to twitter). This means that if you have 200 Facebook friends, you can potentially see 200 people’s news in your feed …
On twitter, you can be followed by 2,000 people but only see 50 people in your feed—50 people you CHOSE to follow. The main difference between the two is that Twitter is much more simplified. There is a character limit to posts, there are no picture or video libraries, and no complicated profiles, relationship statuses, etc.

Now she just said there are no picture or video libraries but I remember my daughter mentioning how she uses TwitPic to post photos. I guess that’s something else that needs to get checked out.

I was thinking about adding a poll today but I’m finding that a lot of bloggers don’t like answering polls, but will answer questions in the comments. So that’s what I’m doing today!

I have a couple of questions about using Twitter and I want to know what you do and how you handle certain situations because I’m definitely the Twitter newbie on this one.

Some people say that you should reply and acknowledge the people who follow you but then others say it’s not necessary to reply.

What do you do?
Do you reply to everyone who follows you or just the ones you know personally?

Another thing I’m not sure about is this entire following bit. I know it’s all the craze about how many you have following you but what’s the deal with that?

Do you automatically follow everyone that follows you
or just the people you know or think might be interesting to follow?

Do you expect others to follow you back?

Does anyone really have the time to read all the tweets?

I’m looking forward to reading what you have to say about these questions.

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Silly me. After just talking about how people don’t like answering polls I’m asking you to please visit Ryan at INSIGHT and vote on the two polls he has for the Weekly Photo Challenge.

Week #1 Weekly Photo Voting – Boundaries

Week #2 Weekly Photo Voting – CURIOSITY

This is what’s bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

What is important is to keep learning, to enjoy challenge, and to tolerate ambiguity.
In the end there are no certain answers.
Martina Horner, President of Radcliffe College

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

or not – RandomBlog2011 Challenge Update

February 23, 2011 28 comments

RandomBlog2011 Challenge, PostADay2011, PostAWeek2011, Twitter, TweetThis is just a quick update to let everyone know I’m still working on the new page for RandomBlog2011 Challenge. There is nothing bugging me today!

Instead of publishing full posts every day for the RandomBlog2011 Challenge, updates will go out as Tweets on Twitter. I will still publish updates in some of my daily posts but if it’s something quick I will instead send out a Tweet linking to the new information.

This is the best way to keep everyone informed on updates. So if you want the latest updates, you might want to follow me on TwitterFollow me on Twitter .

If anyone doesn’t have a Twitter account you can sign up here.

One of the things changing is a new way for you to let other bloggers know what new blogs you’ve visited. You can do this by using the hashtag symbol “#” and randomblog2011. If you’re using the WordPress Publicize feature you can retweet your own posts using the hashtag symbol.

  • #randomblog2011

This is similar to The Daily Post using #postaday2011 and #postaweek2011.

Here is some information from Twitter on using hashtags.

Hashtags: helping you find interesting Tweets

  • People use the hashtag symbol # before relevant keywords in their Tweet to categorize those Tweets to show more easily in Twitter Search.
  • Clicking on a hashtagged word in any message shows you all other Tweets in that category.
  • Hashtags can occur anywhere in the Tweet.
  • Hashtagged words that become very popular are often Trending Topics.

Here is an example of a Tweet using the hashtag symbol.

I think that about covers it for now.

There is nothing bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

Those who are lifting the world upward and onward are those who encourage more than criticize.
Elizabeth Harrison

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

My 5 of the 50 Most Annoying Things About the Internet

February 8, 2011 32 comments

annoying things in life, internet, captcha I took too much personal time this weekend & yesterday and I didn’t have a post ready for today.  This is what’s bugging me today!

But luckily I came across this and decided to take advantage of the Press This feature.

50 most annoying things about the internet – Telegraph.

Here are five that I like.

3) Messages alerting you to messages
Email inboxes are becoming clogged with non-urgent alerts from Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites. How long before someone invents an app to alert Twitter and Facebook users when they receive an email, creating a never-ending spiral of needless messages?

The following one really hit the spot with me.

4) CAPTCHAs
Only the internet asks its users to prove that they are human. CAPTCHAs, the word recognition puzzles designed to prevent robots from accessing protected websites, may be a necessary evil but even their inventor has said that he regrets their drain on human time. Assuming that each one takes ten seconds to solve, it has been estimated that we waste 150,000 hours a day squinting at distorted letters. Anecdotal evidence also suggests that CAPTCHAs are getting harder, with some effectively indecipherable.

I’m new to Twitter and still haven’t figured everything out. Need to read Twitter101.

5) Social media gurus
Knowing how to tweet should not be a career in itself.

The Internet is definitely staying out of my bed.

How many of you take the Internet to bed with you?

9) The bedroom invasion
First it was in the living room, then the bedroom and now – thanks to wi-fi and laptops – the internet is in your bed.

I was thinking of a blogger when I read this one.

15) It’s always on
If we all agreed to shut down the internet for a few hours a week – perhaps on Sunday evenings – long-suffering parents and grand-parents might get a few more phone calls.

This is what’s bugging me today!

🙂

Quote for today

Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death but to inspire yourself to life.
Adele Brookman

© 2010-2011 Things in life I find annoying

What’s the point of Facebook – PostADay 2011 Challenge – Today is…

January 7, 2011 23 comments

brought to you by Fool on the hill.

What’s the point of Facebook

‘Social networking’ everyone replies. So what’s that exactly, seeing that so many sites which started out as something else seem to be morphing into social networks? Swapping the odd few words with people who, one way or another, have become your ‘friends’, even though you don’t know them and will never meet?

The number of ‘friends’ people can accrue appears to be important, it marks their status on Facebook, and is reciprocal; you can be my friend if I can be yours’, but it’s not genuine or real friendship, merely a way of boasting how many ‘friends’ you have, while at most, making the odd comment on their page occasionally, ‘liking’ something they posted, or a picture they put up. All shallow and meaningless. Real friends of course do keep in touch that way, but they could do so with a simple email, so one wonders why they would want their conversations public.

But what exactly is social networking? For many it appears to be taking over from real networking in the real world which is designed to keep people with similar interests/jobs/careers/hobbies in touch; the more time you spend staring at a screen, the less you have for real interaction with real friends and family. There is obviously a need or people wouldn’t have flocked to the site in millions and made the creator a multi-millionaire at age 24 [more on him later], but is it a genuinely felt need or merely following all the other sheep, and is it being satisfied by Facebook?

Lonely people may feel it is a cure for their loneliness, but is having hundreds of pretend ‘friends’ the same as having a small circle of real friends who actually care about you? Studies have found that people who have hundreds of friends on Facebook only interact on a regular basis with seven. That suggests that we really want just a few friends with whom we feel intimate and can share things in our lives, and perhaps the human animal is only capable of this level of social interaction.

This is a taster of my post on my own blog Fool on the hill.

Peter

 

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