Learn to Code with Codecademy

learn to codeWith Codecademy you can really learn to code for free, Codecademy have web based platform and a mobile app that actually teach digital skills.

Codecademy was founded in 2011 by Ryan Bubinski and Zack Sims and now has over 24 million users globally.

This platform certainly gives you the building blocks to become a coder, even schools in the UK are using it now to help kids understand coding.  Codecademys aim is to reduce unemployment around the world by helping to supply skills needed. Someone actually suggested the program to a friend as a joke a while ago – and I thought I’d try it out.

Learn to Code for Free with Codecademy

The Codecademy mobile app is free to download on iTunes its called Code hour the app is just a taster – if you want to do something better with your time on your smartphone than to play games like DOTS, then try this intro into programming basics, they call it “A fun one hour experience” where you can learn the basic structure of code.

The web-based platform is also free but much more comprehensive.  What I like about Codecademy is that its so simple to use. It starts from the complete basics so you don’t need to know anything about coding to get started, they are such easy coding lessons, anyone can learn or start to learn coding.

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Each lesson or project is broken down in to bite-size pieces which is great for someone like me that is too busy to fit much else in.  You can complete a few lessons in just a few minutes and you really feel like you have learned something, and you can just come back another time to carry on where you left off. With in a few lessons you start to feel like a coder.

Codecademy say they aren’t interested in monetising the platforms, this could be because they have raised at least 12 million dollars from investors such as Richard Branson the founder of Virgin.

Learn to code with a choice of programming languages

You can learn

  • HTML & CSS
  • jQuery
  • JavaScript
  • PHP
  • Python
  • Ruby

I chose HTML & CSS to increase my knowledge or understanding, as I said before you can start this a a beginner.

With these easy lessons to learn HTML you learn the building blocks of web development with HTML and CSS, and create your own website by the end of the course.

It starts by explaining the basics of HTML,  like how to add images and links and the whole coding course takes about 7 hours, currently 4.5 million people are doing this course!

Learn to animate your name 

I’ve just skipped forward on my progress to show you this project which teaches you how to create a program that animates your name.

Learn to Code

 Just to show you how its broken down – the first step is variables.

Variables

So far, we’ve been typing in stringsnumbers, and booleans into the editor. To do more complex coding, we need a way to “save” these values. We can do this using variables. A variable stores a string, number, or boolean, and gives it a specific, case-sensitive name.

Examples:

  • var myName = "Beyonce";
  • var myAge = 32;
  • var isEven = true
Instructions

In line 1, create a variable called myName and type in your name.

Stuck? Get a hint!

If you don’t know what the instructions mean, you can get a hint.

Hint

Remember to use quotes, since your name should be a string.

If you make a mistake when you submit, Codecademy tells you again what to do

Oops, try again. Set myName equal to your own name.

And it does each step like that – taking you through each line and explaining why and how you need to submit the code.

I love how Codecademy has this new approach to learning where you can interact with other students worldwide, and enhance your professional skills with no extra cost than your time.

Now back to learning.

 Iphone app 

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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Where do you get your news? #scredible

Where do you get your newsThere have been many reports out recently telling us that 30% of people get their daily news from Facebook.  I think probably the figure is much higher when you include all of the social internet.  There is no need to buy a newspaper anymore when all the news we could ever need is at our fingertips.

This got me thinking, where do you get your news?

How can you Find News

I personally use Google News which often takes me to the  BBC website and a few others for specific news – or if I’m mobile I’ve recently stuck to Flipboard which is set up to give me all of the news on subjects that I require, and what I like about Flipboard is that you can also Pocket articles to read later, from anywhere, and share to all of your networks.

On the PC I do use many different programs like StumbleUpon, Scoop it, Reddit and the list goes on but recently I was asked to join a beta for Scredible and I am really enjoying using that.

Elevate the Conversation

Scredible was founded by Thomas and Penny Power OBE 🙂 and Tech founder Colin Mudd.  It is a software tool that is designed to help professionals become socially credible by elevating their conversation online.

Scredible is easy to set up, adding your profile and your networks etc –  but there is so much in it, if you don’t actually read the help section you have no idea what you are playing with here.  Yes, this happened to me, I was merry using the READ section (getting my news) of the software when I thought – oh darn I wish it could do this –  and on further investigation it actually could but what I wanted but it was in a different section.  So I’m not even going to be able to cover everything here, but I’ve heard there will be how to videos coming up that will probably help further. Although the help section within the software is very useful if you actually read it 🙂

Scredible features

READ

Read allows you to choose the subjects that you want to read about using some keywords and magic – then matches those to find you relevant stories that you will want to read and share.  Some similar types of software do not seem to show you all that you want to read, bringing up some crazy items but this matching system works very well for me, bringing me everything that I want to read about.

If you click READ you will see at the top of the page on the left 5 icons /buttons

Date and Relevance  – You can have these stories set out by Date or Relevance – and you can have it set out by list or grid, I like the grid because then you get to see an images, its much more pleasing to the eye – although I would imagine that list might be quicker to sort through.

Media List – Here you can add sites that are important to you – and it will bring up latest posts in  your feed.

Bookmarked – this is where you will find things that you have bookmarked for later

Feedback – A box appears for you to put any feedback you have.

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Here comes the magic part

On each story you have the choice to click and read a short Summary – which is pretty useful if you are just really looking for some great content to share.  From the summary you can Share / Bookmark or visit the actual site to read the whole post.

Or you can directly bookmark for later or email the article.

QuickShare – Quick share is exactly what it says – with one click you can share to – Facebook (a page or a profile) / Twitter  and Linkedin – although you can add your Google+ account sharing isn’t available during beta but I’m told that that and possible other networks will be added to sharing.     I did have one problem with this because you have to set it up with just one page or just one Facebook profile – so you can’t quickly suddenly decide that you want to send this item to your page rather than your profile, you have to either go in and change the settings (which doesn’t take long to be fair) or create another profile, which is a great feature!  If you have clients you can create their own profile with all of their accounts without having to log in and out again, you just switch.    Anyway, I am hoping the Facebook options will change later 🙂

Also if you use QuickShare please note that there is no text title or summary place Facebook or LinkedIn this is just the post being shared.

However – and this is what I couldn’t find at first you need to click on the actual article itself this will take you to a different page with the complete post opened so that you can read the whole thing but now as well as all the other options that you have previously you also have

Create/Edit Post

When you click this, it brings up a box with the title – you can leave this – and share to Twitter or for Facebook and LinkedIn you can type in this box whatever you want, comments that you wish to share or some text from the post.  If there are too many characters for LinkedIn then it will warn you that the text will be shortened to fit!  You can also schedule these posts to send at a later date.

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You see, I told you there was so much in this app that I’ve only just covered one part and already for me its getting to be a very long post, so briefly I will tell you the rest.

 WRITE

At the top of this page you will see 5 icons /buttons – Drafts/Posted/Scheduled/Create new post/Edit Page Notes.

Drafts – Posts that you have save for later
Posted – Posts that you have sent to your networks
Scheduled – Your scheduled posts
Create New Post – Here you can post your thoughts with no story attached, but you can’t add graphics or videos yet, but this is coming.
Feedback – and another place to leave feed back.

ENGAGEMENT 

Here you can see exactly how your posts have been received – if you have had any Shares-Comments-Clicks or Likes – and you can engage directly from the app if someone has engaged on a post.  And these bubbles will actually turn pink if someone new engages with you.  Your post also gets scored here so you can see which posts are valued on your networks!

So, I think I will leave it there, I would suggest trying it for yourself – its available in Beta – go to –   https://scredible.com –    I wouldn’t imagine this once it goes live is going to be free, I think its part of a bigger picture but I am hoping to be able to keep using Scredible now.

Nice one, Team Powers 🙂

So that’s where I get my news, tell me, where do you get your news?

 

 

An Overview Of Advanced File Sharing & Storage

cloud storage and advanced file sharingBy now, most people with an eye on tech products have noticed Microsoft’s Surface commercials, which frequently pit the popular tablet against Apple’s iPad, highlighting advantages and extra features. It’s an effective concept, but within the commercials there’s an interesting detail that brings to mind a bigger development in technology: basically, the Surface boasts a USB port as an advantage. However, the fact is, Apple may have the real edge here, having deliberately left out USB capability in favor of cloud storage and more advanced file sharing mechanisms.

Of course, a USB can still be very convenient and effective, and this means of storage is by no means archaic – not yet, anyway. But what the above example illustrates is that, more and more, people are taking advantage of and getting used to cloud storage and advanced file sharing. So with that said, here are a few of the specific benefits these sorts of services offer.

Failsafe Storage

The main benefit of cloud storage options is that they give you the ability to store digital files with complete safety and security, with no risk of loss. By storing your files “in the cloud,” you eliminate the concept of losing them due to computer theft, loss of a USB device, or any other ordinary tech mishap. You can simply log into your cloud from any device, from any area, and access your files safe and sound.

Advanced File Transfer

This is a perk that you can get in a couple of different ways. To begin with, the idea of simply uploading files to the cloud for others with cloud access to download is in itself a secure and advanced method of digital file sharing. Additionally, however, some cloud providers include specific services to help you securely transfer digital files. Sharefile is one example that does just this, providing you with the ability to create and organize a network of secure file sharing – you can send encrypted emails, and also send files more complex (or larger) than most ordinary emails will be able to handle.

Online Collaboration

Another major advantage over physical means of storage, such as hard drives, USB’s, etc., is the ability to collaborate using a cloud system. If you need or want to collaborate on a digital project, you can simply keep your work saved in the cloud, and grant access to your peers. This way you can each see the latest version of the project, conduct work on it, and save accordingly, without ever needing to meet in person or coordinate schedules.

Of course, within these concepts there are a number of specific benefits that certain individuals, groups or businesses can enjoy. But if you’re unfamiliar with the ins and outs of cloud storage and advanced file sharing, this overview should help to introduce the main perks offered by these services.

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Meddle – A Free Micro-Blogging Service

meddle_logoMeddle is a free micro-blogging service to designed to enhance your visibility and increase your social presence on the internet. Meddle was founded by Vidar Brekke CEO and Ballu Kommireddi CTO to provide an easy way to showcase your expertise.

I usually like to compare new services, but you cannot really compare Meddle to other free microblogging sites, such as Twitter or Tumbler because its actually more a mixture of both but with a little of StumbleUpon and Pinterest thrown in.

What is Meddle

Well, we’ve begun to explain what Meddle is – but lets explain more by showing what you can do with Meddle.  Some people call it Pinterest for text, this is because it is very similar in the way that you share content and you know how easy Pinterest is. Meddle offer you a plug-in that so you can select, comment and share certain excerpts from articles, blogs or websites.  First you drag the Bookmarket to your bookmark bar – You just highlight what you want to share – click the bookmarklet and a box pops up at the side of your screen.  Here you can add your own comments including #hashtags (Its suggested that you post about 3/4 comment about why you chose this article) – and you then can publish it on your own Meddle page as a blogpost and then send it to Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin!

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 Super-fast Free Micro-Blogging Service

What I like about it is that its super-fast and easy to do – you don’t have to fill in url’s or add what section or topic you would like it in – Meddle does that all for you automatically. S so that when you go to look at your own content “The Meddles” on your own page  are all there in easy to read sections.  Visitors can view your page and comment or reshare your own Meddles to their own social networks.

There is also a community page where you can look for topics that you like, to either read, comment or also share them.

It very important to have an active social presence when building your business or a name for yourself, and we know that the content we share and how we share it is very important. Even though I’ve just been testing Meddle for a day or so already have a few followers and come great content on my page.  I love how my public profile looks, see here. https://meddle.it/user/8a7416fd40405a81014045161bf60749/public  hmm thats long isn’t it 🙂

It would be great to have a vanity URL … @ividar  –  I wonder if that is coming soon?

Can I please nab – https://meddle.it/michelledh

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I believe Meddle is still infact in Beta, so there seems to be a lot of work still going on.  If you have any problems or would like to suggest any features the suggest that you go to the Contact Page and tell them.

One of the features that should be available soon are analytics so that you can see how well your Meddles are performing, yes please!

So, I’m liking Meddle so far, why do you get your own Meddle Free Micro Blogging Service by clicking on the link at the top of the page, follow me and tell me what you think.  Its easy to sign up – you can either use email, Twitter or Facebook to sign up, add your profile and you are away!

Happy Meddling 🙂

 

 

 

Pocket App

Pocket App – The essential application to read it later


Pocket is a new and improved free version of Read it Later from 2007 by Idea Shower.

Nate Weiner, founder and CEO of Pocket said that they have made all of Idea Showers applications free and he explains why the Pocket App on his blog here. Why Read It Later/Pocket Went Free

Pocket App LogoSo, what is Pocket

Nate said in his post that its hard for people to pay for something they don’t understand or see the value in.

The Value for me, is that Pocket is a time saver, and stops me procrastinating which is so easy to do when you are working online.

Pocket is a mobile and computer application that enables you to save articles, videos or web pages to view later.  If you are like me, you are always stumbling across articles that you don’t have time to read right now.   This handy app not only saves these pages for you but also syncs it with your phone, tablet and computer so you can view it anywhere, even without an internet connection so you can catch up anywhere and anytime. Perfect!

Pocket App

 Where can you have The Pocket App.

  • On your Computer

There are Pocket extensions for Firefox and Chrome which enable you to save items with just two clicks.

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  • Pocket Web App

You can use the pocket web app to save your items – using IE9, Google Chrome, Firefox etc.

  • On your Mobile 

The Pocket App is available for download on iPhone, iPad, Kindle, Android.

Integrated apps

You can Pocket articles from 349 applications including Flipboard, Twitter, Google Currents and the list goes on.

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You can even put a Pocket button on your WordPress website so that people can easily Pocket your own articles.

Not at your PC or near your mobile? 

Easy you can just email the link to your Pocket Account.

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I see this as an essential application, yes there are other ways to do this but nothing with such ease, integration and speed.

Put it in your pocket! 

Why not try it out, the Pocket App is free. http://getpocket.com

 

 

 

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Schedule Google+ posts with Do Share

do share logoIf you want to Schedule Google+ posts – I guess that’s why you are here – then you are going to LOVE this !

I love social media, and social networking and I am a big fan of Google Chrome or anything Google in fact – so as you’d expect I love Google-plus and the option to be able to schedule google+ posts is very appealing – not that I need to do this all the time, but I like to have the option.

In comes – Do Share !

Do Share is an offical Google Chrome extension that was created by Tzarfrir Rehan – and designed by Joel Califa. Do Share not only gives you the option to post and schedule posts on Google+  but there are loads of other things you can do with it too.

  • Sharing to Profiles and Pages
  • Sharing from a table on Google Chrome
  • Shares to specific circles, communities or @mentions
  • Autocompletes Hashtags
  • Has Free Rich text Editor – no more ** __
  • Supports Drafts
  • Share from your pages stream
  • Multple Google Login
  • Creating Polls
  • and Automatic numbering as inspired by Gay Kawasaki

Where do I get Do Share

Either go to the Chrome Store and search for Do  Share – or just click here – Do Share

You then add it to chrome – done.  You leave this running or on all of the time if you want to keep using Do Share, you can turn it off again in the settings or in extensions.

How to edit settings on Do Share

Click on the Do Share Icon…

It opens up like  you want to create a post, at the top towards the left is a big cog, click this.
Here you will see the options

  • Add “Shared via #DoShare to your posts  – yes you can turn this off if you want.
  • Use Alternate Google Account
  • Auto number posts
  • Here you will see your profile and a list of your pages that you might want to number posts for – you can change each one individuality.
  • Share current tab when clicking Do Share
  • Log out and reconnect to Google.

How to create a post and schedule Google+ posts 

Its so easy to schedule Google+ posts and share them with Do Share.

You can either just click on the icon and type what you want to post and copy in your link – but thats a long way round, when Do Share have made it so easy.

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When you have the tab open with the link that you are reading and want to share you click the Do Share icon.

This puts the link into a box on Do Share

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Click the Link and it opens up so you can add a title (which appears in bold) and some text which you can Bold Italic or Cross though.

Add who you want to share with by clicking Add more people.

Then you can Send to Drafts, Schedule or Share now

Brilliant!

I love this extension, try it out, see what you think.

What is #Skillpages

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Skillpages is a social media directory or networking website for job seekers and recruiters or people looking just for a type of skill. If you are looking for full-time, part time, temporary or a one off job, Skillpages might be a great place to start as it now has over 10 million users.

Skillpages was originally called Weedle and was launched in 2009. However it went through some changes and was relaunched in January 2011 as Skillpages.

After recently launching an iPhone application Skillpages became just that bit more popular  increasing their database by 1.5million users.

What is Skillpages

Basically, Skillpages is where you find skilled people or showcase your own skills.

People say that Skillpages is just another Linkedin but its different in the way that it concentrates on your skills. With Skillpages you are searching for peoples skills in certain areas – so people might be looking for an expert in eCommerce in London, Skillpages will find them for you, either in your own community of people you trust or new contacts.  With the search function you can immediately see who has the most recommendations by the thumbs up and if they are in your community or not.

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On signing up for an account you add your profile as you would normally on starting a social network, and then your work experiences – you can connect facebook and linkedin and it will add that information for you but on Skillpages the most important thing is to..

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Add your skills

If you have many skills remember to start with the skill that you want to be seen for the most as this is what appears first when people click on your profile to recommend you.

  • You add the name of your skill
  • A description – Here you put things like – why you are good at this skill – your qualifications and your experience and maybe which companies you have worked for.
  • Add a cover photo
  • Then you finish off by asking for recommendations, either by Facebook, Twitter or Email.  – There has been talk of spam arising from using the email method, which I’m not sure of as I didn’t use it, I assume it emails everyone in your address book to ask for a recommendation which could seem like spam to some.  
  • All of this is optional, but I would suggest filling it all out.

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Work Opportunities

If you are looking for work – you can search for Work Opportunities.

Click Work Opportunities at the top and the fill in what type of work and the area and you will get a list of people that are looking for that skill in your area – Here you can click on the position or opportunity that you like. Baring in mind many people are looking for the same thing so if you are going to apply you need to make your reply stand out from the rest and as always having a fantastic personal avatar and being polite helps.  Unlike this reply I just saw – JUST CALL ME I NEED JOB!!

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Looking for a Skilled Person?

Once you have your own account you can then post an opportunity if you are looking for someone with a certain skill.

Scroll down to under your skills on your profile page and you will see – Post an opportunity.

Here you just fill in, What you need and What you need them to do – and Skillpages will notify people with those skills for you, no need for searching.

I haven’t actually used Skillpages to find a job for myself but it certainly looks like the place to be if you are looking for any type of work, there are many many opportunities available and its growing all of the time.  Skillpages says it has 21,292,088 skills and counting.

Skillpages is available on the web or mobile.

Hope this helped you understand a little bit about What is Skillpages.

 

 

How to get a Whole Page Screenshot that you can easily annotate

If you need a screenshot of a website and you just use PrtScrn Capture or even the snipping tool you can only capture whats on your screen at that time (hence the name, screenshot) and but you may need more or even the whole page.  Scrolling isn’t an option and minimizing the screen and making the image larger can ruin the image.

There is a fantastic Chrome extension called Awesome Screenshot:Capture and Annotate by Diigo which I wanted to share with you – Diigo also have another extension called Search all – which enables you to search through all search engines, but that’s another story.

If you use Google Chrome, which I think most of us do now, or if you don’t, why not? – ( I am a Google fan, what can I say)  then you may (like I did) have over looked this extension or you may not even know how to find extensions or apps for chrome.

Edit – Screen Grab for Firefox

On checking 21% of my views are by Firefox users and a helpful gentleman Len @PetersNewJobs has said that a similar great product for Mozilla Firefox is Screen Grab. 

How to add the Whole Page Screenshot to Google Chrome

  • Go to The Chrome Webstore
  • Type in search – Whole page Screen Shot
  • Click Extensions
  • There are many here that capture screen shots but the one you want is
  • Awesome Screenshot: Capture & Annotate.
  • Click Add to Chrome then click add.
  • Then it should appear in your task bar on the right hand side.

How to get a whole page screenshot.

To get the screenshot you require, click on the extensions icon.

You will see three options

Click Capture Entire Page, it will then open in another page where you can annotate the page. 
Use the tools at the top to annotate with rectangle, circles, arrows, likes and text. You can also crop, and scroll and show crop area, erase, copy and paste to gmail when you are finished.
Click done and save.
Save on Google Drive, as an image file, copy to clipboard or print.

How to remove extensions from Google Chrome.

If you have added this, or any other extension and you are having problems with it or have just decided you don’t want it any more, extensions are easily removed
Click Customize and Control Google Chrome – Top Right icon with three lines
Click Tools – then Extensions.
This will bring up your Extensions page, to remove the extension click the Bin, or if you just want to disable it – click the box to remove the tick from enable, and it will disappear from your task bar but if you want it again, just put the tick back to enable.
A little insight into the world of Google Chrome and extensions, if you haven’t tried any extensions yet, I suggest you have a look at the choices  it makes Google Chrome a very resourceful web browser.
Hope this helps

 

 

Microsoft Windows Live Messenger – MSN is Closing down

Microsoft’s Windows Messenger or MSN Messenger as we used to know it –  is shutting down its instant message service on the 15th of March 2013 after 14 years.

Email from The Messenger Team 

We are retiring the existing Messenger service globally (except for mainland China where Messenger will continue to be available) and bringing the great features of Messenger and Skype together. Update to Skype and sign in using a Microsoft Account (same as your Messenger ID) and all your Messenger contacts will be at your fingertips. You’ll be able to instant message and video chat with them just like before, and also discover new ways of staying in touch with Skype on your mobile and tablet.

A sad day for the die-hard MSN User

Msn Messenger was released originally in 1999 it was for many the first instant messaging service in direct competition with AOL instant messenger – it was very popular by users. I personally have friends that I met on ICQ that moved to MSN and stayed there – some friends now have Facebook or Twitter but they still always use Windows Messenger. I think the 15th of March might be a sad day for some.

It doesn’t seem that long ago Windows live messenger had an major overhaul and we saw the IM apps for Windows live messenger which had support for windows live, Yahoo, facebook and more, plus access to Facebook.

Windows Live Messenger and Skype are coming together

Microsoft are trying to get people to move over to Skype – well, they aren’t trying – you have to update to Skype or you will just lose all of your contacts.  All you have to do is log in to Skype with your Windows messenger user name and Password, and all of your contacts will still be there.  The good thing about it for some will be that you can integrate Skype, Facebook, and Windows Messenger.

Microsoft bought Skype some months ago – so it was inevitable that this would happen. Merging users on the already popular Skype will greatly increase its usage and make it a better competitor for Google hangouts and Gmail Chat.

According to a report from Cnet.com you could probably manage to stay on Live messenger for another year – they say –

Messenger uses two network protocols that allow third parties applications to tap into its service. One is a proprietary Microsoft protocol named MSP, the other an open protocol called XMPP, which the company added in December of 2011.

Microsoft will keep XMPP support alive until October of this year, while its own MSP protocol won’t be turned off until March 2014, ArsTechnica explained.

I think that means that you can still use the third party software, like the messaging apps – but will you risk losing your contacts, if you don’t change over in time.  Will have to watch out for this story.

Is Hotmail next to go?

A new version of Skype for Window 7, XP and Vista (ppl still use Vista?) with outlook integration was just rolled out this week Version 6.1 – with messages on Hotmail to upgrade, it makes you wonder how long Hotmail will stay with us now. And no matter what you say about Hotmail I do know many people still with Hotmail accounts, maybe only kept for MSN messenger?  Although do be on the alert now if you see any emails saying that they are shutting down Hotmail that it isn’t another Phishing Scam like we’ve seen in the past, as they tend to come along after news like this.

I wonder how people feel about this change ?  Are you someone that won’t bother moving over to Skype?  Or do you think that Windows live messenger should have been closed down years ago.

 

ChatWing – Real time Conversations on your Website or Blog

 Chatwing – Live Chat! 

I’ve been looking in to this new tool – Chatwing by Lujure which originally was/is an application that extends widgets to Facebook pages.  You can now Embed the ChatWing Shoutbox on your website to give your visitors a real-time communication tool.  Your very own website chatroom!

Free Application 

Its so simple to get and its free  – You just create your account here http://chatwing.com/ and then embed the code as a widget on your website or blog – I just used a text widget. Put the code on – and after a few minutes the chat box appeared.

This could be really useful if you post a blog which is likely to have many viewers that need to ask a question, as most people can’t be bothered to leave a comment but they might ask in the chat box, knowing that they could get a answer in real-time.  A great way to engage your readers or customers.

You can have 1000 users on ChatWing at anyone time, that might be rather busy but at least you know if there are 10 people it won’t be slow or lagging.  Apparently to make the Chatwing app stable, the dev team is conducting several maintenance checks and observation. In this way, technical glitches can be wholly avoided.

I like that you can sign in with your Twitter account or your facebook account at the click of a button – it puts your name and your picture associated with that account so you instantly know who you are talking too   I probably have too many widgets so this chatbox is far down on my page right now.  I’ve just stuck in on as a test, but say hello if you can see it.

Full customisation

There are a lot of options to customise your Chatwing shoutbox  – you can have a variety of colours, sizes, fonts and even have it as a pop out button if you don’t want as an enbeddable widget.

Advanced CSS Customization

For the advanced CSS users, you have the ability to edit and customize every aspect of your chatwing with CSS. Just follow the design guidlines and you’ll be good.

The only thing I haven’t worked out yet is if you can set notifications, because we are not always sitting with our website or blog page open. I see actually that there is a sound icon so that would probably be it.  An extension on Chrome would be awesome though.  You can also turn off the Chatbox if you are not going to be able to answer in real-time.

Worried about spam and bad language

Yes me too – However, as an admin, you can,.

  • Set a profane filter
  • Ban spammers
  • Delete single messages
  • Delete all chat message with one click
  • Add moderators
Here I am signed in as Admin and am deleting a post 

Supported platforms for ChatWing are

Tumblr, Blogspot, TypePad, LiveJournal, Wix, Weebly, WetPaint, ESPN Fantasy Sports League Sites, Bligoo, WebNode, Lefora, Jimdo – any website that supports iframe.

I have a wordpress site, can I use ChatWing?

If you host your own wordpress blog, you can install an iframe plugin to use ChatWing. However, if you are using a wordpress blog from wordpress.com (yoursite.wordpress.com), ChatWing will not work

This application is free as I have already said but there are extras you can get in the premium version, such as

  • Your own company logo on the chat box
  • Custom themes
You can also talk to ChatWing on Twitter.

I’m going to give this a go, I’ve never tried chat before on my websites so we will see what happens.  I’ll update here if anything outstanding occurs.