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Tubalr. SEO Software. Simplified. No Impact Project. The Year in Pictures: Part I. Build Free Custom Facebook Tabs, Pages & Layouts for Business w/o FBML. State of the Blogosphere 2011: Introduction and Methodology - Technorati Blogging. Welcome to Technorati's State of the Blogosphere 2011 report.

State of the Blogosphere 2011: Introduction and Methodology - Technorati Blogging

Since 2004, our annual study has followed growth and trends in the blogosphere. This year's topics include: blogging and social media, bloggers and traditional media, traffic and analysis, brands and marketing in the blogosphere, bloggers' motivations and consequences, monetization, and changes within the blogosphere over 2011. The Blogosphere is constantly changing and evolving. In 2011 we are seeing bloggers updating their blogs more frequently and spending more time blogging. The type of information influencing blogging has shifted from conversations with friends, which was the primary influence in 2010, to other blogs, which for 68% of bloggers are having more of an influence in 2011.

This year we have chosen to display our results according to five different types of bloggers: 2-3) Professional Part- and Full-Timers: These bloggers represent 18% of our total group. Continued on the next page. Welcome to Fluidinfo. Cataloging inspiration daily. Sky Series Selected Works 2011. Free textures for your next web project. 5 Former Design Trends That Aren’t Cool Anymore (So Stop Using Them)

If you’re like me, looking at your own design work from a few years ago can often result in some laughable or even cringe-worthy moments.

5 Former Design Trends That Aren’t Cool Anymore (So Stop Using Them)

Design styles have been steadily evolving and most of us can’t help but be affected by these changes. Who among us hasn’t piled on the cheesy Photoshop layer effects, all the while thinking the result was downright awesome? However, some of us are a little slower to evolve than others. Today we’ll be taking a walk down memory lane and looking at five design trends that used to be super cool, but now simply tend to make your design look outdated and even ugly.

If you’re currently still stuck on these trends, it might be time to move along! Let’s Make Fun of Design We designers tend to take ourselves far too seriously. Tutoriels Photoshop CS5 - Effet de texte gravé. State of the Blogosphere 2011: Part 2 - Page 3 - Technorati Blogging. We heard from marketers who are just getting started in social media, and veterans who are using every available tool.

State of the Blogosphere 2011: Part 2 - Page 3 - Technorati Blogging

We also received detailed examples and case studies, which we’ll be profiling in upcoming articles. We also asked them about the most significant developments in social media in 2011 and their predictions for the coming year. Overall, advice was centered along these main themes: Encourage and enable sharing across platforms. Bloggers are trusted peers. Here are some of the responses that best summarized what we learned: “Social Media is a channel that we continue to integrate into all aspects of a marketing campaign. “We see blogger outreach as the opportunity to leverage influencers and connect with a new audience.

“I would start off by saying that I believe in taking a different approach to social [media]. Maria Popova: In a new world of informational abundance, content curation is a new kind of authorship. Editor’s Note: Maria Popova is the editor of Brain Pickings, a curation of “cross-disciplinary interestingness” that scours the world of the web and beyond for share-worthy tidbits.

Maria Popova: In a new world of informational abundance, content curation is a new kind of authorship

Here, she considers how new approaches to curation are changing the way we consume and share information. Last week, Megan Garber wrote an excellent piece on whether Twitter is speech or text. Yet despite a number of insightful and timely points, I’d argue there is a fundamental flaw with the very dichotomy of the question. While Twitter can certainly be both, it’s inherently neither.

And trying to classify it within one or both of these conventional checkboxes completely misses the point that we might, in fact, have to invent an entirely new checkbox. I, of course, make no claim to using Twitter as it “should” be used. Twitter as discovery Like any appropriated buzzword, the term “curation” has become nearly vacant of meaning.

5-Minute Social Media Tasks for the Week. There are two big complaints I hear from artists who don’t want to use social media. 1.

5-Minute Social Media Tasks for the Week

It’s a waste of time. 2. It takes too much time. ©2010 Don Sullivan, Loretta Waits for Taxi. Pen and ink, 14 x 14 inches. To address the first point, social media can easily be a waste of time if you don’t use it correctly, don’t enjoy it, or neglect your primary obligations for your business. You will never hear me say that social media is the answer for all of your marketing. Nor will you hear me say that you have to be on Twitter, Facebook, or any other platforms. To the first point, social media takes only as much time as you give it.

If you’re willing to give social media a little time, but find it hard to maintain, try squeezing these simple 5-minute tasks into your schedule. 5-Minute Social Media Tasks Upload a new image to your Facebook fan page and respond to comments on your page.Comment on Facebook pages where you want to be noticed (e.g. galleries, niche markets, and museums). Grays provocation. Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.