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Five Google tools journalists don't use but should

Five Google tools journalists don't use but should
Google logo via reasonpad.com You may think you know Google, but here are lesser-known tools that can help journalists with everything from reporting on natural disasters to hunting for new sources. Google featured these tools in a recent digital media training session for Pakistani journalists hosted by the International Center for Journalists. The session was led by Sean Carlson, global communications manager, and Robert Boorstin, the director of public policy for the global search company. IJNet found these five tools that can simplify reporting and give stories a dynamic approach: Google Moderator – It’s the perfect tool for crowdsourcing story ideas. Public Data Explorer – After browsing through available stats found online, use this data visualization tool to find a story in the numbers. Fusion Tables – When you’re dealing with intense heaps of data that took months to independently gather, you can use this tool to visualize and publish your data to find clear patterns. Related:  oneneverends

Making search more secure: Accessing search query data in Google Analytics As search becomes an increasingly customized experience, particularly for signed in users, we believe that protecting these personalized search results is important. As part of that effort, today the Google Search team announced that SSL Search on will become the default experience for signed in users on Google.com (see the Official Google Blog post to learn more). Protecting user privacy is important to us, and we want to take this opportunity to explain what the Google Analytics team is doing to help you continue measuring your website effectively in light of these changes. How will this change impact Google Analytics users? When a signed in user visits your site from an organic Google search, all web analytics services, including Google Analytics, will continue to recognize the visit as Google “organic” search, but will no longer report the query terms that the user searched on to reach your site. What is Google Analytics doing about it?

New Developer Contest: Power Up Conferencing with Twilio | | Twilio Developer ContestsTwilio Developer Contests It’s easy to create simple conference calls using Twilio’s . For this week’s developer contest, we’d like to see how you could take conferencing to the next level. For example, Bridg.me used Twilio to create “impossibly simple conference calling”—just add a meeting in your Google Calendar and all the participants get called automatically when it’s time for the conference, no need to remember conference PIN numbers. Lucid Meetings is another example of conferencing taken to the next level. They used Twilio’s conferencing features to create a service that helps people hold effective meetings using parliamentary procedures. This week, be creative and show us how you’d power up conferencing. Learn more and submit your contest entry... It’s easy to create simple conference calls using Twilio’s . Lucid Meetings is another example of conferencing taken to the next level. This week, be creative and show us how you’d power up conferencing. Learn more and submit your contest entry...

Getting Rankings into GA Using Custom Variables The author's posts are entirely his or her own (excluding the unlikely event of hypnosis) and may not always reflect the views of Moz. Gathering rankings is one of the most annoying and time consuming tasks of an SEO consultant's work. Because of search personalization, it can be near impossible to find accurate rankings for keywords to report to clients or to use to gauge our work's effectiveness. Michael King and I have found a way to get rankings for the keywords driving traffic to your site directly into your Analytics using Custom Variables. How Do I Get These Rankings Into My GA? Different people have come up with different ways to get rankings directly into GA. Mike and I decided that a custom variable would be a better way to go. 1) Insert the Javascript custom variable that I will provide you below into your section of your website below your normal GA code; 2) Insert a parameter into your <body> tag; 3) Be able to slice/dice your data in Analytics; and The Code Get the code here

Blog On February 19th, I amicably parted ways with IBM Research, where I had spent over 6 years fiercely manning a very small tiller on a very large ship. For the 4 weeks following, I joyfully hacked on Ben Fry’s and Casey Reas’s Processing project. I spent a couple of those weeks trying to stabilize the tooling around their nascent support for the Android mobile platform, and then dove into some of the guts of the language itself, adding support for most of Java 5’s new features. Finally, I fixed all open bugs around the “auto formatter”, which is supposed to neaten up your rat’s nest of code, but had been mangling and eating it under certain circumstances. I spent a lot of time with my family, and a lot of time at various public libraries. This past Monday, March 29th, I showed up at 5 Cambridge Center for my first day as a Noogler, which is what new Google employees are officially called. Right now, I’ve got my lips to the fire hose. Wordle will continue to be freely available.

"Sam Spratt Illustration" What, in your opinion, has been the biggest effect of the internet on art?How do you get noticed in the contemporary art scene when there are so many artists on the internet and social media? With so much plagiarism and emulations of artworks, how do you keep your artworks so original? How do you make sure you style is distinct so that people know it is yours?How different is it selling art online then in a gallery? 1-2. The Internet has allowed more people to discover art, do so easier, and thus enabled more people to be and aspire to be artists — and I think that’s neato burrito. 3-4. Well, not plagiarizing other people’s work is really the key here. It should be made having referenced the source material, materials beyond that source, references created on your own, and tied together through a technical understanding and personal treatment. 5-6. Very. 7.

POV-Ray - The Persistence of Vision Raytracer Hey Google, check out my 301s | RagePank SEO Dec 18, 2008 Every so often, you need to change the domain name for a website. This isn't something to be taken lightly as there are several implications. One of these implications is having stale pages lingering around in Google's index from the old domain. The issue here is that due to dupe content issues, Google may not be willing to index your new content until the old content is gone. Without any links to those old redirected pages, Google won't be revisiting those pages anytime soon. My solution to this problem is simple - write an open letter to Google. Hey Googlebot, long time no see mate. Thing is, the site has had dupe content issues in the past and we are only now doing something about it. So Googlebot, could you be so kind as to check out our 301s on the following pages, and do the decent thing and update your index? Cheers mate. Cheers, Harvey. You don't post the letter - you just place it on a page somewhere that Googlebot will find.

Natural Earth Mozilla Firefox Start Page The Open Graph Protocol Rank Tracker - Track Your Search Engine Rankings Easily! Dear Fellow Website Owner, If your site depends on Google and Yahoo! placements for traffic and sales, your search engine rankings are tied directly to your bottom line. That's why you need to keep a close eye on your rankings to make sure you're near the top at all times. Now here's the question: How would you like spending as little as 2 minutes once and then see every day where you rank for hundreds of your critical web searches? You know, the keywords people type into Google and Yahoo to arrive at your site and buy something? If you're anything like most webmasters and SEOs, you'd love that! Because if you ever tried manually hunting down a URL buried somewhere on page 17 of Google's results pages, you wouldn't want to do that again, ever. Luckily, if you got Rank Tracker, you won't have to. What's even greater, Rank Tracker can make these checks totally on auto-pilot. Here's what Rank Tracker can do for you: View complete feature list... What Our Users Say... John Hayes Webmaster and SEO

RDF::RDFa::Parser RDF::RDFa::Parser - flexible RDFa parser If you're wanting to work with an RDF::Trine::Model that can be queried with SPARQL, etc: use RDF::RDFa::Parser; my $url = ' my $options = RDF::RDFa::Parser::Config->new('xhtml', '1.1'); my $rdfa = RDF::RDFa::Parser->new_from_url($url, $options); my $model = $rdfa->graph; For dealing with local data: use RDF::RDFa::Parser; my $base_url = ' my $options = RDF::RDFa::Parser::Config->new('xhtml', '1.1'); my $rdfa = RDF::RDFa::Parser->new($markup, $base_url, $options); my $model = $rdfa->graph; A simple set of operations for working with Open Graph Protocol data: use RDF::RDFa::Parser; my $url = ' my $options = RDF::RDFa::Parser::Config->tagsoup; my $rdfa = RDF::RDFa::Parser->new_from_url($url, $options); print $rdfa->opengraph('title') . RDF::TrineX::Parser::RDFa provides a saner interface for this module. Forthcoming API Changes Constructors $p->graph

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