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How To Find Free Images For Your Blog


This is a guest post by Namanyay Goel who is a freelance web and graphic designer, and blogs at Mos Le Tech about Technology, SEO, blogging, and Design. If you would like to write for TheDolt’s Blog, do read our page Be My Guest; Write A Guest Post.

It is often told to use images in your blog post. If wondering why:

  • They break the flow of text, so text is easier to read.
  • They work as featured image in thumbnails.
  • They work as a thumbnail for facebook.

Many bloggers are not able to follow this practice, as obtaining images is a tough thing. You have two options for getting images, either paying for them, or finding out free images licensed under CC for Commercial use. This article will detail upon the latter.

Image Credit

1. Google Images

No, I am not talking about the simple Google Images, where you search and use the first relevant picture (which most bloggers do). That is a very unethical practice, which may cause legal issues with your blog. What you have to do is filter Google Images for Free to use and Share images.

How to use

  1. Navigate to the Advanced Image Search
  2. Enter your keywords at the top.
  3. Scroll down to the “Usage Rights”.
  4. If the image is going to be used non commercially, choose “Free to use and share” or “Free to use, share and modify” depending on your needs.
  5. “Free to use and share, even commercially” and “Free to use, share and modify, even commercially” should be used for commercial blogs (ie, having advertisements in the blog).

Pros

  • Easy to use.
  • Large Selection of Images.
  • Lots of criteria to refine search (Example, color, size, etc)

Cons

  • Low quality images.
  • Bad Images.
  • Not a wide variety.

2. Stock Xchng

You’ll get many stock photos at Stock Xchng, even images which do not require attribution! (you’ll have to check the license though)

You just have to register for an ID, and then you can start browsing images!

Pros

  • Images are well categorized.
  • High quality images.
  • Wide variety of images.
  • Images have a feel of premium images.

Cons

  • Have to register to start browsing images.
  • Size is too large for web use, have to compress, and reduce size manually.
  • Too much advertisements.

3. Creative Commons Search

From creative commons search,  you get a variety of options, whether to search from Google Images, Flickr, or Open Clip Art Library.

How to use.

  • Choose the service from which you want your image (Clip art library, flickr, Google Images)
  • Be sure to check “Use for commercial purposes” and “modify, adapt or build upon”
  • Enter search query, and start searching!

Pros

  • Large choice, can choose from flickr, cliparts, or Google Images.
  • Easy to use.
  • Images fit for use on blog.

Cons

  • Not sorted in any methods, except by basis of service.
  • Often have to navigate a number of pages to get the image you like.

How to actually give credit to images?

Giving credit to images is required. Fortunately, it is very easy to do.

Take the URL of the page from where you were presented the image. It could be a blog post, or a specialized page for that specific image. Underneath the image, or at the end of the blog post, include a link saying “Image Credit” or similar. According to the license, you may need to put specific text, so be sure to read the license once. You may be required to add specific ALT or TITLE attributes to the image.

Tips

  • Searching for the correct keywords is very important. You cannot expect to find good images, without a correct choice of the keyword. Always try a few variants of the word, or a few synonyms of it.
    Example – I first went to google images to search for a camera, which didn’t get any decent results. Then, I went to CC Search, where I looked for blank photo, empty photo frame, for no decent results. Then, I had the idea to look for a camera clipart, resulting in a decent image for this post.
  • Be sure to look into each search, from Google, Flickr, And CC. search.
  • Read the license once, to know what kind of attribution is required.
  • Remember that you can take a screenshot, instead of looking for an image. In many cases, a screenshot from your computer can be substituted for an image which you cannot find.

 

4 Benefits of Using VoIP over a Phone Plan

This is a guest post by Paul who believes in the importance of using VoIP. He can also help you with the best internet and phone packages. If you would like to write for TheDolt’s Blog, do read our page Be My Guest; Write A Guest Post.

Decades ago, when the ability to make phone calls to people from all over the world was announced, it heralded a great new world. People were so excited at the kind of progress we have made and very few people could hardly believe we would be where we are today.

Then, it was very difficult to make phone calls, and only the rich could afford having a phone in their home. How things have changed. Now, we can make phone calls and even see those we are calling through the 3G technology. Over time, a lot of new things have happened, and one such thing is the introduction of the VoIP technology. This article will be giving you 4 benefits of using VoIP technology instead of a mobile plan with your ISP.

benefits of VoIP

Benefits Of Using VoIP

1. Cheap Call Rates

One thing about making phone calls is that it has always been expensive. Developing a technology for people to make phone calls isn’t something just anybody can do, and the few ISPs who controlled the system either charge excessively for it or make people go through ridiculous long-term contracts. Communication is an essential part of our lives, and if not free, I believe it should be relatively cheap. If you’re tired of the excessive price you are being charged just for using the mobile calling system then you need to start using the VoIP technology. Most VoIP services allow you to make cheap calls to any part of the world for a cheap monthly, or yearly free, and there are even VoIP services that allow you to make a limited amount of free calls every month.

2 .Save Money on Mobile Purchases

A lot of us spend more money on devices that help us make phone calls than we can ever imagine. We spend money buying the right mobile phone, we spend money on the sim cards we need to make phone calls, we spend money on activating and recharging our mobile phone regularly, and some of us even spend money on long-term ISP contracts. This isn’t a problem as far as the VoIP calling technology is concerned. You can easily get high quality calling services to suit your needs for very cheap prices.

3. Save When You Travel

A lot of us love to travel the world and see cool places and people from other parts of the world, but aside from all the expensive airline tickets and travel fees we have to pay, we also have to go through the ordeal of paying excessively to communicate with our loved ones during our travels. One disadvantage to using your ISPs mobile calling technology when you travel is that you get to pay roaming fees; you have to sign special contracts and do some other irritating things. If you decide not to use your ISP you might end up paying excessively to use another ISP in the country you are travelling to and all that ends up sucking a lot of money from our pockets. With VoIP, you don’t have to worry about all that since you don’t need a sim card or an ISP. The only thing you need to make VoIP calls is an internet connection, and you can easily get that from any part of the world.

4. Get Better Quality Calls

Many people will think that VoIP calls will be of a worse quality because of how cheap it is, but that can only be farther from the truth. VoIP calls are generally known to provide a better experience than most mobile calling technology, and you also don’t have to pay heavily to enjoy better quality calls.

How Black Hat SEO Helps Search Rankings

This is a guest post by Frederic, a freelance writer who covers webmaster topics, pc antivirus topics, social media trends, writes registry cleaner reviews and other reviews.  If you would like to write for TheDolt’s Blog, do read our page Be My Guest; Write A Guest Post.

Black Hat search engine optimization is defined as the techniques that are used to get higher search rankings in an unprincipled manner. This search engine optimization provides better and faster results but on the other hand this is a bad news for users. The Black Hat SEO is considered as unethical because it violated the rules that are designed for search engines. Furthermore, those websites which uses Black Hat SEO techniques always gives a bad user experience. When any of these search engines techniques find that these types of methods are being used on the website then these web sites will always be blocked by the search engine techniques. Moreover, black Hat SEO techniques include these characteristics; Black Hat SEO breaks the rules and regulations of search engines, directly impacting a user experience because of the utilization of the Black Hat SEO techniques on the web site. It unethically presents the content in a different way to reach search engine spiders and search engine users.

Black Hat SEO

Black Hat SEO

There are few SEO companies in India use Black Hat SEO techniques that show better and remarkable results to the users and they make money through these techniques and gets disappear when the website gets blacklisted. These SEO techniques are mostly used by those people who are marketing the sites and those who are hosting advertisements. The main purpose of these techniques is to attract the clients on the website. Black Hat Search Engine Optimization will influence strong engineering and latest and automation technology to develop tons of poor quality websites and entering web sites to get. The main intention of Black hat SEO techniques is that the site operator will use some sort of cloaking or redirect visitors to the page in order to show revenue terms. Furthermore, Black Hat Search optimization is looking for better and quick results in the final. The best method they use to optimize their web sites to often receive web site is best research engines quickly.

Furthermore, we will also discuss important Black Hat SEO strategies:

  1. One of the most important and significant strategies of Black Hat SEO strategies is the link farming. This occurs when different websites are hyperlinked with each other. This strategy can be done manually but special software is designed for the link building.

  2. Another important strategy of Black Hat SEO techniques is invisible text.  This invisible text is available in white colour with a white background along with a full of keywords.

  3. Black Hat SEO uses this strategy when portion of content is crowded with keywords and slight else. SEO company should generate a copy for the user for his/her website and the copy should be easy to read and convenient.

  4. These types of pages are only designed for the search engine techniques. These pages only include the bogus articles along with garbage content.

  5. Lastly, important strategy used by SEO techniques is the interview of the existing clients.

These SEO can ask various questions to the clients, and one of such questions can be; do clients have to share how their experience was with using the SEM?

On the whole Black Hat SEO, there is a short sighted solution for the long term problem, which is one of the main causes making a website reach a certain level where it provides a great user experience. Finally, Black Hat Search Engine Optimization helps in marketing high quality content writing. Moreover, these SEO techniques provide various services like web structure, review site materials, internet web hosting, promotion of the topic, key words topic or guidance to focus on the specific markets and regions.

 

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How To Unlink Your Google AdSense and Google Analytics Account

While Google AdSense’s integration with Google Analytics works flawlessly for some, it is a PITA for others. I have been trying to  link my AdSense account with my Analytics account since the past 6 months and have successfully done so too, but unfortunately no data flows in and out of the two services. So today I decided to unlink the accounts and start the integration process again, from scratch. Unlinking an AdSense account with an Analytics account is not a straight forward process and cannot be done through the AdSense/Analytics dashboard. The unlinking process, though not manual, is fairly easy and quick. This is how you can delete the link between your AdSense and Analytics account:

How to unlink AdSense and Analytics

1. Login to your Google account

2. Head over to https://www.google.com/adsense/support/bin/request.py?hl=en_GB&contact_type=analyticsunlink

3. You will have to fill the following form.

Enter your Gmail Email ID, which has access to both the accounts, in the first field. Enter you pub ID in the second field. You can find your pub ID from your AdSense page. It can be found in the top right corner on every AdSense page.

4. Once you fill in the details click the submit button.

5. A new page will be loaded and it will tell you that your application will be review and you will be contacted by Email once the disintegration process is completed.

 

How Much Time Will It take?

Taking into account the fact that it was Google I was dealing with, I was expecting a waiting time of around a week, if not more. You can imagine my surprise when I received this mail 15 minutes after submitting the application.

 

Get 50 GB Cloud Space And An Increased Upload Limit Of 100 MB On Box.net

Apple’s iCloud seems to have intimidate the folks at Box.net. As a part of a 50 day promotion, Box.net is offering free 50 GB Cloud space on their servers and an increased upload file limit size of 100 MB to all iDevice users. The 50 GB is not be limited to one’s iDevice, and users will be able to use it on their computer’s as well.  So you can even use the 50 GB on your Android mobile, just make sure to login once from an iDevice. A free account made on Box.net, without availing this offer, provides 5 GB of upload space with a file size limit of 25 MB.

The 50 GB offer is valid for the iDevices. Namely, the iPod touch 1G, iPod touch 2G, iPod touch 3g, the original iPhone 2G, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, the iPad and the relatively new iPad 2. It’s quite a month for Apple fanboys. First iCloud and now this new irresistible offer from Box.net.

This is what you will have to do to get the free 50 GB’s and the new upload size limit.

  1. This promotion only runs for 50 days
  2. Visit the app store and download the Box app for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
  3. Log in to your existing account or register for a new one directly from the app.

And voila! You are done.

Here’s a proof of it working. The image you see below is a screenshot from my iPod touch. I simply had to login using my existing Box.net account and was greeted with the following message without any nuisance:

It should also be noted that the box.net iPhone app is pretty sleek as well.

UPDATE: Since the publishing of this post I have realised that desktop syncing is not available for free accounts and to be able to use a Box.net desktop client the user will have to upgrade to the Business Plan which costs $15/user/month.

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Use Thinglink To Add Interactivity To Images: Review And Feature Set

This is a guest post by Namanyay Goel. Namanyay is a Graphic Designer and a blogger. You can read his blog here.  If you would like to write for TheDolt’s Blog, do read our page Be My Guest; Write A Guest Post.

Thinglink is a new tool for bloggers to add interactivity to their blogs.

“Thinglink tag editor lets you define interactive hotspots inside an image — from a THING (an object, a person, or a place) to a LINK (a shop, a blog post, or anywhere you like)”

Thinglink is an interactive tool that lets you add interactivity to images. Using Thinglink, you can link portions of  the image (things) to other sites, or give some informative text, or a music file (link).  Images can have multiple links added to them. Thinglink tool has to be added to websites (You can add it to Blogger, Typepad, WordPress and many other. WordPress instructions can be found below). To use it, you have to open Thinglink in a separate tab, and your website/blog in one tab. Then you can edit images to add interactivity.

Pros

The best feature of Thinglink is that you can advertise and earn money from your Images using Amazon Affiliate. Also, as it is not widely known, the factor of surprise and awe will be a lot more. It is very useful to Bloggers as -

  • It is an easy way to make people focus on what you want.  Tag “things” to descriptive text, or to a site, or some music, to get people’s attention.
  • It can act as multiple captions. Just tag your image, and you’re good to go. It’s also better than the traditional caption, as the traditional caption doesn’t allow music, or links.
  • It adds interactivity to your site. This means that users will spend more time on your site, thus decreasing your bounce rate.
  • If a person shares it, you earn a backlink. This is one of the best things about Thinglink. The images are easy to share and if you tag the image with your site’s name, you are sure to get a click.
  • It works on mobiles too.
  • You can add music to images: This is especially useful if you are promoting something. Music in images is synced with SoundCloud. Music can be embedded on Album art, posters, etc.
  • It’s Free!
  • No watermark.

How Can it be Used

  • To create party invitations. Just tag a cool photo with your address, name and time.
  • To give recipe instructions. Click a photo of your ingredients together (you should add the end product too) and tag them respectively. You can also link them using Amazon Affiliate, and earn some bucks if a user buys the ingredients through that tag.
  • You can share songs with a descriptive image: As already explained, it will help in promotion if you are going to perform a small stage show.
Another recommended tag is to yourself. To your blog/site, to your Facebook Page/Profile, to your Twitter Holder. This will ensure more publicity, as well as clicks, if users share the image.

Cons

    • Takes time to load.
    • Compatibility issues are a major roadblock for Thinglink as the images do not work on all web browsers.

Get Started

Now you know about it, Whwt are you waiting for? Christmas? Sign Up For Thinglink Now!
Once you have signed up and logged in, you can start using Thinglink.  Learn how to use it in WordPress, Blogger and many others on its instructions page.

WordPress Installation Instructions

Note: Thinglink currently works only with self-hosted WordPress blogs as WordPress.com doesn’t support third-party plugins.

1. Log in to WordPress admin (usually yourblog.com/wp-admin).

2. Select Add New under Plugins in the left panel of your admin.

3. Search for “Official Thinglink Plugin” and install it.

4. After enabling the plugin, select Thinglink from Plugins menu and make sure Thinglink Id is filled in. If not, copy and paste your ID manually from My Account page.

6. Open your blog and start tagging your images by clicking the Edit tags icon. Remember to be logged into Thinglink in order to tag images.

Troubleshooting

My tags open partly outside images and get cut by site layout

You can force tags to open inside of your images, however in WordPress it is a bit more tricky:

1. Go to your WordPress admin page (usually yourblog.com/wp-admin)

2. Select Plugins and find Thinglink Official Plugin from the list of installed plugins

3. Click Edit next to it

4. Editing file thinglink/rjw-thinglink.php find the following lines of code

__tlid = '{$thinglink_id}';
setTimeout(function ...

5. After

 __tlid = '{$thinglink_id}';

add the following line:

__tlconfig = {vOverflow: false, hOverflow: false};
To allow tag bubbles to open on the sides of the image, set hOverflow:true, and to allow them to open above the image, set
 vOverflow:true .

6. Click Update File and you should have your tags opening inside the images!

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Best 30 Google Chrome Extensions for Bloggers

This is a guest post by AbieL. She is a free lance writer and professional blogger who also blogs about shoebuy and ebags coupon codes for a discount shopping site, YouLoveCoupons. Recently she has shared in her blog ebags discount and online shoes discount codeIf you would like to write for TheDolt’s Blog, do read our page Be My Guest; Write A Guest Post.

To continue my series of articles about Google Chrome extensions, which I published here, here is another list of Google Chrome extensions that bloggers would find useful.

Being a blogger myself, I know how difficult it is to manage blogs, inserting pictures to blogs, put watermark to pictures and a whole lot more. That is why plugins and extensions that works with Google Chrome are a bloggers best friend especially since Google Chrome has a lot of effective and multipurpose extensions.

Here is a run down of 30 Google Chrome Extensions for Bloggers

Best 30 Google Chrome Extensions for Bloggers

1. Zemanta:

Won’t you love it as a blogger if you can get suggestions and recommendations for images, articles, links or tags for a particular word as you type? Zemanta does that. It has a spam free database of 200,000 news sources and blogs so you will be able to write a much informative blog post.

Zemanta supports WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Movable Type, Drupal, Joomla, Tumblr and other blogging and CMS platforms.

2. Blog This:

This extension is very helpful for those who use Blogger as their blogging platform. With this extension, a blogger can just click Blog This and it will open a mini interface to create a blog post which contain a URL of the website that you are on plus text that has been highlighted on the page.

3. TypePad Blog It:

Just like Blog This, it allows for single click blog posting of text, images and videos from the current page to the TypePad blogging platform.

4. Google Dictionary (by Google):

This extension will let you view definition of any word by double clicking on it.

5. Google Reader Notifier:


This extension is very helpful so you will be alerted for news feed from blogs or site that you are subscribed to. The Google Reader Notifier will display the number of unread items in your Google Reader account with an icon next to the URL bar. Clicking the icon will open a preview of your reading list in a pop up window or a new tab.

6. Goo.gl:

This is a URL shortener service by Google. It also saves the shortened URL so the blogger can use it later for his post or for posting in social networking sites to share the URL of his published article or blog post.

7. Chrome Chikitizer:

Instead of going to a site to get shortened version of URL, this extension will let you get shortened or tiny URLs directly from the Chrome browser.

8. Untiny:

We often receive URLs in their shortened format and the Untiny extension will give you the original URL of the shortened or tiny version.

9. WiseStamp.

It works like the Signature feature in Outlook in that it will allow you to create multiple Signatures and select from it when sending an email using your Gmail account. With this extension, you will be able to add the link to your social media Profiles like Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Linkedin, Skype, Gtalk, promote your latest blog post and Twitter tweet and even add your Company logo.

10. Day Hiker.

This extension will help you manage your schedule as it will display your schedules and tasks from your Google calendar in a toolbar format. It has countdown, reminder badges and even an alarm clock.

11. RemindMe.


Since bloggers are always online and they have a list of online tasks to accomplish, this extension can come in handy to give them reminders as they browse the web.

12. Stay Focusd.

There are a lot of distractions online. You can spend the whole day tweeting with your friends especially if you are discussing about coupon codes and vouchers from your favorite online store or you can watch streaming online and many more. This extension will let you be productive while online as it restricts access to site that you will flag as time wasting or you can just specify a certain time where you can access this site. This will be a big help in avoiding temptation, which will allow you to do more work.

13. FastestChrome:

As the name implies, this extension makes you do things fast and easy as it allows bloggers to do the following directly from the Chrome browser: make text URLs clickable, show definitions and information of highlighted text in a bubble and allow for endless page loading.

14. Shareholic:

Bloggers love to share information with their co-bloggers like if they find news on the latest blogging tools, or even just shopping finds like finding coupon codes and discount vouchers for online sites such as shoebuy and ebags. With this extension, you can easily share any website directly from the Chrome browser to Facebook, Twitter, Email, Gmail and more. It supports 100++ services and it loads instantly so it does not affect the performance of your Google Chrome.

15. Add This:

This extension will allow you to share a web page, like the website of YouLoveCoupons, to over 300 services like Facebook, Twitter, WordPress. Aside from sharing a website, you can use this extension to email or print the webpage.

16. Drop.io:

This extension allows you to drop images and other media from any website to your drop and you can use those images in the future.

17. Google Images Large Images:


Bloggers love to browse for pictures that they can incorporate in their blog post and they usually do it by doing a Google search (that is what I always do). This extension will show the actual size of the image when you do a mouse over instead of just seeing the thumbnails in the preview page.

18. Image Cropper:

Does it come a time when you want to include a certain portion of a web page as an image to your blog post? With this extension, you can crop img HTML element, CSS background images for any HTML element and images in PNG format.

19. Webpage Screenshot:

This extension allows a blogger to make a screen shot of the whole page to an image file thereby making it easy to include a screenshot of a page to a blog post.

20. Picnik:

This is a very useful extension for editing photos as you can do it directly from the Chrome browser. You can also share the photos directly to any blog or social networking sites without the need to save it to a hard disk.

21. Ibrii:

This cool extension will allow bloggers to snip an image, text or video from any website and share it on Twitter, Facebook, Google Buzz, and more instead of sharing the whole page.

22. SEO Status Pagerank/Alexa Toolbar.

Page rank and Alexa rank is one of the most important metrics for a blogger as this greatly affects SEO of a website. This toolbar is a simple and light weight add-in that gives bloggers Page Rank and Alexa information of any website.

23. Silver Bird

This is a Chrome extension that lets you send tweets without the need to visit Twitter.com.

24. Facebook Notification.

Since social media is one tool that bloggers use to promote their site for SEO, this extension will be a great help to manage their Facebook accounts as it gives red notification when they receive messages and friend request.

25. Digg for Chrome.

This extension is for those who love Digg as you can Digg directly from the Chrome browser. It also shows the number of Digg for the website that you are currently viewing.

26. WordPress Checker:

If WordPress is the platform that you use for blogging, then you will find this extension very useful. You can approve, trash, reply, or mark as spam the comments without opening the WordPress site. This also support multiple blogs so you can add as many WordPress blogs as you want so you can manage all comments for all your blogs in one window.

27. SplitScreen:

This extension is so cool as it will allow you to open two different websites at the same time. The extension will ask for two URL address and will display both site in one window.

28. Live Website Editor:

This extension lets you edit a page, live from the browser directly.

29. Color Blendy:

With this extesnsion, you can blend colors direct from the browser without the need to open Adobe Photoshop.

30. dotEPUB:

This Chrome extension will allow conversion of any webpage to an Ebook in Epub format so bloggers can read their favorite content while offline.

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5 Things To Keep In Mind Before Commenting on Blogs In Order To Build Backlinks

Blog commenting, though probably the most frowned upon techniques within link building and SEO due to spam problems, is definitely the gold of public relation’s juice maker among companies. There are some things that you must keep in mind while commenting.

1. Evaluate The Website

Go through the content of the website you’re commenting on. Ask yourself if the blog allows comments which have keyword titles or will it even approve you comments? It is essential that you check the actual comments area first prior to wasting your time and effort writing a comment.

2. Write a sensible blog comment

The comments are mostly authorized by weblog owners and make a great impression to other readers. If you are able to clearly condition your point having a specific subject, users may be interested to see your content and help to make comments on your blog too.

3. Write unique comments.

Talking personally, I am fed up with “Thanks for that wonderful post” remarks and so are other site administrators. Make sure that you write something from that what you read, not what’s saved inside your text editor that you simply copy paste in the comments box.

4. Take benefit of CommentLuv and KeywordLuv

While CommentLuv allows you to leave a linkback to a post on your blog ,KeywordLuv enables you to set your own keyword which shows with your name. Check whether the site offers it, and allow it to be a place where you write your own name and your keyword, within the specified structure.

5. Change your perception

Never make comments simply to increase backlinks. Remember that the internet is actually a community for users and not really a place to publish spam. If you wish to spam, go elsewhere. The blogoshpere is gradually getting rebellious towards spam.

These tips will certainly assist you with your own link building strategies. Remember that as being a critic is preferable to being the robot; a critic’s comments tend to be accepted more often by webmasters.

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Facebook Creates A Time Machine! Tells Me My Password Was Changed ‘Tomorrow’

With my Open Letter To facebook, I had made it pretty clear that facebook was anything but stable. Since then, they have improved by great deal. So much so, that they have now even started predicting the future. If my sources are to be believed, then, this idea struck Mark Zukerberg while he was busy behaving awkwardly at f8. It is being said that Mark desperately wanted this feature — partly because he wanted to see what kind of spams and hacks facebook might have to face in the future, but mostly because he didn’t get any notification even after refreshing the homepage two hundred thousand gazzilion times.

So, together with Hrithik Roshan ‘s genius  father Rohit, from Koi Mil Gaya, Mark built a time machine which they have named [REDACTED]. Technical specs of the machine were unknown at the time of writing this post, but what is known is that the machine makes use of what the Neutrinos told us a few weeks back. While Mark was unavailable for comments, CERN conveniently decided not to respond to the several mails that were sent and calls that were made, asking about facebook’s new [REDACTED]. Below is a screenshot which proves that the time machine _does_ exist and is in fact working and predicting the future, if not saving it.

 

Let’s analyse this a bit

Sorry! You Entered An Old Password

Your password was changed at: Tomorrow at 152:am

If you don’t remember making this change,click here.

Call me a Grammar Nazi, if you may, but the typographical error where they forget to give a space after the comma “…making this change,click here” is the only thing that bugs me since we have already established the fact the machine exists.

UPDATE (2:00am, 14th October 2011): My account was hacked today. Exactly at the time facebook predicted it would. Thank you facebook?

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Best 30 Google Chrome Extensions for Web Designers

This is a guest post by AbieL. She is a professional blogger, who writes for You Love Coupons, a discount shopping and coupon codes site, which focuses on shoebuy and ebags Coupons, wrote this article. Her current project with You Love Coupon is writing content for their section, which offers ebags coupon 25% off, and shoebuy code.  If you would like to write for TheDolt’s Blog, do read our page Be My Guest; Write A Guest Post.

When a web designer works, he has a lot of windows open like his browser, image manipulation program like Adobe PhotoShop, Corel Draw and the likes to edit images to be included in the website, FTP software for uploading pages and images, web editing software and I haven’t even started.

That is why most web developers prefer to use add-ons and extensions with their browser to lessen the number of windows opened on their desktop as they do their work as these extensions perform tasks without the need to close the browser.

chrome extensions for web designers

According to Wikipedia, extensions add specific abilities to a larger software application. For web browsers, add-ons and extensions add functionality to the browser that helps save time in performing a task.

For example, there is an available web browser extension for Yahoo toolbar. Once installed, you can have a preview of your favorite sites such as Facebook, your favorite discount shopping site where you get coupon codes and vouchers, email, bags and shoes online site and more.

Firefox is actually dominating the web browser world because it is faster compared to other web browsers like IE. There are also a lot of extensions that works well Firefox that is why millions of users prefer this browser over the other. But with the launched of Google Chrome, Firefox has found its competitor since they say that Google Chrome is faster and provides a more secure browsing experience.

Some of the most useful Google Chrome extensions that a web designers can use to make thier life easy include:

Chrome Extensions for Web Designers

1. PenduleThis extension allows web designers access to more than 20 web design tools into one interface. Pendule include functions like viewing and reloading of CSS, displaying of ruler, disabling of passwords, displaying color picker, show elements and more.

2. Firebug Lite: Editing and debuggig CSS, HTML and Java Script forms an integral part of a web designers life and so it would be easier for them if they will be able to edit, debug and monitor CSS, HTML and Java Scripts from any web page.

3. PHP Console: Displays PHP error messages from Google Chrome console for a much easy debugging.

4. Web Developer:. This is the counterpart of FF’ s Web Developer extension and what it does is it provides a toolbar with various web developer tools like displaying tab index, viewing java script and anchor information and many more.

5. CSS Scan: This is the counterpart of FF’s CSS Viewer and it lets the designer view the CSS properties of a particular element.

6. iMacros: automates the running of repetitive work such as web regression testing, performance testing and web transaction monitoring.

7. Multi Switch:. The Multi Switch extension lets you switch easily from development, test and productive hosts.

8. Chrome Sniffer:. This lets a developer inspects the framework and Java Script libraries running in a website while browsing.

9. META SEO Inspector:. META data is not visible while browsing, but this extension will let developers inspect mate data found in web pages.

10. Snippy: With this extension, designers will be able to capture rich content of a paragraph, images, links, etc and preserving its formatting which can be save for future use.

11. Built With: This extension discovers the different technologies being used by the web site, which help designers, decide which technologies to adapt to the site that he is developing.

12. Windows Resizer: Designers must test their design on various display resolution so they can see how their actual page will look like. With this extension, designers can switch to different resolutions to view the layout of the page that they are designing.

13. Frame Two Pages: Designers may find the need to compare layout of two pages and this extension will let designers put two tabs into one frame.

14. Speed TracerThis extension analyzes the performance of your website and provides metrics that will help a designer fix performance problems.11

15. Flash Block: With this extension, flash content will be blocked from loading but instead, placeholder will be place so the designer has the option to view the Flash design if he wants.

16. Picnik: In some web designs, a web designer might require screen shots of sites and pages and the Picnik extension makes this easy as it takes screen shots and allows online and on-the-spot editing of the screenshot.

17. Aviary Screen Capture: Another screen capturing extension is the Aviary Screen capture. This extension allows you to take a snap shot of a page and edits it from within the browser.

18. WebPage Screenshot: This extension captures a screen shot of the whole web page, saving into one file, even long pages.

19. Awesome Screenshot: This lets you capture a screenshot of a portion or the whole of a page and will be able to annotate the screen shot with rectangles, circles, text and the like.

20. Eye Dropper: Have you encountered times when you want to clone a particular color that you found from a certain page? This can be easily done with this extension, as it will let you pick the color from the color picker from any web page.

21. Plain Clothes: will let you unstyle the web pages or set it close to default

22.Measure It: A good web design has all elements working together to form coherence. With this extension, you will be able to measure the width and height in pixel of any element in a page.

23. Lorem Ipsum Generator: This can be use to generate random Lorem Ipsum text.

24. IE Tab: allows the viewing of sites only compatible with IE, in a Chrome tab.

25. SEO for Chrome: SEO is important for a web designer and so SEO tools like Chrome SEO is essential as it provides easy access to information like competitive analysis, keyword research, backlink checks, page rank and more.

26. Domain Availability Checker:. Domain names is important when designing websites and so this tool will help designer check for available domain names that he can use for his site.

27.Chrome Flags: The location of the domain hosting is also an important information that a develop needs and this extension will show the flag of the country where the site is being hosted.

28. AppJump App Launcher and Organizer: There will come a point that you will feel lost and confuse after installing a number of these extensions. The AppJump App Launcher and Organizer will let you organize all your extensions and lets you find and select these extensions from a drop down menu in the toolbar.

29. Cloud Save: Since designers usually work online, this extension will let them save files easily in a supported cloud service.

30. Microstock Photo Power Search Tool: Websites with images make a site alive and also helps attract audience. But finding the best image can be time consuming so this extension is very important as it searched microstock on 5 of the top stock agencies.

Web designers don’t have the luxury of time as they work on schedules and tight deadlines. Thankfully there are extensions available for web browsers like Google Chrome that will make a designer’s life easy.