WordPress – Aligning Multiple Images

Posted by: flirtations  /  Category: Internet, Technology, Web Development, WordPress

How to align multiple images in WordPress.  Normally, using WordPress, it is not easy to place multiple images next to eachother without advanced knowledge of CSS.  For those of you that need it, I am placing some simple code for a 4 column table for you to use as needed.  Just copy and paste this code into the HTML view of your blog and modify as needed.

Here is an example of what it might look like:

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<td>icon 1</td>
<td>icon 2</td>
<td>icon 3</td>
<td>icon 4</td>

<table><tr><td>icon 1</td><td>icon 2</td><td>icon 3</td><td>icon 4</td></tr></table>

The birth of Google Buzz

Posted by: flirtations  /  Category: Facebook, Google Buzz, Internet, Social Networking, Technology

February 18th, 2010
Facebook is growing faster and faster. It is not just a social network. It has become one of the largest Internet companies, posing a threat to the giants – Google, MSFT and Yahoo. And they understand that. They understand that online communication more and more centers on the activity stream or feed. They understand that the social graph might become the most valuable data asset. They understand that they are behind.
Buzz – The end user perspective
Google made a bold move to begin building its market share in the stream arena. They announced Google Buzz is now an integral part of Gmail. So what exactly is Google Buzz? Well, it is not much different than the Facebook newsfeed stream. You share thoughts, links, photos etc. either with everybody or only with friends, and those people in turn can respond to your posts. Google has also created a public profile where all your public posts, together with some personal details you wish to share, are open to anyone.
Buzz – The website perspective
While Google is building its consumer product, Facebook is focused more and more on their relationship with other websites. The Facebook Connect service is their invention to further cement their position with end users. People are now able to login to websites, like ABC.com, using their Facebook account. The sites, in return, can enable users to post to the Facebook newsfeed from their sites in a more efficient way, which drives lots of traffic back to the originating sites. Everybody wins, so everybody integrates Facebook Connect into their site.
Each Facebook Connect implementation contributes to the Facebook database. For example – if a website related to buying cars has implemented Facebook Connect and a user has connected on that site using their Facebook account, Facebook will know that this user may be in the market for buying a car. The data implications go far beyond this example, but that would require a separate blog post.
The bottom line is that Google has this data front to deal with as well. They need to be deeply implemented within websites the same way Facebook Connect is integrated there. Google is already providing an authentication API so theoretically sites can use them to sign-in users, but until there was Buzz, the main value proposition was missing. Sites integrate Facebook Connect because they want it to generate traffic. They want to easily post to the user’s news feed. With the Buzz service focused around the news feed, Google will be able to provide this real value to sites as well.
Google will likely soon release its Buzz API as a direct competitor to Facebook Connect, and sites shouldn’t ignore it.

iPhone App Marketing: What Works (and What Doesn’t)?

Posted by: flirtations  /  Category: App Store, Applications, Developer, iPhone, iPod Touch

Found this interesting article on the internet:
iPhone App Marketing: What Works (and What Doesn’t)?
NOTE: This data for post was derived from 35 responses to our iPhone developer survey on app marketing techniques. The survey is still open and we will post updated results if a significant number of additional surveys are completed. You can find the survey here.
Nearly 9,000 developers have shipped more than 27,000 iPhone apps through the App Store. A small (but well-publicized) minority have earned hundreds of thousands of dollars for their developers, but the vast majority enjoy a brief spike of downloads upon release and quickly fall off as other newly-released apps fill in behind them. With little ability to influence their position in the App Store, developers have started applying their considerable creativity to building and sustaining demand for their applications in other ways.
Our survey captured the experiences of 35 published developers and shines a light on what’s working – and what’s not working – in the realm of iPhone application marketing.
Developer Profile
Our respondent base included a healthy cross-section of the developer population. 40% had just one application to their credit, but 37% had 2-5 applications in the App Store, and nearly 6% had published more than 20.
As expected given their dominance in the App Store, more than half (56%) of the surveyed developers specialize in Games, but Utilities (37%), Entertainment (29%), and Lifestyle (23%), were also well-represented, with Education (6%) Books (3%) and Other (9%) applications making up the balance.
Developer Economics
The predominant revenue model for our survey participants is charging for the application itself, with 86% indicating that paid apps were their primary revenue source. None reported developing free applications, while 6% rely on out-of-app monetization methods like driving users to a supporting e-commerce or ad-supported website, and 9% monetizing in other (unspecified) ways.
Respondents also bucked the trend when it came to their ability to make a living as iPhone developers. Over a third (37%) report that they make money primarily by making and selling their own apps, while just 11% supplemented their income by taking on contract iPhone app development projects. But over half (51%) are still holding on to their day jobs and developing their apps on the side.”
Read more here ……

Get Started With Photoshop CS4

Posted by: flirtations  /  Category: Adobe Photoshop, Tutorials, Web Development
I get a lot of people asking me what the best way is to get started with graphic design. I always have some immediate resources that I use and refer them to, and I also have my standbys. Here are some of my favorite recent resource finds and standbys that you can visit for some great inspiration, tools, and techniques to use with Adobe Photoshop CS4.
  1. Adobe Photoshop CS4
    Well, this is the first step. You can download a free evaluation copy to use for 30 days before making your (very worthwhile) purchase!
  2. Qbrushes.com
    Qbrushes is one of my favorite new finds. It is a great resource that is FULL of amazing, detailed, and hi-resolution Photoshop brushes to use in your projects!
  3. Dafont.com
    There are a lot of great font resources out there, and this one almost never fails me. Most are free for personal use, and you can test out your typography with custom text before you download!
  4. Tutorialvault.net
    It can sometimes be a daunting task to find just the right online tutorial for the project you’re looking for. There are some great subscription-based resource libraries (see below), but if you’re looking for some quality, free help, this is the place to go. With over 2500 tutorials on almost anything you could imagine, this site constantly inspires me in my projects.
  5. Lynda.com
    As far as training libraries go, THIS IS THE TICKET. They have an unbelievably extensive database of VIDEO tutorials for all Adobe products (currently to CS4) ftw! They have hours of extremely helpful videos on each Adobe product available for subscribers to watch at any time. You can, however, watch a select number of videos from each product without a subscription (aka: free). I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this site to anyone who wants to learn all the nooks and crannies of Adobe CS4 in the most efficient way possible.
Enjoy these resources as you get to know the amazing possibilities held within Adobe Photoshop!
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