A few days ago, @MelissaAmbrose_ suggested that I made a blog post about GoogleGoogleGoogleGoogle.com! Now when I first looked at the site, I was not impressed at all and was just going to make a quick blog about it to appease @MelissaAmbrose_ and make her happy 馃檪聽However, what first looked like a simple site set up with 4 frames that just simply load Google up in each, was a bit more complex than I anticipated. After a short while of playing with the site I found that it actually had a lot more thought gone into it than just 4 iFrames.

The homepage of GoogleGoogleGoogleGoogle

The homepage of GoogleGoogleGoogleGoogle

Semi-Dynamic Sizing

I am starting this review on the negatives. My first assumption was that the site was either designed to fit nicely on a 1280×800 display (which would have been awfully designed) or that the frames would dynamically resizes as the size of the window changed (which would have been the best thing). Unfortunately, I soon discovered when resizing the window I discovered that the size of the content stayed the same. This then made me question if it was statically set to look good at a size of 1280×800 or whether there was actually some cleaver JS running in the background. To my聽relief聽there was some JS running that would detect the size of the window on the page load and then resize. My main question to the makers of the site would be “Why can you not make an event listener that resizes the iFrames dynamically?”

GoogleGoogleGoogleGoogle loaded when the browser window was smaller.

GoogleGoogleGoogleGoogle loaded when the browser window was smaller.

The above page maximised to fullscreen without refreshing. Note how the frames stay the same size as they were when loaded!

The above page maximised to fullscreen without refreshing. Note how the frames stay the same size as they were when loaded!

Loading Sites in Frames

The controls for each frame.

The controls for each frame.

The site is adaptive, it isn’t just limited to having Google. At the top of each聽frame聽there are some special controls which you can see in the聽screen shot聽on the right.

The purpose of the first 2 icons should be fairly聽recognisable聽and obvious as the favicon of Google and Wikipedia. By clicking on these icons it will wither load the Google homepage or the Wikipedia homepage within the frame bellow. The last icon shown is the green arrow! By clicking this icon it will make a聽dialogue聽box pop-up requesting a URL to navigate to and this will allow you to go to any site of your choice!

Make a frame go to any site using the green ?

Make a frame go to any site using the green arrow

Here is an example of the site with Google, Wikipedia, this blog, and a Google Search for my name loaded in the 4 frames.

GoogleWikipediaBlogGoogle

GoogleWikipediaBlogGoogle

Customisability

Another way that the site adapts in though the聽customisability聽of the layout! The main control of this is through the Cross that is shown on the screen shot of the frame controls. Clicking this will get rid of that frame and stretch an adjacent frame to fill the space. To see what this might look like and the look of a customised workspace, look at the images below:

GoogleGoogleGoogle (3 Frames)

GoogleGoogleGoogle (3 Frames)

GoogleGoogle (2 Frames Stacked)

GoogleGoogle (2 Frames Stacked)

Pretty Design

Last but obvious not least is design. Although it is not amazing the coloured border聽around聽each iFrame is a nice touch and goes well with the Google them of the website 馃槢

Conclusion

In conclusion, I would say that this is a cleaver idea and I can see some uses for it but I will stick to the normal Google site and multiple tabs 馃槢

By the way there are a few more features and if you want to find them, go and have a play at GoogleGoogleGoogleGoogle.com


The Facebook NewsFeed is giving me bugs, and I was just wondering if it happening to anyone else? This is the problem that I have:

"No posts to display" when I know there are!

"No posts to display" when I know there are!

I am theorising that the cause of this bug may be an update to Facebook, but we will have to wait and see 馃檪


I was happily tweeting away yesterday when all of a sudden, TweetDeck started giving me a “Recipient not following you” error which is what TweetDeck’s last resort error is; if it does not recognise the error that has been returned it will return that error!聽Strangely聽TweetDeck have’t got an error message simply saying “An unknown error聽occurred” but this blog is not about the issues with TweetDeck (which I love dearly but being in Beta, obviously has bugs). At the time, I was ReTweeting and one of the common errors that I get that TweetDeck (once again聽strangely聽does not recognise), is the error that the Tweet I am trying to ReTweet has already been Tweeted by me!

At first I took this as the case and tried to ReTweet something else. I got the same error again! I knew for a fact that I had not already Tweeted this and then attempted to send a normal Tweet. I cannot remember if I got the “Recipient not following you” or another undescriptive error (however I am pretty sure it was that same old “Recipient not following you” error)聽but at that point I presumed TweetDeck had stopped working (as it had done the week before). To check that it was TweetDeck and not that twitter was having issues (which I聽doubted聽as I was still receiving Tweets on TweetDeck, which was what happened with the problem I had with TweetDeck the week before) I went on to Twitter and successfully send a Tweet.

From this I presumed it was the same problem as before and thought I would have to close TweetDeck and open it to rectify the problem (as I did last time) but before I could do that, I had to RT anything that had been loaded up in to TweetDeck already and reply to any tweets that were loaded and required a reply so I opened all those tweets on the web in multiple tabs, doing 5 at a time (so that my computer would not get filled with open tabs and end up confusing me) and I then clicked ReTweet on each and then confirmed it quickly changing between tabs in an attempt to get though it all quickly. When I returned to the first tweet that I ReTweeted to聽confirm聽that it had been ReTweeted, I could not see any sign that it had been successfully ReTweeted so clicked ReTweet again, and went to then next tab which had the same problem but by the time I reached the third one I realised聽something聽was up so clicked ReTweet then remained on that tab until I received an error message. After a few seconds of attempting to ReTweet, low and behold a message pops up at the top saying “whoops! Something went wrong, please refresh the page and try again”

Initially I did not聽associate聽this problem with the problem I was having on TweetDeck so聽refreshed聽all the open tabs and had a look if it had made any difference. It had not so I then tried again getting the same message each time! Since I was able to Tweet, I presumed there was a problem with the Twitter ReTweet function , but when I went to make a tweet asking about this, I was greeted with the following error:

"You are over the status update limit. Please wait a few hours and try again."

"You are over the status update limit. Please wait a few hours and try again."

I was shocked by this and it resulted in me having to stop tweeting for over an hour! I totally understand why Rate Limits are in place but I find that is penalising the dedicate users of twitter. If you look at my recent TweetStats you will notice that I tweet over 2000 times a month and in my opinion this show true dedication to the service. In my opinion, Twitter need to improve their data centres to聽accommodate聽larger rate limits. If twitter require more funding to provide this to their users I would be more than willing to pay an additional fee to have raised API limits! Just to clarify, I do not think twitter should charge for聽their聽service but I think that those who want higher rate limits should be able to pay and receive this!

Twitter do currently offer Whitelisting which raises API calls to up to 20,000 a day but this is only for developers and applications in production and will only affect the API calls and not the Update Limit.

The one thing that has really got me confused on this situation is the actual guidelines on the limits. The Update and API Limits state that you are limited to “1,000 total updates per day, on any and all devices (web, mobile web, phone, API, etc. )” However, if you look at my statistics for yesterday, you will see I was no where near this limit!

Tweets on 08/01/10

Tweets on 08/01/10

Admittedly, I was tweeting (well ReTweeting) at a rapid rate but if there is an聽additional聽limit which is on a per hour basis that would affect that, it should stated in the Update and API Limits.

I am still very confused about this but I have to live with this! Have any of you ever got that error? Please leave your comments 馃檪

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The following Tweets are tweets describing how I made lunch on the 12th of December 2009 and about the events that聽occurred聽at this time. I聽apologise聽for the delay in making this blog post, the reason was because it took me a long time to compile the tweets and format them 馃檪 Please read and enjoy


On twitter there are so many things that annoy me, and frustrate me. Many are probably quite stupid and you may not agree with some but I felt like sharing them with you with the聽explanation聽and reasoning for these things that annoy me! They are in no particular order except the order that I thought of them.

  • Not Clicking Reply
    If you don’t click reply, how will I know what you are replying to? A lot of newbies to Twitter do not realise that when you click reply it add reply data which gives you the ability to view what the tweet was replying to by clicking “in reply to…” or your applications equivalent.
  • Clicking Reply to the wrong tweet
    This is just as bad as not clicking reply. To be honest it is probably worse as it will confuse the hell out of me as I try to work out how the tweets could have been related!
  • Replying to 2 tweets in one!
    Similar problem again. I will know what part of your tweet is replying to but will get confused with the rest. Reply to each tweet聽individually聽to keep things clear and organised! It is a major problem in places where you have the ability to show conversations as it becomes confusing!
  • Not using @replies where appropriate
    If you are talking about someone and they have twitter then mention them! It is really annoying when people write the names of people who are on Twitter. The main reason for this is so that your friend will know you are talking about them but it also helps followers who don’t know your friend to find them and learn more about them!
  • Random username changes
    In my opinion, you should under no circumstances (other than changing from a ridiculously stupid username to a more relevant one) change your聽user name. This causes so many problems in the Twitter ecosystem! To start with, friend who don’t know you have changed username may try to contact you using the wrong username and even if they do know you have changed username it is often difficult to remember and takes some time to get used to the change; if you are used to typing one thing in order to get in contact with someone you have to unlearn this and relearn their new username. It also causes problems with Twitter Apps and Statistics. You will sometimes loose data used in some apps and cause problems with yours and other people’s statistics! View my guide on picking a good username.
  • Stupid usernames
    Stupid聽username聽just bug me! If they have no relevance and were just chosen because that was what was available then you should really pick a better username! If it is hard to remember it causes problems when I want to mention you and it gets annoying if people add numbers or “_x” for the sakes of it! For more info on getting a decent username,聽 view my guide on picking a good username.
  • Sending a DM when it could be made public
    DMs are designed for private chat! WHY would you DM me about things that are not private? If you can make it public then its always better that way! I hate using DM so much that I have told TweetDeck to only check it聽once聽ever half hour! You want to talk to me? You mention me! The reason I dislike DM so much is that it does not help with building a Tweet count or with Twitter statistics and it means that no one else can see the聽conversation聽and contribute!
  • Having no profile picture
    I聽generally聽identify twitter users when reading through my聽timelines聽by looking at their profile picture and if they don’t have one then it means I have to waste my time reading their username! Your picture is a big part of your identity and should be set up as soon as you get onto twitter!
  • Changing your profile pic a lot
    This can get really confusing! As I said, I use twitter pictures to identify聽username聽so if you constantly change username I have to constantly聽re-associate聽an image with your twitter account to聽recognise聽your tweets! This wastes a lot of time for me and is聽unnecessary! I personal think that you should pick a picture and stick with it for a few years. My profile pictures last about 3 years each!
  • Having a profile picture with more than one person
    I would like to be able to see you in your profile picture and if聽there is聽more than one person this is often not聽possible. It also means that if I know both pople in the photo, I would have聽to聽check who’s twitter account the tweet came from.
  • Having a profile picture that is not of your face
    As I said, I want to be able to see you. Having a picture of a celebrity or even just a random photo will not help me identify you and be able to聽associate聽with you. Even if I聽don’t聽know you it is always nice to know what the person you are talking to looks like.
  • Twibbons
    If you don’t know what a Twibbon is, it is a little icon you can put in the corner of your profile picture to support things you are interested in (companies, bands, artists, people, etc.) but I have two problems with twibbons:

    1. They can take over your picture consuming a great deal of space and聽obstructing聽the view of the person in the photo.
    2. When Twibbon saves you image back to twitter it saves a聽ridiculously聽small file so if I wanted to see something in your profile picture I would be unable to zoom in!
  • Moaning about excessive RTing
    You don’t actually have to see RTs if you don’t want to! There are a few things you can do to stop from seeing them:

    1. Unfollow the user that ReTweets too much
    2. Disable ReTweets for the user who ReTweets too much
    3. View your timeline in lists (ReTweets are stripped out of lists)
  • Saying BRB
    Twitter is not an instant聽messenger; I do not expect an instant reply to saying brb to me makes no difference!n If you want to make聽clear聽to the people you are talking to then use twitter the way it should be and send a public tweet saying you are going to do something! This makes so much more sense in the context of Twitter than saying brb!
  • Sending a message that should be public as an @reply
    If what you want to say to me could be relevant to more people than just me, publicly tweet it! Unless it is in the context of a conversation, tweets like telling people what you are doing should just be public!
  • Asking someone what they are doing
    It’s twitter: if someone wanted to tell you what they were doing don’t you think they would have tweeted it?
  • Leaving a space before the apostrophe in: @reply ‘s
    Just to inform you all, you聽don’t聽need a space between the @username and the ‘s! You can quite happily write “@username’s” without any problem – I even use the聽apostrophe聽for plurals on #hashtag’s (better than using a space in my opinion)!
  • Fake Twitter accounts
    Fake Twitter accounts just make it so hard to find the real person! Just because your life is not good enough for you, there is no need to go round pretending to be someone else! The worst ones are the ones who actually think they are the celebrity and try to convince others they are! Not only are they annoying and a waste of time but they often steal good usernames from the people who truly deserve them!
  • Twam (Twitter Spam)
    The amount of spam you get on twitter is just ridiculous! If you are unfortunate enough to mention any brand that’s popular at the time (to be honest, mainly Apple) you will get bombarded with tweet telling you you can get free products (iPhones and MacBooks in the case of Apple) by just clicking a link! As if life is that easy! The worst spell of Spam was the Britney Porn Spam attack which attacked millions of users of hundreds of account spamming. In this attack there was no need to tweet anything in particular to get yourself flagged up on these spambots radars they would just find and spam you!
  • General ignorance!
    General twitter ignorance is so annoying! There are so many people who don’t know the basics of twitter like how to find out what someone is replying to and always end up asking or just don’t get things. I don’t mind new people not getting thing (that’s fair enough) but people who have had twitter for a long time and just not bothered to learn or find out! Its not hard to find out all the nifty features in twitter, just play around and click everywhere!


There is this big thing on Facebook about the lack of a dislike button. A countless number of groups have been set up protesting for the button to be introduced but Facebook has not yet taken note of this. Presumably the reason behind this is because they fear that the button my be used inappropriately in an offensive way and promote bullying, however there are also many situations where the like button can be used for this same purpose! In certain聽circumstances, a dislike button is the button that should be clicked. Look at this example that I mocked up:

The like button used for bad

The like button used for bad

If people want to be offensive and abusive to other people, they don’t need a Dislike button to do it! They will just write it in the comments so if this is the reason that a Dislike button does not exist then it is stupid!

Dislike buttons are also used widely on other websites but in a slightly different way; many forums will have a Karma system where you can like or dislike comments giving the comment an overall karma rating. An obvious example of聽somewhere that something like this is used is on YouTube:

The first dislike I could find on the first Featured video I could find on YouTube!

The first dislike I could find on the first Featured video I could find on YouTube!

I totally agree that the Dislike button should be introduced and聽believe聽it would be good for Facebook. If Facebook is not聽introducing聽the dislike button for another reason or you don’t agree with what I have said, please inform me in the comments!

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The most common question I get asked by friends who are slowly coming round to using the micro-blogging service, Twitter, is “How do I get more followers?” When asked last week by @CiaraJudge I realised it was a lot of effort explaining my tips to everyone so then decided to create this blog post as 聽something I can just link to and send to those who ask me in the future and as a guide for those of you who might聽stumble聽upon it. 馃檪

Here are the basic聽ways聽to get more follower with detailed descriptions explaing how each of them will help you gain twitter followers:

  1. Sign up for Twitter
    This may seem very obvious and that is because it is, but if you dont have a twitter accont you cant get followers! If you are reading this I would presume you have twitter but if you dont this is my moment to inspire you to get twitter and here are my words of inspiration: “I use Twitter 馃槢 lol”
    Another reason I have mentioned signing up for twitter is because as soon as you sign up for twitter bots will find you and start adding you. Although these bots are not real people and will not interact with you, the do bump up your follower count and there is no complaining about that! However, a word of warning about these bots, you will get followed by a lot of spam accounts that follow you in the hop you will notice and look on their profiles, these profiles then link to pornography and other material you may not want to see!
  2. Do not Protect your Tweets
    Although making your twitter account private will put you at a lower risk of receiving spam messages and keeps your info private, you wont gain any followers by doing that. By making your profile private it limits some of the methods that are listed below for gaining followers and will not help if you聽aspire聽to have a huge following.
  3. Tweet
    This has got to be the most simple and easy way of gaining followers. It is as simple as just tweeting. However, most people will not understand how tweeting could increase your following. There are a lot of people (as well as bots) on twitter that will spend their time in the search, looking for other users who tweet about their聽interests. The more you tweet the more chance you have of a person or bot following you. Another thing about your tweets is that you should be broad and not just tweet about one topic; by tweeting about many topics it makes your聽twitter聽account聽available聽to a wider audience! It really is that simple. In my time on twitter I have notice an聽approximate, 1:20 follower:updates ratio,聽however聽this will not be precise, and will vary!
    This is one of the steps that wont make any difference if you have a private account; if you account is private, people cannot find your tweets in the public聽time line聽when searching!
  4. Find/Follow Friends
    If you find people you know in real聽life聽on twitter, it is very likely they will follow you back. That is a fairly quick and simple way of getting followers. There are many ways to find people you know on twitter:

    • Search for User’s by name on the Find on Twitter page
    • Search for User’s who you have in your email on the Find on other networks page
    • Find users who have lists of users who you know (i.e. A list that has been made for your school or place of work – if such exists, ensure that you are on the list as this will increase your publicity to other twitterers)
    • Try asking people you have already found on twitter, which other mutual friends have twitter
  5. Find/Follow twitterers of聽interest聽to you
    Using the the聽Find on Twitter page, find people/companies which you know and use and would be interested in the tweets of. A lot of twitter accounts have forms of auto-follow which will automatically follow those who start following it. When you follow those accounts your following will obviously rise. It will also make you more exposed to twitter bots who might crawl the follower of popular people to find more people to follow themselves thus increasing your following. Following more people may also help with some of the other steps that I聽recommend.
  6. Invite Friends
    Inviting friends to twitter is a great way of helping the twitter community grow and it will also gain you more followers! If you invite someone to twitter they should follow you back and this will increase your following.
  7. Reply to those you follow
    By replying to people you follow, they may see your tweet and start a conversation with you. From this point you should try and find common聽interest聽so that the person you are talking to聽think聽it would be a good idea to follow you.
    Doing this will also increase your tweet count and help in the same way that Tweeting helps. It will also allow people searching for people who send messages to that user to find you.
  8. ReTweet those you follow
    ReTweeting is not the most effective way of getting follower but it can help and depending on which type of RT you use, will affect how it will help you:

    • New Style RTing: This is when you use the ReTweet button on twitter and it displays you ReTweet to your followers as if they were following the聽original聽poster.
      By using this style of RTing, other users will be able to find and follow your account if they click to see who has been ReTweeting a certain post. It is rare that another user will do this (hence why this may not be the most effective way of getting followers) however if a user wanted to find other tweeters who liked (and ReTweeted) the same post as them they may click this and follow you.
    • Classic RTing: This is when you copy the tweet and appending the suffix “RT @username:” replacing @username with the original poster.
      For the purpose of gaining followers this method would be more effect as it will be counted as a tweet on your account and will make it聽available聽in聽search聽allowing users to find you in the same way discussed in tip 4.
  9. Search on Twitter
    In the same way that I said people will search for tweet matching their intrest, you can do the same. By searching a particular term that聽interests聽you, you can find other people to start conversations with and to follow. This will often result in the other user following you back. A good example of something to search for would be musical artists that you may like, you are very likely to find other people on Twitter who like the same artist that you can talk to.
  10. Use Hashtags聽& Trending Topics
    Be using Trending Topics or popular hashtags you can increase the chance of your tweet being found when other user聽search. Trending topics and popular hashtags will be searched more often than just general terms. If you use of the hashtag or trending topic catches the attention of one of the people searching it, then they may reply, opening the聽opportunity聽to gain a new follower.
    UPDATE: If you are wondering what a Popular hashtag might include, it would include hashtags like #FollowFriday, #MusicMonday, #iwish, #nowplaying, # and #fail. You might also be able to find inspiration from What the Hashtag?!

I may elaborate on this in the future as I did rush this post towards the end but for now, those are a few quick steps to getting more followers 馃檪


Today has been an extremely productive day here on my blog! I should be in school but thanks to the snow, I have not been in school after the first day that I returned on Tuesday. Earlier today, I was thinking about my blog and trying to think of ways to make my URL shorter so that when my tweets are ReTweeted on twitter and shared that the URL links do not take up as many characters. While pondering over this I tried to come up with some clever short URLS but everything I could think of was taken or too expensive due to an expensive TLD.

I then realised that the short URL that I should have is so simple, and has been quite obvious for quite a while. On most social networking sites, 聽I use the username flungo which is short, simple and appropriate to me (the ‘f’ is for Fabrizio and the ‘lungo’ is from Lungo, which when put together makes Fabrizio Lungo which is my name :P) so I purchased the domains flungo.me, flungo.co.uk and flungo.info (the .info one was simply because the domain was cheap) .

I have now set those domains up so that they all redirect to fabrizio.me.uk (which you are presumably reading this blog on) as I have already built up a lot of SEO with the current domain and do not want to loose that by having multiple domains all hosting the same blog, or by changing the default domain. I have also set up flungo.me (the shortest of the 3 domains) as my URL shortening base! All tweets that are posted on my twitter account from this blog will be using that shortened URL from now on! I will also be working to integrate this into other parts of the site including with the tweetmeme plugin that is used on the site. I hope to also make short permalink聽available聽so that readers can share the blog posts with the respective short URL!

This is the first post that should be tweeted using the URL Shortener so this is actually a test post; hopefully it works 馃檪

UPDATE: It appeared to tweet correctly however I have now modified the format of the tweet that is posted to make it clearer!