An interesting infographic courtesy of InternetService.net
With a solid one-third of the Earth’s population connected to the Internet, the speed and quality of one’s Internet connection is more important than ever. Everyone has dealt with the annoyance of a painfully slow Internet connection, and when you’re trying to get something done, slow Internet can feel like more than just a minor setback. While in reality, slow Internet isn’t the worst thing in the world, it’s interesting to take note that, for some places in the world, the Internet does move markedly faster than in others.
Source: News Junkie Post – By Ole Ole Olsen
This is the first in a series of short articles that are intended to help grassroots activists better utilize social media websites. These are the definitive and comprehensive guides for progressives. Every week there will be a new guide published about how to more effectively use Reddit, Digg, StumbleUpon, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Other Sites, and on Advanced Strategies.
Source: Google Webmaster Help
Q: I use the Google Toolbar to monitor PageRank. I read on the Internet that it gives old and quite unreliable data. Can I have reliable realtime PageRank information about the sites I administer? And how can I identify causes of a PageRank drop? silviot, Torino, Italy
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This is a great breakdown of the various considerations in building up SEO for a fledgeling website. The video divides your tasks into the following categories:
- Keyword Targeting
- Content Quality and Value
- Design Quality and Usability
- Social Accounts Setup
- Link Building
Diaspora is an open source and distributed social network. This means that user generated content doesn’t reside on central servers owned by a company, and thus users retain full ownership of and control over all their content. It’s described as a privacy-aware, personally controlled social network.
One of the main purposes of Diaspora is to provide an alternative to Facebook and Twitter that is completely transparent in its handling of user’s information and where privacy is taken seriously.
Here is a 3 part video tutorial to help you get started with Diaspora.
When first getting started with eCommerce, it’s quite common to turn to a hosted shopping cart provider like Shoppify or Instant e-store. You might also try using PayPal and/or Google Checkout to accept payments for products or sercices. The main advantage of these options is that most of the setup is done for you, so it’s quick and easy to get started.
Eventually, however, many businesses will want to have a standalone shopping cart on their own domain. This can be more seemlessly integrated with the rest of your website, and the cost per transaction should be less than with a hosted solution. You also have a great deal more control over your storefront.