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Why Junk and Spam Email Folders Are a Brainwash

Email Spam Junk Folder

Why do we actually need a Junk email folder? Hmmm… Stupid question, right? The Junk folder separates all that annoying spam from the stuff we want to read. It’s the dustbin into which the useless rubbish is dumped. Consequently, the Junk folder is entirely necessary. Or is it?… Continue reading Why Junk and Spam Email Folders Are a Brainwash

Who Is The Online Hater?

Hater Troll Keyboard Warrior

Anger. Most of it is momentary. Someone gets heavily stressed and annoyed, they flare up and lash out, they apologise, it’s over. But the Internet has highlighted an altogether different type of anger. It’s not the result of stress, and it’s far from momentary. This is a type of anger that becomes ingrained in an individual to the core. It won’t diminish, even over a matter of years. This is the anger of the Online Hater – a particularly aggressive and abusive type of Internet troll, who will be just as abusive tomorrow as he/she is today. As hateful next month as this.

The individual reasons behind online hate campaigns vary, but Continue reading Who Is The Online Hater?

Get a Life!… What It Really Means

LOL, WTF?, Get a life
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“Get a life!”… It’s one of the most familiar put-downs on the World Wide Web, appearing on forums and the social networking sites with striking regularity. But there’s almost always an irony in the phrase, because in order to recognise that some unknown character in a far-flung corner of the Net needs to get a life, you kind of have to be paying fairly close attention to some pretty trivial matters yourself… Continue reading Get a Life!… What It Really Means

How Effective Are Blog Sidebars?

Redoable Lite WordPress
The highly attractive Redoable Lite theme on WordPress.com.

When bloggers first start out, they tend to have a very optimistic view of what a sidebar does. The traditional concept of a sidebar is to place a series of text links beside each post, and many blog widgets will make this very easy to achieve. But does this kind of thing work? Will blog visitors click the links in a sidebar? Does it matter which side the sidebar goes? And is there anything bloggers can do to make their sidebars more effective? Continue reading How Effective Are Blog Sidebars?

Photographers: Don’t Blame The Content Thief

Birmingham Stephenson Street in winter

If you’re a writer, but you don’t generally produce any images, you’re lucky. You may not think so, but in broad terms the Internet has your back. But if you produce images and don’t generally write, you’re in an entirely different situation. Unlike writers, you will receive little or no respect from the Internet, and that disrespect starts right at the top, with huge powers such as Google and the social media sites, who tacitly encourage what’s quaintly referred to as the “sharing” of other parties’ image matter. Continue reading Photographers: Don’t Blame The Content Thief

Why You Can’t Find What You Want on Google

Google Cannot Find

This post provides a synopsis on why the things you want are not on the Internet. If you’re after an actual guide to effective Google searching – finding those hard-to-locate goodies, please see How To Find Everything On The Internet.

Digital applause – the combination of Likes, Thanks, +1s, Favourites, Follows, positive comments and various other expressions of appreciation – is a major component in keeping the Internet free. Of course, it doesn’t keep the actual ISP service free. That’s always going to have to be paid for in one way or another. But the supply of accessible material – the photographs, articles, music, etc – a very high proportion of that is legitimately free, and it’s paid for in large part by digital applause. Continue reading Why You Can’t Find What You Want on Google

Twitter Protocols: To @Mention or Not?

Compose New Tweet

Until now, there’s been a pretty unified take on the use of @mentions on Twitter. It seems most people believe that if you’re going to talk about another Twitter user within the bounds of the mammoth micro-blogging site, you should always ‘tag’ them into your tweet. Determine what their @username is, and refer to the person by that @username. This notifies them that you’re talking about them, and essentially, means you’re not saying anything behind their back. Continue reading Twitter Protocols: To @Mention or Not?