Monthly Archives: April 2012

10 Signs Your Online Social Status is Climbing

You’ve been working hard to increase your online status, but you have no idea if your work is paying off. If you need a reliable barometer to measure your juice with your the ‘net crowd, some reliable indicator that you have at last arrived, look no further. Here are ten concrete signs that your online social status is climbing:

  1. Number of Friends/Followers – Of course, a good place to start is to check the number of people who are staying current with your updates. If you have a sizable following, chances are you are doing something right.
  2. Status of Followers – It’s not just how many people follow you, but who they are that counts as well. If you are resonating with reputable and popular users and websites, then you’ve definitely got something going.
  3. RT’s – Twitter re-tweets provide an immediate feedback to measure the popularity of your input. If your tweets are regularly being echoed across the web, that’s a very good sign that your status is climbing.
  4. Links – When the links you share are gaining traffic and are being shared by large numbers of visitors, you have definitely arrived. This is where your network really begins to take hold. Links are very important in online life.
  5. Backlinks – Social networking media is ideally a two-way street. As you develop relationships with other users, sharing one another’s links helps spread the word about one another. If your peers and followers are backlinking from their sites to yours, that’s another excellent milestone.
  6. Imitation – Imitation is, as they say, the sincerest form of flattery. When other users are not only re-tweeting your posts, but mimicking your style, you’ve just about reached cult status, my friend.
  7. @Mentions – Now, when your profile or website is mentioned by another user, independent of any update or tweets from you, then you know that you’re on the people’s collective conscience. You are a golden god! Okay, not really, but a vague Almost Famous reference was kind of fun.
  8. Comments – There’s not much point in keeping a blog if you don’t get any feedback. A blog without comments is really just an online diary. When your posts start getting large numbers of comments – good or bad – you’re resonating with your audience.
  9. Bandwidth – If your site is stretching the limits of your initial bandwidth limits, then the growth of your status has taken on a literal indication. Time to bulk up your website for stardom.
  10. Advertising – Your ads will become more and more plentiful on your website or blog in accordance with the increased traffic you’ve gained. This is where monetization begins to pay off, figuratively as well as literally.

If any or all of these ten signs have occurred, you can be sure you’ve got it made in the shade! Congratulations on successfully promoting your site, self, or blog. You’ve worked hard, now enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Is There Truly a Way to Delete a Twitter Account?

Depending on your reasons for considering the deletion of your Twitter account, there may be less drastic options available. If you’re simply ready for a new username, changing the handle on your existing account or the connected email address is quite simple. For those with privacy concerns, a Twitter account can very easily be locked, meaning that only followers approved by the account holder can view that user’s tweets. These options can save users who simply need a change a fair amount of headache related to the permanent removal of a social networking trail.

However, if you’re determined to remove your Twitter footprint permanently, there are ways to go about it. Unlike Facebook, Twitter doesn’t hide the link to delete a profile or resort to passive-aggressive tactics to entice you to stay. Twitter users in the process of deleting their account will simply be presented with a playful request for the reason behind their decision, “Are you sure you don’t want to reconsider? Was it something we said? Tell us.” Deleting your account starts with the “Deactivate My Account” option in the account settings menu. This permanent deactivation will result in the eventual removal of your data, though it may take up to four weeks after the deactivation period for all of the information to be completely purged.

Users are urged to change the email address, user name and phone number connected to their Twitter accounts before deactivation; though the microblogging site doesn’t specifically state that these pieces of information will be permanently blocked, it could make starting a new account with that information difficult, should you regret your decision after the deactivation period has ended. Also, it’s important to note that deactivating your Twitter account can not be accomplished through a smartphone app or a mobile browser; completing the process will require use of the web from a Mac or PC.

In a move vaguely similar to Facebook’s convoluted policy, there is a thirty day deactivation period in which users can opt to reinstate their account by logging in. However, Twitter clearly states that all user information will be permanently deleted after this period ends, unlike Facebook’s secretive responses to the same question. Any other sites with a Twitter login connect should be cleared, smartphone apps removed and browser caches cleared in order to avoid an accidental login that will start the month-long process again. If you’ve been using Twitter via SMS and you’ve stored the number in your contacts, it’s probably a good idea to also delete that information, as an accidentally-sent text will also result in the reactivation of your account.

Though Twitter’s model includes an immediate settings change that removes most search indexing, old links can sometimes appear in a Google search. After the deactivation period ends, it’s a good idea to Google your Twitter handle to see if any information remains. If there are old tweets or related data, you can send Google a take-down request by following this link.

10 Famous Speeches and How They’d Look on Twitter

Have you ever noticed that most of history’s greatest speeches are, shall we say, rather longish? It would be nice if we could find a Reader’s Digest condensed version of them, something that summed up the message in just a few words. Well, then why not 140 characters, we say. Here are 10 famous speeches and how they’d look on Twitter:

1. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his “I Have a Dream” speech:
@MartinJR I have a #dream that one sweet day we can all like, follow and RT one another regardless of #race, #creed or #religion.

2. Not a speech, per se, but a declaration – of independence:
@FoundingFathers76 RT @KGeorgeIII – We are so over your controlling ways, and have decided to go it alone. In short, we the undersigned declare: You’re fired.

3. Franklin D. Roosevelt addresses the nation after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor:
@FDR RT @Japan Well, we tried to work things out with you like adults, but no. You had to go and attack us when we weren’t looking. It’s on now.

4. Abraham Lincoln gives his Gettysburg Address:
@HonestAbe Just 87 years ago we founded this country upon our belief in freedom. Yet here we are killing each other over slavery. WTF?

5. Gen. Douglas MacArthur gives his farewell speech to Congress:
@TheGeneral Before I fade into retirement, I just want to take the time to say with regard to the mess you’ve made in Asia, “I told you so.”

6. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have Been to the Mountaintop” speech:
@MartinJR RT @mankind I know it doesn’t look good from here, but keep the faith. I promise you that someday you will see as I have seen.

7. Jesus gives his Sermon on the Mount:
@JChrist @mankind You’ve gotten it all wrong. It’s not about laws and works and power. It’s about faith, humility and love. Recognize.

8. John F. Kennedy gives his “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” speech:
@JFK RT @Commies You guys think you’re hot stuff with your fancy wall and your big tanks; but we’re here to tell you, you suck.

9. President Bill Clinton’s “I Have Sinned” Speech:
@BillPrez OK, America, you caught me. What can I say? Sometimes a cigar is not just a cigar, and this was one of those times. My bad.

10. Alexander the Great, to his troops, to inspire them to continue fighting into India:
@BigAl Who’s got a map? Look here, we own like half the planet right now, dudes. And that’s because we don’t back down. Who’s still with me?

10 Technical Terms That Sound Dirty

Sometimes we can’t help but wonder if those tech geeks sit around and create terms just to be naughty in their own nerdy kind of way. After all, how else do you account for some of the names they’ve given us for common technical terms? Don’t believe us? Try these on for size – 10 technical terms that sound dirty (but really aren’t):

  1. Core Dump – Seriously, was there not a better way to describe large-scale memory storage to a device that wouldn’t summon images of large mammals with fiber issues? We suspect that someone willfully opted for this more graphic term after their computer crashed and they lost a lot of valuable data.
  2. Joystick – OK, we realize that many millions of people really enjoy their video games. We get it. We’re just not so sure they should be having quite as much fun as this term suggests. Let’s see those hands, Space Ranger.
  3. Packet Sniffing – Get your mind out of the gutter! This is simply a network analysis program that analyzes incoming traffic; never mind the fact that it sounds suspiciously like something you’ve tried to train your dog to stop doing to house guests.
  4. Dongle – This is a small device that plugs into a computer, acting as a key to access specific programs. Oh, that’s not what you thought it was? As far as we’ve been able to tell, the word didn’t exist anywhere before some geek came up with it to describe a very small piece of hardware. Hmm.
  5. Plug and Play – No, this is not a frat-boy reference to Friday night frolics. It’s a term meant to describe hardware that can be automatically recognized by a computer when it’s connected. The obvious question, though, is will it call tomorrow?
  6. Daisy Chain – Don’t get any ideas about trying this one out at your next pool party. It’s actually an electrical or electronic wiring configuration that connects devices together in sequence, forming them into a ring.
  7. Firmware – We’d love to see someone market a line of undergarments that would replace the old-school tube-sock technique. Alas, however, this term refers of course to the fixed internal programs which control an electronic device.
  8. Root User – Although it can indeed be used to accurately describe a few techies we know, the official definition of this term refers to the user of a program or device who has all permissions and rights, in all modes of operation.
  9. Floppy Disk – You don’t hear this one mentioned very often anymore, and it’s not because of all those Cialis ads either. These storage devices simply became passé because they were no longer – wait for it – up to the task.
  10. Hard Drive – Again, not so much a modern medical marvel; it is the permanent, rigid disk storage device on a computer which stores and retrieves data for its operation. By the way, just because they are typically non-volatile and random-access doesn’t mean they’re easy.