Bookmarks for February 13th through February 20th

These are my links for February 13th through February 20th:

Bookmarks for January 27th through February 3rd

These are my links for January 27th through February 3rd:

Can I remove the creator of a Facebook Page from the administrators?

Delete Facebook Page administrators

This just in from #SearchFest 2010 in Portland: email pagesvip@facebook.com to have an original administrator removed.

In short, no.

Now, before you swear off Facebook altogether, this might be a feature, not a bug. My first notion was that any page administrator should be able to boot any other admin of that page. Simple enough – lots of management systems work this way.

Hold on. What if my company has a Facebook Page, and we have let one of the Page admins go? If the other Page admins don’t get there before the possibly disgruntled ex-employee, he or she could delete the other admins, and retain full control of the company page. Yikes.

With that in mind, I see why FB decided to make the Page creator non-removable. There’s a certain level of protection there.

One user in the discussions on the UWEBD was able to contact Facebook and have them switch the creator status from one admin to another. YMMV.

Until there’s a better way to manage admins for a Page where admins may come and go, choose your creator wisely.

See also: Removing the ‘permanent’ admin and How can I remove the creator admin?, both Facebook discussions.

Facebook to send posts to Twitter, whales to follow

Send Facebook Status to TwitterTechCrunch revealed that Facebook will be adding a feature this week that will allow you to send your Facebook status update out as a tweet. The tweets include a link back to your status on Facebook via the new fb.me URL shortener. Read that as monster inbound traffic for Facebook.

Of particular concern will surely be the strain this will place on Twitter, as millions of users with both Facebook and Twitter accounts suddenly increase their tweet frequency. More on that from All Facebook.

Prepare to be seeing more of the Fail Whale.

Use the Google Wonder Wheel as a keyword tool and for search history

Google Wonder WheelIf you haven’t yet clicked “Show Options” in the upper left of a search result page on Google, go ahead and do it now. Be prepared to lose an hour exploring the new ways to shake the Google search results tree.

One of the quirky, yet instant friends you’ll make from the Google options sidebar is the Wonder Wheel. Like a wagon wheel with your search term as a hub, Google graphically suggests related search terms at the end of spokes off of your hub. Clicking a spoke term launches a new wheel based off that term, but still leaves your original wheel visible. As you’re busy exploring the spokes, ‘classic’ list style results are being updated in the right column for the current search term.

I’m not sure how many times this process can repeat, but I tested it out to 6 levels, starting with “cycling pants” (which I need for winter commuting) and eventually ending at “surly cross check” (the bike I commute on).

The top feature of the Google Wheel for actually trying to locate information has to be search history. One of the hardest parts about traveling down the search rabbit hole is remembering how you got to the term you just searched for. The Google Wheel makes it easy to see your tunneling path, and you can visually hop back to any wheel you’ve spun off.

Building a keyword list, but not sure what people might be searching for? The Google Wheel can be seeded with a search phrase to see what other phrases are commonly searched related to that phrase. Keep poking at it, and it’s easy to see how this will quickly become an invaluable tool for keyword list makers.

Sync Apple Address Book with your Gmail Contacts

Apple Address Book preference pane to sync with Gmail

Apple Address Book preference pane enabled to sync with Gmail contacts

I store all of my contacts in Apple Address Book. Some social media sites offer to scan your Gmail address book to see which of your contacts are available to connect with. If your contacts are in Address Book, these services aren’t able to scan your contacts.

Did you know that you can sync your Apple Address Book contacts with your Google Gmail account (or Exchange, or Yahoo mail)? I didn’t until today. From Address Book, select Preferences > General. Check out those slick little checkboxes at the bottom of the preferences pane.

Just need a simple, one time CSV export from Apple Address Book? Try Address Book to CSV Exporter from Antonio Lore’. This handy tool exports your Apple Address Book to a CSV file, ready for import into Gmail or similar. You can customize the output a bit by ticking which fields to include in the export. This option is hidden in a little + (plus sign) button next to the Export button.

All URL shortened links in MySpace status updates are marked SPAM

MySpace thinks shortened URLs are SPAMFirst things first. If you’re still using MySpace, please find another profile based network. There are so many other good ones like Facebook, or Virb.

I’ve been doing some data piping for clients lately, especially of the “syndicate my blog updates to my social networks” flavor. Today, I discovered that if a shortened URL like those generated by bit.ly, tr.im, or is.gd) is fed into a MySpace status update, not only will MySpace re-shorten it with lnk.ms/***, but they will also redirect that link to an internal MySpace page, accusing that you’ve been reported as a spammer, phisher, or naughty hacker.

If you’ll be automatically piping status update data to MySpace, make sure you aren’t shortening links. Some social syndication services don’t have to use a link shortener, try PingVine, or disable the one in Ping.fm. At this time, Twitterfeed shortens all URLs no matter what.

For WordPress users, try cross-posting with the MySpace Crossposter plugin. This posts your blog entries also on your MySpace “blog”, instead of your status.

OR… just stop using MySpace.

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