Links for late June

Social Media Marketing for Non-Profits links

Social Media for Non-Profits links

Author’s quick guide to Social Media Marketing, iPhone data plans explained, BP PR display ads, the useful 33% of Twitter users, jQuery for better columns

These are my links for May 31st through June 14th:

Link dump: WordPress security, embedding tweets, Twitter auth API countdown, discount ads still win, HTML5 video in WordPress, rewarding customer engagement, spying on your competition’s PPC, free usability tools, crash cam

These are my links for May 19th through May 25th:

These are my links for May 7th through May 18th:

  • 5 Tools For Integrating HTML5 Video in Your Website – Audio & video player options, no Flash required. I’ll be checking out that Degradable audio and video plugin for WordPress.
  • HOW TO: Reclaim Privacy on Facebook – bookmark lets you check on your vulnerability by checking your Facebook privacy settings. Possibly the most useful part of this tool are the quick links to your Facebook settings pages for controlling specific exposure areas.
  • eMarketer – Is the click still king? Despite the recogition of the need to measure hard ROI, moat of us are still counting click throughs.
  • eMarketer – Consumers still prefer ads that offer discounts or deals.
  • @twitterapi’s countdown to Basic Auth removal – Countdown to mandatory oAuth integration for Twitter apps.

These are my links for April 28th through May 4th:

Usability testing made easy, CSS code generators, site speed & SEO, more on the fold myth

Pogue sells me an iPad, new Facebook Page type, can Twitter influence be bought?, iPhone/iPad UI design tools

DIY light kit, public beta, Should I put my URL in my ads?

These are my links for March 21st through March 24th:

Find related links for blogging, Best tweets: Search Fest 2010, Compare finances via social, Who links to my site?

These are my links for March 9th through March 12th:

Facebook Page ideas, why ginger ale on flights, picking the perfect color scheme

These are my links for February 24th through February 25th:

Help finding influencers, pro audio for DSLR, SEM tools, and measuring social ROI

These are my links for February 22nd through February 24th:

Bookmarks for February 13th through February 20th

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

Turn web pages into stand-alone apps with Fluid

There are a few web pages that I always have open. Google Reader, Vitalist, and Workamajig (yikes). Sites like Mint and, (shameless plug) Twuffer are even beginning to make the tabs-never-to-be-closed list.

Fluid is written by ex-Apple Dashboard developer Todd Ditchendorf. It allows you to create Site Specific Browsers, or SSBs. Thanks to Fluid, “you can create SSBs to run each of your favorite WebApps as a separate Cocoa desktop application.” It’s Mac OSX Leopard only, so all you Tiger cats need to upgrade.

My immediate goal was to make an SSB of Google Reader. I think of Google Reader as a separate RSS aggregator app anyhow, so why not make it totally separate from the browser? I downloaded Fluid from the site, unpacked it, and moved it to my Apps folder.

Create a Fluid SSB

Create a Fluid SSB

When you launch Fluid, it asks you for the URL of the site to app-ize (appify?), what you want to call the app, where to put it, and even what you want to use for the app’s icon. If you leave the default on that last option, your app switcher will use a giant, blurry version of the favicon gleaned from the web.

Google Reader SSB. (yes, thats 1000+ unread)

Google Reader SSB. (yes, thats 1000+ unread)

The magic happens, and the next thing you’ll see is your new web app all neatly bundled in it’s own page, complete with it’s own taskbar. To really burn up time that might otherwise be productive, think about your web apps having their own taskbar and what that allows you to do. Super nerds will love the Convert to MenuExtra SSB option so you can drop the app down from next to your clock, then fold it up again. Google Calendar perhaps?

That’s right Gmail fans, you can now participate with your Apple Mail and Outlook cohorts in email client groan fests. And all you protective tweeters out there who like your Twitter in a comfy, toasted, no-butter browser style aesthetic, Fluid was made for you. I’m off to make a stand-alone Twuffer app.

Copy and Paste for iPhone tomorrow, advertising the day after that.

According to CrunchGear, a new service called Pastebud (@pastebud)will be released tomorrow enabling copy and paste for iPhone. From what I can tell, it cleverly uses 2 Javascript bookmarks and a web service to store the clipping whilst you switch apps. Cool, and a great temporary fix while Apple figures out how to make this possible internally on the iPhone.

Wait, Pastebud is going to store, at least temporarily, all the little clippings we’re all copying. That means they are going to have access to stats about not only what pages we’re looking at, but the exact phrases we’re interested in. How ’bout that for a targeted marketing opportunity?

That kind of statistical detail is worth a lot to advertisers. I wonder if Pastebud will be account driven? Hmm. In any case, I’ll bet we see a some sort of “most copied” web site or report ala Google’s Zeitgeist which will be interesting, if not profitable for Pastebud.

How many people use Twitter?

UPDATE (9/30/10):
Luke W provided recent Twitter usage stats this week complete with source links. Thanks, Luke.

UPDATE (4/15/10): The Huffington Post just posted actual Twitter user stats & figures from Chirp, the Twitter developer’s conference.

Here are the highlights:

  • Twitter now has 105,779,710 registered users.
  • New users are signing up at the rate of 300,000 per day.
  • 180 million unique visitors come to the site every month.
  • 75% of Twitter traffic comes from outside (i.e. via third party applications.)
  • Twitter gets a total of 3 billion requests a day via its API.
  • Twitter users are, in total, tweeting an average of 55 million tweets a day.
  • Twitter’s search engine receives around 600 million search queries per day.
  • Of Twitter’s active users, 37 percent use their phone to tweet.
  • Over half of all tweets (60 percent) come from third party applications.
  • Twitter itself has grown: in the past year alone, it has grown from 25 to 175 employees.


The actual figure for Twitter user stats is hard to get, unless you’re a Twitter employee. Here’s a list of links that are helpful in estimating just how many Tweeters are out there. displays a running total of the number of public Twitter users in it’s directory. analyzes number of tweets sent over the last 7 days. lists the most popular Twitter users by followers. shows the approx number of unique visitors to the site.

Finally, see Michael Arrington’s post about this topic on TechCrunch from April 2008.


For a look at the volume of tweets per hour and per day, check GigaTweet. Lovely graphs.

See also Quantcast’s analysis of These stats are only for the web site, and do not include desktop or mobile Twitter client users.

A new right click for MacBook users.

Turn on 2 fingers and click for right click on a mac laptop

Turn on 2 fingers and click for right click on a mac laptop.

If you haven’t noticed that your Apple laptop doesnt have a right click trackpad button, I envy you.  For those that have, you may have figured out that you can hold ctrl and click to bring up the right click menu.

Here’s a new, easier way from Lifehacker’s Top Ten Right Click Tools that I’ll be adopting immediately.  In System Preferences, (click the Apple logo in the upper left) choose Keyboard & Mouse.  Check the “Tap trackpad using two fingers for secondary click” checkbox.

Now, to fire trigger the right click, put two fingers on the trackpad, and click!

What version of Flash Player do I have?

Some sites will tell you that you need to upgrade your Flash player to see their content. Don’t always believe it. Check your Flash Player version, and compare it to the latest Flash Player version here: Sometimes, the developer makes an assumption about which browser or operating system you might be using. If you don’t match that assumption, they will toss you the “upgrade your Flash Player version” error. Don’t believe the hype!

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