According to FOX 61 in Tennessee, councilman Dimitar Kerin was voted out of his position for playing Farmville during meetings. He argued other members on the council played Farmville as well, so much so he had to play during meetings to match them. In the UK, a 12 year-old boy racked up £905 in FarmVille debt. During the period between Jun 19th and July 9th, an average of 63.3 million users played Farmville, making Farmville the most played online game in the world. What makes Farmville so addictive? How can a simple flash based game cause someone to loose their jobs, or spend hundreds of dollars?
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While running a website or a blog it is vital to research keywords for your articles. It is of equal importance to monitor how your keywords are ranking within the major search engines. By doing so you can see how your site is preforming, and if you need to make some changes. SEO Centro has a tool called Rank Checker that allows you to view how specific keywords rank within Google, Yahoo and Bing.
While using the Internet it is easy to encounter examples of hateful people. These days almost any Internet Forum or website comment’s section is filled with people designed to piss you off. It is as if these people had nothing else to do but to make your day miserable. The sad truth is, they do not. Many people these days feel it is their right to say the most vile, hateful and evil things possible to anyone with no consequences. While freedom of speech is a good thing, it does not mean you can tell someone to die, or how you wish you could kill them or their families, or to go burn in a fire. These days the above statements are all to common.
With all the insanity lately over Facebook’s Privacy changes, many are looking for ways to limit the information visible to the world. Besides cancelling your account, there is another method to make sure the information you are sharing with the world is limited. ReclaimPrivacy.org has developed a tool called Reclaim Privacy which scans your facebook account for security holes.
A couple of days ago I was browsing the Internet looking for new music. I am very picky with what I listen to, resulting in a very limited music collection. I heard about an Internet Radio Station named Pandora, which combines the concept of Stumbleupon and music. I was interested, and created an account. Hours later, I was convinced Pandora was the finest Internet Radio Station I have ever seen. Using Pandora, I have been exposed to numerous artists I never new existed.
Hulu, one of the Internet’s leading sources for online television shows and movies, plans to begin charging users next year. Hulu allows users to access many television shows and movies, offering high quality content. Hulu has been free to date, with no signup or members fees. Users could go to the site, search for a show and watch episodes for free. However, next year the owners of Hulu will begin to offer a pricing system, placing some of it’s content for paying customers only.
If you run a blog that takes in money or products from advertisers, be prepared to fully disclose this information beginning on December 1, 2009. The Federal Trade Commission on Monday, September 5th, stated on December 1st, all bloggers who review products must disclose any connection with advertisers, including in most cases the receipt of free products and if they were paid in any way by advertisers. The purpose of this is to allow readers to know the full relationship between a blogger and the advertiser.
A new wordpress attack is going on, reported by Mashable, targets wordpress versions that are not up to version 2.8.4. This new attack exploits security holes within wordpress where hackers can gain access to the Administrator account. This allows hackers access to the database, where they can create new Administrator accounts then gain full control over your wordpress platform. This attack is currently only active for self-hosted versions of wordpress. To upgrade, log into your adminatration area and you should see a notice to upgrade. Click this notice and choose to automatically upgrade your version. For most people it should work, just watch to see if any errors are reported.
Yesterday we customized wordpress with a custom theme, widgets, and plugins. Now that our site is looking the way we want, we need to modify it for search engine optimization. Wordpress does a pretty good job with SEO out of the box, however improvements can be made. SEO is important, as search engines are often a majority of traffic for a blog. Without a good SEO strategy in place, it can be difficult to gain visitors to your site.
After creating the wordpress blog in Step 3, you need to customize wordpress. The theme it comes with is in my opinion ugly and basic, which will detract visitors from coming back to your site. You need a new theme, as well as plugins to enhance your blog’s functionality. We will begin by selecting a theme.