02 July 2015

How to get the best response from posting on Facebook?

When you post on your personal Facebook account, you would like your post to get visible and appreciated by your friends. However, if you use the social media in general, and Facebook, in particular, for your marketing or other business purposes, getting the best exposure becomes essential.

So, what are the best and worst times to post social media updates? And what are the best and worst days to post your social media updates?

Posting your social media updates at the best times is the key to improving your presence on any social network. All social media are not the same. Each social network has different kinds of users and their daily activities vary. They use these networks at various times and days to engage with the updates published. To attain maximum engagement on your accounts, you need to find out what the best and worst times to post your social media updates are, and then schedule your posts accordingly. You also need to figure out the best and worst days to publish your social media updates.

An iconographic below offers you a simple view of the best times and days to publish your social media updates in order for them to receive the highest exposure on the following networks: Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest and Tumblr.

And here is the latest research update…

A new study, conducted by Klout, a website that measures reach and influence on social media, analyzed more than 25 million Facebook posts, as well as over 100 million reactions to them. What they found is that posting things at certain times of the day (late morning and early afternoons) and on certain days of the week (Tuesdays and Wednesday, most notable) indeed tends to coerce more engagement from friends. The ideal time, however, does change slightly depending on where you live.

In New York, for instance, the ideal time to share things is just before noon. Thereafter, engagement falls consistently until it reaches its lowest point at about 3am. In San Francisco the optimal time to post things is a bit early (between 9am and 10am); in London, early afternoon is best; in Paris, there's a peak in the morning, and then again in the afternoon; and in Tokyo, early morning (between 7am and 9am) is ideal, but the fallout thereafter is much less severe. The Japanese, it seems, are happy to like, share, and comment on posts well into the night.

The chart below, plucked from Klout's study, shows how the probability that someone will react to any given post (likes, shares, or comments on it) changes throughout the day and week. San Francisco is the red line, New York City is the dotted green line, London the dotted blue one, Paris the dotted purple one, and Tokyo is the dotted aqua one. The peak probability of getting a like, share, or comment in response to a post is about the same in each city (the zero value for each line is marked by the straight line of the same color beneath it), so disregard the differences in height. Instead, notice how consistently engagement ebbs and flows throughout the week.

The trends, though they vary a bit by city, follow a similar pattern. On Tuesday and Wednesday, Facebook posts are the most likely to get reactions. On Thursday, friends are a bit shier with their likes, shares, and comments. On Friday, they are quieter still. And on the weekend they are the quietest. Monday, it seems, is something of an adjust period, when people are working their way back into both the week and their Facebook feeds.

Why the reaction to posting things at night tends to be more muted is both a result of something obvious—fewer people are online—and something that is perhaps a bit less well known. Most likes, shares and comments come only a short time after someone posts something. A majority, in fact, "occur within the first 2 hours of posting times," the researchers note.

While that estimate includes Twitter, where the delay is even shorter on average (largely because people are more willing to scroll through older Facebook posts than older tweets that appear on their feed), it should be a pretty telling sign for anyone debating whether to share something before going to sleep or after waking up.

If you want as many people as possible to engage with your deep thoughts, clever quips, or hilarious memes, be patient, be calculated, and try to share them during the week, in the morning or early afternoon. Unless, of course, you live in Tokyo, where there is less of a work-life Facebook balance. In that case, maybe just do not post things when everyone else is asleep.

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22 June 2015

DoodleKit – Free Website Builder for Small Businesses

DoodleKit is the full package – a WYSIWYG editor, CMS builder, publisher and host for your website. If you are a beginner, you can have your own website in a matter of hours without any coding and extensive artistic efforts.

The proposed solution can be a good choice for startups and small businesses. Built-in Google, Yahoo, and Bing website SEO ranking tools are included in the package.

Doodlekit Features - Everything You Need To Build The Perfect Website:

W3C Valid XHTML & CSS Layouts

All Doodlekit layouts are created with W3C valid XHTML & CSS.
W3C validation is the process of checking your web documents against a formal standard developed by the World Wide Web Consortium. Websites that meet these validations are less likely to have problems and errors.

Build A Website That Works In All Browsers

Doodlekit has been developed and tested to work with 95% of all browsers worldwide. Doodlekit allows you to build a website that works consistently with these browsers:

* Internet Explorer 6+
* Firefox 1.5+
* Opera 9+
* Safari 3+

Multiple Language & International Settings

Doodlekit allows you to build a website in any language you want. International settings let you:

* Change what language your website's labels are displayed in
* Pick what format you want for dates & timestamps
* Set your timezone
* Select currency for your e-commerce

Interchangeable Layouts & Designs

Doodlekit has multiple website layouts, which are fully customizable. Build a website using:

* Multiple color themes
* Multiple background patterns
* Thousands of stock photos & images that can be used for your website header.

You can change your design as much or as often as you had like, all without affecting your content. New layouts and color themes are added regularly.

Stock Photo & Image Repository

Inserting images into your website to illustrate your content is essential, but personal snapshots usually do not offer the same professional look, feel, and quality as a stock image. Doodlekit has a searchable repository of professional photos and images to help you build a website.

* Select photos and images to use in your website’s header.
* Sprinkle stock photos and images throughout your website content.
* New photos and images are added regularly.

Shopping Cart - Build an eCommerce Website

Generate revenue by selling your products directly from your Doodlekit website. You just need a PayPal or Google Checkout account. Income from purchases is sent directly to you. PayPal/Google emails invoice and receipt information to you and your customers.

* Users can purchase items from your website using any major credit card.
* Build a website with multiple shops
* Add products with extra options (such as color or size).

Dynamic Form Builder Tool

Make your own forms to gather customer information or feedback. Build a website to collect newsletter subscription requests, information for estimates on services, or even RSVPs for your next party.

* Form submittals will be emailed to you.
* Form data can be posted back onto the website for all users to view (ex: RSVP forms).
* All form responses can be downloaded in spreadsheet format at any time.

File Uploading & Downloading

Upload files that you want others to be able to download. Perfect for resumes, user manuals, reports, newsletters, or other printable material. Common file types allowed for uploading include:

* Word documents
* Spreadsheets
* PowerPoint presentations
* Adobe PDF files
* Text files
* Image files

Google AdSense / Advertising Tool

Build a website that generates extra revenue using the built-in advertising tool.

* Simply enter your Google AdSense Client ID and revenue-generating ads automatically appear in your website.
* Show or hide ads in different places on your website.
* Use advertising modules from other companies besides Google. Just paste their ad code into specified text areas.

SEO - Search Engine Optimization

Doodlekit allows you to build a website that is optimized to the max for search engines. SEO features include:

* Keyword and description Meta data entry.
* Built-in site map.
* Blog for consistent website updating.
* Alternative and description text entry for inserted images.
* Page titles used in URL creation.
* More…

Website Usage Statistics

Monitor your website usage with the website usage statistics, which gives you information about:

* Number of hits & visitors to your website.
* What pages people visit on your website.
* Websites that post links to your website.
* Words searched on to find your website.
* IP address of each visitor.
* Browsers used to access your website.

Create, Edit, Re-Order, and Delete Pages & Sub-Pages

Build website pages and content on the spot

* Add, edit and remove pages as needed.
* Create sub-pages.
* Re-order and re-name your pages.
* Hide pages.
* Create secure pages viewable only by selected users.

Advanced Page Editor - Makes Building a Website Easy

The advanced page editor allows you to:

* Create two or more column layouts
* Change text size, color, and formatting
* Add images, hyperlinks, tables, and lists
* Spell check your content
* View, edit and validate your XHTML code
* WYSIWYG content editing

Website Domain Names

Build a website that has its own domain (URL). For example: http://www.mywebsite.com.

* Register any available domain name for your website.
* Redirect an already purchased domain to your Doodlekit website.

Build a Website with Uploaded Photos & Images

Doodlekit photo albums provide you with the ability to upload and organize your photos.

* Build a website with multiple albums.
* Reorder photos & images inside albums.
* Add text descriptions to photos & images.
* Add word tags for filtering photos & images via the search tool.
* Let others upload images to your website.
* Hide albums from unregistered users.

Bulk Photo & Image Uploader

The Doodlekit bulk uploader allows you upload multiple photos simultaneously instead of one at a time.

* Drag & drop images directly into the bulk uploader from your computer.
* Rotate images.
* Add names and descriptions for multiple photos in one step.


A Blog allows you to build a website that keeps up to date with the latest news and events.

* Allow others to comment about your posts.
* Lock comments on a blog post.
* Add word tags for categorizing blog posts.
* Blog sidebar boxes show the latest blog posts and comments.

Full Website Searching

Search your website’s content for specific words.

* Search results are grouped by section. For example, Page, Blog, Forums, Photos, etc.
* Links in search results take you to the searched word(s) location.

RSS Feeds

Build a website that allows users to subscribe to RSS feeds that notify them when changes or updates have been made. RSS feeds are available for:

* Blog Posts
* Blog Comments
* Forum Comments
* Photos

CSS Layout Override Editor

If your know how to code CSS, you can use the CSS Override Editor to build a custom website!

* Upload your own custom images to be used to alter your layout.
* Create your own icons, background images, avatars, album images, etc.
* Resize and reshape a selected layout to your own specifications.
* Change colors of text and other XHTML elements.
* More…


Forums allow users to communicate and share information with each other. On personal websites they can be used to stay in touch with friends and family. On business websites, they might be used for support purposes. Doodlekit forums allow you to:

* Provide membership registration.
* Create an online community.
* Create topics for discussion by others.
* Lock down topic discussions if necessary.

Domain Email Forwarding

Create an email alias from your domain name. For example, bob@mywebsite.com.

* An email alias will forward all emails to another email address.
* Add or remove as many aliases as you want.
* One email alias can be used to forward emails to multiple email addresses.

Build a Website with Advanced User Security

Doodlekit provides advanced security features that allow you to manage your website users' access.

* Assign different roles to different users.
* Auto approve newly registered users or choose to approve/deny each registered user.
* Allow others to upload images.
* Make web pages that can only be viewed by selected users.

Limitations of the free version:
Bandwidth: up to 100GB
Storage: up to 100MB

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05 June 2015

BinBox – Share links and get paid!

Traffic worth money. You direct visitors – you are paid.
Easy as that.
Bibox is the free service which will help you to:
* Make money online for sharing links.
* Refer new users for a bonus!
* Protect yourself from bots and unwanted prying eyes.

* Create a free account and anytime you share links, we will pay you for each unique visitor. Earn up to $10 per thousand visitors to your links.
* You do not have to wait for automatic payments. Request a withdrawal anytime your account has at least $5. Get paid with Bitcoin or PayPal.
* All pastes are encrypted with a password, to deter bots and unwanted prying eyes. The password is never sent to our servers.
* Track your link traffic in real time so you can watch your earnings grow. Take full control of your links and maximize your earnings.
* Every affiliate you refer to the site will gain you a 20% bonus of their earnings. Maximize your earnings by referring your friends.
* You can post any link or text that obeys the local laws as well as the federal law of the United States.

Can that be a scam?

Here some findings from the online reviews:
* The website is not blacklisted by trusted security services such as Google SafeBrowsing, ThreatLog and MalwareDomainList. This means the website should be safe to visit and should not be used to distribute malware or Trojans.
* The website has a good trustworthiness score in the WOT (Web of Trust) reputation and it should be considered a safe and not harmful website (http://www.scamvoid.com/check/binbox.io).

Users’ feedback:
* Forces you to disable NoScript, Adblock and every privacy detector just to redirect you to another site.
* Safe site, no malware or viruses. Sometimes popups. A lot of useful stuff is posted using this site service (https://review.easycounter.com/Binbox-trust).

29 May 2015

Facebook Allows Animated GIFs

Yes, today is THE DAY for the animated GIFs fans.

Facebook announced today that it would support animated GIFs in the Facebook News Feed. While not everyone will see the added functionality immediately, as the update is still rolling out, eventually, the new feature will become standard on all profiles. This move represents a significant strategic change Facebook, which has historically avoided supporting GIFs, claiming that doing so would make its News Feed “too chaotic.” Instead of allowing GIFs, Facebook’s focus to date has been on video.

To try the new feature, you can paste a link to a GIF hosted on an external website like Giphy, Imgur, Tumblr, or elsewhere, into their status update box and then publish. The GIF will be animated inline after you post. You cannot currently upload GIFs directly, however, and see the same results. GIFs will auto-play on Facebook in line with your current video autoplay settings. If you choose to disable autoplay in your settings, you can tap or click a GIF (as indicated by “GIF” in a white circle on the image) to play it instead.

A Facebook spokesperson sent Adweek the following statement on animated GIF integration with business pages:

"We built support for animated GIFs to help people express themselves in fun new ways on Facebook. Like many features that we release on Facebook, we want to ensure that this drives a great experience for people first before rolling it out more widely. While Pages cannot currently post GIFs, we are exploring ways to enable this in the future."

Longtime Facebook users (read: old people like me who have been using the service since it was for college students only), will recall that if offered GIF support in the very early days. The ability to embed or upload GIFs was removed a decade ago, probably because of the negative impacts a ton of GIFs in the Newsfeed had on the product.

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