Monthly Archives: June 2011

Youtube hero, we salute you!

I usually listen to new music on Youtube: a few days ago I found this video:

And I fell in love with this guy. Who is he? Why nobody knows about him?

Why so few news about an obviously skilled, 13-million-views guy?

Eventually I found some info about him on Quora – thanks, Quora! I still don’t know whether you’re useful or not, just keep rocking.

Besides, I googled the email address on his Youtube profile and I found that. Take care, mr. takesomecrime.

Bye FBML, hello iframes!

In march 2011 Facebook asked to switch asap from static FMBL to iframes.

Static FBML isn’t working as it used to be and it isn’t allowed anymore to create new tabs through it. Customization of fan pages is a little more difficult now.

Here’s a tutorial about creating custom tabs on your Facebook page with iframes. There’s plenty of it. Really!

There’s much more to do:




Please validate your CSS

Do you need to check and validate your CSS?

Besides the classic W3C validator, here’s an interesting service: CSS Lint.

This is what it’s about:

It does basic syntax checking as well as applying a set of rules to the code that look for problematic patterns or signs of inefficiency. The rules are all pluggable, so you can easily write your own or omit ones you don’t want.

More info here. Give it a try!

How to avoid “death by Powerpoint”

Death by Powerpoint occurs when you bore your audience to death during a presentation. Maybe because after 20min the page number says 15/131, or because your bullet points overwhelm everything else.

How can you enhance your presentation skills and avoid killing people?

I’m dealing with a couple of books really worth reading. The first one is Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds.

The second one is Slide:ology by Nancy Duarte. Neither is brand new, both are very useful.

Everyone should read them. I’ll just write down a few (bullet?) points I have to keep in mind, but there’s much more than this.

Presentations are about story-telling. They’re much more similar to a documentary film than to a paper document full of data.

Ask yourself who your audience is, what you are asked to do, what the venue is like, but uber alles: what is your point? Moreover, ask yourself why it matters.

Make your ideas sticky by making them simple and unexpected. Your name and logo aren’t really necessary in every single slide.

Good designs have plenty of empty space. A slide with more than a few words is not a slide, it’s a document. What about only one sentence, or one word? Or no words?

Remember the principle of signal vs. noise to remove useless elements.

Create contrasts. If it’s different, make it very different.

Keep in mind the principles of repetition, alignment and proximity.

Practice your presentations till you are blue in the face, and leave your audience satisfied yet yearning for a little more.

Here I found a better review. Enjoy!

Google, myself and I

When you use Google and its many services, how do you identify yourself? According to Google blog, there are a few options: you can be unidentified, use a pseudonymous or be identified.

But there’s far more than that. As someone said, your online identity is determined not only by what you post, but also by what others post about you – whatever it is. When someone googles you, the SERPs are a mix of all this.

As far as June 2011 Google released an improved Dashboard page in order to manage as precisely as possible your web reputation.

Here you can manage the Alert service about you, edit your profile – here’s mine – and link all your profiles around the web.

So far so good, it’s all about you. But there are also some ways to influence SERPs: you can try and remove a page from the SERPs and manage your reputation in an effective way.

Moreover, from the Dashboard you can access and manage pretty much every existing Google service: Analytics, Calendar, Docs, Gmail, Groups, Maps, Picasa, Reader, Youtube, Chrome sync, Adwords, navigation history and so on.

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