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Yahoo! Buzz India Will Be Discontinued Today!

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Here comes the end of one more product by Yahoo! Buzz will remain silent from today in India.

Yahoo! Buzz was started three years back on February 26, 2008. Yahoo! Buzz was a community-based news article website, heavily derived from Digg, which combines the features of social bookmarking and syndication through a user interface that allows editorial control.

@Yahoo! Buzz users were allowed to share links, stories, images etc. It created a hopes that it would drive larger traffic to their site and would give them an advantage over larger online media companies such as Google or MSN, which are Yahoo!’s largest competitors in terms of search engines that provide services and web features to its customers.

One interesting feature of Buzz was it allowed users to modify the content after submission also.

But all these came to end when leaked slide showed Yahoo! Killing Delicious and Yahoo! Buzz.

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Well Yahoo has already disconnected Buzz in US on April 22, 2011. But here comes the announcement to kill Buzz in India,

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Well that is clear. Say bye-bye to Buzz. Maybe Google will join them soon as Google Buzz is performing very low when compared to Digg, StumbleUpon and Reddit.

Please share your thoughts on this. icon smile Yahoo! Buzz India Will Be Discontinued Today!

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Change Facebook Login Background Using Chrome Extension!

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Tired of boring and same old Facebook background image? Yes? Even we! At least they should change login page. But its been a long time that we have seen only features being added and there is no graphics update on Facebook.

Well here we found a good Google Chrome extension which gives all authority to user. It’s time to Refresh your Facebook with your own custom homepage design! Something like Twitter background image change.

Facebook Refresh!

Facebook Refresh is a Google Chrome extension which allows you to set a custom image URL as your Facebook homepage wallpaper. Well the great advantage is, you can customize your Facebook login page at anytime and endlessly! Yes, you can change the background how much ever time you like icon smile Change Facebook Login Background Using Chrome Extension!

Follow the steps given to enjoy Facebooking,

Step 1:

Download Facebook Refresh extension here.

Step 2:

Installed? Now type chrome://extensions/ on URL bar.

Step 3:

Click on the Options below to Facebook Refresh extension. It will open a new tab asking for Image URL.
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Step 4:

Now goto any website and get the image URL like, http://tech18.com/images/abcd.jpg and click on Save.
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Tech Tip: Search for a image of your screen resolution for better usage icon smile Change Facebook Login Background Using Chrome Extension!

Step 5:

You are done! Now goto www.facebook.com and see the change.

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Liked it? Hope so.

This extension uses CSS with minimal JavaScript. This means that it is very fast loading. The current default background image is loaded externally from a domain. It may take longer for it to load the first few times.

But the only disadvantage is you can’t use images in your desktop icon sad Change Facebook Login Background Using Chrome Extension! “file://” (image on your hard-drive) is not currently supported by Chrome. However, you can use some free image hosting sites. So as of now please make sure your URL begins with “http://”.

Hope you liked the extension. Please provide your feedback and share your experience with us icon smile Change Facebook Login Background Using Chrome Extension!

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9 Do-Not's of Professional Blogging

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Last week, we posted an article on the “9 Must-Do’s of Professional Blogging”. Well, we can’t just talk about what to do, without talking about what Not to do, can we? So here it is “9 Do-Not’s of Professional Blogging” =D

1) Don’t Steal

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The actual word is “plagiarize”. This is something we have to emphasize on. Stealing of content is a definite No-No! If you did your research, and obtained a part of your content from elsewhere, make sure you give credit accordingly.

Tech tip: when you use images from Flickr or other sites give credit just below the image as we give in < credit > tag icon smile 9 Do Not's of Professional Blogging

2) Don’t Spam

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If you’re going to send your readers updates on your blog via their emails/selected medium, make sure that they are expecting it. (On a side note, make sure you make it easy for them to unsubscribe too.)

Sometimes when your users comment on the post, check are they provided proper mail ID with gmail, yahoo or other well known mail ID providers. Some one can simply comment with [email protected] These are spams. Be alert and move them to spam list as soon as possible icon smile 9 Do Not's of Professional Blogging

Tech Tip: have a look at the commenter’s blog as well. They may add non-existing  url’s.

3) Don’t Neglect your Readers

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If you don’t want to engage, Don’t. Engaging your audience takes time and effort. If you’re not going to be there, don’t encourage your readers to leave comments that you don’t intend to reply to.

If you are getting comments on your post, its better to reply to that on same day or with-in 2 days. This makes your readers feel that you are genuine author who respects the readers.

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4) Don’t Confuse your Readers

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Your blog has a theme. All blogs do. And the reason readers come to your blog is because they are interested in what you have to say regarding the said theme. Make sure your message is relevant to that theme. Don’t confuse your readers by giving them content which they didn’t expect. (Likewise with misleading titles)

5) Don’t be Mean

No matter how strongly you feel against something/someone, don’t vent your anger or displeasure on your blog. Understand that if your blog is a professional one, it is a part of the company’s or the brand’s image. If you have an opinion, it’s okay to voice it out and stay opinionated. But make sure you don’t come across as intentionally hurtful.

Tech Tip: DO NOT give link to other blog in negative way! Better leave a comment in professional way by asking “if i am correct me” icon smile 9 Do Not's of Professional Blogging Makes good sense right?

6) Don’t do “Me Too” posts (Not too Often)

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People come to your blog because you hold content that can’t be obtained anywhere else. If most of your posts are complementing other posts and just agreeing with them, without the slightest hint of having a unique perspective, then you’re not very interesting.

Tech Tip: Explore about the topic before posting!! Make unique post and get visitors! icon smile 9 Do Not's of Professional Blogging

7) Don’t be a Hypocrite

Practice what you preach. Or at least, really try to. Showing people that you walk the talk can often be the most convincing way to prove your point.

Tech Tip: write a post such a way that readers feel like chatting with friend icon smile 9 Do Not's of Professional Blogging

8) Don’t “Over-sell” your Blog

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Okay, so you have written a post that you feel good about. You post it. Then what? You advertise it via the mediums available to you (E.g. on Twitter and on Facebook.) So far so good. But when your stream starts showing the same post over and over again, it starts to annoy. Try to moderate your “selling”.

9) Don’t include a background tune

Have you ever visited a blog where a tune starts playing in the background? I have, and it catches me off-guard. My ears don’t expect to be invaded by pleasant tunes all the time! Also, the songs that one person enjoys may not appeal to others. It can really deter your readers from spending more time on your blog.

Tech Tip: Don’t add annoying graphics or songs that may end up irritating your readers when they visit! There may not be a next time~

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Here’s you go, the 9 Do-Not’s of professional blogging.. If you’re guilty of any of the above, time to stop. Like.. Now. Hope this helps~

Do you have any points to add to the list? Leave a comment! We would love to hear from you icon smile 9 Do Not's of Professional Blogging Cheers!

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Must have WordPress SEO Plugins

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Welcome back to Tech18.com,here are some must have wordpress SEO plugins  to seo optimize your wordpress blog.

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