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User Experience Videos That Are Worth Your Time (Re-blog)

9 Jan UX

User Experience Videos That Are Worth Your Time (Re-Blog)

Get a refresher course list (or learn new) – these are a great place to focus on UX-User Experience development..

Rub Link: User Experience Videos That Are Worth Your Time

Get a refresher course list (or learn new) – these are a great place to focus on UX-User Experience development..
presenting here phenomenal videos and related resources on the topic of user experience (UX) by different presenters at different events. We have focused on current content but have included some older videos that are still relevant. It will take you more than 16 hours to watch all of these videos. So, make some popcorn, turn off the lights and enjoy.


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User Design for Emotional “Flow” (SlideShow)

9 Sep

Design Tips | Design for Emotion and Flow (Design Slides)

“I believe Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of “Flow” in order to create an emotional feeling within the End User is very important within design.

I like to design &/or lead my design team always keeping mindful to funnel the End User’s ‘psychological state’ or ’emotional flow’ within all online branding.

Often leading to the seamless emotional state that will also charge the EndUser with an identifiable positive energy feeling worth embracing AND that urges for return.

Many Wise designers and Information Architects are now embracing this view with me when it comes to FLOW and of psychological state pushed by design and it’s importance in the design process..” – BlotterMonkey

Designing with users in mind can be a tricky undertaking. Not only does it require of a sound understanding of who your users are, but the actual act of translating what you know about them into a well-designed target strategy is not always an obvious or easy path.

So along with the slides above here is some help getting started with the FLOW formula:

Share Facebook Statuses Easily With Status Snapper

25 May

Re-Blog: Share Facebook Statuses Easily With Status Snapper. 

Share Facebook Statuses Easily With Status Snapper | [Honhkiat]

Want to share a funny Facebook status but don’t want the profile picture or name revealed in the shot? Many users use colors to blot out the details, sometimes making a mess out of the image. Wouldn’t it be great if you could make this treatment as fast and as painless as possible?

We have found a handy Chrome extension called Status Snapper which not only helps you automatically blur out the profile picture and name, but also lets you capture and upload images up to Imgur without having to open up any other side applications…

Read Here to learn how to use it! 

after adding the Chrome Extension/
I turned this Facebook post


Into this … So it’s so easy it also already hosted itself online for me to share!
2 clicks & done and done!

Check it out more here: Share Facebook Statuses Easily With Status Snapper | [Honhkiat]

Don’t forget to enter your new url to the public

23 Mar

New Website, Blog, Feed, Micro-site, Name tag or Landing page?

Here is the much forgotten To-Do list for new URL’s you want public traffic to know about.

 This is mostly for DIY’ers that overlook this because, well lets face it, like many DIY’ers, you thought you could do it all yourself cheaper, well that’s not the best choice unless you do it for a living already, but I cant tell you any different– even with numbers showing that said & done you will more likely spend more in the long run…(that’s a whole other subject)
But I always try to list my help & tips for the noobs to you’re in luck with me around ;0)
I strongly believe Information is power and liberating as many people as I can until someone pays me enough to do otherwise.

OK Back to it shall we?, A few things DIY’s may forget to do after creating websites, micro-sites, new blogs-profiles, pages, feeds, etc..

Google FeedBurner  Don’t forget to Submit URL’s & RSS feeds to the public for traffic:  
Summed up one-stop micro-list for non-noobs:

Now we go onto the reminders/tips: 

If you haven’t then here is a list of things that YOU need to remember after setting up a new Website, Micro-site, Blog, Public Profiles-Landing pages…

  1. After you decide if you would like’  or a custom domain name  and set-up the site/blog:
  2. If you can: Add your selected domain name into Google webmaster tools.(  )
  3. Grab the webmaster tools verification meta data, add it to the head of your Meta Tags/SiteCoding …or ‘Blog’s/Posterous theme’ and adapt to what yours said is best to do in the help.

 You will want to tell the search engines about your new site or page.

Submit RSS Feed URL’s into FeedBurner! 

REMEMBER, it is worth it to set up a Google Webmaster & Analytics Account: 

Don’t forget to add Meta tag‘s for the search engine spiders! 

  • Here is a generator and how to for Un-Coders-
  • For Blogs or WCMS(Web Content Management Service’s like WordPress, Tumbler etc..)
    If you are using a blog site then search google with keywords “how to add meta search tags & keywords to ‘blogs name Here’ ” OR [and always do this first] Check out your blogs site’s help & How-to sections and you will often find the best easy answers to save time for their particular proprietary operation and how THEY set it up for YOU to do all this to serve the REAL webmasters wanting to add goodies for REAL companies to stay competitive w other CMS sites.

For any more I may have missed on the subject, feel free to ask me what I missed or add what you think is important.
I tried to start this with a small important part easy enough for anybody, but I’m looking forward to what you all find important and what subjects are worth going into more details about.

How To Get Your Plus Profile’s Vanity Name

15 Mar

How To: Get Your Google Plus Profile’s Vanity Name/URL:

(This Social Media Tip is beneficial for many Social Media Marketers, Brand Identity Companies, and of course the everyday Personal Users as well) 

Hi Kids. If you’re like me, you may have been a little disappointed about your G Plus profile’s link/URL.
And even maybe a little confused as to how to share your profile with all those ugly numbers for your URL and no place telling you how to identify you in the url on the profile settings.
So I did some research and found out some nice answers to help this problem.

This is especially annoying if you are a company or self brand because you most definitely want to use your Identity Brand Name or even your Personal Identity for your URL like Facebook has allowed and website name-servers.

In short, you want a ‘Vanity Name for your Plus Profile’. One that will to fit nicely into your Brand’s Identity to share what or who you are. I thought about making my own original URL myself on a web server and just making a fast redirect to my Google profile  that I could share with others, one that is nice & simple….and then I thought about maybe starting it as a service for others I know with the same desire…BUT then I found that someone already has! Thank Glob I dont have to do it myself! And so I thought it was about time since I was taking the day off, to share this tip with people who may not know about this.

So I am going to help a brother(or sister) out and tell you how you can easily claim your google plus profile vanity URL. UN-Like Facebook, Google plus currently does not support vanity urls. Just like pic below shows below:

In Facebook, we had an option to choose our own custom usernames.Google Plus currently shows a long numeric string of digits as our Plus profile URL which looks very ugly and our friends can’t even track us with that lengthy mash of numbers for a URL.
( Rub Here! on how to get your name in Facebook if you haven’t already)

So now there’s a crapload of applications for just this problem. Is “Crapload” one word? idk? doesn’t really matter I guess. Anyways, Yes, since the release of Google+ many apps have been setup and are competing over which of them can manage to register the most number of your G+ URL’s. So I’ve listed here the main ones.

Ok, I bet your ready to get started so here I go with the goods:

So here’s the list of services for you to choose from, just pick any url changing service. The only thing difference  about these options is their name’s, they all do the same thing.

The deal is simple. Simply visit your preferred site from the list above, enter your Google+ ID i.e. (JUST the numeric string of numbers) and then type in your Brand Name (or nickname for personal users) that you wish to assign as your google plus profile’s vanity URL. And then click Add.

Finally you get a nice looking URL that you can be proud of & share with you clients, colleagues, and friends. When your clients or friends click that link, they will ‘instantaneously’ get redirected to your google profile page and no one else is the wiser!

Sweet!, now you have your own sweet looking(or professional) Plus Profile Vanity URL right?!
Just like mine right here:

As you may notice I happen to use but they all do the same thing, I just happen to like their name for my URL most. So take a minute and decide which company’s URL/name you would like best for YOUR URL Vanity name before your own?! if that made any sense. 

TIP:  if you ever forget your URL later they have the option to find it again for you, but more than likely it’s just your nickname added to the end of the company’s URL you used like example:  ” Blottermonkey” to would be 

BTW: These services are not a product from Google. They are third-party applications that allows you to set a custom Google+/ Plus username/Vanity URL. Google+ will soon bring the vanity URL feature so keep your eye out when it comes. But until then, you now have options.


What the hell is Adobe CQ5?

19 Jan

What is Adobe CQ5 & how can it help me?

OK here is the quick skinny on Adobe CQ5 and how web content management system applications may be able to help you.

Adobe Communique 5, or CQ5, is a large-scale Web Content Management System or (WCM or WCMS) that is currently available from Adobe Systems (the makers of the well known Photoshop, Flash, Illustrator & the new Edge).

CQ was originally developed by Swiss company Day Software, the CQ platform changed hands when Adobe acquired Day in October 2010…and you will still some job requirements or boss shopping lists asking for experience in ‘Day CQ’ , if not the latest Adobe CQ5.

Adobe CQ5 is geared specifically for large companies and corporations with substantial -and often global- infrastructures. It combines web content management, digital asset management, and the social collaboration to deliver a solution that allows large companies to manage incredible amounts of information, multiple internal and external websites, a myriad of media assets, and detailed workflow.

Several of CQ5′s key benefits include:

  • Significant control over brand presentation
  • The reuse of templates and components while maintaining a unique look & feel(one of my favorites when doing  WCM myself)
  • Substantial reduction in organizational training costs
  • Adobe also contributes significant resources to the open source community, with over 12 Apache and 25 open source projects currently underway.
  • Some notable companies that use the Adobe CQ5 platform include General Motors, McDonald’s, Kodak, Volkswagen, Audi, and NBC Universal.

Here is a video with some quick answers about Adobe CQ5:

more info & sites about CQ5:

BlotterMonkey Bonus Whitepaper!

The 21st-century CMO: How digital marketing is driving organization transformation

Taking full ownership of customer experience management

“Today’s 21st-century CMOs are pursuing digital marketing across a large number of channels simultaneously.
As they do, they leverage the capabilities inherent in next-generation web content management (WCM)
This paper highlights the advances in closed-loop marketing that enable measurement and optimization of
digital marketing efforts. It also describes the challenges that CMOs face when pursuing digital marketing
strategies and how next-generation WCM solutions help CMOs overcome those challenges.

CQ5 Web Content Management from Adobe White Paper: 12112_Day_21st_Century_WP_ue_v6.pdf

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