Tag Archives: Social Media

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:
Before: https://plus.google.com/103718461397854296745/ 
After: http://gplus.to/blottermonkey

As you may notice I happen to use http://gplus.to 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 http://gplus.to/ would be http://gplus.to/blottermonkey 

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.


How To Get On Facebook At School Or Work If It Is Blocked

10 Dec

How To Get On Facebook At School Or Work If It Is Blocked

Has your school blocked facebook from the computers? Has your boss blocked facebook from the office computers?
Here are the best ways to get around your schools internet filter and any bans on the facebook.com website. Use these methods to get onto blocked facebook at school or in your office at work.

Method 1: Proxy Sites

The reason you cannot get on to Facebook at school is becuase your school’s network administrator has blocked the Facebook URL (the internet address).

One of the most common ways to get on facebook at school is to bypass the block using a proxy. A proxy allows you to surf the internet anonymously, meaning that your school’s computer network won’t see which sites you are on. Therefore they can’t block the sites that you visit through a proxy. The whole time you’re onFacebook, your school just sees that you’re on the proxy website.

The only problem is that when the network administrator’s see you using a proxy, they will most likely block the proxy as they know you’ll be using it to bypass their blocks. So you’ll find that each time you start using a proxy, it will get blocked as well.

However there are thousands of proxy sites on the internet so there should always be one that works.

A very good tip when using a proxy to get on facebook at school is to only use each one once and not to use them too often. If you use a proxy one day, use a different proxy the next day. That way, hopefully, your network administrator won’t realize you’re using one. Also, don’t tell too many of your friends about a proxy – the more people using a proxy, the higher chance of your school blocking it!

How to get on facebook at school or work using a proxy:

  1. Open up your normal internet browser on the computer.
  2. Go to one of the proxy websites.
  3. In the address bar on the proxy website, type: http://www.facebook.com
  4. Facebook should load up and you can use it as you usually would.

Some proxy sites that you can use to get on Facebook at school:

If all these proxies are blocked on your school’s network then search on Google for something like ‘new proxy sites’. There are new proxy sites made every day.

Proxies allow anyone to surf the web with a greater level of anonymity, privacy and security. Identifying information such as your IP address, location, operating system and browser type is removed by the web proxy site and the web site you are accessing observes the communication originating from the proxy site, not your computer. Another name is anonymous proxy, anonymizer or anonymizing proxy because it facilitates Internet browsing without revealing your identity, and Circumventer because it allows you to circumvent a college internet filter or company firewall.

Companies and schools like to prevent access to many websites but a proxy site will help you avoid being blocked by web filters if you are using an education or corporate network such as those at work, at college or school, public libraries, an office or internet cafe or anywhere that might have filtered internet connection. In short proxies allow you to bypass an Internet filter and firewall and defeat web site blocking policies.

You do not need to install any software to browse blocked websites, just visit a proxy site such as this and enter the web address. Unblock Bebo, Youtube, Myspace, Facebook, eBay, Hi5, Amazon, GameSpot, Orkut, CNN, Yahoo, BBC, BlackPlanet, MTV, Blogger, Skyblog, Xanga, Netlog, live365, Ifilm, Tagged, Wikipedia, Craigslist, StupidVideos, Fotolog, FileCabi, Photobucket, Flickr, IMDB ImageShack, Pandora, 1.fm, Metacafe, Technorati. You can access any website that might be filtered by your company or university firewall such as games, news, social networking, shopping sites, video sharing, chat, music, and arcade websites can all be unblocked and accessed. Proxies allow you to surf any website you like!

Almost Humor Quickies: Cooliris

26 Jun

Cooliris | Media browser plug-in, mobile app, gallery builder.

Almost Humor Quickies: Cooliris

 On this edition of Almost Humor’s “Quickies” : Cooliris www.cooliris.com 

In an increasingly connected multi-device world, all things cloud-based are getting lots of attention. For the same underlying reasons, social sharing is hot. That includes everything from Tweets and status updates to photo sharing apps like LiveShare and Instagram.

I would like to share with you Coolirisas the cool item of the day! Its LiveShare app lets users share almost every form of digital media in real time.

Streams can be set up so that all kinds of stuff can be shared with designated group members. That includes maps, photos, videos, written notes, etc. It’s almost like what Google Wave was trying to be, but with a much simpler interface based on mobile media sharing. Here is how it works & you use it in a fast visual explanation ( http://www.cooliris.com/desktop/how-to-launch-and-use/ )

And it makes more sense with the growth of smartphones and tablets where people want to not only share existing media like YouTube & Veimo, but also with dynamic media like video you just shot of your nephew’s graduation on your iPhone. So you see how this could make sense as a shared travel log, or a messaging tool for any group activity.

Things are moving in that direction with group messaging apps like Beluga, and again with social sharing apps like Instagram, LiveShare, and Color. This is the uber version of those things mashed together.

Firefox Add-Ons ( https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/cooliris/ )

CoolIris comes in many different useful forms, but I find the browser plug-in that lets me surf images and videos in a cool, new way best of all!
Browser plugs-in are small pieces of software that extend the capabilities of your Web browser.  In this case, I downloaded the CoolIris plug-in for Firefox, installed it, restarted, and I was good to go.

Cooliris lets you scroll through images and videos on your computer and sites that support Cooliris.  For example, if I want to browse photos from your sister’s birthday party,  Just  point Cooliris to the proper directory and the photos will appear as a wall of photos in my browser.  You can scroll through the images by using your mouse to drag images, or you can use the Cooliris scroll tool.

It turns out that many of our favorite sites support Cooliris, like Flickr, Facebook, Hulu, and images from Google, etc..  you can tell if a site supports Cooliris if you hover an image and the double squares appear in the left corner of the image.  You can then click on the double squares to launch the photo album, collection of photos or RSS of images and videos in Cooliris.

It’s alot more fun to browse friends’ albums in Facebook in Cooliris without having to press Next, Next etc.  And I love being able to surf hundreds of

images in one long wall of photos. It’s like your some kind of matrix operator of media zooming thru images like in some sci-fi movie.

It’s free, it’s cool, it’s convenient and it’s fun to play with.  So check it out and let me know what you think guys!  www.cooliris.com

Whats New In Cooliris 1.12?

Easily find and subscribe to content you want to see most on your Cooliris Wall, all on a spiffy new interface.

Subscribe to your favorite Wall feeds.

Favorite an entire stream of content, whether it be the Family Guy or 24 television series, photo albums of your best friends on Facebook, or your news sources like CBS News or The New York Times. Once you subscribe, your feeds will automatically update and show up on your Home Screen and favorites menu for quick and easy access.

Find things faster.

Effortlessly browse a newly streamlined library of premium content from over 70 providers. We’ve added subcategory navigation and improved search capabilities to help you quickly find your favorite Television, Movie, Sports, News, Games and Entertainment content. Our brand new interface automatically minimizes the menu of the library when you mouse off, leaving you more open space to enjoy your favorite content.

Filters to see only what matters to you.

Take advantage of the new drop-down filter and get only content you want. For any TV episode, see only episodes or only individual clips, or both. Want to see only news video clips? Or, perhaps, only articles? No problem. It’s all under your control.


How to Share MP3’s on Facebook and more:

8 Jun

How to Share MP3’s in Facebook and more…

[Some Fb Hacks Worth Knowing]

Share Your Music With Blottermonky’s MP3 Facebook Hack:

Want to feel smarter than your friends? Want to just feel? Well I can’t help you with any of that, But I can show you how to impress your friends by posting your favorite songs on FaceBook.
..or maybe for a self explanatory mood you want to express through music on your FB wall.

Ok it’s not as much a hack as it is just my own formula for sharing mp3s on Fb:
Lets say you want to share your favorite music on FB but don’t like those clunky YouTube videos on your wall?

Did you know you can share your music on FaceBook by using online MP3’s, and just by sharing the MP3 link on your FB wall or your friends FB walls?

I’m going to explain a few cool, free and easy ways to pull it off below…

If you already have your online MP3 music link just Copy & Paste it’s URL or “Hot Link” into the Share: Link option on your Facebook wall and click attach.

BlotterMonkey's MP3 Facebook Hack

Then click & change the title to whatever you would like and click Share.

BlotterMonkey's MP3 Facebook Hack

Now you have a cute little Play Button on your FB wall that plays your song.

BlotterMonkey's MP3 Facebook Hack

Note: For some reason some of you have to reload your own FB page in most old browsers to see it for yourself but the play song button has been attached & shared on your FB wall. (an AJAX coding issue)

BIG TIP: Also make sure that in the file names are no spaces in the URL/links name becuse Facebook just wont understand it and it wont work correctly, so when searching for a mp3 or naming one yourself before posting online, make sure you do not leave any empty spaces in the links/name to the file. 

If you need help finding the free MP3 Hotlinks then keep reading below for my tips to learn more.

You can try out my little FB Hack while you read this now by searching for your MP3 Hot Link/URL at one of my favorite sites for finding music already hosted online named BeeMP3 http://beemp3.com. It’s a great site for finding hosted music for free.

BlotterMonkey's MP3 Facebook Hack

..or you can Copy & Paste this example URL: http://dimaxfilms.clan.su/sektorgaza/mp3/originaly/Yes-Owner_of_a_Lonely_Heart_-_DEVUSHKA-2proigrysh.mp3  directly onto your FB wall like I explained above to get your hack on. once you do it yourself, you will catch on to how easy it is.

More Helping Answers:

Having trouble?

  • Can’t find your songs online as a streaming MP3?
  • Can only find the song of your liking in a video or on Youtube online?
  • Having trouble knowing where to upload your own MP3’s to use online?
    (So many storage sites boasting they will let you upload your files or even MP3’s free but they wont let you hotlink your MP3’s to share, hogging all their bandwidth to themselves or for only paid users.)

Then I have some great news for you:

  • Kiwi6 http://kiwi6.com -When you already have your MP3 songs and need to get them online to stream.This cool little site will let you hotlink your MP3’s Free where other hosting sites wont.
  • ListenToYouTube.com http://www.listentoyoutube.com -When you can only find your song online in a video format or on YouTube and you want to strip the music from the video into a MP3 to download.
  • Find the most obscure music online by using a good ole’ “Google Search Hack”

What to do if you can only find your song on YouTube but don’t want to share the big clunky video on your wall?
Go to ListenToYouTube.com http://www.listentoyoutube.com or the new http://kiwi6.com and paste your YouTube Video Link (the ‘Share video’ Link/URL) & follow the directions for the rest. It will strip the music from the video turning it into an MP3 fast & free to download…

After you strip the mp3 song and downloaded it for yourself from the YouTube video you want at http://www.listentoyoutube.com or http://kiwi6.com,
You can then upload your MP3’s onto a site that allows “HotLinking” example: Kiwi6 http://kiwi6.com for Free and get the hot links you need to share on Facebook, or any other streaming online needs you may have.
REMEMBER : Fb is finicky and so when you have a chance, make sure to rename your songs with NO SPACES!

Now you can Copy & Paste the Hotlinks into Facebook wall to share your favorite songs with your friends without clunky videos in the way!

-Robert Wilkinson ( Blottermonkey )

AlmostHumor Facebook Quickie:

Facebook Chat Hack: Bold and Underline

How do you Bold in Facebook Chat?

It’s super simple! You just put a star * before and after * the text you want bold.

Example: In Facebook Chat try typing…

This is a *Bold Test* .

In the Facebook chat window. You’ll notice that your Bold Test is bold.

How do you underline in Facebook Chat?

This is also very simple. You just place a _before and after_ what you want to be underlined.

Example: In Facebook Chat try typing…

This is a _underline test_ .

In the Facebook chat window. You’ll notice that your Underline Test is underlined.

Not much more to it folks, it’s just that simple!

How do you bold and underline in Facebook Chat?

The final test is to see if you can do both at the same time!

If you got the hang of bold and underlining why not try to do both
at the same time. Guess what, it’s pretty darn easy! You just combine
the both of the lessons you just learned.


This would be _*Bold and underlined*_

In chat that would appear as: This would be Bold and Underlined.

Warning: It doesn’t work the other way around… so don’t try *_this_* , the bold star always has to come second to the underline.