Friday, December 19, 2008

Misbehaving: Delicious hijacks Firefox bookmark buttons

This is one of the many reasons why people distrust browser add-ons. One of the latest del.icio.us bookmark add-ons for Firefox hijacked the CTRL-D and CTRL-B buttons from Firefox for its own use.

This is BAD BEHAVIOR! I know that Yahoo is desperate, but this type of thing can only make things worse. They've already gotten a bad rep for sneaking a Yahoo Toolbar in a Java update, and now this.

Well, Delicious Firefox add-on, it was nice knowing you, but now you are getting UNINSTALLED.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Blog Tip #29: Thesaurus is your friend when desperately looking for unused names

We already mentioned in Tip #28 that getting into a creative mood can help you, but that's not enough, because a lot of the "good names" are either taken or have an unknown or dubious history.

So in order to accelerate your creative process, I highly recommend using an online thesaurus and dictionary combo. Start searching for words that convey what your new blog or website is going to be, and keep opening words that sound promising in new browser tabs. Repeat this process until you go crazy or your browser crashes :-)

This process may take an hour or two, but if you are able to concentrate during this process, you will end up with some really good names. Some you can use right away, others you can save up in the future. Or if they are too good, you can make some money on the side by using the new AdSense-for-Parked-Domains or perhaps sell them in the domain buy/sell market.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Subscribers dropped in Feedburner? Fear not, it's not you!

If you have noticed the last couple of days that your number of RSS subscribers in Feedburner has dropped below the usual weekend drop-off, it's not you! Don't worry! Cancel the panic! Your readers have not abandoned you!

Take a deep breath and look at your detailed statistics in Feedburner. There you will notice that Bloglines is reporting ZERO readers instead of your usual number of subscribers. If you factor in your typical Bloglines reader-count, you will see that your total subscriber-count is back to where you would expect it to be :-)

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