I recently moved my site to WordPress.com

wordpress logoRecently I switched my site from a hosted wordpress site to a wordpress.com. My web hosting company (http://www.fastwebhost.com/) was having some issues where my site was going down a lot and I would get errors and they even lost a couple of my blog posts. The WordPress process of transferring my blog posts couldn’t have been easier. You simply export all of your blog posts and comments as an xml file and then import them into your new WordPress site. I had roughly 550 posts and the import process only took a few seconds.

Once I started using my new wordpress.com blog, I instantly noticed the limitations. I can now only choose from a couple hundred themes now and cannot manually install plugins or widgets anymore. I also can no longer post Google Ads on my blog. One of the positives however is that by being on wordpress.com, you’re linked in with the other blogs and your blog posts become easier to locate by other users. I found the limitations to be okay considering I’m just into my blog for fun but not to make any money. I’ve spent a lot of time over the years on all my blog posts so I’m just happy that the transfer from my domain to wordpress.com went so smoothly.

Ad Strategies for Big Websites

Facebook Ads

Imagine if Facebook suddenly had ads all over your profile and announced that if you pay an $85/year fee, those ads would simply go away. Many users would be very angry and threaten to leave the site forever. This is why big websites like Facebook slowly introduce ads to their users. I read that Facebook will be adding video ads to the site later this year. Facebook is already getting overrun with ads. On top of all of them, imagine now having to sit through a 30 second trailer of some movie you’re never going to watch even though Facebook thinks it fits your demographic based on the things you like. That sounds painful. But if Facebook slowly adds these ads to users over a number of years, it won’t be nearly as painful as them adding them all at once. And what happens if in five years Facebook is overrun with ads and then they introduce a new model for users. They’d be able to continue using the site with the all the ads and nothing would change or they could pay the $95/year (I added $10 for inflation) and have an add-free experience. People wouldn’t be angry because they’re already used to all the ads. And if the ads were really bothering some they could always pay up and have them removed.

Other Thoughts

Also, people would rather have a mediocre product and pay to upgrade than they would have a premium product and suddenly get privileges taken away unless they pay. I see it happen all the time in websites. People don’t like change. They like to use the same laundry detergent, eat the same food, shop at the same stores and go to the same websites.

Angry ‘Philadelphia Eagle’ Birds

Angry Birds Eagles

If you’re excited about the NFL season starting tonight and are a fan of the game Angry Birds or the Philadelphia Eagles, you may want to check out this game. Rovio and the Eagles have teamed up to create an Eagles Angry Birds game. It makes sense seeing as how the Eagles mascot is a type of bird. There’s even a Mighty Philadelphia Eagle character that you can get to fly onto the screen and destroy the green pigs. It looks like a new level will be released every week and the theme of the level will depend on who the Eagles re playing that week. I played the first level and it was pretty easy. I hope the levels get tougher as the season progresses.

More @ Facebook.

The Google Plus Project

Google Plus

Google is attempting to compete with Facebook again, this time with a project called Google Plus. In the past Google has had minimal success in social networking with Google Buzz and Google Wave but Google Plus seems to have a lot more attention. Some of Google Plus’ features include:

  • Circles: You share different things with different people. So sharing the right stuff with the right people shouldn’t be a hassle. Circles makes it easy to put your friends from Saturday night in one circle, your parents in another, and your boss in a circle by himself – just like real life.
  • Hangouts: With Hangouts, the unplanned meet-up comes to the web for the first time. Let specific buddies (or entire circles) know you’re hanging out and then see who drops by for a face-to-face-to-face chat. Until teleportation arrives, it’s the next best thing.
  • Huddle: Texting is great, but not when you’re trying to get six different people to decide on a movie. Huddle turns all those different conversations into one simple group chat, so everyone gets on the same page all at once. Your thumbs will thank you.
  • Instant Upload: Taking photos is fun. Sharing photos is fun. Getting photos off your phone is pretty much the opposite of fun. With Instant Upload, your photos and videos upload themselves automatically, to a private album on Google+.  All you have to do is decide who to share them with.
  • Sparks: Tell Sparks what you’re into and it will send you stuff it thinks you’ll like, so when you’re free, there’s always something cool to watch, read, or share.

More @ Google Plus.

Meet The New Twitter.com

Today when I loaded up Twitter I noticed a whole new much needed redesigned interface. The new clean design makes it easier to navigate to the most used links right on the front page with little clicks and navigation. The new Twitter experience is going to slowly be rolled out to all Twitter users over the next few months. Some of the features include:

  • New design
  • View photos, videos, and other media content
  • Discover related content
  • Mini profiles

More @ Twitter.

Apple Ping, A Music Social Network

Apple Ping Social Network

Along with the new iPod lineup, Apple also introduced Ping, a new social music discovery tool built into iTunes 10 at the Fall Music Event, held last Tuesday. iTunes 10 users can log into Ping and follow their favorite artists and friends and discover what music they’re talking about. It sounds like Apple’s goal is to get you to post your thoughts about an artists particular album, live concerts and just discuss their music genre in general. In addition to Ping, iTunes 10 looks a lot different than the previous versions. The layout looks fresher and it sorts music in a different manner, geared more towards artists rather than particular songs.

More @ iTunes.