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ANA ALONSO

ANA ALONSO ha scritto 11 articoli per Web Burning Blog

Train Your Fingers for Google Instant

Train Your Fingers for Google Instant

Google Instant promises to save you up to 5 seconds every time you search the Web, but you’ll only see those savings if you know how to take advantage of its new real-time mind-reading. Here are the must-know keyboard shortcuts for zipping your way around Google Instant predictions and results. Google Instant is rolling out to Google.com now, but it’s not available in your browser’s search box–yet. (Executives confirm Google is working on that, as well as making Google Instant available on your mobile phone.) So, to get started using Instant, you must visit Google.com in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or IE 8. Begin typing your search term into the text box as usual, and then: Tab to auto-complete: As you type your search term, Google Instant fills in text predictions in grey following what you’ve entered. Press Tab to accept the next word and add it to your search automatically. For example, when you enter fast c , and Google Instant suggests fast company , press Tab to accept the second word

Embed Waves on Your Web Site That Anyone Can See

Embed Waves on Your Web Site That Anyone Can See

Google just released an easy way to embed waves on your web site. The Google Wave web element puts a wave on any web page– with anonymous access . That means even people not signed into Wave can read and watch waves that you’ve made public and embedded. (Wavers, here’s how to make a wave public .) Anonymous users can watch a wave change over time on your site, but they won’t be able to edit it. Let’s give it a try. After the jump, check out my first embedded public wave with anonymous, non-signed in access. You can also edit the width and height variables to fit the embedded wave to your site’s dimensions if the web element’s presets don’t work for you. I changed mine, above, to 700×2000 pixels

Panic’s Envy-Inducing Project Status Board

Panic’s Envy-Inducing Project Status Board

Panic is a software company that makes useful tools like my personal favorite, Transmit for the Mac . They’ve also made a beautiful project status display that helps their team keep on top of what they’re working on, and what important dates are coming up. Click on the thumbnail to see the full version. The board is actually an internal web page that auto-updates support email queue numbers, how far along each company project is, day over day revenue comparisons, the company calendar, and Twitter messages. Here’s the effect it’s had on the team: Les, one of our support guys, said it best after a week: “That board is like magic.” Our support turnaround time is faster than it’s ever been. Just the simple act of “publicizing” those numbers — not in a cruel way, but a “where are we at as a group?” way — has kept the support process on-task and, I think, made it a bit more like a video game. (It helps that when all the boxes are at “zero”, a virtual bottle of champagne appears on-screen, and a physical one is likely removed from the fridge.) Brilliant! I am dying for one of these for my own personal use. Panic, will you add that to your project list?


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Funneling Social Media Updates and Google Buzz

Funneling Social Media Updates and Google Buzz

My latest FastCompany.com video segment, shot several weeks ago, is about managing your social media updates, partly by funneling them all into one place (like your email inbox). Then Google Buzz launched. So, here’s my social media productivity two-punch: first the video, then a walk through Google Buzz’s more advanced features. Work Smart: Mastering Your Social Media Life is two minutes and nine seconds on how to keep up with social networking updates without spending your whole day managing it all. After thinking about Google Buzz in the context of funneling updates into a single place, it seems clear that Buzz doesn’t just take on Twitter and Facebook, it takes on any kind of “universal inbox” product, like my beloved TweetDeck. It makes Gmail your universal inbox by putting social media updates right under your email inbox.

Confessions of a Public Speaker Demystifies Your Fear of Public Speaking

Confessions of a Public Speaker Demystifies Your Fear of Public Speaking

Getting up on stage, taking a microphone, and facing an expectant audience scares the crap out of most mere mortals. But rock star public speakers from Al Gore to Tony Robbins inspire and inform thousands of people with their talks–and charge $30,000 an hour to do so. Scott Berkun’s new book, Confessions of a Public Speaker , explains why, how, and what goes on before and after a great speech. “Good public speaking is based on good private thinking,” Berkun writes in Confessions , where he recalls years of his own successes and failures traveling the country giving presentations. Preparation is the key to reducing your anxiety about public speaking, Berkun says, as is the awareness that humans are literally wired to fear the situation. Our brains, for all their wonders, identify the following four things as being very bad for survival: Standing alone In open territory with no place to hide Without a weapon In front of a large crowd of creatures staring at you In the long history of all living things, any situation where all the above were true was very bad for you. It means odds are high you will soon be attacked and eaten alive.

Update Your Google Account Password Recovery Options

Update Your Google Account Password Recovery Options

Now that you’re auditing your online account security , log into your Google account(s) and visit the Account Recovery Options page . Here you can update your secret question and answer, your secondary email address, and even associate your mobile phone number with your account so you can get a password recovery code via text message. (Just a tip: don’t set your Google Voice number as the phone number or automatically forward mail from your secondary email accounts to your Gmail account–if you do, in the event that you lose your password, the recovery process won’t work.)

Google Year-End Countdown Easter Egg

Google Year-End Countdown Easter Egg

Just found out about a neat Google Easter Egg for the New Year: on the Google homepage, click on the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button with nothing in the search box, to see a live countdown of seconds left in 2009. They should have linked the seconds number to a “seconds in days” calculator search to let people know what it is. Time marches on. Thanks, Nom de Guerre !

Note Taker Turns Your iPhone into an Endless Notepad

Note Taker Turns Your iPhone into an Endless Notepad

VisiCalc creator Dan Bricklin–you know, the guy who invented the spreadsheet –has delved into mobile development and released his first iPhone/iPod touch application, Note Taker. Rather than use keyboard, in Note Taker you jot notes using the tip of your finger on your touchscreen as if it were a pen on an index card. (See my bad handwriting in Note Taker in the screenshot here.) Note Taker looks and sounds more awkward than it actually is: the application employs some nifty interface mechanisms that make it easy to write long sentences across your screen. For example, it scrolls right while you jot without requiring swiping, and it shrinks your words to a legible version for reading while you write. Note Taker doesn’t do text recognition, but you can transcribe jotted notes using the keyboard. (Update: You could also just email your Note Taker image to Evernote to do the recognition for you.) This app isn’t for folks who are comfortable typing on the iPhone keyboard and have terrible handwriting, but it is for folks who like to sketch, mind-map, or list without fat-fingering small keys. You just write the way you normally would on a notepad.

Facebook facile? 4 plugin ci vengono in aiuto

Facebook facile? 4 plugin ci vengono in aiuto

L’articolo del giorno è dedicato a Facebook. Considerando poi che sul nostro blog, tramite la funzione fbconnect, è possibile autenticarsi direttamente con il proprio utente facebook, credo di fare cosa gradita a tutti indicando 4 plugin per aiutare l’esperienza quotidiana di navigazione sul più famoso social network. A dir la verità i plugin non li ho trovati Post correlati: FaceBook Lite in arrivo … attacco a Twitter? fretlight… una chitarra elettrica “facile” aiutare amici (o clienti) via skype

Apple Blocks Official Google Voice App, Pulls GV Mobile from App Store

Apple Blocks Official Google Voice App, Pulls GV Mobile from App Store

TechCrunch got this headline just right: Apple Is Growing Rotten To The Core: Official Google Voice App Blocked From App Store . The second half was originally “and It’s Likely AT&T’s Fault.” Apple’s withheld approval of the official Google Voice application and pulled the unofficial GV Mobile app on the grounds that they “duplicate iPhone functionality.” If TechCrunch is right, once the AT&T exclusive deal is done, this will likely change. Until then, as more Google Voice invites go out, Android, BlackBerry, and even Palm and Windows Mobile are looking like much more useful (read: open) mobile platforms.