Facebook in China

Recently a friend of mine told me that he is on his way to China and just before his trip he found that Facebook China is blocked and. I found that very annoying. How can that be? It doesn’t make any sense. I have checked a few options such as proxy sites and VPNs and the most reliable option I found is http://www.securitales.com that offers the exact solution that my friend needed. It is web based, which means no installation and is encrypted which means it is safe. They offer a few minutes free on their trial link so I would try it before you signup. The credit for this find goes to this great post, this is were I found the info.

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Black-Hat SEO success story

The Ney York Times has an excellent story about a phenomenal black-hat SEO campaign that resulted in super ranking for J C Penney, one of America’s leading retailers, operates over 1,100 department stores throughout the United States.

Search Engine Land has a followup on this, explaining how they did it. Worth reading.

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How to do a screenshot?

How to take a screenshot in Windows:

1. Click on the Print Screen button, (sometimes it says PrtScn)
2. Click Start -> Run
3. Type “mspaint”
4. click CTRL + V (Paste)
5. Save the File.

How to take a screenshot in Mac:

Just press Command-Shift-3.
The screen shot will be automatically saved as a PNG file on your desktop.

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How to backup my Facebook account?

What would you do if I tell you that your Facebook account is blocked? Scream is a good answer, but then what?

There are many reports about people who lost their Fecebook accounts. Either because Facebook did that or because someone broke into the account and changed the password.

So if it happens (God forbid), at least have a backup ready. Here is what you should do:

1. Login to Facebook and click on Account -> Account Settings

2. Next to “Download Your information” click on “learn more”

3. Click “Download”

This is it.

In a few minutes you will get an email with a link to your Facebook account files. Put it on a CD and leave it at your grandparents next time you visit them.


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Bing steals search results from Google!

There has been a rumor running around that Microsoft is using Google to improve Bing’s search results. The guys from Bing obviously denied everything and now, Google released their proof.

Google had created fake search results for some jibrish – never searched – queries and waited for Bing to eat the bait. And they did.

Here is one example where for the query “delhipublicschool40 chdjob” Google inserted a search result for a credit union:

A few days past and the same credit union showed up on Bing for that query:

Nice work!

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AdWords Campaign Experiments

If you need another proof for Google Adwords being DE BEST online marketing tool, here it is:

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Changing WordPress Domain Name

I have just changed the domain name of my wordpress and it stopped working…
After looking up all over I found the answer here

To make it easier for you, here is what you need to do in order to make your wordpress installation work on the new domain:

1. Add these 2 lines to wp-config.php

2. Add these 2 lines to functions.php (located in your theme directory)
That’s all!

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Add LIKE buttons to your blog

Those of you who have a blog and didn’t do it yet, it is never too late.

Facebook had released a super easy API that allows you to add a LIKE button to any page on your site. You can put it in your blog, forum, pictures or any other page. Needless to say, these buttons are serious traffic boosters.

Go ahead, the instructions are here.
It looks like this:

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Who needs privacy!

Google reported yesterday that their Street View cars have been recorded all the traffic they could gather from open WIFI networks in their way.

This means that if you were there at the right time and the right place and didn’t use any service that will help you connect to Facebook in https, it is more than likely that Google has your Facebook password. Isn’t that cool?

Their statements end with an apology: “Google works hard to earn your trust—and we are acutely aware that we failed badly here. We are profoundly sorry for this error and are determined to learn all the lessons we can from our mistake.”

Remember the buzz apology? I have a feeling that sometime soon they will apologize again. This is not the last time that our privacy is trashed by Google.

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The Google Job Experiment

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