Saturday, April 25, 2009

Sharing Power Points

Okay, I have found a really cool tool for sharing powerpoint presentation. You can present them online live. You can embed them in blog/website or convert them into YouTube videos. Best part: It's free. This is a powerpoint that Mitsouky put together of our daughter using pictures from the first few weeks of her life.

Uploaded on authorSTREAM by mmcelhaney

Friday, April 17, 2009

Makayla's 2008 Birthday Party

3D Photo album of Makayla's 2008 Birthday Photos

Monday, April 13, 2009

Add Heroes to your page

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Integrating Twitter, Facebook, and Your Own Content

I have found out how to announce every new blog or YouTube post I make on Twitter and Facebook automatically.

I have 3 blogs. I look at blogging like journaling. This particular blog does not get updated much because it contain my favorite web gadgets and widgets. I use it primarily for testing and sharing information about new technologies. My main blog, What Had Happened Was..., covers my interests in my family, movies, television, history, apologetics, news, and a lot of general stuff. My other blog, Favorite Fiction, is where I share articles and posts on my favorite fictional characters from comics, video games, movies, and other media and has become more like my MUGEN blog, where I can post characters I find and information. I ran into a problem. How do I announce new articles? I realized that Twitter and Facebook are great venues for this. However it is a pain to type out little blurbs and links for each article (I post at least one article a day). The answer is use the same RSS FEEDS that are used for Goggle Reader. There is this service called Twitter Feeds that allows you package your blogs, website, YouTube feed, or any content into an RSS Feed that can be read and published in in Twitter and Facebook! Therefore when I publish an article an alert shows up on Twitter and Facebook. My favorite Fiction blog was getting many visits before I implemented this, but the main blog was getting an average of about 12 visits a day. Since I started feeding Facebook and Twitter the number of visits to my main blog has more than tripled! This could even work on MySpace.

1. Sign up for a Twitter account at Twitter
2. Sign up for a Facebook account at Facebook
3. Sign up for a Twitter Feed account at Twitter Feed
4. Use Twitter Feed to set up a feed for each content source you want to use. In my case I use my 3 blogs and YouTube
5. Set up Facebook so that it uses those feeds from Twitter.

Google Translate

The Internet is truly global and is definitely not limited to the English speaking world. What if you come across a site that may have information you need but it's in a language you don't know how to read?! Been there? I have. Fortunately, God has given us Google. They have a web service and web site capable of translating words, sentences, or passages and even whole web pages into other languages! Go to Google Translate if you need to translate a word or page. I often use it and then copy/paste the translation into my e-mail. I'm not saying that the translations are as perfect as a human could do but it can help you make yourself understood. On top of that there is even a widget that you can place on your web page or blog that lets readers choose the language they want to read your content in. It's really cool. You can get the widget at the this link.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Chatterous - Chat Widget

I have found an interesting widget that allows one to set up a chat window on any blog or website and have 2-way conversation using the site, or mobile phones, or IMming, or e-mail! It seems interesting. Venture Beat has a great article on Chatterous. Go to Chatterous website and try it out. I've attached a chat widget to this blog post as a test and I think I will try to incorporate it into my other two blogs. Here is the information to join: