Collection of Paypal Tools

Ahhh, Paypal.   One of my favorite online services.  What originally started as a companion for eBay to oversee the auction payment transactions has since developed into an almost all purpose tool for exchanging money online.  Blogs use Paypal to receive advertising payments, domainers use it to buy/sell domain names, and many affiliates use it to make/receive payments.

With Paypal’s expanded services they offer come several new Paypal tools, which were recently covered over at MakeUseOf.com in their post about 9 tools Paypal users should know about.   You’ll find all sorts of great tools, ranging from WordPress plugins, mobile services, and more!

Do You Still Use Facebook?

Today I noticed an interesting post over at Webware, which talks about a planned face lift for Facebook.  In looking at the screenshots provided, I really don’t see a major difference in the look of the site, but it will be nice to have the wall in its own tab.

While looking over the photos, I realized that I haven’t logged into Facebook in awhile.   I’ve probably logged in twice in the past 2 months, mostly for maintenance purposes (approve friends, check wall, etc.).  Do you find that you still use Facebook?  Or has it lost most of it’s appeal?

How To: Redirect A Feedburner Feed to Another Feedburner Feed

If you decide to switch domains, or just want to use a new Feedburner URL for your feed, there is a way to make the switch while making it as easy as possible for your subscribers to make the transition.

Feedburner has a built in Feedburner redirect that anyone can use with the following easy steps:

  1. Create your new Feedburner feed.
  2. Click the feed you want to delete.
  3. Click Edit Feed Details.
  4. Enter the URL for the new Feedburner feed in the source feed field.
  5. Click Save.
  6. Now Delete this feed and enable 30 day redirection.

This will cause the old feed to show the same content as your new feed for 15 days.  For the remaining 15 days your feed will then display a message to your subscribers on your old feed prompting them to now subscribe to the new feed (which it provides).

Easily Translate Your Type Into D00d Speak

As a long time online gamer, I speak d00d speak very well. So do most kids under age 16, whether they play online games or just use it for instant messages and e-mails. However, not everyone knows what “Woot” means or how to appropriately abbreviate your words.

This is where the AOLer translator steps in to bridge that language barrier between you and your kids! Simply type what you want to say, click the Translate! button, then copy and paste the provided text into your instant message, e-mail, or whatever.

Oh, and for those that talk in d00d speak:

AS A LONG TIEM ONLIEN GMER I SPEAK D0D SPEAK V3RY WEL!!11! OMG WTF SO DO MOST KIDS UND3R AEG 16 WHATH3R TH3Y PLAY ONLIEN GM3S OR JUST UES IT FOR INSTANT M3SAEGS AND A-MALES!!!11111 OMG LOL HOW3VER NOT EVERYON3 KNOWS WUT WOT MEANS OR HOW 2 APROPRIAETLEY ABRAVIAET UR WORDS!!!11! OMG WTF

THIS SI WH3RA DA AOLER TRANSLA2R ST3PS IN 2 BRIDGE TAHT LANGUAEG BAREIR BTWEN U AND UR KIDS!1!!!!1 OMG LOL SIMPLEY TYP3 WUT U WANT 2 SAY CLIK TEH TRANSLAET!!11!!111 OMG WTF BUTON THEN COPY AND PASTE TEH PROVIEDD TEXT IN2 UR INSTANT MASAEG E-MALE OR WUT!11111 OMG LOL

[via CyberNet]

Do You Have a Globally Recognized Avatar?

Do you have a Gravatar (Globally Recognized Avatar)?

As a loyal fan of the WordPress software that runs each of my weblogs, I feel that it is important to support WordPress in any way that I can.   A couple of days ago I announced some big changes to the theme here at Kyle’s Cove, and probably the biggest change of them all was my switch from the MyAvatars plugin to displaying Gravatars with post comments.

You may remember that last October Automattic, the company behind WordPress, purchased Gravatar.   In the time since, they have revamped the infrastructure of Gravatar to drastically speed things up, integrated it into the WordPress.com platform, and then updated the Gravatar WordPress plugin.

Now that Automattic is supporting it, I think that over time Gravatars will continue to grow and the service will get better, so it is with that decision that I decided to make that switch over to using Gravatar images on this blog.

If you don’t already have one, I recommend you sign up with Gravatar for a free account and then upload the avatar you want to use.   Once done, you can leave a comment below to test it out and see if it works.   You’ll need to use the e-mail address used for your Gravatar in the e-mail address field of the comment form (all lower case).

MySpace Private Pictures Aren’t Exactly Private

It is always risky to upload your personal pictures on to someone else’s servers, but private pictures are exceptionally risky.  You are somewhat at the mercy of what that person or company does with the pictures.

For whatever reason, MySpace and Facebook users don’t seem to understand this, so they upload all sorts of pictures that are probably better left on their hard drive and out of the public eye.   My general rule is if you don’t want family and even potential employers seeing these pictures, then you probably shouldn’t upload them.

One service that proves it can be done is MySpace Private Profile.  Simply visit a MySpace page and grab their ID number, then punch it in on this site and you can view all of their private pictures.  I tried it twice before writing this post and it works flawlessly.  In the two private MySpace pages I visited I saw pictures of underage girls passed out holding alcohol and something else that I will leave up to the imagination.

Moral of the story?  Don’t upload anything that would embarrass you on to the internet.

[via CyberSurge]

MyBlogLog Adds About Me Widget

MyBlogLog is known for a lot of different things, but probably the thing I think of the most when I think of the company is innovation. The MyBlogLog widget basically put MyBlogLog on the map for most bloggers, and they continue to add other widgets that continue to impress me.

Today I just noticed that they now have an About Me widget available for bloggers to place on their website. It uses the information you place into your MyBlogLog profile to display a bunch of information about you, including your name, bio, blogs you author, and links to your profiles around the web (such as Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

This could definitely be useful, particularly for a personal blog.  Will you be using this new widget in some form?

MyBlogLog Adds Join Community Buttons

One sign of a great company is the willingness to grow, adapt, and accept user input.   After all, they are the ones using the service, right?  

A couple of months ago, I contacted MyBlogLog and recommended that they make some buttons available on their website.   Sounds easy enough, right?   You would think so, but it seemed like it would never get done.   The service has been going through a lot of changes lately, so its likely that it just get pushed to the back of the “to-do” list.

Yesterday I was reading the official MyBlogLog blog and noticed that MyBlogLog has since added buttons for users.   You can now access your Buttons page from the community profile and get the code you need to add a button to your blog.

If you are wanting to build up your MyBlogLog community, this is a great way to promote it.  Once placed on your website, users will be able to click the button to easily go to your MyBlogLog community and join. 

Here is how the new buttons look:

I like how they have a variety of sizes and styles.  If you are worried about it looking intrusive, you can grab a small button and throw it at the bottom of your sidebar. 

Check Out 12 Of YouTube’s Greatest Hits

Today while checking out Brown Baron’s site, I ran across a fun post covering 12 of YouTube’s greatest hits, which was originally covered by PCWorld.  There were a ton of great videos included, but I figured I would just feature a few here and let you click over to check out the rest!

These are listed in no particular order.

Chad Vader

‘Thriller’ Dance Video – Performed by inmates of Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center in the Philippines.

South Park Mac vs. PC

(Feed readers may need to click through to view the videos)

Still Getting BlogRush Traffic

Not only has it been quite a while since I added the Blogrush widget to my blog to give their new service a try, but it has also been quite a while since I left the program by removing my Blogrush widget from this blog.  For whatever reason, I just wasn’t feeling the “rush” of traffic that I was promised.

I’m not sure if I had some goodwill stored up or what, but yesterday while browsing my friend K’s blog Shankri-La, I was a little surprised to see my site show up on his Blogrush widget.   Here is some visual proof:

So, what exactly is going on?  Did I have some credits stored up that they still feel they owed to me?  That was my most recent post at the time, so apparently we still get the BlogRush love after we’ve left their program.  Why keep the widget if you get traffic without it?