Archive for July, 2009

How to Stop Spammers on Twitter

Posted 30 Jul 2009 — by Ellie
Category Technology

Twitter recently deleted a lot of (spam) accounts, but that doesn’t mean that new spammers aren’t showing up every day to clog the twit-stream with porn, ‘get followers fast’ schemes and get rich quick schemes.

Follow Twitter’s lead and combat spam on your own.

1. Use TweetDeck to auto-report spam followers.

3 Great Ways to Find Social Networking Information of a Twitter User

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Posted 28 Jul 2009 — by Amit Banerjee
Category Technology

Search other social networks of a Twitter user

If you want to befriend a Twitter user on multiple social networks, Identify, a Firefox add-on will come in handy. This add-on provides you with more information about a Twitter user and you can also add him (or her) as a friend on other popular social networking sites.

To get started, install Identify in your Firefox and restart. Then browse to any Twitter profile. Press the shortcut Alt+I  (or Control+I on the Mac) and you can see more Information about the user.

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How to Format an E-Book

Posted 27 Jul 2009 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

You’ve written a great e-book and now you want to publish it so that others can enjoy and learn from your research. There are several ways to accomplish self-publishing, including using paid e-book creator software, but I know it is just as simple to create a .pdf document for free.

First, you want to make sure your e-book is formatted into an easy to read and navigate document. Microsoft Word 2007 offers document element inserts, which include:

  • A well designed cover to grab the reader’s attention and market your e-book
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Five Healthy Habits You Can Start Today

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Posted 23 Jul 2009 — by Ellie
Category Random

In the past three months, I’ve lost 32 pounds. Amazing, huh? I lost weight because I started noticing that my quality of life was decreasing and I wanted to have a great life, not a mediocre one. I started five healthy habits and now I am feeling better than ever and enjoying life to the fullest!

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Help the Geek Girl get a new laptop!

Posted 20 Jul 2009 — by Ellie
Category Technology

New topcase for MacBookYeah, I’m a geek girl and all, but I’d like YOUR input on purchasing a new laptop!

My biggest requirements are:

  1. Small size (no bigger than 14 inches wide)
  2. Good screen resolution/widescreen
  3. Under $1000

Is this too much to ask? HarriMac found a couple of laptops that sound great, but they all have Windows Vista. Is Vista a good idea? I’ve heard mixed reviews, so I want to get some feedback from YOU, my readers, on what to look for in a new laptop and where to get a new laptop!

Use Gmail’s Permalinks to Share Searches

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Posted 20 Jul 2009 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Geek GirlYou can now share searches with a friend or bookmark them with the new version of Gmail.

  • For example, you can tell a friend “Check out the previous mail I sent you at https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2#search/geek+girl.”
  • Or, you can bookmark a label, such as https://mail.google.com/mail/?ui=2#label/Follow+Up for viewing later.

10 Steps to Improving your Blog

Posted 20 Jul 2009 — by Ellie
Category Geek Girl

Do you have a blog but no one comments on your posts? Or are you seeing no increases in the number of your RSS subscribers?

There are a myriad of ways to solve each of these problems without spending a lot of money. However, you will want to invest some time to improve your existing blog and meet your blogging goals – whether it is more readers, increased search engine traffic or making more money through ad sales or promoting your business.

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Check your Gmail filters!

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Posted 13 Jul 2009 — by Ellie
Category Technology

I just finished reading about the Google Vulnerability which was present a few weeks go (but subsequently fixed). Basically, an unscrupulous website could add a filter to your Gmail email account – forwarding important emails out of your account and into the hands of bad guys.

Check your filters closely for any filters that may forward emails to another account, and take care to protect yourself from unknown websites!

Manage your books and more with LibraryThing

Posted 13 Jul 2009 — by Ellie
Category Technology

I’m an avid book reader, and I have been looking for a way to catalog the books I own and have read. LibraryThing does this easily, plus it adds in social networking features such as ‘friends’, forums and local event listings.

One of the best features of LibraryThing is the ability to easily add books by title, author or ISBN number, then sort the books alphabetically by title or author, by publication date, tags, comments or rating. You can also display your books in a list or by covers,