Category: Technology

End of a Barnes and Noble account

Last week I posted a note how my Amazon.com account ended. There I mentioned my attempt to set up a  Barnes and Noble account as a substitute. Well, that didn’t live long. I received this email from them today: Dear Publisher, Thank you for your continued support of the Barnes & Noble Affiliate Program. Barnes & Noble has made the...

SEO Daily links: shady reputation management, SEO for SMB, Visual.ly, bad landing pages

Today’s handy learning: AddThis, a social sharing tool, has great customization options (see my home page), but centering the buttons has to be done with extra CSS. And now onto today’s SEO links with my comments in italics: Blumenthals questions the ethics of business that deface Google Places listing with negative reviews and then offers the service of cleaning them....

How to link to a business on Google Maps/Places

I found that finding the “proper” URL of a business on Google Places, also known as Google Maps isn’t obvious, so put together this little tutorial. By “proper” I mean the simple (with no unnecessary information in the URL), unique identifier that will always take you to the right page as long as it exists or as long as Google...

SEO Daily links + Bridge + Rel-author

My tool related learning of the day: I used Adobe Bridge for the first time. It is a “media manager that provides centralized access to all your creative assets.” I don’t know about “all,” , but it was great for finding the kind of images I needed for my work from the company’es vault. My code related learning of the...

End of an Amazon account

According to my records I had an affiliate account at Amazon.com since at least the beginning of 2000. It might have been earlier, but that’s when I first got payment from them. (An affiliate account allows linking to Amazon.com and earning a fee when somebody follows that link and buys something there.) On June 29 I received an email from Amazon stating...

Wireframe and storyboard tools

I’ve been playing with the idea of getting into the field of “Information Architecture (IA)” for over a decade, ever since I first got my hands on “Information Architects,” by Richard Saul Wurman and Edward R. Tufte’s “Envisioning Information,” both rather beautiful books. However between 1997 and 2005 I haven’t done much with the idea, besides keeping an eye on how the...