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AddThis not working...

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AddThis.com without the CSS to beautify it.Somehow, today all our websites looked like there were running very slowly...

The problem was that it was trying to read the AddThis button and attached JavaScript code and could not do so because for some reason AddThis is currently down. It has been for hours so I'm writing this blog post in that regard!

It is the first time that I see AddThis down. It may have happened before, but the fact is I have never seen it before. The site still shows up, after all the necessary connections time out and it shows up without any styling (ugly Web 0.9 or something like that.)

No shame in having your system down, especially for small companies. That's a much bigger one though therefore that's strange that they would be down for so long. Anyway, CSS problems similar to this one did happen to us as two of our caches were not properly synchronized!

Snap! SEO: Google working on their own advice!

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Today, I'll be quite lazy...

There is a video from Google presented by Matt Cutts. Matt is an engineer who knows a lot of things about Google search capabilities and talks about them in videos like this one. Check his channel if you want to learn more. This is very similar to my Snap! SEO posts here.

This video talks about the fact that Google, the company, had many products that were not SEO friendly. Remember that if you want to beat competition, it is not enough to bring loads of traffic to your site. You also need something compelling on the page. Generally, Google has compelling tools (also, orkut is terrible!) But if your pages are ugly and not SEO friendly at all, traffic will be much lower than it could other be. This is why I add features in Snap! that help you with your website SEO work. Most of the things Matt talks about here are automated with Snap!

A "username" for your Facebook groups, pages and applications!

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Macro picture of a spider with hairy legs and mandibles walking in its web.
Isn't that an ugly spider?!
As ugly as those URLs!

When you first create your group, business page or application its URL looks deadly ugly. It includes your page name, but it has a very large number too... A number you can be sure no one will remember. Okay, maybe one or two people, but I hope you're really looking into getting a few more than that to Like your page! Oh! And Speaking of that, don't forget to click the Like button of this very page, look up there...

Now there is a good example: the Snap! Websites page. Really, it went like this:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Snap/1522773647853491

This reminds me of those URLs sent to you by pretty much all the websites where you can create an account or download something after you entered your email address. They will include one really ugly usually random number. Actually, some of those websites will send you 3 or 4 of these long numbers. I'm still not too sure why they cannot do the same thing with one small number. When you register for Snap! I generate one very small number and you still have something like 1 billion possibilities, so the chances for a hacker to get the right number are quite slim. Okay... sorry... that was my rant about silly billies better known as website programmers.

Google Search for your Snap! Website

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About AdSense

You can get an easy to install Google AdSense functionality on your website with Snap! Websites Upgrade: Google AdSense.

As you've seen, quite many websites show you advertisement and those will have a Google AdSense mark in a corner (usually bottom right.) If you do not yet have an AdSense account, it is easy to sign up. The only requirements is for you to have your own website since the point of using AdSense is for you to display the AdSense ads to your website visitors.)1

  • 1. If you did not yet verify your website with Google, you may also be asked to verify it. I passed on that part in this post, but will come back to it in the Snap! Documentation.

Grow your Snap! Website and your mailbox will grow too!

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Does your mail system support filtering?

Dichroic filters
Do you think we'll soon see light filters for spam?

Pretty much all the mail system I know of have some mechanism to filter incoming mail. This will become more and more important as your grow your Snap! Website. Just like me, you will need to more and more organize your mail to support the growing flood of it.

In general, you can enter the name of a person or their email address and whenever you receive an email from that person, it goes in a specific folder.

More advanced systems let you check all the parts of your email:

  • From—The ...

Google "We're sorry" message...

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I don't usually run Google searches on FireFox only to see some detailed information as provided by SEOQuake. Yet, today I was searching for some potential answer to a problem I'm running into with MS-Access which crashes a database and ran those on FireFox instead of my favorite: SeaMonkey.

As I was testing, all of a sudden I got the screenshot as shown in the figure below. Although it did not feel like I was sending automatic requests to Google, the SEOQuake toolbar does so on all the results! That means each time I do a search "I" send at least 11 requests to Google. After 3 or 4 searches with pretty much the same terms each time, that's well over 40 requests within 2 or 3 seconds.

That's the first time I got this screen, I'll have to think of turning off the SEOQuake bar whenever I do intensive searches like these.

By the way, our Snap! Websites system has a similar protection: MO Anti-pounding. Most of our websites, if hit too many times, will give you an Error 500 asking you to slow down. This ensures everyone can enjoy the experience of using our systems.

Snap! SEO: Consider getting your domain in different countries?

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I'm sure you've noticed that Google has a country code domain name for each country in the world. This goes for Yahoo! and Bing and that's an important Snap! SEO trick for any product that can be sold internationally1.

For instance, British people search using:

http://www.google.co.uk/

Similarly French people use:

http://www.google.fr/

  • 1. Even if you limit your product to English speaking countries, there are many of those in the world!

What happens when you have a Firewall

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The newest MS-Windows Operating Systems have come with a built-in Firewall. This was very important from the start of the Internet, but since the year 2000 or so the need grew faster and faster. Windows XP is the first system that automatically turned on the Firewall. Of course, your Snap! Website is also protected by a firewall.

What does that Firewall really do?!

The firewall simply blocks connections from any external networks (by default you may have some features such as the Remote Assistance and Network Diagnostics turned on1

  • 1. Note that you should probably turn off all exception and

That's it! I'm #1!

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Warning about Search Engine!

Sample of dynamic search algorithm.I'm here to help you with your Snap! Website and I wanted to warn you about something in regard to search engines and most particularly Google Search because it's pretty darn smart...

I found out a while back (about 10 years ago probably) that when I click on the same link over and over again, it slowly moves toward the top of my search results and soon enough it looks like it is number one each time I search with the same keywords.

Yes...

Did you know that Twitter had limits?

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Twitter is one of the very few Social Media places that authorizes you to have as many accounts as you want. This makes sense since you are just tweeting with those... and it is great since that way you can use one account with advanced topics in a field and another account with broader, more approachable content.

Yet Twitter has Limits!

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