Google Wave goes wide

Google-Wave-logoGoogle Wave invitations are no longer required as it’s now open to everyone who wants to use it to communicate and collaborate online. Google used its annual I/O developer conference to announce the invite only system has now been dropped and Google Apps business users now able to sign up at wave.google.com. More information  found on the Google Wave Blog.

Google Wave is a new web application for real-time communication and collaboration, designed to help you get things done with groups of people. Each wave is a live shared space on the web where people can work together with text, images, maps and more! Google Wave can be extended using gadgets and robots. The range of applications and gadgets offer more options, such as, collaborative maps and a Twitter tool. Are you surfing the Google Wave?

Meet Google Wave

What is a wave?

A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.

A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.

Waving in Groups

Google Wave helps you get stuff done with groups of people.  Check out this animated example by Epipheo Studios.

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Page Rank Update

On December 20, 2010 I decided to purchase a domain and domain mapping for this blog.  I did so knowing that the authority, backlinks and PageRank earned by the root blog at wordpress.com belonged to that blog , and that the new domain would have to start from being “unranked” and climb the ladder again.  I assumed from past experience that it would take 4 – 6 months before my new domain earned a PageRank but I was wrong.

Due to the support of my readers and subscribers who updated their links to the new domain and all of those who chose to backlink to my posts I have an announcement to make.  The PageRank of this blog is now 5/10.

Thanks you all so much for your support, comments, links and best wishes. I appreciate them very much.  :)

Here are the reports:

Link popularity for onecoolsitebloggingtips.com
Domain age? – 3 months 15 days
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Handle Online Attacks Effectively

couple fighting A personal attack is committed when a person substitutes abusive remarks for evidence when attacking another person’s claim or claims. This line of “reasoning” is fallacious because the attack is directed at the person making the claim and not the claim itself.

If you’ve been  personally attacked online my advice is to consider failing to engage or delaying engagement.  If you must respond,  then do so calmly.  Take the time to  demonstrate there is no merit to statements made and others will think better of you for not losing your cool.

Hopefully you will never need have to deal with a serious attack  but if you do  and want to see it  removed, you need to contact whoever controls that content. Most often, this means that you need to contact the author and/or webmaster of the page and ask them to take down the content in question.

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Basic Netiquette for Beginner Bloggers

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If you are courteous off-line then behaving the same way online is not problematic, because online courtesy is primarily a matter of common sense,  and thinking twice before you post. There are some extras  that are specific to online communication but they are easily learned.  If you are new to blogging you may not be aware of   Netiquette. Continue reading

Bloggers Get Your Own Domain

If you are serious about blogging, if you intend to use a blog in any commercial way and/or to create a professional reputation,  then whether or not you decide to have a free hosted blog at wordpress.com or hire a web host and self host a wordpress.org blog, I recommend purchasing a domain as early as possible.

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This is because blogs on subdomains like wordpress.com or blogspot lack the credibility that those on their own domains have, and a domain name tends to give your website an aura of respectability.

Your domain name should be your website name. For SEO include keywords in the URL and tagline that reflect your “brand” Your domain name is your own, it’s portable, and you can have an email address and blog on the same domain.

Having your own domain means provides increased opportunities to:

build your own unique brand, online presence, and reputation;
assist your followers (readers, clients and customers) to recall and locate your site very easily.

I have chosen to purchase two domains and domain mapping from wordpress.com One of my blogs is a self hosted wordpress.org blog and one is being hosted by wordpress.com.

As many folks are confused about what the differences are between wordpress.COM and wordpress.ORG I just linked to the best breakdown of all, and below is a video comparison.

Recommended reading:

How to Register Your Own Domain Name

So, You Want Your Own Domain, Huh?

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How and why to get your own domain
Self hosting: What’s your hurry?

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