Web Update 12/15/2010

by Fred Showker

Web Update 12/15/2010December kicks off with these interesting content articles to broaden your perspective of the web
* 20 Free Social Media Icon Sets For a More Shareable Website
* LinkedIn Launches Share Button
* Jumo Launch Overloads Servers
* Search Engine Optimization in an Increasingly Social World
* The Email Wars
* 4 Ways to Build Links Without Anchor Text

20 Free Social Media Icon Sets For a More Shareable Website

If your blog needs a face lift, the creative types who power the web are here to help. Sometimes a few well-designed, tastefully placed icons can add a little class or creativity to an otherwise neutral theme. Social media links, which we'd argue are a priority for any blog, are a great opportunity to add some texture. You could always roll with the standard-issue glossy, rounded-edge fare, but for those who want to distinguish themselves, there are more creative options out there.
      To help, we've rounded up some of the most impressive works of social icon art circulating the web lately. The sets below all feature high-quality, high-detail icons that are easy to download and manipulate, thanks to their high resolutions and transparencies. Best of all, they're free.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : mashable.com

LinkedIn Launches Share Button

Business-oriented social network LinkedIn has launched a share button, which gives publishers a way to spread their content on LinkedIn and enables users to easily share content with their professional network.
      Publishers can choose between three flavors of the share button: vertical with a share counter, a smaller, horizontal button with the counter, or a horizontal button with no counter.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : mashable.com

Jumo Launch Overloads Servers

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes' social network that connects charities with donors left users waiting as an unexpected number of visitors strained servers. Jumo, a social network that connects charities with donors, was officially launched in beta on Tuesday, but the site founded by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes didn't open for business smoothly.
      The unexpectedly high number of people trying to access the site on its first day caused "load-related issues" that caused delays for people signing up for the first time or trying to log in. Users also experienced slowdowns once logged in to the site.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Antone Gonsalves , InformationWeek

Search Engine Optimization in an Increasingly Social World

While many (foolishly) argue that SEO is dead, that isn't likely to happen soon. Matt Cutts tells us that SEO is here to stay, and I agree.
      But SEO is changing rapidly, and one of the biggest forces driving those changes is the increasingly social nature of the web.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : searchenginewatch.com

The Email Wars

In the battle to win the war to become a one-stop channel for all your communications, Facebook is launching its new messaging service. Will it impact nonprofits? Yes. To understand why, first you need to understand exactly what Facebook Messaging is attempting to do.
      It's "NOT email, email's too formal," said Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, who thought of the idea after having a conversation with a teenager who said that email was too slow and official.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Allyson Kapin - www.frogloop.com

4 Ways to Build Links Without Anchor Text

When optimizing a website for a particular keyword, some sites can go overboard with the anchor text, to the point of getting that keyword phrase penalized by Google.
      As Google works on more algorithms and ways to detect unnatural linking profiles, it will become more apparently obvious which websites are getting links organically. Because, let's face it, a new website won't pull in hundreds of links with one keyword phrase as anchor text 90 percent of the time naturally.
READ THIS REPORT Full story : Kristi Hines

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And, thanks for reading

Fred Showker

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