Browser-Size Me!

Cool new tool that is very useful if you have a website or are thinking about designing a new one. Google’s new Browser Size tool allows you to visualize your site through various user’s browser sizes. Not everyone has the 27 inch flat screen like you Mr. you-know-who-you-are (all my coworkers)…

Anyway, here’s a screen shot and below is Google’s description of the tool. Check it out!

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Google Browser Size is a visualization of browser window sizes for people who visit Google. For example, the “90%” contour means that 90% of people visiting Google have their browser window open to at least this size or larger.

This is useful for ensuring that important parts of a page’s user interface are visible by a wide audience. On the example page that you see when you first visit this site, there is a “donate now” button which falls within the 80% contour, meaning that 20% of users cannot see this button when they first visit the page. 20% is a significant number; knowing this fact would encourage the designer to move the button much higher in the page so it can be seen without scrolling.

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The Hands on Social Media Conference held by Kirtsy editor, Kyran Pittman, was a great time. I didn’t really know what to expect but (thankfully) it was a small, varied group of women- from Lawyer Melanie McClure to my friend and former work associate Kat Hills, new mom and soon to be Little Rock Family Food Reviewer.

Overall the session was informative and easy to follow. Kyran did a great job reviewing some of the more popular social media networks (Twitter, Facebook, Delicious, Blogs, etc) and provided some useful tips and tools to help make updating (and paying attention to privacy- thought that was very important to note!) and organization a lot easier. Tweetdeck was highly recommended, along with web-based  TweetGrid, which I didn’t’ know about and thought was really interesting as well. I currently use Twhirl b/c I’m a simple kind of girl and post MAYBE an update (via Twitter) every other day. I know that I probably need to become more active but to be honest, my life isn’t really worth tweeting about, and I don’t think any clients (or potential clients) have learned how to follow me yet. (another post another time.) The point of this one is to give kudos’s to the event. I’m glad I drug myself out of bed on a Saturday to do something actually worthwhile.

Although, I have to mention I was a bit disappointed that they were no cupcakes… :(

Here are some (not so great) pictures of the event.

Conference room at the Capitol Hotel

Conference room at the Capitol Hotel

Kyran getting ready to start her presentation

Kyran getting ready to start her presentation

Ladies sharing laptops

Ladies sharing laptops

Twitter

Twitter

Audience interaction

Audience interaction

Terrible picture of Kyran and I at the end of the conference

Terrible picture of Kyran and I at the end of the conference

Rennovated Capitol Hotel

Renovated Capitol Hotel

Downstairs lobby

Downstairs lobby

And in case you’re interested, here is a list of the most popular Twitter Applications, according to Compete site analytics.

Twitter Applications Monthly unique visits
1. Twitpic 1,236,828
2. Tweetdeck 285,864
3. Digsby 233,472
4. Twittercounter 212,200
5. Twitterfeed 149,812
6. Twitterholic 147,164
7. Twhirl 143,333
8. Twitturly 88,793
9. Twtpoll 74,154
10. Retweetist 60,051
11. Tweepler 51,304
12. Hellotxt 45,754
13. Twitdom 45,411
14. Tweetscan 44,463
15. Tweetburner 41,754
16. Tweetvisor 31,621
17. Twittervision 30,708
18. Twitterfall 29,592
19. Monitter 25,433
20. Twibs 17,168
21. Twistori 16,229
22. Twitbin 14,986
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Free Tools to Monitor Online Conversations

google-alertsGoogle Alerts is a free service and first place to start when trying to track something, your reputation or otherwise, on the web. You can choose to search any (New, Blogs, Web, Video, or Groups) or all of Google’s properties and configure the Alert results to be emailed to you either as it happens, once a day, or once a week. You can also edit the alerts after they are created or delete if no longer useful.


technorati1Technorati is a gigantic blog search engine and also a great resource for tracking what’s being said in the blogosphere. Posts are indexed on the site as they are published and you can sign up via RSS to subscribe to any search term you’d like. You will then be notified of posts, blogs, photos, or videos containing your search terms.


addictomaticAddictomatic is another cool service that allows you to “inhale the web” all in one place. It examines all the major social media channels for mentions of that search- including Google, Yahoo, & Live news and blog search, Twitter, YouTube, and lots more. You can customize which sources you feel are most relevant to your results and bookmark, link to, or share on other sites.


monitorI really enjoy the simplicity of MonitorThis, which lets you subscribe to results of a search from over 20 different engines at the same time. The results are provided in OPML format, which can be a little complicated for the average user, but still worth checking out for the list of engines searched.


backtypeBacktype is a blog comment monitoring tool- allowing you to be notified whenever one of your search terms is mentioned in a comment rather than a post.


board-trackerBoardTracker is a tool that searches discussion boards and forum threads for your specified keywords. You can narrow down the categories you search by topic, relevancy, and time period.


twitter_logo_header1TwitterSearch (formerly Summize) has a simple search tool that allows you to see who is talking about your keyword and what they are saying, in real time. You can subscribe to the feed and be notified in your reader any time it’s mentioned.


tweet-volumeTweetVolume is another Twitter tool that shows you how much your keyword is discussed and also compare its stats to other neighboring terms.


These are just a few of the hundreds of (free) tools available for you to track conversations, keywords, and social content on the web. Check them out to see what’s being said about you!

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