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Placing links in Firefox on MySpace blogs

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This is a short tutorial how to insert links into your blog post using MySpace blog editor on OS X in Firefox. It’s pretty verbose as I tried to see if I can write a detailed tutorial. It’s a quick republish of the blog on my MySpace blog, as I’m not sure if everyone can see it there. For more technical audience of this blog, just ignore this post 🙂

Lets start first with the fact that you’ll need Firefox for this to work. Firefox is a free alternative to Safari. (Btw, this tutorial works for all Firefox users on all other platforms – Windows and Linux).

After you installed Firefox, go to your MySpace page and open up Blog editor. You’ll get an error message like this:
MySpaceError

Just press cancel and a full editor will load for you:

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(this screenshot uses Zemanta so it’s a bit more full of things, as it will suggest to you all sorts of things while you blog).

Now moving on to placing links part. We’re going to create a link to moo.com. They’re makers of really great business cards.

Click on the green world with a paper clip icon:

MySpace editor links placing

Now just enter their URL – web address, and the text you want for your link:

MySpaceLinksEditor

There is also an option what to do with the link target. While there are four options there, in reality they will just do two things for you: either open link in the same window, and replace your blog, or open the link in a new browser window.

To open a blog in a new window, select option _blank. All other will open in the same window. For those who are more technically inclined, you can read full explanation of target attribute on this page.

And that’s it. Now you have a nice link:
moo.com – makers of cool business cards. (btw, I have some discount codes. Leave a comment if you are interested).

I also noticed that MySpace blog editor is pretty buggy, so sometimes the icon doesn’t work. Refreshing the page seems to fix that.

That’s it for today. Leave a comment with suggestions what else you’d like to see a tutorial on, or if I didn’t explain something correctly.

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Matt Locke – How are they approaching commissioning in Channel 4? [Thinking digital session notes]

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Taking 6 million TV budget and spend it online – it’s very hard to reach attention of young audiences (14-19 year olds). So how to design for them?

What was life before internet? Most people thinking that revolution in media is about choice, the fact that you can have everything online, no need to go library etc. This is the paradigm shift, and young people can extrapolate back to limited choice.
But what young people have hard to understand is that before you didn’t have permission to speak in public. You had to have permission from public media (newspaper, TV station, etc.) to have voice.
The similar process happened in regarding to Phone boxes vs. Mobile phones. From stepping out of public space into the private space of phone box, towards new set of gestures and cultures to explain to by goers that you in a private space of phone conversation.

There are roughly six kinds of spaces:

  • Secret spaces – (Mobile, SMS, IM) – intimate spaces, we share them with people we know. We expect privacy, even though technology might not provide them.
  • Group spaces – (Bebo, Facebook, Tagged, etc.) – the conversation in this group is about sharing and re-enforcing the group idea. Even though the technology doesn’t provide privacy (MySpace page is public), they are talking to a limited group of people in their heads.
  • Publishing spaces – (LiveJournal, Blogger, Flickr, Photobucket, etc.) – using these tools to get students to peer review their work. Students put their stuff out on the blogs to other students to comment and engage in further converstations.
  • Performing spaces – (Second Life, World of Warcraft, Home, etc.) – people who perform in these spaces they reherse their identity and play by the certain roles
  • Participation spaces – (Marches, Meetings, Markets, Events) – the goal is to have/get something to happen. The architecture of these spaces allow for such actions.
  • Watching spaces – (Television, Gigs, Theatre, etc.) – They are trying to design services where they can ask each other who they think they are sharing space with.

In general social software will become commodity that will make the whole process ubiquitous.

For teens, social embarrassment, is something that’s most problematic for these groups. When you design spaces for them, you have to watch out how you are designing around these so they are not expose to these problems.
There are also some things that teens are not prepared to tell to their peers who they know in everyday life, but would still like to discuss anonymously online.

How do you reinvent the world that is not about public – private but it’s about personal – social. You can’t really just join there as an organization, and you can’t just break into social spaces.
Organizations are used to having monopolies on attention, so there is also a big challenge to tame their ego’s before they can enter the space. How can organizations learn to dynamically change and shift their role depending on the needs of the social playing space.