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The Splog Thickens

I was amused, and somewhat perplexed, to read on BuzzMachine yesterday about a bizarre splog—spam blog to the rest of us—which copies text and then converts it to synonyms. Jeff explains:  New splog tricks In my ego searches, I just saw a splog that copied text of mine but ran it through ridiculous almost-synonym replacements. I’m assuming this is done to fool Google into thinking it is original content and perhaps to fool the text cops folks like the AP hire. I still can’t quite work out what the function of this is. But I did come across another one on one of my ownContinue readingThe Splog Thickens

The Rise of the “How To” Movie

Screencasting goes commercial? I’m a huge fan of screencasting — short “movies”, most often of what you’re doing on your PC as a easier way of explaining how to use a piece of software — and I think it has huge potential. (Here’s a loose wire directory of screencasting stuff.) So it’s not much of a surprise that folk are going to try to make money from it. One of the first out of the traps is Tubetorial, which offers a bunch of “how to” screencasts supported by ads. Initial reactions are mixed. Lee Odden of Web Pro News interviews the guy behind Tubetorial, BrianContinue readingThe Rise of the “How To” Movie

How to Send Screenshots to Flickr

Here’s a cool plug in which allows you to capture and post screenshots directly to Flickr: SnagIt Profile for Flickr Uploading a capture to Flickr, and then sharing a link to that image, is much easier and more universal than sharing image files as attachments. Using the SnagIt to Flickr profiles, you get the best of both tools – SnagIt’s high-quality screen captures with the ease of sharing on Flickr. SnagIt is made by the same folks who make Camtasia, one of the better screencasting programs. So it’s not surprising there’s a screencast of how it works too. (Here’s a directory of screencasting tools inContinue readingHow to Send Screenshots to Flickr

Directory of Screencasting Resources

Updated Nov 13 2006: added a piece on screencasting in Linux which looks helpful, albeit complicated. This week’s WSJ.com column, out Friday, is about screencasting (you can find all my columns here; subscription only, I’m afraid): Screencasts are really simple to grasp. And in some ways they’re not new. But I, and a few thousand other people, think they represent a great way to leverage the computer to train, educate, entertain, preach and otherwise engage other people in a very simple way. Something the Internet and computers have so far largely failed to do. Screencasts are basically little movies you create on your computer. InContinue readingDirectory of Screencasting Resources

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