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Tonights show is going to deliver some of the very best Internet news for this upcoming Wedding Season via Blogs and Social Networks πŸ™‚

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Here is a list of some of the sites we will be discussing tonight. Listen into our Wedding Blogs and Social Networks show for more πŸ™‚

We will be posting a few more (much bigger) posts on Wedding Social Networks and Blogs very soon!

For some very helpful Wedding MySpace Groups:

A Private Group for DJs, Planners, etc. 13,387 members (as of this post)

http://groups.myspace.com/weddingplannersandbrides

A Public Group of Brides to Be πŸ™‚ 7,577 members (as of this post)

http://groups.myspace.com/GreatWeddingNetwork

A Public Group by Professionals for Wedding Professionals. Brides are very welcome to join as well πŸ™‚

http://groups.myspace.com/weddingwhispers

Great Wedding Social Networks

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UberBrides.com: What is an uberBride?

“It’s the opposite of a Bridezilla. A bride with style, class, panache. One who spends months preparing for her wedding, but then when the day comes, relaxes into the moment, and enjoys her new husband, family and friends.”

With the three major sections to the UberBrides site, The Bride and Vendor Blogs; The Social Network; and the Main Section to connect the other two.

TheKnot.com A Social Network, Community, Registry, and Wedding Shop Loaded to the Max with Wedding Ideas, Thoughts, Colors, Tastes and More! Free to sign up Wedding Social Network and more πŸ™‚

Weddinic.com Socialize, Search, and Simplify your way to Wedding Day! Free to sign up Wedding Social Network and more πŸ™‚

WeddingWire.com For everything Wedding Day from Songs Lists, Photography,Β  Forums, Events, Vendors. Completely free to sign up for the Bride or Groom πŸ™‚

Some Outstanding Wedding Blog Sites

http://www.weddingblogawards.com/ A catalog of sorts as this blog owner has highlighted some outstanding Wedding Blog Sites!

Style Me Pretty has an incredible jaw dropper of a Wedding Blog! http://www.stylemepretty.com/

Loaded to the pixels, Best Wedding Blogs has it covered! http://www.bestweddingblogs.com/

More to post here later and definitely more on the show! CU There! Visit Wedding Blogs and Social Networks Part2

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress (TeenGirlsRadio) and Wavecritter Google Us πŸ™‚



Thought we would set out some choices for very cool MySpace Layouts, Graphics, and Comments Pages for you all real quick πŸ™‚ Some of the sites that we know and love πŸ™‚ Listing the pros and some cons.

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SparkleTags A great site for MySpace Graphics, Comments, and Layout Choices

Wish A Friend : All Inclusive Great Site! Find a Little of This and a Little of That Here. A Quick Way to Add a Comment πŸ™‚

Pyzam : Very “WoW” Layout choices for Blogger!

All 4 MySpace : Loaded with bright colorful fun graphics and comments!

Top Bun : Very intricate designs, nice!

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Free Code Source : Cute!

Dazzle Junction : Great Comment Site!

Satisfaction : Very Nice but a bit “link happy” πŸ™‚

MS Nerds Layouts : Good Content but Little Choice

MySpace is Ugly : Very Cool Girly Graphics (ie. Hello Kitty)

My Hot Comments : Stevies Top 2 Pick

My Girly Space Stevies Top Pick

We have many more MySpace comment, layout, and Graphic sites but these are a few to “mix it up” a bit πŸ™‚

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Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter Google Us πŸ™‚



{February 27, 2009}   Genealogy Social Networks

Genealogy is such a time intensive, exciting, historical adventure and it seems to be a very popular quest for families to find their history.

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We are listing some of the free to sign up and use Genealogy social networks, blogs, and other sites to help you in your Internet searchings to get your family tree filled up. Many of these sites also have an upgraded version, but always go free first, then if you just can’t live without the upgrades and you are sure this is the site for you, then consider it or jump right in πŸ™‚

Groups at MySpace and Facebook are also a place to network with and locate information or other lost cousins or people who know them. These groups have an abundance of link information as well to assure that you never run out of family “leads” or come to a dead end “)

Facebook has many Genealogy groups but one stood out (over 5,000 members) International Genealogy. With resource links for global searches to genetic research, making contacts, getting started (for the very new even :), Military and Religious records, Census information and much more. A definite useful resource for Family Histories. A tutorial group for beginners is listed here as well.

The group that stood out over at MySpace was called Genealogy. This group has a healthy forum for surnames and a list of good genealogy site links.

How about some great existing blog sites on Genealogy? We found Cyndis List of Genealogy Sites on the Net πŸ™‚ Cyndi has a major list of relevant sites to help you on your way through your families genealogy.

Where to go to find a great “Create My Family Tree” sort of site online? I began my journey at MyHeritage.com which is a free family tree maker site and is “medium” for me in the “happy navigation” meter but could rate higher for you as everyones “happy” is very different where navigating sites are concerned πŸ™‚

For example, I prefer Wetpaint sites over Ning (as a creator of these sorts of sites) but others prefer Ning over Wetpaint πŸ™‚ as far as navigating the construction and even navigating as a visitor. Speaking of the Wetpaint and Ning sites, we found a few very good examples of Genealogy networks that you could either join or for an example to start your own πŸ™‚

At Ning: GenMates

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Dead Fred Genealogy Photo Archive

At Wetpaint: HaileFamilyTree.Wetpaint.com

This is our family site (we just began construction, so a work in progress πŸ™‚

Wisconsin State Genealogical Society Inc

The Bookworm Choctaw County Public Library

Keywords can be very important when creating a “public” site. You will open a highway for Genealogy historians like yourself to actually find You! instead of always being the one on the lookout, people will be able to seek you out given the right set of keywords for your sites. Choose a base 5 keywords first that you will always use on most every post, article, or photo. Use your Last Name, Full Name, the words Genealogy, Family Tree, and your region ie: Germany, USA, Virginia, Bolster County. Possible less work for you searching alone can turn into others seeking an finding you πŸ™‚

Visit BlogFinder.Genealogy.com to search for more Genealogy sites. When I used this, I did not get any sites, but when I switched to searching for posts by clicking the post button, I found quite a few on the last name Haile πŸ™‚

Interment.net isΒ  The Cemetery Blog a Free Online Library of burial records from thousands of cemeteries across the World for historical and Genealogy research, thanks to Steve Johnson and Maggie Rail. We have the Worlds cemeteries at our fingertips here.

Many more sites for Genealogy enthusiasts coming in our next post right here at BlogsAndSocialNetworks.com πŸ™‚

Listen into Blogs and Social Networks Genealogy Social Networks Show for more πŸ™‚

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter Google Us πŸ™‚



I found a few recent studies in my travels around the net on statistics for Bloggers πŸ™‚ Of course, not all the same types of people blog but statistically bloggers are largely male πŸ™‚ and it seems that more than half have an income of over $75,000 annually. 42% of bloggers today have attended graduate school πŸ™‚

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More than half of bloggers out there now are currently on their (at least) second blog site, blog, or platform.Β  (I am as well), but more than half have been blogging for two or more years too (like me ).

I find these statistics interesting but they will soon change as the blogging explosion has arrived and is growing in numbers by the minute.

One of the largest categories of Blog Types is really the Topic Type blog. I think mainly because this subject encompasses such a large arena. Bloggers who are into History could Topic Blog about Historians, Americans, Europe, The Romans, Greeks, or Isreals History. I have compiled a list of sorts of ideas for Blog Titles and Topic Types:

“The Inner Workings of Techno”

Tables and Chairs”

The Science of Sociology” (Astronomy, Physics, etc.)

“Egypt and It’s Tombs”

“How Does It Work?”

“Things That Are Round”

“Writing Utensils”

“Types of Blogs”

“Felines and Their Ways”

“Microbes”

“Berries” Check Out BerryH2o.blogspot.com for one on this πŸ™‚

“The Blues”

Write your passion. Write what you love, find interesting, or for that matter what you want to learn more about πŸ™‚ This could be a topic blog on your adventures into learning something that you would like to know. This is how blogging started for me. I needed more information on a certain topic and wanted a “holding area” to keep everything I learned as it is often difficult to find “saved” bookmarks in your own files if they are a bit crowded LOL πŸ™‚ Wetpaint Wikis are an awesome holding type topic blog site as is WordPress here.

Enjoy your blogging πŸ™‚

Listen into Blogs and Social Networks Online Radio for more πŸ™‚

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter Google Us πŸ™‚



{February 22, 2009}   Blogs – Types of Blogs

Having made step by step videos on How To navigate and use different blog platforms and How To use the blogging areas on some of the big social networks like MySpace, Facebook, and My Yearbook,Β  but then … what do you write about?

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Types of Blogs You Can Create πŸ™‚

Topic Blogs – Actually this site BlogsAndSocialNetworks.com is a “Topic” blog, so is VideoGamesAndGaming.com, but these two are also a How To blog as well. Any broad, general, global, town related subject whether it’s a “World” blog or just a State, your topic can be Animals in the World (broad topic) or Primates in the Jungle (a bit more narrow) or Chimps in the NY Zoo (very specific πŸ™‚ Americans is a great topic as well, Ben Franklin for example. You could post about him for a whole month, then next month post on George Washington πŸ™‚

Topic blogs have such a diverse inclusion like Fashion, Travel, Dreams, My Trip, Educational Institutions, Cats, etc. Many choices here. Write what you love πŸ™‚

Salesy Web Site Blogs – Sites that look a Christmas Sale at the Mall with Flashy Banners, Sales Fluff around every corner. These do attract attention to some and may work for you.

Photo Sites – A great Photo style blog can be found at ParisDailyPhoto.com but it is any chosen photo you select to “be” the blog and add a line or few of explanation or interest, location … etc. to your picture πŸ™‚

Journal Blogs – A great example of a journal style blog is Wavecritter.LiveJournal.com or SurfPiccasso2001.LiveJournal.com Stevies blog is a journal style, write as you sort of story teller or what’s up with my day or life type blog πŸ™‚

VLogs or Video Blogs – Of course the best place to see a VLog is at a Video Social Network at someones profile page like me πŸ™‚ YouTube.com/Wavecritter I have a bunch of friends there that have very different styles of VLogs too which are easy to find at YouTube, like a musician style where they play and take videos of either them on stage or create a story video to go with their songs; “Let’s Talk” sort of videos, How To, Real Life, and more.

Explanation or Definition Blogs – These are quite similar to the How To style blogs but are mostly like a Wikipedia style topic blog that gives a detailed explanation with examples πŸ™‚ They don’t need to be using the Wikipedia platform of course, but this one on Blog is a good example. A really great Explanation blog will have many resource links to other relevant posts or sites.

Review Blogs – These are usually quite helpful blogs in general as you can open up several and see what different views there are out there on any given iten, topic, company, laundry soap lol, or whatever you are looking for opinions on. To write this style blog you will need to have more than an idea of the subject. If you do a review site on restaraunts for example, you would be a person who frequently visits new restaraunts and has a grasp of a great dining out experience with out being hyper critical. Point out the pros and cons so to speak πŸ™‚ If you write a review style blog, you could link to the items that you review for more link backs, information, or to monetize your site if these are your items on Amazon or EBay.

List Blogs – This is a fun way to blog. 7 ways to bake a cake, 11 types of tennis shoes, 8 reasons why you should exercise, 100 favorite songs of the year, the top 5 social networks, etc. With a list style blog, you can start a post with the original list, then take each (#1, #2, etc.) and make an in depth post on each number, it will get you a whole series of posts and help you with your posts πŸ™‚

Group, Team, or Company Style Blogs – A site for any specific organization, group or team. This type of blog is geared toward your members of the company, pack, sports organization, guild, or party to get information out to them. A communication type blog just for a specific sector of people.

Most blogs fall into one or more (or a subset) of these categories, but as categories go, they could be sub divided into many, many more smaller or specific types like with the Topic Blog especially πŸ™‚

Lokking at the list of blog types that WordPress has will help you as well. This list will keep you clear of the No-No Types of Blogs to create πŸ™‚

Have fun with your blog and write what you are passionate about or you may not be blogging long out of boredom πŸ™‚

Checking into MyBlogLog and Zimbio will get you some additonal blog attention!

Listen into Blogs and Social Networks for more πŸ™‚

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter



Tonight’s show will be all about Genealogy. Where to go to look for families, groups on several social networks, sites to create your own family tree and more. Visit Blogs and Social Networks Blog Talk Radio Genealogy Social Networks for more.

Free Charts at About.com Genealogy

I thought that the definition of Genealogy (I looked it up on Dictionary.com) would be appropriate here πŸ™‚

geβ‹…neβ‹…alβ‹…oβ‹…gy

–noun, plural -gies.

1.

a record or account of the ancestry and descent of a person, family, group, etc.

2.

the study of family ancestries and histories.

3.

descent from an original form or progenitor; lineage; ancestry.

4.

Biology. a group of individuals or species having a common ancestry: The various species of Darwin’s finches form a closely knit genealogy.


Origin:

1250–1300; ME genealogie < MF < LL geneālogia < Gk geneālogΓ­agene race (see gene ) + -logia -logy

pedigree, equiv. to

This is a good place to start πŸ™‚

Then we ventured over to some major social networks like Facebook and MySpace to see how many groups they had over there specific to certain families and groups:

Our friend Kathy Paquette had recently joined a group for the “Paquettes” which I thought was a brilliant idea. If you have family that you are searching for, look into joining an existing group at a major social network or start your own group. Here are a few groups for the Paquettes we found at Facebook:

I searched for a Haile group as well πŸ™‚ No luck there, maybe I will start one in the future (If anyone starts one, let me know:)

Onto Genealogy topic groups at Facebook:

There are over 5,000 members in this group. Other groups have been started at Facebook as well for Genealogy but this seems to be the biggest one. They offer connectivity for individuals excited about finding their family histories. Included resource links for across the Globe, Census, Military, and more.

To find a whole bunch of cool free clip art just for Genealogy sites visit HaileFamilyTree.wetpaint.com I don’t have the family tree info up and complete yet πŸ™‚ but I do have a huge list of the easiets to get to and navigate Genealogy clip art sites and coolness out there πŸ™‚

The My Heritage Family Tree Builder (free download πŸ™‚ is a cool tool for getting your layout going and tree constructed! The My Heritage site has a whole bunch of great Genealogy info as well πŸ™‚

A Genealogy group at MySpace (has almost 5,000 members πŸ™‚ where you can search for people by surname, post an alert bulletin to get some information and find some great sites linked here πŸ™‚

Here’s the link to search Google for Genealogy based Blog sites πŸ™‚

More on the show tonight πŸ™‚

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter Google Us πŸ™‚



We often hear the word “focus” in the same context as blogging instruction but what does it really mean and who does it really mean it for?

Focus in the blogging platform or social networking world refers to shooting toward reaching your “target” audience. Who would you like to visit your social networks and read your blog sites? What demographic? Now, why would the blogs and social networks person care who came to visit? Marketing to be precise.

If a blogger is marketing a particular product, they would then care very much who came to see their sites. For example) If your product was a health and wellness sort of “Vitamin” product, then a “Get Healthy or “Stay Healthy” sort of blog would hit the nail on the head to some degree. What if the product is “Vitamin D”? Then focus would get you to a site much more focused on bone health instead of overall health.

Who else would want to focus their sites? If you aren’t marketing a product but would like to gain a high rating with Google, become an expert, or just have a very popular site full of specific information, then focus is for you πŸ™‚

Do Stevie and Stephanie at Blogs and Social Networks focus? I can’t say that we do actually πŸ™‚ Encompassing the entire subject of Blogs and Social Networks (and not that we even come close to hitting every site) is not really a very focused, specific topic. To hold true to many blogging platforms, we have many blogs specifically geared towards Blogs and Social Networks and are members of multiple social networks. It is rather a broad subject area but holds a great example of what it means to go smaller from it and more focused.

Blogs and Social Networks …

Social Networks That Have Blog Capability …

MySpace and Facebook …

Or You could go from Blogs and Social Networks …

to Blogs about Social Networks …

then onto blogs about MySpace and Facebook …

or to be less focused, blogs about the major social networks.

Recall why we focus again, to appeal to a group who will more likely be interested in our topics, information, and offers.

Sometimes focus is not important. A very wide spectrum blog works quite well and attracts visitors. The blog remains on a subject, but a very wide subject much like Blogs and Social Networks or Video Games and Gaming. Again, with Video Games and Gaming, this can become much more focused a topic …

Video Games and Gaming …

Console Games …

Wii Games …

Wii Fit Games …

Or you can choose to create sub sections (or pages) of your blog (or create a wiki at wetpaint) to house focused topics like this but name your blog a wider topic name.

Once the understanding of why a blogger is told to focus comes into … well … errr … “focus” … then it becomes clear whether or not you actually should decide to look into it all or not. Are you trying to reach a “target” audience? or do you just want to be sure that your writings are helping whoever searches that info out?

With searches, keywords really take the drivers seat here. How do visitors actually find what you have? Think about your tags, labels and keywords (all one in the same, with just a different name at different blog site platforms) What will those ask who wish to find your answers? How you label and categorize your posts matters greatly to the seeker of your posts. If you have a post on How To Make Ice Cream, then your top keywords probably should be: Ice Cream, Ice Cream How To, How To Make Ice Cream, Frozen Desserts, and Dessert Recipes. Then add your name or alias (Stephanie Haile aka Wavecritter) (author title) as another keyword, you could use the blog platform as another if you wished (ie: WordPress, Blog Talk Radio, Blogger) and then peruse through your post for a few select keyword phrases running together in the text and standing out. Use these as well (In this post it would be “Blogging instruction” blogging Platform” or Social Networking”). There you go, you just greatly assisted your visitors in arriving at your information πŸ™‚

However much you really wish to focus on your blogs and social networks in this manner is entirely up to you … do remember that every person is unique, every blog is unique, and every social network is unique and that each has it’s own attractions for a reason … they are all different πŸ™‚ Cookie cutter is not generally the way to go to become different, although you could begin with the design and “color” or “decorate” it however you like πŸ™‚

With a very focused blog site, focused right from the creation date on , you will need to think about where to actually get the word out or “effectively market” this site. Groups (first and foremost) in the social networking communities are the number one best places to market an on topic blog. Probably placing a link on a Gardening blog in a group on fishing is not going to be your first choice group πŸ™‚ But, possible the people at the fishing group are also interested in gardening as well and it may do some good πŸ™‚ Seek out the gardening groups to introduce your gardening blog to first though πŸ™‚

Your keywords will be the “behind the scenes” marking engine for you while you manually market your site to and through other Blogs and Social Networks sites. Getting backlinks is quite easy. Log into your blog platform (ie: WordPress, Blogspot, Vox, Livejournal …) then browse through other blog sites on the same platform, either on your topic or on another, comment on their posts as you view some sites. Each comment you leave (while logged in) will send a link back to your site via the “icon” or username info left on the comment πŸ™‚ Nope, you don’t really need to “rely” on friends to actually list you on their blogroll.

Use your blog URL as part of every bio, info, or profile area on all of your social networks and think about securing a clever domain name for your blog site πŸ™‚ I chose BlogsAndSocialNetworks.info , .com , , .org , and .net for our main blog platforms (Wetpaint, WordPress, Blog Talk Radio, and Blogspot). One is fine, there is no need to get all (info, com, net, etc) this way when you redirect the domain to your blog URL, it is now a much easier name to remember. BlogsAndSocialNetworks.com is easier (I hope lol) than Wavecritter.Wordpress.com for instance.

These are some good tips, we will be writing some more soon. Stay tuned for Blogs And Social Networks

Keeping Up with your Facebook and MySpace Applications

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Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter Google Us πŸ™‚



Whooo …. the numerous choices out there in the application and widget world! This is great for those who can choose a manageable number of the coolest ones that suit them πŸ™‚ And then …. there are those (ummm like me πŸ™‚ that just “Need” to have that one more MySpace and Facebook widget Application because my friends get excited about them or I find them clever beyond belief πŸ™‚ I thought I would let you in on some of the widgets that just too clever, some of the applications that are very non time consuming, some that take a bit of time, and then those that are just so cool that you don’t really care that they glue you to the computer every day to make sure your Application is up to date πŸ™‚

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Let’s start with the easiest, less time consumers of the MySpace and Facebook Application and Widget World:

Once installed and set up, Superlatives, SuperPoke, Stickers, Hug Me, Hatching Eggs, Growing Plants, SuperWall, Movies, SuperHug, TagMe, and Optical Illusion of the Day are a short list of the easiest, quickest to use widgets and applications.

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Superlatives, SuperPoke, Hugs, and TagMe are quick little graphics to say “hi”, “throw a cake at” , “wish a happy birthday to”, or just about anything you could think of as a witty fast way to give a shout to your friends :)Some of these can be found at both MySpace and Facebook (even at MyYearbook) and some at one or the other.

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The SuperWall and Stickers are ways to post funny quips, quotes, and sayings that your friends can share and then post to their own “Cork Boards” (the holding and display area for the stickers) or on their own Walls as a video, photo, or other blog type post. These can be found at both MySpace, MyYearbook, and Facebook.

The Growing Plants and Hatching Eggs Application is one of the most clever “not much time needed” applications I have found yet. Once the intial set up is complete, the maintenance is very minimal and it only takes a minute to send creative growing or hatching hiyas out to all of your friends at Facebook.

The applications at Facebook take much less time to “send out” to all of your Facebook friends verses sending out the same or similar “hiyas” to your MySpace friends becasue of the individually sent to each friend captcha deal over at MySpace. At MyYearbook, the high fives, gifts, and stars take very little time to dole out as well.

The “Lunch Money Owned” application widget coolie started at MyYearBook actually πŸ™‚ The applications at Facebook have been going strong for some time and MySpace just recently incorporated these fun little addition widgets into their set up. With the Owned Application, you purchase with “Lunch Money” your friends photos gaining popularity and expense as you buy and sell. Every time you log in you also gain extra lunch money that you can use to send “presents” to your friends as well. I would place this one in the mid range for time consumption as you will want to keep up with who has purchased your friends out from under you πŸ™‚

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Some other choice mid range time users in the Facebook Applications, MySpace and MyYearBook widgets include: The Little Blue Cove, Dog World, SuperPoke Pets, and Lil Green Patch could fall into the “very time consuming” range but only if you are extremely diligent in these πŸ™‚ You can certainly have a great time with these applications and keep them in the mid time taker range πŸ™‚ The premise of these fun little widgets is you get a pet, garden, or fish tank of sorts with virtual critters, flora, and aquatic swimmers πŸ™‚ You take care of your set up and your friends as you visit around to see what they have created with these individual applications πŸ™‚

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Ok, onto the “Big Dog” time suckers but are too fun to stop playing (yes, these Facebook Applications MySpace Widgets and MyYearbook deals can become addiciting lol πŸ™‚ include, but are not limited to: MyFarm, Mob Wars, Pirates: Rule the Caribbean, Vampire Wars, Networked Blogs (but only in the set up, once you have your blogs listed … this app gets off and running almost on its own), Sorority Life (Stevies Fav!) Ohhhh … Hook up with us on this one at MySpace :)…hehehe πŸ™‚ Stevie is my Top Friend, easy to find that way πŸ™‚ ….

Just keep in mind, the more Applictaions you add, the more time they tend to take πŸ™‚ So, choose wisely and well and be sure to have fun with the choices you make … ohhhhhh and add us if its a “Party” application πŸ™‚ Talk soon and CU at MySpace, Facebook, and MyYearbook!!!

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter Google Us πŸ™‚ or Listen into BlogsAndSocialNetworks.info to join in our Online Radio Show πŸ™‚



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With the ever changing Internet morphing and transforming in the blink of an eye, the sights, sounds and flavors online of the specific social networks won’t be left out of the wave. MySpace and Facebook have certainly included themselves in the update arena of blogs and social networks.

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To compare and contrast the two largest social networks, all the while keeping up to date with the newest updates and features is an exciting roller coaster of events. While MySpace and Facebook are not the only two social networking sites on the block, they hold the top spots in this category.

In the personal interface area at MySpace, not the profile layout for your visitors to view, but the “for your eyes only” section, you can now customize the layout or background to a healthy selection of colors and styles. The individual modules can also be relocated and moved around to suit your ease of viewing them any way you would like or just close the ones you do not need altogether.

MySpace has a good selection of the new CSS 2.0 layouts as well for your visitors eyes on your profile page. The staggering amount of CSS 2.0 layout choices at the numerous MySpace layout sites will certainly allow the flare and personality of individuals everywhere to express their profile page and astound their guests. The new CSS 2.0 change is extremely easy to learn, so the switch over will be no problem. The tutorials furnished will assist with any troubles you may encounter.

Facebook has some updates as well in their personal interface area. Facebook has a cleaner feel and it is easier to see your friends news feeds, status updates, photos, and posted items all designed and navigated by the new tab system. Facebook has a shout out “Twitter Style” capability that MySpace does not yet have as you are able to comment on your friends shout outs as they make them. A shout out is just a little blurb of how you feel or what your are doing at that given time or moment, like “Going to the Store”, “BBL” (be back later), “Major Headache”, or “At Work, Saying Hi”. While MySpace has a mini shout out with no comment feature, they do have an emoticon “Mood” feature that is not incorporated into the Facebook shout out. Facebooks emoticon “Mood” feature is offered as an application widget through the “Top Friends” application and others.

Facebook has prided itself on it’s privacy features since it’s inception and it actually “feels” more private when you are venturing around the profiles, groups, and featured pages. There has been much media on the virus filled applications in the mid part of 2008, but with the onset of 2009, people are still flocking in droves over to blog social network Facebook.

MySpace is geared towards senses stimulation with it’s color oriented layouts, music with it’s many band sites, and video broadcastings. You hear MySpace and read Facebook it seems. I believe that is a big draw to both sites. The “fluff” at MySpace being the deco, diapason, dress, and design and at Facebook, the big calling is association, art, academia, and applications.

The chat features at each social network are quite different. MySpace has their IM extraordinaire but the Facebook chat is a great deal less appealing because first you need to be on and logged into the social network in order to actually use their chat feature. Whereas the MySpace IM (instant messenger) is a separate system. There is no need to be logged into the social network at all to chat and the mobile IM is quite handy.

The customization of interface levels makes Facebook seem more private, but both social networks have a great deal of privacy or not very much at all depending on your personal settings. Individual privacy settings for personal information and for each application you choose to allow at each social network. While Facebook was the first to have outside applications available on their profile areas, MySpace has stepped up to bat on the application game and introduced a huge selection.

The thought of “Poking” your friends seems so ’06 anymore compared to the Pirates, GreenSpot, MyFarm, or SuperPoke applications users are crowding to add to their own profile pages today.

For MySpace users who have switched over to the new CSS 2.0 layouts, to add your applications to your profile area and show them off on your visitors page just click the “Profile” drop down to the “Customize Profile” link, then click the “Applications” button on the left, and highlight to add which applications you would like to show for your viewers.

While both blog social networks, and I call them blog networks because each has a prominent blogging community, have pronounced and visual updates, the attractions to both social networks are numerous and wide spread. Whether you choose to become a MySpacer, Facebooker, or both is ultimately your decision. Enjoy the ride.

Listen Into Our Blogs and Social Networks Show on MySpace and Facebook Updates and Differences

Stephanie and Stevie Haile aka Wavecritter and Blogheiress Google Us πŸ™‚



Tonights Teen Girls Radio show covered the issues of the 2008 Presidential Election. From the housing issues, gas prices, candidates views and opinions of the candidates, callers, chat room participants, and of course, the Teen Girls.

18 year old voters have an opinion and make an impact on the outcome of the vote for the President of the United States.

We mentioned a few sites on our show tonight that you may like to visit.

RockTheVote.com to find out more information on voting, the candidates, procedure and more.

Rock The Vote

Rock The Vote

USPolitics.America.gov is one of the sights we discussed information from on the differing views of each candidate. Sea_Junky let us in on this site, Thanks!

America.gov

America.gov

We also did some research at Project Vote Smart where you can search the candidates by State ballots.

Project Vote Smart

Project Vote Smart

Our MySpace pages were mentioned and our Blogs and Social Networks Blog Talk Radio Show.

Blogs and Social Networks Blog Talk Radio

Blogs and Social Networks Blog Talk Radio

Stevies MySpace

Stevies MySpace

Stevies MySpace

Megans MySpace (set to private just now, get in touch through Blog Talk Radio Teen Girls Radio or She is my first friend on MySpace)

Autumns MySpace

Autumns MySpace Firefly Chicken

Autumns MySpace Firefly Chicken

18retireds MySpace Matt Redman

Matt Redman MySpace

Matt Redman MySpace

18retired is also a Blog Talk Radio Host Visit His Show Here

18 Retired Blog Talk Radio

18 Retired Blog Talk Radio

Check This site of Matts Out!

Matt Redman

Matt Redman

Other awesome chat room participants who came up with some outstanding questions and comments.

Sea_Junky

LauraBeth

StarCraftt

Imax71

WaltersLV

Stevie Haile aka Blogheiress aka Teen Girl from Blog Talk Radio



{August 31, 2008}   Blogheiress Technorati

<a href=”http://technorati.com/claim/6gcaidkzi2&#8243; rel=”me”>Technorati Profile</a>



{August 15, 2008}   Basic HTML

Basic HTML

You can use basic HTML in many ways and in various places. You can change simple things by making your font bolder, bigger, or smaller by using the simplest of codes. You can create page breaks and separate your paragraphs or thoughts. Change the color of your font, create a text link, or place a picture or graphic image on your web site.

If you have not yet copied and pasted a graphic or background lay-out onto a web page or a social network site such as My Space, give that a try. It will show you a great example of what an HTML code actually looks like. Study it for a few minutes to get a good look at the tweaks that could be made to any code to change just a bit of the end result.

We use HTML at social networks, on web pages, and in solo advertisements for business marketers.

Basic HTML will make your page or advertisements stand out from the crowd. Get noticed and learn a bit of HTML.

To change your font and make it show a bit of your personality or to make it jump out of the page, you will need these basic HTML codes. I will be putting spaces between the characters here to be able to post this on an area that uses HTML. When you type this, leave no spaces between the characters. Making your font bolder only requires you to type < b >. Typing in multiple sets will create an even bolder font. At the end of the word or phrase you wish to be bold, type. This code will close the bold print.

You can make your font bigger or smaller as well by using the code < big > or < small > and then closing it off with or . That is the extent of it. It is really this easy to do.

If you need a separation between ideas, thoughts, or paragraphs then use the code < Br >. If you would like a double space between the text, type two or more in a row, all touching with no spaces. This is best used with graphic images and photos, or banners and music players. It prevents the images from running together and creates a much cleaner page view.

Another neat little trick is changing your font color. Red jumps right off the page, blue is a very mellow and calming color, and yellow when used with a combination of red and black makes a very bold statement. This code is very simple and looks like this, < font >. Now, with this code, you can either just type the color name into “the color” area or do a quick search for HTML font color codes and replace “the color” with the actual color code number given on the site you find. Close the color with.

How about adding a text link to your web site or social page? Again, simple once you see it a few times. This is what it looks like. You will need to replace the yoursitehere with your web page link and TextLink with whatever you want to show as your link text.

EXAMPLE: <“A target=”_new” HREF=”http://www.yoursitehere.com/”>textlink</A&gt;

Like This:Β  Visit our <A HREF=”http://www.yoursite.com/”>site</A&gt;

Again, I have created spaces where there should be none to ensure readability. If I posted this on an HTML compatible page it would not show anything except the useable link called textlink. The only space needed in this code is the one between the first A and the HREF. That one is an important and essential space.

There is an easy shortcut to image codes. Uploading a stored photo or image from your computer to a site called Tiny Pic will get you your image code straight away. Just copy and paste into your project. The easiest by far. The wealth of information on and about using, viewing, and learning the basic HTML code is a search engine away. My goal is to enlighten you and show you that you can do it too. That it isn’t as difficult as we all may have thought it was and doing it correctly is within reach.

Stephanie Haile and Stevie Haile aka Wavecritter and BlogHeiress Google Us!

Links below discussed on our Blogs and Social Networks Online Radio:

http://www.xstandard.com Ken From Blog Critics BC MultiPlayer Chat Let Us Know

http://www.flock.com JadedMan Let Us Know This Was The Best New Web Browser

http://www.myspace.com/just_cuz_u_love_me Megans MySpace

http://www.MySpace.com/Wavecritter Stephanies MySpace

http://www.MySpace.com/surfpiccasso Stevies MySpace

http://www.myspace.com/meancode Ken Edwards Blog Talk Radio Official Host!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stations/bc/gaming BC MultiPlayer Chat! Ken Edwards!

http://www.myspace.com/meancode Ken Edwards MySpace



Blogs and Social Networks Springing Up Like Mushrooms


Holy Cow! When Stevie and I first started reviewing Blogs and Social Networks about 2 years ago, the list was completable but quite daunting. With the speed of new sites popping up weekly, daily, no … hourly, the list of reviews is completely endless and impossible to secure by a Mother and Daughter team alone. This never ending stream of new sites, updated older ones, and Social Networks up and coming out of the horizon is nothing short of an emerging army.

This weeks show on BlogsandSocialNetworks.info will cover the highlights of the newness, changes and updates of some of the power house sites like MyBlogLog, MySpace, Facebook, and some of the Google Services, along with some news and updates from Wetpaint, Utterz, Twitter helper sites and more.

Stephanie and Stevie Haile aka Wavecritter and Blogheiress Google Us ;)



Virtual Worlds and Social Toolbars Part 1

In my questing for virtual worlds that I did not yet know about, I ran across a cool “Virtual Worlds Reviews Site”. http://www.VirtualWorldsReview.com

It contains a massive listing of cool Virtual World sites like

www.Beta.Playdo.com

Place images or videos over each other when creating your profile page, reduce the opacity, and make them transparent. Nifty trick at Playdo.com! A simple site for your online profile, video, and cinema seats for viewing guests. You will need Adobe Macro Media Shockwave player for this one, no worries πŸ™‚

On to SpineWorld.com

A new area just opened up under Cloud Spire! Are you brave enough to venture here? SpineWorld is geared toward the younger crowd (20 and younger) with a set up and Virtual Land that is literally Out of This World πŸ™‚ Create an avatar, go on quests, make friends. This site also has a parents area, with security features, code of conduct, and more. No download, get flown into the city while receiving your instruction and clothing.

More Coming In Part 2 Social Toolbars and Virtual Worlds
Stevie and Stephanie Haile Google Us



Everyone who is active or just a weekly visitor the Social Network Scene should fully be aware how to spot a “Scary” and how to handle yourself NOT deal with them. You see, there is no “dealing” with them as they are generally not rational thinkers who exist in the same plane of life rules and morals as most people do.

Of course, the very best, hands down way to avoid the scaries is make your profile private and only invite and except friends that you already know well. They can still ask to become your friend, and judging a book by its cover is never the way to go. If you are going to go private, only accept your friends.

Another way to avoid the scaries is to first go and take a look at their profiles, look at their top friends, read their about me section. If you have any doubt, trust yourself and don’t add them.

If you are a female and a guy is looking to “get to know you better” check out the top friends list. Is it all girls? Are they half dressed? Ummmmm… there’s a clue. Same, only reversed if you are a guy. Although, some guys dig that (double standard you know:)

If you receive an unwanted message, do NOT send one back explaining that you no longer want messages πŸ™‚ If, indeed, they are creepy, you will not get the support you need from the sites administrator because you also contacted them.

What these scaries sometime do, is blast out the same exact messages to numerous people who “fit their Profile”. Then they wait to see who answers them. They then weed through the replys to find the reply they are looking for. I personally have not crawled into the mind of the scaries to exactly what they are looking for, so I cannot help here. I can express my certainty though that if you do not answer, you are far more likely NOT to answer what they are looking for πŸ™‚

Don’t let it get to you, and don’t do anything stupid if people spread rumors about you. Too many senseless suicides from teenagers to adults. Focus not on what was done to you, focus on anything else. Visit other social networks for a while, stay away and try not to even think on it. Sometimes a very difficult proposition at best, if you cannot get it all out of your thoughts, stay off the computer for a while. Get out, do something fun.

If the problem lies with “so-called” friends that attend your school, work, or interact with you daily, then you may need to approach this a bit differently. First, you will need to talk to family, teachers, principle, good neighbor, or other “real” friends about this, instead of “hiding” it all and attempting to deal with this all yourself, talk to a guidance counselor, security guard, or other named individual above.

Always remain better than them by not stooping to the muckraking levels. Trying to be evil and nasty when your nature is the opposite will be just like leaving your home town to walk around the streets of a crazy, dangerous city. You don’t know how to navigate it, you won’t know which way to turn, but these scaries are quite practiced in their nasty ways and know exactly which way to turn, what vehicle to use, and where the authorities hang out. A fish out of water is where you would be. AND… what will the people you tell about this situation think when you are doing the exact same thing to those scaries in retaliation as they did to you? Don’t play the game at all. They always make up the rules as they go along anyway, so there is no way to combat it alone.

Here are some sites that will help with Cyber Bullies:

Scruff McGruffs Site:

http://www.ByteCrime.org

Http://www.HaltAbuse.com

Http://www.MiVictims.org

Http://www.NCPC.org

Http://www.NetBullies.com

Http://www.pewinternet.org

Stevie and Stephanie Haile aka Blogheiress and Wavecritter Google Us



“We are excited to announce the Utterz Ambassador Program.

Here’s the skinny: The Utterz team will be hand selecting a small group of Utterz users to help shape the future of Utterz for the entire community. If you’re selected to be an Ambassador, you’ll get to peek behind the Utterz curtain to learn what we’re working on now, as well helping us design and refine our upcoming feature releases. And of course, you’ll get “more cowbell”.”

Holy Cow! Utterz is getting ready for some ground breaking status symbols! The utterz Ambassador Program! If you are into Utterz, let them know right away by visiting their blog below that you would like to be considered for the Ambassador Program at Utterz!

http://www.utterz.com/blog/index.php/be-an-utterz-ambassador/

Stevie Haile aka Blogheiress Google me
http://www.BlogsAndSocialNetworks.net



{April 21, 2008}   BlogHeiress On My BlogLog

Throughout the journey, the road less traveled or the highway to the blogging world, we notice the actual “road” is My BlogLog. An outstanding intersection of continuing highways and byways of interconnectedness. This is My BlogLog. It actually weaves together the blogs and social networks of today, melding them into the off ramps of tomorrow.

Getting and staying connecting in the blogs and social networks world on the Internet is an experience of a lifetime. Our pasts did not even include this awesome situational entertainment and friendship.

Stevie Haile aka BlogHeiress



{April 20, 2008}   BlogHeiress On My Yearbook

BlogHeiress My Yearbook

My Yearbook Social Network

Getting started at My Yearbook is an easy process.

My Yearbook is a popping HOT Social Network right now and is growing by leaps and bounds everyday. I forsee it to be rated right up there with Facebook and MySpace!

Lets Get Started!

The first thing is to go to My Yearbook.com

You are taken to a page to either sign in or sign up.

Signing up is an easy process. Start with filling out your name, email, and choosing a password. No nicknames really, but you can type a character name as your real name if you choose with both a last and first name filled in.

Clicking the sign up enter button will take you to your front page where it will show you how complete your profile is with a percentage bar. There are links here to complete your profile step by step. Each link will take you to complete that area of your profile and explains how to do each step. If you need more step by steps. Check out the YouTube Video below.

The fun at My Yearbook and socialization is very active and exciting. There are applications like at Facebook for the OWNED program, and the massive friend requests is similar to MySpace.

Unique qualities are the Battles! You submit your photos for a contest challenge to see who is Hotter, Who Would You Rather, Best Pet, Most Artistic, Cutest Baby, Hottest Friends, Best Hair, or Best Smile. If you choose to Battle your friends you have a wide variety of choices and ones you can invent, with choices for Battling for money or for fun.

Awarding Gold Stars, High Fives, Gifts, Flirting, Become Family Members, Groupies, Signing Yearbooks, My Mag, and joining groups are just some of the activities that My Yearbook has to offer.

They also have an area for Cliff Notes! An added bonus for students that need to get ahead of their curriculum and edge on their grades. Cliff Notes are always a great added extra reading to your normal curriculum.

If you have not yet discovered My Yearbook, go and see the action, knowledge, and fun. It is climbing the ranks of the Social Networks quickly.

BlogHeiress aka Stevie Haile Google Me



My Yearbook is a relatively new site that was started by Catherine and Dave, two high school students who just wanted a place for their friends. Of course now, it has turned into five million plus friends and billions of page views. They are taking ideas and the features at My Yearbook straight from all of their friends!

With battles, the owned program, matching, making awesome profiles, groupies, become a member of the family, and giving gold stars and high fives, My Yearbook is fast becoming the talk of the Internet. It has a growth rate percentage more than MySpace!

If you have not yet checked out My Yearbook, you are truly missing a great Social network experience.

Stevie Haile aka BlogHeiress



My First Review will be on Blog Talk Radio.

Blog Talk Radio has a separate blogging area, a Radio Show, and the ultimate in support. Free to sign up, free to use Radio Online capabilities, and free support! What more could a blogger of today ask for? Not only does Blog Talk Radio have all this, but what a Social Network to boot! The Social networking scene on Blog Talk radio is a tight knit group of hard core Radio Personalities that I have become a part of….How Exciting is that! You too can become a part of this new and exciting, energetic and growing online community. The topics range from East to West, North to South, Cooking to Video Games and back again! With the choices for business, fun, entertainment, self help, and Blogs and Social networks there is something for everyone.

I recommend it highly! Look me up when you get there…Blogs and Social networks. My Mom and I do a show every Tuesday night at 11pm ET. Come and listen or give us a call in.

Stevie Haile aka Blogheiress



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