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{April 5, 2009}   MySpace Captchas No More :)

Woooooot!!! To Tom and MySpace πŸ™‚

The Captchas can go if you wish them to and you have a mobile number!!! πŸ™‚

This is the greatest Blogs and Social Networks News EVER!!! MySpace has listened to the people and will not be surpassed by Facebook anymore πŸ™‚

I (for one, I am sure out of millions:) is super excited over the news πŸ™‚

This is the form you fill out: (under your account settings page)

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This will eliminate the captchas from your ISP, your personal computer, so if there are multiple users in your home, no worries!!! One cell phone, one number for texting, and no more captchas for all!!! Thank you MySpace! Thank You Tom πŸ™‚ You do rock!!!

Visit Toms MySpace blog for details!

Stephanie and Stevie Haile aka Wavecritter and Teen Girls Radio Google Us πŸ™‚

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Music related blogs and social networks are not hard to find, but to locate tips on marketing for the independent artist, solo musician, or advice to create an unforgettable band profile takes more research. Musicians wanting to market themselves using the Internet with blogs and social networks only need to follow some timely suggestion accompanied by a routine. This advice will be for the “newer” artist or band, but if you need more exposure for your music group, then these steps are for you as well.

First and foremost … this will take some dedication, patience,Β  time, and consistent work … yes, I said the “W” wordΒ  but, if the time you spend is spent wisely, you will see results much faster. To reach the “masses” and gain exposure you will need to first focus on getting your name ranked on the search engines.

Sit and decide (if you aren’t 100% on what image and style you want to portray) what flare and style you want to relate to your band. Without a bit of your own color “popping out” you will possibly get “washed out” on the Internet. With the amount of competition you have on the net, you will need to become the image you present to your fans and set the image to encompass exactly what your band breathes out creatively.

Choose first your color scheme and a logo. If someone you know or a member of the band is inventive, maybe they would design a basic logo for you that you could then build off of later or add to to evolve a signature for your sound. Take this logo and include it in banners, graphics, and buttons of several sizes to place on blog sites, social networks, and other web pages.

Now that you have your image, color scheme, and logo, you will need to choose one major photo and up to two others to represent your group. Include the major photo into a few of your banners or graphics.

Purchase the domain names (GoDaddy.com) to match the band name and look into securing the trademark (USPTO.Gov/main/trademarks.htm) for your band name. Purchase the dot com, dot info, and dot net domain names for certain and possibly some others. These will be forwarded to your blog site, a social network that houses you music clips, some personal band information, and your events. List All of your events, even if they seem small or insignificant to you like a friends birthday party. These can be called “private” events, “invitation only”, and meant to seem exclusive.

You major blog site should also be podcasting enabled like Blog Talk Radio or Podbean or choose Vox, Blogspot, or a WordPress blog. All of these sites are able to house podcasting widgets from Utterli, Blog Talk Radio, or any HTML based blog widget to house your sound so visitors to your blog can listen in. Setting up an additional “all in one” blog style site at FreeWebs may become more time consuming than you had anticipated, but this is a wise choice if you have a few members of your band that pitch in and help.

These sites will become your blogging base. Giving similar information on each site but adding a personal snippet of information new to each site will help keep them individual and fresh. Try including a different tune at each separate site with links back to each from all sites.

Depending on your marketing resources and budget, you can do this totally free but with more time spent or fifty percent free with a little less time invested. Fast tracking a blog platform through a paid site like Host Gator using a WordPress blog will allow a bit more leverage with advertising. Using a free to create blog platform, you will need to temper your “personal advertising” greatly. Keeping the self serving links down to a minimum until you your blog site becomes established in the ratings.

Choosing the social networks to promote your music is next on the list in your market me adventure. MySpace is the music social network that you should start with, being certain to set your MySpace URL and display name to your band name, the same as your domain names that you purchased. This will get that search term set in stone. Choosing four more search terms to add to this one will be your next step and use them all in your blog posts, social networks text, and other site information. Be sure to ask yourself what music lovers will ask when searching for your style of music, this will help you discover your major keywords.

The key to massive exposure is not taking a handful of salt and flinging it over a great area, but to take that salt and spread it liberally over a few key areas with concentrated flavor, focus, and consistency. Working your sites with concentration like a pattern will attract excited passionate fans who then spread the word for you.

Is eight to ten sites really concentrated? It may sound to you like the half the Internet and an extreme amount of time, but with your two to three blog style sites and your four to five social networks, all linked together, with similar but separate information on them, all using the same major keywords and added different minor ones, your exposure will grow exponentially.

There are those who begin a social network of their own for the band at sites like Wetpaint or Ning. This is very time consuming and unless you have a specific band member to take this lone task on, wait on this idea and opt for starting a group at MySpace and one at Facebook for your band. No, Facebook does not allow for a “band” profile, but you can have a personal Facebook page and start a “My Band” group to promote your band at Facebook. With the excitement and growth over at this social network, you would be missing the boat without a group here. Even starting a group at one of the Ning social networks that is music oriented is a great idea.

Connect your Twitter to Facebook and MyBlogLog to all of your blogs and social networks keeping your reach connected for a triple dose to Google and other search engines.

Staying consistent with your time spent and your keyword usage is as easy as figuring out a budget. Decide how much time you have to work on the Internet, then divide your time equally between each of your sites. Choose your music social networks by doing a quick Google search or take a look at a few of these: IndabaMusic; Last FM; iLike; JamNow; FlowTones; MusoCity; PureVolume; HumbleVoice; imeem; and R4Media.

Connect yourself with all of your sites by linking back on individual posts, bulletins, and link lists, stay consistent with your activity, make as many contacts and friends as you can, and enjoy your success.

Listen Into Blogs and Social Networks Music Sites For Band for more πŸ™‚

Blogs and Social Networks

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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The Facebook Applications available for you to choose are completely too numerous to mention them all.Β  An application is just a widget (an HTML code that displays an information arrangement changeable by the user) a box containing set information, a game, virtual pet, or other creative coolie πŸ™‚

The first one shown here is one of the newer applications at Facebook, My Farm πŸ™‚ This one will take a bit of diligence in the way of a daily visit to your farm. It is quite a brilliant invention and a great deal of fun coupled with responsibility.

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The Green Spot Garden Facebook Application is not “as” demanding of your time as the My Farm Facebook Application but it needs much more attention than most others. Also an addicitive sort of application widget that takes you quietly away from it all while you create your dream garden πŸ™‚ Flowers, garden stones, critters, and “found” treasures as you visit around and help others tend to their garden paradises. Find this Application Widget on MySpace as well.

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Yes, when I took this shot, I was a Jedi Mind Tricker SuperPokin’ Facebook Freak! Now, I am a SuperPoke Extreme SuperPoker! πŸ™‚

SuperPoke is a widget Facebook Application that also is offered on MySpace πŸ™‚ One of the easiest to use and to maintain, SuperPoking on MySpace is a one time set up and then SuperPoke whenever the mood strikes you, remember the “captcha boxes” and the individual sends. It takes quite a bit longer to mass SuperPoke on MySpace. On Facebook, SuperPoke on your friends pages as you visit or send a mass SuperPoke to all your friends at once.

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I couldn’t really mention the regular SuperPoke without saying a few things about the cutest of virtual pets (choose from a long list like dog, tiger, panda, dragon, penguin, etc.) set play dates with your friends, create as many rooms as you can furnish and afford, and have a blast. Yes, you should check on your pets often, but they will be just fine if you see them even as little as once a week or so.

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These are some of the BlogThings Quizzes πŸ™‚ There are a few here! Be sure to make Keri (the BlogThings writer your friend on MySpace) Ohhh… is this a Facebook Application? I didn’t see it at Facebook, yes, I know I called this post Blogs and Social Networks Facebook Applications, but we can’t leave out the BlogThings!

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Yes, these are some of my personal answers πŸ™‚ A bit of insight into Wavecritter!

Whatever the applications you discover over at Facebook or MySpace (Mob Wars, Pirates, Networked Blogs, Send Jesus, Top Friends, Owned, Hatching Eggs lol πŸ™‚ So many more … Enjoy the ones you do and try not to get them all, there are just so many you can keep up with πŸ™‚

Blogs and Social Networks

Stephanie Haile aka Wavecritter Google Me 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™‚



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