If you’ve been curious about how to add some really cool AJAX web-based applications then this will help you get your hands dirty. Here is an example Google video search application that you can embed on your website (located at http://www.google.com/uds/solutions/wizards/videosearch.html):
With the Google API playground you can choose from many examples that can be tailored to fit your specific needs. The play ground can be found at http://code.google.com/apis/ajax/playground. Here is an example of a google earth API tour http://code.google.com/apis/ajax/playground/?exp=search#playing_tours.
Here is another fun application. The Google book bar at http://www.google.com/uds/solutions/wizards/bookbar.html
A Facebook Page is a public profile that enables you to share your business and products with Facebook users. Create one in a few minutes with our simple interface.
Step 1: Go to http://www.facebook.com/pages/create.php
Step 2: Pick a category and name
Pick the category that best fits what you’d like to promote on Facebook. Don’t worry if you don’t find a perfect fit, but pick the closest match since you won’t be able to change your category.
The name of the Page should be the exact same as the name of the business, organization, product, band, or individual it represents.
Click “Create Page.”
Step 3: Add a profile picture
Click “upload a picture” near the top and upload the graphic or photo that best represents you. Make sure that your brand is clear even as a “thumbnail,” since the image will appear at that reduced size throughout the site (for example, on fans’ profiles and on their friends’ Home pages).
Step 4: Add information
Click “Add information to this Page” underneath the profile picture and enter as much basic and detailed information as you can. The fields available will depend on your Page type. The more details you can add about who you are, what you do, and when and where customers can buy your products, the more successful you will be.
Step 5: Make it rich and engaging
Like user profiles, Pages have multiple tabs. By default, your Page has a Wall tab for you and your fans to share content, an Info tab for you to share business information,and a Boxes tab for application modules. You can choose to devote entire tabs to several Facebook applications, such as Photos, Reviews, and Discussion Board. In addition, applications built by outside developers can choose to use Page tabs.
The more rich content you add, the more ways users can interact with it and spread that connection to their friends. Post photos of products, employees, and customers. Add video clips of your bar or restaurant in action. ‘Behind the scenes’ content often works well. List an event for your grand opening or in-store sale. Write a note about upcoming promotions. The choices are yours and all these features are free and unlimited.
You can also add applications by outside developers to customize your Page further:
A restaurant might add the Reservations application to let users book a table without leaving the Page.
A film might add Movie Times and Tickets to help users find nearby screenings—again, without ever leaving the Page.
A small business owner might add the Visa Business Network application to connect with peers.
Thousands of applications are waiting for you. Need help? Browse other Pages in your category to discover applications that will help serve your customers.
Step 6: Publish
Click the “publish this Page” link to share your Page the with world. Unlike a phone book listing or website, this public profile has the power to let your customers engage their friends on your behalf.
Optimize your Page’s performance by clicking the “Edit Page” link and setting a variety of controls. For instance, you can control the default landing tab for users who are not yet fans of your Page. You can also choose whether or not to allow fans to share Wall posts, photos, and more; allowing these will enrich your Page and increase its reach across Facebook.
Facebook Ads can link to your Page, reach your exact target audience, and increase your fan base. Since Facebook can automatically enhance your ads with stories about these fans engaging with your Page, advertising your Page can generate a virtuous cycle of consumer engagement over time.
To link to your Facebook Page from elsewhere around the Web, use a “Find us on Facebook” badge. Don’t forget to become a fan of your own Page! Share it with friends by clicking the “Share” button in the lower left of the Wall or Info tab.
Step 7: Update Regularly
Updating your Page regularly with fresh photos, upcoming events, and the latest promotions means your Page won’t just look like a profile, it will feel like one, and that will keep users coming back. Facebook users are used to getting information sorted by what happened most recently. If you keep your Page active, which you can do through mobile integrations and applications, you’ll find that your fans are more engaged and more interactive.
You can also send some or all of them messages by clicking “Send an Update to Fans” in the upper-left of your Page (under the profile picture). Updates are useful for sending out announcements like promotions, sales or events.
MySpace Profile 2.0 TWEAKING TIPS! 1
All in all, I really like the new Profile 2.0 because it actually gives you much more control over almost every part of the page. You just have to know the names of the elements and css elements they use.
I am sick of people asking “I can’t figure out Profile 2.0, how do I go back to 1.0??” Don’t give up so easily! Adapt and learn something! Take control and bring that version 2.0 profile to its knees!!
This is a quick, starter guide to get you started!
First of all, remember this all-important tip! – With Profile 2.0, you no-longer put CSS code in the About Me or Like To Meet sections…they have a specific section for the CSS code. You WILL NOT SEE ANY CHANGE if you do not place your CSS code in the correct area and that should be your first clue if you are pasting code but don’t notice any difference when viewing your profile.
Here is a sample of a complete CSS entry:
font-family: Verdana, Arial, sans-serif;
text-align:left; /* reset text alignment */
width:748px; /* or a percentage, or whatever */
margin:0 auto; /* for the rest */
filter:progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.Alpha(opacity=80); alpha(opacity=80); -moz-opacity:0.8; opacity:0.8; -khtml-opacity:0.8;
I like having a separate area for the CSS code! It helps keep things cleaner and easier to manage. Especially for those copy-and-paste people who copy-and-paste everything they find online into their profile, making it a virtual MESS!
One thing I did notice while tweaking my new profile was that in the Profile 2.0 Profile Customizer, you have Themes you can start with, and if you are tweaking your profile completely like I have, you don’t want to select a specific Theme because it will be working against you when you try using certain CSS code that has already been stated with the Theme. Select “No Theme” to start with a clean slate. Yes, it means you have to start from scratch, but at least you won’t have any Myspace CSS code working against you!
Now, let’s get started!
Handling things as a Whole, or Separately
You can change the look of all elements as a whole, or you can call on a specific element and change the look of just that one….
For example, lets say I just want to give ALL the boxes/modules a Black Background and a little Transparency…in the CSS area, I would add the following code:
The “div.module” means that the code applies to ALL Modules, and not one in particular. So the code above will give all the modules a black background and then give that black background an 80% opacity, making it only slightly see-through. For the background color, I specified “000000” which is the HTML code for Black. If you don’t specify a background color, your modules will be completely see-through and the text will be hard to read against the page’s background, unless you use a solid color that contrasts with your text. With my method the text will be readable regardless of what your background is. If you don’t specify an “opacity” or “alpha”, the background of the modules will be a solid color and the page’s background will not be able to be seen through it. In some cases, this would be fine, depending upon the kind of look or design you are working towards.
Now, if you want to change specific boxes/modules instead of changing all of them, use the following element names to do so…
So if we want to change the background of the Details module Only, we would take the previous code and modify it like so:
You can even state the Height and Width of those modules as well, but remember where they are placed and how they look overall with the rest of the profile. For example, let’s take the last piece of code we used and add Width and Height attributes to the Details module:
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