Honestly, I usually fly in the window seat because I like to lean against it and go to sleep, especially on those early morning flights I find myself on quite frequently.
Maybe I should keep my eyes open a bit more and see what’s out there though?
Both my iPhone and iPad prompted me to update my Gmail app recently. Seems Gmail was releasing a new version to fix some bugs and so on. nothing really out of the ordinary there. However, it was right after the app updated, and I launched it that I realized that there was a problem.
You see, I use the Gmail app for two different email accounts. My personal Gmail account, and my companies GoogleApps domain account. When I launched the app, i was prompted to sign into a Google Account. The new version of the app had none of my accounts setup any longer. I had to sign in to one of the accounts, and then go back and add the other account again.
Granted, this is the very definition of a first world problem, taking a few minutes to add a Gmail account, but really Google, can’t you update the app and keep my settings? How difficult could that be when every other app does it?
Speaking of Gmail, there was a much ballyhooed addition of an unsubscribe button to the Gmail web interface. I’m looking forward to using that, especially since there seems to a pandemic of people signing up for all sorts of services using the mikemcbride version of my gmail address instead of their own address. The only problem is, I haven’t seen it yet. Have you?
I’ve been using Zite on my iPad for awhile now. I found it to be a really good way to “discover” news stories and other articles that I wanted to share through my Diigo account, and on Twitter. Given that, I’m a little apprehensive about it being acquired and rolled into Flipboard. Flipboard is a nice tool, but I’ve found it a little bit limiting for that purpose. It’s great for flipping through what others have been sharing on Twitter or GPlus, but much like Kevin O’ Keefe, who shared the news about the acquisition, I’ve found Flipboard to be a bit lacking when it comes to flipping through a specific subject and finding relevant stories.
My theory is that Flipboard’s requirements for publishers make it difficult for bloggers and other sites to get there content into Flipboard’s subject sections. I can’t just feed them my WordPress RSS feed, I have to jump through hoops, add images toe very post and so on. I have a job and a wife, I don’t have time for all of that. This leaves those subject areas to be limited to a few big name publishers, which compared to the rich variety of the web, and blogs specifically, is pretty stale.
I’m hopeful that Zite doesn’t head down that same path, but rather that the Zite technology will help Flipboard make improvements on the subject sections. But I will miss my Zite app when they shut it down.
How do you “discover” new blogs, news, opinions or articles about your areas of interest?
So, if there are any SEO “experts” out there willing to answer a question for me, I’m seeing some really odd Google behavior from one of my sites.
The site in question is www.childabusesurvivor.net.
The problem is this. Once upon a time my site was in the top three hits on Google for “child abuse survivor”, which would make sense, since that is actually the title and URL of the site. Here in the last few months, that has changed. My site doesn’t appear at all for that search. (It is still number 2 on Yahoo and Bing). That made me think that perhaps I was doing something that was hurting my Google rank, so I started to look more into it. First, I checked to see if the site was listed in Google at all. Searching for “site:childabusesurvivor.net” on Google shows me the site, so I know Google sees it. I can look at Webmaster tools and see where it’s getting some clicks and appearances in search, but none of those appear to be the home page. They are searches for various terms that point directly to a single post. There aren’t any search result appearances for the front page.
So it’s being indexed, but Google has apparently decided to push the home page of the site aside in the search results.
In fact, if I go to Google and search for the URL, “childabusesurvivor.net”, that site doesn’t appear in the results. Continue reading
Even though I didn’t get to attend LegalTech, I always look forward to the wrap up posts and interviews that get posted in the days following the event.
This evening, as I was catching up on my blog reading, I came across a couple of my favorite thought leaders being interviewed.
First, Chris Dale had a short video chat with Craig Ball about eDiscovery rock starts and eDiscovery skills.
Secondly, an audio interview with Brett Burney about current trends in the eDiscovery world.
Check ‘em out!
I have to be honest, I use travel apps, as you would imagine for someone who travels as much as I do, but I hadn’t considered that using apps instead of maps and guidebooks would make it harder for criminals to mark you as a gullible tourist.
When I first went to Rome a few years ago I had a bulky guide book but felt like I had an X on my back with pickpockets, especially around Trevi Fountain. After that experience, I went digital,
Good point, especially in Rome!
For myself, I use Tripit all the time, Around Me, combined with Yelp when I want to find a nearby place to eat, and of course, the apps for my airline and hotel chain of choice. (Gotta track those points!). For sightseeing, there’s always the City Maps to Go app.
So what are your favorite travel apps?
At least that seems to be the findings of new research.
I’m not that surprised by this. Microbreaks are an important part of staying productive. We simply can’t slog through work as effectively without taking a mental break. I’ve also noticed when I’m working somewhere onsite, there’s a difference in how I feel about what I do after I teach all day. On days when I don’t get to spend the class lunch break by myself, I feel very disconnected, not just from my social world, but also my work world. I don’t really get to check email or any sort of communication all day long. When I get a chance to take a lunch break and look at my phone, I simply feel more on top of things at the end of the training day. I don’t feel the tension to get back to the hotel and deal with email and check in with what is going on in the world. I have a pretty good idea of what I need to respond to, what I need to look at and don’t feel as overwhelmed by it.
Feeling overwhelmed is no way to stay focused and productive. If looking at my phone during breaks helps me avoid that, it’s better for everyone.
I have to admit, a couple of the statistics used in this article about blogging caught me by surprise. Specifically about what a difference there appears to be in traffic and followers between blogs that have daily posts versus those that don’t and that longer posts attract more links. I had sort of assumed that in our attention deficit world, that length and frequency didn’t matter at all any more, but maybe I’m wrong about that.
Is there anything in that post that stands out for you fellow bloggers?