Jumping a Gmail search hurdle

While I’ve been in email limbo for much of this month, I’m getting closer to finding a way to manage email effectively that I hope I’ll be happy with. On the road to that solution, I experienced one small (to some) and big (to me) issue that I could not figure out how to resolve – and no one else I asked seemed to know either – which was how to select or filter all emails in the Gmail inbox by date. So, for instance, if I wanted to see all received emails before January 1, 2009, how would I do that? No way via any of the search options, geared as they are to names and keywords. Your only […]

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IABC award: recognizing the recognizers

Sometimes, if something good happens to you that other people publicly talk about a lot, you really have little option but to talk about it a bit yourself as well, if only to acknowledge that others are saying things. And if you don’t do that, you can run the risk of being considered arrogant or priggish if not downright rude. That’s a bit of a convoluted way of introducing something that gives me mixed feelings of considerable pride and not a little self-consciousness. Pride that someone thought that I merited public recognition for doing things related to my profession that I love doing and would do anyway. Self-conscious that so many people think this was a good thing and are […]

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How do you upgrade your WordPress?

WordPress version 2.7.1 was released this week. If you’re running the immediate prior version 2.7, you now have a built-in option to automatically upgrade your installation with literally one click to the latest version 2.7.1. So no more manual work – no downloading a zip or tar.gz file, extracting the files somewhere on your computer, reading the WordPress upgrade installation guide, backing up up your database, logging in to your server via FTP… no, no more of that. No need for a plugin, either, as all you need now is within the core of WordPress itself. Just one click and you’re in business. Is it really that simple? On the face of it, it is. With each new version of […]

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Twitter talk podcast

Yesterday, I enjoyed a 30-minute conversation with Mark Hunter for the third episode of the Social Media Podcast (download MP3, 31Mb). We had a great chat, touching on a wide range of topics surrounding Twitter including validating identities of followers, cyber-squatting, and Twestival. Plus answers to questions from Cameron Reilly (42) and Karin Hoegh. We’d planned to chat over Skype but some ‘Scottish gremlins’ interfered with that plan so we ended up doing it via a normal landline. Still, it’s listenable. Thanks again, Mark, for inviting me onto the show; I enjoyed connecting with you again. Why not subscribe to the Social Media Podcast, give it a whirl. Previous guests were Cameron Reilly and CC Chapman. Good company! Related post: […]

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Enjoyable Reading Twestival

Yesterday was the day of Twestival, the global event designed to raise awareness of and financially support the charitable work of charity:water. Local twestivals took place in around 200 cities worldwide. I took part, too, at my local twestival: Reading Twestival, held in the La Tasca restaurant in the town centre. No visual records of the Reading event so far that I’ve been able to find. I’m sure those who took photos will upload them so keep an eye on the Flickr tags twestival and RDGTwestival. I did some Qik video (which didn’t work out at all) and a bit of seesmic (which did). You can see some of the action from worldwide twestivals in these photos at Flickr and […]

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