Neat looking Social Bookmark buttons

We all know how Social Bookmarking sites like Digg, StumbleUpon can be a real booster for you blog. They can bring in loads of traffic at times. Most of these sites work upon users feedback about a particular content. When your visitors submit their vote in favor of your site, you are bound to get more visitors.

So how do you get more and more visitors to submit your content to these sites? The trick is to make your social bookmarking buttons visible for your visitors to click on. If you would like to use the buttons that you see on my homepage, follow the following steps:

  1. Download this file
  2. Upload the bookmarks.php file to your current theme folder.
  3. Add the code <?php include(TEMPLATEPATH.”/bookmarks.php”);?> in your single.php file just below the content of your posts.

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When paper meets Silicon – create CD covers in minutes!

Cool Blue CDsIf you have been using your comp for a while now, your desk too might be scattered with CDs like mine. Here’s a video that will demonstrate how to make neat looking CD covers in a flash. You just need some paper and a sissors. Check it out:

An added dose of creativity always helps. Print out cool looking labels and stick em to the back of the covers. Use different colours to quick sort your CDs/DVDs into categories. Use these when handing out CDs to friends. Will definitely make you look a tad cooler!

Market Leverage and Syed Balkhi givin away cool prizes!

Market Leverage has been doing a great deal of marketing both online and offline. They are known to pamper their publishers with gifts to no end. At Balkhis.com, Syed Balkhi has just announced a great contest in association with Market Leverage. The contest is just one week long beginning 11th June. The prizes to be won are:
First Place: Flip Camera
Second Place: IPOD Nano
Third Place: $50 AMEX Card
Fourth Place: 2GB USB Pen Drive

market Leverage contest prizes to be won

So head over to Balkhis.com and give yourself a shot at these cool giveaways.

How to manage that email spam better

Services like Orkut, Facebook, MySpace even Ebay, Feedburner Feeds and other newsletters are known to literally flood inboxes every single day. This shit however cannot be termed as spam as more often than not, these are actually important. However, you still end up unsubscribing these notifications choking the very cause they were created for. The only solution to it is to manage these mails better. How do you do that? Here’s a tip.

I’ve always believed that Google Mail (gmail) is much better than Yahoo Mail. I’ve been using gmail ever since they had given out a few thousand accounts. One great feature of Gmail is ‘filters’. Though few people use filters, filters happen to be my backbone in managing all the shit those social networking sites drop in your inbox. Even fewer people know that a mail sent to <usename>+<something>@gmaiil.com will still be delivered to <username>@gmaiil.com For eg: angad619+orkut@gmaiil.com is the same as angad619@gmaiil.com! Try it out if you wish. (but send yourself an email not me. DUH!) So I suggest when you sign up at any site say Orkut, provide the email address <username>+orkut@gmaiil.com

How will that help? Here’s where Gmail’s filters come to the rescue. In my case, Orkut is gonna send all mails to angad619+orkut@gmaiil.com. So I know that the ‘To’ field of their mails has to be angad619+orkut… instead of plain simple angad619. Therefore I create a filter that has ‘angad619+orkut@gmaiil.com’ as it’s ‘To’ field. Further, I can add a label, say ‘orkut’, to it. Also tick the ‘Skip the inbox’ option.

screenshot of how a filter is created - click to view larger image

Your inbox will never show mails from orkut again! However, they can be found under the label ‘orkut’. Tinker around a bit more and put mails from all other services under the filters. There you go. Breathe easy in a clutter free inbox!

However, some sites won’t allow you to have a ‘+’ symbol in your email address. Too bad the trick won’t work in that case. Also, social networking sites like MySpace and Orkut allow you to alter the email address of your existing profile, but Facebook doesn’t allow that. This trick can be used wherever you are asked to submit your email address.

Note: 1.In this post I’ve used gmaiil.com instead of gmail.com just for the heck of it. Just an attempt to get whatever security it can provide!
2.This trick can also be used to find out which service is giving out your email address to the baddies. Suppose xyz.com is a site that gives out free horoscoped and you decide to signup with the email <user>+xyz@gmail.com. The next day you receive span sent to ‘<user>+xyz’, you know who to catch hold of!

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