Month: August 2015

How to get me to follow you on social media

Every day I get people adding me to circles on Google+, liking or following or friending on Facebook and following me on Twitter. I also see lots of people asking (and sometimes demanding or pleading) for likes, follow-backs, retweets and other kinds of similar actions. Sometimes it works, most of the time it doesn’t. I still try to check every new follower on the various services to see if they’re someone I want to follow myself. That’s given me some ideas on what NOT to do on my own social feeds, and I thought it might be interesting to discuss them a bit both to give people some ideas of how to improve their own feeds and to hopefully get some ideas back on how to improve mine. Here are the key things I look for when trying to decide if I want to follow someone on one of the social networks: Do you have an avatar image? If your account is using the system default avatar image, it’s all over. If you haven’t bothered to “move in” to the account to the bare level of some basic setup and personalization, why should I bother? Have you filled out your profile? Does your profile actually tell me who you are and why I should care? It doesn’t have to be a lot, but it does have to describe you...

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Organizing and Backing up your data for the Digital Photographer

When you start out in photography, you’ll find it fairly easy to find images — you’ll remember that landscape came from your trip last summer, or that Penguin was from the zoo visit in august. Because of that, in the early days, it’s easy to get into the habit of sticking photos onto the computer without much thought and organization. As you shoot more images and spend more time with the camera, it’s going to be harder and harder to keep all of this in your head and you’ll run out of space on your computer’s hard disk as well, especially if you are running a system with an SSD instead of a traditional spinning drive. If you’re smart, you’ll create some systems for organizing your images before that happens, but few of us are (I certainly wasn’t). This article will show you the options you have for building out your computing system as your needs and your photo library grows, and suggest some organizational ideas and post-processing workflows to help you keep track of everything. Also, since the value of these images and data will continue to grow as your collection expands, we’ll discussion various options to protect your data with backups and some of the issues and complications needed to keep your data safe no matter what might happen. This is a diagram of my existing computer...

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