Tips & Tricks

Google Voice Feature Requests

Google Voice Feature Requests

If you’re not using Google Voice yet, I recommend looking into it. It can be seamlessly integrated with any Android phone, and while not as easy, it can be useful on an iPhone too. Having an iPhone 4 myself, I use Google Voice for 95% of my calls and texts. This post is about the improvements that I would love for Google to make, which I think would dramatically improve the user experience.

1. The option for conversation view all the way back in time with a given person. Currently, I can only see brief conversations with each person. The iPhone enables me to see our back and forth communication on one page all the way back, hundreds of texts into the past, a very cool feature.

Greasemonkey Scripts for Dating Sites

Greasemonkey Scripts for Dating Sites

My primary complaint with all dating sites is that they make profile thumbnails too small on the Search & Match pages. This is in the sites’ best interest because it encourages users to click through to view more profiles. This gives users the sense of more activity when they look at their Visitors page, it creates more advertisement impressions, and it increases the likelihood of users messaging each other. But it’s not in the users’ best interest to click around aimlessly.

Fortunately I’ve discovered some sweet scripts from the source of my killer Facebook hacks that help correct this problem in big ways…

OKCupid’s MyBestFace Would Be Awesome … If It Worked

OKCupid’s MyBestFace Would Be Awesome … If It Worked

OKCupid recently unveiled MyBestFace, a feature that helps its members determine their most attractive profile pictures. You have to earn the report by voting on other members’ photos, and others do the same for yours. Each photo you post requires you to vote on 20 pairs of photos. You have to choose which person you’d rather go on a date with (and skip is not an option).

ChatVille: Chatroulette meets Facebook

ChatVille: Chatroulette meets Facebook

Today when I opened my favorite instant messaging client, Digsby greeted me with an announcement: “We’re excited to announce the launch of ChatVille, a brand new Facebook game we created for discovering cool new people! ChatVille let’s [sic] you video chat with random Facebook users in a safe environment while earning compliments, unlocking badges, and leveling up in a race to become ChatVille Champion! http://bit.ly/ChatVille_Release PS: First one to unlock the Digsby Badge gets a free iPad!”

Switching to Disqus and Facebook Social Plugins

Switching to Disqus and Facebook Social Plugins

I recently gave my blog’s social interaction mechanisms a complete overhaul – again. I watched Facebook’s F8 conference live on Facebook and was immediately inspired to add the new Like Button on my blog. See Zuckerburg’s presentation if you missed it.

How to Enable Facebook Connect on a WordPress Blog

How to Enable Facebook Connect on a WordPress Blog

Do you ever find yourself excited to respond to a news or blog post, but dread the registration process? I often begin the process and then leave the site when I discover how much info it wants from me, or when I remember that I’ll have to verify my email address and log in after I fill out 10 forms of ID. Facebook Connect solves this problem. Knowing its many benefits, I had to set up Facebook Connect on my own blog. The setup is a little advanced but I figured I’d write a guide to help my fellow APOC students set it up on their own blog.

Microsoft Releases Silverlight Beta Client for Facebook

Microsoft Releases Silverlight Beta Client for Facebook

Then just a week ago Microsoft released a beta development of the new Microsoft Silverlight 4 Beta Client for Facebook (note it requires that Silverlight 4 Beta be installed first). The first thing you’ll notice is a brand new, dark and sexy interface. It doesn’t look like Facebook at all, and that’s exciting. It’s simple, fast and fun to explore.

Google Docs vs. Traditional Organization 1/20/2010

Google Docs vs. Traditional Organization 1/20/2010

Google Docs is my favorite and most used web app. I have 68 documents under just one of my Google accounts. I use them to keep track of debts between my housemate and me, my internet login credentials at 32 different sites, everything needed to maintain my 42 domains and hosting accounts, prospective band members to try out, entrepreneurship ideas, a couple of to-do lists, comparison shopping for furniture and other interesting stuff on Craigslist and eBay, potential job leads, real estate clients’ tenant ledgers, earnings and payments collected as an independent contractor for tax filing and invoicing, and a lot of other things.

Greasemonkey Scripts for Facebook

Greasemonkey Scripts for Facebook

I’ve always been a fan of efficient website navigation that balances the greatest usability with the fewest clicks and least scrolling. If you spend as much time on Facebook as I do, you should appreciate these efficiency enhancing tweaks I discovered a few months back.

Welcome to my tech blog, Jesse.LA!

Welcome to my tech blog, Jesse.LA!

Hello and welcome to my blog. I’m Jesse Wilson and I’m enrolled in the University of Southern California’s Annenberg Program on Online Communities seeking a Master’s in Communication Management. I just registered jesse.la to be my new tech blog and use for my class, CMGT 534 – Introduction to Online Communities. Dot-LA domains were originally […]