Jim’s WebLetter for 8/25/12

Hi-ya friends and neighbors!

Here are a few new places to check out from this week’s WebLetter …

Thursday evening, I received an update for my Facebook app and let me tell ya, there is a definite improvement in loading and response time. It also comes with several new features. As you look at your Timeline, press the blue bar at the bottom of any of the boxes and find it pop out as the rest of the page fades. This new app is Facebook 5.0 and is a welcome improvement. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/23/facebook-iphone-ipad/

Google Australia has announced the release of Build with Chrome (or Build for short), perhaps the simplest online LEGO builder, and one that works right in your Chrome browser. This collaboration between Google, using Google Maps and the block builder has people finding space to build in the land “down under”.

Picture to People is a free to use website that offers its users an impressive array of image and text effects. The site works on all modern web browsers as long as they have JavaScript enabled. To get started with image effects, simply click on the one you want from the list available on the site’s left pane. Next select your effects type from a list of previews, point to the image file stored on your computer, and then apply the effect by clicking on the “Calculate Effect” button. You will be shown the final image in your browser which you can download as a JPG image file. Http://www.picturetopeople.org/

The story was released this week that as much as 70% of the Twitter names on President Obama’s account is fake or inactive names. How did they find that out? An online program called Status People works by going through your follower’s profile and comparing them against a specific set of rules that would show whether the profile is likely spammy or not. A fake Twitter account usually meets a certain criterion such as few to no tweets or followers. Twitter accounts that have a low “follower to following ratio” is also a good indicator of the account being fake. Once the scan is complete, StatusPeople will display a percent value of your fake, inactive, and good friends. You can then share you score through Twitter or search your friends’ scores. This app is ideal for those who need to check for spammers from their followers’ list and clean them out. http://statuspeople.com/

=== HuMoR ===
A young woman, pursuing a graduate degree in art history, was going to Italy to study that country’s greatest works of art. Since there was no one to look after her grandmother while she was away, she took the old lady with her.
At the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican, she pointed to the painting on the ceiling.
“Grandma, it took Michelangelo a full four years to get that ceiling painted.”
“Oh my,” the grandmother says. “He and I must have the same landlord.”
(thanks, Carolyn)
A New York retail clerk was suffering from aching feet.
“It’s all those years of standing,” his doctor declared. “You need a vacation. Go to Miami, soak your feet in the ocean and you’ll feel better.”
When the man got to Florida, he went into a hardware store, bought two large buckets and headed for the beach.
“How much for two buckets of that seawater?” he asked the lifeguard.
“A dollar a bucket,” the fellow replied with a straight face.
The clerk paid him, filled his buckets, went to his hotel room and soaked his feet. They felt so much better he decided to repeat the treatment that afternoon. Again he handed the lifeguard two dollars. The young man took the money and said, “Help yourself.”
The clerk started for the water, then stopped in amazement. The tide was out.
“Wow,” he said, turning to the lifeguard. “Some business you got here!”
(thanks, Don)
and that’s this weeks collection of sites for you to peruse, Webfriends.
Until next weekend, may God bless you and keep you safe.

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