April 28, 2015

How social media platforms are responding to the Nepal earthquake, and how you can help


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By Caroline Avakian / Photo above courtesy of Facebook

It was just a few hours after I found out about the devastating Nepal earthquake that I noticed an alert on my Facebook feed that I hadn’t seen before. My colleague who works in Nepal had been marked “Safe” in Facebook’s new “Safety Check” feature, that instantly let me know how many of my Facebook friends were in the “affected area”, how many had been “marked safe”, and also allowed me to mark myself safe in the event I was in the “affected area”.


The Safety Check feature was quickly followed up by a “Donate” feature, so if you log into Facebook today, you’ll notice a message at the top of your news feed that lets you donate to International Medical Corpsa humanitarian organization Facebook has partnered with to provide emergency aid. Facebook is also providing matching funds of up to two million to provide immediate and ongoing relief. The IMCs emergency response teams are operating mobile medical units in Nepal, India and Bangladesh, to deliver critically needed medical care and medicines to the regions hardest-hit by the earthquake. They’re distributing hygiene kits, water purification tablets and other supplies to the most devastated areas.


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January 4, 2010

How to integrate your iTunes podcast into WordPress

John HaydonI received a voice mail from a subscriber who wanted to know how launch an iTunes Podcast from WordPress like I do on this page.

If you publish a video or audio podcast, you’ll want an easy way for folks to subscribe to your podcast will visiting your blog. This video will show you an easy way to embed code that launches iTunes on your blog.

In this video, I’ll walk you through the following steps:

1. Upload content through Blip.Tv or BlogTalkRadio
2. Create a cool image using Jing and/or Photoshop
3. Create the code that will launch iTunes in a Page
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