Facebook Down & Offline, Facebook users need their fix…

As of 1pm today, Facebook has been offline. For some it is very slow loading for others it just shows en error like …

Server not found
Firefox can’t find the server at www.facebook.com.

Twitter usage is up as a result with 20-50 tweets per minute about Facebook.

We will just have to wait for Facebook to come back on-line – I’m sure its nothing serious but is certainly unexpected as Facebook haven’t had too many outages in recent times.

Solution

However if you need your fix http://m.facebook.com/ does work !!

I Saw a very funny twitter post from @ Nathan4791 “With Facebook Down I give it 3 hours before people start eating each other.”

Problem with my Internet and Television ???

I am having a serious problem with my TV and Internet. I think its some sort of software or hardware bug!!

I’m not sure if anyone else is seeing the same problem with whats appearing on the TV and also on the Internet.

As I write this blog post – If I tune into ESPN or Sky News it shows the following

Liverpool 4 – Portsmouth 1
That can’t be right …  should it be the other way round?

Liverpool Won – Surely this is some sort of error!!?
Whats happening?

Google Trends for SEO Keyword Research

Google Trends for SEO Keyword Research

Its been a while since I posted a Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) post and this is quite a useful one for choosing your SEO Keywords or Key-Phrases for you TITLE, DESCRIPTION and BODY content.

This tool from Google is called “Google Trends” and it allows you to view relative search volumes and seasonal keyword search trends between two or more keyword phrases. For example if you want to see how people are searching on the web, you can include these keywords into Google Trends and leave it do its work. Below, I have done a search for Golf Course, Golf Club and Golf Links for the past 12 months using the Irish Datacentres.  Golf Club and Golf Course are usually the same thing in reality, but what do people search for?

Google Trends for SEO Keyword Research - SEO Tool

This can show that Golf Club is used more than Golf Course. This is important when choosing your SEO Keywords. So if you are a Golf Course you can choose to go for the most searched term “Golf Club” or the less competitive term “Golf Course”. Selecting a less competitive search term can help you when you setup a website. If you are promoting a very competitive keyword, e.g. “music download” which is the second most competitive keyword term, you can try combine this into a niche 3 word phrase, e.g. “classical music download” , “free music download” or “irish music download”. You can then use Google Trends to see which keyword combination would be best for you.

If you were to search for something like “Festival” or “Mothers Day” you would be able to see the annual trends for these terms, which may be interesting for you when selecting keywords for your business website.

This is only one use for Google trends and there is much more that this system offers.

For a bit of fun, take a look at this Google Trend : LINK
It shows how talk of Recession is going down and Cheating is going up. Especially a huge spike , dated November 19th, when Theirry “Le Cheat” Henry decided he wanted to take up Gaelic Football for a few seconds.

Play around with Google trends and you should find some uses to assist your SEO Keyword Research.

PhotoSketch can Montage a Photo Automatically

Students in China have proposed that a technology called PhotoSketch can create an Internet image montage from other photos. The project from 5 Chinese Computer Science and Technology students at the Tsinghua University and the National University of Singapore say that their PhotoSketch research paper can create a unique photo using other photos.

All you have to do to create your PhotoSketch is:

1) Create an outline of the figures you want in your photo, e.g. an Airplane, Bird and a Sunset

2) Create and add labels for each of the outlined items in step 1, as well as for the photo background.

3) The PhotoSketch system will then search for web images which match your outline. PhotoSketch will then complie them into a Photo Montage.

Apparently the initial results for PhotoSketch Demo are something beyond what any current automated tool can provide.

The Abstract of the system reads as follows;
We present a system that composes a realistic picture from a simple freehand sketch annotated with text labels. The composed picture is generated by seamlessly stitching several photographs in agreement with the sketch and text labels; these are found by searching the Internet. ” – Tao Chen, Ming-Ming Cheng, Ping Tan, Ariel Shamir, Shi-Min Hu, (Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University & National University of Singapore)

The students at T.U and N.U.S have results from a PhotoSketch Demo:
Visit http://cg.cs.tsinghua.edu.cn/montage/main.htm for details