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Vote for Shout'Em in The Europas

Vote for Shout'Em in The Europas

TechCrunch Europe, the European outlet of the leading web 2.0 technology blog TechCrunch, has opened voting for the best European technology companies. Called The Europas, the tech innovation award honors the best technology companies and startups from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

TechCrunch Europe will be holding the first Europe-wide technology award ceremony in London on July 9th.

Shout’Em has been nominated for the best European web application or service, along with our friends at Zemanta and startups like Waxoopa and Xing. Support Shout’Em by voting at the Europas!

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How Microsoft Used Microblogging for Their WinDays Conference

Microsoft WinDays

Microsoft’s business marketing focuses on events, such as the 2000 people strong WinDays conference, held every year in Croatia. Microsoft WinDays is the biggest regional IT conference that spans 5 days of presentations, workshops and parties. This year the conference once again took over the seaside town of Opatija. Microsoft wanted to add some advanced online community elements to WinDays, so they came to us for an easy and fast solution that would work.

The Dilemma

Microsoft logohundreds of people attending and even more browsing the official website, the community space needed to support both the informative and casual needs of Microsoft WinDays. With the event date close, it needed to be implemented fast in order to give people a chance to test the network even before the actual event.

The attendees included IT professionals, web professionals, software developers, business people, the media,… No matter in which particular field they worked, these people know how to use technology and expect the best. No kiddie social networks here, just the real deal that saves people time or gives them something worthwhile.

Ready for Talk

WinDays Talk

WinDays Talk

As you already know, Shout’Em is a hosted solution. This meant we could get the Talk WinDays network up and running in a matter of hours, not days or even weeks. We tweaked the design to be more inline with the overall branding and set up the domain name. Since the network needed to be an integral part of the WinDays website, with the ability for private domains we activated

The focus of the activity of the network would be a week long event, so there was no need for the typical microblogging “follow” feature. The default view users got was the public feed, which made it easier for them to meet new people of similar interests. With most of the participants of the conference using Microsoft’s LiveID, we integrated the ability to log in to the network with it. This let users start using the Talk network as fast as they noticed it.

The Results

Full Integration for Microsoft

Full Integration for Microsoft

Although it was impossible to foresee how the network would be accepted among the participants of Microsoft WinDays 2009., we were pleasantly surprised. Not only did the microblogging conversation start heating up, with people discussing what’s going on at the conference, but Microsoft’s own team was using it for their own communication as well. Feedback? You have Shout’Em. Comments? Shout’Em. Suggestions? You guessed it.

Ratko Mutavdzic, Director of the Microsoft WinDays Virtual conference had this to say:

Shout’Em proved as a great communication and collaboration tool – I have to admit that it almost stole the whole show. People used it intensively during the conference and even the organization staff used it for their communcation. We definitely saw the great potential of Shout’Em – and we’re looking forward to useing it again on our other conferences and events. Let’s not forget: the ShoutEm team are great people – always willing to help and to collaborate. It a was really a pleasure to work with them.

For 5 intensive days, the Shout’Em powered network provided the community infrastructure for the conference, letting people discuss technology and IT trends. What can you do with Shout’Em?

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The 15 Minute Guide to Twitter Productivity

The 15 Minute Guide to Twitter Productivity

While microblogging has helped free students from jails, as well as raised money for charity, it has also given a lot of us a good reason to procrastinate. This isn’t Twitter’s fault. We’ll always find nice and shiny things to do instead of work, but there’s a point where we have to say – enough is enough. Let’s get productive while staying an active microblogger in five simple steps:

Batch Processing Your Microblogging

Batch processing is basically collecting everything you have to do (…all the data that needs to be processed) and doing it in a single period of time, grouping similar tasks together to make it easier to go through them. How does this apply to microblogging?

  • Set times for active Twittering;
  • Instead of microblogging every half an hour for a couple of minutes, give yourself no more than half an hour twice a day;
  • Go through your replies and DMs just once a day!

Monitor Trends and Topics of Interest

Track the Trends

Track the Trends

Here at Shout’Em we love microblogging. We don’t like it – we love it. That’s why we have several custom Twitter searches setup, the most important being the one that searches, you guessed it, “microblogging”. Setting up a search URL is easy on Twitter, Shout’Em and any other microblogging platform. Some even offer you RSS feeds if you prefer to monitor the trends, for example, from your Netvibes dashboard.

Sync Your Microblogging Profiles with or HelloTXT

The more we use web 2.0 the more social network we’re a part of. The same goes for microblogging. Twitter, Shout’Em networks, Laconica networks,… Two great little services let you sync your updates to almost any microblogging network out there. They’re and HelloTXT.

The added advantage of having such a service is that it limits your browsing capabilities of a particular network – thus letting you actually save time. If you like the idea of synching your accounts, we’ve already written about how to setup as well as how to setup HelloTXT with Shout’Em.

Set Your Schedule and Their Expectations

Set Their Expectations

Set Their Expectations

People expect things. For example, you expect the morning paper or the latest headlines on CNN or Techcrunch. Well, your followers have expectations of you as well. If you tweet every hour on the hour, they’ll get worried when you go on a week long hiatus. No tweets? No problem – unfollow.

Be sure to keep your microblogging schedule consistent, no matter how much you do it. It can be twendy times or two times a day. Be consistent so they know what to expect. You can use Tweetlater or CoTweet to schedule your tweets, saving time with batch processing that we already mentioned.

Close Your Microblogging Applications

Now we’ll try something a little more “extreme”. Close Twitterrific, Twhirl or any other microblogging client you have open – for good. Try going back to the web interface or opening the applications when you need to, not just to browse. If you’re sure you can control yourself, turning off notifications of new statuses could also work. Remember, microblogging applications are tools that we use, not excuses when we’re trying to work.

That’s our list. For more tips on productivity you should visit Web Worker Daily, Zen Habits and Think Simple Now. How do you get things done with Twitter?

How to Setup a Custom Domain For Your Shout'Em Network

How to Setup a Custom Domain for Your Shout'Em Network

So you’ve set up your Shout’Em network and it’s growing steadily. Maybe you’ve already customized the look, but something’s still missing. Yes! Your own custom domain name

What is a Domain Name?

A domain name is a web site address, such as our very own Domain names come in all shapes and sizes. You can get a top level domain name (TLD) such as a .com, .net or .org. You can also get country specific domain names, like .us (for the United States), .de (Germany), .cn (China), etc. Your own domain name helps your site stand out from the crowd. Most registrars (companies that let you register a domain name) are inexpensive, so you can, for example, find a .com for under $10 a year. Keep in mind that most of the shorter domain names have already been registered, so you’ll probably have to  do some research to find an available domain name. Here are some registrars you can check out:

How to Set Up Your Domain Name on Shout’Em

Setting up your custom domain for your Shout’Em network involves two steps:

1. Set it Up at Shout’Em

  • Go to your Shout’Em My Networks dashboard;
  • Enter your domain name in the Private domain field.

That’s the first step, lets move on…

2. Set Up the DNS Settings for Your Domain Name

To set up your domain name to point to your Shout’Em network, you have to set up the DNS:

  • In your DNS settings, enter a A-record for your domain to point to our server;
  • The host name is “www”;
  • The IP address is “”;
  • Save it!

Example – How to Set Up GoDaddy

Here’s an example of setting up the DNS settings at GoDaddy, a popular domain registrar:

Go to the Domain Manager

Go to the Domain Manager

Log into GoDaddy and click on Domain manager.

A Domain's DNS Control

A Domain's DNS Control

Choose your domain name and click on Total DNS Control in its control panel.

Add a New Record

Add a New A Record

Click to Add New A Record.

Enter the Hostname and IP

Enter the Hostname and IP

Enter the host name (www) and IP address (, and leave the TTL at 1 hour.Save it!

Set up Your Domain for Shout'Em

Set up Your Domain for Shout'Em

Go to your Shout’Em My Networks dashboard and enter your domain name in the Private domain field.

Now you’ve setup your domain name – congratulations! One more step to creating an awesome microblogging network with Shout’Em… If you have any additional questions or feedback, feel free to post it in the comments.

100 Awesome Designers and Developers to Follow on Twitter

100 Designers and Developers to Follow on Twitter

With even Oprah joining the microblogging world, the signal to noise ratio has shifted dramatically. It’s time to set things right. First on our list – the most inspiring and informative designers and developers you can follow, in no particular order:

  • Eric Meyer is known as a web standards advocate who has written numerous books on CSS, most notably “Eric Meyer on CSS”;
  • Domagoj Pavlesic is an internet technology specialist who developed the Bing vs. Google web application;
  • Vibor Cipan is a designer and user experience guy from Microsoft. While he’s not playing with Silverlight, he’s exploring and building new user experiences – he uses Expression;
  • Joshua Porter is a interface designer specialized for social web applications. His book, “Designing for the Social Web”, gives great insight into designing user friendly web applications;
  • Emanuel Blagonic published his first web page in 1997 after which he worked as a motion graphics designer. In the meantime, he has switched back to the web.
  • Jason Kottke is a designer known for his extremely popular link blog,;
  • Alen Grakalic doesn’t only use web standards in his day to day work, but also writes about advanced CSS techniques on the web design magazine, CSSglobe.
Eric Meyer
  • Derek Punsalan is a freelance web designer who regularly blogs at 5thirtyone;
  • Joost de Valk is a Dutch internet marketing specialist and WordPress developer responsible for some great WordPress plugins;
  • Robert Basic is a PHP developer and enthusiast from Serbia, currently working toward a Bachelor of Science degree;
  • Lea Alcantara is a great web designer from Canada. If you’re into personal branding, her series, “The Art of Self-Branding” is a must-read;
  • Garrett Dimon a web designer and developer, as well as the founder of NextUpdate, the company developing the bug and issue tracking application, Sifter;
  • Ryan Imel is a freelance web developer and blogger whose primary “weapon” is WordPress. Ryan has written articles for Copyblogger and Daily Blog Tips, and also runs Theme Playground;
  • Filip Filkovic is a music video director and graphic designer wish some exceptionally crazy creative ideas;
  • Collis Ta’eed is the founder of Envato and designer of the whole range of Envato projects such as PSDtuts;
  • Maja Bencic is graphic and web designer with a specific style and good eye for icons;
  • Marko Dugonjic is a user experience designer and frontend developer who has worked on both Krop and QBN;
  • Jonathan Snook is a web developer who blogs, writes books (coauthored “The Art and Science of CSS The Art and Science of CSS) and creates web applications such as Snitter and My Mile Marker;
  • Goran Radulovic is one of the web developers responsible for the great project management software activeCollab;
  • Dragan Babic is the lead developer and founder of SuperAwesome, a small yet sexy web design studio;
  • Paul Stamatiou is a young web developer who co-founded Skribit and is well known for his personal blog;
  • Scott Doxey the lead web developer at Staples, as well as the lead developer of the Overseer CMS;
  • Bryan Veloso is a web designer best known for his sometimes quite chaotic blog Avalonstar;
  • Mark Boulton is a web designer who has also written for A List Apart and Think Vitamin, as well as publishing “Five Simple Steps – Designing for the Web”;
  • Shaun Inman is a both a designer and developer who has created the very successful Mint web analytics program;
  • Cameron Moll is a graphic designer specializing for the “normal” and mobile web. Author of “Mobile Web Design” and founder of Authentic Jobs;
  • Elliot Jay Stocks is a web designer whose clients have included EMI Records and The Beatles;
  • Cabel Sasser is a Mac developer and co-founder of one of the best known Mac development companies, Panic. Unison! CandyBar! Transmit! Panic!
  • Dave Shea is a web designer from Vancouver and the founder of the CSS Zen Garden;
  • Dan Benjamin built half of Cork’d, all of Hivelogic and the CMS that powers A List Apart;
  • Jason Santa Maria is the Creative Director for A List Apart and has worked for clients such as WordPress, PBS, Miramax Films and The New York Stock Exchange;
  • Molly E. Holzschlag is the “annoying standards girl”, actually one of the most notable standards advocates in the world;
  • Ryan Sims is the lead designer of Virb Inc.;
  • Wolfgang Bartelme is a user interface and graphic designer from Austria;
  • Matt Brett is a web designer who loves working with WordPress;
  • Lisa McMillan is a web designer, temporarily in hiding till her personal site relaunches;
  • Dan Cederholm runs a small little studio called SimpleBits… He’s worked for some clients you may have heard of.. Google? MTV? ESPN? Blogger maybe?
  • Jon Hicks designs for print and new-fangled media. The studio loves icons and logos, such as the Mahalo logo they made.
Leah Culver
  • Patrick Haney is not a sausage. He’s a user interface designer at Harvard University.
  • Garrett Murray makes websites, reviews things and creates the Maniacal Rage podcast;
  • Jeff Croft makes websites and loves Django;
  • Jeffrey Zeldman co-founded and directed The Web Standards Project. He published A List Apart and co-founded An Event Apart. The guy just loves the web;
  • Steve Smith architects user interfaces and web designs with the help of his partner, John Nunemaker;
  • Paul Boag is the web strategist of Headscape and host of the Boagworld web design podcast;
  • Veerle Pieters is graphic and web designer from Belgium;
  • Dan Rubin is a designer and cofounder of the Sidebar Creative alongside Steve Smith, Jonathan Snook and Bryan Veloso. He’s also the co-author of “Pro CSS Techniques”;
  • Daniel Burka is the Creative Director at Digg and one of the founders of Silverorange, a small web design agency in Canada;
  • Dave Seah uses writing and graphic design to clarify the ambiguous and tries to express the resulting insight in words, images or tangible products;
  • Jeffrey Veen co-founded Adaptive Path, led Google’s web apps user experience team, as well as managed the redesign of Google Analytics;
  • Faruk Ateş is a user interface engineer at Apple, where he works on the continuous improvement of Apple’s web presence;
  • Leah Culver is a software engineer at Six Apart, which acquired the startup she co-founded, Pownce;
  • Mike Rundle is the co-founder of the 9rules blogging network;
  • Fabio Sasso is a graphic and web designer who writes about design at Abduzeedo;
  • David Airey is a graphic designer specialized in brand identity;
  • Adriaan Pienaar is the co-founder of WooThemes and a real WordPress lover;
  • Khoi Vinh is the design director of the online edition of the New York Times;
  • Derek Powazek has worked at sites like HotWired, Blogger and Technorati. At the moment he’s splitting his time between MagCloud and a quarterly stories and art book, Fray;
  • Andy Clarke is a web designer and author of “Transcending CSS”;
  • Jim Coudal is the founder of Coudal Partners;
  • Matt Mullenweg is the founding developer of WordPress and founder of Automattic;
  • Jeff Atwood writes about programming… a lot. He’s also currently working on Stackoverflow, a join venture with Joel Spolsky;
  • Joel Spolsky blogs about software at “Joel on Software” , as well as running Fog Creek Software which he co-founded with a friend;
  • Kevin Marks works at Google. He was the Principal Engineer at Technorati as well as spent 5 years in the Quicktime Engineering team at Apple;
  • David Heinmeier Hansson is a partner at 37signals and the creator of the web application framewrok Ruby on Rails;
  • Wil Shipley co-founded the Mac software development companies The Omni Group and Delicious Monster;
  • Simon Collison is a Brit who loves the web. He wrote “Beginning CSS Web Development” as well as co-authored “Blog Design Solutions” and “CSS Mastery”;
  • Steven Snell is the web designer and blogger behind Vandelay Design.
  • Jon Phillips is a freelance web designer by day and guitarist by night, actually the founder of Freelance Folder;
  • Sebastiaan de With is a interface designer who does some awesome icon and user interface design;
  • Jonas Rask is a icon designer living in Denmark. Remember the awesome icons in Microsoft Office 2008.? Yeah, he made them;
  • David Lanham is both a traditional and digital artist, whose artwork and icon designs are a true inspiration;
  • Nick Finck is a user experience professional and co-founder of Blue Flavor.
David Lanham
  • Andy Budd is a user experience designer, partner at Clearleft and curator of the Dconstruct and UX London events;
  • John Resig created jQuery. Nuff said;
  • Jay Hilgert is a designer and blogger at BittBox;
  • Senko Rasic is a web developer with a lot of experience and a small project called Sparrw in the works;
  • Emily Chang is a interaction designer and co-founder of Ideacodes;
  • Phill Ryu co-founded the MacHeist events;
  • Scott Meinzer helps run MacHeist while working on iPhone apps at Tap Tap Tap;
  • Bojan Janjanin is a web enthusiast and creator of The Do’s & Don’ts of Modern Web Design project;
  • Sophia Teutschler runs a small software and development company, Sophiestication, which has some very nice Mac and iPhone software;
  • Lucijan Blagonic is a professional graphic and web designer who finds himself occupied by astronomy and photography;
  • Nate Whitehill is the co-founder of Unique Blog Designs;
  • Nikola Plejic loves Python and PHP and while not developing for the web, studies physics;
  • Marcel Molina is an engineer at Twitter and retired Rails Core member;
  • Tina Roth Eisenberg runs the design blog and studio SwissMiss;
  • Nathan Smith is a designer and frontend developer at Sonspring
  • Walper Apai runs one of the most popular blogs about web design trends, Web Designer Depot;
  • Chris Spooner is a freelance graphic and web designer who also writes about desig at the SpoonGraphics blog;
  • Andrew Houle is a designer who also runs the MyInkBlog;
  • Calvin Lee is the designer behind Mayhem Studios;
  • Henry runs the specialized web design magazine, the Web Design Ledger;
  • Alex Payne is Twitter’s API Lead;
  • Jeff Finley is a partner at Go Media, the studio that also runs the GoMediaZine;
  • Michael Castilla is the blogger and developer behind WPCandy;
  • Liz Andrade is a web and print designer at CMDShiftDesign;
  • Chris Pearson is a web designer, creator of the Thesis theme for WordPress;
  • Milos Radovic is a web designer currently living in Switzerland;
  • Andy Rutledge is the chief design strategist at Unit Interactive and blogger at DesignView.

Who are you following? Anyone you think we should add to this list?

Create Your Ultimate Social Network Avatar


Your avatar on a social network is the simplest way of letting others recognize you for who you are and personalizing your experience. No matter if you’re a teenager or already have teenagers of your own, an avatar is something you have to create yourself. We don’t want any standard AOL avatars, now do we? Here are a few simple steps to creating and enhancing your own avatar.

Get the Tools


There are a lot of image editors that you can use to work with your images. If you’re accustomed to Photoshop, it’s probably the best tool to get the job done. Alternative, light weight image editors for the Mac include Acorn and Pixelmator. Free, but powerful image editors like Paint.NET for Windows and GIMP for Windows and Linux are surprisingly usable. For this kind of simple image manipulation you can also one of the awesome free online image editors such as Aviary Phoenix or

Choose Your Image

Choose Your Image Wisely

Choose Your Image Wisely

We’ve already covered what makes avatars awesome and now it’s time to use what we’ve learned. Choosing the image you want depends on what you want it to represent. The obvious choice is your own photo. You can either go with a classic portrait or try to be creative. I say try because you can easily go overboard and your creative aspirations can end up looking tacky. Let’s choose a nice plain portrait as our base image.

Enhance It

Go Fix!

Go Fix!

In Photoshop, the easiest way to “fix” your image is to use the built in Auto color, Auto contrast and Auto levels options, located at Image > Adjustments. If you’re not getting the best results or want to tinker with the options yourself, you can set the contrast as well as levels manually. In this case, we used the Curves option to fix the shadows, mid tones and highlights. While this is a little more advanced, once you learn the logic behind it once, you’ll find it invaluable invaluable.

With avatars, we’re working on smaller images which mostly don’t need a lot of retouching, but if you still want to smooth out a person’s face, PSDtuts has a great face retouching tutorial. The alternatives to Photoshop also feature their variations on these options, but most of the work in the exact same way.

Choose the Angle

Choose the Angle

Choose the Angle

After we’ve spruced up your image, we have to “cut out” our avatar. That means getting the composition right by applying one of the essential rules of photography, the rule of thirds. Basically, the subject should occupy a third of the image space. If you don’t find yourself making the right composition naturally, just imagine three horizontal and vertical lines that divide the image equally.

The Avatar

The Avatar

Position the strongest element of your image on one of the points where the gridlines meet. Eyes are, for example, the strongest element in a portrait. Of course, as with all rules, this one is and should be broken. However, to break a rule, first we need to know how to use it, right? In our example, I’ve positioned the subject in the top left corner, with her eyes occupying one of the most prominent visual areas of the image.

What about you, how did you create your ultimate avatar?

Additional tutorials and tips

7 Essential Twitter and Microblogging Books

Although these days we all prefer to stay within 140 characters, there are exceptions. We’ve compiled a list of six such exceptions in the form of books that will teach you everything you need to know about Twitter and microblogging. All the books are as fresh as the whole microblogging revolution so it’s only a matter of picking the right one(s):

Twitter Power

In Twitter Power, Joel Comm, the well known internet marketeer, tackles Twitter for business. Best suited to those new to microblogging, Twitter Power gives a good overview of how to tweet effectively. Yes, the first chapters of Twitter Power deal with the basics and most of you will probably skip them. However, this book gives good guidance to experienced Twitter users who have decided to also use microblogging in business and marketing. How to build your team? How to build your brand? Joel Comm tries to answer all of your questions and give you some real microblogging power…

Twitter Tips, Tricks and Tweets

books2_twittertweetsNew to Twitter? Twitter Tips, Tricks and Tweets is the ultimate guide for those who need a fast start. If you’ve been using Twitter for a longer time, don’t pick it up. On the other hand, maybe you want to learn how to customize your profile? Using Twitter on your mobile phone isn’t easy for everyone right? Paul McFedries has written the essential Twitter guide, so use it well!

Twitter Means Business

books1_twittermeansbusinessFor those already using social media, Twitter Means Business gives a good overview of it’s impact on impact. Julio Ojeda-Zapata gives numerous examples of corporate Twitter users, such as Starbucks, JetBlue, Comcast and other. Use microblogging as a customer support service, public relations tool or product development resource.

Twitter API

books4_twitterapiFor those about to build (Twitter applications), O’Reilly’s Twitter API provides an introduction to using the richness of Twitter’s data. It gives an overview of Twitter, the ecosystem and culture, as well as the technology you need to start building your own Twitter application. Code samples? You got it! Kevin Makice illustrates the use of the Twitter API with sample applications such as Tweet Publisher, Auto Tweet, Tweet Alert and others.

Twitter Revolution

books7_twitterrevolutionWhy should we care about Twitter? Twitter Revolution gives you a ten step program on why you need to get into social media. If you already know it’s value, the authors provide resources on how to improve your performance on the microblogging web. Need followers? Let the revolution begin…

The Twitter Book

books6_twitterbookFrom the man who coined the term “web 2.0”, comes an awesomely Twitter-like book about Twitter itself, caled simply The Twitter Book. Why? The authors manage to tackle their overhyped subject with grace and ease, giving an easy to understand introduction to microblogging and how to use it both personally and in business. Specific examples such as “retweet your customers” could prove invaluable even to the more experienced Twitter user.

Twitter Mit 140 Zeichen zum Web 2.0

books5_twittermitSprechen sie Deutsch? For those who are more at home with German, Nicole Simon and Nikolaus Bernhardt’s Twitter – Mit 140 Zeichen zum Web 2.0 is the essential guide to microblogging. With over 40 million Germans online, there’s quite the market out there for this book. It includes various tips and tricks as well as practical stories of Twitter success.

What’s your favorite?

How to Setup Facebook Connect for Your Custom Domain Shout’Em Network

Facebook Connect lets users log in into Shout’Em networks using their Facebook login information. If you use Shout’Em under our subdomain ( you’ll have no problems setting up Facebook Connect. It works out of the box. However, if you setup a custom domain name ( for your network, here are the steps to make it happen...

The Setup

The "Developer" Application

The "Developer" Application

Go to Facebook and search for the “Developer” application using Facebook’s own search box, as shown in the image.

Setup Your Application

Setup Your Application

Inside the “Developer” application click on Set up New Application. Enter your desired Facebook application name (for example the name of your network) and agree to Facebook’s terms of service. Confirm by clicking on Save Changes.

The Details

The Details

We’ve created your application and we just need to set it up now. Click on Edit Settings.

Connect It

Connect It

While there are a lot of options in the settings of your Facebook application, only two are crucial to us. Enter your Shout’Em network URL (web address) under “Connect URL”, as well as “Base Domain”. It needs to be entered like “”, like “”. You can also setup a logo for your application if you want, but it isn’t a requirement. Click on Save Settings.

The API Key

The API Key

We’re back on the initial application page. Copy the value (the set of numbers) under “API Key”. We’ll need it.

Setting the Feature

Setting the Feature

Go to your network settings at Shout’Em under My networks. Select the Features tab. Paste the “API Key” value into the “Facebook Connect API key” field. Click on Save.

Congratulations, your users can now log in with Facebook Connect. You’re done!

25 Awesome Twitter Backgrounds of 2009.

backgrounds_01frontTwitter is a simple tool. Very simple. Sometimes maybe even too simple. That’s why it’s so astonishing to see all the ways people have been using their backgrounds to make their profiles look better. From minimalistic patterns to advanced photorealistic illustrations, here are 25 of the best Twitter backgrounds of 2009.

No Luck Needed
No Luck Needed
Null Variable
Null Variable
Planet Xbox 360
Planet Xbox 360
Lisa Worsham
Lisa Worsham
Jon Phillips
Jon Phillips
Get Smart Women
Get Smart Women
Ted Murphy
Ted Murphy
Cool Tweets
Cool Tweets
Freelance Switch
Freelance Switch
Collis Ta'eed
Collis Ta’eed
Sticky Creative
Sticky Creative
Image Designs
Image Designs
Go Media
Go Media
Presets Heaven
Presets Heaven

Who’s your favorite?

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Shout'Em Voted Best Startup at Mini Seedcamp Ljubljana


Shout”Em has been chosen one of three winners of Mini Seedcamp Ljubljana, along with Viidea and Yasmo Live. Seedcamp Ljubljana included 20 of the best early stage startups from the region (Slovenia, Crotia, Serbia, Romania,…). Representing Shout”Em at the event were Saša, our lead developer and COO; Viktor, our CEO who presented Shout”Em and myself.

Seedcamp Ljubljana was Superb

As Viktor has already pointed out, Mini Seedcamp Ljubljana has been the best startup event we”ve participated so far. Everyone was really friendly and willing to help, including the investors. 😉 The recession has hit the investment scene pretty hard, and the focus on business-2-business solutions has increased dramatically. Thankfully, with projects such as the Microsoft WinDays and Horsetweet networks, Shout”Em can offer a b2b business proposition.

It”s news, right?

Mike Butcher of Techcrunch

Mike Butcher of Techcrunch - Photo by Marinshe

Alongside the startup presentations that included our friends from LongURL, Mike Butcher best online casino of Techcrunch gave a talk on how startups should approach journalists and bloggers. When to get a PR firm, what”s news and why you should keep in mind that media people are, in the end, people as well. One of the best pieces of advice was that you should keep pitching the media with that you”re doing, because it”s people like Mike who decide what”s newsworthy, not us.

Seedcamp Ljubljana was awesome and Ljubljana was absolutely beautiful. We”d like to thank the Seedcamp team, with Resma Sohoni as the lead, for a great experience. This event wouldn”t have been possible if it wasn”t for our good friends at Zemanta (Andraž, Aleš, Gašper, Jure… You know we love you guys!), so we thank them as well. To our users, both at Seedcamp and everywhere around the world, thanks for the support!

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