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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Have You Experienced Buzz@Google?

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with me? Leave me your opinion.

Google's Buzz was sent-forth to
combine with the search engine's
e-mail service.

"I've heard about Buzz, but not
sure what it is." Several people

Google's Buzz is a social media
sharing service. It shares photos,
videos, updates, and links from
Gmail. Buzz works with mobile
browsers too.

Buzz is easy to use, and fast.
Google, overall, protects user

"How do I start Buzz?" You asked.

1. Log into your Gmail account.

2. Below the in-box, the Buzz
folder sits.

3. Click on it.

4. Follow the prompts.

Buzz is capable of connecting,
pulling, feeds from Twitter,
YouTube, Blogger, Flickr, Google
Reader, and Picasa Web.

You can share Blogger, Twitter, and
YouTube through the Buzz stream. Let's
look at how it works.

A friend has accounts at the above
mentioned sites, for example. There's
no need for you to subscribe to them,
visit, or click on links. Simply, log
into Gmail. Allow the Buzz stream to do
the work.

The Buzz tab is under the in-box tab.

There's an auto-follow feature on Buzz.
The goal is for an easy start-up. It
allows frequent e-mail and chat clients,
contacts, to follow you without tapping,
clicking, on anything.

However, clients, contacts, were shown
to the public before they filled out
Buzz profiles.

Some people were irate, others confused.
Still, there are people, for one reason
or another, that just rather not have
the Buzz feature.

It's understandable that people dislike
their information open to the public,
especially when they're out of the "loop".

"We've heard your feedback loud and clear,
and since we launched Google Buzz, we've
been working to address the concerns
you've raised," explained Todd Jackson,
Gmail and Google Buzz product manager.

There is a way to rid yourself of Buzz.

The bottom of Gmail has the words:
"turn off Buzz".

It removes active links, but leaves
your profile open to the public.

Free yourself of Buzz with the below

1. Find your name, profile.

2. In the public time-line, delete
every Buzz.

3. Remove all the followers too.

The arguments for and against Buzz

Have you experienced Buzz?


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Teen Novel: Tips On Writing It

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with me? Leave me your opinion.

There is a question that must be
answered by you. The question?
What are teens reading, interested

"I don't know, or know if I can
find out." You looked around the

Ask family members. A reliable
source is friends with teens.

Young Adult readers, as they are
known, like most genres.

The age group starts at twelve,
and ends at eighteen.

During the middle of the
adolescent years, teens explore
adult novels. Still, they read
Young Adult novels that interest
them, or pertain to their problems,

Visit the library. Discover the
books, novels, teens, Young
Adults, are interested in.

Check-out several. Get a feel
for the tone, style, of different
books for teens.

Write the publishers about books
that appeal to you. Be sure
to include a self-addressed stamped
envelope. Request writer's guidelines.

Try re-writing the plot, structure,
and change the characters. Create a
new book. Decide on an idea, problem,
to write about.

Bring the same creativity, passion,
as you would to any writing project.

Sprinkle-in slang words if you're
sure they are necessary, needed .

Paragraphs for teen novels are
small. Expand information about
characters. Give details that
bring characters to life, and teens
can picture in their minds.

Provide an interesting setting with
believable characters.

No character is perfect. A
character isn't all bad, or without
faults. There are consequences,
punishment, for mistakes.

Stir-in plenty of conflict, issues.
A character succeeds, but another
problem rolls up.

Avoid graphic details of sex and
violence. Pour in suspense and action.

It's important to enjoy writing about
the topic, and pick a writing idea with
mass appeal.

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