HootSuite for iPhone is available...

Everybody dance now!

You’ll love the ability to customize tabs and columns, and easy-to-use column swiping to switch between streams. Did we mention you can upload pictures with HootSuite for iPhone? Indeed, you can. You can also view pending tweets, read explanations for why topics trend on Twitter, and save searches as permanent streams. There is so much to love about HootSuite for iPhone. But don’t take our word for it. Try it yourselves.hootsuite.com, HootSuite, Dec 2009

HootSuite for iPhone is the only Twitter app that lets you view statistics, and the only one that lets you schedule your tweets in advance. With HootSuite, you can send tweets to multiple accounts simultaneously whenever/wherever you are. But that's not all. You should read the whole article to get the skinny on all the juicy new features. If you have an iPhone and you tweet -- HootSuite rocks.

Follow me on Twitter to get your tweet on: @ptamaro


Facebook Rolls-Out New Privacy Controls

Today, Facebook is launching their new tools to give you more control over the information you share on their service. If you're on Fb, you'll be asked to review and update your settings as you log in. The process is pretty straightforward and easy to do. All you will need to do is make any adjustments to who sees what and then save the new settings, or just keep your old privacy setting as is.

"Facebook's new, simplified privacy settings give you more control over the information you share. We've recommended settings below, but you can choose to apply your old settings to any of the fields."

Control Your Experience

Here are the main points for the new privacy features:

  • Helping You Choose Settings

  • Simpler Settings

  • Adding Control for Each Post

  • And more...

Here's the Facebook blog post with more information:
» New Tools to Control Your Experience

Read their blog post to get the low-down on all the new changes. It seems like they've really put a lot of work into these new features, and more importantly — this time it seems like they've listened to their users.

A few screenshots of what you'll see

Notification pop-in...

Update Privacy Settings Screen...

Easily share photo's > Flickr Uploadr

Desktop Uploadr

The Flickr desktop uploader sits on your desktop for heftier uploading needs or offline photo management. Drag and drop single photos or videos, or select a whole folder. Even reorder how photos will be displayed in your photostream.

View screenshot »
Flickr Uploadr

Version 3.2.1: Released June 11, 2009. This release is available in 8 languages.

Get the new desktop client via » flickr.com

The most recent flickr Uploader Desktop client is super powerful! It's definitely worth the download, and it's much easier to upload lots of photos with the new drag-n-drop functionality. I strongly recommend giving it a try if you're a flickr user. Flickr just keeps getting better and better...

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Size Matters: Methodologie Web Canvas

Methodologie is kind enough to share their 'Web Canvas' with all of us in the design community. Their Web Canvas is a grid that displays screen resolutions and the percentage of users that are capable of viewing the different screen resolutions. Their statistics are fresh (August, 2009) and based on numbers from http://thecounter.com and http://marketshare.hitslink.com

I've added this little gem to my delicious bookmarks... I think it'll be a helpful little tool when starting new projects or when I'm wrestling over what screen resolution to design for. All of this info and our own design experience seem to support the notion that in many cases size matters ;-)

Here's the link to the Methodologie Web Canvas...

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Veer: Ideas: The Skinny - Super-Contest!

Enter creative contests at Veer, win $50,000 in prizes

Starting today, Veer is giving away $50,000 in prizes to winners of daily and weekly creative contests. Why? Because they like you that much.

Monday through Thursday, you can enter daily contests announced on their Twitter account VeerUpdate. Fridays, you can enter week-long contests announced on The Skinny.

Every daily and weekly contest will have 5 winners (chosen by Veer’s creative team) who will receive one-month subscriptions to Veer Marketplace worth US$199 each. Each subscription gives you 60 credits per week, for 4 weeks, to spend on images.

That's $1000 in prizes every weekday, for almost two months!

Then, on October 30th, they'll post a final contest, for a grand prize package worth $8000:

  • Apple® 17" MacBook Pro
  • Adobe® Creative Suite® 4
  • 1,000 Veer Marketplace credits
  • Jukebox type collection (122 fonts)
  • Type Tray laptop cushion
  • Kern Zip-up
How hard you play in the daily, weekly, and grand prize contests is up to you. Knowing how talented our audience is, competition should be fierce and fun!

Visit the contest page for more information, rules, and regulations.

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Mixero Is Reducing the Noise

I'm testing the beta of Mixero as I type this, and this app really delivers on it's promise of "reducing the noise." The interface is really nicely done and there are only a few things that a little less than intuitive but fairly easy to figure out as you use it. It's got a really nice feature set [see the list on http://mixero.com] that helps make your time spent on Twitter much more productive. Follow them at => http://twitter.com/mixero to get the scoop on their latest activities (hint: Facebook integration sounds cool) and bugfixes.

It feels different than other Twitter clients I've used -- feels more streamlined and the interaction is more directed towards productivity as opposed to "stream following" like other clients. I'm still not a huge fan of apps built on Adobe Air because this machine is old and just doesn't have the horsepower necessary to really handle "power-browsing" while running an Air app and a handful of others simultaneously (you can never have enough RAM). Because it's an Air app, it should work on any OS, and as I mentioned the look and feel is definitely silky.

As social media continues to converge and inter-operate -- it's getting increasingly more difficult to stay on top of it all. Although I've only been testing it a short while, I can see that it's definitely going to be an important tool in my social media tool chest.

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Flutter: The New Twitter

This "mock-umentary" is hilarious... it's so funny, I had to add it here so I can watch it over and over again. I think I would even wear those glasses they're talkin' about. I'm thinkin' that limiting messages to just 26 characters might actually be the answer to our problems with Global Warming? Think about all the energy it would save by not using the extra 114 characters for all those messages.

Really well done :-)

Microsoft Announces SuperPreview for IE Browser Testing

SuperPreview is a new free standalone application from Microsoft (still in beta) which enables you to see how your websites will look across different versions of Internet Explorer making migration from IE6 to 7 and 8 much easier than before, without have to start up a Virtual Machine

=> read more | digg story

I used Digg's "post to blog" mechanism to post this story here to see how it worked. It seems like a neat way to help folks post more frequently, and at least get a post started quickly. Helpful if you want to blog about something you read but don't have much time, or you're busy doing other things. The original post was on WebDesignerDepot.com, which is an awesome web design blog I read regularly.

Here's a quick update
I tried to install "Microsoft Expression Web SuperPreview for Windows Internet Explorer" or whatever they're calling it (whew) on the laptop at work. As always, I was cautiously optimistic because it's a MSFT product. It required that I install some other stuff, and I didn't feel like bothering at the time. The install was going to take just a few minutes longer than "forever" so I canceled the install and created two new virtual machine's so I now have all three Internet Explorer browsers available for testing. I may install "Microsoft Expression Web SuperPreview for Windows Internet Explorer" someday, but for now I'll stick to a more typical testing approach... I think I now have 16 different browsers on that machine?

Cool Tool: SiteMeter - Free statistics tracker

Site Meter is a really awesome free counter and statistics tracker you can use on your website or blog to monitor your traffic and get more details about your visitors.

It's a free "who, what, why, when and (from) where" tool to help you monitor who's visiting your stuff, where they came from, and what they like best. This info can give you some good insight into what kind of posts your visitors value the most based on time spent on a page or the information they're looking for, and how many pages they view in a visit. It can also give you some great technical information on the most popular Operating System, Browser, Screen Resolution and much more to help you make sure your interface design works for the folks that typically visit your website or blog.
Site Meter's comprehensive real time website tracking and counter tools give you instant access to vital information and data about your sites audience. With our detailed reporting you'll have a clear picture of who is visiting your site, how they found you, where they came from, what interests them and much more.

They've got two types of account packages. The Basic plan (free) gives you lots of data and statistics about your visitors, and it takes just seconds to sign-up and then get things working -- and you can't beat that price! The Premium plan (which starts at $6.95) offers additional stats, reporting, historical data, ad-free stats pages, and the ability to export your data.

I've been using it for just over a year, and it's great. Why not sign up with Site Meter now and give it a try?

Here are some example stats...

latent|design - blog.TamaroDesign.com
Feb 25 2009 21: 38: 55PM GMT: -5:00

Browser Share
Browser Share Chart
Operating System
Operating System Chart
Monitor Resolution
Monitor Resolution Chart
Continent Chart

Cool Tool: flickrSlider - Embed flickr Slideshows In Just Few Seconds...

Do you have a flickr account yet? Want to easily share your flickr photos with the world from your website or blog? Well, now you can in just a few seconds using the flickrSlidr slideshow tool!

This free service couldn't be easier to use... all you need to do is enter a URL address for a user, photo set, or group -- and then add some tags, and set the slideshow dimensions and a few properties (height, width, preview and favorite's) and the slideshow will be created for you. You can even set create your flickr slideshow in "Standards Compliance Mode" which will make it more accessible. All you need to do next is copy-n-paste the code it generates into your website or blog post and enjoy... Cool, huh?

The tool is free and super-easy to use, so why not check it out?

Here's a flickrSlidr slideshow I just created of some of the desktop wallpaper I've made...

Created with Admarket's flickrSLiDR.

Quick Tech Tip:If the flickrSlidr you just created doesn't fit well in your blog or you want to change the size of your flickrSlidr, all you need to do is edit the height and width attributes of the object (in pixels of course). It seems like the best aspect ratio is 1:1 so I set mine here to 410x410 pixels so it would fit nicely and not get cut off at the right edge.

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