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Hacking the new Facebook profile images

15 Dec

So I got the new Facebook profile today and immediately set about seeing if I could hack it to make it look much better than it does.

It took me a while to figure out the dimensions that I needed, but it seems as though a good size for the main picture is 180×540 – that’s what mine keeps coming out at anyway.

The five smaller pictures are all 97px x 68px so by taking chunks out of the original image you used for your profile picture you can, in theory, create a cool effect.

Here’s what I’ve managed so far. I’m aware that it’s not there yet, but hopefully you can see what I’m trying to do.

hacked facebook profile

Now check out this video of one of the coolest hacks of a facebook profile that I’ve ever seen. Well done sir!

Further inspiration:

    Crowdsourcing local newspapers on Facebook

    24 Nov
    Express & Star Facebook page

    Express & Star Facebook page

    On researching ideas for using Facebook for local news organisations, I found that there was no easy to find a local newspaper on Facebook. Why hasn’t anybody made a list of all of them before I wondered?

    Because it’s time-consuming seems to be the answer. And having got through all the A’s and the B’s, I thought it time to ask for help.

    So if you’ve some time to spare and fancy collecting some data so that I can put a useful list together and play with some of the data surrounding the regional press and their Facebook presences, read on.

    Using this list of newspaper websites, I’d like people to commit to a letter of the alphabet (no, not X or Z…) and search for each name in the list on Facebook. I’d like to know:

    a) Are they on Facebook?

    b) If so, do they have a group, profile or page?

    c) How many members/friends/likes does their principle persona have? – Please add the date you looked

    d) Is the page used by the organisation? (Is it updated?)

    e) If so, is it updated manually or automatically? If you can tell that is – give away automatic signs are things like RSS Graffiti and twitterfeed.

    If you’d like to take part in this, please claim your letter in the comments section below and email me the results to todd.nash@hotmail.co.uk.

    Being a cyncial guy, I fully expect that nobody will take me up on this offer – I realise I’m not offering much in return – but I will credit you in any blog posts that result from the data being collected.

    A and B have already been done. Claim your letter below.

    • Disclaimer: I work for MNA Digital and look after the Facebook pages for expressandstar.com and shropshirestar.com. Although I may use the data to inform my own work, this is a purely personal project.

    Rediscovering my blogging mojo

    5 Oct

    Right, this is getting silly now. I’m becoming acutely aware that everyone who finds their way to my website is still seeing a blog post entitled ‘Moving on from The Guardian‘ that was written back in May and, frankly, it’s getting a bit silly.

    So this is less of a blog post and more of a statement of intent – that I won’t allow this site to fall so far behind again. And once I get the Internet in my beautiful new flat (I’m writing this from the online sanctity of Starbucks) I’ll have absolutely no excuse not to.

    I’ve been half-heartedly looking into coding over the past few weeks and I’ve decided that I’m going to either teach myself or use alcohol to bribe one of our lovely, dashing team of developers *waves* into showing me the ropes. Then I’ll look at making this website look half-decent (although I might keep the hot-pink links.)

    In the meantime, if you’re at all interested in what I’ve been upto – just check out expressandstar.com and shropshirestar.com where you’ll, hopefully, find plenty of evidence.

    I’ll go into more detail about some of the social media and editorial work that I’ve done in the near future, but check out the Property, Motors and the recently created Careers sites which I look after.

    Or if social media is your bag then cast your eye over our Twitter profile or Facebook page.

    All the relevent links for shropshirestar.com are below. Looking forward to rediscovering my blogging mojo.

    Why I just don’t get Twitter

    9 Feb

    Reading Charlie Brooker’s column in The Guardian today about how Twitter is a “monumentally pointless social networking thingamajig”, I thought how, as a Twitter user, I could write about how wrong he is and how Twitter is an extremely useful tool for journalists. After all, experts such as Paul Bradshaw adore it, as do seasoned journalists like Jemima Kiss swear by it. So why, after almost a year, have I still not ‘got it’? Why do I still find it to be a slightly amusing distraction, rather than the bastion of web 2.0 that everyone is proclaiming it to be.

    As I write this, I’m constantly checking Sarah Hartley’s excellent blog post to avoid looking like a twit, though I’m not sure how successful I’ll be. In general, it seems that Twitter users don’t take to kindly to criticism of their toy. With celebrities on board such as Stephen Fry and Phillip Schofield on board, the site has been gaining a lot of publicity and, as Sarah points out, a lot of criticism. While I may not agree with all that they say, even though I am a Twitter user myself, I can understand some of their points.

    I tried to think of a time where Twitter had helped me in some way that could not have been done without it. I have used it to promote this blog and Journalism Today and I can see that it has attracted an audience to an extent. Due to the nature of my followers, that has no doubt brought some media professionals here too. In fact, thinking about it, it probably had a hand in getting this on journalism.co.uk as Laura Oliver informed me via Twitter. This helped to raise my online profile and drew some traffic to my blog, but I am fairly sure that it would have been up there had I not been on Twitter anyway.

    I realise though, that I tend to use Twitter as a more professional version of Facebook. Rather than actively trying to source stories and opinion, I tend to remain active on there so that, if I need to, I have an easy way to contact the professionals that I wish to, just as I do with social contacts on Facebook. I do not have these same contacts across both social networks, so I tend to use both.

    I’m not going to deny that for an aspiring journalist, it can be a handy tool, though I don’t believe it to be as important as some make out. When I read Paul Bradshaws assertion of Dave Lee as one to follow on Twitter because he is a “former journalism student and excellent blogger who landed a plum job at the BBC after graduating. Get the point?” I sighed a little. The implication that by being active on Twitter, you will have a much higher chance of getting a good job as a journalist is, to me, as inconceivable as it is exaggerated. Azeem Ahmad is as good example of any that having a strong web presence doesn’t guarantee a job in the industy.

    It also makes me despair when I see Twitter users brownnosing the celebrity twits. I followed Stephen Fry for a while (it was the done thing, after all), but became fed up of reading the regular @stephenfry ‘validate me’ tweets that he seems to garner. The majority of the people I follow are in the media too, so what it is like amongst the general Twitter population I don’t even want to imagine.

    I guess that the point of this rant is that, in my opinion, Twitter really isn’t that useful. It is occassionally interesting and, I admit, I do tend to log in most days to see what is going. My contributions to the site vary though, but rarely get beyond the inanities of what I am thinking at the time (which is often about my stomach.) 70 odd people clearly want to read this though, or do they? Perhaps, like me, they use Twitter almost as an address book, just in case they want to get in touch with me about something. Perhaps, for the non-celebrity, professional user, this is the main function of Twitter.

    If, after reading this, you wish to follow me, I’m @toddnash and you can look forward to hearing about how hungry I am, the interesting things I’ve found down the toilets of Kings Place and how Reading are getting on.