Book Club!

My monthly book club has recently picked me to be the lucky member that chooses the next book we read together. To get everyone excited for my choice–and give them a convenient place to buy it–I decided to make a Swyzzle show that introduces the book! Check it out:


<br /> &lt;p&gt;The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America,&lt;/p&gt;<br /> &lt;a href=&#8221;http://www.swyzzle.com/SWApp/?lid=abdecb24-4363-4f60-96db-e61277ba2773&#8243;&gt;Book Club: Devil in the White City&lt;/a&gt;<br />

Mixtapes on Swyzzle

My friends and I across the country love to give and receive mixtapes, and our favorite music for spring afternoons in the park is a popular theme. With Swyzzle, I can distribute my online “mixtape” and allow my friends to purchase and legally download the mp3 files from Amazon in no time flat! I made this mixtape especially for those sunny spring afternoons and the friends I miss across the country–and like a personalized, musical ecard, I delivered it straight to their inboxes. Check it out here, then try your hand at making one yourself!


Twitter, Oprah & The NYT

TwitterbirdAh, Twitter…our favorite hate-to-love-it web application. Since Oprah Winfrey’s first “tweet” on Friday, the once-tiny website has been innundated with at least a million new members and more traffic than ever. People like New York Times’ Maureen Dowd have a different opinion of the site, however–Dowd “would rather be tied up to stakes in the Kalahari Desert, have honey poured over me and red ants eat out my eyes than open a Twitter account.” Clearly the ranks are divided, but for small business owners and bloggers alike Twitter has become a powerful business tool. Tech blogs especially are known to be frequent posters, and only applications like Tweetdeck prevent total Twitter feed proliferation by such media. Swyzzle, being both a web business and a blog, loves to use Twitter to tell our followers what we’re up to–which is particularly important if we’re working through a kink in the system or need to tell you about our latest online doodad. If you’re a Twitter enthusiast like we are, follow us and we’ll provide the entertaining updates!

Critique the Mighty Editor


Editor
As happy as we are that our new Swyzzle Editor is running smoothly and looking sleek, there’s one enormous step that we need your help to take–tell us your thoughts about using our new interface! There’s no testing like actually helping you, our member, understand and navigate the software. Make a mixtape, a travelogue, a scrapbook, or a wish list–then let us know what you love and what you would like to see done differently. Is anything unclear? How do you like our new logo and snazzy color scheme? Whatever you would like to tell us helps a bunch. So drop us a line or a comment on this post and give us your thoughts!

Just for fun: a birthday show!

My good friend Nick recently had a lovely birthday party in Downtown Athens, GA–and I thought it would be a great opportunity to make an awesome Swyzzle show! I love that you can even put video in the background of a show with Swyzzle–it’s one of my favorite little tricks to use! Check out the result:


Tutorials-now on Swyzzle!

We’ve finished ironing out the little kinks that were keeping us from having our tutorials posted as actual swyzzle shows, and now we’re proud to show you the result! On the main page of Swyzzle.com, as well as in the help section of the blog, we now have posted the tutorials you’ll need to get started making really snappy and polished-looking shows. A few of the Swyzzle ProTips shows–our advanced tutorials–will be posted tomorrow. Here’s a peek at what you can find more of on the main page:


Favicons: easy as 3.14159

You may have noticed that we’ve recently added our lovely flamingo logo to the icon that appears in your internet browser next to our page name. Many blogging platforms support this tiny icon, called a “favicon.” For TypePad users, it’s especially easy to do…here’s a step-by-step to try on your own blog:

  1. create the image you would like to use, making sure the dimensions are 16 x 16 pixels.
  2. save the file as favicon.ico (standard for favicons), using an icon generator, like favicon from pics
  3. go to the Control Panel on your typepad account, then click on Files
  4. making sure you’re in the “home” folder, upload your favicon.ico 
  5. Voila! Next time your blog is opened, the favicon should appear in your browser’s tab or title window!

More new tutorials & ProTips

Last week's batch of mini-tutorials was so well received that we thought more were in order! This week stay tuned to updates on the help page, including:

If you have an idea for a tutorial, go ahead and send it in as a comment on the blog, or if you're feeling especially ambitious make it for yourself on Swyzzle.com and let us know!

Going from stumped to stupendous: new tutorials today!

You may have noticed some big changes in the help section this week–new layout, new documents, and a very handy screenshot explaining the new editor to get you started. Hang on to your hats because it's about to get better–instead of one long tutorial which may or may not all be relevant to your learning process, we've broken up the new tutorials into a dozen or so small Swyzzle shows, most of which are 30 seconds or Remember when all computers wanted was to steal your girlfriend? There's nothing like a bad 80s movie about technology.
less. Coming later today you'll see the first batch of these mini-tutorials, including:

  • Changing clip order
  • Show preferences explained 
  • Adding products to your show
  • Tweeting your show
  • Posting your show on Facebook

Suggestions are more than welcome for other mini-tutorials–we want to know where you got stuck using our software so that we can fix it ASAP! Post a comment or drop us a line at support@swyzzle.com.

N.A.Q.s: never asked questions

Here at Swyzzle, we’re prepared for pretty much every support situation you can throw at us, and thus we present our newest help document, the Never Asked Questions. 

Q: While on Swyzzle the other day, my computer started making curious hissing and clattering noises. What’s up with that?

A: There’s probably a raccoon in your central processing unit, which would explain the noises. Look around you: chances are you’re computing from a forest. Open up the CPU, remove the raccoon and replace the cover. Swyzzle is only recommended for use indoors or from selected coffee shops and parks, not in hostile wilderness areas.

Q: What is the meaning of life?

A: 42.
Illustration by Don Hertzfeldt

Q:What is the must-have accessory for Swyzzling this season?

A: According to top fashion pundits, plaid underdrawers and matching wool socks are the bleeding edge of fashion for the world’s most admired internet trendsetters. Bonus points for a silly hat. Fur is right out.

Q: Would Swyzzle be a boxers or briefs kind of website?

A: Neither. Tutus all the way.

Q:I need ideas for a Swyzzle show that’s never been done before–help!

A: In order to achieve the inspiration needed to create the ultimate Swyzzle show, follow these instructions carefully: First climb to the top of the tallest mountain on the small island nation of wannahauckalugie. Meditate for three days and nights on the meaning of a multimedia show, and with any luck the benevolent spirit of the LOLcat will visit you. Ask the spirit what you should title your show, but don’t be surprised when you’re answered in cuteness and riddles. Write down your observations and make a tea out of the notes. Drink the tea and swirl the notepad pieces around in the bottom of the cup while thinking of your goal. Decipher the encoded message that results and you should have your answer.

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