Top 10 Posts of Cloud High Club in 2011

2011 was a terrific year.  I started this blog in March and wrote 368 posts, that is more than 1 post a day.  I just did a little data mining to find out the most popular blogposts in the last year.

Below are the top 10 blog posts in 2011:

  1. How to integrate Google Plus with Facebook and Twitter
  2. Start G+: Sync your posts in Google Plus, Facebook and Twitter, show FB and Twitter streams in Google+
  3. 10 popular Japanese anime Chrome themes, Metal Alchemist, Soul Eater, Bleach, One Piece…
  4. How to search Google Plus posts and profiles: a missing feature
  5. 15 essential Chrome add-ons for Google Plus beginners
  6. Who to follow on Google Plus? Expand your circles by adding recommended users!
  7. Complete guide to migration from Facebook to Google+, transfer your contacts, photos and videos
  8. 10 Awesome Game Themes for Chrome, Super Mario Bros, Angry Birds, Mega Man and more
  9. Chromebook vs Android Tablet: Does Touch UI Matter?
  10. Top 10 Google Chrome movie themes, Harry Potter, Transformer, Kung Fu Panda and more

I definitely think that 2011 was the “year of social network”.

 

2011: The Year of Social Network

Google Plus

6 out of the top 10 posts are related to social networks.  And the majority of them talks about Google Plus tips and tools.  This is certainly not an objective truth about the social network market shares, but more due to my personal preference of writing about Google’s services and products (Google+, Chromebook, Chrome).

2011 was not the first year when social networks are invented.  It is however the year when a major market player, Google+, was released and when different social networks received major changes to the user interface and features (e.g. Facebook and Twitter).  We internet users are so eager to share, making social sites the hottest market in the IT field.

The popularity of social sharing will definitely continue to grow in 2012.  If you count the time you spend on the internet, you would find that at least half (or mroe) of the time is spent on social sites.

 

You Like Chrome Themes?  I Give You More.

Megan Fox Google Chrome Theme

A little surprise is that 3 Chrome theme review posts got into the top 10.  I started introducing and reviewing Chrome themes to build a regular column on Sunday.  It turned out that people like giving their Chrome browser a new look once in a while.  An even greater surprise is that Japanese anime themes occupied position #3 on the top 10 list.  I was not aware of the fact that there are so many Japanese anime fans in the English world.

Chrome themes would definitely be a major topic that I’ll write more in 2012.  (BTW, the above is my favorite Chrome theme in 2011)

 

Mobile Internet Devices

Chrome OS Tablet Conceptual Design

#9 goes to Chromebook vs Android Tablet: Does Touch UI Matter?, a blog post that I compared my Chromebook and my 7″ tablet.  I am not sure how you people categorize these two kinds of machines, but I’ll take them as “mobile internet devices” (what an old school term by the way).  I said “internet” instead of “computer” because I believe most tablet uses surf the web and use apps to connect to the internet (Facebook, YouTube, emailing…).  Chromebook is certainly even more web-centric.

To me, the reason I use Chromebook and tablet is they are fast and direct routes to the internet.  Besides, they are lightweight and not power-demanding.  Unlike my Macbook that I have to charge the battery everyday, my Chromebook could last for a week given approximately the same usage.

Obviously all IT giants know about this, so Apple has already released iPad and produced the smallest Macbook Air (only 11″).  Google is said to have their own branded android tablet this year.  Amazon also has Kindle Fire that rocked the market.

 

Summary

Cloud High Club

This is a wrap up of what my readers liked the most in 2011.  I will be writing more about these topics in Cloud High Club.  Are you one of the “social-network-Chrome-theme-mobile-internet-device”-holic?

Cloud High Club 2012 Directions

Hello all!  Cloud High Club was started in March 2011, it is almost 10-month old now.  Writing on this blog has been enjoyable, I like sharing great web apps and Chromebook tips and news with everyone.  This would be my last blog post in 2011, let me take this opportunity to forecast the development of this blog in the coming year.

 

Chrome OS 101 Updated and Expanded

You heard me right.  I’m preparing an updated and expanded version of my Chrome OS 101: Beginner’s Guide to Chromebook FREE e-book.  6 months after the release of Chromebook, the Chrome OS of this computing device has received quite some changes.  I have spent the last couple of weeks to refine this e-book and add new contents (this is why you found less frequent updates to this blog lately, my apology).  This time I added some useful tips and selected web apps to make the e-book useful to not only Chromebook users but Chrome browser users as well.  I plan to release this updated e-book in early 2012.

Chrome OS 101 Updated and Expanded

 

More on Tutorials and Reviews (and Less on Breaking News)

This is a tough decision to make.  There are new web apps news everyday, Google is releasing Chrome and Chrome OS updates once in a while.  As a part-time blogger, I found it uneasy to keep my blog up-to-date everyday.  If you are a long-time follower of this blog, you should have noticed that I have been writing less news and more web app reviews and tutorials.

 

Guest Writing

I believe that sharing makes the community stronger.  In 2011 I have written a number of articles for some other blogs such as Chrome Story, Chrome OS Site and AppStorm.  I will be guest writing more for other blogs and web sites.  On the other hand, I also welcome other bloggers to sync their blog posts here (write to me if you are interested!).  I hope this blog could provide more and more useful information for cloud users.

 

Last of all, wish all readers a happy new year!

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