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?

Pictarine: All social photos in one timeline, yours and your friends’

Today’s featured web app is Picarine, a tool that pulls photos from various social sites and blends into a single photo gallery.  These photos come from your own social accounts and your friends’.  The best of all, you can download them into your hard drive.  It is both a sharing and back-up tool.

Pictarine: All your photos in one timeline

Pictarine requires registration to use, which is free.  The range of sites you can download photos from include:

  • Google+
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Flickr
  • Instagram
  • Dropbox
  • 500px
  • Shutterfly
  • Photobucket
  • Twitpic
  • Lockerz
  • Windows Live
  • Mobypicture
  • Yfrog

And your computer too.

Pictarine - Zest of life - All your photos in one timeline

There are two basic ways to view the photos.  Firstly, you can navigate between them by selecting different sources (Flickr, Facebook, etc.).  Secondly, you can use keyword search to find out specific photos like “wedding” and “graduation”.

Pictarine - browse

Photos in Pictarine could be downloaded to your hard drive.  These include your own photos, your friends’ shared ones and those you are tagged in.  This makes Pictarine a useful tool for backing-up your photos in social networks.  Many people have been complaining about the lack of convenient means to download thier online photos frmo some social sites, Pictargine filled this gap.

 

Summary

Who should use Pictarine?  Obviously those who like sharing photos and those who like viewing them.  It has been a growing trend to integrate different social sites.  There are many computer and online tools for centralizing publication and reading of updates on social sites.  Now Pictarine provides a platform for the centralized management of social photos.

(Image source: Chrome Web Store)

 

Chrome Web App: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/hbedofcogklaejflehfloghnidpohipb

Official Site: http://www.pictarine.com/

Turn Facebook Album Photos Into Photo Collage, Carousel…

Do yo have a lot of photos in Facebook?  Apart from the traditional tiled view, do you want to present your photos in more interesting ways?  Try the Facebook apps I introduce today.

 

Facebook Photo Apps: Photo Collage, Carousel and More

TopicShow.com is a web app that helps users to turn photos into web pages using templates.  This feature itself is great but today I want to introduce the Facebook app launched by them.  TopicShow developed a series of Facebook photo Apps that let users to present their photos as photo collage, carousel, story book, etc.

Let’s have a look at photo collage.  It is a tool that pastes your selected photos in a free and random manner.  Each photo could be enlarged with your custom title shown.  You can have a look at collages shared by other users from here: http://photocollageapp.topicshow.com/PhotoCollages.aspx

Photo Collage Facebook Photo App - TopicShow

 

Similarly, you can create photo carousels using your Facebook photos.  The created carousel has Apple-styled reflection at the bottom.  These are some carousels created by other users: http://photocarousel.topicshow.com/PhotoCarousels.aspx

Photo Carousel Facebook Photo App - TopicShow

You can find a list (with hyperlink) to these Facebook photo apps by TopicShow at here: http://photocarousel.topicshow.com/ or you can simply perform a search by keyword in Facebook.  You would be able to find a lot other Facebook photo apps.  For example, this is also a good one: http://www.photocollage.net/

Don’t let your photos gather digital dust!  Create some awesome photo albums and share with friends!

Conceptboard – Multi-user Moodboard With File Sharing and Screenshot

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Conceptboard is an online working space to collaborate with colleagues.  It gives me the impression of a mood board (frequently used by designers) that could be accessed realtime by multiple users.

 

Conceptboard – Online Working Space for Multi-users

Conceptboard has a free option that you can use to create up to 25 boards.  You can register for a free account, or you can use your social network account.

Conceptboard - Registration

Simply type in the board’s name to create it.  At this point you can also enter the email addresses of your co-workers to invite them to join.

Conceptboard - create new board

Just like the online whiteboard I introduced last week, you can freely draw on the conceptboard.  But there’s more.  You can paste images onto the board by uploading form your computer.  You can also capture screenshot and upload instantly.  Users can leave comments and read other’s comments.

Test - Conceptboard

What really impressed me is the ability to upload documents.  The files uploaded could be downloaded in their original form (for paid users only).  And the board could be exported as PDF or image file.

How to use Conceptboard?  For example, web designers could use it as a mood board to share sample images and discuss different combinations.  Programmers can exchange ideas and review user interface design with co-workers.

 

Summary

Recently I’m starting to work with people in other countries in my fulltime job.  There are many different tools I tried, Conceptboard is in general an easy-to-use tool.  If you need to work with other people online, you should give it a try.

 

Chrome Web App: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/jnacnlekfaehkfdbkohnhpmdagnfaeio

Official Site: http://conceptboard.com

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