Yahoo 360 – Tips & Tricks

November 27, 2008

Yahoo 360 – Tips & Tricks

Backing up your Blog Pages

Inspired by: San Souci

As you have noticed, Yahoo 360 continues to be having increased amounts of glitches and delays. There is a real risk that at some point individual blogs may accidentally be damaged and/or deleted.

You have no doubt spent a great deal of time and unique moments of inspiration in the building of your blog pages. All of it can be lost in less time than a blink of your eye.

Currently, 360 does not provide a mechanism to backup your blog pages onto your computer or CD/DVD.

The following provides a simple method to backup your blog pages:

  1. Open your blog in the first page of your Full Post View
  2. Open MicroSoft Word to a “new” document
  3. With your mouse, highlight all five of the blog pages showing in 360
  4. Press Ctrl-C
  5. Go to Word and click on a blank line
  6. Press Ctrl-V
  7. This will past those 5 blog pages into Word
  8. Go back to 360 and click “Next” to display the next 5 blog pages
  9. Go to Step 3 and repeat the process until all of your blog pages have been entered into your Word document.
  10. Save your Word document to a safe location.

Don’t forget to backup the new pages you create in the future.

This procedure may, or may not, save “other than text” items you have put in your blog pages.

An alternative if you don’t have Microsoft Word:

If you have trouble saving your blog pages in Word, you might alternatively save your pages using the Internet Explorer built in tool:

  1. Open your “My Blog” menu
  2. On Internet Explorer, click on “File” in the top menu bar
    1. If you don’t see the menu bar with File, Edit, View, … then right-click in any empty space of the tool bar area and select “Menu Bar”
  3. Then click on “File”
  4. Click on “Save As”
  5. Draw down the pulldown menu “Save as type” and select “Webpage, html only”
  6. Then enter a name for your file in “Filename”
  7. Then finish by clicking “Save”
  8. Repeat the above on the next set of blog pages.

This will save your blog pages, but I’m not sure how editable will be. The page I saved as a test was visually identical when you open it with Internet Explorer, but it is graphically skew if you open this file with Microsoft Word.

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Blog Settings to Allow People to Leave You Comments

People ignoring your Quick Comments – This may be Why

Often times we leave Quick Comments (Sup?, Tag, Tickle, Smile, Wink,…) in interesting blogs in the hope they will send a message; only to find they don’t or won’t; actually it might be because they can’t. If people who are not in your “Friends” list are not responding, “Your” Blog setting is probably preventing “Everyone on 360” from leaving you a message.

You may think they are being rude, but it is more likely because of the settings you have in your blog.

  1. Sign in to Yahoo and go to your blog “Top Page” Click “Settings”
  2. Click “Communications Settings”
  3. See the “Yahoo! 360 Messages” pull-down menu? Select “Everyone on 360”.
  4. Click “Save”

This will allow people that you send a short comment (Sup?, Tag, Tickle, Smile, Wink,…) to respond to you; they can’t otherwise.

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Choosing Words for your Lists

When you choose a word to enter into your lists, it is more than just a place to write something about your interests, books, music, etc. These are links to find other people with the same interests.

So when a person, or yourself, is looking at your list entries, a click on that link will bring up other people who entered exactly the same thing; somewhere on their page as a list entry, quote, or anywhere else. So this is a powerful tool to search for others of like interests.

If you enter a complicated sentence, most assuredly you will be the only person with that interest in 360. “Finding alien artifacts North of Kentucky and South of Michigan”, one hit, yourself, guaranteed!

Enter an Interest like, “political reform” and you will find hundreds of people with the same interests, maybe thousands. If you change the word slightly, often many more people will pop up. This is important to you if you would like people to find your blog.

So test the links you create after making your lists. You will make searching for you much easier.

Also, consider putting your name, nickname, and other personal qualities in your lists. male, brown hair, blue eyes, 5′ 8″, 175#, …

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Code Generator

http://www.commentreload.com/

The above website provide numerous tools for automatically generating code to put in your blog entries.

Just generate the code using one of the tools.

  1. Click inside the code area
  2. Press Ctrl-a
  3. Press Ctrl-c

Then go open your blog page and check the “View HTML Source.” in the upper right corner of your editing blog page.

  1. Click where you want the code to be put
  2. Press Ctrl-v
  3. Click Save to keep your changes

You can go back and interactively make modifications to your liking.

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Comma for Formatting

I just learned a little trick in the Interests section of the 360 Home Page. If you place a comma after each interest, even if your interests are on separate lines, the Yahoo 360 software will format your interests nicely with bulliting.

  • interest 1
  • interest 2

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Expanding your Friends list beyond the maximum of 300

Yahoo 360 provides for a maximum of 300 friends for each blog. So when that number is attained, no one else can request to be added to your blog’s Friend list.

Work around 1:

You can create another blog with different usernames. (username, username2)

Then use each blog’s Blast link to point to the other blog site.

Now you can add up to 600 Friends.

Work around 2:

By creating a common “Table of Contents” link in the Blast of every blog you create, your Friends have transparent access to all of the information and blogs you maintain.

You can have up to 300 Friends in each blog you maintain.

So by creating multiple blogs with different usernames, you can provide an effective Yahoo 360 blog with more than 600 Friends.

I suggest limiting the number to about 290 in each blog so that when new people want to be Added, there is enough space left to be temporarily in your Mailbox until you invite them to one of the other blogs you maintain, by logging into the other blogs account while leaving your new Friends’ page open. That way you can invite them into the blog site where you have room to Add new Friends.

I have usernames of jamesbdunn, jamesbdunn2, jamesbdunn3, …

So as my needs grow, so does my Friends list size.

Currently I operate two active blogs. One is focused on Science & Technology, the other on my Perspectives. But for anyone that uses the Table of Contents I provided, they don’t know the difference.

Drawbacks:

The automated Friends Update tool will only work for each site separately. So only the Friends on that blog site will see in Yahoo Messenger an abbreviated display of your newest blog entry.

Friends may have an interest more in one blog site over another. The Table of Contents pointed to in the Blast must be used to allow them to see all content in all of your blogs. The automated tools 360 provides will not work across multiple blogs.

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Flow of Content

There isn’t any set format for blogs. Some people just have an online presence here. Others restrict use just to their family and/or friends to stay in contact (you can set up more than one blog for this purpose).

You have within you things that are of importance to you, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks! You express yourself openly and in so doing extend your emotional/creative self out beyond your present boundaries.

Your present blog site may show you as the business person, gamer, …

You can create another anonymous blog with a fictional personality that is another side of you, a side that you would otherwise fear the people you know might see. You can openly express yourself without fear of oppression.

So Yahoo 360 is a tool for you to safely and interactively express yourself.

You can make entries by date. This is useful for diary style entries. Using “Tags” allows a visitor to see all of the entries related to a common topic. Though the topic content flow is not easily controlled; and the reader may find it difficult to follow a logical sequence of your thoughts.

Or you can create entries by topic (replace the date with a topic name). You can go back to a topic and edit it to reflect current sentiments, facts, related links, new material resulting from peoples comments, …. In this way a topic can grow in one place. The audience doesn’t need to search for related blog entries, everything is precisely laid out. But this will not show the reader the new information you are entering into a topic.

A combination of both allows for greater control of information presented to the reader. Enter the new information into a dated Journal Entry and your specific Topic Page. Then after a week or two, delete the Journal Entry to prevent redundancy. You might even preface your notice with “This Notice will be deleted on February 18, 2007”.

This way your readers see the new information you are putting into your blog and they can read your topics in well constructed and easily readable format. People on your Friends list can easily read your new entries. While new Friends can easily digest on-going topics.

My preference as you can see is to use a Table of Contents. Create an outline of sorts, with headings that reflect the broad categories of your content. Then put links to your individual blog pages under those headings. In the Blast section, type “Table of Contents” and link the Blast to your Table of Contents blog entry. Then, whenever you have a new blog entry, figure out where it fits in your Table of Contents and edit that blog entry with the new information.

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An Introduction under your Top Page picture
inspired by ஐღ♪♥ViVa♥♪ღஐ

see an example under the pictures to the left

Want to provide your readers with introductory instructions, some info about yourself, or provide a text logo as ஐღ♪♥ViVa♥♪ღஐ has done, this is how to do just that.

  • Login to 360
  • Select “Settings”
  • Select Basic Info
  • Scroll down to “Current Location”
  • Clear any entry in that first text box
  • Enter your desired information to up to any length in characters beyond the width of the text window
  • Continue this until all of your message is entered on a single line
  • When finished entering your message scroll down and hit Save

There should be no more than 27 continuous characters on each line, or it will widen your picture area, and make your blog space more narrow. But if you just want to post a message, just type your message without any concern, 360 will format it as block text.

Don’t use html control characters, the system tends to erase the text between control symbols. The monkey <b>jumped</b> mooned me. Would end up reading, The monkey mooned me.

You can use the following for designing a text logo. Notice each number is consecutive and a space exists every 28th character. You can lay out your logo and then put the character for your logo in the exact position you want it to appear.

123456789012345678901234567
123456789012345678901234567
123456789012345678901234567
123456789012345678901234567
123456789012345678901234567
123456789012345678901234567
123456789012345678901234567
123456789012345678901234567

Then after you have it all laid out, delete the end of line characters so that the message is a continuous string of characters on one line.

123456789012345678901234567 123456789012345678901234567 123456789012345678901234567 123456789012345678901234567 123456789012345678901234567 123456789012345678901234567 123456789012345678901234567 123456789012345678901234567

This is the text sequence for ஐღ♪♥ViVa♥♪ღஐ‘s page as an example.

_____________________________ *Love*…………………………………. *Love*…………………………………. *Love*…………………………………. *Love*…………………………………. *Love*…………………………………. *Love*…………………………………. *Love*Love*Love*…………………… *Love*Love*Love*…………………… …………………………………………. ….*Love**Love*…………………….. *Love*……..*Love*…………………. *Love*……..*Love*…………………. *Love*……..*Love*…………………. *Love*……..*Love*…………………. *Love*……..*Love*…………………. *Love*……..*Love*…………………. ….*Love**Love*…………………….. …………………………………………. *Love*…………*Love*……………… ..*Love*……..*Love*……………….. ….*Love*….*Love*…………………. ……*Love**Love*…………………… ………**Love**…………………….. ………..*Love*………………………. ……………………………………… *Love*Love*Love*…………………… *Love*Love*Love*…………………… *Love*…………………………………. *Love*…………………………………. *Love**Love*………………………….. *Love*…………………………………. *Love*…………………………………. *Love*Love*Love*…………………… *Love*Love*Love*………………….. _____________________________

In-general, you can simply use your cursor to highlight someones Text Logo, the text above, or your own; press Ctrl-c, and then enter it into your “Current Location” text space directly by pressing Ctrl-v.

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Making Links Open Blog Pages at Specific Locations

Note that this only works with URL addresses that end in “?p=”

The following opens the page at the Top of the article

http://blog.360.yahoo.com/jamesbdunn?p=57

The following opens the page at the top of the visitor Comments section of that page

http://blog.360.yahoo.com/jamesbdunn?p=57#comments

The following opens the page at the Comment entry section of that page

http://blog.360.yahoo.com/jamesbdunn?p=57#comment

Want to open your Blog as a list instead of a series of articles?

http://blog.360.yahoo.com/jamesbdunn?list=1

You can also compound commands by using the & symbol between commands

http://blog.360.yahoo.com/jamesbdunn?tag=political_reform&list=1

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Music Added to your Blog Page

Provided by Sans Souci

To add music to your blog you must use a site that hosts your music; you will be taking music from your computer and uploading to a site. You will be issued a code to put on your page.

Here are the possibilities and the steps to use.

· If you want to put music in your blast, I recommend Snapdrive. http://www.snapdrive.net/

You will need to set up an account. The setup is similar to the instructions below. (It’s nice because one click on the link in the blast will play the song, whereas some hosts bring you to a blank page with a player; then you are listening to a song without the blog and have to use the back button to return, a kind of inconvenience)

· If you want to play music from your blog page, I recommend imeem. http://www.imeem.com/

You will need to set up an account here as well. I have found imeem to be a reliable hosting service, and one of the perks is that there are so many subscribers, you might not have to upload your own music, you may find it has already been uploaded, so do a search by song title and/or artist. imeem will only allow mp3 format, so if your music is in any other format you will have to re-encode1 it.

· You might want to explore enips as a backup. http://www.esnips.com

· It helps to use a tabbed browser so you can toggle back and forth between your compose blog page and your music hosting page.

Assuming you are working with an mp3 file, go to your imeem account, sign in and click on upload.

You are brought to a page that gives you choices, to start:

1. Upload music

2. Put it in my profile>continue

3. New page>Browse for music on your computer

4. You may upload 1 or more songs; you will have the opportunity to edit the info

5. You can choose to be alerted by email once the son(s) is available

6. You can find the song in your profile

7. Click on it

8. Look for the thin rectangular code box on the middle left: now decide whether you want the music to play automatically2 or if the reader of your blog should do it manually.

Auto requires a box to be checked. I have some things to say about that choice later.

9. Select, highlight and copy the code in the box; it will look something like this:

<object width=”300″ height=”80″><param name=”movie” value=”http://media.imeem.com/m/8SA4ON8CJM/aus=false/”></param><param name=”wmode” value=”transparent”></param><embed src=”http://media.imeem.com/m/8SA4ON8CJM/aus=false/&#8221; type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” width=”300″ height=”80″ wmode=”transparent”></embed></object>

10. Now go to your blog page. You should have an open compose page. Make up a title and write “test” in the blog box or your page can’t be viewed. (Later, remove “test”)

11. Now, the important part: check the “view html” box on the gray band on the middle right

12. Paste the code. If you want the imeem player to be centered you can put the following html code before and after: <center>blah!blah!</center>

13. Unclick the html box; you see the word test you wrote earlier

14. Click Preview on the bottom of the page>you should see your player and the song

15. You will have to write your blog above and below your “player”

16. Now it’s a matter of writing and setting up the blog esthetically—you have to keep previewing , and going back to the html code for the player to make adjustments.

Other options: a group of songs: playlist

If you want to upload a “playlist” this is another imeem option. When in your imeem account, choose from several songs you have uploaded.

1. Click on the first, the song comes up, click to option to “add to a playlist”

2. At that point you can create a new playlist

3. Click on the other songs you wish to include and add to that playlist

4. Go back to the profile page and get the code

5. Embed in your blog as outlined above

1 Re-encoding

If I own the disc, I use Xilisoft to convert files. If I purchase the music from a source on the internet, such as itunes or Music match, I use Tunebite. I purchased both of these, and they were a good investment. There is a learning curve, but both companies are supportive and helpful.

2 Issues with autoplay: I have realized that although I may like the autoplay feature, it is not always practical. My new computer will play the song as soon as the blog page is hit. Other older computers

may still be playing older songs on earlier pages as soon as the new page comes up and it presents a conflict that can be very annoying. The reader may have to turn off the music from elsewhere. If you are insistent on an auto play, observe the 5 space rule. No more than 1 auto play for 5 blogs, or you might have readers running screaming from your page. Also, it is an imposition; your taste in music may conflict with the reader’s.

Similar considerations for music with video as a perk:

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/ is embedded into the blog in the fashion. You don’t have to be a member of YouTube to search for videos. Once you find what you like, copy the code as you did on the music hosting site, click the html box, embed the code, uncheck the html box, and preview.

Sue

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RSS Feed

Use your blog home page as a template for getting to your RSS feed page.

http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-YW18nxE7eqtd0CMJGCB94Xu4

In the second “blog” above, replace it with “rss” as below.

http://blog.360.yahoo.com/rss-YW18nxE7eqtd0CMJGCB94Xu4

Readers of your blog can use this to see the most current entries made in your blog, without having to take the time to click through your blog. Special Note: you can not use your username, it must be the unreadable characters you are accustomed to seeing.

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Table of Contents

  • First write down in alphabetic order the categories you desire; leave space between category list headings.
  • Enter any sub-categories
  • Sequentially go through each page and determine which category its name and page number should go under.
  • When this is done you should have a Table of Contents on paper.
  • Then determine your URL address for each page, they will all be the same address except the page number.
    • For instance: http://blog.360.yahoo.com/username?p=1
    • Substitute your blogs email username for the username in the link above.
    • p=1 refers to page one of your blog
      • you can see this on any of your blog pages, look at the end of the URL address
  • Copy the information in your paper “Table of Contents” to your blog page.
  • Change your Blast to read “Table of Contents”, and then point to where your Table of Contents blog page resides.
    • If you can not make your first or second page the Table of Contents, it is not important, it can be any page.
  • Now every time you compose a new blog page, make an entry in your Table of Contents with the new information.
  • To get started, you can copy and paste mine and then just change the content to your information.

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Tables

col 1 col 2 col 3

  • Open the blog page for editing
  • Check the box for “View HTML Source”
  • Position the cursor where you want the Table to fit
  • Copy and Paste the following code into that position:

<table style=”BORDER-RIGHT: 10px double; FONT-SIZE: 10pt; BACKGROUND: none transparent scroll repeat 0% 0%; WIDTH: 325px; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; LIST-STYLE-TYPE: decimal; HEIGHT: 139px; TEXT-ALIGN: left” cellSpacing=4 cellPadding=4 align=left border=4>
<tbody>
<tr>
<td>col 1</td>
<td>col 2</td>
<td>col 3</td>
</tr>
</tbody>
</table>

  • If you want to add or delete columns, just change the number of occurences of:
    • <td> userinfo4 </td>
  • Modify the features like border and border color
  • Uncheck the “View HTML Source” box
  • Click on the border and drag it to whatever size you want
  • Position your cursor in the table column and enter information

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URL address Simplification

The following two URL addresses take you to the same page, notice the difference?

http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-YW18nxE7eqtd0CMJGCB94Xu4?p=57

http://blog.360.yahoo.com/jamesbdunn?p=57

Remove blog-YW18nxE7eqtd0CMJGCB94Xu4 and substitute your username. Now you can email someone a readable URL address.

The same thing works with Tags.

http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-YW18nxE7eqtd0CMJGCB94Xu4?tag=..table_of_conten…

http://blog.360.yahoo.com/jamesbdunn?tag=..table_of_contents……………….

The reason for the extra periods in the tag name are for formatting my Tag Cloud so there is only one entry per line. The periods are part of the name I gave the tag.

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Vertical Spacing of sentences

Using “Enter” following a sentence or line item causes a large space between the previous sentence or line item and the next.

As shown between this line and the lines previous and after.

By holding the shift key and hitting “Enter”
the spacing is reduced as shown between the previous line and this one.

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Video Added to your Blog Page

Provided by: R.L.O.
How to add video’s to your 360 blog!
But let’s take this one step at a time. If you haven’t created and uploaded your own video to YouTube yet, not to worry. Start by visiting YouTube
VIEW THE STEP BY STEP VIDEO AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS BLOG HOW TO ADD ANY VIDEOS TO YOU 360 BLOGS. THIS WILL HELP GET YOU GOING HUGS RACHEL LOUISE…….

Look for the little window on the YouTube page labeled “Embed.” Here’s what it looks like below. Notice that there’s also a window with the direct URL for the video. That’s *not* what you want. The URL is what you use when you want to direct someone to the specific video on the YouTube page.URL can be added to your blast area in the URL box just copy the code and paste into URL box at you blast area…!!! have fun its a blast

youtube_embed_code.jpg
Grab the line of code in the Embed window (do a “select all” and then “copy). It starts with <object width=”425” height= …

Step Three

Now paste it into your blog in the HTML

youtube_code.jpg

Step Four

Click preview to make your blog entry live on the 360 blog. Below is what you’ll see on the public face of your blog. Click the arrow icon and the video plays. It’s magic!

yfla.wrap(“This multimedia content requires Flash version 9 and above.”, “Upgrade Now.”, “http:\/\/www.adobe.com\/shockwave\/download\/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash”, “”); Function VBGetSwfVer(i) on error resume next Dim swControl, swVersion swVersion = 0 set swControl = CreateObject(“ShockwaveFlash.ShockwaveFlash.” + CStr(i)) if (IsObject(swControl)) then swVersion = swControl.GetVariable(“$version”) end if VBGetSwfVer = swVersion End Function

yfla.wrap(“This multimedia content requires Flash version 9 and above.”, “Upgrade Now.”, “http:\/\/www.adobe.com\/shockwave\/download\/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash”, “<embed src=\”http:\/\/www.youtube.com\/v\/ShWdOwoGj2Q\” width=\”425\” height=\”350\” type=\”application\/x-shockwave-flash\” wmode=\”transparent\” allowScriptAccess=\”none\”><\/embed>”);To view this multimedia content, please enable Javascript.

http://www.youtube.com

get your videos here and get started! hope this infromation was useful!

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Viewing Blogs that are difficult to Read

When trying to read some blogs where the lettering is very similar in color to the background, it’s very difficult to read. There is a simple fix.

  • Click your mouse pointer anywhere on the page
  • press Ctrl – a

This will highlight the page and null out the background so you can easily read the text. Go ahead, try it here. It will work on most any page.

  • To turn off the highlight, click your mouse anywhere.

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Webring for your Multiple Blog Sites

There are times when you want to focus on separate content in separate blogs. You can link all of your unique blog sites in a linked ring that allows your readers to click from one to the next.

Create separate Yahoo accounts

For example:

  • username1
  • username2
  • username3
  • username4

Setup each with a Blog

In the Blast of each, refer to the next Blog

Blast of Blog 1
http://blog.360.yahoo.com/username2?list=1

Blast of Blog 2
http://blog.360.yahoo.com/username3?list=1

Blast of Blog 3
http://blog.360.yahoo.com/username4?list=1

Blast of Blog 4
http://blog.360.yahoo.com/username1?list=1

The reader of your blogs can then click at the top of any blog page to go to the next unique blog in your blog ring. Or if you have a group of closely related Friends, you can similarly link your blogs sites in a loop.

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Zooming In & Out to view Content more Easily

If you have a mouse with a wheel to scroll up and down

  • Hold down the <ctrl> key and then slowly scroll the wheel up or down
    • This will cause the screen to zoom in or out to view content more easily

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