Friday, July 11, 2008

Clifinar avatar on Lively

I made a clifinar avatar. I don't really know how much avatars influence seo, but I would really like to test it. So, Google have this new feature called Lively, a social 3 dimensional world. Members can talk with other avatars they see on rooms they visit, or visitors to the room they have created. I created an avatar and opened a room in this virtual world. The room is called clifinar. I called my avatar clifinars, because for some reason, the name clifinar was taken. I have no idea who took it before me, but lucky him!
You can see the room on this post, and you are very welcome to visit it.
There are some really cool and funny features on Lively. You can, for instance, add furniture and drag them, change clothes and looks. But, the most intersrting feature is the ability to add a wall mounted screen to your room and show Youtube videos, photos, or just post a link.
I took me time to understand how I can make my avatar walk and how to add furniture and links, but after a few minutes I got the idea. There are already user guides for Lively. Some include screen shots and are very helpful.
The big challenge for everyone who wants to use this tool as a marketing tool, is to make people visit your room and not other rooms. I don't know yet how can I invite avatars to my clifinar room, but I have the whole weekend to test it.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Clifinar favicon

Today I learned how to add a favicon to my clifinar blog on blogger. Favicons are the little icons that appear next to the web addresses, like the one you see above. When you visit some sites or bookmark them, these icons will make these URLs much more noticeable. These are “Favicons”, a shortcut for “Favorite Icons”.This is quite fun and easy actually, and I think it looks great. I started with designing a template. I used Adobe flash to create a logo that I think brings the clifinar spirit. The logo is a Big colourful "C" (guess why!) on a yellow background. I wanted something shiny and happy, so this is why I picked these colours. I then saved it as a GIF file. When adding a favicon, you must save it in an icon format: .ico.

There's a really nice website that does ir for you - favicon from pics. You get your image in an icon format and then you can use it for any purpose. But, this is not everything. blogger will not let you upload the file from your hard drive or Blogger root directory. So, here comes the tricky part. The file needs to be hosted somewhere on the web. I used Google Page Creator for hosting my image, and found it quite easy to use. The file was stored under a directory that looks like this web address: Your “yoursite” is your Googlw account name, and “youricon” is the file name for the icon. I Copied this URL and added a bit of a code to the clifinar blogger's HTML.

Under the title tag that containes:
I added a link refernce:

of your the icon file' rel='shortcut icon' type='image/'

and that was it.

I refreshed the page, and saw the new cool clifinar favicon. I am really satisified with how it looks.

Here it is on a big scale:

You can tell me your opinion becuase I'd love to hear some comments.