Monthly Archives: January 2012

Google’s New Privacy Policy & TOS

Google claims they are getting rid of over 60 different privacy policies across Google and replacing them with one that’s a lot shorter and easier to read. Their new policy covers multiple products and features, reflecting their desire to create one simple and intuitive experience across Google. Read their updated Privacy Policy and Terms of Service at http://www.google.com/policiesThese changes will take effect on March 1, 2012.


Here’s a brief overview of what they’re sending out to account holders.

Easy to work across Google:
Their new policy reflects a single product experience that does what you need, when you want it to. Whether you’re reading an email that reminds you to schedule a family get-together or finding a favorite video that you want to share, they want to ensure you can move across Gmail, Calendar, Search, YouTube, or whatever your life calls for with ease.

Tailored for you:
If you’re signed into Google, they can do things like suggest search queries – or tailor your search results – based on the interests you’ve expressed in Google+, Gmail, and YouTube. They’ll better understand which version of Pink or Jaguar you’re searching for and get you those results faster.

Easy to share and collaborate:
When you post or create a document online, you often want others to see and contribute. By remembering the contact information of the people you want to share with, they’ll make it easy for you to share in any Google product or service with minimal clicks and errors.

Protecting your privacy hasn’t changed:
Google’s goal is to provide you with as much transparency and choice as possible, through products like Google Dashboard and Ads Preferences Manager, alongside other tools.  Their privacy principles remain unchanged.  And they’ll never sell your personal information or share it without your permission  (other than rare circumstances like valid legal requests).

Got questions? They’ve got answers:
Visit Google’s FAQ at http://www.google.com/policies/faq to read more about the changes.

101 Famous Internet Marketing Quotes

Can any one single “Quote” really do anything for your business and marketing efforts?

Maybe… maybe not, but having 100 plus quotes might be a different story.  These 100 plus famous Internet marketing quotes will change the way you think and approach marketing your business and products on the Internet. Be sure to read and absorb each one; you’ll know right away which one is meant for you before you’re through…

One of my absolute favorite’s:
“Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing about!” Benjamin Franklin

101 Awesome Marketing Quotes

Free Photo & Graphic Editing Sites

There is so much concern and “Buzz” about Google shutting down the Picnik.com site, so I decided to provide you with some alternative tools for editing and customizing your graphics, photos, and images.   While Picnik.com will be shutting down in April 2012, here are some other options you have available immediately and for FREE.

Ribbet.com is the twin brother/sister of Picnik.com.  For those mourning the loss of picnik.com, Ribbet will be your perfect replacement. You won’t be able to tell the difference other than the URL and web address you’ll be editing your photos and images on.

iPiccy.com comes in second place for replicating Picnik. iPiccy is a preferred choice by many for the simple reason that the editing and adding special effects is simple and only a click away. What might take hours in a photo editing software takes only seconds to create and save using iPiccy.com.

PicMonkey.com is a no monkey business site and is a personal favorite by many readers here.  PicMonkey offers a variety of features and tools you wouldn’t expect to see from an online photo/image editing site.  Scissor frames, curve, dodge, and burn… and a Facebook app?  PicMonkey is NOT one to miss.

FotoFlexer – Create some dazzling photo and image effects in your browser for FREE.  Use Animations, resizing, coloring, contrast and more.  Take a look at These 5 Demo’s for a quick tour of what FotoFlexer has to offer, you’ll love some of these cool features.  Smart Scissor is a favorite feature.

Pixlrand for Picnik users, try Pixlr Express.  You’ll love the Editor, the Pixlr-o-matic, the Pixlr Grabber for Firefox and Chrome browsers, and the Pixlr Imm.io hosting, all of which are very robust and user friendly cool features.

LunaPic – This site will rock your world!  Lunapic offers more choices and options for photo editing and custom effects than some of the paid software applications I’ve purchased and used in the past.  Use vignettes, color bars, animated imaging, picture frames, retro color, collages, custom text, reflection animations, slide shows, and a ton more.  One of the most feature rich FREE online editors available.  You’re gonna love this site.

FreeOnlinePhotoEditor – A really simple and easy to use photo and image editor for those “quick fix and gotta go” graphics.  Very basic but simple and fast.  Some of the other online photo and image tools include:  OnlinePhotoTool.com: Online photo editorAutomatically resize your images when sending it by emailCreate an Image from your RSS feedCreate Image from your Tweet and Twitter account, and Create, save and email screenshots.

BeFunky –  Be Funky lets you do some pretty amazing things with your photos and graphics.  Most of the features and tools are focused on creating cool, fun, and funky effects and artwork.  The site’s name says it.  Some of the effects available would take hours to create in Photoshop or other high end and costly photo/image editors.

Definitely worthy of a visit and tour.

Photoshop.com – That’s right, you can use Photoshop online and for FREE.  You’ll need to register, but I promise it will be worth it.  The Photoshop tools are powerful and very easy to use.  Be prepared to spend a little time here, you’ll be amazed at what they have to offer and allow you to do online for free.  I’m not going to lie, this is one of my favorites and my personal replacement for Picnik.com closing down.

GIMP – GIMP is very similar to Adobe Photoshop except that GIMP is FREE.  It does require you to download the software but one huge benefit to that is it will never be bought and shut down on you.  It is a very powerful and feature intense program so unless you’re really experienced with editing and graphic design, or you have more time than it takes to close a short sale, you may want to stick with one of the others.

I personally like to use GIMP for graphic design more than image or photo editing.

Combine all these together and you’ll have more FREE editing tools and features than you’ll ever need or use and absolutely FREE.  Take a few moments to review each site, bookmark them, then give each one a try to see which one(s) best meet your photo and image editing needs.  Enjoy! 🙂