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Posts about the web – things discovered there, and created there.

How (not) to build your Klout Score

If you’re confused by Klout, don’t worry. You’re like most people. Klout is a website and mobile app that uses social media analytics to rank users according to online social influence via the “Klout Score”, which is a numerical value between 1 and 100.  Essentially it’s the size of your social media network and a score based on how people are influenced by the...

Back to school: maximizing WordPress productivity

Kicking ass on WordPress I’ve always had a problem with rushing through things with the mindset that I already understood the basics behind any given project. If there were a set of instructions, I felt like the faster I got past the ‘ read this firsts’ and ‘before you begins’, I could get down to business and not only finish the project, but go above and beyond to...

Wedding party attack photos are all the rage

[su_highlight background=”#fffdc0″]Update (09.26.14)[/su_highlight] Now that I’m officially engaged this post is a lot more interesting. Ahhhh, the possibilities. Take a look back at your wedding photos. For those of you who’ve tied the knot, chances are you’re not seeing images of your wedding party fleeing from Tyrannosaurus Rex or freakish zombies looking to maim...

GeekLift: Digitize your signature, edit PDFs, and speed up your cell phone practices

Welcome to Thursday! You’ve almost made it to the weekend. In today’s installment of the GeekLift, I’m going to try to wean you off that old fax machine. Yes, they still come in handy from time to time, but they’re really not necessary. I’ll teach you a two-fer: digitize your signature and use it with PDFs so you can dump that fax. I also have some quick nuances to...

GeekLift: Holy hashtags, hide internet searches and speed up iPhone

  Good Thursday to you! We’re almost to Friday and that is fantastic news. There has been a lot of buzz on the web about Facebook embracing hashtags. If you’re not up on hashtags and how you can use them to search, I’ve got you covered. Also, if you like to search the web and would rather not have people see what you’re searching I have a tool for you for that as well...

2013 WWDC Summary

No more kitties. One of the big surprises from  the 2013 Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference in San Francisco was the name of the new operating system release. For what seems to be forever, Apple has always named their software after cats, Tiger, Lion, Snow Leopard, the list goes on. But this year is different. They’ve switched their naming conventions to California landmarks. This...

Sunday project: Nest Thermostat installation

I’ve begun transforming our apartment into a ‘smart’ apartment. My goal is to start adding some high-tech features to help streamline our lives with more efficiency, less headache and just a solid dose of ‘cool’. I have been testing out the Rec10 Wireless Internet Booster by Amped Wireless. So far, so good. I’m able to fill my apartment with a solid internet...

Why you should back up cloud data

When ‘cloud’ servers started popping up, I have to admit, I didn’t know what was going on. I understood the premise, but I couldn’t quite understand how these servers would handle the massive amount of data people consumed and saved. But now ‘the cloud’ is a popular option for hosting your information. But should I be worried Google loses all my Gmail...

The new mid-life crisis: the Internet

If you were asked to step away from the Internet, could you? No, stop and think hard. Could you actually stop using your cell phone apps, maps, Twitter, Facebook, Angry Birds, Skype, Facetime, Google….? Paul Miller is a man who took the challenge. I won’t tell you how it ends. But this video is quite a project by Paul and the group at The Verge. I didn’t know anything about Paul...

Pronounce GIF: Format creator honored, confirms how you say it

They’ve surrounded us forever. They’re the little, animated images that you find on horribly designed home-made websites from yesteryear, to the massively-visited sports and social websites of today. The animated GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) has proven it is much more popular than the tired old  .bmp, .rips, .figs and many other file formats we’ve seen over the years. The...

Josh Benson

Josh Benson writes about the web, social media, entrepreneurship, television news and life in general. He covers the days news as a news anchor for WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida. He's also a web designer/developer. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Tara and two daughters Bella and Brooklyn.

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