Monthly Archives: June 2011

Webopedia Blog: Top 5 “What Is” Technology Questions

Check out my new blog entry on Webopedia.com.

Over the seven years that I’ve been writing for Webopedia, many things have changed.  Our site finally lost the “ancient” look last year (yay!) and we have a great design now. Webo’s on-site search engine has been greatly improved, and even our parent company has changed.

What hasn’t changed is the editorial focus and dedication to writing easy-to-understand tech definitions that anyone can reference to learn about the world of computers, technology and the Internet.  That’s what Webopedia has always done (since 1996) and this is what we do best.

Webo Blog: Tech FAQ: Top 5 What Is Technology Questions Answered
Posted: Jun 21st,2011 by Vangie Beal

How to Shorten a URL

A URL shortener is a way to make a long URL (Uniform Resource Locator) shorter.  URL shortening services are Web tools (or services) that allow you to provide a long URL to a specific webpage and obtain a much shorter URL from the service provider. This Webopedia reference guide will help you understand what a URL shortener is and how these URL redirect services work.

How to Shorten a URL Using a URL Shortener Service
By: Vangie Beal, 06-22-2011

Is Social Media a Waste of Time for Business?

Social media expert Jason Sadler explains what small businesses are doing wrong when it comes to social media.

The answer to this question isn’t quite as straightforward as one might expect, but according to Jason Sadler, founder of iWearYourShirt, for some businesses: yes, social media can be a waste of time. This is especially true when you’ve taken the wrong approach engaging with customers over social media.

Is Social Media a Waste of Time for Small Business Ecommerce?
By Vangie Beal, June 16, 2011

Online Banking Purchases Lower Merchants’ Transaction Fees

Consumers topping up mobile wallets and shopping online with a bank account instead of cards can save retailers hefty credit card transaction processing fees.  Mazooma makes this connection for retailers.  Many consumers are comfortable  using online banking, but the missing piece of the puzzle for merchants is how to connect consumers with their bank accounts during the checkout process.

Online Banking Purchases Lower Merchants’ Transaction Fees
By Vangie Beal, June 23, 2011

Open Source Software and Free Web Tools for Students

Commercial software purchases can quickly eat away at the budget you have. The good news is that there are many free Web tools and open source software for students that will help you stay on task and organize your busy student life.

From typing reports to taking and sharing class notes, this list of 30 free Web tools and open source software will help you get through your courses without spending a dime on software.

Webopedia: 30 Free Web Tools and Open Source Software for Students
By: Vangie Beal, June 01, 2011