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How do you record quick notes?

Let’s say you are at working in front of your computer. You have something you need to quickly write down. Do you use a sticky note or a digital file? Ten years ago I used to jot quick things down on sticky notes or a paper notepad. But now I jot things down into a […]

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My most popular questions on Quora

For what it’s worth, my answers on Quora have reach 10,000 views. I like Quora, but I’m not an everyday user. I’ve answered only 12 questions. Which of my answers is the most viewed? I didn’t know until now. Four years ago I answered a question about extracting CSS from a webpage. (5,600 views) Now, […]

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Twitter CEO says the important stat is reply rate, not follower count

I love this quote from the CEO of Twitter on the number of followers a person has: “I don’t think that’s the number you should be focused on. I think what is more important is the number of meaningful conversations you’re having on the platform. How many times do you receive a reply?” Too often […]

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I’m now managing the @TribuneAgency Twitter account

Yesterday I started to manage the @TribuneAgency account again. This is the Twitter account for Tribune Content Agency. We are the branch of Tribune Publishing that syndicates and licenses content from all over the place. I created the Twitter account in 2013. I ran it for a couple years, then some of my coworkers ran […]

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Tribune Publishing new logo, replacing the old tronc logo

The first time most Tribune Publishing employees (myself included) saw our new logo was on our Cisco phone display this morning. As a designer, I enjoy that my first experience with our brand was in 8-bit grayscale. For the Tribune employees who check their email on the way into the office, their first experience of […]

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I have a problem with Evernote. I use it an archive, not as active in-progress writing.

When you write a blog post or a draft of something, where do you save it? I put all my blog posts into Evernote. It’s a great app to save documents and images. Having all my blog drafts together in one organized place is so handy. All the drafts are searchable. When you go to […]

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Rare hashtags

It’s funny to find hashtags on Instagram that are rarely used. When commenting on a photo, I’ll often combine two words together into a hashtag. And then I click on the hashtag to see if there any other photos. Apparently is the first Instagram photo with the hashtag:

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Control the topics you like for Google ads

Have you adjusted your privacy settings with Google? You get to pick what topics Google shows you in Google ads. Pick exactly what you want to see. Cull down all those boring unrelated topics. Force Google show you super-cool ads! A few weeks ago, I adjusted mine. Since then, Google secretly added “Pest Control” to […]

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New privacy policy for mattmaldre.com and my other websites

So many companies emailing about their privacy policy! Wow. Well, it’s a good thing that the European Union is forcing everyone to publish simple policies on how each company uses cookies and data. All consumers should know what is each company’s policy. What happens when you sign up for an email list? Or when you […]

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How to cut the noise out of Facebook (use a friends list sorted by most recent)

Spend less time on Facebook, and enjoy it more. Tired of all the junk on Facebook? Do you find yourself scrolling and scrolling forever? Only a couple items out of hundreds look interesting? Cut down all the garbage you see on Facebook and take control of your timeline. The method is simple and employs two […]