FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ):
>I. faQ's about "snap shots":
2. how do i close those snap shots link windows/balloons?
so, click on the top bar of the snap shot, the "x" close button appears, and you slide your cursor over to the "x" on the rightmost part of the bar, and click it. presto! snap shot gone.
TIP: sometimes you can close a snap shot by clicking on an empty space (white space) on the page. often times, opening the next snap shot will close the last one.
usually, a snap shot will close as you slide your cursor away from it. sometimes the snap shot "gets stuck" and doesn't close. in that case, go to the top of the snap shot. there you will find a bar with control buttons. the close button in the top right hand corner of the snap shot appears to the right of the other three control buttons when you click on an empty space on this top bar.
1.what are these link windows that pop up on this blog?
the ones emanating from single underlined text as well as image links when you roll your cursor over them are "snap shots." , and the others emanating from double underlined links are not. snap shots windows look like a square cartoon talk balloon when you roll your cursor over a link on the fluxlife blog. snap shots previews a site with a thumbnail photo of the site or text headlines and abbreviated content (rss feed) inside the little preview window or "snap shot." the double underlined links are not snap shots (see 4. in this section for their explanation).
TIP 1: most of my news links over to the right of where you're currently reading are on text preview (rss feeds). when you roll over a news link, the snap shot window opens up over the link with all the top headlines from that news service. VERY FAST! and, VERY HANDY ! :) (navigate up and down through the headlines inside the snap shot window by rolling over the up/down arrows also inside the snap shot window).
TIP 2: sometimes, the easiest way to go to the snap shot link is to click within the center of the snap shot window if it is a thumbnail photo preview of a site/blog, and on a blue underlined headline or link inside the snap shot window if it is a text preview/rss feed. this is because the original text link or small image link on your web page that the snap shot emanates from is often partially to mostly blocked by the snap shot. you'll actually be able to find a space on a large image link to click on, but sometimes you'll have to revert to clicking on the snap shot to go to the link destination anyway.
TIP 3: be careful not to roll over the sprocket shaped button in the top bar of a snap shot and then click on disable, unless you want your snap shots gone. once this is done, you'll have to contact a fluxlife snap shots administrator in the event that you want your snap shots back. the same thing can happen if you click on options after rolling your cursor over the sprocket shaped button, and then checking one of the disable options check boxes in the new snap shot window/dialogue box.
TIP 4: if your snap shots are not showing up, try clicking on an empty space on the web page/blog page before rolling over a link with your cursor. if this doesn't work, try refreshing your page. if your snap shots are still not showing up, please contact a fluxlife snap shots administrator at: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. how do i get just the text preview to show up in the snap shot?
at the top left hand corner of the snap shot are an orange&white button for the text preview of a site (rss feed), and the green and blue button which produces a thumbnail picture of a site/link destination when you click that button.
click the orange&white button to read the text preview (rss feed) for a site. some sites do not offer an rss feed. in that case you will only be able to view a thumbnail picture of the site/link destination.
4. what are these other links with double underlines?
those are not snap shots. they use a similar technology that generates a contextually based service for my blog.
>II. faQ's about (internal) naVIGATION:
1. how do i access various posts within your blog?
one of the easiest ways is to click on the "BLOG ARCHIVE" bar located below the fluxlife blog profile picture, right after fluxlife's "My Technorati Profile" link (and directly to the right and up towards the top of the page from where you're currently reading) and scroll around until you find a date that you want to go to. unfortunately, there are no post titles to give you hints as to what you might see, but you can access all posts on this blog from this "blog archive" bar. as you move around within the fluxlife blog, you'll begin to associate your favorite posts with the dates in the "blog archive" bar, so you'll have a better idea of where you're going after you click around on the "blog archive" bar for a bit.
ALSO, there is a search box at the very top left of the screen. this is for internal searches within the fluxlife blog. if you remember part or all of a title or some keywords to a post you want to find, this search box will help you find it.
another way is to click on "older posts" or "newer posts" at the bottom-most post you're currently viewing on the blog page. this will move you forward or back in time within the fluxlife blog posts.
if you click on "home" or "go to fluxlife front page" at the bottom-most post on the page you're currently viewing, that will take you to the page of the blog with the most recent post on it.
if you click the larger lettered blog title: "fluxlife" at the very top of the blog page, that will also take you to the front page or home page (if you're not already there), which is the page with the most recent posting on it.
if you click on the title of a post, that will be the only visible post on the page after you click the title. this is also handy because it produces the specific url for the post in the address window/navigation window of your browser. you can then copy and paste that url into an email and send it to a friend or other related action. ALSO, any COMMENTS that may exist for that post will reveal at that point as well, for easier viewing.
you've already clicked on the "NAVIGATION & FAQ" link, so there you go on that one.
finally, below the "NAVIGATION & FAQ" link is the "YES WE DID" button for the fluxlife blog's famous "Why Obama Is Our Next President" post. click it and you'll be taken right to this post! :)
>III. faQ's about "Sphere: Related Content" and "Technorati Tag(s):"
1. what is "Sphere: Related Content"?
these words appear at the very bottom of every post on this blog. it's a link to AOL's blog and news aggregator, "Sphere", that finds similar content on other blogs and news sites based on the content within the given fluxlife post.
2. what are "Technorati Tag(s):"?
a tag is a word or phrase that describes a post, article, or media type on the net and can then be used to gather these posts, articles, and various media into a directory or aggregator that users can access and see all the related posts or articles or media type under a given tag heading.
Technorati, one of the top blog directories, uses tags to display posts, blogs, photos, and videos that fall under a given tag. blogs that have Technorati Tags on them, get listed in the directory, and may reach various levels and rankings within the directory based on length of time being listed with Technorati, blog to blog/blog link/and favoriting relationships, quality of content, and authority rankings.
one of the things i like about Technorati Tag(s) is that they provide other sources that are usually of quality content that relate to my blog postings. so, in effect, a reader of my blog can read more quality content on the subject even after the post ends, if so inclined. in this respect, the Technorati Tag(s), and the "Shere: Related Content" link are very similar in that they both potentially provide information extensions to the fluxlife blog posts.