ReplyMe – a great WordPress plugin!

ReplyMe is a fantastic plugin, which I am very proud to announce that Technology Bloggers uses to notify users when their comment has a reply.

Why use ReplyMe over other subscribe to comment plugins?

Well with normal subscribe to comment plugins you get sent an email every time there is a new comment, even if it’s nothing to do with your comment. You also have to remember to tick the little box at the bottom of the comment box to say that you want to receive updates.

What is ReplyMe?

ReplyMe is a fantastic plugin which allows you to receive updates (without subscription) when your comment has been replied to. This means that you don’t need to sift through hundreds of irrelevant comments, you get your comment and the reply delivered directly to you by email – free of charge 🙂

In Technology Bloggers ReplyMe emails you get to see your comment and the reply to that, along with a link to the article, and the comment that replied to yours.

ReplyMe (Plugin) LogoIf the new comment needs no reply, you can read it in your email without even having to visit the blog. If you want to reply, just click the link and you are ready to continue the conversation!

A good blog has a community on-site and off. This can be through social media, but it can also be through using great plugins like ReplyMe to ‘continue the conversation’!

If you read Ari Herzog’s blog, Draggon Blogger, Christopher Roberts Philosophy Blog, Blogging Bookshelf or The Sales Lion, you will probably have seen ReplyMe in action before. Technology Bloggers has it’s own unique style of delivering the email, but the principle is the same 🙂

For details of how you can customise the plugin, check out Justin’s article on it.

If you want to see ReplyMe in action post a comment below, and I will gladly reply to show you.

If you are interested in using ReplyMe on your blog, check out it’s plugin page 🙂

Spotify and its changes

I am an avid user of Spotify, and have been an avid user for almost two years now. Spotify was able to find music for me that iTunes and YouTube couldn’t find for me. But now Spotify is having a few changes. For example people who signed up for the free service in the past few months have been able to listen to 20 hours a month of music, this is being culled to just 10. And people like me who signed up when Spotify first joined the music market will only be able to listen to a single track 5 times a month.

Spotify's LogoThese changes don’t really appeal to me very well because I listen to some music 5 times a day, even 5 times in an hour! So these changes will have a detrimental effect on me. So what do I do? Do I put up with it and clog up my PC with gigabyte after gigabyte or music that I record from Spotify. Or do I sign up to a paying account (either ÂŁ9.99 pm, or ÂŁ4.99 pm)? I’m  not too sure to be honest, I’d rather not pay for it, but at the same time I’d rather not spend money on buying an external hard drive to put all of the songs onto. So I’m sort of stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Well why are Spotify making these changes? Well record labels and artists are complaining that Spotify is playing their music for free, even though their is advertising between songs occasionally. This unfortunately is sort of the truth, and so I don’t think Spotify are going to be making any u-turns in their decisions any time soon.

So you tell me what do you think is the best thing that I should do, should I upgrade and pay for it, or pay for a hard drive?

I hope also you like my first article too 🙂

EDITOR NOTE: May I just point out to all readers, that it may not be 100% legal to record off Spotify, depending on the track and the artist – note by Christopher

Facebook is safe – isn’t it?

Hello, my name is Christopher Roberts. I am a trustworthy individual. I kindly request you to go to my websites contact page and send me a message which includes: your full name; your date of birth; a list of your best friends; your holiday snaps from last summer; your mobile number; what TV programs you like; where you work; and what you were doing on Tuesday morning.

Silly request, as nobody will do it (at least I hope they won’t) as I am asking for extremely sensitive, private information.

Let me put a different hat on.

Paul Bulcke here, chief exec of Nestlé. Same request as above, please send me your DOB, New Years party snaps, home address, a list of your favourite films etc.

Again, you probably wouldn’t do this, but stick with me, I am going somewhere…

Hi there, my name is Mark Zuckerberg and I am the founder of Facebook. What about now, what are you going to tell this massive multinational company? Everything?

Mark Zuckerberg founder of FacebookYes you can set your profile to private, but what does the company Facebook know about you? Pretty much everything – this obviously depends on what you tell it. Mobile phone numbers, holiday snaps, what you ate for dinner yesterday etc. are common things for people to tell Facebook and similar social networking sites, would you not agree?

This sort of data is used in targeting adverts on such sites, so that you are more likely to pay attention to them – is that not an exploitation of your rights?

Have you ever really though about what information you put into Facebook? Yes there are probably laws in most countries to stop Facebook disclosing any of your information, but what if it gets hacked? It’s happened before. Last Wednesdays breakfast may not be that useful, but your name, address and phone number could be very useful to help track you down or set up a bank account in your name.

Who says Facebook has to be hacked, if a rouge employee decides to steel half a million peoples emails, what can you do?

I urge you to seriously contemplate what you tell the internet, as you never know it may one day come back to haunt you.

So what do you think, am I extremely sceptical of social media, or do you believe that we give the internet far too much personal data?