Web 2.0 Helpful Hints

Here are some helpful hints that may help you to get started or solve a problem as you work through the 23 things:
  • Remember to keep a record of all your user names and passwords! Throughout this programme you will be required to register with various web sites e.g. Google, Blogger, Flickr, facebook etc.
  • Flash is required to view many of the applications. Chances are this is already installed on your computer, but if it is not, click here for a free download.
  • Adobe Reader is required to read a few of the links. If you do not have it, you can get it free here.
  • Always read any instructions the site offers regarding uploading, exporting, labelling, or whatever you are trying to do.
  • Not all sites like all browsers equally so switching browsers may solve your problem. Most sites seem to work best with the latest versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer.
  • Clicking on the Refresh/Reload button in your browser can make a stubborn tool wake up or, alternatively, try closing the site/browser/program and re-opening it. This often solves the problem.
  • Not all links work all the time. Since there are often multiple links on a page to get to where you want to be, try clicking on another link. This often works in Blogger.
  • Firewalls and filters can limit access to sites or block actions on sites. Try clicking on a different link to that screen or just click again. You may need to work on a different computer if you can’t do what you want.
  • Check your browser settings - make sure pop-up windows are enabled, allow cookies, and make other setting changes to see if that solves the problem. Many sites require plug-ins like Flash to operate. Be sure you have the most up-to-date versions installed on your computer. Do a search on the plug-in name to find the download, then follow the directions to install.
  • Most sites like Blogger, Bloglines, Google, Flickr, & YouTube will have a Help or FAQ section. Use these to solve your problem.
  • Many Web 2.0 tools are in beta which is not the final version of a product or Web site, but close enough to show in public and work the bugs out. But the bugs may still pop up when you are using a site.
  • To retrieve your missing blog - Search Google cache at the following web address and copy and paste it into your web browser.

Check if your blog is viewable through Dashboard, and if it is not click on the link view blog. It should then automatically reappear.

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