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Workshop till you Drop


Volume 1, No. 4, 16/2/2000


discover new sites and the secrets to web success

Volume 1, No. 4 Workshop till you Drop February 16, 2000

Yvette Nielsen, Editor, yvette@brizcomm.com.au

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Howdy. I'll keep this one short and sweet. Web content workshop
today has left my brain a tad spongy (sign of a successful day).

Will book date for another workshop soon and let you know next




1. Web content tip
2. E-business seminar
3. Site promotion freebie
4. Teachers' workshop
5. Surf Club links
6. Weekly chuckle


1. Web content tip

Writing for the web differs from print in lots of ways. For
starters, readers see your words on the same screen on which they
see their own writing so they feel as though you're speaking just
to them. Keep your tone and language informal, direct and
conversational. It's not only friendlier, it's easier to read.
Remember you have an audience of one.


2. E-business seminar

A one-day seminar on "e-business - a commercial view" will be held
at the Carlton Crest Hotel, Ann Street, Brisbane, from 9am on
Thursday, 2 March. Get a strategic view of e-business in the morning
and a practical session in the afternoon. Delegates can attend
either or both. Cost is $70/$110 including lunch. Mayor Jim Soorley
is keynote speaker with Rob Carter, CEO of Brisbane City Council.
Other speakers are from New Jersey, Singapore, Sydney, northern
NSW and the Gold Coast. Register at:


3. Site promotion freebie

Having started to register my own site with search engines and
indexes this week, I hope I don't have to go through the process
again for a while. If you can afford it, let someone else have the
headache. Nev Monks, director of Net@ffect, is offering brizcomm
readers a free trial of his Search Engine Optimiser Program to check
your site's rankings. You can have a free telephone consultation,
no-strings-attached summary report on two search engines of your
choice plus five keywords. If you like the service, you pay $250
a month for an analysis of your current position across 18 engines
and directories (re keywords, meta tags), analysis of competitors'
site rankings, enhancement (eg doorway pages), re-submission to key
search engines, plus ongoing monitoring and reporting. For more info,
contact Nev on 0410 502815 or email bity1234@optusnet.com.au


4. If you know any teachers or librarians, do spread the word about
the new schools-focused Web Content Workshop next Friday,
25 February, at Gabba Towers (what if I give you a gold star?)


5. Surf Club

Inktomi Webmap
The web has more than one-billion pages, or one page for every six
people alive, according to a new study by search engine maker Inktomi
and the NEC Research Institute. Domains ending in .com account for
nearly 55% of all addresses while almost 87% of pages are in English.
Yahoo has the most links to it, followed by Pokemon.com and mp3.com.
Visit the Inktomi site for other facts including the longest domain name.
In a net shell: Wide,wide web.

Historic Hotels of America
If you’re planning a trip to America, consider a stay in a National
Trust-listed hotel. The collection of 128 historic hotels ranges from
10-room properties to 960 rooms, from small-town inns to downtown
hotels. All have preserved their historic ambience and architecture.
Search by state or alphabetically to find a photo, short history,
rates and amenities.
In a net shell: Grand.

Quotes From The Perfect Man
“We haven’t been to the mall in ages. Let’s go shopping so I can hold
your purse.” Hit your browser’s Refresh button for more quotes from
the so-called perfect man, a man who prefers chablis to beer, invites
your mother to visit for a week, gives away his tools, frowns on
bra-less young women, asks for directions...
In a net shell: Heartless.

Least Common Female First Names
When you need an unusual female name for your baby or pet, browse this
list culled from the US census. If Sparkle, Genesis or Classie don’t
take your fancy, how about Conception or Pearly?
In a net shell: One in a million.

Psycho Studio
The stabbing of Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock's film “Psycho” has
sent chills throughout shower cubicles since 1960. The 48-second
sequence has been studied by film students and widely imitated.
Now you can cut your own version, using original footage, online.
You’ll need the free Flash 4 plug-in.
In a net shell: Master piece.

Language lovers will while away a few hours at this site. You can
search the educational dictionary-thesaurus for – and by – spelling
(or spelled-like), pronunciation, meaning, synonyms and even rhymes
for syllables. Subscribe to "words of the week" or build your own
vocabulary quizzes, customised glossaries and personalised mini-
dictionaries in the Foundry.
In a net shell: Word wonder.


6. Weekly chuckle

A mother was teaching her three-year-old daughter The Lord's Prayer.
For several evenings at bedtime, the little girl repeated it after
her mother. One night she said she was ready to go solo. The mother
listened with pride, as her young one carefully enunciated each word
right up to the end: "And lead us not into temptation," she prayed,
"but deliver us some e-mail, Amen."


May your downloads be swift. See you next week.

Yvette Nielsen, Editor
email yvette@brizcomm.com.au

(c) 2000 Brizcomm Pty Ltd

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