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Our Disqus Pro Giveaway is now closed. Thanks everyone for entering and voting! We’re excited to announce that Beyn.org won a free year of Disqus Pro, with an overwhelming 52.8% of the votes, while Avinashtech.com won a free 6 months of Disqus Pro with 29.6% of the votes. Congratulations, and we hope these sites find Disqus Pro useful over the coming months!
Last week, we featured a review of Disqus Pro’s new features, and launched a giveaway with 2 free Disqus Pro accounts for our readers. Disqus Pro has many features that can enhance your site’s community spirit and increase your feedback on articles. We got a number of great entries for our giveaway, so we’re now back with the second part of our giveaway.
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It’s the season of giving, the time when you have to rack your brain to figure out what to buy your Mom that she’d actually like, while trying to simultaneously figure out how you’re going to cram in that one extra Christmas party in your already packed schedule. It may be the season to be jolly, but looking at people’s faces in lines and parking lots, you wouldn’t know it. And that’s sad. We get so distracted by the preparations for holidays that we forget the very meaning behind the special days we celebrate.
This year, more than ever, some of the best things you could think of to buy your family and friends are virtual. Whether you want to give a copy of Cars 2 to your nephew or copy of Steve Job’s biography to your coworker, often the digital copy is the best way to go. If I made a wish list, it’d have more digital items than physical items. Even a new Dropbox or Evernote Pro subscription would make an idea gift for many people on your list.
Only thing is, it seems somewhat odd to give a virtual gift. There’s something about giving a big wrapped box with a bow, the anticipation of ripping off paper, and the surprised delight with the actual gift that digital items just don’t have. It simply isn’t as exciting to pull an iTunes gift card out of a stocking or open an email telling you that you’ve been gifted a book or web app subscription, even if it is just as useful and fun.
I’ve personally given a number of digital gifts, and am sure I’ll continue to do so in the future, but I feel odd giving them without a little something extra, perhaps a candy or some other trinket. So how about you? Do you give digital items, or are boxes still essential to your Christmas? Perhaps Dropbox should start selling gift subscriptions in real blue boxes…
After nearly 2 decades of commercial internet, domain names are as important as ever. In the late ’90′s, Aol keywords started popping up on business signs, and today you’re likely to see a company’s Twitter @username or Facebook page on marketing material. So many people do a Google search for everything that they paste domain names into a Google box and then click the link that Google shows. Still, through it all, domain names have remained one of the most important things a business can own online.
It’s not just businesses, though. Many individuals own their own domain to keep their own personal blog or portfolio site with their own identity. Having your own domain makes it much easier to move to a new site and bring your traffic along with you. Plus, you can run your own email services on your own domain, or use your domain with Google Apps for a personalized Gmail experience. That way, even if you want to go use another email service, you’ll always have the same email address and won’t have to get your friends to update their address books.
Most of us have at least some web presence, and I was curious how many of our readers own domains. I personally own 3 domains right now, and use my own techinch.com domain for my personal site and as my main email. Do you use your own domain for your own site, and do you use it for email as well, or are mainstream services sufficient for you?
No matter where you live on Planet Earth, odds are you’ll have a holiday (or 3) before the end of the year. In America, the Christmas season seems to get longer each year, while on the other side of the planet in Thailand, my town of Tak has a week long festival celebrating the 18th century King Taksin right around New Years. And if November and December’s holidays aren’t enough, Chinese New Years is only a few weeks later.
This week, though, it’s Thanksgiving time for Americans (even Americans in Thailand), a time to remember the things we’re thankful for with the ones we’re most thankful for. Sure, there’s the usual festivities and food, but for web-addicted people, it can be a trying time away from your computer. Most of us spend too much time in front of screens already, but it can be tempting to pull out your smartphone under the table and check Tweets instead of eating turkey.
What’s the point of get-togethers, anyhow, if you’re going to stay online? So, that’s why we’re curious: how do you deal with internet on holidays? Do you try to stay offline and make more time for family? Or do you end up posting more pictures of the celebrations on Facebook and Instagram than ever before?
And by the way, here’s an early Happy Thanksgiving (for our American readers), Merry Christmas, and Happy New Years from the Web.AppStorm team!
Christmas Lights photo via lavandarfields on Flickr