Google+ & Jetpack

Since September 2013, I have been using Jetpack to push my posts from this website to Twitter (@cathtechnogeek ) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/catholictechnogeek), but I never set up anything with Google+. Maybe it is because I, like so many others, had already got caught up in Facebook. Whatever the reason, I neglected Google+, I finally decided to create a presence in the Google+ Sphere.  So I thought I would create an account for CatholicTechnoGeek.

I first tried to create an account as CatholicTechnoGeek.com, and soon discovered that Google+ wanted me to create a business account instead of a personal site. I was afraid Google was going to ask for a credit card when I began to create the site, but the account is free. After entering the standard set name, email, etc, information to create the account, the Google+ account was running.

I hopped into Jetpack, went to my publicize settings and added the Google account. I then went and posted and then checked the Google+ CatholicTechnoGeek.com page and noticed my post was not on the site. After I did some digging, I found the Google+ site defaulted my WordPress posts to private.

To change your posts to public, you need to go into settings, scroll down until you see the “Apps & Activities” section (see photo #1). You have to click on the “Apps” tab (see photo #2) and you should find the window labeled “WordPress”. (Click on image to magnify) Once you click on the edit, you can change it so the WordPress app defaults to the setting you wish. I have changed my posts to public so anyone one can view the posts. However, it possible to restrict posts to a circle if you want.

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After testing a few more posts, I placed some graphics and I am working on completing my profile.

I Am More of A Survivalcraft Person…But

A Japanese temple created in Minecraftt

I find Survivalcraft more appealing than Minecraft, but I found picture in my Google+ today and have to give the person or persons responsible this build some publicity.  There is a lot of time and creativity to build such a  structure.

What are Minecraft and Survivalcraft?  Both games designed around worlds in which you look for resources while avoiding various characters and other hazards. Everything has a block like structure to them…image a world made out of Legos. There is really no goal to the game except to see what you can do with the resources you have on hand. In other words an exercise in creativity rather trying to meet the game designer’s goals.

While I stared with Minecraft on my Android, I have drifted over to Survivalcraft and play it more often. The reason for my change…I like the graphics and the challenges more on Survivalcraft.

You can find information on Minecraft at http://minecraft.net/ and Survialcraft at http://kaalus.wordpress.com/

Web of Trust

Another web application I like it W.O.T. (aka Web of Trust) – http://www.mywot.com/

This web application is installed as an add on to your web browser. What is does it helps you evaluate the trustworthiness of a site or url. This is indicated by a circle located by an URL link for example in Facebook or a Google search, and in the upper right hand corner of your web browser.image of a google  The circle will be either a gray (no ranking), red (poor ranking), yellow (caution ranking), and green (high ranking). Naturally, you want to stay away from any site with a red circle, and you should feel relatively safe with any site with a green circle.

As you can see, the right hand image shows this website with a yellow ranking. How did this site get a yellow ranking? The way the ranking works, is that visitors who have a WOT account can rank a site in the following areas: Trustworthiness,  Vendor Reliability, Privacy, and Child Protection.

Currently I show yellow in the first three categories. Users who visited the older version of this website had negative experiences because of a WordPress add on called Buddy Press. I failed to keep that portion of the website adequately updated and my site was hacked and misused. Hence I earned that rating through my mistakes.

So why am I putting up on a post on a product that actually steers people away from my website? No, it is not to get WOT to raise my score. It is because the application did what it was suppose to do. Based on my poor rating, it told people my website was suspect, reducing the number of people who could have been harmed by those who hacked my site.

For those of you who are asking is my site safe now, it is as safe as I can make it. I erased everything from the old version of the website and did not re-install buddypress because of my failure to properly maintain the program, not because anything the makers of the add-on did or didn’t do. I also have do not collect information on any visitor to the site.  I have never shared information from this site with anyone. 

…as far as my WOT score turning green, that is up to you. As WOT says to website owners, trust is earned. I hope I earn your trust….