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The end of Social Media

Now that I have your attention >>> The end of YOUR social media life that is.

Just like we all have a legal ‘Will’ (well I hope you do) to state where we’d like our assets distributed when we enter the afterlife, in this ever evolving cyber world we also have to think about what will happen to our cyber existence.

Outofcyber.com has been set up to delete your social media accounts to protect your personal and private pages from being taken over by a parent, partner or bureaucrat when you die.

Can you think of confidential or explicit emails saved in your personal or business email account that you wouldn’t want anyone to read? It really makes you think doesn’t it.

Although there is no repeat business in this sort of venture, business partners Mr Knight and Mr Romeo are finding that outofcyber.com is doing quick well and have plans for business expansion in the cyber sector.

Yours in the afterlife,
Amber van Sloten

Facebook to announce email service today

The rumors are rife that Facebook is to launch their email service today. The social network kings are hosting a press conference in the States today; and the lead up has the worldwide media’s tongues wagging already. But media aside, it’s the 500 million users who’ll really appreciate the impending news of Facebook’s next chapter of offering the ultimate in friend connections. And we thought Facebook Places was pretty cool!

With Facebook email, Facebook can ultimately leverage their existing media sharing and social networking by allowing emails to combine text, pictures, music and video in the one space using a personal @facebook.com email address.

Although one has to wonder, how much more of our private information do we want to trust with Facebook? And I guess the bigger question will be, how long will it take for Facebook to outrun Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo?

We will keep you posted on the next phase of Facebook as soon as more information is available.

But in the meantime … Facebook emails – what are your thoughts?

Yours in social media
Amber van Sloten

18.11.10 UPDATED NEWS: Inside Facebook has published some great blog posts that cover the new messaging system that’s due in a few months for Facebook users. Here’s a sneak peak:

“Facebook has announced an update to its in-house Messages application that will seamlessly integrate email, Facebook messages, SMS, IM, and Facebook Chat. The product will include a full conversation history from all the mediums, and a social inbox which filters messages according to what a user wants to see.”

Read the full story here or for a more comprehensive view, take a read of their In-Depth Review: Facebook’s New Message Inbox Product.

HTML Email Campaigns

When it comes to HTML email campaigns, what you want to keep in mind is that tables are your friend… actually, your best friend! I generally use tables for every email I create at Brio Group. You need to make sure that you know the limitations of your users’ email client, whether it be GMail, Yahoo, Hotmail, Outlook etc.

A key point is to set the width in your table <td> tags. Don’t assume that if you don’t specify a width, the cell will just work it out, as I can tell you now, it won’t. Stick to pixels, percentages are not rendered properly in some email clients, especially Outlook 2007 which seems to have gone back in time. Avoid using CSS padding and margins on your cells –  if you can get away with using a nested table to do it, then use that. You will get a much better result in the real picky email clients.

When setting a background colour to your email, avoid doing it in the <body> and <head> tags using CSS. Use it in a table that is stretched 100% with the <td> cell background. E.g. <td bgcolor=”#000000″> for a black background. Unfortunately, Windows Live is not playing nice and requires a little more additional coding. Simply place the below code into the <head> section of the HTML email and that should do the trick.

<style type=”text/css”>
.ReadMsgBody { width: 100%;}
.ExternalClass {width: 100%;}

Never use CSS style in the <head> tag. As much as you want to, and are used to, stay away from it. It generally gets stripped by the email client. Use inline styles instead, you will be surprised on what does work with CSS inline styles on <p> tags for example. Most developers like to keep using the horrible and outdated (this really should have the same standing as ye faithful <blink>), <font> tag.

With your CSS styles, don’t use shorthand! Email clients might not accept that as a proper colour for instance. E.g. <p style=”color: #000;”>. Always use #000000 instead of #000.

Images in emails … well, try not to use to many of them! Using excess images may well cause your email campaign to end up in the spam bin. Also, most clients these days by default do not show images when the email is received, the user has to enable them.

Hotmail, for some baffling reason, adds some extra pixels of padding below images. A simple hack for this is to give a style of the image display as block. E.g. <img src=”your image in here” style=”display: block;” /> This should remove the padding and still give you results in other email clients.

There you go, some basics to HTML email creations. On a last note, just be wary of screen resolutions and the fact that there is an outside container for email clients such as folder listings, tool bars etc… so keep your design within a 650 pixel width.

And… Don’t forget to test!

Yours in HTML,