Parameter Handling Exhibition and Other Odds and Ends

I’ve used the clip-and-save service http://curate.us recently.  One of my most visually appealing posts on this very blog would not have been possible without the assistance of Curate.us.

Introducing  div class = cliply_clip

Curate.us is the service formerly known as Clip.ly 

I am obviously fascinated by the potential of Curate.us as an aid for content curation. Not to mention the ability to embed a screen shot without JavaScript, iFrames or JPEG image files. Curate.us does use an image format. I base that conjecture on the  img src markup when embedding. I’m not certain what variety of image it is though.

I also learned that Curate.us will not work on pages behind a firewall or pay wall. I was uncertain if it would work on a Google help page.

It does.

Parameter Handling

I chose a Google Webmaster Central help topic as my test subject. The topic was parameter handling.

Parameter handling is useful for purposes of search engine optimization. Parameters can manage duplicate content such as session IDs. Google introduced parameter handling on a limited basis in the first quarter of 2010. It was released to the public in November 2010.

Clipped from www.google.com | Share this clip

screen shot using curate dot us

Curate.us clipping from Google Webmaster Central Help Page

Closing remarks about image file formats

Google released an experimental file format for images in late September 2010, named WebP. At this time, it is available for developers only.

WebP was designed to be an improvement over the JPEG format.  JPEG is the most commonly used image file format on the web. It is a troublemaker for web developers, as it causes pages to load slowly. Further details are available from the Chromium Project blog about WebP or the Google Code blog.

2 Comments to “Parameter Handling Exhibition and Other Odds and Ends”

  1. Thanks for the kind words about Curate.US

    We use jpeg if you specify a solid background color and the larger png24 if you specify transparent.

    You might also find our other new product http://Repost.us interesting, it’s an instant, monetized syndication platform – we let you embed whole articles just like video (using javascript and iframes) – click the Repost.Us button on this article http://s.tt/125Iz to get an embed code to try.

    John (CEO of Free Range Content Inc and the guy who built Curate.Us)

    • Thank you for the information about the jpeg format.

      I’ve been an enthusiastic user of Curate.us since mid-November 2010. More enthusiastic all the time, actually, as I’ve decided that your service does NOT facilitate content theft. Also http://curate.us is not an enforcement type service like Tynt.

      I noticed the transition to Repost recently, and the slick new website. I like it, although the original website was fine too!

      What an honor this is to receive a comment from you, the CEO of Free Range Content! Thank you for stopping by today. Or the day before yesterday. Your community manager (or equivalent) Ms. Tia has visited my other blog, Curious Ellie back when I did have concerns about Curate.us. She wrote a good comment describing your services, and I made sure it was visible from my “landing page”, such as it is.

All comments welcomed! Less enthusiastic about spam though.

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