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With Facebook joining the OpenID Foundation, and more and more websites integrating their services with other third-party websites via oAuth and OpenID, its quite obvious the future of the web is relying on these authorization technologies to provide a fluid end user experience. However, in order to understand exactly how this will impact end users, site owners, and content creators, first we have to explore exactly what these technologies do.

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The password has truly become the bane of most Internet users. It's been that way since ... well, since Web sites required you to log into them with a user name and password. Just think of how many passwords you have. It's probably more than a couple. Keeping track of them can be an almost impossible chore.

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So you’ve found out that your WordPress blog is one lonely blog in the great big sea of 17,728,005 WordPress blogs (at the time of writing). And there are 384 new posts on WordPress every minute.

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So you have gotten past the weird Swahili-based name of Joomla and you created a site—kudos. Now comes the easy part, marketing your site. The easiest way to get traffic to your blog or site is to install social media plugins; this will allow you to leverage your existing online connections into page traffic.

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How Influential Are You?

If you’re in the social media marketing game, you know that more important than having a large number of followers is getting influential people to follow and share your content. As a social media brand manager this becomes even more important. If you are on Twitter, sharing links and publishing great content, you want the most influential people out there digging your stuff and sharing it with their hordes of followers as well. This will not only increase your Twitter following, but it will most likely raise the awareness of your brand and result in more profits.

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Social media marketing is a growing industry right now, and many marketing companies are branching out to offer social media marketing packages to their clients. As well, companies are turning their attention to social media marketing by steering their focus toward online engagement with their customers and hiring social media managers to handle the ebb and flow of information that passes through these networks. But with so many channels, profiles, and accounts, social media managers can have a hard time juggling all their personas, brands, and messages.

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Across all fields of computer security, phishing is the criminally fraudulent process of attempting to acquire private information by a user pretending to be someone they're not. While the digital world continues to change at a fast pace, so do the tactics to exploit security weaknesses, with new electronic communication threats appearing everyday. As OpenID restructures the way in which millions transfer data online, a wave of new phishing dangers exist.

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In typical Drupal fashion, you are provided with a wide variety of tools when integrating a social networking solution with your site. In fact Drupal.org has a huge community of developers that have created in-depth forums and documentation that will help you choose the right social solution for your needs (and developing skills). There is a full list of social networking-related modules on the Drupal.org site, click here.

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This is second article of a two part series. Read Part 1: Inception to Implementation

Part 2: A Review of Instant Personalization’s Implementation

The first thing users will notice about nearly all of the Instant Personalization-privileged websites is that they let users know they’re being Instantly Personalized for by displaying the thumbnail version of the user’s profile pic and name at the top right corner of the screen with a message informing them that Facebook Instant Personalization is being used to tailor their experience.

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Part 1: Inception to Implementation

Since introducing its API to the public in 2006, Facebook’s slow but steady branching out has taken users from the launch of Facebook Platform in 2007, which allows third party developers to build social applications within Facebook (e.g. Farmville), to Facebook Connect in 2008, which allows users to connect chosen private information to websites outside Facebook, and finally to Facebook Instant Personalization in 2010.

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