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Jan
27

The Top 10 Dating Sites

Intertwined Legs and FeetLooking for someone? Ever considered using a dating site to meet people? Dating sites are now the second most popular way couples meet. There are a lot of people who try them out, yet some of us are still a little leery of them. To add to the uneasiness some of us have about dating sites, now there are more sites than ever. How do you choose?

Here are the top ten dating sites and a little information about each.  Don’t forget to check them out before you go out. A little background check on your date or additional information can help you check them out, before you go out.

Match.com

Match.com has been around for quite some time and seems to be a pioneer in the dating industry. They launched on the web back in 1995. Now they are the number one dating site. They service 24 countries and host sites in 15 different languages. Users can include up to 26 photos in their profiles and select preferences for who they are looking for. Users get instant access to other users in their area or in any area of interest.

Zoosk

Zoosk is one of the fastest growing dating sites. It integrates with social networks and has a smartphone application. It began as a Facebook application in 2007 and has since grown to become one of the largest online dating sites. It’s popular with younger dating crowd and has over 50 million users.

eHarmony.com

eHarmony is a little more on the sophisticated side. It takes the work out of finding your match. There is a comprehensive personality test each user takes to help them find singles based on compatibility. The site is so popular and successful that it accounts for two percent of United States marriages. Astonishingly, an average of over 500 couples get married every day in the United States as a result of eHarmony matches.

ChristianMingle.com

Christian Mingle focuses on Christian singles. They provide singles within certain faiths the best matches. On Christian Mingle, users have the opportunity to interact with like-minded individuals. It is the largest dating site devoted to devout Christians. A user sets up a profile with all of their interests and what type of person they are looking for. They are then free to roam the site for their perfect match, as well as be sought out by other users that are interested.

OurTime.com

OurTime.com is exclusively for singles that are ages 50 and older who are looking for relationships. The site has great features and an easy sign-up. The user-friendly layout is very helpful for its mature user base. A user puts in criteria that they are looking for in a mate and the search will return users that match the criteria in the specified area selected.

Chemistry.com

Chemistry.com is a partner with Match.com. The site features personalized options and chemistry tests. It is similar to eHarmony, but has a smaller user base. It is a great choice for commitment-minded singles.

BlackPeopleMeet.com

Black People Meet is the largest online dating site for African-American singles. The site is visited by four percent of the United States population of African-Americans monthly. The site offers free trials and easy search capabilities. It also allows singles within any race or ethnicity.

SpeedDate

SpeedDate.com is a site where users can go on five minute online “dates” with local singles. They do so via instant messenger or video chat. These short dates let users determine who they would like to go on a real date with. The site has a little over 300,000 users and browsing is free for the first seven days.

AdultFriendFinder

AdultFriendFinder.com isn’t a site about making friends. It isn’t a site focused on long term relationships either. Nevertheless, AdultFriendFinder makes the top 10 list of dating sites with over 25 million visits per month. The site is about finding short-term “hookups” rather than serious long-term relationships.

SeniorPeopleMeet.com

SeniorPeopleMeet.com has just shy of 2.5 million visits a month. The site is for singles ages 55 and older who are looking for a range of relationships, from deep relationships to casual dates. The site features unique navigation tools that make it easy for users to communicate. Even a mature audience can feel safe on the site with its user friendly features. The site offers a free trial that lets new users search people in their area.

The days of wondering where you can meet your soul mate are over; with the variety of sites available for finding a match, someone is sure to find that special somebody. Of course, caution should always be used when meeting a date in person for the first time. Be sure that somebody knows where you are meeting and you should always meet in a public place until you are completely comfortable.

If you are single and looking to mingle but still want to be safe. It’s always best to “check them out, before you go out” so conducting a background check is quite common in the dating world. Wouldn’t it be nice to know a little about someone, especially if they have any criminal records or if they are a home owner or not. Depending on what you’re looking for most people don’t include these details in a dating profile.

Dec
30

Top Searches of 2013 According to Bing

This year brought in billions of Bing searches. Searchers wanted details on everything from the top movies to controversial sports stars. Yearly search trends give us insight on what has captured the attention of people all over the world. According to Bing the top searches include search data from the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, Italy, India, Germany, France, China, Canada, Australia, and Brazil.

A wide range of movies was released this year. Everything from sci-fi to dramas topped the searches. The number one movie searched in 2013 was the much anticipated “Iron Man 3” film. The animated film “Despicable Me 2” was the sequel to “Despicable Me” and came in at number three in the searches for movies. The remake of the original film starring Robert Redford, “The Great Gatsby” was a big blockbuster hit and made the number seven spot. Number ten on Bing’s search list is “Man of Steel.”

Tim Tebow was the number one most searched sports star for 2013. His unapologetic outwardly expressed religious beliefs coupled with a year of struggling to find his place in the NFL, secured him the top spot. Tiger Woods followed at number two and Lindsey Vonn took the number three search spot. Derek Jeter and Maria Sharapova take ninth and tenth place respectively. Kevin Ware, Danica Patrick, and Dwight Howard also were among the top ten.

The most searched people in the world included Miley Cyrus and teen sensation Justin Bieber. Miley was 2013’s most searched person in Australia and Canada while Justin Bieber was the most searched in the United Kingdom and Germany. Brazil, China, and India’s most searched people were Bruna Marquezine, Wen Zhang, and Salman Khan. Both Rihana and David Bisbal made the top searched list for Spain and France. Rounding out the world’s most searched people are Danmitsu and Belen Rodriguez for Japan and Italy.

The United States’ number one most search person for 2013 had an exciting year. She made an unforgettable appearance at the Super Bowl, reuniting with her former singing group during her performance. Her incredible year helped her beat out last year’s most searched person and knock her down to the number two spot. Beyonce Knowles is this year’s most searched person and most searched musician.

Kim Kardashian made the number one spot in 2012, but was respectfully beat out by Beyonce this year and took the number two spot. Lindsay Lohan (who made the top ten list last year) can breathe a sigh of relief. Her quiet time spent to herself this year gave Amanda Bynes the opening to make the list for her troubled antics. Amanda Bynes made Bing’s top ten list at number eight after a very public breakdown on the social network, Twitter.

Taylor Swift narrowly made last year’s list at number ten, yet made the leap to the number four most searched person in the year 2013. She had a busy year with her “Red” album release and tour. Her singles topped the charts and her dating life seemed to take a backseat due to her busy schedule. She finished up her successful year by adding to her American Music Awards award collection where she won Artist of the Year.

Miley Cyrus, coming in at number nine and Justin Bieber, coming in at number six,  gave us jaw dropping moments throughout 2013. Miley left her long haired southern style in the dust and went all out with short, shorter, and shortest haircuts that kept shocking fans. In addition, Miley went bleach blond, made twerking a new “thing” and gave a number of attention grabbing performances. While Miley transformed her image, Justin gave international performances and left his innocent image behind causing trouble for himself along the way.

2013 was an exciting searchable year. Only time will tell what next year will bring and who and what will grab our interest.

Nov
26

Top 5 Song Searches on Google’s List

Top 5 Song Searches on Google's List

Although 2013 has already produced unforgettable music moments, Google has already put down 2012’s Top 5 Song Searches in Google’s record books. New records have been set, dance moves introduced, and racy moments forever etched in our minds.

The year isn’t over yet and we already have a list of songs that have secured their place on the top 10 list of most searched songs on Google for 2013. Looking back at last year’s top 10 most searched songs list, 2013’s is going to look very different. Let’s take a look at 2012’s top five most searched songs.

  • [list style=”bl”]”Gangnam Style” easily secured the number one spot of the most searched song on Google for 2012. With over 1 billion views on YouTube, it was the 18th single by the South Korean musician, Psy. The lead single of his six studio album “Psy 6 (Six Rules)”, the song was released in July 2012 and debuted at number one on South Korea’s Gaon Chart before making its way to the United States. In December 2012, its music video became the first YouTube video to reach 1 billion views. As of October 2013, the video has been viewed over 1.8 billion times and is the site’s most-watched music video of all time.
  • Coming in at number two is “Call Me Maybe” by Canadian singer and songwriter , Carly Ray Jepsen. Jepsen was one of the first musical artists to be signed to Justin Bieber’s record label. The song was originally written as a folk song and then modified to a pop song before being recorded. It was released in September 2011 as the first single from her album “Kiss.” Carly Ray Jepsen made her United States television debut on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and then performed her hit song again at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards. “Call Me Maybe” was the best-selling single worldwide in 2012, selling over 10 million copies.
  • “Blow Me One Last Kiss” takes the number three spot on Google’s 2012 most searched songs list. The song is recorded by musical artist and song writer Pink. The single came from her sixth studio album called “The Truth About Love.” Pink ranks third among women with the most top ten singles since the year 2000. During its second week, the song went from number 58 to number 9 on the Billboard Hot 100’s list. It premiered on VEVO in July 2013 and its massive success gave it a secure spot on Google’s most searched songs list.
  • Following Pink’s success is the song “Beneath Your Beautiful” by Labrinth and featuring Emeli Sande. It was released as the sixth single from Labrinth’s debut album in October 2012. The song peaked at number one on the United Kingdom singles chart, selling over 100,000 copies in its first week of release, and becoming the singers number one single. The song also became his first top 40 hit on the United States Billboard Hot 100 list. After its release, the song gained in popularity and was searched millions of times making it number four on Google’s 2012 most searched songs lists. As of October 2013, the hit single has over 63 million views.
  • The official Olympics song takes the number five spot on Google’s top 10 most searched songs list of 2012. The song was recorded by the English alternative rock band Muse. Although it did not reach the same incredible YouTube success as the other four of 2012’s top five songs, “Survival” by Muse still makes it to the number five spot due to the overwhelming number of Google searches for “the official Olympic song.” The song’s music video features a montage of past Olympic events including both celebratory and disappointing.[/list]

The second half of the top 10 most searched songs on Google’s list include Adel’s “Skyfall”, “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye, “We Are Young” sung by the group Fun, “Too Close” by Alex Clare, and “212” sung by Azealia Banks. These songs, along with many others, dominated the Google searches in 2012.

Although there are already clear candidates for 2013’s top 10 list, there is always room for a surprise late bloomer that could knock somebody off the list. All they have to do is capture Google searcher’s attention.

Aug
23

13 Ways to Locate Copyright Free Images

If you’re looking for images that you can use without copyright infringement there are several sites that offer copyright free images or images with usage rights.

The list below has not been completely vetted but you can look through them. Obviously some of these sites come and go and some are easier to navigate than others. Be careful with the word copyright free, and stick to reading the usage rights.

I find that using images from the Microsoft site, especially for use in office docs and presentations is fairly a good source and easy to navigate.  If using any of these sites, be sure to read their terms and usage rights for any photo you download or intend to use personally (blogs, social sites, etc.) or commercially (whether electronic or print format you must read all the usage rights).

  1. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/images/?CTT=97
  2. http://www.sxc.hu/
  3. http://www.freefoto.com/index.jsp
  4. http://www.morguefile.com/
  5. http://www.photorack.net/
  6. http://www.unprofound.com/
  7. http://freerangestock.com/
  8. http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/
  9. http://www.freepixels.com/
  10. http://www.public-domain-photos.com/
  11. http://www.designpacks.com/
  12. http://www.everystockphoto.com/

The last way is probably one of the easiest and best in my opinion to find images with specific usage rights.  Many people use Google to search for a phrase or term and see what images show up by clicking the “image” link but many of these images have copyright claims.

It’s better to use the Google Advanced Image Search to locate images so you won’t be concerned about getting a copyright infringement letter (aka Extorsion letters).

If you are using Google to search for images you can’t simply use any image you find.  You need to use the Google Advanced Image Search Tool and then you need to change the “usage rights” at the bottom of the Google Advanced Image Search Form.

The settings to use if you plan to use images on a website newsletter or commercially would be: “Labeled for reuse:”