Getting and setting radio button values with JQuery

I figured I would share this because I found so many inconsistent hits on the internet searching for a solution. I have this dialog that I pop up and want to set the values and then retrieve the values once OK is hit using JQuery.

jquery-radio

The HTML is pretty straight forward:

jquery-html

The code to set the value from my model looks like this:

var $radios = $('input:radio[name=transition]');
$radios.filter('[value=' + model.options.transition +']').attr('checked', true);

The code to retrieve the value looks like this:

model.options.transition = $('input:radio[name=transition]:checked').val();

Meta tags and WordPress and an interesting answer

metaFirst off, what is a Meta tag???  A meta tag is text that describes your site or individual post inside of the HTML header. It was designed so search engines can quickly index your site and use the “key words” in those tags to provide more relevant results. Here are a couple of examples:

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The careful re-tweeter, some tips for Twitter

retweetThere is a stigma in the social world where one regurgitates information. These are the people who re-tweet things carelessly and often not even reading the content of the Tweet. This specifically addresses Tweets with URL’s. Too often I see a great Tweet, open the URL and the content has nothing to do with the Tweet text. This is a form of phishing or spamming to get a click-through view. Here are some basic tips I try to follow:

  • Stick to your Twitter ID persona. If your account is for sports as an example then only re-tweet sports information. Forwarding tweets for other topics may lose you some followers. My own ID is somewhat general but I “usually” stick to technology related material and throw in a bit of my personality now and then.
  • Read the content! If there is a URL in the Tweet take some time to read the entire article before you re-tweet. Many people use “shock text” in tweets or article titles only to find out the actual content may be the opposite position or something entirely different that the title.
  • Be social – don’t just re-tweet, engage. If there is an article then even post a comment on the article. Don’t just re-tweet, reply to the tweet with an observation or a simply “thanks for sharing” if you found it useful.
  • Kids – be careful who you follow and what you say online. You never know what future employers or schools may dig that information up down the line.
  • Follow your company guidelines! Be on the safe side if you are employed, state in your profile Tweets are my own and be careful about re-tweeting content that puts your company in a bad light. Re-tweeting and tweeting yourself are the same thing.

Online and FREE Image map tool for HTML

I was poking around the internet and thanks to Google I found very quickly this Image Map Tool site that lets you create image maps for your graphics. I quickly created a simple graphic, uploaded it to the tool and create maps for different tag categories on my site. I then copied and pasted the HTML into my blog post and viola, works like a charm!

Feel free to check it out and donate if you like it!

Online Image Mapper
Online Image Mapp Tool


Who’s viewed your profile?

Your LinkedIn profile can either be a positive or negative element in the social world equation. I received some good tips from Ben Martin about how to have a profile that gets results. While I am not looking for a job, I do use my LinkedIn profile to connect with customers and partners and I want to be “found” when I am not out looking for others. I want others to find me. Since I expanded my introduction section I have seen a drastic difference in the statistics around how many times my profile was viewed or has shown up in search results.

If you want to be taken seriously you should have as much information about your skills as possible. People are looking for something out of the ordinary buzzwords. I am sure my profile is not perfect and if you have any advice for me please share!

 

Was Klout fixed recently?

I have been complaining about Klout for about a month because it seemed the data it was capturing was out of date, a lot. I noticed it was mostly Facebook so Twitter started to become my primary scoring percentage for my Klout score – which I know I don’t Tweet that much. Over the weekend it looks like “something” was fixed. If I had to guess, I bet Facebook probably changed an API or something, but that is just a guess.

Being is software development, I can imagine this could have been a thousand different things – a bug in Klout, a problem with my content causing Klout to choke, an API change or any other numerous things. For now, it all looks fixed…

Why Kred is better than Klout in my opinion.

One simple word, transparency!

When I go to Kred I get a first class user interface that shows all of my “shares” and the interactions they received – this is hands down the best feature I love about the site. Klout attempted this with “Your Moments” but its flaky and never seems up to date.

The second best feature is the fact I can see how my Kred score is calculated on my points page. I can learn what gets more points and for what reasons. Once again, I share and share and share and see what value the different shares bring by what interactions have taken place on them.