January 2012

How to get emoticons on iPhone/iPad messages

Adding emoticons to your iMessages, texts or emails on your Apple iOS device is very simple to setup, just follow these steps:

  1. click on ‘settings’
  2. choose ‘general’ > ‘international’ > ‘keyboards’
  3. click ‘add new keyboard’
  4. choose ‘Emoji’
  5. open up your iMessage/email app
  6. note the new globe button on the keyboard (circled below)
  7. click the globe button to swap keyboard, note the new emoticons that you can now add to your message

I am not proud to admit that sometimes (long bus journeys usually) I have been known to use emoticons to represent famous movies and see if friends can guess them. For example:

See if you can guess those – leave your answers in the comments, or send us some of your own creations.

What’s SOPA? Why can’t I look it up on Wikipedia?

Complimentary Spam – Spotting Spam Comments

As with most blogs this one gets its fair share of spam in the comments. Usually a spam comment is easy to spot – they’re the ones that are excessively complimentary but in a very generic way, frequently misspelled and aimed at trying to trick the publisher into thinking “wow, this user really liked my post, I’ll put this comment live”.

But if the spam comment also has a weblink or email address and you were to publish it you’ve just given the spammer a nice backlink from your site to theirs.

So to help you spot what I mean by ‘excessively complimentary but in a very generic way’ (and to share some feelgood words) here are some of the spam comments that I’ve received recently (spelling mistakes belong to the original creators, not us!):

  • Right on-this helepd me sort things right out.
  • Grade A stuff. I’m uqneustionably in your debt.
  • Hey what a great list of videos. Thanks for sharing your information.
  • What’s Happening i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I’ve discovered It absolutely useful and it has helped me out loads. I’m hoping to contribute & aid different users like its helped me. Good job.
  • Well put, sir, well put. I’ll ceritanly make note of that.
  • I’m not eailsy impressed. . . but that’s impressing me!
  • This is way bteter than a brick & mortar establishment.
  • How could any of this be bteetr stated? It couldn’t.

…and my favourite:

  • Of the panoply of website I’ve pored over this has the most vearicty.

My ‘mark as spam’ button is certainly getting a workout. Happy Blogging!