Favicons – those little web elves – mixed with Twitter, FaceBook and?

Sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most. Let’s take Favicons, for instance. What are they, you ask? Let’s look at definition by the WordPress Thesis theme author:

  • “A favicon is the term for that little icon that shows up next to a website’s title at the top of your browser’s window, or in the tab that you’re browsing. Creating a custom favicon that matches your branding is one of those tiny tweaks that divides the boys from the men.”

It’s a small touch – like pepper to is to authentic Mexican food

There was an Hispanic green belt mechanical engineer I mentored, when we were both at Motorola. Then came the big layoff, during the economic downturn. He went off to work on the Amazon Kindle. But he returned for a visit.

Lunch was on him. So I found an excellent Mexican restaurant – same place and ownership for several years. But the prices were reasonable. I love Mexican cuisine. I”m not sure I favor it over Thai, Greek, Middle Eastern, Indian, Chinese, Korean, or Italian. Yet this is an authentic Mexican restaurant. There’s one little thing that annoys me – no pepper. Plenty of salt! So I did remark that real Mexican food lacked this cultural addition.

Pepper – such a small but important American touch.

Twitter Vs Facebook On Making Money Off Their Platform

  • There’s an excellent, in-depth Wiki discussion on Favicons at en.wikipedia.or… . I urge you to read the entire article. But let’s extract a more technical definition, from this article.“A favicon (short for favorites icon), also known as a shortcut icon, website icon, URL icon, or bookmark icon is a 16×16 or 32×32 pixel square icon associated with a particular website or web page.”

A short time ago, I wrote a blog post entitled Where have all the Twitter apps gone? Facebook Passing. I commented on the disappearance of Twitter apps I’ve used. Here is what one commenter replied:

“Twitter does not want other organizations to make profit by using their platform! They acquired some of the popular Twitter apps and shutting down others one by one. Instead of putting restrictions on their API usage, they are simply terminating the services which they consider impacting use of Twitter web! Still there are many useful apps available, waiting for their turn.”


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I read and reported on the book The Facebook Effect: The Inside Story of the Company That Is Connecting the World by David Kirkpatrick. You can read the full blog posts at Facebook Effect – Pit Bulls and Canned Worms and Is The Facebook Founder Floundering In A Gorilla Suit Cameo.

But Facebook founder Mark Elliot Zuckerberg takes a very different view on making money off the FaceBook platform. This is very clear in the book by David. Mark feels that it helps Facebook to grow and eventually Facebook can make money from the applications.

Why does Facebook and Twitter have opposing philosophies on making money off their platforms (assuming our post commenter is correct about Twitter)?


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Isn’t it another small difference that matters?

The Monkey and The Nuts

If you look for Favicon under Google, you will also find many generators available. One that I like to use is found at tools.dynamicdr….

  • Now let’s look at a definition from http://about.com at webdesign.about… “A favicon or Favorites Icon is a small graphic that is associated with a page or Web site. The favicon allows the Web developer to customize the site in the Web browser, both in the tab bar that is displayed in many browsers as well as in the bookmarks when a site is saved.”

Here’s part of an email I received:

“When they want to catch a monkey, they cut a hole in a tree and place some nuts inside the hole. The monkey reaches in and grabs the nuts, but cannot pull its hand from the hole with its fist clenched, and so it becomes trapped. As the hunters move in, it never occurs to the monkey that if it let go of the nuts it would be set free…”

It’s a small price for the monkey’s freedom – let go of the nuts!

How about some questions from the field?

Some of my YouTube videos are poor quality .I am meeting with my video experts this morning to remake and improve the quality of the videos

Keep in my there is a slight decrease in quality when you send videos to video services like YouTube. That’s because they convert them to a FLV format. You can host them yourself, but you end up eating a lot of bandwidth. You also don’t benefit from the SEO aspects of services like YouTube.

In response to Chicago Work Resources:


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my God, I thought you had been heading to chip in with some decisive insight at the end there, not go away it with ‘we depart it to you to decide’”

My insight is to give resources for the unemployed, just as it’s the doctor’s insight to give medicine, in the Buddhist story (in this string of comments). I leave it to the academic professors, politicians, economists, etc., to give the “ultimate insight.” If you listen and watch the US political ads, from now until Nov 2, you will see much talk about the economy. But I think you will become more confused then ever.

What do you think of my new YouTube video at XXX (i.e, which promises unlimited Social Network exposure, blasting to millions, blab-blab-blab)?

As someone who is familiar with Viral, SEO and Internet Marketing, the video content would cause more personal research.  I’m more interested in the “extent” to which you carry out the YouTube promises and how you make money in return.

A note to the audience:

As an aside folks, I have gotten many emails promising a large percentage of money, to help Nigerians get millions out of the country.  Not one has sent me any preview diamonds, rubies, dollar bills, etc., proving they are ethical Quentin Tarantino style bad guys.




3 thoughts on “Favicons – those little web elves – mixed with Twitter, FaceBook and?

  1. I think I accidentally deleted your YouTube reference. Send it again and I’ll publish the comment.

  2. What blog platform are you using? I’ve been looking for a new one, and this seems much cleaner then wordpress.

    1. It’s actually WordPress. Often with content management systems, such as Drupal, WordPress, Joomla, etc., it’s the theme or template that matters.

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