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Thursday, 6 April 2006
Endpoint for Tripod blogs
Topic: General stuff

If you're trying to set up your Tripod blog with the Lycos-Qumana Blog Editor, you might be asked for an "endpoint" and are likely confused.

Right now Tripod has a tiny bug that prevents Lycos-Qumana from detecting some Tripod blog settings. This should be fixed very very quickly.

In the mean time, here is the information you'll need to enter in the Manual Setup to begin blogging with Lycos-Qumana:

Platform: Lycos Blog Builder

Posted by arieanna81 at 1:40 PM PDT
Updated: Friday, 7 April 2006 10:51 AM PDT
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Previewing your ad
Topic: Tips & Tricks

Did you know that when you insert an ad using Lycos-Qumana and Q Ads you can actually preview what your ad is going to be?

Well, you can. And it's easy. Here is how:

  1. Place your cursor where you would like your ad to appear
    • tip: the top right corner is very effective with smaller sized ads
  2. Click on the green "Insert Ad" button
  3. In "Step 2" change your option to "Custom ad banner design"
    • If you have already entered a keyword in Step 1 you can then preview it immediately
  4. Enter a single keyword or a keyphrase (e.g. hockey stick)
  5. Review the banner presented to you. Does it match? If so, go ahead and press "Ok" and your banner will be inserted
  6. Don't like your ad? Just erase your keyword and try again - either more broad or more specific - to see if you can get something more to your liking
  7. Press "OK" to enter the ad

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Posted by arieanna81 at 1:21 PM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 6 April 2006 1:21 PM PDT
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Insert Links Faster with Lycos-Qumana Blog Editor
Topic: Tips & Tricks

Inserting links with Qumana is so easy, but you likely don't know it. And it all comes down to shortcut keys - which, when you get used to them, keep you typing so much faster!

Here is how you get that link into your post in under 5 seconds.

  1. Select the URL you want to link
  2. Copy it to your clipboard
    • Mac: Command-C
    • PC: Ctrl-C
  3. Select the text in Qumana you want to make into a link
  4. Use the shortcut key to insert a link
    • Mac: Command-Shift-L
    • PC: Ctrl-Shift-L
  5. Press enter (the URL you copied will automatically be in the box)

Step 1 - Select URL from browser

Step 4 - Insert Link

And that's it! Simple!

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Posted by arieanna81 at 1:14 PM PDT
Updated: Thursday, 6 April 2006 1:15 PM PDT
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The Qumana Lycos buzz continues to build ...
Topic: Blogging News

Despite some computer company announcing yesterday that another company's OS could run on their machines, the buzz on the Blogosphere has been quite respectable. The BlogPulse search says it all I think. The commentary we're getting is pretty insightful. Sure we've been getting the w00ts! and congrats from friends, but there have been comments like:

In a landscape of hyper-acquisitions and VC bulimia, it's nice to see an old-school-netco-meets-web-2.0 alliance where both companies gain--and so do their end users, especially those million++ Tripod and Angelfire folks who now have easy access to a super-easy blogging platform.-- Jeneane Sessum

Wow, I get a day or two behind, and look what I miss. Lycos - one of the Big Names in Internet - and Qumana - one of the Big Names in blogging - have joined forces to present the Lycos-Qumana Blog Editor, and the Lycos-Qumana RSS reader. Through the Lycos-Qumana alliance, Lycos is also offering easy one-stop blogging through their Tripod service.

Want more hype? Try this one on for size. Wired News (a service of Lycos) bloggers are now posting more efficiently thanks to Lycos-Qumana. -- Frye

Other search firms are moving to explore the expansive web as well. Last month, Lycos announced it was introducing a number of self-publishing and distribution options for content creators. It recently entered the VOIP market with Lycos Phone and today announced the release of a desktop Blog editing tool, Lycos-Qumana. -- SEO Blog

Ads by AdGenta.comOther mentions: C|Net, Blog Herald, WebProNews, Mark Evans

So, what else do we have up our sleeves? Well that would be telling wouldn't it? Let's just say we're not resting on our laurels and are going to stay as busy as ever.

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Posted by tris-hussey at 10:40 AM PDT
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Wednesday, 5 April 2006
The Lycos-Qumana deal, the view from the inside
Topic: Blogging News

Ads by AdGenta.comWow, what a month it has been. Our exciting news (on Lycos and Yahoo) is making its way through the Net as I write this (Thanks Toby, Lorraine, Mark, and Jeremy for early ink). Before I get into the details and my thoughts, I have some thank yous to say. First the whole Qumana and Lycos teams. A project and deal of this scale cannot be pulled off by a single person. The whole team has worked so, so hard to make this possible (and we even had a Qumana wedding too!) and I thank them so much. Now, as good as a project might be a web-related project needs, well, servers. So I'd like to give special thanks to our primary host Pair and our caching provider Akamai. They have also done extra duty and came through in the clutch when we needed them to make sure the pages got served.

So ... what does this mean for Qumana? A lot. This is huge for us. Lycos is one of those icons of the Internet. Lots of history, lots going on. We're excited to be working with them. In many ways this is an affirmation of Qumana's mission: make blogging easier and better. Beyond all the hype, beyond all the thoughts of blog bubbles and getting into debates about "what is web 2.0", this sea change we've seen over the last two years is about writing and publishing. It's about people having their say. It's about people helping to shape, expand, illustrate, and elaborate on the news of the day. And now the legions of Tripod and Anglefire, and ... oh did I mention ... Wired bloggers can create, describe, and publish easier today than they could yesterday.

This has been a busy time, but there is no time to rest on our laurels. Still lots to do. Still more ways to make things better. Still more posts to write. Time to get going on this exciting new phase.

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Posted by tris-hussey at 9:33 AM PDT
Updated: Wednesday, 5 April 2006 4:20 PM PDT
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Monday, 3 April 2006
Welcome to Qumana's Corner on Tripod!
Topic: Blogging News

We're stoked, we're cool, we rock!

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Posted by tris-hussey at 2:31 PM PDT
Updated: Monday, 3 April 2006 2:33 PM PDT
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