The Weekly Scoop:Better Blogging, Tunepics, and Recommended Tools

The Weekly Scoop 5.30

Tools of the Trade:

Oversized pics are bad for your website. Full sized images take longer to view on your website.  Not only does Google downgrade slower sites, but customers viewing your site on mobile will hate you.  If you know you need to reduce the file size of a picture, but don’t want to swing the hefty price tag for software like Photoshop, we recommend Compressor.io.

Compressor.io supports JPEG, PNG, GIF and SVG files. Just upload the file from your hard drive and the app will process it in a few moments.  If you’re happy with your newly reduced image, you can save it to your hard drive, Dropbox or Google Drive. Compressor.io is free and works with image files of up to 10MB.

Personal assistant app, Springpad is shutting down June 25th… Lifehacker shares how to import your items into one of our favorite apps, Pocket.

Sunrise, the Smart Calendar, Is Now Available for Android and the Web.  Sunrise is an easy to use calendar with a beautiful interface.  The app supports Google Calendar, iCloud, Exchange and even syncs up your Facebook birthdays. Read Lifehacker’s complete review.

Social:

Introducing Tunepics.  This social network has been described as “Instragram with a soundtrack.”    This new iOS app allows users to feature a song with every image they share. Music tracks are really tune previews pulled from Apple’s iTunes store.  Users can additionally purchase songs directly from the app, similar to Shazam.  While we have plenty of social networks to chose from, this one is already pulling some major celebrities and brands.   If your business deals with the music industry, we recommend you give Tunepics a shot.

Blogging:

Are you stuck for what to write about on your blog? Darren Rowse, Blogger, Speaker and Online Entrepreneur, shares 14 Types of Stories you can tell on your Blog [and Why They Work].    On a side note, Darren’s written this on LinkedIn’s Pulse.  If you’re trying to showcase your writing skills, this is a great way to build a strong LinkedIn following.

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