Quora Icon Set

The other day I needed Quora icon in different sizes which I couldn’t find anywhere. So I spent sometime on Photoshop and made them. Now putting it online for anyone to use freely.

Quora Icon 16x16     Quora Icon 48x48      Quora Official Icon 128x128       Quora Icon 256x256

These Quora Icon / buttons are in sizes 16×16, 24×24, 32×32, 48×48, 64×64, 128×128, 256×256, 512×512 pixels.

The download link is here.

OR, add any single Quora icon in your desired icon from IconFinder.com

Did You Know? Your Kids Will Love Your Facebook Timeline

Seriously, I didn’t want to write more about this Timeline for now, but this idea hit me hard in brain. So here we go.

As I and others have said earlier that Facebook timeline is all about stories and to touch people (your audience) emotionally. Here is what I was thinking today, other than me, who’ll be me most passionate about my story. Answer came in seconds, “my kids.”
Yes I love(d) the time when my father and/or mother tell me beautiful memories of their early life. And I know you do the same. Being human, my and yours kids are going to do the same.

Why stories are taught to us at early age? Simple answer is, this is one of the best things we love to do at that age.

Continue reading this post at my tumblr.

Understanding New Facebook With Timeline

So now it is been few hours (I originally wrote this post within three hours) when I watched live streaming of Facebook’s f8 conference. One of the major reasons to follow this event was, that leaving user growth behind, how Facebook is going to empower emotional connections and engagement.

And thankfully Mark Zuckerburg did not disappoint, I loved many of the new features (not sure about moving Trickr yet). But like many others what caught my eyes is Timeline.

In familiar words it is your multimedia (including updates, links, activity, photos and videos) supported Facebook Profile along with a Timeline.

As it says, it helps tell your story with a new kind of profile. So far only developers are invited to have and view others’ Timeline, but with this smart trickyou can get an early access now.Let’s dig deeper, why I believe one can get a job, build more influence and even get married with a right person using this Timeline feature?

Timeline is highly advanced form of your profile which preserve your memories and let you tell your stories in a visually-rich and carefully designed magazine form.

You can not only present your basic information in a fashionable way. But using text, photos, and apps you can also build a showcase of other important life events, like when you bought a new house, had surgery or got a license.

Also you can share important events of your career and control who see and comments on them. This is now the future of sharing.

You can also keep track of pages and friends which connected to you in a certain month.

More, while scrolling through the timeline you can add more event any time or hide an exciting one from the timeline.

Text and photos just tell a part of your story, what is left can be added by ‘Your Apps.’ Through smart social apps you can control what you are reading, listening to, or watching.

Facebook apps will add this rich media into your timeline, while you control the sharing settings. These powerful and certainly does add the left emotional part to your timeline.

For example spotify apps brings free music to Facebook, and let you share the music (not link) with your friends. Here is an introductory video from Spotify.

You can see showcase of companies, which are first to join to the Open Graph of Facebook to help you share what you read, listen or watch with your network as well as at your Timeline.Ah..

Earlier today, I was talking to my mom. I told her, I’m not just interested in what Facebook is going to announce. They don’t just build new feature for future, but they go there (in future) and find out what is the future of their technology. Then they build it.

So this has clearly confirmed my thoughts. Future of social media is not just about sharing links and feeding the wall with news and videos. It is about sharing the experience, telling the stories and feeling the emotions.Everyone of us has a story to share, and people love stories. In coming days common user of Facebook will not only be a content producer but a highly empowered story-teller and content curator.

Find more and sign up for Facebook Timeline here. If you have it already or not, tell me what you think of this massive move by Facebook. Are you excited to share your story via new Timeline?

How to Add a Tweet Button With Your Twitter Username into WordPress.com

UPDATE (April29, 2012): Though WordPress.com now lets you add your own twitter username when using the Tweet Button. For this you need to set up Publicize feature for Twitter. (Official message from WordPress.com here.)

NOTE: When I enabled this feature, it didn’t work at first. So I disabled and enabled again, and it worked fine for a day or two. IT HAS STOPPED WORKING AGAIN NOW.

But don’t worry.

To create your own tweet button, please go through these steps.

This button’s function include:

  • adds my twitter handle / username after the Post Title and URL
  • suggests non-followers to follow me on Twitter
  • shows the main website link after RT

But this will not show the tweets count.

You can test it by using the tweet button below. 😉

Jump to Tweet + Like to learn How to Add Such Tweet Button for Your WP.com Site.

You Can Write A Great Blog Post If You

10- regularly make a draft of your learning, in your note pad, a word file or even use your mobile’s draft folder to write down the ideas / story.

9- share any interesting thing, which happened to you and can deliver learning  to others.

8- watch a movie, and then tell us what made the hero ‘A Hero‘ or/and why the movie was interesting.

7- go through your old notebooks, if there is something (I believe there are many) which can still be applied, publish them for us.

6- go through your two years old email in your sent folder.

5- take four days offline and spend time with yourself and few people who really matters.

4- watch a TED Talk.

3- get fail at something.

2- read, read, and read.

1- want.

Also remember You Can Not Write a Great Blog Post Everyday, you don’t need to. But it never means you shouldn’t write.

Related Posts:

1- A plain wrong advice: Do What You Love
2- Speed, Relevancy, and Money — 3 Things Every New Startup Should Keep
3- 7 Things Companies Must Do to Succeed in Corporate Blogging

Happy Social Media Day 2011 from Lahore, Pakistan #SMDay #SMDayLhr

Friends, long awaited social media day is here and so is our event.

Those of you who’re joining us please reach by 7:30pm sharp today at Maisonette, MM Alam Road Lahore. Map here

And if you’re someone who’s not coming, follow our hashtags #smday and #SMdayLhr, also we’ll share videos and photos with everyone of you.

The event will be live blog here on this blog.

Here is a good news, Mashable and world is noticing our celebration of SMday. See the video below. At 1:22, they shared a photo of our last year’s meetup.

We look forward to discuss how social media is impacting our lives, and interact with you.

Stay Happy and Stay Social


-Waqas Ali
0333 – 6973708

7 Things Companies Must Do to Succeed in Corporate Blogging

It is safe to assume that you already know why your company should have an active corporate blog, so rather than repeating our previous points, let’s talk about how your corporate blog should work to enhance the company’s profitability in a long run. A corporate blog is an essential communication tool for many start-ups and companies, both in U.S and in Asia.

Here are 7 tips to help you get most out of your corporate blog. These tips are gathered as I manage a corporate blog myself, run a digital consulting firm, and also through my years of experience learning and writing about how businesses interact.

Read the rest on Penn Olson.

Summary of #smpk Twitter Chat: Using Facebook for Businesses in Pakistan

On Sunday (Feb 27, 2010) marked the first official #smpk twitter chat. The #smpk tag was born to discuss social media trends and use in Pakistani perspective.

I invited everyone to participate and was fortunate to attract members of IT committee of Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry and some new media learner.

Some highlights from the chat:


You can read all the tweets by following #smpk

I’ll not repeat what all was said in the chat, you can read that.

In short, social media sites especially Facebook, twitter and YouTube are here to stay for long. This is because they are not driven by the companies behind them but these are the users like you and me, who find value in their interactions on web.

If you are a business, remember you can not get in to the community circle by marketing tone.

Be Social, Be Human!

Twitter Chat: Let’s Talk About #smpk

A lot have been spammed from me about today’s twitter chat.

Yes I’m jumping in to talk every Sunday about social media for businesses in Pakistan. I and my team member will use Twitter Chat.

Today night at 9pm PST we are starting our first chat, topic is Using Facebook for Businesses in Pakistan. I think it would be interesting and fun learning experience.

Follow #smpk (hashtag on twitter for more).

See you.

Which Search Engine will Create an Option to Search For Events?

With the increase of online social communities, it is the time for businesses and everyone to interact offline about their favorite thing.

Strong are the chances that people will search a lot to find about events around them. One can search for public events on LinkedIn, Facebook, Tweetup, Eventbrite, Amindo and my favorite meetup.com. But there should be something for all them and others events platform I don’t know yet. Or may be they can add the option in their current search options.

So search engines will have to consider adding this new option, who’ll do it? A new startup or an old giant?

Answer this question on Quora or here in comments. Share with friends to get more ideas.

The photo was created with Wordle.net