The Paperwork Aftermath of an Auto Accident

Recently I was involved in an auto accident – fortunately I wasn’t seriously hurt, and my car is being repaired:

Car damage

But besides being without my car for a couple weeks, the most annoying aspect of this experience is the paperwork involved!

Here are some tips based on what I’ve been doing. Some of this communication may come to you automatically, but depending on your situation you may want to be proactive about obtaining or reaching out to various involved parties in order to avoid later complications.

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How to Link to a Website Without Improving Its Search Engine Position

You’ve heard the saying “there’s no such thing as bad publicity”? While not always true, it IS the case that any online mention of a website URL improves its “score” in search engines like Google and Bing.

This means that if you want to alert your web readers to a site that is promoting a scam, fraud, bad science, or other misinformation your very use of that site’s address will improve it’s “score” for searches on related keywords. For example, a site that claims global warming is a myth will appear closer to the top of searches on “global warming”.

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When Real Death Comes to Virtual Life – Part 1

It has been one hell of a week+ for me emotionally: four people whose lives have touched mine in various ways died in the space of ten days. Three of those used social media (mostly Twitter and Facebook), and that is how most of their friends have learned of their passing – and we learned of the fourth via the mailing list of a group of which he was a part.

It would take a much longer series of posts than I currently have the time or energy to compose to cover all of the ways social media users and their friends/family need to consider handling their digital assets and communities when the user dies. But for now I will note some specific technical tips for when (not if, increasingly) you find yourself mourning the loss of a loved one and are left with how to communicate about their departure with their social media friends.

[Note: I originally planned to cover both Twitter and Facebook in this article, but it's already lengthy about Twitter so I will do a Part 2 about Facebook later]

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