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Jeffrey Campbell

2 Years Ago

Google Currents - Free Publishing On Media Devices

Google offers this free service; another form of adverts is the way I see it. Your content is formatted for all today's popular media devices. Think of it as creating your own, free, online magazine. Smartphone apps for Google Currents are available, and this form of publishing reaches millions daily.

It took me about two hours learning the basics, and I'm confident I have yet to scratch the surface. Blogging plays an important role, I can see, which was added from my AW site, but need to see things live in order to get a feel for the final, published product.

http://www.google.com/producer/currents

Take care,

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http://fineartamerica.com/rss/groups/artwork/1stangel-arts-magazine-interviewees

I cannot get my images nor the interviews to show >:(

The interview section is there but I cannot choose it

 

Marlene Burns

2 Years Ago

thanks, jeffrey! going through the tutorial right now on my iphone...

 

Jeffrey Campbell

2 Years Ago

Beth,

I do not think at this time it pulls images in from blogs - I had to manually add them in Google Currents.

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It uses standard HTML, too. In this blog I've added a clickable link to see the artwork on my AW site. I also added in a Tags column at the end of the article so that the search engine will pick them up.

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I will probably drop the logo (or make it smaller) as it's too big, though.

Marlene, You Tube has some help videos as well.

 

Jeffrey Campbell

2 Years Ago

This is an excellent resource for marketing. My page is already live on the site with the big magazine companies. The potential to reach untapped resources and clients is enormous!.

 

J L Meadows

2 Years Ago

Thanks for sharing, Jeffrey. This is really exciting. Hope I'll find a way to make use of it too.

 

Kerry Mitchell

2 Years Ago

Thanks for the info, Jeffrey. As I read the ToS, Google will take 30% of the screen area for ads. They don't claim any copyright on your content, and you can get the email addresses of anyone who has subscribed to your content. Oh, and the creation piece requires Chrome. Looks intriguing!

 

Jeffrey Campbell

2 Years Ago

Kerry,

The software is ad-free at this time; however, this will change in the near future as ads develop for implementation. I do not see an area to collect e-mails - still looking, though. Perhaps that's because no one has subscribed to my content.

Yes, one must be using Chrome to build the site.

It does have a few quirks which I hope they work thru.

 

David Morefield

2 Years Ago

Thanks for sharing, I will check this out.

 

Alisa Tekhtilova

2 Years Ago

Thanks for sharing, Jeffrey. This is really exciting.
Smartphone apps ......... May be suggest you...
http://photobucket.com/snapbucket
Very easy :) Style > Edit your Photos > Share

2u, Uploaded with Snapbucket

- resource for marketing...
http://s1167.beta.photobucket.com/user/atvale/profile/
- and link to my own site
http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/gallery-enjoybeautiful-.html

 

Marlene Burns

2 Years Ago

AND THIS IS WHAT YOU must DO IN ORDER FOR ANYONE TO SEE ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK....

Gain readership
When you first publish an edition, you'll be shown a URL which you can distribute. Ask your readers to install Google Currents and then access this link on their iPhone, iPad, or Android device in order to directly subscribe to your edition. When a reader opens the link in their mobile browser, they'll see a simple page describing the edition. They can tap the blue button labeled Read in Google Currents to open the edition in the Currents app and start enjoying your content.

As a new edition can only be accessed through your distribution URL, we encourage you to share this link as broadly as possible. Advertise your edition on your website by displaying a button, link, or badge image that points to your distribution URL. (Download customizable Google Currents badge images.) You may also want to provide a QR code, which readers can scan with their mobile device's camera to open the link directly.

When you have achieved 200 subscriptions to your edition, it will be surfaced in search results based on your edition's name and description — potentially bringing you to the attention of all Currents users.

Google is constantly looking for terrific content to promote within Google Currents and make discoverable to users. As part of this effort, select editions are displayed in a catalog browsable by all Google Currents users, organized by category.

As this service is in high demand, we cannot respond to individual requests for inclusion, but you can improve your chances of appearing in the catalog with the following:

a crisp, legible edition icon
an accurate edition description
a splash image for display on the Currents home screen
a legible and visually appealing layout
full-length articles
a significant amount of well-organized content
high readership
compliance with policies

 

Jeffrey Campbell

2 Years Ago

When you have achieved 200 subscriptions to your edition, it will be surfaced in search results based on your edition's name and description — potentially bringing you to the attention of all Currents users.

There's work to be done :)

 

Marlene Burns

2 Years Ago

exactly! i added all from the google+ thread and only have 55....

 

Jeffrey Campbell

2 Years Ago

I do not use G+ and will have to advertise via Facebook and both FAA and AW pages. It's actually a good thing, though, because I do not know too many people who want to explore a 1-page magazine - I need to create much more content :)

 

Marlene Burns

2 Years Ago

i spent way too much time on mine last night....changed each image name and added text...only to discover that the changes didn't 'take' and i was back to square one this mornng..and laready published!
this could turn int a sit com if i'm not careful....lol

 

Jeffrey Campbell

2 Years Ago

Regarding changes not taking - I thought the same thing at one point, but rebooted my phone and then the changes appeared. Perhaps the phone's cache just needs to be refreshed?

Still trying to figure out how to "import photos via Picasa Web." I can import photos manually to use in articles, but there's an option to have the software pull everything in via Flickr, Picasa or Google Images.

As this is new software, the You Tube tutorials are minimal at best right now.

 

Marlene Burns

2 Years Ago

i was using google currents to update on my computer...they changes just didn't take.....sigh.

 

Marlene Burns

2 Years Ago

the changes did not stick, yet again.....seems like google doesn't have all the kinks out...can't recommend wasting any more time with this...or even any time with this to anyone.

 

Jeffrey Campbell

2 Years Ago

That's a shame, Marlene. I just added another article with no issues.

What it is you're trying to do? Maybe I can help?

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Marlene Burns

2 Years Ago

just trying to make my updates stick! everything looks fine...i check my phone.looks great , then byebye..on the computer and phone

 

Jeffrey Campbell

2 Years Ago

I am trying to understand more about what you're trying to accomplish.

For example; I tried pulling Artist Website RSS feeds into my blog section, and though they pulled in initially and looked great on the computer and phone - poof they were gone. I had to just manually add them in under the "Articles" section. In the above screen shot, "About Us & Scenic Location" columns are "Articles" I created from scratch.

I'm learning that trying to pull info from outside sources might have issues.
.

 

Melissa Boneau

2 Years Ago

No clue what good this will be for me, since I don't use a fancy cellphone or ipad, but I set up an account to see how far I can go without one. Here's the url it gave me and it says it's good to go now. I used the RSS feed for my FAA profile, added some url links to my other sites where I publish my work. I didn't write an article because it wasn't required but I did use the options to publish worldwide and automatically translate the page. I might write an article or repost my blog there but I'm mostly interested in showing my work through this technology. I tried uploading a couple images, one was an icon I had to reduce substantially and the other was a regular display image which was cutoff top and bottom no matter what size I reduced it to and I finally gave up and posted urls to other sites displaying my work. I'm still not sure how it works in so far as getting new subscribers either, is it up to us to drive the traffic or is Google in the driverseat driving traffic to us? If you have access to this url, please let me know what you see so I can tell if it's working right. Thanks much, Jeff for posting this info! =)

http://www.google.com/producer/editions/CAowirv2AQ/in_front_photography_portfolio

 

Jeffrey Campbell

2 Years Ago

Melissa,

Anyone can subscribe through your provided link, but in order to be seen in the worldwide online library you'll need 200 subscribers. You now have a new subscriber, though. I was able to access yours on my mobile and tablet with no issues.

If you'd like to subscribe when you ever get a tablet of phone here's my link. I've just begun adding content.

http://www.google.com/producer/editions/CAowuaKUAQ/grandkin_studios_photography

 

Melissa Boneau

2 Years Ago

Thanks for checking the link Jeff. I'm wondering what you saw because when I click the link I only get the title of the edition on my laptop, I just checked and it's works the same way with your link, too. When creating the edition, the preview didn't show the links or photos I tried to add, only a black page with my name and the name of the edition at the bottom. Is that what you saw too or was there any actual content posted and I just can't see it on my laptop?

 

Jeffrey Campbell

2 Years Ago

Melissa,

On my phone and tablet I am able to see your indexing icon, then when I press it to view your content I see two sections: New Article and InFront Photography, but neither has content.

This is new software from Google and I suspect in time they will allow computer access for viewing. I believe, though, the whole premise is so that users can display their material properly formatted for handheld devices. I brought this very subject up here on the boards just last week. FAA and AW pages are not optimised for these types of devices. It's not so terrible when you know how to navigate the sites, but for a new customer who is viewing on their smartphone it's too cumbersome.

 

Marlene Burns

2 Years Ago

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Marlene Burns

2 Years Ago

i agree...i see the feeds as being problematic...and i haven't even gotten to "marlene Burns" as yet...there is a soft porn actress by the same name here in arizona as well...i've spent 4 years trying to wipe her off the first page of google images....

 

Jeffrey Campbell

2 Years Ago

I agree, but it may have something to do with the CSS coding the software is using. I tried pulling in an RSS feed from my Picasa photo website. While it did successfully pull the images in, it actually brought in the original image plus a thumbnail image. This has to do with the way the RSS feed coding in Picasa was designed. So I decided against using it.

 

Alisa Tekhtilova

2 Years Ago

thanks, Jeffrey! - nice resource for marketing... http://bit.ly/Rf37At

P.S. i agree.............. It seems easier to me to just create new articles and import any photos with it.

Good luck and successful promotion.
Best wishes, Alisa

 

Marlene Burns

2 Years Ago

i had a problem with picasa as well...i originally made a special collection just for currents, but it was pulling EVERYTHING. lol.
i don't want my currents to turn into a garbage heap.

 

Marlene Burns

2 Years Ago

ok, i worked all weekend on another currents mag for my regular abstract paintings and photos...i uploaded my resumé, contact info, videos, books, available paintings and information...having a ball!
here's the link:
ArtistMarleneBurns

 

Marlene Burns

2 Years Ago

jeffrey, have you figured out how to link back to faa?

oh yeah, i also pulled in the faa rss feed through trending....
today i am happy:
old dog=new tricks

 

Jeffrey Campbell

2 Years Ago

Yes, Marlene.

I added a link back to my AW site in all my articles. I still have to try the RSS feeds from AW, though. And the other problem is that I am not getting subscribers :(

 

Marlene Burns

2 Years Ago

i just embedded links into my bios....

 

Marlene Burns

2 Years Ago

gonna link into my website tomorrow morning.....

 

Christina Rollo

2 Years Ago

Sorry I haven't been in the forums too much. I've been busy creating, marketing, and selling my work :)

Here's the link to my press release and google currents if anyone wishes to subscribe, I'm grateful. Unfortunately I don't have a smartphone or ipad and I can't subscribe back to your account.

http://fineartamerica.com/pressreleases/christina-rollo-photography-for-your-android-iphone-and-ipad.html
https://www.google.com/producer/editions/CAow3MvCAQ/christina_rollo_photography

 

Mark Tisdale

2 Years Ago

Christina had shown me Google Currents awhile back and I've finally made good on an attempt at using it. It's still a bit under construction but the link is here for anyone who wants to see mine.

http://www.google.com/producer/editions/CAow5a33AQ/mark_e_tisdale_visual_artist

I'll likely continue tweaking the format some, but I'm always tweaking things.

I have had decent success with pulling in RSS feeds from my main site, but I don't use the FAA provided blog. The RSS feed for Wordpress seems to be much easier for Google Currents to consume.

The one thing I still don't get about Google Currents having only played with a little so far is how subscribers know when there's new content to your digital magazine or whatever they're calling it. I've been using Feedly to read the many RSS feeds I'm subscribed to and it's clear when a given feed has new content. I haven't played with Currents on the tablet long so maybe it will be obvious later?

I'll subscribe to those who have shared their links above although quite honestly at first blush I'm not too sure if I'll use Currents to read or not. But at least I'll help you get to the magic 200 number faster!

 

Marlene Burns

2 Years Ago

mark, subscribers are told to sync for updates when they use their currents icon...it will automatically update the content on all google currents that have been added to your group. ;)
hi christina! i will add soon....soon as i wake up, that is! nice to see you in the google+ circle!
xo

 

Mark Tisdale

2 Years Ago

Marlene, it's still about as clear as mud to me when I look at it on my tablet. The library doesn't have a read versus unread section. If you sync and there's nothing new since you last synced, is the library just empty? I.E. I'll only see your icon in the library if there's new content since I last read it? When I searched Google Currents unread vs read I found a lot of people with the same question so at least I'm not alone in my confusion.

 

Jeffrey Campbell

2 Years Ago

Thanks, Mark. Appreciate the subscribe.

 

Marlene Burns

2 Years Ago

mark, there is a scrolling bar at top that posts the latest news from your mags.....follow that to keep things easy. i see my latest uploads and feed there, as well as the other mags' latest and greatest.
hope that helps and thanks for subscribing..i'll get back to current later today to subscribe to today's newest artists...

jeffrey, can you tell me how to add a feed into the mag?

 

Mark Tisdale

2 Years Ago

@Marlene - Hmm, I see the scrolling section at the top. I am subscribed to literally hundreds of RSS feeds, and I'm suspecting Google is hoping to move people in this direction from their own RSS reader. This wouldn't work for me with that kind of volume. I need a clear way to tell what's been updated and hasn't. Maybe V2 or V3 will iron out some of those issues. ;-)

@Jeffrey - no problem!

I've now gotten everyone who shared a link so far. I'll at least play around with the app long enough to see how you are all using it. Even if it doesn't fill a specific need for me, it's nice to be able to offer it as an avenue for those who like the app and want to follow our work that way.

 

Jeffrey Campbell

2 Years Ago

Marlene,

You add a feed from "Manage Articles," I believe.

 

Marlene Burns

2 Years Ago

just found this link...it's an app that will give you the latest for what's new in currents....
NEWS
and a good article with full explanation:

Google Currents goes international
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 | 8:54 AM
In December we launched Google Currents, an app for Android and iOS devices that lets you explore online magazines and other content with the swipe of a finger. We’re thrilled by how many readers and publishers are using the app in the U.S. -- nearly 400 publisher editions and over 14,000 self-produced editions are now available.
After the U.S. launch, the top features readers requested were to make the app available internationally and to allow content to sync quickly. We’ve heard you, and today we’re making Google Currents 1.1 available around the world. Hundreds of U.S. editions are now readable in your preferred language with a new publisher-selected translation feature, and local publishers can begin adding their content to the catalog through Google Currents Producer. Plus, a new dynamic sync feature improves your reading experience with fresh content wherever you are.
Whatever you’re interested in -- whether it’s science (Popular Science, Scientific American, Space.com), sports (Bleacher Report, CBS Sports, Surfer), business (Harvard Business Review, Inc.), celebrities (Celebuzz, HollywoodLife, Now magazine, TMZ), health & wellness (Men’s Health, Yoga Journal), design (Colossal, Dwell) or news (The Atlantic, PRI, Slate) -- it’s easy to find a great edition to read in Google Currents.
Read in more places
With this update, we’ve made Google Currents available globally, wherever apps are available on Google Play and the Apple App Store. International publishers, using Google Currents Producer, can now begin adding local content for an international audience, choosing where to make it available globally and whether to enable auto-translation. For example The Guardian in the UK, LaStampa in Italy, Financial Times Deutschland in Germany, ABC News in Australia, Neue Zürcher Zeitung in Switzerland and Hindustan Times in India have already started publishing editions with local content. Readers can also add their favorite local blogs which are instantly converted into Currents editions.


Read in your favorite language
To help you enjoy content in your preferred language, we’ve integrated Google Translate into Google Currents. Just press the globe icon while reading an edition, and you can automatically translate that edition to one of 38 supported languages. So it’s easier than ever to keep up with Italian and German sports (Corriere dello Sport, kicker.de), or read Scientific American, in your preferred language.


Read fresh content, automatically
With our new dynamic sync feature, you’ll always have fresh content to read. As you open each edition, new content is dynamically delivered, using a minimum of your phone or tablet's battery, bandwidth and storage. Those of you who travel on planes and trains can choose which editions you would like fully packaged for offline reading, including images.
Learn more about what’s new in Currents here.
Google Currents is now available for download on Google Play and in the Apple App Store, wherever apps are available. Whether you’re a reader or a publisher, we hope that Google Currents helps you easily experience the best content on the web, now in even more languages.
Posted by Mussie Shore, Product Manager

 

Donna Van Vlack

2 Years Ago

Well I managed to get mine published but I am having trouble getting my twitter to feed to this and getting all of my photographs from flickr to show up. Any suggestions?

Here is the link.. https://www.google.com/producer/editions/CAow0s6UAQ/red_ryak_photography

I have subscribed to the ones published in this link....great stuff...I am enjoying this even though I am a little frustrated at the moment.

 

Jeffrey Campbell

2 Years Ago

Donna,

Thanks for the subscribe.

I do not use Flickr but, is there a way to pull in an RSS feed from them? And I have not tried to bring Twitter in yet.

 

Donna Van Vlack

2 Years Ago

Yeah I deleted the twitter and I am trying to hook up to FAA...do you know how to do that by chance.

 

Jeffrey Campbell

2 Years Ago

Donna,

You'll have to pull in the RSS feed from your Artistwebsite. Once you locate the RSS addesss on AW, in Google Contents you will start a new "Article" and you'll see the RSS article option.

 

Marlene Burns

2 Years Ago

i just did a search on feeds and the faa one came right up...i just added it and it automatically updates now. ;)

 

Donna Van Vlack

2 Years Ago

Marlene it did not ask you to verify your website? Where did you search.

 
 

Minnie Lippiatt

2 Years Ago

Can an artist have this site set up even though they don't have a smart phone???

 

Jeffrey Campbell

2 Years Ago

Yes, Minnie.

I edit everything in Google Chrome, the required browser.

 

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