Can I add Google Analytics to a WordPress.com site?

To get Google Analytics site statistics on your website powered by WordPress.com, you will need to upgrade to the Business plan.

Here’s how it’s stated at this WordPress.com support article about Google Analytics:

Google Analytics support on WordPress.com is available as a feature of the WordPress.com Business plan. Visit Settings → Traffic under My Sites to enable Google Analytics.

If you paid for the right upgrade, you’ll be able to see a screen that looks something like this:

Is the answer yes or no for using Google Analytics on WordPress.com?

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How to turn off Google Smarts in Chrome browser?

The latest Google Chrome browser released in September 2018 has a nifty feature called Google Smarts. It makes the omnibox even smarter, the announcement describes it as:

Smart answers directly in your search bar

You know the box at the top of Chrome that combines the search bar and address bar into one? We call it the Omnibox, and we built it so that you can get to your search results as fast as possible. Today, we’re making it even more convenient to use. It will now show you answers directly in the address bar without having to open a new tab—from rich results on public figures or sporting events, to instant answers like the local weather via weather.com or a translation of a foreign word.

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Disable that Google Smarts feature

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Using an inactive Twitter username

Twitter has an inactive account policy. A Twitter account is considered active when that account has a “log in and Tweet at least every 6 months.” That policy also states that “Accounts may be permanently removed due to prolonged inactivity.”

If any Twitter account, whether active or inactive, is using your registered trademark as its username, you may be able to obtain rights to that username. Check the Trademark Policy for what counts as a violation. Then you can report a trademark issue.

What if you don’t have a trademark? You can request access to an inactive Twitter username if you have some kind of a right to use it, because it is your name, your brand name, or something else you can show Twitter to make a case for why you should be granted that username.

Requesting an inactive Twitter username

Follow these instructions by Richard Lazazzera for How to Claim an Inactive Twitter Username. Even though there isn’t a specific form for claiming an inactive username, the process for reporting a Twitter username for impersonation will suffice.

You do have several options when reporting an account for impersonation, to indicate that an account is pretending “to be me or someone I know” or “to be or represent my company, brand, or organization.”

Upload documentation to prove you’re authorized

What does this look like? Here’s the example wording of an email you would receive after submitting the impersonation form:

We have received your report on the impersonation of someone you represent on Twitter.

Our next steps:
First, we need to confirm that you are authorized to represent this individual. Below you’ll find instructions and a link you can use to upload copies of documentary proof. Then we’ll review and process your report. We can’t review your report until the documentation is received.

Your next steps:
In order to confirm that you are authorized to represent this individual, please review the instructions below and upload the requested documentation. Please make sure to upload a legible copy so we can review the full name and photo on the ID. This information will be kept confidential and your documentation will be deleted.

Instructions:
Choose one of the following options, then click on the link below to upload the requested document(s):

Option 1:

* A copy of the impersonated individual’s valid government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, passport).

* If you are claiming impersonation against an account that is not using the individual’s legal name, you will need to include documentary evidence that the legal name is connected to the name you are reporting (i.e., proof of registration of the trade name or pseudonym).

Option 2:

* Documentation stating that you have authority to act on the impersonated individual’s behalf (e.g., agent’s agreement, power of attorney, etc.).

* A copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, passport).

* A copy of your business card.

Twitter may release the inactive username after authorization

When the Twitter Trust & Safety team has determined that you’re authorized to make the request, you might receive an email that looks like this:

The account you have reported does not violate our impersonation policy, but it is currently inactive.  We can release this username for your brand’s use by transferring the username to a Twitter account that you manage. We can either rename an account you currently have or transfer the username to a new placeholder account that you create.

To proceed with the transfer, simply reply to this email with the username of the account you want renamed with the requested username. This could be an existing Twitter account that you want renamed or a new placeholder account (for example, twitter.com/temp123 or @temp123). Once we receive the username for the existing account you want renamed or placeholder account, we will apply the requested username to it.

A username transfer only changes the username of your account. All the existing content on your existing or placeholder account (followers, Tweets) will remain intact. Similarly, a username change will not affect your existing followers, direct messages, or @replies. Your followers will simply see a new username next to your picture when you Tweet. Since other users will need to @mention and message you at your new username, you may find it helpful to post a Tweet to let your followers know that you’ve selected a new username.

After the transfer, your previous or temporary placeholder username will be released immediately for use by other accounts.

When Twitter releases an inactive username for you

A Twitter username gets released when Twitter transfers the inactive username to your account, whether its a placeholder one or an active one. Here’s an example of the success email:

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We’ve now associated the username with the account you specified.

If you’re using email addresses from your official company domain, please be sure the accounts are registered with emails at that domain. This makes it much easier to assist you if you lose access to any of your accounts in the future.

Hope this information is helpful to you. May the odds be ever in your favor.

How to find out what’s on Netflix and Hulu?

Sometimes people want to find a movie or TV show on one of the big 3 streaming platforms—Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime—without having to subscribe to all 3 subscription services. Here’s some streaming search engines with what’s showing now:

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ReelGood.com – track, browse, and watch shows and movies across 50+ streaming services, for free and no ads

JustWatch.com – the streaming search engine, indexes and filters pretty much all of the online streaming video on demand services

CanIStream.it – search across the most popular streaming, rental, and purchase services to find where a movie is available

hulu.com/start/content – Hulu’s current list of TV Shows & Movies

WhatsOnNetflix tells you what’s on Netflix. What’s useful about WhatsOnNetflix is that it shows a list of coming months the moment you land on the site.

Whats-On-Netflix has more of a focus on supporting the US and UK Netflix libraries, with a more general presentation on the home page.

NetflixLife is more of a general news aggregate for Netflix.

Trakt.tv • Automatically track what you’re watching. Find where to watch TV & movies and discover what’s hot.

Obsolete search engines?

http://www.flixfindr.com [no social updates since 2015, but search engine appears to be working, though no images display]

 

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How to get more credits for nbc.com?

Yes, it’s nice that when someone signs up for an NBC Profile that one gets 3 free credits to watch locked content. Here’s how it describes this nice benefit for creating a new account:

From the FAQ page at nbc.com (as of 7/01/18)—

What are the benefits of signing up for an NBC Profile?

When you sign up for an NBC profile, you’ll get the following benefits:

  • A seamless cross-device experience. Sign in and watch episodes and clips across all your devices.
  • Continue watching episodes and clips right where you left off.
  • Save your favorite shows and episodes.
  • Get 3 free credits to watch locked content.

Where can I use my NBC Profile?

Currently, your NBC profile is available on NBC.com and the NBC App for:

iOS
tvOS
Roku
Android Mobile
AndroidTV
Amazon Fire Tablet
Amazon Fire TV

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But, after using up those 3 free credits, how does one go about getting more? That information is rather elusive.

Sure, it’s nice that once an episode is unlocked by a credit, it will remain unlocked for all devices. And, credits don’t expire. But, what if someone wants more nbc.com credits?

This blog post investigates how to get more credits. When we find more info, we will post it here.

The FAQs about credits doesn’t reveal how to get more, yet.

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Other Ways to Watch NBC Online by Streaming

This article has good info—NBC Live Stream: How to Watch NBC Live Online Without Cable, listing the various options for getting access to NBC shows without a Cable TV provider per se.

One Way to Get More Credits

(Update 9/03/18) I asked nicely on Twitter and got an answer from @NBCSupport

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In a private direct message, I sent my email via DM and someone from their team said:

Hi there! Thanks for reaching out. Because you posted such a great tweet, we’ve added 10 more credits to your account. Happy watching!

Your mileage may vary. Thank you NBC!

For the record, also tried to contact NBC via their contact form. I did get an automated email from Zendesk. But I have not yet received any replies.