Google Drive adds enhanced image-editing software


There are many great image-editing tools available as extensions for Chrome.

PicMonkey, Rollip and Pixlr are a few of the outstanding tools that spring to mind.

But with the latest updates to its inhouse image-editing software, is Google usurping the need for third party tools?

This fantastic GIF, put together by Joshua Berg, highlights just one new enhancement in Google Drive’s advanced image editor.

Google Drive Docs – raising the bar

Add these improvements to this year’s upgrade of ‘Sheets’, Google’s spreadsheet program, and you’ve got to think that Microsoft are beginning to worry.

Who’s going to be willing to pay hundreds of pounds for Office software when Google is matching near-compatibility for free?

Okay, so maybe we sacrifice a little privacy. But anyone in marketing surely wants Google to know more about them?

With Knowledge Graph making leaps and bounds, the more Google knows about us, the more accurately it can:

  • define our influencers;
  • highlight relevant search results
  • serve our content to more relevant audiences.

It’s an exciting time to be on board with Google. If you’re worried about getting left behind on Google Plus, come circle and connect with me.

I’ll help you get to know the ropes and introduce you to some amazing characters. And, yes – even Plussers from the UK, now that G+ is catching on this side of The Pond!

Why should you want to follow me?

Well, almost 20,000 followers can’t all be wrong, can they?! See you there, circle me and shoot me a message. In the meantime, here’s Joshua’s concise overview:


How to edit images in Google Docs

Joshua Barg

Joshua Berg

from Google+:

“Since the latest Google Doc upgrades, you can now do a lot more with images directly in the platform. Edit, crop, resize, mask & much more.

Here’s some tips from Google on how to: Add borders and crop images in Google Docs & Slides”.


50 Ways Writers Can Prepare for the New Year


50 Ways Writers Can Prepare for the New Year | M. Shannon Hernandez.

With many writers, life at the keyboard is an all-or-nothing venture.

Santa With Generic Christmas List

There are pressures nowadays not only on producing content, but amplifying its message across social.

The job of author, journalist, blogger – however you care to pigeonhole what you do – has taken on a life of its own, often swallowing up the little extra-curricular time wordsmiths used to avail themselves of.

Remember when a social life meant, you know, going out?

This article in the HuffPost is a great reminder that there are things in life besides word-processing software.

How we look and feel about ourselves not only affects the way we work, but also reflects in the content we produce.

Generally, the better off we are psychologically and physically, the more upbeat our sentiment, thus the more likely we are to see our efforts shared on our behalf.

In addition, the more emotionally stable our lives, the more readily we take on even the most mundane tasks as well as actually producing fluid copy and accepting new challenges with gusto.

The questions that led to these 50 Writing Tips For The New Year were:

  • How are you getting yourself in tip-top writing mode for the new year?
  • What’s on your must-finish-up-so-you-can-start-afresh list?
  • What tips/strategies/ideas would you include on a list about getting ready for writing in the new year?

The answers are perhaps not what you’d expect. Check out for yourself, see what you think…


  • What was in your 2013 writing gospel that you need to go to confession for?
  • What are you going to do about those articles/manuscripts that have reached a dead end? Bin them? Seek advice? Or shelve them for another year?

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Demand Media Take “Write Epic Shit” Too Literally


Jason Darrell:

How Demand Media took “Write Epic Shit” too literally

If there’s one thing I hate, it’s crappy writing.

Sea view telescope looking out from Mablethorp...

There may be the odd reference on this blog to back up the above quote/statement. So when I heard from Brian Clark on Google+ that Demand Media was fading fast, I rubbed my hands with glee.

I do apologise to all its staff for delighting in DM‘s demise, but the Internet does not need this sort of copywriting. Neither do writers, readers nor search engines, if we’re getting real.

Sadly, the company (and its subsidiaries) doesn’t seem to be as bad off as all that:

  • Writers will still be exploited
  • editors will still do their level best to drown out a good copywriter’s talent by stifling them with dubious editing guidelines
  • readers and site visitors will still be non-plussed when they land on site expecting expert information.

Is there a silver lining?

What the “haemorrhaging traffic” and plummet in visitors may yet do is force Demand Media to allow its writers’ voices to cut through the mundanity and actually accentuate the content.

Can (or should) the editing team educate writers to produce content that’s both informative and engaging?

If the comments on Variety’s post (see: related articles) are to be believed, the authors are not where the problem lies. However, the majority of its written content makes a wet weekend in Mablethorpe look like a month on The Costas.

It may also encourage a proper wage for its contributors, too. The knock-on effect of Demand realising that “you get what you pay for” would resonate across global media.

Now that would be progress, if it happened. Let’s just see if public opinion outstrips demand, shall we?


Have Your Say:

  • Is the demise of Demand Media a good thing for global media?
  • Or, if managed properly, could it yet be a platform to launch the Internet’s future backbone, quality copywriters?

Originally posted on Variety:

Take note, Twitter: Not every tech company has a happy ending after a ballyhooed IPO.

Just look at Demand Media, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based firm some thought would revolutionize content production. Not long after the company went public in January 2011, its market capitalization soared to more than $2 billion, sending the then-5-year-old firm’s value briefly past that of the New York Times Co.

Compare those heights with where Demand finds itself today, having plummeted to roughly a quarter of its peak value. Revenues for the most recent quarter were down year-over-year for the first time since that IPO. Co-founder Richard Rosenblatt is no longer CEO as of October, and the search for his replacement is under way. Demand and Rosenblatt declined comment.

The chief exec’s role will be tough to fill given how steeply Demand has declined over its seven-year run. Changes in Google’s search algorithms have twice hammered…

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