Aug 31, 2010

Alzheimer's Reading Room Features Update

By Bob DeMarco
Alzheimer's Reading Room

Our reader Lillane came up with an excellent suggestion for searching the Alzheimer's Reading Room by topic, keyword, or tag. She suggested you could go to Google site search and enter in site:alzheimersreadingroom.com: followed by the keyword. The string would look like this for a search of Carole Larkin.
in site:alzheimersreadingroom.com: Carole Larkin


This was an excellent idea, so I changed the search feature on the right sidebar of this website to do it for you. When you enter your topic, keyword, tag, or label in the search box it now pops to a new webpage and you get a listing for the search words your enter. You do not need to enter the entire string. Just the words you are using in the search. In this case, all you would need to enter is
Carole Larkin

Thanks Lillane.
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We also have the new Tweet button that was recently released by Twitter at the top of every article on the Alzheimer's Reading Room.

This makes it very simple to Re-Tweet any article from the Alzheimer's Reading Room up to your twitter page.

The box is dynamically populated by Twitter so you don't have to type anything. It even includes @ALZHEIMERSread which is the companion feed on Twitter for the Alzheimer's Reading Room.

If you follow ALZHEIMERSread on Twitter you will receive a link to every article that is published each day under the news topic "Alzheimer's disease".
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I often get asked about "printing articles" that appear on the Alzheimer's Reading Room.

We have that feature available.

If you open the Share/Save button at the top of each article by placing your mouse over it, you will be able to find an icon labeled "Print Friendly".

When you try this for the first time look all the way down to the bottom of the list. It usually comes up last on the left hand side of the list.

There are a couple of options available when you want to print an article. I usually use the PDF format. You can try the options and decide what works best for you. The good news is that you will get rid of the "gobbly gook" and get only the print version of the text.

Please consider adding in a link back to the Alzheimer's Reading Room.
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There are two ways you can share an article from the Alzheimer's Reading Room to Facebook.

You can use the new "recommend button", or you can use the Facebook icon which appears when you run your mouse over the Share/Save button. All you need to do is click Facebook when the button opens and the selections appear.

I encourage you to share any article you believe will be of interest to family and friends.
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The Share/Save button is very flexible. It makes it very easy to send a link to any article to family and friends via email.

Click the email button and it should open your email program and the link should already be included in the text box.

You can add your message and then hit send and away it goes. If you have not used this feature I suggest you try it.
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Here is one thing you might not have considered.

The Share/Save button makes it easy to send the link for an article to Google Bookmarks. If you have or set up a Google Bookmarks page, all you do is click the Google Bookmarks icon and it opens up a box that is populated with the title of the article.

If you highlight something in the article it will automatically place that text for you in the notes box. You also have the option of adding your own notes or text before you hit the save button.

This is a very effective way to save articles, and then be able to find them at a later date.

You can also create multiple files within Google Bookmarks very easily. Once you save the article, you can tick the box next to the article and save it into the category that best fits the article.
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I hope you will try these features when you have the time.

I want to encourage you to share the articles and information on the Alzheimer's Reading Room with family, friends, and others that you think can benefit from the information.

I am also open to suggestions at any time. Please keep in mind that I am also under time constraints so sometimes you just have to be patient.

Don't we all?

PS..If you are looking for the Dotty update that was a glitch in the system.



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Bob DeMarco is the editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room and an Alzheimer's caregiver. Bob has written more than 1,810 articles with more than 89,500 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.



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