Monday, April 16, 2012

2013 PROMO: Google calendars, how to use them

Kit: Promotion: Google calendars 
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Promotion
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Lots of Second Life venues and performers are using Google calendars to show their performance schedules. Everybody figures out how to set up their own calendars and how to share that calendar with fans. But there is much more you can do with Google calendars.
  • Subscribe.
  • Embed.  
  • Combine  
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First a distinction: You set up your calendar-- that's private except for the people you want to share it with. You can also embed your calendar in a blog or web page. That is public. You can also find other, public calendars that people have been embedded in their web pages or blogs.
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You can subscribe to some of those other calendars if you want to follow events of a specific person or venue. To subscribe, click on the Google logo (bottom right of a public calendar).
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To embed a calendar or combine calendars:

  1. Subscribe to the calendars you want. (Google graphic, bottom right)
  2. These will be listed under Other Calendars on your Google calendar.
  3. Click the down arrow next to the Other Calendars title.
  4. Click Settings in the drop-down menu.
  5. In the Calendar Settings page, click on any calendar you want to embed.
  6. See screen shots below
  7. In the Calendar Details page click on Customize option.
  8. In the Google Embeddable Calendar Helper create the calendar
  9. The screen shot below marks things you want to attend to.
  10. Past the code into html.  For help on that, see below.
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Calendar Details
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Google Embeddable Calendar Helper
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I use a width of 400 pixels to fit in my blog.  Your experience may differ. 
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Embedding for beginners (blogs)
  • If you know html, ignore this section.  It is too simple.
  • If your html processor has a button to support embedding, use that.
  • If you wonder how to embed code when you don't know html, read on.
How to put embedding code into html
This is Blogger
Others should be similar
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Tips
I don't bother to try to place the embedded item where I want it at this point.  I keep a model page with all the calendars I expect to use.  I copy a calendar from this model page (in the compose mode) and paste it (in the compose mode) wherever I want it. 
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If you want to change the height or width, you don't have to remake the calendar code.  Go to the html mode and look in the embedding code for these expressions:
height="200"
width="400"
The numbers in quotes are the current height and width settings and probably will be different from the examples given here.  You can change the numbers to make the adjustments you want.
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Individual calendars may not be well designed to work in a combined mode, where the entry will be seen by people who are not familiar with the performer or venue.  That presentation can attract new people to the audience, but only if it catches the interest of people who are not (yet) fans.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Each post should have a slurl.
  • A slurl in the location field results in an irrelevant and confusing geographical map.
  • A slurl in the description results in a live link .
  • A post should be designed to interest people who don't know the performer or venue.


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