1 Free & Easy tool to track your social media referrals

Recently one of my friend asked me below mentioned question.

How can I track how many clicked the referral link via my Instagram bio?

I wondered there should be an easy way without setting up your website and manage it via google analytics. It was a quick search and easy use. The answer is use bitly.com and its Free.

The use case explained below, Say you have an Instagram account and you are promoting a brand. For example purpose you are promoting www.nike.com

Login to bitly via your Facebook or Twitter account. You can also create a new signup. I created a new signup. Once you login you will see below screen. Bitly

Next you click on top right orange button Create Bitlink. You will see the screen below. First you paste the long link of your referral in the box which says “PASTE LONG URL”. Example: www.nike.com  Click on create button on the bottom of the page.

CreateLink

You will moved to another page displayed on the right side EDIT BITLINK. On Edit page update the “TITLE” box as some meaningful name – Instagram (Any social media site you want to track the source from). Then click Save.

SaveLink

That’s it. You are done. Your link is ready for tracking. See below.

ViewStats

Now it is time to test. Copy the link and paste it into your Instagram bio. I tested it for my site and below is the result on your dashboard.

CountClicks

The same with full screen and additional dashboard information for multiple links.

CountClicks_FullPage

If you have any further question add it on the comments below. I will try to answer them.

Happy Tracking!!!

How to search for quality remote work?

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Remote working is something which is gaining traction across the global. The trend of growing tech entrepreneurship and individual professional. Made the increase in demand of co-working place. There are company who have remote work options like wordpress.com, basecamp.com and upworthy.com. There are portal which cater only remote working jobs. Also there is a who book written about remote working called “remote” by the team at Basecamp. Below are the few location where you can find good quality remote work.

Places you can search for remote work:

  1. http://stackoverflow.com/jobs : Want to work remotely? The top developer website in the world has something to offer you.
  2. https://www.toptal.com/careers : Top quality technical freelancer. Why 3%? As a network, we have a very rigorous screening process to identify the best. We are experts in our domains, and we look for great problem solvers with passion and drive — the types of people we want to work with (and learn from) ourselves. Of the thousands of applications Toptal sees each month, typically fewer than 3% are accepted.
  3. https://weworkremotely.com/ : We Work Remotely is the best place to find and list jobs that aren’t restricted by commutes or a particular geographic area. Find the most qualified people in the most unexpected places

Here are few links that talk about the companies that offer remote work and there are more than 100 companies

  1. Remote
  2. These 7 amazing companies let you work remotely from anywhere
  3. 100 top companies with work from home jobs

Having given all this information there is an article about “How to Work Remotely and Still Be the Best” It covers following topics:

  1. The Remote or Home Office Setup
  2. Software Tools
  3. Remote Work Best Practices: Bug Tracking
  4. Remote Work Best Practices: Team Communication
  5. Making Your Presence Felt: Don’t Go Invisible

Details can be read here @ https://www.toptal.com/freelance/how-to-work-remotely-and-still-be-the-best

Happy Remote working

Day when I wrote code in a mobile service center

Yes, you read it right. I had to go and fix my mobile in a service center and it happened to be a place with everyone around complaining. I had to wait for a long time before my turn came. I had my laptop and local database/services too, off-course I use git. So no reason for me not to work on my code.

As I started my work I could not stop people around me talking to each other about complaining about the software on their phone. I quickly notice that most of the issues were with the software updates, loss of emails app and installation of apps. I was quickly attracted to the kind of pain they where going through it. Days since they where unable to use the phone optimally and the amount to visit they made to the service center which where unanswered and the list goes on.

The questions that struck me was:

  1. Have I made a deliberate attempt in the my app that I was developing?
  2. Was there enough information and help provided to the users?
  3. Is there enough diagnostics to be retrieved for special case issues?
  4. Are health monitoring of app done on regular basis?
  5. Does the design include after service of once the app is installed?

These could be some trivial question on the face of it. However when you run a small team and solving some specific problems for clients. Do we incorporate these point initially at the beginning? Think about it. By the way when I was running my app on the emulator few of the customer where very interested in looking at my screen. So I would suggest if it is possible write some code sitting around the actual consumer of your app.

Happy Coding!

Happy for Navish to get Cirtru as top 10 upcoming mobile startup in yourstory.com

We from Confiable Solutions congratulate Navish and his team’s story in YourStory. A well deserved recognition for Cirtru team. We know Navish since past 4 months, We have seen him and his team in action. The team is performing like winners all the time. All the best for their future and we are very happy for you guys.

Cirtru: If you are looking for a roommate or buying a used car or selling a used iPhone, a Google employee trusts an Apple employee more than a stranger on a classifieds site. Cirtru is Inter-Company/University classifieds where users are identified and verified based on their employer/university without revealing their professional or personal identity, ever. Cirtru.com, the US version, is currently used by users from 750+ companies and universities in SF Bay Area alone. And Cirtru.in was launched for Bengaluru, during MobileSparks.

Happy Startup!

JQuery Mobile != Jquery

Recently I was working on Proof Of Concept with Jquery Mobile in one of our IPad application. It may sound like it will be same as Jquery. But to my surprise it was not. Since I am primarily a Web Developer, Mobile Development was something completely new to me.

I would suggest you that we must first understand the basic of mobile development since it is a paradigm shift for us. The screen real estate is less, Local memory, network failure, access to camera and other media etc. The whole documentation for Jquery Mobile can be found http://api.jquerymobile.com

An interesting topic to start with is Jquery document ready VS Jquery mobile page events:

The first thing you learn in jQuery is to call code inside the $(document).ready() so everything inside can execute as soon as DOM is loaded. However, in jQuery Mobile , Ajax is used to load the content of each page into the DOM as you navigate.

Because of this $(document).ready() will/may trigger before your first page is loaded and every code intended for a page manipulation will executed only after a page refresh, which brakes the purpose of using an ajax for page handling. This can be a very subtle problem. On some systems it may appear that it works fine, but on others it may cause erratic, difficult to repeat weirdness to occur.

The whole article can be read @ here

Hello PhoneGap

Introduction to PhoneGap was through my mobility team. It was an accident. I was just sitting with my team member Dipendra Khatri on his Apple Mac Pro. He was playing with a development framework called as PhoneGap. When I was going through some of its document it talked about the languages that I am pretty much familiar with Javascript, HTML5 and CSS3.

For all the Web Developers like me it will be a very know languages to you. I was not at all hesitant to work on it after hours. We worked for 3 weeks to come up with a Proof Of Concept which had some integration of IOS Ipad app and Apache Cordova.

For me Jquery mobile played a major role and we tested storing data both in Application Server database and local device database. It was an exciting project to work on, in the world of mobility. The key advantage of this development framework is

PhoneGap currently supports development for the operating systems Apple iOS, Google Android, LG webOS, Microsoft Windows Phone (7 and 8), Nokia Symbian OS,[27] RIM BlackBerryTizen (SDK 2.x), and Ubuntu Touch. Support for recent versions, such as BlackBerry 6.0+ and 10 , Windows Phone 7 and 8 and Windows 8 , is implemented now. [28]Bada (the operating system used by the SamsungWave S8500) and Tizen , the operating system of upcoming Samsung phones in Q2 2014 support is available

Thus it sounds to be very interesting area for cross platform development.