Life Is About Using Your Whole Box Of Crayons

Some people like rooms with plain white or gray walls. Others prefer them to be more colorful so as to better exhibit their personality.

White Walls Don't Have to Be Dull

White Walls Don't Have to Be Dull

There are also people who prefer that every room be carpeted. Well, not in the kitchen or bathroom. Because that would just be wrong.

But some people wouldn't even consider having anything other than tile or hardwood on their floors.

Color Can Add Personality to a Room

Color Can Add Personality to a Room

How your house and the rooms within it look are a direct reflection of who you are and how you want others to see you when they visit your abode.

That's why we created Egowall - to allow you to do the same thing online that you are currently doing in real life.

And we have good news. You can fully personalize the look of your Egowall living spaces.

There are three customization options available:

  • painting walls and other surfaces,

  • changing a surface material, and

  • copying color and/or material from one spot to another.

 

Painting Walls and Other Surfaces

To change the color of any wall, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Paint button at the upper right of the game's user interface (or use the keyboard shortcut "p").

  2. Hover the mouse cursor over the surface that you want to paint; observe that the available surfaces are highlighted in blue.

  3. Click the mouse button to lock the selection (thus highlighting it in gold) and display the color palette.

  4. Click the Paint tab.
    Note: The Current Color for the selected surface is displayed and highlighted at the upper left of the predefined color selections.

  5. Decide whether you want to (a) choose one of the predefined colors or (b) select a color from the full palette of available colors.

  6. Click your preferred color and the selected surface instantly changes to that color.

  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you like what you see.

  8. Click any other button in the user interface to close the palette.

How to Change the Material of a Surface

Changing a Surface Material

  1. Click the Paint button (or use the keyboard shortcut "p").

  2. Hover the mouse cursor over the surface that you want to change; observe that the various surfaces are highlighted in blue.

  3. Click the mouse button to lock the selection (highlighting it in gold) and display the palette.

  4. Click the Material tab.

  5. Scroll through the list of more than 80 surface materials to choose which material will be applied to the selected surface.

  6. Click on your chosen material in the list; the selected surface instantly changes to that material.

  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you like what you see.

  8. Click any other button in the user interface to close the palette.

 

Copying the Paint and/or Surface Material

You can copy a color/material combination from anywhere in the current room to another spot in the same room by following these steps:

  1. Click the Paint button (or use the keyboard shortcut "p").

  2. Hover the mouse cursor over the surface that you want to change; observe that the various surfaces are highlighted in blue.

  3. Click the mouse button to lock the selection (highlighting it in gold) and display the palette.

  4. Click the Eyedropper icon.

  5. Select one of the available options from the drop-down menu:

    1. color and materials

    2. color

    3. material

  6. Click on another surface in the current room that has the color and/or material combination you wish to copy. The originally selected surface instantly changes to that

  7. Click your preferred material and the selected surface instantly changes to that color and/or material.

  8. Click any available button in the user interface to close the palette.

We look forward to seeing how you use these features to tailor your space(s) to your identity and interests.

When you do, please consider sharing them in the comments below, where we are also happy to entertain any questions you may have.

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Instagram Makes It Easier To Discover Your Favorite Things

In case you missed it, Instagram recently made a significant change to its app that could have a big impact - a positive one - on how you interact with your favorite content providers.

Instagram users can now more easily follow a specific topic they're interested in by following hashtags. Users will still be able to follow accounts as before.

The upgrade is aimed to help you "discover more posts from the interests and communities you care about," Instagram said in a release following the December 2017 update.

It's now easier for Instagram users to discover photos, videos, and People relevant to their passions.

How to Follow Hashtags

Here's how to use the Instagram app to follow a hashtag:

1) Tap on any hashtag in the app that interests you - whether it appears in your feed or you locate it via the search function.

2) At the top of the resulting hashtag landing page, tap on the "Follow" button. Several examples are shown below.

Once you follow a specific hashtag, the Instagram algorithm will pick and choose posts that feature that hashtag and display them in your feed, in Instagram Stories, and in the Following section of your profile.

The image below at right is an example of what a photo from a followed hashtag looks like.

You can unfollow a hashtag at any time.

To do so, simply tap the hashtag and then tap on the Following button.

Put More Egowall In Your Feeds

Here is a list of some of the most commonly used hashtags in Egowall's Instagram feed:

  • #betherealyou

  • #videogame

  • #decor

  • #gamedev

  • #3d

  • #furniture

  • #contemporary

  • #retro

  • #scifi

  • #kids

We invite you to follow any or all of these hashtags to increase the probability of our content - we post at least one each day - appearing in your Instagram feed and Instagram Stories bar.

And as always, you can sign up for a free account today and start using Egowall to Be The Real You™.

See you on Instagram! Will you see us too?

9 Things To Do With Your Favorite Photos

Egowall users get access to sixteen unique living spaces and hundreds of furniture objects to decorate them with.

But what REALLY sets them apart from everyone else's spaces are your memories, as represented by the photos and other digital images you showcase within them.

So for today's blog post, we want to summarize nine things that you can do with photos and images in Egowall.

(1) Add Photos and Images From Your Computer

Containers Store Up to Fifty Photos or Images

Import up to 50 photos (.jpg or .png) from your computer or any external drive - including your smartphone - into each multimedia storage object / container.

There is no limit on the number of containers you can have.

This means that you can import as many photos as you like and organize them in whatever way you prefer.

Detailed instructions on how to do this are available.

 

(2) Display Photos and Images

After importing your pictures into containers, you can display them in any room of any living space in two different ways:

Custom frames are special photo objects onto which you can drag a photo or image. The following custom photo frames are currently available:

  • Single Frame (Desktop)

  • Single Frame (Wall; various colors)

  • 3-Photo Multiframes (horizontal and vertical)

  • 3-Photo Desktop Multiframes

  • 4-Photo Multiframes (square)

  • 5-Photo Multiframes (horizontal and vertical)

  • 8-Photo Multiframes

 

(3) Change the Frame

When initially placed on a wall, photos and images are assigned a default frame - Contemporary Black Metal.

At any time after that you can change the standard picture frame to any of the following color and material options (seen in the image at right):

Changing a Photo Frame

  • Light Wood

  • White Plastic

  • Tan Plastic

  • Red Plastic

  • Orange Plastic

  • Black Plastic

  • Stripe Material

  • Light Metal

  • Contemporary Brown Metal

  • Contemporary Black Metal

  • No Frame

 

(4) Scale the Photos / Images and Frames

Much like scalable furniture objects, photos and images that are placed in standard frames can be resized. There are two types of scaling available:

Scaling a Photo/Image - Before and After

  1. The frame can be scaled horizontally, vertically or in both directions simultaneously.

  2. The image - which by default has a white matte, can be resized so that it fills the frame.

 

(5) Rotate The Photo or Image

Again, in a manner similar to what can be done to furniture objects, placed photos and images can be rotated on a wall.

Of course, unlike furniture objects, pictures can only be rotated on a single axis.

 

(6) Move or Reposition The Photo or Image

Don't like where you placed the picture? Change it.

It's easy to move any object in Egowall - including photos and other images - to another place in the same room.

Want to move it to another room or living space? Well, that takes just a bit more effort, as we describe in our next item.

 

(7) Remove Photos or Images From Display

If you want to change the room in which a picture is displayed, the first step is to return the photo or image back to the container where it was originally stored.

The process is identical to that of reboxing a piece of furniture.

Once the photo or image is again in the container, simply go to the new room and repeat the process explained in Step (2) above.

 

(8) Change Photo / Image Name Or Description

Changing a Photo / Image Description

When initially imported into a container, pictures retain their original file name as the image name, and the description is completely blank.

Provide your site visitors with additional information about the photos and images you have on display - especially to explain why they are meaningful or significant - by changing their names and descriptions.

You can edit the name and description of any photo that you own - whether it is still stored in its container or has been placed in a room.

 

(9) Like the Photo / Image or Leave Comments

Leaving Comments on a Photo / Image

Part of the fun of looking at photos from your friends is to indicate approval (likes, etc.) and/or leave comments about them.

In Egowall, you can like any placed photo or image or leave feedback about it.

This includes pictures you own as well as those you come across while visitingspaces owned by your connections.

We're sure that once you engage with the game you will find other things that you can do with your best pictures in Egowall.

When you do, please consider sharing them in the comments below, where we are also happy to entertain any questions you may have.

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Who Are You? We Really Want To Know

We sometimes get asked about the origin of our name.

An “ego wall” is one where someone places all of his/her certificates, awards, etc. – the things that he or she is most proud of. You've probably seen one when you visit your physician.

FeedBurner Ego Wall (licensed via Creative Commons)

FeedBurner Ego Wall (licensed via Creative Commons)

Our flagship and namesake product - Egowall - is an online implementation of this conceit.

The Concept

Egowall is a browser-based video game and social platform for showcasing your memories and achievements.

We believe that

  • your online persona should be more than a random collection of updates, photos and comments

  • you should have an online home that your social connections can visit at any time to learn about the things that make you unique

  • that virtual home should be a safe and secure place where you can easily control who gets to see the things that you share

Licensed via Creative Commons

Licensed via Creative Commons

Egowall addresses all of these beliefs.

But What Can You Do There?

Once you've signed up to play Egowall, our unique living spaces (sixteen different ones at this writing) let you establish a place that your friends, family and colleagues can visit to:

  • catch up on your activities

  • review your personal and professional accomplishments

  • learn about the things that interest you, and

  • communicate with you

Some of the things you can do with Egowall:

  • Explore and Interact - Walk around your own personal world and visit other people's spaces too. You're sure to see exciting new locations, furniture, decorations, and exotic houses.

  • Create and Decorate - Add furniture from your own inventory to any space or get more at our shop. Decorate the walls with your own photos. Change the appearance, color, texture of almost any surface.

  • Invite Friends and Earn Points - Share your spaces on social media and earn points to spend at our shop. Your friends can visit your spaces, leave notes and comments, and see who you are.

Licensed via Creative Commons

Licensed via Creative Commons

Unlike in some other social applications, visitors don't need to worry about missing something that you have posted, because it is always present in the space for them to see.

Of course, you can share your spaces with your social connections.

Most importantly, each room's privacy can be configured to ensure that the only people who get to see what you have shared are the ones that you want to see those items. You have total control.

And that's just the beginning; there's so much more that you can do in Egowall.

Egowall is Different

In addressing some of the shortcomings of other social networks, Egowall is a platform on which its users can showcase and share their interests and achievements in ways that are not possible elsewhere.

Sign up for a free account today.

Create Personal Spaces. Share Your Passions. Build Strong Relationships. With Egowall.

There's No Music In The Egowall Dashboard Confessional, But ...

This post, which concludes our series of blog posts about recent changes in the Egowall user interface, talks about the Egowall Dashboard.

This Is Not The Egowall Dashboard

This Is Not The Egowall Dashboard

The Dashboard, the management area for a number of critical game functions, is made up of four sections, which are discussed in detail below:

  • Connection Requests - manage requests from other users

  • Notes & Private Messages - see where notes and messages have been left

  • Shares, Visits, and Media - see who has visited your spaces and what photos they have examined

  • People You May Know - find other users to connect with

 

Connection Requests

Accept/Reject a Connection Request

Accepting a Request

Choose Circle(s) for New Connection

  1. Click on the Dashboard button.

  2. Go to the Connection Requests section.

  3. Connection requests from other Egowall members will be displayed here (see the image above right).

  4. Click the Accept button to accept the request.

  5. Assign the pending connection to one or more circles by checking the box(es) to the left of the circle names (see image at right).

  6. Click the Confirm Connection button to indicate final acceptance of the connection.

 

Rejecting a Request

  1. Click on the Dashboard button.

  2. Go to the Connection Requests section.

  3. If another Egowall member has sent you a connection request, it will be displayed here (see the image above right).

  4. Click the Reject button to decline the connection request.

 

Notes & Private Messages

Notes & Private Messages

  1. Click on the Dashboard button.

  2. Scroll down as required to the Notes & Private Messages section (see image at right).

  3. You will see a list of up to three notifications in the format of

    • "[Egowall Member] left you a note in "[Living Space]" or

    • "[Living Space/Room]" (see image at right)

  4. Check beneath the list to see if there is a link in the format "See All (X)," where X is the total number of notifications.

  5. Click the "See All" link to expand the list.

  6. Click an Egowall Member name to display their profile; once there you can

    • delete your connection with that member

    • enter any of their living spaces

    • visit the profile page for any of their connections

  7. Click the [Living Space] or [Living Space/Room] to visit the Living Space and Room where the other Egowall Member left you a note.

  8. Click the "X" visible when you hover over a given entry to delete that entry from the list. This action cannot be undone.

  9. Click the garbage can icon at the top right of the Notes & Private Messages to delete all of the notifications in the list. You will be prompted to verify the delete action. If you approve, the action cannot be undone.

 

Shares, Visits, and Media

Shares, Visits & Media

Shares, Visits & Media

  1. Click on the Dashboard button.

  2. Scroll down as required to the Share, Visits & Media section.

  3. You will see a list of up to three notifications in the format of

    • "[Egowall Member] visited "[Living Space]" or "[Living Space/Room]" or

    • "[Egowall Member] viewed Media File Name

  4. Check beneath the list to see if there is a link in the format "See All (X)," where X is the total number of notifications. Click the "See All" link to expand the list (see image above).

  5. Click the Egowall Member name to display their profile; once there you can

    • delete your connection with that member

    • enter any of their living spaces

    • visit the profile page for any of their Connections

  6. Click the [Living Space] or [Living Space/Room] to visit the Living Space and Room where the Egowall Member visited.

  7. Click the "X" visible when you hover over a given entry to delete that entry from the list. This action cannot be undone.

  8. Click the garbage can icon at the top right of the Shares, Visits & Media to delete all of the notifications in the list. You will be prompted to verify the delete action. If you approve, the action cannot be undone.

 

People You May Know

The People You May Know feature was previously discussed in the blog post People Who Find People Are The Happiest People ..., but we will repeat the relevant content here.

This feature facilitates the expansion of your network to other Egowall users with similar interests. 

It is especially helpful when you are new to the service and have not yet identified a specific person that you want to connect with.

People You May Know

Follow these steps to find People You May Know:

  1. Click on the Dashboard button.

  2. Scroll down (as required) to the People You May Know section (see image above at right).

  3. Identify someone in the displayed Egowall member list that you want to connect with.

  4. Click the Visit Profile button in their mini-profile.

  5. After their profile displays, click the Add Connection button.

  6. Click the box(es) adjacent to the circles into which the connection will be organized (see image at right above).

  7. Click the Send Request button; a connection request will be mailed to them and a notification will show up in their Egowall Dashboard the next time they log in.

NOTE: The connection is not complete until the recipient accepts the connection request.


Over the last few weeks, we've shared a lot of how-to instructions about the new features and user interface changes in Egowall. But there's still a lot for you to discover on your own and we invite you to do so.

If you're not already a member, please sign up for a free account today. If you are a member and have been away for a while, we hope you will come back and check out what's new.

And if you have any questions or comments about our service, please let us know in the comments below or via email.

Have fun using Egowall to be The Real You™.