Positionly: Old SEO vs. New SEO.
Fluffy infographic, but will be handy to show people. Sit back and consider how much influence Google has over our sites. A little search engine algorithm change, and we all get busier. It’s astonishing.
10,000 Words: NY Women In Communications Panel - ‘‘Where Is The Print Industry Going?’.
“I hate the word content because it sounds like gas, oil, coal. It’s that kind of commodity sounding word. At the end of the day, what we are is storytellers. Even if we tell it in a list, or a slideshow, or a pictorial.” Sounds awfully familiar.
Serious Eats/The Food Lab: How to Roast Fall and Winter Vegetables.
SlashGear: “Christmas Tinner” goes viral: authenticity unconfirmed.
Hilarious, even if theoretical.
Justin Duke: How to make $800/mo from three lines of code.
Gawker: On Smarm.
“When you hear a voice say ‘Everyone’s a critic,’ listen for the echo: Everyone’s a publicist.” Smarm vs. snark, the heavyweight bout. Long.
I vote for conversation. Perhaps that’s a little unrealistically utopian for the age.
Medium: Frame of Reference.
“The problem with rethinking any outdated icon imagery is that we have nothing to base future iterations on. Think about it: Locks, safes, folders — all of these are antiquating, but not being replaced. Even ‘file’ has a place in our physical world. The steep hill to climb is, again, that we have no frame of reference in digitally-born generations for these concepts.” Kids today look at a record player and can’t believe we actually used such things. How many have even *seen* an old-fashioned safe? Our modern nomenclature is currently a pair of lead boots. Question is, how to change it.
ReadWrite: Get Ready For The Streaming-Music Die-Off.
“Ultimately, the record labels are still calling the shots. And upstarts like Spotify, Rdio and the rest are learning that lesson the hard way, calling for sympathy while the shot-callers wring them out. In this old game, the dealer always wins.”
Twitter: design:related shuts down.
Medium/IMHO: The Value of Content.
“What we’re witnessing here is the first wave of the second world pop-up war. Those of us who lived through the first one can only describe the horrors to our disbelieving children. This time though, the pop-ups are winning because we don’t yet have the tools to fight back.” Via @vowe.
euansemple/The Obvious?: Using the iPad Air as my main machine.
Great to know. Euan travels a great deal, has similar writing requirements, so I’ve been waiting for his judgment before diving for an Air. I daresay the post is even more well-formatted than Euan’s usual posts, with lovely little subheads.
[Now The Fully Intended needs the same setup … right, Mollie? Excuse me while I hide behind my Xmas tree, real quick. No throwing Scotch eggs.]
Bootstrap 3.0.3 released.
PC World: Google (finally) lets you download your Gmail and Calendar data, here’s how.
Cool. Perhaps I can make a browseable archive.
New Yorker: Deathwatch.
Worse than that, as advancing age creeps up flexibility, strength, and other intangibles start to diminish. Wait too long, you’ll be trying to write your magnum opus through Coke-bottle glasses while sitting uncomfortably with an artificial hip (that’s likely been recalled). My advice: use it, or lose it.
Anomo: New Social Network App.
“You use an anonymous avatar and actually get to know the people around you while interacting in games and group or one-on-one chats. Because everyone starts as an avatar, first impressions reach beyond appearance and relationships grow in a more interactive way. You control how much you want to reveal about yourself in each relationship as you go.” Clever. Wonder if it’ll take off?
Medium: Medium 1.0 - Beautiful Stories.
“Now, all collections are moderated by their creator (whom we call “editors”). For readers, this means when you follow a collection, only stories approved by the editor will be published to the collection. For collection editors, it gives you a chance to build a following by being a great curator or solicitor of content.” Ouch! Right below the belt (curationly speaking). I’ll have to stew over this, to figure out how to leverage the power. But really … crowdsourced curation. Medium doesn’t have to lift a finger. Brilliant solution. Just brilliant.
SitePoint: Email Signature Design, Layout and Content.
A dull subject made interesting.
CNet: Is Cannonball the best iPad e-mail client yet?
Interesting. And free.
CNN: 2 million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter passwords stolen in massive hack.
“Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter told CNNMoney they have notified and reset passwords for compromised users. Google declined to comment. Yahoo and ADP did not provide immediate responses.” Time to change your passwords. Again. ‘Course, compared to Adobe’s password breach a few weeks ago, can you really call 2 million ‘massive’?
Later: More, and better, info.
A simple browser-based logging timer. The colors make my irises sizzle as they change.
Atlassian Blogs: What’s new in Git 1.8.5.
The Dish: The Truthiness Of Buzzfeed.
“All I can say is that I don’t think they have fully grasped how being part of an entertainment/public relations site whose core mission is making money can in any way be compatible with the profession formerly known as journalism.” This kind of behavior just makes it harder for everyone to get to the facts.
Speaking of weblogs and websites in general — I find myself, on certain stories, searching a half-dozen levels deep trying to find any corroboration at all. You’d be surprised how many stories I choose to dump, rather than post (probably around 90-95%).
And no, Buzzfeed is *not* in my RSS reader.
Gizmodo: This Dual-Screen E-Ink Phone Is Now Real (But You Can’t Have It, Yet).
“The YotaPhone, priced at €499, runs Android and combines a standard 4.3-inch 720p LCD touchcreen up front with a 4.3-inch E-Ink screen around the back.” HAH. Told you. See previous. Should have patented that idea (though someone else probably got to it long before).
UX Booth: What’s in a Story?
Many of us old-schoolers have been saying it for years.
VSCO Blog: The Standard is Here - VSCO Cam for Android.
FYI. I’m downloading it to try it out. [Roland!!]