Category Archive for: CNN

rfp-robotRFP ROBOT: Website Request for Proposal Generator

The time has come for a new website (or website redesign), which means you need to write a website request for proposal or web RFP. A Google search produces a few examples, but they vary wildly and don’t seem to speak really to your goals for developing or redesigning a new website. You need to write a website RFP that will clearly articulate your needs and generate responses from the best website designers and developers out there. But how?

Have no fear, RFP Robot is here. He will walk you through a step-by-step process to help you work through the details of your project and create a PDF formatted website design RFP that will provide the information vendors need to write an accurate bid. RFP Robot will tell you what info you should include, point out pitfalls, and give examples.


RottenNeighbor featured on the AP Newswire

AP Newswire featured RottenNeighbor today as a “website seemingly tailor-made for such suburban woes.” The article covered some of the most popular posts on the site, discussed changing neighborhood trends demonstrated on RottenNeighbor, and touched on the possibility of a reality show based on the site. The story was picked up by more than 200 media outlets including CNN.com. To read more on this story, click here.

Introducing Trashy.css

It began, as many things do, with a silly conversation. In this case, I was talking with our Front End Technology Competency Director (aka “boss man”) Mundi Morgado. It went something like this… Mundi Morgado I want you to build a visual screen reader. Nathan Smith Who what now? Mundi Morgado I want a CSS library that allows you to see the structure of a document. It shouldn’t use class so that you’re forced to focus on semantics. Also, make it theme-able. Nathan Smith Sure, let me see what I can come up with. Fast-forward a week, and we’ve got what we are now calling: Trashy.css: The throwaway CSS library with no class Why throwaway? Well, it’s not really meant to be a fully fledged, production-ready style framework. Rather, it’s like training wheels for document semantics, with some bumper lanes (think: bowling) to keep you on the right track. It’s…

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Mental Health in Schools

Very, very happy about this news: For the first time, two U.S. states will require schools to provide mental health education in a bid to combat a rising tide of depression and psychological hurdles facing American youth. New York and Virginia enacted their respective mental health education laws on Sunday. The states’ statutes differ on the specifics, as CNN reports. In Virginia, the basic premise is that physical education or health education curricula for ninth and 10th graders have a mental health component. In New York, elementary, middle, and high school curriculum will include mental health. The more we can make mental health a normative fixture in our everyday conversations the better. Making it less taboo will make our world a much, much better place. I already talk very openly with my own school-aged kids about mental health (and my own personal struggles to manage and maintain in well… although they see…

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Google Reminds Publishers Not to Accept Bribes for Links by @MattGSouthern

In response to a controversial article published by The Outline, Google has reminded publications to refrain from accepting bribes for links. The article in question claims that major publications on the web, including New York Times, CNN, and TechCrunch, have accepted payments from companies in exchange for positive coverage. Several writers, who remain anonymous, admitted to The Outline that they accept money for links. Some have done so for years, and people within the industry are well aware this is going on. Bribing journalists for links is becoming so common that it’s now the new norm, which makes it challenging […]The post Google Reminds Publishers Not to Accept Bribes for Links by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

lite.cnn.io

This little website pulls in all the main stories from CNN and strips almost everything from the design; styles, images, fonts, ads, colors. Nada, zilch, gone. At first it looks like nothing but hypertext and it feels like an extraordinary improvement but Sam Saccone made a thread about potential improvements that the team could use to make that experience even faster such as server side rendering and replacing the React framework with something smaller, like Preact. Either way this approach to news design is refreshing. However, I can’t find anything more about the the motivations for building this version of CNN.com besides the announcement on Twitter. It would certainly be fascinating to learn if CNN built this specifically for people caught in disastrous situations where battery life and load time might be a serious matter of life and death. Direct Link to Article — Permalink lite.cnn.io is a post from…

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Silicon Valley’s Secret

Spoiler alert… it’s mental health, something that I document on this blog a bit. Specifically, depression is still, unfortunately, taboo but I think things are changing. Folks like Brad Feld and Jerry Colonna and others like Rand Fishkin are going on record with being not only diagnosed with it but who are actively sharing their stories. 2 shares recently that captured my attention is Brad and Jerry going on NPR for a short but sweet interview which you can find here and also Rand who did a small segment on CNN, which you can find below: I couldn’t find a useful embed at the time so I re-uploaded it to YouTube. The larger article is here and is also worth a read. Very thankful for folks like this who are removing the stigma, brick by brick, and making it a much more natural and easy conversation to have. These are…

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7 UX Design Questions We Need to Be Asking in 2017

UX design is moving into a point of real maturity now, no longer in the adolescent stage of mobile friendliness or optimising sales funnels on your website. Google even removed the “mobile friendly” label from search results last year because mobile optimization is now considered the norm, even if it still has a long way to go. So what’s going to dominate the UX design talk throughout 2017? If mobile is old news, what comes next? Well, the web is in a state of transition where the platforms people use and they journey they take between is where we need to focus our efforts. Which means we need to be asking a completely different set of UX design questions this year as the web moves into the next stage of its evolution.   #1: What experience do my users want? The brands that really make it online over the next ten years…

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The 15 Strangest Targeting Categories on Facebook

There are tons of “legit” targeting categories on Facebook: number of people interested in fitness, shopping, sports. etc. Have you ever taken a minute to look at all of Facebook’s ad categories, though? I mean, really look? Well, we did, and we weren’t disappointed. We actually found some pretty interesting categories! Some of them are hyper-specific, such as people interested in scooters. Some of them are a little unexpected, like the 17 million people categorized as being in long distance relationships. As quirky as these examples are, the awesome thing about Facebook’s ad categories are their potential to target very unique groups of people. So without further ado, here’s some of what we found. A New Take on Demographics 1. Friends of Newly Engaged Looking at all of the people using Facebook in the States, would you believe that there are 21 million people who are newly engaged in the last…

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State of the Web 2016

Since starting at Viget over four years ago, I’ve had the opportunity to share a ‘State of the Web’ presentation at many of our quarterly ‘Third Third Thursday’ (TTT) events. These talks offer the chance to explore and share key trends in our industry, and they’re just one of the ways Viget works to stay ahead of the curve. You can watch the Fall 2016 presentation below, or keep scrolling to read the highlights: Mobile Growth It should come as no surprise that mobile traffic is the present and the future. According to some sources, mobile traffic has already surpassed desktop worldwide. This holiday season, comScore predicts that retailers will see three times more traffic from mobile than from desktop. While this growth is obvious even in the U.S., it’s especially prominent in middle and low-income nations. Nigeria, South Africa, Indonesia and India see mobile account for over 66% of…

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How to Find New Facebook Ad Audiences (Without Custom Audiences)

AdWords has intent. But Facebook ads have custom audiences. These are people who’ve already looked at your website. Viewed your products and services. Subscribed to your newsletter. Or purchased previously. And you can segment or target each specifically with a campaign that perfectly matches their interests, personalities, fears or motivations. Audience targeting is easy when you’re dealing with a pre-built custom audience full of people who already know all about you. Clicks, leads, and conversions are easy. But what if you’re starting from scratch? What if you can’t rely on custom audiences to bring in ‘top of the funnel’ people? Here are three steps to get started. Why Custom Audiences Convert Best The best Facebook ad will suffer when targeting the wrong audience. Improve the targeting, and even an average-to-middling quality ad will perform better. The fastest, easiest, most powerful method of audience targeting is to use custom audiences. These are tailor made,…

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