Category Archive for: social network

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.

Bare Midriffs

How does one go about building a working social network and online community? Perhaps you can borrow (or steal) these great ideas from Caterina Fake. Here are some great things that I’ve been chewing on: That’s why I believe every founder of an online community has a responsibility to shape the culture from day one — because the tone you set is the tone you’re gonna keep. You set the tone and the pace and what is acceptable (and not) from Day #1. All of these things come from who you are as a person, so, if you’re a racist then you’re going to most likely attract (and build) a racist social network. It’s very rare these days for there to be direct communication between companies and their user base. In fact, [user communication] is seen as a customer service problem — you know, eating up customer service hours. Most companies actually try to…

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Demons Through Portal

Building a new type of social network is a lot harder (and easier) than it was even a few years ago. This is because the expectations that users have is grossly different than before the advent of mass-social media adoption. But, it’s also easier from a technology perspective because there’s so much more available to builders and software developers. Still, the never-ending question that I have is how we can best create an experience that is enjoyable without making it an entire cesspool of interaction and conversation. To a certain degree, I suppose, it’s impossible to fully manage that. There is a very fine line between building something addictive and building something useful. As long as it doesn’t send demons through the metaphorical portal, I think we’ll be good to go. The post Demons Through Portal appeared first on John Saddington. Source:

Instagram Has 1 Billion Monthly Users, Now the Fastest Growing Social Network by @MattGSouthern

Instagram revealed that it now has 1 billion monthly active users, up from the 800 million reported in September 2017.The post Instagram Has 1 Billion Monthly Users, Now the Fastest Growing Social Network by @MattGSouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Which Social Network Drives the Most Traffic to Your Website? [POLL] by @A_Ninofranco

Want to know which social network drives the most traffic to digital marketers’ websites? Find out here.The post Which Social Network Drives the Most Traffic to Your Website? [POLL] by @A_Ninofranco appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

Introducing Boosts: an all-new way to show your support in Basecamp

We gave up on Likes and invented a totally new form of tiny communication.If there’s one thing you can’t avoid on the Internet, it’s Likes. They’re in nearly every software platform where people post photos or write text messages.Sometimes Likes are called Faves, Hearts, Reactions, Claps, or something else, but the basic idea is the same: they’re a small, quick way to express your feelings about something, usually accompanied by a count of other people who had that same feeling.Until today, we had exactly this sort of feature in Basecamp 3. We called it Applause. If you liked a post, you’d clap for it. Everyone who clapped was shown in a row.Basecamp’s applause feature.This was fine, of course—it worked just like all the other Likes.But a couple months ago, we started thinking more deeply about this pattern, and we noticed it has a lot of insidious problems.Likes are vague, especially in a professional setting.…

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The Commercial Reality

This: “What this means is that even more than it is in the advertising business, Facebook is in the surveillance business. Facebook, in fact, is the biggest surveillance-based enterprise in the history of mankind. It knows far, far more about you than the most intrusive government has ever known about its citizens. It’s amazing that people haven’t really understood this about the company. I’ve spent time thinking about Facebook, and the thing I keep coming back to is that its users don’t realise what it is the company does. What Facebook does is watch you, and then use what it knows about you and your behaviour to sell ads. I’m not sure there has ever been a more complete disconnect between what a company says it does – ‘connect’, ‘build communities’ – and the commercial reality. Note that the company’s knowledge about its users isn’t used merely to target ads…

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(An Interview About) imgix Page Weight

Imgix has been a long-time display ad sponsor here on CSS-Tricks. This post is not technically sponsored, I just noticed that they released a tool for analyzing image performance at any given URL that is pretty interesting. We know web performance is a big deal. We know that images are perhaps the largest offender in ballooning page weights across the web. We know we have tools for looking at page performance as a whole. It seems fairly new to me to have tools for specifically analyzing and demonstrating how we could have done better with images specifically. That’s what this Page Weight tool is. Clearly this is a marketing tool for them. You put in a URL, and it tells you how you could have done better, and specifically how imgix can help do that. I’m generally a fan of that. Tools with businesses behind them have the resources and…

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Top Services to Build an Appealing Website in a Short Time

Inspired Magazine Inspired Magazine – creativity & inspiration daily Whether you are a business owner willing to establish secure web presence or a user aiming at finding co-thinkers on the web, you will hardly go without a website of your own. It takes time to create a functional and appealing website, but what if you need the one right now and you don’t have time to look for professional web designers? What if your budget is limited to hire the experts, while the need to get a website is still urgent? In this case, you are bound to find out more about website builders. These services have grown in popularity, which is no wonder, taking into account the amount of non-techies struggling with niche competition nowadays. Advantages of Website Builders Readymade Templates. Most website builders, as it mentioned by Howard Steele at, come with their own collections of readymade…

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Cleaning Up Twitter

One of the things that I’ve been doing, behind the scenes, is cleaning up a lot of my social network accounts that aren’t being used. You see, even though I’ve put Twitter on “bot-mode” I still have a lot of other accounts that just need to be deleted entirely. Ewww. So, what I’ve done is delete nearly all of my Twitter accounts that I have (and I know how many I have via 1Password). I couldn’t believe how many that I’ve had and it’s kind of embarrassing to be honest. For every project that I created I started a new Twitter account because I believed that it was necessary for the project’s success. I actually believe that you can be just as successful without Twitter and many of the social networks that the many “gurus” and “the pros” recommend. You see, in a world where signing up for Twitter and using it…

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Delete Google Plus

I’ve been on a really good “cleanse” recently, moving a ton of distraction from my life and even dropping entirely such services as Twitter. The results have been great and the free space that I’ve had psychologically is too good not to repeat. I mean, if you find a great habit to kick then why not rinse and repeat? There are two services that I still have large and “active” accounts with that definitely have a count-down clock, the first is Google+ and the second is LinkedIn. I do not actively engage in those services other than dropping links to blog posts. I don’t have a “community” there and the value, as far as I can tell, is superficial. Hmm… With Google+ I’ve got > 4,200 friends in 3 circles…. wait… no… I have 7,000+ followers…? Google+ Followers…? I’m so confused. Wah… I ‘m not entirely sure how I acquired these friends nor…

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A Life without Twitter

Can you imagine a life without Twitter? I can. I’m not sure I could have said that just a few years ago but it’s becoming easier and easier to not only imagine it but also, perhaps, desire it. I was a little late to the game when I first joined Twitter but I wasn’t the first one in my social network to try leaving it all behind. I’ve taken extended breaks from the network and even quit a handful of times, always to come back. But now, it feels like the next time I quit will be my last. Twitter, as a social device, died a long time ago. Now it’s just a cheap utility. And, unfortunately for Twitter, it’s not a fundamental utility either. What it feels like is one of the tack-on services that cable companies try to opt you in for when you sign-up for basic home service.…

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Facebook Adds Disputed Alert to Fight Fake News by @MrDannyGoodwin

Facebook’s tool to combat fake news is here. The social network is adding a red warning sign whenever users share disputed content.The post Facebook Adds Disputed Alert to Fight Fake News by @MrDannyGoodwin appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

On Walled Gardens and 10,000 Subscribers

A bit of paper-napkin math… but, if I were to put together the sum-total of the larger social networks that I’m active in then I might have closer to 500K followers / friends. Twitter accounts for nearly half of that figure while the rest is found via a smattering of other social networking properties. I do have an equally as large subscriber base to this blog and this is simply because I’ve been writing for so damn long. But I shared something via yesterday’s vlog which I think is important to come to grips with. It’s not a new idea and it’s been generally understood for a while now, but, I think it’s come into focus for me anew as I’ve started participating fully into a “new” social network. It’s simply this idea that each social network is distinct and unique and each caters to a specific and unique audience. As…

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Facebook Is Changing How it Ranks Stories in 2 Ways by @DannyNMIGoodwin

Facebook is changing the way it ranks stories in the News Feed. The social network is adding a new ranking signal and updating real-time signals.The post Facebook Is Changing How it Ranks Stories in 2 Ways by @DannyNMIGoodwin appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source:

2016 Year in Review

Wow, what a year. Honestly, I wasn’t very interested in doing my Year in Review (as I’ve done in the past for ‘15, ‘14, ‘13, and ‘12),  but I eventually overcame my general inertia about it and sat down to give it some thought. Honestly… where to start (and what to include)? Previously, what I’ve done to jog the memory is walk through my archives and copy and paste titles and then expand on them. But, today, I feel like that is cheating (and I can’t tell you why). There’s a part of me that wants to just write what first comes to mind, which might mean that the things that first come to mind are the most important or perhaps more poignant memories of the year. Perhaps… both? I’ll start at the beginning, I suppose… … … … When January 1st, 2016 rolled around I was gainfully employed at…

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Indie Microblogging: owning your short-form writing

Manton Reece has a Kickstarter for a new kind of social network and a book, both of which aim to encourage folks to write independently again: In the earlier days of the web, we always published to our own web site. If you weren’t happy with your web host, or they went out of business, you could move your files and your domain name, and nothing would break. Today, most writing instead goes into a small number of centralized social networking sites, where you can’t move your content, advertisements and fake news are everywhere, and if one of these sites fails, your content disappears from the internet. Too many sites have gone away and taken our posts and photos with them. Direct Link to Article — Permalink Indie Microblogging: owning your short-form writing is a post from CSS-Tricks Source: CssTricks

Loops in CSS Preprocessors

If you’ve ever watched old sci-fi flicks, you know how powerful loops can be. Feed your robot nemesis an infinite loop, and kaboom. Robo dust. Preprocessor loops will not cause dramatic explosions in space (I hope), but they are useful for writing DRY CSS. While everyone is talking about pattern libraries and modular design, most of the focus has been on CSS selectors. No matter what acronym drives your selectors (BEM, OOCSS, SMACSS, ETC), loops can help keep your patterns more readable and maintainable, baking them directly into your code. We’ll take a look at what loops can do, and how to use them in the major CSS preprocessors: Sass, Less, and Stylus. Each language provides a unique syntax, but they all get the job done. There’s more than one way to loop a cat. See the Pen Walkcycle with music loop by Rachel Nabors (@rachelnabors) on CodePen. (animation by…

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Colonization of the Mind

A fascinating (and important) perspective of what many of our lives look and feel like as it relates to social media and social networks. The idea that we’ve been “colonized” and can’t go back is a bit haunting, if I’m to be honest: To become occupied by a social network is to internalize its gaze. It is to forever carry a doubled view of both your own mind and the platform’s. I experienced this as I sat down to type this blog post at a local coffee shop – I immediately considered tweeting something or sharing a photo on Twitter or, at the very least, checking in to see if anyone else that I knew (virtually) was getting their kick of caffeine. Sometimes I feel like a slave and it’s like my mind was colonized without my expressed permission… it just kind of happened. When my perfect Other disappears, what…

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