Posts Tagged:tweet

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.


What Does a Well-Documented CSS Codebase Look Like?

In the front-end community, there is a lot of attention related to documenting JavaScript. That’s not so much the case with CSS. Often times I feel like lost when I join a project with minimal or no CSS documentation. Even though CSS is relatively easy to write, it can be quite hard to maintain. The specificity, the global scope of everything, and the lack of guidance can easily lead to inconsistency, code duplication, and over-complication. I’ve long been curious what a really well-documented CSS codebase looks like. Here, I’ll share my experience, along with the expectations I have towards my vision of well-documented stylesheets. It surprises me where I hear people say that commenting CSS is not that important. I imagine none of them have had to deal with 10,000+ line stylesheets! Often I’ve struggled with what HTML results in what specific style. Without having a solid context about the…

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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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The Business Cycle, Part 1

Illustration by Nate OttoWorksman Cycles is the oldest American bicycle manufacturer that still makes its products in the U.S. Founded in New York in 1898, Worksman has outlasted the demise of American cycle manufacturing by focusing on a niche category: heavy duty tricycles that factory workers use for hauling equipment and getting around industrial plants. And Worksman’s president is determined to keep the company in the U.S., even as that commitment has been tested through the years.https://medium.com/media/ac5945721e9fa882ea3a72e9e9b5a656/hrefThis is the first of a two-parter about Worksman. The next episode will be out in two weeks, so make sure you’re subscribed to The Distance via Apple Podcasts (nee iTunes Podcasts) or the podcatcher of your choice so you don’t miss it!TranscriptWAILIN WONG: There are times when a name seems like destiny. Like Thomas Crapper, a famous English plumber from the 19th century, or Usain Bolt, the Olympic sprinter from Jamaica. These names are called aptonyms,…

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Are we making the web too complicated?

Exactly as I did the other week, Laurie Voss saw a tweet about the complication of front-end development and responded. From the outside, front end development in 2017 looks pathologically overcomplicated. Is this a fair perception? If so, why is it happening? — Pinboard (@Pinboard) May 21, 2017 The replies to Maciej’s tweet are interesting to read. They fall roughly into two camps: Older/not front-end developers: because the web is shit! Current front-end developers: because shit is hard! As is often the case, both camps are correct! The web is a shitshow of wheel reinvention and bad APIs. It’s also a blizzard of innovation. Expectations for what a website should be able to do have evolved enormously. Users expect snappy, desktop-like responsiveness and rich presentation in web apps. They also expect those same web apps to work equally well on mobile devices. And they expect these apps to load basically…

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Challenge, Teach, and Push

This tweet via Bill Gates is exceptionally useful: Thanks Bill! Bill went on to tweet a bunch of different things to the class of 2017 but it was #7 that really caught my attention. Meanwhile, surround yourself with people who challenge you, teach you, and push you to be your best self. He mentions how his wife, Melinda, does that for him and I found myself silently nodding in my head as I think about my own spouse and partner who’s stuck by me over the last 12+ years that we’ve been together. It also requires a moment of reflection and it begs the question for you, and for me… are we the type of people that challenge, teach, and push others to be their best selves? Or, do we (intentionally or… unintentionally…?) do more harm than good, intimidating folks into action (or inaction), demanding that people do things our way,…

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Steeped in History

Dim sum at Nom WahNom Wah Tea Parlor is New York Chinatown’s oldest dim sum restaurant. For decades, it served Cantonese dumplings and rolls in the traditional way, from trolleys pushed around the restaurant. When Wilson Tang took over Nom Wah in 2011, he switched from trolleys to menus with pictures and started serving dim sum through dinner. He also opened new locations that broadened Nom Wah’s repertoire beyond dim sum. These were big changes for a restaurant that opened in 1920, but Wilson saw them as measures to secure Nom Wah’s future for its next century in business.https://medium.com/media/a72379af33c3dd5da1b0e0603fc675f1/hrefTranscript(Sound of restaurant)WAILIN WONG: Wilson Tang is a native New Yorker and a Chinatown kid. On weekend mornings, his family would head to Chinatown in lower Manhattan for dim sum. It’s a Cantonese meal consisting of small dishes traditionally served from trolleys that servers push around the restaurant. There’s dumplings, rolls and buns,…

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Drip campaigns — How we do them differently at Highrise

I’m not a fan of most email I get. So I read very little of it :)The worse offender is often drip campaigns from companies trying to keep me engaged with their product or service. You know the kind. You signup and then get a series of 6 emails someone wrote years ago that just keep coming to you.They have some importance, right? There are things where you need some time to digest about the experience of working with a new tool or service that you don’t want to to be overloaded with immediately. You need to signup, get your bearings, learn the mobile app, learn how to do X. It just doesn’t make sense to clobber you over the head with all this at once. So some dripped education over the course of weeks or months is actually helpful.The biggest problem with drip campaigns is they just feel robotic. There’s no human…

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Make It Rain

https://medium.com/media/e049c1d99323c5afa8e5d8a327472f1a/hrefMatt Stock is a business owner who loves marketing and has embraced the unglamorous job of selling a pretty mundane service: basement waterproofing. He’s tried everything from Yellow Pages to billboards to Internet advertising at U.S. Waterproofing, his 60-year-old family business. But Matt faced one of his greatest challenges as a business owner and a marketer in 2012, when Illinois was hit with a drought.https://medium.com/media/13eca3d7857d9c22d0646d2a6d6cee24/hrefIllustration by Nate OttoTranscript[SOUND OF RAIN]MATT STOCK: Music to our ears is when rain occurs. I was hoping on your way over here there’d be a raincloud follow you. My name’s Matthew Stock. I am the president of U.S. Waterproofing.When there’s water in a basement, unless someone has prior experience, it’s not easy to diagnose it. Even for us when we come there, we’re not there the second it rains, we have to ask a lot of questions, use a certain process to figure out where it’s coming from.…

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A Vue.js introduction for people who know just enough jQuery to get by

Matt Rothenberg with a Vue.js tutorial playing off Shu Uesugi’s 2015 article React.js Introduction For People Who Know Just Enough jQuery To Get By. Matt doesn’t spend quite as much time comparing what building the UI component would be like in jQuery as compared to Vue as Shu did comparing with React, but it’s just as well. It’s literally the exact same UI component (a New Tweet box) as the React article, and now, 2 years later, without downplaying or knocking jQuery, most folks are ready to just jump in with new frameworks. Remember we have a guide as well! Direct Link to Article — Permalink A Vue.js introduction for people who know just enough jQuery to get by is a post from CSS-Tricks Source: CssTricks

How to Find the Best Freelance Writers in the Business

At a first glance, the thought of writing a blog post or copy for your email campaigns doesn’t seem so difficult. You’ve read a million and one of each before, so how hard could it really be? As it turns out, the answer to this is typically “a lot harder than you’d think.” This is why freelance writers exist. As anyone who has ever hired a freelancer can tell you, though, freelancer writers are not all created equal. Deadlines get missed, quality is lacking, factual errors could pop up, and the content may not fit your brand or your voice. There are a few ways to find great freelance writers that are reliable, experienced, and have the training and knowledge to hit the ground running as soon as you hire them—and I’m going to tell you how to find them. Know What You’re Looking For Before you even start looking…

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Can Class Names Trigger Safe Search Filters?

I got a tweet about this a while back, and it’s been on my list of things to attempt to start a discussion about. Or even better, gather some real data about. It also might be a smidge related to SEO (as the asker leads with), and since yesterday’s baby thought about SEO, it reminded me of this. Here’s the question: Hi @chriscoyier can CSS class name affect SEO? i.e. can class name “sex” for <select> element with M/F options trigger safe search filters? — Piotr Merton (@piotrmerton) October 18, 2016 In other words, HTML like this: <label for=”sex”>Sex:</label> <select id=”sex” name=”sex”> <option>Male</option> <option>Female</option> <option>Yes, please</option> <option>Heyyy-ooo</option> <option>Honk honk</option> <option>Wakka Wakka</option> </select> Silly attempts to thwart being gender normative aside, is simply the presence of the word “Sex” on the page enough to trigger warnings, blockage, or exclusion from certain apps? Perhaps an app using Google Safe Browsing APIs, a…

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How to Get Higher Tweet Engagement? We Analyzed 23,858 MarTech Tweets (And Busted Some Old Myths!)

Marketers love Twitter as it is one of the last platforms that allows you to organically reach 100% of your audience. Tweet about a new blog article, and it will pop up in every follower’s Twitter feed (unlike on Facebook where your posts’ organic reach is around 2% and dropping). Twitter’s a great place to engage with your customers in real time, and drive considerable web traffic to your blog or landing pages. Which leads us to the Big Question haunting every social media marketer: how to get higher engagement for your tweets and build an engaged Twitter audience? We wanted to answer this question in a scientific manner, so we requested a scientist’s backup. Markus Lippus, Co-founder and CTO of the AI solutions company MindTitan, collected and analyzed 23,858 tweets by 145 MarTech (marketing technology & software) Twitter accounts by comparing the top-performers vs. low-performers; and investigating every single word, hashtag,…

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Twitter Unveils a New Look for Replies by @MrDannyGoodwin

Whenever you reply to an individual or a group of Twitter users, the user names of those people won’t subtract from your tweet’s 140 character count.The post Twitter Unveils a New Look for Replies by @MrDannyGoodwin appeared first on Search Engine Journal. Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/feed/

How to launch software changes without pissing people off

Go the extra mile to avoid interruptions and protect your customers’ time.Software designers and developers are all about NEW. We like to experiment with far-out ideas and make shiny things. Our livelihood depends on it.We’re so addicted to NEW that sometimes it clouds our judgment. We love NEW and everyone else should too, so we force heavy-handed product changes onto our customers without much explanation.And if they didn’t want that? Or if they got needlessly interrupted by it?…Shhh…we’re not so interested in those problems.Dislike Facebook’s redesign? Deal with it! Confused by the newest Windows updates? Oh well! Missing some features in the new Final Cut? Too bad, they’re gone forever!It’s no surprise that these sorts of changes are comically unpopular:body[data-twttr-rendered=”true”] {background-color: transparent;}.twitter-tweet {margin: auto !important;}Cineworld have changed their app and I feel hurt and betrayed [email protected] notifyResize(height) {height = height ? height : document.documentElement.offsetHeight; var resized = false; if (window.donkey && donkey.resize)…

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10 Ways You’re Not Using Facebook Custom Audiences

Do you use Facebook Custom Audiences? If yes, then how many types do you use? One of the biggest mistakes Facebook marketers make is not using the many types of Facebook audiences to zero in on their targeting. Many Facebook marketers sync their entire email list to Facebook, then never create a more granular custom audience. Big mistake. If you’re new to implementing custom audiences, then check out AdEspresso’s guide to getting started with them. When you’re ready for lift off, it’s time to get hyper-targeted with the remarkable possibilities of Facebook Custom Audiences. Here are ten of them: 1. Create a Lookalike of Your Customers with the Highest CLV Customer lifetime value (CLV) is one of the most important metrics for understanding your customers. CLV gives you the data to understand how much money you should spend on acquiring customers, how to offer products and services tailored to your…

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ōlloclip Super-Wide vs Ultra-Wide

I did a quick, fun review of the Super-Wide lens versus the Ultra-Wide lens from ōlloclip! I had the Ultra-Wide via the Active Lens Kit and now the fine folks at ōlloclip sent me the Core Lens Set with the Pivot Grip. Not bad, not bad. At the end of the day, I’m still a fan of not having too many accessories when I do my vlogging and video work, but, I am really digging the super-wide lens and can see myself using that a bit more often. Of course, give me your thoughts as you have them! Leave them in the comments of the video or tweet @ me bro. The post ōlloclip Super-Wide vs Ultra-Wide appeared first on John Saddington. Source: https://john.do/

How to Create a Facebook Like Campaign – The Complete Guide

Having many Facebook Page likes is the purest form of social proof. Having thousands of Facebook likes builds more trust and people will be more interested in your brand. More Facebook likes = More trust = More purchases But Facebook likes have to be earned – no fake Facebook Like campaign will help you. In fact, there are many reasons why buying Facebook likes sucks. The best way to increase the number of your Facebook Page likes is to grow it organically by sharing great content, and by conducting a Facebook Like campaign. Click on read more and let’s start doing things right! First of all, let’s make it super clear; You should NEVER BUY Facebook likes because: Having thousands of inactive, non-engaged users liking your Facebook Page will make you look bad to Facebook’s algorithms and your posts will reach fewer people organically. People are smart enough to notice if your page has…

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Finding businesses for The Distance

Before The Distance went on a brief hiatus for the holidays, we had produced new episodes for eight straight months. Counting the mini stories that we released between our main ones, that’s 31 episodes covering 17 businesses—from a maple syrup producer to a junk removal company to an embalming fluid manufacturer. The Distance is a small team, just myself and Shaun, and I’m the sole reporter. This means I decide which businesses to feature, and I also do the interviews and write the scripts.One of the questions I get the most is: “How do you find your businesses?” (They are not, as some people assume, Basecamp customers.) I thought it would be fun to go through every podcast episode and tally the different ways I found those companies. These categories are in no order whatsoever (apologies to Noah Lorang) but you get the idea:Me: Now that I’ve spent the last three years…

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Camera equipment suggestions

body[data-twttr-rendered=”true”] {background-color: transparent;}.twitter-tweet {margin: auto !important;[email protected] Q: What equipment are you using? Any [email protected]_gwinfunction notifyResize(height) {height = height ? height : document.documentElement.offsetHeight; var resized = false; if (window.donkey && donkey.resize) {donkey.resize(height); resized = true;}if (parent && parent._resizeIframe) {var obj = {iframe: window.frameElement, height: height}; parent._resizeIframe(obj); resized = true;}if (window.webkit && window.webkit.messageHandlers && window.webkit.messageHandlers.resize) {window.webkit.messageHandlers.resize.postMessage(height); resized = true;}return resized;}twttr.events.bind(‘rendered’, function (event) {notifyResize();}); twttr.events.bind(‘resize’, function (event) {notifyResize();});if (parent && parent._resizeIframe) {var maxWidth = parseInt(window.frameElement.getAttribute(“width”)); if ( 500 < maxWidth) {window.frameElement.setAttribute(“width”, “500”);}}Thanks Corey! Thank you so much for watching. I do have suggestions :)I have this awesome Canon 80D DSLR camera.The quality is amazing. I’ve got a couple really nice wide aperture lenses that create this beautiful shallow depth of field. Gorgeous video coming from this setup.And I rarely use the damn thing.First rule for me: convenience trumps quality.The DSLR is just not convenient. When there’s a hint of bad weather I refuse to have that gear out…

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