Smart Blog Design Features. Comprehensive article with ample screenclips on how to make your blog stand out from the crowd. Tips I found interesting. Have a fantastic footer. Feature your best posts within a slider or popular posts feature. Add an “About the Author” post tag. Use distinctive quotes in blog posts. Include post images.
Photoshop web page tutorials. 40 Photoshop tutorials on creating some very good looking webpage designs. Even if not interested in building the whole page, many lessons here on turning out stylin’ page elements.
CM stands for Community Manager. Article titled 2010: Community Management Predictions. Much here about the changing role of the Community Manager around Social Media, Conflict Resolution, Shaping Conversations, and so on. But a changing role? I don’t know of a site that even HAS a Community Manager. Needing one, or even recognizing the need for one, is certainly a good thing. If you’re in the changing role phase, your online community is way ahead in the game.
Foursquare quickly. Lots of buzz around Foursquare these days. The closest Square city to Burlington, Vermont is New York City, and that’s too much of a stretch for me. For those who want a quick overview of why Foursquare might be in their future, this post does the trick. “Foursquare is for you to find where your friends are and discover new places to check out.” “Any business can go in and watch the check-ins at their establishment, offer promotions and discounts to anyone near their part of town.” “Made for mobile” (though if you read the Apple App Store reviews like I have you’ll see that people HATE the iPhone app.) Oh, and on Foursquare apparently there’s a game involved.
Small business trends for 2010 worth considering. I think we need to pay attention to the trends listed in this Open Small Business article. Real time is big time. “It won’t be long before every rating and review site, such as Yelp! and Insider Pages, build this into the foundation and push coupons and discounts out to you based on location.” Filtering gets social. “Social search has the ability to eclipse the value of traditional SEO efforts. As more and more information is added to your social graph, recommendations from trusted sources in your networks will carry significantly more impact in some cases than the results that reach the top spots in organic search.” Fusion boosts offline. “The mantra for 2010 will be the convergence of online and offline for the greatest leverage.”
Will this be the magazine of the near future? Motivating and thought-provoking 3:10 video of a Sports Illustrated Tablet Demo as the magazine of the [near] future.
The money is in Open Source packaging. Open Road post on where money is made in Open Source software. “Red Hat is just Open Source 1.5. Open Source 2.0 looks more like Google or IBM. For every dollar Red Hat makes selling subscriptions to use open-source software like Linux and JBoss, both Google and IBM make multiples of that dollar using open-source software to sell something else, something they’ve packaged in hardware or Web-based services. The hardware is running open source. The services are based on open source. The money is made in the packaging of open source.”
The Solar Powered Plane: It Flies!
Yes, more Carbon Dioxide absorption! A new bioplastic material absorbs carbon dioxide. This is very exciting because carbon emission reduction alone isn’t going to cut it. I’m more of a Gaia geo-engineerist on Global Warming. The first item on this July Everyman links to an important Tech Nation podcast on the Gaia Theory.
Look like Facebook. I’m not much the Facebook fan, but I do like its extensive client side functionality. Here are 23 Best jQuery Facebook Style Plugins.
Must-see Christmas Decoration. Funny! Be sure to read the comments on why it had to be taken down.