Here you go. These are the five items that got our attention in the last seven days.
LukeW: Data Monday: Mobile Holiday Shopping
This blog post provides some interesting facts regarding the usage of mobile devices and e-commerce during the Thanksgiving and Black Friday period.
Dries Buytaert: Drupal 8 feature freeze extended
In last week's edition we mentioned that Drupal 8's feature freeze was only days away but this week the deadline was extended. Drupal founder Dries Buytaert explains the reasons in this blog post.
Amazee Labs: Drupal SEO Checklist for 2013
Allow us to make a bold claim: This will be the only Drupal related SEO checklist you will require for a while. Follow the forty steps to rejuvenate your website's search engine appearance.
Respsonsive Web Design
.net magazine: Guardian dev's insight into RWD revamp
The Guardian, a British national daily newspaper, is the latest responsive design poster boy. Client-side web developer Matt Andrews talked to .net magazine about the project - which currently still is in beta status.
This week's pick features some current affairs as well as some food for thought. Like every week these are five items that managed to get our attention. Enjoy!
OSTraining: The State of Drupal 8: Before the Feature Freeze
Here is your one-stop overview where the development of Drupal 8 stands in the last few days before the Feature Freeze on December 1.
Co.Design: Could Twitter Help Us Create Smarter Transit Routes?
Visualizing geotagged tweets created a interesting insight into the most highly trafficked transport routes in major US cities. Unfortunately the density of geotagged social media activity here in Zurich probably isn't sufficient enough to create similar visualizations.
Wired: Facebook wants to share your data across all its businesses
Facebook announced plans to change its data policy this week. Here is a short overview.
Responsive Web Design
Helsinki Open Device Lab
Certainly one of responsive design's downsides is the variety of viewport sizes. Instead of acquiring tons of devices or using simulators to test the sites a different approach has been taken in the Finnish capital.
SEOgadget: Content Analytics: Measuring Your Content Marketing Results
The truism of you can't manage what you don't measure certainly also applies to content marketing. Here are some ways you can measure you content marketing activities.
Like every week here are the five stories that got out attention. Hopefully there's something among it that will get yours.
Econsultancy: Dear silly web: 20 things to banish in 2013
With the end of 2012 rapidly approaching its time for dramatical predictions for the new year. This blog post, to be fair, points to things that would definitely improve the web.
Seth Godin: Free coffee, next exit
Hard not to agree with Seth Godin's point of getting the message across.
SEOmoz: When Is My Tweet's Prime of Life? (A brief statistical interlude.)
Interested in retweets (RTs), their source and lifespan? The Peter Brays' blog post is something for you.
Food for thought
Gadget Lab: Kill the Password: Why a String of Characters Can’t Protect Us Anymore
"The age of the password is over. We just haven’t realized it yet," argues Wired's senior writer Mat Honan and backs it up with his own painful experience.
Terence Eden has a Blog: Smuggling USB Sticks
Allow me to put Terence Eden's main motive of his blog post to one side and concentrate on the essence. This story once again points out how much change should be made with technologies we might no longer regard as cutting edge.
This week's edition takes a look at responsive web design, some crazy patents and a few presidential election related items. Enjoy!
Simon Foster: The Responsive Designer
Respected web designer Simon Foster gives his views on responsive web design and what it means for designers.
The Atlantic: Apple Just Got Granted a Patent for Rounded Corners on Electronic Devices
Another mind-boggling story from the patent war.
United States presidential election, 2012
Time: Inside the Secret World of the Data Crunchers Who Helped Obama Win
Data-driven decision making at its best: Here is a view behind the scenes of President Obama's campaign.
Mitt Romney for President | Mitt Romney for President of the United States of America in 2012
Despite not winning the presidential elections at least his website's underlying technology (Yes, it was Drupal) would have been worthy of the White House.
This week we take a look at the effects that Sandy had on to the Internet in NY, appreciate a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy reference and see what's possible with CSS. Enjoy.
Marketing magazine: Goodbye, Facebook, and thanks for all the fish…
Simon Dell argues that Facebook might have lost its must-have status for businesses.
Food for thought
The Economist: How to lie about wine
If you're not a wine buff, the world of fermented grapes might seem a daunting place. The essence of this article might get you out of your pickle.
Mashable: What Will It Take to Get the Internet Running, After Sandy?
A little insight in to the less obvious damages made by Sandy.
Internet Archive Blogs: 10,000,000,000,000,000 bytes archived!
The often so useful digital library Archive.org announced that it had surpassed the 10 petabyte threshold. An impressive figure which in a few years might loose some of its glamour.
Tweet that cut through the noise.
A great illustration of CSS' powers.
— The Standardistas (@standardistas) October 30, 2012
Dear reader, here are the five items that impressed us most. Enjoy!
How do our favorite tech companies make money?
Ever wondered how web services monetize and if they manage to be profitable? SEER Interactive's website sheds some light.
The one million tweet map
This website does what it says on the tin. It creates a real-time map of the last one million geolocalized tweets.
Food for thought
Last Thursday the third installment of TEDxZurich took place at TV Studios of SRF / tpc. If you missed the live stream and can't wait until the videos are released you might want to read our four-part blog post series which was written on the day.
Part I | Part II | Part III | Part IV
UI / UX
Co.DESIGN: AOL May Have Invented Email’s Next UI Paradigm
The way that email inboxes look hasn't really changed in last few years. AOL (remember them?) introduced a new product which could challenge the status quo.
Search Engine Roundtable: Fake Google+ Local Reviews By SEO Company Backfires
The opportunities to improve one's position in a search engine, in the short term, left one company look rather suspect.
This web week started with an epic event: The Red Bull Stratos jump. We hope you enjoy the selection!
Food for thought
Econsultancy: Five content marketing lessons from the Red Bull Stratos jump
This blog post looks the jump though the glasses of a marketer. If you are looking for lighter content regarding Red Bull Stratos, you might like t3n's blog post.
Ever wondered how a Google data center looks like? Now you can find out for yourself. You can even explore it on you own with Google Street View.
Naked Security: India spews more spam than ever before, report finds
Sophos' Naked Security blog published some findings regarding the source of spam in the last three months. More surprising than the main culprit is that three of Switzerland's five neighbor countries made the top 12.
Erdfisch: Email and link module landed in core
Great news for all Drupal site builders: It appears that the Link and the Email module will be part of Drupal 8.
Tweets that cut through the noise.
We love to see framed copies of our periodic table of Drupal modules. :)
— Per André Rønsen (@perandre) October 19, 2012
Here comes the traditional collection of stories that caught our weekly attention. Enjoy!
Drupal Association: Election Results
This week the results for the community election to choose two at-large Directors for the board of the Drupal Association were announced. Congratulations to Morten Birch Heide-Jørgensen and Pedro Cambra!
Beevolve: An Exhaustive Study of Twitter Users Across the World
Beevolve, a provider of a Social Media Monitoring platform shares some statistics of its mined data.
AllThingsD: Very Pinteresting! Facebook Cranks Up Another (Potential) Revenue Stream With “Collections.”
Remember the times when every Facebook update included many Twitteresque features? Now the world largest social network turns its attention to Pinterest.
Food for thought
Wired: Fend Off Trolls, Bots and Jerks With ‘Empathy’ Test
CAPTCHAs can be annoying. Why not use that opportunity to stand up for human rights.
Tweets that cut through the noise
News organizations falling over themselves to offer apps seems a little like when everyone wanted a Flash intro page to their '98 website.
— DHH (@dhh) October 8, 2012
This week brought the following stories to our attention. We hope there something to your liking in our selection.
Linux Journal: Drupal Special Edition, October 2012
This month the Linux Journal published a 167 page supplement dedicated to Drupal. You can download your free copy of this edition courtesy of New Relic.
Food for thought
Marginal Revolution: Can mobile phones boost educational outcomes?
As N. Gregory Mankiw famous principles of economics state people respond to incentives. This study made in Niger underlines this thesis.
Russia's answer to Google launched its own browser this week for Windows and OS X. The first impression, by the early adopters in the office, is that it appears to be really fast and snappy.
The Verge: In Mark Zuckerberg's world, lying is the only way to be yourself
Trent Wolbe argues that without the odd lie there's no freedom an Facebook.
Amazee Labs Events: 6th Web Monday Zurich 2012
This month's edition of the Web Monday still has a few free seats. The presentations will be held by Microsoft's Michael Epprecht, Squirro's Dorian Selz of and stablish.me's Fabio Carlucci. Don't forget to register.
This week the essence takes a look at the following topics: Drupal, HTML5 & internet trolls. Enjoy!
Food for thought
TED: How great leaders inspire action
Great talks don't have a sell-by date. Simon Sinek shows that the question "Why?" can be a source of inspiration.
The Guardian: The day I confronted my troll
An insightful story by Leo Traynor, who was the victim of an internet troll and how he got to meet him in real life.
User Experience Sux: SBB Apple
Last week we mentioned that the Swiss Federal Railways accused Apple of copying its railway clock design for the iPad clock app. UX Consultant Björn Amherd created a mockup of how the Swiss Federal Railways website would look if they used the Cupertino based company's as inspiration.
HTML5 / iOS 6
Breaking the Mobile Web: iPhone 5 and iOS 6 for HTML5 developers, a big step forward: web inspector, new APIs and more
The iPhone 5 was rolled out in Switzerland today. Max Firtman takes a look at what iOS 6 means for HTML5.
Angry Donuts: VDC Update And Announcement
One of Drupal's most important contributed modules is one step closer to becoming a part of Drupal 8's core.