The mythical page fold and why it doesn’t really matter anymore

After years of emphasis on placing the important page elements ‘above the fold’, we’re now being shown that users actually don’t mind scrolling! That is, if you have interesting content and adequate visual cues that there actually is something worth looking at down there. Continue reading The mythical page fold and why it doesn’t really matter anymore

A Fallen Hero: GeoCities Started it All

GeoCities was one of the first services that allowed users to build their own web pages. It was huge. You could finally have your own parking space on the internet. You could even have as many ‘under construction’ gifs as you could handle. We’re marking the final exit of a pioneer that could be at least partially responsible for millions of web careers…

Here’s to you old friend.

Joomla! Template

It takes me a long time to design a website and be satisfied with it. So long that I rarely do it anymore. There are so many apt designers out there who distribute free and purchasable templates at more than reasonable prices, it seems almost ludicrous to spend the time to make one myself.

Of Course you lose the originality of your site and run the risk of looking like someone else’s site, but I’d rather have a tight design than one that I haven’t gotten around to making it really great.

With programming and development you can cut corners and make it work and still get the same result, but with design you just can’t do that. If you don’t design thoroughly it will be noticed and could negatively impact your readership and visitors.

I’ve been going over themes at YOOThemese and Rockethemes lately and I’m extremely impressed with the level of design that I’m seeing. To design something similar would take a week solid without breaks in my world, and then you have all the value added extensions and special styles…

It makes a great case for using templates.

Less is More

Our society has quickly shifted towards a ‘getting things done’ sort of mentality and this attitude can be spotted in nearly every aspect of modern society. From fast food to tivo, ipods to amazon.com, smart phones to smart cars, we all tend to ‘cut the fat’ in order to achieve our goals. In the process, we end up ‘satisficing‘: just enough to satisfy, but probably not the best outcome possible.

The best takes more time and energy (resources) to achieve than what is just adequate.

According to Wired, we’re seeing a whole revolution: ‘The Good Enough Revolution

Twitter Has No Value For Teens

Well, I would say “Obviously!”. Twitter is meant for microblogging – tiny tidbits that are just enough to say something, while teetering on the verge of nothing at all.

Recent research by myYearBook on 10,000 teens 13-17 show that teens aren’t as actively engaged by twitter as with sites like Facebook and Myspace. I can do everything on Facebook that I can do with Twitter…and then some.

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“This is my business”

I’ve been watching ‘Shark Tank’ via hulu over the past week or so. It’s a simple show where entrepreneurs present their business to potential investors and do their best to convince them that they are worthy of their investment. Of those presenting, I see a running theme among those that fail to receive any sort of funding.

Overvaluation

Most of the people seeking investment think their businesses are inevitable cash cows, when in reality they are worth maybe 10% of what they suggest. They are the ones who have unrealistic expectations and they end up walking away with absolutely nothing.

If I’ve learned one thing over the course of my short life it is to be realistic in not only your expectations of yourself, but of everything else in your life. It’s sad when Utopian expectations end up with these entrepreneurs blowing their big chance.