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Get Your Website a Favicon 8 June 2010

Posted by Toni Del Rio in Design, Tools & Tech, Websites.
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If you want an extra personal touch to your website you should consider adding a Favicon. A favi what?…

An image speaks more than a thousand words, so this is how a Favicon looks like:

They also show up in your bookmarked sites, on the tabs in tabbed browsers, and as the icon for Internet shortcuts on your desktop.

This is how Wikipedia defines a Favicon:

A favicon (short for favorites icon), also known as a website icon, shortcut icon, URL icon, or bookmark iconis a 16×16, 32×32 or 64×64 pixel square icon associated with a particular website or webpage.[1] A web designer can create such an icon and install it into a website (or webpage) by several means, and most graphical web browsers will then make use of it. Browsers that provide favicon support typically display a page’s favicon in the browser’s address bar and next to the page’s name in a list of bookmarks. Browsers that support a tabbed document interface typically show a page’s favicon next to the page’s title on the tab. Some programs allow the user to select an icon of his own from the hard drive and associate it with a website.

How to add a Favicon to your WordPress website? (more…)

My Irritation With Facebook as a Promotional Tool for Non-Profits 6 June 2010

Posted by noellawood11 in Reflection, Tools & Tech, Trends.
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Many of us in this program are most likely using Facebook and other social media platforms as a promotional tool for the cause.  There are a lot of special features for businesses when using a Facebook account for promoting a cause or idea, but if you don’t have the money to spend on advertising to further promote your cause, and hence expand your friends, how do you maximize Facebook for a business if you aren’t putting money into it?  If you’re a non-profit organization, and don’t have the money to pay for advertising to create more awareness, how are you going to maximize your Facebook efforts?
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Tethering on the iPhone: Not What it’s Cracked up to be 5 June 2010

Posted by noellawood11 in Development, Tools & Tech, Trends.
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So I realize this is yet another blog post on Apple products, but as an iPhone, iPod, and MacBookPro user (I joined the dark side almost a year ago, switching from PC to Mac), I now find myself getting excited each time Apple comes out with something new. Never before in all of my computing lifetime, have I used technical tools that have software updates that provide amazing new features. So when I found out that AT&T is going to enable iPhone tethering, I was beyond thrilled.  But of course, like all conveniences Apple creates, tethering is going to come at a price – and a big one.  iPhone users will have to choose between tethering and an unlimited plan. You can’t have both. (more…)

Technologies Behind Facebook’s Instant Personalization 5 June 2010

Posted by Toni Del Rio in Tools & Tech, Trends.
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On April 21st, 2010 the Facebook F8 conference took place in San Francisco. That day CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the social networking company’s director of product, Brett Taylor revealed the company’s master plan to make the World Wide Web, Social. The f8 launches expand on the concept of authenticating on sites using Facebook Connect — which reached 100 million users in its first 15 months — and sending back updates to the Facebook news feed. The major highlight is that Facebook will move from the idea of a transitory stream of actions to give partner external sites continual access to its users’ information.
These blog summarizes the three major initiatives that support Facebook’s master plan, as presented by Zuckerberg and Taylor: (more…)

A Few Tools and Reflections on Design 25 May 2010

Posted by sbrashear in Reflection, Tools & Tech.
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On the subject of handy plug-ins. My Calendar (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/my-calendar/) is a great way to add a calendar page to a website. The interface allows for recurring events as well as single events. Another tool for folks wanting to design there own theme is WordPRess Theme Generator (http://www.yvoschaap.com/wpthemegen/). It allows people create their own simple themes. (more…)

Online Advertising Made Almost Too Easy 25 May 2010

Posted by gjchatalas in Development, Tools & Tech, Trends.
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The continual conundrum of the online world is how to make money. Innovative and brilliant websites struggle mightily to establish fiscal success. Increasingly advertising is the angle companies are embracing to generate revenue, whether YouTube or the hyperlocal blog.

Of course, actually getting the advertising is the difficult part of this equation.

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Social Media Revolution? Convince My Boss. 25 May 2010

Posted by daniellegatsos in Resources, Tools & Tech, Trends.
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There has been a lot of dialog recently about what everyone is referring to as the “social media revolution.” On numerous occasions during my time here at the University of Washington’s MCDM program we have been told that social media have resulted in a shift in the way we communicate. These platforms have provided a connection between industries and consumers that was unprecedented 10 years ago. The key issue that advertisers and marketers are running into today is convincing their bosses that these platforms are important for the future success of the company, and do require more than a few daily posts by a $9 an hour intern. But what do you tell your boss if he just doesn’t get it? Here are some ideas.

In a speech to the Association of  National Advertisers, the CEO of Procter and Gamble, A.G. Lafley, stated that

The more in control we are, the more out of touch we become. But the more willing we are to let go a little, the more we’re finding we get in touch with consumers.

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Crowdsourcing – The New Marketing Department 24 May 2010

Posted by nsiegel922 in Tools & Tech, Trends.
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Who needs a marketing department when fans can be outsourced for free (ish)? Major brands are finding that the most valuable insight comes directly from their customers and therefore are reaching out accordingly. This outreach process, also known as crowdsourcing, enlists the help of the consumer to accomplish a set of goals for a given organization. Big brands are realizing that they can benefit enormously from utilizing the huge pools of talent and imagination that exist within their customer base, rather than limiting themselves to professionals. (more…)

What the heck is a .htaccess file (and why is my blog messed up?) 23 May 2010

Posted by Not JCVD in Design, Resources, Tools & Tech.
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Nothing is more frustrating for a fledgling designer than a 404 error on a newly created blog. The experience quickly causes the euphoric feeling of mastering basic web principles to plummet to earth faster than a 747 colliding with a flock of geese.

This happened to me last week. The homepage looked exactly as expected, but trying to view individual posts or pages returned an error. In examining my permalink settings, WordPress indicated that the issue lay with my .htaccess file (or, in the case of the image below, Kathy’s .htaccess file):

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Javascript 19 May 2010

Posted by pamkahl in Resources, Tools & Tech.
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Link to Pam’s slide-deck on javascript