Watch “Foundation 31 // Ev Williams” on YouTube
Kevin Rose interviews Evan Williams on Foundation.
@ev, founder of Blogger, co-founder of Twitter, founder and CEO of Medium, tells an interesting story of how the term ‘blog’ came about and how ‘blogger’ went from a brand name to a way to describe someone who writes an online journal/diary/web log.
I love his perspective on Web technology and how we can solve problems cropping up from the digitization of many offline media industries, and I agree whole heartedly. There is room for both worlds – the quick and dirty for consumers with low attention spans and really great research and product creation for users who love the finer details.
As a WordPress dev and a Web enthusiast, I am intrigued with what Evan Williams is attempting with his new company, Medium. Can digital journalism be rescued from the Twitterfication of short attention span readers?
I’ve been testing Medium for a while now, and at least as a WordPress dev, I am definitely concerned from the standpoint of potential future WordPress blog clients. But if @ev can save online journalism and bring back the art of great article writing online, I think it’s worth it.
So far I really like it. I’m definitely studying their UX hard.
From GeoCities to free domain registrations and much more, this interview makes for a great journey down memory lane of how the World Wide Web, and more specifically, Web Development grew up.
Definitely a lot to learn from the story of a serial entrepreneur with great success.
Back in January, 2013 I had the opportunity to design a responsive landing page for a very popular Toy Hauler brand name, Cyclone RV. Using WordPress, I properly optimized the target keywords for the Web site and quickly turned my focus on making this landing page display as well on a mobile device as it does a large screen desktop.
I made sure to keep the phone number front and center on the mobile layout, so anyone interested in buying a Cyclone RV is only a finger tap away while swiping through the many floor plans available.
For the past 2 years I’ve been reading about responsive design and how to properly implement it across multiple browsers on multiple devices, but before now I’ve only tested and followed the lead of others in regard to the best way to accomplish a successful responsive design. The experience has left me with a much stronger opinion about mobile design than before.
I feel privileged to have been given the chance to develop a search engine friendly responsive design for Cyclone by Heartland RV, and I look forward to many more!
The handling of a <3's a very delicate art, because it's paper thin…
Easily, the most humbling photo in the history of humankind. What modesty and imagination it takes to swallow this almost inhumane but universal truth. We are the makers of world fantasies, but not the makers of worlds – much less the center of one. Oh, how we so easily forget in our own self made ego.
Oh June 21st
How I hate you
I forsake you
But June 21st
For the pain you released
The hurt you relieved
And for the peace you
I grant you
And for the sake of
Sweet, sweet Vivian
I thank you
*goes and hides under a rock*
The WorldWideWeb (W3) is a wide-area hypermedia information retrieval initiative aiming to give universal access to a large universe of documents.
From 1993 to 2013, twenty years later we’re all the wiser. Whether you realize it or not, if you’re reading this your life has been improved by the Web for sure.
Here’s to forever improving “universal access to a large universe of documents” (i.e. knowledge and information).
She died with her hand
She died with
A hungry mouth
She died with
A mind so full of doubt
So may your river
May your mouth
May you be satisfied
To never know why
Someone just wants
But never alone
See nothing to shoot
Giving up good boots
What search results would you anticipate to see if you searched for ‘eli’ on Google?
Believe it or not, this is actually a very big problem for search engines to try and figure out. The problem is that one word searches do not generally target a unique enough topic to effectively narrow search results.
Am I looking for baby name meanings? Do I want to find someone in particular named Eli? Is there a Bible passage I want to find? Who knows?
The problem is a lack of deeper understanding for what the searcher is looking for. So how do you go about finding out? Ultimately one word searches will always be a hit or miss chance to properly answer a query, but one area search engines can improve upon is in better knowing topics of interest for the search user.
Enter in, the Social era of Search
There is a serious ambiguity problem with a lot of search results. Some have a hard time properly explaining to a search engine what it is they are looking for. And Google has a solution to this problem, or at least a good idea how to better narrow the results for those pesky vague keywords it normally would have trouble determining what to display.
By tracking the history of a unique searchers activity, a search engine can better gage what it is they are most likely looking for in situations where the query just isn’t specific enough to narrow the results list to exactly what the user is looking for. But in order to do this, the user must be logged in.
This is where Social Media becomes a search engines best friend – by tracking the history of a users activity with a social network that they interact with, over time the user will give you enough data to better understand there main topics of interest.