Making web apps? Care about SEO? Here’s Google’s advice:
Use feature detection & progressive enhancement techniques to make your content available to all users.
An examination of how sites like The Session are meshing with older ideas of traditional Irish music:
There is a very interesting tension at play here – one that speaks directly to the design of new technologies. On the one hand, Irish musicians appear to be enthusiastically adopting digital media to establish a common repertoire of tunes, while on the other the actual performance of these tunes in a live session is governed by a strong etiquette that emphasizes the importance of playing by ear.
There’s an accompanying paper called Supporting Traditional Music-Making: Designing for Situated Discretion (PDF).
A fascinating slice of ethnographic research in Myanmar by Craig. There’s no mention of the web, which is certainly alarming, but then again, that’s not the focus of the research.
Interestingly, while Facebook is all omnipresent and dominant, nobody is using it the way that Facebook wants: all the accounts are basically “fake”.
What I found fascinating are the ways that people have found to bypass app stores. They’re basically being treated as damage and routed ‘round. So while native apps are universal, app stores would appear to be a first world problem.
Now if there were only some kind of universally accessible distribution channel that didn’t require any kind of installation step …hmmm.
The key change in all of this, I think, is that Google has gone from a world of almost perfect clarity - a text search box, a web-link index, a middle-class family’s home - to one of perfect complexity - every possible kind of user, device, access and data type. It’s gone from a firehose to a rain storm. But on the other hand, no-one knows water like Google. No-one else has the same lead in building understanding of how to deal with this. Hence, I think, one should think of every app, service, drive and platform from Google not so much as channels that might conflict but as varying end-points to a unified underlying strategy, which one might characterize as ‘know a lot about how to know a lot’.
SmashingConf Oxford 2015: Richard Rutter on Don’t Give Them What They Want, Give Them What They Need
A great case study from Richard, walking through the process of redesigning the website for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Google’s experimental new “slow” label could revolutionize how we tackle web performance - Web Performance Today
It looks like Google is going to start explicitly labelling slow sites as such in their search results (much like they recently started explicitly labelling mobile-friendly sites). So far it’s limited to Google’s own properties but it could be expanded.
Personally, I think this is a fair move. If the speed of a site were used to rank sites differently, I think that might be going too far. But giving the user advanced knowledge and leaving the final decision up to them …that feels good.
Here’s a nice little UI addition to Chrome. When you focus on the URL bar, if the current site has site-specific search discoverable via rel=”search”, then you get a greyed-out hint to press tab so you can start searching the site.
Now this is what I call research:
Through the use of my knowledge of computer magazines, my sharp eyes, and other technical knowledge, I have overcome the limited amount of information available in the video content of WarGames and with complete certainty identified the exact name and issue number of the magazine read on screen by David L. Lightman in WarGames.
The accidental beauty in Google’s autosuggest algorithm.
A search engine for animated gifs. Oh, yes.
Another Tom Scott project:
I had to take one more quick, cheap shot — and I think a Tumblr blog is the quickest, cheapest shot it’s possible to take.
Kellan explains the tech behind Old Tweets …and also the thinking behind it:
I think our history is what makes us human, and the push to ephemerality and disposability “as a feature” is misguided. And a key piece of our personal histories is becoming “the story we want to remember”, aka what we’ve shared.
A public service from Kellan: the ability to search through your oldest tweets.
2951 images at 12 frames per second. Each image is the “related image” of the image before according to Google image search. The first image is simply a transparent PNG.
Put this one on speed dial.
This move by Google to start executing some POST requests makes me very uneasy: the web is agreement and part of that agreement is that POST requests are initiated by the user.
Dana has put together an excellent grab-bag of data on people’s password habits.
A worrying report on the state of digital preservation and the web, specifically in the UK. Welcome to the memory hole.
A nice summation of the open science movement, courtesy of Bobbie.
The perils of “scientism” in design. Reading this reminded me of Google’s forty shades of blue.
The Riegers are like emissaries from Planet Smart and we mere mortals are fortunate that they take the time to give us great articles like this.
Matt casts around for new areas of scientific research.
The web demonstrates its loosely-joined nature yet again; a photo of mine from a science hack/design fiction exhibit results in Dave discovering his family crest.
If you aren't already marking up addresses in hCard, you really, really, really should start.
Network data fills me with awe. And now I'm sharing this because I like its positive message.
Finally, some debunking of the "paradox of choice" oversimplification.
A very handy way of searching a Twitter user's timeline, courtesy of Remy.
A nice collection of design tools and methodologies.
A fascinating account of the origins of a musical cliché.
A Quicksilver rival from Google.
In the course of defending a porn site owner, a defense attorney has come up with an interesting way of trying to define "community standards" ...using Google search stats.
A wonderful source of data on user behaviour and perceived skill levels online.
Yahoo is now actively indexing microformats. You are now permitted to throw your hat into the air and cry "Hurrah!"
Excellent research into how screen readers respond to empty links (i.e. A elements with no text between the opening and closing tags).
A natural language interface onto Wikipedia. More of this kind of thing, please.
What would happen if Google tried to apply SEO techniques to itself?
Charmr is a design concept for diabetes management devices proposed by Adaptive Path following a process of research and iteration.
Search on Upcoming is borked. Here's my explanation why. I criticize because I care.
John Allsopp has created this flowchart of the research and development involved in the creation of a new microformat. It looks kind of like the workflow of any good iterative development.
Users of the Google API take note: you're okay, but anyone else who wants to put Google search on their site is screwed.
Not if John keeps writing posts as good as this is, it's not.
This is still experimental, but Technorati now allow you to search for snippets of content that has been marked up with microformats. My egosearching returns suitably satisfying results.
This is exactly the kind of timely research I need before next week's Ajax workshop.
Talking with the youth of today about how they spend their time online.
He took a picture of a building. Note the tick next to terrorism.
This excellent little plug-in allows you to search your Del.icio.us links from Spotlight.
Yet another Ajax implementation, but this one is making some bold claims regarding accesibility. I must investigate further.
In the Guardian: Yahoo is the new Google. Google is the new Yahoo.