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If you’ve been following my blog for the past few weeks, you would have noticed a lot of change, not only in style, but in functionality. So I thought I’d take a minute to look back at what has been discussed and what is to come.
You may have noticed with the recent design updates to the site, I’ve also incorporated 2 QR codes on site (one for mobile, and one for standard). So I thought I should explain what these are, and also where to get one for your own site.
So what is a QR Code? A QR Code is a matrix code (or 2D bar code) created by Japanese corporation Denso-Wave in 1994. The “QR” is derived from “Quick Response”, as the creator intended the code to allow its contents to be decoded at high speed. There are a number of features that sets the code apart and ahead of the standard bar code.
I’ve been a fan of the life-hack blog The Growing Life for some time now and it turns out it was almost shut down by the author, Clay Collins. This is one of the most honest and real blog posts I’ve ever read. Some really open insights into the author’s mindset, perspective and opinions. This has always been one of my favourite places on the internet – so I’m voicing my support:
Keep the fucking thing open, Clay. The internet would miss you.
I was completing what I thought was just another credit card purchase form, and for some reason the ‘promotional code’ box caught my eye. So I thought, what the hell? I’ll google for a code and see what comes up. Sure enough, I ran into RetailMeNot.com.
This is a site where users can come and submit their coupon codes not only for the world to share, but users can comment and rate their experiences using the codes. So if you have ever wanted to find an online promotional or discount code, now you can.
This should always be about the desires of the individual: their community, their communication, and their audience. We have a responsibility to communicate this as best we can.
It’s interesting to look back and see just how far we’ve come in terms of social media. Visualising the landscape has always been an important factor to help express this in a way that can be understood universally, whether you’re a web user, tech evangelist, marketer, client or agency.
I broke my own rule recently. I wanted to get the opinions of people on the Google Street View in Australia – a topic I’m quite vocal about. So rather than creating a group “Australians against Google Street View” or “Australians for Google Street View” I created a group asking the question – Are you OK with this?
So today our whole office erupted with everyone quickly going to find their house upon the announcement Google’s street view in Australia. We’re the 5th country to have the search giant take voyeurism to the next level.
The media, the digirati, everyone – is talking about the new Delicious (the site formally known as del.ico.us) design. The social-bookmarking site has been a cornerstone of web 2.0, interactivity and community strength.
There’s a great video and article at Mashable! - so I won’t regurgitate what they’ve already said, but needless to say, it’s a great move forward. Seems I can’t embed the video here – but make sure you check it out.