Monthly Archives: March 2015

Twitter is not very nice to the developers

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There are so many app and web developers worldwide using the Twitter APIs, you might think the company would go to extreme lengths to help them? Well, as it turns out this has not be the case so far and you will find developers in general are pretty upset at how Twitter makes changes to suit themselves.

“Unfortunately, it’s pretty typical of Twitter for the past few years.”, said Gedeon Maheux, cofounder of Iconfactory. “There are two types of developers that Twitter considers: those that help its position and those that undermine its position. There are a lot of developers who develop for Twitter based on APIs they produce and they are fine working with it until Twitter decides that’s a space they want to get into. And then the rules change.”

The most recent example of this behaviour was with the Meerkat  app, this app uses the Twitter API to stream video content to their followers in real time. The app went viral in just two days, but then Twitter decided to kill it by blocking automated messages.

UPDATE: we are working with our friends @twitter to solve the issue. stay tuned!

— Meerkat (@AppMeerkat) March 2, 2015

So why would the company undermine Meerkat? It might have something to do with the fact that they are going to acquire Periscope, a pretty similar app that hasn’t been officially launched yet.

Twitter’s official statement on the matter  was published on Mashable , as follows:

“We are limiting their access to Twitter’s social graph, consistent with our internal policy.”

Web Templates or Custom Designs? What to choose?

The beautiful thing about web design today is that it’s all so very flexible, here everyone can find their perfect solution. Today, we are going to compare web templates with custom designs. We’re not favouring any of them. All we want to do is draw a comparison that will help you make the right decision for your business.

Keep in mind: studies show that more than 90% of the Internet users say poor design is one of the main reasons not to trust a brand or company! Continue reading

Creative Commons – How can they help you

The great thing about the creative and media industry is the variety of resources you have at your fingertips. Of course, some of them can be pretty expensive, but today we are going to talk a bit about great resources that are free of charge.

What is Creative Commons (which we will now refer to as CC)?

To offer an exact definition, we are going to quote their description: ‘Creative Commons is a nonprofit organisation that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.’ Continue reading

Fight the designer’s block

No matter how experienced a web designer is, getting a mental block happens can happen t anyone. Sometimes, all the good ideas are fighting to come out of your head and onto the screen or paper, but there are those times when you find yourself staring at a sea of white, not having the slightest clue on where to start.

Why does it happen?

One of the greatest creative blockers is fear. The fear of not delivering a perfect design, of not being good enough. For many designers, their anxiety levels rise when having to pitch or present a new concept. Another reason could be the project itself, which can be out of your comfort zone.

What you do have to understand however, is that this is something normal and it happens to a lot of us. Continue reading

HTTP/2 – The next big thing is ready!

As web developers, it’s our job to optimise the websites in a way that offers the user the best possible experience. We’re not talking about UX design, it’s so much more than that. Starting with the page’s loading time and ending in the smallest detail, nothing gets overlooked.

But there is only so much we can do. We needed a change at the very core. And now the big change is just one step away from becoming reality. Continue reading

Will the new Facebook CTA button help your business?

If you haven’t noticed yet, Facebook introduced a new Call To Action button on their Pages. The button is placed over the top cover image, right next to the ‘Like’ button.

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Page admins can change the button really easy, using a drop down menu. You are not allowed to enter your own text, but you are able to choose from a list of pre-set options and link the button to any page on your website. Continue reading