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Find QR Code Mistakes Before Making Your Own

The local AAF chapter here in Buffalo, Advertising Club of Buffalo, presented a primer on social media in its monthly AdLab event a couple nights ago. At the request of members, QR codes made an appearance on the topic list at the end of the presentation. While I could discuss…

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Tags: mobile, QR, rant, social media, UX

A Little More on Klout and My Magical Gift

The graphic above shows my Klout score as of today. Not only did my number jump dramatically, I also shifted from being an Explorer to being a Specialist. That corresponds to a two column jump in the Klout 4×4 graph of social influence. I don’t know how that is measured,…

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Tags: Klout, rant, social media

Social Scoring As the New SEO

Lately I have noticed that Klout is getting a lot of traction in discussions about social media. It may be that there is just more coverage, or the name has started to penetrate to more users, or the idea of social scoring is becoming more interesting to marketers. It’s also…

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Tags: Klout, SEO, social media

The evolt.org Logo Using Only CSS

This article was originally posted on evolt.org, an online resource for web developers, maintained by web developers. I have granted evolt.org the right to use this article on its web site, and it is the only entity with the right to reproduce it. While spending some time hacking through experiments…

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Tags: accessibility, browser, css, design, html, standards, W3C

Does Your Klout Score Mean Anything?

I tend to be wary of anything that reviews what I write and offers to spit out a score of how valuable it is. Just as I have mistrust for web sites that claim to be “Bobby Validated” for accessibility (I’m dating myself a bit there), or personality tests that…

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Tags: Klout, social media

Make Your Own TLD? (I want .bacon)

The Way We Were Years ago the general public was aware of three primary generic top level domain extensions (gTLD): .com, .net and .org. There was a huge “land” rush as the dot-com bubble grew and organizations were willing to spend absurd amounts of money to get the .com extension…

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Tags: ICANN, internet, standards

CSS 2.1 is Finally Final

It’s only been 13 years, but CSS version 2.1 is now officially a W3C Recommendation — essentially meaning the specification is final. Which of course means you are now all free to use it in your web pages. CSS2 became a W3C Recommendation on May 12, 1998, over 13 years…

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Tags: css, html, standards, W3C, whatwg

Testing IE Versions via IE Compatibility Modes

This past week I have encountered people asking about testing for Internet Explorer browser versions in real life, on Twitter, via email, and spray-painted under a bridge (along with the phrase I don’t want the world, I just want your half). I have seen response after response directing web developers…

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Tags: browser, Internet Explorer, Microsoft, rant