Facebook is that one website that adapts itself to how people are using the product. This is one thing that makes their product truly unique. As part of being the disruptive yet adapting product that it is, it has always been changing its layout.
Each time the layout changes, mass hysteria erupts; but yet the website traffic increases each time that happens. Facebook have an exceptional design team, and it’s not new nowadays, to know that when it comes to designing a product, users don’t know what they want. Now Facebook is the number 1 website in the world, beating Yahoo! and Google.
Mark Zuckberg isn’t a good business man, but you can say that he’s a good designer and hacker. Isn’t it great how in every publicity shot of him he’s smiling?
This post will state how the design of Facebook has changed over the years, and why it has changed to be that way.
I was at a webinar (web seminar) about Google’s new algorithm update called Panda which is designed to penalise content farms such as AOL and Demand Media, and it taught me how to optimise my blog for quality. Basically, people have complained about the amount of junk (spam) search results on Google. despite Google being better than it was 10 or even 5 years ago. Google decided to do something about it. Several big websites have been positively or negatively affected by this Panda update.
Sometimes when doing a web search, looking for something obscure or something that’s not pronounced, you might be amazed that you actually got the result you wanted straight away, without any hassle. I’m a web developer, so I’m always searching the web for stuff. The one search I did stated below, got me amazed as Google could actually select the 1st result from a article comment instead of an article/blog post itself.
I was doing a survey, and I was asked which of the following designs for Ting drink I liked the best. It’s a carbonated drink made with real Jamaican grapefruit. Below are the options I had to choose from. I chose option B.
What is it with Facebook and their constant redesigning of the site? They’re always redesigning the site to adapt to the market trends and how people are using it. I can see what they are trying to do, enforce a consistent design for every page on Facebook. It first started with events pages, and is now rolling its way through the whole site.
Google has been critised in what they call a spate of stories about the bad quality of their search results, so they’ve decided to do something about it. Now they’re going to penalise websites which have been scraping content, copying content from other websites. The websites which have the scraped content will no longer rank highly in Google, so they will lose loads of traffic. It is the websites that have the original content that will get more traffic due to this change. According to Google, this change will affect 2% of search queries. Continue reading →
Is there any website that isn’t using Recaptcha – apart from Google?
It’s successful for 2 reasons. 1, because it’s an easy captcha solution, before that I could only find hard to implement ones that I couldn’t make work. 2, it uses words that Google’s OCR scanner could not interpret, therefore bots can’t cheat it.
There might be a time when you want to use your own solution, and now there’s a simple php script to do that. The captcha it gives looks like this.
Here’s another thing cool for the web designers. There’s now a JQuery plugin you can use to style your textboxes with. I don’t have a use for it, as I’ve been using CSS to style select form fields for years, like the image below.
But JQuery can do some more advanced results, such as categories, and the disabling of certain options. Below is an image of what default styling the JQuery plugin gives you.
You’ll find it useful, if you are making some futuristic web application, with all the flashiness, shabang and rounded corners.