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New Google Analytics Features

In the article “Google Analytics Now More Powerful, Flexible and Intelligent” from last Tuesday (yes, I know I’m behind on this) on the Google Analytics Blog, the Analytics team has introduced some interesting new features. Some of the updates:Two new goal types allow you to set thresholds for Time on…

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Tags: analytics, Google

R.I.P. Geocities

In my post “Wait – GeoCities Still Exists?” I mentioned that on October 26 Geocities was going away. Well, that sad day is upon us. And if you didn’t follow those Geocities links I posted, you are SOL now. However, more tributes have popped up on the web in honor…

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Usability Testing vs. Expert Reviews

An article at UX Matters titled “Usability Testing Versus Expert Reviews” takes a reader question and tosses it to a series of experts to answer:Under what circumstances is it more appropriate to do usability testing versus an expert review? What are the benefits and weaknesses of each method that make…

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Tags: usability, UX

Bing and Google Add Social Search

Google and Bing have been locked in a struggle recently for search engine dominance. Bing came out of the gates fast and gained a lot of market share, but has appeared to level off recently (another link, and another link). Neither of them wants to lose any ground. Factor in…

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Tags: Bing, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, social media, Twitter

Firefox 3.6 to Support Web Open Font Format

Mozilla’s developer blog today posted that they have added support for the Web Open Font Format (WOFF) to Firefox 3.6. Firefox 3.5 gave us support for linking to TrueType and OpenType fonts, but this takes it a step further to support a format that is more robust for two key…

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Tags: css, Firefox, fonts, Internet Explorer, standards, typefaces, WOFF

“Myth of Usability Testing” at ALA

There is a very good article over at A List Apart today titled “The Myth of Usability Testing.” The article starts off with an example of how multiple usability evaluation teams, given the same task and allowed to run at it as they saw fit, had far less overlap in…

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Tags: design, usability, UX

Current CSS3, HTML5 Support

The ToolLast week saw the launch of FindMeByIp.com, a very handy web site that displays a user’s current IP address (along with a geographic breakdown to city, if possible), user agent string (browser, version and operating system) and support for CSS3 and HTML5 (read the article about it). It accomplishes…

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Tags: browser, Chrome, css, Firefox, html, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari, standards

Personas in Comic Format

For developers, and clients, struggling with the concept of personas, there is a very easy to read primer in the form of a comic over at the ThinkVitamin blog in an article titled “How to Understand Your Users with Personas.”The concept of personas was first introduced in the book The…

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Tags: design, usability

Browser Performance Chart

Jacob Gube has posted a handy chart over at Six Revisions titled “Performance Comparison of Major Web Browsers.” He tests the current versions of five browsers:Mozilla Firefox 3.5Google Chrome 3.0Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0Opera 10.0Apple Safari 4.0In his tests he used the following performance indicators, tested three times each with an…

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Tags: browser, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Safari

Developer Discusses Dyslexia and Dyscalculia

Sabrina Dent, a web designer hailing from Ireland, has blogged about her struggle with dyslexia and dyscalculia and web applications today in the post, “Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Design“. For some context, she links to the Wikipedia article on dyscalculia and highlights the bits that apply to her:An inability to read…

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Tags: accessibility, design, usability, UX

Derek Powazek on SEO as Snake Oil

There are many on the web who will recognize the name Derek Powazek. He is the name behind old-school sites such as Fray.com and Kvetch.com (which has apparently been taken over by spam bots) and wrote a book about communities (Design for Community, which mentions me by name, which is…

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Tags: rant, search, SEM, SEO

Come See Me: November 3

I will be one of the panelists at the Infotech Niagara panel session titled “Maximizing Your Web Presence.” It takes place Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 8:00am at Buffalo Niagara Partnership’s conference room, 665 Main Street, Suite 200, Buffalo, New York 14203 (map below). BNP has parking information at their…

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Tags: SEM, SEO, social media, speaking, standards

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