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Reviewing Twitter’s New Profile Header

Today Twitter announced that it has added header images to profiles, similar to what Facebook and Google+ have done. In addition, Twitter has updated its apps for iOS and Android devices to use those header images. Twitter explains why it has added this feature: Starting today you can make your…


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

Facebook, HTML5, and Mis-Reporting

My Twitter stream and the headlines of sites across the web yesterday lit up with Facebook’s CEO blaming its stock price (failure to meet hyped expectation) on HTML5 (and its failure to make the Facebook mobile experience suck less). Even ZDNet jumped on that bandwagon with a post titled Facebook’s…


Tags: Facebook, html, mobile, social media, standards, usability, UX, W3C

Use Twitter’s New Embedded Timeline without Slowing Your Page

Update: September 7, 2012 I misunderstood how browser load external JavaScript files when that load itself comes from embedded script. Ben Ward explained it to me and referenced this handy article, Thinking Async. The gist of the article is that using JavaScript to write in a call to a JavaScript…


Tags: html, JavaScript, social media, standards, Twitter

Age, Treachery Bests Youth, Skill

Social Media seems to be wildly misunderstood by some folks, including those within the social media profession who have the ability to use its own tools to spread that misunderstanding like a telephone game. Though my example is old news (by SM standards), I have seen it popping up for…


Tags: clients, rant, social media

Social Media Day 2012 in Buffalo #smdayBUF

This past Saturday marked the third Mashable-sponsored Social Media Day here in Buffalo. While the last two years have been unofficial (much like the day itself), this year the City of Buffalo declared June 30, 2012 as Social Media Day (the year on the proclamation makes me think this is…


Tags: social media

Picplz Shutting Down, as Free Services Often Do

Picplz is a photo/image editing and sharing app/service that has been compared to Instagram and long referred to as the Android alternative (Instagram didn’t support Android until recently). At 10:17pm EST on a Friday night (last night), June 1, Picplz sent out the following cryptic tweet:— picplz (@picplz) June…


Tags: Brightkite, Facebook, Foursquare, Gowalla, Instagram, internet, picplz, rant, social media

Make a Better Restaurant Site

Last night I had the pleasure of moderating a panel discussion for the Buffalo chapter of Social Media Club. The panel consisted of a food blogger, a restaurant review site owner, a restaurant / cooking school owner, and a local food writer / reviewer / event planner. As I asked…


Tags: accessibility, design, Flash, food, mobile, rant, social media

Buffalo Foodie Panel

In just under one week’s time, the Buffalo chapter of Social Media Club will be hosting a panel discussion featuring local food bloggers, restaurant reviewers, and food business owners who have found success using social media. Here’s the scoop: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 6:00pm — 8:30pm Artisan Kitchen and Baths…


Tags: food, social media, speaking

Why All the Food Photos? (at

This article was originally posted on, an online resource for web developers, maintained by web developers. I have granted the right to use this article on its web site, and it is the only entity with the right to reproduce it. The Internet has a thing for cats.…


Tags: Facebook, food, Foursquare, mobile, social media, Twitter

Social Media Club Buffalo: #TacoVinoII

Last night the local Social Media Club chapter here in Buffalo repeated last year’s mid-holiday party success by putting on TacoVinoII. Similar to last year, the club teamed up with a local wine bar, Just Vino, and a local food truck, Lloyd Taco Truck. Lloyd Taco Truck made a batch…


Tags: food, social media

Thanksgiving, Social Media and Tech Support

Does this Foursquare map of holiday travel look like a turkey to anyone but me? Three years ago I hosted Thanksgiving at my house, tweeting photos of the bird and small brush fire. Two years ago I wrote a post Enjoying Thanksgiving with Social Media and then wrapped my car…


Tags: browser, fonts, food, internet, social media

Twitter’s Continues UX Failure of Link Shorteners

It’s been a few weeks since Twitter moved to its own link shortening service for tweets. Originally the shortener only kicked in for tweets over 18 characters, but Twitter recently moved to have it affect all URLs in tweets. Twitter’s argument was that this allows Twitter to reduce the number…


Tags: internet, rant, social media, Twitter, usability, UX

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