Jul 21, 2012 by Marc Frechet
One of the things we do at mb/i is research WordPress functionality. We look for plugins that can be visually customized to match our designs, meet functionality specifications, and integrate smoothly with our other favored plugins and the current version of WordPress. While we can’t guarantee that a plugin you find would match our design process, you can use our research method to find a plugin that meets your own do it yourself specifications.
1) Define what you’re looking for
Some plugins, particularly low visibility ones like an SEO module, have a clear purpose and feature set which is dictated by their …
Jul 14, 2011 by Aaron Rubman
According to CNN the tech elite are struggling to define Google+. This seems very odd to me, as the premise of Google+ is very straightforward: it is a social media platform that allows you to control where your message goes.
What makes this a radical concept is that no one else is doing it (well, no one aside from Diaspora, but I’ll get to that later).
The problem that CNN’s experts have run into is that they’re trying to define Google+ in terms of other social media platforms. …
Oct 26, 2010 by Aaron Rubman
Trick-or-Treating has been part of the American Halloween tradition for about 80 years, and part of the Scottish Halloween tradition for even longer. October 31 is not the only day known for fancy dress, but if you say the word costume, it is the holiday that will most likely come to mind.
But why do we dress up for holidays? On the one hand, it’s an escape, a way present yourself in a different light. On the other hand, it is a conspicuous way to mark those holidays and traditions you find valuable; few things are more conspicuous than overhauling your …
Sep 21, 2010 by Aaron Rubman
Earlier this month Google unleashed its newest search innovation, instant search. Every single keystroke will trigger a different search function based on Google’s popular auto-complete function.
What Does Google Instant Change About Searching the Web
Let’s be honest, Google Instant is a wonderful innovation for anyone who likes conducting research online. There is effectively no delay in search time, and your search results will get refined with every single touch of your keyboard. In essence, Google Instant lets you the searcher decide when your results are sufficiently on-task to justify following the revealed links.
What Google Instant Will Do To …
Sep 14, 2010 by Aaron Rubman
No, it’s not another revival of the British TV series The Prisoner.
According to a recent Nielsen report, Bing, Microsoft’s new search engine, has just overtaken Yahoo! and now controls the second largest piece of the US search market share.
This turn of events was hardly unexpected. This time last year Bing was the fastest growing search engine in the marketplace. Shortly before that Yahoo, which used to be the market leader, agreed to merge it’s search functions with the Microsoft newcomer.
August was the first month of integration between the two services, which both maintain separate interfaces to the Microsoft algorithm.
As of …
Jun 22, 2010 by Aaron Rubman
Link building is one of the key elements to Search Engine Optimization. The more reputable sites you can get to refer people to your site, the better your search engine results will be. You will usually need a well known and positive reputation in order to garner such links, but there are some small steps you can take on your own to get the ball rolling.
There You Are!
I don’t know about you, but when I first decide where I want to go shopping, one of the first questions I ask myself is, “what’s near me?” I’d be willing to bet …
Feb 18, 2010 by Aaron Rubman
One week ago a new four-colored dialog box appeared in my Gmail account. And I don’t mean some clunky square computer dialog box that we’ve all grown accustomed to, I mean an honest to goodness comic book style dialog box.
Clearly this was some new sort of chat functionality, which surprised me, as I already had a GTalk session open.
Apparently Google was launching it’s answer to Facebook and Twitter, and you know what, I couldn’t be bothered. I already have all the personal social media tools I need. In fact, I have more social media tools at my disposal than I …
Jan 20, 2010 by Aaron Rubman
Until Apple’s release of the iPhone and accompanying App Store, Japan was more or less the undisputed leader in mobile technology and innovation. Roughly 90% of the population owns some form of mobile phone. Their mobile networks are faster and cover a greater portion of the country.
What’s more interesting, 8 years ago the breakdown of revenue from Japan’s mobile internet looked remarkably similar to the current breakdown of revenues for the rest of the world. These are just a small number of the many observations to appear in Morgan Stanley’s 424-page Mobile Internet Report.
Japan’s market anticipated the popularity of recreational …
Nov 24, 2009 by gstubblefield
Across the country we see shopping centers struggling to keep their storefronts filled with tenants that their individual communities support. Community Marketing Group works with individual shopping centers and commercial real estate owners in order to create mapped resources for towns and cities.
Each map is indexed by a sophisticated database that allows Google to crawl each business and the information they provide. We provide customizations to these maps including user accounts allowing each business to update their information, add events or promotions, and adding multiple links such as websites, reviews, or blogs.
Our maps are designed for both the user and …
May 18, 2009 by Aaron Rubman
While Google is arguably the largest data retrieval system in the world, it is not built like the physical retrieval systems that are familiar to most of us who work in office (and home office) environments.
Most of us employ some sort of grouping or filing system when we are given a document that we think we may need to find again in the future. This might be a Rolodex, a well maintained cabinet of hanging files, or even (perish the thought) ill defined stacks of paper where the most recently used documents tend to gravitate towards the top.
Basically, you know …