News : December 2005
Is Web 2.0 dead, for real?
While several people are just beginning to understand what "Web 2.0" is, others who have been working within the realm of it are now beginning to say it's dead. Thomas Vander Wal has a great post entitled Web 2.0 Dead? explaining this in more detail in response to Richard MacManus's post Web 2.0 is dead. R.I.P.. Of course Richard wasn't the first person to say such a thing. Back in October Jay Fineberg was already leaning that way in his post The era of web 2.Over. My short take on Thomas's post is that O'Reilly has turned "Web 2.0" into a rather meaningless buzzword due to over-hype. As a business you don't get to decide, the community does for you.
Seven things your web sites should be doing
About a year ago I posted about Ten things your web sites should be doing. Well, seeing that a year has lapsed since that posting, I thought I would revisit it. I still don't think we are there yet, but a lot of sites have adopted several of the points made in that post. Let's take a closer look at what's been adopted and what hasn't...
Things we are pretty much adopting:
- Offering regularly updated information (blogs, CMSs, etc.)
- Increased efficiency in news and information distribution (RSS, ATOM, etc.)
- Improved performance and code optimization (CSS, XHTML, etc.)
Things we haven't really adopted yet:
- Alternative methods of information distribution (email newsletters, RSS, del.icio.us, etc.)
- Enhanced notification and announcement systems (pings, email alerts, etc.)
- A place for your site's users to offer feedback and input (blog comments, forums, etc.)
- Multiple ways to access information (multi-faceted navigation, folksonomies, etc.)
- Intelligent system to system communication (XML, SOAP, etc.)
- Collaborative communication and documentation (Wikis, blogs, etc.)
- On-demand support feedback (user-driven FAQs, click-to-chat, etc.)
Now keep in mind, I don't think we are doing half bad. We have come quite a long ways in the last year alone to say the least. However, we still have some ground to cover. Remember, we are living in a modern world, it's time your web sites start acting like it.
Local Search Servey
Speaking of surveys. Lou Rosenfeld and Rich Wiggins are conducting a survey to support the book they are writing on search analytics. The survey is about local search, meaning searches conducted on your Intranet or web site (not external searches, such as those done via services like Google and Yahoo). If you have data about your site's local searches, please take a moment to complete their local search survey. Meanwhile, thanks to all of those who have responded to the Digital Web Magazine 2005 Readership Survey. Of course, if you haven't already done so, please take the survey so we can improve Digital Web Magazine. Some suggestions readers have made are already being addressed so look for small changes over the next few months.
2005 Digital Web Magazine Reader Survey
As promissed the 2005 Digital Web Magazine Reader Survey is now open. If you would like to see some things change here at Digital Web Magazine, now is your chance, we want to hear what you think we should be doing, what topics we should be covering, and more. Fill out the survey and let us know!
Patterns in Web Design
Ok, things have been a little crazy with the holidays coming up (and the mad rush to get things done before going on vacation) but I thought I would let you know that John Allsopp, our friend from down under at WestCiv has just launched WebPatterns.org, a great site for exploring design patterns. I highly recommend you spend some time to check out the site in detail, he's going a lot of excellent information there. This along with Martijn van Welie's Patterns in Ineraction Design are great resources to keep handy. See you in Austin, John!
Holiday party tonight!
Last chance to RSVP for tonight's Blue Flavor holiday party in Seattle. It will be a good chance to meet the full Blue Flavor team as well as listen to some live music and have lots of drinks and munchies. I hope to see you there!
2006 SXSW Web Awards competition deadline
The ever cool Shawn O'Keefe tells me that the final deadline for entries in the 2006 SXSW Web Awards competition is this Friday, December 16. If you haven't already entered your site now is the time to do it. Your's truly along with a whole caste of other web experts will be judging this year's web awards, so hurry and submit your site!
IA Stencils and Templates for OmniGraffle and Visio
Garrett Dimon has published a new set of stencils and templates for OmniGraffle and Visio. He has covered both wireframes and page description diagrams. I have been meaning to update my own IA Stencils to include not only a version for Visio, but also version for OmniGraffle and ConceptDraw but haven't been able to get around to doing them. Perhaps that will happen over the holiday break. Until then, please check out Garrett's great set of stencils.
Freelance Web Designer wanted
For those who are interested, Blue Flavor is looking for a Freelance Web Designer. Specifically those who are primarly a visual designer (AKA graphic designer) but should have a basic understanding of the web as a platform. When applying, be sure you include your resume, hourly rates, availability and any relevant links to work you've done. If you don't include it, probably we won't consider you. If you are a CSS or XHTML person, you'll probably want to hold off applying until we have our Freelance Web Developer job post up (more on that later).
Today marks the first day of Digital Web Magazine's annual winter hiatus. We'll return in January with more great articles. In the meantime we will continue to blog about news in the industry and we'll also be launching our annual reader survey here pretty soon. I want to personally thank all of our staff and contributors for yet another great year! Still wanting more content? Well, now would be a good time to check out some of our previous articles on various topics you may have missed.
Michael Angeles: Redesign in progress
Michael Angeles is in the process of redesining his site. He's starting a series of posts about his process. His first one is Redesign: Phase 1, more Drupal and the return of CSS site skinning. Some good in depth exploration of design, CSS, and technology. This looks like it's going to be a great series to keep tabs on.
Blue Flavor Holiday Party
Myself, Brian, Keith, and Matt are happy to announce the first annual Blue Flavor Holiday Party here in Seattle. The event will be held next door to the Blue Flavor offices at Think Spot. There will be plenty of drinks including our signature "Blue Flavored" drink, lots of great food, and live jazz music by David Marriot and Joe Doria. Best of all, you are invited. Bring your significant other, friends and colleagues.