Happy Friday! We’ve got your weekly roundup of all that’s awesome from the week. As usual, there’s something for everyone. Pull up a seat!
If you’re passionate about cultivating a Twitter following, don’t get too excited about all those new followers. Twitter admits that as many as 23 million of its active users are actually bots. Granted, some of them are amazing and inexplicable. But most are just annoying.
And here’s a bunch of times Facebook’s targeted advertising became both hilarious and disturbing. Thinking twice about that ad blocking software?
Ever wonder how Facebook decides to recommend pages for you with the targeted advertising? One writer experimented by liking everything for two days to get a better understanding of the algorithm. What’s surprising is just how quickly it manages to snowball.
Speaking of Facebook, if you’re holding out on downloading the Messenger app and you happen to have an iPhone, you might just have a workaround. Lucky you.
And there’s a new app on the market if you’ve already burned out on Snapchat and Yo. The “Sup” app lets you get a 10 second live video of your friends when they accept your ‘sup?!’ message by turning on their phone. Is this the natural progression of social media oversharing or pretty darn awesome?
Development & Tech
Remember Dwarf Fortress? The granddaddy of Minecraft is changing how NYC’s MoMA defines and preserves “art”. We are huge fans.
If you’re looking for more online resources to brush up on, or begin your journey in to development, you might want to check out Udacity.
Are you a Wes Anderson fan like we are? Some pretty clever parallels between his movie-making ethos and good UX/UI.
This week we saw the roll out of the US Digital Service. A direct result of the overhaul on healthcare.gov, the US Digital Service “works to find solutions to management challenges that can prevent progress in IT delivery” and deliver a customer-focused government through smarter IT.
Sometimes, responsive design can get a bad rap – critics cite slow load times and bloated code. Is that true?
The majority of the Spry team is made of avid readers and we’ve come up with various ways to keep our libraries mobile and instantly accessed with tablets and Kindles. We enjoyed this look at the evolution of the Kindle and why the Kindle is eking closer to the 10 principles of good design.
A barbaric yawp will be heard in World of Warcraft. Following a fan petition, the MMORPG will be adding a Robin Williams NPC to honor the actor and avid WoW player. He was one of us. Bangarang, good sir.
It’s one thing to get worked up about a faceless tech company using you as its guinea pig (we see you, Facebook), but what about your boss? Two Dutch designers decided to try an open office experiment on a bunch of freelancers. We inadvertently learn a lot about just how much people will put up with, as well as how important perks are to a work environment.
The two entries in “We Freaking Love the Internet!” this week: Cat Sushi and Slug Solos. No cats were harmed in the making of the sushi. We make no promises on the slugs, but they probably ended up with at least a few groupies. (Just kidding, they are clearly ‘Shopped. We can tell by the pixels. We’re experts.)
Don’t try to hide a body using Siri. Come on, guys. Siri-ously? (Sorry, we’ll see ourselves out.)
Thanks for catching up with us and SpryHive. Have a delightful weekend! We’re back to the grindstone next week stirring up new articles and nimble web solutions just for you!