There seems to have been a fair amount of chatter lately (including at Jason Pamental's excellent Western Mass Drupal Camp keynote presentation) about how we're entering a PSD-less era of web development, favoring instead a method of quickly creating functional mockups that more directly reflect how the final site will behave on an ever expanding array of devices. I understand how this could be an appealing concept, especially to someone who is focused on the programming side of the equation...
left-click was invited to have a presence at the recent Twist Fair, a twice annual alternative craft fair in Northampton MA. We ended up coming up with an exciting way to integrate attendees experience of actually being at the event with the event's social media presence, driving a lot of traffic to the event's Facebook page in the process. We achieved this by taking attendees photos at the event, editing the photos to look like attendees were actually in a number of different bizarre locations and posting the pictures to Facebook throughout the day. Read more to see some of the photos we took, hear how we did it and how it went!
We recently launched a new website for Thornes Marketplace. Thornes is a boutique mall of independent retailers in Northampton, MA, and the home of one of our retail locations. You can view the site here. Graphic design was provided by Thornes' in-house designer, and the site was built completely by the left-click Advanced team.
When Apple shut down the website Lala.com, I wasn't sure life was worth living. Seems dramatic (yeah, it is), but the hole that not having the service left in my routine was felt almost daily for years, much to my dismay. (And that of my friends, who've all heard me bemoan Apple for its corporate pirate style shutdown of the service many a time.) What could cause Apple to take such violent action against a competitor? Simply put, it was an iTunes killer. Lala was a music streaming service. You could stream any of the music in their comprehensive library for a fee, at a much cheaper rate than it cost to buy music off of iTunes. All these years I've wondered why no one stepped in to fill the void Lala left. Now, someone finally has. And then some. Someone better buy Steve Jobs a conciliatory cake, because Spotify has come to the U.S.
First of all, I’m a Google guy. In the coming tech war, when Linux Nerds face off against Apple Zombies and Facebook Fiends, I’ll be storming from the west in red, yellow, blue and green armor. Not just because Google has the best name to scream as a war cry, but because I like the stuff they make the best out of anyone's. It’s the simplest and most intuitive. Whether this means they are, in fact, the best or I just happen to be simpatico with their way of thinking, I can’t say.
But I'm also a devoted Facebook user. I like Facebook a lot, use it often to keep in touch with (or maybe just keep tabs on) a wide range of people and defend it when people trash it in conversation. So when Google+, Google’s latest and most ambitious stab at social media hit last week, I was a little torn. Here’s what I think so far.