We're about halfway through this crazy year, which means our gaze is about to drift towards 2015. It's a natural process every year, driven by the joys of budget cycles, holidays and vacations, and beach weather. Echo & Co. wants to help.
The most recent season of "House of Cards" was a major event in Washington, D.C., so much so that even Barack Obama's Twitter feed admonished "no spoilers." My own Facebook feed filled up with people binge-watching the entire show in one sitting. This is to say nothing of a friend's obsession with "Orange is the New Black", another Netflix offering that returns next month. All of these things raise an interesting question: Who watches TV anymore?
In the scramble for attention in digital spaces, nonprofit organizations find themselves facing the daunting task of churning out content that engages audiences at super-human speed — what in the marketing world would be called “owned media.” The tricky part is making content that the audience actually wants to consume and not just broadcasting the institution’s self-selected priorities. For most organizations, doing so requires a radical shift to staffing and process structures.
The clarion call heard across cyberspace these past few days has been as urgent in its tone as it has been dramatic in its delivery: "Save the Internet!" And for once, it's nearly impossible for anyone to exaggerate the grave danger that threatens to plunge our modern networked world into the disconnected dark ages.
Last week, my husband Jon and I had the opportunity to attend EMILY's List's annual fete. This was his first time ever accompanying me to a political event, and sensing him feeling a bit overwhelmed, I tried my best to whisper explanations as we moved through the substantial crowd.
If you do any light image editing–say for email newsletters or blog posts–you may be familiar with the urge to... spice up your pictures. Maybe you want to add a colorful background to a picture, or drop a subject into a different time or place. Maybe you just want to taunt your boss.
Python is an awesome language that is very fun to learn and growing quite a bit in popularity. Most notably, Reddit runs on a popular framework known as Pylons (now maintained as Pyramid) while several other websites are built on Django. Some of these include Disqus, BitBucket, Pinterest, and Instagram. This is going to be what I view as the path of least resistance to getting yourself up and running with a powerful, modern Django stack!