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Jessica Teal's picture

Driving Online Action with Social Media Graphics

Last week I hosted a Google Hangout with Kevin Call from Everytown for Gun Safety to discuss these little things called "social graphics" — visually impactful static and animated content designed specifically for social media.


Tony Guzmán's picture

Design Concepts: one or two?

This was post was co-authored by Neal Maher. For more info on Neal and his portfolio, visit:


Alan Ivey's picture

Speed up PHP on NFS with turbo_realpath on CentOS

If you run a website based on PHP, and have your source files on a network file system like NFS, OCFS2, or GlusterFS, and combine it with PHP's open_basedir protection, you'll quickly notice that the performance will degrade substantially. If you want to isolate your websites from each other (or from the rest of the operating system), how can you retain any shred of performance?


Leif Nordberg's picture

A responsive update for The Wilderness Society

When the Wilderness Society came to us in 2012 to rebuild their old website, we knew there were a few primary goals we needed to address with the project. First, as always, the final site needed to serve their supporters and mission above all.



Nicco Mele's picture

Twitter, the Killers, and Us: Radical Connectivity & the Week in Boston

Like all of Boston, I woke up Saturday morning feeling relief, grief, shock, and pride. I'm most proud of the city's incredible first responders and the medical community. They are true heroes.

And then there was the social media.


Juan González's picture

The Free Ride is Over

Recently, I had to re-create my Twitter account and decided to let all of my Facebook friends know about it.


Will Patterson's picture

Smuggling functions through json_encode

Callbacks! Every fancy jQuery plugin has them

and they are almost always specified along with all the other parameters when the plugin is initialized.

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Apollo Gonzales's picture

Morning Reads: RIP Friendster, Entity Advocacy, and OFA Watch

Lots of love for the MIT crowd this morning with a look at the corpse of Friendster and what we can learn from it, and some great insight into the little known Entity Graph that drives a lot of what happens on Facebook. Also, OFA is asking for stories so you should probably pay attention to how they use them.

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Apollo Gonzales's picture

Morning Reads: 2013 is Mobile, and the Game Layer

We were roused from the long weekend this morning by the sound of a steady drumbeat, "mobile, mobile, mobile". It's time to get off the sidelines and start planning for how you are going to reach your audience on their smartphones. For those of you with midyear fiscal calendars, you've got about 4 months to convince your Board it is time to get on board. We're also taking a look at gamification, and where it is today. Is gamification like flying cars, a cool idea but an impractical technology? Or are we going to see some real innovation in the space now that mobile is such a big player?

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Apollo Gonzales's picture

Morning Reads: Insights, Box of Awesome, and Wake and Tweet

This morning we're checking out yet another awesome looking insights tool, pondering an advocates box of awesome, and that favorite college past time Wake and, er...Tweet.

I see you like to read printed material. You should check out Nicco's book The End of Big: