👓 The 7 Characteristics That Can Make A Link “Bad” For SEO | Search Engine Land

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📺 cite and blockquote – reloaded | HTML5 Doctor

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The definitions of the blockquote and cite elements in the HTML specification have recently been updated. This article explains what the changes mean for developers.

Yes, <cite> and <blockquote> ought to be much easier and more standardized. I’ve got some crazy and extreme examples myself I’m sure. The bigger lurking trap is that cite is really a semantic thing, but the way I see it done more often implemented with CSS is as a typographic element indicating italics.

hat tip: Michael Bishop

👓 Overthinking Instagram | Oh Hello Ana

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I very rarely share online if something isn’t going well in my life. I’ve always treated my social media the same way most of us do: we only share the good bits. I thought I was doing that but nowadays, I look back at some photos of what looks like an excellent time of my life but now I know ver...

This post has a lot of great things to think about for people either designing social media related websites, or even IndieWeb site designers who might want to take advantage of these things for themselves. I don’t see these issues being written or talked about enough in the community, so I’m glad that designers and developers like Ana are starting to consider them.

As I think about it, some personal-related posts could potentially be marked to auto-expire (unpost themselves) at some future date and be auto-archived to one’s back end so that they’re no longer public, but so that they exist if one wants to look at them personally, but also so that they’re also hidden from the site owner and need to be actively searched for. As an example, I can imagine something along the lines of a “dating” tag so that when one creates an “engaged” or “married” post that all the old dating history disappears? There is some existing artwork and thought about this on the IndieWeb wiki that I came across a week or so ago in relation to Last.fm’s expiring content, but more work and motivation could be added.

Incidentally, like many, I’ve begun reading her regularly and she’s not only quite the writer, but she’s got a pretty little site as well. I highly recommend folks give her a look and subscribe.

Maybe during this Christmas break I will find the guts to do a purge but I know that it will be a “fake purge”.  

I’ve been seeing a lot about (Japanese) minimalism this past year in relation to physical goods, but hadn’t considered what a minimal social media presence would look like. This is definitely something that could use some more thought, both in minimalism of code, typography, and even design.

December 19, 2018 at 02:57PM

👓 Twitter is relaunching the reverse-chronological feed as an option for all users starting today | The Verge

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Just hit that sparkle, fam

Apparently so many people are using shortcuts like “filter:follows -filter:replies” from a few months back that they’ve decided to fix their UI.

Of course the article indicates that it seems to be higher engagement (aka clicks for advertising) as the motivator rather than simply making a stronger and more usable product:

Keith Coleman, vice president of product at Twitter, told The Verge that in tests, users who had access to the easy toggle participated in more conversations than average.

👓 I have a new website | Justin Jackson

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After 10 years on WordPress, I'm making a big change.

I do love the look and feel of this website. Great Xeroxed feel of an 80’s zine.

hat tip: Kevin Marks comment “If you want a samizdata feel, there is this layout to emulate https://justinjackson.ca/new-website”

Kevin also mentions a great photo filter for something like this at https://codepen.io/kevinmarks/pen/PyLjRv

🔖 Talk Like a Pirate, Me Hearties | Adactio.com

Bookmarked Talk Like A Pirate, Me Hearties! by Jeremy Keith (adactio.com)

Simply, you put in a URL and this tool will return a web page that “translates” the page into pirate speech. The UI is so sparse here you can’t do much but put in a URL (though without knowing exactly what is going to happen).

Ideal for your talk-like-a-pirate-day browsing every September 19th. Maybe a bookmarklet that does this would be cool? Come to think of it, maybe having a browser extension that does this for you automatically on every page you visit on September 19th would be a fun little toy!

👓 Key | The Independent Variable

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I like how the author creates a key to their posts here. Most are obvious based on the emojis, but if they’re not more obvious are they really as broadly useful from a UI perspective? I do wish they all had links to archives of each type however.

👓 Editorial Layouts, Exclusions, and CSS Grid | Rachel Andrew

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A little while back at An Event Apart Chicago, I chatted to Rob Weychert about a grid use case he felt the spec couldn’t solve. He has now written that use case up, which you can read on his blog - Editorial Layouts, FLoats, and CSS Grid. At the time I thought that this sounded like an Exclusions ...

👓 What do you want to do when you grow up, kid? | Robin Rendle

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I fell into web design via books. When I was maybe six or seven I remember reading about polar bears and how they hibernated in a large compendium about all sorts of natural habitats and curiosities ranging from foxes hunting in the desert and wild horses running on the Mongolian plains to Emperor penguins shivering in the Antarctic. And to this day I still remember that giant, double page spread of a bear and her cubs. It was a wondrous illustration but what piqued my curiosity was how the writer described hibernation.

What a great little story here. I may be biased because I love all of these types of things myself.

👓 Why celebrity gossip blogs refuse to abandon Livejournal | The Verge

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The unchanging aesthetic of Crazy Days and Nights and DListed is a form of time travel

A few interesting points, but it actually is appealing to the sort of nostalgia it is cautiously against.

🔖 Unsplash | Beautiful Free Images & Pictures

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Beautiful, free images and photos that you can download and use for any project. Better than any royalty free or stock photos.

👓 The Problem With Feedback | The Atlantic

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Companies and apps constantly ask for ratings, but all that data may just be noise in the system.

A great framing of a lot of crazy digital exhaust that online services and apps are collecting that don’t do much. I’ve also thought for a while about the idea of signal to noise ratio of these types of data as well as their quantization levels which often don’t make much sense to me. I don’t think that there are any IndieWeb realizations of these sorts of (mostly business) systems in the wild yet, but this is an important area to begin to consider when they do.

👓 The way out | Manton Reece

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There have been many articles written in the last month about the role of social networks. Some even reach the obvious conclusion: that the top social networks are too big. This interview on Slate was fairly representative, covering monopolies and centralized power. But these articles always stop sh...