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Facebook App 760px/12-Col Design Grid (Fireworks/PNG)

September 26, 2010
Facebook App 760px/12-Col Design Grid (Fireworks/PNG)

Apologies for the lack of updates recently; we’re spending every waking hour on project work, so have had little time for writing and sharing (and replying to emails/comments – sorry if you’re still waiting for a response). In the meantime, here’s something I needed to create for a Facebook game that we’re building, that’s...
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Random Graph Generator

July 1, 2010
Random Graph Generator

I thought it would be kind of fun to create a random graph, using words from Twitter. So! Just head on over to: http://danzambonini.com/randomgraph/ and you’ll see a new random graph every hour (well, if you refresh the page every hour)! Please be warned: I don’t filter for swear words or other potentially nasty...
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The Most Popular Government In The World

June 26, 2010

Imagine a government that hasn’t updated its laws for thousands of years. That, in its manifesto, tells you it’s illegal to vote for another party. The same manifesto is so bizarre that party members have to explain which parts you should pay attention to, and which should be ignored. This government only provides pensions...
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Am I a Content Curator? A Content Surgeon? A Quontent Physicist?

June 22, 2010
Am I a Content Curator? A Content Surgeon? A Quontent Physicist?

I thought I’d take the ‘content curator’ discussion to the extreme by adding yet more noise, in the shape of lowest-form-of-wit: sarcasm. Here are some new definitions for you to start using. Content Physicist. Someone who understands how content moves through the environment of the web, and can extract rules/laws about how it does...
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Tumblr vs WordPress SEO, Revisited: The Aftermath

June 15, 2010
Tumblr vs WordPress SEO, Revisited: The Aftermath

Almost four weeks ago, I switched my personal blog (this very one) from Tumblr to WordPress, because I didn’t think Tumblr was particularly versatile or good for SEO. The graph above shows my search engine referrer numbers, by the week. I realise this isn’t a huge amount of evidence yet, but it would seem...
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New and Very Useful! View any Post in Diva Mode!

June 11, 2010
New and Very Useful! View any Post in Diva Mode!

Driving around Phoenix, you hear a lot of ‘classic’ 70s and 80s music, and the worst of modern music. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard Whitney Houston and Leona Lewis. Argh! Anyway, in my insanity, I decided to write a quick thing that converts and post on this site into diva...
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Museum Search: Recommendations

June 5, 2010
Museum Search: Recommendations

About four weeks ago, I played around with a huge log of people’s search data from a museum/gallery/collections website. Lots of interesting little findings ‘fell out’ of the analysis, that I thought I’d quickly share with you: Museum search boxes should be at least 20 characters wide. It’s diminishing returns after that. Museum searches...
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What #1 on Hacker News Does For Your Stats

May 31, 2010
What #1 on Hacker News Does For Your Stats

The Januarist isn’t the most popular blog in the world, but thanks to lots of good content and some great incoming links (e.g. from Wikipedia and Boing Boing), it usually attracts about 100 visits a day (mostly through search engine referrals). Yesterday (well, on 31 May 2010), a new post called “Why Are the...
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A Google Analytics Dashboard to Check Today’s Referrers for Multiple Websites

May 30, 2010
A Google Analytics Dashboard to Check Today’s Referrers for Multiple Websites

I spend a LOT of time on Google Analytics (GA), especially since increasing the number of blogs that I regularly write content for (Contentini, The Januarist, Amorphous Blog, Lame But Cool, this one…). For me, the most valuable part of GA is keeping an almost real-time check on where traffic is coming from /...
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Tumblr, SEO, and Why I Moved To WordPress

May 23, 2010
Tumblr, SEO, and Why I Moved To WordPress

A number of people have asked about, or questioned my SEO-influenced move from Tumblr to (self hosted) WordPress for this blog. A lot of people know a little about SEO, which has caused a number of, “It’s not Tumblr, you just haven’t configured it; just edit the template” style responses, which I’ve seen repeated...
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