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Free the Network

Via Vice:

[H]ere’s a teaser peak at our latest feature documentary, Free the Network, which looks at how DIY hack-tech is changing the discourse of modern day protests. Our story follows the trials of a pair of college dropouts who head up the Free Network Foundation, a peer-to-peer communications initiative seeking to liberate the global Internet from corporate clutches by building their own decentralized, cooperatively owned, free network, one wifi hotspot at a time.

Top 10 Politics Web Sites (US), January 2012
Data via Experian Hitwise, chart via Marketing Charts.

Top 10 Politics Web Sites (US), January 2012

Data via Experian Hitwise, chart via Marketing Charts.

The Portly Web?
Websites are getting fat with average pages weighing in at almost a megabyte, according to the BBC:

The average page is now about 965 kilobytes in size, reveals a study of top sites by the HTTP Archive.
The figure is 33% up on the same period in 2010 when the average webpage was a svelte 726 kilobytes…
…Analysis suggests the bloat is down to user demands for more interactivity, as well as the tools used to watch what happens when people visit a site.

The bloat is generally caused by the use of larger images and multimedia, but also Javascript libraries and Web analytics scripts. 
Back in the day when we had to walk uphill both ways to get our Webs to work, a general goal was to keep pages under 50k. The BBC points out that our portly pages might be fine for people  accessing sites via broadband but is a killer for those viewing on 3G mobile.
Takeaway: remember to optimize, and then do it again.

The Portly Web?

Websites are getting fat with average pages weighing in at almost a megabyte, according to the BBC:

The average page is now about 965 kilobytes in size, reveals a study of top sites by the HTTP Archive.

The figure is 33% up on the same period in 2010 when the average webpage was a svelte 726 kilobytes…

…Analysis suggests the bloat is down to user demands for more interactivity, as well as the tools used to watch what happens when people visit a site.

The bloat is generally caused by the use of larger images and multimedia, but also Javascript libraries and Web analytics scripts. 

Back in the day when we had to walk uphill both ways to get our Webs to work, a general goal was to keep pages under 50k. The BBC points out that our portly pages might be fine for people  accessing sites via broadband but is a killer for those viewing on 3G mobile.

Takeaway: remember to optimize, and then do it again.

WordPress 3.3 is released.

Called Sonny (after jazz legend Sonny Stitt), the update addresses a number of usability issues.

It also includes a Tumblr importer… not that anyone wants to leave the cozy confines of here to head over there but it’s a nice option to have.

Note that this update is for the self-hosted, open source WordPress, not WordPress.com.

Facebook, It's Biggie Sized →

Via Business Insider:

Facebook has as many users today as the whole internet had in 2004, the year Facebook was founded.

The data comes from Royal Pingdom, which cites an internet growth statistics site that plots the amount of users using the internet in any given year.

Facebook has over 800 million active users today, while seven years ago in May 2004, there were only 757 million people using the internet worldwide in grand total.

In other eye-popping numbers: it’s now estimated that over 500 million people are now online in China and it’s estimated there’ll be 4.5 billion global mobile phone subscribers by 2012. 

And the Winner Is: Best Designed News Sites & Apps →

They don’t give us the criteria but the Society for News Design’s inaugural Best of Digital News Design competition announces the following five winners

  • CNN: World’s Best-Designed News Web Site (CNN.com) and World’s Best Designed News App (CNN for iPad)
  • The Globe and Mail: World’s Best-Designed News Web site
  • The Guardian for iPhone: World’s Best-Design Mobile App
  • NPR for iPad: World’s Best-Designed News App

Back in March, the SND announced sixty other winners for individual project.

    Created by Hyperakt and Vizzuality, The Evolution of the Web is a fascinating interactive exploring Web technologies over the past 20 years.
Via Evolution of the Web:

The web today is a growing universe of interlinked web pages and web apps, teeming with videos, photos, and interactive content. What the average user doesn’t see is the interplay of web technologies and browsers that makes all this possible.
Over time web technologies have evolved to give web developers the ability to create new generations of useful and immersive web experiences. Today’s web is a result of the ongoing efforts of an open web community that helps define these web technologies, like HTML5, CSS3 and WebGL and ensure that they’re supported in all web browsers.
The color bands in this visualization represent the interaction between web technologies and browsers, which brings to life the many powerful web apps that we use daily.

Check it.
Image: Detail from Evolution of the Web

    Created by Hyperakt and Vizzuality, The Evolution of the Web is a fascinating interactive exploring Web technologies over the past 20 years.

    Via Evolution of the Web:

    The web today is a growing universe of interlinked web pages and web apps, teeming with videos, photos, and interactive content. What the average user doesn’t see is the interplay of web technologies and browsers that makes all this possible.

    Over time web technologies have evolved to give web developers the ability to create new generations of useful and immersive web experiences. Today’s web is a result of the ongoing efforts of an open web community that helps define these web technologies, like HTML5, CSS3 and WebGL and ensure that they’re supported in all web browsers.

    The color bands in this visualization represent the interaction between web technologies and browsers, which brings to life the many powerful web apps that we use daily.

    Check it.

    Image: Detail from Evolution of the Web

    General Adult Use Gender Use Age Comparison

    Via the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project:

    Among internet users, social networking sites are most popular with women and young adults under age 30. Young adult women ages 18-29 are the power users of social networking; fully 89% of those who are online use the sites overall and 69% do so on an average day. As of May 2011, there are no significant differences in use of social networking sites based on race and ethnicity, household income, education level, or whether the internet user lives in an urban, suburban, or rural environment. 

    Let us bow before our power users.

    Select images to enlarge.

    Job: Pew Web Coordinator →

    Like the Internet? Like research? Got some design and Web skills to boot?

    Then the Pew Internet and American Life Project has a job for you:

    The Web Coordinator is the staffer most immediately involved in the day-to-day operations of the Pew Internet Project’s web site and digital dissemination strategies. The Web Coordinator helps conceive and produce special web-only reports and graphics and assesses new applications to disseminate Project work to key audiences. In addition, the Web Coordinator functions as a researcher in the Project’s reports and publications, especially concentrating on graphics displays of Project data. The Web Coordinator will identify the most useful formats to share Pew Internet data and the best platforms by which to disseminate it. The Web Coordinator will work with the Project’s Associate Director for digital strategy and Administrative Manager in the technical management and strategic development of the Project’s website.

    The American Prospect: Job Posting: We need an associate web editor! →

    theamericanprospect:

    The American Prospect seeks an Associate Web Editor. The position involves assisting the Web editor with planning coverage, editing and assigning pieces, and helping to manage a growing staff.

    We are seeking someone with at least two years’ experience editing and assigning for the Web. The…

    Sounds like a fun gig.

    (Source: prospect.org)

    What Happens on the Backside of Your Favorite Web Sites?
Luckily for us there’s a Tumblr for that. And while you might think it’s all a bunch of code the site illustrates otherwise.
Created by Jeff Lam and Josephine Yatar, we now see the secrets behind Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and others. 
H/T: WebUrbanist.

    What Happens on the Backside of Your Favorite Web Sites?

    Luckily for us there’s a Tumblr for that. And while you might think it’s all a bunch of code the site illustrates otherwise.

    Created by Jeff Lam and Josephine Yatar, we now see the secrets behind Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and others. 

    H/T: WebUrbanist.

    The Evolution of Web Design is a great stroll down memory lane noting the text only pages created after Tim Berners Lee’s very first in 1991, the rise of Macromedia’s Flash in the late 90s, the emergence of JavaScript, CSS and Ajax in the early to mid naughts, and the rise of HTML5 and the mobile Web of today.
That’s a whole lot of ground to cover over twenty years. And to think that in another twenty today will seem as quaint to us then as 1991 hypertext seems to us now.
Check it.

    The Evolution of Web Design is a great stroll down memory lane noting the text only pages created after Tim Berners Lee’s very first in 1991, the rise of Macromedia’s Flash in the late 90s, the emergence of JavaScript, CSS and Ajax in the early to mid naughts, and the rise of HTML5 and the mobile Web of today.

    That’s a whole lot of ground to cover over twenty years. And to think that in another twenty today will seem as quaint to us then as 1991 hypertext seems to us now.

    Check it.

    Suggestions on Design Resources

    Flowers & Freckles asked us if we have design resources we’d recommend. I brainfarted and hit publish by accident before entering the following but here it is:

    Do we have design resources? Sure do, I can’t list them all and what follows is a little messy but it generally works for me.

    I use Google Reader to organize my content sources and have general categories that I put RSS feeds into. For example, Media, Technology, Politics and Business. I also have a category called “Visuals”. This is a catch-all that includes everything from photo sites, to design tutorials, to data visualization to design theory.

    A non-exhaustive but somewhat exhausting list of the 46 sites I monitor includes (alphabetically and not in order of preference):

    That said, I don’t actually read content within Google Reader. Instead, I use Feedly which is a service that sucks in everything I have in Reader and lays it out like a magazine according to the categories I have.

    I like this better than Google Reader because the Reader interface makes me feel like I have hundreds of unopened emails that I need to wade through. Feedly gives me more of a sense of browsing through what might be interesting.

    Feedly doesn’t allow me to display the output publicly but Google does and you can see what type of design content I look at here. And if you you use a feed reader yourself, you can add this feed URL to it to suck in the firehose of that which I’ve set up.

    Anyone have suggestions for design resources, be they tutorials, theory or just pretty things?

    How Journalists Use the Internet
Sixty-four percent of journalists say they spend more than 20 hours a week online, with 21 percent reporting more than 40 hours of online activity each week. 
Via the 2011 Arketi Web Watch Media Survey. Arketi is a PR firm.

    How Journalists Use the Internet

    Sixty-four percent of journalists say they spend more than 20 hours a week online, with 21 percent reporting more than 40 hours of online activity each week. 

    Via the 2011 Arketi Web Watch Media Survey. Arketi is a PR firm.