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Tool Bar Gradients

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Okay, so “Tool Bar Gradients” doesn’t sound exciting, but it’s an important concept, which has been grasped and used by a whole bunch of multi billion dollar companies, including Google, Twitter and Facebook.

Facebook:
Google:
Twitter:
By toolbar I mean the little bar used for navigation at the top of the page. And if we look very very closely at these toolbars we can see some reoccurring tricks which the big shots use make their websites look neat, clean and together.
Some extreme toolbar close ups:
Facebook:
Google:
Twitter:
At the bottom of each title bar you’ll notice that there is a dark line which marks the end of the bar. Just underneath this, you can see that a shadow has been drawn on, making the title bar appear distinguished from the rest of the page.
All of the cool kids are doing it. Just take a look at the wordpress toolbar:
Close up:
If you use this $5 trick, it’s a part of making your site look a million bucks.
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How Much Social Networking Is Enough?

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

For me it started with MySpace. Then everyone jumped ship to Facebook. Then we signed up to Twitter. Professionals joined LinkedIn. Middle aged women found cake photos at Pintrest.

Every once in a while I think that Social Networking has had its day. Then another site come along. I wait for a few months. Then another. And another.

Just because I have an account at Facebook, doesn’t mean that I don’t want to show off photos of my cat on Flickr. Or check out the latest popular pics on Mlkshk. Or even make a Post on PJs.Cat.

Quantity not Quality

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Twitter is great. It’s fun, it restricts the number of characters per tweet so much that users only have enough space to express a single interesting idea. And one of my favourite things about twitter is the list of trending tweets.

But instead of promoting the best, most fun, most interesting tweets, it promotes the most recent tweets which have a hashtag which has been tweeted recently in large quantities. This means that instead of promoting quality, twitter promotes quantity.

One move twitter HQ has made which addresses this issue somewhat is to put heavily re-tweeted tweets at the top of the results for a hashtag. But when 99 times out of 100 a tweet will instantly be pushed down the list of trending tweets, the incentive is not to write a high quality tweet but a high quantity of tweets.
Disclaimer:
As we are creating our own microblogging service, we are completely biased.

What Makes a Good Terms of Service?

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Tumblr has recently updated it’s Terms Of Service (TOS), some legal mumbo jumbo to which you must “agree” in order to use it. Gizmodo has recently written an interesting article highlighting jokes which were written into the dense legal text.

What the agreement looks like to most people

I will of course have to write my own TOS for PJs.Cat, in order for everything to be above board.

Googles TOS look like they were written in legaleese and contains SCARY SECTIONS WRITTEN IN ALL CAPS which freaks me out.

The WordPress TOS are logically organised into 19 short segments, and is licenced under a a Creative Commons Sharealike license, meaning that anybody is “more than welcome to steal it”. And I think I shall, thank you very much ᵔᵜᵔ (attribution will, of course be given).

A balance needs to be struck between covering my own ass from the needless litigation of parasitic institutions and reprehensible individuals, and clear, clean, simple guidelines that the actual human beings who use the service can actually read.

Why the blog?

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Hello, World!

My name is Adjam, and welcome to the official blog for PJs.Cat.

This blog exists to help increase my luck surface area. By following Jeff Atwood’s advice about blogging success I can drum up some interest in my work, before launching. From now on amazing and regular blog posts will be uploaded on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.