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Dunning–Kruger Effect

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

It takes years of practice to be truly brilliant at anything, and websites are no exception. If you want to make an original website that hits it off, it’ll take you more than a few days to put together. I’ve been working on my website for months, and whilst I believe in taking risks, making things happen and learning from mistakes, sometimes I can’t help but wonder if I am in some way suffering from the Dunning–Kruger effect.

The Dunning-Kruger effect is an effect that makes people who do not know a lot about a subject think they know more than they actually know. It also makes people who do know a lot about a subject think that they know less.

In other words, am I a skilled web designer, or do I just live on mount stupid? When I look at my website, sometimes I think “this is a real masterpiece”. Other times I wonder if, like many other projects I have worked on, it will merely be a blip, or fail to achieve critical mass. Will posting a link to Reddit be enough to get my site on the map? Would boingboing post a link to its main page? Should I (in desperation, one would assume) post to Digg? Will my Facebook friends tell their Facebook friends until it gains momentum? How can I hire somebody to promote my site? And what if they too suffer from the Dunning–Kruger Effect and are, in fact a total marketing bozo?

In the end I’ll just have to launch it and see.

Preparations for the Launch

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

For a little while last week I was starting to think that my social network was starting to get stuck in development hell, constantly writing and re-writing the code, in a never ending spiral. One thing I have noticed is that it has been getting better and better, so there is at least that.

But last weekend I had a marathon coding session, and for some reason the site started coming together. Every time I say “it’s going to be another month” it seems to take more time, but I think that I am on course to launch sometime early July. In preparation for this momentous event I have created this Facebook group.

Its main function is to just let people know when the site lanches. It’s currently open, so anyone can post there, but be nice! Here is the link, for anyone who is interested in being one of the first to join:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/381635845206883/

Made By Just a Couple of Guys

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

The interesting part about Google and Facebook is that these super giants didn’t even exist a couple of decades ago. Google was created by two guys from their university dorm room, and Facebook started in basically the same way. Just take a look at this screenshot of Facebook from 2005 (7 years ago):

and Google from 1999 (13 years ago):

These sites, employ thousands of people (33,000 employees currently work at Google and 3,000 for Facebook) and get billions of hits from users. For me the amazing thing is that beneath the hood, the code which makes up the core of their functionality is really just a tweaked and improved upon version of what Zuckerberg, Brin and Page came up with in their free time.

Great Britain is Lagging America

Sunday, April 15th, 2012

Think about where the most popular websites on the Internet come from for a second.

Ebay. Yahoo. Amazon. Google. Facebook. Twitter. Linkedin. MLKSHK. Youtube. Wikipedia. WordPress. Blogspot. Bing (yuck). Tumblr. Craigslist. Flickr. 4chan. Stack Overflow.

Even Duckduckgo!

American, American , American , American , American!

Great Britain, my country of residence, has been left behind in the dust and we are not close to catching up. Perhaps we lack the entrepreneurial spirit fulled by a Randian, laissez-faire, pro-capitalist worldview, compared to our cousins from across the pond, but we have really dropped the ball this time.

Aside from the BBC (which is cheating really) and Wolfram Alpha, we haven’t really yet made our mark on the 21st century.

Somebody has got to do it. May as well be me. Only when PJs.Cat is a real success will I then rest.

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.

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.