Tag: <span>JPG</span>

A couple of days ago I Twittered the following “Twitter-verse – recommendations for a Photo Poster service (ie, send them a JPG, they send back a large format ‘poster’ of said photo)“, to which Lyle responded “@gordon : Photobox, although it does depend on the size of print“.

Last night I browsed to the Photobox website and had a look around. I didn’t fill in any details, although I did bookmark the specific page I was looking for so I could revisit it at a later date (e.g. after pay day!).

And today I received an email from Twitter stating that “PhotoBox (PhotoBox) is now following your updates on Twitter.”

Coincidence? I think not.

Evidence that Twitter is now in the realm of ‘marketing tool’, definitely.

Thankfully Twitter remains controllable, frankly I don’t care how many people follow me. I can block those I really don’t want to see my updates, and the rest, be they person or company, do me little harm so they can follow, follow, follow all they like.

Remember people, you control your social media and your social media is not you.

Work

Traffic

  • 32.3 million page views per day
  • 5.5 million unique users per day
  • 120 million unique users a month

Content

  • 102 GB of content
  • 3.2 million files total
  • 1.4 million HTML, ASP, and ASPX files
  • 1.2 million GIF or JPG image files
  • Approximately 300 GB of files available for download
  • Content created around the clock. Approximately 4 GB of new and updated content published daily.

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I need to spend more time at A List Apart I think as there are a variety of issues I need to address for many browsers.

When I started the re-design I did consider other browsers, but after getting nowhere fast for a long time I decided that, as 90-odd% of visitors to my site use IE 5.5/6 then I would aim at them first and get things sorted for other people later. In publishing the re-design I am breaking one of the first rules I learnt (the hard way) about designing websites, namely that ‘under construction’ sites are a bit pointless (the ones with a link to a page that says… “sorry, nothing here yet”… if that’s the case don’t flippin link to it! … ahem… sorry bit of a bug-bear that one). However with most modern browsers supporting CSS and allowing the content to be viewed, even if it looks like a dog’s dinner, then essentially the design of the site becomes a secondary consideration*.

Anyway, my point is this. I will continue to tweak the site so it looks OK in Opera (for Lyle), Mozilla/Netscape 7, Mozilla Firebird, and maybe a few others (although I doubt it).

For anyone interested, here’s a snapshot of what the site looks like in I.E. 5.5 (allowing for some bleeding in the compressed JPG).

And thank you for all the compliments, you are all too kind (or the bribes got there faster than I thought they would….)

* Design is NEVER a secondary consideration in site design, but it can become that if you approach the overall site from a different viewpoint, namely that content alone is enough.

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