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Future of...Everything Is In The Clouds | via @CloudTweaks

Future of...Everything Is In The Clouds | via @CloudTweaks | Curation Revolution |

Cloud gaming is gaining considerable momentum for a number of reasons and is positioning itself as the future of how games will be played.

Marty Note
I've been doing a lot of 2-14 trends work over the last few weeks. The major impact the cloud brings seems to be forgotten or left out. I received a dramatic demonstration in how much use of "the cloud" can change website design when we created   

We used to limit webpage size to 100K (code + graphics) because to go any larger meant slowing down load times to an unacceptable level. Every half a second we added we lost money, so we were very careful about the size of our pages.

Being careful about the size of our pages meant we had to live in a "lowest common denominator" world where our communication was compromised by environmental constraints. Some restraints remain, but the new caching provided by the cloud creates all kinds of new design headroom that just didn't exist before.

The cloud means we can design cooler, more functional, more engaged sites that feel dynamic and highly personal. The cloud changes all :). M  

Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, January 7, 2014 6:03 PM

GaaS despite its funny initials could provide a peek into the future of....well everything. We've already seen a MONSTER TREND toward appification (smaller code updated more frequently) and along comes "cloud gaming".

Benefits of "cloud gaming" include:

* More room on your hard drive (some games can take 14 gigs).
* Games are saved in the cloud so hard drive crash = no worries.

* Better Game Play (thanks to way memory is handled).
* More efficiency will change game development (eventually).

Love this paragraph despite only partially understanding it:

"With recent breakthroughs in hybrid streaming, such as what CiiNOW has done by streaming video and graphics primitives at the same time, it’s much easier to send complex information to mobile devices, tablets and computers at lower bandwidth. Some games are provided through file streaming, a method in which a small percentage of the game is initially installed on a graphics-capable device to allow immediate play.

During play, the remainder of the game continues to download. For movie, TV or less graphic intensive games, video streaming- or video on demand- eliminates the necessity of a game console. Although game consoles or PCs will probably continue to be prevalent, cloud gaming will likely continue to gain popularity as a way to experience new games without having to buy entire game systems."

What I can understand from those points is something we found with Use of cloud services allows for "larger" pages to load faster. The impact on web and game design of building in cloud benefits is hard to over estimate.


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Is Your Website EPIC? Here's How Your Website Can Become A Hero's Journey

Is Your Website EPIC? Here's How Your Website Can Become A Hero's Journey | Curation Revolution |

Most Internet marketers agree. Your website must be heroic, a quest of and for greatness. But how can your marketing make customers heroes? Here's How:

Ways To Make Your Customers Heroes Online

* Gamification (nothing like social kudos to reinforce a heroic journey).

* Curate and Use UGC (User Generated Content). 

* Contests (who has the best Tough Mudder Pinterest board etc...).

* Leaderboards (part of gamification, but a constant reminder that a game is going on NOW). 


Website design tips and several examples of "heroic" websites are included. If you know of great heroic online experiences please share so we can curate in.  

Elsie Barone's curator insight, May 16, 2013 2:36 PM

Very Good Information;

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Ask Big Questions Social Platform Earns A #StealThis

Ask Big Questions Social Platform Earns A #StealThis | Curation Revolution |
Can we change the world through better conversation? We believe we can. We don't have many opportunities today to develop relationships with people of different backgrounds who may hold different viewpoints.
Martin (Marty) Smith's insight:


I like the immediacy of this platform. You signup with Twitter (or Facebook) and you post. May have to steal this idea for Cure Cancer Starter. Well done, great use of social as simultaneously platform, infrastructure and content. Cool. 

Gets better. When you post they respond with @(your twitter) responses. They just let me know you can use Facebook too and immediately incorporate friends. This is a very cool use of social media tools as platform. There are several valuable lessons here in the use of OPP (Other People's Platforms) including:

* Use scaled platforms so people don't have to repeat on yours.

* Don't make people learn new things use established conventions.

* Make it falling off a log easy to signup and create an account.

* When any says anything, RESPOND.

* RESPOND with real people, heart and soul (no canned junk).

* Be present to the conversations happening and everything works better.


Cool idea well done, and, as I said on my Facebook page, bound to be the future of something.  



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5 Ways To Improve Your Web Site This Week

5 Ways To Improve Your Web Site This Week | Curation Revolution |

A strong website can do wonders for any business, especially small businesses competing with the much larger players in their industry.

Lack of time, is a key reason many business owners neglect their websites, but not maximising the performance of your website is doing your business an injustice.

This good article, outlines 5 ways in which you can quickly improve the performance of your business website, to increase its strength and make it more valuable and engaging, to your site visitors.

Via Daniel Watson