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

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

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

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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 http://www.curecancerstarter.org.   

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  

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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 CureCancerStarter.org. 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 | Scoop.it

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.  

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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 | Scoop.it
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.
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#StealThis

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 | Scoop.it

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.


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8 Tips For Making The Most Of Your RSS Feed

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I’m on a FeedBurner roll at the moment. Yesterday I showed you how you can tweet out new posts using FeedBurner. And today I thought it would be good to run through all of the useful settings that FeedBurner has to offer. If you’re not a FeedBurner user (hint: you really should be), I’m afraid that the majority of this article is not for you.

 

It took me rather a long time to realize that there is a lot more to FeedBurner than meets the eye. I would typically register a blog with the service and move on with my day. But it’s worth spending a few minutes on your options.


Before you make a start on the tips below, make sure that you have followed the step by step FeedBurner signup process I laid out in this post...


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Future of Web Design Triptych: 3 Haiku Decks about Future of Web Design

Future of Web Design Triptych: 3 Haiku Decks about Future of Web Design | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

Future of Web Design 1: http://sco.lt/7r6zkf


Future of Web Design 2: http://sco.lt/61eqNF


Future of Web Design 3: http://sco.lt/9AGC5R

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James's curator insight, March 27, 2014 10:13 PM

This article speaks of what the future of Web Design will be, this source is great because it speaks of future trends and software that will be developed for Web Design.

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How Much Damage is Your Website Doing to Your Business?

How Much Damage is Your Website Doing to Your Business? | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it
Let's try and fix how the poor design, usability or content of your website is driving visitors to your site away in seconds ?
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Great piece about BOUNCE RATES and how to structure content to bring them down. Also great general idea - that having a website does not equal benefiting from the site. When the clueless create websites they can do more damage than good via bad tagging, poor meta data (especially titles) and bad structure producing high bounce rates and so never earning Google's trust. 

Don't think just because you finally got that website up it is doing you any GOOD (lol). Internet marketing requires a PRO to advise you at some point otherwise you fly the plain into the mountain and feel good about it all the way in.  

 

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Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com's curator insight, March 12, 2013 9:08 AM

Marty that is so right, just because you hit the "go live" button doesn't mean that you are done. Unfortunately many website owners stop there. The reasons can be for a number of things, lack of budget, of knowledge, or just simply thinking it's done. 


A great marketing company well watch the analytics and trends on the site (good or bad) and make suggestions to their clients.

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19 Conversion Improvements To Make Before 12.25 [+ 12 From Marty]

19 Conversion Improvements To Make Before 12.25 [+ 12 From Marty] | Curation Revolution | Scoop.it

The single most important component of your web-based business is your website's conversion rate. What is a conversion?

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This is an important list of common ways to increase conversion. I might move cart work up to #2 or #3, but I can understand why the author has it lower down. Shopping carts are painful to change. Touch your shopping cart now and you are NUTS since the biggest deadline we all have is around the corner (12.25).

Here are some quick fix conversion additions I would make after $30M in online sales over seven years:

* Free Shipping All Orders, All Shipments (don't fight it). 
* Better Email Marketing (see http://www.bronto.com tips). 
* Better email tool (Bronto is best). 
* FASTER website (Offload images/video to Akami or similar).

* More SOCIAL (Facebook LIKES, G+ and Twitter everywhere). 

* More SOCIAL (bring my friends into my shopping experience). 
* REVIEWS - (critical for ecomm and must have some bad). 

* Review the Reviewer - (makes reviews trusted).  
* Coordinate social, email, catalog and website (always friction). 
* Keywords In Navigation, Titles and H1 (can always be better).

* Breadcrumbs (great spider food).

* Merchandise and simplify internal search (big bucks here).


Pick any 3 from the list above and your website's sales will increase before this Christmas. Do them all before Christmas and I owe you lunch for a week (lol). 

Good luck. Try to get some sleep between now and Valentine's Day :).  

 

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Top 10 Blogs for Authors

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Serious writers, who have experienced some level of success, when probed, will reveal that they have done their homework.

 

They continuously read various magazines and blogs for authors, not just to help them improve their writing, but to ensure that they stay on top of the latest developments and opportunities.

 

Many of the opportunities that I’ve snagged were discovered only as a result of reading and interacting with others on various blogs. These are opportunities I never would’ve found, otherwise...


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