Happy Friday everyone! It’s been two weeks but we’re back with another one of our famous web news round-ups. We’ve missed out on so much news the past two weeks, so when we were researching for this post we were definitely not short on ideas. This week we’ll be talking about how the internet got deleted, the internet of things, an exclusive designers club and more.
1. The internet is being deleted?!
Sorry, not the whole internet- but a large part of it! If you keep up with the web industry then you probably know about a little company called 123-reg. You know that company that sells domains and hosts websites? Well, that little company that hosts approximately 1.7 million websites accidently deleted many users files. If you are one of those unlucky people then we feel bad for you as there is no way of telling if the deleted websites will be restored. However, there is still hope as 123-reg released this statement to the Independent newspaper: “We would like to extend our apologies to affected customers and assure them that we are doing everything we can to restore their data as quickly as possible”. Fingers crossed!
2. The Internet of Things explained
Have you heard of the Internet of Things or IoT? We bet you have. But we also bet that you’re not entirely sure what it actually means. There are so many definitions flying about that our brains are getting fogged over by the sheer amount of things people talk about when anyone even mentions the Internet of Things. Que an in-depth yet easy to understand article all about the Internet of Things and what it actually is. Say good-bye to over complicated explanations and hello to some basic grounded knowledge.
3. Stop shortening your URLs
If you are a digital marketing buff then you probably know the optimum length of a URL is anything below 100 characters and approximately three to five words long (according to Google that is). We know that a long URL can look spammy and have a negative effect on SEO but now short URLs can compromise security and privacy? Say what? That’s right. Shortened URLs are prone to brute force attacks by spammers and hackers. It turns out that all shortened links like bit.ly that are shared on a cloud service are technically public so anyone can gain access to them and inject malware and even access private information like addresses and telephone numbers. Yikes!
4. Design club
It’s hard to keep up with all of the web industry events there are out there. We’ve posted a few links to long lists of them before. However, sometimes these larger lists can contain events that are a bit too broad for what you focus on. Luckily (if you’re a designer at least) there is a new online resource called the design club where a very helpful team of designers are arranging events and advertising them for all of us designing types for free. The best part is that all of the events are exclusively for designers so you don’t have to worry about getting stuck in a sea of web developers or marketers. The only downside is that the design club is based in London, so we’re not entirely sure if they’ll be hosting events anywhere else…For now.
5. Microinteractions and their macro effects
We’ve spoken about microinteractions before but we have never spoken about their direct impact on user experience (UX). A typical person encounters more than 100 user experiences a day. So how do you make it memorable and make them return? Easy. Just add a few joy-inducing and carefully placed microinteractions. If you can master the use of microinteractions and understand their macro effect on users then there is a high chance that you could produce a brilliant user experience with them. What do you think about microinteractions? Do they really have a direct effect on user experience? Tweet us or send us a message on LinkedIn to continue the debate.
That’s it for this week’s web news round up! We hope to see you again. Same time and place next week?
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