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User interface techniques continued to evolve in 2012, often blurring the lines between design, usability, and technology in positive ways to create an overall experience that has been both useful and pleasurable.

1. Single-Page Sites
2. Infinite Scrolling
3. Persistent Top Navigation or “Sticky Nav”
4. The Death of Web 2.0 Aesthetics
5. Typography Returns

via The Top 5 Website UX Trends of 2012 | UX Magazine.

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What Makes Someone Leave A Website?
Source: What Makes Someone Leave A Website?

instagram online profile

Instagram is one of those little startups that could. I’ve been blogging about Instagram since I fell in love with the app when they first launched. Now with over seven million users instagram is living up hype of what I call the new twitter and with the recent rumors that Facebook tried to buy Instagram the photo sharing startup only has one way to go and that is up. With a rapid user growth, an API that developers are building new mashups with and a list of growing brands such as Chevy, Playboy, National Geographic and ABCNews posting photos in the instagram app it’s hard to believe that instagram is still just an iPhone app. The instagram team has said an Android app is on the way but no date has been announced yet.

The other day I was editing my google+ profile and I wanted to add a public link to my instagram photos  and with instagram being only an iPhone app I had to turn to one of the websites built on the instagram API. There’s a few good ones but some require instagram users to login to see your photos. I wanted a site that would show my instagram photos in a public stream even if someone doesn’t have an instagram account. Instagram public profiles is something I’m sure the team will launch one day but right now they’re focused on mobile, which is a smart move. Below is a list of sites that allow you to create an Instagram public online profile or see your Instagram stats. I decided to go with Webstagram and you can see my webstagram instagram profile here: http://web.stagram.com/n/waynesutton/

 

  1. Listagram
  2. Inkstagram
  3. Instagrid
  4. Webstagram
  5. Gramfeed 
  6. Extragram
  7. statigram 
  8. followgram 

 

HatTip – Paul Ford  for items 1-4 via his  Instagram Online post.

What Instagram site do you use to show your photos online?

Social Carolina - Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Triangle, NC social media events calendar, Connecting the Community to the events.

In 2007 Brian Russell, Anton Zuiker, Jackson Fox, myself and a few more individuals were talking about how we needed a single source to track all of the technology events in the Triangle. For those of you who are not familiar with the area, the Triangle stands for Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding communities. Our problem was that we would miss a meetup or local confernece and there wasn’t a good way of letting others know about upcoming events being held locally. Thus Brian created a google calendar and I registered the domain name SocialCarolina.org and SocialCarolina.com, built the website and embeded the google calendar and thus SocialCarolina.org, Connecting the Community to the events was launched.

Social Carolina - Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Triangle, NC social media events calendar, Connecting the Community to the events.

Soon after I installed a WordPress blog at the url SocialCarolina.com/blog and we started sending out events to guest post and add events to the calendar. A few months later Viget launched Refresh The Triangle and included the SocialCarolin.org calendar and we were on our way. Over time we expanded our Triangle reach to Charlotte and Greensboro, NC with a few guest blog post and events added to the calendar and now we we have around thirty individuals adding various events. Some events are blogger meetups, tweetups, startup drinks, entrepreneur meetups, ruby, java, drupel meetups, social media talks and more. But it seems due to everyone including myself working on various projects, we have found little time to blog about upcoming events or posting recaps of past events on SocialCarolian.org. Therefore I have removed the blog and redirected the blog link pointing to my site to the North Carolina category we’re I’ll post about events, technology and people in NC. Besides blogging about events in the Triangle another plan for the SocialCaroliana.org website was to have a job board. We’ll that never took off but I talked to Greg Hyer of http://www.linkingraleighnc.com who runs a successful job board on his site, therefore I’m going to link to it for the jobs link.

The ultimate goal of SocialCarolina.com was to create our own, “TechCrunch” like site covering NC. Maybe the timing was off or I was a little to early to the game. It was 2007 when we started the site before the “social” became super popular and overused with the phase “social media”. Regardless, we’ll keep the calendar updated as much as posssible and if you would like to have your event added to the site email: events at socialcarolina dot org or follow us on twitter as @RDCH and send us a tweet. We do have a facebook group and an email mailing list where we send out messages about upcoming events in the area.

For those who contributed to the blog, calendar or have continue to help promote this awesome technology / social media community we have in North Carolina. Thank You!

Wayne Sutton