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Facebook Like Button: It says “likes http://example.com/page/to/like on example.com”

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 | Business | No Comments

If you’re implementing a Facebook Like Button, and copied the code from the Like Button page to paste generically into a template, then you may have a problem.

Using the iFrame code, by default, you will end up liking the same page that hundreds of thousands of others have liked, an example button.

You need to insert your current page’s URL into that.  If you’re working on a dynamic site, it’s pretty easy to insert your current page URL in many languages (ASP, PHP, ColdFusion, etc).  Otherwise, just  type your URL in statically.

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Facebook to drop IE6 support on IE9 beta day, September 15

Friday, August 27th, 2010 | Business | 3 Comments

I’ve been quiet for  while, and wanted to start up again with some great news.  Facebook is going to stop IE6 support for chat on the IE9 beta day.

Projects always ask about IE6 support, whether they need it, etc.  Surprisingly IE7 and IE8 support is also an issue, since they don’t support many of the cool toys supported by actual modern browsers (Chrome, Safari, Firefox).

I hope IE9 quickly replaces at least the IE7 and IE8 communities.  IE 6 seems here to stay, at least for that last 6-8%.

Some other information from that article:

  • Microsoft will support IE6 until April 2014
  • Google has removes IE6 support in Google Docs, Google Sites, Gmail, Google Calendar and YouTube!
  • Microsoft Office Web Apps doesn’t even support IE6 (how could you when trying to do anything cool)

The article quotes numbers as high as 17% for IE6 usage share, but I haven’t seen those numbers in a long time.  My website enjoys an IE6 user base of 0.5% (in the last month, whereas IE, all versions, was around 19%).  Other larger websites I manage see around 7.7% IE6 usage (with IE, all versions, being an amazing 55% of overall traffic).

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Software behind Facebook – must read for web developers

Sunday, June 20th, 2010 | Business | 2 Comments

Saw this link on reddit today, Exploring the software behind Facebook, the world’s largest site:

At the scale that Facebook operates, a lot of traditional approaches to serving web content break down or simply aren’t practical. The challenge for Facebook’s engineers has been to keep the site up and running smoothly in spite of handling close to half a billion active users. This article takes a look at some of the software and techniques they use to accomplish that.

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Apple’s Steve Jobs: Thoughts on Flash – and my response

Thursday, April 29th, 2010 | Business | 7 Comments

Steve Jobs posted a response to the whole Flash on iPad / iPhone / iPod issue, an excerpt:

I wanted to jot down some of our thoughts on Adobe’s Flash products so that customers and critics may better understand why we do not allow Flash on iPhones, iPods and iPads. Adobe has characterized our decision as being primarily business driven – they say we want to protect our App Store – but in reality it is based on technology issues. Adobe claims that we are a closed system, and that Flash is open, but in fact the opposite is true. Let me explain.

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Help: How do I announce a new website?

Sunday, March 7th, 2010 | Business, Tutorials | 3 Comments

We launch websites every month or two for clients, and make many website updates.  What are the best ways to tell the “internet” that your site is up, and ready to be checked out?  I’m going to focus on the free options, as I find anything that costs money sketchy (especially with regard to listing a site).

We can divide this into a few categories:

  • Search Engines
  • Social Networking
  • Peer Sites
  • News Aggregators

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The Death Blow to IE6?

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 | Business | 2 Comments

Web developers are constantly fighting the IE6 battle.

We don’t want to support it, but all too often IE6 represents 10% of our client’s visitors — and you can’t tell a client they can’t talk to 10% of their visitors.  If it’s an ecommerce site that could be a 10% decrease in sales.

Recently many large sites have announced the looming demise of Internet Explorer 6.  Site’s such as Google Docs, Google Sites, YouTube (surprise, a Google company), and many others.  Rumors are spreading this will include Gmail, Google Calendar, and other Google products too (maybe the sacred Google Search).

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IE6: Graphical Illustration of Problems with CSS

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 | Business | No Comments

Posted on flickr, css mess, is one artist’s (atzu) homage to the problems all web developers face in IE6.  As the creator says:

By the way, I wanted to thank all these major sites as Youtube, Facebook, Google that are not supporting Internet Explorer 6 anymore.

— atzu

IE6 css mess

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Google Buzz: Turn off the Buzz

Friday, February 12th, 2010 | Personal | No Comments

A few days ago Google buzz launched.  This included automatically starting up Google buzz in your Gmail account, and automatically setting your followers.

While nice of Google (and scary), automatically assuming Gmail users would want Google buzz to share who you are following with your followers — was a poor assumption. › Continue reading

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