Monthly Archives: September 2016

Avoid parallax website designs


You’ve probably seen some recent websites that use very long scrolling pages that often touch on several topics – it’s as if several pages were combined. These are often referred to as parallax style sites. (Technically a parallax site is one that also simulates a kind of three dimensional look with the plane closest to you moving faster than the plane(s) that are father away. But the term parallax has been also been more generally applied to any site with long, scrolling pages.) Continue reading

Growing with network effects


AT&T (then known as American Telephone and Telegraph) first described the idea of a network effect a century ago. They noted in a report that the more people who were on their network, the more valuable it became. Today network effects are central to growing many Internet companies. (They don’t affect, of course, companies with products and services that are valuable by themselves such as cars, food, clothes, health care, and so on.) Continue reading

Clinton and Trump’s fake Twitter followers


The Internet is full of bots, which means that not only may the traffic to your website be inflated but so too your social media following. is a site that quickly analyzes a sample of an account’s followers to estimate how many are fake. For Trump and Clinton, TwitterAudit estimates that about 40% of their followers are unreal. But fake follower accounts are so prevalent on Twitter that TwitterAudit gives 40% a green thumbs up! Continue reading