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Top 5 Web Design Mistakes Small Businesses Make. This post originally appeared on the American Express OPEN Forum, where Mashable regularly contributes articles about leveraging social media and technology in small business.

Top 5 Web Design Mistakes Small Businesses Make

If you're a small business owner, your website is the central hub of your company, and it's a pivotal part of your marketing and branding. Potential customers visit your site specifically for its content, meaning its appearance and usability are critical to its success and how those users view your company.

Ideas For A Better Internet. Rickwebb's tumblrmajig (On The Bubble) How to Get Tenure at Almost Every Other Research University. Yesterday Sean wrote (yet another) comprehensive insightful post, this one about what’s involved in getting tenure at a “major research university”.

How to Get Tenure at Almost Every Other Research University

There is a tremendous amount of good advice in that post, and in the comments. However. I have to point out that the advice is very heavily weighted not towards “tenure at a major research university” but instead towards “tenure at one of the top 10 schools in the US”. As evidence, here is a plot of the latest NRC rankings (red) and US News rankings (blue) of physics departments (shamelessly lifted from here — thanks HappyQuark!). I have helpfully circled in green the departments where Sean has been on the faculty: MaxClass. - MaxClass will send you messages about changes to MaxClass and/or new features.


Mails may contain information about a sponsor (usually in the footer) but MaxClass will never send you commercial messages without your permission. - The structure and content of the website may change based on your personal details. For example there may be age-related educational products offered as adds in a side bar. - School/classmates can see your details (depending on settings) and use that information to get in contact with you. - Your details are combined with your on site behavior to collect statistics. . - For technical and operational reasons it may be necessary for your details to be transferred to (the servers of) other companies in countries where the privacy laws are not the same as in your country. . - If MaxClass is forced to do so by law, we will give away information such as personal details or usage statistics to legal authorities.

TextChannels. OpenSite initiative is live. The video tag mess, and why Google's interests are (mostly) our interests. Earlier this week, Google's Chrome browser project announced it was dropping support for H.264 video, and immediately there was an uproar as if Google had desecrated a sacred object and posted the video on YouTube. Most people actually have no idea what this means. A lot of people have drawn conclusions that I think are fundamentally wrong. All of this is very important to the evolution of Web media, and I'm going to try to make some sense of it. Let's start with the word "open. " The Web has never been the best technology for conveying and displaying information on computer screens, but it has always been the most open.

Nobody had to buy a license from Tim Berners-Lee to use HTML or transmit information using HTTP. The Internet became popular because it's owned by no one, and open to all. If you're the guy holding a government-enforced monopoly on an idea or a method of doing something that's important to the rest of us, then of course you're happy. Sometimes they chase implementations. Using spreadfirefox model as a base for “Join Mozilla” program. Few weeks ago Ken Saunders has sent an email to our mailing list and share his thought about how great can be if we use spreadfirefox platform concept as an idea for “Join Mozilla” program.

Using spreadfirefox model as a base for “Join Mozilla” program

It was very surprising, because I was thinking the same. Well I know great minds think alike :):) The new Mozilla Community ecosystem We have currently 2 large groups of communities: Contributors – people who actively work on Mozilla related issues; Local Communities - Contributors + some interested in Mozilla folks; The new “Join Mozilla” project is the third big group in the Mozilla ecosystem. Why SpreadFirefox model? Groups The main idea of the new program is not just to get some money from the community and from the people who will join us in our mission, but to educate them how to work for an open web more actively.

How to become a Knight-Mozilla Fellow: The Script « Hey, there MoJo fans: In anticipation of our upcoming Knight-Mozilla Innovation Challenge 2011 launch, we’re producing a promotional video to help potential participants understand how they can enter the challenge and become eligible for a fellowship.

How to become a Knight-Mozilla Fellow: The Script «

We’d love your feedback on this draft script. Is it clear? Does it leave important questions unanswered? Weigh in here in the comments or go to to ask questions or suggest changes. Note that we can’t add too much more. Thanks! ========MoJo Explainer video script How to become a fellow [Intro—mash Mozilla and Knight] For the next few years, The Knight Foundation and Mozilla are igniting news innovation through the Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership. A big part of the program is placing paid fellows inside newsrooms around the world. Knight-Mozilla Fellowships are paid, one-year positions inside newsrooms at the BBC,, the Guardian, Zeit Online and other leading news organizations. [Step 1: Open Innovation Challenge]