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saturday
05 Jun 2021
How to Cut Your Bounce Rate in Half with Interactive Content quicksprout.com

You can grow your blog in two ways:

  1. Get more traffic.
  2. Do more with the traffic you have.

In my opinion, you should do both even though most people focus on the first option.

Interactive content is a huge opportunity that’s still in its infancy. If you ever wished you discovered something before everyone else adopted it, this is it.

You probably noticed that not all types of interactive content is easy to create. I don’t recommend you try to create all of the types at the same time. Pick one or two that fit well with your audience and website, and focus on perfecting those.

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How to Cut Your Bounce Rate in Half with Interactive Content
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friday
04 Jun 2021
Stack Overflow Sold to Tech Giant Prosus for $1.8 Billion wsj.com

Prosus NV said it struck a $1.8 billion deal to acquire Stack Overflow, an online community for software developers, in a bet on growing demand for online tech learning.

Prosus, one of Europe’s most valuable tech companies, is best known as the largest shareholder in Chinese internet and videogaming giant Tencent Holdings Ltd. Listed in Amsterdam, Prosus signaled its appetite for deal making when it sold a small portion of its equity stake in Tencent in April for $14.6 billion. The Stack Overflow deal ranks among Prosus’ biggest acquisitions.

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Stack Overflow Sold to Tech Giant Prosus for $1.8 Billion
General
Vectoricons Mixer iconshock.com

Combine & mix thousands of vector icons to get unlimited creative icon packs.

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Vectoricons Mixer
Design
10 Tips to Prevent and Manage Technical Debt dev.to

Developers deal with technical debt every day, and they know how to prevent and manage it better than anyone else. Here’s just some of what they had to say.

Plenty of people have written about technical debt. They might be discussing it in the context of improving velocity, code churn, code refactoring, or it might just be an item on a very long to-do list that never gets prioritised.

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10 Tips to Prevent and Manage Technical Debt
Development
thursday
03 Jun 2021
ChartsCSS / charts.css github.com

Charts.css is an open source CSS framework for data visualization.

Visualization help end-users understand data. Charts.css help frontend developers turn data into beautiful charts and graphs using simple CSS classes.

No dependencies. 72kb file size. Less than 6kb gzipped file size!

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ChartsCSS / charts.css
Development
Serve responsive images web.dev

Serving desktop-sized images to mobile devices can use 2–4x more data than needed. Instead of a "one-size-fits-all" approach to images, serve different image sizes to different devices.

Once you've implemented responsive images, you can use Lighthouse to make sure that you didn't miss any images. Run the Lighthouse Performance Audit (Lighthouse > Options > Performance) and look for the results of the Properly size images audit. These results will list the images that need to be resized.

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Development
CSS for Web Vitals web.dev

The way you write your styles and build layouts can have a major impact on Core Web Vitals. This is particularly true for Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) and Largest Contentful Paint (LCP).

This article covers CSS-related techniques for optimizing Web Vitals. These optimizations are broken down by different aspects of a page: layout, images, fonts, animations, and loading.

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CSS for Web Vitals
Development
deepfakes / faceswap github.com

FaceSwap is a tool that utilizes deep learning to recognize and swap faces in pictures and videos.

When faceswapping was first developed and published, the technology was groundbreaking, it was a huge step in AI development. It was also completely ignored outside of academia because the code was confusing and fragmentary. It required a thorough understanding of complicated AI techniques and took a lot of effort to figure it out. Until one individual brought it together into a single, cohesive collection.

It ran, it worked, and as is so often the way with new technology emerging on the internet, it was immediately used to create inappropriate content. Despite the inappropriate uses the software was given originally, it was the first AI code that anyone could download, run and learn by experimentation without having a Ph.D. in math, computer theory, psychology, and more.

Before "deepfakes" these techniques were like black magic, only practiced by those who could understand all of the inner workings as described in esoteric and endlessly complicated books and papers.

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deepfakes / faceswap
Development
wednesday
02 Jun 2021
The CRM is dead. Long live the CDP wiredcraft.com

CRMs are not enough anymore, you need a Customer Data Platform.

What is a Customer Data Platform?

Not unlike a CRM, a CDP collects customer data.

But the similarities end there, with two crucial differences:

  • All users: CRMs focus on known or potential customers, CDPs track all users, anonymous or identified.
  • All data: instead of structured data collected manually or semi-manually, CDPs ingest data produced by any channel: online or offline, structured or unstructured.

More importantly, CDPs handle identity resolution allowing you to create a unified profile of your customers and audience across all channels.

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The CRM is dead. Long live the CDP
General
Front-End Testing is For Everyone css-tricks.com

Testing is one of those things that you either get super excited about or kinda close your eyes and walk away. Whichever camp you fall into, I’m here to tell you that front-end testing is for everyone. In fact, there are many types of tests and perhaps that is where some of the initial fear or confusion comes from.

Scroll to the end if you lack of time, the wrapping up table is great.

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Front-End Testing is For Everyone
Development