Cool Websites: April 2013

How Far is it to Mars? Check out this cool website http://www.distancetomars.com/ designed by David Paliwoda and Jesse Williams. It shows you how faaaaar away Mars is from our Earth. The Moon seems to be a next door neighbor as compared to Mars. I asked the creator of this site to shed some light on why he made “Distance to Mars”. He said that the concept came from a couple of different inspirations, sparked by his friend Jesse sending over a video by pastor Louis Giglio about the scale of the universe. “It jogged my memory of a physics demo back at school on the playing...

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Pushpinder Bagga – Talented Photographer From India

A photo can make or break a website. Recently while designing a website for a security product, I was looking for a photo of a person who would exude a sense of security and happiness caused by the product. Since the company is based in India I wanted an Indian guy  instead of some stock photo of a foreigner showing his pearly whites. Unfortunately stock photo websites focussing on India didn’t have the right kind of image. I started looking on Flickr for that perfect picture and I must have trawled through over thousands of photos of various Indian people for that perfect look. And...

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Your website/app has to be Remarkable!

I saw this video by Seth Godin where he talks about how the world is changing and that the only way to get noticed is to be remarkable. Being good enough won’t cut it. You have to be remarkable. Often you will see people creating websites or apps which are merely a copy of what others are doing. That won’t really help you stand out amongst the plethora of websites and app already out there. When we created ‘Fergie Time’, it came out of the personal need to know when Manchester United play. We didn’t market it to everybody, instead we targeted the most passionate...

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Basic Tips for Promoting Your Website

While promoting your website, you must have taken several important steps like SEO, Facebook and Twitter pages and even Google Adwords. This post isn’t about them. Instead I will be talking about minor things which often get overlooked and can make a difference. I will also be posting links to quality resources for those things. 1. Email Signatures Do you even have an email signature? If yes, is it updated with your current website and other details? Every email you send is an opportunity to promote your website and other contact details with your contacts. It is a simple thing but if...

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Google Adwords: Negative Keywords

If you use Google Adwords, you must be familiar with ‘keywords’. For those who are unfamiliar with with Google Adwords, I’ll give you an example. Lets say, you have a ‘cake shop’. Now if people in your city search for ‘cake shop’ or ‘birthday cake’ in Google, you want your ad to show up in the search result. These terms are called ‘keywords’.   Now the main reason for displaying ads is to look for customers. However due to the way Google Adwords work, even people looking for ‘birthday cake wallpaper’,...

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A collection of April Fool’s Jokes from popular websites #2013

1. Google Smelling is believing. Coming to your senses: go beyond type, talk, and touch for a new notation of sensation. Your internet sommelier: expertly curated Knowledge Panels pair images, descriptions, and aromas. Take a whiff: the Google Aromabase – 15M+ scentibytes. Don’t ask, don’t smell: For when you’re wary of your query – SafeSearch included. 2. Youtube The basic premise is that YouTube has been nothing but a contest to find the best video, and the 8-year-long submission period is finally closing tonight. 3. Flipkart Flipkart announced that they will...

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