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Around the Office: A Trip to Jingjiang, Google Says “No” to Black Hat SEO, Yoast Shares Knowledge, More

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the Kobayashi Online team has found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Eva shared a video of her hometown, Jingjiang, located on the banks of China’s Yangtze River. The video shows some of the town’s epicurean attractions including steamed soup dumplings, fresh crab meat, and pig skin and chicken soup. It also provides a glimpse into daily life in Jingjiang, which we’d all like to…

Around the Office: jQuery Selectors, Email Blasts, and Retro Web Design

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the Kobayashi Online team has found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Setting up your own selectors is extremely easy with jQuery, as Daveed was reminded this week thanks to a post outlining 12 awesome examples of jQuery selector extensions. Selectors serve the important role of matching a set of elements in a document. And while building custom selectors beyond the ones included in jQuery…

Around the Office: Next Nature, pea.rs, and CSS Wizardry

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the OnlineFriendly.biz team and Kobayashi Online have found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Daveed is optimistic that technology and nature don’t have to be in opposition. Next Nature is a website that seeks to explore how we can design, build and live in a nature caused by people. The philosophy behind it can be summarised by an innovative take on a classic Arthur C.…

Timelines Are Coming to Facebook Pages This Month: Are You Ready?

All Facebook Pages, including your company’s, will be updated with the new Facebook Timeline layout by the end of March. An update may be needed to make sure your Page looks and performs correctly. The Facebook Timeline is an extension of the original Facebook layout that offers new features and a new look, but could also change your Facebook Page unexpectedly. For more on Facebook Timeline, visit Facebook’s information page. Individuals have had access to Timeline for months on their personal…

Around the Office: Winning Facebook pages, elegant Web design, more

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the OnlineFriendly.biz team and Kobayashi Online have found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Roberto knows what it takes to create a winning Facebook Page, and it’s because of this that he recommends seven winning Facebook Page strategies for companies. Some of the best Facebook Pages techniques include having unique design, interesting content, interactive applications, re-posts of useful information, and regular activity.Check out the post for more ideas to make compelling Facebook Pages. Brent was a…

Around the Office: accountable apps, SEO mistakes, fun design, more

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the OnlineFriendly.biz team and Kobayashi Online have found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Daveed is interested in a regulationproposed in California requiring mobile application developers to explain what personal information will be recorded and how it will be used. According to reports, applications on Apple, Android, Blackberry, Windows, HP and Amazon stores must present users with an app privacy policy, and reports on data use. This will help…

Around the Office: Interactive Charts, Bent Photos, Lost Reviews, more

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the OnlineFriendly.biz team and Kobayashi Online have found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. Looking to show some compelling data? Daveed recommends using the JavaScript InfoVis Toolkit to not only set people see charts and figures as visualizations, but also to interact with them. Sure, it takes a little extra work than a typical pie chart, but the InfoVis Toolkit makes a huge impact. The White House even used…

The New Website Discovery Model is People-Powered

We generally assume that webpages are found through search engines like Google. Digital marketers, therefore, put a lot of effort into making sites rank highly in Google search results. But as the Internet becomes more social with the success of networks like Facebook and Twitter, it could be other Internet users who determine if your site gets found, and your goods and services sold. While search engines are still important for websites, social discovery promises to be an upcoming way…

Around the Office: online piracy, video marketing, great site design, more

Around the Office is a weekly group blog that shows what the OnlineFriendly.biz team and Kobayashi Online have found interesting, funny, poignant, or otherwise notable over the past week. This was a busy week at Online Friendly since Kobayashi Online moved on Monday to its new location at 1200 Eglinton Ave. in Toronto. KO will now be under the same roof as Finesilver Design, giving clients access to all the insights, ideas, social media tools and technologies they need to communicate their brand…