Working remote becomes more and more important to many people. Remote: Office Not Required written by Jason Fried (co-founder of 37signals) and David Heinemeier Hansson (original creator of Ruby on Rails) is a great book dealing with this topic. It describes in detail the benefits and problems of building a software company having employees working from remote locations spread all over the world. This gives them great flexibility and enables to recruit talents without being tied to a specific location.
Technology is thus enabling arbitrary numbers of people from around the world to assemble in remote locations, without interrupting their ability to work or communicate with existing networks. In this sense, the future of technology is not really location-based apps; it is about making location completely unimportant. (via Software Is Reorganizing the World by Balaji Srinivasan and ma.tt)
I like this notion of how technology creates new ways of working together finding solutions to real problems. I work remotely almost 100 percent of my time as a developer supporting our customers onsite. What about you? Do you work remotely as well?
The Virtual Revolution refers to the fact that 20-25% of the word’s population is using the web by now, while other 80% are yet either not connected to broadband connections or are just not using it, as Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, states. In Afrika for example, people are now getting connected to broadband internet in a wide variety of areas. This means that the digital revolution that has shaped our world as we know it now, will happen in these areas too.
Webmasters often ask us at conferences or in the Webmaster Help Group, “What are some simple ways that I can improve my website’s performance in Google?” There are lots of possible answers to this question, and a wealth of search engine optimization information on the web, so much that it can be intimidating for newer webmasters or those unfamiliar with the topic. We thought it’d be useful to create a compact guide that lists some best practices that teams within Google and external webmasters alike can follow that could improve their sites’ crawlability and indexing.
What he and his group did was to create a compact guide called the “Google SEO Starter Guide“. There are lot’s of DOs and DON’Ts published. Every blogger and every website owner should have a look on this paper.
We felt that these areas (like improving title and description meta tags, URL structure, site navigation, content creation, anchor text, and more) would apply to webmasters of all experience levels and sites of all sizes and types.
Is Google trying to put SEOs out of business in order to improve indexing sites? This guide will help a lot of people who haven’t done anything related to SEO. Advanced users won’t profit much from Google’s SEO Starter Guide.
In a slightly surprising move, Google has launched via its webmaster central blog a best practice guide for search engine optimization. Why surprising you may ask? Well, Google is notorious for being pretty quiet on this front leaving it to SEO’s, designers, and developers to figure out what works best.
Netzlogbuch states out that the start guide copes basic things that nearly everybody already knows. Well for sure it is helpful for many people out there.
Three guys from Switzerland have found a new business model: They create problems for their customers. You might know the film called “The Game” where Michael Douglas as a bored but rich investment banker gets involved in a kind of game.
The three guys from Switzerland make a lot of money with their project called “need a problem” now. On the website www.needaproblem.com you can pay and they are going to give you a problem to solve. Prices vary from Swiss Franc 1.- for very small problems to Swiss Franc 5000.- for nearly unsolvable problems.
Gerade diese Geheimniskrämerei macht neugierig. Ein verratenes 5000-Franken-Beispiel lautet etwa: „Unsere Kollegin Christiane Brum erwartet Sie am Sonntag im Hotel Othon Palace, in Belo Horizonte, auf ein gemeinsames Mittagessen. Treffpunkt um 12 Uhr Ortszeit.“ Nicht zu unterschätzender Teil des Problems ist, dass Belo Horizonte im Inneren Brasiliens liegt. Was genau den solventen Kunden dort erwartet, ist vollkommen offen, „denn die Probleme sind sehr unterschiedlich“, wie Koncilja betont.
For everybody who doesn’t know German language the text says that because of making a secret out of every problem it is interesting for customers. One 5000 Swiss Franc problem was for example the following: “Our colleague Christiane Brum is waiting for you at Hotel Othon Place in Belo Horizonte this Sunday in order to have lunch with you. She is waiting there exactly at 12.00 o’clock midday.” Doesn’t sound so difficult. But if you think about the fact that Belo Horizonte is in the center of Brasil (see in Google Maps) then you might agree that is is difficult.
Very interesting project which seems to work very well. By now I don’t have to get problems created manually, I have enough problems to solve. Well check out their site if you are interested or leave me a comment on what you think about this project? Do we need to create problems manually?