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Egg Timer: The History of Twitter’s Default Profile Pic

Microsoft Twitter Account with o_O default profile pic - 2007

Ah, Microsoft, with their merry band of 9 Twitter followers, back in late 2007. At the time, as was the case with Google’s Twitter, the Microsoft account was ‘parked’, showing a distinct air of: “We might give this a go in the future“, and sporting Twitter’s once familiar sight of the classic o_O default profile pic. Continue reading Egg Timer: The History of Twitter’s Default Profile Pic

How To Find a Twitter User’s Join Date When It’s Not Displayed

You’ve probably noticed that some Twitter accounts display a ‘Joined’ date on the profile page, just below the bio and location/website details. You can see that whilst my @Twirpz account doesn’t show the join date…

Twirpz Twitter

… This @Meetaplex account does… Continue reading How To Find a Twitter User’s Join Date When It’s Not Displayed

The Rise of Twitter – in Pictures

Google's Twitter 16 July 2009

Imagine Google with just seven Twitter Followers. Imagine the official Twitter account with just one follower… Well, you don’t need to imagine, because we’re going on a journey back through time to revisit those very scenarios, in a pictorial history of Twitter’s rise to micro-blogging stardom. Continue reading The Rise of Twitter – in Pictures

The Tumblr Homepage: 2007 to 2011

If you fancy a bit of Tumblr nostalgia, here’s a look back at some of the site’s Home/Login page (www.tumblr.com) designs from the time of launch in winter 2007, to the summer of 2011.

The first design predated the site’s official launch, and is seen below as it looked in early January 2007. It also remained through the launch period (February 2007) and into the spring of that year…

Tumblr Homepage January 2007 Continue reading The Tumblr Homepage: 2007 to 2011

Retrospective: How Google Monopolised The Search Market

Google November 1998
The main Google homepage as it appeared in 1998. Note the Yahoo!-style exclamation mark (which was dropped at the end of the site’s beta phase) and the Stanford Uni copyright attribution.

How strange it is to zip back through the years and revisit old articles from the 1990s – their writers referring to Google as the “The new search engine, Google.com”, and scratching their heads as to how the company was ever going to make any money. The scene, when Google first arrived, was awash with search brands such as AltaVista, Yahoo!, Lycos, Excite, Infoseek, WebCrawler, Hotbot, Dogpile, a host of others, and significantly as regards the future of Google, a new player by the name of GoTo. Continue reading Retrospective: How Google Monopolised The Search Market

Top Ten Best Ever Free WordPress.com Themes

Sunspot

Although this is a list based on personal opinion rather than actual popularity stats, it doesn’t come without a lot of experimentation and use. With new themes arriving all the time, it’s getting harder and harder to unearth the real gems among the baffling range of options, and there are plenty of great current themes in this rundown. But the post shouldn’t be read purely as a “what to use” guide. It’s really a celebration of ten design icons from the full history of WordPress.com.

Three of the celebrated themes are no longer available for new blogs, but they were true greats in their day, and they add historical interest to an otherwise contemporary collection. The rest of the list comprises themes which any WP user can select straight from their Theme Options screen at the time of writing.

REDOABLE LITE

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