jQuery for Dummies

We’ve all heard the name jQuery.  However, for those non-programmers, non-computer geeks, and non web page designers the term just sounds like computer jargon.  So, what exactly is jQuery?

In my research online, it was challenging to find information on jQuery that was readable for non-programmers.  One way of understanding the logistics of jQuery, without having to know the intricate details of coding and HTML, is through metaphors.   Jason Long, CEO of J House Media, illustrated jQuery through one such metaphor that was much more understandable for the non-programmer mind. read more

Athens Dances to End Domestic Violence

On April 1st, Project Safe, a local non-profit organization working to end domestic violence, hosted their 5th Annual Dancing with the Athens Stars competition at the Classic Center.  The event raised $104,000, which was a $14,000 increase from last year’s donations.  This year’s increase can be credited to the devotion and dedication of friends, family, and Athens residents.  100% of the money raised was donated to Project Safe and their cause. 

Our very own Jason Long and partner Sandy Boyles danced their way to 2nd place for the Audience Favorite trophy.   Their electrifying swing dance to Christina Aguilera’s Something’s Got a Hold on Me wowed the judges and the audience alike.  The couple’s practice over the past few months was evident in the level of difficulty and precision present throughout the routine.   Overall, their enthusiasm, chemistry, and showmanship made them instant crowd favorites. read more

Facebook’s Fifth Birthday: A Crowded Celebration?

After five years of existence, Facebook is bigger than ever. But as it continues to grow like the insatiable “blob,” users are finding less and less efficiency with their social engagement.

As the user count reaches the 1 billion person mark, it is clear that usability is not the issue. Reach is not the page’s weak spot either. In fact, Socialbakers estimates that users can reach and “like” an estimated 1.5 billion Facebook pages. However, Facebook apps and pages currently have the ability to access their users and “likers” accounts as portals to infiltrate their friends’ news feeds. Therefore, individual users on the receiving end are left with news feed clutter and unwanted information. Understandably, readers will probably not absorb the information in these untidy news feeds. Thus, companies are battling with the current issue of improving the proficiency of their advertising statements. The new smartphone app called Wallit is one innovative example of an alternate media that is able to advertise free of clutter—at least for the time being. Wallit allows users to write on the “walls” of places where that user is currently located. They can chat with other users at that location, which may be helpful at, say, a Braves game while teasing an opposing fan across the stadium! You are allowed to read the wall of any place you choose, but to write on the wall you must be at that location. This would be helpful for business owners and employees to advertise sales or specials at a restaurant, for example. Facebook may satisfy the basic social networking needs of high schoolers, collegians, and now people of all ages. However, with its infinite sharing capabilities being its very curse, alternative groundbreaking portals are becoming more desirable. Know of any other interactive social media ideas that increase user engagement?  Share them below!