- This Is How Social The Web Really Is [Infographic]
- 1984 Mac OS Now Available For Your Retina Display MacBook Pro
- 14 Impressive & Inspiring Pokeball Photoshop Creations
Posted: 13 Jun 2012 12:00 PM PDT
When we take a look at today's Internet, and the Internet we used 10 years ago, it's quite apparent that things are moving in one specific direction. It's not so hard to see what direction that is, right? It is of course moving more and more towards the social networking and bookmarking path. The booming businesses on the Internet are dominated by social networking sites and by the increasing number of social bookmarking services available to us. But just how social is the Internet today? It's one of the hardest things to measure since there were 8.38 billion websites available on the Internet in the beginning of 2012. I think we could safely say that the Internet is expanding faster than anyone could imagine.
In order to somewhat measure how social the Internet really is, Brainhost decided to do some research on the topic. By checking the top million most popular websites, they managed to get data that is possibly the most accurate you can get your hands on right now, and the result is quite interesting. It so happens that 72.3 percent of the top million websites use no social widgets at all. That might come as a surprise to many people, and it was to me too. However, what is not so much of a surprise is that 15.9 percent of the websites use a Facebook widget of some kind.
I know the numbers in the graphs on this infographic might seem way confusing, but know that the percentage is counted towards the top million websites and not the accumulated 100% of all the widgets used. After all, some websites use several different widgets (that's what we do here at Bit Rebels) and so the percentage is larger than 100 percent.
This infographic called How Social Is The Web? is one of those Internet updates that I think will fuel a lot of innovation. Why? Because it is quite apparent that there is a huge potential to grow since 72.3 percent of the top million websites don't use any social widgets at all. If anything, that should be something to get inspired by. Facebook does not rule the world, and there is room for quite a lot more innovation.
Personally, and I think many people will agree with me on this, I thought the Internet was more social than it actually is. Furthermore, it's interesting that in the beginning of 2012 there were only 2.27 billion unique Internet users. That number is double what it was back in 2007, so we're still seeing an explosion when it comes to people joining the Internet community. Suddenly the Facebook domination in social networking doesn't seem so invincible after all. Sure, they stand for about half the people using the Internet, but there are still room to come up with a service that might rival its dominance.
With the Internet expanding as fast as it is, where will it be in a few years from now? Pinterest is making great headway and Twitter seems to have gotten back on track (at least a little, even though the direct messages are still not working properly). The question is whether or not we'll see a new service overtaking these giants before the year is over. I always enjoy the up and coming social networking sites lists that are always published at the beginning of each year. Pinterest wasn't on many lists this year, but this service is the only one worthy enough for the number one prize. So, as you can see, the web is a place where anything can happen. It's all about innovation, and you could be the next one to take on these giants. All it takes is a good idea and the dedication to see it through.
Posted: 13 Jun 2012 11:00 AM PDT
Just a couple days ago, Apple held their latest keynote. It was hyped like all their previous keynotes, but once again, they didn't announce the iPhone 5 (or whatever they will call it). Some people think it was a let down that they didn't announce the iPhone 5 or the Apple TV that they are said to be working on. I think many believed that they would have had something really groundbreaking to reveal this time around. They did of course, and if you look at what they announced, you can clearly see that they are working their way up to something really neat. I think they are updating all their software to match the new technologies they are working on. It would be quite stupid to release a technology when they don't have the software to support it. It would be a waste of electronics in a way.
The new MacBook Pro they announced in this keynote is not only super impressive, but it also introduces a new way for photographers and movie makers to work. It will allow them to once again step up their quality to a level never before seen on a laptop computer. Just having the ability to work with true high definition footage without having to minimize the tool view is ultimately an achievement in technology.
However, if you think having pixels on the screen that the naked eye can't even see from a normal working distance is cool, I think you need to check this out. Ben Vessey has been working on his very own way of retrofying his desktop. It so happens that the new retina display on the new MacBook Pro is perfect for his custom desktop theme, and it will retrofy your computer back to circa 1984. It's free to download (if you just send a tweet or facebook the retro OS), and you will see that not only will the true retro feeling settle in, but also a slightly less cluttered desktop will appear. Sometimes working the retro way means letting your brain release some new ideas that you wouldn't normally get when you are constantly bombarded with gradient layers and shadows. Retrofying FTW!
Posted: 13 Jun 2012 10:00 AM PDT
I remember back in the day when playing Pokemon was super popular and all the kids on the block were trading those cards. These days, there are a ton of Pokemon variations and spin-off games, but the original Pokemon will always be the best one, or at least in my mind it will be. Even though Pokemon isn't what all the cool kids are playing anymore, creative artists and digital designers are still very inspired by the legendary pokeball, and I can understand why. There is just something magical about a pokeball, and it's one of those imaginary things that I always wished was real. Of course, I also wanted to have a real Pikachu living in my house too.
About four months ago, I wrote about an artist named Barry Wazzy (*wazzy88 on deviantART) who uses Photoshop to create the most mystical and beautiful pokeball designs you've ever seen. You can see that article at 12 Creatively Mystical Pokeball Designs. Barry continues to wow people with his newest pokeballs, and I wanted to do a follow up article today to show you some of his latest work.
Every time I look at this pokeball art, it makes me wish so much that they were real. I couldn't even begin to tell you which one of these is my favorite since I love them all. The colors in the first picture though, which is his newest creation, are truly extraordinary. It's called The Pokeball of Dark Lugia. I hope you take a moment to click over to Barry's deviantART page so you can see all of his art. It's truly mesmerizing!
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