Angie's List, Yelp, Better Business Bureau - there's an almost endless list of online review websites out there, all telling you they know what a company is like, but do they really tell a company's whole story? Can you rely on online reviews as the bottom line of a company's trustworthiness?
While unlikely to happen, yet aware of the threat, the U.S. government proposed legislation at the end of last year that would address the risk of food terrorism. The fact of the matter is our food supply is one of the most vulnerable and exposed features of American commerce. Tampering with it could produce a serious and widespread public health concern. The FDA has acknowledged the catastrophic events that could occur resulting in adulteration, including but not limited to, illness, trade disruption, and public fear. Our government hopes that this approved legislation will significantly reduce the danger of something like this from occurring and give citizens peace of mind.
(1) Google+ Will Finally Be a Thing Let’s face it – Google+ is a bit confusing. And like it or not, that’s been a significant deterrent in their rate of conversion from Facebook. One of the biggest hurdles that Google+ has had to surmount is convincing the public that as a social platform, they can provide better connections and unique experiences. Once users pass the learning curve, Google+ is awesome. The functionality, the communities, the hangouts… these features are like nothing else on the web. We predict in 2014 enough people will finally get it, and form an emotional bond with the network like they currently do with platforms like Pinterest and Instagram.
Brought to you earlier this January by one of the cofounders of Twitter, Jelly is hyped as the next big thing in social media. It’s built on a simple question-and-answer format and currently available for free download as both iOS and Android apps. The purpose of Jelly is to help users find answers to their questions in real time across their social networks. Those with the Jelly app simply upload a photo, pose their inquiry to their connections and friends of friends, and wait for their responses.
What is it? Why does it matter? It’s no secret that our culture consumes more information on the go, and what was once considered a secondary design concern should now become the front runner when designing your website. Responsive design principles allow both developers and content managers to lighten their workload in the long term and this can equate to a higher ROI.