Behance Portfolio Reviews has been declared for May 13, 2013 “Behance Portfolio Review Week #3.” Last time the Nairobi meetup failed to take place due to lack of a venue. This time round it remains to be seen whether the meetup will be successful. These chances are pegged on the probability of a group member organizing for a meetup venue. What lessons can we learn from last time’s disaster? Share your comments below.

Facebook will lose dominance as a major web company in less than a decade, Eric Jackson, founder of Ironfire Capital said Monday on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street.

“In five to eight years they are going to disappear in the way that Yahoo has disappeared,” Jackson said. “Yahoo is still making money, it’s still profitable, still has 13,000 employees working for it, but it’s 10 percent of the value that it was at the height of 2000. For all intents and purposes, it’s disappeared.”

Jackson said there have been three generations of web companies. The first generation was big web portals, such as Yahoo , where content was aggregated in one place. The second was the social web with Facebook and the third generation is companies focused entirely on monetizing the mobile platform, something Facebook will continue to struggle with, Jackson said.

“When you look over these three generations, no matter how successful you are in one generation, you don’t seem to be able to translate that into success in the second generation, no matter how much money you have in the bank, no matter how many smart PhDs you have working for you,” Jackson said. “Look at how Google has struggled moving into social, and I think Facebook is going to have the same kind of challenges moving into mobile.”

Last month Facebook acknowledged its mobile challenge in a regulatory filing. The company stated that the growing number of mobile users using Facebook is hard to monetize and “may negatively affect our revenue and financial results.”

Jackson’s comments on the future of the social network come at a time when Facebook’s stock is down about 27 percent from its IPO price of $38 a share, making it the biggest two-week loss of any IPO since 1995.

“The world is moving faster, it’s getting more competitive, not less, and I think those who are dominant in their prior generation are really going to have a hard time moving into this newer generation,” he said. “Facebook can buy a bunch of mobile companies, but they are still a big, fat website and that’s different from a mobile app.”

When posting your content on Facebook, it is easy to post your content without fully understanding how much interaction you will receive. The following infographic contains facts and figures about types of content that work best to help drive traffic to your page or timeline.

Source: Visual.ly, LinchPinSEO

Step 1: Create a plan

How will you do start on your plan? Before embarking upon the task of developing a simple and successful social media strategy for your business, it is important to first identify and list all the products / services your firm offers.

Listing all your products and services, will lead you into asking yourself: Who buys my products / services? Why do they buy my products / services? What’s their motivation?

When answering these questions, really sit down and think. Provide multiple answers to these questions in order to understand all of the motivation for the purchase of your product or service. Understanding your product helps you form a communications strategy that will fully utilize social media. Otherwise you will end up setting up social media accounts that will not benefit your organisation (in terms of sales).

For example, if you sell websites; why do your customers purchase websites? Some probably purchase for prestige, some for marketing purposes, some in order to promote something they do as a hobby. Once again, remember that the answers to these questions are what will guide you when posting content to your social media platforms. Traditionally, marketing was a one-way dialogue, but social media has changed it to a two-way communication between your organisation and your clients. You need fresh and interesting content to share every day in order to keep your following. For example, clients who have a website just for prestige will be interested in knowing the latest features being offered in web design such as responsive themes, sites of the day, etc. Those interested in functionality will want to know new security features or how to do something in an easier way. This is the content you will provide on a regular basis. So do your homework well, know your product / service and why your customers want it.

Tomorrow we take a look at Step 2: How to engage your audience. Remember to post your feedback.

Managing your Android device from your PC has never been easier than with Moborobo’s all-in-one Android Smartphone Management Tool. Moborobo allows you to backup/restore contacts, SMSes and Apps; send/receive SMSes from PC; download Apps, wallpapers & themes; sync multi-media files between Android device & PC and much more. Users interested in continuity or migration across phone platforms can transfer contact data from Android to iPhone, and vice versa. The setup file is a manageable 18MB download. We love the user interface. It is highly intuitive. First time users can get acquainted with Moborobo’s functionality fast. It’s definitely worth checking out. See more here.

Africa Internet Summit (AIS) 2013, (formerly African Network Operators’ Group(AfNOG) and the African Network Information Centre (AfriNIC) Workshop & Meetings) is pleased to announce that the 14th AfNOG Workshop & Meeting and the AfriNIC-18 Meeting would be held in Lusaka, Zambia from 9th to 21st  June 2013.  Every year, hundreds of Network Engineers from across the IT industry in the Africa Continent and the world  attend the AIS Event.

 

About the Entire Event

AIS is organizing a two-week event that includes the AfNOG Workshop on Network Technology (offering advanced training in a week-long hands-on workshop), several full-day Advanced Tutorials, a one-day AfNOG Meeting, and a three-day AfriNIC Meeting.  In addition, several side meetings and workshops will be hosted in collaboration with other organizations.

Who Should Attend

Network engineers in the Africa region who wish to acquire the necessary skills in IT must attend this Workshop.

 

For more information about the event’s venue, timetable, registration details and more please visit – http://www.afnog.org

This Saturday, C4DLab will be hosting Nairobi Python User Group (NaiPUG), with Nejc Zupan (@nzupan), a high profile Python/Plone expert who has presented in previous PyCon’s. The agenda of the Bootcamp will be Python and Plone.

This event is targetting all attendees right from Python pre-beginners to ninjas. There will be a short session to get you started with Python. However, basic programming skills will be assumed, preferably in C/Java/PHP/JavaScript.

There will be limited space, tickets will be issued on first-come-first-served basis. Pick your ticket and make sure you present them on the day of the event.

For more information, visit c4dlab.blogspot.com and @c4dlab.

Register here.

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Designing user interfaces is a challenging activity, however, there are several resources that soften a designer’s work-flow. Today we take a look at physical User Interface Stencil Resources. Being a relatively new arena in the design realm, the use and availability of physical stencil design resources is limited. As I was researching this topic I noticed we don’t yet have a page on User Interface Stencil Resources on Wikipedia yet. Hopefully I can write one soon!

UI Stencils have a great Android Stencil Kit (the only one I could find actually) that allows you to mock-up app ideas with ease. The kit is perfect for quick idea generation and brainstorming of the user interface, user experience, app flows and wireframing. It includes a gesture key on the backside and new UI components and existing conventional controls such as the Spinner, Primary Action Bar, Tab Bar, Secondary Action Bar, and new integrated Nav Bar.

Design Commission have a great video demonstrating the use of the same on vimeo. Watch it here. I guess that’s a brief intro into the world of physical UI stencil kits. Keep your eyes on the lookout, hope we can have the kit available locally soon.