Expandable Banners, Bulgaria & UX

Couple of days ago, I tweeted that an expandable banner on www.topsport.bg (a Bulgarian sports news portal) will result into me taking that site out of my bookmarks and respectively daily reads. The funny thing here is that I am a digital marketer and yet I despise some forms of digital advertising formats as an industry professional and as a user. But not to confuse you, let’s first paste the screenshots of the expandable banner. (It took me 4 days to chase it among betting banners, online shops etc. all advertised in that particular header space)
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Birthday – Tsingtao, Double-Deck Burger And The Top Of The Mountain

I am 11 days shy of yet another birthday that brings me closer to Christ’s age. And instead of thinking that I am getting older, I reflect on the matter as me getting wise, more experience and better versed in the ways life presents in front of me. I had this thing for a while (can’t remember exactly when it started). I get something for myself every time there is a birthday, Christmas or something big happening and deserves to be remembered by something. It doesn’t necessarily have to be something big or celebrating with a big bang, but…
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Your employees and social networks [Infographic]

Many companies are afraid to let their employees actively participate in social networks and media platforms… at least while they are at work. But one can not stop the avalanche. Everyone gets bored or too frustrated from time to time. He/she wants a break. And that break is more often found online with a quick check of the Facebook profile, a tweet or research on the next vacation spot on Flickr.

Truth be told, it will be smarter to come up with a social media strategy that involves the employees and empowers them to speak for the brand(s) while surfing the social media space online. And this, actually, brings us to a graph I spotted recently on Mashable.com. Kind of makes you ponder a second or more, right?
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This Message is Generated Automatically

Yet another post on job hunting mishaps. Not necessarily mine, but then I ought to have something to do with it…

Some time ago, I spotted this sweet position* at the Swiss watchmaker  SWATCH. After reading the job description, I felt appealed to apply, although the guys stated they need someone who speaks fluently English, French and German. The latter does not fall in my expertise, but hey, I speak the language of 1/4 of the world’s population. That should make up for my illiteracy when it comes to the language of Goethe. Anyways, apparently I was not qualified enough. Nothing against that. It is only natural and no grudge here.

But here is what, cooled my feelings for Swatch – the email that they sent me in reply to my application:
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SlideShare’s User Experience – Four processes that make it work or not…

A few months back, as a final project for my Usability and Design Class at Intituto de Empresa, I had to choose a website and perform a heuristic evaluation of a website in this particular field and show what I have learned in this course. It didn’t take a long time to set my eye on SlideShare.net. At the time, I was using it heavily for publishing my own work, keeping an eye on what my connection publish and nonetheless research and spot trends.

I must say that SlideShare is a great platform that offers good user experience in many aspects and in my humble opinion there only a few steps that keep them away from “greatness”. I tried to highlight almost everything I saw in the document below. Please keep in mind that the screen-shots were taken before the overhaul revamping of the Sharing options design on SlideShare! However, a recent check showed that the problems I have described are still pending fixing.

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