This Week’s Top Tweets (October 15)

1. The New Facebook Groups: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
By Ayelet Noff on The Next Web

In the wake of Facebook’s BIG ANNOUNCEMENT of its Groups feature, The Next Web offers a summary of the best and worst of this new feature. Literally. The title misleads the reader because the post only goes on to cover the author’s two biggest gripes about the tool. However, it does serve as a friendly reminder that like everything that emerges on the Internet, and Facebook’s previous BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, Places, it has its pro’s and con’s.

Takeaway: There are certainly some benefits to this feature, but it suffers from two long standing Facebook problems – the spammy nature of updates and privacy issues. Being part of a Facebook group means that you have yet another thing to opt in or out of in terms of email notifications from Facebook, and updating your settings every time Facebook decides to add a new feature is getting a little old for a lot of users. Add to this the fact that no consent is required for someone to add you to a group (unless, yet again, you change this permission through your privacy settings on Facebook), and it’s clear that this feature has room for improvement.

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Joins us for the Next DC Sitecore User Group Meeting on September 21!

agencyQ will co-host the next DC Sitecore User Group Meeting with NavigationArts and Siteworx on September 21. This time we’re taking our show on the road to Northern Virginia with an evening of networking and a discussion of the Sitecore Online Marketing Suite at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse in Tysons Corner.

Join us as we discuss the importance of analytics and share some best practices around what and how we can measure our website activity.  We will also explore the new Sitecore Online Marketing Suite and Analytics tool and look at some practical applications for improving business.

The agenda will cover:

  • The importance of Analytics: What To Measure and How To Use The Data
  • An Introduction to the Sitecore Analytics and Marketing Suite
  • Q and A
  • Networking

Plus, we’ll feed you! So what are you waiting for? Get the full details and register here.

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This Week’s Top Tweets (June 25)

1. How to create a side blog with WordPress 3.0

by Jean-Baptiste Jung on Cats Who Code

Hot on the heels of the eagerly anticipated release of WordPress 3.0, Jean-Baptise Jung on Cats Who Code provides a tutorial showing bloggers how to create a side blog listing products using the WordPress 3.0 custom post type feature. The post covers post type creation, adding data and creating a page template to list custom post types.

This new feature adds much-needed flexibility to WordPress and enables the platform to go beyond its most common use as a blogging platform and more closely resemble a full-blown CMS. We’re pretty excited about WordPress 3.0 at Q and are getting ready to re-launch the blog with this updated version. What are your favorite new WordPress features? Weigh in in the comments.

2. Optimizing Sitecore development

by Anders Dreyer on Anders Dreyer on Sitecore Development

This oldie but goodie from November 2009 was our most popular shared item this week. After spending close to a year optimizing the processes involved in developing Sitecore solutions in multi-developer setups, Anders Dreyer put together a blog post on the core areas he focused on and the best practices that came out of the exercise.

Takeaways: As noted by the commenters, any time a professional in your industry shares his or her experiences, everybody wins. Yet there seems to be a real need for more developers to step up and talk about their use of various platforms, what they’ve learned and what they have seen work particularly well (or not so well). Blogs are a great platform for sharing this type of information and it is something we are planning to do more often. As a marketer, there is no shortage of marketing-related blogs out there to help me do my job better, but what about folks on the tech side? What developers do you know of that do an especially good job of sharing your experiences?

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Q Spotlighted in Rackspace Enhanced Partner Network Announcement

SAN ANTONIO — Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE:RAX), the world’s leader in hosting and cloud computing, has restructured its global Rackspace Partner Network to help partner companies grow their business, better serve customers and realize a competitive advantage. Rackspace actively solicited feedback from its partners to make enhancements to the Rackspace Partner Network, which include a new tiered structure, highly competitive financial incentives, greater access to training and marketing resources.

To add more structure and clarity to the program, Rackspace created four levels of commitment based on company size and level of sales: Platinum, Gold, Silver and Member. Additionally, Rackspace is offering partners aggressive commissions and, at certain partnership levels, will even pay commissions on upgrades and renewals, a significant benefit many competitors fail to match.

“We regard partners as an extension of the Rackspace family and have updated the Rackspace Partner Network to help ensure they receive the services and support necessary for long-term success,” said Robert Fuller, vice president of Rackspace’s Worldwide Channel. “Rackers worked closely with our partners to develop a program that creates the biggest impact and provides the best experience for them, which we believe will in turn impact the broader customer experience.”

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