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Reshma Kumar | 14 Feb 2013 | 1 comment

Much like fashion, what's old is new again in tech. The NYTimes had an interesting article on the resurging popularity of GIFs. There has been a fair amount of chatter on the subject of GIFs in the last few months signalling it's renewed trendiness.

GIF was the Oxford Dictionary's word of the year in 2012, and it has apparently also established its historic place in the Museum of the Moving Image.

GIFs or Graphics Interchange Format go way back to the Web 1.0 days and are a relic in Internet years. At the time, GIFs were popular because they were lightweight compared to JPGs, they supported transparency, and they could be animated. Well, none of that changed but competition did come in the Web 2.0 era for GIFs in the form of PNGs (Portable Network Graphics) which do all of the above and more including compressing better.

So, why the resurgence...

Reshma Kumar | 29 Oct 2009 | 0 comments

vam.jpgWe have been looking into getting a digital asset management system to house, manage, and retrieve our graphical, marketing, and other files. In researching this online, we found that there wasn't a lot helpful information out there. So, to save you some time, here are some things to look for when picking an asset management system:

  • Hosted (SaaS) or in-house client-side application
  • Ease of use and user-friendly interface - This one was key for us as we found many solutions with complex, multi-stepped, and poor UIs.
  • Disk space - default capacity and scaling up options
  • Subscription and setup fees
  • Number of users and admins supported and upgrading options
  • Ability to brand interface
  • File upload & download options - single file, batch uploads, ftp
  • Basic and advanced search capabilities
  • Supported...
Reshma Kumar | 16 Jun 2009 | 2 comments

phish-or-no-phish.jpgResearch indicates that the majority of users are unable to spot phishing Websites. In a study commissioned by VeriSign in the U.S., researchers asked users to identify fraudulent phishing sites from images of Websites placed side by side. A whopping 88 percent of users frequently missed the most obvious "tell tale" indicator which was the misspelling on the site which would have identified the phishing site.

How do you ensure that your online user experience is not affected by fraudulent sites? Here are VeriSign's top five tips to distinguish a real site from a phishing site:

1. https:// in the URL: The "s" in https:// means the site is encrypted,
so the information you enter is secured. While some phishing sites
do have a secured Web address, many do not. Therefore, site visitors
should be...

Reshma Kumar | 15 Jun 2009 | 0 comments

July 23, 2009
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Startup Idol is an interesting Conference coming up on July 23, 2009 at the Sofitel Hotel. Registration is free of charge!

Startup Idol is focused on the Web startup community and will feature expert panel discussions, a startup competition, and a networking reception on the Bay. Anyone looking to stay on the cutting-edge of the Web field, explore new customer and partnership opportunities, and network, this is a can't miss opportunity.

- Connect with venture capitalists, investors, entrepreneurs, service providers, and talent.
- Network with others in the...

Reshma Kumar | 05 Jun 2009 | 0 comments

There are now 183 million domain names registered across all Top Level Domains (TLDs) which represents a three percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2008 and a twelve percent increase over the same quarter last year. This means that nearly 11.8 million new domain names were registered across all TLDs in the first quarter of 2009. While this reflects a 17 percent growth in new registrations over the fourth quarter of 2008, it is a 17 percent decline from the same quarter in the previous year. While domain names registered do not necessarily mean the equivalent number of Websites created, the numbers point to approximately 91 domain names registered per minute and if about 88 percent resolve to Websites, that would mean that roughly 80 new sites were created a minute or one a second.

Country Code Top Level Domain Names (ccTLDs) registered increased to 74.1 million, an 18 percent increase year over year and a four percent increase quarter over quarter. There were nearly...

Reshma Kumar | 15 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

www20Twenty years ago this month in March 1989, Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web by following his dream of a better, easier way to communicate via computers on a global scale. And what an invention it was! The initial project, dubbed ENQUIRE referred to 'Enquire Within Upon Everything', a book Berners-Lee recalled from his childhood. Berners-Lee created a browser-editor with the goal of developing a tool to make the Web a creative space to share and edit information and build a common hypertext. Names considered for this browser included 'The Mine of Information' and 'The Information Mesh' and eventually decided on the WorldWideWeb in May 1990. The world's first web site went live in 1991. A copy of the original first webpage created by Berners-Lee can be found here...

Reshma Kumar | 30 Jan 2009 | 2 comments

200159357-001.jpgIn a recent survey of 919 U.S. adults, 18 years and older who spend at least three non-work hours a week online, 85 percent of consumers state that trusting a site is most important to them when interacting with a Website and sharing confidential information. In contrast, nine percent deemed competitive pricing as most important and another five percent thought ease of use was most important. Additionally, a whopping 93 percent of respondents said they would stop transacting on a site that was not secure.

The survey findings also concluded that 76 percent of consumers claimed that identity theft is a "major" concern for them. When asked how they felt about brands that did not protect their online identity, 56 percent felt "distrustful," 17 percent...

Reshma Kumar | 20 Jan 2009 | 0 comments

Welcome to the VeriSign User Experience Blog. This is the first-ever such blog for us and I am very excited to get it started. Through my posts, I look forward to sharing what we are doing and engaging with and hearing from you on how we are doing in our quest to better serve and meet your needs via our Websites. After all, we are building our sites for you, not us. I will also share insights, ramblings, musings, and the like on user experience that may be of interest.

If you have any feedback on the types of content you would like to see covered on this blog, I would love to hear from you. I look forward to meeting you all online. Thank you.