Category Archives: Internet

Changes at Envato: Meet Tuts+

Envato, the ever-interesting network run by Collis and Cyan Ta’eed, has revamped their TUTS websites. NETTUTS, PSDTUTS, and their kin are now housed under the name of “Tuts+,” with a central website at Tutsplus.com. They’re the same sites, but more tightly-knit.

Today across the Tuts+ network we’re rolling out some changes to our brand and how our sites work together. These changes include a rebrand of our logos, a shift from multiple domain names to a single top level domain, a universal Plus membership, a Plus Affiliate Program, updated Plus interface, a Twitter Tuts+ news stream and a new tutsplus.com site complete with a rearrangeable dashboard. In other words, a whole bunch of stuff!

You can read the full announcement here, with all of the big changes they’ve been making.

Overall the changes seem pretty good. I’ve always been a fan of the Ta’eed’s sites, the TUTS ones especially. However, a couple of the changes bug me a little…

  1. The new logos and naming scheme don’t seem quite right. Net.tuts+ just seems kind of awkward. It doesn’t read as well as NETTUTS. I’ve always wondered whether I should say “Net tutts” or “Net toots,” but now I have to say “Net tutts plus,” and write it with that awkward period and plus sign.
  2. The move to subdomains of tutsplus.com seems silly. You have the domains, they’re well established, they’re easier to type why change them? They may still get you there, but you’re jsut dilluting your existing brand. There’s already Tuts+ and Envato branding plastered all over the TUTS (sorry, “Tuts+”) sites. I can see not wanting to drop thousands of dollars for new *tuts.com domains, but it seems silly to change the other ones as well. I think it would be better to make the subdomains be the secondary, redirect URL for the sites that have their own domains.

I can understand the changes, but those two just don’t sit well with me… I suppose I will get used to them in time.

I Don’t Like Spam!

Look at this impressive chart: Now that looks like a lot of something. Too bad it’s spam. Yes, this graph is generated from Akismet’s log of the spam comments it has caught over time.

Open Web Awards Peoples’ Choice Awards Announced

The 2008 Open Web Awards have come to a close. And with the end comes the results of the Peoples’ Choice segment, the main part of the awards. (The partnered bloggers, including myself, have already given their picks.) I have to say that the…

Open Web Awards Bloggers’ Choice Winners

The 2008 Open Web Awards‘s Bloggers’ Choice segment winners have been announced. The contest’s “blog partners,” including myself, have given their votes in the matter, and we have the results out. Also note that the Peoples’ Choice voting is still ongoing, and will end…

Open Web Awards Voting Opens

Voting in the second annual Open Web Awards has opened (hosted by Mashable.com). Now’s your chance to support your favorite web services by giving them a vote in the Awards. You can vote once per category, and in every category. Votes are limited by…

Open Web Awards Nominations

The second annual Open Web Awards are here (hosted by Mashable). It’s a fairly big event, in which major “Web 2.0″-type websites compete in several categories for the popular vote. Some of last year’s winners included Twitter, Digg, Google, and Facebook. Currently they’re in…

Copyblogger Twitter Haiku Contest

Copyblogger is hosting a Twitter haiku contest with a MacBook Air as the first prize. MacBook Air? I bet that got your attention. Here’s how the contest works: You write a haiku, post it to your Twitter account, and copy/paste the haiku into a…

New Opportunities at Pro Blog Design

Michael Martin has just redesigned his blog Pro Blog Design. Along with the new design comes a few new opportunities for you. Opportunities to promote your site, and make some money. First off, Michael has 125×125 ad space now. They’re available for $45/month, and…

9rules Blog Network

What is 9rules? It’s hard to say; it’s been many things over the years, but it’s always been a blog network. Essentially, blogs in the network have their latests posts (just the headlines) aggregated onto their homepage, and your blog is added to their…

Box o’ Net Neutrality

I’ve talked about Network Neutrality here before, posting a simple explanation I’d written up. This time I’ve done something better. I’ve rounded-up a collection of videos on the topic. These Net Neutrality videos are worth a watch, whether you know what Net Neutrality truly…

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