You’re here because of a robot

sune lehmann

Note: This post is co-written with Piotr Sapieżyński

Is it possible for a small computer science course to exert measurable influence (trending topics) on Twitter, a massive social network with hundreds of millions of users? The surprising answer to that question is “yes”. That’s exactly what we did this year, using simple Python scripts and the Twitter API. Below we explain why & how + some of our findings along the way.

Why Twitter bots?

The standard (spam)bot on Twitter has almost no followers, almost zero activity, and exist for a single simple purpose, for example to increase follower counts for certain individuals.

For this year’s Social Graphs and Interactions course, we wanted to do something different – we wanted to see how “intelligent” we could make our bots, using simple machine learning and network analysis methods (the topics covered in the class).

The class

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67 Insights From The Worlds Top Digital Marketing Experts

Source: 67 Insights From The Worlds Top Digital Marketing Experts

 Brian Solis

Here is the stream of consciousness that is Brian’s brain on Twitter during the presentation.

  1. What if you could act like a start-up? Starting from scratch gives you the ability to see new possibilities
  2. The true source of innovation is passion
  3. 67% of customer journey is now digital
  4. Surprise and delight is the new wave of innovation. How can you cater to the digital and physical customer today?
  5. @Starbucks has merged marketing and IT to connect with the digital customer
  6. What the spirit of failure means is that you’re trying something new”
  7. The biggest mistake business is making today is thinking we’re profitable and doing great
  8. Today’s businesses must compete for the customer of the future but they move too slow”
  9. Digital Darwinism isn’t a myth; it’s result of missed opportunity
  10. Digital transformation and the change it requires of organizations turns analysts into therapists.

Ray Wang

Ray is the analyst and CEO at Constellation Research. His blog “A software insiders point of view” has millions of views every year. Known for covering “enterprise strategy and disruptive technology”

His slide on the 5 steps to disrupting digital business is worth sharing.

Digital marketing experts - Ray Wang

His tweetable thoughts are below.

  1. Digital disruption is less about technology and more about transforming business models
  2. Winning in a digital world means being great at the Art and the Science. So…Become a digital artisan
  3. AirBnB is more about a trust network than the total number of bed nights
  4. Digital delivers mass personalization at scale
  5. Transformational innovation is breakthrough & disrupts markets
  6. Tech convergence powers digital disruption
  7. 5 steps to disrupting digital business

Color Picker — Design Inspiration | Muzli blog

Source: Color Picker — Design Inspiration | Muzli blog

Color Picker by Cleveroad

Sunset Color Picker by Sam Beushausen

Color picker by Oleg Frolov for Avito

 

Icon editor by Vasiliy Golobokov

#dailyui #060 — Chrome OS Color Picker by Jeff Reiner

060 DailyUI — Color Picker by Adrien Gervaix

POTO College Maker UI by Cheuk Yin Chan

Roomie — Color Picker by Ionut Zamfir

Day 60 — Colorpicker by Carl Hauser

PayTouch Dashboard by Brian Plemons
getMuzli
Color Picker by Firman Suci Ananda

Gramblr — native OS X app by Natalie Kirejczyk

The updated LayerVault options menu by Allan Grinshtein

Qards Gradient Widget by Vladimir Kudinov for Designmodo

Sip in dark & light Menu Bar by André Gonçalves

Car Filter WIP by Jan Cantor

Day033 I Customize Product by Jun

Tools for Creating and Understanding Color Palettes

 Sources: Trendy Web Color Palettes and Material Design Color Schemes & Tools and Best Color Palette Generator

Coolors

Coolors is an intuitive application which allows us to generate color combinations in a simple way, share palettes, and even export them to different formats like SVG, PDF, or SCSS.

http://coolors.co

Stylify me

Stylify me provides us with the fundamentals of the style guide of a site including colors, fonts, sizing, and spacing.

http://stylifyme.com

Adobe Color CC

A classic tool to create color schemes with the color wheel or browse thousands of color combinations from the Kuler community.

https://color.adobe.com

Paletton

A designer tool for creating color combinations that work together well.

http://paletton.com/

Color-Hex

Color-hex is an interesting tool which helps us to select monochromatic colors, triadic colors, analogous colors, or shades. It allows us to visualize our palette in different color models like RGB, HSL, HSV, and CMYK. It also generates the CSS code fo the selected color with suggested combinations for text-shadows, backgrounds, etc. http://www.color-hex.com/

http://www.color-hex.com

Best Color Palette Generators

Selecting a color scheme is a critical part of any website or project, and to help you discover that perfect color combination we’ve compiled a list of the best color palette generators and web tools out there today.

Colour Lovers

Colour Lovers | Color Palette Generator

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PATTERN AND PALETTE GENERATOR SITE WITH A STRONG SOCIAL COMPONENT

A cornerstone of the online color community, Colour Lovers boasts over a million color palettes and a color(ful) userbase to match. With palattes, patterns, shapes and more, if you’ve got an hour or three, hop on over and start loving some colors.

Color Hunt

Color Hunt | Color Palette Generator

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PRODUCT HUNT FOR COLORS, UPDATED DAILY

A relative newcomer on the color scene, Color Hunt is a Product Hunt style website for, well, colors. Easily peruse a seemingly unending list of palettes, view, and favorite standout schemes for later.

Color by Hailpixel

Color by Hailpixel | Color Palette Generator

LET’S GO!
MINIMAL INTERFACE MAKES GENERATING PALETTES FAST AND FUN.

A unique, cursor based interface offers a new and entertaining method of generating palettes on this site. Mouse around to change hue and lightness, scroll to adjust saturation; but seriously just go and try it for yourself.

Colour Code

Colour Code | Color Palette Generator

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MOVE YOUR CURSOR TO GENERATE PALETTES AND HARMONIES

Building on the same cursor based interface of the previous site,Colour Code lets you generate harmonies in addition to creating palettes, with export formats in SCSS, LESS and PNG.

Sip

Sip | Color Palette Generator

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GENERATE COLOR PALETTES FROM PHOTOS ON YOUR IPHONE

Sip is an awesome little app for Mac and iPhone, letting you generate color schemes from photos, name, organize and share your palettes across multiple devices. Get the pro version and there is no end to the export options.

Cohesive Colors

Cohesive Colors | Color Palette Generator

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HELP UNIFY YOUR PALETTE’S COLORS WITH AN OVERLAY

Cohesive Colors is a great tool for helping to give your color palettes a uniform feel. If you’re having trouble with an outlier in your palette, or just can’t get that last couple of colors right, try this one out.

Colr

Colr | Color Palette Generator

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NICE COLOR FEATURE SET IN A MINIMAL SETTING

If you’re looking for a straightforward site that does it all, check outColr, which can generate color palettes from a random image using Flickr (or upload your own), search over 17K color schemes and match words based on their color relativity.

Palettr

Paletton | Color Palette Generator

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GENERATE PALETTES WITH A WORD USING PHOTOGRAPHS FROM 500PX

Prefer to search for palettes by season, theme or place? Check outPalettr and tap into the colorful world of community photo site 500pxfor some awesome color scheme generation.

Mudcube Color Sphere

Mudcube Sphere | Color Palette Generator

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SIMPLE, EASY TO USE CONTROLS WITH MULTIPLE COLOR EXPORT FORMATS

Mudcube’s Color Sphere is not only a superb palette generator with large sliders for a more granular control over your scheme; it also lets you download them in .AI and .ACO files! Sweet!

Color Combos

Color Combos | Color Palette Generator

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SELECT COLORS, MOVE COLUMNS AND EXPORT PALETTES WITH EASE

Simple and purpose built for generating a palette from scratch, Color Combo’s tester balances color palette configurability with utility. And lucky for the lazy there is a random combo generator.

Colrd

Colrd | Color Palette Generator

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FIND AND CREATE PALETTES, PATTERNS AND GRADIENTS

Great for discovering new color palettes and patterns, Colrd also features a gradient builder and search tool, something we haven’t found elsewhere.

Color Hunter

Color Hunter | Color Palette Generator

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GENERATE AND DISCOVER COLOR PALETTES FROM IMAGES

Love the colors in a particular image? With Color Hunter, you can generate a palette by uploading an image. Too lazy? Discover previously generated palettes by searching their archives.

Pictaculous by Mailchimp

Pictaculous | Color Palette Generator

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GET SUGGESTED PALETTES FROM COLOUR LOVERS AND ADOBE COLOR CC

Upload an image to Pictaculous and in return get a palette, plus suggested schemes using similar colors from Colour Lovers andAdobe Color CC.

Ultimate SEO Checklist For Launching A Brand New WordPress Website | JUST™ Creative

One of the best checklist I’ve seen

Source: Ultimate SEO Checklist For Launching A Brand New WordPress Website | JUST™ Creative

1. Google Analytics and Google Webmaster Tools Setup
2. Canonicalization


3. Pages Title, Content & Keyword


4. Meta Keywords and Description


5. Header Tags- H1, H2, H3, H4 tags


6. Page URLs – Permalink Structure Settings


7. Image Optimization


8. Page Loading Speed


9. Internal Linking


10. Set WordPress Plugins (SEO, Security, Database and File Backup)

 

Monster Infographic:

THE KILLER WORDPRESS CHECKLIST by Capsicum Media that covers everything from pre-launch, development, SEO, Maintenance and Security.

This has been translated into Mandarin (Taiwanese), French and Japanese

Data Analytics Resources – via Ben Collins

A curated list of resources for Excel, SQL, Tableau as well as general Data, Visualization and Statistical resources. Source: Data Analytics Resources – Ben Collins

 

Excel resources

For a list of advanced Excel use-cases (functional-programming, spreadsheet standards, art, music and more!), have a look at this post.

SQL

Tableau

Statistics

Data Visualization

Case Studies & General Articles

Newsletters to subscribe to

  • Data is plural – curated list of interesting and esoteric datasets
  • Data Elixir – weekly collection of the best data science news, resources, and inspirations
  • Postgres Weekly – weekly e-mail round-up of PostgreSQL news and articles
  • DB Weekly – weekly round-up of database technology news and articles

Ben’s own posts:

Popular Google Sheets & Dashboard articles:

Popular Excel articles:

Popular Data Analysis articles, with SQL & Tableau:

Full archives:

9 Awesome Add-ons for Google Forms – Control Achieve

Source: Control Alt Achieve: 9 Awesome Add-ons for Google Forms

 

Choice Eliminator 2

Forms Add-on link
Choice Eliminator will eliminate options from a multiple-choice, list, or checkbox type of question. Great for signing up for time slots or having students choose topics without doubling up.


Form Values

Forms Add-on link
Form Values allows you to store and use lists that you use regularly in forms. This could be a list of staff, students, timings, rooms, resources or anything you want.

formLimiter

Forms Add-on link
formLimiter automatically sets Google Forms to stop accepting responses after a maximum number of responses, at a specific date and time, or when a spreadsheet cell contains a specified value. Great for time-bound assignments, event registrations with limited seats, or other first-come, first-served signup scenarios.

CheckItOut

Forms Add-on link
Used for checking in and out items, this add-on will create a question set or multiple sets.  One question is for items that are IN and another for items that are OUT.   Questions can be Multiple-Choice, List or Checkboxes.  When someone fills out the form selected items will be moved between the two questions.   This allows a for a very easy check in/out form.

formRecycler

Forms Add-on link
Recycle questions from other Forms in your Drive by selecting them in the Sidebar. Just pick the Form in the popup window and it will populate with the questions from that Form. Select the ones you want to insert and the formRecycler will automatically insert them at the end of the Form.

g(Math)

Forms Add-on link
Create graphs, statistical displays, multiple choice questions, and write complex math directly in your Form. You can also deploy a Form to allow responders to craft responses using g(Math) tools. This is an invaluable tool for any math class or math teacher.

docAppender

Forms Add-on link
Appends Google Form question responses to the bottom of selected Google Docs. Use a Google Form to select which Doc(s) to append from a list, multiple-choice, or checkbox Form question, pre-populated with Doc titles from a folder in Drive.

Data Director

Forms Add-on link
The Data Director for Forms Add-on has multiple features.  It can send the form response to an alternate spreadsheet.  It can send an email or multiple emails when the Form is submitted.  It can add a guest to your calendar event. Data Director will also create an Edit URL and/or a PreFilled URL, and save those links to the spreadsheet.

Advanced Summary

Forms Add-on link
Advance Summary of responses generates charts and filters based on a Google Form responses. Advanced Summary of Responses takes advantage of Awesome Table to quickly build a summary of your form responses. You can select the items to display, and the summary will automatically update.

If you liked this information, you may also like these other webinars I have done on the topic of Add-ons for Google products and how they can be used in schools:

Do you have favorite Add-ons for Google Forms that are not listed above? Please share your favorites, or how you have used Forms Add-ons, in the comments below.