I can’t tell you how many times I use Google a day. Whether I’m looking up a local restaurant or guides on how to code a drop-down list, I turn to the the search giant to help me on the day-to-day. It’s a must for me to stay informed of new and emerging technology, not only because I’ll use it as a part of an overall campaign but because it’s vital to know how they could affect said campaign. Because of this, I scour blogs and tweets from sources that I trust and respect.
When it comes to news, I find myself checking in with Twitter and other social sites. And I’m not alone. It’s likely that I’ll hear about a significant person’s death or a earthquake first on Twitter or Facebook. It’s so awesome as a breaking news source that your local news station uses social media to get information on up-to-the-minute stories.
So what’s my point? Well, even though we have so many resources for news and information – there are still people out there who don’t take advantage of it. Now I won’t go on to lecture you about why you should stay up on current industry trends or get a Twitter account – but why wouldn’t you want to? It’s FREE! Come on, everyone loves free! Just open up your web browser and BAM! You’ve unlocked a wealth of information, right at your fingertips.
The next time your find yourself bored, type in a question on Google and read through the results. Check out the Wikipedia homepage and read up on some history. Go to http://www.w3schools.com/ and learn how to build a website! You’ll be happy you did it, and smarter too!
Before I leave you, let me share some of my favorite resources. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
- Design Envy: http://designenvy.aiga.org/
- DesignSponge: http://www.designsponge.com/
- Grain Edit: http://grainedit.com/
- Communicatrix: http://www.communicatrix.com/
- Brain Traffic: http://blog.braintraffic.com/
- Nick Usborne: http://www.nickusborne.com/
- Econsultancy: http://econsultancy.com/us/blog
- Mashable: http://mashable.com/
- Twist Image: http://www.twistimage.com/blog/
I’d love to hear what your favorite information sources and daily reads are. Shoot me your list in the comments.