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Experiments, investigations, and tests of web things
January 15, 2013

Clearing LinkedIn’s link sharing preview cache

When sharing a link on LinkedIn a preview is generated. This preview uses data from your webpage (Open Graph metadata if present). Sometimes you want to optimise this text, so you test the page first.

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November 5, 2012

Page visibility: pause when your web page isn’t visible

The Page Visibility API is a way for you to (programatically) ask the browser whether your webpage is currently visible or not. Running scripts, videos, refreshes, etc when your webpage is minimised or open in a tab that’s not being viewed is a waste of CPU.

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October 5, 2012

Emotional pressure with LinkedIn endorsements

Towards the end of September LinkedIn made it possible to endorse your connections. You can agree that a particular contact has a certain skill or add suggest skills yourself.

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September 18, 2012

Adding Google Analytics to your Tumblr mobile theme

Under the advanced section of the “customize” settings of your Tumblr blog there is the option to “use optimized mobile layout”.

Enabling this gives you a quick, clean, simple mobile version of your site which is shown automatically to mobile visitors.

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June 7, 2012

Piwik: Disable cookies in async tracking snippet

From version 1.8 of open source web analytics package Piwik it’s been possible to set Piwik not to create and use cookies for the tracking of visitors to your site. In addition to that, Piwik also honours the Do Not Track setting in your browser.

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April 10, 2012

Measuring page load time in IE8, Opera and Safari

The W3C navigation timing API which makes available lots of lovely page performance metrics. The API has been implemented in Chrome 6, Firefox 7 and Internet Explorer 9 (and all subsequent versions of course). It’s even made it into the Android browser for Ice Cream Sandwich.

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