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Using CloudFlare to protect and speed up your website & brain – Part 2



As we discussed in the first part of this series, one of the most important parameters these days to succeed online is speed. Page load times have always affected how users perceive a site, but what’s becoming more of an issue with online speed is SEO. Google is placing more and more emphasis on the rate at which a page populates.

Figuring out how to speed up your site can be complicated. You have to think about trimming plugins or reformatting content, for example. Beyond that, you may need to think about what hosting service you are using and what type of server is handling your website’s requests. Clearly, speed can quickly become a headache.

Luckily, a free system, CloudFlare, is now available that can make your site faster… and the added bonus is that it makes your site safer as well. It performs both of these tasks by serving as a proxy between visitors to your site and your hosting company (in other words, traffic funnels through them, and their platform optimizes speed and security).
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Look At These Amazing Images of The Internet

What if you could visualize the neuro-net of the internet. And not just visualize it, but apply time scales to it? This would open your eyes to understanding where possible channels of interaction are between different Time-zones. For example, how hard is it to for you  to consider that when you hire someone on Elance, possibly from a different continent, whether the workflow will fit around your daily work program. Here is the answer:

World map showing the 460 Million IP addresses that responded to ICMP ping requests or port scans from June and October 2012. Theses maps where generated in a high and a low geolocation resolution version, either with or without a legend and in aspect ratios of 16/9 and 4/3.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

The animated overview of internet activity is striking. As night hours sweep over the world, everyone but those in the states radically change their behavior. Subject to so much interpretation, this visual data could be valuable in other ways for assessing online behaviorals of target markets.

The “nearby” feature on Twitter allows you to find tweets from people in your neighborhood, but how would all that activity look visualized on a colored map?

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Fischer created maps for most major U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco, as well as European cities like London and Paris, and Tokyo and Jakarta in Asia. Something of immediate interest to internet marketers is the amount of uptake on mobile devices from Indonesia, and also the concentration of interaction towards coastal towns rather than mid-states.

If you’re more interested in demographics to find hot topics, then you might be more interested in the web scale data mining presented by Todd Holloway on science and technology articles:

A large-scale visualization of all of the english Wikipedia, with coloring of science, math, and technology pages.

Juliana Payson‘s insight:

Todd is specifically looking at activity on Wikipedia surrounding science and technology related articles. If you’re interested in interpretations please leave comments for him.

I’ve pointed out that there are a plethora of visualization techniques to suit your research. Some of these are just simply beautiful, and hard to say whether they offer any real qualitative insight for your business. However they all have a value in broad strokes to connect our awareness to the wider network of the internet.

Do you have any suggestions on their interpretive value? I’d love to hear, especially if this helped your insight in some way to how you think about your online activities. Leave a comment or reach out to me on Google Plus. – Juliana