We are Hiring!

Posted on: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Terabit.ca is hiring! We are very excited to announce that we are looking for another talented Website Developer to join our team. Listed below, you can find information regarding the position and how to apply.

Job Description:

You will work interactively with a small team and independently on projects designing websites for various clients. You will be required to use PHP, CSS3, HTML5, MySQL, JavaScript, jQuery, phpMyAdmin and JetBrains IDE in your daily work. You will be involved in the implementation and maintenance of websites and be required to use creative programming and debugging skills on various projects.

Job Requirements:

  • must have good working knowledge of PHP, MySQL, jQuery
  • knowledge of the following is an asset: Laravel, React, REST, MongoDB, Node.js, GitHub
  • WordPress, Magento, Joomla, Drupal experience an asset
  • ability to work on a team and independently
  • project management an asset
  • strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • ability to work well with fixed deadlines
  • strong customer service, organizational, and problem solving skills

Assets:

  • 2 years of related experience
  • College degree or equivalent in website development

Additional Information:

  • Extended health, vision, drug, and dental benefits available after probation period completed.
  • Primary location is at 101L-900 Dynes Road, a multi-use building on the second floor, business level.
  • Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Job Location: Ottawa, ON

Required experience: Related: 2 years

Please email your resume to careers@terabit.ca by Friday, January 19, 2018. Good luck to all of those who apply and we look forward to hearing from you!

 


Facebook to Unveil Drastic Newsfeed Changes

Posted on: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, has announced a newsfeed restructure that will drastically shape how users interact over Facebook.

Instead of seeing the dozens of news articles and advertisements that most of us are immune to seeing today, Facebook will surprisingly be showing less of that. Alternatively, the information that will appear on the users’ newsfeed will be carefully selected content that inspires conversation and has some type of relationship to the user. Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that he feels as though Facebook has an obligation to promote healthy well-being and in turn will be promoting relevant and “meaningful” content, rather than disorganized, insignificant content. The Facebook CEO has stated, “…I expect the time people spend on Facebook and some measures of engagement will go down”. Thus the question remains, why has Facebook taken this approach?

Facebook is aiming to benefit the users, as they will no longer be scrolling through their newsfeed viewing negative content that provides little to no meaning. Contrastingly, users are expected to now feel a stronger sense of interaction, which was Facebook’s main goal when first creating the major social media platform. In the age of fake news and Facebook at the forefront, it is not a huge shock that the social media team is trying to regulate and eliminate the amount of controversial news that users view.

However, as you may have predicted, businesses using Facebook as their main source of advertising and platform for content creation, may be facing a serious decline in engagement and traffic. Instead, these companies will have to focus on retaining their current audiences’ attention to encourage conversation and meaningful interactions, as Facebook is promoting.

Check out Zuckerberg’s Facebook statement regarding the new changes and let us know what you think!

One of our big focus areas for 2018 is making sure the time we all spend on Facebook is time well spent.We built…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, January 11, 2018


Google Rebrands Payment Platform

Posted on: Friday, January 12, 2018

With numerous online payment options to choose from, consumers are often left feeling overwhelmed by the updates and changes in tools, such as Google, Apple Pay and PayPal. Nonetheless, the most recent Google payment update may be for the better.

With two different systems, navigating Google’s payment tools has been a tricky task for some users. However, on January 8th, 2018, Google’s Vice President of Project Management (Payments) announced the merger of their two pay systems. What used to be Android Pay and Google Wallet has now become Google Pay, which indeed sounds just like another favourite- Apple Pay. In turn, this means that users will now be able to have their Google mobile payments, loyalty platform and peer money transfer all available on one app, which is most definitely a lot more efficient.

Not only will this update benefit Google payment users, but it is a necessary action for Google to take in order to compete with the other payment systems previously mentioned, like Apple Pay. As nearly everyone is a user or at least familiar with Google, Google Pay is actually quite simple. Your information is stored securely in your Google account, so checking out online and paying friends will be quicker than ever.

Additionally, you will be seeing a lot more of Google when checking out online or in stores, whether you’re booking a place to stay on vacation or purchasing items online. Google Pay will be increasingly more prevalent during checkout and according to the Google VP’s blog post, initial partners include Airbnb, Dice and Fandango, just to name a few.

While there aren’t any new features in particular that have rolled out with this update, both payment systems are now more efficient and attached to the Google brand. We will be following closely to see if any other updates trail after this rebrand!


Understanding Twitter Threads

Posted on: Friday, January 5, 2018

Unlike many other social media sites, Twitter is primarily for individuals to speak their mind, through writing short messages visible to their followers and the public in a limited amount of characters. Recently, the character limit increased from 140 characters to a substantial 280 characters – allowing users to express themselves more within a single tweet.

You will often notice on twitter that accounts will go on tangents regarding one specific subject, often referred to as rants, or threads. These can be with regards to anything, and they can be informative, provocative, opinionated, or persuasive. However, language used on twitter can contain a large amount of slang, especially when a user is attempting to cram all their thoughts and ideas into a limited number of characters. For this reason, these twitter threads can at times be difficult to follow.

Thread Reader App (@threadreaderapp) is a twitter bot that more clearly deciphers complicated threads for the everyday individual to understand. How does it work? According to a TechCrunch article, the bot “unrolls” the threads into a level of English that is of common understanding to all generations. It is very easy to do as well: all someone needs to do is either reply to a twitter thread or quote tweet a portion of the thread with the bot’s twitter handle and the keyword ‘unroll’. There is even a chrome extension available so that the process can be completed in a shorter amount of typing and clicking.


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