Show Tweets on Your Page

UUWorld Twitter widgetIf your UUA staff group has a Twitter account, you can add a module to the right-hand column of any page that shows your most recent tweets. Or, you can maintain a list of Twitter accounts of people who post on a topic, and display tweets from all those people on your page.

Instructions for adding either kind of Twitter widget — for one Twitter account, or for a list of Twitter accounts — are on the UUA intranet. Enjoy!

Web Writing: What’s the Big Deal?

You probably write material for the website or a UUA blog, at least on occasion. But does anyone read it?

Caution: You may be great at writing five-paragraph essays (the kind you wrote for school), scholarly papers, business memos, or sermons. But when people read web pages, their attention span is incredibly short.  If a page contains paragraphs of text with few links, headings, or bulleted lists, the reader is outta there within seconds.

The ITS Web Team is starting a series of articles entitled “Web Writing” about keeping material short, writing effective titles and headings, adding links, and other ways to help your readers find what they need.

Just can’t wait? Buy Don’t Make Me Think by Steve Krug or Letting Go of the Words by Janice Redish, or read Jakob Nielsen’s articles online.

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Usability and Your Communications

How does the usability of your communications stack up against industry standards? “Why proliferate the world with useless objects [and processes]?”  This is a question asked by John Hockenberry, Honorary Chair of World Usability Day (WUD) 2010 which just happened this month on November 11th.

WUD’s mission is to ensure “…greater awareness for designs, products and services that improve and facilitate communication around the world,” says Elizabeth Rosenzweig, founder of WUD.  This years special focus for WUD is on communications. (more…)

Two Days to Done: Getting Your Web Assets Published

We are all under pressure from time to time — deadlines sneak up on us, or unexpected events crop up.  In hindsight, things that seemed an emergency in the moment don’t seem so pressing in the present.

For your sanity as a web publisher on, allow two days for your content to go live. Multimedia files may take longer.

Here’s the snap-shot:

  • documents (DOC, PDF, etc.) – 1 day
  • images – 1 day
  • web pages – 1 day
  • multimedia (video or audio) – 3 days

Things are often live much faster but it depends on the Web Team’s current workload and priorities. Check out the details in the ITS Web Team’s SLA or feel free to email the Web Team – well in advance of your deadline of course.

Just keep in mind, “Two Days to Done” (except multimedia) and you should be good.

Adding Sound to Your Web Pages

Have you been thinking of adding audio to your web pages? Recording sound — whether it’s a speech, presentation, meeting, or musical performance — is easy if your smartphone or MP3 player has this feature.  Just make sure to get permission from the speakers or performers to make the recording and to post it on the Web. See Filming Others May Require Permission (a post from the InterConnections Tipsheet) for advice. Our Video Talent Release Form (PDF) may also be helpful. Permissions for Multimedia Files explains the UUA’s permissions policy.

ISP switch this weekend

Hey Folks,

We’re switching Internet Service Providers Saturday Morning, so if you see any weirdness in the AM hours that’s probably it. You’re most likely already aware of this since I sent out an email already. If you notice anything weird after 9AM, then something went wrong, you can let us know by calling in at 617-948-6109 or emailing


Have a great weekend!