As 2020 quickly approaches, it’s worth noting that with each new year, we’re still exploring new depths of the internet age. Many tasks that previously required physical effort in years past can now be done online: applying for jobs, tracking expenses, even playing what were once board games (think Scrabble, checkers, or chess). And with each new task that “goes digital,” there is a greater demand, meaning website and software developers are constantly under pressure to perfect presentation and performance. With that in mind, we’re going to look ahead at a few common types of online platforms that are surging in popularity, and will likely need redevelopment and updated presentations – remodeling, if you will – shortly.
Gone are the days when you needed to send a formal cover letter via U.S. postage to a prospective employer; a lot of companies now rely fully on online job finding services like GlassDoor and Indeed. Some companies are even accepting LinkedIn profiles instead of formal applications, making it critical to keep your online profile up to date, even if you’re not actively looking for a new job. Currently, certain features of the platform are off-limits to non-paying users, which can be problematic seeing as anyone currently out of work and using LinkedIn isn’t necessarily going to want to pay a monthly fee for its services. The website is also a bit tricky to navigate for first-time users, given that some features aren’t named clearly, and if you’re not paying for a subscription, your screen will also be flooded with advertisements. If you’re looking to take your job search online, we’d recommend doing some research on how to use LinkedIn and create a strong profile. And hopefully, as the site gains more popularity, designers for LinkedIn or similar sites will begin to make the interface a little more straightforward to use.
Online Betting & Gaming
Both online sports betting and casino games are popular and common in regions like Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Americans, however, are just starting to see these platforms becoming available on their home turf. Sugarhouse’s online services and a few other major betting companies are leading the way, and legislation is opening up on a state-by-state basis. And while Americans are by and large excited about this, it will also definitely take some time for them to get used to the often cluttered or overwhelming websites – particularly those used for placing sports bets. It can be hard to interpret posted odds and decide which ones are most relevant to you, as they are typically organized into spreadsheets and charts that are not always intuitive. Simply put, these sites – even where they’re popular – aren’t always particularly easy or pleasant to sift through. So one has to imagine that as the U.S. market expands and more people engage with betting and gambling sites, there will also be a push to make them more appealing, modern, streamlined, and user-friendly for this broad new customer base.…