Watching file sizes and following coding standards are only one simple way to optimize your website. Proper HTML will ensure you page is processed as smoothly as possible, but does not mean a major speed boost. When the dust settles from developing a new website, I turn to Google's PageSpeed for the round up of last minute tweaks. PageSpeed alerts you to multiple tips and tricks to help edge off a few milliseconds of your page load - which has become crucial.
Over at Business MBA, I found this awesome infographic labeled "Behind the Numbers" that breaks down some information about one of the largest companies out there, Google. View the whole article to see the infographic.
When developing web applications it is always wise to use the most up to date APIs and know when to scale back on certain functionality. Google just posted a blog entry stating four mobile web app tips when using Google Maps. Basically it runs down to use API v3, Static API usage, StreetView Images, and JS Map usage.
Google+ has released a rough outline on their API for accessing data. The Google+ API only allows for read-access to data, but this will still allow you to integrate a visitors social features around Google+. API calls can either be completed via an API key or an OAuth 2.0 token for user data.The Google+ API follows a typical REST design involving HTTP GET on many API calls and the results are in JSON format.
Google just made it easy to link your Google+ profile to your blog or other articles. Simply ensure to put a link to your Google+ profile with a rel="author" tag.
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