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This week’s Link Drop Contextd is slightly longer because I wanted to include as many posts about Tropicana reverting back to their old packaging. I have a couple more notes about that process below. The week I came across a lot of posts that had tried to turn data into some meaningful data, usually with a diagram. Some were more successful than others as you’ll notice. UX was on my mind again, though I should throw out the question if you’re a designer how can it not be a consideration?
This is one of those design times that I do think should be taken note of. The last time I felt this way was when UPS introduced their new mark. This time a company, Tropicana in this case has gone back to their previous design which carried a lot of equity. I can’t recall this kind of pull back happening like this before. It’s kind of interesting to read how mainstream media outlets are talking about the story. I wasn’t entirely sure how many posts were out there with the story so I threw out the question on twitter to those that follow me. Above is what I got for posts. Did I miss any?
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Even if you’re not a tech head or someone that cares about the silicon valley, the conversation with Marc Andreessen is worth the listen. I’ve listened to this interview four times which is kind of crazy considering the thing is a hour long (and I’ll probably listen to it a couple more times). There’s a lot of different points covered in the talk and I took away a lot of things to consider. The comments on the Charlie Rose page are also worth taking a look at too.
I’m not a huge fan of basketball but found myself posting two sites related to that sport in the week’s Link Drop Contextd. In the NYT Magazine piece about Shane Battier and his invisible stats, one take away is that there’s always potential to see something else that no one has bothered paying attention to – and applying that to something. Very applicable to almost anything out there. Twitter makes a strong comeback with a couple new links, so does food and music blogs. Till next week, thanks for coming back…
On Rating Systems
I’ve wondered about the usefulness of numbers in rating systems too. What’s the difference between 3.5 and 3.7? How is that going to make your decision that much easier? But then again pass/fail or great/sucks doesn’t always help either.
Blogs aren’t the magical publishing tool for everything, but it’s been put to good use with this design work. I’ve come across some of this stuff outside in the real world. Nice to see the whole package in one place.
How we pick blogs
I’m always interested in how someone makes editorial decision, for this post it’s how a blog is chosen to be in Hype Machine. And to think I just thought they allowed anyone…
A lot of really quick posts with good links to more links and even better info.
What do you mean when you’re talking about creating a twitter group? It might have to do with one of the two mentioned in this post.
What the CBC should know about Twitter
Every media source that has any type of online community should be asking the above question. What kind of expectations and experience do the people that follow have with twitter, and what do they want? Maybe there’s an unexpected opportunity. Either way the responses from the above question are worth a read.
Select one of L.A.’s 87 neighborhoods
Super cool idea about location of areas of a neighborhoods. People can make their own area names. It would be really cool to see something like this in Manhattan, and have a bunch of different people outline areas themselves and compare. If you see that in New York Magazine anytime soon, remember where you read it first.
The No-Stats All-Star
This was the perfect article to read on a Saturday morning eating a bagel and lots of coffee. Sometimes it’s better to disregard the conventional rules and make some new guidelines for measurement.
how campaigns work. beats me.
Sill one of my new fav. blogs that make me think, the above post has a number of ideas that I can’t summarize in a line or two. But the thing to note for me is that an agency is likely to deliver the same sort of results as they did in the past due to their own organizational inertia – or they’re taking their past experiences as a cue for future work. So much for innovation…
Playstation 3 Media Centre
There’s a lot of talk about different web apps finding their way on to the tv. Most notably there’s boxee and hulu in the news fighting, but there’s others out there too in the game.
The Wayfinding Handbook
I’m currently reading this book for review (almost finished). I’m really liking it (recommend it as a buy) so when I found out there was a website I was oh cool, what additional info do they have that the book wasn’t covered. Sadly I’m not sure why they bothered putting up that page – there’s nothing going on. I can think of about a 100 different things that they could have done and all they bothered doing was a five second ppt slide. Just when I think designers are realizing the potential past paper – brutal flash sites like this pop up. I don’t get what they were hoping to gain from the experience they presented. I’m hoping I just missed the button to click next, but I don’t think there is one…
The last couple of weeks have been pretty busy for me, and as a result the number of posts being included in my weekly Link Drop Contextd has been reduced. That’s not necessarily a bad thing b/c I don’t think anyone has time to read forty plus entries in one sitting. If there’s any pattern this week to notice, politics played a pretty minor role in what interested me web wise. Information on display always interests me, but it’s moving in a direction where I’m wanting to see how people archive and come back after the initial burst of data. Anyhow… thanks for checking up this Friday.
360 – Urban Villages in Paris (1920)
I’m not that familiar w/ the history of urban planning of Paris, but I’ve always enjoyed looking at how the city rolls out. This map is shows that spiral in a really nice way that integrates some of the different breakout percentages.
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This is such a cool idea, def. going to make my own nyc version of this. It might be kind of do a trade w/ someone in a different city that makes one too…
You Can’t Sell News by the Slice
I kind of like collecting these type of stories about how object to monetizing news. The thing is, this question is practical in almost any other industry at the moment – not just news.
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WHAT DIDN’T HAPPEN
Since discovering this site a couple weeks (maybe month ago), I’ve been fascinated with the re-contextualization of this info into something it was never intended to be.
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I’m still kind of thinking wtf happened w/ the CCTV building fire.
This week I thought I go with quantity and quality for Link Drop Contextd and leave the commentary short and sweet and let the site titles speak for themselves. Considering how much I enjoy football and that it’s the super bowl this weekend, I’m surprised that I didn’t come across that many related links. I’m also surprised that I didn’t mention one related link about Twitter. Till next week or blog post, ciao…
QuickPost 2: Super Bowl Ad Live-Blog.
Interesting concept, kind of interested to read the commentary once things get to the fourth quarter and many beers have been drank. Too bad it’s not open to anyone commenting…
Haven’t had a chance to read all of this info, but it looks like a great reference none the less
As I’m focusing more on quality vs quantity it’s interesting to see how smaller patterns emerge after a weeks worth of filtering. This week seemed to be a combo of ux, tech and ideas – not a huge departure from most of my Link Drop Contextd’s I realize. What is different again is the format. Still tweaking it a bit. Aside from the size of images and format the colour is also slightly different. I’ll be posting about that later today. Until then happy Friday clicking.
Flowing Data put together a visualization of tweets around the time of Obama’s inauguration. Really fascinating to watch the spikes leading up to and after 12 noon on the 20th of January 2009.
I really like the idea behind the modules of Bug Labs, this post is a good starting point to click off a bunch of links that look at opening up the user experience as they move forward.
I was underwhelmed by the options at the last Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt among many other things (like no cameras to photograph design stuff – it’s not art after all). I’m not sure how the vetting process happened last time, this time they’ve opened up the nominations which makes me very happy. If you think something should be nominated you now have the opportunity. You can also view what has already been nominated and by who. Great transparency, let’s just hope when the open the exhibition a person can take photos for their own private use…
I’ve walked through this exhibition at the MoMA a couple times though I haven’t paid that much attention to it aside from photographing it. Next time I’ll be taking a closer look.
I’m not a huge fan of micro sites (or flash), this one maybe shouldn’t even be categorized as such anyways – but, it’s a really informative site on what to pair cheese with. Next time I buy some cheese I’ll be keeping this site in mind with what I want to drink with it.
I liked how they broke down how forum discussions tend to flow. But the better info they present is in the form of a question about how to follow a twitter discussion.
I was kind of skeptical if people would even submit photos to cnn to have them stitched together. Looks like some people are and the visuals is kind of cool. I think the ui is slightly jittery but as a first attempt it’s pretty cool.
Wanting to take a look back so I can figure out how to proceed with 2009, I grabbed a bunch of notable posts that I thought were worth spending a bit more time with. Below each image I’ve made a note now that I’ve had some time away from each of the original posts. Here’s to the new year and thanks for visiting, and linking and commenting and…
This seemed like a great idea at the time, trade my shuffle with someone else and hear some new music. I ended up trading but due to my own business it took way too long to trade back with her. I learned my lesson – anyone else want to try trading?
I wanted to combine some of my photography with a listing of location. Another idea with good intentions, problem was it took a lot of time to map it out and I had no way of exporting the data offline if I wanted to. So after a while I stopped posting to that map.
This was before things really took off with Obama, I had seen the Hope graphic floating around the web but this was the first image I saw of it actually on the streets. A while after that post someone mailed me a couple of the posters. That was a very good day.
There was an interesting discussion after I posted this – unfortunately when I installed Disqus after the fact that comment stayed in the old database of comments. In effect the person was objecting to the commercialization of the idea of the Ghost Bike. At the time I was pretty much on the opposite side thinking that a company shouldn’t have to worry about worry such things. As I’ve walked a lot through the city and seen those white bikes out there, that person may have been correct with their objections.
This project is still going on for a couple weeks, but the number of people that saw it and contacted me after this post was quite amazing. Not sure where this project will end up but up until now it’s been interesting to watch it grow.
There was three events that were sort of art, sort of design that I really enjoyed seeing. One was MoMA’s Design and Elastic Mind Exhibition, Murakami at the Brooklyn Museum and Buckminster Fuller at the Whitney. I would have luved to have blogged more about the last two exhibitions but since they don’t allow photography inside I’ll just mention that it’s a stupid policy that will hurt them more than what it will help. Banksy’s installations would be up there too in really good things to have seen now that I think about it.
Just like the Frietag instruction booklet I mentioned above, Camper’s shoes are a product that other designers should want to strive for. They are perfect for the weather of NYC and never wear out. There’s only two brands of shoes that I buy, Camper and Giraudon.
There’s a lot of really smart stuff in this book. In my top 3 of things to read, and more interestingly I don’t think this book will date itself as much as some of the others along the same genre that came out this year.
For all the chatter of sites that tagged brands, I think Dear Adobe changed the game more so than any other UGC site. If I was wanting to study site concepts for company’s, this is where I would start. And no, Adobe didn’t design the site.
“I was seeking the thrill of learning something new” and so the ten minute talk (it was actually 23 minutes, but who’s counting) started with Zach Klein and Casey Pugh presenting at Creative Mornings which was held in MEET. In the short time that they had, they talked about the basics of physical computing to a bunch of people that probably hadn’t made a circuit before. Within the context of expanding what web 2.0 is/was, there was an explanation of how physical computing will make that information useful while taking it offline
Probably my fav. quote was in reference to a simple resistor – “for a LED, you don’t want to send too much electricity to it because it will explode. hehehe”. All the info that Klein and Pugh mentioned can be found at www.10minchat.com. Among other things that the audience learned was that the Arduino is either named after a bar or an Italian word for masculinity by some geeks with an insecurity complex.
What I appreciated about the talk was that they laid out a couple simple principals and then showed examples that got progressively more complex. While doing that they included a couple of reference books that anyone could pick up and replicate on their own time. If there had been more time I would have been interested in hearing about their thought process on actually creating something. Did they already know what they wanted to build before they started or was it like playing with lego – did they come up with an idea as they were working on connecting the LED’s? Aside from that I was just happy to meet up with some familiar faces and meet a couple new ones.
Hype Machine (probably the best source for listening to muzak on the web) has been really smart in how it has encouraged users to update their profile pic. How? By using a shot of John McCain. “Don’t be a McCain! Login and upload your profile photo today!” They’ve also made it a lot easier to find other users that like the same hard to find songs. Great release…
Re-purposing and mashups have been going on for a very long time, though I think there’s a subtle yet significant shift with what content creators are opening up for others to work with. The latest video from Radiohead is a perfect example of this idea of letting others mess with digital content. While pretty complicated, you can download all the data to create your own video. For those that don’t have engineering degrees in computer science, you can still get the sensation of moving Thom Yorke’s head as he signs. Below are a couple links to various sites that go more in depth with how the video was conceived. Aside from the ability to scratch the digital content, the tech. behind the actual video is quite amazing which allows for some realistic yet jarring images of a singing head.
About a month ago Amit Gupta of http://photojojo.com/ and jelly fame emailed me mentioning the new Photoshop keyboard shortcut skins, and if I was interested he would send me one. Always curious to try new things I said sure, please send me one and I’ll review it here once I’ve been able to try it. I’ve now been testing it out for a couple weeks and I’d like to share a couple observations.
Once I received the package in the mail the first thing that struck me was how thin the actual skin was. It’s quite durable but super thin. I requested the skin for the new apple keyboard that isn’t wireless as it’s the one that I have in front of me at work all day. Something that I’m pretty sure you can’t guess until you try it is how many people have never seen anything like it before. Once I had started using it almost every single person that I work with came by my desk wondering what I was using. It was quite a conversation starter.
After explaining what the skin was intended for, one co-worker that’s a developer asked if someone should already know all those short-cuts? The simple answer is yes, but over time people can forget things or just discover new features. So while I’m not going to use each of those functions everyday, it was nice to know what was there at my finger tips. While I’ve been enjoying the skin it’s not completely perfect. Since the skin is completely opaque, there’s no indicator if the caps lock button is on or off. It’s not a huge deal but every once in a while I did wish I could see the green light on the button. A slightly more irritating omission was the sound bars on the upper F10, F11 and F12 keys. While they’re not part of photoshop it would have been helpful to see the sound up, lower and mute symbols. If there was one benefit that was unexpected, I asked a couple people that I talk to online if they noticed less spelling and grammar errors? After they had thought about it for a couple moments they conceded that they actually did notice an improvement.
Here’s a bit of a geeky post for a sunny Wednesday morning. If you’ve ever used Babelfish to translate a word or phrase you know the results can be a bit dubious. What if there was a clearer way? Here’s a quick and dirty way of understanding a word from a different language – throw the mystery word into google image search. You should get an image of what the thing probably is. Above I’ve illustrated how you would describe a muskrat to a french person.
I’m only halfway through my review copy of Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky (but hope to make a big dent in to it today) though I have a pretty good idea of how I’ll be starting the review. If I had time to write a book on the social aspects of the web this would be it, it wouldn’t be as good as this of course, but I would attempt something along the lines. I’m really getting ahead of myself so once I’ve completed the book I’ll have a real review. What I did want to mention was the above video that I found via BuzzMachine about the author being on Stephen Colbert. It was new media vs old media in a sense w/ bright lights. The first time I heard Clay speak was at our Daylife office, once during a lunch hour and then a second time for an evening event. It was interesting to compare those events with the video clip if for no other reason then watching Clay try to have a fast paced conversation w/ a jester like Stephen.
When I first came across the social networking platform from Ning some time ago, I really didn’t think much about it. There’s already Facebook – why would anyone need something else? You already get to decide who sees your information. Sure Facebook is already starting to stagnate and is less then perfect when it comes to connecting content to ads, but the motivation to start something else seems to be an effort not worth exploring. That changed when I was invited to the Purple List that is another node in the PSFK empire. It’s an invite only group that connects people that have diverse backgrounds though probably have more in common then they think. It’s only been up for about a week but it’s fascinating to watch how the activity and growth has grown.
Ning has created a platform that takes on familiar cues like friending people that are in the same list, but takes off some of the handcuffs that Facebook has. I’m a big fan of customization which Piers has worked out perfectly, though what’s even better is that you don’t have to customize elements if you don’t want to. There’s a nice balance between letting people take their knowledge of one platform and tweaking it for their purposes. Am I going to create my own group from Ning? Probably not at this point b/c there isn’t much of a need. If I was in an organization or group or even working on a project, something like this could potentially challenge other platforms like Basecamp perhaps. As much as I’m pushing the technology, the reason why the Purple List will work has everything to do with the people behind it, not the web site. It’s a creative enough group of people that there’s motivation to test its limits to see what’s possible.
From the blog reaction I discovered the Tenori-On, “a 16 x 16 matrix of LEDs that are sensitive to the musician’s touch and can recognize simple physical gestures.” There’s an English site for the tool, but I prefer looking at the Japanese site for a number or reasons. Basically I get to see what transfers across languages for navigational purposes (though some of the section headers are still in English), and the body copy set more geometrically looks better. The only irony is that I had to turn the music off b/c after a while it got annoying from the site…
While reading the article Blasting the Myth of the Fold from boxesandarrows (which I recommend reading), I came across a fascinating tool in a response to the article. The tool determines a percentage of people that would see the information before a fluid fold within a browser. The site is www.foldspy.com, all you need to do is sign up with an email address and url of the domain you want to check out. The site then gives you one line of code to insert into the site, once that’s in you can determine the percentages. Of course I have no idea if those percentages are accurate but it at least gives you a guideline as to what people are seeing when they land on a page. If you’re curious to see the function in action – here’s my url for the site test: http://designnotes.info/#foldspy
I noticed that AOL redesigned their news page – I have to admit that I had never visited the site before today at http://news.aol.com/. Then I heard people suggest it’s just a rip off of http://www.nytimes.com/ and another site I’ve never been to at http://www.elpais.com/. So who ripped off who, or is it people confusing function w/ aesthetics?
This isn’t much of a blog post as much as a question. Is anyone else noticing recently that when they save a NYT article to del.icio.us, the number of saved people that also have it included is a lot smaller then let’s say a month ago? Is it possible that the number of people saving articles has decreased b/c the share button on the navigation of the original NYT articled doesn’t include a button to del.icio.us anymore – does any one know why that was removed too?
I’ve probably spent more time thinking about whether I should or should not ever tag anything new that I find interesting with “web 2.0” then one person should. Actually I started to notice my own self trend a couple months ago on my blog when I started to shift from the tag “web 2.0” and tagged more so with the word “culture”. Part of the evolution is that a lot of the web 2.0 social like applications are not that new, though they’re expanding ideas of how people communicate and interact and in theory moves culture along. I’ve also started to clean up my bundles of tags inside del.icio.us – the simple way is to fit all tags into one, two or three of the category bundles is Business, Education and or Entertainment. They’re so general it would be hard for not one of my tags to fall into place. A second level of bundles that I’m considering is Culture, Social and or Technology. If I actually have the time to do those bundles of tags, the last three bundle levels would possibly include Geography, Personalities and or Vague Title of Design.
Dave Gray over at Communication Nation mentions the WikiMindMap and I thought I should too if for no other reason than to show one more use of Wikipedia. I typed in the word “design” and the results are in the image (click on it for a larger view). Keep in mind though that I opened up a lot of the nodes. I’ll admit that the lack of outside links for the term design is a little weird and if you really wanted to question the validity of wiki’s in general you could make a point, but the idea of the mind map being used for this type of search exploration is helpful. I’m a big fan of opening up information to show context which I think this does a good job of. My only misgivings of the tool is that it’s in flash.
Sonali – friend, co worker and ITP alum toured me around around the carnival that was the ITP Spring Show 2007. Not knowing what exactly to expect, it was everything that Wired’s Nextfest wasn’t. ITP was fresh, messy, loud, eager, new, and left me wondering what will some of these people be coming up with next? Below is a linkdump from the collection of business cards that ended up in my pocket at the end of the night. Surprisingly there were a couple cards that had no url for their project. I also shot a bunch of images that can be seen on flickr.
“It could have been a lot worse” was something that I haven’t heard when describing what happened yesterday. Like everything going on in the world it’s extremely difficult for me to understand how people deal with tragic events. One of the Sunday morning shows that I try to follow is This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Near the end of the program they do a in memoriam which eventually leads to the list of military deaths for the previous week. There’s the names, cities and probably most personal their age. It’s never easy to watch and even harder to understand, both for the families and friends that knew those people. Every morning I get the paper version of the NYT. I can’t recall one morning where the cover photo was actually something positive. I think that kind of stuff neutralizes the emotions of the average person watching from the sidelines. Obvious questions about how the massacre at Virginia Tech could have been prevented will go on for a longtime. And tied into that will be the role of technology.
There’s been speculation about the email warning that was sent after the first shooting two hours afterwards. What if there had been communication sent out immediately, would it have made a difference? There’s even been questions about the what if scenario if there had been a school wide mass text message to students cell phones in the SF Gate. In instances like this, I think technology takes a back seat and more questions about the social and behavioural nature of reaction should be asked. I haven’t read anything yet, but I’m surprised to hear that there wasn’t more students from the first dorm area sending out text messages or phone calls to friends mentioning what they had heard or seen to other students. Maybe there was that communication, maybe not. If, and it’s a big if – if there had been that mention of someone getting shot, or that they had heard gun shots, it should have gone “viral” or in more concrete terms the social networks should have spread the message. But again the conversation goes circular – what would the message have been if it had been sent out, and what would people have done if they had adequate information? When there isn’t a lot of time, it’s extremely difficult to imagine the unimaginable.
“The neo-nomad… would seem to apply just as well outside the hothouse atmosphere of San Francisco, and I think it should be extended to cover a broader range of workers than just the high-tech startups because it refers to an attitude and a way of organising daily life rather than to any specific technology.”
+ Bill Thompson
Once you have a laptop it’s easy to forget how hard it was to be portable before you could connect to the net outside or even write a simple editable note for future reference. I remember buying my first MacBook in the spring last year so I could stay connected while I was visiting New York. The photo above was from me enjoying free wifi at Bryant park. I eventually upgraded that laptop for a MacBook Pro, but I digress… I only bring this up to illustrate the article from the BBC called In search of the neo-nomadvia Architectradure (who happens to have a couple other valuable links related to the concept). It’s a good reference piece to understand how work and home space is evolving.
When making my own semacode yesterday I knew that it would identify my blog if someone took a photo of it, but I wasn’t sure what exactly that person would see. Since my phone is not supporting that kind of software reader I could only guess. But I came across the above diagrams from Kaywa that show the process and what the phone will see.
On Tuesday at the PSFK Conference I saw semacode in action with area/code. A day or two before that I noticed a post from do.palicio.us about semacode too. If you consider that almost every single person has a cell phone and I’m guessing that more than half have a camera with the ability to surf the web. If you combine that technology, semacodes become quite fascinating. More so because it acts as an identifying mark or key that allows a person to collect information with a single click.
The biggest issue at the moment is that you need to download software onto your phone to act as reader. My Palm Treo 650 is fairly locked down and doesn’t allow for anything interesting like that. So until phones become less restrictive this kind of feature will be limited to a few savy phone users.
Of all the presenters at the PSFK Conference, the one that shifted my thinking the most in a different light was Kevin Slavin of area/code. They’ve taken the idea of game to the outside of streets. Between the technology, using maps of cities and the social aspect of play mashed together, it was something that really made me reconsider my environment and the role of play. I ran into Kevin briefly after the conference where he gave me his business card which is seen above.
If you’re on a mac and are familiar w/ the Hype Machine, Peel is a great app. for you. The interface is very similar to iTunes and plays the muzak files from your favourite blogs. If you like the song, there’s the ability to download it. What is nice about Peel is that you can skim a lot of muzak faster than if you used the player from Hype (and downloading is quicker since you don’t have to go to the site too). If there’s a drawback, it’s that you need to know which blogs have the muzak and enter the url once. Since I’ve only been using Peel for a day, there’s a lot of going back and fourth w/ Hype to figure out which blogs to add.
A couple of weeks ago I came across a presentation from Adobe titled The Future of Interaction Design with Hugh Dubberly and Jodi Forlizzi. The event was described as follows: “a one-hour online conversation on the Future of Interaction Design. Participate in this discussion and share your views! All you need is your browser, your telephone, and your point of view to be an active participant — or just listen in”.
I was interested, I even stayed home from work to listen in. The emails that confirmed my attendance arrived so I felt confident that it would be a smooth process to log in. Well, instead of listening in I’m blogging about the fact that I couldn’t log in. I went through all the scenarios and it just wouldn’t work. I have to admit that this was my first time trying to listen in w/ an Adobe presentation, but there shouldn’t be any type of learning curve to log in. If you get an email confirmation, you accept it into your iCal things should just be a simple login with user name and password. But that didn’t happen on this day. Maybe there was a glitch in the information architecture and I missed a step, but I’ve gone through much more confusing logins w/ success. Until we can figure out how to get people access to online interactions (no matter what their online understanding is), the conversation about what to do after the fact will be futile. Well I hope the talk is recorded for those that were able to participate and then I’ll be able to listen in…
UPDATE: Apperently I have officially become New York. When I hear 9 am, I just assumed it was Eastern time. The start of the event is 9 am Pacific time = 12 pm in New York. My very big bad.
UPDATE 2: I had minor success logging in – but only after Sonali sent an email to the moderator did she get a direct link as a guest and then sent it to me. Unfortunately you needed a phone to hear the sound. That would have been fine except we had to connect through wifi b/c our net was flaking out this morning. So for me at least it was a bust. I lost an hour at home and another forty-five minutes at Renegade. I hope the next session works out better, for what it’s worth they’re looking feedback on how to improve things.
While I could speculate on who the fanatics are behind the Da’ Bears Blog, their about section leaves it in doubt as to who the are. However Noah Brier has broken down the success of the blog in five succinct points at Super Bowl Bound, A look at the success of Da Bears Blog. Maybe he’s one of the guys behind it? Anyways, the points he makes are applicable to any blog. Noah’s observations are as follows – though be sure to go to his site to read the why’s to what he’s saying: 1. Find a voice, 2. Post frequently (but not soooooo frequently), 3. Think about SEO, 4. Consider SEM too, and 5. Encourage email subscriptions.
i-D Magazine, not I.D. magazine is the first publication jumping all over myspace that I’ve seen. It’s an interesting experiment that makes me wonder how something like this could change how magazines are created and published.
There’s been a lot said for months, weeks and days now about the Apple iPhone and what it may or may not look like. I was a little surprised at the actual outside design and am a bit skeptical about how easy it will scratch after owning an black video iPod for a while. I’m also not so sure about their solution for the QWERTY keyboard. Maybe after I get one for user testing purposes I’ll be able to dispel my issues. Oh, it’s too bad that I can’t upgrade my treo 650 for a couple years so I will probably have to wait unless cingular decides to get with the program about those that want to seriously upgrade their phones at will…
I’m going to start collecting urls and commentary that talks about this, so if you see of anything noteworthy like the above, please let me know. I want in on this game!
Ok, I have had a bit more time to think about this whole iPhone idea. Why couldn’t apple just sell this thing sans phone and have it capable to sniff out wifi? Take it one step further and allow a skype hack? That way you don’t have to worry about a cell phone provider…