LINK DROP from September 13th through 17th, 2010

Link Drop September 13th through 17th 2010

It has been a while since my last Link Drop. Like anything good it takes time and sometimes it is best to take a break and come back with a fresh perspective. I figured it was time to recheck my process. In typical Link Drop fashion I’ll be making adjustments over the next couple weeks as I test how much time I can put into this part of the blog. For this week I’ve just excerpted from the original posts—I’ll probably change that in mid October.

GIGAOM: Usability Study Shows Kids Don’t Search
Kids today use the web primarily for entertainment. Nielsen said he observed kids in the 3-to-5 age range, who can’t read yet, recognizing the word “play” because they are familiar with clicking on it to start a game.

BUSINESS INSIDRER: COOL: An iPad App That Syncs Up In Real-Time With The TV Show You’re Watching
It does this using technology from Nielsen that listens to the audio from your TV — via the iPad’s built-in mic — to know what part of the episode you’re watching, and then synchronizes its app content. (This means you can also have “live” app content without spoilers when you’re watching the show on your DVR, the next day or whenever.)

PURPLE DIARY: BARBARA KRUGER DOWNTOWN NEW YORK
To build excitement for the new downtown location of the Whitney, the museum commissioned three artists, GUYTON/WALKER, TAUBA AUERBACH and BARBARA KRUGER, to contribute to an ongoing public art project on the site of the future building. The artists stays true to their aesthetics but must use printed vinyl as the medium to mold and cover the fences and surrounding area on the corners of Gansevoort and Washington St.

PAID CONTENT UK: Times Launching Web Notifications Dashboard, TV Ad For Paid Pitch
The papers are launching Dashboard, a feature that lets customers receive…Custom notifications of new stories in particular sections, notifications when a previously-read article gets updated, and a history list of previously-read articles.

MERCURY NEWS: Apple to announce subscription plan for newspapers
The Cupertino company has agreed to provide an opt-in function for subscribers to allow Apple to share with publishers their information, which includes vital data that news organizations use to attract advertisers, industry sources say. Publishers “want the data of their customers so they can integrate it into their circulation database so they know who their customers are,” said Fidler, who works with many newspapers.

RWW: Internet Founder Tim Berners-Lee Details 4 Concerns About Future of Mobile Web (Nokia World 2010)
Devices already know so much about you: your geographical position, which way is up, which direction you’re headed, etc., but future devices may know more than this. For example, they may know about your medical information and your physical state.

TOXEL: Art Created Using Shadows
Kumi Yamashita, a talented Japanese artist, is famous for creating unique art by casting light over strategically placed objects.

NFORM: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Websites!
Recently I read Stephen R. Covey’s book “7 Habits of Highly Effective people”. As I read his book, it occurred to me that a lot of these habits can be applied to website management using the user experience efforts and practices. These habits seem like common sense, but a lot of common sense is not a common practice. Sometimes we have to say the actions out loud to make them become part of our practice. So Gene and I are going to talk about the 7 habits that make people effective, and how they can be applied to website manageme

GOOD: Find Out Who Commutes Where
This interactive map, made by Harry Kao, lets you look up the commuting patterns in any given zip code. You can find out, for example, where people from your zip code commute. Or who commutes into your area.

HUFFINGTON POST: How Web Video Is Igniting a Massive Cycle of Innovation
Contrary to the romantic myth, innovation doesn’t usually come from lone geniuses and their eureka moments. It emerges when groups of people spark off each other. One of the most significant aspects of the web is that it has brought together vastly larger groups than ever before in history, and thereby sparked massive new types of innovation. For example the open source movement would not really have been possible before the web brought programmers together.

MATT DANIELS: What fantasy sports addicts really know
Consider this screenshot is data overload? I look at this and feel like Neo staring at the Matrix–Billups had high turnovers, Wade hit 2 more 3PT’s than average, Murphy had a horrible game–all subconsciously screaming at me. No need for a dazzled-up, flash-based dashboard with fancy graphs. Fantasy players live and breath data daily. Their ability stare at an excel table and uncover brilliance is a skill any online marketer can appreciate.

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  • http://mdaniels.com Matt Daniels

    Thanks for the link drop shout-out Michael–glad you liked the post!

  • http://designnotes.info/ michaelsurtees

    Sure thing—I really enjoyed reading it this week Matt