Friday 5 — 2.10.17

Friday 5 — 2.10.17

The Met announced this week that all images of public domain artworks are available under a CC0 license. That means ~375K images are free to use and re-mix for scholarly or commercial ends. To maximize reach, the Met is working with partners like Creative Commons, Wikipedia, Pinterest, and Artstor (that’s us!). Some technology advances, like the ability to make calendars visible and grab time from others, are an assault […]

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Friday 5 — 2.3.2017

Friday 5 — 2.3.2017

It’s hard to tease out what makes for a great use of color in interface design but like Potter Stewart, we know it when we see it. Explore these practical tips and tools for using color in UI design. Andrew Chen identifies the smart questions to ask to make sure you aren’t falling for the Bad Product Fallacy: just because you don’t like it, that […]

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Friday 5 — 7.1.2016

Friday 5 — 7.1.2016

This is the year I began to rely on voice commands in the same compulsive manner that we all reach for our mobile devices. Try this helpful catalog of over 150 questions and 1,000 variations you can ask Google. My favorite Easter egg: “askew.” Just when you thought it was safe to count on your distributed content strategy, Facebook tweaks the algorithm to favor friends and family over publishers. The pressure […]

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Friday 5 — 3.18.2016

Friday 5 — 3.18.2016

Instagram tells us that we see only 30% of our feeds, and that their imminent algorithmic intervention will make that 30% the best it can be. Rendering posts out of temporal order clearly passes muster with Pope Francis, who is making his Instagram debut tomorrow, March 19th. You may have heard that a Google AI program, AlphaGo, beat a human Go champion in a best of five series. And […]

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Friday 5 — 2.12.2016

Friday 5 — 2.12.2016

How does content make it to the front page of Reddit? The Datastories team analyzed 4 million data points to find out. This article gives a number of practical pointers, including the value of posting images, and timing your posts for 9:00 am PST. I’m a little obsessed with my new Amazon Echo, an internet-connected speaker that lets me access news briefing, play music from Spotify, and even order an […]

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Friday 5 — 1.8.2016

Friday 5 — 1.8.2016

A lot of 2016 predictions, including Fred Wilson’s excellent list, mention consumer adoption of virtual reality (VR) games and apps. This week, Oculus announced a March release date and a price point just shy of $600. The New York Public Library, often a leader in digital, has released more that 187,000 digitized images in the public domain. You can filter images on range of criteria, and use them […]

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Friday 5 — 11.13.2015

Friday 5 — 11.13.2015

Who are your top 9 — the people who appear in that mysterious box on your Facebook profile page? Turns out it’s not the people whom you stalk (or who stalk you). Instead, Facebook’s algorithm displays these people on your profile page as subtle encouragement for you to interact with them. Benedict Evans has a new post on mobile as the new scale ecosystem. As Android and iOS devices outsell personal […]

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Friday 5 — 9.4.2015

Friday 5 — 9.4.2015

When Instagram changed photo sizes to allow more options than square, there was predictable hue and cry. Eugene Wei eloquently explains why social networks should not adhere slavishly to features, but focus instead on the power of their network of users. There’s a lot of rhetoric about what it means to be “digital first” or “digital by default”. The UK Government summarizes in 18 concise points […]

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Friday 5 — 4.24.2015

Friday 5 — 4.24.2015

If you are responsible for a high-volume brand homepage, be sure to read this Nieman Lab take on the Atlantic re-design. I particularly like this framing from Bob Cohn: “In an age of social traffic, a homepage is less about traffic triage — directing lots of direct visitors to the content of their choice — than about presenting an image of your brand.” Back when the […]

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Friday 5 — 1.16.2015

Friday 5 — 1.16.2015

Pew released a new report on social media usage. 53% of U.S. online adults aged 18-29 are now on Instagram, and 56% of adults 65+ are on Facebook. Also interesting: Facebook growth may be flattening, but engagement continues to grow. Which factors impact how teens use social media? danah boyd reminds us, “Teens’ use of social media is significantly shaped by race and class, geography and cultural background.” […]

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