Friday 5 — 3.17.2017

Friday 5 — 3.17.2017

John Maeda and team released the 2017 Design in Tech report. Observations include lessons from Chinese design tech principles and practices; the value of inclusive design; and writing as a must-have skill. The early promise of social media as proxy for inclination to purchase has not been realized. HBR explores the marketing value of social media, and highlights ways marketers can gain customer intelligence and make the most […]

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Friday 5 — 2.24.2017

Friday 5 — 2.24.2017

Amazon celebrated Alexa reaching 10,000 skills with a new musical game called Beat the Intro. The fast rise of Alexa skills invokes the inevitable comparison to Apple’s app store, and with it the associated growing pains of discovery. Is that really Michael Flynn on Twitter? Before you retweet or reply, take these steps to determine if a Twitter account is legit. How do leaders make the most of customer insights gathered online? This article on the digital marketing […]

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Friday 5 — 2.10.2017

Friday 5 — 2.10.2017

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 — 10.14.2016

Friday 5 — 10.14.2016

Amazon is taking another swing at streaming music, but this time with Alexa as its not-so-secret weapon. Will the hardware that’s insinuating itself into our home lives (and turning our tots into tyrants) make the difference? Alexa’s already done a good job making Siri seem dumb. No one ever sits you down to teach you how to write an email, but they probably should. Here are […]

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Friday 5 — 7.29.2016

Friday 5 — 7.29.2016

Nieman Lab shares insights about the progress and user adoption of Stela, the New York Times’ in-house analytics platform. As publishers adjust to living in a world of distributed content and to using analytics data to drive decisions, there’s value in more than aggregating the data: make it approachable, simple and fun to use. Make your buttons look like buttons. Nick Babich takes a look at the evolution of the humble […]

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Friday 5 — 7.22.2016

Friday 5 — 7.22.2016

Keeping up this weekly newsletter relies heavily on a single Chrome extension, Pocket. Throughout the week, I use the productivity tool to capture the interesting articles that fly by and read through them all on Thursday evening. Product Hunt promises that these seven Chrome extensions will similarly change your internet life. AI is coming to marketing through capabilities as diverse as website design, customer segmentation, and bots. Not all of these are ready for […]

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Friday 5 — 3.4.2016

Friday 5 — 3.4.2016

My mild obsession with work hacks is gratified by this list of 32 of the best productivity tools. I’ve also observed that my habits have changed over time — I use overarching to-do and project management apps like Evernote less, and little tools like Momentum more. When might it make sense to have a digital alter ego rather than share your real identity. This Berkman Center podcast shares stories […]

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Friday 5 — 2.26.2016

Friday 5 — 2.26.2016

Snapchat now allows users to design and submit their own geofilters — overlays that appear on snaps sent within a defined area and timeframe. Techcrunch explains how to make your own., If you’re now perpetually wandering around with earbuds in, you’re likely spending some of that time listening to Spotify. But you may not know some of Spotify’s lesser-known, cool features, like re-producing your favorite album or finding obscure musical sub-genres […]

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Friday 5 — 6.5.2015

Friday 5 — 6.5.2015

Google Photos, a free tool to store and organize your photos, has launched. Having finally shuttered Google+, Google is recognizing photos as the stickiest feature for user retention. The new service raises legitimate concerns about privacy — a photo repository reveals a great deal about our family structure, travel habits,and health. An automated “Assistant” creates animations and stylized photos, and creates new experiences with surprising emotional resonance. See above: […]

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Friday 5 — 5.15.2015

Friday 5 — 5.15.2015

The big news for publishers this week was Facebook Instant Articles. The New York Times and Buzzfeed were among the first publishers on board, reaping the benefits of reach, fast-loading articles, revenue sharing, and data access. While some fear it’s a deal with the devil, Poynter is more measured in its assessment. What do Facebook Instant Articles and the $4.4B Verizon-AOL deal have in common? This […]

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