ArchiveJuly 2013

The science of website design

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Few would dispute that website design is a creative exercise. A recent study by Katharina Reinecke and colleagues [PDF] would imply that there’s some interesting, quantifiable science baked in as well. Both common sense and studies confirm that users judge a site’s appeal within seconds. Reinecke et al. offer some compelling findings on how visual complexity and colorfulness play into...

Friday 5 — 07.26.2013

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Every Friday, find five quick links about compelling technologies, emerging trends, and interesting ideas. Source: the internet. Facebook’s Q2 numbers are in and the company appears to have mastered mobile ads — which now make up 41% of ad revenue. Google delivered Chromecast, a device that lets you watch the web on your TV for $35, and competes with the likes of Apple TV and Roku...

How to staff an effective social team

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Good post from Jerry Kane on the difference between strategic and procedural social media practitioners. The former group understands your business and its vision, and the latter are the digital natives, expert in the tactical usage and what’s next on the horizon. The strategic team members have experiential business knowledge; the procedural pros have the digital muscle memory that informs...

Emerging law for data inheritance

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More broadly, America’s Uniform Law Commission, a non-partisan group that creates model legislation that is then adopted unchanged by many American states, has a “Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets” committee working on amendments to existing ULC laws that would give executors many of the same powers over digital assets that they have over financial and physical ones, while...

Friday 5 — 07.19.2013

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Every Friday, find five quick links about compelling technologies, emerging trends, and interesting ideas. Source: the internet. Game development company Valve continues to think different. This week it launched Pipeline, an experimental project to introduce high school students with minimal experience to the video game development industry. Is user experience finally moving beyond the tech...

How to manage deceptive online reviews

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Via Bits Blog, an academic study on deceptive reviews explores why web reviewers make up bad things. It turns out that false negative reviews are not written predominantly by competitors or disgruntled employees. These reviewers are often loyal customers who have made multiple purchases from the company — just not the product in question. Customers writing false reviews may be upset about a...

Google Reader, you still autocomplete me

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Google Reader may be nearly two weeks gone, but Google Chrome’s autocomplete feature just took me back to our 7+ year, highly co-dependent relationship. Reminder: you have until tomorrow (12pm PST July 15, 2013) to download a copy of your Google Reader data via Google Takeout. Where should you go from here? Some people aren’t replacing their readers at all, where others view this time...

Friday 5 — 07.12.2013

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Every Friday, find five quick links about compelling technologies, emerging trends, and interesting ideas. Source: the internet. What would reddit be without GIFs? Buzzfeed asks if imgur is not-so-stealthily taking over reddit from the inside. Coursera brought in $43 million in an allegedly oversubscribed round — raising their total VC funding to $66 million. Goals are to grow team, expand...

.nyc enters the domain name fray

Just over a year ago, I wrote a couple of posts about generic top level domains (gTLDS) — what people were applying for, and the risks of domain expansion. Last week Mayor Mike Bloomberg announced .nyc, a top level domain the city will make available only to NYC-based businesses and residents. The theory is that a high-rent, sought-after internet domain is a brand benefit, and an...

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