ArchiveMay 2014

Friday 5 — 5.30.2014


Mary Meeker released her annual, comprehensive internet trends report. Lots of stats reinforce the enormous potential in mobile, like room for growth in global smartphone adoption, and opportunity in mobile advertising. She notes that the education industry is at an “inflection point,” with increasingly global user bases (particularly for duolingo above) and the rise of personalized...

Friday 5 — 5.23.14


How does your LinkedIn profile rank? LinkedIn taps into inherent narcissism by exposing your percentile in profile views compared with that of your connections, or with others in your company. Disappointed in your results? LinkedIn suggests that you beef up your summary, add more skills, and join more groups. There’s a big opportunity for native mobile apps to take advantage of your...

Next gen mobile: your app data finds you


The news industry is still struggling with the shift to digital, as the leaked New York Times innovation report underscores. Apart from new required competencies like video, data visualization, and analytics that digital transformation demands, there is a similar tectonic shift in reader (user) expectation. News has gone from being a canonical resource that people are expected to consult to a...

Friday 5 — 5.16.2014


Foursquare begets Swarm, a mobile app that enables users to keep up and meet up with their connected friends. The check-in experience is largely the same, but new passive tracking allows for Neighborhood Sharing — which you can enable or disable with a swipe. Techcrunch describes the larger trend represented by Swarm and other invisible apps, as they move from a battle for the real estate...

Multi-generational takes on tech


What will technology creation and use look like as the early adopter population ages? How can existing baby boomers — the pig in the python — contribute to and engage with the new tech economy? How can older adults keep up with younger generations in an increasingly digital, social, and mobile world? The Washington Post hosted a half-day summit, Booming Tech, to address these topics...

Friday 5 — 5.9.2014


You likely don’t need a set of graphics and stark statistics to remind you how much work email has encroached on our personal lives. Also: thoughtful essay on how excessive corporate email promotes burnout rather than productivity. Email marketing is a staple of corporate and nonprofit outreach, but how do you get those overloaded recipients to open it? See these five tips for email subject...

Friday 5 — 5.2.14


For a few years now, Foursquare has felt like a location data layer in search of a business model. The company just announced a move toward a more explicit user value proposition by revising its core app and splitting off a new Swarm app — a social heat map that doesn’t require an explicit check-in. How can we stop wasting users’ time? Here are some practical ways to design...

How to use Twitter correctly


Twitter is dead — user growth is flat, its stock this week tumbled below the $40 mark, and the Atlantic has delivered a wistful eulogy. But just in time for the wake, here’s a handy guide to excruciatingly correct Twitter usage, kicked off by the team at


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