Friday 5 — 2.17.2017

By Friday Five

  1. To this erstwhile language geek, the application of technology beyond a language lab (look it up, kids) is intriguing. Mondly aims to marry language learning with virtual reality to advance immersion learning.
  2. In order to build a successful product, identify friction-killing tactics to engage and delight your users. These lessons from Amazon points to different kinds of friction, and actions you can take to listen, identify, and mitigate.
  3. How much content do you give away on social media before asking users to pay for content? Learn from how The Economist turns social media users into subscribers.
  4. Do you wonder — or worry — about your political posts on social networks like Facebook or Twitter? There are implications for you, and for your expanded social network. Here’s what you should know before you post. And there’s a strong case to be made for leaving your phone at home when you travel abroad.
  5. If your company is working on its LinkedIn strategy for recruitment, it might want to double down on Facebook instead. Quartz suggests that Facebook’s new job postings don’t mean it’s chasing Linkedin — it’s headed for something far bigger.

Weekend fun: Creative juices flowing?  Try A.I. Duet, which lets you play a duet with the computer. Machine learning-driven, it allows you to play some notes and then the computer responds to your melody. Also: this tweet made my Friday morning.

Consumed: Some unbelievable tuna tartare at Toro, a place I was nowhere near cool enough to be.

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