Friday 5 — 3.10.2017
- Luxury brands have not been early internet adopters — I can recall 1999 meetings with Neiman Marcus execs highly skeptical of the taint of technology. Today, brands are online en masse. Some craft a unique approach to user experience, while others contemplate direct sales via WhatsApp.
- There’s been endless analysis of the Snap IPO and its non-voting shares this past week. Employees, like Evan Spiegel, got (paper) rich, and DJ Khaled did not. Facebook is rapidly cloning its features, so will the stock price hold?
- TIL that Dropbox has 27,000 messages in its interface. This article provides examples of compelling and effective microcopy, and explains why it matters in your digital product.
- There are some terrific insights about internet-enabled business models in Twitter, Live, and Luck. Ben Thompson observes that Twitter’s initial success may have prevented it from building a business that takes advantage of the internet’s unique capabilities, evolving like Amazon or Netflix.
- So long, elaborate copy-and-paste for your blog: WordPress.com sites (and WordPress.org sites with the Jetpack plugin) can now enjoy a handy new Google docs integration.
Weekend fun: Sometime the highest and best use of digital is pixel-perfect nostalgia, like this new Looney Tunes and Hanna-Barbera cartoon streaming service. Also, don’t let politics interfere with your personal brand on social media.
Consumed: Killer omelette at The Odeon.
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