Friday 5 — 1.27.2017

Friday 5 — 1.27.2017

It’s a mobile, social world, as this 2017 report by Hootsuite and We Are Social confirms. A few stats stood out: The shift of web traffic to mobile devices, the dominance of Facebook, and the hyper-penetration of mobile devices in some regions of the world. UX Matters tackles a question close to my heart: the difference between enterprise and consumer UX design. Designing for robust everyday use […]

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Friday 5 — 12.23.2016

Friday 5 — 12.23.2016

Do you have 49 other people you’d like to video chat with over the holidays? Facebook Messenger can help you out, with up to six people streamed simultaneously, and up to 50 in a carousel-style display. Remember the good old days when digital experience meant only an html webpage? Scott Brinker explains how digital proliferation — from chatbots to augmented reality to wearables — transforms the role of […]

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Friday 5 — 11.20.2015

Friday 5 — 11.20.2015

Google just made a big improvement to finding in-app content on mobile. On Android devices, Google will now launch the app if you have it installed, or stream the content to you if you don’t. This is an important step forward in a world where 50% of all online time — not just mobile time — is spent in-app. After the  Paris attacks, Facebook launched “tragedy features” Safety Check […]

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Friday 5 — 4.10.2015

Friday 5 — 4.10.2015

  The first round of many Apple Watch reviews are in — here’s my favorite one, although it’s derided capably here. Certainly no one is suggesting it’s a digital must-have, but most agree it packs a few canny features. (For the optimists: Pre-order here.) New Pew research covers teens’ 2015 use of social media and technology. A solid majority (73%) of U.S. teens now has a smartphone, with […]

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Friday 5 — 3.27.2015

Friday 5 — 3.27.2015

We are all generating a lot of data, and are attempting to serve it up in meaningful charts. This post addresses four ways charts can focus less on their appearance, and more on delivering relevant answers and insights. “Beautiful, terrible, and addictive” Twitter has turned nine. Today, it’s a critical source for breaking news with one billion tweets sent every two days. Twitter is still struggling grow its active user base […]

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Friday 5 — 12.19.2014

Friday 5 — 12.19.2014

Everybody scrolls, but visual cues don’t hurt. HUGE is starting a series on usability best practices, and this first post takes on “above the fold” dogma. File under meta: here’s another piece why newsletters matter. Capable curation and a strong personal voice drive higher open rates and engagement. Larger organizations can reap the same benefits if they identify the right segments for their content, and fuel their communications with both […]

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Friday 5 — 8.1.2014

Friday 5 — 8.1.2014

In less than a year Product Hunt has become an essential daily ritual for the tech obsessed. How did it get there? It identified a clear problem: “Help me find the latest new, cool things.”Then the team made a bunch of smart decisions, including launching with an early, buggy version (and improving from there!), starting a consistent, daily email driving users to the site, and […]

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Cloud factory

Cloud factory

Thanks to the team at The Cloud Factory in Canada for putting together a great event on the state of cloud technology — and its digital economy and innovation impact. Stunning backdrops, great ideas, and good debates about everything from pricing wars to cloud commoditization to flavors of Open Stack. Below are the slides I presented on  innovation made possible by the cloud for the theme […]

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Friday 5 — 1.17.2014

Friday 5 — 1.17.2014

There are now 3.2 billion compelling reasons to get excited about the internet of things: this week, Google acquired connected home device maker Nest for a whopping $3.2 billion in cash. In return, Google gets a jumpstart in hardware and an ace design team. Privacy concerns abound, of course. Trying to make sense of this week’s ruling on net neutrality? Read this, and start to […]

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Digital readiness checklist

Digital readiness checklist

Today 85% of U.S. adults are online, 64% are on Facebook, and a full 56% of us have a smartphone glued to one hand 1. Digital natives and immigrants alike are now accustomed to using technology in the flow of daily life. Previously discrete activities like checking email, posting photos to social networks, and shopping online, are now worked into pauses in the Starbucks line […]

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