Three Words for 2011

I don’t typically do New Years resolutions or make public proclamations about how I’ll improve in the upcoming year. However I was encouraged by Chris Brogan’s Three Words from 2010 to develop my own: Use Less Words

I get the irony or having to use more words to explain what this means and how I’ll apply it; but here it goes.

1. Being able to explain a point in a concise manner

2. Less talking about something and more action towards accomplishing it

3. Using more multimedia (audio and video) to share content and explore ideas.

I’m looking forward to applying this in 2011 and I hope that it makes the upcoming year more successful for myself, my projects and my city.

Delicious(ness)

I’m a little bit late to the discussion around the shutting down selling of Delicious but I’ve taken the time to think through exactly why this move is so strange.

Yahoo! has come out firmly as a content company. They want to produce and package information to be consumed by the masses of internet users. If we applied a Technographics profile to their ideal audience it would be Spectators.

Now the interesting thing about being successful at creating content; you need to produce information that enough people want to engage with. Ideally you need to have a finger on the pulse of society before society knows that they really want to learn about.

The best way to find out that information is to crowd source it. Essentially take advantage of a thousands of people who are curating the web and identifying trends as they become trends.

See where I’m going with this? Delicious provides Yahoo! (and anyone else for that matter) with real time information about what people are finding interesting and what to know more about. For a media company this information should be incredibly valuable.

And this is why Yahoo!’s decision to divest themselves of Delicious is so confusing. They’re throwing out their best research tool; information they paid nothing for and which they can easily monetize around. However because you can’t make money off the raw materials they ignore the potential when its combined with other arms of the business.

Maybe I’m overly pessimistic, but is this the beginning of the end for crowd-sourced information gathering?

Good vs. Great

I rely heavily on the internet and cloud applications in my day to day life. With the release of the Chrome Webstore I’ve been turning to the web for even more computer needs.

However, I’ve noticed one thing about many of these applications, and what makes an ok one versus a great one.

Its all in the back button. As in, great applications don’t rely on that crutch. Most websites don’t need great UI because if the visitor ever gets confused they can just ‘back out’ of the situation. Web applications don’t have the luxury, there need to be a way for me to navigate through your ‘site’ without every having to use typical browser functions.

I’ve started to realize though, that this shouldn’t be a requirement of just cloud apps. All websites should be held to this standard, and its nowhere near common enough. As an example, take your favorite webpage and turn it into an application via Chrome. Is it still as intuitive as before?

What do you think? Am I completely off my rocker and (as I expect) have no real design sense?

Museum Telethon

I don’t often talk about the actual on the ground implementation of some of the projects that I’m involved with. Its not because they aren’t really neat, but rather because I’m not one to brag about my accomplishments.  However I have talked before about the need to move from idea into action, so I thought I should share something that I have been involved with recently.

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