August 11, 2005

Company News, issue 3

I've been creating a newsletter I send out to the company every week to try and encourage a more 'heads up' approach to the internet/technology industry. I'm posting the same content to this blog so it doesn't feel quite so stale. Some of the links may seem a little "old news" due to the fact that they are. These early ones were ferreted out some 6 months ago.


Shop Social
Newest kid on the Social Software block is YUB.com (that’s ‘Buy’ backwards) and brings commerce and shopping to the community paradigm. It’s a little rough around the edges, but there are things to note here.
“When you visit www.yub.com, you'll be able to meet people from around the world, hang out and discuss trends, and shop for more than 2.5 million products at the world's best online retailers. As part of our revolutionary free service YubBasic, you'll always be able to save or earn 1% for you and 1% for another member on every product you buy when you shop via Yub.com. When you join YubClub, you'll be able to earn up to 15% on everything you buy and we'll still give 1% to the recommending friend.”

AJAX
“Ajax” was something my mother used to scrub our bathtub with and has nothing to do with the internet or software. So where does this new buzzword come from and what does it mean?
Google Suggest and Google Maps are two examples of a new approach to web applications that we at Adaptive Path have been calling Ajax. The name is shorthand for Asynchronous JavaScript + XML, and it represents a fundamental shift in what’s possible on the Web

Digital ID Pillage
A disturbing news article about how easy it is to convince people to hand over their vital personal data.
“The chance to win theatre tickets is enough to make people give away their identity, reveals a survey.”

Funny
Random: Beard and Moustache championships

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August 02, 2005

Company News, issue 2

I've been creating a newsletter I send out to the company every week to try and encourage a more 'heads up' approach to the internet/technology industry. I'm posting the same content to this blog so it doesn't feel quite so stale. Some of the links may seem a little "old news" due to the fact that they are. These early ones were ferreted out some 6 months ago.

I don't mention my employer's name on this blog to save hassle should anything writen here prove 'objectionable' to those who write my paycheck. If you see 'xxxx' that's where I've crossed out the company's name.



Ecommerce sites get lambasted
Interface guru Bruce Togganinni (he worked on the original Apple Mac interface) provides insight into why Ecommerce sites still aren’t all that good. This well thought-out article addresses why the e-commerce experience isn’t as good as buying from a store. There are things we can learn here too, although we’re not in this business, strictly speaking… yet?
http://www.asktog.com/columns/062top10ReasonsToNotShop.html

All about FOAF (friend of a friend).
Never heard of FOAF? This is an XML variant that deals specifically with social networks. It’s an experimental project, but now MyLiveJournal is exporting FOAF data as an RSS feed. Standards are the only way to enable the semantic web and this, albeit 'experimental' standard is an interesting one for social software services such as XXXX.
http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/library/x-foaf.html
http://www.foaf-project.org

Ad blocked
Mozilla’s Firefox has an extension called ‘ad-block’. It wouldn’t be surprising if this becomes popular in the same way that pop-up blockers are. It allows you to filter the ads out of web pages, leaving content only. The extension is located below.
https://addons.update.mozilla.org/extensions/moreinfo.php?application=firefox&version=1.0&os=nt&id=10


Bloggies
The best of the web's blogs - online diaries or websites where people publish their thoughts - have been recognized in the annual Bloggies.
http://2005.bloggies.com/

The alternative to alternative journalism
While you’re looking at blogs, check this one out for an alternative. Lo-fi and hilarious!
http://homepage.mac.com/packetrat/plog.html

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August 01, 2005

Not so new news

The reason I've not really written anything to this blog in so long is because I've been putting my energies into my job. One of the activities that duplicates blogging, is creating a newsletter I send out to the company every week to try and encourage a more 'heads up' approach to the internet/technology industry. I'm going to start posting the same content to this blog so it doesn't feel quite so stale. Some of the links may be a little old.

I don't mention my employer's name on this blog to save hassle should anything writen here prove 'objectionable' to those who write my paycheck. If you see 'xxxx' that's where I've crossed out the company's name.


This is a good article about Online Advertising written from an Information Architect’s perspective. It talks about the different varieties and how best to implement advertising on your site. Most of this is not particularly new to XXXX, but there are some aspects that we may get inspiration from. Ads Are Here To Stay: Planning For Ad Placement from Boxes and Arrows.

Branding is not just about a logo, it’s not even about a catchy tag line… It’s about the emotional association a customer has with a company. This article talks (rather enthusiastically) about putting the customer at the heart of branding.
“If branding is to survive in this new world, it has to become UXCentric. It has to begin and end from the perspective of end-users—not the fertile minds of the creative staff in an ivory tower. It must at least address the needs and wants of users—not just corporate goals for profitability and growth.”

Many of XXXX employees are parents, so this makes astute reading. But since online communication is what XXXX is all about, this is also relevant to those without kids.
A parent's primer to computer slang - Understand how your kids communicate online to help protect them.

This one is a little less serious and more just for fun.
“Enter anything and the letters for your word will be pulled from the web. Refresh for different results.”

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