Level upLately, I’ve been reading a lot more about game mechanics in media sites. They can be addictive, even with little else compelling to offer: I get very little out of FourSquare since almost none of my friends have accounts, and of even those few none actively use it. [Read More]
"Don't be cryptic, don't be stupid, and please don't be dull."
From 37Signals Manifesto. [Read More]
What is a journalist's job?
There’s a great post by Jeff Atwood on the importance of elevator pitch test out of which I snip the following: <blockquote>Software developers think their job is writing code. But it’s not.* Their job is to solve the customer’s problem. Sure, our preferred medium for solving problems is software, and... [Read More]
Facebook's 'great betrayal' does users a favor
Two points, perhaps slightly contradictory: Facebook's new privacy rollout is doing users a favor. "Free" may be the limit that social networks can, by and large, charge users, but it means the users aren't the customers. [Read More]
Membership has its meaning, Elitist Edition
Maybe news organizations could learn a thing or two from the genteel country club: Keep the riff-raff out, a whiff of superiority in, and everyone (with a membership) gets to enjoy the greens. [Read More]