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The Del.icio.us Lesson. Personal value precedes network value.

The Del.icio.us Lesson

The amazing popularity of the bookmarking site Del.icio.us is one of the hallmarks of the current social software renaissance happening on the Web. Along with Flickr, Del.icio.us is a poster child of tagging, a simple feature whereby people attach words or phrases to an item. In the case of Del.icio.us, those items are bookmarks. While Del.icio.us rose to prominence, much was made of the ability to aggregate the tags that the service’s user population created.

The resulting framework, called a folksonomy, promised to redefine web navigation. Google Instant Previews - Eye Tracking shows it's game changing - SimpleUsability News SimpleUsability News - SimpleUsability Market Research & Usability Testing\ and Eye Tracking in Leeds, Yorkshire, UK. Users always surprise because their behaviour changes with their environment.

Google Instant Previews - Eye Tracking shows it's game changing - SimpleUsability News SimpleUsability News - SimpleUsability Market Research & Usability Testing\ and Eye Tracking in Leeds, Yorkshire, UK

The online experience, and more specifically the tools that users have available to them when searching, is evolving with the introduction of Google Instant and Google Instant Preview and behaviour will be changing again. Google Instant Previews allows users to see what a website looks like before committing to click through to the website. Next to each listing on the results page a magnifying glass icon appears. After users click on this once, a preview appears of that page to the right hand side. Subsequent hovering over other search results listings also previews pages. There is much consternation about the consequences of this and how it will affect users and also affect future website design.

How do users decide? Digg’s Design Dilemma. This past week’s Digg controversy is one in a growing number of incidents that suggest that a small group of users are having an undue influence on the promotion of stories.

Digg’s Design Dilemma

In response, Digg is changing the way that it handles votes by adding complexity to its ranking algorithm. I think that’s the wrong approach, so here’s another idea: change the actual design of the site…that’s the real problem. The most recent controversy happened on September 5th, when someone named jesusphreak posted Digg the Rigged? , an in-depth article exposing some of the curious details of recently-popular stories on digg. Many of the stories, jp pointed out, were dugg by members of the Digg Top 30, or the 30 most popular digg members (popular being measured by number of stories submitted that were promoted to the frontpage). This was not the first time that someone has pointed out this phenomenon. These incidents, taken together, are more than coincidence… Don’t blame the users. Thoughts on the Friendfeed interface - Bokardo - Mozilla Firefox. Note: Before I wrote this Paul Buchheit (of Friendfeed) had responded to others’ posts with a great post of his own Overnight success takes a long time and asked for feedback on the Friendfeed service.

Thoughts on the Friendfeed interface - Bokardo - Mozilla Firefox

Consider this my contribution… Some modest suggestions for improving the Friendfeed interface Friendfeed is getting a lot of chatter in […] Note: Before I wrote this Paul Buchheit (of Friendfeed) had responded to others’ posts with a great post of his own Overnight success takes a long time and asked for feedback on the Friendfeed service. Ugliness, Social Design, and the MySpace Lesson. I’ve been attempting the impossible: trying to get a clear picture of the whole MySpace/Ugly issue.

Ugliness, Social Design, and the MySpace Lesson

But before I continue, if you haven’t seen Ze Frank’s Piece on Ugly, go watch that. In it, he says: 10 choses qu'un designer web ne vous dira jamais. NdT : ceci est la traduction française de 10 things a web designer would never tell you avec la permission de Paul Boag, un billet tiré d'une présentation satirique (voir la vidéo).

10 choses qu'un designer web ne vous dira jamais

Travailler avec des designer web est un cauchemar. Vous ne rencontrerez jamais pareille coterie de snobs butés. Ils parlent en permanence de « blanc tournant », de « composition » et du fait qu'ils ont fait les beaux arts (comme si ça comptait comme des études !). Quand il est temps de choisir le design de votre site web, ce sont les dernières personnes que vous devriez écouter. Ce qui suit sont les dix choses que vous devez savoir concernant la gestion d'un projet de design web, et qu'un designer web ne vous dira jamais ! 1. Avant de choisir le designer web avec lequel travailler, assurez vous qu'ils soumettent au préalable quelques designs pour votre site web.

Ce qui est très bien avec un travail spéculatif, c'est qu'il n'est pas contraint par la « compréhension du business » ou le « retour utilisateur ». Bonnes pratiques par padawan. Facebook’s Brilliant but Evil design. Seth Godin writes how 8 billion dollars worth of gift cards seeps through the cracks each year. Astounding number. He rightly points out the reason we buy so many gift cards: it is not socially acceptable to give cash as presents. But when we shift that cash into a gift card, we lose the risk of giving an unwanted gift while giving something more socially appropriate.

Such a small, yet large, difference. In Chapter 4 of The Wealth of Networks, Yochai Benkler discusses a similar distinction between “extrinsic” motivations and “intrinsic” motivations. UX. Webdesign. Graphie. Ergonomie. UX. Interaction design.