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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. 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. 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. Consider this my contribution… Some modest suggestions for improving the Friendfeed interface. 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: “Ugly when compared to pre-existing notions of taste is a bummer. 10 choses qu'un designer web ne vous dira jamais. 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. UX. Webdesign. Graphie. Ergonomie. UX. Interaction design.