Everyman on Meta Searching, Uber Mobile, Not my Zune, Hey Boo, World Order

Meta Searching. Interesting Duct Tape article on Foursquare’s new search capabilities. What struck me from an information architect perspective is how Foursquare is searching data unique to Foursquare’s user content practices. Searching tips, for instance. "Foursquare also searches through the tips notes that users leave. So, if you want to find the ‘best biscuits and gravy’ at a great breakfast place you simply add that to your search and Foursquare will go to work.” You can also filter searching by your history or only places with specials, two other uniquely Foursquare data types.

Uber Mobile. I only discovered Uber this week after reading +Marc Andreessen talking about it as one of its investors. What’s very cool is how mobile is such an integral part of the car transport service. Walking through the interaction between rider and car/driver, you text your location for pickup, an SMS returns with estimated arrival time, with automated payment at the ride’s end. Sounds pricey and apparently the cost just went up considerably, but cool from a mobile technology perspective where once again we see the opportunities of using mobile are huge.

Social Media for Work and Pleasure. From Harvard Business Review,an interesting comparison of approach social media for personal satisfaction as opposed to doing it because it’s part of the job. A few items in the personal satisfaction area are: 1) We’re invited. 2) Specific things we want to do with others 3) We get something back 4) Control over who sees our information 5) Well-tuned applications for specific tasks  Then there’s doing if for work  1) Often requires instruction 2) Not generally seeking out other people’s input 3) Little value returned from sharing 4) No control 5) Unattractive site, not fun  The takeaway: Make sure the social media in your workplace has the same characteristics as social media in your personal life

Don’t kill my Zune! This is terrible news. I’m a big fan of the Zune and of Zune Pass service (as most of you have known for years.) "We have heard that Microsoft may be replacing Zune with a Spotify-like service later this year based on Xbox Live, and the move to scrap the Zune desktop client for Windows Phone 8 further backs up the death of Zune as a brand. Whether Windows Live and Zune are fully killed off by the end of the year remains to be seen, but Windows 8 is clearly taking the first big steps toward the inevitable." With the demise of Zune Marketplace users like me will have a ton of music they will no longer be able to enjoy. I guess there will be other ways to listen to what you want to listen to when you want to listen to it.

Hey, Boo. I saw the documentary Hey, Boo: Harper Lee and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in various Netflix Instant View categories. I wanted to watch the actual movie again, but it wasn’t available. So I finally clicked “play” on this very late one night. I couldn’t stop watching it. Illuminating and inspiring. Put it in your Instant Queue. When you, too, finally watch it you’ll be glad you did.

Making the Business Case for Enterprise Social Networks. Slideshare from +Charlene Li of Altimeter Reporting on Making the Business Case for Enterprise Social Networks. Lists differences between public and Enterprise social networks. Addresses the importance of metrics with examples. "Track relationships, not conversations." Describes several ways that ESNs add business value and how to increase that value. Lots of good stuff.

Bill Gates on Energy.  A stimulating discussion with +Bill Gates on energy innovation. Interviewed by Chris Anderson of Wired Magazine. I have come to respect Gates so much more in his post-Microsoft years than while at Microsoft.  His breadth and depth of his knowledge on fossil fuel alternatives and geoengineering is really amazing.  Among many topics he discussed his venture +TerraPower venture using molten salt reactors and thorium.

World Order. I’m probably arriving late to the party as usual, but World Order is now my favorite pop group in the whole wide world.  Video: World Order in New York.

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A long time developer, I was an early adopter of Linux in the mid-90's for a few years until I entered corporate environments and worked with Microsoft technologies like ASP, then .NET. In 2008 I released Sueetie, an Online Community Platform built in .NET. In late 2012 I returned to my Linux roots and locked in on Java development. Much of my work is available on GitHub.