Mobile and Web as One. A title worth remembering from We Are Social. "Mobile is not a Separate Platform." Exciting possibilities, making our lives as app developers both more interesting and complicated. One barrier is that mobile is still seen as a separate “media” type, but…consumers are increasingly spreading their internet behavior across multiple platforms, with the mobile device increasingly at the core. Mobile and tablets are going to be interchangeable when accessing the internet. For this reason you cannot look at “The Internet” and “The mobile” separately, they are integrated and linked.
Gamification Examples. Seven screenshots of gamification examples in this Brainyard slideshow. Good ideas for adding gaming features to existing websites. UX tip: Click on the slideshow images to display actual size.
The Optimized Community UX. Richard Millington with a list of considerations for improving the user experience in online communities. Include 1) Refine most used features 2) Look for things to remove, not add 3) Highlight the popular 4) Tweak Notifications 5) Small tweaks in the UI 6) Show unanswered posts 7) Social Media integration 8) Consider embracing a reputation system 9) FAQ for common member questions 10) Mobile offerings. Others…
Narrating the Project. A new term to describe the paradigm of social business interaction – narration. Or “Narrating the Project.” Nice. Here’s an analogy using reunions. In a real sense, reunions are our opportunity to give status reports on our lives to those people who cannot observe it themselves. These status reports become much less necessary when we are providing a regular narration of our lives to our social network. The same dynamic applies when our project teams narrate the work of a project. We need far fewer status reporting sessions, because everyone is being made aware of things as they happen.
A Viral ESN. Tibbr post on how to make your Enterprise Social Network go viral at work. Three key takeaways: 1) Content seeding and integration with existing systems 2) Plan for a larger pilot group, or preferably, a staggered roll-out 3) Consider launching with an initial focus on internal discussion, or around a specific project.
No IE Support as a Feature. Rey Bango calls out Paydirt who make a lack of support for IE (any version of IE) a feature. “We don’t support Internet Explorer, and we’re calling that a feature.” Hey, as a Web Developer I do my share of bitching about IE (in certain CSS scenarios), but geez. IE really has come a long way, and to be honest, I think many sites, my own included, actually look better in IE. A long, interesting comment discussion on Rey’s post as a bonus.
Nokia City Lens. Nokia City Lens looks to bring augmented reality browsing to Windows Phone. Heck yeah, I’ll give it a whirl! Will probably delete it after an hour or so, but I’ll give it a whirl.
TeleHumans. Life-size, 3D video chat pod. Six Kinects at top of a shower-like cylinder with a human inside are used to create 3D telecommuting. Future generations of this should be interesting. Video.
Old Tech, Hands Free Texting. No link here, sorry. I wanted to share my first hands-free, voice-only texting experience. It was on my Lumia 900 Windows Phone in the car over bluetooth. I didn’t know that voice-only texting was even a feature. The phone just started talking to me when a text arrived so I played along. "Listen." "Reply." "Send." Your text was sent. This is old technology for many of you I’m sure, but it is yet another example of how I am regularly blown away by what is possible every my everyday digital experience, particularly in mobile.
Nothing but Kale. Fun read from Slate on a man’s quest to eat nothing but Kale in an effort to eat a healthy diet. Many people are consciously making changes in their diets these days (or maybe it’s just me), so while perhaps not realistic, the Nothing But Kale story may hit home for you.