Subject: Gleanings: all the news that I think is fit to print
Welcome to Wednesday. How did it get to be Wednesday already? Seems like just yesterday it was Tuesday. Well, I missed yesterday and I may miss tomorrow, but I’ve got a massive one for you today. Enjoy.
from the blog…
nadav http://giantant.com/antenna/ points at http://www.epinions.com/user-review-6F8A-7479A90-39FFAA96-prod1 which is interesting to me both as a history of a company’s evolution, but also as a consequence of what happens on a site where you let your customers review products: at some point the product they review will be you.
It also makes me realize that I’m getting most of my news through a human filter (except, of course the holy two hours on Sunday morning with the newspaper and iht) and I’m happy about it. I’ve long doubted the existence of “journalist objectivity” and by receiving all my news through blogs and the like, every single piece of news is so very clearly slanted, I feel free– no, obligated– to form my own opinions on the matter. I question what I see, think, search… the “untrustworthy narrator” makes reading an interactive rather than a passive activity. feel free to disagree. http://eleganthack.wpengine.com/blog/archives/00000018.html#comments
a short note on the exception: I have loved the International Herald Tribune for years, and have always wished I could get it in America (I buy it when I’m traveling). Their website is all the things the paper is: succinct news with a world view presented elegantly.
IA & DESIGN MATTERS
Critical thinking in design
“At the heart of design and engineering is critical thinking. The ability to separate what is worthwhile from what isn’t is the hallmark of the best in many fields, from film directors to project managers, programmers to designers… ”
two of my favorite people, critiquing one of my favorite subjects: banking sites
Internet World: Deconstructing Citibank.com. (tomalak.org)
“Louis Rosenfeld and John Shiple. Lots has changed since the web exploded, but
one of the few remaining constants is that large, multifactional organizations
will play out their political tensions on their most visible and valuable real
estate, the main page.”
Visual Arts Trends (xblog.com)
“Visual Arts Trends is a quarterly ‘state of the industry’ report for the creative professional. With offices in New York, USA, and London, UK, Visual Arts Trends is an international publication focusing on graphic design, advertising art direction, photography and illustration. Each quarterly report offers a brief, business-oriented, definitive and timely overview of industry developments that affect aesthetics, pricing, salaries, working conditions and client relations.”
Usor: a collection of user oriented methods (giantant.com/antenna/)
“This web site contains descriptions of different user oriented methods. These descriptions are not meant to be exhaustive descriptions that you could use right after you have visited this web site. They are rather short summaries with references to more thorough descriptions of these methods.”
Web Design Workflow
( Acrobat 3.0–523K)
“Web sites are becoming increasingly complex and multi-layered. Kelly Goto helps you set up a plan for concepting and storyboarding the structure of your site.”
NEWS & COMMENTARY
What is Tesco.com doing so right that Kozmo did so wrong?
“Online advertising is already hurting. Now software that zaps Web ads is about to go mainstream.”
IntelliQuest: Sixty percent of women click on banners
The results of a surprising new survey show that 60 percent of female
users of the MSN website click on banner ads.
E-Tax Filings Miss the Mark
The latest stats show that more Americans filed their taxes online than ever before – just not quite as many as the IRS expected.
University Raided in MP3 Copyright Action
“A multinational recording-industry front group called the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) has filed suit with the Tainan District Prosecutor’s Office against fourteen students at Taiwan’s National Chengkung University, accusing them of illegally copying and trading MP3 music files, the Taipei Times reports. ”
Yahoo to Charge for Reading E-Mail
“Yahoo! Inc., looking for ways to cash in on the popularity of its Web site, will start charging for its service that reads e-mail messages over the phone.”
DaveNet: The Web is a Writing Environment. (tomalak.org)
“The Web is at the intersection of publishing and the telephone. How many brands of phone conversation are there? Can you call Sandy to talk with Allison?”
Comparison shopping websites are set for a shakeout, according to
Forrester. Sites that aggregate online retailer listings and products,
and hand consumers passively over to retailers, will suffer badly
while those that survive will evolve into ecommerce brokers.
Battle for the Unseen Computer
“Windows won the war for the desktop. But there’s a new struggle over operating systems embedded in everyday objects, and this time free software has the inside track.”
APROPOS OF NOTHING
MetroActive Features Taxi Tales
in the category of “I found it before, and look, I’ve found it again”
the bullshit generator