My New Favorite Tag

Posted on December 8, 2006

My new favorite page on Amazon: [The Talentless Tag][1]. This is just hilarious. Now that Amazon has product tagging ability, you can get great views on their data that would have never been possible without the folksonomy. I personally really like the section called: "Products NOT tagged "talentless", but should be?". [1]:

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Amazon Mobile

Posted on November 30, 2006

What makes a really great service a really great service? This is a difficult, if not impossible, question to answer. But, we do know that really great services exist. I would consider Amazon one of these really great services. That's why I was so surprised to see what they did with their mobile service. (more…)

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Usability Man!

Posted on November 16, 2006

Just to keep things light around here, a little Usability Man video! Who knew other usability specialists were into Zeppelin? From:

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The Wisdom of Smart Crowds

Posted on October 6, 2006

[The wisdom of crowds][4] is an interesting topic that is very open to debate. Does it actually work? Can groups of people, experts and non-experts, really work together to create a good [prediction market][5]? James Surowiecki put together a great explanation, and a really good read, in his aptly named book, *[The Wisdom of Crowds][1]*. [1]:

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To Hide or To Show

Posted on October 4, 2006

One of the interesting differences between the mobile web and the desktop web, is that page weight is even more important on mobile devices. You can't just slap on a bunch of information and call it a home page. The information **needs** to be the most important, no more, no less. (more…)

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The Mobile Conundrum

Posted on October 2, 2006

> "Individuals and businesses in more than 100 countries around the world registered more than 100,000 .mobi domains in the first four days of the domain’s general availability, demonstrating a strong demand for the next evolution of the Internet." [Mobile Monday][1] This is great. It means that there is a demand for the mobile web. Not that it was all that much in question, but this type of growth is a good thing, or is it? ...

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The Joy of Yahoo Mobile

Posted on September 27, 2006

I have to say, in my limited time of surfing the mobile web, Yahoo!'s mobile site is the best that I have seen (this includes flickr). It seems like they are putting a lot of effort into making a good user experience online. I just thought that I would share some screenshots of what it looks like on my mobile device (Cingular 8126). Yahoo Mobile Home Page Good use of icons to show navigation items. Also, the navigation list is simple, ...

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Mobile Web Usage

Posted on September 25, 2006

Yesterday, I wrote about my research question. Today, I would like to look at some of the task categories people are completing on their cell phones and pda's using the web. This list is more of a starting point for discussions than a finished product. I will be using this list to start having discussions with people to find out what types of sites they are visiting on their mobile devices. My starting list: Photo Sharing / ServicesPersonal ...

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Mobile Web Research Question

Posted on September 24, 2006

This year at school I will doing research and usability testing on websites viewed on mobile devices. I am extremely interested in how information architects and visual designers are currently designing web sites for small screens and how the small screen experience can be made better. The first part of my research will be looking at the current state of the mobile web and figuring out what type of visual standards have emerged. I have ...

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Ambient Ring

Posted on September 21, 2006

If this isn't a quality usage of ambient signifiers I just don't know what is: The Remember Ring. When the date that you set is coming up, the ring will heat up for short periods of times to remind you. What a great concept! I would love to see somebody take it one step further and couple it with some initial ubiquitous computing concepts. For example, all of my meeting reminders could be synced (without actually having to dock it) with my ...

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