- 10 Twitter tools for better social networking (by Leo Widrich)
- How to Design the Best Navigation Bar for Your Website (by Daniel Alves)
- Product Graphics: 6 Techniques to Make Images More Informative (by Jake Rocheleau)
- jQuery Scripts for Creating Cool Image Slideshows (by Chris Spooner)
- Web design predictions for 2012 (by Debbie Hemley)
- Colors in Web Design: An Exploration (by Kayla Knight) - in-depth reflection about color theory
- Top 10 Project Management Software for Remote Teams (by Rean) - exactly what the title says 😉
- An Exploration of Website Redesigns: Tips and Examples (by Mohammad Moradi) - make a plan and consider doing it at all (sometimes)
- #19: Sketchnotes (by Eva-Lotta Lamm) - inspiring perspective on taking notes that aren't boring
- 10 Big Brand Lessons From The Corporate Social Media Summit (by Rohit) - talking about brands and their approaches to success
- Getting to grips with a mobile accessibility strategy (by iheni) - great approach on trying to establish a mobile accessibility strategy
- 5 Dangerous Ideas for Designers (by Scott Berkun) - be an ambassador of good ideas and sell and defend them to the right people at the right time
- HOW TO: Choose a PHP Framework for Your Next Project (by Kelli Shaver) - pick your weapons...
- Brainstorming Tips and Techniques for Freelancers (by Samar Owais) - in the end it all depends on you and how you set up the rules, but good tips in here
- Web design: clarity is more important than persuasion (by Gerry McGovern) - The chief enemy of forward momentum is confusion - so?? ...make it CLEAR!
- Coding a Clean and Professional Web Design (by Waheed Akhtar) - this is part 2 of an excellent web design tutorial.
- Fred Wilson’s 10 Golden Principles of Successful Web Apps (by Keir Whitaker) - "Speed" is #1, no surprise. Love the term "Instant Utility".
- 5 Simple Social Design Tips From the Masters (by Christina Warren) - less is more and, content and context!
- You’re In Control: A Urinary User Interface (by Dan Maynes-Aminzade and Hayes Solos Raffle) - what sounds like a joke comes right out of the MIT labs. Reminds me of my urinal fly.
- CSUN 2010 Presentations (by Jared Smith) - some goodies there.
- Need Some Help Making That iPad Decision? (by Daniel Donahoo) - wanna buy an iPad? This funny flowchart might help you. And here the ultimate use for the iPad.
- 15 Great Ways to Find Web Design and Development Work (by Amy-Mae Elliott) - always good to know.
- Firefox & Page Load Speed – Part I (by Blake Cutler) - investigates the question of how much does our conversion rate improve?
I'm still feeling enriched by the exciting sessions presented at the Web App Masters Tour in San Diego. Check out Luke's notes of all the 9 sessions presented - fantastic!
- Techniques for Squeezing Images for All They’re Worth (by Ben Gremillion) - image optimization is key to fast loading web sites.
- UX Design Versus UI Development (by Mike Hughes) - who designs and who builds and where do they overlap? Is it about data?
- Board Releases Draft Refresh of Section 508 Standards and Section 255 Guidelines (by Tim Creagan) - a major step towards WCAG 2.0 becoming a law.
- 20 Portable Applications Web Designers Should Have On Their USB Sticks (by Joel Reyes) - go get a memory stick 😉
- Understanding the Power of Social Media with Infographics (by Paul Andrew) - some real gems there.
- Adobe expanding the accessibility of Acrobat and Flash! (by Jeff Singleton) - don't know how they relate exactly to WCAG but surely welcome to see.
- The Impossible Bloomberg Makeover (by Dominique Leca) - a great example of the kitchen-cabinet problem.
- 10 Principles of UX (by Joshua Porter) - very nice top 10 collection.
It's been 4 years since the term 'Web 2.0' became popular and I still hear critiques that it doesn't mean anything. Common arguments include 'nothing new', 'not based on a new technology', 'just a trend/bubble' or 'just a marketing buzzword'. Here I am, taking a stand by telling you why Web 2.0 isn't just another buzz or bubble, why Web 2.0 became and is common wisdom and why Web 2.0 should actually matter to you. Call it differently if you feel thrown off by the marketing jargon but have a peak at Scott Berkun's extraordinary take on web 2.0:
"We have always been collaborative. Always been social. It’s in our genes and it’s what we have evolved to do well. Good technologies enhance our natural abilities, give us useful artificial ones, and help us to get more of what we want from life. Web 2.0 and social media make the process of collaboration and developing relationships more fun, efficient, powerful and meaningful."
Web 2.0 is a Transition
Web 2.0 is neither a trend nor a revolution, Web 2.0 is the transition from
- proprietary web applications to open services platforms
- monolithic releases to perpetual beta
- publishing to participation
- static content to syndication
- directories (taxonomy) to tagging (folksonomy).
Add to this list by sending me a comment.
Web 2.0 is Power to the People
Web 2.0 is software that gets better the more people use it! Sites like del.icio.us, Flickr, eBay or Amazon base their success on the use and contributions by their users. Social networking sites measure their success by the involvment of their participants.
Trust your Users! Now that is what I really love! Wikipedia is probably the ultimate example of an experiment of trust, content creation through the user community - yes, it works! Amazon's reviews distinguish them from other online bookstores like Barnes and Nobles that work with exactly the same data stores, just Amazon makes use of suggestions, ratings and other statistics to enhance their search results and create a basis of trust. Same holds true for eBay's reputation system or Googles PageRank.
Some rights reserved! Share, Remix, Reuse - Legally. 'Hacking' and 'Mixing' (creating mash-ups) is crucial for creative work and probably the single-most important movement of our time, thanks Creative Commons.
You control your own data! Syndicate, add, upload, tag, allow, deny, connect! It's about you and your data, with all its benefits, dangers and responsibilities, but wonderfully powerful 🙂
Web 2.0 is the Next Generation
His vision embodied some of the core competencies of Web 2.0 companies (from What is Web 2.0):
- Services, not packaged software, with cost-effective scalability
- Control over unique, hard-to-recreate data sources that get richer as more people use them
- Trusting users as co-developers
- Harnessing collective intelligence
- Leveraging the long tail through customer self-service
- Software above the level of a single device
- Lightweight user interfaces, development models, AND business models
Facebook scores high in most competencies but like every early-adopter had and still has to face concerns and rejections for others. Facebook had to appologize when huge protests occurred after introducing the News Feed in 2006 which is now the most used part of Facebook or dealing with privacy concerns about the social advertising system Beacon.
And to be honest, I still don't understand the real power and use behind Facebook. At this point I should make space for the next generation like my friend Robert who offered to give some insight and explains:
"When you look at vamp bites, slaps, gifts and all, it seems pretty pointless. I'm a big fan of my feed though ( obviously ). Facebook pulls data from Twitter, Flickr, Digg, Last.fm, Hulu and Google Reader --- so I see feed more like 'This is a slice of Rob's life, RIGHT NOW' instead of 'Here's some stupid stuff he did on Facebook...'"
and how he thinks about Privacy:
"Yeah, I don't have much online privacy. Everything but my age, which is out there but I make it a little harder to get. I find that If someone knows my age first, It might be a problem. If they learn it last, no problem at all. I like people to be able to talk to me, I want all my info to be assessable. I can't really think of anyone who I wouldn't want to have my info that couldn't get it anyway; but I do know people who I want to have my info but might not be able to get it otherwise. Plus, I love messing with the internet shy."
Why does Web 2.0 matter?
Businesses need to understand the opportunities and potential offered by Web 2.0 and its changing user behavior. To become or stay competitive, companies need to create applications that learn from their users and support an architecture of participation. Understanding and implementation of one or more of the following Web 2.0 concepts are paramount:
- Users add value: Involve your users in adding value to your application
- Trust your Users: Provide users with the tools to create unique, hard to create content which will eventually give you a competitive advantage.
- The Perpetual Beta: Engage your users as real-time testers and instrument the services so that you know how people use the new services.
- Cooperate, don't control: Offer API's and content syndication and re-use data services of others.
- Some Rights Reserved: Keep barriers of adoption low. Use licenses with as few restrictions as possible.
- Utilize Network Effects: Aggregate user data as a side-effect of their use of the application.
Michael Gaigg is Lead UI Engineer in Esri's Professional Services Division.
He has been designing map applications for 15 years and is author and curator of UI Patterns for Maps.
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