The Problem With Facebook
I’m not a Facebook user, so I didn’t realize that a user’s posts don’t reach all of their friends. The Facebook feed behaves like the front page of Reddit, where popular (usually lowest common denominator) content makes up most of what you see. No wonder I always overhear users complaining about their feeds. This may be old news to most, but it blows me away.
Touchscreen Misdirection: Your Metaphor Is a Dog
It amazes me how many times I’ve seen people liberally throw interface metaphors around on mobile touch devices (for individual interactions or aesthetic purposes) without considering all of the other interactions that those metaphors imply.
Myspace’s UX-Induced Death
A little bitter and direct, but there’s truth in here about how user research can be misunderstood and misused. Similar mistakes can be made when using business stakeholders as a resource for requirements definition.
The Defense of Computers, the Internet and Our Brains
Good article that’ll bring you down from the excitement that’s been going around over how the internet is doing terrible things to your brain.
Why Designers Should Declare Death to the Post-It
But is it designers who are pushing this cliche? Or is it the people who are co-opting design and UX as the latest hotness in business school? You can’t stop this type of thing. Big companies get a whif of a new methodology, misunderstand it, and then bastardized it by hiring a whole bunch of unqualified people, all while patting themselves on the back. It’s what they do.
Digg’s Biggest Problem Is Its Users And Their Constant Opinions On Things
About the dangers of not having a designer standing between the users and the product. It’s the same problem when you don’t have a designer standing between the product and the business.
Facebook Breached My Privacy, And Other Things That Whiny, Entitled Dipshits Say
Terrible article on Facebook and privacy. The problem with what Facebook is doing is that they are changing the rules of the game while trying to hide that fact from its users. Facebook knows that most of its users have no idea about what’s public, what’s private, and the implications of generating and sharing information through Facebook, and they are trying to exploit this in order to assert their dominance over the internet.
Cultivated Play: Farmville
This article is timely because in many ways, I see Facebook’s ‘Like’ system in the same light. Much of the social web is built on this very idea: people participating in services that do not provide returns to them, while providing profits of millions and millions to the companies that run them.
What exactly is the point of Foursquare? And why are you ‘Liking’ things? Will anyone notice that tiny drop of information that you deposited in the huge never-ending social-web stream? And even if someone does notice, will anything useful come out of it? Maybe a comment from one of your hundreds of friends will say that they like it too?
It’s likely that I’m being embarrasingly short-sighted and simply cannot see the glorious future and endless potential of OpenGraph and a social-enabled web, but people will now be leaving huge wakes of information behind them as they surf the web that Facebook and Zynga will make millions from, and I have the hardest time seeing what the benefit of all this will be for the user.