This week, I've put together a motley collection of 3 presentations that are all quite interesting from the point of view of the changing ways of interaction in different contexts: within communities, between agency and client, and mobile commerce.
Researchers at MIT in the US and the University of Southampton in the UK look into anonymity in online communities, using 4chan as a case study. This is particularly interesting given Fred Wilson's recent blog post on Google's clamping down on anonymous IDs in Google+ and the discussion on whether real IDs are required online, as long as the quality of discussion is good.
Lately I've been doing a lot of thinking about conferences. Partially because I'm looking for some good ones to add to my autumn calendar, but also because this evening my colleague Leila Johnston and I are hosting our own conference, Storywarp.
I'm a little nervous about the event – will people enjoy themselves? will I make a good moderator? will we have enough beer? – but I'm also really excited: I'm about to hear a lot of interesting ideas from bright people, and at least one of those people ISN'T a white male.
Here are some things that have been mentioned in the office lately. Happy Tuesday!
OH: "no, I DO NOT have Internet Explorer"
OH: I like the front end much more than the back end
OH: I want to be the IA and UX department on this project
OH going to start talking about HTML6, see if it catches on. "Can you do us something in HTML6? Need this to be really cutting-edge. Thanks"
OH Don't do that again, we don't want another proteinsplosion
As Facebook and Twitter aren't accessible from within China, most western brands aren't reaching people there online, including those using services like FB Connect etc. Even so, language and contextual relevance makes many branded web experiences in the west less useful in China. Solve this and brands have a massive opportunity to connect with this growing market.
We’re extremely proud of our work on Skype in the classroom, which we’ve mentioned here in the past a couple of times. The community has now grown to over 14,000 teachers and that’s increasing every day.
When we entered it in the Service Design category at the Core 77 Design Awards, our hopes were high, and though we are a bit disappointed that it didn’t win (congrats to Open Ideo, who did), we are really glad to see it get a 'Notable Professional' mention.
Here’s our video submission that explains how we went about building it: