Widget Creep

May 21st, 2008 | Categories: blogs, content, design, marketing, off topic, strategy, usability, widgets

The term “feature creep” is often used to describe a product or service overridden with features to a point where the overall offering becomes less functional. Rather than focus on a few outstanding features, a myriad of substandard features are crammed into the product, diminishing the overall value and utility. I think the same can be said for blogs — and the abuse use of widgets.

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Craigslist’s Dominance

May 21st, 2008 | Categories: content, design, markets, networks, social media, strategy, usability

The Craigslist site is as simple as it gets. Literally, it can’t get any simpler. Strategically-placed links form the underlying interface. Having said that, it is by far the most dominant classified ad site on the net. With such a simple offering and total domination, how is anyone supposed to compete?

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Successful Transitions by Traditional Media

May 16th, 2008 | Categories: blogs, design, social media, strategy, trends, usability

Making the transition from traditional media to new media is a difficult task. Old-school content providers are faced with this challenge amid a shifting industry. Newspapers are moving online. Cable TV networks and movie studios are doing the same. Many have attempted a successful transition, but few have succeeded.

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Seesmic Video Comments

May 15th, 2008 | Categories: blogs, design, launch, networks, off topic, search, social media, strategy, video, web issues

I know I’ve criticized many services recently, but I get upset with poor judgment. Video comments from Seesmic are no exception. I see no value in them. In fact, I find them counterproductive and downright annoying.

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Slow News Day or Techmeme Bias?

May 14th, 2008 | Categories: blogs, networks, off topic

It must truly be a slow news day. Upon visiting the Techmeme homepage earlier, I was greeted by a front page headline (i.e. top news story) that spotlights the bicker between Michael Arrington and Wired. Is this truly the most interesting, pertinent, hot topic item of the moment? Is this the most thought-provoking, conversation-igniting meme of the day? I hope not. If so, I’m taking a long vacation and re-assessing my priorities…

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