Seth Godin is amazing – his view on marketing as making something remarkable that will attract people vs. shoving it down their throats is such a breath of fresh air in today’s mass marketing culture. I swear, if I see one more “loose 50 lbs in a day” or “Google pays me $1520.34 /month” ad, or if I see other “internet marketers” boasting about how they use their blogs to make thousands a month, I might well lose it. Continue reading “seth godin’s world-changing idea: tribes”
Now here’s some hands on learning! We were given the challenge of turning $5 into as much money as possible at 11 AM this morning.
It’s currently 2:31 P.M.
My Team and I are planning to go to the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery and try to turn $5 to $5000 in two hours! (from 3pm – 5pm today!)
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You know you’re a geek when you’re hosting a windows 7 launch party at your house 🙂
Its actually quite a good feeling to have your hands on something that is not even being sold yet (like my “signature copy” of Windows 7 Ultimate).
It’s going to be a good party – I can feel it.
– make this website look nicer
– connect with some other people who have similar visions and passions for clean, beautiful, and powerful user experiences
– reply to all the people i need to e-mail
(fr my iPhone)
As I was browsing the Vancouver sun this morning, i saw a quick summary section.
This got me excited. How great to be able to see all the important stuff in one page without having to look for it?
Then I saw the online section below. One short sentence grabbed my attention.
“Nobel prize announced”
Now really what are they tying to get me to do? Go to vancouver sun online just to see what the Nobel prize in medicine is? Why not just google it, probably much faster!
Or even better why not just, hmmm , I don’t know,TELL ME, what the medicine was?!?! I’m still one of the faithful few who paid money to get your paper instead of getting my news online so why would you tell me to go online instead??
Sometimes I feel like users are the last ones considered in these decisions – I don’t have a problem with the sun encouraging me to check out their online site, nor do I have a problem withthem giving an inncentive (ie. A contest or something downloadable to your computer), but I do think it’s a problem to withold news, what I’m paying for, in order to get me online to see it.
It seems newspapers are realy having an identity crisis. Whenever there’s a decision being made, a good rule is to ask “how does this affect our users?”
The best place in Vancouver for night time tennis
The cheapest computer products in Vancouver
Which gas station is closet to my out-of-gas car (apparently “gas stations” and “gas” does not return petro Canada, esso or chevron because the word “gas” isn’t in there)
I’m seeing a pattern of location here. Maybe I’ll try google local and see what I get.
Pardon the brevity. Sent from my iPhone
The washroom was so small that the auto towel dispenser thought I wanted paper as I walked in. This paper caused the auto dryer to turn on for 5 seconds. This repeated itself as I watched in amusement.
One has to wonder why this was not thought of earlier in the design of the washroom. What makes it worse, was that the door opens half way only as it is blocked by the sink.
This happens in software projects all the time. It’s called cost externalizing and happens when companies don’t take into account the fact that their users have a hard time getting certain tasks done, or have a bad experience while doing it. To them, they think:
Who cares that it takes the user five clicks to get this action done, they can do it so we can check off that feature request.
This is a very dangerous way to design software, or anything that involves users, really.
So I’m trying to get Google Voice working in Canada and I found a post which told me to use MagicJack.
What does any self-respecting, internet-plugged-in 23 year old do? check their website of course.
And here is what I’m met with:
From a purely design perspective, nothing overly spectacular. Same for user experience, except for one little thing I noticed. It told me, in a big bold banner that it would only take ONE day to ship to Vancouver.
Why am I pleasantly surprised by this?
First of all, I’m a fan of location-based experiences. Ever since location tracking on my iPhone it’s hard to go back physically typing my city and province into a website. Or, how many times have we gone to any of the major companies (Telus, Future Shop, Best Buy, are companies that painfully remind me of this every time i visit their sites) and had to click again and again and again, the first time we go, which country, city, or native tongue we speak.
The first obvious answer for a good “User Experience” is to do what Rogers has finally done, and remember what I clicked on last:
But of course, this involves cookies.
So I’ve always wondered, Wouldn’t it be so much easier if you just found out where my IP address was?
I mean, it didn’t seem that hard – http://www.ip2location.com seems to be able to know my approximate longitude and latitude, let alone my location and internet provider!!! (of course I deleted the exact IP Address and Latitue/Longitued for security reasons)
Is it really THATTTT hard for a programmer to add that logic in? How many lines of code, like a couple?
- get client’s IP address
- plug it into ip2location
- use that location
So, this is where MagicJack.com gets a high five from me! Not only did it find my location automatically, it also told me how long it would take to send their package to my location!!!
Now my only complaint is that the banner looks so much a part of their site (ie. static), that it would be hard for me to KNOW that it was dynamically and intelligently made just for me. Now, is that a user experience point or a design point? What do you think?
the punch line (for those who can’t hear it is) :
jon: “why do you have so many dummy books?”
sarah: “for educational purposes”
jon: (read out the book names) – are you a dummy?
sarah: “no…. not after i read those books”
hahahahah – obviously, my laughter reveals how funny i thought that was