Musings of a Digital Nerd

May 14

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Apr 03

Yep. That’d be me.

Glasshole - That know-it-all guy you’ve always hated, only now he’s got 4G and Google+ connected to his face. Thanks Google.

— Startup L. Jackson (@StartupLJackson) October 16, 2012

Mar 15

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Mar 14

Not too shabby. Good spot in line to see Samsung’s announcement. Eye scrolling feature??  #TheNextGalaxy #UNPACKED  (at Radio City Music Hall)

Not too shabby. Good spot in line to see Samsung’s announcement. Eye scrolling feature?? #TheNextGalaxy #UNPACKED (at Radio City Music Hall)

Mar 11

Google Glass Demo at SXSW, the Future RIght in Front of Our Eyes -

This SXSW Google Glass demo is something else. Wearable devices will be a thing in the not-so-distant future, and Google is a pioneer in this movement, alongside other notable players such as Apple & their wearable watches and Leap Motion, just to name a few.

Oh, and when Google isn’t evolving Google Glass, or self-driving cars, their developing an Android-enabled talking shoe “…as part of a thought experiment on how wearable technology could interact with the human body and with the Internet.”

Mar 08

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Mar 07

Happy 8 year anniversary to me #advertising  (at G2 NY)

Happy 8 year anniversary to me #advertising (at G2 NY)

Feb 10

Twitter & Hashtags

Hash tag #wegetit

— Emma Z (@spigotZ) February 11, 2013

LL Cool J just did his third hash tag monologue, while holding a cell phone.

— The FADER (@thefader) February 11, 2013

hashtag stop talking about hashtags, LL Cool J #grammys

— refinery29 (@Refinery29) February 11, 2013

#hashtag

— Joshua Topolsky (@joshuatopolsky) February 11, 2013

Hashtag twitter jumps the shark

— Teresa Gorman (@gteresa) February 11, 2013

Good grief, stop trying so hard with the “social media” #Grammys! Just let it be.

— Cesar Razuri (@CeaseTheDay) February 11, 2013

Feb 05

Instagram Should Redesign Their Web-based Feed Design

Remember when Twitter attempted to introduce advertising on the iOS Twitter app? The term “Dickbar” was coined by John Gruber. (BTW - this phrase is a reference to Dick Costolo, CEO at the time, who tried to introduce a business model on the iOS, although some say double entendre.) Well, it failed and was quickly removed within a month it was introduced. This gave way for Twitter to introduce Promoted Tweets on mobile, which has proven to be a success on both mobile AND web. Good job, Twitter!

Today, Instagram announces a web-based feed that is to look similar to the mobile feed. Two issues I see with it: the consumer interaction, and the method to monetize. Let me explain…

Personally, I don’t think I’ll be using it often. Why? Well, from a consumption perspective, Facebook mobile = Facebook web, Twitter mobile = Twitter web, but Instagram mobile ≠ Instagram web. The content on Instagram is, how do I put this… too large? Links, status updates are simple decisions for me to make on mobile and web - view it or not, because it comes in appropriately sized modules that display to size within the mobile or web display I’m viewing it on. For an image stream that only feeds photos on a web display the way they’ve currently designed it, no thanks. 

One can argue, “Well - what about Pinterest? It’s technically a clickable image board.” To which I say, “BINGO!” 

If this web-based Instagram feed is going to take off on the web, it’s gotta take the small, modular mobile display everyone loves, and utilize the large canvas of a webpage to create, what I personally love, Pinstagram. Simple, simple, simple.

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My last point is this. While we’d like to think this decision is consumer first, it’s not. There’s gotta be some sort of monetization that needs to happen. Let us not forget, this is Facebook, however, I think they can learn from a design like Pinstagram. If you can incorporate the least intrusive way to introduce ads by utilizing a large canvas with small modules, ads aren’t in my face. It’s subtle, and don’t require me to do something special to engage with it. I click on a thumbnail, I see the larger version. Simple as that.

Feb 04

Facebook’s Ambient Social App

This rumored Facebook app can, and will take ambient social mainstream (link). I like highlig.ht, and thought Glancee was neat as well, except what they don’t have, of course, is 500+ mobile users (link)… well, except Glancee by way of that Facebook acquisition (link).