Tragedy

This video shows the damage Hurricane Katrina brought to the coast – it obliterated entire towns. So many lives lost. They keep repeating on the news they can’t worry about counting the dead, with so many who still need rescuing. Tragedies like this bring out the best and worst in all of us. Looking at […]

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“Do You MySpace?”

Note that the story here isn’t about MySpace. It’s about how a something moves from the underground to the mainstream – without mass media’s help. It’s a great example of the “Tipping Point” in action. New York Times: Do You MySpace?: …Created in the fall of 2003 as a looser, music-driven version of www.friendster.com, MySpace […]

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MySpace Lack of Design a Plus?

Great article by Paul Scrivens that shares, what I feel, is the secret to MySpace’s success: MySpace is a community site that allows you to setup a profile and blog and connect with friends and strangers. It’s also a designer’s and lover of design’s worst nightmare because the UI of the site is atrocious yet […]

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Google Talk is Out

Google Talk is out (review at DownloadSquad) and while it doesn’t do all that much to convince users to switch from Yahoo! or AIM, under the covers it is radical for how it works – using an open protocol. XMPP is a messaging/presence protocol that has been around for a long, long time (work was […]

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