From Facebook to direct interactions

Image via Buzzfeed. It took about five minutes yesterday, standing on a busy train platform, to decide to scale back (ok, suspend) my interactions on Facebook. Nothing bad…

tyranny-of-defaults

The tyranny of defaults

I came across this concept recently: the defaults a system is rolled out with often become the unseen and unquestioned status quo. A system can be an enterprise…

Social tools and intimacy

We use a variety of social tools everyday – the phone, Facebook, email and chat for example. Each of these tools fosters different degrees of intimacy. Interactive Present/Immediate…

The Internet is not self-explanatory

“The Internet is not self-explanatory, even for young people.” Andrew McLemore wrote in Wanted: 21st Century Knowledge about how college students did not know where their teacher got…

Devices don’t matter as much now

Most people seem to use technology in broadly similar ways these days. Surf the web, deal with email, watch YouTube, get on Facebook and other social sites, and…

Gender-based pricing and the illusion of choice

“I’ve used both razors, and they’re exactly the same, just differently colored, packages, gendered, and therefore, priced. Brought to you by Cold Storage, Singapore.” — Vernie Oliveiro in…

Acknowledgement

Here’s an idea for a website, or a Facebook app… You describe how some stranger or distant associate whom you don’t know that well has really helped you…

Low hanging fruit in a high-stress world

I find many popular games boring. Facebook’s Farmville, that cafe one, and Tap Zoo just to name a few. These games all have similar traits. Traits that remind…

The un-designed Facebook

In many respects FB is un-designed. If I had to rate its usability, I’d give it a 6 out of 10. I regularly find many aspects of Facebook…

Thoughts on smartphones and tablets

When smartphones first appeared, I thought “I have my laptop with me all the time, why would I want to surf the web on a tiny screen?” The…

The junk-food-ification of media and knowledge

In the early days of the post-tsunami Japanese nuclear plant accidents, the spate of sensationalised fear-mongering “news” was staggering to behold. Big scary words were used. Inflated comparisons…

From things to thinking

When it comes to business performance tools, we have evolved from the very tangible (computer hardware) to the very ephemeral and human (creativity and innovation) in the short…

Risky assumptions about Facebook

Assumption 1: Facebook is globally sensitive. This post was sparked by this article Japanese with common last name Yoda denied Facebook account. While I understand how Facebook, being…

Make your TV commercials search-inducing

Most people never just passively watch TV. Googling random facts, checking their Facebook news feed and seeing who has tweeted in the past 30 seconds were atop the…

Social media on mobiles

Social media is about dialogue. Or technology-enabled socialising. People get together to talk about stuff that matters to them. To exchange ideas, discuss, and share opinions. Social media…

Gadgets with sealed-in batteries

More and more gadgets seem to be coming out with sealed-in batteries these days. Apple started this dubious trend with their Macbook Air. Not being an Apple fan,…

The self-selection of same-same amidst diversity

We have a natural tendency to seek out those who are similar to ourselves. Prior to the advent of easy, cheap, and fast global travel, tribalisation comes “naturally”…

Digital media opportunities – Part 5: Mobiles as the primary data device

There is a shift to (low end) mobiles as the primary internet/data device in developing nations in Asia, Africa and South America. This is driven by two factors…

Facebook and radical transparency

Facebook and Radical Transparency – A Rant Via Andrew Boyd on Facebook. Given my recent annoyance with Facebook forcing me to share it or lose it, I am…

The Internet: creativity, connectedness, & generosity

This is a quick snip snip of the choicest bits, the bits that stood out for me as I was reading this article, “Nice and nasty does it:…

Facebook – strike one!

I just got pissed off with Facebook trying to make me do something I don’t want to do. I log on and get this message. “We have improved…

How to do a million good deeds

Three students, a iPhone app, 15,000 people inspired to do a small good deed a day. Subscribers to the free application are prompted daily with a “DoGood”–a simple…

 

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