Links: 6-28-2009

  • The Nike Experiment: How the Shoe Giant Unleashed the Power of Personal Metrics
    Quote: "The gist of the idea is that people change their behavior—often for the better—when they are being observed (which is why it’s sometimes called the observer effect). Those workers at Western Electric didn’t build more relays because there was more or less light or because they had more or fewer breaks. The Hawthorne effect posits that they built more relays simply because they knew someone was keeping track of how many relays they built."
    (categories: apple nike data stats health hawthorne-effect observer-effect metrics )

  • fever again (tecznotes)
    Quote: "There are three steps: you start with a small seed application on your own server, you make it world-writeable so that it can modify itself, and then you link it to a paid account on the Fever website. The complete application is pushed to your server without your intervention, and you’re off to the races. I’m fairly certain I’ve never seen anything quite like this before: usually PHP/MySQL software is more like Reblog or WordPress, where you unpack the thing as a complete unit, install the database and so on yourself, and do your own configuration."
    (categories: installation ux design whille-you-were-out )

  • Snarkmarket: Compress Into Diamonds
    Quote: "Google, I want you to give me a button labeled “Compress into diamonds.” When I click that button, spin your little algorithmic wheels and turn my reader into a personalized Memeorandum. Show me the most linked-to items in the bunch, and show me which of my feeds are linking to them. And take it a step further. You’ve got all that trends data that reflects the items I’m reading. Underneath the hood might very well be data about the links I click on in those posts. Use that information about me to compress my unread items into diamonds I will find uniquely wonderful."
    (categories: google rss googlereader feeds aggregation attention )

Links: 6-21-2009

  • Exploring the 2010 Web
    Summarized: it’s 1) real time, 2) mobile, 3) decentralized, 4) made out of pre-made blocks, 5) social, 6) smart and 7) made from hybrid parts.
    (categories: socialmedia 2010 web future realtime social )

  • ongoing · The Internet’s Payload
    Quote: "…And by the way, I’d rather have the text of Clay’s speech than the video. For things that matter, written words are unambiguously better than speech. To start with, anything that matters isn’t just written, it’s usually rewritten repeatedly (and more important, condensed). Plus, it has hyperlinks. Plus, it’s smaller and cheaper to ship around. Plus, it’s searchable. Plus, it works on more devices. (I acknowledge that only the first of these is fundamental; but that alone would be enough)."

    Totally agree, in fact I looked for the transcript link (doesn’t exist) on the Ted / Clay Shirky talk he mentions in this blog post tonight before reading this post, doesn’t have one.
    (categories: blogging communication text )

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