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 )

2 thoughts on “Links: 6-28-2009”

  1. I bought fever just recently, and it’s a very interesting install model for web software. I like it, but a little strange.

    The install was also near 10 steps. upload -> purchase key -> walk through paypal process -> paste key into fever installer -> continue setup -> setup db -> etc etc

    it felt like a delicate – albeit impressive – bit of machinery to get it installed.

    but now that it’s running i’m loving it. it hasn’t replaced google reader for me, but it’s just a solid solid addition.

    anyways, love the links you find. i need you to send me your opml one day. 🙂

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