When all else fails create a mnemonic acronym

D.E.A.L. and L.E.A.N.

Back in October, Mr. Cunningham penned an open letter on behalf of the IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) telling content providers and others, “We messed up.”

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He Said, She Said. Photos Faked?

Customer Claims Uber Driver Staged Vomit Scene To Collect Bogus $200 Cleaning Charge

If you own a car that you use to drive strangers around in, it’s a nasty, expensive surprise when one of your passengers vomits up their dinner/night on the town in your car. But one Uber customer says she was hit with a $200 fine for a phantom puking session that never happened while she and her friends were in the car. Instead, she claims the driver faked the whole thing just to collect the dough.

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Infographic: 9 Features You NEED On Mobile

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Top 9 Features Consumers Want On Mobile [Infographic]

When creating a mobile website you think of typography and decide not to experiment with font colors and types. You carefully select content that would engage and entertain. You even predict your vis…

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What We Noticed Last Night

Are the current awards shows really ready for the 21st century? How are they evolving to meet the challenges of the new landscape? Let’s look a little deeper than the surface, shall we:

Social Media & Awards Shows 2016

The most notable play for modernizing the national fascination that is Awards Shows in the US came with the 86th Academy Awards in 2014. It’s most notable moment was Ellen Degeneres taking the selfie seen around the world. She live-tweeted the whole thing thanks to a Samsung tie-in. To many a critic and armchair enthusiast there were many groans, understandably. That wasn’t our opinion.86oscars_logo (comp)

That doesn’t however mean they weren’t groundbreaking, and even if you’ll permit — ahead of their time & the curve. Two years ago, it wasn’t atypical to have people second-screening, as that had been happening for me & others for quite a while. In fact since I can’t watch these events with all my friends because they are scattered across the country & the world. Regularly during such live events we partake in posting updates across many different sites and joking along with each other, express our outrage or mere disappointment. This is actually more pleasurable one could argue as sitting in a room full of drunk rabblerousers saying the exact same thing. It is asynchronous in that way. Silent, save for the clacking of keyboards or touchscreens clicking, and available during the commercial breaks to vent.Grammys-Nominees-2016
This still happened last night, and you’ll be forgiven for thinking you missed it. It seems that in these unprecedented times that there really wasn’t much made about it. Sure it trended, as it should or any will. Even given no stiff competition from anything else on a Monday night. There were (as of now) over 7 Million tweets about the Grammys and that is a fair showing, less than the Super Bowl but beyond respectable.

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Great Thoughts from the founder of Pinboard

Fan Is A Tool-Using Animal

Below are some highlights of the talk, or take-away points to the talk that seemed to be far-reaching when dealing with social media. Read the whole thing by clicking the picture above or following the link at the bottom. Read More

Flexibility

“The web’s greatest strength, I believe, is often seen as a limitation, as a defect. It is the nature of the web to be flexible, and it should be our role as designers and developers to embrace this flexibility and product pages which, by being flexible, are accessible to all.”

—John Allsop


Source: Chapter 10 | Foundations of Web Design


 

UX or UI? Maybe Entrepreneur?

How to move forward when you have too many ideas

True entrepreneurs have an uncanny knack for seeing opportunity in everyday circumstances. What to some people, is merely a frustration — for instance, the absence of an app to handle some desired tracking function — is a clear source of inspiration for the entrepreneurially-minded. But seeing potential businesses on every street corner and in every daily frustration can overwhelm an entrepreneur’s to-do list. You can end up with idea overload — too many ideas to pursue and too few resources to execute on them all.


Source: How to move forward when you have too many ideas | VentureBeat 


 

How to do a Product Critique

How to do a Product Critique

Listen, product design isn’t some innate skill one is born with, like having a good ear for distinguishing notes or possessing exceptionally powerful twitch muscles for sprinting across an Olympic stage. Developing good product intuition—by which I mean developing a good sixth sense about what features or experiences will resonate with people and become successful—is about two core tenets: 1) understanding people’s desires, and 2) understanding how people react to things.


Source: How to do a Product Critique — The Year of the Looking Glass | Medium


 

Facebook now lets you chat with businesses via Messenger

Will You Use It, though?

An update to the Page Plug-in lets businesses add a message box and event information to their page.

The new messaging function does pretty much exactly what you expect. Customers can send messages directly from their Facebook inbox and they’ll show up via Facebook Messenger or the desktop chat interface.

+Commentary: While this is inline with the developments they’ve brought to the Facebook Business Pages of late, it seems almost a dangerous proposition for a micro-to-small business. While it will certainly afford greater accessibility, if you are a solo-entrepreneur and your phone is the way all your clients contact you, I’m not sure adding another layer by way of the Facebook Messenger will be effective. Read More

Design is a conversation

PLATFORM SHIFTS CHANGE EVERYTHING

Looking back to the mid-2000s and the Web 2.0 era, we witnessed a period of huge change for the internet, where it changed from static pages and moved towards applications.

Sites like Google Maps or Flickr opened up their APIs, meaning anyone could build websites pulling in that data. With this ability to build new things on top of this data, websites were transformed from static pages into services.

A similar transformation is happening today. Bots are to modern messaging apps what APIs were to Web 2.0; a way to build on top of other services, experiment, and create a new way of interacting with existing services. It’s the start of a significant new way of interacting with computers. Read More

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Jack Takes Flight

Watch the above 6 minute video to hear the newly permanent CEO as a very energized & passionate Jack Dorsey (@jack) talks about rebooting the relationship with developers & Twitter.
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APP User Churn

Report: 58% of App Users Become Inactive in First 30 Days

Using this data, Localytics identified what it calls the “critical hurdle” app users need to reach to suggest they have “seen value in [the] app” and can “be considered an active user”: three app sessions per month. However, even with three sessions in the first month, there’s still the potential users will churn if left unengaged. In response, Localytics has described the “3×3 rule” for creating loyal users.


Source: Report: 58% of App Users Become Inactive in First 30 Days | SocialTimes


 

Apple might finally let you delete preinstalled iPhone apps?!?!

According to Tim Cook, Apple is “looking at” letting consumers get rid of default iPhone apps that are rarely used. These are the ones you almost always hide away in a folder the minute you set up your new iPhone: Compass, Stocks, Podcasts, Tips, etc…


Source: Apple might finally let you delete apps that come with the iPhone | The Verge


 

+ NOTE: Yes, Please. Let others ((cough, cough ANDROID+providers)) do the same. From Tim Cook’s lips to the Tech God’s ear.

 

20 Free Tools for Entrepreneurs

20 Free Tools for Entrepreneurs

by Johnny Webber


 

1. slimvoice.co – Create insanely simple invoices.

2. wetransfer.com – Transfer up to 2 GB of data.

3. similarweb.com – Get insights for any website or app.

4. coffitivity.com – Ambient sounds to boost creativity.

5. nibbler.silktide.com – A tool for testing website accessibility, SEO, and social media.

6. crowdriff.com/riffle – Get Twitter engagement, interest and activity analytics in real time

7. woorank.com – Another analytical website tool.

8. redditlater.com – Find out the best times to post on reddit.com.

9. builtwith.com – Find out what websites are built with.

10. mailchimp.com – Create an email newsletter for your users.

11. surveymonkey.com – Create surveys, get answers.

12. joinme.com – Instant screen sharing for meetings.

13. hootsuite.com – Streamline your social presence.

14. strikingly.com – Make a beautiful website for free.

15. unroll.me – Clean up your inbox. Save time on email.

16. picmonkey.com – Photo editing made easy.

17. growthhackers.com – A marketing discussion community.

18. thenameapp.com – Find a name for your idea.

19. hemingwayapp.com – Make your writing bold and clear.

20. compressor.io – Optimize and compress your images online.


via 20 Free Tools for Entrepreneurs | Johnny Lists.


 

Postmortem of a Venture-backed Startup

Lessons Learned from the rise and fall of @Sonar

For those unfamiliar, Sonar Media Inc. was a mobile app created to help make the world a friendlier place. Our mobile app buzzed in your pocket when friends were near and ushered in a new wave of “Ambient Social Networking” companies. Downloaded by millions of people all over the world, Sonar was promoted by Apple and Google in 100+ countries, won numerous awards such as runner-up at TechCrunch Disrupt and Ad:Tech Best Mobile Startup, raised nearly $2,000,000 from prominent angels and VCs, and was featured on more than 300 publications including the New York Times, CNN, CNBC, TechCrunch, and TIME.

And yet, we failed.

We did lots of things right and lots of things wrong at Sonar. I do my best to share a few of our lessons learned. Read More at Medium

To Change Something

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing one obsolete.