Archive for June 2014

The Smartest Things Jeff Bezos Has Ever Said

  • “A company shouldn’t get addicted to being shiny, because shiny doesn’t last.”
  • “I think frugality drives innovation, just like other constraints do. One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.”
  • “If you’re long-term oriented, customer interests and shareholder interests are aligned.”

via The 20 Smartest Things Jeff Bezos Has Ever Said (AMZN).

Scott Adams: The Pivot

But here comes the interesting part.

In an environment in which start-up resources are not limited, and no one can predict the next winner, and it is easy to measure customer behavior in great detail, the Internet is no longer a technology.

The Internet is a psychology experiment.

Building a product for the Internet is now the easy part. Getting people to understand the product and use it is the hard part. And the only way to make the hard part work is by testing one psychological hypothesis after another.

Every entrepreneur is now a psychologist by trade. The ONLY thing that matters to success in our anything-is-buildable Internet world is psychology. How does the customer perceive this product? What causes someone to share? What makes virality happen? What makes something sticky?

via Scott Adams Blog: The Pivot 06/16/2014.

Why Social Networks are Prepping for a Cold War

Tucked into an otherwise unrelated announcement was a sentence warning that the service planned to “discontinue support” for their Facebook integration. Millions of TweetDeck users accustomed to accessing Facebook via the tool suddenly found themselves out of luck.

This isn’t the first time social media’s titans have butted heads recently. Rumblings began in July, shortly after Instagram was acquired by Facebook. First, Twitter disabled a feature that let Instagram users import followers automatically from Twitter. Instagram retaliated by cutting off the ability to share photos on Twitter. More recently, Facebook countered by blocking users of Twitter’s new Vine video-sharing service from accessing their Facebook friends list on the app.

The tit-for-tat extends to other networks, as well. Last year, Twitter removed a feature that allowed users to post tweets to LinkedIn, while also cutting off Google’s access to real-time search data. Meanwhile, Google has begun aggressively pushing its Google+ sign-ins on third-party sites as an alternative to the ubiquitous Facebook Connect.

For users who remember the not-too-distant days when Facebook, Twitter and other social networks played nice together – and content jumped effortlessly across platforms – recent rifts have been nothing short of maddening. “We simply want any app we use that is owned by either of you to interact seamlessly, the way they used to,” implores Mashable deputy editor Chris Taylor. “We’d just really like to see our Vine videos on Facebook and our Instagram snaps on Twitter.”

via Why Social Networks are Prepping for a Cold War – And Users will Feel the Sting – Hootsuite Social Media Management.

Advanced Anatomy for Front-End Developers

The System – The System 727: Advanced Anatomy for Front-End Developers.

Unlocking mobile revenue and audience

Mobile news presentation should be different from web or print

Mobile and social media are intricately linked

Mobile apps and mobile websites are for quite different audiences

via Unlocking mobile revenue and audience: New ideas and best practices – American Press Institute.

The Unbearable Sameness Of Social Networks

What doesn’t stand out? The individuality of these social networks.

Now that social networks—professional or otherwise—are beginning to look all alike, the already muddied question of which social network to use for what purpose is even less clear. Can I now connect with my friends on LinkedIn? Do I post baby photos on Twitter? What is Google+ for?

via The Unbearable Sameness Of Social Networks – ReadWrite.

Digesting WWDC: None of this says ‘CLOUD™’

For Google, devices are dumb glass and the intelligence is in the cloud, but for Apple the cloud is just dumb storage and the device is the place for intelligence. And it’s built a whole new set of APIs, CloudKit, to enable this for developers, which it is (for the first time, I believe) dogfooding, building the photos product on it.

via Digesting WWDC: cloudy — Benedict Evans.