Designers, it’s time to move slowly and fix things
Another reflection on how the culture of tech and design probably needs to change, this time from Basecamp product designer Jonas Downey.
Designers and programmers are great at inventing software… Unfortunately we’re not nearly as obsessed with what happens after that, when people integrate our products into the real world. They use our stuff and it takes on a life of its own. Then we move on to making the next thing. We’re builders, not sociologists.
Wealth inequality is even worse in reputation economies
Cory Doctorow on how reputation economies (like the rating system satirised in the Black Mirror episode Nosedive) have a series of undesirable effects.
…reputation is useless as a hedge against the real nightmare of a setup like Ebay: the long con. It doesn’t cost much, nor does it take much work, to build up sleeper identities on Ebay, fake storefronts that sell unremarkable goods at reasonable prices, earning A+++ GREAT SELLER tickmarks, even for years, until one day, that account lists a bunch of high-value items on the service, pockets the buyers’ funds, and walks off.
Reputation works badly and fails badly – it’s a lose-lose situation all around.
Architects had to face up to the problems that eventually emerged with bold modernist designs. Now Facebook and Twitter need to wake up to the fact that their platforms are damaging society.
Fashion, Maslow and Facebook’s control of social — Benedict Evans
An interesting look at the parallels between the fashion industry and modern day digital trendsetters.
The fashion industry does not set fashion – it proposes them. It tries to work out the mood and the zeitgeist and looks for ideas that might express that. The same, increasingly, for Facebook – it cannot really decide how people use its products or what they see, only propose.
Native apps, social media networks and big content silos are slick. But the whole idea about the web — the reason it has been so successful — is that it is open and democratic.
The engine of our discontent — Seth Godin
Every time TV and social media become significant time sinks in a household, pleasure goes up and happiness goes down.
The more we come to understand about the big social media networks’ impact on society, the less appealing it becomes. It’s time we stopped letting them control our digital lives. This is why I will start blogging again.
Because when you react the way you do, you are giving them exactly what they want.
In ten years, Twitter has transformed from a geek enclave to a mainstream form of communication. But I find it difficult to imagine signing up to Twitter today.
Microsoft recently announced that it will acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. But do any of LinkedIn’s users actually derive value from it?
Bernie Ecclestone has been a genius when it comes to exploiting TV for the benefit of Formula 1. The trouble is that TV is now on the decline.
It seems as if Google+ is still the butt of all jokes. But recently I have begun to use Google+ more, and I am enjoying it.