Winners of the 10th annual Webby Awards have been announced. Be sure to browse through the list. It's a nice snapshot of what's working on the Web (well—you may not agree with all of the examples). Nevertheless, its a good "who's who". Webby's are usually very tough to win. And it's always cool to see if the People's Voice winners match up with the Webby winners.
Every once in a while, an application comes along that mimics the way people interact in the natural world. Talk Digger is one of them. Fundamentally, it's a search engine—yes. But, it pulls up results based on what people are saying about the URL you entered. It's like eavesdropping on multiple conversations, with the ability to hone in on the ones that interest you. There is some really nice functionality like a built in preview pane that allows you to "peek" at the referring site without going to it. Give it a test ride, it's pretty neat. Here's how the developer has positioned it:
”You have in hand the URL of a piece of news of the BBC, a blog post, a product page,
or any other web page, and you want to know who is talking about it, you want to know what people
have to say about it. You copy that URL, paste it in the Talk Digger search box
and press Dig it!
Talk Digger will then return results from various search engines. All the results returned contain
a link to the URL. This is what we call a conversation: a multitude of people, all over the Internet,
linking to a specific URL. The following schema describe what a conversation found by
Talk Digger is.”
Apple's latest insult to PC users. Entertaining. But what's even more entertaining is when the PC users fight back. And they fight dirty. Last comeback I saw used the word F@#ktard. I didn't even know that word existed. Who says PC users aren't creative? :)
OK, I know this may be oversimplified. And I also know that many out there will see this differently. But from my perspective, Interaction Design has something to do with three core things. People. Technology. Design. Just throwing it out there...
“Simple enough for HTML means that the UI has modest interactivity requirements. However, if any of the following features improves your UI, you should consider RIA technology:
Partial screen updates
Widgets supporting direct manipulation
Multiple coordinated windows
Almost As Addictive As "Googling" Google continues it's quest for world domination by either innovating—or knowing when to acquire someone else who is. The recently announced addition of Measure Map serves as proof. Developed by Adaptive Path, Measure Map is a neat little app which allows you to track performance to your blog and measure it in all sorts of ways. On a personal note, I met one of the team members who is finishing up at the Illinois Institute of Design in Chicago. My guess is that he's got a bright future ahead of him. It will be fun to see where this effort ends up.