“If my memory serves me this was the show where I witnessed the legendary music mogul Ahmet Ertegün coming backstage to try to get this “unsignable” (really uninterested) group to sign with him. He offered them “Anything you want” and said, “Last time I did this was when I offered the Rolling Stones their own record label and $10 million.” Of course Fugazi politely declined, and Ian then changed the subject and continued to talk to Ertegün about their shared love of Washington, DC.”—Glen E. Friedman
“No organization cares about you. Organizations aren’t capable of this. Your bank, certainly, doesn’t care. Neither does your HMO or even your car dealer. It’s amazing to me that people are surprised to discover this fact. People, on the other hand, are perfectly capable of caring. It’s part of being a human. It’s only when organizational demands and regulations get in the way that the caring fades. If you want to build a caring organization, you need to fill it with caring people and then get out of their way. When your organization punishes people for caring, don’t be surprised when people stop caring.”—
I always say there are only two types of organizations in this world. One that’s still trying and one that’s stopped trying. If you really pay attention (another type of ‘caring’) it become obvious which is which.
“They were very quick to make changes. When a user wanted a certain feature they threw it out there even thought it totally sucked and kept crashing the system. They didn’t care. They didn’t waste time with features which were not going to be popular. They basically threw everything out there and the features that proved to have some sort of traction they spent time working to perfect those.”—
“The media owner may select and tag a region of the image by clicking on a point in the digital image to select the region and typing appropriate text to tag the region. The media owner may select and tag multiple regions. In one embodiment, the tagged region is indicated by a border superimposed over the digital image. In one embodiment, the tagged text is displayed with the image, and the border is viewed by selecting the tagged text (e.g., by placing the cursor over the tagged text). Users in the social network environment may visit the media owner’s web page via the network and select the tagged text to view the tagged region in the digital image. In some embodiments, other users can tag the media owner’s images.”—
I could’ve sworn I saw this on flickr before facebook. Am I mistaken or did flickr simply not file?
Amen. This by the way is one of the most intriguing UX/UE article I’ve read in some time. Here’s another little nugget from it: “… total number of hours consumed by Angry Birds players world-wide is roughly 200 million minutes a DAY, which translates into 1.2 billion hours a year. To compare, all person-hours spent creating and updating Wikipedia totals about 100 million hours over the entire life span of Wikipedia.”
“but when sophisticated mathematics is applied, they believe the imperfections go away by some mathematical magic. But this is not magic. What really happens is that the mathematics is used to disguise the problems and intimidate people into ignoring them—a modern, mathematical version of the Emperor’s New Clothes.”—Mathematical Intimidation: Driven by the Data
“young Christian was kept locked in a dog cage for the last year of his life, CBS-2 reports. He was let out of the cage only to eat and use the bathroom, and to endure brutal beatings from his father, who apparently used the cage to keep him from running away. The Northwest Indiana Times, which has been covering the story since it broke, writes that one day Christina found her brother unresponsive in his cage. She placed a finger under his nose and found he wasn’t breathing.”—
“This was made painfully public when Doug Bowman left Google and wrote the now infamous, 41 shades of blue blog post. Designers, copywriters, developers and everyone else on your staff needs to feel like they have a say in the solution of your customers’ problems. Metric-based feedback on their contributions should certainly inform their work but it should never stifle their creativity or innovation. If employees don’t feel valuable, eventually, they will leave.”—You vs. The Data: When to Stop Optimizing and Start Thinking.