“After learning about the previously unseen and insufferable facet of Bright’s personality, Flagstone employees said they did not suddenly view him as a more complex individual. Moreover, they all unanimously agreed they had no desire to learn more about what he does outside of work, acknowledging they had even less interest in him now than before.”—Quiet Temp Actually Very Untalented Singer-Songwriter | The Onion
“If a page load takes more than two seconds, 40% are likely to abandon that site. The average impact of a one-second delay means a 7% reduction in conversions. For the $100,000 per day ecommerce site, a one-second delay means $2.5 million in lost revenues in a year. Sales at Amazon increase by 1% for every 100 milliseconds it shaves off download times. When Shopzilla decreased load time by 4 sec, they saw a 25% increase in page views, and conversion rates went up 7-12%. Google Checkout’s mean payment processing time was .26 seconds in a recent study. This makes it the fastest payment gateway online. Paypal, the most popular payment gateway, had a mean transaction time of 1.46 seconds.”—LukeW | Data Monday: E-commerce Performance
“And that’s the dance. Facing a sea of infinity, it’s easy to despair, sure that you will never reach dry land, never have the sense of accomplishment of saying, “I’m done.” At the same time, to be finished, done, complete—this is a bit like being dead. The silence and the feeling that maybe that’s all. For the marketer, the freelancer and the entrepreneur, the challenge is to level set, to be comfortable with the undone, with the cycle of never-ending. We were trained to finish our homework, our peas and our chores. Today, we’re never finished, and that’s okay.”—Seth’s Blog: Dancing on the edge of finished
"A personal site is where you don’t have to compromise"
I know I’m picking on words here and I understand the angle of Zeldman’s argument, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past 17 years of designing for the web it’s this… You are always compromising. No exceptions. Not compromising is also a compromise.
“Brace yourself for the initial angry wave of criticism: how dare you, I hate it, it’s ugly, you’re stupid. The Internet runs on knee-jerk reactions. People will test your work against their pet theories: It is not free, and thus has no value; it lacks community features; I can’t believe you don’t use dotcaps, lampsheets, or pixel scrims; it is not written in Rusp or Erskell; my cat is displeased. The ultimate question lurks beneath these curses: why wasn’t I consulted? You take the criticism into consideration no matter how much vitriol wraps it, file away bug reports where appropriate, reply politely if it’s worth it, and shrug. Then wait a few days. Now comes the more significant feedback—possibly praise, and, if you are lucky, not opinions but problems—things that you can think about and fix. Some people are trusting and friendly; others swear and append “I AM VERY UNHAPPY” to their emails in misdirected righteousness. Again, you must shrug. People are used to complaining to faceless organizations that don’t respect them, and often assume an offensive posture, expecting that a display of anger will gain your attention. They don’t understand that you are the team in I. The only option is politeness—remember always that you are dealing with other primates.”—Launch (Ftrain.com)
“If someone doesn’t value evidence, what evidence are you going to provide to prove that they should value it? If someone doesn’t value logic, what logical argument are you going to provide to show the importance of logic?”—Sam Harris