A couple weeks back, wrote a pretty lengthy overview of Apple’s fall software and hardware to show the teams at work some of the opportunities for brands, users and developers. An excerpt’s now live at Golin’s website.Read More
Growing up, my family visited Kings Island a lot in the summer. I was terrified of roller coasters for a good decade of those summertime visits after a ride on The Racer at probably-too-young-an-age.
While I rode (and liked) The Beast when I rode it on an eighth grade field trip, the rest of my classmates were obsessed with Son of Beast.
Even then it had problems, but this YouTube video's worth a watch for the full story.
I'm a sucker for theme park designs, what can I say?
A couple of Universal super fans set out to break the record for most rides on Jurassic Park — The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. Needless to say after the record-breaking 61st ride, life...uh...found a way.
Check out the video, these two are cute together.
Facebook’s recent Cambridge Analytica scandal is the type of news story that tends to highlight the problem of a 24-hour news cycle. Political intrigue, privacy and security scares and an executive team failing every crisis PR test?
It’s a brand crisis Hydra. One that might, finally, trigger a digital privacy clampdown in the US.Read More
Tim Cook, speaking while attending a development summit in China:
I think that this certain situation is so dire and has become so large that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary. The ability of anyone to know what you’ve been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and dislike and every intimate detail of your life -- from my own point of view it shouldn’t exist.
Our time is all going to be up at some point and when you’re (hopefully) looking back on it, the people and experiences you have in your life will be what you cherish or regret. I know because I saw it firsthand and getting that privilege at 22 meant I could live those years of boundless energy and optimism with some of the wisdom of someone much older.
You’ve got one life remaining, don’t squander it.
Great piece. I'd be lying if I said I didn't need to remind myself of this more.
Recently updated the McRib Finder concept for our McDonald's client to feature the Shamrock Shake. This new version's quite special—new stickers, plus for the first time a web backend. Even recreated a little bit of an Instagram-story style camera to make the sticker experience even more fun.Read More
Hands-down, the camera is probably the thing that matters most to you about your smartphone. You may not always think about it, but chances are it’s the device feature that you use the most, even if only tangentially.
Whether you’re using it for video chats, snapping a pic, or playing around with the latest AR experience, getting the most out of your camera starts with some simple tricks.Read More
January, month of fresh starts. The coldest month of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, the hottest in the Southern. Ianuarius in Latin, from ianua—literally the door of the year.Read More
Two days into 2018 and I’ve already got a software release out. PolitiCall 1.3 is now available.Read More
I took some quick notes and turned them into a recap aimed at marketers and brands for work. You can check it out over on the Golin blog.Read More
"Went into hibernation" is gold. Props to the Siri team.
A Facebook page as the default web presence for a physical business is user-hostile. It's at Facebook's whim that pages get tossed behind a login window, and then what of those who don't want to use Facebook? Or have reason not to use Facebook?Read More
John Gruber, absolutely killing it on share buttons, particularly on Medium:
I love Medium. I don't mean to be overly harsh on Medium, but he's right.
Share buttons — dickbars, in Gruber's parlance — are not only unnecessary, but they're starting to border on user-hostile. They're absolutely one of the worst things about the modern web experience, made a thousand times worse when they're also presented in a modal when the page first loads.
Gotta wonder about the actual savvy of all the marketing/design groups telling clients to do this. If your goal is to boost engagement this way, you're spending too much time on things that aren't the content.
You gotta give Facebook credit for trying new things in what seems like a quiet space. Last week, started getting these chat-like modal alerts for likes and comments on a post.
You still get badges in the top right, just like other notifications. But now also this. It seems both excessive and also weird that it's so very close to the chat experience, which in itself, weirdly, still isn't all-in on Messenger.
I've got a piece up on the Golin website about how brands can take advantage of opportunities like eBooks, apps, social APIs and connected services.
The Golin team's been doing some exciting stuff—a lot that I can't talk about here. Check it out maybe?
Ben Thompson at Stratechery:
When it comes to “the empty spaces” most people don’t want to do work, but work is exactly what Twitter required. You had to know what you were interested in, know who to follow based on those interests, and then, to top it all off, you had to pick out the parts that you were interested in from a stream of unfiltered tweets; Facebook, in contrast, did the work for you.
Thompson's analysis of where Facebook overcame Twitter is fantastic, but I found this quote to be incredibly compelling. In essence, this is what I love about Twitter far more than Facebook. I wouldn't say that I've tuned my Twitter experience to be solely things I'm interested in, but it's something that I definitely miss when I find myself staring at my timeline.
I hesitate to lump myself in as what Thompson refers to as an "early adopter of Facebook"—it was something you joined when you went to college—but his argument about the news feed's shifts are true. I still hate "Top Stories" and the "here's another piece of clickbait that eight high school classmates like."
Twitter, on the other hand, feels less cluttered, more relevant.