Don’t forget to roll your own API, so that others can build competing interfaces…
Well, not interfaces that compete necessarily, but interfaces that use the data in your database to combine with other services to produce other amazing things.
Sharing information is good. Locking it up is bad.
Derek Powazek has written a nice article on Ajax. Notice that he doesn’t say XMLHTTPRequest even once. He’s focused on the user experience…cool.
I’m doing a bunch of reading, observing on Ajax. From the recent summit to a billion blog posts to its own web site, it seems to be hitting mainstream. Have any of you experimented with it? How did it go?
Also, go see what the tags can find you: Del.icio.us Ajax
This could be the best blog post I’ve read in 2005. Seth Godin, in his post titled On Critics, Criticism and Remarkability, writes:
“We donâ€™t choose to be remarkable because weâ€™re worried about criticism. We hesitate to create innovative movies, launch new human resource initiatives, design a menu that makes diners take notice or give an audacious sermon because weâ€™re worried, deep down, that someone will hate it and call us on it.”
Read the whole thing. I think he’s right. We all have a choice to be remarkable or not. From here on out, I’m choosing Yes.
O’Reilly Radar: A great site for folks who are interested in seeing how a company full of thought leaders is leveraging blogs, or if you’re simply a techie.
If you’re not familiar with the O’Reilly line of books, or the O’Reilly Conferences, check them out. This company, run by the Good O’Reilly™ (Tim), does as much for teaching folks technology than anybody else. I especially like Tim’s philosophy about what he calls Alpha Geeks, first adopters who show by their current actions what trends will be hitting the rest of us in a year or two.
Here’s what I don’t like about WordPress:
- I don’t like that I have to weed out the pingbacks and the trackbacks in my comments. The template function comments_number() should contain the number of actual comments, not including the other two.
- I don’t like how my own installation of WordPress pings itself when I link to another post of mine.
- I don’t like how I have to update my .htaccess file just to add a page.
- I don’t like how I had to do some special modifications to my WP files to get the thing running right and now I’m afraid of how long it’s going to take to upgrade in the future. Sure, it takes the lead developer 3 seconds to upgrade but he’s not a “normal” user, now is he? How long does it take “normal” people?
If you’d like to rant (it made me feel better, even though the pain was from last night), please feel free.
Steve Gillmor, creator of Attention.xml and one of the leading thinkers on Attention in general, gives us this post on many things, including the importance of APIs as well as the following quote: “Attention is not automation; itâ€™s the aggregation of gestures that model our instincts, hopes, and ethics.”.
This could be the most important quote about attention that I’ve seen yet, and I think that the automation/aggregation distinction is one we’ll be dealing with a whole lot more in Web 2.0.
When thinking about the scary topic of automating human behavior, think about what we do when we do contextual inquiry, going out into the world and getting into the context of someone else. We sit down, observe them, discover their needs, and use that to inform design. On the Web, we’re aggregating data to do the same thing…and sometimes, just sometimes, it works. Don’t be afraid of it. Just be careful.
Luke Wroblewski has written a nice, picture-filled post showing the evolution of Amazon’s tabbed interface. Boy, do they have scalability issues, or what?
This mention of Amazon dovetails nicely with our recent talk about popularity. I say popularity is mostly evidence of attention, and isn’t so bad. Others see it in a more negative light. What Amazon has shown us, I think, is that (at least on the product page) popularity as input to navigation can be very useful, as demonstrated in both user reviews and the “people who shopped for this also shopped for that” feature. I know I often search out what is popular before I make a decision about buying something. Do you?
In his recent post Remove Forebrain and Serve Zeldman targets popularity (incorrectly). Instead of focusing on the exceptions like Zeldman does, I think we need to see popularity in terms of how people use it, as a proxy for good judgment.
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