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One stream to rule them all (the real Facebook vs. Twitter war)

The current battle of the social web is to create the single stream that gets the most attention. Watch the giants copy each other.

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Think that was worth 2%?

Fred Destin weighs in on Snapchat and that old no revenues debate after skeptics questioned Facebook’s $3,000,000,000 offer for Snapchat: “A few years down the road, YouTube is clearly a phenomenal acquisition. How would you like to be in the shoes of the company who paid under $2 billion for the world’s largest media and […]

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How Facebook did UX testing for Home

Interesting piece on how Facebook did UX testing for their new Home software. Some of the more interesting bits include: Did most of the testing on Facebook employees (non-design or development) Utilized diary testing to find out about long-term effects of content (initial reaction is often positive, wanted to see how people liked it over […]

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How VC money can change your product

Josh Williams, founder of Gowalla, has written Play by your own rules., which offers many insights on the Foursquare vs. Gowalla wars. Williams describes how Gowalla got sucked into a “check-in” war with foursquare after raising VC money and so were playing a game they didn’t want to play. The check-in wars redefined Gowalla’s product…they […]

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Growth hacking may not be the best term…

But former Facebook and Twitter product guy Josh Elman makes a good point in What is “Growth Hacking” really?? “you do need to find the right “hacks” that help you get to those points of sustainable growth. LinkedIn started with Reid Hoffman inviting his entire professional network to join him, Facebook started expanding college-by-college waiting until […]

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Tenth Grade Tech Trends

Josh Miller, one of the makers of Branch: “A few months ago, my fifteen-year-old sister told me that Snapchat was going to be the next Instagram. Many months before that she told me that Instagram was being used by her peers as much as Facebook. Both times I snickered. Learning from past mistakes, I took […]

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Calling Snapchat “the sexting app” misses a huge shift in mobile, photos, and communication

Somewhat lost in the whole Facebook Poke/Snapchat brewhaha is what people actually use the different services for. Many people characterize Snapchat as a “sexting app” simply because the pictures/videos you capture with it have a lifespan of a few seconds. And its true that there is some sexting going on. But as Sarah Lacy points […]

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Why You Should Want to Pay for Software, Instagram Edition

Alexis Madrigal writes why we should want to pay for software: “Under these conditions, companies have to sell themselves because they do not have a sustainable business. And when they’re sold, they either A) get shut down or B) become part of an advertising machine, like Facebook’s. Truly, the only way to get around the […]

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Why lurking (and de-lurking) in social networks is a big deal

Lurking is the number one activity on the Web…and is therefore extremely important to design for.

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The Golden Age of Design in Startups

Three bits of evidence: designer-led companies are being invested in, designers are increasingly wanted as founders, and design firms are being bought for their talent.

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