Just a few hours after we published our first production, I learned a valuable lesson about videos. Someone posted a comment that said something like "This video is great, too bad a deaf person can't benefit from it." Not being experienced with video at the time, it had never occurred to us that most videos are not accessible to the hearing impaired and others. Since that time, we've learned about accessibility and that many organizations now require that videos be provided with captions. ... Continue Reading
It wasn't too long ago that online communities had a killer app - it was the message board. It was the Honeymooners of early television. When choice was limited, popularity grew around the best options of the time. Indeed, the friendly message board has been a bedrock of online community interaction - one of the original articles. These days however, the message board has competition in the effort for your community's attention. The central problem is the discussion format. Discussion is... Continue Reading
We've seen them on Del.icio.us, Technorati, Flickr, 43 Things, Upcoming.org, Amazon and even personal blogs (scroll), but I'm hearing all sorts of different names. You know what I'm talking about- right? The groupings of words with the size of the text indicating the popularity or frequency of the word. I heard a new one today from Zeldman, who calls it a "tag cloud", which he says is the new mullet. Funny. I like the "cloud" part, but it's not just tags (See Amazon or 43 Things above). My... Continue Reading
That phrase always makes me laugh, but I think it's accurate. If you're not familiar, it means that a company that produces a product should use the product themselves. In the online community world, I've been suspicious of companies that purport to understand all things "community" but don't have a community that supports their customers using their platform. It's one of the things I do like about Web Crossing, they have WebXHarbor. I haven't seen a more productive example of eating their... Continue Reading
You likely know that Amazon is working to scan every page of every book right? It's what enables the "Look inside the book" feature- they scan every page. They are now turning that into something they call Concordance, which is the "zeitgeist" view of the most used words in the book. See it in action here. Thanks for the tip Jay!
A while back I linked to a "blog" by Boeing VP Randy Beseler. The blog world gave them a lot of hell because it wasn't a "real blog". That point is debatable in my eyes and I thought it was a move in the right direction, at least. What Randy's blog lacked was the ability to become a part of what I hear people call "the conversation". It lacked a few features that enable him to really participate in the blog world. Namely, those features were permalinks and RSS feeds. Without these, it... Continue Reading