08 Apr 2008

UX News Round-Up

08 Apr 2008

Making Money on the Internet

“The internet is a copy machine.” Kevin Kelly, co-founder of Wired Magazine, notes on his blog that if the “super-distribution” system of the Internet and its endless free copying of information has undercut the structure of wealth built upon selling precious copies, “how does one make money?”

Kelly defines eight categories of “generative values”, which are “better than free,” because they cannot be copied, only “generated, grown, cultivated, nurtured.” Among these eight are: Immediacy, Personalization, Interpretation, Authenticity, Accessibility, Embodiment, Patronage, and Findability. And these values, which will imbue the Internet with new worth and provide a viable foundation for advertisement, will also demand a new skill-set:

“…An understanding of how abundance breeds a sharing mindset, how generosity is a business model, how vital it has become to cultivate and nurture qualities that can’t be replicated with a click of the mouse.”

MS Project and the Design Process

Uday Gajendar at Ghost in the Pixel posted on the failures of MS Project to facilitate the design process. Relating a conversation Gajendar had with a friend, he writes, “My friend said it just right: ‘MS Project is meant for deterministic projects, where you already know the result.'” The shortcomings of MS Project are not what make Gajendar’s post interesting, however. Rather, it is his observation on the structure of the design process itself:

“Design is fundamentally indeterminate! Meaning, there is no pre-determined outcome, there’s instead innovation, and ideation and hypothesizing, and fast-failing and iteration, and, of course, exploration of the boundaries and scopes/limit.”

From this, Gajendar concludes, ” MS Project was built for number-crunchers, not designers.”

Facebook and ConnectU Settlement, pre-IPO

The New York Times reports that Facebook will be settling with ConnectU over a suit filed in 2004 alleging that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stole the idea for his hugely successful site from the creators of ConnectU. All motions in a countersuit filed by Facebook accusing ConnectU of “unfair business practices” have been halted. The settlement is believed to precede an IPO from Facebook.

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