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Changing Role of Design

In catching up on my blog reading list, I stumbled upon a refreshing talk that LukeW gave at the SHiFT conference last September. In a short 30 minutes he highlights how design is changing not only the online world but

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Yahoo’s Shoposphere

Yahoo! launched a new feature on its Shopping site Monday night similar to eBay’s Reviews & Guides and Amazon’s Listmania which allows their shopping community to share products with other shoppers. Called the Shoposphere it shoppers build lists on any

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Yahoo! Maps, Flash, AJAX, & APIs

LukeW covered the launch of Yahoo! Maps Flash-based UI today. I was a bit surprised to see this done in Flash as nearly everything compelling that’s been released this year was based on AJAX. However Y! shows that there is

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eBay Motors + Google Maps Mashup

I’m working on listing my father-in-laws BMW on eBay which got me to thinking about the eBay Motors + Google Maps mashup that Adam Trachtenberg and Luke Wroblewski put together for Web 2.0. It will be interesting to watch how

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Tim O’Reilly on Web 2.0

Distributed at the conference was a short article on what Web 2.0 is, how it affects design patterns and business models. My favorite part was a wired/unwired-esqe Web 1.0 vs. Web 2.0 table.

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Ask Jeeves shares Search stats

Jim Lanzone shared a number of interesting stats from Ask: The money is still in the head: 30% of searches drive 70% of revenue. However over time there will be more competition in the tail. Average word count varies as

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Teenage Focus Group at Web 2.0

Safa Rashtchy led a focus group discussion on stage at Web 2.0 with 5 teenages aged 17 – 19. Perhaps most surprising were the products they discussed as being important in their lives and which ones they did not mention:

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Thoughts on hiring and talent in a Web 2.0 world

Perhaps most surpising at Web 2.0 is the focus on hiring talent. I’ve had a half-dozen conversations with people yearning to learn where eBay is finding good UI Design talent. It is clear to me that the demand curve for

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New companies launched today

With so many companies launching at Web 2.0 here are few tidbits I took from the 6 minute demos they did. Also gave each an interestingness rating in stars. SocialText, Ross Mayfield (***) look at case study of intranet wiki

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Is Tagging ready for primetime?

I attended a panel discussion at Web 2.0 on tagging with Caterina Fake (Flickr/Yahoo!), and Jeff Veen (Adaptive Path), Joshua Schachter (, and Tantek Çelik (Technorati). A few things jumped out at me: Jeff Veen gave a great example at

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Preston builds apps that shape Comcast's next generation mobile and TV experiences at its Silicon Valley Innovation Center.

Former GM of (acquired by Comcast), User Experience Design leader at eBay, Microsoft PM. MBA from UC Berkeley.

Danville Dad of Three.