Forty years ago, a Canadian bank pioneered a brand new computer system that allowed non-programmers to help write code. The paradigm was so disruptive that it was ignored by computer scientists for decades. But as web apps get increasingly complex, and web devs become increasingly stressed out, "flow-based programming" may be raging back to life.
Apple recently tightened control of its app store by enforcing a hard-nosed rule preventing application developers from selling products within their own apps without paying 30% of the proceeds. All e-book publishers, for instance, must, in effect, hand over 30% of their earnings, or be banished to the world of Web applications. There have been grumblings by publishers about developing Web-only experiences, but I’m hoping Apple’s latest move will motivate them to do just that.
HTML5 is many things to many people. It's a technical spec, it's an open-web philosophy writ large, it's a standards battleground with unintended consequences, it's The Future of The Internets™! How do you design a logo for all that?
That's the problem that the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) handed to Ocupop and its creative director, Michael Nieling. And their answer is already turning a lot of heads. As Liz Lemon would say, BLAMMO:
It's not just a technical spec: it's truth, justice, and the not-only-American way!
What would you do if your customers revolted against a new company policy? Would you put it to a public vote on the company blog? When Amy Muller and her business partners were looking for an inexpensive CRM or trouble ticket solution for their side project "Valleyschwhag" to help improve customer service, they couldn’t find one, so they built it. Soon after, the "people powered customer service" company Get Satisfaction was born to bring customers and the right company employees together to solve consumer issues.
At least that's what Microsoft COO Kevin Turner said last week during a speech at a CIO summit.
"Vista today, post-Service Pack 2, which is now in the marketplace, is
the safest, most reliable OS we've ever built. It's also the most
secure OS on the planet, including Linux and open source and Apple
Leopard. It's the safest and most secure OS on the planet today."
Facebook has redesigned their site again hoping to squash some complaints that the site is cluttered and not user-friendly. Did Facebook succeed with the new redesign and create a clean site with an intuitive interface and good flow? Many users say no. The big problem is that Facebook has transformed itself from a community to easily connect with friends to a website that is trying to become "The King" of all social networks filled with lots of bells and whistles and useless apps and widgets.
How far would you go to build your brand? Would you turn your website’s homepage into a snaphot of what people are saying about your product via a twitter feed if you knew it would generate buzz and make your website go "viral?" That’s what the marketers of Skittles were banking on when they launched their new homepage. Check it out.