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  • 19 Oct 2006
    Following up on Corey's post about Second Life, Reuters recently set up a bureau on Second Life. NPR even recently interviewed its bureau chief/correspondent. I knew that Second Life had its own economy and people make a living from building and selling stuff, but what I did not know was that Linden, the official currency of Second Life has an floating exchange rate! PASICK: They do. Well, I mean, the laws of supply and demand hold true just as well in Second Life. And the interchange is a...
  • 18 Oct 2006
    Design Interact is a part of the Communication Arts network and "was created to be the premiere source of information and inspiration for the field of interactive media. " I often got to this site to browse innovative websites, designers, and tools. View Site of the Week and at the bottom you'll see the designers or design firm that worked on the site. Very handy if you're looking for a designer (wink, wink).
  • 17 Oct 2006
    The ABC News website allows users to change the page font size with a simple click. The visual iconography depicting this option is clear, and the placement of this feature is prominent. Why might you want to do this? For starters, for accessibility purposes (providing the flexibility to increase font size on a page for those who are visually impaired). Most users are still not aware of the ability to enlarge/decrease font size using their browser menus. ABC News has chosen a placement...
  • 17 Oct 2006
    Online video, the emotional web, social networking, "community" in unexpected places, the rise of online activity in India and China, network-centric organizing, mobile computing and activism, and challenges of big online communities in continuing to grow - were a few of the highlights of our recent Online Community Summit (OCS) in Sonoma, CA. On October 4-5 we gathered with approximately 75 folks from technology, media, online businesses, online communities, and the nonprofit...
  • 17 Oct 2006
    We've all seen it. It's the jolting error page you get when the page you requested from a server does not exist. We regularly advise clients that 404 Not Found pages should be helpful and designed. Users may come across them if they have a typo in the URL, follow a link from an email that sometimes breaks URLs or if a search engine is pointing to a page that has been moved or deleted. Some best practices around creating a more user-friendly 404 Not Found page would be: Brand it. Make it...
  • 13 Oct 2006
    Nikon is promoting its new camera D80 by giving it away to talented photographers they found on flickr. The resulting site is Stunning Nikon. It features a flash interface with a collage of images which you can click in to, which shows the photos, interviews with photographers, and link to the photographer's flickr page. I am not a big fan of slipping and sliding flash interfaces, and found the site annoying to navigate, but still I thought Nikon was bring creative in reaching out and bridge...
  • 13 Oct 2006
    Media-Convert.com is a great online tool that claims to be a "Document, Compressed archive, sound and video converter" - a swiss army knife of file format conversion no less.
  • 12 Oct 2006
    OmniDazzle, The Omni Group's latest product, allows you to animate your cursor on your machine. Imagine you are in the middle of a presentation. With a quick keystroke you activate OmniDazzle's Zoom effect, you select a portion of the screen and immediately a box pops up with that area magnified on your screen. Choose from 11 effects. The kids are going to love Pixiedust, which showers your screen with thousands of little stars as you move your cursor. Unlike those annoying sites where...
  • 12 Oct 2006
    I'm a fan of Edelman's Steve Rubel's blog. Earlier this month, I linked from it to the Web 2.0 Toolbar, an aggregator of user-generated content in various forms. The site describes the tool as a way to 'save time and keep up on the latest Web 2.0 news right from one browser toolbar. The Free Web 2.0 Toolbar aggregates the best of Social Search, Social Bookmarking, Social Pics, Social Video and Social News websites.' With the introduction of social media, we've been so inundated with data...
  • 11 Oct 2006
    I was reminded by Dan Brown during a recent meeting how rich in data Minard's map of Napoleon's march to Moscow is (published in 1861). I once attended a Tufte seminar where he stated that this might be the best statistical graphic ever drawn. You be the judge (click on the map). The tan line shows Napoleon's troops traveling from Paris to Moscow, the black line shows their return to Paris. The width of the lines represents the size of the troops. You will also see the actual number of...