If you live in England you can get your swine flu diagnosis via the internet or over the phone. They’ll even give you a prescription for drugs over the interweb!
- The web traffic volume was incredible with 2,600 hits / sec.
- The call center also received 10,000 calls in the first hour.
Direct from Hong Kong are these nifty cases to liven your dreary old iPhone. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be making cases for the iPod Touch, so I’ll have to look elsewhere for the hot red leather option. There are lots of great designs to choose from including the hybrid fabric that looks like carbon fiber (very nice) or there’s the wonderful timberwood case for the lumberjack in us all.
Rumor has it that the next iPod Touch will be equipped with a microphone and a camera (VoIP possibility?) Finally downloaded the new OS 3. It made a bunch of hidden downloaded apps show up that I couldn’t find. I guess OS 2 had a limit on how many apps could be shown at once?
Touting your virtues is sometimes difficult. You certainly don’t want to oversell your product. but many of us also undersell themselves.
Be open to differences of opinion.
It will serve you well!
Here’s an ad from a fledgling 25 year old startup circa 1905. Drinking the stuff is merely palatable – but the health benefits are worth it – although your mileage may vary (YMMV) depending on your gender.
For women who are “despondent”, grab a can ASAP!
–adjective feeling or showing profound hopelessness, dejection, discouragement, or gloom: despondent about failing health.
Wow – imagine what New Coke would have done to you in 1905!
Coke ad via copyranter
The Minnesota zoo has a great web promotion on this summer: guess which animal pooped. I don’t have that much else to say, except that I’m not necessarily proud to have answered them all correctly
The industrial design firm who brought us HTC’s Google Android phone and Microsoft’s XBox, have created a conceptual car of the future. BTW, industrial designers are prone to creating conceptual cars of the future (they’re just born that way.)
The “ATNMBL” has no physical controls – just a comfy couch and a web screen. Simply hop in and Google where you want to go.
via The Reg
Our friends at User Focus in London have just published a really useful set of usability guidelines for web app designers. Although many of the guidelines may now be common practice, it’s great to see them all in one package. If your company doesn’t do in-house usability, this checklist is ideal for developers to use as part of their design and feature testing.
The 247 guidelines are broken out into 9 sections:
Home page usability
Navigation and IA
Forms and data entry
Trust and credibility
Writing and content quality
Page layout and visual design
Help, feedback and error tolerance
As an added bonus, User Focus provides an option to download as an Excel doc!
Toronto based start-up Sysomos recently published an exhaustive report on Twitter usage based on an analysis of over 11 million user accounts. Some of their key findings:
72.5% of all users joining during the first five months of 2009.
85.3% of all Twitter users post less than one update/day
21% of users have never posted a Tweet
93.6% of users have less than 100 followers, while 92.4% follow less than 100 people.
5% of Twitter users account for 75% of all activity
New York has the most Twitters users, followed by Los Angeles, Toronto, San Francisco and Boston; while Detroit was the fast-growing city over the first five months of 2009
More than 50% of all updates are published using tools, mobile and Web-based, other than Twitter.com. TweetDeck is the most popular non-Twitter.com tool with 19.7% market share.
There are more women on Twitter (53%) than men (47%)
Of the people who identify themselves as marketers, 15% follow more than 2,000 people. This compares with 0.29% of overall Twitter users who follow more than 2,000 people.
One interesting chart shows the link between number of followers with the propensity to tweet. Apparently, folks don’t tweet much when no one is listenning.
The folks in Sweden are apparently all hot, twittered, and bothered! Stockholm’s public health department has a launched the Kondom project: handing out 100,000 condoms that are individually numbered. To capture the “user experience”, there’s a social website where people can write about the tale of their condom… so to speak. You can even vote for your favourite tale! Too bad my sweedish is a bit rusty.
We’ve written before about SM friend Gene DeRose’s House Party. House Party launched a Kid-tribution House party hapenning August 15. Apply to host a Children International party to explore child sponsorship. The party pack from House Party includes a Family Feud game! Woot! Apply now!
Social Media for the social good.