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Does User Annoyance Matter?

Jakob Nielsen - Does User Annoyance Matter?:

"Sites offer drop-downs for state abbreviations under the theory that doing so prevents input errors. But that's not true: menus are more error prone than typing because the mouse scroll wheel often makes users inadvertently change the state field's content after they've moved their gaze elsewhere on the screen. In contrast, everybody knows how to type their own state's two letters, and it's always faster to enter this information through the keyboard than the mouse."

Thu, 29 Mar 2007 20:43:08 +0000

Like a moth to the Freebase flame

Jon Udell - Like a moth to the Freebase flame:

"I created my first user-defined Freebase type. Because the system is so new, there are some quite fundamental things that (so far as I can see) haven’t yet been defined. I wanted to create entries for some of my personal projects, such as LibraryLookup and elmcity.info, so I created a type called Project and added the properties Goal and Collaborators. That enabled me to add entries for my two personal projects, describe their goals, and associate myself with them as a collaborator."

Mon, 26 Mar 2007 22:54:21 +0000


"Geni is the fast, free, fun way to create your family tree - and stay in touch."

Thu, 15 Mar 2007 22:59:06 +0000

Freebase Will Prove Addictive

Tim O'Reilly - Freebase Will Prove Addictive:

"But once you understand a bit about what metaweb is doing, you realize just how remarkable it is. Metaweb has slurped in the contents of several of the web's freely accessible databases, including much of wikipedia, and song tracks from musicbrainz. It then turns its users loose on not just adding more data items but making connections between them by filling out meta tags that categorize or otherwise connect the data items, using a typology that can be extended by users, wiki-style."

See: freebase.com

Fri, 09 Mar 2007 11:28:11 +0000

Highrise welcome and workspace tabs

Jason Fried - Preview 3: Highrise welcome and workspace tabs:

"The blank slate is the first screen someone sees when they log into a web-app for the first time. It’s what they see when there isn’t any data. It’s the critical first impression.

We pay a lot of attention to the blank slate states. I think Highrise has at least 8 of them. One for almost ever major feature and some special “almost-blank slates” for screen with just a little bit of data. Some blank slates go away instantly while others go away after you’ve done something three times."

Thu, 08 Mar 2007 15:55:09 +0000


"The Mindquarry Collaboration Server is a set of well proven professional collaboration tools made easy to be usable for everyone.

[...] Mindquarry supports teamwork. Mindquarry allows you to share files, exchange ideas and definitions, manage tasks for yourself and your team, and organize talk via e-mail, instant messenger or real-world meetings."

Fri, 02 Mar 2007 15:43:38 +0000