Celebrity Twitterers

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It looks like big-name real-world celebrities are getting into the Twittering business. In addition to the presidential candidates, lately I’ve seen Al Gore, Lance Armstrong, Britney Spears, and many more. Whenever one of these new Twitter celebs crosses your path, I don’t think you should necessarily accept it at face value. Ask yourself: What is … Continue reading Celebrity Twitterers

Idea: Video “Mix Tapes”

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We love sending video clips to each other. Links to YouTube videos of cute animals, spectacular accidents, inspiring speeches, nostalgic memories, and music videos fly back and forth through our email inboxes all day long. We gather around each others desks and call family members to our laptops to spend a few minutes watching a … Continue reading Idea: Video “Mix Tapes”

Twittering the Election

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Last night was the second U.S. Presidential Debate. One of my favorite new election-based interactive user experiences (in addition to CNN’s approval graphs and CNN’s magic wall) is Twitter’s election.twitter.com. Here’s a sample of what you would have seen during last night’s debate: TechCrunch reviewed this site last week. Here’s their review in its entirety: … Continue reading Twittering the Election

Graphing the Debates

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One thing that’s been fun about watching the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates on CNN is that you get to also watch a scrolling EKG-like graph of how viewers are actually responding to what is being shown. The methodology appears to involve a live audience, selected by CNN, to manipulate some sort of control that … Continue reading Graphing the Debates

Don’t Design the Box

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What happens when Microsoft’s marketers design the iPod’s box. How, if given a chance, might this thinking have shaped the product itself? There’s a classic [1] product design exercise called “Design the Box” in which a product’s packaging is conceptualized first, before the product itself is designed. The idea is to view the product from … Continue reading Don’t Design the Box

Obama Futurama

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Barack Obama’s speech was tremendous. He was strong, forceful, and honest while fighting tooth and nail for most of the fundamentally liberal ideals that I share — arguing them openly instead of filtering or even hiding them as most liberal Democratic candidates have in the past. And in the several places where he strayed from … Continue reading Obama Futurama

The Wisdom of Don Draper

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Upon a friend’s recommendation, a couple of weeks ago I started following don_draper on Twitter. More precisely, I’m following whoever is Twittering and playing the role of Don Draper, the main character and fictional creative director of a 1960’s Madison Avenue advertising agency on AMC’s critically-acclaimed series Mad Men, now in its second season. What’s … Continue reading The Wisdom of Don Draper