Weekly digest of week 39 2009

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This week (again) a lot of Google news (Sidewiki, Chrome Frame and the styleguide), Vodafone going social, Augmented Reality Markup Language and Generation V. Fresh vs. Familiar: How Aggressively to Redesign (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox) Users hate change, so it’s usually best to stay with a familiar design and evolve it gradually. In the long run, […]

This week (again) a lot of Google news (Sidewiki, Chrome Frame and the styleguide), Vodafone going social, Augmented Reality Markup Language and Generation V.

  • Fresh vs. Familiar: How Aggressively to Redesign (Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox)
    Users hate change, so it’s usually best to stay with a familiar design
    and evolve it gradually. In the long run, however, incrementalism
    eventually destroys cohesiveness, calling for a new UI architecture.
  • Corporations in swimsuits: Are you faking social media?
    Digital strategist Jordan Julien got us thinking about “synthetic
    authenticity,” the risk large corporations face as they try to engage
    customers in social media. The problem, Jordan says, is social media
    tools were built for individual people to interact with each other, but
    suddenly faceless entities — big brands with big names — are entering
    the space.
  • Multiple Online Personas: The Choice of a New Generation – Intelligence
    Is your business ready for Generation V? Baseline looks at how learning
    the personal, behavioral traits of multiple, online personas will be
    important to the future of business-to-consumer strategies and
    practices.
  • Sidewiki: Google colonial sideswipe
    Not only do our friends at Google want to own all of our brains, but
    now they also want to own all of the comments on our websites. With a
    new downloadable feature called Sidewiki announced yesterday, Google is
    adding a feature that allows anyone to comment on a webpage and for
    that information to be openly available on the Internet.
  • Introducing Google Chrome Frame
    Today, we’re releasing an early version of Google Chrome Frame, an open
    source plug-in that brings HTML5 and other open web technologies to
    Internet Explorer.
  • Why Windows Mobile as a Business Platform?
    So why is Windows Mobile right for your business compared to all these other guys?
  • Measurement tool tackles social media challenge
    The thorny issue of how to measure web traffic and social media
    activity effectively is being tackled head on by a new tool which
    claims to analyse both simultaneously.
  • Google styleguide
    “Style” covers a lot of ground, from “use camelCase for variable names”
    to “never use global variables” to “never use exceptions.” This project
    holds the style guidelines we use for Google code. If you are modifying
    a project that originated at Google, you may be pointed to this page to
    see the style guides that apply to that project.
  • Vodafone links phone contacts to social media
    Vodafone has unveiled a range of internet services which centre around connecting a phone’s address book with social media.
  • Augmented Reality Markup Language (ARML)
    With this surge in AR development the potential arises for the
    multiplication of proprietary methods for aggregating and displaying
    geographic annotation and location-specific data. Mobilizy proposes
    creating an augmented reality mark-up language specification based on
    the OpenGIS® KML Encoding Standard (OGC KML) with extensions. The
    impetus for proposing the creation of an open Augmented Reality Markup
    Language (ARML) specification to The AR Consortium is to help establish
    and shape a long-term, sustainable framework for displaying geographic
    annotation and location-specific data within Augmented Reality browsers.

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Rick Mans is Information Architect and a social media evangelist within Capgemini. You can follow and connect with him via Twitter or Delicious

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