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All The Google Doodles! (by year)


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"It's all the same. It's all different."
@destraynor on the language of interfaces:

websites are turning into web apps
the web is being rebuilt around people
a web app is a gamble on people contributing content
people use interfaces to do this
interfaces are the language of software
languages influence behavior

the people come to read the content
the content is created by the people

you control 3 things:
1. the UI
2. the blank slate
3. the content definition

UI microcopy can have a huge impact
The UI influences actions and relationships
With UIs, you get what you ask for
You get what you design for

Talk radio - the DJ sets the tone, everyone else follows it.
Bad seeds, bad sample content can be hugely damaging
"You get the content you deserve"
Content in apps is always an opportunity to delight your users

microcopy framework:
-message for: any user
-to tell them: they don't need to archive cause it's already done
-so they: stop trying and move on
-displayed via: flash box on app (60 char max)
-when: after user tries to archive an already archived message
-tone: clear, personal - like you're talking to a work colleague

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Wow!! is awesome!

1. Go to

2. Specify your email service

3. Grant permission

The site will go find every single subscription of every kind that you're getting, letting you unsubscribe from each with a single click. 


Posted first on Google+ by +Jure Kodrič 

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Songs and Albums that Rick Rubin has liked on Ping

With news that Apple plans to shut down Ping, I wanted to capture the best part about it - the recommendations from Rick Rubin. Here's what I've captured so far:

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A long read on the Miami Heat, their false promise and weird Wall Street-y joylessness, and other things.

(my cliff notes of the article are below):

With the Heat, we're dealing with people who can't hear how ridiculous their complaints are because they grew up in a culture that moralizes success, reverse-engineering valor out of wealth, no matter whence or how that wealth came to be.

They're so secure and yet so heroically insecure, who would want to be the human version of the Miami Heat? The struggle for the Heat during their brief, grumpy non-dynasty has been how to wear that elite status.

As a super-entity—they fall dishearteningly short. They could have ushered in a new era - the Decision inverted the traditional owner-player power dynamic…leading to the freest free agency yet.

They could've been beautiful together. Instead they are mostly for worse. That the Heat are very often no fun to watch is a bummer, but it was also an unrealistic expectation. They don't seem to be having much fun, or transcending anything in particular. Which is fine since this game is their work.

Our culture has a complicated, or over simple, relationship with wealth. It's sad to think of wealth as not liberating, but limiting and actively un-fun.

They wanted to collaborate, and made it so they would.
They wanted to play and win together, and figured out a way to do it.
It was supposed to be that the Heat were great talents setting themselves to the task of getting great together, but the Heat have shrunk, rather than grown, during their time together.

The game works best when played modestly and positively within a moderated, mediated framework. This is not to say that a paradigm can't get smashed along the way. But the Heat, believing that being more talented would somehow lead to being both the best and best-loved, can't do that.

They are still struggling with and within the star system; the stars play much of the time at a great distance from each other, and an even greater distance from their non star teammates.

They were built in the spirit of The One Brave Man…who will change the world for the rest of us if only we have the decency to get the hell out of the way.

There are many who still believe in the old model, in the idea that systems and communities and most people exist solely to thwart the One Brave Man, who would otherwise achieve and conquer. But this is a silly and wrong thing to believe.

A more modest and unified Heat could be beautiful; we should hope that they someday are, because that would be great. This current team isn't great though. They're villains who are pitiable and loathsome at once, emblematic of all the self-important vanities who have choked the nation's front pages.

It'd be sweet to see the Heat beaten by the Spurs or Thunder, but it would be sweeter to see the Heat figure out, together, how to become something bigger and better than the self-certain success-machine they presumed themselves to be in the summer of The Decision.

But it's gonna take time, because no lie so appealing as the one that birthed this Heat team can die easy. But nothing so transparently false and small can live all that long, either.

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"When you think Facebook, think: photos. And when you think Google, think… well, think long-term. Google is Google+ and its undead shambling… but damn, it’s also Project Glass, and those cars that can drive themselves! (If the glasses look dorky, well, we didn’t expect to find ourselves walking the world staring down into little black boxes, either.)

Google is getting good, really good, at building things that see the world around them and actually understand what they’re seeing. Maybe in twenty years we’ll think of Google primarily as a vision company—augmenting our vision, helping us share it—and, oh wow, did you realize they once, long ago, sold ads?"

Feature that I wish existed on all social networks, but especially on Google+:

Why did you decide to start following me? "Following" without giving any signals (a liked photo, a +1'd link, a retweet or @reply, etc...) is a huge missed opportunity to resurface quality content.
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