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+Majd Taby wrote an interesting blog post on why web developers are drowning their own ecosystem. Check it out for sure. Here is my reaction:


Quite enjoyable. I think part of the problem is that the web caters to tinkerers. The architects all gather at the watering hole of the desktop. They know their bounds, the tools are tried and true, and the other architects are there.

The web has been, and is still, a place of "children." Those who are the integrators, builders, designers look at the web and see a mess. "What are the tried and true tools? What are the stable frameworks? What are the tricks of the trade? What are the UI/UX conventions?"

None of these questions are answered. Instead the web development world looks like the chimpanzee cage at the zoo. Each monkey has found a different way to use tools, but is only interested in what works for his/herself. There is no mental coordination whatsoever.

I like the point that you make most should abandon making tools. The impression that I get when reading hacker news or any other equivalent to my mom's fridge of paper awards when I was a kid, is that each individual says "I am going to build a web framework with which people can build the most amazing web apps." For every 100 of those people, there is maybe one person saying "I am going to build the most amazing web apps."

Some of these frameworks are really interesting and cool and there will be time for them later. People are trying to copy Cocoa (Apple's software stack) or build with a similar mindset because developers use of the cool features in it, but that is because it offers a steady foundation and core. Once the developers get started they want more and more and more and use it. When the web offers all of these "more" packages, they are left unused because no one wants them.

My analogy of this would be that all of these people are designing awesome tools like drills, radial arm saws, band saws, routers, lathes, etc which are all awesome bits of tech, but the average web developer is still stuck trying to figure out the most intelligent way to cut down a tree, since there are so many different kinds of trees and there is anything but consistency in the methodology of others.

Abandon your tools and your micro-frameworks; say goodbye. Work with whatever there is... YES, deal with it. Dazzle, amaze, and impress the viewers; you can do it with hundreds of existing tools, then when the UI/UX is evolving (in the higher-order sense) look back at what tools will further it along instead of imagining what "might" fit the needs of developers.

Best of luck to you all :D
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Google+ has potential to pull me away from facebook easily, not so much twitter.
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I still don't get twitter. I don't think most people get twitter. For example, did you see the spamfest that UMengineering ran earlier today?
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+Kevin Matzen I love having you in my circles
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Late 90s/Early 00s alternative rock will always hold a special place in my heart. Shout out to Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Staind, Hoobastank, Switchfoot, etc.
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Just published a new post. Let's see what sort of traffic Google+ can generate...
http://jtaby.com/2011/07/01/the-next-generation-of-mobile-web-apps.html
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Find out how SproutCore makes smaller apps, demo of SproutCore Touch, and intro to TransformJS in my SC meetup talk: vimeo.com/28174480
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New Post: "Design for the Mobile Web's Ubiquity" http://jtaby.com/2011/08/11/mobile-web-ubiquity.html
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Can you put a person in multiple circles?
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I don't follow. Expect what to be a chat feature?
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That's what she said.
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Just found an 8-post blog I started in 2006 writing about God and Religion. Woah. I was a freshmen at the time. jtaby.blogspot.com (I also found out that I've been using the 'jtaby' name for 5 years now O_o)
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like the blog majd. i'm barely awake and i've been reading it :)
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It's great that the user experience of Google Plus is being so well received, and I'm happy about all the positive feedback that's been coming my way, but I'm worried that I'm getting too much credit for it, so this long-winded post is an attempt to set the record straight.

I am indeed the main individual behind the interaction design and implementation of the circle editor. I conceived, designed and implemented a compelling prototype for it almost single-handedly, and then wrote a fair percentage of the production javascript code with lots of help from my friends. I also worked on a couple of other parts of the product a little bit, but that's pretty much as far as it goes.

Steven Levy's excellent Wired article got the story right - I wrote the circle editor and then recently widened my focus to the overall Google Plus user experience. But subsequent stories jumped to the conclusion that I was responsible for the design of the entire product that we launched on Tuesday, which isn't true, but I guess it was just too good a story (about Apple design values infecting Google) for people to resist. And now some people are saying that I'm responsible for the broad visual refresh now rolling out across Google, which couldn't be further from the truth - in fact, I'm not even sure I like it.

One thing that I learned during the launch of the original Macintosh in 1984 was that the press usually oversimplifies everything, and it can't deal with the reality that there are many people playing critical roles on significant projects. A few people always get too much credit, while most people get too little, that's just the way it has always worked. But luckily, it's 2011 and I can use the service that I helped to create to clarify things.

+Shaun Modi is the awesome young designer most responsible for the visual design of the circle editor, especially the blooming circles, along with
+Jonathan Terleski, who helped refine it after Shaun departed. +Joseph Smarr also helped with the design quite a bit, and was especially valuable as someone I could rely on (along with Jonathan) to tell me when a particular aspect was good enough yet or not.

Google probably won't be thrilled about me mentioning the names of the superb developers who helped me with the circle editor code (hello recruiters) but I feel that I must mention my main collaborators here: +Owen Prater +Eric Cattell +Eric W. Barndollar and +Griff Hazen, along with Ariel Gertzenstein and Rich Conlan who helped in the early stages. And those are just the main front-end guys, there are plenty of others who worked on the shared infrastructure or the back-end that I won't mention.

And all of the above are just the people who helped with the circle editor and related UI. There are plenty of others who worked on the stream, profiles and photos, as well as the leadership, product managers and various specialists who also made invaluable contributions every day. Suffice it to say that Google Plus is the creation of large, talented team that I'm proud to be a part of, and anyway it's only the beginning, we're all excited about what it has a chance to become over the months and years ahead.
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