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Michael Sylvie
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Not very likely to survive a zombie apocalypse.
Not very likely to survive a zombie apocalypse.

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Just got a Chromebook, decided to click on the "Google +" icon, and discovered it's exactly a year since I last posted here. Is anyone still out there on Google+?

(I actually miss Google+... liked it so much better than Facebook and Twitter. Wished it caught on.)

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[via xkcd.com]
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Going to have to find an excuse to try these.

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This? Enlightened thinking:

FullContact: The Denver software company has implemented a program that actually pays employees $7,500 to take their family on vacation. The only stipulation is that they not do any work during their time off. If you’re on a FullContact-sponsored getaway and you’re caught opening a single work email, you’re obligated to return every penny. (As a result, job application numbers at FullContact are up, and turnover has dropped.)

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So I was using the treadmill at our office while on a conference call just now, and suddenly got the inspiration to try out some of the moves that the band OK Go pulled off in their (still awesome) video for "Here It Goes Again." And I nearly died three times over, flying off the treadmill and landing in a heap while still desperately clinging to the phone headset. As a result, I've gotten an even greater appreciation of the majesty of what OK Go pulled off:

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Way to sell it, Hartford Courant.

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"...there is limited value in designing for generational cohorts because there is so little that unites them other than perhaps life stage. And when companies do attempt to place a generational lens on a product or service, we find that the outcomes are either meaningless or potentially damaging."

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"...people are 21% more likely to view filtered photos and 45% more likely to comment on them, compared to regular photos. One reason for this difference might be that filters help tell a story. 'People are adding filters to try and match the narrative that’s in their head at the time when they take the shot'."

Lots of interesting insights here.

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"UXers do things that marketers don’t, like information architecture and copywriting that people can understand."

"UXers do things that developers don’t, like working with product strategy, or talking to people outside the company on purpose."

Ha.

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"We shouldn’t try to compete with native apps in terms set by the native apps. Instead, we should concentrate on the unique web selling points: its reach, which, more or less by definition, encompasses all native platforms, URLs, which are fantastically useful and don’t work in a native environment, and its hassle-free quality." 

This post was a great find by Brad Frost -- some really thought-provoking stuff here.
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