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Fluffy Links – Tuesday July 22nd 2014

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Bullshit is the glue of our society. George Carlin. Comedian yes, philosopher yes.

I had hoped to go to the Dots conference but I have work in Cork that day. Boo. Go to it.

Building a successful internal network. Lessons from Telefonica.

Design guidelines from your favourite sites and apps.

The National Library on Flickr Commons. Copyright free photos. Grand Parade Cork.

How Simplifying a 3-Step Form Generated a 30% Conversion Lift

Got interviewed for a student project recently about brands working in regulated markets and whether that hindered them. 2007 interview with Ev Williams from Twitter about how their character restrictions make people creative.

BBC The Men Who Made us Spend. It’s a bit over the top. MehmehBUTAPPLEmehmeh.

This is Eye witness news in a way, Gordon Brown talk to LSE not recorded it seems but tweets from people that were there can give you context.

Moneyball for publishing

Managing in the decade of information overload.

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Fluffy Links – Monday 14th of July 2014

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Each and Other is risen from the ashes of IQ Content. Very exciting to see what happens next. Reads like they’re on a design thinking/Ideo path.

New fashion blog. Based in Ireland.

Festival of Curiosity, Dublin, July 24th to 27th.

BBC shows you how to track a company on Twitter for news. Timeline flow is a biggy, pattern recognition again.

Money Ball the sequel? Buy LOTS of players and see how they perform. So data and then performance. Sounds like a startup

“Most of us do not even know how to ask a question. Most of us do not see the root of the word “question” is “quest”.”

Brazil versus Germany. Without Brazil.

The News section is hilarious.

The two Google founders giving a joint and candid interview. A very rare thing.

How to get young people to vote

Fluffy Links – Monday July 7th 2014

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Rapid response PR from Walmart. Use your blog to call bullshit on shoddy journalism. Nicely done.

In the food industry in Ireland? Want to be? Join the Foodworks programme.

The Apple iBand/iWatch as a payments and ID system. Disney already doing this and we know who has a LOT of stock in that company

Meanwhile. The Princest Diaries.

Via Justin Mason – A Repair Cafe. Lovely idea.

brings together people with things that need fixin’ with people who have the skills to fix them in a social cafe style environment

The 30 best albums of 2014 so far.

Someone up high protected Jimmy Savile. Tabloids were chasing him and still nothing even with the scale of abuse that is now known? It’s even mentioned in the original House of Cards.

If a movie doesn’t do a scene from inside fireworks or a volcano after all these done videos, I’ll be disappointed. Bullet time in the Matrix was original done in music videos.

The Moto watch actually looks good.

Hendrick’s Gin and DFS open vintage hair salon at Changi Airport. Odd but cool idea.

Fluffy Links – Monday June 23rd 2014

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

Just FDIY. Tinder profile consultancy business. Took 3 hours to get up and running and instantly made money. Reminds me of this and this. Tinder is huge, it’s mass market but also new. The first to move in this mass market space has a serious advantage. It won’t last but having tools or services available that people need and to start offering them before Tinder builds these tools themselves or a company with a bigger marketing budget offers them, means you can make money.

Handy tool for people wanting to book your time for mentoring or meeting up for a coffee.

The IEDR have an initiative to help web businesses up their game. A good few grand worth of work is on offering. Case studies from last year. (PDF)

Cool toaster. I’d like it in my kitchen for a whole 15 minutes.

Like IFTTT (web system to automate web tasks), there’s Zapier. And on that, some IFTT recipes for market intelligence.

Bullet HQ mileage app.

Building a safe space for failure.

Ensure that some of your heroes and role models are women. Practical steps for men to help feminism. Not sure housework as the first point was a string start to this article.

Certain people don’t know they’re passive aggressive.

$249 for a 3D printer. Mass. Market. Appeal.

“Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.” Such a great line and one that probably cost their competitors billions over time. It was quoted in the new series Halt and Catch Fire. A show about the early PC industry clone wars. It’s much much better than the awful Silicon Valley show about brogrammers, a show loved by brogrammers who don’t self-identify at all.

Halt and Catch fire

The Old Mill Pond.

Fluffy Links – Monday June 16th 2014

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Brunch options Cork. The definitive list.

The media covered this Employment Tribunal story as one where someone that was on Facebook all day at work couldn’t be fired. Her appeal was upheld because she didn’t have a contract at all, let alone one that told her how to behave at work and there was no social media policy and she wasn’t supplied with company disciplinary procedures. Make your staff sign fair contracts and have policies in place and follow them. Not that difficult. Shocking that a company with 35 employees was doing this.

Draw three circles.

Digital Labour conference in NY.

SWEATSHOPS, PICKET LINES, AND BARRICADES will bring together designers, labor organizers, theorists, social entrepreneurs, historians, legal scholars, independent researchers, cultural producers and perspectives from workers themselves to discuss emerging forms of mutual aid and solidarity.

FDIY. Fucking Do It Yourselves. Journalism grads set up their own paper instead of waiting for a job to come to them. You graduated a year ago and have been looking for a job since? What personal projects have you done over that time? None? Have you volunteered somewhere? No? Wow, I so want to hire you because oh how motivated you are. Set up your own data analytics company, set up your own sales techniques company, volunteer, set up your own service that helps people make up excuses. Fucking DIY. Also see: And?

A better approach for trying to get corporate sponsorship if you’re an NGO. “Because CHARITY” doesn’t cut it anymore.

Pixel art Star Trek game. Yes please.

Fuck Coderdojo and their Billie Barrie school of coding where parents want their pension to appear via pressings on a keyboard. Linus Torvalds says steady on. Seriously, you do realise you are pushing for the net decade’s call centre jobs with this attitude, right?

Jeff Bezos doesn’t say much and his measured utterances are always gold. Signal, not a lot of noise.

Marc Andreessen says a lot, a lot. Including calling Snowden a traitor. Still, some great thoughts and his software will eat the world essay is one of my favourite things ever.

The YouTube Playbook for creators and now the Kickstarter handbook.

We really are poor at budgeting even after a long recession.

Fluffy Links – Monday June 9th 2014

Monday, June 9th, 2014

The Social Media Awards happened on Thursday. They were the biggest and best yet with 600+ people packing into the Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Rick has some photos. Rick and I are still in shock 3 days later at how amazing it was. Thanks in no small part to Bord Gais Energy getting us a killer venue and putting on a killer “sock walk”.

Easy when you think about it, a lot of thought went into making this easy though. 50 Ways to Get a Job. From all the various stages in a job you might be at.

Beautiful design. Microsoft book welcoming Nokia to the fold.

Free yourself from email. Some handy tips.

Not a real live product yet but these stairs slide things look awesome.

RYOT delivers hard hitting news by hijacking another news story. Take the Kardashian/West wedding, infuse it with other world issues. It comes across as rather shitty to be honest. Let them have their vulgar wedding. Sneer. Here’s a proper? story from them.

Nice way of visually measuring jeans on a website. We really need to move away from the flat way we design retailer websites.

Weh weh, when you’re old and wrinkly your tattoos will look horrible.

Genderize. API that scans first names and figures out the gender.

Lovely photography and free to use for commercial and non-commercial uses.

Hello stories, goodbye ads. Well no, they’re still ads. They’re kind of advertorial really.

Fluffy Links – Monday May 26th 2014

Monday, May 26th, 2014

What a weekend. For Labour. What a weekend. For hypocrites and hangers-on to be punished.

Ryan Tubridy and women.

Product Hunt is like a league table of new startup ideas. All of these are real! But such bullshit bingo with their pitches.

Dark Patterns. Creepy, sneaky, shady ways websites get you to share too much of your data.

This piece on subscription TV not actually performing well has a nugget that to me is far more interesting. YouTube buys Twitch, a site where you can watch video game plays. For a billion dollars. A whole sub culture that a lot of industry types seem to have missed.

The youngins on Twitch would rather watch live videogame action. About 18 million U.S. viewers watched the final game of the 2013 World Series. But Twitch drew 32 million for the “League of Legends” world championship last fall, according to SuperData Research. Boom!

Mistakes Made. Startup-type lessons. Insightful.

New mini feature on Facebook Pages for cafés and restaurants.

Water leak reporting using social media in Brazil. Could work here too.

“A quarter of all songs on Spotify are skipped within the first five seconds” Jim on the Attention Economy.

Pick something to obsess about. It shows you have passion and it allows you to unwind outside of work. Just not My Little Pony.

A conference on email and messaging. Would love to go but U.S. only for now.

Basement Jaxx – Unicorn

Fluffy Links – Monday May 19th 2014 – A media special

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Oh, a very media heavy Fluffy Links this week.

Had a post in draft about the UTV annual report but last night the Sunday Times tweeted they had a story about the same in their Sunday edition. So I put the post live there and then. I was holding it for the Monday when it would reach more people but maybe I need to cop on given I keep talking about ignoring news cycles and the like and to get things out correctly and first yet here I was holding on to it.

And on that. An NPR journalist tweeted out some great information about the firing of New York Times editor Jill Abramson. First out the traps, great. Just tweets, no link to a holding page or page at all. So Vox “storified” the tweets instead of NPR and in a way got the traffic/views for it. NPR wrote a post about things they learned from this. Read it.

An internal report on the future of the New York Times and that was critical of their digital work also leaked out this week. At first a crappy scanned in version appeared, then a full proper digital version. This post highlights 30 points that everyone that works in digital and cares about the future of all types of media should read. To be honest for those already working in digital, this is already obvious. So lots of new unseen ideas for Irish media!

The home page is dead. Well actually, the home page compared to all traffic to your site is dead but it’s no without a heartbeat.

Meanwhile, Eoin Purcell isn’t hugely positive about the physical book market in Ireland.

via Rick. More media thingies. The Beeb are using Whatsapp and Wechat for news distribution to the public around the Indian elections.

Web app to allow you to connect directly and pitch stories to journalists. Just Reach Out.

Guardian highlights great iPhone photo apps that can really make your photos better quality. Catch more in a photo with them.

Fluffy Links – Monday May 12th 2014

Monday, May 12th, 2014

A very businessy Fluffy Links today.

Mixtapes, not dead, the media is different though. How teens discover music.

How easy it is to get a fake story in to the news. With every news org copying from each other, this is textbook media manipulation. Course social media will get blamed for it.

One sheeter summaries of books. Summarist. Only 3 books summarised so far

The Peripheral by William Gibson is on the way.

Wrote this back in 2010. The C words that get engagement.

Big fan of MediaRedef after Jim Carroll recommended it. Here Media/Forward suggests ways it can make money. Hint hint to other online and offline publications. Can an email newsletter make money? Yes it can.

The future from those that are building and investing in areas that will define it. Education really needs to be disrupted. Just in tim training and just in time certification please for business skills, old skool university education to ground us for life. All these college courses dictated by bureaucratic industries doesn’t help at all. Now we have a generation of those that can program in Java and have no idea how a programming language can actually work.

Charlie Munger, Warren Buffet’s biz partner points out three things that have made them successful over a whole generation of business.

1. Hire good people and trust them.
2. Quickly admit mistakes and scramble out of them.
3. Remove your ignorance by always learning.

8Radio back on air for a few weekends this Summer.

The 12 basic principles of animation from 1930s Walt Disney Studios. Yeah, 1930.

“Many of the ecological  principles found in adaptive cycles  could also be applied to  competitive market environments.” How markets really do follow the same path as natural ecosystems. The Slidedeck really is awful looking but the content is excellent so persevere.

Fluffy Links – Tuesday May 6th 2014

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

How to make a really geeky Doctor Who style WiFi network name.

Really nice sentiment. Stop making more productivity tools and focus more on developing methods and systems for productivity. Then maybe write a blog post, a manual, a book?

a hammer, a lever, a text editor—assume little and ask less. The tool doesn’t force the hand. But digital tools for information work are spookier. The tools can force the mind, since they have an ideological perspective baked into them. To best use the tool, you must think like the people who made it. This situation, at its best, is called learning. But more often than not, with my tools, it feels like the tail wagging the dog.

Saying “I don’t” is much more empowering than saying “I can’t”. I don’t eat chocolate, I can’t have chocolate. One implies decisiveness, the other implies weakness. I don’t check work email after 9pm, I can’t check work email after 9pm. For me, my voicemail says “I don’t check my voicemail”.

Instagram blog post on The Long Room in Trinity.

The Twisted Celluloid film festival is on in the Triskel in two weeks time. Two Doctor Who movies! And Rubber is also showing. It’s about a killer tyre that makes people’s heads explode. Kinda.

NPR interview with one of the Godfathers of the iPhone.

Instagram gets all the boys to the yeard, I mean, gets the best engagement around.

But on Instagram, content that brand posted delivered 58 times more engagement per follower than Facebook, and 120 times more engagement per follower than Twitter.

Squarespace’s CEO hires people based on trusting the right people. These people:

  • Understand your definition of “good enough.”
  • Are committed to the same outcome as you.
  • Have the right cultural mindset.

The further growth of Snapchat.

Devil in the Details