People Love New Platform Updates (Like Pinterest)

People love the new Pinterest profile pages but will continually rip apart Facebook’s design and functionality updates.

Part of being a new emerging platform is simplicity. Sign up to profile creation to execution and sharing is intuitive. So the goal when scaling so fast is to maintain that minimalist design without getting pushback from your original members.

Instagram and the Day One app for iPhone are my favorite examples of platforms that get better with each update. They clean the app up, add a few more bells and whistles, and strip away the unnecessary features. It feels like they’ve had months and months of user feedback to make it the best experience possible.

Part of starting out on the mobile platform is that space is limited. If Facebook were new today, it would need to compete with equally well designed mobile social apps like Path. Instead, Facebook has to monetize its 1 billion users with targeted ads on the desktop. Facebook’s main challenge is providing ad space on the mobile without interrupting the user experience on such a small screen.

Inevitably, mainstream platforms get criticized as they grow in users and make updates. Nobody wants to relearn how to use the product. Pinterest may be hot and user friendly now. Just wait until the platform has to design for making money.

iCloud Is Still Crappy

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I finally took the time this weekend to clean up the photos on my two iPhones, one business one personal.

My plan was to consolidate all photos into albums on my iPad and have those albums synced across devices. But I discovered that you can’t sync albums in one photo stream yet. Apple still has us tethered to the Camera Roll on each device. So I took another route.

For the past 3 months, all my Instagram photos have been automatically saved to my Dropbox folder using a simple Iffft rule. I didn’t adopt this strategy for my photo albums but I did start creating and sending my albums to Dropbox. I sent Dropbox about three different albums from each phone and some miscellaneous videos from my iPad.

Dropbox is once again becoming my dependable external cloud hard drive while iCloud is still in development and wants me to pay for more space. Creating albums in the photo stream seems like such an obvious need. Even my Spotify playlists can be created shared to every device.

If Steve were alive today, I’d email him a complaint that Photo Stream is underachieving and not intuitive enough. I shouldn’t have to trial and error to figure this out.

Dropbox is no sure winner either but just about every data saving app plugs into it. I’d also like to be completely wrong on iCloud albums in Photo Stream. Please tweet me if you know a workaround or I’m so insanely amateur that I just don’t know how to do it. Thanks.

Turning Off Highlight For The St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Last week it was the grand old party at SXSW. This weekend is all about the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York.

One thing I learned from SXWS is that ambient networking is premature. The Highlight app kills the battery, is delayed so naturally you miss the opportunity to introduce yourself, and connects me to others that like Dunkin Donuts.

I should be able to create private lists of networking interests that trigger my phone when in proximity. For example, I only want the phone to push when I’m near Apple, TechCrunch, or Instagram employees. But I don’t want to like these brands on Facebook just so I can be notified.

Less is definitely more.

So today I’m turning Highlight off and embracing serendipity, not that I want to meet the king of the World today anyway.

Let’s enjoy the moment. Networking just…happens.

History of Drum N Bass

Drum N Bass, Bristol early 90s:

For a lot of people, it just did what rave did even better.

Floaty, kind of light little rolling music right across to hard edge, rough, jungle.

Slow swing…and fast riddim.

We bring it together (hip-hop, soul, jazz) into breakbeat.

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Bristol laid the foundation for what’s the best genre of music in the world.

Since then Roni Size, LTJ Bukem, Goldie, Calibre, DJ Marky, and Commix have evolved it into new forms.

Dubplate.

iPad (NY, NY)

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I’ve been reading tweets and articles on the new iPad all week.  The conclusion seems to be that the retina screen is unreal but requires a longer charge time and heavier battery.

Every time a new Apple product comes out the naysayers look for cheap shots.  And the consumer just turns a deaf ear.

The iPad is the one and only true tablet on the market with more than enough power and capabilities to replace your personal computer.

Now only if I could afford a new one.

Making Email Fun Again With Sparrow

Add Sparrow to the list of apps I’ll use more than Apple’s native email app.

Sparrow should be the default Gmail app. It’s well designed and plays nice with social networks like Facebook to bring in profile images.

It also gives the email body space to read and and organizes email threads in minimal singularity.

Said the designer:

Our main goal was using our new app to reach Inbox Zero every day. Your work is done when your inbox is empty.


I absolutely love it when small companies have the audacity to take on monumental tasks like email. People only use the Apple mail client because that’s all they know and it works well. Sparrow is just a step up and well worth the $2.99.

The Sparrow mail iPhone app is a game changer, kind of like Instagram and Twitter. Apple should just buy all three and call it their own.

Nike+ Fuel Band

I spent all yesterday with the Nike Fuel band.

I walked 8 miles, scored 4k+ Fuel points and recorded thousands of steps. My graph looked like a field goal, peaking at the walk to work in the morning and the walk back home at night.

But now I’m ready for more cool features. I want to able to check into places with a push on the band. I want apps and I want music. And I don’t want these features on my phone.

Ever since I got a weight scale a few weeks ago, I’ve lost weight. I had data.

I’m interested I’m seeing how a month’s Fuel data will change my perspective on moving. Do I walk more during lunch breaks, pick my workouts up a notch?

They say data is the new oil. It’s not just applicable to personalized ads. Data influences us to make wiser decisions, especially about our health.

Tweeterous

I set up a Posterous account last week just to compare it to the ins and outs of Tumblr.

It wasn’t as intuitive or sleek as Tumblr, certainly not something I’d want to revisit every day. It really felt like an inferior blogging product.

While it doesn’t make sense to blog on Posterous it makes complete sense for Twitter to buy it out.

Posterous owns the knowledge on spacial microblogging design, something Twitter wants to get into to keep more people viewing its profile pages for content.

Twitter is more aggressively pursuing long-form content for consumption within its site. It’s moving beyond text because it wants to make its posts more sticky. Twitter wants you to watch a video on its stream instead of kicking you out to YouTube.

I don’t see the Posterous acquisition as a threat to Tumblr. It was a strategic move by Twitter to bring in talent to make the ultimate multimedia canvass which could turn real-time events into an even better and interactive viewer experience.

“First User!”

Those were the words I overheard a second ago at a coffee shop in Austin for SXSW.

It was an amazing sound that gave me goosebumps so I had to turn around an hear the story.

The Android app Spott was just launched by two Mexican and two Dutch developers. The idea bloomed on a 72 hour bus ride from Mexico in which there was no wi-fi. Nada.

One of the guys demonstrated the app. Raw in form, it pulls in the Foursquare API and tags a pic and text and loads content into the cloud.

It’ll be interesting to see how the app grows and whether or not it was just a practice project. Either way, the fact that this hodgepodge crew met, collaborated, and built and app on a bus is a story in rapid innovation. I’m witness!

The creative energy is infectious at SXSW. Catch my play by play @bombtune.

SXWS: Sexy Football Data With Manchester City’s Richard Ayers

I woke up early this morning to attend a football (soccer) panel presented by Richard Ayers. Richard is the chief digital innovator at Manchester City.

The most surprising part about Richard is that he’s not even a football fan. He’s a data artist and marketer that transforms numbers into captivating customer displays.

Now that Man City is winning trophies, the world’s most emerging club has three primary challenges:

1. Growing the fan base overseas
2. Bringing the game to life for those not attending the games nor necessarily watching the games on TV
3. Keeping the the die hard fans happy

And therefore three primary opportunities, driven by social:

1. Acquiring new fans through social channels
2. Providing interactive games and multimedia made from mounds of player and game data
3. Locating the biggest fans and ensuring they see relevant top level content targeted for them

Richard’s overarching goal is to build a truly engaging online experience that grows the fan base worldwide without offending the hardcore fans.

Success is of course predetermined based on the team’s trophies which boosts profits and allows digital heads like Richard more funds to try new initiatives to expand MFC community online.

I spoke with Richard afterwards about how he plans on using the new Facebook Timeline to tell about MFC’s rich history. As a US EPL fan, I suggested he add a timeline post for former American MFC midfielder Claudio Reyna. If he’s trying to grow the base, he’s got to make it relevant for Americans. Nationality is a key determinant in selecting a team as a new fan.

Football is the world’s most popular sport. For many people, the local club is life. Football marketing has the advantage and challenge in clinging on to tradition and pragmatically growing its business in the online world.

SXSW 2012

I’m at SXSW in Austin today.  I’ve been wanting to attend this conference for years.

I’ll be actively tweeting via @bombtune throughout if my two iPhones survive.

Who’s whom I hope to meet:

Semil Shah (Votizen, VC)
Sahil Lavingia (Gumroad)
Ben Parr (Former Mashable Editor)
Tim Ferriss (Author/VC)
Kevin Systrom (Instagram)

Let’s go!

Source: sxsw.com via Kristin on Pinterest

Indonesia’s Mobile Boom & No Square?

On Indonesia’s social boom:

Indonesia is not really search-savvy, not really accustomed to using Google to search for things…it’s very important that they can…make it a conversation.

Indonesia never even saw Web 1.0. All it knows is two-way conversation through social networks using mobile phones.

Indonesia is already in a post PC era and using social as a currency for conversation and commerce exchange.

So it makes me wonder why Square is pushing so hard in the US when Indonesia is begging for a micropayment revolution.

Here are some intriguing numbers on hyper connected Indonesia. Keep in mind that only 25% of its population is online.

  • 3rd largest Facebook market (43m)
  • 5th largest Twitter market
  • 90% of Indonesians own mobile phones

Indonesia may not be a BRIC country but it’s clearly a digital leader and bellwether of what mobile and social can do to expedite communication and trade.