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Pop-up/under ads pay off for advertisers... for now.

Most Web surfers would agree the maker of the X10 camera has the most annoying ad campaign online today. Visit any site and left behind, like trash at the beach, is the camera's pop-up ad. The campaign is undoubtedly irritating, but it also appears to be effective. In addition to generating groans from cubicle dwellers across America, the X10's has captured another honor: It's the fourth-most-visited Web site in the country according to Jupiter Media Metrix's June rankings, which were released on Thursday.

"E-Government Act of 2001" introduced in House

Specifically, the the act calls for naming a federal chief information officer who would implement information policy, facilitate coordination across federal agencies, set standards and protocols to be used, and oversee procurement and funding. It would also fortify the Federal CIO Council, created in 1996 to help executive branch agencies share IT ideas and policy recommendations, by establishing its responsibilities and authority by statute. The act also includes the creation of an e-government fund of $200 million annually, a single government portal, and a federal IT training center, among other things. "The goal is simple: decrease the amount of time citizens spend in line and increase the resources they can turn to online," said Rep. Jim Turner, a Democrat from Texas who spoke at the press conference.

Mobile commerce to remain a niche in the U.S.

According to InfoWorld, a study released this week by Jupiter Media Metrix shows tha the US has the largest base of cell phone users in the world, but Internet-capable wireless phones will account for less than 2 percent of American online shopping by 2006. Less than $4 billion in shopping and travel will be conducted on Internet-capable mobile phones in the United States by that time. But shopping-related content on mobile devices will influence transactions online via PCs and off-line at traditional brick-and-mortar stores -- sales that will be valued at $39 billion in 2006, Jupiter analysts predict. "The key recommendation is that real commerce opportunity here isn't so much for companies online," but for companies such as WalMart and Kmart to alert customers of what they may want to buy in the stores, said Joe Laszlo, wireless analyst at Jupiter.

Markle Foundation Releases Major Study On Governing The Internet

According to this report released by the Markle Foundation (selected chapters available as PDF files) most Americans polled view the Internet as a source of information, but have concerns over privacy and shopping issues. Research Reveals that the American Public Favors New Approaches to Provide Greater On-line Protections and Responsiveness .

The Oscars of Flash

The winners of the Flash Film Festival at FlashForward 2001 were announced. The winner in the navigation category was Relevare by Relevare London, England.

Critical thinking part 3: project management

Part 3 of Scott Berkun's (UIWeb) series on critical thinking in design looks at project management. It is only during the building or development process that many important design decisions are made. The design is a plan and, in the development process, the team may or may not follow it. There are always unforeseen conflicts of resources, politics or technologies that could not have been anticipated by the designer. Someone must lead the engineering team through these times, and drive the project to completion. This person, often called a project manager, may have more influence over the final design than anyone else on the project. They decide if a feature should be cut to balance a late schedule, or how unexpected engineering constraints will effect the planned design. thanks Tomalak's Realm.

MSN Explorer

I just started using MSN Explorer for kicks. It's not as customizable as I would have liked it to be and there is a significant amount of MSN-centric functionality in the browser chrome so don't expect IE. But it is friendly and extremely fast. In fact it may beat out Opera for quickest download times.

Design Crimes

Oy! Let's hope we don't end up on Design Crimes. Everybody wants to be a web designer. Design Crimes was established in order to showcase the worst attempts.

A survey of city subway maps

Came across an index of city transit navigation design (maps and diagrams) links on the coudal partners site via the new xl5/k10k magazine "Dodge" (Flash). Here's a few choice samples:

If you're just interested in getting from point A to point B, you can use the Subway navigator.

Exorcizing the Client from Hell

This may interest some entreprenuers and freelancers out there. Business week tells how to recognize a bad client and then how to drop them and save your yourself some time and frustration. Contrary to popular belief, the customer is not always right. In fact, some are so wrong, they can ruin your business while driving you crazy. A lot of entrepreneurs, especially those who are new to business ownership, think that putting up with difficult, imperious, demanding clients comes with the territory. But Leslie Godwin, a small-business coach and counselor based in Calabasas, Calif., disagrees. The mature, confident, and successful business owner quickly relinquishes the myth that "any client is a good client," Godwin says. Hellish clients, they realize, will hurt their business in the long run -- no matter how much revenue they bring in over the short term. Godwin trains the entrepreneurs she coaches to drop bad clients as fast -- and as politely -- as they can.

Ask Tufte

I logged the new Tufte site a while back, but neglected to mention the Ask E.T. section, where Tufte responds to questions. From the looks of it, you can react to or supply your own answers as well, although I would guess that there is a good deal of filtering of responses.

Google Zeitgeist

In it's Zeitgeist page, Google has begun posting some data and graphs based on search patterns and trends. You'll find some useful, interesting and just plain wacky observations. Today, comparison searches show that more people search for Angelina Jolie than for Lara Croft. thanks LIS News

E-Shopping Must Be Made Less Technical

Newsbytes reports on a Brigham Young University (BYU) study of shopping attitudes (sponsored by IBM and JCPenny). Online retailers need to re-target their marketing, address consumer credit card security issues, and make the Internet shopping experience less technologically challenging, a study has found. thanks Webword

Net Is Still Popular, But Not to Shop

Despite the dramatic slowdown in the high-tech sector, the Internet is still very popular with the American public, who regard the medium more as a useful information source than as an electronic shopping mall or stock exchange. That's one of several conclusions reached by a massive study titled, "Toward a Framework for Internet Accountability," being released here Tuesday morning by the Markle Foundation.

Retailers Must Turn Shopping Carts Into Wish Lists

A new Forrester brief proffers advice for ecommerce sites that offer wish lists. Wish lists are valuable tools for driving gift sales, but partnerships with cross-site wish lists will benefit only those retailers that cater to gift givers and teenagers. Other merchants should skip these partnerships and just modify shopping carts to double as wish lists.

Effective alt text

Tom Farrell discusses how to use alt text effectively on Frontend Usability Infocentre. Effective alt text requires an understanding of how people use your web pages, and providing them with carefully written text which is appropriate to their needs.

Prescriptions for usable library web sites.

If you work in a library Laura Kaspari Hohmann offers some suggestions for making your site usable in "Prescriptions for usable library web sites." Online. 25 (4): 54. Despite the name of the journal, this article is not available "online" (or on the Web anyway). It is available if you have access to a news aggregator like Dow Jones Interactive.

Search engine update

Some changes to the search engine space according to Online. Altavista has reverted to ORing terms by default. Altavista's Raging Search is dead (unfortunately). Magellan is gone. Google continues to expand its features and leads the way with the largest database of Web sites.

New theme

If you are a registered ia/ user and have a theme set, there is a new theme (now the default) called Boxy. If you're logged in, you can change the theme here. -m

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