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New IM client: Watch your buddies surf

Came across fatbubble after reading a NYTimes article. Soon you will be able to see what your buddies are surfing when fatbubble is on. The beta is supposed to be released soon.

New Forrester reports

Some of these new Forrester reports may be of interest. Access to Forrester requires a subscription.

Changing Channels For Enhanced TV -- Enhanced TV is off to a good start, but today's industry practices won't scale to future demand. For networks to survive, they must close the gap between commercial and creative interests by embracing multi-revenue TV.

Health Plans' Member Site Makeover -- Payers strive to offer robust online self-service but come up short on content and function. To retain members and reduce administrative costs, plans must create sites that help participants achieve core goals.

Another Look at What an Information Architect Does

Tal Herman did a survey of Information Architecture job descriptions listed on Monster.com and HotJobs.com during the first quarter of 2001. [View PDF] The data presentation is identical to J.J. Garret's July 2000 survey [PDF] for comparison's sake.

iaslash headlines: now available via newsisfree

You can grab headlines via news is free. Of course, you can also fetch the RSS file from here as well. Have a WAP phone? Here's the XML feed for mobile folks.

Anthropology graduates getting snapped up by businesses

[from tomalak's realm] USA Today has an article about Anthropology in the consumer business world. It dates the introduction of anthropology in the design of business machines and applications to around 1979 when Xerox PARC hired Lucy Suchman. Twenty years later, some businesses are continuining to see the value in studying human behavior for turning out usable devices.

Personalization survey

I came across an article on personalization (note: not customization) in Dow Jones Interactive Business Wire. The personalization consortium (I know, I never heard of them either) published results from a Personalization and Privacy Survey they conducted in March. According to the survey, Consumers who frequently purchase goods and services over the Internet are more likely to spend more money at Web sites that offer personalization.

New "How it works" information graphic on NYTimes

In the "How it works" article Fuel Cells Provide Clean, Reliable (and Pricey) Electricity , click on the "Gas In, Electrons Out" link in the Multimedia box on the right.

AccVerify: Software for accesible Web sites

AccVerify provides for the verification of Accessibility policy and standards required for Web sites. AccVerify™ differentiates between the W3C Guidelines and the Rehabilitation Act 508 Section 1194.22

Accessibility and Section 508: How will it affect software and Web development firms?

An article in InternetWorld talks about how some companies are complying with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities, including employees and members of the public. The deadline for compliance is June 21. Quoted from the article: So is this just a concern for federal government agencies? Michael Robertson, head of marketing for Corda, sees four customer markets for his company's product: the federal government, of course; state government; higher education; and large companies. "We have some Fortune 500 companies that do business with government," he said, suggesting it will spread throughout the industry, as did the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Now, even more reason for people add splash screens to their sites

I ran across an article on SitePoint that tells you how to add Flash to your site without having to purchase Macromedia Flash. For instance, at FlashBlaster you can create a useless splash screen using one of their templates. Great. If we all link to this site, maybe the skip intros will proliferate at a dizzying clip! [that's sarcasm, silly]

Better Data Brings Better Sales

[from tomalak's realm] Revenue on your B-to-B site not as high as you hoped? The problem could be too little product information and a poorly designed interface. Jakob Nielsen writes in Business 2.0 about the information you need to present on your ecommerce site to make sales. It should be obvious that you need to show important data like price and a clear product description (not saddled by buzzwords), but Nielsen says, vendors often don't.

Usability.gov Guidelines

Usability.gov's Research Based Web Design and Usability Guidelines is now live.

Advertising: A Cry for Usability

On Clickz, Kim Brooks talks about how the intrusiveness of advertising encroaches on the usability of Web sites in Advertising: A Cry for Usability, and suggests that ensuring usability in a campaign that includes advertising will benefit advertisers.

Usable WAP applications

VBXML has an article about building usable WAP applications.

Complaint generator

[from webword] Need to complain about someone? Don't bother coming up with the words yourself, let the complaint generator do the leg work for you.

Webword's Web Usability Bill of Rights

John S. Rhodes and Sean Lindsay have posted a Web Usability Bill of Rights on Webword that trumpets the gripes and frustrations that, undoubtedly, some percentage of your audience has probably brought up in the past. Word up Webword.

Wearable computer devices

eweek has an article on wearable devices gaining ground in both vertical and consumer markets.

Usability tips

frontend.com's Usability Information Centre has a nice offering of Usability tips.

The Web's Master Builders

[from Computerworld, 1/22/2001] Computerworld talks about the development of the IA practice on goto.com in The Web's Master Builders.

springone.com flash navigation

[site of the day on Builder] Huh? That's what I said after seeing the splash page for Spring.One. Then I figured out after reading the tiny 7px black text (in Rotorcap or whatever) that the text on the bottom of the page gets you in. Once I got in, I saw small boxes come out of a large box (like those Russian eggs that are a big prize for tourists). When you mouse over a box, it opens up and more boxes swing out. Huh, again? Play around a little more and you will see that those new little boxes are the navigation. Cute. This is why people hate flash so much.

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