POSTED July 03, 2013
scaling LINE messaging app ⚓
"We turn to a search engine in the way we turn to a best friend," he explained. The more advice you seek, and the more consistently good answers you get, the deeper the friendship grows and the less likely you are to seek outside opinions. "When someone else comes up and says, ‘I’ve got some advice,’ your response is, ‘Who the heck is this?’" Sullivan added, "You need Google to be letting you down in order to switch to Bing … and then Bing has to be really good." As it happens, Bing is pretty good by most accounts.
"When misused, freedom is counter-productive. Coders are inherently lazy, most of us started coding in our childhood (as I did), and receive a bit of shellshock when beginning to do it for a living."
But affordances can only help if they appear before you interact. You need to see the handle to mentallyfeel how to open the door, or even to know that it’s a door in the first place, regardless of how smoothly it’s going to swing open. In user interfaces we call this trait “discoverability.” (“Intuitiveness” is another good word for it. So is “joy.”) In the real world we don’t call it anything because it’s a basic operating principle that keeps us from walking into walls.
Affordances are the baby to skeuomorphism’s bathwater. When they engage our instincts just right, they create an emotional bond, and the unfamiliar becomes inviting. Without them, it’s just pictures under glass. It makes no difference how flat, how deep, how minimal, or how ornate the look-and-feel is if it can’t show us, when we look, how to feel.
Bianca Bosker on the fascinating use of technology by teenage girls:
Now we start hanging out with her every week because she knows the plans,” says Casey. “She has a smartphone now, so that’s what gets her in. We always loved her and she was always our good friend, but she was excluded — and she knew it, too — because she didn’t have an iPhone.”
Cue some joke about me being able to relate to 13-year-old girls.
Crazy classism of smartphones among teenagers.