Posts from September, 2008

September 25, 2008

Context is King talk@ Baychi October 14th

I’ll be giving my talk “Context is King” at BayCHI on October 14th. Kevin Cheng will also be presenting: “See What I Mean: How to Use Comics to Communicate Ideas”.

Context is King

For more than three decades, people have been mediating communications with each other using computer networks.

Strangely, detailed best practices about how to facilitate online collaboration, communication, and community (aka Social Computing) are not yet in broad practice. Randy Farmer is working on a book that he hopes will remedy that situation by providing detailed patterns and anti-patterns for building online communities in context.

This talk contains many of the core inspirations for that work. He will outline common contexts and describe typical pitfalls encountered by product design and community operations staff when creating and operating social media-laden sites.

This is the first time I’ll be giving this talk to the general public. Of course, this means I’ll have to finally publish it on SlideShare (and blog that here). Any tips for converting would be greatly appreciated.

September 17, 2008

Opening Yahoo!, One Year Later

I was fortunate enough to attend Open Hack Day last week at Yahoo. It was like old-home week, as so many former purple wearers were in attendance – most of them, like myself, recently so.

The first session I attended was on the Yahoo! Open Strategy, something I made some significant contributions to, both in an ongoing basis during my nearly 5 years there, and specifically last September and October when a bunch of us were gathered to work on the next generation strategy for the company.

I’m happy to say that, with the exception of a few component renames, ze master plan is still 100% intact, even if the implementation is behind schedule. It is still major awesomeness! They just posted the next generation of slideshow (below) – and it’s pretty darn good. Oh yeah, and people were developing against these APIs on HackDay. The only sad part is that they closed access down last Sunday. I’m still looking for the date that they open all back up…

Yahoo! Open Strategy Overview
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: openhack08 yahoo)

UPDATE: Cody Simms, product manager for the Yahoo! Application Platform, posted his notes from the presentation.