Interesting elsewhere – 24 September 2009 to 25 September 2009

These are my links for 24 September 2009 to 25 September 2009:

    Telepersona

    There are a growing number of services now, like Google Voice, that facilitate the ‘one number’ paradigm – this is the number that you can reach me on wherever I am and whatever device I’m using. I think this works about as well as the idea that we should have one identity, one email address, one face to the world. It’s too simplistic, and therefore works badly. I don’t just want one number, I want many numbers

    Post-Medium Publishing

    When you see something that's taking advantage of new technology to give people something they want that they couldn't have before, you're probably looking at a winner. And when you see something that's merely reacting to new technology in an attempt to preserve some existing source of revenue, you're probably looking at a loser.

    Why is Twitter useful for work? | Simon Wakeman – public sector communications, marketing and public relations

    Last week I was running a briefing session on social media – and asked people that follow me on Twitter to help prove to some particularly sceptic delegates that social media could be useful for professional purposes, so I tweeted:
    proving value of twitter in soc med trg group – pls reply with your job/org to prove twitter is useful for work (convince sceptics in room) 10:53 AM Sep 16th from web. The answers were really useful, so I’ve published them here for future reference

    paulcanning: Bad user testing beats no user testing

    Nielsen even has the nerve, to some people's delicate sensibilities, to say: Discount usability often gives better results than deluxe usability because its methods drive an emphasis on early and rapid iteration with frequent usability input. As well as, the horror: Discount usability methods are robust enough to offer decent results even when you don't use perfect research methodology. In other words: Bad user testing beats no user testing, every time.

    Think Digital – Technology for Britain’s Future

    Stephen Timms: We often worry about new technological developments opening up a new divide between those who have them and those who don’t. I’m interested in the converse – how new technology opens up new opportunities to people who didn’t have them in the past. Ten years ago, I noticed that hard up asylum seekers coming to my constituency surgery – who would never previously have had a phone – were all now giving me a mobile number… To make the most of the opportunities, Government needs to have a better understanding, not only of potential applications of existing ICT, but also of potential applications resulting from new ICT developments. And by this, I don’t just mean what is around the corner. We need to be thinking about the opportunities which Web 3, the Internet of Things, and the Semantic Web will open up.

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