“Lo malo de trabajar en comunicación, es que descreés de todo” por @FacundoArena



Partamos de la base de que nuestras vidas está rodeadas de lo que yo llamo “historias diseñadas”. Esto significa que allí a donde miremos, hay algo que nos quiere estimular, que pretende hacernos experimentar una historia, y que fue diseñado por alguien. Por ejemplo, el diseño de nuestro departamento (probablemente alguien lo haya trazado en base a la “experiencia de vida” que pretendía que sienta quien habitara el lugar), el ambiente de un restaurant (diseñado en base al momento que se quiere generar mientras se come), el diseño de nuestras ropas (para hacernos sentir “cancheros”, “serios” o “importantes”, etc.), la música que suena en la radio (diseñada para estimular nuestras emociones), los carteles publicitarios (diseñados para captar nuestra atención y vendernos lo que sea) e infinitos etcéteras.

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Tips for Building Your First Web App – Thnxz @sixrevisions


These tips are from a person who started out as someone who wasn’t familiar with Web programming. When I first started developing my first web app, I wasn’t a web developer. I was a business guy.

(If you want to read my story on how I built my first web app in only a few months using Ruby on Rails, check out my article: Why Making Web Apps with Rails Is Awesome.)

An assumption I’m going to make about you, the person reading this article, is that you’re already a web developer, or that you’ll be hiring one for your first web app. I’ll be discussing practical, general tips that are applicable to all web apps regardless of what Web technologies you’re using. So please don’t expect some deep-level web programming techniques in this article, because you’ll find none.

Another assumption I’m making is that you’re going to build your first web app without investing hundreds of thousands of dollars into version 1.0. I’ll assume that your budget is in the $5,000 range largely because that’s where my experience lies.

With my preface all said and done, let me share my seven tips based off my own web app development experience.

1. Think in Terms of Data Relationships

Regardless of complexity, size or feature set, you can break down any web application into this simple operational mechanics:

  1. The web app takes in data from users
  2. The web app processes and decides what to do with that data
  3. The web app produces some output for the users

All web apps work like that, so at the start, it’s best to break down your web app’s core features into data relationships to see:

  • How your web app should be built
  • How your web app might deal with user data and presentation
  • What features you need to prioritize
  • What web services and web technologies you’ll need to enlist and get familiar with

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For example, let’s take the primary feature of Instagram — posting a photo up on the photo-sharing service — and break it down into the fundamental operational mechanics above:

  1. The web app takes in a photo from users
  2. The web app processes the photo to scale it up or down to the layout of Instagram and also what photo effect the user wants to apply to the photo
  3. The web app produces a modified image and displays it for the usersI know you may not be able to think naturally like that at first whenever you look at web apps, but the more you use other web apps, and the more you think about them in all of these little pieces of data relationships, the easier it is for you to conceptualize and build your web app.

2. Keep Track of UIs and Websites That Inspire You

Do you have examples of web applications and websites that you like?
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3. Keep the First Version as Simple as Possible

Building a minimum viable product (MVP) is a popular concept for online startups.
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4. Focus on Behavior and Less on Look-and-Feel

Quite often, frustrations that people have with a web app come from the way it behaves, not the way it looks.
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5. Use Free or Affordable Web Services as Much as Possible

Even if you just won the lottery and have money to burn, don’t be frivolous with your funds.
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6. Use Third-Party APIs with Caution

An API is a way for a developer to get access to the data of an external web service. For example, Twitter’s API allows any developer to build an app that accesses public tweets and the account information of Twitter users.
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7. Focus on the Excellent Execution of Your Idea

I can’t think of one web app that was successful based solely on being “the first.”
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Facebook: A Swiss Army Knife is good but a Tool Set is better – thnxz @martinvars


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While in Smartphones themselves the battle may be only between iPhone 5 vs Samsung IV, when it gets to apps people are much more picky. Facebook is losing dominance by the week to focused niche players.

Wenger Swiss Army knife, opened.
Wenger Swiss Army knife, opened. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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For most people Facebook Swiss Knife approach is good, but given a choice, a tool set is better. What is Facebook to do? They are lucky enough to be seating on a cash pile and it is a public company worth over $50bn. They have to do what Google has been doing for years. Buy, buy and buy. Instagram was a good start. Buy first and figure how to monetize later, learn from Google’s acquisition of Youtube which for years was as struggle and now is a star.

Warhol, Edwin Land y la Polaroid: socialholics del montón‏ – thnxz @tcreativo


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Hablando de polaroids, me gustaría acabar este post con un paralelismo que leí en una entrevista entre su creador, Edwin Land y Steve Jobs, uno de los responsables del mundo actual dominado por la  interacción y la comunicación social. Estoy seguro de que Warhol, si siguiera viviendo, estaría fascinado con las redes sociales. Siempre estuvo interesado por las nuevas tecnologías (en aquella época, la polaroid era una nueva tecnología) e incluso probó a trasladar su arte al mundo informático. Ni que decir que en la actualidad, Warhol hubiera sustituido la polaroid (sus carretes dejaron de fabricarse en 2008) por Instagram. Fascinado por el diseño de Apple hubiera compartido todo  lo que le rodeaba a través de Instagram desde su iPhone 5. Él mismo se hubiera encargado de que incluyeran un filtro que imitara sus famosas serigrafías y, por supuesto, sacando tajada.

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Pero sigamos con Edwin Land, inventor de la polaroid. En la entrevista que os comentaba, se establece un paralelismo entre Edwin Land y su producto estrella, además de Steve Jobs y todos los productos Apple. Ambos estaban obsesionados por hacer el producto perfecto y ambos estaban de acuerdo al afirmar que la mejor acción de marketing se conseguía cuando tu producto era inmejorable. Según palabras de Edwin Land,  ”Marketing is what you do if your product is no good.” Años más tarde, Jobs haría unas declaraciones parecidas sobre el marketing: “We didn’t do any. None. It’s not the consumer’s job to know what he wants.” 

Según cuentan en la entrevista, en una grabación de Edwin Land en los 70, habla acerca del futuro de los dispositivos fotográficos. Desde luego no habla específicamente de un iPhone. Pero en un momento del vídeo saca de su mano una cartera del tamaño de un smartphone e imagina un dispositivo que dispare fotos instantáneas. La obsesión del inventor de la polaroid era conseguir que otra persona diferente al fotógrafo pudiera ver la foto con un sólo click. Hoy en día, un smartphone con la aplicación de Instagram es lo más parecido a cómo veía el futuro Edwin Land.

El éxito de Polaroid acabó, pese a ser la marca puntera en nuevas tecnologías en su época. Quizá no supieron ejecutar lo que sería The Next Big ThingDesde luego, sí lo imaginaron.

If Facebook Introduces Hashtags are you Ready? – thnxz to @socialbakers


1. Keep it Short and SweetIf Facebook Introduces Hashtags are you Ready? image

When choosing a hashtag, make sure that it´s easy for users to remember and that it´s easy to spell. Short and concise hashtags are more effective and compelling than #verylongones­thatarehardto­read.

2. Pay Attention to Formatting

Hashtags should consist of a word or phrase with no spaces or punctuation in between in order for them to be clickable by users. The #underscore_is_an_ex­ception but why would you do that when you can make hashtags more readable by starting each word with an uppercase letter like #PayAttention­ToFormating? It looks neat and it will definitely eliminate the chance that your audience will forget to type the underscore and will therefore get lost in the conversation.

3. Create Unique Hashtags

Try to create one that will stand out of the crowd and differentiate you from your competition. Using hashtags like #conference or #webinar are too general to trigger conversations related exclusively to your company.

4. Promote Your Hashtag

To trigger the buzz and the volume of conversations you are aiming for, help your hashtag out with promoting it anywhere you can. Stick it on to your website, to all your social media channels, to your email signature and even to your marketing materials.

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The Pitfalls Businesses Need To Avoid On Social Media – thnxz to @simplyzesty @qoreilly


 

Via simplyzesty.com

Digital marketing has come a long way in the last few years. From something that was a nice addition to your marketing strategy, we’ve reached the point where having a social media presence for your business is a necessity. However, while most small and medium businesses (thankfully) avoid creating a social media presence for the sake of it, there are other traps that they fall into instead. Here are a list of the most common problems.

Taking On Too Much

One of the biggest mistakes that SME’s make when they’re creating profiles is that they take on too much and try and cram it into what’s already a hectic schedule. The temptation to keep up with all the latest trends and any new sites that emerge is great and one that can’t be helped. After all, we don’t want to look like we’re behind or out of touch with what people are using.

It’s all well and good that you have a Facebook page and a Twitter profile, but do you also need a LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram profile on top of that as well? This is the question most of us answer by creating new profiles in a bid to stay relevant and to show we’re on top of things.

However, that can mean we spread ourselves too thin and ultimately create profiles that are rarely updated. Sometimes this can either make you look uninterested or lazy, but even if this isn’t the case, you may end up getting stressed out as you try to update all your profiles regularly and keep them active.

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How Do You Solve This?
There are two ways to make this work to your advantage. The first is to cross-post content. Certain types of content work better on specific sites. For example, images are the most popular type of content posted on Facebook so if you’re updating regularly on Instagram, then post your images on Facebook. If you’re using Twitter regularly, why not post a link to content from your LinkedIn page and so on.

While there are tools which allow you to cross post automatically, it’s usually better to post them manually since followers are less likely to click on automated posts, as there’s no personality behind them.

If that’s too much, sometimes it’s better to cut your losses and get rid of the profiles that you’re no longer using. If you’re worried about losing your Twitter handle or unique URL, remember that a lot of accounts don’t necessarily use handles that have their official title.

Using The One Profile For Both Professional & Personal

Using Profile Personal ProfessionalWe should stress that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with doing this, and since this is becoming a more common occurrence on Twitter, it’s easy to see why it’s becoming popular. Managing one main account is certainly easier than updating two different accounts, combining them means you can give your brand personality, which will allow your followers to better relate to you, and a more casual approach will make your feed more enjoyable to follow.

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However, there are certain dangers to using this approach, mainly that if you say or post something that could be deemed as controversial, this will not only reflect badly on you, but your business will take a hit as well since they’re both one and the same.

How Do You Solve This?
As mentioned, common sense is paramount here. While you should definitely keep your personality apparent in your tweets, you should be wary of what you’re posting. Most of the time, this won’t apply as we post links to articles or converse with people, but if it’s something controversial or could be deemed as edgy, you’ll need to take into consideration how it will be received by followers.

In the case of Twitter, if you do post something that could get a negative response – if it’s something that could be misinterpreted – make sure you take a second or third tweet to explain the context behind that tweet. While it’s a great place for snappy messages, that very strength means that Twitter isn’t suited to opinions that are more complex than 140 characters.

And if you’re ever in doubt about how something will be received, don’t post it.

Focusing On The One Metric

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