Monthly Archives: June 2008

Internet of bridges?

Just discovered that the Tower Bridge has a twitter profile, here: http://twitter.com/towerbridge

why? It tells to the world when it closes and opens, and what kind of boat is passing, in what direction. Very simple thing, and automatically updated from the bridge lift schedule (here), I guess. But it’s a way to make visible something that was invisible before. It could be information to share with other objects (Navigators? My Nike+ iPhone, when I’m running? traffic lights? Buses and transports?).

2 things are nice: 1 is that information is no more just in a web page, but it actually becomes data, ready to be reused and mashed elsewhere. 2 is that an object (bridge) becomes one of my connections. How many things are connected with me? how many other objects of affection could be part of my profile? maybe my mac at home? I could start an automator task to be updated on things…

And it’s funny that a bridge – which represents a connection in itself – becomes something to be connected with.

Also, is the bridge connected to somebody? maybe to the aficionados, people who uses it often…. It could recognize them as they pass, and say hello in a special way (a twitter message?) what kind of information does it receive and read?

New ways new life

Iv’e started using Axure RP to prototype and quickly create dynamic pages.

When Visio meets Dreamweaver, this is the feeling I have now..

Do as I say, not as I do – places where it’s (not) possible to write

In the last year I’ve worked in some projects where people could be involved in communities and participate actively. Give users a while wall where to write and they will follow some sort of 1% rule (A.K.A. Participation Inequality).

It becomes easier for users to participate when the white wall / page is not white anymore, for instance by having some good examples; as Nielsen could say*, people stop facing the horror of a blank page.To demonstrate the power of “examples”, that could even happen when participation is not allowed, as in the case of the picture. This is one of Rough Trade East gent’s toilets, in London.

A graffiti rose in the Roug Trade East - London

The designers / owners started with a graffiti-like wonderful rose; style and place suggest some sort of spontaneous street art. Tags came later, when people decided to add some true “user generated content” to the wall

*as some of you may know, I’m not the biggest JN fan. Sometimes, however, his views are pretty much spot on…

Moving without travelling

Welcome back!

I’ve been out of touch for more than one month, as I was facing both a flat and an office move.

The new location of the office is now 5 minutes from my flat. This should give me much more time to sleep, read and – potentially – write something here. I have done a lot of things instead: one of them was about finding a new flatmate for the place we live. After weeks of emails, posts on gumtree and visits, our old flatmates decided they they will stay instead of going.

From now on I’ll be much more active than I was before!