The problem with Google+

There’s a dilemma inherent in using any new social network in a market already saturated with social networks.  Unless all existing social networks are integrated into some massive conglomerate, there is no way to effectively replace one with another one.  For example, much as I hate Facebook, I still go there.  Why?  Because I have… Continue reading The problem with Google+

VibeDeck: First Impressions

VibeDeck is a new site for musicians to sell their music that Geoff pointed out to me.  They vow to be free, totally free, without ever taking a cut of your sales.  They also swear to be completely ad free.  They haven’t quite figured out how to make money with all of those vows, but… (read more)

Free Facebook Fan Box Widget PSD Template

As designers, we often find ourselves spending exorbitant amounts of time working on fake content.  It’s hard to describe something to some people without being able to show it to them.  Facebook fan page widgets are something you see everywhere, and yet, how do you incorporate them into a mockup without using someone else’s box or resizing it to fit into dimensions that fit your new design but aren’t the original widget’s proportions?  I have found myself in this position many times and, yesterday, set out to find a PSD solution.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist.  There are a couple really good Facebook UI templates (like this one from Fuel Your Creativity which has you covered on everything you need for an actual fan page, or this one that was featured […]

RockMelt isn’t all that hot

I somehow missed the hype machine for the new social browser, RockMelt.  So, when @LastPass tweeted that it worked with RockMelt, my ears perked up.  RockMelt? WTF is that? RockMelt is a new kind of browser, or so the introductory video told me, one that combines your social web with your browsing experience.  We’ve met such browsers… Continue reading RockMelt isn’t all that hot

"It’s sad that I have more friends on Twitter who can craft a complete sentence in fewer than 140…"

“It’s sad that I have more friends on Twitter who can craft a complete sentence in fewer than 140 characters while my news feed on Facebook is filled with trivial updates from people who don’t understand how to use a period properly, can’t figu…

Empire Avenue: The timesuck that capitalizes on your social media empire

You are a Twitter addict.  You maintain multiple blogs, connect with friends and classmates on Facebook, are never far from your iPhone to check in to Foursquare and are a frequent reviewer on Yelp.  In short, you are a social networking junkie. In that case, probably you don’t need to read this post, because probably… Continue reading Empire Avenue: The timesuck that capitalizes on your social media empire

facebook privacy: why the new policy kind of sucks

don’t get me wrong: facebook is — despite everything…or, at least, despite most things — an incredibly useful app and is — right this very second — changing the web.  where, once upon a time, we found links that were designed to be useful to us based on a highly complex algorithm, facebook wants to show us… Continue reading facebook privacy: why the new policy kind of sucks

Scam Alert: “Testers needed to test the Apple iPad” – testitandkeepit.com

i got an email last night sent from a client we did a website for about a year ago inviting me to become a tester for an Apple iPad.  actually, i got two emails — one sent to each of my main addresses.  The subject line of the email was “Testers needed to test the Apple… Continue reading Scam Alert: “Testers needed to test the Apple iPad” – testitandkeepit.com

fighting music piracy one rapidshare file at a time

sam rosenthal, of projekt records, is back on his piracy soapbox again.  he is asking each and every one of you to do your part to help stop piracy.  he breaks the world down into two camps: camp a says: “Music should be free, fuck you for thinking I should pay for your music.”  camp a is… Continue reading fighting music piracy one rapidshare file at a time