The web – integration not destination

If we really want to help people connect with each other, get stuff done, solve problems and make things, then the web is not the destination. We need to work harder to integrate the web in to people’s lives, when and how they want and need it. The web can be the fabric. It can be […]

Find, Understand, Share, Extend

Today is World Usability Day. The theme this year is communication. I’ve chosen to write about something which I find helps teams I work with communicate and explore what we design and put on the web. Back in 2005, Yahoo! Search announced a “vision statement”. Enable people to find, use, share and expand all human knowledge. Somewhat ambitious, sure. A little […]

Check world time and weather via search

Yesterday I was due to make a Skype call with a friend in Denmark at 1530 CET. I needed to double-check I’d got the right time scheduled so I did a little research. It turns out that if you want to know the time in, say, Copenhagen you can simply type “time copenhagen” in to […]

Web 2 or not web 2

I’m full of admiration and respect for Tim O’Reilly but I get really wound up by what he’s coined “Web 2.0” or “web 2 point oh” as it seems to be pronounced. It’s just the web. Nothing more nothing less. Giving it a version number somehow suggests it’s something that can be commoditised, productised, owned. […]

Message to online insurance quote websites

If there are showstoppers ask them upfront! Don’t let me spend 10 minutes filling in personal details about myself and my other half only to be told that you can’t offer me a quote because of my other half’s profession. I was just trying to get a quote on behalf of a friend who was […]

Can’t find it? Try these

A piece in today’s Guardian Online lists some of the web’s top search engines as a “new search war breaks out” I’ve set them up below for easy access. The groupings are taken from the paper version of the Guardian. (One or two missing from the original list until I have time to get them […]

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