Misc thoughts, links, horn-tooting.
Amazon Light 4
- I'm still excited about winning a 2005 SXSW Web Award
for this - and just found out the other day that there is indeed a trophy. I look forward to it arriving in the mailbox in the way any proud geek would. Also - AL4 got a nice writeup in an article about Website Spinoffs
in the Christian Science Monitor. I'm most happy about that, since I am a long-time fan of the CSM.Amazon.com
- They're still cranking on UI experiments. They recently started an A-B test trying a new style of detail page with a gigantic product image. I made an annotated screenshot here
. Not everyone will see this experiment, and depending on its performance, it may never see daylight again, who knows.Web Content Mashups
- Jon Udell has inspired some truly thoughtful moments with his Screencast
about what he calls "Content, services, and the yin-yang of intermediation". When content is so readily available for retrieval, intermixing and general mashing, questions of ownership and rights really pile up. Using public APIs, screen-scraping, bookmarklets, Greasemonkey User Scripts, open data and the spontaneous integrations
that result, we are just now starting to see a whole new world of dynamic possibilities.
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