April 2009

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User Driven Services: 2. Control

User Driven Services: 2. Control

2. Control Users control User Driven Services. Once we start a service, we’d appreciate it continuing to respond to our directives, both during interactions and afterwards. User Driven Services give users direct control over both the flow of user experience and the use and propagation of all data associated with the user. Users control the […]

User Driven Services: 1. Impulse from the User

User Driven Services: 1. Impulse from the User

1. Impulse from the User User Driven Services start with the user. People engage the world to satisfy needs and fulfill desires. That engagement marks our intent as we try to bend the universe to our will. User Driven Services begin with that essential act, responding to each user’s expressed intent to initiate and drive […]

Introducing User Driven Services

Introducing User Driven Services

Our world is continually becoming more and more user driven. From cable TV to YouTube, from newspapers to blogs, from Wal-Mart to eBay, from Ma Bell to the Internet, the shift from centralized, structured systems of authority to emergent, collaborations between individuals has been reshaping our political, social, and economic world for generations. This is […]

The Great Reconfiguration

The Great Reconfiguration

The Internet¬† is undergoing a major reconfiguration. No longer is it sufficient for companies to package a value proposition on their website and then drive traffic to it through ads, search engine optimization, and reciprocal links. Today companies must find ways to provide a value proposition wherever the user might be: on Facebook and Twitter, […]

Facebook democratizing TOS? Sort of.

Facebook democratizing TOS? Sort of.

Over the last few months I’ve spent a lot of time talking within the VRM community about the need for a Standard Agreement covering the use of user-provided information in online services. Something that could eventually replace the confusing, complicated, overwhelmingly ignored, and legally questionable Terms of Service (TOS) at so many websites. The idea […]

TechCrunch blasts Digg for bad digital citizenry

Digg‘s DiggBar and VideoEgg‘s new Twig are clobbering each other in the ongoing battle of web augmentation services, a class of user driven services. In Attack of The Frames: VideoEgg Introduces The Twig Ad Bar, Erick Schonfeld blasts the new Twig Ad Bar and DiggBar for not playing well together.¬† And well he should. TechCrunch […]

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