It doesn’t appear that we will be able to see the blood moon tonight. Thankfully there is a live feed for it on Youtube!
I’d take the cast of The Lion King singing this over a crying baby on a flight any day!
Before considering social networks as your primary source for data, keep in mind that with the modern web and native applications, your product may already have access to a lot of data that may be useful to you, especially regarding the user’s location. More specific information on a user, like age and gender will require input methods. If the user’s social connections are important to your product or you don’t want to submit users to numerous input fields social networks would be important.
In the second part of the contextual series, I will be continuing from where I left off last time with User Onboarding. I’ll be covering how to make your application relevant after the user has gotten past their initial experience. The goal is to engage with the user in a way that will retain them and have them spend money.
The first few minutes of the user trying your product is crucial. In that short period of time they will decide whether they will uninstall it and move on or keep trying it out. But the next 30 minutes are also just as important. Like a drug, you want the user hooked to your product, you want them to feel as though they are dependant of it. The most common way products get you addicted is through social engineering by getting you to engage with people you know. While it is something I would recommend each product would do, the product should be able to stand on it’s own even if the user has no friends.
Let’s assume that your product is capable of tracking a lot of data, including basic user profiles to narrow down their demographics and activity history. The data can be used to improve your analytics, determine business logic, and can be used to feed into your contextual engines.
One of the big reasons I got Wii so many years ago was for Wii Sports. Seems like Xbox has a very good alternative and a reason for me to get an Xbox (if the price would ever go down!). Kinect Sports looks great! Now if only there could be a good fitness app that takes Wii Fit to the next level, I would be sold!
See Arnold crush things with his tank. Including a limited quantity Microsoft Zune. Limited of course due to the amount of sales it had.
Over the past few years I’ve been working with new technologies and working new techniques for approaching user experience problems. Companies have routinely approached the problem of providing segmented user experiences by selling different products or services. Those who don’t have the resources to do so pick one segment and focus on them while alienating all other users who are trying out their product. I am not a fan of either solutions and there are others who aren’t either.
The proper solution for ensuring that users are happy is by providing a product or a service that feels as though has been built for them. When a user comes to your newspaper site and you know that they like cars, you shouldn’t start giving them news about fashion. They will see this and leave immediately, likely to never come back. First impressions are everything. But even with that great first impression, if you can’t keep the user interested and engaged, you’ve also lost them.
Though it was chilly. It was a great deal of fun and there were a surprising amount of animals out. Best of all, got to see the baby polar bear!
With the superbowl around the corner, thought this would be suiting to post. Hilarious.
I had no idea that RDJ could sing. Sings with Sting and quite frankly is quite good. Doing a quick Google search, turns out he had a music career before acting.