Five product trends that were showcased at Google I/O

I was lucky to attend Google I/O last week and after the excitement around the announcements had died down, I was left with five intriguing product trends that not only show where Google is headed but also, in some ways, the rest of the industry. These do not by any means include all the announcements … Continue reading Five product trends that were showcased at Google I/O

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Google Maps is creepy. It’s time to think differently about user data collection and use

We’re in a period of heightened user privacy concerns, amidst users' growing understanding of the breadth and depth of the personal data collected about them. One would think, as a product manager, that this might be a time for being more respectful of user privacy and to be less blatant about how much sensitive data … Continue reading Google Maps is creepy. It’s time to think differently about user data collection and use

Disneyland lines: what an app can and cannot do

Anyone who has been to a Disneyland on a somewhat busy day knows that the recurring theme of the entire visit will be standing in lines. This is such a painful topic at Disneyland that comedian Jim Gaffigan has said: “Disneyland is like standing in line at the DMV. And that’s it.” Lines at Disneyland … Continue reading Disneyland lines: what an app can and cannot do

Why it’s not just about being the product

Surely one of the most mentioned quotes in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook story is “If you are not paying for it, you’re not the customer; you’re the product being sold.” While it’s been said about everything from TVs to automotive black boxes, in Facebook’s case it applies to the extensive personal data it … Continue reading Why it’s not just about being the product

Cooking with voice: misadventures in the kitchen with Google Home

Two weeks ago I attended an event at Yummly, a recipe app recently bought by Whirlpool that’s trying to make a smarter kitchen. There is a big push to make cooking easier while having appliances do more by tying their behaviour, whether it be finding ingredients in the fridge, identifying them on a supermarket shelf, … Continue reading Cooking with voice: misadventures in the kitchen with Google Home

Superbowl Ads 2018: social media has left the building

Every year I recruit our Super Bowl party viewers to help me tally the number of hashtags, URLs, and social media handles and pages mentioned in the ads. This year we tallied mentions from just before America the Beautiful and to right after the final Hail Mary attempt by the Patriots. All in all we … Continue reading Superbowl Ads 2018: social media has left the building

A few thoughts about the ongoing misunderstanding around the use of personal data

Over the weekend, an international security snafu erupted when it was “discovered” that anonymous Strava user data, actually released by the company last November, can be used to identify the location of up-till-now secret US Army bases, possibly putting soldiers in danger.  Strava has defended the release of this information saying that  its map “represents … Continue reading A few thoughts about the ongoing misunderstanding around the use of personal data